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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

 

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Released: 26 June 2015

Label: Agonia Records (ARCD142)

Lineup:
S. – Voice
XCIII – Guitars
Revenger – Guitars/Bass
Vizun – Drums

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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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Altars of Spiritual Redemption: Interview with Preludium (Pol)

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Musically, Preludium has close kinship with the other Polish blackened death metal acts. The band is active for more than 16 years and it is a pity that the band is little known comparing to a lot of other contemporaries of Polish black/death metal scene. Over a year ago, the quartet has released a brilliant album, “Redemption” (Review Link: http://wp.me/p42NGB-bX) through India based record label Transcending Obscurity. The frontman Łukasz Dziamarski has joined us for an in depth conversation about the different aspects of the band.

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Salutation Łukasz. Before moving on to the core of this conversation, I would like to ask you to give a brief introduction of Preludium to our readers.

Łukasz: Hails. The band was formed by the Skowron brothers in about 1999.  I joined the band as a session bass player before ‘Infernal Force’ demo recording session. Unfortunately in 2003 Piotr died in an accident. The new drummer in PRELUDIUM was August from (DECEPTION/STILLBORN) and a new bass player Wojciech from my previous band. With this line-up, we recorded our debut album ‘Eternal Wrath’ and the second one ‘Raping Mankind Disorder’.

“Eternal Wrath” – Debut Full Length of Preludium

After that, both of them – August and Wojciech – abandoned the band so we had to Continue reading Altars of Spiritual Redemption: Interview with Preludium (Pol)

Freezing Blood – Altar of Goat

The band FREEZING BLOOD was founded in Poland on 2012. Alter of Goat that has been released from label Fallen Temple is a putrid example of how a raw black metal band should sound. The demo holds a chaotic, twisted sound that is enough to make one feels the aura of raw Black Metal. FREEZING BLOOD is an unrighteous congregation of the members of some other Polish extreme metal bands like Mordhell, Moloch Letalis, Martwa Aura, Distress etc.

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The foundation of each track is supported by bestial riffs featuring motif that binds the listeners through chaotic repetition. With just a few notes, but all has more sense for primitive noise, the fully-and semi-destructive instruments are met and expanded with the inhuman vocal of Morbid Priest of Cadaverous Gospel. The accompanying guitar makes the tracks a bit typical, but definitely gives a substructure to make the sound strong. It emphasizes not in the foreground, and therefore has an enriching and obviously not annoying in the first place. Same goes for the drumming which predominantly occupies both slow-paced and fast-paced tempos.

The songs are filled with raucous, latent desperate growls excellent for such music. It rounds off the overall impression and ensures that Alter of Goat is consistently a solid matter.

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FREEZING BLOOD offers vilest sound with their music, although makes no reinvention of the wheel, nevertheless is nice to listen to. Presumably, this band just needs a little more time to deliver a full length. This would be very desirable for the fanatics of black metal music.

Score: 65/100

Listen to Unrestrained Vision of the End from Altar of Goat

Tracklist:

1. Altar of Goat
2. Baal
3. Decapitation of Archangels
4. Procession of Rotting Blood
5. Life for Abominable Darkness
6. Unrestrained Vision of the End

Freezing Blood are

Heaven Gates Destroyer and Ruler of Black Chaos (Bass)

Battery Commander of Hell and Filthy Goat Worshiper of Gomorrah (Drums)

Priest of Abyss and Total Extermination (Guitars)

Morbid Priest of Cadaverous Gospel (Vocals)

Contact Freezing Blood: freezingbloodkult@gmail.com

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Preludium – Redemption

 

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Monstrous riffing and murderous drumming, these two criteria would first come to one’s mind to describe the music of Polish black/death metal scene in short words. Preludium, from Mielec, Poland is no different from their contemporaries in terms of delivering the combo of extreme riffing and intense drumming. Band’s latest offering Redemption is different from their earlier releases to some extent. Previous releases were constructed with war and blasphemy based lyrics. Surprisingly the band switches its lyrics to the spiritual teachings of Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda in this full length, which is obviously a new theme in the extreme metal music.

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Who have listened to the band’s previous creations can feel that Preludium’s sound has strong kinship with the bands like Behemoth, Hate and the like. But the band has got ways and means to successfully put some new elements into the album that turns the whole atmosphere into a stronger position and that atmosphere definitely reflects the band’s intention to sound a bit different from their old materials.

Initial track of the meditative journey, Soul Torment trudges almost at the same pace with some riffs. Second track, Altars of Redemption transports an array of some atrocious drumming, solid bass and strong vocal deliveries. Third track, Incarnation is one of the best tracks of the album. One is supposed to get overwhelmed with the monstrous riffings of this track. Some of the guitar works of the track bear some resemblance to the Icelandic black metal bands, but Preludium’s work can be considered as faster comparing to the works of Icelanders. Circle of Life, Destiny of Morals and the final track, Sins of Mankind are some of the other tracks that can startle the ear-hole of the listeners. Beginning vocal part in Circle of Life reminds me of the crushing voice of Mors Dalos Ra of Necros Christos. All of these three tracks are enshrouded with mesmerizing guitar works and destructive drumming. A memorable rhythmic bridge appears in Sins of Mankind as if to add a unique vibe in this spiritual expedition.

Aesthetic artwork of the album perfectly gives a glimpse to the listener about the lyrical theme of the album. Atmosphere presents in the album also perfectly conveys a spiritual feeling that the band is trying to preach with their music.

Considering the downsides of the album, there are a few. Even though the band has tried to do something divergent from their typical Polish extreme metal sound, a lot of elements are present in the album that were previously done by the contemporaries. Initial track Soul Torment is less appealing in terms of its overall composition and cannot be considered as a descent tool to open the album. Lyrics obviously transmit strong messages, but the spiritual theme that is conveyed through the lyrics has complicated connection with the black metal lyrical theme and it may throw cold water on the listeners who prefer evil oriented lyrics on black metal music.

Redemption can be regarded as the best release of Preludium so far. Yet, I have not checked their demos and first full length, but it should be on the climax comparing to the other albums that have come across to my ear. Most remarkable works in this album are done by the guitarists; guitars are mightier than the swords. Another successful release from the label, Transcending Obscurity.  “Redemption” is surely a recommendation to the listener of blackened death metal.

Score: 78/100

 

By: Zoheb Mahmud

 

Stream the entire album on Bandcamp:

Released on: January 05, 2014

Label: Transcending Obscurity http://transcendingobscurity.com/Label.aspx

Lineup:

Lukasz Dziamarski – Guitars, Voc
Jan Skowron – Guitars
Piotr Ungeheuer – Drums
Marcin “Mrzawa” Deszcz – Bass

Homepage: http://preludium.metal.pl/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/preludiumband