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Review & Streaming: Grey Heaven Fall – Black Wisdom

Artwork by Sergio Padovani.
Artwork by Sergio Padovani.

Been a long time reviewing another album! Anyway, there I’m back with my magnifying glass and tools to dissect the new record of Grey Haven Fall titled ‘Black Wisdom’. Last year, this Russian Black/ Death force has came up Continue reading Review & Streaming: Grey Heaven Fall – Black Wisdom

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Review: Mourning Soul – Ego Death – Ritual I; Exclusive Premiere of A Single

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Imagine a traditional black metal sound scourged with a modern death metal vibe (similar to SepticFlesh or Devilish Impressions). Now you have the primary idea on how Mourning Soul is going to sound like. This comparison, doesn’t merely represents the talent the band has showcased while composing the materials for their debut album ‘Ego Death – Ritual I’. The stunning amalgamation of fury and melody prevails throughout the 9 chapters, accompanied by poetic lyrics relating to death and humane suffering.

Mourning Soul excels in mixing up the two very different genres to a perfect balance. You can feel the shivering lunacy of black metal as well as the splendor of melody driven death metal. A noticeable level of synth has been implemented to enhance the background; polishing the atmosphere with a more darkened vibe. The synth is not over-imposed, thus leaving more room for the guitars to shine. In brief, the sound of this record could be considered as a tasteful melodic black metal. The singing styles vary mostly around mid-ranged to high pitch vocal, with frequent use of clean voices. The sound on full-length is not over produced, but provides a clearer tone. Often, the music gets to a bit raw sounding, which are pretty handy.

It’s pretty hard to pick the highlights from ‘Ego Death – ‘Ritual I’, most of the songs being very solid and enjoyable. Personally, I’d select ‘Resurrection through the Serpent’s Light’, ‘Bleeding by Bones’ and ‘The Judgement of Gehenna’.

Mourning Soul has been around for 14 years, therefore you can estimate the efforts and brilliance they put in their debut album. ‘Ego Death – ‘Ritual I’, therefore is not another brick in the wall. Anyone having interests on Swedish/German black metal should check these guys out.

Score: 84/100
Venustas Diabolicus is premiering the sixth track off the full-length exclusively, which you can hear from the link below:

Release Date: 25th March, 2016
Label: Dolorem Records
Lineup:
Sacrifice – Vocals, Bass, Synths
Decrepit – Guitars, Synths
Nocturnal Fog – Drums, Synths
Mourning Soul: Facebook || Web
Dolorem Records: Facebook || Bandcamp

 

 

Premiere: Three Tracks from the Debut Full Length of MORKESAGN (Ukraine)

Stowing melodic elements in metal music does not necessarily macerates the dark atmosphere of the music. WHY? Different bands have proved it, particularly considering this issue in the sphere of black metal, we can come up with the out-turn that melody and darkness can walk together. Morkesagn from Kyiiv, Ukraine is such a band who has successfully balanced the melody and gloomy atmosphere of the music.  Continue reading Premiere: Three Tracks from the Debut Full Length of MORKESAGN (Ukraine)

Review + Streaming: Mephorash – 1557 – Rites of Nullification

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It was really charming for me to see Mephorash getting back with their third offering. I do have an obsession for bands playing black metal in the same vein of late 2000-era Watain/Deathspell Omega. So Mephorash (hailing from Uppsala, Sweden) is my kind of thing. Although I was a bit disappointed with their previous effort ‘Chalice of Thagirion‘, but the brilliant Continue reading Review + Streaming: Mephorash – 1557 – Rites of Nullification

Review + Streaming: Funeral Throne – Threshold

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Funeral Throne is a melodic black metal entity from Wolverhampton, England. The band initiated in 2005, and has come up with 2 demos and 2 full length albums so far. Their 2nd release, ‘Threshold’ was released Continue reading Review + Streaming: Funeral Throne – Threshold

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

Nuclear War Now! to re-release Elysian Field’s Debut Full-length

Elysian Fields flyer_zpsitcmm2nbThe Elysian Fields (Formerly Desulphurize) was one of the experimental black/death metal bands that formed in the early 90’s in Greece. Despite releasing two fantastic albums We… the Enlightened and 12 Ablaze, they mostly stayed under the shadows of more popular bands. After a hiatus since 2010, The Elysian Fields formed again in the last year and currently working on their 5th full length album. Continue reading Nuclear War Now! to re-release Elysian Field’s Debut Full-length

Review: Amestigon – Thier

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The Scandinavian black metal was in the center of attention in the 90’s due to the strong implementation of its satanic ideologies whereas the scenes in Central Europe gave themselves a strong hold on more darkened and epic approach of black metal. The bands like Summoning, Pazuzu explored fantasies and occult literature whereas bands like Abigor, Amestigon had kept their efforts based on Satanism and pagan heritage. Continue reading Review: Amestigon – Thier

Watain Live in Barcelona 2004: Stream Rare Full Gig

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Watain has been one of the bands pioneering ‘Modern Black Metal’ sound with their sophomore classic effort Casus Luciferi which was released back in 2003. Watain was the supporting act for their peer Dissection, for the band’s The Rebirth of Dissection tour. During the European dates, Watain performed across 18 countries, which also helped the band to promote their opus magnum to a wider audiences.

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Flyer, Dissection and Watain: Live in Barcelona

One of the performances from the tour, which took place in Déjà vu Club, Barcelona, Spain was filmed by some local fan and recorded as a bootleg DVD; titled as Dissection and Watain: Live in Barcelona. The full set list by Watain during that gig can be streamed through the following link:

Set list:

  1. Walls Of Life Ruptured
  2. Devil’s Blood
  3. I Am The Earth
  4. My Fists Are Him
  5. On Horns Impaled

Lineup:

E. (Vocals)

P. (Guitars)

H. (Drums)

Y. (Bass)

You can also stream the full set by Dissection at the same gig on following link:

Dissection: Live in Barcelona (Full Gig)

Rare!! DISSECTION Live in Barcelona 2004: Full Set Streaming

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After Jon Nödtveidt had released from prison around early 2004, he reformed Dissection with members possessing the same satanic ideologies that Dissection used to live on. With Set Teitan and Tomas Asklund, the final lineup for the band was completed. Having recorded the demo Maha Kali with this lineup, Dissection embarked on an intense tour around Europe under The Rebirth of Dissection moniker. Watain also supported the rebirth tour across 18 European countries and Erik Danielsson of Watain played live bass on some gigs. The entire gig in Déjà vu Club, Barcelona, Spain was recorded by some local fan and was released in DVD format naming it as ‘Live in Barcelona’.

Flyer, Dissection live in Barcelona
Flyer, Dissection live in Barcelona

This bootleg DVD has been a rare one, since we managed to find a copy of it, the entire Dissection set is uploaded to YouTube for living those memories of Dissection once again. Hail Chaos!

Here you can enjoy the entire set by Dissection.

Set list for Dissection:

  1. Intro (At the Fathomless Depths)
  2. Black Horizons
  3. Frozen
  4. Night’s Blood
  5. Maha Kali
  6. Soulreaper
  7. No Dreams Breed in Breathless Sleep
  8. Where Dead Angels Lie
  9. Retribution – Storm of the Lights Bane
  10. Unhallowed
  11. Thorns of Crimson Death
  12. Elisabeth Bathory (Tormentor cover)
  13. The Somberlain

Lineup:

Jon Nödtveidt (Vocals, Guitars)

Set Teitan (Guitars)

Tomas Asklund (Drums)

Brice Leclercq (Bass, Live)