Winter Deluge – Devolution – Decay (Black Metal)

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I rarely review albums released in 2016 as they are simply not new enough but seeing as Winter Deluge’s sophomore album Devolution – Decay came out early November I am making an exception. Formed in 2005 as Desecrate this black metal act from New Zealand have started getting a following in the underground scene so I was interested to hear what they are all about.

The raw sound Winter Deluge oozes out screams second wave black metal with a touch of death. Think Immortal having a bastard with Archgoat and they spawned the great Winter. Devolution – Decay got a great flow to it and the songs transition well into the next. The crushing riffs, harsh growling and pummeling drums is something any black metal lover can appreciate and will be sure to get their fill with this album. How Winter Deluge creates the perfect passages between the tracks is what I love the most with the album, it’s so fluent and makes the whole experience that much better. It also leaves me in a bit of a peril, which song do I like the most? With each listen it changes but that just means Winter Deluge has done a great job with Devolution – Decay as it’s an black metal album I am glad I received although almost a year too late. Definitely one of the better albums I missed from 2016 and now you, as well as I, have a chance to get to know these black hearts from New Zealand.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WINTERDELUGE
Label: Frozen Blood Industries
For fans of: Immortal and Archgoat
Favorite song: Corrupt Prophets
Score: 3/5

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.

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

Doedsvangr – Satan ov Suns (Black Metal)

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Now this is the definition of a supergroup if I’ve ever seen one. Or what about this; AntiChristian (Tsjuder) on drums, Doedsadmiral (Nordjevel and Svartelder) on vocals and Shatraug (Horna, Sargeist and ex-Behexen) on guitar and bass. That’s representing some of Finlands and Norways biggest black metal acts of all time. Created 2014 Doedsvangr has obviously had a lot of hype surrounding them to see what beast they would spawn, and now the time is finally here. Satan ov Suns is the bands debut album and black metal fans all over the world be vary, this is some evil shit.

Fans of old school black metal such as Tsjuder, Behexen and Horna will find themselves right at home in this dark pit, as expected seeing the bands origin. Doedsadmiral is putting up yet another amazing vocal performance and he is surely one of the rising stars in the black metal scene. Veterans Shatraug and AntiChristian do what’s in all honesty expected from men of their calibre, a great display of skills by some of the best musicians in the world. If you wonder what the lyrical theme is it’s Satanism and everything around the occult. If there is one thing this trio can do extra well it’s spreading the darkness and evilness through music.

It’s quite hard to review an album made by some of the best musicians I know. For one I have insanely high expectations. When they actually live up to those expectations I find it hard to praise it as much as I should. Because it’s what I expect and I am not actually surprised a band featuring members of this level pulling this off. If it was a debut album from a band with new talent I would say this is the best debut of the year already showing itself. Now I am left here telling you this is a supergroup doing what’s expected of them, delivering an album of fierce satanic art that you need.

Doedsvangr’s debut Satan ov Suns is out now through Immortal Frost Productions.

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For fans of: Tsjuder and Behexen
Favorite song: Diaboli

Carpatus – Malus Ascendant (Black Metal)

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Hailing from Brazil we got a band that I personally hadn’t heard of before in Carpatus. The band was formed in 1999 and were active until 2010, same year their guitar and bass player Ravager (aka Lucas Mandelli) sadly died in a car accident. Five years later Dizruptor picked up the band again, this time as a solo project (Animus Atra didn’t rejoin and instead Carpatus used Morbus Deimos on session drums). Since the reformation Carpatus joined Black Lion Productions and have been getting ready to release Malus Ascendant upon the world. Malus Ascendant is the bands third full-length (notable that this is the band’s first worldwide release).

Straight away you notice the musical influences. Malus Ascendant got a lot in common with the more melodic side of black metal looking at bands such as Emperor and Satyricon. The album is full of great melodic riffs that’s easy to get sucked into, with badass vocals resembling some sort of hybrid between Infernus from Gorgoroth and Ravn from 1349. Take into account that Morbus Deimos does a great job on the drums and you got yourself a sleeper hit (to me it is since I’d never heard of the band nor this album before writing this). If you got a soft spot for tempo changing black metal with melodic touches that doesn’t sacrifice any of the aggression, then this is an album for you!

