Saturday, June 30, 2012

December Wolves/Blasterpiece Theatre/Wicked World/2002 CD Review

  December  Wolves  where  a  band  from  Boston,  Massachusetts  that  played  a  very  fast  and  brutal  form  of  black  metal  mixed  in  with  some  death  metal  and  industrial  influences  on  this  recording  and this  is  a  review  of  their  2002  album  "Blasterpiece  Theatre"  which  was  released  by  Wicked  World.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  samples  bring  an  industrial  feeling  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffs  that  dominate  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  heavy  and  brutal  sounding  with  a  good  amount  of  death  metal  and  industrial  influences  as  well  as  a  good  amount  of  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  and  technical  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals a re  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  mixed  in  with  a  great  amount  of  spoken  word  samples,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christian,  Drugs,  Porn  and  Violent  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

In  my  opinion  this  was  a  great  album  from  December  Wolves  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  black  metal  mixed  in  with  some  death  metal  and  industrial,  you  should c heck  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Desperately  Seeking  Satan"  "Porn  Again  Christian"  "Sharing  Needles"  and  "To  Kill  Without  Emotion".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Genius Ultor Interview

Answered: Wirus (guitars, vocals)

 Answered: Wirus (guitars, vocals)

1. Can yo tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?
W. Salute! Genius Ultor originally is a band that performs Black Metal in archaic and straightforward way. We exclude any brief affairs or romances with so called avant-garde. The ideas included in album DzieD Nocy absolutely would not harmonize with activity of Stillborn and this is one of sources for our idea to form another band. Since few years me and Agust were feeling like  playing this way especially because both of us had the ideas which we could not carry out due to adversities as lack of time.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
W. Primitive, furious Black Metal. Naturally strong sound with considerable dose of aggression perceptible especially in vocal layer. Generally based in clearly readable melodies.

3. According to the Metal Archives page the lyrics are about sneer, spurn and spitting, can you go into more detail about what the lyrics mean?
W. This is really hard task to explain the meaning to anybody who does not live permanently in Poland and is not soaked up with our mentality. Both hatred and resentment towards surrounding reality can be felt in the lyrics. But above all, thirst for revenge for twisted image of life utilized to educate us. And this shittiness is what urged us to be Metal-heads, what I consider quite an absurd. Moreover there are also straightforward imprecations and sneer full of arrogance.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
W. Genius Ultor means Spirit of Revenge. We were searching a name which would not leave for potential listener any doubts about what he deals with. This name in its all grandeur perfectly reflects nature of our Black Metal.

5. Has the band played any shows or is this strictly a studio project?
W. We have performed live one time at Legions of Death Attack “Black Saturday” and I would not exclude future live shows. Anyhow, it is not our main goal to act live. Above all, we want to concentrate on recording albums.

6. On a worldwide level how has your music how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
W. I have the impression that reception of the album was pretty good as for a band not recognized and not promoted at all. Yet, there are opinions which explicitly indicate that this style is not fully digestible, especially for young fans of Metal.

7. What are some of the things that you are able to bring out in this project thayt you cant bring out in the other bands?
W. Black Metal is totally different room  for manoeuvres comparing to Death or Thrash Metal. I admire all these genres and in my opinion the borderline between these is blurred beyond recognition. Nevertheless, to me it is an extraordinary feature that melody is so easy to set upon aggression, which is included in Black Metal. So, will to express in this way what is lying in our guts, with these certain lyrics is absolutely different stuff towards what we have been doing so far with Stillborn.

8. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
W. For sure less blasting, up with ritual and hypnotic drive, but still archaic and straightforward with shot precisely on the head.

9. What are some of the different musical influences that you bring into this project?
W. I am not sure if I got you right, but as for Genius Ultor in the field of music, only bands that play Metal, as Bathory, Venom, or Hades are source of inspiration.

10. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
W. Thank you for the interview and time shared with Genius Ultor.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Moontower/In The Shadow Of The Wolf/Total Holocaust Records/2003 CD Review

  Moontower  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  satanic  ns  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2003  album  "In  The  Shadow  of  The  Wolf"  which  was  released  by  Total  Holocaust  Records.

