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CD review DIMMU BORGIR "Eonian"

Veröffentlicht am 3. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Dimmu Borgir, Eonian, Black Metal, Melodic Black Metal, News, Nuclear Blast, CD Review, Bombastic Black Metal

CD review DIMMU BORGIR "Eonian"

(6/10) In a time when first Dutch tulips start to spread their joyful colors all over Holland, it's the darkness from the North that enters Europe via the backdoor. Norwegian black metal pioneers Dimmu Borgir started a new  mission to shade the brightness of spring with a new album the trio has in the pipline.

"Eonian" is the title of Dimmu Borgir's 10th longplayer, an album that features ten new songs. Considering the fact that "Abrahadabra", the predecessor, was published seven years ago gives the idea of a lot of time for working on new inspiring material.

Unfortunately I have to conclude that "Eonian" isn't the powerful album I expected. I was spinning the album several times, always hoping that it unveils a dark beauty I haven't discovered the previous round. Allow me a metaphor from baseball - bats stay cold when it comes to the new Dimmu Borgir record. The album might include some base hits, but definitely no homerun.

"Eonian" is like the endless flow of water, forced to stay in the riverbed. There isn't any wildness and what you get is the same thing only different. There is a lot of orchestrated bombast added to the album which camouflages a certain lack of inspiration. "Eonian" spreads a feeling of monotony. I haven't expected this at all, which made the disappointment even bigger. To be clear, I really like the earlier releases and I think that records like "Death Cult Armageddon" belong to the milestones of bombastic black metal. The new album though can't live up to these highlight from the North. Black metal is more than some uptempo parts and hoarse vocals by Shagrath. The longplayer misses the energy and enthusiasm of earlier albums. It feels like "Eonian" isn't a matter of heart. It sounds more like a 'must' to fulfill and also the well-done sound, with Jens Bogren at the helm, doesn't make any difference. 

"Eonian" is the first real disappointment in 2018 and even if you're Dimmu Borgir fan I recommend to check out the album first. 

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Unveiling

  2. Interdimensional Summit

  3. ÆTheric

  4. Council of Wolves and Snakes

  5. The Empyrean Phoenix

  6. Lightbringer

  7. I Am Soveriegn

  8. Archaic Correspondence

  9. Alpha Aeon Omega

  10. Rite of Passage

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: May 4th, 2018

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CD review WIEGEDOOD "De Doden Hebben het Goed"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Wiegedood, Black Metal, Century Media, News, Thrash Metal, De Doden Hebben Het Goed

CD review WIEGEDOOD "De Doden Hebben het Goed"

(8/10) Belgium Wiegedood debut in 2015 with an album entitled "De Doden Hebben Het Goed". The album was the beginning of a morbid trilogy that finds its end with part 3 of this three-piece delivery. At the same album the newest delivery is the first album the band releases via Century Media, which could act as a springboard for this trio to reach a much wider group of metal heads.

I must admit that I missed the first two chapters of this trilogy, which means that I was curiously looking forward to what will hit my ears.

„De Doden Hebben Het Goed III“ (dutch for „The Dead Have it All Good“) is a blistering black metal attack that gives you a cold shiver. The trio doesn‘t need more than four songs to unleash a hellish vibe that comes with an unexpected and pitiless intensity. Wiegedood combines the anarchy of punk, the aggressiveness of thrash and the morbidity of black metal to something that opens gates right to the abyss. The cold shiver and the purgatorial heat could be brought together in a much better ay than what this record offers.

What‘s amazing with "De Doden Hebben Het Goed III“ is the ability of this Belgium trio to keep a level of suspense throughout. Sometimes I get annoyed by some monotonus black metal releases, listening to the samething only different from beginning to end. Not in this case. Wiegedood have the ability to write songs up to 12 minutes in length and still keep a level of suspense that excites. 

