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April 2015:

29.04.15

ISRATHOUM - ANTRU KALD (EP)

Israthoum - Antru Kald Approved

Daemon Worship Productions, 30.04.15
Should one judge a release solely on subjective taste? To what degree should one pay attention to (partly objective) musical qualities? How much weight should be put on different values, such as whether the reviewer himself would spend time/money on it, or other criteria, such as for example depth, variety, signature, innovation, sound, extremity, credibility and/or aesthetic and esoteric appeal?
I wouldn't buy this, but I still choose to approve it. It may sound odd, but the opposite would have been weirder.


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29.04.15

SWARÞ - OMINES PESTILENTIAE (Compilation)

Swarþ - Omines Pestilentiae Middling

Daemon Worship Productions, 30.04.15
I reviewed a new EP from secretive Swarth just a couple of months ago. The two songs on Veneficivm was pretty cool, but scarce 12 minutes is not much to blow one's own horn over, and one has surely heard similar raging black metal a bit too often to encourage a purchase. I decided to wait for the full length to drop.
Then I got this compilation thrown at me.


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28.04.15

KOMMANDANT - THE ARCHITECTS OF EXTERMINATION

Kommandant - The Architects Of Extermination Approved

ATMF, 27.04.15
Chicago, Illinois-based Kommandant (Commander) celebrates its tenth anniversary, and releases their third album. With red cover and sledgehammer as part of the design, May 1st would perhaps have been more suitable as release date? Well, the lyrics probably don't revolve around the conditions of social democracy or the movement of proletarian unions, although one can easily get the sense of masses in steady march when the band's militant rhythms starts pounding away.


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27.04.15

GRÁ / GNOSIS OF THE WITCH (Split 7")

Grá / Gnosis of the Witch Approved

Iron Bonehead, 27.04.15
Stockholm-based Grá has five years of experience and one full-length amongst other behind them.
American Gnosis of the Witch have a few years of experience, and two EPs on their conscience.
Together they release a split that will possibly bring their music to new potential fans.
Both bands play black metal.


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27.04.15

SEAGRAVE - STABWOUND

Seagrave - Stabwound Disapproved

Art of Propaganda, 27.04.15
After 16 approved releases in a row, luck has shifted abruptly and brutally.
The band with the whimsical name offers occasionally alright, sometimes futile, but often a wee bit irritating and pointless music with extremely annoying whiny vocals in the style of screamo (the retarded mother of all provocative vocal-styles).


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27.04.15

NOROT - NATHRACH

Norot - Nathrach Disapproved

Naturmacht Productions, 26.04.15
Behind a stylish cover we find an American living in Ireland. Robert W. Cook is a visual/graphic artist and a musician. Since 2008 he has released six singles and a demo before this first full-length.

It kicks off well in the short intro, but it doesn't set the tone for what we have in store. With Norot, Robert creates ambient black metal. Apparently. Black Metal is more than just music and controversial historical events, though.


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27.04.15

THROES - DISASSOCTATION

Throes - Disassoctation Approved

Rain Without End Productions, 26.04.15
Throes is a debuting British duo constituted in 2011. The band got into trouble when D.G. was arrested for participating in riots in England the same year, and was placed under house arrest.

Eventually, his partner A.C. began putting together demos that he recorded in Darksound Studios, and distributed to D.G. via e-mail.


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26.04.15

GLITTERTIND - BLÅNE FOR BLÅNE

Glittertind - Blåne for blåne Disapproved

Name Music & Publishing, 27.04.15
At the last crossroad, Glittertind appeared in a new and weird suit, and I was very excited about where the road ahead would lead for Torbjørn and crew.
Djevelsvart (Devil-Black) has, its artistic direction notwithstanding, some very strong musical properties where it mixed for me unknown branches of folk romanticism with metallic landscapes.
Now that the band's new direction is unveiled, I must say that I'm very disappointed! I could perhaps go as far as vx, as the guys after all emerges as skilled in their work, but it would erroneously suggest that the album was all right and that I could even very well come to pick it up once and again. That's not going to happen.


