Saturday, May 28, 2011

Rev 16:8/Ashlands/AFM Records/2011 CD Review

Rev 16:8 are a band from Sweden that plays a very fast, brutal and chaotic from of black metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "Ashlands" which was released by AFM Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast and brutal drumming with a great amount of blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark sound with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars, as fr t he synths which are only used on the last song they have a feel of a horror movie soundtrack.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast black metal riffs that are very raw and brutal but still retain a great amounf of skill and talent with some melodies being used at times as well as some weird distortion effects being used on one song and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recoding.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched black metal screams and grim style growls with some ocassional spoken word passages, while the lyrics cover Darkness, Evil, Armagadden and Satan with a more philosophical approach, as for the production it sounds very powerful, heavy and professional sounding which is rare for black metal of this style.

In my opinion Rev 16:8 are a very talented and brutal sounding black metal band, and if you are a fan of Swedish style black metal bands that are well known names in the scene, you should check out this band since they have enough talent to compete with Dark Funeral and Watain but a little bit more brutal than those bands recent recordings. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCUDE "Agenda" "A Study of Paterns And Habits" "The Chase' and "when Words Are Pbselete". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Nephrolith/Xullux/Haliaetum Records/2011 Cd Review

Nephrolith are a band from Slovenia that plays a very dark spititual katharic form of black metal with a melodic edge and this is a review of their 2011 album "Xullux" which was released by Haliaetum Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced o fast drumming, while the synths are only used on the first intro and have a very dark avant garde ritualistic noise feel to them, as for the bass playing it sounds very strong and powerful with riffs that are very easy to hear at times.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast black metal riffing that is very dark and melodic sounding with some progressive riffing being used at times, while the lead guitars are very melodic and progressive sounding black metal guitar leads, as for the classical guitars they sound very dark and haunting when they are utilized.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some deep growls being used at times, while the lyrics cover death, darkness, dark spirituality and the occult, as for the production it has a very strong and powerful feel to it and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.

Im my opinion Nephrolith are a very good black metal band that is more dark and experimental than most melodic black metal bands, and if you are looking for something that is somewhat different but still kick ass metal, you should check out this band.
RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Spiritual Departure' "Xullux" "The Tale Of The ConqueringDusk'and "Subsintence Of Decease". RECEMMONDE BUY.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ruins Interview

Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

Ruins was born in 1996 and plays rotten speed metal only for itself and a few chosen people that stick to the old, primitive evil!




How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?

Listen to it and you will get an impression! I don't see so many musical variations within Ruins' discography. It's still the old black metal with only a few modern influences and 100% satanic and child-raping lyrics.




What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores? In three words: Satanization. Sinquizition. Sexism.




What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

Nothing but old, ancient, decayed and broken remains of anything created.




What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

Oh yes, I remember when Ruins played Wembley as an opener for the Rolling Stones back in 1978. That was a really, really killing show and Keith Richards was selling bananas to me while Mick Jagger asked for free copies of the next Ruins record. This was shortly after the shaped pic-split-15' with Creedence Clearwater Revival came out and I can still remember all the 20000 screaming girls during that night. Nothing can ever top this but my gig at Woodstock in 1969. Hey man.... you should be better informed before asking such questions!




Are there any plans for a tour in the future?

Yes, Ruins plays 20 stadium gigs in your hometown tomorrow – every single one just for the reason to fuck you deep in your tiny ass every damn night! This is the second time you should be better informed before asking.




Currently you are signed to Negative Existence, how did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support that they have given you so far?

Paige of Negative Existence contacted me one day in about 2008 and asked to re-release the demos on CD. The offer, conditions and communication were great, the demos were sold out anyway... so of course it was a thing to be done. I'm 100% satisfied with this label as they really WORK for the underground instead of you who produces a strange pile of paper like this one.



Are there any side projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?

As mentioned somewhere: Ruins is a one-man band. So – just in a natural way – Ruins will not exist without me anyway. You should be (the 3rd time) better informed before asking, haha, lousy, really lousy.




On a worldwide level how has your new release been received by underground metal fans?