The album is produced by notable Brazilian underground producer Marcos Cerutti, and was later mastered in Sweden by the legendary Dan Swano. That in itself states the band doesn’t hold back and is a stamp of approval that this is great black metal in my book. Malus Ascendant is out now through Black Lion Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carpatus
For fans of: Emperor and Satyricon
Favorite song: The Cold Autumn Sunrise

Nekrokraft – Will o’ Wisp (Black/Death Metal)

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Nekrokraft is a rather new band being formed in Linköping, Sweden 2012 and got an EP released during the same year, Witches Funeral (Reborn in Fire). Since then the band has gone through a lot of changes, adding new members (from four to five) and changing some (bass and drums). With the changes the band has been ready to work towards releasing their first full-length album named Will o’ Wisp, which came out from the ashes in late 2016.

The band draws a lot of influences from the old school black metal scene from legends such as Emperor and Immortal with a hint of death metal Behemoth and Dissection style. There is much to like on this album, it’s melodic yet punishing and the vocals are just what I am looking for within black metal, angry with hissing shrieks and screams that gives me the chills. Lyrical wise it’s what you expect from a black metal album, occultism but taken from folklore (also a reason the album is named Will o’ Wisp I take it), a concept I like and had a bit different touch to it due to it. All seven tracks on the album are of high quality and I had a really hard time picking my favorite song from the album. Which eventually actually lead to a choosing a song at random from Worship, Hellfire and Armageddon Unleashed.

Only downside of Nekrokraft’s first full-length album is the length of it, clocking 23 minutes. I personally feel anything less than 30 minutes is more of an EP than a full-length album. However you do get 23 minutes of great black/death metal and fans of the dark arts will surely enjoy the will o’ wisp symphony.

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Nekrokraft
For fans of: Immortal and Emperor
Favorite song: Worship

Nordjevel – Nordjevel (Black Metal)

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Ah Norwegian black metal. The sound of thundering drums ripping your soul appart with the furious speed is something black metal have perfected since years back. Nordjevel was formed last year and consists of some newer blood within the scene but that have already made names for themselves. Or what about the Fredrik Widigs (Marduk and ex-Demonical) on drums, Svein-Ivar Sarassen (ex-Ragnarok) on bass joined together by the two creators of the band Doedsadmiral (Svartelder, who also released a great album this year) and Jørn Øyhus (Fatal Impact). That’s some heavy hitters right there.

What came out from this devilish pact is nothing short but one of the best black metal albums of the year. Everyone in the band is bringing their a-game and every single song on the album is another piece of great black metal that will go wild in speakers everywhere for years to come. In typical black metal manner Nordjevel has also made some of the songs having lyrics in their mother tongue Norwegian!

For a debut album this is wicked. Nordjevel has risen fast from the pits of hell and produced this selftitled darkness you just got to dig into.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nordjevelofficial
For fans of: Immortal and Marduk
Favorite song: The Shadows of Morbid Hunger

Division Vansinne – Dimension Darkness (Death/Black Metal)

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Division Vansinne was created at the year of 2008 by guitarist and current vocalist TortureXvidian with the idea to keep the old spirit of early 90’s black/death metal alive. After a lot of ups and downs with band members coming and going the band finally got into the studio in 2015 and Dimension Darkness was born and released in 2016. Meaning despite the band being created eight years ago Division Darkness is the bands debut.

I don’t know if it has to do with all the shit the band has had to get it all going or what it is but they sound very very angry. The blasting tempo with a great range of riffs and evil growling put together creates the very old school black/death metal sound the band is going for. Think death metal bands like Bolt Thrower, Decapitated and Necrophobic together with black metal bands such as Mayhem, Darkthrone and Immortal mixed in a blender and you get Division Vansinne. An war machine pumped full with wicked darkness.

A note before you listen to this album is that Division Vansinne sings in both Swedish and English. Not that it matters too much as even if they sang in Swahili you could still headbang to this. I can also say that Black Lion Records have done it again! On the lookout for refined old school black/death metal? Then grab Division Vansinne’s debut Dimension Darkness today!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DivisionVansinne
For fans of: Bolt Thrower and Necrophobic
Favorite song: Sadistic Love Session