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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 + 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

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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Poisoned Words of The Dead Cult: Interview with Amduscias (Temple of Baal)

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When it comes to French black metal, Temple Of Baal is often mentioned as an example of integrity and excellence. Since their formation in 1998, Temple Of Baal have released four full-length albums, diversified with grim black metal atmosphere, death metal intensity which are backed up by strong spiritual aspects expressed through the  lyric. Over the years, Temple of Baal is now considered as one of the most respected bands in French Black Metal scene. Venustas Diabolicus had an occasion to talk with their iconic frontman, Amduscias. He talks about Temple Of Baal’s upcoming album with possible details, the band’s career, his personal spiritual beliefs and his take on modern age of Black metal.

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We feel really honored for letting us taking this interview, Amduscias. First of all, how things have been going with you and Temple of Baal recently? I dub 2014 has been very good for the band, with a number of live appearances around the Europe!

Amduscias: First, thank you, the honor is mine. And yes, it’s been a fantastic year for Temple Of Baal! Verses Of Fire has had a huge response, and we’ve been able to play at the Hellfest, but also in Germany at the Speyer Grey Mass, and for the first time in Finland… As well as many other fantastic events. And it’s not finished, 2015 is starting the best way with fantastic gigs like Kings Of Black Metal or Summer Breeze in Germany… I really hope to be able to play more Continue reading Poisoned Words of The Dead Cult: Interview with Amduscias (Temple of Baal)

Blaze Of Perdition reveals details about their new album

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Blaze Of Perdition, is one of astounding black metal bands to emerge from Poland. The band had faced severe accident on November, 2013, on their way to a gig in Austria, in which their bassist “Ikaroz” died on spot, their vocal “Sonnelion” went to coma and the drummer “Wizun” was heavily injured. Despite such trauma, the band decided to continue as their members recovered and recorded the 3rd album titled Near Death Revelations, based on their experience as they seen death from so close.

Blaze Of Perdition have managed to built up an excellent reputation with their two previous albums, Towards the Blaze of Perdition (2010) and The Hierophant (2011), which solidified the outfits position as one the most interesting acts in the field of black metal. For the third offering, the band is now signed to Agonia Records, which will release the album June 1st, 2015. The albums artwork was designed by Mentalporn.

Artwork, Near Death Revelations
Artwork, Near Death Revelations

With more album details set to be revealed soon, Blaze Of Perdition have already shed light on the track-list, which is as follows:

1. Królestwo Niczyje
2. Into the Void Again
3. When Mirrors Shatter
4. Dreams Shall Flesh
5. Cold Morning Fears
6. The Tunnel
7. Of No Light

Line-up:
S. – vocals
XCIII – guitars
Revenger – guitars/bass
Vizun – d
rums

 

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