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September 2016:

30.09.16

EVIL INVADERS - IN FOR THE KILL (EP)

Evil Invaders - In For The Kill Quite Good

Napalm Records, 30.09.16
Last year's, no fuck it, the decade's most frenetic, energetic and entertaining thrash album was called Pulses Of Pleasure, and was even a debut.
(Of course there's many other thrash albums I haven't heard, so take my haughty bullshit with a few pinches of salt.)
Belgian Evil Invaders is back, albeit only with an EP.

Two of the songs are new, and the two remaining are live versions of songs of the album.


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30.09.16

ARS VENEFICIUM - THE REIGN OF THE INFERNAL KING

Ars Veneficium - The Reign of the Infernal King Good

Immortal Frost Productions, 26.09.16
After three years of activity and some shorter releases, the Belgian in Ars Veneficium are ready to conquer the world with bestial black metal. They must still line up in queue with the horde of hopefuls, but should the competition for places be stiff, and even result in physical scuffles, these Belgians might actually have a solid position. At least, it doesn't sound as if they're afraid to swing the battle axe.


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28.09.16

DEATHCULT - BEASTS OF FAITH

Deathcult - Beasts of Faith Very Good

Invictus Productions, 26.09.16
I completed my review of Demo '12 by proclaiming that “I'm droolingly anticipating the debut...”.
The time has come for Swiss Deathcult. At last the undead rise from their respective coffins to declare their morbid and rabid sepulchral death metal in its most deranged fashion.
I threw a few references around last time, and might as well offer a few new ones now. The men have built their mausoleum on unhallowed graveyard soil with a strong whiff of the old school.

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28.09.16

FROM THE VASTLAND - CHAMROSH

From the Vastland - Chamrosh Quite Good

Immortal Frost Productions, 26.09.16
Sina, the Iranian who practically became Norwegians in order to play true Norwegian black metal without risking prosecution by the Ayatollah, is back.
That was a rather simplified tongue-in-cheek presentation. I haven't seen the documentary Blackhearts, and I don't know the exact background of his emigration.
Those who like their metal black, nevertheless knows what to expect. From the Vastland pose no shocking surprises.


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25.09.16

SEVEN SINS - DUE DIABOLI ET APOCALYPSE

Seven Sins - Due Diaboli et Apocalypse Good

Satanath Records, 20.09.16
Seven Sins debuted in 2012, and they're now launching the sophomore album, presented as “a conceptual journey through the dark and obscure side of the Middle Ages in Eastern Europe and Asia”.
Who and what, then, is Seven Sins?
The band is a quintet from Kazakhstan. With its about 30 active bands with releases to show for, the country ain't the most prominent on the metal map, thus that probably doesn't tell you much.
It sure is a good thing, then, that I can help shed some light on the matter.

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25.09.16

PREDATORY LIGHT - PREDATORY LIGHT

Predatory Light - Predatory Light Very Good

Invictus Productions, 23.09.16
I presented the Americans' first demo, MMXIV from 2014, when it was re-released the following year, but I unfortunately never got around to process the second demo and the subsequent split with Vorde.

The band plays alkalic and alchemic black, deadly doom, and has evolved favourably without neglecting its roots.


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25.09.16

SORCIER DES GLACES / ENDE - LE PUITS DES MORTS (Split)

Sorcier des Glaces / Ende - Le puits des morts Very Good

Obscure Abhorrence Productions, 20.09.16
The Quebec-Canadians in SDG strikes while the soot-black iron is hot, and give us another 30 minutes of icy black atmospheres on a split with their fellow kinsman in French Ende.
It's no more than seven months since the sadistic glee of North reinforced the than still prevailing winter moods.
Cold French-Canadian winds this time brings two by four tracks totalling nearly an hour, on a split whose title translates to “The well of the dead”.


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24.09.16

DRUDKH / GRIFT - BETRAYED BY THE SUN / HÄGRINGAR (Split)

Drudkh / Grift - Betrayed By The Sun / Hägringar Good

SOM - Underground Activists & Nordvis, 16.09.16
Drudkh returns with the second release in their announced series of splits. This time together with Grift, the Swedish commissioner of small town anxiety.

Drudkh as usual deliver good quality, but “over-exposure” to their usual style, gradually gives a sense of “idling”, however weak. This time, my meeting with the Swedes is what provide the greatest profit.


