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HAIL THE RETURN:ARKHON INFAUSTUS – PASSING THE NEKROMANTEION

A triumphant end or exciting new beginning?

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French Blackened Death asylum Arkhon Infaustus, whose career entered an agonisingly long hiatus following one 2007’s finest releases “Orthodoxyn”, have risen from the ashes of their original incarnation (DK Deviant being the only remaining member) and unleashed “Passing the Nekromanteion”.  With songs varying in length from 7 to over 10 minutes these are not only the longest Arkhon Infaustus have ever committed to tape, but also the most complex.

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Tracks (there are 4 in total) are tortuous and deranged. Brimming with dissonant riffs, violent Blackened Death Metal and oozing with confidence. And while “Passing the Nekromanteion” is being marketed as an EP it can be easily viewed as a natural and worthy successor to the bands classics “Perdition Insanabilis” and “Orthodoxyn”.

As mentioned above DK Diavant (Osculum Infame, Bekhira) is the sole returning member, handling guitar, bass and vocals with Skvm (Temple of Baal, The Order of Apollyon) on drums.  Fans alarmed by this “stripped down” version of the group’s core line-up need not worry as song writing and musicianship has been taken to even further extremes.

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“Passing the Nekromanteion” is 34 minutes of uncompromising Blackened Death Metal fury that leaves the listener enthusiastically reaching for the reply button.  And while Arkhon Infaustus’ future may still be in doubt, they are touring but a full length LP may or may not materialize, this could very well be a magnificent swan song to an already flawless career

(I, for one, hope it isn’t)

———–By: Shane Bermingham———

 

Label:Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions

FACEBOOK:BANDCAMP

ARKHON INFAUSTUS

Line-up:

DK Deviant: Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Song-writing

Skvm: Drums

Passing the Nekromanteion

Release Date: October 6th, 2017

Catalog ID:AO-064

Format:DIGITAL/CD/VINYL

Genre: Blackened Death Metal

 

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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

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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Review + Streaming: Vermörd – Dawn of the Black Harvest

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Vermörd is an emerging black/death metal act from Perry Hall, Maryland. The band was initiated in early 2013, influenced by black metal acts such as Emperor, Zyklon and technical death metal acts Decapitated, Aborted and likes. Their debut EP, Dawn of the Black Harvest was released on Grimoire Records, featuring six tracks with a playing length of 20 minutes.

Vermörd plays a blend of black metal and technical death metal, making the sound fast, intense and ferocious Continue reading Review + Streaming: Vermörd – Dawn of the Black Harvest