Puteraeon – The Empires of Death (Death Metal)

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Ah here we are again, Swedish death metal goodness! I was actually recommended this album a couple weeks ago but due to my black metal spree it had to wait. Now is the time to hear when the empires of death go to war and sounds the war drums. Puteraeon were formed in 2008 and were quick to create three demo recordings in a year. It wasn’t until 2011 their debut album came out though, The Esoteric Order. Which quickly lead to the sophomore album Cult Cthulhu in 2012. Since then the band has released another full-length plus a split album with Revel in Flesh. The Empires of Death is actually the bands first EP featuring three tracks Providence, At the Altars and Epitaph.

Providence lays the putrid ground for the the Empires of Death to spew it’s filth of death. Whispers in the wind and horrifying tunes like taken from a grave turns into a massive onslaught of riffs with your classic death metal vocals. This is the same type of sound that’s made Grave famous and I am loving it. Following that track comes At the Altars. It’s punishing and relentless, doesn’t hold back at all and you’re getting offered some great solos and riffs on this song with tempo changes that hypes you up. To end The Empires of Death march towards destruction is Epitaph. It’s the shortest track on the album but it’s still filled with the same type of Swedish old school death metal goodness like the other two tracks, just more compact and full-throttle all the way through, making it my favorite track on the album.

Great EP, 12 minutes might be cutting it a bit too short even for an EP. I wouldn’t mind a song more but that’s only because I really liked this album and it’s a real tease that you go “it can’t end now!?”. That in itself is a good review and old school death metal fans around the world should check out Puteraeon’s latest offering to the metal community The Empires of Death. Out now digitally through Spinnup.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PUTERAEON
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/puteraeon
For fans of: Grave and Revel in Flesh
Favorite song: Epitaph

Shaarimoth – Temple of the Adversarial Fire (Blackened Death Metal)

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Shaarimoth were formed in 2004 with the idea of creating a sonic construct that manifests dark current through music. “This is not music, this is ritual” is the first thing I come across when looking at Shaarimoth’s facebook page. When starting to listen to the album I am inclined to agree with that statement. I feel like I am at the black metal festival Mörkaste Småland and their fourth ceremony as the ascension of the dark lord is upon us. Seems like this kind of darkness could spawn only from the dark woods of Norway.

Musically there are a lot of influences to be heard here from Behemoth and Nile due to it’s death metal ritual like music. While I also draw parallels to Dissection’s lyric contents Shaarimoth got a mix that works. Funny enough Norway aren’t really known for death metal music, however they are for their satanic black metal. This draws some of the best from both worlds creating an entity that can portray Norwegian metal in a new way. The more I listen to Temple of the Adversarial Fire the more I think back on Behemoth’s award winning album The Satanist. The dark and satanic atmosphere, production, mix of black and death metal (or blackened death metal), riffs, vocals and lyrics got a lot in common with one of the best albums to come out this decade.

Shaarimoth (just as Earth Rot did yesterday) has surprised me. This is one of my favorite albums of the year so far. I can’t find nothing wrong with it and when I tried to pick a favorite song from the album I had to literally close my eyes and pick a song at random. That’s how good it is. It’s meant to be played in full to get the whole experience as it’s meant to be, as a ritual. Even the album cover screams of darkness and it’s the perfect way to wrap this package in. To end the review here is another quote from their facebook page that I like “To rid ourselves of our shadows – who we are – we must step into either total Light..or total Darkness”. Now join us to celebrate The End times, Kali Yuga, The return of the Dragon, when the Infinite Waters have finally turned calm.

Temple of the Adversarial Fire is out now through World Terror Committee.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Shaarimoth
For fans of: Behemoth and Dissection
Favorite song: Faceless Queen of Bloodstained Dreams

Earth Rot – Renascentia (Death/Black Metal)

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Starting as a two-piece by Thomas Waterhouse and Jared Bridgeman who wanted to create some grindcore Earth Rot was formed in 2013, all songs were eventually discarded though and the band added three more members as well as changing genre to a mix of black and death metal. Now the band play their music to celebrate all that is dark and vile in music, taking influences from grim bands such as Gorgoroth, Anaal Nathrakh, Septicflesh, Svart Crown and Naglfar. All bands who got different takes in music style but also got that mist of darkness surrounding them. Since the start Earth Rot have been very active already released two EP’s and a full-length and now adding their sophomore full-length to the discography with Renascentia.

