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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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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

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