  Drums  range  from slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the music  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  keyboards  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music  without  being  a  lead  instrument.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  thrash  style  riffing  and  they  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  with  some  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  deep  growls,  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  war,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to it  with  the  songs  not  either  being  too  short  or  long.

  In  my  opinion  Moontower  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  primitive  satanic  ns  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Herald  Of  The  Wolf"  and  "Call  Of  the  Black  Forest" which  is  a  Graveland  cover.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Noctuary/When Fires Bleed Blood/Last Disciple Records/2000 CD Review

  Noctuary  where  a  band  from  California  that  played  black  metal  with  a  melodic  edge  and  this  a  review  of  their  2000  album  "When  Fires  Bleed  Blood"  which  was  released  by  Last  Disciple  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  tone  with  heavy  riffs that  dominate  throughout  the  recording,  as  for  the  pianos  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  a  classical  music  sound  to  the  music.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of melody,  thrash  and  traditional  metal  influences  in  the  riffing  while  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  classical  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  to  enhance  the  darkness  that  is  coming  out  of  the  music.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  deep  death  metal growls  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing,  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  anti  christian  themes,  as  for  the  production  on  this  recording  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Noctuary  where  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  band  with  a  melodic  and  traditional  metal  edge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  this  album  out.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Clouds  Donning  The  Black  Sun"  "A  Tears  Descent  From  Heaven"  and  "Frim  Ashes  We  Rise".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


Lycanthropy/The Veils Of Sorrow/1996 CD Review

  Lycanthropy  where  a  band  from  Birmingham,  Alabama  that  played  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  black  metal  with  an  atmospheric  edge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  1996  album  "The  Veils  Of  Sorrow".

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  as  for  the  keyboards  they  are  only  used  for  a  few  seconds  to  bring  a  dark  atmosphere  to  the  music.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  in  the  90's  black  metal  vein  with  some  melodies  being thrown  into  the  riffing  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  which  are  only  utilized  on  the  last  song  they  use  finger  picking  to  enhance  the  darkness  that  is  coming  out  of  the  music.

  Vocals  are  all  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams,  while  the lyrics  cover  Melancholy,  Darkness  and  Occultism,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording,   in  addition  the  songs  are  not  either  being  too  long  or  short.

  In  my  opinion  Lycanthropy  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Battle  At  The  End  Of  Time"  and  "Invocation  To  Luna".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Hekatomb/Fim Do Existir/Satan's Millennium Records/2004 CD Review

  Hekatomb  are  a  1  man  band  from Portugal  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  raw  and  primitive  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2004  album  "Fim  Do  Existir"  which  was  released  by  Satan's  Millennium  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  bring  a  very  dark,  avant  garde  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music  without  being  a  lead  instrument,  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  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording,  in  addition  the  songs  are  not  either  too  long  or  short.

  Vocals  are  all  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  paganism  and  nature,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  which  is  perfect  for  this  style  of  black  metal.

  In  my  opinion  Hekatomb  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  primitive  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cripta  Negra"  "Sopro  De  Morte"  and  "Trono  De  Malicia".  RECOMMENDED  BUY

Holodomor Interview

 Answered: Adam (guitars, vocals)

