SHEAR “Breaking The Silence”

SHEAR
“Breaking The Silence”
(LifeForce Records)
I have nothing but respect for the Finnish metal scene. As with the Swedish I ravel over how many new acts that keeps popping up. It’s like there is a band behind every tree in the Finnish forests. Shear might not have the greatest and most eye-popping name but just by being Finnish you kinda know that this will be, if not great at least good. You gotta hand it to the Finns. They sure know how to play heavy metal. Continue reading

THORNIUM “Dominions Of The Eclipse”

THORNIUM
“Dominions Of The Eclipse”
(Soulseller)
Thornium was one of the first second wave of Swedish black metal bands that I got into. I managed to track down their first album in a local record store and I was so pleased with myself for having found it. The music wasn’t perhaps what I had expected but at that time this whole aggressive black metal style was pretty new to me and it took some time getting used to it. Originally released in 1995 this proved to be a whole different beast to the stuff I was used to. Continue reading

ANGUISH

Swedish doom is a well known force to reckon with inside the charred walls of metal. Think Candlemass, Count Raven as well as Draconian and you get a pretty broad picture of what the Swedish melancholia can do to you. Anguish is another of these sad and mellow mindsets put to music. Being a Swede I have this inherent in my genes. I might seem odd to some Mediterranean European, but it makes me happy listening to sad music. The sadder, more doomier the better I feel. No, I’m not some sort of masochist. I am Swedish. So when I heard Anguish’s album “Through The Archdemon’s Head” it made me feel like I’d won a million on Lotto. This is so sad and heavy that I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven, or pretty close to heaven at least. I feel like I can carry the burden of the World on my shoulders so why not an interview with them. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
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DECAYED “Lusitanian Black Fucking Metal”

DECAYED
“Lusitanian Black Fucking Metal”
(WAR Productions)
Decayed is one of these bands that I’ve seen around in different places but never got a chance to check out, until now that is. This Portuguese band has been going for some time now and could best be described as cult to some. To expect anything but dirty, raw and pretty basic black/death metal would be to fool yourself. This is a blast to the past. This is so basic that it makes all South American black/death bands past and present seem overly technical, or something close to that description. Continue reading

MORTUUS CAELUM “Ad Libertatem Per Mortem”

MORTUUS CAELUM
“Ad Libertatem Per Mortem”
(WAR Productions)
WAR Prod. seems to have a very specific sound that they are looking for. Nothing fancy or extravagant. No, it has to be basic and raw for them to get into it, it seems. Not that I mind. As long as it is good it can be as basic and raw as it wants to. Mortuss Caelum is black metal the way it started, No big symphonic arrangements, just guitar, bass and drums. I am a big sucker for anything that is simple while still being highly entertaining. Which is why I still think Hellhammer’s “Apocalyptic Raids” is one of the best records ever released. Continue reading

OMISSION “Merciless Jaws From Hell”

OMISSION
“Merciless Jaws From Hell”
(WAR Productions /Xtreem Music)
You might now this from the CD version that Xtreem released. This is the tape version of it. For those of you not old enough to remember tapes it is what music used to come on in a time when there was no mp3s and internet was nothing but an idea in some scientist’s head. Vinyl spun in every home and life seemed so much simpler. And we traded tapes with new and exciting metal across the world by snail mail. No immediate delivery, we had to patiently wait for the mail man to come to our doors. Don’t know how much the members of Omission was a part of that scene but part of the death/thrash metal they are Continue reading

OPHTHALAMIA “Dominion”

OPHTHALAMIA
“Dominion”
(Soulseller)
I reviewed this album for a Swedish zine when it was released in the late 90s and as far as I can remember I liked it back then. Now it gets a rerelease and it still holds up. It is just as good as it was back then. Ophthalamia was never just another black metal band. Not on “Dominion” or on any of their other albums. There was always way more to their sound to be type casted as this or that. They managed to mix the primal with the symphonic, the raw with the sombre. Continue reading