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26.04.15

EREB ALTOR - NATTRAMN

Ereb Altor - Nattramn Approved

Cyclone Empire, 24.04.15
Where most albums grows stronger, there are some that reveal weaknesses over time. Maybe I was a bit strict when I gave the Swedes' last album, Fire Meets Ice three points at the end of 2013. It might also be that Ereb Altor's music should preferably be enjoyed in moderate doses, and not be play as often and repeatedly as I did back then. Their new work, Nattramn, have been given a respectable amount of spins for being an Impression. I'm probably listening to the record for the seventh or eighth time while these words are being scribbled down, but some of these spins have been somewhat in the background, so I refrain from rating with a cocksure numeric grade this time.

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24.04.15

CELTACHOR - NUADA OF THE SILVER ARM

Celtachor - Nuada Of The Silver Arm Approved

Trollzorn Records, 24.04.15
Irish Celtachor plays Celtic folk/black/doom. The band started in 2007 and released a demo the following year. In 2010 the line-up was finally complete and the band released a new demo. Two years later they released a self-financed album, before being picked up by Trollzorn Records and releasing a new album via them last year.
Celtachor is a new acquaintance for me. Their “Celtic Black Metal” sports melodic folk elements, heavy mid-tempo doom-strokes, quicker parts and rasping black vocals.


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23.04.15

MORTHUS - INTO OBLIVION (EP)

Morthus - Into Oblivion Approved

Independent, 22.10.14
This is obviously a day for EPs here at Gorger's Metal.
We're heading over to Germany to get acquainted with a young and promising melodic black/death metal band.
The men started up in 2011, but it wasn't until 2014 that outward activity started to develop in the camp. The band's first three concerts, and recording and publishing of this EP, their first physical signs of life.


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23.04.15

DEMONICAL - BLACK FLESH REDEMPTION (EP)

Demonical - Black Flesh Redemption Approved

Agonia Records, 24.04.15
From Stockholm comes a trio of grotesque men to use your brain as artillery ranges for stridsvagn 104 (Centurion tanks). The men have spread their aggressive brutality in almost ten years.
If you're already familiar with the band's works, you strictly speaking just need to know that they they're releasing a new EP in the morrow, and that they still crush, shatter and pulverize.



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23.04.15

SVARTIDAUÐI - THE SYNTHESIS OF WHORE AND BEAST (EP)

Svartidauði - The Synthesis of Whore and Beast Godkjent

Daemon Worship Productions og Terratur Possessions, 01.04.15
This EP was originally released on cassette(!) Via Terratur Possessions a year ago, and it's finally out on circular physical entities with different diameter and perimeter. I received the promo an eternity ago, but the date was not set, and I finally went tired of checking the status on-line. Now it has come to my ear that the EP was released barely a month ago, and so it's time to scribble down some words.


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22.04.15

GRUESOME - SAVAGE LAND

Gruesome - Savage Land Godkjent

Relapse Records, 21.04.15
Do you miss old Death, that band that is, or do you miss old death metal in general? Then this can easily be your thing.
After Chuck Schuldiner's death in 2001 former colleagues from Death decided to organize a charity tour named Death To All tours. This grew to several tours, and a number of guest artists. a From a never realized plan for a new round of concerts focusing on material from the first two Death albums, the idea of creating a project writing death metal in line with those records specifically formed.


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21.04.15

CRIMSON SKY - TRANSCENDENTAL TRIP

Crimson Sky - Transcendental Trip Godkjent

Metal Scrap Records, 16.04.15
This Ukrainian band was started the summer of 1998, but things did not go quite as planned. Internal disagreements laid obstacles in their path, no music was released, and in 2006 it came to complete stop. It took another four years before the band was started up again, and this time around things went more smoothly. 2011 saw the band's first products, one single and an album. With as much as eight members and thus many different inspirations and perceptions, they have still managed to unite forces towards a common product.