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
A. HOLODOMOR as a full-line up band was formed in 2009, in Plymouth, South-West England. Before that,myself and the guitarist (Steve D) would already rehearse for some 3 years on our own, while looking for members, which are hard to get for this sort of music in the South-West UK. We have released our debutMCD Temoignages de la Gnose Terrestre earlier this year, which seems to have been quite impacting in theextreme underground scene and the media. IRON BONEHEAD RECORDS are due to release the materialon MLP and the French MALTKROSS PRODUCTIONS are preparing releasing it on tape as well.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
A. HOLODOMOR is 80s/90s inspired black/death/thrash unit, mostly compared to the bands such as BESTIAL WARLUST, SADISTIK EXEKUTION, REVENGE, ANGELCORPSE, KREATOR, early MORBID ANGEL, DEATHSPELL OMEGA, WITCHMASTER or THRONEUM... We try to incorporate the best genre-defining elements from all these diverse styles and consolidate it within our own vision of what extreme underground music in 2000s should be. The predominant features of HOLODOMOR are barbarity, relentless speed, violence, grief, despair and agony. We also try to enhance the genre's raw stylistic delivery with some unpredictable metric constructions and more compound riff structures at times, although without compromising our fundamental qualities of deliberate primitivity and relentless audio chaos.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
A. The subjects talked about in the lyrics are quite diverse. I, as the author, focus on various topics, which I find overwhelmingly disturbing or inescapable. Some more general titles, like Tribulation Stigmata or Fall Into Time express the dark notions of inherent antagonism of our condition as forms of life and members of this particular species: we are bacteria feasting on each other on some random piece of rock drifting in empty space for a limited duration of time. We know nothing. HOLODOMOR is an accusation against humanity as well as a bitter wept over the death of humanity. Some lyrics are more personal, however I always try to poeticise enough to present the ideas in a universal, somewhat esoteric dimension. On this level they refer to malignant truths about the very human constitution... for instance, sacrifices committed in the name of ethical codes, personal values etc. The primary criterion in creating lyrics for HOLODOMOR in any case is to deal with something genuinely painful and frustrating rather than fantasizing, endorsing ideologies or cults,
making up dark stories etc.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
A. Speaking for myself, HOLODOMOR has a few interpretations. First of all, the sheer act of millions of human deaths quite succinctly defines the emotional stage of what is conveyed by the band's work. The genocidal event of this sort unfolds the monstrosity of the human race, the dark side of our very condition, whose seed dreams in each and every one of us, even though most of us refuse to accept it. You see, the deceit of the world being in denial of this horrific event for so many years is the best evidence of that. This also is very important: we live in the age of revelation and I mean it in an extra-biblical sense. The definition of the Latin word “revelation” or the Greek “apocalypsis” in its purely etymological sense implies as much as “exposure of truth” or “disclosure of previously secret or unknown events”, only that it does not have to be all this dramatic mythical stuff like Riders of the Apocalypse, Trumpets of Doom etc... these are poetic metaphors. I think it's Google rather than anything else which contributes to people getting to know about stuff they would not be able to find out about in any previous age in history... It's too late for apocalypse, the biblical style, now that we have internet... but I'm digressing... Anyway, in this sense, the band is a vehicle of spreading this truth about the hidden genocide, which so many “humanitarian” governments would not like to hear about for decades. The modern Western society is a bunch of self-indulgent hypocritical scumbags and for me, the band HOLODOMOR is, in a sense, a symbolic act of war waged against all that this society represents.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you
describe your stage performance?
A. I think we're quite brutal live. As reported by the fans, a lot of people usually seem overwhelmed by the intensity of our stage presence. I can only say that if you liked the CD and haven't seen HOLODOMOR live, you haven't seen anything yet! We only played locally in UK so far so we haven't really been seen by many people who would be into this kind of particularly violent stuff. There are some black or death bands around here but nothing of a bestial warring variety if I can call it like that. I wouldn't be able, though, to point out the best gig we've done. The one with Vader and Gorgoroth was pretty exciting for obvious reasons, also because of the sound being extremely well done by Vader's live engineers, which they have always been
famed for...

6. Do you have any plans to do a tour in the future?
A. There are some plans, indeed. I would not like to say too much though before we get things confirmed.

7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label and if so what kind of label do you feel
that would be a perfect fit for your music?
A. This has actually changed since we're releasing this MLP for IRON BONEHEAD and we also have been
working with MALTKROSS/GLORIFICATION MUSIX for some time now. I have also sent the CD myself to just a few labels worldwide which I thought would be appropriate for a band like us: INVICTUS PROD, NORMA EVANGELICUM DIABOLI, PAGAN REC, NUCLEAR WAR NOW! PROD... I think some relatively obscured underground label would be a healthy choice for a new band like HOLODOMOR.

