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Reviews Week 5 - 2018

03.02.18

NIPHREDIL - NIPHREDIL (EP)

Niphredil - Niphredil Very good

Independent, 17.03.17
The quintet named Niphredil comes from Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and plays a form of atmospheric black/doom.

According to the band, they finished their first, and self-titled EP just before Christmas three years ago. The material has for some reason not been released until now.

That's all I know about the band. Hopefully the guys have written more music during these years, for this certainly measures up.

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02.02.18

VARGRAV - NETHERSTORM

Vargrav - Netherstorm Dice 5

Werewolf Records & Hells Headbangers, 26.01.18
The one-man band Vargrav comes from Finland, and has spent its first years honing the scythe for a greatest possible effect during its first offensive.
With Netherstorm, our antagonist V-Khaoz offer a draught from the past, an ice wind from the underworld.
Vargrav recreates a bygone era where synthesizers created controversies and division, but the band do so without sounding diluted and “poppy”. The band rather combines the synth's coldest sensation of irreversible dystopia with a razor sharp black contempt, à la Grafvitnir.

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01.02.18

EVILFEAST - ELEGIES OF THE STELLAR WIND

Evilfeast - Elegies of the Stellar Wind Dice 4

Eisenwald Tonschmiede, 15.12.17
Last year we took a closer look at the more than ten year old sophomore album by Polish Evilfeast, Funeral Sorcery (2005). An album consisting of biting guitar and vocals, ambient elements and grainy soundscape.

What I wasn't aware of at the time, was that Evilfeast had new material on the horizon.

Elegies of the Stellar Wind is the first album from GrimSpirit's one-man man band since 2011, and was released in the twelfth hour last year.

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29.01.18

MONOLITHE – NEBULA SEPTEM

Monolithe – Nebula Septem Dice 5

Les Acteurs de L’Ombre Production, 26.01.18
“Seven deadly sins, seven ways to win ....
seven are your burning fires, seven your desires”
(Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson)
Monolithe's seventh album, Nebula Septem, sees band-chief Sylvain Bégot obsess over the number 7.
7 artists have partaken on 7 songs of exactly 7 minutes each. You'd think it'd feel unnatural for the songs to end right there, but it doesn't. Even when focusing on it.
Those who know their multiplication table, can reckon the number of the beast, or at least find that Nebula Septem lasts for precisely 49 minutes. On the dot.

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