Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Niktkolwiek - Bzaurie

An interesting release featuring somewhat experimental atmospheric black metal, most of the music is instrumental, with some exceptions; definitely worth a listen!
This was sent to me by a friend of the guy who did this, apparently he killed himself shortly after the recording...
(The band is/was from Poland)

2009 - Bzaurie

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Forest Mysticism / Larmes d'Hivers - Blood of the Woodland / The Fall of Autumn's Leaves

Split demo between Forest Mysticism and Larmes d'Hivers, both from Australia. The material from Forest Mysticism is obviously similar to the second demo, only the sound is a bit clearer, though still very much raw; definitely the better band on this split.
Larmes d’Hiver’s material is quite similar to Austere, slow and despair filled black metal, not bad but quite forgettable.

2007 - - Blood of the Woodland / The Fall of Autumn's Leaves

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Sarcophagus - Towards the Eternal Chaos

Debut album from last year, features Kvarforth of Shining on vocals. Awesome faster paced black metal in the vein of some older Swedish acts, the music although far from original is really well written and full of memorable riffs.
Killer release!

2009 - Towards the Eternal Chaos

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Arckanum - The 11 Year Anniversary Album

Excellent compilation of unreleased Arckanum material, no special description needed here, essential Swedish black metal!!

2004 - The 11 Year Anniversary Album

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dishammer - Vintage Addiction

This was my absolute favorite album of 2009. Dirty fucking blackened crust with lyrics about the finer things in life, like copious drug and alcohol abuse and werewolves on wheels.

2009 - Vintage AddictionDownload

This link was taken from our friends over at Where Religion Ends...

Mandibula - Sacrificial Metal of Death

Pretty damn good Portuguese black metal. Musically its an interesting mix of proto black-like sounds (Sarcofago would be a good reference point) with the droning and repetition of the second wave Norwegian bands, a doomy and oppressive atmosphere, and just of touch of groove. It also has some crust feel in parts. Is it badass, yes it fucking is. Lyrics are about horror, death, Satan, and pain (I don't speak Portuguese so I'll take his word for it.)

2010 - Sacrificial Metal of Death

Not sure how many copies are around, your best bet is to email him here.

Nekrokaos - Chaos II

Dark necrotic black metal from France, this is their debut from ’07. Awesome release, dark as fuck music with insane vocals, usually really slow with the focus mainly on the vocals creating a truly unpleasant atmosphere, quite similar to Abruptum, there are also faster parts that also sound just as ugly and necrotic. A highly recommended release!

2007 - Chaos II

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Altars - Krieg

I got asked by someone close to the band to put this here, since it’s not half bad here it is. Raw black metal from the US with some really good vocals, nothing all that special but decent enough.

1994 - Krieg


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Forest Mysticism - Self Titled (Demo II)

Second demo from this Australian band, released in ’08. Forest Mysticisms plays raw atmospheric black metal, this is music to lose yourself in; the really unpolished sound and the vocals that are low in the mix also add to the overall atmosphere. An impressive demo, definitely worth checking out!

2008 - Forest Mysticism (demo II)

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

L'Ordre du Temple - In Hoc Signo Vinces

Atmospheric black metal with a medieval feel; musically very similar to Summoning with the keyboard driven music, quite enjoyable!

2007 - In Hoc Signo Vinces

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Armanenschaft - Psychedelic Winter

Surprised this ain't here. Armanenschaft's a Finnish three-piece featuring Albert Witchfinder, who is best known for Reverend Bizarre. If you know Reverend Bizarre, it's pretty interesting, as Armanenschaft plays purposefully raw as hell black metal in the vein of Ildjarn and Akitsa.

This was very hard to come by for awhile, and might still be. Before I ever heard it I couldn't wait to buy it and listen. I stumbled upon an mp3 awhile ago and was very disappointed. Similarly, Hell's Headbangers found this and was selling it for something crazy like 30 bucks. Some months passed, it laid untouched and went down to 17 bucks. The shift in price mimics my feeling, as well as others i'm sure who were excited to hear the modern doom kings Reverend Bizarre had a member doing a super raw black metal band. I'm not saying it's bad, but this kinda purposeful super raw black metal that's basically a tribute to Ildjarn gets old fast with me.

Regardless, an interesting listen and some good stuff (especially the last track which happens to also have the best production).

2008-Psychedelic Winter

Link borrowed from here. my connection at my parents won't let me upload a thing.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Averse Sefira - Advent Parallax

One of the US’ finest bands, this is their fourth album from ’08. Fast chaotic black metal; incredibly well written release, though in my opinion not as good as “Tetragrammatical Astygmata” but a great start for those new to the band.

2008 - Advent Parallax

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Disguster - Esoterrorism II

The second part of Disguster's Esoterrorism trilogy. Staying with the formula set on the first chapter, there are only four short(ish-er) songs. Musically, the first song picks up where the last volume left off, with a d-beat driven punk flavor akin to newer Darkthrone or a less harsh Bone Awl (maybe a Bone Owl?). The rest of the album is more akin to the older side of the DT catalog or to the Finnish bands that draw inspiration from it, Sargeist, older Horna, etc. They also throw a cover of Darkthrone on as well (Quintessence).

2010 - Esoterrorism II
I was informed that they will be making tapes very soon, so keep your erections at the ready

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Briargh - Labaros

Excellent demo from this one-man band; I don’t know what to say about this one, the whole thing is just very well made, the music has a great atmosphere and the song-writing is incredibly competent, also, the sound is quite good considering it’s a demo. Recommended!

2003 - Labaros

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Daäth Shadow - Crowns for Kings

Debut album from this Dutch band released last year. Straightforward black metal with death metal influences, the album is full of killer riffs and solos, real good stuff!!