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23.09.16

HELLGOAT - EDEN IN FLAMES

Hellgoat - Eden in Flames Middling/Weak

Boris Records & Pale Horse Records, 15.09.16
Metal Archives specify two out of three bands with the same name as “black metal”, while the third band from Singapore is categorized as “raw black metal”. As it turns out, however, we're heading to the United States.
If the band from Singapore is rawer than this, I actually think I'll let them pass, for the Americans mostly speed off in full throttle with their unpolished brutal contempt. Whipping up enough pedal to the metal and rev to cause burnout in hasty motion.

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22.09.16

AETHERNAEUM - ZWISCHEN ZWEI WELTEN (Single)

Aethernaeum - Zwischen zwei Welten Good

Einheit Produktionen, 02.09.16
In 2012, I picked up a solo project by Alexander Paul Blake, that as far as I can remember delivered quite good melancholy in the form of atmospheric black metal.
The following year, I found delight in the magnificent and mournful compositions on Aethernaeum's debut. If I ever were aware that the two bands in practice was the same, it was nevertheless lost knowledge by now.
Last year Aethernaeum dropped sophomore Naturmystik, but I missed out on it. We will, however, take a quick look at this single.

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22.09.16

OREWOET - AFRODISIACUM DER VROOMHEID (EP)

Orewoet - Afrodisiacum der vroomheid Good

Heidens Hart Records & Amor Fati Productions, 16.09.16
Orewoet. Once again a debutant. Yet again a release with good extreme metal that basically lacks the desirable uniqueness to excel remarkably.
I still have a taste for the band's black metal as it swirls as witches and demons around the listener. A listener who in turn is boiled alive in a pool of seething and simmering mud.
Individually, the Dutch deliver tremendous vicious riffing with a hellish drive and satanic black vocals that sandblast the ears like a strident grater. The infernal vocals tear the skin from the listener and provide the perfect finishing touch.

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21.09.16

NOCTURNE - NOCTURNE

Nocturne - Nocturne Very Good

Unlight Productions, 15.01.16
Although I have a shit-load of promos piled up with recently expired release dates, I also have other temptations in store. To preserve motivation, it must be allowed to make a detour from the stipulated program once in a while.

Austrian Nocturne has about ten years of experience, but didn't debut until early this year, and they just as well did so eponymously.


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20.09.16

JOHANSSON & SPECKMANN - EDGE OF THE ABYSS

Johansson & Speckmann - Edge of the Abyss Alright

Soulseller Records, 16.09.16
Rogga is back, and thus you surely know what genre we're about to take a close look at. Hell knows how many albums Rogga attends during a year. Metal-Archives might have an idea as well. One of them has whispered in my ear that we might be talking about eight albums so far this year.
The man stands for quality, but not everything he touches turns to gold. It rather turns to death. He's not King Midas. He is the grim reaper. Apparently.


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20.09.16

INFANT DEATH - VIOLENT RITES

Infant Death - Violent Rites Quite Weak

Apocalyptic Empire Records, 23.09.16
Are you familiar with the thrash act Infant Death from Trondheim, Norway?

The band consists of folks from Hellstorm, Katechon and Thorns amongst others, and on their third full-length, they still reel off filthy, frenetic black/thrash without significant finesse. If you're in search of careless, depraved speed metal, you've just hit jackpot.


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17.09.16

ANCIENT - BACK TO THE LAND OF THE DEAD

Ancient - Back To The Land Of The Dead Quite Good

Soulseller Records, 16.09.16
For the first time in many years, two old Norwegian fighters in sooty costumes show new signs of life these days. None of them can however be called soldiers at the front, for although both have a peripheral connection to early 90's black metal, none of them were direct representatives for tnbm.
If I remember correctly, Ancient were scolded somewhat for their gothic/melodic vampire-romantic direction. Though they didn't receive as much tongue-lashing as Dimmu for their reviled easily digestible synth-based symphonic approach, or Antestor for their foolish “unblack metal”.

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15.09.16

FINSTERFORST - #YØLØ (EP)

Finsterforst - #YØLØ Weak

Napalm Records, 16.09.16
German Finsterforst have for years fought for making a qualitatively pagan/folk metal brew, and creating a name for themselves. Eventually they managed to climb out of the generic starting block and rise up into the elite.

