tisdag 17 oktober 2017

Norrhem - Voima ja kunnia

From Turku (not Turkey as someone thought!) in the cold and great Finland comes this new duo under the banner of Norrhem!


This demo (i would call it rather an EP) is from this year and so far the only release...quite naturally.
As some of you that have followed me on this place knows my affection for black metal from this country and this band does not falter, it follows the glorious path of grand, raw, dark music with strong melodic compositions.

It starts off hard and reminds me a bit of Förgjord which for me is something of a pure delight.
some slower heavy parts comes later in and sets the mood perfect. It is just 4 tracks but they deliver just enough to make a mark and i hope it wont gets lost in the tidal waves of black metal releases...
I cant read finnish but the info says that its focused on War, Nature, Folklore and thats what i would have guessed also as the music itself has that mix of aggression, a bit esoteric vibes in the way of nature etc etc so you get it even if you cant understand a word... if its good stuff all the way with strong melodies and no filler shit it works in any language.
 
Production is solid and let the guitars and harsh vocals lead and the drums is a bit lower in the mix whitch is just like it should be. Nothing gets lost.

I look forward to their next release for sure!
Solid traditional Finnish black metal.

Track list:
1.     Prelude - instrumental
2.     Sota    
3.     Pohjan tulet    
4.     Voima ja kunnia    
        Total: 16:28

Released by the great Worship Tapes!



label link:
http://worshiptapes.de.tl/

söndag 15 oktober 2017

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tisdag 3 oktober 2017

Verdugo - Altar del rencor

With an omnious drooling intro we are kicked into this first full album from these Chilean maniacs!

Few days ago i reviewed their compilation cd and enjoyed its filthy demonic death/Thrash-metal so it felt just logical to do this one close after.


They have been around for soon 10 years so this first album saw a long time coming but i think it was worth the wait as its totally swell! (in its specific old school genre)
The biggest difference i say compared to their older stuff is that they have a much more serious tone and approace and is more slicker/tighter played (not there was any problem before), gone is much of their older groovy Thrash parts and jumps straight for your throat and try to strangle you with death and disorder haha.

Yeah one of the things i really liked with the older material was their intensive headbanging grooves but they handle this new more straight faced direction well and there is no sortage of killer riffs and sweaty compositions.
Sometimes bit more cavernous (but in a sharply cut cave and not a damp and moisty one) but just slight....and i bit more war"ish" attack here! Hats fly out of the window! haha
Some nice guitar solos and drum fills etc, they all feel at home with their instruments (and in the Devils livingroom) so in the end i would say this is a solid hellraizing release that burns all the way!

The only thing would have done is taken out 1-2 tracks for a split or a 7" to be released sometime close around this album release, it is a bit long as it is now (just my restless soul here itching haha) but all songs are good  so they deserve my whole attencion...


If you like this type of music or already enjoy their previous releases try Altar del rencor!

Track list:

1.     Génesis de la ejecución     01:52    
2.     Revelaciones nihilistas     03:03    
3.     Colapso existencial     02:50    
4.     Patrones inmundos de hipocresia     07:02    
5.     Proselitismo abominable     05:13      
6.     Maléfica e insana adoración     04:32      
7.     Profanaciones     04:23      
8.     Altar del rencor     03:54      
9.     Tormento siniestro     05:47    
10.     Abismo de decadencia     04:53      
11.     Repulsión espiritual     05:45      
      Total:49:14

Released by: No Mercy Reks

fredag 29 september 2017

Verdugo - Blasfemia y perversión

Time for some barbaric Death/Thrash metal from Chile!



This cd i review is a 2012 compilation of the 2010 demo "Perversión y destrucción" and the 2011 Ep "Vómito de blasfemia".
The band has been at it for around almost ten years now...and i found them 1-2 years ago so yeah i am slow as an snail on heroin...or something haha! Well one has to wade through a lot of shit to find good stuff also... so i blame it on the shit.


I really enjoy Verdugos manic devil music, they have a nice dirty flair to them and they dont shy away from getting their groove on as well as killing with steel riffs. One could say there is a portion of beastial-style here with their goatish perverted vocals and overall  sound (they are like a good cross-over band from the old 80´s Satanic Thrash era into some 90´s war/beast metal) but a heavy dose of effective Thrash is of course here to kick up the heat!
I feel all the members get their respective space to shine as the production is totally fine & balanced  and no one is drowned out....dont know if this cd has remastered the tracks compared to the original releases but here they sound in a proper way.

My top 3 tracks here would be 1,2 & 6 but i dont feel no track is a filler! Speed to the grave!

I get visions of cellar dwellers getting heads chopped off by the great unclean one...the executioner!
Nun bodies getting split in two by deformed officers so on & so on.
A great time in hell!!

This collection is a good start to get into Verdugos demonic head-banger world (traditional but no copy cat).

Track list:

1.     Genocidio y destrucción    
2.     Verdugo    
3.     Putrefacta morbosidad    
4.     Vómito de blasfemia    
5.     Summoned to Hell (Mortem cover)    
6.     Comandos del metal         
7.     Thrash infernal         
8.     Sexo pútrido         
9.     Huracán         
      Total:32:51    

* A review of this years first full album from the band will be posted soon here
* Also stay tuned to next years printed fourth issue of RAW WAR (out on Darker then Black) which includes an interview with Verdugo

lördag 16 september 2017

Antzaat - The Black Hand of the Father


This Belgian black metal release was something i enjoyed from the get-go!


One simple reason for that is: My first imminent thought was when i put this on was
 -Damn! This sounds soo much like Sargeists "Let the Devil in" ! and i love (well most of the songs) that album!

All from the guitar tone and notes played, vocal style and the overall atmosphere and delivery comes close to Sargeists  LtDi (not reaching the same soaring peaks of that album but that is a bit unfair to demand also)...so yeah total worship here but as i said i really cant stop to enjoy something that sounds like this hehe.Good satanic melodic flow!

But after some more spins their own more personal touches comes out and especially the last track i feel like Antzaat has hit its own mark. The last minute or so is really strong and epic, the more spoken/screamed and a bit darker vocals here gives it the final blazing star in the night sky! (Vocals here reminds me of the magical ending of Mephorashs latest album)

Production is ok & works well with no part drowning the other really but vocals and guitars sometimes could have been a bit higher in the mix but thats nit picking plus their logo is nice but i would not gotten interested in the band just seeing that...it does not give of much personality. The actual cover art is good though.



So in the end this is a well crafted debut Ep (5 songs) that is easy to listen to many times without losing any strength  even if its quite heavy on the Finnish worshipping (i am a sucker for that Country so...) it has its own merrits.
 Look forward to their coming releases, could become very interesting.

Very easy to recommend for me.

Released by: Immortal Frost Productions
link:
https://www.facebook.com/Immortalfrostproductions/

Band link:
https://www.facebook.com/Antzaat/