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2015 part 1/6 : January → February

28.02.15

CODE - MUT

Code - mut Dice 2/6

AGONIA RECORDS, 27.02.15
Last album from Code, Augur Nox was released before I even introduced vx as ranking. It was thus dismissed with a simple X. I did not spend much time on it, so I decided to make amends by getting a little bit deeper into this one.
Something that turned out to be a bit frustrating, as the material wasn't particularly exciting. This was intended to be an Impression, but after seven or eight spins, I feel pretty sure that it has finished growing on me. On my part, that's considered a scarce amount in preparation for a Review.
Ergo, we go from a hasty Impression of Augur Nox to a “hasty” Review of mut.

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27.02.15

ACHERONTAS - MA ION (FORMULAS OF REPTILIAN UNIFICATION)

Acherontas - Ma IoN (Formulas Of Reptilian Unification) Dice 5

W.T.C.PRODUCTIONS, 27.02.15
Greek black metal is, similarly to the Icelandic scene, in to a good and productive period. That various geographical regions to some extent has its own stamp also provides exciting nuances on the map of the metal landscape. The extreme metallic world-view may have many Mordor'ian centres, but mutual recognition creates a balance that the map of the miserable, comfortless reality never can compete against. Strangely enough, this little intro is rather unsuitable in the case of Acherontas.


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26.02.15

DECLINE OF THE I - REBELLION

Decline of the I - Rebellion Dice 5

AGONIA RECORDS, 27.02.15
A well-known brave Gaul had a tendency to point out that the Romans were crazy. The Romans were perhaps a bit megalomaniac, but these days it must be allowed to declare that they are fairly crazed the French too.
Both Peste Noire, CNK, Autarcie and the occasional Canadian black metal band is known for rather eclectic methods in the fight to advocate Lucifer's values.
Decline of the I still stands out by implementing madness in their black sphere by original means. One thing is certain; the Absinthe-fog is still thick in the streets where the decadent aristocracy of snail- and frog-eaters in the French underground take shelter.

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24.02.15

BELOW THE SUN - ENVOY

Below the Sun - Envoy Dice 5

TEMPLE OF TORTUROUS, 24.02.15
Beyond the Sun would have been a more appropriate name for this Russian band, for this album drags the listener right out in space. The five man band comes from the industrial town Красноярск in Siberia, but musically they are located somewhere on the borderline between atmospheric death/doom, funeral, post black metal and the star constellation Ophiuchus...


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20.02.15

CARACH ANGREN - THIS IS NO FAIRYTALE

Carach Angren - This Is No Fairytale Dice 5

SEASON OF MIST, 23.02.15
Two innocent and traumatized children, whose mother is an irreparable junkie and father is a terribly violent tyrant, manages to escape from home after finding their addict mother with sliced arteries in the bathtub. They flee, merciful concealed by the very forest they escape through, but when they finally feel safe, hell awaits.
The nightmare will never end...

When Carach Angren is out with their fourth album is it accompanied by the most unpleasant story the three Dutchmen has ever hatched.


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16.02.15

KEEP OF KALESSIN - EPISTEMOLOGY

Keep of Kalessin - Epistemology Dice 5

INDIE RECORDINGS, 16.02.15
Obsidian Claw started one of Trondheim's first black metal bands (next to Manes, Stigma Diabolicum and Bloodthorn) under the name Ildskjaer in 1993. After a name change, a demo and two albums under the black seal, the band was put on ice, just as the new millennium knocked on the door, ready to overthrow the reigning era.


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14.02.15

UHRIRISTI - HAUDANKYLMÄ

Uhriristi - Haudankylmä Dice 3

MORTIS HUMANAE PRODUCTIONS, 23.01.15
Finnish Uhriristi is one of the few bands outside of France that release albums through Mortis Humanae. But they do fit the label's subsurface underground black metal profile. Apart from the fact that really conservative old-school tnbm fans will probably snort both loud and clear sneeze at it in protest.


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06.02.15

DØDSVERK - DØDSVERK

Dødsverk - Dødsverk Dice 3

APOCALYPTIC EMPIRE RECORDS, 09.02.15
These débutantes are anonymous souls. The band don't have a homepage or any profiles in the social media, and they don't play live. The press letter make a point out of that the music maybe for once might speak for itself, rather than being judged by its members and their merits. What are they insinuating? That media can actually be biased? What a libellous accusation. One can easily be tempted to respond:
“Let's see if a press release for once can contain anywhere remotely close to factual observations, enlightening information, intellectual reflections and actual promotional selling points.” But I'm not going to say that. It could easily be seen as a personal attack on this Norwegian underground label. ;)
(My impudent tongue-in-cheek statements should be interpreted with a pinch of sodium chloride, by the way)

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04.02.15

THULCANDRA - ASCENSION LOST

Thulcandra - Ascension Lost Dice 4

NAPALM RECORDS, 02.02.2015
German Thulcandra should eventually be known by most metal followers. The band is named after one of Darkthrone's demos, but is more like a follower of Dissection's melodic black death to reckon. (For trivia fanatics: The name originates from CS Lewis's novel Out of the Silent Planet).

The band started in 2003, released a demo in 2005 and died out in silence. (I don't know the circumstances, but guitarist Jürgen Zintz took his own life that year). Luckily however, 2008 gave the band a new lease on life...

