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2015 part 3/6 : May → June

28.06.15

BLAZE OF PERDITION - NEAR DEATH REVELATIONS

Blaze Of Perdition - Near Death Revelations Dice 5/6

AGONIA RECORDS, 26.06.15
After a traumatic experience, we are fortunate (in the midst of a terrible tragedy) that Polish Blaze Of Perdition is still among us, presenting new black metal. They also offer a fairly distinctive musical changes in a rather orthodox genre.
After three years under the name Perdition, they changed it to Blaze Of Perdition in 2007. There's been many mini releases, and two full lengths. The previous, The Hierophant is a juicy black metallic fist inspired by Scandinavian spirit and vain.
During a tour an early November morning in 2013 however, things went disastrously wrong...

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28.06.15

ISVIND – GUD

Isvind – Gud Dice 5/6

FOLTER RECORDS, 26.06.15
When Isvind now releases their fourth album the listener has every reason to be curious about the album title Gud, or “God”. The sacral goes on in many of the song tittles, which can be translated to e.g. the “The Word”, “Heaven”, “The Shepherd” and “The Spire”.
Anyone with knowledge of the band is nevertheless far from nervous it's an "un-black" metal band we are dealing with.
Isvind began under the moniker Ice Wind (which means exactly the same) back in 1992 but changed their name the following year. The year after the début Dark Waters Stir (1996), the band was dissolved.

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16.06.15

TEMPEL - THE MOON LIT OUR PATH

Tempel - The Moon Lit Our Path Dice 5/6

Prosthetic Records, 16.06.15
The instrumental Arizona duo with the Norwegian-sounding name is out with their second album. The listener's got 54 comfortable minutes awaiting. Free from standstill moments, and with a seemingly rich arsenal of inspirations. Each and every songs is long. With five songs, that means an average of nearly 11 minutes per song.
Putting Temple in a single cubicle would be rather misleading, although post-[assorted]metal constitutes a majority in the expression itself.


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10.06.15

DISLOYAL - GODLESS

Disloyal - Godless Dice 5/6

GHASTLY MUSIC / AMPUTATED VEIN RECORDS, 09.06.15
Polish death metal has a good and highly deserved reputation. Disloyal stands out a bit in this assembly, but not necessarily in a negative sense.
The band is new to me, but their history actually stretches all the way back to 1997. The bands accompanying bio is long, but contains no surprises. After x number of line-up changes the quartet's got one original member, and the band is now out with their fourth album.


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07.05.15

GORGOROTH - INSTINCTUS BESTIALIS

Gorgoroth - Instinctus Bestialis Dice 5/6

SOULSELLER RECORDS, 08.06.15
Gorgoroth is finally back.
If one disregards the new recording of Under the Sign of Hell, barely 3.5 years ago there's more than 5.5 years since the last album release by Infernus & Co.
In the unlikely event, however, that one would see Under the Sign of Hell 2011 as a proper album, this would become Gorgoroth s tenth full-length album since its inception in 1992.


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25.05.15

ALKALOID - THE MALKUTH GRIMOIRE

Alkaloid - The Malkuth Grimoire Dice 5/6

INDEPENDENT RELEASE, 17.03.15
It's disappointingly long since the last full-blooded review in my courtyard. The time I have had at my disposal during the 17 days that have passed since last review have been spent writing 25 Impressions, and time flies by.
Those who observe the metaliverse closely has probably taken notice of this release. For everyone else, sharpen your ears.
Alkaloid consists of five men whose merits are impeccable. I recently lashed out against the term “super-group” in an Impression of an otherwise serviceable album from Tau Cross, thus I've hereby rendered that phrase useless


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08.05.15

ARCTURUS - ARCTURIAN

Arcturus - Arcturian Dice 5/6

PROPHECY PRODUCTIONS, 08.05.15
I have an ambivalent relationship with eccentric music. Some of it becomes too farfetched for my discerning (or picky) taste, but sometimes it's good to escape from all generic, genre-tied mediocrity. A stay in a world where genres and limitations do not exist may sometimes be purely therapeutic.
Nearly ten years after Sideshow Symphonies we can finally rejoice over new material from my home country's most psychedelic assembly, in the form of five sovereign artists with collective astral visions.
We wish Norway's court jester Arcturus welcome back to the circus manège.


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05.05.15

SVADILFARE - KRIG I KUNST

Svadilfare - Krig i Kunst Dice 3/6

NATURMACHT PRODUCTIONS, 22.03.15
The Bergen-based one-man band Svadilfare is out with his third album. Ildsint Svartmunin (Gandreid, Blodstaur) is the man at the helm. He started his project ten years ago, but left the project on hold for a while. Five years ago he took the leap, so to speak, and the world was soon taking part in his works. on Krig i Kunst (War in/at Art) he's performed black metal with elements from the folk/viking camp. Or is atmospheric pagan metal? Ildsint doesn't tread on beaten tracks, but rather create their own paths in the forests, fields and other lands of rugged terrain.


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01.05.15

OUTRE - GHOST CHANTS

Outre - Ghost Chants Terningkast 5

THIRD EYE TEMPLE (CD),
ESSENTIAL PURIFICATION RECORD (MC) og
GODZ OV WAR PRODUCTIONS (LP), 14.04.15
Débuting Outre is yet again a band that follows the legacy of Deathspell Omega, and performs their black tones with an infernal, perverted, claustrophobic and thunderous twist.
So unimaginably many follow on trampled paths that one might as well pave the trail and put up a bloody mall where it ends. Good bands become mediocre in the crowd. But as a Luciferian lodestar these five Poles clearly shows that original and exceptional quality is still a possibility.

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