Sammath – Godless Arrogance – 88%

Sammath Godless Arrogance

Netherlands is certainly not the country recognized for black metal. Previously I have heard some of the bands from there – Lugubre, Unlord, Cirith Gorgor to name a few, which I found rather uninteresting (I am not being heretic about the bands though). Then I came across Sammath – a black metal band from there formed back in 1994. The first material I have heard from the band was Dodengang, which just blew me away. It was their third full-length release. Their latest emissary- Godless Arrogance, was released earlier this year through Hammerheart Records.

Now to those who are unaware of the band, Sammath plays raw vicious black metal with a touch of death metal, summed up with great atmosphere. The similarity can be drawn with Marduk (Godless Arrogance to be more specific) and Setherial. Now this would sound totally astounding if a band plays faster black metal on a vivid background of punishing atmosphere- that’s what Sammath is all about.

To deal with Godless Arrogance, make yourself prepared for the extermination as there is no intro- they are going to tear you up in pieces with the invective sound right from the beginning. The raw, fast and brutal guitar riffs are reminiscent of Nightwing-era Marduk, if you ask for similarity. The riffs are actually more powerful and crushing. The classic black metal rhythms are balanced by solid, independent bass-lines. This concord helps to immaculate dark, punishing black metal atmosphere. The drums are typical but just hammered away throughout the albums- they are pounding. Sonically, the album is the invocation of battle hymns. The vocals are mainly done with screeching and shrieking voices, which sound absolutely inhumane and barbaric. No doubts on that. The lyrics mainly deal with war and violence based themes. While describing the sound, it is incomplete if the production qualities are not discussed. The album has a very strong production with superb mastering apprehensions. All the instruments can be heard individually on this album, which is actually an amazing incident from black metal points of view; the production is yet raw enough to satisfy the orthodox black metal fans.

Godless arrogance longs for only 36 odd minutes comprising of 8 tracks, but I can assure each minute of it sounds annihilating for an impending war. If you are looking for some 90’s era Marduk alike band, then Sammath should be your priority. Highly  recommended.

Highlight: Thrive in Arrogance, Shot in mass, Fear Upon Them, The World Must Burn

Listen to Sammath: Thrive in arrogance @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv4jsrTWoGQ

Tracklist:

1. Shot in Mass
2. Fear upon Them
3. Godless
4. Thrive in Arrogance
5. This World Must Burn (Hammer of Supremacy)
6. Through Filth and the Remains of Man
7. Death (Hunt them Down)
8. Nineteen Corpses Hang in the Mist

 

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Jan Kruitwagen(Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Lyrics)

Koos Bos (Drums)

Ruud Nillesen (Bass)

Review by: Somber Oracle

Nafarmaan- Quayamat Lullaby- 80%

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Nafarmaan, the mighty Black/Death quartet from Bangladesh has came up with their debut EP ‘Quayamat Lullaby’ recently. Along with the title track the EP contains four songs to slay all the false of the religions. Nohttzver (Ex- Weapon), who leads the Nafarmaan horde with his intense blast have written all the blasphemies along with Agnee Azaab that got alive by the blood vomiting invocation of Imam Iblis (Ex- Bloodlust). Having formed in 2008, after some lineup changes, the Nafarmaan horde is currently continuing their journey with Nohttzver, Imam Iblis, Marhoum, Agnee Azaab.

The title track ‘Quayamat Lullaby’ is a superb composition with a very authentic sound. From the very beginning of the first offering till the last, Nafarmaan has successfully created their signature sound. The second offering, titled ‘Bloodsoaked Revelation’ contains a very soothing and melodic guitar solo that has definitely taken the song to another level. The song finishes up with a chanting back voice which made it even more dark and yeah, bloodsoaked!

1534308_224225384439678_1833214665_n‘Leashed Silence’, another killer song with an even darker guitar output. The song starts up with a dark and atmospheric plucking which came up repeatedly throughout the song for several times. This one also contains a mentionable guitar solo. But unlike ‘Bloodsoaked Revelation’ this time the solo was faster. The final offering from the EP was ‘Godless Messiah’, probably the fastest and to me, the most ear-bleeding one. Nohttzver comes up to the fullest of him with some terrific blast and intensely creative moves. This almost 8 minutes long track contains several guitar solos. At the end of the song, the final laugh by Imam Iblis spread the sheer madness among the listeners. The final dark plucking along with the sound of withering wind gave a perfect ending to the song.