Wiegedood's third strike is a morbid and ruthless album that fascinates by it‘s simplicity and mercilessness. Check it out.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Prowl
  2. Doodskalm
  3. De Doden Hebben het Goed III
  4. Parool

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: April 20th, 2018

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5fECeGxkEw

https://www.facebook.com/wiegedood/

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CD review IHSAHN "Àmr“

Veröffentlicht am 1. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Àmr, Ihsahn, Black Metal, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Rock, Avangarde, Contemporary, Spinefarm Records

CD review IHSAHN "Àmr“

(9/10) Like with the earlier releases Ihsahn delivers another curveball when it comes to new album. It is hard to predict what you get with a new longplayer done by this extraordinary creative mind. The only thing that's for sure is that an Ihsahn album contains music that isn't from the shelf. It’s music and sounds that stretches the limits and challenges fans, listeners and maybe even Ihsahn himself.

The opener „Lend Me the Eyes of Milenia“ shows the entire spectrum of Ihsahn musical creativity. Synthizers kick off the song and you have to double check if you‘ve started the right disc. After some seconds sounds get swept by evil vocals that go together with the mentioned keyboards. A few more seconds and things become crystal clear. Welcome to Ihsahn‘s new masterpiece. Hoarse vocals and an unholy vibe characterise an excellent songs that include all you could wish from a new Ihsahn album.

The dark beauty with this longplayer is the cross-genre approach of the former Emperor frontman. Harsh black metal elements are interacting with melodic parts in a perfect fashion and even melodic anthems like „Sámr“, build on bigger soundscapes, fit into the context of „Àmr“.

The moment you have the feeling of having identified the patterns of this album it‘s another twist that opens another sound pattern.

„Àmr“ includes many aspects of contemporary metal music. There isn‘t one moment on the album that doesn‘t positively surprise you as a listener. „Marble Soul“ for example begins gloomy and with a hellish grin before things turn into a catchy chorus that reminds of prog rock. „Wake“ is another tune that‘s build on a similar approach. Raw black metal and progressive moments make the song sound like a black metal version of a Devin Townsend track.

As on „Arktic“ it‘s musical genius, unbound passion, a creative flow and a lot of willpower ton stretch borders, making this longplayer to a fascinating release that shows the fact that metal can be extremely creative and divers.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Lend Me the Eyes of the Millenia
  2. Arcana Imperii
  3. Samr
  4. One Less Enemy
  5. When You are Lost and I Belong
  6. In Rites of Passage
  7. Marble Soul
  8. Twin Black Angels
  9. Wake
  10. Alone (Bonus) (Poem by Edgar Allan Poe)

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Progressive Avangarde Black Metal

Release Date EU: May 4th, 2018

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ou6oGFBJsg

https://www.facebook.com/ihsahnmusic/

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CRADLE OF FILTH and MOONSPELL photos from Haarlem show

Veröffentlicht am 24. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Cradle Of Filth, Moonspell, News, Live, Tour, Dark Metal, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Patronaat Haarlem

CRADLE OF FILTH and MOONSPELL photos from Haarlem show

Cradle Of Filth and Moonspell played the Patronaat in Haarlem, The Netherlands early February and here are some photos of this excellent show.

Cradle Of Filth, Haarlem, 02.02.2018
Moonspell, Patronaat, Haarlem,02.02.2018
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CD review DESTRÖYER "Call of the Wild" EP

Veröffentlicht am 22. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Deströyer 666, Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, News, CD Review, Call of the Wild, Season Of Mist

CD review DESTRÖYER "Call of the Wild" EP

(8/10) Metal horde Deströyer 666 worked on a new and evil EP entitled "Call of the Wild". As the earlier releases also this 4-track disc doesn't contain any compromises nor it features songs that are heading for the mainstream. "Call of the Wild" is a brutal mini-disc that combines thrash-, black- and traditional metal in an excellent way.

"Violence is Golden" is the starting point of this 20 minutes journey through raw and harsh metal. The songs is a true anthem, enriched by melodic leads that remind of the NWoBHM. "Violence is Golden" could become, also based on the excellent chorus, an excellent live song with the potential to turn any venue into a madhouse.

"Stone by Stone" is faster compared to the opener and convinces by its mercilessness before the title track takes you on a next wild ride. The final track on this EP is also the longest one. "Trialed by Fire" is a seven minutes tune that begins gloomy and acoustic. Slowly and step by step the song evolves to a hellish masterpiece that's heavy, brutal and melodic - all in one. Changes between loud and calm characterize a devilish Deströyer 666 hymn that was first published on the 2003 release "Terror Abraxas".

