Ljosazabojstwa – Staražytnaje licha Review

A dark grim reaper sitting down or unmoving in a field of grass, and a half shown moon in a cloud filled dark sky- if the demo cover isn’t enough to give you the shivers, then surely the songs will.

The band has its root from Belarus and is underground as anything.  Staražytnaje licha is the 2015 demo release by the band and it kicks major ass in the blackened death metal music.

The drumming in the album is just raw and insane. I couldn’t be happier than this blast filled, unadulterated drumming. The demo has 4 songs: and it begins with a nine minute long song: blast of drums, growl of vocals, and a flourish of trumpets in the midway of the song. The guitar is distorted and dropped down, and can I just say the riffs are monstrous? The song ends with a soothing arpeggio.

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“Staražytnaje licha” is the next track and the title track of the demo and the blast and fury of guitar and drums follows on as usual. “Kamunija ahniom” is a personal favorite track of the whole demo. Too bad the lyrics are in Native language, and isn’t in English. The songs just speaking from the musical composition point of view are dense, dark, complicated and fucking brilliant!

This is one of the best black/ death metal demos that came out recently and should be a must listen for any extreme metal fan out there. So what are you waiting for?

 

Write By: Disambrae

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No Clean Singing premieres second track off Godless release ft. Psycroptic’s Joe Haley

From Hyderabad, India emerge Godless, a new death metal force that’s both powerful and stimulating. Featuring members of Skrypt, Shock Therapy, and Wacken Open Air contenders Eccentric Pendulum, this is a new sound, a new sonic vision. None other than Joe Haley of Psycroptic (Australia) fame has mixed and mastered the album, in addition to doing a guest solo on this debut album which holds great promise. With unceasing momentum, a staccato delivery, and bucket-loads of power, ‘Centuries of Decadence’ is touted to be one of most notable albums to ever come out from the region. With an aesthetic that’s dark and intriguing, Godless convey their message perfectly and go straight for the jugular, speaking out against the maladies that plague modern society. Their voice of dissent is tangible and they’re here to unleash their brand of death metal upon the unsuspecting masses, fuelled by angst, purpose and an undying passion for extreme music. The era of Godless has only just begun.

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No Clean Singing (US) has premiered the track Oneiros exclusively HERE and described it as – “The music races like a big turbocharged muscle car”.

Previously, Rolling Stone (India) premiered the track Infest over HERE and said this about it – “as crushing as it gets.”

Joe Haley of Psycroptic fame has mixed and mastered the whole album and has even contributed to the song titled “Ossuary”.

 

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So far…so good: The Quarterly Review

2016 has been another promising year in Heavy metal music so far, with some very strong releases coming from all around the world. Well initially I planned to do an in-depth review of all the below mentioned albums but laziness found me and hence I will keep the reviews short.

10. Exumer – The Raging Tides

Exumer was quite a force to be reckoned with back in the mid-late eighties after the release of Possessed by Fire (1986) and Rising from the Sea (1987), but they disbanded shortly after that. The band reunited, and released Fire & Damnation (2012). The Raging Tides is the band’s 4th full-length release and perhaps one of their strongest albums so far. Mem V. Stein stated in an interview, “The album is called ‘The Raging Tides,’ and the title represents the ebb and flow of human misery and despair around the globe.” Raging Tides with its neck-breaking speed and Exodus-influenced riffs is a thrasher’s delight and a must listen.You can check out the detailed review of album here

 

9. Abbath – Abbath

Abbath has been one of the most recognizable and pioneering figures in Black Metal history as Immortal made a name for themselves in the scene with some unforgettable records. Abbath parted ways with Immortal due to tensions within the band and formed his own band with Kevin Foley (ex-Benighted) and Creature (ex- Gorgoroth). The music on offer here is unquestionably grim and frost-bitten, but actually a more varied range of extreme and classic beats and fills are on offer, and the album leans towards a thrashier style of play with some great riffing.

