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Reviews Week 49 - 2018

09.12.18

BÂ’A / VERFALLEN / HYRGAL - BÂ’A / VERFALLEN / HYRGAL (Split)

Bâ’a / Verfallen / Hyrgal - Split Fairly good

Les Acteurs de L’Ombre Productions, 12.10.18
Three French bands, two of whom are newcomers, present a three-way split where they introduce themselves with two songs each.
Hopefully, one can find a bit more constructive inventive-ness in the music than in the split's unimaginative title.
Bâ’a and Verfallen were conceived last year and haven't dropped any former release.
Hyrgal was formed ten years earlier. They released a split the year following their inception as well. Then the band took their time until last year before releasing the debut album Serpentine.

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07.12.18

MEPHORASH - THE THIRD WOE (EP)

Mephorash - The Third Woe Good

Shadow Records & Regain Records, 29.03.18
Swedish Mephorash blew me away with their amazing third album, 1557 - Rites of Nullification in 2015. The EP Sfaíra ti̱s fo̱tiás was released a month earlier, but not featured here until it was reissued in 2017.

A new album, with Shem Ha Mephorash intended as title, was scheduled to be released this fall, but seems to be delayed. Meanwhile, two singles have been unveiled.

The first was released as EP earlier this year, while the second is streaming on YouTube. And on Gorger's Metal.

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05.12.18

IZEGRIM – BEHEADED BY TRUST (EP)

Izegrim – Beheaded By Trust Good

Independent, 23.03.18
Melodic death/thrash basically isn't my favourite style. Admittedly, I had a bit of a weak spot for Arch Enemy for a short period after coming across the song Ravenous many years ago. At its best, the genre is energetic and aggressive, and rather entertaining. Especially in small doses.
Dutch Izegrim released their first demo under the original name Isegrim 20 years ago. The band seems to have been loyal to the style all this time, even though they've honed the blades a lot along the way.


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