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14.01.18

ABYSMAL GRIEF - BLASPHEMA SECTA

Abysmal Grief - Blasphema Secta Dice 4

Terror From Hell Records, 13.01.18
Twenty years ago, Italian Abysmal Grief released its first demo. The voyage became successful, the band made a name for themselves, and now they've released almost as many releases as active years - if counting the lot. Of these, Blasphema Secta is full-length number five.
My relationship with traditional doom metal is pretty much limited to Black Sabbath. I have therefore only run into Abysmal Grief in connection with a split with Danish Denial of God, just over eight years ago. And that encounter didn't leave a big taste for more.

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14.01.18

EUCLIDEAN - QUOD ERAT FACIENDUM

Euclidean - Quod Erat Faciendum Dice 5

Independent, 21.12.17
Euclidean from Switzerland plays a form of relaxing melancholic sludgy post-black that appeals more than the designation would suggest.
The band was started in 2010 and has had a rather stable line-up. None of the members of the quartet seem to have any previous significant band experience, but impressively enough, neither that nor the fact that this is a debut, is in any way apparent based on the music and sound on Quod Erat Faciendum.
This is by the way not a promo, but a web-based discovery. I'll make a quick presentation.

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13.01.18

HALPHAS - DAWN OF A CRIMSON EMPIRE

Halphas - Dawn of a Crimson Empire Dice 4

Folter Records, 15.12.17
Once again a new entity creeps out of the shadows. Halphas comes from Mainz in Germany and was launched in 2014. The band was founded as a quartet by, among others, drummer Tempestas, aka Skullsplitter, from Nocturnal and Cross Vault et al. In 2015, the demo Demo 2015 was released, and in 2016 the quartet became a quintet.
Halphas plays black metal.
The otherwise nifty cover art as such becomes rather misleading. It might reflect the lyrical content better, as the band does not preach the orthodox doctrine.

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09.01.18

NOCTURNE - THE BURNING SILENCE

Nocturne - The Burning Silence Dice 4

Talheim Records, 16.12.17
Two years have passed since Nocturne released their self-titled debut. It received honourable mention from yours truly in fall 2016.
The Austrians' sophomore album don't offer any enormous changes. The duo has in many ways found their expression, and rather spend their time perfecting it. The band's melo-black also already sounds quite singular. One can hardly demand much more these days.
The line-up is also the same, but from the next release, redeployment will take effect.


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08.01.18

ENGULF - SUBSUMED ATROCITIES (EP)

Engulf - Subsumed Atrocities Dice 4

Everlasting Spew Records, 30.11.17
Meet Engulf, a one-man death metal band from New Jersey. Hal Microutsicos has been working on material for the band since 2015 and has stockpiled some private demos in the drawer. Subsumed Atrocities is the first of three EPs in which Hal has recorded selected picks from his repertoire in a more professional way.
The first EP is short but well-aimed as a precise kick in the groin.
The two songs, lasting for nine minutes together, were first released in September, before Everlasting Spew took responsibility and ensured expanded distribution.

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