Friday, September 12, 2008

Secondary Blog

I'm working on another blog with some mates from a forum we all visit. It's a blog dedicated to every genre of music, but expect some Metal and Post-Industrial. I already have one Metal album on there, Shining's V - Halmstad. Everyone should check it out, and I apologize for not updating this blog more frequently; I haven't been in a very Metallic mood.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Current 93 - Thunder Perfect Mind

Band: Current 93
Album: Thunder Perfect Mind
Genre: Neofolk
Country of Origin: England
Year: 1992

Track Listing:
  1. A Beginning
  2. The Descent Of Long Satan And Babylon
  3. A Sadness Song
  4. A Song For Douglas After He's Dead
  5. In The Heart Of The Wood And What I Found There
  6. Mary Waits In Silence
  7. A Silence Song
  8. Lament For My Suzanne
  9. Riverdeadbank
  10. All The Stars Are Dead Now
  11. Rosy Star Tears From Heaven
  12. When The May Rain Comes
  13. Thunder Perfect Mind I
  14. Thunder Perfect Mind II
  15. Hitler As Kalki (SDM)
  16. A Sad Sadness Song

Friday, August 8, 2008

Godkiller - The Rebirth of the Middle Ages

Band: Godkiller
Album: Rebirth of the Middle Ages
Genre: Black Metal
Country of Origin: Monaco
Year: 1996

Track Listing:
  1. Introduction to the Middle Ages - Hymn for the Black Knights
  2. Preparing for the Final Battle - From the Castle in the Fog
  3. On the Way to the Battlefield - Path to the Unholy Frozen Empire
  4. The Final Battle - Blood on My Swordblade
  5. The Triumph - The Neverending Reign of the Black Knights
Rebirth of the Middle Ages is a concept EP about the battle between Good and Evil set in the Midieval time period. Excellent Black Metal with "medieval"ish synths that bring to mind Graveland. Recommended for all fans of BM, particularly the more traditional style sans any frills.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Lifelover - New Songs

Band: Lifelover
Album the Songs are From: Upcoming album Konkurs
Genre: Black Metal/Depressive Rock/Pop Rock
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 2008

Two new songs ("Brand" and "Mental Central Dialog") by Swedish Depressive Black Metal/Rock group are now availible on their myspace.

One of the most interesting Metal bands of today, enjoy.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Acid Bath - Demos: 1993-1996

Band: Acid Bath
Album: Demos: 1993-1996
Genre: Sludge Doom Metal
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2005

Track Listing:
  1. Dr. Seuss Is Dead
  2. What Color Is Death?
  3. Scream of the Butterfly
  4. God Machine
  5. The Mortician's Flame
  6. Dope Fiend
  7. Finger Paintings of the Insane
  8. Jezebel
  9. The Bones of Baby Dolls
  10. Venus Blue
  11. Bleed Me An Ocean
  12. Graveflower
Collection of Acid Bath demo tracks from their demos released between 1993 and 1996.

Acid Bath - Paegan Terrorism Tactics

Band: Acid Bath
Album: Paegan Terrorism Tactics
Genre: Sludge Doom Metal
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 1996

Track Listing:
  1. Paegan Love Song
  2. Bleed Me An Ocean
  3. Graveflower
  4. Diäb Soulé
  5. Locust Spawning
  6. Old Skin
  7. New Death Sensation
  8. Venus Blue
  9. 13 Fingers
  10. New Corpse
  11. Dead Girl
  12. Ode of the Paegan
Second and final album by Acid Bath album. The album cover is art by Dr. Kevorkian.

A note from Metal Archives:

"Ode of the Paegan is actually a hidden track at the end of Dead Girl, which is
only 7:23 without the hidden track and the silence inbetween.