 

8. Protector – Cursed and Coronated

Protector was formed around 1986 in Wolfsburg, Germany and they released their debut album, Golem in 1988. The band produced a few other EPs and albums with “A Shedding Of Skin” being their most recognizable work, and then they disbanded in the mid 90’s. Protector came back with full force in 2013 and they have released their sixth album this year. The album packs a punch with a few brilliant tracks like ‘Xenophobia”, “Crosses of Carelia” and “Six Hours on the Cross.” For a band that started out at almost the same time as Sodom and Kreator, Protector has often been overlooked inspite of being equally talented as their contemporaries. Hope this album garners them the fans following these guys richly deserve.

 

7. Irkallian Oracle – Apollyon

Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden Irkallian Oracle crept into the metal scene in 2013 with their debut release Grave Ekstasis. Irkallian Oracle doesn’t play the classic Death metal sound which we generally associate with bands from that region.  The band’s page states that they never had a stable lineup and this sense of mystery complements the band’s gloomy, grim brand of Black/Death metal. The overall mood of the album is very well conjured in the album artwork as well. The album tells a tale of eons of chaos and destruction through its dismal and cheerless musical explorations and leaves you gasping for air. Engrossing would be the perfect word for me to describe this album.

 

6. Wildernessking – Mystical Future

Wildernessking started out as “Heathens” but with the release of their 2012 album “The Writing of Gods in the Sand” the band changed their name and since then the Black Metal quartet from South Africa belted out 2 EP’s and 2 splits with the same lineup as in “Mystical Future”. Mystical Future consists of 5 tracks resulting in 43 minutes of pure musical brilliance. The band stands for a style of music that incorporates not only traditional Black metal but also assimilates “post metal” ambience and a tinge of shoe-gaze, resulting in a beautiful amalgamation of horror and serenity. Embrace this beauty.

 

5. Mantar – Ode To The Flame

Mantar burst onto the metal scene with their 2014 debut album “Death By Burning” which fused Black metal with doomy/sluggish passages. The German duo released their second full-length via Nuclear Blast Records and they have picked up from where they had left. Mantar’s take on Black Metal is quite an interesting one; the synthesis of Black Metal with filthy, sludge-y rock’n roll is a clear winner. The production in this album is definitely more polished than your average Black Metal album and is one of the strongest points of the album.

“Fire is able to reset anything and will erase this planet one day from any plague that’s been around. Furthermore it’s obviously an ode to passion and iron will. ‘Ode To The Flame’ isn’t dramatic, it’s drastic, by all means.”- Mantar states.

Think of Midnight on acids, you get Mantar.

 

4. Inverloch – Distance|Collapsed

Without any hesitation diSEMBOWELMENT’s 1993 album Transcendence into the Peripheral is the zenith of death/doom metal, nothing absolutely nothing comes close to it. Paul Mazziotta and Matthew Skarajew regrouped and formed Inverloch in 2011 and their EP Duk|Subside was clear proof that they still had it in them to produce soul crushing music and Inverloch’s debut full-length has just reaffirmed this statement. Death/doom is a difficult genre to play as you strive for the perfect balance between slow gloomy passages and providing brutal heaviness, and many bands have a hard time figuring it out. Inverloch seem to have hit all the right chords with this record though, providing a soul crushing, gut wrenching album in the process. The essence of diSEMBOWELMENT is well and truly alive in Inverloch and this might go down to be one of the major highlights of the calendar year.

 

3. Cobalt – Slow Forever

Cobalt has been one of the best Black Metal bands for the past decade or so, which saw them release epics like “Eater of Birds” in 2007 which they followed up with “Gin” in 2009. Things started to fall apart between Phil and Erik in the coming years, and Phil left the band which resulted in Erik Wunder being the sole member of the band. Wunder recruited Charlie Fell of Lord Mantis fame to perform vocal duties and released their 4th album “Slow Forever”.

Hemingway has been a long time fixation of Cobalt and the tradition has carried on even on this album. “Slow Forever” is hauntingly beautiful; it has its slow passages, acoustic parts, long engaging intros but everything comes full circle and total chaos and destruction rages on.

