Album Review: Serpentine Path – Emanations

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on 08/18/2014 by teamfitton

Label: Relapse Records
Release Date: 5/27/14

The first full-length Serpentine Path record was so unrelenting in the heavy department that it was kind of like trying to dunk a medicine ball at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Just as bleak too, one would wager. Void of anything even closely resembling light. Listening to it certainly doesn’t constitute ‘Miller time,’ that’s for sure. You gotta have some sack to digest that bad boy. Here’s hoping that for LP numero dos the NYC doom all-star cast can live up to the truly venomous (sorry) standards of its previous outing.

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Album Review: Enthroned – Sovereigns

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on 08/13/2014 by teedeg

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Label: Agonia Records
Release Date: 4/15/14

Anyone who has read my writing on this site knows that I’m a big fan of the newer styles of black metal that have been coming out in recent years. I named The Ruins of Beverast my top album of last year and praised the efforts and ambitions of bands like Deafheaven and Vattnet Viskar. That said, it’s hard not to notice that bands who began in the 90s and have imposed upon themselves a sense of restraint, as far as experimentation is concerned, preferring to operate within the sonic boundaries of the classic sounds of early 90s black metal. That means, blast beats, frigid tremolo riffs played at lightning speed, blasphemous lyrical content, and a healthy dose of corpsepaint with little deviation off of any of these qualities. Belgium’s Enthroned is such a band that has been around since 1993 and has essentially served as Belgium’s answer to Marduk but with a slightly bigger ambition on the artistic ends of things. Like most other second-wave bands of the 90s, the band has continued to carry its blasphemous fire into the present and has released an album that continues to show that the black flame still burns hot in the hearts of these veterans, but not hot enough to distract from some of its more obvious flaws.

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Album Review: Sorcier des Glaces – Ritual of the End

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on 08/12/2014 by Al Necro

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Label: Obscure Abhorrence Productions & Les Productions Hérétiques
Release Date: 1/31/14

Sorcier des Glaces’ latest release, Ritual of the End, is aptly titled. The band hails from Quebec, from a flourishing black metal scene, and this could be the band’s best effort yet. Catchy, melodic, and well-executed, Ritual of the End begs for repeat listens in spite of the lengthy run-time of each song, which lends an epic quality to the album.

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Album Review: Cult of Occult – Hic Est Domus Diaboli

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , on 07/29/2014 by jemdoom

Label: Totalrust Music, Breathe Plastic Records & Dry Cough Records
Release Date:  5/3/14 | 6/25/13

Doomed souls take heed as Cult of Occult‘s second album Hic Est Domus Diaboli is now available via Breathe Plastic Records and Dry Cough Records. Limited to 100 copies.

For those not yet initiated, Cult of Occult is a four piece hailing from France. The band released its first album Cult of Occult in 2012 followed by Hic Est Domus Diaboli a year later. A band of few words, little is known other than that it is influenced only by Satan, fueled by “HATE BOOZE HELL SATAN” and that it wishes to be hated. Continuing on from its 2012 debut which was a rawer and more primitive, booze fueled sludge attack, Cult of Occult’s second offering, Hic Est Domus Diaboli meaning “Here is the House of Satan,” is the result of honing its craft for a further year. Now, there is a deadly sense of focus, majesty, atmosphere and a hellish purpose which flows from beginning to end.

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Analog Inquisition: Cory von Bohlen (Halo of Flies)

Posted in Features, Interviews with tags , , , on 07/28/2014 by an_tiarna_dubh

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Why do you love cassettes and vinyl? Do you prefer one over the other?

It was what I was brought up on. What we listened to as kids, records first. I would get blank tapes for my birthday/Christmas and my uncle would dub all his records onto tape for me. In 1983, he had the coolest record collection of anyone I knew. Then I started buying…

What was the first cassette you bought? First record?

First cassette? Maybe Iron Maiden’s Number of the Beast. First LP? Def Leppard’s Pyromania. First 7″? The Go-Go’s’ We Got the Beat. Stole my first CD, cause fuck CDs!

What were your most recent cassette and vinyl purchases?

Endstille’s Kapitulation LP and Within Temptation’s Hydra DLP.

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Live Review: Mystifier, Bölzer, Cruiciamentum, Spearhead, Malthusian and ZOM at The Dome, London on 6/7/14

Posted in Features, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 07/24/2014 by bethavison
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In a year when a whole host of stellar black metal acts have graced the United Kingdom with their rituals, it must be becoming ever-harder to top this consistency. Nidrosian crew Mare, as well as One Tail, One Head and the shrouded Mgla have all performed captivating sets in our isles in 2014 and it’s only halfway through the year. The 7th of June marked another mandatory black metal gathering: Brazilian mentalists Mystifier returned to crush London alongside Cruciamentum, Bölzer, Spearhead, Malthusian and ZOM.

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Album Review: Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on 07/18/2014 by thesoundnottheword

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Label: Century Media
Release Date: 4/14/14

There is no hiding from the fact that Triptykon is the dark phoenix that has arisen from the ashes of Celtic Frost. Tom Gabriel Warrior has been open about the fact that much of the material for debut Eparistera Daimones was originally intended to be part of the follow-up to Celtic Frost’s Monotheist, one of the best metal albums of the past ten years. The nature of the dissolution of Celtic Frost fueled the anger that propelled Eparistera Daminones forward, and it was impossible not to read many of the lyrics as being related to that situation. Now, four years after that furious album, comes follow-up Melana Chasmata. The ghost of Monotheist is still present in Triptykon’s sound, and some of the anger has dimmed. Has the band’s potency?

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Album Review: Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on 07/17/2014 by Al Necro
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Label: Dark Descent Records
Release Date: 4/15/14

Don’t bother pigeonholing this record. While tags and labels sometimes help give you an idea on what you’re in for, most of the time, they fail to adequately describe the range of elements that comprise any work of art. Subtle cues fail to get noticed when people offer a category to sum up an experience such as listening to music, and everyone is guilty of this from time-to-time. It is human nature to describe an experience by assigning it a label, putting it into a box, and placing it on a shelf where recognition can be made easier. Thantifaxath, ladies and gentlemen, defies the use of monickers because its debut album, Sacred White Noise, transcends all barriers.

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EP Review: Offerstigen – Regndolk

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on 07/16/2014 by analogwinter
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Label: Self-released
Release Date: 5/13/14 

Offerstigen is a new black/doom metal two-piece from Sweden who just released its first EP, Regndolk. It is a quality first release that blends elements of black metal, funeral doom, and sludge into a bleak and emotional three songs.

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