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Reviews Week 14 - 2017

08.04.17

POSSESSION - EXORKIZEIN

Possession - Exorkizein Dice 5

Invictus Productions & Iron Bonehead, 07.04.17
Belgian Possession is finally here with their first full-length album. In addition to a split and a compilation, the band has released demo and two EPs. These have proved very interesting and have received lots of ditto well-earned positive feedback. I made a quick presentation in connection with 1585-1646.
But now, the trial period is over. Now it's serious.
Some may perhaps work best in small formats, in the underground...?
Bölzer* did, for example, not succeeded entirely in the transition to studio album.

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07.04.17

CORPUS DIAVOLIS - ATRA LUMEN

Corpus Diavolis - Atra Lumen Dice 5

ATMF, 06.04.17
Do not be deceived if the cover gives you associations to death/doom. Or maybe that's just me? Based on Entheogenesis (2013), an album I unfortunately never found the time to write about, I had a suspicion of what to expect. Relatively furious black metal with diabolical moods, that is. But little did I know that Atra Lumen would knock out its predecessor to such a degree with juicy, ominous and monumental furore.
The band's conceptual inspirations are various forms of mysticism, shamanism and esoteric spiritual directions of Satanism, Gnosticism et al.

piggtråd
04.04.17

THE SARCOPHAGUS - BEYOND THIS WORLD’S ILLUSION

The Sarcophagus - Beyond This World’s Illusion Dice 4

Satanath Records, 04.04.17
A stylish but somewhat stylistically misleading cover adorn The Sarcophagus' sophomore full-length album. Haste is certainly not the attribute that best describes the band. Nahemoth namely formed the band in 1996.
By the end of the year, there were 11 black metal bands in the country, a number that had doubled just two years later. Something that was rather symptomatic of the whole scene as it seemed to explode at the time, or implode as true purists would probably say.
With Swedish and French impetus, the debut album was most likely something of a breakthrough.

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03.04.17

INFERNO - GNOSIS KARDIAS (OF TRANSCENSION AND INVOLUTION)

Inferno - Gnosis Kardias (Of Transcension and Involution) Dice 4

W.T.C.Productions, 04.04.17
My first encounter with the Czech band was with their fifth album Black Devotion, released in 2009. Inferno should not be blamed for me not recollecting the album. I had limited time to listen to and absorb everything I heard, and providing my memory with a much-needed aid and tool was one of the reasons for starting this site some years later, as the sheer amount of new music and names gradually threw me off balance.
The band had released another album which I hadn't heard in the meantime. Thus I was not prepared for what I had in store.

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