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Reviews Week 16 - 2012

19.04.19

FATAL CURSE - BREAKING THE TRANCE

Fatal Curse - Breaking the Trance

Shadow Kingdom, 19.04.19
Fatal Curse from New York, is a new band that sticks to the proto-approach of our favoured music style.
The band reels off heavy metal with hints of speed, power and punk ass attitude, as if we were back in the early 80's.
Although the traditional mother-genre is close to my heart, Breaking the Trance doesn't have the right effect on yours truly.
In addition to relatively unimaginative melodies without significant substance, the vocal is unnecessarily pitched. That the singer doesn't have the biggest vocal range, and even seems to miss a key now and again, doesn't improve the matters.
Plus for the nifty drive and cool guitar licks here and there.


Disclaimer: Mini-reviews are impulsive and based on short time spent with the music.
Incorrect impressions may occur. Listen and form your own fucking opinion!


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19.04.19

VITRIOL - CHRYSALIS (EP)

Vitriol - Chrysalis

Iron Bonehead, 19.04.19
German Vitriol seek to create an evocative kaleidoscopic maelstrom of scorched death metal. The result is more reminiscent of a formless, jazz-influenced fever dream, edged by cacophonic dissonance.
The song Swarming Segments, Spirit Splinters of Stellar Dust last for just over eight minutes, of which the first 90 seconds psych up with avant-garde tones of Indian new age, while just over 12 minutes long Soma Somnambulistic Trance uses 2 minutes of ambience and another minute of free jazz on getting into gear.
The rest of the music, sounds like a mediocre version of Icelandic black metal on bad acid.
They can keep this bad trip to themselves for all I care.


Disclaimer: Mini-reviews are impulsive and based on short time spent with the music.
Incorrect impressions may occur. Listen and form your own fucking opinion!


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19.04.19

MARTELO NEGRO - PARTHENOGENESIS

Martelo Negro - Parthenogenesis

Helldprod Records, 17.04.19
Parthenogenesis Parthenogenesis is the third album from Portuguese Martelo Negro.
The band went under the name Black Hammer from 2006, but changed its name in 2009. As such, they can celebrate their 10th anniversary this year.
The guys play a kind of extreme-metallic hybrid, consisting of thrash, death and black metal, which belong in the underground.
With down-tuned guitars, chainsaw riffs and aggressive mid-tempo attitude, the band plough through ten tracks, two of which are intro and outro.
Parthenogenesis consists of feral background music, but none of it stands out or is remembered afterwards.


Disclaimer: Mini-reviews are impulsive and based on short time spent with the music.
Incorrect impressions may occur. Listen and form your own fucking opinion!


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17.04.19

DAUÞUZ - MONVMENTVM

Dauþuz - Monvmentvm okay

Naturmacht Productions, 13.04.19
The German miners in Dauþuz are back with more coal-black lamentation.
Their sophomore album Die Grubenmähre, was released a year and a half ago, and was received with moderate enthusiasm by me.
Meanwhile, the German duo has released an EP with ample playing time. Des Zwerges Fluch was released late summer, last year.
Their third full-length, Monvmentvm, is a new voyage in melancholy and dark mines, and was released last weekend.

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16.04.19

ANACHRONAEON - EVERYDAY CHRONICLES

Anachronaeon - Everyday Chronicles Acceptable

Stygian Crypt Productions, 01.04.19
Swedish Anachronaeon began their journey in 2002. After a year or so, after operating under two names, they settled down under the current moniker.
With their sixth album Everyday Chronicles, the band bid farewell.
Their songwriter Patrik Carlsson, one of two original members, has lost his passion, and doesn't want to carry on when lacking a genuinely heartfelt affection.
Something that commands respect.
The band's last exercise also become my first encounter with them.

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15.04.19

EMPHERIS - THE RETURN OF DERELICT GODS

Empheris - The Return of Derelict Gods

Old Temple, 01.04.19
Polish Empheris has released a shitload of demos and EPs, in addition to participating on a fuckton of splits.
Empheris has been around for 16 years, if we ignore the periods where the band has gone by the named of Eris, and has reached album number three.

A few years ago, the Poles released the live album Ye Olde Varsovia, which left me with a narrow impression.
Now it turns out that the full-length The Return of Derelict Gods don't do all that much to improve this impression.
The band races through ten tracks in 40 minutes with their fast-paced form of black metal.

There are suggestion to interesting parts when the guys try to create Immortal groove with warlike Marduk expression, but it all becomes somewhat simple, both thanks to unoriginal riffs, relatively straightforward structures, repetitive vocals and drums that occasionally work, but that just as often becomes fairly banal and unimaginative.
Isolated, the band delivers audible metal. Hell, I'd even call it really good at its best.
In the big picture, however, their material as a whole merely becomes a mediocre and superfluous copy.

PS: After yet another attempt, the third or fourth such, under more appropriate conditions, the music begins to grow and come more into its own. I may have been a bit strict here, so listen for yourself!

Disclaimer: Mini-reviews are impulsive and based on short time spent with the music.
Incorrect impressions may occur. Form your own fucking opinion!


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15.04.19

POSTHUM - LIKE WILDFIRE

Posthum - Like Wildfire Dice 4

Indie Recordings, 12.04.19
Four and a half years have passed since Posthum's previous contribution to the Norwegian black metal scene when the band returns with their fourth album, Like Wildfire.
The men from Nannestad, about 40 km north of Oslo in a beeline, have not altered the line-up very much, but since The Black Northern Ritual, the band has hired Jon Einar Hektoen as permanent bass player.
On Like Wildfire, there's also one Runar Grimstad handling drums as session musician, although Morten Edseth still seems to be the band's regular drummer.

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