Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mortuus Infradaemoni - Imis Avernis

New album by this German band fronted by Lunar Aurora members. Great raw black metal; pretty much a continuation of the debut but with a slightly more polished production and a bit more old-school sounding (think early Darkthrone). Quality stuff for sure, as expected by such a line-up.

2009 - Imis Avernis

download [vbr v2]

Ragnarok / 1995 - 2004

No special introduction needed here.
This is Ragnarok, a pure Norwegian Black Metal horde, grouped by ex-members of bands like: Taake, Tsjuder, earlier also Dimmu Borgir. And just FYI, a new album was completed for this year ! Mandatory !!!

Y: 2004 - B: Ragnarok - A: Blackdoor Miracle - T: Full-length

1. Preludium - 01:54
2. Heir Of Darkness - 04:26
3. Recreation Of The Angel - 06:18
4. Rites Of Geburah - 04:30
5. Blackdoor Miracle - 04:43
6. Murder - 05:17
7. Kneel - 04:06
8. Bless Thee For Granting Me Pain - 04:14
9. Journey From Life - 06:45
10. It´s War (bonus track, re-recording) - 07:16
Total playing time: 49:29

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Y: 2002 - B: Ragnarok - A: In Nomine Satanas - T: Full-length

1. In Nomine Satanas - 05:05
2. The Black Mass - 03:59
3. A Nights Kingdom - 06:01
4. The Beast of Madness - 04:51
5. Under the Wings of Satan - 04:45
6. In Inferno I Drown - 06:22
7. Crowned as Prince of Darkness - 06:21
8. Angel Corpse - 05:32
9. Encircled by Chaos - 05:10
Total playing time: 48:06

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Y: 2000 - B: Ragnarok - A: Diabolical Age - T: Full-length

1. It's War - 07:16
2. Nocturnal Sphere - 08:28
3. Diabolical Age - 07:07
4. Certain Death - 05:16
5. The Heart of Satan - 05:28
6. Devestated Christ - 08:32
7. The Key Is Turned for the 7th Time - 06:13
8. Postludium - 05:55
Total playing time: 54:15

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Y: 1997 - B: Ragnarok - A: Arising Realm - T: Full-length

1. Intro - 02:21
2. God is Wasted - 04:18
3. Searching For My Dark Desire - 04:50
4. En Verden Av Stein - 04:00
5. Time Before Birth of Light - 05:30
6. My Hate is His Spirit - 03:03
7. My Refuge in Darkness - 04:58
8. The Reflection From the Star World Above - 04:20
9. The Fall of Christianity - 02:38
10. The Predicted Future - 07:13
11. For the World I am Blinded - 04:37
12. Outro - 02:06
Total playing time: 49:54

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Y: 1995 - B: Ragnarok - A: Nattferd - T: Full-length

1. Intro - 01:53
2. Pagan Land - 02:34
3. Age of Pride - 07:04
4. From the Darkest Deep - 04:25
5. Daudens Natt - 06:40
6. The Norse Winter Demon - 04:51
7. Hammerens Slag - 03:09
8. Minner Om Svunne Tider - 04:23
9. Et Vinterland i Nord - 05:33
10. Ragnarok - 04:58
11. Nattferd/Outro - 02:12
Total playing time: 47:42

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Friday, May 29, 2009


Fuck yeah!!! This is the fucking shit right here, crusty raw black metal perfection! I just love shit like this…
Muninn, you are the fucking man for recommending this!!!

2006 - Ancestors

download [VBR V2]

sold out (anyone know a distro that still carries this?)

2009 - Ancestors II

download [192kbps]

buy: vinly / tape

Ipsissimus - The Three Secrets Of Fatima

Connecticut black metal. This is good shit. Clean production that doesn't take away from music, which reminds me of that great period in time when Enslaved wasn't a viking metal band, but they weren't pink floyd yet either, mixed with Krieg's later LPs. Do yourselves a favor and buy the shit out of the limited 12" they put out of this. Only 137 were pressed. So if you are a vinyl fan like me, go for it.

2009 - The Three Secrets of Fatima
Download here

Buy like your life depended on it.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bone Awl - Night's Middle

Newest EP from these masters of punk influenced BM. You know what you are gonna get when you listen to em.

