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Reviews Week 42 - 2017

22.10.17

ANDRAS - REMINISZENZEN...

Andras - Reminiszenzen... Dice 4

Einheit Produktionen, 20.10.17
The German pagan-black metallers in Andras have a long road behind them. The band was started in 1994, and it is now 20 years since the debut was released.
Main man Count Damien Nightsky is the only remaining original member and the one who has kept the band together through all these years. In recent years, however, the band has been rather inactive.
After a seven-year break, finally album number seven is available. And the album's length testifies to a band that has a lot of catching up to do.


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20.10.17

HEIR - AU PEUPLE DE L’ABÎME

Heir - Au Peuple de l’Abîme Dice 5

Les Acteurs de L'Ombre Productions, 20.10.17
French Heir is another new act ready to claim their place in the collective black metal awareness. The band plays a form of dissonant post-metallic black depression with dystopic moods.
Au Peuple de l’Abîme is not a concept album, but the quintet has a common platform, as they consider that mankind have inherited an earth it doesn't deserve. Heir seemingly consists of disillusioned souls. It's only natural to feel more and more entangled into reality's putrid spider web the more you reflect on the state of affairs.

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19.10.17

AEGRUS - THY NUMINOUS DARKNESS

Aegrus - Thy Numinous Darkness Dice 6

Saturnal Records, 20.10.17
Finnish Aegrus was born as a duo in 2005. The two comrades have delivered several demos, as well as a couple of EPs. The last one just last year, not much more than a year after the debut was launched ten years after the initial inception.
I have unfortunately not encountered the band earlier. Thus I can't claim that Thy Numinous Darkness is their magnum opus. Still, I have a suspicion that this is the case.
Fans of satanic black moods conveyed with abundant melodies ought to sharpen the ears.

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16.10.17

THE SPIRIT - SOUNDS FROM THE VORTEX

The Spirit - Sounds From The Vortex Dice 4

Eternal Echoes, 13.10.17
German The Spirit is a newcomer on the market, but little and nothing indicates that the band is debutants.

The band came out of the casting mould two years ago, and has since then chiselled out a solid work.

Sounds From The Vortex blends black and death into a melodic spectacle that drags the mind back in time. The band themselves claim to have created something that should be able to appeal to fans of classic No Fashion releases, and I can agree with that description.

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