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Reviews Week 4 - 2017

29.01.17

HOUR OF PENANCE - CAST THE FIRST STONE

Hour of Penance - Cast The First Stone Dice 5

Prosthetic Records, 27.01.17
Italy's most powerful death squad is back. Their previous work, Regicide, was rewarded with a five minus upon its release in May 2014. Judging by the aggression, they have returned to finish off those still shows signs of life.
The band played at the now world famous Bataclan just months before the terrorist attack. This inspired a concept where the band's seventh album take a look at a centuries-old conflict which has once again flared up.


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27.01.17

THE OMINOUS CIRCLE - APPALING ASCENSION

The Ominous Circle - Appaling Ascension Dice 5

Osmose Productions, 27.01.17
The quintet from Portugal's second largest city Porto presumably consists of men. Men whose identity is presented as initials. On promotional images they also appear shrouded and inaccessible. That they lead an anonymous existence, won't prevent them from becoming more sought after, after flexing musical muscles on Appaling Ascension.
I don't know much about the band, but the anonymity is due to a desire to separate the musical material from reality's materialistic aspects in order to let the hypnotic effect of the transcendental death metal speak for itself.

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25.01.17

INFERNAL ANGELS - ARS GOETIA

Infernal Angels - Ars Goetia Dice 4

My Kingdom Music, 20.01.17
Italian Infernal Angels will during this year have put their first fifteen years behind them. The band have three albums, among other stuff, in their back-catalogue, but for my part, Ars Goetia is the first time our paths cross.

The band plays melodic black metal with a sense of black/death to it, and the first half of the band's name hit the nail on the head. Not that the Italians are the most intense act in the genre, but the pace is kept steadily high with the finger securely placed on the assault rifle's trigger.

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25.01.17

THRON - THRON

Thron - Thron Dice 4

Clavis Secretorvm, 20.01.17
Thron is a new band out of Germany's dark forests, who sets forth to create black/death of a good, half-vintage form.

The music has a timeless melodic approach akin to acts such as Dissection and Unlight but still don't feel “retro”. Many extreme-metallic branches have joined in since the mid-90s, but the traditional melodic approach has never become entirely neglected.



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