Active as the band may have been I’d actually not listened to any of their songs before grabbing a hold of Renascentia. Hence I did not know what to expect coming into this album. Now I know though, this is the same type of darkness that Naglfar ships out from when setting sail to conquer the world. Earth Rot is such a fitting for a band of this filthy caliber and at times I can even hear some of their early grindcore influences. Hell on The Bones That Lay Beneath the Earth they even got a freaking saxophone solo! When I read up on Earth Rot’s history, their influences and how they want to portrait sinister noise shaped by the world around you I had my hopes up that this was going to be good. I am glad to tell you guys that they deliver exactly what they promise.

This is one of those happy surprises that makes me want to dig into a bands whole discography. It’s not perfect but the world isn’t perfect, it’s sinister just as Renascentia. Take it from the band itself Earth Rot will rain down filth upon you. Earth Rot’s Renascentia is out now as an independent release.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EarthRotband
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/EarthRotAus
For fans of: Naglfar and Anaal Nathrakh
Favorite song: Funeral Pyre

Longhouse – II: Vanishing (Doom/Sludge Metal)

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Lets bring the tempo down a notch to kick off this week after a few days of aggressive black metal reviews. What I got for you guys today is the doom metal release I’ve enjoyed the most from what 2017 have offered so far. Longhouse is a Canadian band that had a great debut in 2015 with Earth from Fire, now the time is here for their sophomore album II: Vanishing to take their sound even further.

What Longhouse gives to the listener is a great mix of just about everything. There are sludge, doom and progressive influences shining brightly and I can’t help but to look back at one of my favorite albums last year from Khemmis, Hunted, as I give II: Vanishing a spin. Wrenching vocals gets stuck in your head throughout the album that together with the lyrics make this release a bit more spiritual and occult. Before the singing even kicks in though the opening track Hunter’s Moon sets the atmosphere with it’s post-metal gloomy riffs. If that track doesn’t manage to get you in the right mood for a doom/sludge album then I don’t know what will! After that it’s just to sit back, relax and enjoy this very dark trip that Longhouse so kindly offers. You even have some clean doom vocals on The Vigil that makes it a great ending to a great album. It’s with the albums single No Name, No Marker the band really hit their stride though. Here both the song-writing, vocals, riffs and everything else is just in perfect harmony with each other. Knowing that the song is about the horrible acts that took place in Canada where children were abused and died while forced to attend residential schools, leaving them buried with unmarked graves makes it even more powerful. Actually all of the tracks have powerful lyrics, I just find this being extra dark.

There haven’t been too many good doom or sludge metal promos coming my way this year, so I am very happy to dig into this. Fans of Cult of Luna, High on Fire, Khemmis and Neurosis will love this release. Longhouse sophomore album II: Vanishing is out April 14th as a self-release.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/longhouse.ottawa
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/longhouse_Band
For fans of: Cult of Luna and High on Fire
Favorite song: No Name, No Marker

The Great Old Ones – EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy (Post-Black Metal)

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Sorry for no review yesterday, had a hangover of death after being on a Sonata Arctica concert and never really got into the mood of reviewing an album. I am now though and I continue with black metal because there’s just been so many good albums coming this year from that genre. Today is also an album I’ve had on my list for a long time but for some reason not got around to review it. The Great Old Ones is a French Post-Black Metal band that’s been going strong since they formed in 2009. EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy is the bands third full-length following their best release Tekeli-li that got a lot of praise when it came out in 2014. Question is can they follow up on that success even with two out of five members being new (Charbonnier on bass and Edouard on guitar being new members)?

