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Reviews Week 4 - 2018

28.01.18

INTO COFFIN - THE MAJESTIC SUPREMACY OF COSMIC CHAOS (EP)

Into Coffin - The Majestic Supremacy Of Cosmic Chaos Good

Terror From Hell Records, 04.12.17
Into Coffin is a relatively new band from Germany. The band was started in 2015, and released their first album, Into a Pyramid of Doom, the following year.
On the EP named The Majestic Supremacy Of Cosmic Chaos, it sounds as if the band has matured, although I've admittedly only heard fragments of the album.
Only two songs are served this time, but the duration is generous.
The German trio plays heavy, tough and doomy death metal. Let's not waste any more time on trivialities.


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28.01.18

MALAKHIM - DEMO I

Malakhim - Demo I Tough

Iron Bonehead, 01.12.17
Demo I is the first sign of abhorrence from the Swedish entity Malakhim.
The constellation consists of five men who came together in 2015 to play flaming black metal.
Demo I consists of three songs with a total duration of 16 minutes.
The recording started in the rehearsal room, but was eventually moved into the home studio of an acquainted veteran.
The demo sounds highly professional, and was first released by the band in October.

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27.01.18

HOODED MENACE - OSSUARIUM SILHOUETTES UNHALLOWED

Hooded Menace - Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed Dice 5

Season of Mist, 26.01.18
Among heavy death/doom acts, Hooded Menace is a band I'm having a somewhat ambivalent relationship to. Their Gloom Immemorial compilation appealed to me just over three years ago, and was awarded 4 strong points, but not everything the band has released has fascinate all that much. Darkness Drips Forth (2015) actually sounded so mediocre that I skipped it.
With fierce competition in a heavy and melancholic genre, Hooded Menace hasn't always reached the top echelon. But with Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed, the Finns make some tiny adjustments to the recipe...

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27.01.18

IN VAIN - CURRENTS

In Vain - Currents Dice 5

Indie Recordings, 26.01.18
Almost 11 years have passed since Norwegian In Vain released their first album, The Latter Rain. In due time before that, they had both demo and EP on the market.
It is now almost five years since Ænigma was released. It is one of the oldest albums featured on this site.
On Ænigma, the band had reduced its extremity slightly, and allowed its progressive sides to flourish. A side that is now in full bloom, without heaviness and thrust being completely phased out.
In 2018, the band can celebrate 15 years of continuous perfectionistic development.

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26.01.18

GARHELENTH - ABOUT PESSIMISTIC ELEMENTS & REBIRTH OF TRAGEDY

Garhelenth - About Pessimistic Elements & Rebirth Of Tragedy Dice 4

Satanath Records & The Eastern Front, 14.12.17
Garhelenth is a duo from Iran & Georgia, now residing in Armenia. The band was formed in 2010, and has been inspired by black metal from a more northern latitude.
The album with the long title About Pessimistic Elements & Rebirth Of Tragedy, is in itself rather short, with a duration of just under half an hour.
Having lent my ear to one of the best songs on-line, I had high hopes for this work. The album doesn't entirely live up to these high expectations, but after adjusting my anticipation to a more realistic level, the band more than meets my requirements.

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25.01.18

RISE OF AVERNUS - EIGENGRAU

Rise of Avernus - Eigengrau Dice 4

code666, 19.01.18
Almost three years ago, I presented EP number two from Australian Rise of Avernus. Dramatis Personæ was my first meeting with the band. I referred to their relatively mild and comfortable symphonic and proggy death/ doom as an oasis in the extreme metal desert.
The band is here with their sophomore full-length.
The title Eigengrau, an “inherent” grey colour, refers to a dark grey/blue colour that many perceive in complete darkness due to action potentials to the optic nerve. Even the night sky is perceived as more black than total darkness, because of the contrast created by the stars.

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23.01.18

YHDARL - LOSS

Yhdarl - Loss Dice 5

I, Voidhanger Records, 19.01.18
Yhdarl is a Belgian duo that really manages to impress on my first encounter with them. The band has admittedly been very active during its just over ten years of existence.
Yhdarl was initially a one-man band where Belgian Déhà steered the ship on his own. The man has ties to several dozen bands, and is known from, among others, We All Die (Laughing) and Clouds, just to name a few.
All of this was still completely unknown to me, until after having heard Loss at least half a dozen times.


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22.01.18

EVIL WARRIORS - FALL FROM REALITY

Evil Warriors - Fall From Reality Dice 5

War Anthem & Into Endless Chaos, 19.01.18
A Norwegian proverb claims that someones' name doesn't bring them shame. Behind a somewhat cheesy moniker and a messy cover, we find very solid black metal from Leipzig in Germany.
Evil Warriors is a trio where all members also play live for the band Vent. Vent otherwise consists of only one man who is also a part of Lihhamon. Lihhamon released a split with the band I I last year. I I, in turn, consist of two of the guys in Evil Warriors.
The band, which is new to me, was started just over ten years ago, and released their first album in 2011.

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