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INNOVATIVE EXTREMITY: NORSE — THE DIVINE LIGHT OF A NEW SUN

Australia has been steadily producing some of the best avant-garde metal to be found anywhere in the world today. With bands such as PORTAL, MISERIST and the now disbanded The Berzerker pushing extreme music into frightening and refreshingly original directions.

Hailing from the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, NORSE, who are already 12 years into a career that has spawned two EPs and 2 full lengths, are set to unleash album number three in the form of “The Divine Light of a New Sun” on May 25th

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With jagged riffs, frantic yet precise blast beats, anomalous song structures and a terrifyingly ominous atmosphere  —  “The Divine Light of a New Sun” is violent, uncompromising and almost impossible to categorize. Yes, its foundation is rooted in Black Metal. Yes, there is clearly Death Metal inspired moments, but is also experimental and innovative. Tracks like “Exitus” and “Synapses Spun As Silk” are measured and rhythmic, while “The Divine Light Of A New Sun”, “Sandarkan” and lead single “Cyclic” are swathed in dissonance and bring to mind images of insanity and decay.

Both production and musicianship are impeccable throughout. With moments of rabid aggression and even some very catchy melodies sounding crisp and clear, making “The Divine Light of a New Sun” a painfully enjoyable ,and above all,  thoroughly memorable experience.

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When asked recently by Bruder Des Lichts how he would describe the band to someone who has never heard their music before, founding member FORGE had this to say:
“Don’t even bother listening to it unless you like the sound of large machines falling into a pit of lava.”

With “The Divine Light of a New Sun”  —  NORSE have created a sound that is entirely their own —  but that sound is sure to appeal to fans of Miserist, The Axis of Perdition and Deathspell Omega.

———–By: Shane Bermingham———-

Label:Transcending Obscurity Records

FACEBOOK:BANDCAMP

NORSE

Line-up:

Forge: Drums, Guitars

ADR: Lyrics, Vocals

K Southcott: Bass

PJ: Live Guitars

Marcus: Live Guitars

“The Divine Light of a New Sun” 

Release date: May 25, 2017

Catalog ID:TOR23

Format:DIGITAL/CD/VINYL

Genre: Dissonant Black Metal

Primal Black Metal Hostility “With the Strength of Sin” — Debut Demo of Natum Abortus

Welcome to Sweden 1987! 

Well, not exactly, but you’d be forgiven for thinking so after listening to “With The Strength of Sin”, the debut release by one man Black Metal noise project Natum Abortus. Continue reading Primal Black Metal Hostility “With the Strength of Sin” — Debut Demo of Natum Abortus

What horrors lie within MISERIST – Self-Titled Debut EP

Hailing from Australia, Miserist, formerly known as Headwar, a moniker under which a self-titled demo was released, is a one man Black/Death outfit with heavy industrial, drone and dark ambient influences. Now, through Krucyator Productions, this enigmatic project is slated to release its self-titled debut EP this coming February 13th.    Continue reading What horrors lie within MISERIST – Self-Titled Debut EP

Nihilism, Darkness and Filth: “Missa Defunctorum: Requiem Mass in A minor” by Denigrata

Dirty, frenzied, aggressive,

The industrial Black Metal anomaly Denigrata unleashed their exceptionally deranged “Missa Defunctorum: Requiem Mass in A minor” back in 2015 and now, thanks to fledging UK based label Carvetii Productions, this British quintet’s début finally gets its cassette release. Continue reading Nihilism, Darkness and Filth: “Missa Defunctorum: Requiem Mass in A minor” by Denigrata

Fire,Thunder and the “Hero”, Bölzer break new ground on stunning full length debut

I can think of few bands that have generated quite such excitement in recent years as Bölzer. Formed in 2008, the Zurich based duo is set to unleash their highly anticipated début album “HERO” on November 25th.

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Continue reading Fire,Thunder and the “Hero”, Bölzer break new ground on stunning full length debut

ADAESTUO’s “Tacent Semitae” – Reverence & Black Metal Entwine on Debut Mini Album

Anonymity,

What can I say? I’m a sucker for it. The less I know about a band the more I find myself drawn them. Bands like Ghost and especially Deathspell Omega have managed to build reputations, and more importantly, loyal fan bases despite the fact we know almost nothing about them, relying instead on the calibre of the material being released.

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Enter Adaestuo

An enigmatic trio of musicians whose upcoming debut mini-album “Tacent Semitae” is as much Black Metal as it is a ritualistic soundtrack to the whirling, chaotic forces of the Abyss. Continue reading ADAESTUO’s “Tacent Semitae” – Reverence & Black Metal Entwine on Debut Mini Album

Tortorum: Rotten. Dead. Forgotten. – EP

Hailing from Bergen, Norway,,,

Tortorum are a highly experienced quartet of Black and Death metal musicians who, amongst them, have played in such notable bands as Aeternus, Gorgoroth and Spearhead. Not to mention the host of other widely respected groups that make up their collective credentials. Rotten. Dead. Forgotten., their latest EP, is the band’s third release since their inception in 2010. Continue reading Tortorum: Rotten. Dead. Forgotten. – EP

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

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)