Buy it

Monday, May 25, 2009

Falls of Rauros

Fantastic "North Appalachian Heathen Black Folk Metal" (in their own words). At times the closest you can come to describing their sound is elements of Ulver and Agalloch, but this is not to say that they sound exactly like those bands. Their 2008 album was one of the best of last year.

2006 - Into the Archaic
Given away for download by band

2007 - Of Stone And The Stars In The Sky
Given away for download by band

2008 - Hail Wind and Hewn Oak
please support and BUY

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Panteon - Septum

Debut album by this mysterious one-man band from Russia. Good raw black metal, reminds me a bit of early Branikald only more straightforward, the sound is really raw and it fits the music perfectly.
Recommended for everyone into raw black metal.

2009 - Septum

download [VBR V2]

buy here

Auspicium - Valde Atra Mare

First full length for this project from Maine, featuring Avulse mainstay Diseased (aka PAH, your humble servant.) This release contains four songs from the "Basilica of Black Stars" demo, plus 3 previously unreleased songs.

2008 - Valde Atra Mare
Buy it

Friday, May 22, 2009

Ad Hominem - Dictator - A Monument Of Glory

In my opinion this is Ad Hominem’s strongest work to date; absolutely powerful production, tight musicianship and just an overall brutal sound!
Those who like well played badass black metal with “clean” production should look no further!

2009 - Dictator - A Monument Of Glory

download [320kbps]

buy here

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Paroxysmal Descent - Paradigm of Decay

Debut album by this new Australian one-man band. Well made black metal, mostly mid-paced with some slower sections and occasional keyboards; production is good, mostly accentuating the nihilistic mood of the release. Good stuff!

2009 - Paradigm of Decay

download [320kbps]

buy here

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Katharsis - Fourth Reich

No introduction needed here. Pure satanic raw black metal that will rip your balls through your mouth, no bullshit, no change in sound, just the same old Katharsis!!

2009 - Fourth Reich

download [320kbps]

buy here

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

EgoNoir - A new philosophical thunder

With this new EP EgoNoir push forward from their debut with a fuller sound and amazing atmospheric passages all aided by a great production. Absolutely incredible release, reminds me a bit of “The Ruins of Beverast” but with a clear own style; there’s also a re-recorded version of “Winter Is My Name” which clearly shows the “progression” over the debut. Highly recommended!!!!

2009 - A new philosophical thunder

download [VBR V2]

buy here

Monday, May 18, 2009

Trist - Willenskraft

Willenskraft" (engl.: "willpower") is the fourth album of the former Lunar Aurora musician Tristan (aka Aran) under the moniker Trist. It continues the multi-faceted journey which began with Trist's prior albums and offers Ambient and nature collages in combination with straightforward midtempo Black Metal. Nothing special, but listenable...

Y: 2009 - B: Trist - A: Willenskraft - T: Full-length

1. Bewusstsein - 12:46
2. Wagemut - 15:18
3. Zweifel - 08:18
4. Herzenswunsch - 10:06
5. Verhinderer - 05:03
6. Wandlung - 08:27
Total playing time: 59:58

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Mordgrim - Flesh and the Devil

Here's a guest post by Mao, thanks man, great stuff!

the only full-length release from this swedish duo, this album is rooted in the raw origins of black metal, with a little punk as well. nothing is overdone here: the production is perfect, and those simple heavy riffs sound cold without losing clarity. highly recommended!

2007 - Flesh and the Devil

download [VBR@230kbps]

buy here

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Zemial - In Monumentum

Debut album by this long running Greek horde. Epic Hellenic black metal of the highest quality; these guys have been around for quite a while and they took their time releasing this album but it’s totally worth it. This just gets better with every listen. Easily up there with Necromantia, Varathron and similar Hellenic bands. Mandatory!!

2006 - In Monumentum

download [320kbps]

buy here

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Gestapo 666 - Nostalgiah

Second album, released back in ’07. This is simply put a fucking awesome release; the songs fluctuate from good ol’rawness to more melancholic passages but mostly staying on the primitive side of things. The lyrics are a perfect counterpart to the music: primitive, hateful and offensive! Recommended!!

2007 - Nostalgiah

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buy here

Friday, May 15, 2009

Hypothermia - Köld

Second album by this excellent Swedish project.Those familiar with the bands work know what to expect; extremely slow monotonous despair filled black metal, the production is quite raw and with the songs length gives the whole release a truly bleak feel. A must for fans of cold, dark and slow black metal.

