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22.01.17

KHAOSPATH - ...FOR THE DEVIL SPEAKS THE TRUTH

Khaospath - ...for the Devil Speaks the Truth Dice 3

Immortal Frost Productions, 28.11.16
The black metal warriors in Khaospath are located in Skellefteå, but there's not much about the music revealing Swedish ancestry. The band was then also started on Malta, which isn't exactly an epicentre of black metal.
It all started with Vargblod, former member of Martyrium, and ceo in a one-man band named Draugûl (who just released album number four). After relocating to Sweden, he hired a few armour-bearers and released the debut in 2014. Following a replacement, the sophomore album was released a few months ago.

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21.01.17

HELHEIM - LANDAWARIJAR

Helheim - landawarijaR Dice 4

Dark Essence Records, 20.01.17
Not much more than a year ago, in early December 2015, the veterans in Helheim from Bergen, Norway released their eighth album, raunijaR. Although I haven't caught up with all albums, it's clear to me that Helheim is a constantly evolving band that has long since left their most viking based roots.
They haven't taken a giant leap since raunijaR but evolution continues unabated. At least they offer a smooth transition by giving the listener a form of leitmotif from the last record when opening with Ymr, a song that continues the distinctive local flair therefrom.

barbed wire
20.01.17

ASHENSPIRE - SPEAK NOT OF THE LAUDANUM QUANDARY

Ashenspire - Speak Not Of The Laudanum Quandary Dice 5

code666, 20.01.17
Ashenspire was formed in 2013 by two guys from Scotland with a background in an experimental black metal band. They had grown tired of glorifying nationalism and hero sagas of a long bygone era. Instead of superficial romanticism for their motherland and sickening local patriotism, they wanted to focus on the negative aspects and consequences of recent history.
The hour-long debut doesn't take place in the present, though, but is set to a more primitive modern society, where dim light beams from gaslights penetrates a layer of smog on their futile journey straight into the gutter.

barbed wire
18.01.17

SHAARIMOTH - TEMPLE OF THE ADVERSARIAL FIRE

Shaarimoth - Temple of the Adversarial Fire Dice 5

W.T.C. Prod. & Daemon Worship Prod., 13.01.17
The Norwegian band Shaarimoth has previously passed far beneath my radar, and I would never have guessed on my own weathered land as their hotbed. The band was started in 2004, a year before releasing the debut Current 11. The two remaining original members previously played together in the defunct demo band Antarctica, as well as somewhat more acclaimed Disiplin. Last year they hired Gehenna's new drummer, and the trio have now released an album that should really create a name for them and nail it to the public consciousness.

barbed wire
18.01.17

BALFOR - BLACK SERPENT RISING

Balfor - Black Serpent Rising Dice 5

Drakkar Productions, 15.01.17
Ukrainian Balfor was formed under the moniker Alter Ego in 1997, but sixteen years ago, they decided to change it.
Barbaric Blood, the band's previous and second album, was released in 2010, but when I discovered it towards the end of 2013, I was so captivated that I wrote a short review of it anyway, offering it five strong points.
There's two reviews with rather lukewarm receptions on Encyclopaedia Metallum. One of 'em states that it could work as a gateway to black metal for outsiders, but that one might as well just go straight for the classics.

barbed wire
15.01.17

MAZE OF SOTHOTH - SOUL DEMISE

Maze Of Sothoth - Soul Demise Dice 4

Everlasting Spew Records, 09.01.17
If you were disappointed, bordering on deeply hurt and personally offended, by the latest stunt from Morbid Angel, Soul Demise may be just your thing. The newcomers in Italian Maze Of Sothoth plays pure death metal with hypnotic groove, sinister riffs and howling, cursed solos from the other side. With ditto guttural vocals, obviously.
2009 marked the band's beginnings, and the time since has been used to build up a solid line-up, record a demo, write more songs and enter the studio. Nothing unusual, in other words.

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