All done right with this EP that perfectly bridges the waiting time until the new album crawls out of hell.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Violence is Golden
  2. Stone by Stone
  3. Call of the Wild
  4. Trialed by Fire

 

Label: Season Of Mist

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review NECROPHOBIC "Mark of the Necrogram"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Mark of the Necrogram, Necrophobic, Death Metal, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, News, Century Media, CD Review

CD review NECROPHOBIC "Mark of the Necrogram"

(8/10) Swedish metal horde Necrophobic belongs to the pioneers of Swedish death metal with roots going back to the late 80’s. It was in 1989 in Swedens capitol Stockholm when this quintet was formed by David Parland and Joakim Sterner and it was Slayer’s classic "Necrophobic" that inspired the guys when it comes to the naming of the band.

Nearly 30 years later Necrophobic is still preaching dark tales from hell, captured on a new album that is already on its way to the record stores. „Mark of the Necrogram“ is the first release in a five years time and follows the 2013 disc „Womb of Lilithu“. The new album is Necrophobic’s eighth release to date and it’s the first one for Century Media. The devilish longplayer comes with a tracklist that comprises of ten titles of which the last one is more of an instrumental outro.

As not expected different this album start fast and furious. No intro, no frills, no mercy. „Mark of the Necrogram“ is a brutal black metal smasher that gives a crystal clear idea of what to expect within the next 48 minutes. „Odium Caecum“  and „Tsar Bomba“ round off a great starting triple, the latter with a cool groove and melodylines that make the track to an approachable anthem in black metal.

Necrophobic pushes the pedal to the metal with „Pesta“ before the gloomy and atmospheric „Requiem For a Dying Sun“ adds a sinister vibe to the total. One of the best tunes on „Mark of the Necrogram“ is the uptempo „Crown of Horns“. The track spreads a vicious catchiness. This hymn puts a spell on you without shifting towards cheesiness or being close to sell-out. It just catches the listeners attention esp. in the verse and doesn‘t let loose anymore.     

This devilish metal record finds an end with „Untergången“. Like mentioned earlier, it's less of a song. It‘s more an atmospheric instrumental that can be seen as an almost three minutes long outro with an oppressive vibe.

Fans of traditional Swedish black metal should call this album their own. Necrophobic builds on their experience and created an album that spreads an unholy fascination of evil.

 

(8/10)

Tracklist:

  1. Mark of the Necrogram
  2. Odium Caecum
  3. Tsar Bomba
  4. Lamashtu
  5. Sacroanct
  6. Pesta
  7. Requiem For a Dying Sun
  8. Crown of Horns
  9. From the Great Above to the Great Below
  10. Undergången

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: January 23rd, 2018

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CD Review VERHEERER "Maltrer"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Verheerer, Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News, Maltrer

CD Review VERHEERER "Maltrer"

(8/10) As many other black metal bands also Verheerer is from the North. What's different though is the fact that the guys aren't Scandinavian. Verheerer is from the Northern parts of Germany, hailing from Flensburg to be precise.

There isn't that much known from the band and its members but what is documented is an EP that was published in 2015. "Archar" came with four songs and this first release is now followed by the full-length debut entitled "Maltrer".

The longplayer features seven songs in total and it's an proper length that leads to almost 50 minutes of epic black metal.

Hell breaks loose with "Kultyst" which follows the sinister "Oration" which acts as an intro for this pitch black metal record. "Maltrer" includes all the key ingredients a good black metal album asks for. Hoarse vocals add a hellish expression to each of the tunes while racing fast guitar parts and slo-mo riffing interact on a constant base. It's these factors as well as well-placed breaks that provides a high level of suspense which is needed to keep the album and its songs exciting for listeners.

Verheerer also adds melody to this anarchic sound expression. Maiden-reminding melodies are weaved into "Kultyst" and choral section, like in "Anima Sola", lift Verheerer's metal to another level.

The closer of this devilish adventure is "Heimgang", a nine minutes epos that starts with rain and spoken word before musical darkness takes over again. "Heimgang" is the masterpiece that comes with a cinematic vibe and a bombastic sound that gives you the shivers.