The response was great but unfortunately you only hear or read the good reactions. If people get a negative opinion of you, they will usually spread it behind the back. Like you will do if you read these lines. But it's ok for me.





What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?

Don't know. I hope to spread the same feelings with the same language and music among a very few variations for the whole existence of Ruins! If this path is left, Ruins wouldn't exist anymore.




What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Inspiration evolves from everything satanic, evil, offending and musically destructive and catchy. The true inspiration and initial start came in the Sping of 2006 when I listened to the good old Sodom and Tormentor demos + a lot of Venom. If that's what you can hear in Ruins... well, decide for yourself.





What role does Satanism or Occultism play in your music and how would you describe your views on these topics?

Yes, Satanism and occultism play an important role in the music of Ruins. My view on this is that it is nothing of anyone's business!




Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

Drinking, fucking, learning and falling on the nerves of strange fanzine-editors!




Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Yes, I honestly think that you're one of these stupid shitchildren who only want to have a fanzine because a few so called „personalities of the scene“ impressed you sooooo much that you had to satisfy your needs through cheap questions and make something important out of your DISknowledged being. No sorry, I have my reasons as your questions are only based on a general level and don't touch the individual base of bands – and I'm not only talking for Ruins here! I know the truth can hurt but if you feel sad: Send your mourning mail to: ruins@hotmail.de ! Anyway, thanks for letting me write some shit about Ruins. I wish you nothing but the worst with your 14 questions that are sent out to maybe another 100 or more bands/labels that think they have anything important to say!

Long live the true dedicated!!!

Die in heaven! 666

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Marduk/Iron Dawn/Regain Records/2011 CD Review

Marduk are a band from Sweden that has been around for over 20 years that has also had their previous album reviewed in this zine and are also one of the most well own black metal bands in the world and this is a review of their 2011 E.P "Iron Dawn" which was released by Regain Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to very fast rumming with a great amount of the blast beats, while the bass playing sounds very powerful with alot of fast and brutal riffing.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced very fast black metal riffs that have a thrash dge to them as well as some melodies, while the lead guitars are very chaotic and dark sounding black metal guitar leads.

Vocals range from high pitched black metal screams and angry and hateful sounding growls, while the lyrics cover war themes, as for the production it has a very heavy, powerful and professional sound to it.

In my opinion this is another good release from Marduk and this has some of teir fastest and most brutal sounding riffs in years, if you are a fan of this band you will not be dissapointed. RECEMMONDED TRACK "Drumbeats Of Death". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Crevices Below/Below The Crevices/Nordvis Productions/2011 CD Review

The Crevices Below is a 1 man project from Australia that plays a very dark, experimental and atmospheric form of black metal with a death metal edge and this is a review of their 2011 album "Below The Crevices" which was released by Nordvis Productions.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats, while the synths are very dark and atmospheric with some ambient effects being utilized at times, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone that is mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast black metal riffs that are very skillful and raw with a dose of dark/doom metal being added to the riffing and on some songs there is some soft playing that uses full chords to bring an etherial dark wave feel to the music, while the lead guitars are very melodic and ambient sounding guitar solos, as for the accoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking to make the music sound more dark and tragic.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched black metal screams and deep growls with some ocassional clean singing and spoken word passages, while the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes, as for the production it has a very dark and heavy feel to it.

In my opinion The Crevices Below are a very good experimental dark/black metal that is not either too mainstream or underground sounding, and if you are looking for something different and original, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Tombs Of Subtteranea' and "Trapped In Suicidal Depths". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Ruins/Chamber of Perversion/Negative Existence/2011 CD Review

Ruins are a band from Germany that mixes black/war metal with thrash and speed metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "Chambers Of Perversion" which was released by Negative Existence.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with alot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing sounds very strong and heavy with alot of primal riffing.

Rhythm guitars alternate between slow, midpaced riffing that mixes modern war/black metal with 80s style thrash and speed metal but more in a modern way, while the lead guitars are very chaotic sounding guitar leads that have a classic underground metal feel to them.