 

2. Skáphe – Skáphe²

“Imagine your body disintegrating and coming apart at seams, slowly, gradually, so that one if conscious of it, would barely note it’s passing on. Imagine your muscles turning to gelatin, your bones to powder, and everything you once were becoming again one with the earth, and ultimately the stars.”-On the Afterlife (G.V. Loewen). This is perhaps the most apt way to describe Skáphe’s sophomore.

Skáphe² is a journey through the portals of hell, a thick barrage of harsh noise clouds your way and delivers you to the netherworld.  Destructive, unrelenting and agonizing are some of the words I could conjure up to describe this record. This is hostility in its purest form.

 

1. Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crépuscule

Chthe’ilist has been lauded by fans right from the very first day it came out. Chthe’ilist was created in 2010 right after the dissolution of Phil Tougas’ side project “Spheres”. The atmospheric death metal trio hailing from Quebec, Canada released Le Dernier Crépuscule on 29th January this year via Profound Lore Records. Phil Tougas is a very capable musician and I must say an imaginative composer. The band’s music borders along the lines of Death Metal with a very atmospheric and progressive outlook to it, making this release one of the most unique releases of recent times. Many have already mentioned the Demilich influence but I strongly feel there is more to the band, the lingering melodies, the cavernous vocals and the memorable solos make Le Dernier… one of my most favorite albums in recent times and definitely a strong contender for the album of the year.
I have already done a detailed review of the album and you can check it out by clicking here.

 

Written By: The Scene Kid

 

Rolling Stone India Premieres New Exalter Track

Bangladeshi thrash metal group Exalter fire up three sizzling songs that uphold the spirit of the genre without diluting even an iota of the essence. The music is as old school as it can get but the songs sound pristine and sharp enough to slice ears. Also included in this release are songs from the entire previous release called ‘Democrasodomy‘ which sound just as potent and invigorating even today. Exalter step up to the plate after the initial onslaught by West Bengal band Armament, and take it upon themselves to further the thrash metal assault worldwide. There is no band worthier to do so from the whole of Indian subcontinent, equipped with an aggressive sound, vicious vocals, and an innate anger that invariably gets expressed through the hard-hitting music. To call their music lethal would be an understatement.

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After No Clean Singing‘s premiere HERE, Rolling Stone India, for the first time ever, premiered a song of a Bangladeshi band over HERE. Thrash metal never sounded this good from over here.

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Moloch – Verwüstung Review

 

Moloch” is a one piece Black metal band hailing from Ukraine. It’s the brainchild of Sergiy Fjordsson, and the band is around since 2002. “Verwustung” is the band’s 2014 full album release.

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A dark ambient track titled “Todesstille” begins the album and it’s soon enough we hear the devastating, soul ripping screams by Sergiy. Guest musicians Azathoth (guitar), Gionata Potenti (drums) and Lilita Arndt (background vocals) perform a great task to make the album sound as dark and deep with the noise to tear the soul from a body. The overall mood and the theme of the album are dark, and the feeling of loss and internal devastation is throughout fulfilled. The guitar riffs and the song structures are complicated, intricate and as shattering as it ever gets on. A cold atmosphere is always haunted in every track on the album. “Negativität” is the halfway mark of the album, and here Sergiy unleashes his demons through his voice. Track seven, “Du bist nichts in dieser sterbenden Welt” and it begins with a really low bass line, which soon rips apart into a classic black metal song, and great guitar line to accompany and the vocals almost crying out from the depths of hell. The intense raw drumming and the blasts beats add to the beauty of the compositions. In the end, the album comes to a close with an eleven minute long instrumental title track.

Overall, “Verwüstung is a Black metal beauty and is a must listen for the extreme metal franatic. “Moloch” has indeed ushered a new demon with this 2014 release which is dedicated to Varg Vikernes.