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20.04.15

MARE INFINITUM - ALIEN MONOLITH GOD

Mare Infinitum - Alien Monolith God Godkjent

Solitude Productions, 21.04.15
“When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions”, Shakespeare wrote in his Hamlet (1602). I don't know if this is a paraphrase of the idiom known by many shapes all around the world, or vice versa. “It never rains but it pours” (or “when It Rains It Pours”, bot really apply to the monsoon), “troubles come in packages”, “an accident rarely comes alone”, “a misfortune does not come alone”... take your pick. This is used to describe all hell breaking loose... all at once, and can often have a natural explanation in the domino effect. (Gorger's Metal, your source of phraseological and linguistic philosophy).
Occasionally a shitload, or even a fuckton of shit goes down simultaneously, even in positive terms. Sometimes first world problems (or luxury problems as we say in Scandinavia) also occurs when it comes to releases. The fact that a whole bunch of good albums that I'd like to hear ten times and then present a soporific lecture on rarely come alone, seemingly has no logical explanation.


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16.04.15

SIXFORNINE - SIXFORNINE

SiXforNinE - SiXforNinE Godkjent

No Regrets Records, 01.04.2015
It's not like me to give such slippery and poppy grunge-embossed albums a shot. I surely have enough releases to write about. There is nonetheless something slightly fascinating in these songs that is in some ways appealing.
This Greek (yes, that country again) band has absolutely no things in common with other Greek bands I've written frequently about recently (to my great joy). These guys reside in the realm of prog-rock/metal.


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16.04.15

ДРЁМ - 2

Dryom - 2 Godkjent

Solitude Productions, 06.04.15
“From the ashes into the fire” is a Norwegian counterpart to the English idiom “from the frying pan into the fire”. As an expression it would sound wrong to turn it the other way around, although chronologically speaking “from the fire into the ashes” would be a more logical order.
This inverted expression also fits well when moving from Infernal War's breathless and infernal punch, and over to Russian Дрём and their meek nature. The heaviness remains, but the pace and intensity changes profoundly.
There is no information about the band that we henceforth refer to as Dryom, beyond their nationality and year of formation, 2012.


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16.04.15

INFERNAL WAR - AXIOM

Infernal War - Axiom Godkjent

Agonia Records, 17.04.15
The Polish extreme metal band was formed as early as 1997. I call it early as (a) the first album did not appear until 2005 and (b) I missed out on both the début and its sequel in 2007.

Then there was silence. Quiet as the grave.


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15.04.15

NOCTERNITY - HARPS OF THE ANCIENT TEMPLES

Nocternity - Harps of the Ancient Temples Godkjent

Iron Bonehead, 17.04.15
I have experienced being so cocksure of musical direction even before I heard a tone that it has been difficult to readjust the mind to accepting that what comes out of the speakers is something else entirely. Much like when the subconscious has decided in what direction the ballerina is spinning, and your consciousness frantically tries to twist her in the opposite direction.
(Then some guidelines might be helpful).
A Greek band with closeup of a man dressed in shining Roman gladiator arena helmet and armour in front of a courtyard as cover art, can provide some expectations, but also leave enough to the imagination so that one can not say with certainty what to expect.
Perhaps that is why my brains managed to adapt so smoothly, even though I was taken by surprise at first.


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15.04.15

EMBRACE OF THORNS - DARKNESS IMPENETRABLE

Embrace of Thorns - Darkness Impenetrable Godkjent

Nuclear War Now! Productions, 13.04.15
The divergence (in between band) in the musical landscape can be marginal, with little nuances that make up much in terms of the overall mood and feeling of thoroughness, credibility and quality. Embrace of Thorns has got something in common with such different acts as Akrotheism, Necromantia, Archgoat and Execration. If we also add some (vague) similarities with Dødsengel, Bölzer, Teitanblod, Árstíðir lífsins and Ævangelist, my first sentence is further emphasized.
Embrace of Thorns player suitably rabid and occult sounding death/doom with classic toggles between down-tempo and brutal parts. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?


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15.04.15

BLIZZEN - TIME MACHINE (EP)

Blizzen - Time Machine Godkjent

High Roller Records, 17.04.15
Meet Blizzen, one of the freshest additions to the oldest art forms within our favored heritage, heavy metal.
The band has been active since February last year and released a demo almost exactly a year ago. all three songs there-from have found their way onto this five-track EP.


