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December 2016:

21.12.16

PUTRIFIED - THE FLESH. THE SCYTHE. THE TOMB (EP)

Putrified - The Flesh. The Scythe. The Tomb Ganske Bra

Unholy Prophecies, 19.12.16
Putrified from Stockholm was started in 2010 by A. Death from the black metal band Infuneral. After a couple of demos and an EP, the one-man band changed status into band when three other members joined in 2013. Crypt, who's also been a part of Infuneral, handles drums, while guitarist Grave is still a part of that band, in addition to having played in Dødsfall as well as live for Ondskapt. He also guested on Putrified's first demo. P. Apocalypse, the chick on bass, is an unknown quantity. This EP is a documents that marks the first Putrified release as a proper ensemble.

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18.12.16

MORAST - MORAST (EP)

Morast - Morast Quite Good

Totenmusik, 14.10.16
The Metal Archives link in the header is only a partial match. German Morast released a demo titled Demo a year ago. This, according to Metal Archives, was re-released in January and November via Totenmusik.
The version I've got my claws on have the same songs, albeit in a different order. It's of course the same release, now on 12" vinyl, although it's now being marketed as EP.
The band plays tough and resentful death/doom, packaged with filthy short-tempered rage.

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17.12.16

IMPURE ZIGGURAT - SERENADES OF ASTRAL MALEVOLENCE (EP)

Impure Ziggurat - Serenades of Astral Malevolence Good

Magister Dixit, 30.09.16
When it comes to Impure Ziggurat (unlike Démonos below), I have no doubt that Serenades of Astral Malevolence starts with an excerpt from Carl Orff's occult-sounding cantata O Fortuna.
We're going back to France, and again we encounter a new band. Impure Ziggurat started in 2012 and released their first demo last year. Raping the Quantum Womb of the Macrocosm, as it was called, started with an excerpt from the somewhat more contemporary composer Georges Delerue. (The man behind the soundtracks to Platoon and a shitload of other works.)

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17.12.16

DÉMONOS - FROM SACRED TO PROFANE (EP)

Démonos - From Sacred to Profane Quite Good

Iron Bonehead, 09.12.16
Démonos is an Indian one-man band, where Démonos Obscurís feel inclined to vent his disgust for man-made and enforced doctrines. These damned accepted dogmas that lacks any kind of rational natural objectivity, yet are allowed to dictate laws, regulations, culture and customs.
From Sacred to Profane was first released with two songs as demo and preview for the EP in early September. A week later, it was released with a total of four songs digitally and on cassette via Dunkelheit Produktion.
Thereafter, the EP was released on CD via Tour De Garde and Iron Bonehead.

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17.12.16

VENEFIXION - ARMORICAN DEATHRITES (EP)

Venefixion - Armorican Deathrites Very Good

Iron Bonehead, 09.12.16
French Venefixion dropped a solid demo titled Defixio 14 months ago.
The band has seen a family growth since then, as they've recruited two new guitarists. After all, they only had two guitarists already. This probably means that K. Desecrator has been concentrating on drums and bass this time.
The Frenchmen have also hired a live-bassist since we last heard from them.


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13.12.16

SEPULCHRAL CURSE - AT THE ONSET OF EXTINCTION (EP)

Sepulchral Curse - At the Onset of Extinction Very Good

Transcending Obscurity Records, 15.12.16
Sepulchral Curse is a relatively fresh band from Finland. The quintet plays dark and fiery death metal with black metal influences.
The band was founded in 2013 and released their first EP, A Birth in Death, the following year.
At the Onset of Extinction must be regarded as a big step up and forward.


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13.12.16

ATANOR - ATANOR (EP)

Atanor - Atanor Middling good

Iron Bonehead, 14.10.16
We continue our EP-extravaganza under Impressions, while full-length albums to the greatest extent possible will sort under Reviews, where they belong.

My knowledge of Russian Atanor is but absent. I have only four songs totalling 27 minutes to relate to. That's nevertheless enough to create a relationship built on trust. I'm actually quite confident in these Russians. Something they merit by showing such good tendencies on their first EP.