Vocals are 80's styles German thrash grunts and growls with some deep growls being thrown in at times, while the lyrics cover perversion, darkness and blasphemy, as for the production it has a very heavy, powerful and raw sound to it.

In my opinion Ruins are a very good black/speed metal band and if you are looking for a band that mixes these styles together, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Primitive Evil" "Sodomy In Hell" and "Sperm Of The Antichrist". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Shroud Of Desondency/Objective Isolation/2011 CD Review

Shroud Of Despondency are band from Wisconsin that has been interviewed as well as had their current album reviewed before by this ine that plays a very progressive form of black metal and this is a reviewed of their self released album that was recorded in 2009 but was unreleased until noe "Objective Isolation" which was self released by this band.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats while the keyboards are very dark and atmospheric sound with lot of weird avant garde effects, as for the bass playing it has a very dark and distorted feel to it with some weird progressive black metal riffing.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast black metal riffs that are also very progressive and melodic sounding with somewhat of a thrash edge at times, while the lead guitars are very progressive, weird and melodic sounding guitar solos, as for the classical guitars when they are used to use finger picking and full chords to bring a very dark and haunting sound to the music.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some deep growls being thrown in at times and some spoken word passages along with some clean singing female vocals being used on one song, while the lyrics cover death and depression, as for the production it has a very heavy, dark and raw sound to it.

In my opinion this is another good album from Shroud Of Desponcency and if you where a fan of their previous releases, you will not be dissapointed. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "An Opposing Shore" "My Carrion" and "Silence After The Downfall". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Celestia/Apparitia - Sumptuous Spectre/Full Moon Productions/2002 CD Review

Celestia are a band from France that plays a very dark and weird form of black metal and this is a review of their 2002 album "Apparitia - Sumptuous Spectre" which was released by Full Moon Productions.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with some blast beats being thrown in at times, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars, as for the synths they are only used for a few seconds and they have a very dark avant garde feel to them.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast black meta riffs that are also melodic at times while the lead guitars when they are utilized briefly are very distorted and melodic sounding leads, as for the accoustic guitars when they are used on one song, they use finger picking and add a very dark and depressive sound to the music.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some grim vocals being used at times while the lyrics cover Poetic, Perverted and Occult themes, as for the production it is very dark and raw sounding.


In my opinion Celestia are a very good dark and grim sounding black metal band and while this is not very brutal it is still very dark, raw and grim sounding and I can see this album being liked by the more open minded fans of this genre. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Necromelancholic Reveries" "Morbid Romance" and "The Radiance Of The Astral Circle". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Deathspell Omega/Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice/Ajna/2004 CD Review

Deathspell Omega are a band from France that plays a very brutal and raw from of black metal with avant garde tendencies and this is a review of their 2004 "Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice" which was released by Ajna.

Drums rage from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a great amount of brutal sounding blast beats, while the avant sounds bring a very dark, evil and ritualistic sound to the music, as for the bass playing it sounds very heavy and powerful with some brutal sounding riffing.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs that are also melodic at times, while the lead guitars when they are utilized are distorted sounding guitar leads that are melodic at times.

Vocals are mostly high pitched and grim sounding black metal screams and growls mixed in with some weird sounding church choir vocals that are used on certain songs and some cries of agony, while the lyrics cover Theistic Satanism, Metaphysics, Theology and Philosophy, as for the produciton it sounds very heavy nd powerful with all of the musical instruments having a brutal sound to them.

In my opinion this was a great album from Deathspell Omega and if you are a fan of this band, you probably already own this album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Solo Fide I" "Blessed Are The Dead Whiche Dye In The Lorde" "Hetomasia" "Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice" and "Drink The Devil's Blood". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Black Witchery/Desecration Of The Holy Kingdom/Full Moon Productions/2002 CD Review

Black Witchery are a band from Florida that plays a very raw and brutal form of goat/war/blck metal and this is a review of their 2002 album "Desecration Of The Holy Kingdom" which was released by Full Moon Productions.

