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The resurgence of the cruel cult: Interview with The Ancients Rebirth

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The Ancients Rebirth
Formed in 1992 as ‘Desert Ritual’, The Ancients Rebirth is a black/death metal band from Falkenberg, Sweden. The band had released a full-length album back in 1996, titled ‘Drain the Portal in Blood!’ showcasing the classical Swedish black/death metal sound. The band split up in 1999 but decided to make a return in 2015, after almost 16 long years!! The band had recently played in few gigs and currently working on their new materials. Venustas Diabolicus couldn’t resist the chance to talk with their front man Dennis Widén aka ‘Angerbordor’.

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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: 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

Review & Streaming: Gloam – Hex of Nine Heads

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Gloam is a black/doom quartet from California, USA. The band has been around for not more than 6 years and let me assure you, Gloam can be considered as one of the promising bands to emerge from that area. As for typical USBM, the immediate impression would be Continue reading Review & Streaming: Gloam – Hex of Nine Heads

Review: Mourning Soul – Ego Death – Ritual I; Exclusive Premiere of A Single

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Imagine a traditional black metal sound scourged with a modern death metal vibe (similar to SepticFlesh or Devilish Impressions). Now you have the primary idea on how Mourning Soul is going to sound like. This comparison, doesn’t merely represents the talent the band has showcased while composing the materials for their debut album ‘Ego Death – Ritual I’. The stunning amalgamation of fury and melody prevails throughout the 9 chapters, accompanied by poetic lyrics relating to death and humane suffering.

Mourning Soul excels in mixing up the two very different genres to a perfect balance. You can feel the shivering lunacy of black metal as well as the splendor of melody driven death metal. A noticeable level of synth has been implemented to enhance the background; polishing the atmosphere with a more darkened vibe. The synth is not over-imposed, thus leaving more room for the guitars to shine. In brief, the sound of this record could be considered as a tasteful melodic black metal. The singing styles vary mostly around mid-ranged to high pitch vocal, with frequent use of clean voices. The sound on full-length is not over produced, but provides a clearer tone. Often, the music gets to a bit raw sounding, which are pretty handy.

It’s pretty hard to pick the highlights from ‘Ego Death – ‘Ritual I’, most of the songs being very solid and enjoyable. Personally, I’d select ‘Resurrection through the Serpent’s Light’, ‘Bleeding by Bones’ and ‘The Judgement of Gehenna’.

Mourning Soul has been around for 14 years, therefore you can estimate the efforts and brilliance they put in their debut album. ‘Ego Death – ‘Ritual I’, therefore is not another brick in the wall. Anyone having interests on Swedish/German black metal should check these guys out.

Score: 84/100
Venustas Diabolicus is premiering the sixth track off the full-length exclusively, which you can hear from the link below:

Release Date: 25th March, 2016
Label: Dolorem Records
Lineup:
Sacrifice – Vocals, Bass, Synths
Decrepit – Guitars, Synths
Nocturnal Fog – Drums, Synths
Mourning Soul: Facebook || Web
Dolorem Records: Facebook || Bandcamp

 

 

EXCLUISVE PREMIERE: “Piercing the Cervix of Nehemah” – TRACK FROM THE DEBUT EP OF SERPENT SPELLS

‘Metal’ has never thrived in Bangladesh for many reasons, mostly due to geography, culture and popular beliefs. Metal has therefore always been a very ‘underground’ phenomena, in terms of quality bands, promoters, labels and all other aspects. Only a handful of bands have shone from here. Heavy metal is mostly restricted to capital and few other large cities. The fact is, out of other styles of metal, ‘black metal’ has always suffered from numbers and yes, there were only a few classy black metal acts that had emerged from this land.

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Serpent Spells playing live at Baptism in Fire!! 2015

Serpent Spells are one of the few black metal acts that tend to exist here. Being a fairly new band, Continue reading EXCLUISVE PREMIERE: “Piercing the Cervix of Nehemah” – TRACK FROM THE DEBUT EP OF SERPENT SPELLS

Dismal Scorn from Abyss: An Interview with Necroabyssious of Varathron

Varathron, needs no introduction to black metal enthusiasts. The band has been the front runner of the Greek black metal scene along with the ‘Unholy Trinity’ accompanied by Rotting Christ and Necromantia. Throughout their existence since the formation in 1988, Varathron has influenced a hell lot of bands to play black metal, worship the deities of the supreme darkness. Varathron was also one of the early black metal bands to emerge and perhaps, among the first ones to incorporate occultism into their music rather than pursuing orthodox Satanism and anti religious beliefs. Yet, Varathron has still been one of the most evil and pure black metal bands that exist out there. I had a chance to continue a session with their iconic frontman Stefan Necroabyssious! I was lucky enough to talk with him regarding his views on Varathron, his philosophy and perception on the current black metal scene.
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Stefanos Karasavvas (aka Necroabyssious). P.C.: Elena Vasilaki

 

Salutations Necroabyssious! How have the things been recently?

Stefan Necroabyssious: Hail my abysmal friend! Things are going pretty good for the Varathron horde! We just released Continue reading Dismal Scorn from Abyss: An Interview with Necroabyssious of Varathron

Review: Naðra – Allir vegir til glötunar

Nadra - Allir Vegir Til Glötunar (album cover)

Since the beginning of this decade, Icelandic black metal has been the most noticeable phenomena in the black metal scenario, with contributing bands such as Svartidaudi, Wormlust, Carpe Noctum, Misthyrming and Sinmara. What entices me the most Continue reading Review: Naðra – Allir vegir til glötunar

Frank Watkins (aka Bøddel)- Bassist of Gorgoroth, Obituary, breathed his last

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Frank Watkins, best known for his contributions in legendary American death metal band Obituary has passed away. He handled bass for the band from 1989 till 2010. He also played bass for the notorious Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth under the moniker ‘Bøddel’ since 2007. He was 47 when he died yesterday morning (18th October, 2015). News regarding his death has been published on Gorgoroth website as well as on official Facebook page of Obituary.

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Obituary (1990)

Frank Watkins is considered as one of the greatest and most influential death metal bassists till date. He started playing music at the age of 12, and began his professional career in 1986 before he joined Obituary. He had his parts played in landmark Obituary albums like ‘Cause of Death’, ‘World Demise’ and ‘Xecutioner’s Return’. He recorded bass for Gorgoroth albums ‘Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt’ and ‘Instinctus Bestialis’. Detailed information on his death has not been revealed yet. He had been suffering from cancer since 2012 and stopped touring with Gorgoroth. He had posted a picture of himself at the hospital bed a few months before.

Frank has left his wife with two sons. We are deeply mourned at his death.

REST IN PEACE FRANK WATKINS (19/02/1968 – 18/10/2015).