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13.04.15

SATANIC WARMASTER - FIMBULWINTER

Satanic Warmaster - Fimbulwinter Godkjent

Hells Headbangers/ Werewolf Records, 07.04.15
From the mighty forests of Suomi Finland Perkele, Satanic Warmaster has jet again awoken. Although, the band has in fact been very active concerning “misc” short releases. The band was started by Satanic Tyrant Werwolf back in 1998 and worked as a duo from 2000 to 2007, when Lord War Torech was a part of the band. Later Satanic Warmaster has been operated as man band as far as I know, but this time a full band has teamed up, in terms of both guitarist/keyboardist, bassist and drummer.
Fimbulwinter was originally released on Werewolf Records, Werwolf's own label, in November. This is the fifth album, and it's a bit more than four years since the last album came out. Fimbulwinter is now out on vinyl in cooperation with Hells Headbangers.


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13.04.15

THE GROTESQUERY - CURSE OF THE SKINLESS BRIDE

The Grotesquery - Curse Of The Skinless Bride Godkjent

Cyclone Empire, 10.04.15
Behind a rather crummy cover-art we find the third album, and the completion of the conceptual trilogy Coffin Born Trilogy (although the story on this album chronologically fits in between the two previous albums) from The Grotesquery. Those who do not know the band can draw a conclusions from the line-up.
The band consists of Rogga Johansson (Paganizer etc.) on guitar, Johan Berglund (eks-Demiurg etc.) on bass, Brynjar Helgetun (Liklukt etc.) behind the drum-kit and Kam Lee (eks-Death etc.) behind the microphone. Then you probably have concluded that this is no ragtime polka, but rather death metal strait from the tomb.


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10.04.15

ETHER - HYMNS OF FAILURE (Dobbel-CD)

Ether - Hymns of Failure Underkjent

Sepulchral Productions, 07.04.15
The label Sepulchral Productions was formed by Myrkhaal from Frozen Shadows to release their début album in 1999, but has (after a pause) grown to become the leading label for French-Canadian black metal. The label has released lots of superb Québécois Black Metal, but Hymns of Failure is not amongst them. Unfortunately this double album lives up to its name.


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09.04.15

DEAD SUMMER SOCIETY - MANY YEARS OF LONGING

Dead Summer Society - Many Years of Longing Middels

Rain Without End Productions, 22.03.15
Time for a musical breather and a break from the harsh left hand path, I thought. Exactly what I committed myself to, I did not know. Dead Summer Society is a young Italian one-man band in a gothic direction of the doom landscape. Fine by me, for a diversion, but I had some higher hopes of more solid performance.


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09.04.15

DÉLÉTÈRE (Demo-Compilation & Debut-Album).

Délétère - De Ritibus Morbiferis Middels

Sepulchral Productions, 07.04.15
In the province of Quebec, Canada, we find one of those black metal scenes that has a local characteristic that both fascinates and pleases me. The scenes of the two cities Québec and Montréal have evolved into solid distinct and idiosyncratic black metal. We shall visit Québec (the twin town or “Ville Jumelée” in French of Bergen, Norway, where I dwell) this time. It is slightly odd that two bands from the same country, the same city and within the same genre uses exactly the same name, spelled identically as well. There are indications that this duo took the name first. Délétère's got two demos from respectively 2012 and 2013 on their guilty conscience. They have just been released on one compilation. The very same day, the same bands début was released via the same company. We summon up both in one and the same process.


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08.04.15

INFESTING SWARM - DESOLATION ROAD

Infesting Swarm - Desolation Road Godkjent

Art of Propaganda, 30.03.15
The German black metal scene doesn't have the same uniform identity as some other countries can refer to, but divergent direction among the country constellations of harmful outcasts has given Germany a rich and diverse black flora. These débutantes travel along lonely, abandoned and desolated roads with their melancholic and sorrowful mind.


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06.04.15

MALTHUSIAN - BELOW THE HENGIFORM (EP)

Malthusian - Below the Hengiform Godkjent

Invictus Productions, 06.04.15
Gorger's Metal doesn't visit Ireland too often. When we first stop by the British island, it's rather nice to bee able to give some positive feedback. Fortunately that's not a big problem when four relatively experienced Irishmen have put their heads together and formed a new black/death metal band that focus just as much on disturbing and claustrophobic moods as a grotesque expression.


