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Reviews Week 2 - 2017

15.01.17

DRAUGSÓL - VOLAÐA LAND

Draugsól - Volaða Land Dice 3

Signal Rex, 13.01.17
From Reykjavik comes yet another new band. I don't know much about Draugsól, aside from Volaða Land being their first album, containing six tracks and just under 40 minutes of playing time.
I was a bit sceptical at first, as the band don't follow the neo-puritanical Icelandic recipe, but no more so than deciding it was safest to examined their debut closer.
Volaða Land as such don't disappoint, although it might have done so if the expectations were higher. The album namely don't blows me away, even if it's of a highly listenable kind.

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13.01.17

BLACK ANVIL - AS WAS

Black Anvil - As Was Dice 4

Relapse Records, 13.01.17
The New York band Black Anvil released album number three in the spring of 2014. I gave the album my approval and described Hail Death as a mixture of dirty but melodic death metal, occult 70s heavy metal with touches of stoner, groovy thrash and black metal moods...
A description I've hardly been even close to using in any other context.


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12.01.17

IGNIS GEHENNA - BALEFUL SCARLET STAR

Ignis Gehenna - Baleful Scarlet Star Dice 4

Seance Records, 09.01.17
By some mistake, the release date for Baleful Scarlet Star was set to October 9th in my almanac. I was still determined to introduce the album on occasion, and I enjoyed the album repeatedly last month. Opportunity presented itself when a digital newsletter dumped into the inbox late last night.

Ignis Gehenna consists solely of Australian Nihilifer (Erebus Enthroned) after parting with his partner since the start in 2007, Archfiend from the US, after an EP released in 2010.

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10.01.17

A DREAM OF POE - A WALTZ FOR APOPHENIA

A Dream Of Poe - A Waltz For Apophenia Dice 3

Solitude Productions, 05.12.16
Portuguese A Dream Of Poe, a duo with stable line-up since 2005, recently released their third album, and thereby concluding a trilogy concept of finding oneself and overcoming challenges. Or something like that.
On The Mirror Of Deliverance (2011) and An Infinity Emerged (2015), our protagonist struggled with himself and his mental blockades or inner demons. Time has come to face the outside world. I missed out on the debut, and didn't have time for the second album. If I'm going to take A Waltz for Apophenia as an indicator, I might not have missed out on a whole lot.

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