Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Valfunde/Amesoeurs - Split

Bands: Valfunde, Amesoeurs
Album: Valfunde/Amesoeurs Split
Genre: Black Metal (Valfunde), Black Metal/Post-Rock (Amesoeurs)
Country of Origin: France
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. Hopital (Valfunde)
  2. "Serenade" De Verlaine (Valfunde)
  3. Les Ruches Malades (Amesoeurs)
First post in 15 days! And just in time for Christmas, yay! This wonderful split contains two new Valfunde songs, which sound much like Peste Noire's Folkfuck Folie; not surprisingly, given that Valfunde is Famine's (solo?) project. The new Amesoeurs song is brilliant and features Audrey on vocals; the production is bit less polished but that doesn't stop the song from being gorgeous, clear and atmospheric.


Monday, December 10, 2007

Black Lotus - Light Subsides

Band: Black Lotus
Album: Light Subsides
Genre: Black/Folk Metal
Country of Origin: Canada
Year: 2006

Track Listing:
  1. Helios Amaranthine
  2. Signatura Rerum
  3. Canis Lupus Luna - The Song of Boreas
  4. Seal 46
  5. Incandescence (instrumental)
  6. Machinery Brings Mold
  7. Cosmic Currents
  8. Light Subsides
  9. Told in Chivalry
Canadian Black/Folk Metal. I can't remember much about the band and can't be bothered to interrupt Lunar Aurora. Requested by a friend, regardless.


Friday, December 7, 2007

Gallhammer - Ill Innocence

Band: Gallhammer
Album: Ill Innocence
Genre: Black Metal/Crust Punk
Country of Origin: Japan
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. At the Onset of the Age of Despair
  2. Speed of Blood
  3. Blind My Eyes
  4. Delirium Daydream
  5. Ripper in the Gloom
  6. Killed by the Queen
  7. Song of Fall
  8. World to be Ashes
  9. SLOG
  10. Long Scary Dream
Thick and bassy Black Metal from Japan, and all the band members are women! Omigosh. Anyway, excellent almost brutal album.


Sunday, December 2, 2007

Havoc Unit - h.IV+

Band: Havoc Unit
Album: h.IV+ (Horse Industrial Viremia)
Genre: Industrial Post-Black/Death Metal
Country of Origin: Finland
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. مبيد الدّيدان [Vermicide]
  2. I.esus
  3. When Snuff is No Longer Enough
  4. Gen.eration Gen.ocide
  5. Kyrie Eleison
  6. Nihil
  7. Man Vs. Flesh
  8. Ignoratio Elenchi
  9. Kill All Nations
  10. Kristallnacht
  11. Klan Korps
  12. Rape Scene Act 1
Havoc Unit is the new face of ...And Oceans and they play some pretty pretty Post-Black/Death Metal. Pummeling stuff, with some cool sound clips here and there. Still doesn't top A.M.G.O.D. though.


...And Oceans - A.M.G.O.D.

Band: ...And Oceans
Album: Allotropic Metamorphic Genesis of Dismorphism (A.M.G.O.D.)
Genre: Industrial Black Metal
Country of Origin: Finland
Year: 2001

Track Listing:
  1. Intelligence Is Sexy
  2. White Synthetic Noise
  3. Tears Have No Name
  4. Esprit de Corps
  5. Odious & Devious
  6. Of Devilish Tongues
  7. Postfuturistika
  8. TBA in a Silver Box
  9. New Model World
Fantastic and bizarre Industrial Black Metal with great riffs and a pleasingly thick guitar tone. Very good stuff and a must have for anyone who wants some interesting Black Metal that goes against the grain.


Fanisk - Noontide

Band: Fanisk
Album: Noontide
Genre: National Socialist Black Metal
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2003

Track Listing:
  1. I
  2. II
  3. III
  4. IV
  5. V
  6. VI
Excellent NSBM from the US, the song writer is the same guy who does Eldrig so if you enjoyed Kali you'll love this. There's plenty of fantastic riffs and wonderful synths and the lyrics are pretty good for NSBM. Recommended.