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04.02.15

0 X Í S T - ONE EON

0 X í S T - One Eon Dice 5

DEATH SHRINE OFFERINGS, 04.02.15
Finnish 0 X í S T [pronounced Zero Exist] started in 2008 and released an EP and a demo two years later. These were followed by the exceptionally good début Nil in 2012. It combined dark mid-tempo death/doom with dark metal, spiced with characteristic, a bit proggy melodies and transitions. When the band now is done making their follow-up, these components is somewhat toned down, and we are left with clean cut death/doom.


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01.02.15

HATE - CRUSADE:ZERO

Hate - Crusade:Zero Dice 4

NAPALM RECORDS, 02.02.2015
Behemoth's musical half brother Hate is again looking to flex their muscles. Both bands' death metal has over the years gradually and in parallel become more mighty in expression. Both bands started under other names, and has had its current name since 1991. When Hate now releases their ninth album, they are just one record behind Behemoth. That both are Polish trios in the same genre and with equally long experience of course makes a comparison natural. In this respect, many will still call Hate the musical little brother.

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30.01.15

FINSTERFORST - MACH DICH FREI

Finsterforst - Mach Dich Frei Dice 5

NAPALM RECORDS, 02.02.2015
These Germans debuted with a 26-minute EP in 2006. It consisted of three good songs and was therefore a very promising career start. So I had to check out the following recordings. Unfortunately, none them really came higher up than middle of the road. Admittedly Rastlos (2012) was a step in the right direction, but it still wasn't quite there. The pagan/folk genre has plenty of unknown and mediocre bands, and yet another a band in an overcrowded genre didn't do much to tempt me. After three albums, I had practically given up on the band, but a preview for Mach Dich Frei was a harbinger of new land in sight.
Only a few has what it takes to soar high above all others. Was Finsterforst one of them?

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28.01.15

VENOM - FROM THE VERY DEPTHS

Venom - From the Very Depths Dice 4

SPINEFARM RECORDS U.K., 26.01.15
Welcome to Hell
As soon as the year after the major British breakthrough (or outbreak) of Metal, whilest Black Sabbath sang Mob Rules, Iron Maiden released Killers, Judas Priest disappointed many with their Point of Entry, Motörhead promised No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, Ozzy Osbourne wrote his Diary of a Madman and Twisted Sister gave us Ruff Cuts, Venom wished... Welcome to Hell!


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16.01.15

INSANITY REIGNS SUPREME - UNORTHODOX

Insanity Reigns Supreme - Unorthodox Dice 4

SHIVER RECORDS, 16.01.14
Behind a cover made by Seth Siro Anton (Septicflesh) the fourth album of the Belgian black/death metal merchant Insanity Reigns Supreme lays hidden. I have previously heard two of three full-length albums the band, in addition to a few other releases, has behind them. Those two respectively (and tentatively) had a dark/doom metallic and rather epic expression in a kind of narrow Hate/SepticFlesh/Moonspell-essenced landscape. Both have been characterized by somewhat ramshackle production.


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15.01.15

CHAPEL OF DISEASE - THE MYSTERIOUS WAYS OF REPETITIVE ART

Chapel of Disease - The Mysterious Ways Of Repetitive Art Dice 5/6

FDA REKOTZ, 16.01.15
Chapel of Disease released their debut in 2012, and are hereby out with the sequel. Though, we're not speaking of a direct continuation of any sort. Summoning Black Gods was an album with rather frenetic and dirty death metal. On The Mysterious..., Chapel of Disease create the path as they go, and the result sees the band wandering into a far more sophisticated direction.



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15.01.15

OBSCURE INFINITY - PERPETUAL DESCENDING INTO NOTHINGNESS

Obscure Infinity - Perpetual Descending Into Nothingness Dice 5

FDA REKOTZ, 16.01.15
German Obscure Infinity was founded early 2007. The band's got a demo, two albums and four splits in their luggage. The third chapter relates once again to death and destruction, though not with equally cold-blooded brutality as the genre's most bestial constellations swear by.




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08.01.15

INFERNAL MANES - INFERNAL MANES

Infernal Manes - Infernal Manes Dice 4

EDGED CIRCLE PRODUCTIONS,
IRON BONEHEAD PRODUCTIONS &
HIGH ROLLER RECORDS, 10.01.15
Classic heavy metal has its own place in my heart. I've always liked music, and primarily the half side of the art form that can be swept under the common term rock. (All that stems from the branch marked disco can burn!) Childhood was an eternal quest for something even harder. When I eventually discovered the magic world of metal, childhoods end and the adolescent beginning was shrouded in heavy metal and thrash from the golden era.

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06.01.15

ASCENSION - THE DEAD OF THE WORLD

Ascension - The Dead of the World Dice 6

WORLD TERROR COMMITTEE, 24.12.14
As mentioned in the previous review this album came out as the perfect last-minute Christmas gift. I was enthralled with the “teaser” Deathless Light which came out in late October, and I have enjoyed this countless times during the last two weeks. The German quartet released a demo in 2009 and debuted with EP and a full length entitled Consolamentum the next year. It is said that it received a very good reception among those who didn't miss out on it. You are not alone if it blew past your radar as well.

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04.01.15

DYSANGELIUM - THÁNATOS ÁSKESIS

Dysangelium - Thánatos Áskesis Dice 4/6

WORLD TERROR COMMITTEE, 24.12.14
This label released two delightful little devils during the previous six months. Dysangelium released their first demo barely two years ago, and their second demo, Leviaxxis was released via W.T.C. in late July. Exactly five months later, on Christmas Eve it self, their début album was released. The second mini the label released was an EP of Ascension. Even they unleashed a record the same day. I will return with a review for it later. Both bands are German, playing black metal, just to mention it.

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