Drums are all fast drumming with a great amount of brutal sounding blast beats, while the bass playing is very fast and primal sounding with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars are all fast, raw and brutal goat/war/black metal riffs while the lead guitars are very primitive sounding war/black metal leads.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched black metal screams and deep sounding goat metal growls, while the lyrics cover Satanism, War and Anti Christianity, as for the production it has a very raw, heavy, brutal and primal sound to it.

In my opinion this was a great album from Black Witchery and if you are a fan of this band, you probably already own this album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Desecration Of The Holy Kingdom" "Command Of The Iron Baphomet" "Chaosforms Of Demonic Hate" and "The Angelholocaust". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Revenge/Triumph, Genocide, Antichrist/Osmose Productions/2003 CD Review

Revenge are a band from Canada that plays a very brutal form of black/war metal and this is is a review of their 2003 album "Triumph, Genocide, Antichrist" which was released by Osmose Productions.

Drums are mostly fast with alot of brutal sounding blast beats, while the bass playing is very fast and follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars are fast and brutal raw black/war mwtal riffs while the lead guitars are very primal sounding black/war metal leads.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some deep demonic growls being thrown in at times, while the lyrics cover Anti Christianity, War, Domination and Heathenism, as for the production it has a very dark, heavy, raw and primitive sound to it.

In my opinion this was a great album from Revenge and if you are a fan of this band, you probably already own this album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Decimation Antichrist" "Heathen Hammer" and "Genocide Conquest". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Hate Forest/Battlefields/Supernal Music/2003 CD Review

Hate Forest where a band from Ukraine that played a form of ns pagan/black metal with death metal style vocals and this is a review of their 2003 album "Battlefields" which was released by Supernal Music.

Drums are mostly slow, midpaced to fast drumming with some blast beats, while the keyboards sound very atmospheric and pagan sounding, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow, midpaced to fast pagan/black metal riffing that also has a death metal influence to it, and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recording.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched black metal screams, pagan chants and deep growls with some ocassional female clean singing vocals that call up the pagan gods, while the lyrics are written in a mixture Ukranian and English cover Slavic Paganism, Mythology, Nietzscheism, Nature, and Darkness, as for the production it is very dark, raw and primitive sounding.

In my opinion this was a great album from Hate Forest and while it may not be as fast or as brutal as their earlier releases, i still think this was a great album and if you are a fan of this band, you probably already own this album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "With Fire And Iron" "Our Fading Horizons" and "Glare Over Slavonic Lands". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Valsblut/Warage/Vestiges d'une nouvelle ere/Taran Production/2004 CD Review

This is a review of a split album between 2 ns bands from France Valsblut and Warage and the album is called "Vestiges d'une nouvelle ere" and was released by Taran Productions we will start of the Review with Valsblut.

Valsblut plays a style that I would describe as being raw and primal fast sounding ns pagan/black metal.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with some blast beats being used at times, while the bass playing is mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on their side of the split.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched and grim black metal screams with a spoken word passage being used on one song , while the lyrics are written in French nd cover Paganism and National Socialism, as for the production it is very raw and primal sounding.

In my opinion Valsblut are a very good raw and primal sounding ns black metal band, and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS "Guerrier du Soleil" and "Asservis dans la vallee des larmes".

Now we will review Warage's part of the split, Warage plays a very raw nd primal form of ns black metal that is also very brutal sounding.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a good amount of last beats, while the bass playing sounds very strong with some primal sounding black metal riffing.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffing that has a war metal feel at times with somewhat of a thrash edge with some ocassional melodic riffs and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on their side of the recording.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics are written in a mixture of English and French with themes that cover Elitism, National Socialism and Paganism, as for the production it is very heavy, raw and primitive sounding.

In my opinion Warage are a very good raw and brutal ns black metal band, and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS "Trapped In Eerie's World Of Blasphemy" and "Charnier Global".

In my opion this is a great split album with Warage having the best music, and if you are a fan of raw ns black metal, you should check out this album. RECEMMONDED BUY.