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Blutklinge - Call of the Blackened Woods

Band: Blutklinge
Album: Call of the Blackened Woods
Genre: Depressive Black Metal
Country of Origin: Germany
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. Adversary
  2. Call of the Blackened Woods
  3. Die Lichtung
Reminiscent of Drudkh, a kind of mix between that Drudkh or Wolves of the Throne Room-esque Foresty Black Metal and the Krohm and Shining-esque Depressive Black Metal atmosphere and sound.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Project Hate MCMXCIX - In Hora Mortis Nostrae

Band: The Project Hate MCMXCIX
Album: In Hora Mortis Nostrae
Genre: Industrial Melodic Death Metal
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. Annihilation of All That Is Holy
  2. Crawling Through the Infinite Fields of Carnage
  3. Serenades of Rotten Flesh
  4. For Our Name Is Chaos Eternal
  5. Tear Down the Walls of Heaven
  6. And Damnation Is Forced Upon the Weak
  7. The Innocence of the Three-Faced Saviour
New Project Hate; Melodic Death Metal with epic, Industrial influenced songs and female backing vocals. Not sure how I feel about it compared to their earlier work yet.


Monday, November 12, 2007

Neun Welten - Valg

Band: Neun Welten
Album: Valg
Genre: Neofolk
Country of Origin: Germany
Year: 2004

Track Listing:
  1. Valg
  2. Nebelland
  3. Wald Quell
EP by instrumental Neofolk group Neun Welten, fantastic stuff.


In Gowan Ring - Hazel Steps Through a Weathered Home

Band: In Gowan Ring
Album: Hazel Steps Through a Weathered Home
Genre: Neofolk
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2002

Track Listing:
  1. Orb Weavers
  2. Hazel Steps
  3. The Seer And The Seen
  4. Kingdom Of The Shades
  5. Morning's Waking Dream
  6. A Poet's Lyre
  7. Wind That Cracks The Leaves
  8. Two Towers
One of my favorite Neofolk records.


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Nature and Organisation - Beauty Reaps The Blood of Solitude

Band: Nature and Organisation
Album: Beauty Reaps The Blood of Solitude
Genre: Neofolk
Country of Origin: England
Year: 1994

Track Listing:
  1. Introduction
  2. Wicker Man Song
  3. Blood Of Solitude I
  4. Bloodstreamruns
  5. My Black Diary
  6. Tears For An Eastern Girl
  7. Beauty Destroyed
  8. Skeletontonguedworld
  9. Obsession Flowers As Torture
  10. Blood Of Solitude II
  11. Bonewhiteglory
Some of the most beautiful Neofolk I've ever heard. It's the work of Michael Cashmore of Current 93, and features David Tibet of Current 93 on vocals, as well as Douglas P. and Rose McDowall. I can only hope that everyone will be able to appreciate this gorgeous piece of art.

Note: The album is in m4a, sorry.


Monday, November 5, 2007


Band: Decapitated
Formed In: 1996
Genre: Technical Death Metal
Country of Origin: Poland

In honor of Decapitated's now former drummer Vitek, who died on the 2nd, here's Decapitated's two best albums:

Album: Nihility
Year: 2002

Track Listing:
  1. Perfect Dehumanisation (The Answer?)
  2. Eternity Too Short
  3. Mother War
  4. Nihility (Anti-Human Manifesto)
  5. Names
  6. Spheres of Madness
  7. Babylon's Pride
  8. Symmetry of Zero
Decapitated's second album.


Album: Winds of Creation
Year: 2000

Track Listing:
  1. Winds of Creation
  2. Blessed
  3. The First Damned
  4. Way to Salvation
  5. The Eye of Horus
  6. Human's Dust
  7. Nine Steps
  8. Dance Macabre
  9. Mandatory Suicide (Slayer cover)
Decapitated's first album.


R.I.P. Vitek: 1/24/84 - 11/2/07

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Krohm - A World Through Dead Eyes

Band: Krohm
Album: A World Through Dead Eyes
Genre: Suicidal Depressive Black Metal
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2004

Track Listing:
  1. I Suffer the Astral Woe
  2. A Lurking Dream
  3. The Waning
  4. When Morning Never Returned
  5. A World Through Dead Eyes
  6. Silence Turns to Gray
  7. My Hearse
Excellent Suicidal Depressive Black Metal that truly captures feelings of ennui, depression, and apathy with a gloomy and haunting atmosphere.


Von Thronstahl - Bellum, Sacrum Bellum!?

