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Reviews Week 24 - 2017

16.06.17

SYNKVERVET - MISTBORN

Synkvervet - Mistborn Dice 4

Independent, 26.05.17
The sextet from Sandefjord, on the eastern side of southernmost Norway, is out with a new dose of gothic-sounding metal.
The last time we visited them were in connection with the EPen Forgotten Memories about one and a half years ago.
The band was duly presented in connection with the previous album, Trollspeil. Thus we can move on, straight to the musical content.



barbed wire
15.06.17

CARACH ANGREN - DANCE AND LAUGH AMONGST THE ROTTEN

Carach Angren - Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten Dice 4

Season of Mist, 16.06.17
It doesn't feel like a long time since the new sympho-black phenomenon Carach Angren launched its first work, but nine years have passed since Lammendam, and the Dutch have reached album number five.
Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten doesn't immediately feel as good as its predecessor, but fortunately it grows stronger after the first listen.
But can the latest addition to the dreadful and dysfunctional family achieve the same status as its elder brethren?


piggtråd
13.06.17

SVARTSYN - IN DEATH

Svartsyn - In Death Dice 4

Agonia Records, 09.06.17
Swedish Svartsyn is astir on another raid to colour the sky black with ungodly furore, and the album don't show no signs of waning compared to former exploits.
The band was named Chalice for a couple of years in the very early nineties, but has now been called Svartsyn since 1993.
The band is led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ornias, who once again have left Belgian Hammerman in charge of the drums.
Svartsyn plays pitch black metal and In Death is album number nine.

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12.06.17

LEGACY OF EMPTINESS - OVER THE PAST

Legacy of Emptiness - Over The Past Dice 5

Black Lion Records, 12.06.17
In 1995, two young Norwegians started the band Permafrost as a not too serious symphonic black metal project. Eddie on guitar, and Kjell-Ivar on bass. Both handled vocals. Then, Øyvind joined on keyboard before the band near the end of the nineties changed its name to Ancestral Legacy.
The band gradually expanded the line-up and released a series of demos leading up to the debut in 2005. By then, a gothic slant had become apparent.
In 2010, the original trio founded Legacy of Emptiness as a direct continuation of Permafrost.

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