2009 - Crowns for Kings

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dodsferd - Suicide and the Rest of Your Kind Will Follow

With the razor’s slash DODSFERD descends into Black Metal despair bleeding a more destructive and depressive sound on "Suicide...", Wrath’s fifth most unrelenting record to date. A 37-minute journey into the DODSFERD psyche, "Suicide..." offers two songs of intoxicating dissonance, absolute desolation and bleak suicidal Black Metal. Reminiscent of classic era Judas Iscariot, Suicide... is mesmerizing suicidal Black Metal at it’s best.

2009 - Suicide and the Rest of Your Kind Will Follow

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Camulos- Der Untermensch (mit Namen Christ)

Apologies all around, I've been stupid busy with school work, work, and a whole fluster other crap.

Here's something a bit old, but I just rediscovered it on my HD and haven't been able to stop listening. Really good melodic black metal from Germany. Dark, but clean production, catchy tremolo riffs and some epic harmonized parts. Reminds me of Dissection without the wank, poor vocals, and it's a bit simpler. Really excellent stuff here. Except the odd death metal track (track four) I have no idea what that's about. I'd like to know what happened to this band.

Apparently banned in Germany for lyrics glorifying violence against Judeo-Christianity. Apparently.

2002 - Der Untermensch (Mit Namen Christ)

Hexenkreis - La Paix Se Meurt... La Paix Est Morte

Debut album from ’04 from this mysterious French band. Raw black metal of the highest quality; the album has a great balance of fast and atmospheric parts (the faster sections actually remind me of Hate Forest) and as a whole is incredibly well made!

2004 - La Paix Se Meurt... La Paix Est Morte

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Frontier - Demo 2010

Awesome fucking New England Black Metal.

3 piece from Holyoke, Massachusetts. Guitarist is the one man project Sangre Y Tierra, Bassist is the one man project Desolate Wind.

Four fucking awesome tracks.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Midnight Odyssey - The Forest Mourners

Beautiful atmospheric black metal, dissonant spacey guitars and mysterious ambience make this an incredibly enjoyable listen. The production is a bit “distant” but that just adds to the overall otherworldly mood of the album. Highly recommended!!!!

2008 - Midnight Odyssey - The Forest Mourners

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Drowning the Light / Acherontas - Split 7"

7” split between Acherontas and Drowning the Light; nothing much to say here, both songs are great, especially the one by Acherontas, they always deliver excellent material.

2010 - Drowning the Light / Acherontas

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Malveillance - Vaches Sacrées

New demo from Malveillance, surprisingly enough the material is not the crust d-beat black metal of the last few releases but more in the vein of the early material. The music is still quite repetitive but slower and with a melancholic mood; different, but still enjoyable!

2010 - Vaches Sacrées

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Helvetespine - Frykten Og Mennesket

Painful, Distant and Dismal Black Metal from Norway, with it's etherial, cold and melancholic atmosphere similiar to STRID, FORGOTTEN WOODS and NARGAROTH's most haunted creations. A nightmare passage through depression and torment.

2007 - Frykten Og Mennesket

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Syrgðr Skógr - Walþu

Awesome black metal from Germany; the album opener alone makes this release mandatory, the rest of the album keeps things consistent with incredible song-writing that sometimes reminds me of early Nagelfar. There are also some strange electronic “beats” in the penultimate song that sound quite weird. Incredible quality for a debut demo!

2009 - Walþu

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Leichengott - Ostrza

Latest tape from Leichengott. Slightly different execution from the debut, the focus this time more on atmosphere; mid-paced black metal with a menacing mood that shows a different side of the band…

2009 - Ostrza

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Lustre - Welcome Winter

More atmospheric bliss from Lustre. Beautiful trance inducing ambient black metal, basically sounds like the ambient stuff by Marblebog only with guitars and vocals, can’t go wrong with that. I really dig this stuff and can’t wait for more releases, extremely recommended!!!

2009 - Welcome Winter

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Arkona - Imperium

As requested, the debut album of Arkona, released back in ’06. Quality black metal reminiscent of Master’s Hammer but with clear own sound, good stuff

1996 - Imperium
Reissue w/ bonus tracks

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sanctus Nex - Aurelia

The Coldness can be manifested into different forms in its timeless truth. U.K. based Sanctus Nex are the modern black metal wanderers, their harmonic and disharmonic tunes a current of perception. A trip into usual and unusual shadings starts there, where Black metal is a constant recall but a departure point to develop a new visionary and evocative journey. The traditional black metal instruments are just a gateway to depart from the mortal, the vision is luckily, far beyond… Sanctus Nex are the feverish mood of introspection of Deathspell Omega detached from the Judeo-Christian paradigm, walking a different occult path, drenched into the heritage of their island: in pursuit of Albion.

2009 - Aurelia

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Sirius - Aeons of Magick

Classic debut from this defunct Portuguese band, probably known by most but maybe some of you missed it since the band hasn’t been around for a while. Symphonic black metal in the vein of Limbonic Art, excellent arrangements and a strong production make it a real winner!

2000 - Aeons of Magick

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Paragon Impure - To Gaius! (Reissue w/ two bonus tracks)

A much needed reissue of this excellent album, features two bonus tracks that were previously only available on the vinyl version. This release is definitely among my favorites from Belgium (and beyond), raw black metal of the highest quality!!

2005 - To Gaius! (For The Delivery Of Agrippina)
(2009 reissue w/ two bonus tracks)

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Foudre Noire - The Dark Gods

Really awesome album from this Finnish / English band featuring Shatraug of Horna. The release features two really long atmospheric songs; the song-writing is great and the release never gets boring or tedious, the sections with keyboards are particularly enjoyable and actually remind me of Darkspace. Highly recommended release, don’t know how I missed this album ‘till now?

2008 - The Dark Gods

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