Loathfinder – The Great Tired Ones (Blackened Doom Metal)

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Ah it’s a good thing I got those promos from Godz ov War as not only did I get to review one of this years best releases (HerezA’s I Become Death), but I’ve also got to listen to some of last years releases I missed out and get more into the ever evolving Polish scene. Whereas Misanthropic Rage album was released last year Loathfinder’s debut EP The Great Tired One is only two months old, fresh meat so to say. Not finding much information about the band I got intrigued to see what this mystic band is all about. What I found out was rather evil.

Loathfinder plays a very chilling to the bone type of blackened doom metal that resembles the kind of profound evil that bands such as Forgotten Tomb, Lifelover, Bethlehem or even early Katatonia plays. As you probably can guess this isn’t for the weak of heart. It’s heavy down-tempo with vocals that will torment your very soul, lyrics that will leave you in horror and an atmosphere that’s so dark and vile you’re unsure how to even take this in. With four tracks and clocking on 27 minutes you’re in for a ride of twisting doom. As I said this isn’t for the weak hearted and it took me a few listens to get into (much like Misanthropic Rage did) but once I did the disorted sound, the gnarling vocals and feeling of despair got the best of me and now I can say this is a great debut.

Loathfinder is one of those albums that challenges the listener but if you dare to take up that challenge then I am sure you will come to like it. Loathfinder’s debut EP The Great Tired Ones is out now through Godz ov War Productions.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Loathfinder
Label: Godz ov War Productions
For fans of: Forgotten Tomb and Bethlehem
Favorite song: The Great Tired Ones

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Atrexial – Souverain (Blackened Death Metal)

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Atrexial comes from sunny Spain but it’s not all sun and rainbows over there. The band focuses on the brutality of death metal and mixes it with the elegance and darkness of black metal, blackened death metal at it’s finest. Souverain being the bands debut album.

Starting with a haunting instrumental intro you have heard in horror movies you know there is darkness brewing. The spaniards wastes no time and with The Hideous Veil of Innocence you get an onslaught of riffs and great quality blackened death metal that their piers in Behemoth would be proud of. And guess what? Atrexial doesn’t slow down and this is just the kind of brutal aggression I wanted in my music this Tuesday morning along with my coffee to wake up. This sheer aggression reminds me of Swedish black metal giants Dark Funeral or Valkyrja at times. Which is definitely music made for my ears!

Founding member Naga S. Maelström (Human Carnage and Cauldron) along with his two brothers in arms Louen (Nyctophobia) and Labelua (Ex-Ered, ex-Famishgod, ex-Abrahel) has created one of the best debut albums of 2017. There is nothing I dislike with this album really. It’s a powerful experience filled with horror, torment, darkness and death. Just the way mama used to make it. A mix of death and black metal made really well and quality songwriting that makes this a complete album. Favorite three songs on the album I would say are Catharsis Through Torment, Illuminatur and Shadows of the Nephilim.

Atrexia’s debut album Souverain is out now through Godz Ov War Productions. Also with this review I will start broadcasting the labels more at the bottom. Seing my main reason for reviewing albums is to promote the well made music from the underground it’s best to highlight the labels behind the bands as well. I hope you will like it.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Atrexial
Label: Godz Ov War Productions
For fans of: Behemoth and Dark Funeral
Favorite song: Shadows of the Nephilim

Norse – The Divine Light of a New Sun (Blackened Death Metal)

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Hailing from Australia we have a band whose name would makes me think they were from Scandinavia, Norse. Norse were formed in 2005 and have since the creation released two EP’s and three full-length albums with The Divine Light of a New Sun being Norse third release.

One thing you need to know before giving the album a spin is that Norse delivers some of the most wicked and dark blackened metal I’ve listened to. The atmosphere and sound is so dissonant and filled with the purest darkness that only people with nothing but darkness in their hearts will dare to listen through this album and understand it. I really like the way Norse creates this twisting, heavy and unsettling aura around me, making me succumb to madness. This is an experience unlike any other that’s been released this year and fans of Portal, Wolves In The Throne Room and Altar of Plagues will have a great time. It’s not something for everyone but at the same time Norse isn’t a band trying to make metal music for everyone.