The mixing and the mastering of ‘Quayamat Lullaby’ couldn’t satisfy me completely. The volume level of the drums output was lower than the usual that made me repeat some parts of the songs for several times to understand and feel the works to the fullest. The guitar outputs could have been clearer. The bass output was louder than usual unlike other bands of the same genre. But it’s all okay because that adds a different essence to the Nafarmaan offerings. Throughout the EP, the lead vocal Imam Iblis was flawless and intensely energetic.

‘Quayamat Lullaby’ is also scheduled to be distributed by Salute Records in CD format and in tape format via Graceless Recordings. Nafarmaan is currently working on materials for the Full-length and is hoping to hit the studios again mid this year.

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I believe, by the end of 2014, ‘Quayamat Lullaby’ will be treated as one of the best extreme metal releases of the year. No matter what, this masterpiece is worth checking anytime. I strictly recommend this release for each and every metal lover and welcome you all to enter into the era of Nafarmaani.

Official Facebook of Nafarmaan:

https://www.facebook.com/nafarmaan.horde

EP Details:

http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Nafarmaan/Quayamat_Lullaby/380288

EP Teaser:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNFHK5nrY6Y

Review by: Asmodeus

VD collaborates with Manila Execration Ritual

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Looking out for a darkened execution of black metal onslaught? Well, if you are around Manila, Philippines, you are right in the midst of a dormant ready to erupt and invoke the execrated souls for an extreme black metal ritual. Tenebrae Prodvction and Dementia Prodvction from Philippines are pining onwards to converge South –East Asian black metal cults for a supreme gig namely “MANILA EXECRATION RITUAL” to be headlined by Singahellish black metal warlords Infernal Execrator. The live bestiality to be supported by Phillipino maniacs Ancient Warlord, Archaic Argot, Erehes (Cebu), Incarion, Karimlan, Sacrosanct (Tarlac), Satanas, (Davao) and Tenebrion. The gig will be taking place on May 2nd, 2014. We, VD hordes, are infernally honored to be fellows with this endeavor as Venustas Diabolicus has been designated as official media associate of this hellish ritual. Hail Chaos! Black metal supremacy forever.  More details to be unleashed from the crypt.

Event details:

https://www.facebook.com/events/215115658680187/

Interview with Possession

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Those who have listened their materials, can sense the perturbation of the group of theroids known as Possession. After the outbreak of their fiendish demo, “His Best Deceit” these Belgian black/death demons are set to deliver their upcoming disruption through the EP, “Anneliese”. Mestema (Vocals) and V. Viriakh (Bass) are here to speak more about their ferocious onslaughts.

Salute to the Cacodemons of the true Possession for the formidable demo release, “His Best Deceit”.

We salute you.

Stream: Possession- His Best Deceit (Full Demo)

https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com/album/possession-his-best-deceit

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Zoheb: Would you mind informing the short summary of the formation of the band? Kindly do introduce us the members of the Possession as well.

Possession: Possession is Mestema (vocals), V.Viriakh (bass), I.Dveikus (guitars) and PzKpfw (drums). We started the band in late December 2012 and recorded our first demo in August 2013. The first rehearsal we had will forever be a moment we will all remember in years as it was obvious that some kind of black magic was in the air …

Zoheb: After the release of the chaotic demo, you are set to release the EP, “Anneliese” on coming April, 2014. Illuminate our readers by disclosing more about the upcoming offering?

Possession: This is correct, Iron Bonehead Productions and Invictus Productions will release Possession’s first 7” Ep the 12th of April this year. This 7” will be limited to 1000 copies and will feature 2 new songs: “Anneliese” and “Apparition”. The cover artwork was drawn by Chris Moyen. It will be available in 3 different wax colors: black, yellow and    red.

 

Stream: Possession- Anneliese
https://soundcloud.com/islanderncs/possession-anneliese/s-KCzyI

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Zoheb: Based on the moniker and the cover artwork of the EP, I am presuming that it is related to “Anneliese Michel”. Please explain further about the concept of the moniker and the artwork.

Possession: That’s right, the story of Anneliese Michel inspired us while we were writing the songs featured on this 7” so that we decided to dedicate her this 7”. The artwork is inspired by a picture taken during one of the several exorcisms she was subjected to.

Zoheb: Recording of “His Best Deceit” was done by Phorgath (Enthroned, Emptiness). Did he also lend a hand in recording “Anneliese”?

Possession: Yes, we recorded this 7” with Phorgath as well. When we recorded the demo in August last year, Phorgath played an important role by understanding our way of thinking within 15 minutes and by being able to suggest us some good improvements so that when we heard the demo for the first time we decided that we will record all our releases with him.

