Review: GJENDØD – ‘ Demo 2016’

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Hailing from Trondheim, Norway, is a new mysterious force in the Black Metal underground, of crushing proportions. The mystifying duo known only as K and KK aim to ”Resurrect that primordial spirit and let it die again.. “

Style wise it’s very classic Norwegian Black Metal, think 90’s legends Mayhem, Burzum and Ulver and Continue reading Review: GJENDØD – ‘ Demo 2016’

Review & Streaming: Rimfrost – Rimfrost

I first encountered Rimfrost in the documentary ‘Black Metal Satanica‘ in which Hravn Decmiester was interviewed. I instantly checked their debut ‘A Frozen World Unknown’ and became very fond of their breed of black metal. For those who need an introduction to the band, Rimfrost are from Hagfors, Sweden and their music can be well compared to that of Immortal’s. Well, Rimfrost had oriented their sound with a Continue reading Review & Streaming: Rimfrost – Rimfrost

Review + Streaming: VIII – Decathexis

If you are one who lurks in the Black Metal underground you’ll most likely be familiar with ‘VIII’, who, after a self titled demo under the name ‘Division Hate’ in 2011, crunched their name down to its current form, a contraction of the word “eight” for its likeness to “hate”, and this ability for creative and experimental thinking reflects in the sound of their newest release.

This latest offering , titled ‘Decathexis’, is the follow up to 2014’s debut full length ‘Drakon from the Italian duo, both former members of defunct Black/Death outfit ‘Crowned in Thorns’ and  is their  most experimental offering to date, a sound that is initially reminiscent of  ‘Khold’,  adding  Doom elements along with ritualistic sounds  and really pushing through the boundaries on this release with the inclusion of a lot of Jazz elements and ambient/industrial soundscapes. The result is a dark and fascinating listen. Continue reading Review + Streaming: VIII – Decathexis

Idolatry: Visions From The Throne of Eyes

Canadian black metal is on the up and up these days. While groups such as Gevurah and Thantifaxath lean slightly toward the more experimental side of the genre, Alberta’s IDOLARTY offer up something more in line with tradition.

“Visions From The Throne of Eyes” is Idolatry’s third release in as many years, beginning with a self-titled EP, a split with Unrest the following year and now this, their début offering.

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Comprised of 9 tracks and clocking in around the 44 minute mark “Visions From The Throne of Eyes” opens with the simple yet beautifully ominous “Visions from the Throne of Eyes (Pt. I)”

After being lulled into an almost false sense of security “Thunder From The Depths” explodes into action and forces the listener to sit up and take notice with blastbeats, high octane tremolo picking and top notch Black Metal screams. This is where the record truly takes off, taking hold and tightening its grip. Overall “Visions From The Throne of Eyes”
has variety and some rather interesting vocal experimentation (Satanas Haxan) yet still manages to retain all the key features of what made second wave Black Metal such an explosive force.

Here, at least, IDOLATRY do not attempt to reinvent the Black Metal wheel by any stretch of the imagination. But when that wheel has been churning out such enjoyable listens as this,

why bother?

Stand out tracks;

“Thunder From The Depths”
“Satanas Haxan”
“Tiamatic Winds”
“Imperator Nero Murmurationis Hortum”

———–By: Shane Bermingham———-

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IDOLATRY

Line-up:

 

Lörd Matzigkeitus – Vocals

Lycaon Vollmond – Guitars

Nox Invictus – Guitars

Fulgur Exorcista – Bass

Daemonikus Abominor – Drums

 

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Review + Streaming: Scour – Self Titled EP

What can I say about Philip H. Anselmo that hasn’t already been said? The man is a legend. He has been, seen and done it all. His voice is one, if not the most recognizable in metal. The sheer volume of his musical output is astounding and his knowledge of heavy metal in general is encyclopedic.

Philip’s love for second wave Black Metal has been well documented. Continue reading Review + Streaming: Scour – Self Titled EP

In Foveam Tenebrarum: The Rites of “Lustravi”

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US underground scene has recently been infested by some spiteful and highly diverse Black Metal acts. LUSTRAVI, rising from the unholy grounds of Panama City, Florida mark their bloody strike in this uproar. Continue reading In Foveam Tenebrarum: The Rites of “Lustravi”

Review & Streaming: Grey Heaven Fall – Black Wisdom

Artwork by Sergio Padovani.
Artwork by Sergio Padovani.

Been a long time reviewing another album! Anyway, there I’m back with my magnifying glass and tools to dissect the new record of Grey Haven Fall titled ‘Black Wisdom’. Last year, this Russian Black/ Death force has came up Continue reading Review & Streaming: Grey Heaven Fall – Black Wisdom

Review: Stellarvore – Hymns From The Devil’s Temple (DEMO)

Hailing from Las Cruces, New Mexico come the Black Metal entity known as “STELLARVORE”.  Do not let geography fool you though; their newly released demo “Hymns From The Devil’s Temple” is as cold and dark as a midwinter forest. Continue reading Review: Stellarvore – Hymns From The Devil’s Temple (DEMO)

Review + Streaming: Nidhöggr – Ragnarök

Having a demo (last year) and an album (this year), Nidhöggr can be categorized as a new force in the realm of black metal. However, the members are not greenhorns in this darkest territory of music; veteran mongers like  Nox (Craft, Omnizide) handles the vocal duties and Hveðrungr (Under Attack, Ex – Pagan Rites, Styggelse) takes care of the guitar responsibilities, thus one can most likely expect a cold blooded black metal album from this troop. Continue reading Review + Streaming: Nidhöggr – Ragnarök

Review: Behexen – The Poisonous Path

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Artwork by Kristiina Lehto

The Finnish black metal entity Behexen is again to hit the show with their awaited 5th full length ‘The Poisonous Path‘, which is on the queue to be released on May 27th 2016. Being an avid Behexen fan, I am really contented with the materials the band has composed for this ominous recording. Finnish black metal is never easy to Continue reading Review: Behexen – The Poisonous Path

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