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Reviews Week 21 - 2017

28.05.17

ALESTORM - NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA

Alestorm - No Grave But The Sea Dice 4

Napalm Records, 26.05.17
It's nearing ten years since these Scottish pirates debuted with their lively and unpretentious drinking-songs on Captain Morgan's Revenge. The album was festive enough in moderate amounts, and quickly spread the pirates' names on the seven seas.
The sequel, however, didn't have the same appeal, and the “pirate fever” soon passed, blowing out like the candles of a wildfire-cake soaked in a barrel of rum.
Two more albums sailed passed my indifference before something indicated the band was on to something this time, so I decided to embark, set sail, drink, kill and rob.

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27.05.17

NOCTE OBDUCTA - MOGONTIACUM & TOTHOLZ

Nocte Obducta - Mogontiacum & Totholz Dice 3

MDD Records, 08.07.16 & 26.05.17
After having picking up Swarchmetall (2001) in what feels like an eternity ago, I have largely followed Nocte Obducta through thick and thin.
Most thin for the last ten years, though.
Last summer, the band released their tenth full-length (unless you define 2003's Stille as an album), and now they're already out with another album. Last year's release first passed me by unnoticed, and as soon as I had discovered it, the next album was announced.
Thus it's time to kill two birds with a single rock again.


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23.05.17

NARGAROTH - ERA OF THRENODY

Nargaroth - Era of Threnody Dice 6

Inter Arma Productions, 16.05.17
Nargaroth, whose name combines narga meaning nature, with the “suffix” roth inspired by Gorgoroth, has existed since 1996, and released six previous albums, among many other releases. The band should be well-known to those who prefer their extreme metal genuinely black.
The German black metal band is, and has largely been operated as a one-man band.
Ash, formerly known as Kanwulf, has spent eight long years arriving at this era of threnody, and he's had to challenge and search for his identity on his path thither.

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