As soon as they've laid all amateurish first difficulties behind them and released one of the best folk metal albums in recent times, Mach Dich Frei, they decide to discredit the name Finsterforst with new infantile antics.


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14.09.16

KHEPRA - COSMOLOGY DIVINE

Khepra - Cosmology Divine Very Good

Rain Without End Records, 10.09.16
Sometimes, you just feel the chemistry smiting you at the very first spin. The only thing that remains when you feel that a band nails it, is to enjoy the music while hoping that detailed and intricate shades will provide a long and prosperous longevity. In the worst case scenario, a lack of such might lead to gradual disappointment.
From the start, everything indicated that the Turks in Khepra would acquiesce neatly in amongst the most successful first attempts, and fortunately, as desired, the satisfaction didn't languish.

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13.09.16

GIORDANO BONCOMPAGNI - NEW SHRED GENERATION

Giordano Boncompagni - New Shred Generation Not evaluated

Sliptrick Records, 15.06.16
I'm not quite sure what to make of New Shred Generation, and it doesn't really mater what I think.

Time is short for a stressed out rabbit with vest and pocket watch, so this will be a short presentation only.

Giordano Boncompagni is a guitarist of the technical competent kind, and the Italian slides nicely in amongst other guitar-masturbators.


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13.09.16

FAUSTIAN DRIPFEED - BETWEEN THIS AND DEATH (EP)

Faustian Dripfeed - Between This And Death Good

Independent, 26.08.16
Hopeful artist sprout and grow forth from every crack and cranny, and the newcomer Faustian Dripfeed from Stavanger, Norway is a resolute young ensemble that tries to establish a position as steady supplier of hard-hitting metal.

The guys play death metal with a melodic approach, and they don't put neither home nor genre to shame. Especially since they put a far greater range to use than what I initially expected.


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12.09.16

NOX FORMULAE - THE HIDDEN PATHS TO BLACK ECSTASY

Nox Formulae - The Hidden Paths to Black Ecstasy Very Good

Dark Descent Records, 16.09.16
After at least five trips on Nox Formulae's hidden path, my knowledge about this band were still non-existent. After a little research I still knew no more about the Greeks than nationality, that they hadn't released music before (at least not in full-length format), that they created their Fakebook profile at the end of last year, and that they weren't yet added to Metal Archives.

In addition to them being above average concerned about secret occult rites.

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12.09.16

AZZIARD / NIRNAETH - ST (Split)

Azziard / Nirnaeth - st Good

Kaotoxin Records, 22.07.16
The amount of releases almost makes it tempting to solely concentrate on full-length albums, but every once in a while you come across interesting releases in other formats too.

And of course, as a good Antichrist, I willingly let myself be lead into temptation.

This exactly 10 minutes short piece wants to direct your attention to two French black metal bands who may not have received too much of that.

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10.09.16

IMPURE CONSECRATION - SUCCUMB TO IMPURITY FIRE (EP)

Impure Consecration - Succumb to Impurity Fire Good

Blood Harvest, 29.07.16
The Americans of Impure Consecration is yet a fairly new band, and their Succumb to Impurity Fire is a warning of upcoming hellfire.
The EP consists of two tracks totalling almost ten minutes. Strangely enough, the two tracks got extremely different sound, and as such works as an excellent example of how much sound actually matters.
It sounds as if these were recorded in different location, and as if they only had enough money to hire a producer in one of two cases.

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10.09.16

IN OBSCURITY REVEALED - GRIM FUMES OF REVELATION (EP)

In Obscurity Revealed - Grim Fumes of Revelation Middling/Good

Blood Harvest, 12.09.16
The Mexicans in In Obscurity Revealed is once again a promising band to keep an eye on. The guys plays what you'd call blackened death metal, but the promo leaflet suggests that these furious tracks just as easily could be considered deathened black metal.
They've got a point, for the amalgam of evil and bestiality sounds as an alloy with no joints.


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09.09.16

MORBOSATAN - THE LAST SACRIFICE (EP)

Morbosatan - The Last Sacrifice Weak

Blood Harvest, 12.09.16
The name sounded familiar, but I was probably confusing Morbosatan with Morbo and Morbosidad.
These guys come from Peru, and has been active since 2013. The line up amongst others counts Toñyn Destructor from Anal Vomit behind the drums.
The Last Sacrifice consists of three songs and fourteen minutes of bestial black/death that smells of mildew, rot and primitive underground.
It sounds like an old cassette that's been laying in moist soil since Sarcofago's heyday, and the putrid content is roughly in the same vicinity.

