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September 24, 2020, 6:31 pm

 

LAST STANDING VILLAGE

Band:GODS BASTARD
Album:LAST STANDING VILLAGE
Label:I VOIDHANGER
Format:CDD
Genre:PROGRESSIVE BLACK METAL

Originally a digital EP released through Bandcamp in 2019, GOD'S BASTARD's “Last Standing Village” is such a precious jewel of progressive black metal that it needed a physical edition and, with it, much more recognition than what it's gained so far. Expertly mastered by Colin Marston, “Last Standing Village” contains three tracks, three steps of a cathartic journey slowly developing through a constant, breathtaking crescendo of crooked guitar riffs and devastating drums, entwined together in creative ways. GOD'S BASTARD combine the barbaric approach of the hardcore genre with a black metal fury, alternating moments of light and darkness like in a psychotic, emotional rollercoaster.

 

 

ILMAN KUOLEMAA

Band:VERIKYYNELEET
Album:ILMAN KUOLEMAA
Label:I VOIDHANGER
Format:CD
Genre:ATMOSPHERIC BLACK METAL

The solo project of Isla Valve and active since 1999, Finland's VERIKYYNELEET (in Finnish, “Bloodtears”) have always remained in the shadow, releasing their amateurish black metal recordings mostly in the form of raw demos and EPs. Recorded about 6 years ago, an embryonal version of “Ilman Kuolemaa” – the band's first full length album – saw the light of day in 2019, but for its official release on CD it has been expanded to also include songs, riffs and melodies composed almost 20 years ago, to fully unravel the primitive, mysterious, melancholic and dark essence of VERIKYYNELEET's black metal, also evident in Isla Valve's illustrations for the booklet.

 

 

A COR DO FOGO

Band:NOITE
Album:A COR DO FOGO
Label:I VOIDHANGER
Format:CDD
Genre:RELIGIOUS MUSIC/BLACK METAL

Shrouded in incense and sulphur smokes, NOITE (Night) is an experimental black metal venture of Gonius Rex, the mastermind behind Portugal's ONIRIK. Inspired by medieval and neo-classical music and based on haunting psalms of penance and compositional whirls, NOITE's style is not meant to sound as your typical metal, yet it is sure to bring a more eloquent craving for the Darkness and the Occult. Complementary to ONIRIK’S "The Fire Cult Beyond Eternity" released at the same time, “A Cor do Fogo” (The Colour of Fire) is NOITE's first output, a fascinating and psychedelic midnight mass of clean vocals, counterpointing choirs, multiple layers of ecclesiastic invocations and spells, mournful litanies and crepuscular melodies, with nondistorted delayed guitars and bass twirling all around in a heretic congregation. Apart from guitars, bass and choirs, G. Rex also recorded the drums (for the first time) with an ever enticing style of unexpected rhythms and unapologetic experimental vibes.

 

 

THE FIRE CULT BEYOND ETERNITY

Band:ONIRIK
Album:THE FIRE CULT BEYOND ETERNITY
Label:I VOIDHANGER
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

A follow-up to "Casket Dream Veneration" (2015), "The Fire Cult Beyond Eternity" is the new album from Portugal's ONIRIK and yet another proof of the talent of G.Rex, the band's sole member. ONIRIK are active since 2002 and along the years have explored black metal far and wide, conjugating in a very peculiar way its most dissonant, tranceinducing fringes with the genre's typical coldness and Luciferian essence. Backed on drums by none other than Dirge Rep (GEHENNA, ENSLAVED, ORCUSTUS, THE KONSORTIUM), G.Rex returns to us after bathing in the abysmal waters of the world below man, bringing with him a new reflection on death, occult wisdoms and dark spirituality. Mixed and mastered by Semjaza Shade Gawecki of THY DARKENED SHADE, "The Fire Cult Beyond Eternity" is that reflection.

 

 

IMMORTALITY THROUGH QUANTUM SUICIDE

Band:XYTHLIA
Album:IMMORTALITY THROUGH QUANTUM SUICIDE
Label:I VOIDHANGER
Format:CDD
Genre:EXPERIMENTAL DEATH GRIND

The solo project of US multi-instrumentalist/singer Nick Stanger (also active in the ranks of black metallers ASHBRINGER), XYTHLIA brilliantly blend the extreme fringes of tech death/grind metal with VOIVOD's progressive/experimental approach and Mick Barr's mind-shattering guitar acrobatics for KRALLICE and OCRILIM. “Immortality Through Quantum Suicide”, the band's first album is as creepy and weirdly fascinating as Carlos Agraz's stunning cover painting, where an alien creature performs a suicide ritual through the time-space continuum, furiously stabbing itself to death. It's a cosmic selfmurder, an outer-dimensional totentanz dripping blood all over stars and black holes, each blood drop a seed sure to spawn new and abhorrent life forms.