Zoheb: Band’s logo as well as the artwork of the new EP has been done by the renowned “Thorncross” (Christophe Moyen). Like the demo release, upcoming EP is also to be released through both Invictus Productions and Iron Bonehead Productions. Are you willing to work with Thorncross and the mentioned labels in future?

Possession: We like the idea of working with the same persons over and over and to create close relationships with those persons so that we will carry on working with Chris Moyen, Iron Bonehead Productions and Invictus Productions. Along with Phorgath of Enthroned, they are the silent members of Possession so to speak. We would like to salute them and thank them for the role they’ve played since the beginning.

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Zoheb: Possession has been confirmed to partake at Metal Magic Festival, 2014 in Denmark as well as set to spread the malignant spirits in France and German. What is awaiting for the audiences of mentioned places? How excited are you to share stages with acts like Nunslaughter, Aura Noir, Mgla, Gospel of the Horns and Bolzer?

Possession: Yes, we have some great rituals lined-up. Sharing the altar with bands we respect is of course an appealing experience so that we will do our best to honor them and the crowd which will attend those rituals. On stage we try to create an atmosphere to bring the crowd into our universe. We try not to be just 4 guys playing music as we are willing to offer way more than that to those who are watching us.

Zoheb: Besides that the demonic horde will perform in the 10th album release ritual of “Enthroned” at Brussels, Belgium. Majestic acts like Archgoat, Mortuary Drape, Lvcifyre and Bestial Raids will also spare diabolic madness on the same event. Why did you choose this event as the occasion for releasing “Anneliese”?

Possession: We were offered to play this ritual before choosing the release date of that 7” but we thought that it was a perfect occasion to release that 7” as we will play in front of our local supporters who have been there since the beginning. Of course playing with acts such as Enthroned, Mortuary Drape and Archgoat is a huge honor as we have been worshipping those bands for years.

Zoheb: Apart from releasing the EP and participating in live onslaughts, any other news you want to share with the readers?

Possession: We are currently writing new tracks for a 12” MLp which will most likely be released in early 2015 by Iron Bonehead Productions and Invictus Productions. This will be a conceptual release telling the story of a witch who lived in France in the 17th Century. Writing a conceptual release demands more efforts and in depth work than just writing tracks but we are confident that this release will create an atmosphere and bring the listeners into our world.

Zoheb: Which member/members of Possession is/are responsible for writing lyrics and composing music?

Possession: Mestema is writing most of the lyrics but is often helped by V.Viriakh. As far as the music is concerned, we write the songs all together in the rehearsal room but V.Viriakh and I.Dveikus are responsible for bringing new riffs to our rehearsals. We build our songs on those riffs they bring and on idea popping up during the rehearsals.

Zoheb: What influences you most to create such kind of vilest form of music?

Possession: Denying the influence of some early 90s classic acts on our music would be stupid but we are also influenced by way more things such as our beliefs. This is why we do not see our music just as music and our band is not just a fucking hobby.

Zoheb: Even though your music resembles the extreme metal of 80’s, but I have noticed that the music of Possession is not the repetition of the ancient rulers of the 80’s metal. Possession has developed own sound and at the same time they are maintaining the primeval atmosphere in their music. How will you illustrate this issue?

Possession: We are not pretentious enough to claim that our music is ultra original but we for sure try to bring our own “touch” as we do not want to be stupid copycats. Still we spit on those bands who are trying to be original just for the sake of it without creating quality music.

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Zoheb: How will you describe the religious beliefs of the members of the Possession? Are the members of the Possession Satanists, Occultists or Worshipers of any dark deity?

Possession: We do not like to express our convictions through interviews. Still we can tell you that we all chose to follow the left hand path and that we see  the band as a way to write and release tracks ad majorem Sathanas gloriam.

Zoheb: Can you recommend some solid extreme metal bands from your area?

Possession: We would advise you to check the following Belgian bands: Slaughter Messiah (black thrash), Goat Torment (black death), Horacle (heavy speed), Maleficence (black thrash) and Gae Bolga (thrash).

Zoheb: Thanks for the interview slaughterers. If you want to add anything else, you can add it in the way you want.

Possession: You are welcome. We would like to thank you for your interest and for spreading our venom in your area. We would like to salute your readers as well.

A.M.S.G.
www.possessionrealm.com / www.facebook.com/hisbestdeceit

 

Possession is:

Mestema (Vocal)

V. Viriakh (Bass)

I. Dveikus (Guitar)

Pz.Kpfw (Drum)

 

Interview taken by: Zoheb Mahmud