Darkthule/Beyond The Endless Horizons/Pagan Front/2004 CD Review

Darkthule are a band from Greece that plays a very atmospheric form of ns pagan/black metal and this is a review of their 2004 album "Beyond The Endless Horizons" which was released by Pagan Front.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a great amount of blast beats, while the keyboards are very atmospheric sounding, as for the bass playing it sounds very dark and primal with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs while the lead guitars are very primal sounding black metal leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are used on the last song they have a very dark medeivel feel to them.

Vocals are all igh pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics cover Paganism, National Socialist and Aryan Pride themes, as for the production it has a very heavy and raw sound to it.

In my opinion Darkthule are a very good ns pagan/black metal bend and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Revealment Of The Cosmic Harmony" and "Beyond The Endless Horizons". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Behemoth/From The Pagan Vastlands/Pagan Records/Wild Rags Records/1994 CD Review

Behemoth are a band from Poland that is more known for their occult black/death metal sound that is popular nowadays but on this release they played a very raw and atmospheric from of pagan/black metal and this is a review of their 1994 album "From The Pagan Vastlands" which was released as joint effort between Pagan Records and Wild Rag REcords.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with some blast beats, while the keyboards have a very dark and atmospheric sound to them, as for the bass playing it is kind of mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times you can hear them.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs that are also melodic at times while the lead guitars when they are utilized are very melodic sounding guitar solos, as for the accoustic guitars they sound very dark and medievil.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched and grim black metal screams with some spoken word passages being used on one song, while the lyrics cover Paganism, Occultism, and Anti Christianity, as for the production it has a very dark and raw sound to it.

In my opinion this was a great album from Behemoth and if you are interested in hearing their more raw sounding pagan/black metal beginnings, you should check this albu out. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Summoning (Of The Ancient Ones)" "The Dance Of The Pagan Flames" and "Fields Of Haar-Meggido". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Onirik/Walking as a Shadow/Satan's Millenim Records/2004 CD Review

Onirik are a band from Portugal that plys a very raw and brutal form of black metal and this is a review of their 2004 album Walking As A Shadow" which was released by Satan's Millenium Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being used at times, while the bass playing is mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they sound powerful.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs that are also melodic at times and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recording.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched and grim sounding black metal screams mixed in with some ocassional suicidal cries, while the lyrics cover Luciferian, Dark Witchcraft, Occultism, and Darkness, as for the production it sounds very dark, raw and heavy.

In my opinion Onirik are a very good raw and brutal sounding black metal band, and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hymn To Lucifer" "Curse Of The Witch" and "Thunderstorm". RECMMONED BUY.

Bergthron/In Den Tiefen Der Walder/Perverted Taste/1997 CD Review

Bergthron are a band from Germany that plays a very dark and raw form of atmospheric black metal and this is a review of their 1887 album "In Den Tiefen Der Walder" which was released by Perverted Taste.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with some blast beats and a small amount of percussion that gives the music a tribal feel, while the keyboards are very atmospheric sounding and have a new wave feel at times with a medievil pagan feel, as for the bass playing it has a very dark and primal sound to it.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recording, as for the acoustic guitars they bring a progressive feel to the music with some dark sounding finger picking.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some ocassional clean singing viking metal vocals, while the lyrics are written in German and cover Nature, Old Past Times, Norse Mythology, and Northland, as for the production it is very dark and raw sounding,

In my opinion Bergthron are a very good atmospheric/progreeive black metal band, and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band.

Ibex Throne/Total Inversion/Goatorex/2005 CD Review

Ibex Throne where a band from Utah that played a very brutal form of satanic/anti xian//war/black metal and this is a review of their 2005 album "Total Inversion" which was released by Goatorex.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with alot of brutal sounding blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark tone that is mixed don low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times you can hear them, and on the last song there is some dark sounding ritualistic synth being used .

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black/war metal riffs that are very heavy and brutal sounding while the leads when they are utilized are very distorted and chaotic sounding black metal leads.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some deep growls and grim vocals being thrown in at times and on the last song there is a spoken word ritualistic passages, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Anti-Christian, Nihilism, Armageddon, and War, as for the production it is very heavy and brutal sounding.

