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2016 part 5/6 : September → October

30.10.16

CWEALM - ODES TO NO HEREAFTER

Cwealm - Odes To No Hereafter Dice 5/6

Dusktone, 27.09.16
In solitary majesty, Swedish Astraeus is chief architect and autocratic ruler of totalitarian Cwealm. Something you probably wouldn't have guessed based on the music.
Cwealm continues indefatigably in down-snowed but never overgrown footsteps, first planted by Dissection and later maintained by Mörk Gryning, Lord Belial, Sacramentum. Winterland et al.
In other words; melodic black metal.


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20.10.16

SONS OF BALAUR - TENEBRIS DEOS

Sons of Balaur - Tenebris Deos Dice 3/6

Season of Mist, 14.10.16
“Is this a joke”, is the first reaction I'd expect from true, stalwart Norwegian black metallers when the cartoon band Sons of Balaur debuts with their tribute to the fictional demon Balaur.
That the band, who's supposed to be Norwegian, is impersonated (or rather caricatured) by foreigners, ain't hard to tell. It's revealed as soon as the music unfolds. The powerful sound is plagued with bass from an amplifier that guaranteed goes to 11. At least.


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13.10.16

HOBBS' ANGEL OF DEATH - HEAVEN BLED

Hobbs' Angel of Death - Heaven Bled Dice 5/6

Hells Headbangers, 14.10.16 & High Roller, 18.11.16
Australian Peter Hobbs started his thrash metal act in 1987, and has likely always been something of an underdog. The band has admittedly had a more or less renown name in the underground. Hobbs managed to release two albums before going into hiatus in 1996.

In these days he's making a comeback. How long Mr. Hobbs has worked with the material for this almost 58 minutes long reincarnation is uncertain, but it commands respect delivering an hour of music without fillers.


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17.09.16

IN THE WOODS... - PURE

In The Woods... - Pure Dice 4/5

Debemur Morti Productions, 16.09.16
While synthetic symphonic black metal were hauled over the coals, avant-garde black metal strangely enough seemed to get a warm reception and recognition from the hard-to-please black horde. Perhaps because this style never pretended to be black metal in that sense?
In The Woods... was one of several bands who chose to tread new paths by mixing elements of black metal with other and strange inspirations in relatively queer ways.
When the band now returns after 16 years on ice, one thing stood quite clear to me. Pure must be approached with an open mind!

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11.09.16

BELENOS - KORNÔG

Belenos - Kornôg Dice 5/6

Northern Silence Productions, 09.09.16
21 years ago, Loïc Cellier from the Celtic region of Brittany in western France, started the one-man band Belenos, named after the Celtic sun god of the same name.
Loïc was inspired by the Norwegian wave of black metal, which was no strangers to incorporating some folk and Viking elements, and Belenos too blends black baselines with pagan/folk-inspirations and atmospheric elements.


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08.09.16

AUM - OM AH HUM VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM

Aum - Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum Dice 3/6

Iron Bonehead, 09.09.16
My very first attempt at the album with the gruesome title didn't seem very promising, and after reading a review which was very restrictive and reticent with the superlatives, the album seemed anything but inviting.
The French attempt at dark, occult and spiritual death metal with black vibes, where they try to catch some of the transcendental sonic eruption of Abyssal and the ritual vibes from The Ruins of Beverast.


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