8. Godz Ov War has been promoting your band, how did you get in contact with them and how
would you describe the support that they have given you so far?
A. Greg contacted me after he got a promo-copy of our CD for review in Psychozine. He's good friends with Zibi (7Gates), who initially helped me to spread some promo stuff of HOLODOMOR. I have known Zibi for many years now (in 1998 his Seven Gates of Hell released the demo the band I was involved with at the time –Nebula Gates), although we've bit out of contact during recent years, he has done a brilliant job starting off with the promotion for the band as soon as I delivered an advance copy of Temoignages de la GnoseTerrestre to him. Greg of GODZ OF WAR pushed it all to a next stage by contaminating media with news about HOLODOMOR, arranging reviews, interviews etc. Both SEVEN GATES OF HELL's and GODZ OV WAR's support to the band has been outstanding. We are very thankful to them.

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, war and
thrash metal?
A. The most of the reviews are really enthusiastic and people seem to really have found something fresh in our music, regardless of the rigid stylistic confines of the genre. I find it very rewarding. We had reviews/publications appearing most of the European countries now as well as in in USA, Australia and even Asia. As so far, we got the most support from Poland, France, USA and Germany and, yeah, the maniacs of old-school war/black/thrash stuff are the ones who seem truly dedicated and appreciative of what we do as HOLODOMOR.

10. Are there any other projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
A. There are some bands/projects the HOLODOMOR members are involved in: Dan (drums) is the guitarist in a progressive death metal band DAGGERS DRAWN as well as two others – ETERNAL SAROS (black/death) and WISHLIST. Steve Dean has recently been setting up his other band in which they explore more dissonant PORTAL'esque sonic territories. I also do get involved in random musical projects of various flavours. Sometimes I cooperate with other musicians/singers from different backgrounds, like remixing tracks from other genres. These are often ephemeral projects, which allow me to explore different dimensions of sound. I have been involved in a thing called URANIUM CLUB which is a post-apocalyptic multi-disciplinary conceptual chimera focused on incorporating technologies like modular synthesis, sampling, live mixing and misusing equipment... I have also written some minor orchestral scores for some independent short films, although these days I don't get much time to do it.

11. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
A. I think a band like HOLODOMOR cannot evolve ridiculously towards a too sophisticated style. The primary criterion will remain to create as hellish and haunting aural assault as possible. For the moment we need to consolidate all the elements, which define our still style. This band will always use stylistic cliches and the well tested methods of achieving dimensions most efficient sonic/lyrical depravity within the genre. We will head towards ever increased ambiance of inhumanity and overwhelming darkness. This will remain the defining factor for this band, although we will certainly work on emphasizing our style-identity as

12. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are
you listening to nowadays?
A. The main bands, which influenced the way HOLODOMOR sounds are SADISTIK EXEKUTION,
ANGELCORPSE, BESTIAL WARLUST, BLASPHEMY, CONQUEROR, ANTAEUS, ARKHON INFAUSTUS, DEATHSPELL OMEGA, PORTAL, ABSU, AURA NOIR, ADORIOR, NIFELHEIM, MAYHEM, early MORBID ANGEL, early VADER... but we listen to all sorts of stuff... for the last 4 years or so I really got into classical stuff, like STARVINSKY, The Second Viennese School, BARTOK, PENDERECKI, XENAKIS, STOCKHAUSEN... these guys opened my eyes to different qualities of sound and looking at the definition ofmusic for a more abstract angle. From the avant garde things I'm into DIAMANDA GALAS or ULVER. ULVER especially has changed me a lot as well as ARCTURUS' La Masquerade Infernale. Garm truly is a genius. The Bristol's Trip-Hop of the 1990s is a huge overall influence as well, however perhaps not directly apparent in the style of HOLODOMOR. I generally get into anything which has an aura of dark energy to it, some negativity... It's all about the emotional content of sounds. Genres are irrelevant, really.

13. Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
A. Not explicitly. Again, I can only speak for myself in this case: I can relate to the  myth of  Lucifer/Prometheus in a symbolic way. For many years (over a half of my life now) I have been asking myself whether I am a satanist or not... these days I do not care anymore what it means. I do believe in mastering one's virtues and strengths and standing independently in life and being able to sacrifice a lot for the set goals, challenging one's weaknesses – being tough on oneself. All this satanism stuff is such an individual thing that it really is difficult to define it. I usually avoid mentioning it altogether since most of people, for instance in the metal scene, who talk about it have no fucking clue what soever what they're dealing with. I renounce all of that shit. I believe in thinking and acting for myself and living by the sword – yes, but I'm not keen to name it by one thing or another as it's just more bullshit for people to argue about. I'm not into it. I'm certainly not a satanist in the sense of worshiping the devil. I think all kinds of worship, all ideologies and systematized beliefs are fundamentally mere compensations for not using your own brain, however they all carry the same element of universal wisdom, only that each of these systems claims the sole copyrights to the Truth. The truth is they all say the same thing by different signs and symbols. Nietzsche's thought alone sums it all up for me. The studies of certain texts have influence on how the work of HOLODOMOR is conceived in terms of its spiritual origin but as the author of lyrics I do not draw any direct references. I do believe though, that the human faculties of generating sounds and words in our case are mere manifestation of this fundamentally spiritual principle. If music dies, if words die – this metaphysical element of self will remain unchanged. The mystery always remains occult.

14. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
A. I have been heavily into Philosophy and Social Sciences for many years. I'm mostly interested in the contemporary anthropology and cultural theory – the shift in consciousness after the death of God/advent of increased technological advancement. I think about ethics a lot... the links between science, art, society...This is my main thing. Besides I like cooking good food, keeping fit and not much else... Reading is more important for me at the moment than anything else.

15. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
A. Thank you for a very interesting and insightful interview – it was pleasure. Stay real. Hails

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Steve Dean - guitar
Steve Waldron - bass
Dan Couch – drums

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Lord/Behind The Curtain Of Darkness/Eldethorn Records/1998 CD Review

  Lord  are  a  band  from  France  that  played  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  satanic  black  metal  on  this release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1998  album  "Behind  The  Curtain  Of  Darkness"  which  was  released  by  Eldethorn  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  keyboards  bring  a  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music,  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  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  basic  and  simple  sounding  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being thrown  into  the  riffing  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  with  some  clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  song  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Sorcery  and  Darkness,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  along  with  a  mixture  of  short  and  long  songs.

  In  my  opinion  Lord  created  some  great  sounding  atmospheric  satanic  black  metal  with  this  recording  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  Hell's  Well"  "When  Funeral  Pyres  Ablaze  The  Black  Moon  Sky"  "Under  The  Spell  Of  The  Diabolical  Sorcerer"  and  "Gates  To  The  Blazing  Kingdom".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Abgott/Fizala/DMG/2004 CD Review

  Abgott  are  a  band  originally  from  Italy  but  know  resides  in  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  technical,  raw  and  primitive  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2004  album  "Fizala"  which  was  released  by  DMG.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  tone  with  technical  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording,  as  for  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  dark and  avant  garde  sound  to  the  music as  well  as  some  experimental  and  industrial  sounds  to  the  last  song.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  technical,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  technical  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  with  some  spoken  word  ritualistic  parts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  concept  around  Necronomicon  and  Lovecraft  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Abgott  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Book 2:  Lanrutcon  Nyarlathotep""Book  4:  From  They  Beyond  Shub  Niggurath"  and  "Book  7:  Thy  Evocation  Cthulhu".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


Gospel Of Horns/A Call To Arms/Invictus Productions/2002 CD Review

  Gospel  Of  Horns  where  a  band  from  Australia  that  played  a  mixture  of  black,  war  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2002  album  "A Call  To  Arms"  which  was  released  by  Invictus  Productions.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  synths  which  are  only  used  on  the  intro  and  the  last  song  bring  a  very  dark  and  avant  garde  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  primitive  riffs  that  dominate  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  raw  and  primitive  riffs  that  combine  elements  of  black,  war  and  thrash  metal  together  to  create a  sound  of  their  own,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black/thrash  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black/war  metal  screams  with  some  spoken  word  samples,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness,  Hate  and  War  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Gospel  of  Horns  where  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black,  war  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Absolute  Power"  "Vengeance  is  Mine"  and  "Powers  Of  Darkness".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