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10.12.16

IN AETERNUM - THE BLASPHEMY RETURNS (EP)

In Aeternum - The Blasphemy Returns Very Good

Pulverised Records, 14.10.16
In the proximity of Gävle in Sweden, In Aeternum, a band with more than 20 years of experience dwell. 25 years have past if we count the years under the moniker Behemoth. More than ten years have passed since the guys released their fourth and previous full-length.
I can't remember having come across these guys before, but at least I'm pleased that I've finally taken the time to listen thoroughly to The Blasphemy Returns.


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10.12.16

VERSIFIST - CIPHER (EP)

Versifist - Cipher Quite Good

Vault of Dried Bones & Iron Bonehead, 21.10.16
From Canada comes the black/death-trio Versifist. This is the guys' second EP. The first one was released in very limited edition on tape about two and a half years ago.

The men mixes riffs and moods of black and lethal sources, presenting the goods with jagged hissing vocals behind rhythmic hail, swarming guitars and cascades of rich bass.


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10.12.16

VIRCOLAC - THE CURSED TRAVAILS OF THE DEMETER (EP)

Vircolac - The Cursed Travails Of The Demeter Middling Good

Sepulchral Voice & Dark Descent, 31.10.16
It's been damn busy lately, and almost a week has passed since the last Impression. Some longer Reviews have admittedly been published in the meantime, but I'm not much satisfied with the status quo. This is no way to treat neither patient readers or labels, promoters and bands seeking attention.
I'll attempt making up for it slightly by quickly presenting a few shorter releases that I've already spent some time. First we go to Irish Vircolac.


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04.12.16

HÆRESIARCHS OF DIS - TRIA PRIMA DIABOLICA (EP)

Hæresiarchs Of Dis - Tria Prima Diabolica Middling Good

Moribund Records, 25.11.16
Considering the cover art, which hint more at underground black metal, I am a bit surprised when the California-based band kick off with a cover of Mercyful Fate's Nightmare. The band has been going for more than ten years, and Metal Archives list a solid amount of former members, while Cernunnos is the only one being credited on all releases.
The last album was released in 2013, and a new album titled Adumbratus is scheduled for next year.

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04.12.16

EINHERJER - DRAGONS OF THE NORTH XX

Einherjer - Dragons Of The North XX Good

Indie Recordings, 25.11.16
I try to avoid re-releases, unless I have a special interest in them, but Einherjer's debut album Dragons Of The North ain't simply relaunched. The album is completely rerecorded in association with the Viking-metal classic's 20th anniversary.
Dragons Of The North was thus released in 1996, three years after the coastal Norwegian band was forged in Valhalla's smithy.


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03.12.16

FERAL - FROM THE MORTUARY (EP)

Feral - From The Mortuary Weak

Cyclone Empire, 02.12.16
From Stockholm, we travel north along the Gulf of Bothnia until we arrive at Skellefteå, located in the southern area of Sweden's northernmost region. There's a vibrant musical wildlife there. Despite being a small town, it has fostered at least a few dozen metal bands. Death-mongering Feral however was originally founded in Norsjö.
Enough geography for today. We have previously gone through the band's history when the band released their second full length album Where Dead Dreams Dwell last year, so we might as well cut to the chase.

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02.12.16

SVARTUR DÖDUR - NU SKA BLODET FLYTA

Svartur Dödur - Nu ska blodet flyta Good

Independent, 01.12.16
Swedish Svartur Dödur (meaning Black Death, written in an Icelandic fashion) holds nothing sacred. Nothing. Not even their literary national shrine, Astrid Lindgren. With Nu ska blodet flyta (which translates to Now, blood will flood) the Stockholm band presents an epic concept from the city's dark side. Summoning can just give up when Svartur Dödur put Mörk Gryning's debut in the shade. Here, one risk becoming trapped in a fictional nightmare world à la Lindgren come true.


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01.12.16

FROMHELL - MARCH ON GRAVITATION

FromHell - March On Gravitation Fairly Good

Naturmacht Productions, 26.11.16
Strictly speaking, FromHell comes from Indonesia, but their inspiration might come from hell. If so, the duo's vision of purgatory ain't so horribly deterrent.
Naturmacht points out that the guys think outside the box, and that's damned right. The foundation might be in the constellation of black metal, but as you known, the overall expression can't be tagged black metal when other influences occupy too big parts of the overall execution. The genre hybrid thus remain undesignated, which nevertheless don't make it less exciting. On the contrary, perhaps.

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