In my opinion Ibex Throne where a good raw and brutal black/war metal band, and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Humanity Is Worthless" "I Fucking Kill" and "Raped Imbrued Christians". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Graveland/Carpathian Wolves/Eternal Devils/1994 CD Review

Graveland are a band from Poland that has a very long history and is a very influental atmospheric ns/pagan/black metal band and this is a review of their classic 1994 album "Carpathian Wolves" whch was released by Eternal Devils.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with some blast beats, while the keyboards are very atmospheric and epic sounding, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone that is kind off mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times you can hear them.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on the recording.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched and grim black metal screams and growls with some spoken word ritualistic passages being use on one song, while the lyrics cover Celtic and Slavic Paganism, Witchcraft, Satanism, Aliester Crowley and Vlad Dracul, as for the production it has a very dark and raw sound to it.

In my opinion this was a great album from Graveland and if you are a fan of this band, you probably already own his album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Barbarism Returns" "Impaler Of Wallachia" and "At The Pagan Samhain Night". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Judas Iscariot/Distant In Solitary Light/Moribund Records/1999 CD Review

Judas Iscariout where a 1 man band from Chicago, Illinios that played a very raw, grim and epic form of black metal and this is a review of their classic 1999 album "Distant In A Solitary Light" which was released by Moribund Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark tone that is kind off mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars, as for the synths they are only utilized briefly and bring a dark atmospheric edge to the music.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs with some melodies being used at times, while the lead guitars when they are utilized they are mostly primal sounding black metal guitar leads.

Vocals are all grim sounding black metal vocals with some spoken word passages, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Nihilism, Anti-Christianity, Nietzchse philosophy and the poetry of William Blake, as for the production it is very dark, raw and primal sounding.

In my opinion this was a great album from Judas Iscariot and if you are a fan of this band, you probably already own this album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Wind Stands Silent" "To The Black Tower Of Victory" and "In The Bliss Of The Eternal Valleys Of Hate". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Lucifugum/Instinct Prevelance/Dark Horizon Records/2001 CD Compilation Review

Lucifugum are a band from Ukraine that plays an atmospheric and raw form of satanic/occult/black metal and this is a review of their 2001 CD Compilation "Instinct Prevelence" which was released by Dark Horizon Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being used at times, while the keyboards are very dark and atmospheric sounding, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with some raw primal black metal riffing.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffing that also utilizes some melodies, and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recoding.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams mixed in with some grim sounding vocals, while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Ukranian and English with themes that cover Satanism, Occultism, and Black Magick, as for the production it is very dark, raw and primal sounding.

In my opinion Lucifugum are a very good atmospheric satanic/occult/black metal band, and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE ""The Mysterious Garden (Hymn To The Black Art)" "The Sabbat" "Nechar Nechb" and ""Um, Mydpblm Bemseu". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Deathcult/Cult Of The Dragon/Karisma Records/Dark Essence/2006 CD Review

Deathcult are a band from Norway that plays a style that I would describe as being Anti_Human black metal and this is a review of their 2006 album "Cult Of The Dragon" which was released as a joint effort between Karisma Records and Dark Essence.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast playing with alot of brutal sounding blast beats, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful tone with alot of fast riffing.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast fast raw Anti-Human Black metal riffs that are very heavy and brutal with some melodies and one song has a thrashy feel to it, while the lead guitars are very chaotic sounding black metal guitar solos.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some ocassional Satanic and Demonic whispers, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Luciferian, Enochian Magick, Anti Christianity, hatred for humanity and black metal, as for the production on this recording it sounds very strong and powerful with all of the musical instruments having a very brutal sound to them.

In my opinion Deathcult are a very good anti-human black metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Anti Human Anti Life" "Sieg Heil Satan" and "Man Of Kutu". RECEMMONDED BUY.

The Black/The Priest Of Satan/Necropolis Records/1994 CD Review

The Black are a band from Sweden that plays a very satanic form of atmospheric black metal and this is a review of their classic 2004 album "The Priest Of Satan" which was released by Necropolis Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with good amount of blast beats, while the keyboards are very evil and atmospheric sounding, as for the bass playing it has avery dark tone that is kind of mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they sound very powerful.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs that utilize melodies at times, as for the lead guitars when they are utilized, they sound very dark and evil sounding with a death metal vibe, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized, they use finger picking to enhance the dark ness of the music.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some deep growls being used on one song, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Demonology, Sucubbus and Golden Dawn Magick, as for the production on this recording which was recorded and mixed at Underground Studio during the months of April and May in the year 2003 it has a very dark, raw and evil sound to it.