2007 - Köld

download [320kbps]

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dark Funeral - The Secrets of the Black Arts [2-CD version]

Remastered reissue of this classic of Swedish black metal. Personally this is the only album by them I actually like, some truly memorable songs on this one; also, this version has the original recording from Unisound Studios which is an interesting listen. A nice reissue considering you get two versions of the album, definitely check this out if you enjoy the original recording.

1996 / 2007 - The Secrets of the Black Arts [2-CD version]


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

1349 - Revelations of the Black Flame

I'm not usually so big on posting new releases of better known bands, especially if the release isn't even officially out, but fuck me I just had to post this. 1349’ first three albums were all pretty much based on fast dynamic songs; this one on the other hand is all about atmosphere. The album is much slower then any of their previous material and focused more on ambience; the atmosphere created is perfect, pure fucking darkness!
An incredibly refreshing release and one of this years finest!

2009 - Revelations of the Black Flame


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Gris - Il Était une Forêt...

Second album by these Canadians (first under their new name). This album is pretty much like “Neurasthénie”, only huge; the sound is louder and fuller, the band can really create an immersive wall of sound. The song-writing is just amazing and even though the album is quite lengthy it’s a pure joy to listen! Mandatory!!!!!

2007 - Il Était une Forêt...

download [320kbps]

buy here

Monday, May 11, 2009

Betlehem - Dark Metal & Dictius te Necare 2-CD Edition

Nothing needs to be said about these, fucking essential!!!

1994 - Dark Metal

download [320kbps]

1996 / 2004 - Dictius te Necare 2-CD Edition

download [320kbps]: part1 / part2

buy here

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Niflheim (Gris) - Neurasthénie

Debut album by this Canadian duo playing atmospheric black metal. Slow, distorted compositions with excellent synth work and anguished vocals; the album sounds almost like a mix of Sombres Forêts and Trancelike Void. Really immersive and extremely enjoyable!

2006 - Neurasthénie

download [320kbps]

buy here

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Murw - in de mond van het onbekende wacht een oceaan

Here’s a mini-review taken form FTTG since I’m too lazy to write my own (you can find mediafire links for this release there):
A darkness unearthed from native soil. "Murw", in Dutch, is the state of mind reached through breaking one's will by violent or insidious means. It is the slavish, panicked compliance of the battered, degraded whore, or the dull receptivity to mental manipulation of the religious cultist. A more suitable name for a band as doomy and sinister as this can not be found. Underlying the "necro" aesthetics is an adventurous heart that strains to make itself known; personally I think it should strain a little harder. There are a lot of great, rather progressive songwriting ideas that come out well, and a few others that are held back by the music's detached nature. Despite this, minor flaw as it is, it's an intriguing first full-length. It's somewhat melodic, gets its atmosphere across with credibility and no two tracks are alike. Excellent stuff, and yes, probably the best Dutch black metal album that I have heard up until now.

Basically I agree with everything said, a really enjoyable and dare I say even original release (some minor hints of Lugubrum). A real gem!

2007 - in de mond van het onbekende wacht een oceaan

download [320kbps]

buy here (only 3 euros)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Sa Meute - 50 Contre 1

Second album, released in ’06. This release is really a step forward in comparison to the debut, the songs sound more menacing and the overall sound is more mature. On this album the band clearly found their own sound, the songs are longer with more varied sections that sound really awesome all complimented by great vocals! A true gem of French black metal, mandatory!

2006 - 50 Contre 1

download [256kbps]

buy here (only released on vinyl)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Satanic Funeral - Night of the Goat

I love bands like this one, just pure old-school worship; evil, raw and demonic black metal of the best kind. Fans of Beherit, Von, Manticore and similar bands NEED this! Mandatory!!

2006 - Night of the Goat

download [320kbps]

buy here

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sa Meute - Hyperboree

Debut album, released in ’04, by this short lived French band. A really competent release, very nice song-writing and production, but probably the thing that stands out most about the album are the vocals, quite similar to Peste Noire, they really add a unique feel to the release. Nothing special but quite listenable.

2004 - Hyperboree

download [ABR 195kbps]

buy here

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