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19.01.18

MINNERIKET - ANIMA SOLA

Minneriket - Anima Sola Dice 4

Akslen Black Art Records, 02.01.18
Stein Akslen's one-man band Minneriket was briefly presented when the single An All Too Human Heart was released around the shift from October to November.

Later, just after the transition to December, the single Tro, håp og kjærlighet were released without me getting around to covering the event at the time.

Anima Sola consists of 55 minutes of music, unfairly distributed across ten songs, and play upon a broad emotional range.

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17.01.18

ECCENTRIC PENDULUM - TELLURIAN CONCEPTS (EP)

Eccentric Pendulum - Tellurian Concepts Good

Self Released, 22.10.17
The Indian quintet Eccentric Pendulum was formed ten years ago, and released its first full-length in 2011.
The band's style is described as "Thrash/Death Metal/ Metalcore" on Encyclopaedia Metallum. I'll simply settle for calling it progressive extreme metal.
Tellurian Concepts is their second EP, an 18 minute long threefold piece, consisting of intro and two songs.
As the title suggests, it's a concept related to planet Tellus; Earth. More specifically, it deals with how we have neglected our planet, and ignored that we've allowed it to lapse, right up till (and beyond) the point of no return.

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16.01.18

ENTHEOGEN - WITHOUT VEIL, NOR SELF

Entheogen - Without Veil, Nor Self Dice 5

Fallen Empire, 27.11.17
Entheogen is once again a new entity worth taking notice of, if your attraction toward cosmic maelstroms and intense ominous currents don't know its limitations.
The quartet consists of experienced guys from the United States.
Guitarist and drummer S. Blackburn and J. Blackburn, from among others Chaos Moon and Esoterica, along with bassist B. Tiffin and vocalist A. Poole, have at some time or another initiated a collaboration that has resulted in a resounding, astral, eradicating solar storm.


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15.01.18

WOLFHORDE - THE GREAT OLD ONES (EP)

Wolfhorde - The Great Old Ones Alright

Inverse Records, 01.12.17
The Finnish pagan-metal trio Wolfhorde was paid a visit when the debut album Towards the Gates of North was released two years ago. I was admittedly far from impressed by the result, but I give the wolves a second chance. The EP The Great Old Ones is also something completely different, as it doesn't contain any new material from the band.
The title doesn't refer to Lovecraft, but to Finland's pioneers in folk/viking waters. The Great Old Ones is a tribute to Finntroll, Moonsorrow and Amorphis, with a cover of each of them.

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15.01.18

LABYRINTH ENTRANCE - MONUMENTAL BITTERNESS

Labyrinth Entrance - Monumental Bitterness Dice 5

Godz Ov War Productions, 15.01.18
Labyrinth Entrance is a debuting band from Poland. I've had plenty of time to let Monumental Bitterness charm me ever so much before finally reaching for my quill and inkwell.
When at long last I start studying the press papyrus that accompany the promo gramophone, I realize the unimaginable; that Labyrinth Entrance is in reality a one-man band.
That Hunger alone handles all instruments, in addition to vocals, is simply not possible to hear nor suspect.


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