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Review: Saligia (Nor) – Fønix

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‘Black metal is not for everyone’ that very statement is reinstated with Saligia’s sophomore effort ‘Fønix’. Never before the band had been so sophisticated with their Continue reading Review: Saligia (Nor) – Fønix

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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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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).

Review + Streaming: Vile Insignia – Bestial Invocation

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Vile Insignia is a black/death metal group from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I was aware of this band as I did a review for their debut self-titled EP. What made me an admirer of the band is their quality brand of black metal fused with Continue reading Review + Streaming: Vile Insignia – Bestial Invocation

Review + Streaming: VI – De Praestigiis Angelorum

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VI is a black metal super group from France, featuring musicians from Aosoth, Merrimack and Antaeus. The band was formed back in 2007 and have released an EP and a split recording prior to their debut full length Continue reading Review + Streaming: VI – De Praestigiis Angelorum

Review + Streaming: Mephorash – 1557 – Rites of Nullification

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It was really charming for me to see Mephorash getting back with their third offering. I do have an obsession for bands playing black metal in the same vein of late 2000-era Watain/Deathspell Omega. So Mephorash (hailing from Uppsala, Sweden) is my kind of thing. Although I was a bit disappointed with their previous effort ‘Chalice of Thagirion‘, but the brilliant Continue reading Review + Streaming: Mephorash – 1557 – Rites of Nullification

Review: Lux Ferre – Excaecatio Lux Veritatis

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I first came across Lux Ferre while I found them covering the infamous ‘Black Metal’ by Venom on the internet. Their raw and insane version instantly made me to Continue reading Review: Lux Ferre – Excaecatio Lux Veritatis

Review + Streaming: Funeral Throne – Threshold

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Funeral Throne is a melodic black metal entity from Wolverhampton, England. The band initiated in 2005, and has come up with 2 demos and 2 full length albums so far. Their 2nd release, ‘Threshold’ was released Continue reading Review + Streaming: Funeral Throne – Threshold

Updates: Inundation of Forthcoming Black Metal Releases

The second half of 2015 AD is going to see some of the black metal veterans coming out from their slough with new releases. Finnish black metal legends Horna, French black/death metallers Temple of Baal, French black metal act VI are some of the bands to release their new materials on the coming months. Kaeck, a black metal act from Netherlands is also on the roster with a unique and crushing sounded debut album.

Temple Of Baal:

French black/death metal band Temple of Baal has announced their 5th full length album Continue reading Updates: Inundation of Forthcoming Black Metal Releases

Review + Streaming: Blaze of Perdition – Near Death Revelations

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Blaze of Perdition has always stayed top in my personal preferences for their melodic yet dark, filthy black metal approach. The unfortunate accident which caused a heavy toll for the band, also struck me pretty bad. When the band announced their third full-length ‘Near Death Revolutions’, it quickly went on my most wanted listings and the awaited album was finally out on June 26th, 2015. The Poland based record label Agonia Records took the responsibility of releasing and distributing the album worldwide.

Blaze of Perdition front man Sonneillon explained the theme of this album would be focusing on the experiences he had during his near death situation after the accident and the band’s perceptions on death. So ‘Near Death Revelations’ is more of a conceptual album divided in 7 musical chapters. The album starts with a short ambient intro of ‘Królestwo niczyje’. The track soon turns into filthy black metal and also, for the rest of the album. The overall sound on this record is different from other Blaze of Perdition releases. The music is melodic as it was before but the production is heavily filthy and constructs a raw, melancholic feeling throughout. The riffs are faster and more complicated compared to their earlier releases. Guitar rhythms are given a priority in most of the songs (When Mirrors Shatter, Of No Light, Królestwo niczyje). The rhythmic sections are heavily inspired from slow, darkened melodies from atmospheric black metal. The sound of all the instruments are thickened in the mix to suit the atmosphere. The drums are complex structured and written in a way to complement the music. The vocal incorporates the use of howls, chants- switching frequently between these two styles. Overall, the music on this release is too varied to create any boredom even for the noob listeners.

In a nutshell, ‘Near Death Revelations‘ is a solid release leaning more towards melancholic black metal tendencies. Although there is nothing groundbreaking on it, but the album is highly recommended for its concept and sorrowful atmosphere. To me, ‘Near Death Revelations’ is the best Blaze of Perdition release to date. If you are unaware of this band and you have fondness towards the bands like Watain, Dissection and Deathspell Omega, then you must check this album out.

Score: 80/100

 

Streaming link available at:

Released: 26 June 2015

Label: Agonia Records (ARCD142)

Lineup:
S. – Voice
XCIII – Guitars
Revenger – Guitars/Bass
Vizun – Drums

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Agonia Records: Facebook || Bandcamp

Review+Streaming: Serpent Noir – Erotomysticism

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Serpent Noir started off pretty high with their chaotic black metal sound on their debut full-length ‘Seeing through the Shadow Consciousness (Open up the Shells)’ which was released back in 2012. Their debut album represented an orthodox sound with lyrical concepts based on occultism; which a lot of bands are doing nowadays. What makes Serpent Noir special is their sense of transforming music into an art, their recently released second full-length ‘Erotomysticism’ is off no difference to this statement. Continue reading Review+Streaming: Serpent Noir – Erotomysticism