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Reviews Week 13 - 2017

01.04.17

YITH - DREAD

Yith - Dread, digipak Dice 3

Hellthrasher Productions, 10.02.17
I have gradually become more and more picky in terms of what promos I download. The market is overflooding with releases, and the release rate just keeps rising year by year. To uncritically publish anything that is audible, but not even remotely close to contribute anything at all, is helping to undermine the scene by demoralizing those attempting in vain to keep up to date.
I have no idea how many generic albums I waste time on deciding to ignore because they should have no right to exist, before I unsentimentally move on. Dread barely made it through the crack at a push.

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31.03.17

ENDEZZMA - THE ARCANE ABYSS

Endezzma - The Arcane Abyss Dice 4

Pulverised Records, 31.03.17
A few days ago, we took a quick glimpse at the EP Morbus Divina, an omen about the album The Arcane Abyss, which is out today.

We'll take a closer look at the Norwegians' second album, and cruise through over ten years of band history in a disrespectful pace.

Hailing from Hønefoss, the band was born in the ruin of the band Dim Nagel just over ten years ago, when Sorgar formed Endezzma in 2005.

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30.03.17

SLAGMAUR - THILL SMITTS TERROR

Slagmaur - Thill Smitts Terror Dice 5

Osmose Productions, 31.03.17
Fosen is a peninsula that keeps its crooked thumb as a shield for Nidaros. There we find Slagmaur, who grew out of the ashes of Norske Synder, started 20 years ago, releasing five demos before General Gribbsphiiser took his experimentation with eccentric and bizarre soundscapes to new heights.

Two months ago, I published a presentation of Slagmaur along with a preview of Thill Smitts Terror. As announced, the band is finally ready to distribute their third full-length album among you mortals.

piggtråd
30.03.17

DEATHKIN - KOHTI KOTIANI KAAOSTA

Deathkin - Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta Dice 6

Independent, 01.11.16
Finnish Deathkin is one of those bands that does everything right on first attempt. The band was started in 2010, and has admittedly released a couple of demos, but Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta, translating to something like “hither homeward chaos”, is their first album.
As is the case of almost any band, Deathkin are inspired by already existing acts. Where most bands are content “ripping off” the expression of a single group or style, the treacherous ravens in Deathkin pillage from a wide array and sew together their own Frankenstein's monster, rather than genetically engineering a simple clone.

piggtråd
28.03.17

CEMETERY WINDS - UNHOLY ASCENSIONS

Cemetery Winds - Unholy Ascensions Dice 4

Temple of Darkness, 10.02.17
One of the first thoughts that strikes me when Finnish Cemetery Winds kicks off Unholy Ascension with timeless but far from ragged death metal, is “youthful enthusiasm” along with a sense of thorough song writing.
The next thing that strikes me is how fresh it all sounds. I come across teasers from a massive amounts of new releases, as I'm sure you do too. Among those, lots of similar sounding death metal. Unholy Ascension still effortlessly stand out from the barbaric horde.


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27.03.17

DOEDSVANGR - SATAN OV SUNS

Doedsvangr - Satan ov Suns Dice 4

Immortal Frost Productions, 27.03.17
The story behind Doedsvangr started in 2014, and has evolved steadily since. With some physical distance between the folks involved, patience can be a necessity just as much as a virtue.
Doedsadmiral, vocalist in Nordjevel* and Svartelder*, formed the band as an outlet for different dark sides of his sinful self, and were joined by two prominent musicians; Tsjuder* drummer AntiChristian and former Behexen* guitarist Shatraug, only remaining original member in Horna* and the man behind Sargeist.


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