"Maltrer" might not bring that much new to the table. It's more the way things are connected and put together which gives the album its own identity.  The debut is bombastic but not overloaded and it's this balance that makes it stand out.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Oration
  2. Kultyst
  3. Vertigo
  4. Maltrer
  5. Anima Sola
  6. Nachtfall
  7. Heimgang

 

Label: Vendetta Records

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: January 19th, 2018

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CD Review BLEEDING GODS “Dodekathlon”

Veröffentlicht am 14. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Bleeding Gods, Dodekathlon, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Nuclear Blast, Black Metal, CD Review, News

CD Review BLEEDING GODS “Dodekathlon”

(8/10) Bleeding Gods is the brainchild of Ramon Ploeg, known from death metal outfit Houwitser. The guitarist had a constant dream of running an own band whic, in the end, led to Bleeding Gods. It was in 2012 when the band, hailing from The Netherlands, began with writing some songs for a first demo tape. This tape was the springboard for a first release.

„Blood Symphony“ was the first EP that was published, with the debut following one year later. After some line-up changes Bleeding Gods started to work on the sophomore longplayer. Ramon Ploeg, Mark Huisman, Rutger van Noordenburg, Gea Mulder and Daan Klemann, these five guys are Bleeding Gods and it‘s this five-piece band that recorded with „Dodekathlon“ an excellent death metal album.

„Dodekathlon“ features twelve songs, which is not a coincident. The record is a build on a concept that goes back to the Greek myth and Hercules. Hercules was facing twelve labors over a period of twelve years. Bleeding Gods used this story with each songs addressing one of the twelve tasks. 

„Dodekathlon“ is a real thunderbolt. The quintet combines death metal with some thrash influences, all with a brutal groove and some symphonic elements.

The album starts spectacularly. Razorblade-sharp riffs in combination with deep growls are a rock solid foundation for the opener, entitled “Bloodguilt”.

“Beloved By Artemis” is another highlight on a terrific album. Built on a massive wall of guitars the tune reminds me, with its intensity, of Bolt Thrower.

Bleeding Gods aren’t afraid of adding some calmer moments to the album. The interlude “Tyrannical Blood” is one of them. It’s a well-placed acoustic intermission, which makes the following “Seeds of Distrust” even more powerful.

Another track I can recommend is the almost seven minutes epos “Tripled Anger”. It’s a sphereful keyboard sounds that introduces this cornerstone. After a minute of bombastic and gloomy soundscapes the tune turns into an aggressive death metal anthem that keeps the melody alive in many sections. The middle part with spoken words and melodic leads dominating the scene, is one of these moments. These calmer parts are surrounded by raging death metal riffs and growls which makes the tune to a multi-layered one. Terrific work.

“Dodekathlon” is the first death metal highlight this year. I like this longplayer and if Hercules would have had this longplayer and some earphones, each of the twelve assignments would have been much easier for him.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Bloodguilt (Nemean Lion)
  2. Multiple Decapitation (Lernaean Hydra)
  3. Beloved Artemis (Ceryneian Hind)
  4. From Feast to Beast (Erymanthian Boar)
  5. Inhuman Humiliation (Augean Stables)
  6. Birds of Hate (Stymphalian Birds)
  7. Savior of Crete (Cretan Bull)
  8. Tyrannical Blood (Mares of Diomedes)
  9. Seeds of Distrust (Belt of Hippolytus)
  10. Tripled Anger (Cattle of Geryon)
  11. Hera’s Orchard (Apples of the Hesperides)
  12. Hound of Hell (Cerberus)

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: January 12th, 2018

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CD review WATAIN “TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE”

Veröffentlicht am 6. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE, Watain, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, News, CD Review, Century Media

CD review WATAIN “TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE”

(9/10) If there was a black metal band that gained enormous popularity over the last years without ending up in some mainstream screeching or sell-out, it’s Watain. The band hailing from Uppsala, Sweden began their hellish endeavour in 1998 and the first unique thing is the fact that the trio is still consisting of founding members only. In almost 20 years the line-up didn’t change and it’s still E. Danielsson, P. Forsberg and H. Jonsson who are on their devilish mission.

Watain is very much known for their morbid and sinister live shows, but there is also a lot of musical substance that comes with this trio. Therefor also longplayers are a dark but joyful experience, presenting metal at an extreme.