Band: Von Thronstahl
Album: Bellum, Sacrum Bellum!?
Genre: Martial Industrial/Neoclassical
Country of Origin: Germany
Year: 2003

Track Listing:
  1. Prätorianer
  2. Bellum, Sacrum Bellum
  3. Through Sun and Steel Transforming
  4. Adoration to Europa (Imperium Extended)
  5. Warheads of Humanity
  6. Kampf Um Die Sonne
  7. We Walked In Line
  8. Ius Ad Bellum Et Ius In Bello
  9. The Flying Dutchman
  10. Hornissensang & Feuersturm
  11. Schuld Toetet
  12. Der Grosse Betrug des Friedens
  13. Mars Macht Mobil I
Excellent Martial Industrial/Neoclassical album, filled with its fair share of catchiness and bombast, including a cover of sorts of Joy Division's "They Walked In Line," with "they" replaced by "we," turning the song into some brilliantly bizarre pro-Fascists song. Excellent stuff.


Watchmaker - Kill. Fucking. Everyone.

Band: Watchmaker
Album: Kill. Fucking. Everyone.
Genre: Deathgrind
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2003

Track Listing:
  1. The Burden of Choice
  2. Catalepsy of Fear
  3. Conference Call Immolation
  4. Maddening Assault
  5. Civic Bloodlust
  6. Great Misleader
  7. Demonically Entrenched
  8. Sheathed in Blood
  9. The Wrong End of Living
  10. Multitask Suicide
  11. Nihilism and Despair
  12. The Widening Stain
  13. Jesus is Coming
  14. Irrational Hate Soaked Fury
  15. Wallet Sized Dental Records
  16. Mildewed Death Trap
  17. Repent and Perish
  18. Trial by Barrage
  19. Steaming Pile of Outcome Measures
This is the angriest, most brutal album ever.


Cattle Decapitation - Karma. Bloody. Karma.

Band: Cattle Decapitation
Album: Karma. Bloody. Karma.
Genre: Death Metal/Goregrind
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2006

Track Listing:
  1. Intro
  2. Unintelligent Design
  3. Success Is... (Hanging by the Neck)
  4. One Thousand Times Decapitation
  5. The Carcass Derrick
  6. Total Gore?
  7. Bereavement
  8. Suspended in Coprolite
  9. Alone at the Landfill
  10. Karma. Bloody. Karma.
  11. The New Dawn
  12. Of Human Pride & Flatulence
Wild and spastic vegan anti-human nihilistic mix of Goregrind and Death Metal. It's an aquired taste, but excellent when you get into it. They're good live, too.


Saturday, October 27, 2007

Peste Noire

Band: Peste Noire
Formed In: 2001
Genre: Black Metal
Country of Origin: France

Peste Noire are one of the leading French Black Metal bands at present, gaining reputation after releasing three excellent raw demos and a split with French NSBMers Sombre Chemin, before going on to release the decadent, beautiful yet evil La Sanie des siècles - Panégyrique de la dégénerescence, an album filled with excellent riffs, solos and beautiful acoustics. They've continued on with the Lorraine Rehearsal EP, containing four, occassionally thrashy tracks and an expanded "Phalènes Et Pestilence - Salvatrice Averse," the filthy, sick and French Folkfuck Folie and the compilation Mors Orbis Terrarum. Note: Peste Noire are not NSBM, contrary to the Aryan Supremacy demo and their logo.

Album: Mors Orbis Terrarum
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. Royaume D'Occident
  2. Les Camps De La Mort
  3. Gisant Dans La Putréfaction
  4. Aryan Supremacy
  5. Gisant Dans La Putréfaction
  6. Aryan Supremacy
  7. Retour de Flamme
  8. Intro
  9. Le Mort Joyeux
  10. 666 Millions D'Esclaves Et De Déchets
  11. Spleen
  12. J'Éjaculerai Sur Vos Décombres Fumants
  13. Extraits des Chants de Maldoror
  14. Intro
  15. Phalènes et Pestilence - Salvatrice Averse
  16. Outro
  17. Dueil Angoisseus
  18. Phalènes et Pestilence - Salvatrice Averse (Alternate Version)
  19. L'hymne en l'honneur de la peste
Contains the Aryan Supremacy, Macabre Transcedance... and Phalènes Et Pestilence - Salvatrice Averse demos, as well as two of the three tracks from the split with Sombre Chemin, Mémoire Paienne. Also include demo version of "Retour De Flamme" and "Dueil Angoisseus" from La Sanie des siècles, the longer version of "Phalènes et Pestilence" found on the Lorraine Rehearsal EP, the previously unreleased track "L'hymne en l'honneur de la peste" and "Extraits des Chants de Maldoror," some narration, follow by the opening riff to "Le Mort Joyeux."


