Tag Archives: Black Metal

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

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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 + Streaming: Nidhöggr – Ragnarök

Having a demo (last year) and an album (this year), Nidhöggr can be categorized as a new force in the realm of black metal. However, the members are not greenhorns in this darkest territory of music; veteran mongers like  Nox (Craft, Omnizide) handles the vocal duties and Hveðrungr (Under Attack, Ex – Pagan Rites, Styggelse) takes care of the guitar responsibilities, thus one can most likely expect a cold blooded black metal album from this troop. Continue reading Review + Streaming: Nidhöggr – Ragnarök

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 & Stream: 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 & Stream: Gloam — Hex of Nine Heads

Exclusive Premiere: Diabolus Amator – “Sanity Returns with Her Daggers”

A few bands exist to remain in the deepest and the darkest chamber of the subsurface despite having superior quality music; some listeners might rue for not discovering their materials earlier (while tracking down the music of those bands). Typical case in black metal and other forms of extreme music, isn’t it? Still and all, these bands keep igniting the naked flame of their candle by crafting odious forms of arts.  Well, DIABOLUS AMATOR  can be placed under a category along with those bands. Luciferic Triumph Records  has just released their second full length, “Despotic Conjuring Of The Soulless”  that consists of eleven cold-blooded tracks along with a cover of Inquisition number.

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Exclusive Premiere: Burial Dust – “Where is Your Rahmaa”

At the tail end of 2013, Bengal black metal troop BURIAL DUST initiated their upsurge in blasphemy, death and darkness.  With the shredded live performances and rehearsal recordings,  the lawless horde has already declared a set of menacing announcements of their existence. Their debut ep, “Oshubho Ahobaan”,  consisting of 04 tracks and one outro, sermonizes anti religious advocacy, darkness and Egyptian mythology. Tomorrow (Feb 07, 2016) is going to be the EP unleashing day and Venustas Diabolicus is premiering the second track of the EP – “Where is Your Rahmaa”.

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Continuous Deaths Jeopardizing Metal World – Ex Black Witchery Guitarist Passed Away

Poisonous cancer has recently seized the lives of many respected musicians from rock and metal community. But, this time a severe accident has resulted in the departure of a black metal guitarist.

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Steve Childers “Tregenda” (ex– Black Witchery) lost his life Continue reading Continuous Deaths Jeopardizing Metal World – Ex Black Witchery Guitarist Passed Away

Review & Streaming: Serpents Lair – Circumambulating the Stillborn

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Danes Black Metal force Serpents Lair has recently released their debut full length titled ‘Circumambulating the Stillborn’. The album got released in digital format in November independently. It has also been released in vinyl format from Fallen Empire Records/ Duplicate Records on December 2015 and in CD format from Hellthrasher Productions on January 2016. Forming in 2013, earlier the band had a demo out. They have also appeared in a mix-tape (along with six other bands) which got released through Fallen Empire Records. The compilation was available only at Maryland Deathfest 2014). Continue reading Review & Streaming: Serpents Lair – Circumambulating the Stillborn