Five longplayers came from netherworld so far and it’s the devilish number six that will mark a dark metallic start into 2018. “TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE” is the name of the record that comprises of eight new songs from the abyss. The new album isn’t too long when it comes to running time. Watain kept things spot-on and due to the intensity level of the album it demands already a lot in a short time.

Especially in comparison with the predecessor “TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE” shows the essence of Watain's sound. There are no frills, decorations and intros. Each of the tracks that ended up on the album are around four minutes of pure diabolicalness.

"Nuclear Alchemy" is the opener and actually it's even more. This songs is a statement and a signal of what to expect of the album. Rage and franticness, that's what “TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE” is about and that's what ypu have to face without any signs of pre-warning. Watain sticks to this pattern through-out and also the melodic intro to "Teufelsreich" and its slower pace doesn't change the uncompromising approach of this longplayer.

“TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE” is a sonic purgatory. It is a raw and unpolished black metal album that is positioning the band far outside of any mainstream approach. Almost twenty years in black metal didn’t have any impact on Watain’s hellishly mission of holding up a mirror to the world, reflecting the dark and evil side. It’s a pitch-black album only lit by a few candles. Eerily beautiful.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Nuclear Alchemy
  2. Sacred Damnation 
  3. Teufelsreich
  4. Furor Diabolicus 
  5. A Throne Below 
  6. Ultra (Pandemoniac) 
  7. Towards The Sanctuary 
  8. The Fire Of Power 

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: January 5th, 2017

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VERHEERER - black metal from Northern Germany

Veröffentlicht am 30. November 2017 von Markus W. in Verheerer, Black Metal, News

VERHEERER - black metal from Northern Germany

No need to travel all the way to Norway to evoke the sinister tunes and darkest form of art: Based in the nothernmost part of Germany, Flensburg, black metal outfit VERHEERER have unveiled first and exciting details about their upcoming debut album titled 'Maltrér'!

Formed in 2008 by band members BST and SMN, VERHEERER have released one highly acclaimed EP to date. Set for a release on January 19th 2018 with Vendetta Records, the band has now unleashed their stunning album artwork as well as the track list for 'Maltrér':

The tracklist will read as follows:

  1. Oratio
  2. Kultyst
  3. Vertigo
  4. Maltrér
  5. Anima Sola
  6. Nachtfall
  7. Heimgang

The band informs us:

„We're pleased to once again work with the maniacs of Vendetta Records for our first full-album, "Maltrèr", which unleashes the ties of "Archar" and pushes our journey to a new chapter. "Maltrèr" continues where we stopped at "Archar" and broadens our sonic variety in all directions.“

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CD review WITCHERY "I Am Legion"

Veröffentlicht am 12. November 2017 von Markus W. in Witchery, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, News, Century Media, I Am Legion

CD review WITCHERY "I Am Legion"

(8/10) After having received Witchery's latest longplayer "In His Infernal Majesty's Service" in late November last year I actually expected a successor for 2022. Not that there was any specific reason more than looking on the frequency of Witchery albums over the last years which can easily lead to such an expectation.

However, life is a bag of surprises and it's the band's new album that gets out of the darkness as we speak.

The grooving „Legion“ introduces the listener to this new longplayer that features eleven malicious songs, all somewhere between black-, death - and thrash metal. „True North“, also released as the first single, follows on the short intro and stands for all Witchery has to offer. Sinister riffs are built on a powerful beat, leading to a hellish metal track that peaks in a chorus you will not forget.

The transition to „Welcome, Night“ as an almost seamless one. The song, with its gloomy and baleful vibe, feels like the soundtrack for your next nightmare, narrated by Witchery’s frontman Angus Norder. As with the earlier discs also this time his hoarse vocals fit in a perfect manner into the entire context of this album.

Witchery shifts gears with „Of Blackened Wing“ which comes with some uptempo parts before „Dry Bones“ brings back the oppressive feeling of a starless night. „I Am Legion“ is full of good songs. „A Faustian Deal“, reminding of Satyricon, is one of them and also the raging closer „The Alchemist“ is a hellishly done metal treat.