In my opinion this was a classic album from the Black and if you are a fan of this band, you probably already own this album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Book Of Leviathan" "Towards The Golden Dawn" "Lady Lilith" and "The Black Opal Eye". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Warcry/Wotan Stands For Victory./Siegrunnen Productions/2002 CD Review

Warcry where a ns black/viking/pagan metal from Spain and this is a review of their 2002 e.p "Wotan Stands For Victory" which was released by Siegrunen Productions.

Drums range from slow to midpaced drumming with some ocassional fast playing and blast beats, while the synths have a very atmospheric pagan medievel feel to them, as for the bass playing it has a dark tone that mixed down low in the mix and seems to fllow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black/pagan/viking black metal riffs while the lead guitars are very primal and melodic sounding pagan metal leads.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams that are very grim sounding at times, while the lyrics cover Norse and Celtic Paganism, as for the production it has a very dark and raw sound to it.

In my opinion Warcry where a very good ns pagan/viking/black metal band, and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The New Dawn Of Europe" and "Triumph Of The Will". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Kerberos/Plaguestorm/Mass Grave Records/2002 CD Compilation Reveiw

Kerberos are a band from Germany thats plays a very raw and satanic form of black/war metal and this is a review of their 2002 compilation album "Plaguestorm" which was eleased by Mass Grave Records.

Drums are very fast drumming with alot of brutal blast beats being on at times, while the bass playing has a very dark tone that is mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars are mostly fast raw and brutal war/black metal riffs that are alot more primal than most bands that I have heard and there are no guitar solos or leads present on this recording.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some screaming for pain type of vocals being used at times and some samples from horror films, while the lyrics are very hateful, anti christian and satanic, as for the production it is very raw and primal sounding and this probably has the ugliest sound I ever heard since most of the music on here came off cassette tape demos.

In my opinion Kerberos are a very good raw sounding war/black metal band, and if you are looking for some of the most primitive and raw sounding black metal that there is, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "War Against Mankind" "unholy Servants Of Warfuck" "Impalement of The Messiah" and "Hellslut". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Velvet Cacoon/Genevieve/Full Moon Productions/2004 CD Review

Velvet Cacoon where a band from Portland, Oregan that played a very dark and raw form of ambient black metal and this is a review of their 2004 album "Genevieve" which was eleased by Full Moon Productions.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark tone that is kind off mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars, as for the synths when they are utilized they bring a very dark ambient/avant garde feel to the music with a very heavy sound.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw ambient black metal riffing that also has a shoegaze and doomy feel at times and there are little to no guitar sols or leads present on this recording, as for the accoustic guitars when they are utilized briefly they use finger picking and full chords to add anoteher dark dimension to the music.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams while the lyrics cover Drug Trips, Nautical and Esoteric, as for the production it is very dark and raw sounding.

In my opinion Velvet Cacoon where a very great ambine black metal band and if you are a fan of this band, you probably already own this album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "P.S. Nautical" "Avalon Polo" and Genevieve". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Vlad Tepes/War Funeral March/Embassy Productions/1994 CD Review

Vlad Tepes where a band from France that played a very raw form of satanic black metal and this is a review of their classic 1994 e.p which was released by Embassy Productions.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a great amount of blast beats, while the bass playing sounds very strong with some primal black metal riffing.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs that also have a melodic edge to them at times, while the lead guitars are very primal sounding black metal guitar solos.

Voicals are all high pitched black metal screams with some ocassional weird vocals being used on the last track, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Darkness, Celtic Paganism and Vlad Dracul, as for the production it has a very dark and raw sound to it.

In my opinion Vlad Tepes where a very good raw satanic black metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "War Funeral March" and Walachian Tyrant". RECEMMONDED BUY.