 

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Written by: Dessembrae 

Horrified – Of Despair Review

Hailing from Newcastle upon Tyne, Horrified are a death metal act that aims at making there sound unique by adding melodic and ‘melancholic’ elements. This makes the sound as old school as possible but however they do not sound like mere copiers of the legends of old school death metal. The band was formed in 2013 as a studio project by the vocalist/guitarist Dan Alderson and they have produced one album prior to Of Despair in 2014. This album surpasses the debut album “Descent into Putridity” in many aspects with a much different sound and clearly shows how much the musicianship has developed among the members.

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Artwork Done By Raul Gonzalez

Of Despair clearly points out influences of early Death, Possessed, Dissection and bands of that era and also a huge influence of the Swedeath sound can be found, the Dismember resemblance is quite visible. The album forms a diverse soundscape with occasional changes in tempo and the guitars often go on to play catchy melodic harmonic licks in the middle of the classic aggressive death/black metal riffs. Other notable thingsare the varied and clearly audible bass accompanying the guitars and the great work with the snares. The vocals however could have been a bit more clear and prominent on the record; but the unclear vocals should probably appeal to traditional OSDM listeners.

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The vinly version is released via Infernal Devastation Records, to buy it click here
The balance between the heavy riffing and the melodic parts is done perfectly with the very first track beginning with a melodic guitar intro and soon going off into a much more aggressive sound. The album may be said to be more of a roller coaster ride because of the occasional changes in sound and at no point does it sound monotonous. The two songs that I may call my favorites from this album are definitely “Funeral Pyre’ and ‘Infernal Lands” both of which end with catchy melodic guitar harmonies,
As a final verdict, I’ll say that this is a very good album and definitely much better than the debut one and Horrified will definitely go a long way with more of such releases in the future, perhaps a new Horrendous on the rise. Moreover, this album will appeal to both old school and new school metal lovers.

MEMBERS:

Dan Alderson – Guitars/ Vocals

Rob Hindmarshh – Guitars

Dan Hughes – Bass

Matthew Henderson – Drums

 

Written By: The Scene Kid

WITHOUT MERCY Return With New EP ‘Mouichido’ Out May 27th

It’s been two years since Vancouver, BC’s WITHOUT MERCY last EP ‘Reborn’ savaged the lands of Canadian metal. After hitting the studio with a new vocalist Alex Friis and bass tracks recorded by Tristan Martin and live performance being done by Ryan Loewen, the band is ready to unleash its latest offering‘Mouichido’, a re-release of re-recorded material from their 2014 EP ‘Reborn’. Newly added to EP is also a guest appearance by vocalist Mark Hunter of Chimaira on track ‘In Waves’. ‘Mouichido’ is set for release on May 27th, 2016 and is available for pre-order at the following link :

 

“‘Mouichido’ is the Japanese word for “Repeat” or “to do one more time”.  We chose this as the title to signify the re-release of a previous version of this record. After the release ‘Reborn’, we faced an issue with our vocalist, which caused us to part ways with him.  On the advice of our legal team, we recorded the album again with our current vocalist in an effort to terminate possible legal action.” says  Band founder and guitarist DJ Temple. “In addition to that, I hold close ties with Japanese culture so I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce those lines into our music.  Facing the incredible difficulty with the last record and the way the vocalist departed the band, the stress was compounded by the financial burden left with a record we couldn’t release.  By venturing back to some of my martial art roots, I found the strength to maintain my tenacity and get the record back on track.  The result, is “Mouichido”. Fans should receive this as the ultimate reason to never give up. Take the aggressive nature of the songs and allow the culture of the Japanese writing to envelop you in a way that will carry you through each track. Let this EP be the story that inspires you to push through something difficult and come out the other side a stronger and more experienced person.”

The band’s first video ‘Worthless’ can be viewed Below:

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Tracklist:

1. Worthless (3:48)
2. In Waves (Ft. Mark Hunter of Chimaira) (4:06)
3. Burn (4:27)
4. Morphine (5:56)
EP Length: 18:19
For more info, please visit: www.WithoutMercyBand.com