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Reviews Week 6 - 2018

11.02.18

ABIGOR - HÖLLENZWANG (CHRONICLES OF PERDITION)

Abigor - Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition) Dice 4

Avantgarde Music, 29.01.18
It doesn't take a whole lot becoming somewhat disappointed when the expectations are high, but after hearing the veterans' tenth album Höllenzwang a fair amount of times, and even comparing it to a few other Abigor albums, I have to conclude that Abigor doesn't meet the expectations 100%.
Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition) is nevertheless no poor recording. Just be prepared for possibly having to lower your demands. For when the music is good, just not quite as good as expected, it can lead to a slightly weird ambivalent reaction.

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08.02.18

MIST OF MISERY - FIELDS OF ISOLATION (EP)

Mist of Misery - Fields of Isolation Good

Black Lion Records, 15.12.17
In due time before Christmas, Swedish Mist of Misery released the second and last part of their EP miniseries. Those acquainted with Shackles of Life will recognize Fields of Isolation, both because of cover art and music.
Like last time, the release consists of several tracks with no direct affiliation with metal. The regular songs, however, account for about ⅔ of the playing time.
The music hardly needs any description beyond the one given on the previous occasion. The band shows its most gothic-symphonic side as they resume their timbre-laden musical dramaturgy.

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07.02.18

HEGEMON - INITIUM BELLI (EP)

Hegemon - Initium Belli Killer

Independent, 13.12.17
Hegemon released their two first demos about 20 years ago. In this connection, this jubilee EP was released at the end of last year.
The French Black Metal constellation was presented a few weeks after they released The Hierarch, their previous album, at the end of 2015.
Through 21 minutes, three re-recorded songs, a new song, and a cover song are served.
The EP was released on CD in 399 copies, of which 66 are hand-numbered issues.


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06.02.18

SARTEGOS / BALMOG - SARTEGOS / BALMOG (Split)

Sartegos / Balmog - Split Good

Caverna Abismal, 31.01.18
We'll make a quick visit to the province of Pontevedra in the autonomous region of Galicia, just north of Portugal, in the north/west corner of the Iberian Peninsula. The last time we visited this geographical region, was in connection with a release from Marthyrium* last year. However, there's something like 100 km between these bands.
In Pontevedra we meet Sartegos and Balmog. It's a small world, and I came across the former last year when they dropped a split with Ysengrin* that I never got around to cover.

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