For those of you who don’t know The Great Old Ones are very powerful deities (such as Cthulhu and Yig) in the H.P. Lovecraft universe which is also where the band takes its influences from when writing songs. As you may know by now I enjoy myself a good H.P. Lovecraft themed band, it’s dark, horrifying and perfect for the more evil metal bands to take influences from. Which is exactly how EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy starts. Searching for R. Olmstead – Introduction gives you shiver down your spine with the classical horror themed music you remember as a kid watching old horror movies late at night without your parents knowing to then blast of into madness with The Shadow over Innsmouth. If H.P. Lovecraft made music this would be it.

The whole album feels like a horror movie with it’s dark and mystic atmosphere. The vocals are just as wicked as before and the instrumental part, which I was afraid wouldn’t have the same high level anymore, still got it. It seems my concern was unjustified. If you like The Great Old Ones earlier work then you will be pleased with this one too, in my opinion it might even be better than Tekeli-li (ask me tomorrow and I might say the oposite, both really good though). If you haven’t heard these French horror-loving deities before then now is the time.

The Great Old Ones third full-length EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy is out now through one of the best labels out there Season of Mist.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thegreatoldones
For fans of: Altar of Plagues and Deafheaven
Favorite song: In Shadow over Innsmouth

Lava Invocator – Mörk (Black Metal)

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Lava Invocator’s history is a funny one for me. They are a Ukrainian band but got together in a town close to where I live, Lund in Sweden, due to being influenced by the forests, mysticism and darkness that can surround Sweden at times. The duo Ingvaar (guitars and vocals) and Silent (bass) have been working alongside each other for a while, as they also play for Def/Light. Joining them is Yggr on drums to complete the formation of black arts two years ago. Mörk (Swedish word for “dark”) is the bands first album.

What kind of music does Lava Invocator play then? It’s traditional black metal heavy influenced from the 90’s era. It’s raw high pitched black metal vocals together with tempo-changes between melodic riffs and aggressive blast beats. Just as you remember icons such as Dissection, Dark Funeral and Darkthrone spreading their malicious ferocity doing it for many years. They even got acoustic and synth elements which is a nice extra touch and doesn’t feel forced in.

There are some high and lows on this album, but it’s good old black metal that you know what to expect from it. If you can never get enough of black metal then you can’t go wrong with Lava Invocator, they pull off a solid debut album. Mörk by Lava Invocator is out now through Satanath Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lavainvocator
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lava_invocator
For fans of: Darkthrone and Dark Funeral
Favorite song: Dark Thunder Sky

The Sarcophagus – Beyond This World’s Illusion (Black Metal)

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Continuing my black metal wave up next we have the Turkish band The Sarcophagus. The Sarcophagus are veterans within the scene and one of the longest living metal bands hailing from Turkey, having formed in 1996. Starting as a melodic black metal band this changed to a more raw and aggressive approach with Niklas Kvarforth (Shining) joining in 2009. Still keeping it melodic on some levels but more of a hybrid between pure black metal evilness and the melodic kind. Even after his departure a couple of years later (and the addition of Morkbeast on vocals) The Sarcophagus still plays the same style of black metal that listeners of Mörk Gryning, Setherial, Emperor and Lord Belial will have a lot of fun with.

What The Sarcophagus manages to do is creating a ferocious raw atmosphere along with the more melodic second wave black metal a la Emperor. It’s dark, mystic and got a medieval feel to it. Tracks like Dymadiel are perfect examples of what I mean with feeling medieval. Listen to it and you will feel it too. Most of the album gives you this crazy and evil urge surrounding it that you’re not entirely sure how to react. It’s just bewitching and dark. My favorite track has to be Ain Sof, the melodic aspects on this track makes me think back of Emperor and it’s gorgeous. While Triumphant Divine Terror is a close second due to it’s raw nature. Overall this is a good metal album that takes a lot of influences from the second wave of black metal. Fans that love this era will not be surprised to what The Sarcophagus offers but neither will they be displeased.

Beyond This World’s Illusion by The Sarcophagus is out now through Satanath Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thesarcophagustr
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TheSarcophagus
For fans of: Mörk Gryning and Lord Belial
Favorite song: Ain Sof