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09.09.16

AMPHISBAENA - AMPHISBAENA (EP)

Amphisbaena - Amphisbaena Quite Good

Iron Bonehead, 09.09.16
Canadian Amphisbaena deliver technically competent (if not direct technical) chaos-infested death metal. The implementation is successful, and frantic moods are conjured up.
Yet I've had a somewhat ambivalent relation to the band's work.
The quartet mostly consists of people with good amount of experience. The self-titled EP is their first release, and has four songs, very unevenly distributed over 24 minutes. The sound is dirty and muddy, and Tore Stjerna have mastered it.

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09.09.16

PENTARIUM - SCHWARZMALER

Pentarium - Schwarzmaler Middling

Boersma Records, 09.09.16
So, than. What metallic pigeon-hole does these melodic Germans sort under? The first thing I think of is so-called melodic death metal, a fairly diffuse term, as it's used both for real death metal with a melodic appearance, and on Gothenburg metal.
We're talking something closer to the latter, with additional accessories. They call it dark metal themselves. Another relatively diffuse genre. It's nonetheless an adequate description.


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08.09.16

SELF-HATRED - THEIA

Self-Hatred - Theia Good

Solitude Productions, 05.09.16
It feels like much time has passed since I last was granted pure death/doom of vintage recipe. From the Czech Republic comes the debutant of Self-Hatred, a sextet mostly consisting of people with limited experience, who performs leaden sadness as if time has stood still under a black veil of eternal sorrow for the past 25 years.
Theia opens in classic manners, with heavy riffs, deep growl and beautiful melodies of desolate sadness enveloping the listener and stunning all other senses than hearing in a soothing fashion.

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07.09.16

LOTH - LOTH

Loth - Loth Middling

Northern Silence Productions, 09.09.16
Loth, is what they've chosen to call themselves, these two Frenchmen.
A name of which I'm afraid I can't shed any light.
Loth is once again a band that's somehow become convinced the world needs more atmospheric black metal.
They have, however, not received any new bright ideas that could contribute to versatility or whatever new in the genre.


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07.09.16

XALPEN - BLACK RITES (EP)

Xalpen - Black Rites Good

Morbid Skull Records, 06.09.16
A couple of years ago, Chilean Juan Pablo Nuñez (previously in Bloody Torture and Swarm of Hatred) and German Alvaro Lillo (Execrator and live for Watain), which apparently hail from Chile too, put their heads together.
The goal was to create dark and raw black metal, a ritual portal to the abyss, spiritual chaos, a fully devoted channelling manifestation of ancient occult knowledge, ecstasy, trance and satanic commitment.
Along with them, they dragged Pablo Gatica (from Pagan Funeral) to handle the drums.

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06.09.16

LUX ABSENTIA - ANTIGNOSIS (EP)

Lux Absentia - Antignosis Superb

Fallen Empire Records, 10.08.16
After barely one and a half minutes of pointless ambient intro, which oddly enough also plays the role of title track, the New Jersey band shows what they're made of (or rather what he is made of) through barely eight minutes long Endless, Aimless, Ruthless Power, the first of two killer songs.
I should perhaps have written “shows what has taken residence in him”, for my suspicion is of alien parasites that's taken control of his nervous system and reduces its host to a bloodthirsty primitive and aggressive predator.


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06.09.16

ABYSSUS / SLAUGHTERED PRIEST / DEATH COURIER / DREAMLONGDEAD (Split)

Abyssus / Slaughtered Priest / Death Courier / DreamLongDead Good

Screaming Victims Distro, 25.03.16
Welcome to a quick review of a split between four Greek extreme metal band, released almost six months ago.
Do not expect stereotypical Hellenic black metal, but rather black/death hybrids, mostly emphasising aspects concerning brutal demise.
In the course of 15 minutes, they all manage to deliver their contributions, so buckle up.


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05.09.16

ILLUSIONS DEAD - IMMORTAL DOMAIN (Singel)

Illusions Dead - Immortal Domain Good

Independent, 06.08.16
Illusions Dead is a Finnish black/death entity with one album on their conscience.
Immortal Domain is a single with inviting cover art, consisting of a just over four minutes long title song.
I shall not comment on how the full length Celestial Decadence sounds, as I unfortunately only have spent a brief moment checking it out myself.
Immortal Domain on the other hand combines rawness with lots of melody in a nice way.