Sometimes it's the momentum that leads to something good and I long lead time doesn't necessarily delivers quality. "I Am Legion" is a rush job and it hits the target. Raw, powerful and dark, the album feels like a creepy and cold breeze that hits your neck out of gloom. We can conclude that haste not always makes waste. In contrary.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Legion
  2. True North
  3. Welcome, Night
  4. Of Blackened Wing
  5. Dry Bones
  6. Amun-Ra
  7. Seraphic Terror
  8. A Faustian Deal
  9. An Unexpected Guest
  10. Great Northern Plague
  11. The Alchemist

 

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: November 10th, 2017

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CD review SINSAENUM "Ashes"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Sinsaenum, Joey Jordison, Frederic Leclercq, Black Metal, Death Metal, News, ear Music, Ashes, EP, CD Review

CD review SINSAENUM "Ashes"

(8/10) Time is flying. It’s already more than a year ago when death metal supergroup Sinsaenum released the highly anticipated debut “Echoes of the Tortured”. In order to keep the hellish fire burning the guys put more wood on the fire with a new EP that will hit the shelves on November 10th. And what name would fit better for such a disc than “Ashes”.

This EP is a metal purgatory. The quintet recorded three new songs for this release, each of them coming with an angry, dark and merciless vibe. The new tracks stand for a shifting level of aggressiveness adding more sonic brutality to Sinsaenum's sound. 

It’s the title track the kick-off this journey into the abyss. A furious riff in combination with bloodcurdling growls set the tone of voice for the next 26 minutes. The title track belongs to the faster songs. However, it comes with some well-done breaks too, reflecting the musical experience of everybody involved. Sinsaenum aren’t nobodies. Frederic Leclercq, Sean Z., Attila Csihar, Stephane Buriez, Heimoth and Joey Jordison have a long track records in metal, being or having been involved in bands like Slipknot, Mayhem and Dragonforce. Combining this metallic fire power in one band allowed the guys to create songs that reflect their passion for harsh metal, but also to take things from a wider perspective.

“Ashes” is a continuation of what started with the self-titled EP more than a year ago. However, the quintet evolved their music with some more black metal getting to the forefront. Especially “2099 (Heretics)” reflects this a lot. What’s obvious with this tune is the musical filigree craftsmanship that’s, next to the wildness, another substantial element of this five-piece band.

Besides the three new songs this EP comprises three more songs. “Degeneration” and “King of the Desperate Lands” are two Japanese bonus tracks while the closer “Dead Souls” got a remix done by Frederic Dusquesne.

“Ashes” shows that Sinsaenum isn’t a 'one hit wonder'. These guys are not just a  project for one album, they are a band and more exciting music can be expected from this powerful metal outfit.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ashes
  2. Monarch of Death
  3. 2009 (Heretics)
  4. Degeneration
  5. King of the Desperate Lands
  6. Dead Souls

 

Label: earMusic

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: November 11th, 2017

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30 years of PEACEVILLE RECORDS

Veröffentlicht am 25. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Peaceville Records, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal, Extreme Metal, Doom Metal, Label, News

Photos: Peaceville Records
Photos: Peaceville Records

Photos: Peaceville Records

Time for a metallic birthday this year. Legendary Peaceville Records will celebrate their 30th anniversary. The label had an enormous impact on (extreme) metal, giving bands like Paradise Lost, Anathema, Katatonia and more a first platform, making their music accessible for a wider group of metal heads.

To celebrate Peaceville Records anniversary many releases will be available for special price. Here’s the list:

  • Bloodbath; The Fathomless Mastery
  • Autopsy; The Headless Ritual
  • Behemoth;S atanica
  • Candlemass; Nightfall
  • Darkthrone; Arctic Thunder
  • Katatonia; The Fall Of Hearts
  • My Dying Bride; Feel The Misery
  • Pentagram; Relentless
  • Opeth; The Roundhouse Tapes
  • Paradise Lost; Gothic
  • Anathema; Alternative 4
  • Autopsy; Skull Grinder
  • Autopsy; Tourniquets,Hacksaws And Graves
  • Behemoth; Abyssus Abyssum Invocat
  • Behemoth; Zos Kia Cultus
  • Candlemass; Ancient Dreams
  • Candlemass; Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
  • Darkthrone; Blaze In(20th Anniversary)
  • Darkthrone; Sardonic Wrath
  • Darkthrone; Soulside Journey(Ann.Ed.)
  • Enslaved; Yggdrasill
  • Katatonia; Brave Murder Day
  • Katatonia; Night Is The New Day(Tour Ed)
  • Katatonia; Tonights Decision
  • Khold; Til Endes
  • Mayhem; Live In Leipzig
  • My Dying Bride; Evinta
  • My Dying Bride; Turn Loose The(Reissue)
  • My Dying Bride; Vaulted Shadows(EP-Coll.)
  • Novembre; Ursa
  • Paradise Lost; Lost Paradise
  • Pentagram; Day Of Reckoning
  • Akercocke; The Goat Of Mendes
  • Autopsy; Severed Survival
  • Behemoth; Demigod(Deluxe)
  • Behemoth; The Apostasy
  • Bloodbath; Bloodbath Over Bloodstock
  • Sikth; Death Of A Dead Day
  • Anathema; Serenades
  • Pentagram; Curious Volume
  • Darkthrone; Transilvanian Hunger
  • Darkthrone; Underground Resistance
  • Mayhem; Live In Leipzig
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CD review ENSLAVED "E"

Veröffentlicht am 12. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Enslaved, Prog Metal, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Classic Metal, News, Nuclear Blast, CD Review

CD review ENSLAVED "E"

(9/10) The process of musical progression of Norwegian metal outfit Enslaved reminds me more and more of Opeth. What are Opeth’s roots in Swedish death metal means a solid Bergen-based black metal foundation when it comes to Enslaved. Peu a peu both bands evolved their sound over time, becoming more technical and progressive. While Opeth reached a phase of playing demanding classic rock, it's the Norwegian quintet that still weaves in some oldschool references into their songs, combining those with technical finesse and intense emotions.

Simply called "E", it's the new album that opens a next door for the band. The latest releases of the group showed a shift towards a more layered sound, leading to the latest release "In Times" which functioned as a bridge between the band's roots and their contemporary music. It can be seen as the kind of closure of a chapter, which allows the discovery of a wider approach. If you, as being an oldschool Enslaved fan get scared now, I can tell you that there's no reason. The guys from Bergen are still harsh and brutal, thinking about the raging riffs and hoarse vocals in "Sacred Horse". But instead of solely pushing forward, Enslaved added some awesome twists, leading to a solemn section in the second half of the track. It's these kind of elements that make "E" to a challenging and exciting musical journey.

"E" comes with six songs, each of them a little epos in itself. Some atmospheric samples kick-off the title track. "Storm Son" is a cinematic masterpiece that not many bands would have dared to put in pole position. The track is a ten minutes opening chapter that is everything but not a quick deal. It shows how much is possible in the fields of extremer metal music. 

The progressive structures continue with "The River's Mouth" in a faster fashion with an intensity that's also a part of "Axis of the World". Again it's black metal fragments interact with some rock elements. What becomes clear with with this track is a change in the band's line-up, giving the guys a wider spectrum of options. Keyboards became a more prominent spot on "E" with Håkon Vinje being the new kid in town. As stated in the label information, the guy has one idol: Jon Lord. That's not a bad approach and you can listen to his ambition in some songs, even unveiling a warm Hammond-sound once in a while. 

This record includes compositions rather than quick shots, which is also reflected in the closer "Hiindsiight", being another ten minutes riff monster that switches between light and darkness. The start is slow and black before a harmonic section brings another vibe into spotlight. The tune feels like a constant fight between good and evil, including saxophone part half way, which gives the number a great but unexpected twist. 

"E" showcases Bergen's finest as a band that constantly moves forward, working on their music and sound by never letting loose their background and roots. With "E" the guys added another cornerstone to their already rich music career. Enslaved paints beautiful and wistful pictures that unveil their melancholic Northern glance if you give the album the time and attention needed. ""E" is an anchor point in a fast moving world.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Storm Son
  2. The River's Mouth
  3. Sacred Horse
  4. Axis of the Worlds
  5. Feathers of Eolh
  6. Hiinsiight
 

 

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Genre: Progressive Extreme Metal

Release Date EU: October 13th, 2017

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