Vilkates/Angeldust And Blasphemy/Last Episode/1998 CD Review

  Vilkates  where  a  band  from  Germany  that  played  a  very  atmospheric  form  of satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1998  album  "Angeldust  And  Blasphemy"  which  was  released  by  Last  Episode.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  keyboards  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music,  as  for the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  tone  with  primitive  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  death  metal  influences  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  to  enhance  the  darkness  that  is  coming  out  of  the  music.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  singing,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Christian  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on this  recording.

  in  my  opinion  Vilkates  where  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Angeldust  And  Blasphemy"  "Wings  Of  Darkness"  "Demonworld"  and  "Jewclan".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Incriminated/Bloodhammer/Split CD/Bestial Burst/2003 CD Review

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Finland's  Incriminated  and  Bloodhammer  which  was  released  in  2003  by  Bestial  Burst  and  we  will  start  of  the  review  with  Incriminated  which  plays  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  black  metal  mixed  with  thrash.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  do  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black/thrash  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  a  doom  metal  feeling  being  utilized  on  one  song,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  chaotic  sounding  black/thrash  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  black/thrash  style  growls,  while  the lyrics  cover  suicide,  nuclear,  anti  christian  and  dark  themes,  as  for  the  production  it h as  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Incriminated  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  primitive  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  with  the  best  music  on  the  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Christ"  and  "The  Cult  Of  The  Weak".  RECOMMENDED.

  Next  up  is  Bloodhammer   a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  black  metal  mixed with  thrash  metal.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm   guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  the  most  raw  and  primitive elements  of  black and  thrash  metal  together,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  chaotic  sounding  black/thrash  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  anti  christian  themes  with  the  last  song  being  written  in  Finnish,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Bloodhammer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  primitive  hybrid  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Grand  Desecration"  and  "Death".  RECOMMENDED.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  and  primitive  black/thrash  metal.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

The Abyss/Summon The Beast/Nuclear Blast Records/1996 CD Review

  The  Abyss  where  a  band  from  Sweden  that  was  a  side  project  of  the  members  of  Hypocrisy  and  played  a  very  fast,  raw  and  primitive  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1996  album  "Summon  The  Beast"  which  was  released  by  Nuclear  Blast  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  with  riffs  that  dominate  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  heavy,  brutal,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  and  there  are  little  to  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  all  grim  sounding  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness,  and  Anti  Christian  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  which  does  not  take  away  from  the  raw  and  primitive  nature  of  the  music.

  In  my  opinion  The  Abyss  where  a  very  great sounding  heavy,  fast,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Satan's  Majestic  Empire"  "Blessed  With  The  Wrath  Of  Evil"  and  "Feasting  On  The  Remains  Of  Heaven".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Hin Onde/Songs Of Battle/Aftermath Records/2000 CD Review

  Hin  Onde  where  a  band  from  Finland  that  played  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  viking/black  metal  with  a  melodic  edge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2000  album  "Songs  of  Battle"  which  was  released  by  Aftermath  Music.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats  along  with  some  percussion  playing,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  epic,  pagan,  folk  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very   and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffs  that  dominate  throughout  the  recording

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow to  mid  paced  viking/black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  viking  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  viking/black  metal  screams  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  and  a  great  amount  of  clean  singing,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  and  Finnish  Paganism,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Hin  Onde  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  viking/black  metal  band  with  a  melodic  and  folk  music  edge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Rune-Singer's  Path"  "Burning  The  Lake  Alue"  "Fimbulwinter"  and  "Paganheart".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

S.V.E.S.T/Urfaust/End Of All Life Productions/2003 CD Review

  S.V.E.S.T  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  epic,  satanic,  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2003  album  "Urfaust"  which  was  released  by  End  Of  All  Life  Productions.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  as  for  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  dark  and  occult  sound to  the  music  without  being  a  lead  instrument.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  along  with  some  distorted  effects  and  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing,  as  for  the  lead  guitars  they  are  very  distorted  sounding  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  with  a  brief  use  of  deep  demonic  growls,  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in French  and  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  S.V.E.S.T  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic,  raw  and primitive  satanic/occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Petrefiance  Redemptrice".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