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04.09.16

HELLSPAWN - THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A SON OF ME

Hellspawn - There Has Never Been A Son Of Me Very Good

Old Temple, 12.03.16
Hellspawn is a Polish death squad with 13 years in activity. Thus, their third album is fully capable of creating expectations, or at least a desire, although the name as such has till now been unknown to me.
And so, it's very pleasing to see that the Poles fulfil this anticipation.
This prologue is nevertheless fairly misleading, as I didn't have the faintest idea as to the band's origin when I was initially impress by the album.


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04.09.16

MARE COGNITUM & AUREOLE - RESONANCE: CRIMSON VOID (Split)

Mare Cognitum & Aureole - Resonance: Crimson Void Good

Fallen Empire Records, 10.08.16
Gradually renown Mare Cognitum is back. This time in collaboration with (somewhat) less familiar Aureole. Together they embarked on a manned journey through the vast emptiness of cosmos. The band's journals aren't* as foreign as the monstrous (huge, that is, not fucking heinous and foul, one might hope) unknown universe would suggest. After all, the metal industry has employed a number of astronauts over recent years.

This story, arriving from alien worlds, is far from “boring”.

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03.09.16

SURGIKILL - SANGUINARY REVELATIONS

Surgikill - Sanguinary Revelations Weak

Hells Headbangers, 26.08.16
Behind Mario Lopez' hand-painted cover art, we allegedly find death metal of the old school.
Stevo do Caixao from Impetigo and more have found inspiration in the leading suppliers of horror and gore, malice, brutality, heaviness and speed, and has been joined by five other seasoned musicians.
Autopsy, Grave, Funebre, Demigod, Repulsion, Terrorizer, Crematory and Incantation are cited as sources of inspiration.


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03.09.16

BLIGHT - THE TEACHINGS (EP)

Blight - The Teachings Fairly Good

Heathen Tribes, 31.08.16
Blight plays a kind of black metal that seems to have made a turn at a little-known crossroad along the evolutionary path.

Could the band, like the label, perhaps have its roots in Greece, where a branch of proto black metal took root and developed into its own direction? Hardly.

American than maybe, or possibly Central American?
Wrong again. But not quite as wrong.


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03.09.16

FRIGORIS - NUR EIN MOMENT…

Frigoris - Nur ein Moment… Medium Weak

Hypnotic Dirge Records, 25.08.16
Fully aware of Hypnotic Dirge Records' reputation, the label amongst other cooperate closely with Solitude Productions, I said yes to review this without knowing what I was in for.
When it appeared that Frigoris didn't fit into the safe, good death/doom profile, but rather colours the world dark grey with sombre blue shades in the form of monotonous post-metal, I was about to resign.
Let me nonetheless present Nur ein Moment… für Sie, der liebt post-metall.

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02.09.16

VIKE TARE - FEED THE FLAMES

Vike Tare - Feed The Flames Good

Einheit Produktionen, 02.09.16
Vike Tare from northern Germany doesn't play Thuringian Pagan Metal, they play Frisian Pagan Black Metal, a more direct and tradition form of pagan, with blackened lines and elements of folk heritage and cultural baggage in the melody lines, but without the use of folk instruments.
As the album title Feed The Flames suggest, you may throw on all the wood you want, building a bone fire of manly proportions.


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02.09.16

SURTURS LOHE - SEELENHEIM

Surturs Lohe - Seelenheim Good

Einheit Produktionen, 02.09.16
The sextet Surturs Lohe celebrates as much as 20 years without previously having invaded my privacy. The band may not have had any major breakthrough, but they haven't been the most active on the release front either. A few albums were released early this century, and a third album was released five years ago.
The band from Thuringia, in central Germany, define their expression as Thuringian Pagan Metal.


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02.09.16

WHIPSTRIKER - ONLY FILTH WILL PREVAIL

Whipstriker - Only Filth Will Prevail Weak

Goatprayer Records, 01.09.16
The eighties are seemingly not over. Either that, or Brazilian Whipstriker just never left the golden decade.

If a mixture of heavy speed and punked proto-black is just what you need to get through autumn, and if a light-footed hybrid of Venom and a handful of other bands with rowdy fuck-all attitude may tempt thee...


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