 

 

ENTER THE GATES

Band:SINSID
Album:ENTER THE GATES
Label:PITCH BLACK RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:HEAVY METAL

Norway’s old school metal outfit SINSID returns with second album “Enter the Gates”! Originally formed in 2012, SINSID’s influences include anything from the blues and rock to metal and Viking or thrash but the very core of the band is, unmistakably, traditional heavy metal. The band’s debut came out in 2018 and “Mission From Hell” triumphantly introduced SINSID to the metal world and quickly gained the band a massive new following, with reviews referring to the album as “good old, honest, working class metal” and “couldn’t be more metal if it was hammered over an anvil!” The band now continues its... mission, as it prepares to unleash its next offering which is yet another fine release of pure old school heavy metal! All the elements that one can expect are there; from the catchy choruses and fist-raising anthemic tunes to the raw hellish vocals and of course that nostalgic 80s vibe throughout!

 

 

ENTER THE GATES

Band:SINSID
Album:ENTER THE GATES
Label:PITCH BLACK RECORDS
Format:LP
Genre:HEAVY METAL

Norway’s old school metal outfit SINSID returns with second album “Enter the Gates”! This is the vinyl edition of the band’s new album, which comes in orange vinyl and is limited to 100 numbered copies. Also included is a download card. Originally formed in 2012, SINSID’s influences include anything from the blues and rock to metal and Viking or thrash but the very core of the band is, unmistakably, traditional heavy metal. The band’s debut came out in 2018 and “Mission From Hell” triumphantly introduced SINSID to the metal world and quickly gained the band a massive new following, with reviews referring to the album as “good old, honest, working class metal” and “couldn’t be more metal if it was hammered over an anvil!” The band now continues its... mission, as it prepares to unleash its next offering which is yet another fine release of pure old school heavy metal! All the elements that one can expect are there; from the catchy choruses and fist-raising anthemic tunes to the raw hellish vocals and of course that nostalgic 80s vibe throughout!

 

 

LES BLESSURES DE L AME: XX ANS DE BLASPHEME

Band:SETH
Album:LES BLESSURES DE L AME: XX ANS DE BLASPHEME
Label:SEPULCHRAL PRODUCTIONS
Format:2LP
Genre:MELODIC/SYMPHONIC BLACK METAL

Recorded at the Les Feux de Beltane festival in Britanny, France, this first live album from Seth celebrates the group's first album, still considered as a classic from the French Black Metal scene. With a great sound (remastered for vinyl at Tehom Studio), a stunning Gatefold design and a A2 poster, this is an item fans of vinyl won't want to miss on. Strictly limited to 500 copies!

 

 

CHANTE, O FLAMME DE LA LIBERTE

Band:SERMENT
Album:CHANTE, O FLAMME DE LA LIBERTE
Label:SEPULCHRAL PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:ATMOSPHERIC/SYMPHONIC BLACK METAL

Chante, Ô Flamme de la Liberté, is the first album from Moribond s (Forteresse, Ephemer) solo project Serment. The opus is a concept album telling the legend of a pact with the devil and the quest for a lost heritage, a dark and epic journey at the heart of Québec s snowy forests, buried beyond the snows of ages. Musically, while Moribond s flair for all things epic and grandiose is as present as ever, Serment explores rawer and more symphonic territories than Forteresse. An awesome new entry in the pantheon of Métal Noir Québécois!

 

 

SERMON OF APATHY

Band:DESOLATOR
Album:SERMON OF APATHY
Label:BLACK LION RECORDS
Format:CDD
Genre:Death Metal

Desolator have been treading the hallowed ground of the Swedish death metal scene since 2009. Through an early demo (Gravefeast, 2010), a split (Dark Revival/Mass Human Pyre, 2011), and especially the triumphant Unearthly Monument full length in 2013, the quartet paid proper homage to the buzzsaw sound of the Stockholm masters of yore. Having conquered the saw, the band chose to start to move in another direction with their 2016 EP Spawn of Misanthropy. The four tracks begin to show a move away from the Stockholm sound with the addition of more dissonance and creative riffing akin to the work of early Morbid Angel and Immolation. Black Lion Records saw the promise of this sound in embryo, signing the band and re-releasing Spawn of Misanthropy on CD in 2018. Make no mistake, Desolator are Swedish death metal still. Sermon of Apathy, the latest effort by the band, shows plenty of teeth still. The buzzsaw may be buried a bit, the teeth not as obvious, but the saw still spins. On Sermon, the idea that Desolator began to birth in 2016 comes to full fruition. For you see, Sermon of Apathy is a Frankenstein's monster of death metal, fully sentient and fully functioning. The aggression of the Stockholm sound is tempered with creative and dissonant riffing reminiscent of the above named US death metal masters. This album does a masterful job of saluting key death metal styles of the past, while drawing from those styles to create their own unique path.

 

 


 
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