The Beast/Fixed By The Devil/Painkiller Records/2003 CD Review

  The  Beast  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  satanic  black/goat  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2003  album  "Fixed  By  The  Devil"  which  was  released  by  Painkiller  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  as  for  the  sound  effects  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  to  the  music.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black/goat  metal  riffs  that  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  and  have  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  them,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  primitive  sounding  black/death  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  range  from  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  to  deep  goat  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  ritualistic  parts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Christian  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  The  Beast  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  primitive  black/goat  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music, you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Ritual"  and  "Satanic  Dominion".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Darkest Hate Warfront/Satanik Annihilation Kommando/Ketzer Records/2005 CD Review

  Darkest  Hate  Warfront  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  form  of  satanic  black  metal  with  a  thrash  edge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2005  album  "Satanik  Annihilation  Kommando"  which  was  released  by  Ketzer  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  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  sound  effects  they  are  only  used  on  the  intro  and  outro  and  bring  a  very  dark  and  avant  garde  sound  to  the  music.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  heavy,  brutal,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  a  good  amount  of  thrash  and  death  metal  influences  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanic,  war,  hateful  and  anti  christian  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  which  does  not  take  away  from  the  raw  and  primitive  nature  of  the  music.

  In  my  opinion  Darkest  Hate  Warfront  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  brutal,  fast,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Order  Of  Battle"  "Satan's  Kult  Of  Terror"  and  "Possessed  By  Fire".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


Allegiance/Blodornsoffer/No Fashion Records/1997 CD Review

  Allegiance  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  form  of  atmospheric  viking/black/war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1997  album  "Blodornsoffer"  which  was  released  by  No  Fashion  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  keyboards  when  they  are  utilized  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  tone  with  heavy  riffs  that  dominate  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow, mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  are  very  heavy  and  sounding  combining  war,  black  and  viking  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  chaotic  sounding  black/war  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads  mixed  in  with  some  melody  that  brings  the  viking  element  to  the  music,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  bring  a  very  dark  pagan  feeling  to  the  music.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls,  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  Norse  Paganism,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Allegiance  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  brutal  black/viking/war  metal  hybrid  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  out  this  band. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Med  Svard  I  Hand"  "Heimdal"  "Blodornsoffer"  and  "Blot".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.



Hellspell/Devil's Might/Invasion Records/1999 CD Review

  Hellspell  where  a  band  from  Sweden  that  played  a  very  fast,  raw  and  primitive  form  of  satanic  black  metal  with  a  death  metal  edge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1999  album  "Devil's Might"  which  was  released  by  Invasion  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  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  briefly  and  they  add  to  the  dark  atmosphere  that  is  coming  out  of  the  music.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  a  good  amount  of  death  metal  influences  and  dark  sounding  melodies  being thrown  into  the  riffing  along  with  a  brief  use  of  soft  and  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  have  a  traditional  metal  feeling  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  and  clean  singing,  while  the  lyrics  are  written  mostly  in  English  with  one  song  being  written  in  Swedish  and  they  cover  Satanism,  Archangels  and  Anti  Christian  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Hellspell  where  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  primitive  satanic  black  metal  band  with  a  melodic  and  death  metal  edge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Summon  The  Devil"  "Warlust"  "Demon  Lord"  and  "Devil's  Might".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Emperor/Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk/Century Black Records/1997 CD Review

  Emperor  where  a  band  from  Norway  that  is  very  well  known  in the  metal  world  and  are  of  the  first  atmospheric  Norwegian  black  metal  bands  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1997  album  "Anthems  To  The  Welkin  At  Dusk"  which  was  released  by  Century  Black  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  atmospheric  and  epic  sound  to  the  music  with  some  classical  music  influences,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  Norwegian  style  black  metal  riffs  that  utilized  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  in  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark themes  moving  away  from  the  satanic  and  occult  lyrics  of  the  early  material while  still  retaining  elements,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  to  it  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  along  with  a  mixture  of  long  and  short  songs.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  great  recording  from  Emperor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  probably  already  own  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thus  Spake  The  Nightspirit"  "The  Loss  And  Curse  Of  Reverence"  "With  Strength  I  Burn"  and  "In  Longing  Spirit".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.