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04.06.17

LVX HÆRESIS - DESCENSŬS SPĪRĬTŬS

Lvx Hæresis - Descensŭs Spīrĭtŭs Dice 5

Atavism Records, 15.04.17
Swiss Lvx Hæresis was formed three years ago and self-released a nine-minutes single in fifty copies in 2015. Two months ago, the band's first full-length work was released digitally before the CD was released the following month.

The quintet plays a mighty occult form of black metal, where the ritual performance ooze with bottled up anger, aversion and disgust.
Strap yourself in, for it's going to be turbulent.


barbed wire
03.06.17

NEIGE ET NOIRCEUR - VERGLAPOLIS

Neige et Noirceur - Verglapolis Dice 2

Dusktone, 01.06.17
French-Canadian Neige et Noirceur released a nice album only last year.
The time has obviously come to compensate.
Like other Québécois métal de noir bands, this one-man band tended to mix moody cold atmosphere with necrotic black metal, but last year's Les Ténèbres Modernes moved in a completely different direction. It was the band's most flaming and warlike release, but now the flame has burned out, and in the sulphuric ash, there's not much more left than a surplus stock of rather useless fire-damaged ambiance.

barbed wire
02.06.17

OFERMOD - SOL NOX

Ofermod - Sol Nox Dice 4

Shadow Records & Regain Records, 29.05.17
Ofermod entered the Swedish black metal scene in 1996. The EP Mystérion Tés Anomias (1998) gave them some attention, but it was the debut album Tiamtü (2008) that really placed them on the map with its cleverly structured diabolical melodies.
The sequel Thaumiel (2012) at times had a touch of older Norwegian black metal, but not quite as good melody lines in my ears. In addition, some songs felt somewhat repetitive. However, the album had lots of variation from song to song, and the sound was obviously more professional.

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02.06.17

ACHERONTAS - AMARTA अमर्त (FORMULAS OF REPTILIAN UNIFICATION PART II)

Acherontas - Amarta अमर्त (Formulas of Reptilian Unification Part II) Dice 4

W.T.C.Productions, 31.05.17
Acherontas continues their spiritual journey started on Ma IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification).
Throughout three quarters of an hour, meditative hermetic suggestion with roots planted in the Hellenic core, is again conveyed.
With Amarta अमर्त (Formulas of Reptilian Unification Part II), Acherontas celebrates 20 years* by embracing traditional solar worship, as well as revolting against modernism, compromise and trends in a crowded scene characterized by the lack of legitimate satanic spirituality.

barbed wire
01.06.17

ATREXIAL - SOUVERAIN

Atrexial - Souverain Dice 6

Godz Ov War Productions, 30.05.17
In the region of the Catalan, the devil rule the land.
Or so it may seem, based on Atrexial from Barcelona in northern Spain, an area that has long wanted to detach itself from the rest of the country.
The three diabolic alchemists seem, already with their very first release, to have distilled the essence of death metal and black metal, and forged an alloy of these in the very flames of Hell.
Atrexial is a debutant worth noting, for Souverain is possibly the best debut of the year.


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30.05.17

IN REVERENCE - THE SELECTED BREED

In Reverence - The Selected Breed Dice 5

Non Serviam Records, 26.05.17
The trio In Reverence is yet another newcomer. The debutants have been around for seven years, though, and released both demo and EP early on. The guys apparently started out with deathcore, and most of those involved have limited experience. I assume that the band has matured in these years. By now they play negatively charged death metal and impress abundantly.
The lyrical focus on The Selected Breed revolves around humanity's tendency to self-destruction, and leads us through various stages and scenarios associated with this irreversible fatal demise.

barbed wire
29.05.17

SOIJL - AS THE SUN SETS ON LIFE

Soijl - As The Sun Sets On Life Dice 4

Solitude Productions, 22.05.17
The mournful and melodic Swedish death/doom band Soijl is back with their second album.
As mentioned in connection with Endless Elysian Fields, the debut released in the fall of 2015, the band was created in 2008 by Mattias Svensson, while Henrik Kindvall became part of the band the year before the debut. During the 20 months that have passed, drummer Malphas (Onda Makter) has also joined the band.
A lot is unchanged, and if you appreciated the debut, you'll presumably like this one too.

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