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Reviews Week 23 - 2017

11.06.17

VALLENFYRE - FEAR THOSE WHO FEAR HIM

Vallenfyre - Fear Those Who Fear Him Dice 3

Century Media Records, 02.06.17
Paradise Lost veteran Gregor Mackintosh is, along with former My Dying Bride-guitarist Hamish and new Paradise Lost drummer Waltteri Väyrynen, here with Vallenfyre album number three.
That means that bassist Scoot is out of the picture, and that At the Gates drummer Adrian has been replaced. Both were members of then original line-up.
It's been three years since the release of sophomore Splinters, and back then, I approved the album whilst comparing Vallenfyre's massively distorted soundscape to Entombed and Triptykon.

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11.06.17

TRIUMVIR FOUL - SPIRITUAL BLOODSHED

Triumvir Foul - Spiritual Bloodshed Dice 4

Invictus Productions & Vrasubatlat, 09.06.17
American Triumvir Foul is here with the sequel to their first album Triumvir Foul, which was well received by the underground in 2015.

Similar to Suffering Hour and Unaussprechlichen Kulten reviewed earlier this week, the band plays dirty death metal, but Triumvir Foul don't just offers more mud and clay, they stand waist deep in sewage, coagulated blood, vomit and used syringe tips.



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09.06.17

MERRIMACK - OMEGAPHILIA

Merrimack - Omegaphilia Dice 4

Season of Mist, 09.06.17
French Merrimack has a history dating all the way back to 1994.
In 2002, they finally released their first album. I've heard a couple of their albums, but my knowledge of them is limited. Of Entropy and Life Denial (2006) is a personal favourite, something that also seems to be a general perception.
The band's black metal sounds more Swedish than French, and Merrimack is rightfully compared to bands like Watain, Valkyrja and Ondskapt.


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09.06.17

UNAUSSPRECHLICHEN KULTEN - KEZIAH LILITH MEDEA (CHAPTER X)

Unaussprechlichen Kulten - Keziah Lilith Medea (Chapter X) Dice 4

Iron Bonehead, 02.06.17
Chile's unspeakable cult is out with its fourth album, exploring thematic subjects such as demonology and witchcraft.
In religious context, women are often portrayed as virginal, pristine and motherly. This repressive role model without realistic nouances have roused a counter-pole; witches and sorceresses. It's this pagan tradition Keziah Lilith Medea (Chapter X) speak of.
My only encounter with the unmentionable cult was on a split with Pentagram Chile. The split was good and the band doesn't disappoint this time around either.

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07.06.17

SUFFERING HOUR - IN PASSING ASCENSION

Suffering Hour - In Passing Ascension Dice 5

Blood Harvest, 26.05.17
The trio from Minneapolis played not particularly impressive progressive thrash under the name Compassion Dies from 2010 to 2013, before changing their name and altering their style almost beyond recognition under the moniker Suffering Hour.
The death metal they now reel off is loyal to the genre in the sense that it's not diluted by commercial or melodic means. It nevertheless belongs to a new generation that takes the genre to new atonal and dystopian heights.
After a promising but imperfect EP released in 2014, both time and band are now mature for the first album.

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06.06.17

MARTHYRIUM - BEYOND THE THRESHOLDS

Marthyrium - Beyond the Thresholds Dice 5

BlackSeed Productions, 02.06.17
Marthyrium is a frenetic black metal band from the city of Ferrol on the Atlantic coast in Spain's north-western corner, north of Portugal.
Beyond the Threshold is the trio's fourth rite, and first full blasphemous work. And when they unleash their red-hot wrath, a blistering show wash over the listener, doggedly eliminating whatever stands in its way.
The story of Marthyrium spans a decade and then some. Let's recap quickly without dwelling for long on the past.


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05.06.17

RUDRA - ENEMY OF DUALITY

Rudra - Enemy of Duality Dice 3

Transcending Obscurity Asia, 17.12.16
Unlike Vanha, that I simply haven't had time to listen to till now, the draft of this review was inked in mid December. In other words, it's about bloody time I complete and publish this review.

Folk metal is often associated with Nordic and Celtic folk tunes, interspersed with some acts coloured by local Eastern European culture and one and other Mesopotamian eruptions or cases of curses signed old Pharaohs who have been disturbed in their rest.


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