DEN SAAKALDTE “Faen i Helvete”

DEN SAAKALDTE “Faen i Helvete” (Agonia) Just try to imagine this: a black metal supergroup filled out by members of: Gorgoroth, 1349, Koldbrann and Nidingr. For the most part Den Saakaldte (The So-Called) sounds like what you’d expect, a hurricane of furious blasting beast and howling vocals but it’s the moments where they slow down and cut a bit looser with a more classic metal style groove and experiment with some interesting vocals  on tracks like ” Som Et Arr På Sjelen”  and “Endelost Ode” (with a classic Hellhammer/ Celtic Frost influence). This is where I am really attracted to… Continue reading

PACT “The Infernal Hierarchies, Penetrating the Threshold of Night”

PACT “The Infernal Hierarchies, Penetrating the Threshold of Night“ (Moribund) This is the sophomore full length release of American black metallers Pact. The playing is catchy and tight, bringing to mind US black metal bands like Absu and Von (albeit with far better recording & production). The thing which eventually grew a bit tiresome for me was what I would call the dual possession style vocals. As an accent this would be great for a chorus or part of a track but with each of the 9 songs utilizing this same vocal effect I found myself really enjoying the parts… Continue reading