The Divine Light of a New Sun is out now through Transcending Obscurity Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/norse.official
For fans of: Portal and Altar of Plagues
Favorite song: Synapses Spun as Silk

Svart Crown – Abreaction (Black/Death Metal)

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Svart Crown has slowly but steady become a new favorite of mine. I didn’t know about this band until last year when I saw they were about to release a new album called Abreaction. Since then I’ve listened quite a bit to both Witnessing the Fall and Profane (yet to hear their debut Ages of Decay). Both those albums being masterpieces in their own way. Their style of black and death metal is sweet music to my ears and their song-writing is just great. So obviously I was looking forward to listen to Abreaction. Reason I waited this long to listen to it and review it is that when I start digging a band this much I can’t review an album by them. Because either I will hate it because my expectations are through the roof or I will love it more than anything else in the world simply because it’s new music by a band I like. For those reasons I’ve waited until now to review it when my expectations and honeymoon love for Svart Crown has gone down some.

After all that being said I will tell you right away though, this is awesome! It’s just as devilish and spiritual wicked that I hoped it would be. JB Le Bail is still a horrifying vocalist that will give you chills. Just as Ludovic Veyssière on bass is as good as ever. The two newcomers Kévin Paradis (Agressor, Virulent Depravity, ex-Benighted (live)) on drums and Kevin Verlay (Agressor, ex-Mors Principium Est, ex-Aborted (live)) on guitars does a great job and and adds other dimensions to Abreaction that Svart Crown’s earlier work didn’t have.

In many ways I think this is Svart Crown’s best release yet. It’s closer to the Profane sound than Witnessing the Fall but it’s not a pure copy of neither. Abreaction stands tall in a dark world where bands such as Behemoth, Azarath, Deathspell Omega and Ulcerate have released killer albums as of late. This is one of those albums you need to listen to in it’s full in order to get the full Svart Crown experience. If I had to choose some favorite songs it would be The Pact: To the Devil His Due, Khimba Rites and Nganda.

Abreaction is out now through Century Media Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SVARTCROWN
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Scrownofficial
For fans of: Behemoth and Azarath
Favorite song: The Pact: To the Devil His Due

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

Vorzug – Three (Blackened Death Metal)

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Being one of the shortest singles I’ve reviewed (three songs and total length of 15 minutes) I was afraid this would leave me with nothing to really review. I mean one or two bad/average songs and the single all of a sudden means next to nothing for me. Good thing is none of the songs are weak, they all deliver quite good blackened death metal! Before we start going into the songs let me give you some Vorzug background. Vorzug is an American band formed in 2014. The band consists of five members, where the core got a past in death/black metal band Lustmord. The band’s debut album Call of the Vultures reached #1 on both iTunes and Amazon. Whereas Three has reached Best Seller status on Amazon, reaching number one on their best seller list for both New Releases and Metal Releases. So the band certainly got a big following behind them already.

The Ever Living kicks off the single (keeping it simple, three songs so name the single Three) and Vorzug presents a varied style of catchy riffs, intimidating growls (high and lows) that does their black and death style justice. You get that old school death metal feel but with a nice fresh touch of black and death. Nocturnity gives more space to the bass player Rock Rollain as he rocks away to start it off. This is a more groovy style and pure old school death metal sound than the previous track. Ending Three we got Under a Dying Sun, here you get some furious blast-beats and guitar riffs coming at you and it ends the single on a high note, making it my favorite track.

Throughout the whole album I am a fan of their catchy riffs and dark melodies while yet keeping it quite brutal. The vocals are quite different and stick out for me, I had a hard time really digging it at first but it grew on me. All in all this is a solid release. It’s three tracks that are catchy which you will enjoy but maybe not remember. However it did get me wanting to listening to their full-length release and see how they do a whole album, so job well done.

Three by Vorzug is out now digitally through The Apollyon Entertainment Group.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vorzugmetal
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/VorzugOfficial
For fans of: Gruesome and Sulphur Aeon
Favorite song: Under a Dying Sun

Voidthrone – Spiritual War Tactics (Black/Death Metal)

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Voidthrone came from no-where last year and released the debut EP Spiritual War Tactics the very same year the band was formed. Not only is that quick work but it was also very well received by the metal community so it caught my interest and I had to see what these Americans have been up to.

Have you ever felt isolated, angry and want to unleash your vengeance upon the world? Good then you will feel right at home with Voidthrone and know exactly which dark zone they want you to visit in the Spiritual War Tactics. This is very disturbing music which makes you feel uncomfortable, yet curious and it makes me draw parallels towards Deathspell Omega and Zhrine who plays around the same musical mindset. Voidthrone is maleficent sounds filled with despair and it will make you numb, you can be sure of that. Even the cover art (a picture says more than a thousand words) can tell you what Voidthrone wants to tell with their music.

Voidthrone’s debut EP Spiritual War Tactics is out now as a digital and independent release!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/voidthrone
For fans of: Deathspell Omega and Zhrine
Favorite song: Spiritual War Tactics