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Reviews Week 37 - 2017



Zornheym - Where Hatred Dwells And Darkness Reigns Dice 5

Non Serviam Records, 15.09.17
A year ago, the first two digital singles from Where Hatred Dwells and Darkness Reigns, The Opposed and A Silent God were presented. And then, time kept moving on. Building permits and construction takes time, even with extensive grease palming and corruption. But now the doors of Zornheym - asylum for the criminally insane - are finally opened.
As mentioned back then, Zorn (ex-Dark Funeral, ex-Devian) is the man behind this debuting melodic, symphonic and dramaturgical extreme metal band.

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Mesmur - S Dice 4

Solitude Productions, 15.09.17
It's not without a certain excitement I get started with the album with the short and succinct name S.
S is the sequel to the monumental self titled debut Mesmur, released on code666 in December 2014.

The band's stated objective is to capture the sounds of a world that was doomed from the beginning, something they're doing from the outside this time, as their crushing claustrophobic funeral doom on S has a distinct ethereal feel of outer cosmos.

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Myrkur - Mareridt Dice 2

Relapse Records, 15.09.17
Almost exactly three years ago, Myrkur released her first EP. At that time, the band was something of a mythical entity, with all kinds of rumours floating around in the underground (to much joy, I presume, for those who enjoy spreading or consuming unverified gossip).

The mystery gradually evaporated as facts was made available, although the music's nature and fairytale moods carried on the folkloric atmosphere on the first full length M released two years ago.

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Shrapnel - Raised On Decay Dice 3

Candlelight/Spinefarm, 29.09.17
I mentioned my scepticism to parts of the thrash genre in connection with Dark Ministry half a year ago. Many new acts smells cow patty, to be a bit rude. Thus, not much from that camp is presented on this site. It's nevertheless refreshing to hear from that area of the metal map once in a while (and it's truly a shame that I haven't heard Kreator's new jollification).
Shrapnel doesn't belong to the very worst re-thrash acts who reel off cliché-thrash en masse, even though they neither revolutionize the genre nor manage to haul me voluntarily onto the dance floor.

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