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05.04.15

SULPHUR AEON - GATEWAY TO THE ANTISPHERE

Sulphur Aeon - Gateway to the Antisphere Godkjent

Ván Records (vinyl) & Imperium Productions (CD, Digital), 03.04.15
The German death machine Sulphur Aeon has no more than five years of experience, and they have only reached their sophomore full-lengt release, yet they compensate with a violent drive and strong songs, and they've grown fast to a strong name in the metal scene.
Their début album Swallowed by the Ocean's Tide was issued in December 2012 or January 2013, depending on the source of information and can safely be called acclaimed. Unfortunately I never got around to reviewing it.
Both albums are adorned by mighty illustrations of Leviathanic themes made by Swedish graphic artist Ola Larsson. (To let the details come out and shine, I have attached an extra large cover sheet. Click on the cover).


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04.04.15

PREGIERZ - BLOOD SANCTIONS (Double 7" EP)

Pregierz - Blood Sanctions Middels

Blood Harvest, 30.03.15
The two guys who make up the Polish duo Pregierz had long been wanting to start a band together when they in the summer of 2013 made their dream become reality.
Blood Sanctions is their first recording, original released as a demo on cassette last summer.


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03.04.15

AUTUMNIA - TWO FACES OF AUTUMN (Dobbel Re-utgivelse)

Autumnia - Two Faces Of Autumn Godkjent

Solitude Productions, 03.03.15
Two Faces of Autumn is simply a joint re-release of Ukrainian Autumnia's two first albums, In Loneliness of Two Souls (2004) and By the Candles Obsequial (2006).
This makes up ⅔ of the band's discography, as the third album O'Funeralia (2009) is their latest contribution to date.



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03.04.15

ABHOR - RITUALE STRAMONIUM

Abhor - Rituale Stramonium Godkjent

Moribund, 31.03.2015
Stramonium is a plant that, like some other hallucinogenic plants, has been tried or used (with debatable success) in a medical context. This plant has a wide number of rather metal nicknames, including “Devil's snare”, “hell's bells”, “devil’s trumpet”, “devil’s weed” and “devil’s cucumber”. The stuff is supposedly a potent mental a-bomb.
Italian Abhor offers Transylvanian moods with organ play reminiscent of a mad scientist, possessed by the spirit of both the Phantom of the Opera and Dracula.


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03.04.15

PREDATORY LIGHT - MMXIV (EP)

Predatory Light - MMXIV (EP) Godkjent

Pesanta Urfolk, 30.03.15
Behind a rather home-made cover art we find four Americans. The band started in 2011 and released two demos last year. This is the first of them, original released February 20th 2014. Which also explains the name MMXIV (ie 2014 for those who are not strong with Roman numerals). The band plays doomy black metal and MMXIV consists of two songs of respectively 7 and 10.5 minutes.


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02.04.15

IRREVERSIBLE MECHANISM - INFINITE FIELDS

Irreversible Mechanism - Infinite Fields Godkjent

Blood Music, 31.03.15
I've said it before and I'll say it again... The level on lots of releases coming from some of the earlier republics of the Soviet Union holds a very high quality level. We're going to Belarus to meet a duo that sound like an entire orchestra. Their death metal's got both symphonic, technical and progressive elements.


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02.04.15

THURISAZ - THE PULSE OF MOURNING

Thurisaz - The Pulse of Mourning Godkjent

Sleaszy Rider Records, 31.03.15
There's only two and a half months since Thurisaz released Live & Acoustic, received with moderate enthusiasm by yours truly. When they now return with an album consisting of metal, it's natural that I hold a different tone. Still, emphasizing the word metal is a bit wrong for such a calm, melodic and harmless album like this.


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02.04.15

AKROTHEISM / SEPTUAGINT - SPHINX: THE GREAT ENIGMA OF TIMES (Split)

Akrotheism / Septuagint - Sphinx: The Great Enigma Of Times Godkjent

Forever Plagued Records, 30.03.15
These days anything that can crawl amongst Greek black metal bands seems to strike while the iron is hot. And the quality is generally at a high level on one or more levels. Some have originality (at least as much as one can expect), some are highly professional, and still others constructs moods that penetrates the psyche as malicious parasites.
Meet and greet Akrotheism and Septuagint, two parasites that causes discomfort and nightmare delusions.


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