Acid Bath - When the Kite String Pops

Band: Acid Bath
Album: When the Kite String Pops
Genre: Sludge Doom Metal
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 1994

Track Listing:
  1. The Blue
  2. Tranquilized
  3. Cheap Vodka
  4. Finger Paintings of the Insane
  5. Jezebel
  6. Scream of the Butterfly
  7. Dr. Seuss Is Dead
  8. Dope Fiend
  9. Toubabo Koomi
  10. God Machine
  11. The Mortician's Flame
  12. What Color Is Death?
  13. The Bones of Baby Dolls
  14. Cassie Eats Cockroaches
Acid Bath were an excellent Sludge band active in the '90s, which split up after their bassist was killed in a crash with a drunk driver. Though their general sound was Sludge, they were an incredibly atypical band, and formed one of the most unique sounds in Metal. The cover is art that was made by John Wayne Gacy.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Dismember - The God That Never Was

Band: Dismember
Album: The God That Never Was
Genre: Death Metal
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 2006

Track Listing:
  1. The God That Never Was
  2. Shadows Of The Mutilated
  3. Time Heals Nothing
  4. Autopsy
  5. Never Forget, Never Forgive
  6. Trail Of The Dead
  7. Phantoms (Of The Oath)
  8. Into The Temple Of Humiliation
  9. Blood For Paradise
  10. Feel The Darkness
  11. Where No Ghost Is Holy
Second latest by Dismember.

Dismember - Indecent and Obscene

Band: Dismember
Album: Indecent and Obscene
Genre: Death Metal
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 1993

Track Listing:
  1. Fleshless
  2. Skinfather
  3. Sorrowfilled
  4. Case # Obscene
  5. Souldevourer
  6. Reborn in Blasphemy
  7. Eviscerated (Bitch)
  8. 9th Circle
  9. Dreaming in Red
Dismember's second album.

Dismember - Like An Everflowing Stream

Band: Dismember
Album: Like An Ever Flowing Stream
Genre: Death Metal
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 1991

Track Listing:
  1. Override of the Overture
  2. Soon to Be Dead
  3. Bleed for Me
  4. And So Is Life
  5. Dismembered
  6. Skin Her Alive
  7. Sickening Art
  8. In Death's Sleep
Debut album by Swedeath masters Dismember. Their most recent eponymous album was posted a bit back. No frills stuff for old school Death and Swedeath fans.

Unleashed - Midvinterblot

Band: Unleashed
Album: Midvinterblot
Genre: Death Metal
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 2006

Track Listing:
  1. Blood of Lies
  2. This Is Our World Now
  3. We Must Join with Him
  4. Midvinterblot
  5. In Victory or Defeat
  6. Triumph of Genocide
  7. The Avenger
  8. Salvation for Mankind
  9. Psycho Killer
  10. The Witch
  11. I Have Sworn Allegiance
  12. Age of the Warrior
  13. New Dawn Rising
  14. Loyalty and Pride
  15. Valhalla Awaits
Second latest album by Unleashed, the latest can be found a bit farther back in the blog.

Unleashed - Where No Life Dwells (Remastered Rerelease)

Band: Unleashed
Album: Where No Life Dwells
Genre: Death Metal
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 1991

Track Listing:
  1. Where No Life Dwells
  2. Dead Forever
  3. Before the Creation of Time
  4. For They Shall Be Slain
  5. If They Had Eyes
  6. The Dark One
  7. Into Glory Ride
  8. ...and the Laughter Has Died
  9. Unleashed
  10. Violent Ecstasy
  11. Where Life Ends
  12. The Dark One
  13. If They Had Eyes
  14. Dead Forever
  15. Unleashed
  16. Where Life Ends
  17. The Utter Dark Revenge
  18. Violent Ecstasy
Remastered release of the classic Swedeath debut album with bonus tracks by long running Death Metal band Unleashed. Straight forward, no frills, Swedeath Metal.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Eldrig - Everlasting War Divinity

Band: Eldrig
Album: Everlasting War Divinity
Genre: National Socialist Symphonic Black Metal
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2008

Track Listing:
  1. Power Ascension
  2. The Elevation of the Beautiful
  3. Affirmation Victory
  4. Conquest Diety
  5. The Alienation of the Wretched
  6. Death to the Unwilling
Latest album by Eldrig, far more Symphonic than Kali and without the useless Ambient interludes. Very good stuff.

