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Reviews Week 1 - 2018

07.01.18

SIBERIAN HELL SOUNDS / CONVULSING - SIBERIAN HELL SOUNDS / CONVULSING (SPLIT)

Siberian Hell Sounds / Convulsing - Split Dice 4

Art as Catharsis Records, 27.11.17
Siberian Hell Sounds and Convulsing both hail from Australia. Both also perform disturbing extreme metal with abundant dissonance.
The first trio has been at it since 2013, and has a good amount of small releases to show for, while the one-man band Convulsing has a shorter story.
Convulsing debuted with the album Errata in 2016 - the same year as the band was established. Although the album didn't see the widest distribution, it gained its share of attention. I even had proper plans of presenting it myself. Plans that unfortunately went down the drain.

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04.01.18

WATAIN - TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE

Watain - Trident Wolf Eclipse Dice 4

Century Media Records, 05.01.18
Almost four and a half years have passed since Watain released their disputed fifth full-length The Wild Hunt.

After four gems from 2000 to 2010, The Wild Hunt became a disappointment and a collector of dust on the shelf. The Swedes therefore needs to put in a little extra work this time, to regain trust and credibility.

Watain's previous albums have basically had various expressions within the same framework. So also this time around.

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03.01.18

SHINING - X - VARG UTAN FLOCK

Shining - X - Varg Utan Flock Dice 5

Season of Mist, 05.01.18
In different cultures and urban legends, certain evil spirits and netherworldly creatures are linked to Yuletide. The mental Krampus that's been haunting my soul for the past few weeks, is called Saint Niklas.

Niklas Kvarforth and his henchmen are back, not quite three years after IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends. An album I ended up awarding with a strong 4.

Album number 10, Varg Utan Flock, stands out well from its predecessor.

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20.12.17

APOLOGOETHIA - PILLARS

Apologoethia - Pillars Alright

Invictus Productions, 24.11.17
The observant reader will have noticed the absence of the “Impressions” tab. I've removed this for administrative reasons. (Two types of reviews and two languages, is four separate pages (files) a week, and quite a lot to keep track of.) This doesn't mean we won't take on an EP et al. now and again.

Catalan Javi Bastard from bands like Graveyard and Körgull the Exterminator started Apologoethia in 2012 to give vent to other sources of inspiration.


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01.01.18

DEATHCULT - CULT OF THE GOAT

Deathcult - Cult Of The Goat Dice 4

Soulseller Records, 15.12.17
Ten years have passed since Bergen, Norway based Deathcult debuted with the album Cult Of The Dragon. Meanwhile, a series of demo tracks have been released on two demos. Demo songs that is largely featured on Cult Of The Goat.
Deathcult consists of the brothers Skagg (guitar & vocal) and Thurzur (drums) from Gaahlskagg, Infernal Manes, ex-Taake et al., and Taake boss Hoest on bass.
As is only fitting from grim musicians in a black genre, residing in Bjørgvin, Cult Of The Goat is recorded with Pytten in Grieghallen.

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