RITUAL NECROMANCY “Oath Of The Abyss”

RITUAL NECROMANCY
“Oath Of The Abyss”
(Dark Descent Records)
I can appreciate chaos in music. It makes for a welcomed break from the controlled environment of everyday life. Ritual Necromancy are totally new to me but I like their black/death metal and the chaos it creates in my head. It’s like listening to a dryer spinning at full speed while a ton of metal is rolling around inside. Continue reading

SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER/ENFUNERATION “American Death Thrash”

SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER V/S ENFUNERATION
“American Death Thrash”
(HorrorPainGoreDeath Productions)
I don’t like split records. Where the hell do I put it in my CD collection? Should I put it b the band that is first or by the band that is second or should I create a new shelf for it? All these questions that needs an answer. And that’s even before I’ve gotten to the music. What if I like half the record and the other sucks majorly? Continue reading

A TRANSYLVANIAN FUNERAL “The Outsider”

A TRANSYLVANIAN FUNERAL
“The Outsider”
(Forbidden Records)
A Transylvanian Funeral have all the old Darkthrone aesthetics going for them. The b/w cover, the crude black metal sound and most importantly the raw black metal that made those early Darkthrone albums so interesting. While not being close to original I still find the kind of black metal that ATF play to be worth investing time into. Continue reading

MALIGNANT CHRIST “Forever In Chaos”

MALIGNANT CHRIST
“Forever In Chaos”
(Forbidden Records)
Who the hell programmed the drum machine? That can’t be real drums. Whoever he is he should be stood before a firing squad. Never have I heard a more annoying drum sound than on “Forever In Chaos”. It completely ruins the sound. It makes Mayhem’s “Pure Fucking Armageddon” demo sound like a sound engineer’s wet dream. Continue reading

NATTSMYG “Fylgja”

NATTSMYG
“Fylgja”
(Unexploded Records)
I kinda expected something totally different from Nattsmyg than what I got. Instead of some jolly folk metal with violins and bagpipes or whatever folkish instruments this turned out to be so much darker and brooding than I ever expected. This is like being lost in the deep dark forest with only the stars as your guide and every troll and whatever that lurks in the woods coming out from their hidings. It’s like being trapped in an evil fairytale without any light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading

PAGAN RITES “Preachers From Hell”

PAGAN RITES
“Preachers From Hell”
(Unexploded Records)
I have fond memories of an old Pagan Rites LP on purple vinyl. I liked their old school black metal when I heard it back then and I’ll hopefully do so now too. Pagan Rites are old school like Gehennah was old school. Meaning that all is the 1980s and everything after doesn’t exist. I’m cool with that as long as you do it full on. No fucking half wits here, no sir. Continue reading

REGARDLESS OF ME “Pleasures And Pain”

REGARDLESS OF ME
“Pleasures And Fear”
(Unexploded Records)
Italian Regardless Of Me are totally new to me. I had not even heard the name before I received this new album by them. Not knowing what to expect can be a challenge all itself. This could be the worst crap ever or it could be the most revelatory release of 2011. I’m pleased to say that this does not suck majorly. It doesn’t even suck a little bit. Continue reading

SKALD “Vitterland”

SKALD
“Vitterland”
(Unexploded Records)
I can’t say I was impressed by Skald’s previous record. It felt like there was something missing, like they didn’t take it serious enough and just fooled around with no intention or direction. Instead of leaving me with a great folk metal record all I remember is how disappointed I was listening to that album. I usually don’t comment on the vocals because it isn’t necessary but this time I can’t help feeling that this is substandard. Continue reading

FORTERESSE “Crépuscule d’Octobre”

FORTERESSE
“Crépuscule d’Octobre”
(Sepulchral Productions)
I’ve only heard good things about the Quebecois black metal scene but I haven’t heard anything from it. Until now that is. Listening to Forteresse I get the same feeling I got hearing Norwegian black metal the first time. There is something revelatory to the music that brings out emotional memories of vast landscapes and snow-clad mountains. Something we don’t get in our urban concrete jungles. Continue reading

THE GARDENERZ “The System Of Nature”

THE GARDENERZ
“The System Of Nature”
(Abyss)
You can always argue who was first. Was it Black Sabbath, Pentagram or any other band that defined what is now classic doom metal? In doing so you can not overlook the impact Candlemass’ debut album “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” had on what is now considered archetypal doom metal. Without that album we would not have seen so many great doom metal bands surface. Continue reading