Friday, May 23, 2008

VA - Metal Maniacs CD Sampler

Bands: Various Artists
Album: Metal Maniacs June/July 2008 Sampler
Genre: Extreme Progressive Metal (Ihsahn), Metalcore (Droid), Death/Doom Metal (Daylight Dies), Absolute Shit (Mental Restraint), Viking Metal (Týr), Doom Metal (Boris), Death Metal (Visions of the Night, Impending Doom, Facebreaker), Thrash Metal (Hemlock, Shackles) Black Metal (Saxorior), Thrash/Power Metal (Hexerei), Electronica and Symphonic influenced Progressive Metal (Dol Theeta), Heavy/Thrash Metal (Midnight Reign) Blackened Death Metal (Dimentianon)
Country of Origin: I'm not going to bother
Year: 2008 (compilation; varies by song)

Track Listing:
  1. Misanthrope (Ihsahn; angL)
  2. The Resurrection (Droid; Droid)
  3. A Portrait in White (Daylight Dies; Lost to the Living)
  4. Waterline (Mental Restraint; American Dreams)
  5. Gátu Ríma (Týr; Land)
  6. Statement (Boris; Smile)
  7. Human Failure (Visions of the Night; Nocturnal Militia)
  8. Backstabber (Hemlock; No Time for Sorrow)
  9. Silence the Oppressors (Impending Doom; Nailed, Dead, Risen)
  10. Johann Siegmund of Liebenau (Saxorior; Volkerschlacht)
  11. Eye for a Life (Hexerei; Paid in Full)
  12. Burner (Facebreaker; Dead, Rotten & Hungry)
  13. Mud (Dol Theeta; The Universe Expands)
  14. The Hollywood Rx (Midnight Reign; Never Look Back)
  15. Netzach (Dimentianon; Hossanas Novus Ordo Seclurum)
  16. Fer-de-lance (Shackles; Inquisitors)
This 16 track sampler comes with the most recent edition of Metal Maniacs and there are enough good tracks on it to warrent sharing it. My personal favorites are Ihsahn's "Misanthrope" from his new solo album, angL (which can be found on this blog a while back, along with his debut solo album); Daylight Dies' dark, melancholic and incredibly atmospheric Death/Doom piece "A Portrait in White"; Saxorior's epic Black/Folk Metal track "Johann Siegmund Of Liebnau"; Facebreaker's "Burner," a track played delightfully in the early Swedeath style that old school DM fans should love; Dol Theeta's incredibly unique track "Mud", which they refer to as " electronica-art-metal" but is really more of a blend of Progressive Metal with Symphonics, Operatic vocals and Electronica that turns out surprisingly well (you'll be hard pressed to find out information about them, but they're connected to the band Dol Ammad); and Midnight Reign's dirty "The Hollywood Rx". Other highlights are the tracks by Týr, Hexerei and Boris. Hemlock aren't too bad, but not the most notable. For the most part, the other bands suck but "Waterline" is worth listening to, just because Mental Restraint is one of the worst, most ridiculous "Metal" bands I've ever heard. Enjoy, I guess.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Celestia - Apparitia - Sumptuous Spectre

Band: Celestia
Album: Apparitia - Sumptuous Spectre
Genre: Black Metal
Country of Origin: France
Year: 2002

Track Listing:
  1. The Awakening of the Dormant Fiancée
  2. Necromelancholic Reveries
  3. Wandering Through the Past Memories
  4. Perverted Decadent, Dying, Love,
  5. Spectra
  6. Morbid Romance
  7. The Fragrance of the Dead Rose
  8. The Radiance of the Astral Circle
Celestia is a rather dark French Black Metal band. Apparitia - Sumptuous Spectre focuses on love and loss, but not in the "lighter" sense, so to speak, but in a dark, morbid, macabre and depraved way. The album cover of a bride standing in a gothic setting, the song titles like "Perverted Decadent, Dying Love" and "Morbid Romance," and the music itself bleeds dark romance. The riffs are sometimes slow, sometimes fast, and at times almost beautiful and are rather reminiscent of Peste Noire, but more romantic and melancholic. The mood is especially noticable on "Perverted Decadent, Dying Love," "Necromelancholic Reveries," and the sorrowfully beautiful acoustic opening to "The Fragrance of the Dead Rose." This album is morbidly romantic and beautifully decrepit; it's every depraved, gothic romance story spoken through the violent art of Black Metal.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Dismember - Dismember

Band: Dismember
Album: Dismember
Genre: Death Metal
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 2008

Track Listing:
  1. Death Conquers All
  2. Europa Burns
  3. Under A Bloodred Sky
  4. The Hills Have Eyes
  5. Legion
  6. Tide of Blood
  7. Combat Fatigue
  8. No Honour In Death
  9. To End It All
  10. Dark Depth
  11. Black Sun
New Dismember. Traditional Swedeath.

Toxik - Think This

Band: Toxik
Album: Think This
Genre: Thrash Metal
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 1989

Track Listing:
  1. Think This
  2. Greed
  3. Spontaneous
  4. There Stood the Fence
  5. Black and White
  6. Technical Arrogance
  7. WIR NJN8/In God
  8. Machine Dream
  9. Out on the Tiles (Led Zeppelin cover)
  10. Shotgun Logic
  11. Time After Time
  12. Think That
  13. Shotgun Logic (Demo)
  14. Black & White (Demo)
Progish Thrash Metal; technical and interesting riffs, spread out over atypical song structures with varying tempos, filled out by wonderful singing, excellent drumming and anarchic lyrics. Very good.

Mirrorthrone - Gangrene

Band: Mirrorthrone
Album: Gangrene
Genre: Avant-Garde Symphonic Black Metal
Country of Origin: Switzerland
Year: 2008

Track Listing:
  1. Dismay
  2. No One By My Side
  3. The Fecal Rebellion
  4. Ganglion
  5. Une Existence dont plus Personne ne Jouit
  6. So Frail
Gangrene is Vladimir Coceht's follow up to Mirrorthrone's grandiose and brilliant Carriers of Dust. He continues on the same path with Neoclassical Black Metal, atypal song structure beautiful symphonics and Classical piano breaks. Brilliant and everything I've come to expect from this man. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Ihsahn - The Adversary

Band: Ihsahn
Album: The Adversary
Genre: "Extreme" Progressive Metal
Country of Origin: Norway
Year: 2006

Track Listing:
  1. Invocation
  2. Called By the Fire
  3. Citizen
  4. Homecoming
  5. Astera ton Proinon
  6. Panem et Circenses
  7. And He Shall Walk In Empty Places
  8. Will You Love Me Now?
  9. The Pain is Still Mine
Seeing as Valick (who I am very glad to have on board) posted Ihsahn's latest, I figure I might as well post his debut. I love this album immensely, though I have neglected it. Enjoy.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Blood Axis - Blót: Sacrifice in Sweden

Band: Blood Axis
Album: Blót: Sacrifice in Sweden
Genre: Neofolk
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 1997

Track Listing:
  1. Sarabande Oratoria
  2. Herjafather
  3. Seeker
  4. Electricity
  5. Lord Of Ages
  6. The March Of Brian Boru
  7. The Gospel Of Inhumanity
  8. Eternal Soul
  9. Between Birds Of Prey
  10. Reign I Forever
  11. The Hangman And The Papist
  12. Storm Of Steel