Album: Folkfuck Folie
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. L'Envol du Grabataire (Ode à Famine)
  2. Chute Pour Une Culbute
  3. La Fin Del Secle
  4. D'Un Vilain
  5. Condamné À La Pondaison (Légende Funèbre)
  6. La Césarienne
  7. Maleiçon
  8. Amour Ne M'Amoit Ne Je Li
  9. Psaume IV
  10. Extrait Radiophonique D'Antonin Artaud
  11. Folkfuck Folie
  12. Paysage Mauvais
Peste Noire's filthiest album. Contains the four songs from the Lorrainne Rehearsal EP reworked. "Chute Pour Une Culbute" and "Folkfuck Folie" are about AIDS, just so you know.


Album: Lorraine Rehearsal
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. La Fin Del Secle
  2. La Césarienne
  3. Maleiçon
  4. Psaume IV
  5. Phalènes Et Pestilence (Alternative Version)


Album: La Sanie des siècles - Panégyrique de la dégénerescence
Year: 2006

Track Listing:
  1. Nous Sommes Fanés
  2. Le Mort Joyeux
  3. Laus Tibi Domine
  4. Spleen
  5. Phalènes Et Pestilence - Salvatrice Averse
  6. Dueil Angoisseus (Christine De Pisan, 1362-1431)
  7. Des Médecins Malades Et Des Saints Séquestrés
Reworked demo tracks as well as new track entirely came together to form La Sanie... a beautiful and vile semi-raw gem with at least one excellent solo per song.


Friday, October 26, 2007

Stielas Storhett - Vandrer...

Band: Stielas Storhett
Album: Vandrer...
Genre: Black Metal
Country of Origin: Russia
Year: 2006

Track Listing:
  1. Der letzte November
  2. Vandrer...
  3. Gräfin Dämmerlicht
  4. Schmerzerfüllter Zorn
  5. Unholy Black Metal (Darkthrone Cover)
  6. Nymåne
  7. Stille weiße Wildnis
  8. Ihr Königreich
  9. Erblicket die Töchter des Firmaments (Burzum Cover)
  10. Dieses Eis wird niemals schmelzen
Stielas Storhett's Black Metal is laced with chilling and evil riffs, cold atmospheres, brilliant and haunting leads and plenty of tempo and riff changes, with the gorgeous clean guitar parts that bring to mind Post-Rock, and your occassional Burzumesque synth line. Vandrer... is an amazing album that all Black Metal fans should look into.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Falconer - Northwind

Band: Falconer
Album: Northwind
Genre: Power Metal
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 2006

Track Listing:
  1. Northwind
  2. Waltz With the Dead
  3. Spirit of the Hawk
  4. Legend and the Lore
  5. Catch the Shadows
  6. Tower of the Queen
  7. Long Gone By
  8. Perjury and Sanctity
  9. Fairyland Fanfare
  10. Himmel Så Trind
  11. Blinded
  12. Delusion
  13. Home of the Knave
  14. Black Tarn
Falconer are a Power Metal band with Folk and Viking Metal influences, not surprisingly so, as Falconer contains two members of Mithotyn. Unlike many Power Metal bands, the vocals and riffs don't fall into limpid floweriness; Falconer's vocalist is powerful and incredible and their riffs are powerful yet catchy. Northwind is quite possibly their best release to date.


Sunday, October 21, 2007

VA - Forseti Lebt

Band: Various Artists
Album: Forseti Lebt
Genre: Neofolk
Country of Origin: Various
Year: 2006

Track Listing:
  1. Song At The Well (Sonne Hagal)
  2. Dein Garten Lebt Noch (Sonnentau)
  3. Watch The Water Spill (B'eirth)
  4. Ja Boga Ne Videu (Of the Wand and the Moon)
  5. Rocking Horse Night (Death In June)
  6. Blühe Mein Herz (Waldteufel)
  7. The Disciple Song (Lux Interna)
  8. Son Of The North (Northman)
  9. Death Of The West (Death In June)
  10. Napoleon On St. Helena (Fire + Ice)
  11. Deutsche Sonnwend (Darkwood)
  12. Traumpfad (Primus Inter Pares)
Forseti Lebt is a compilation of Neofolk songs in honor of Andreas Ritter of Forseti, compiled after Andreas' heart stopped. It contains songs by the leaders in the Neofolk genre. Beautiful stuff.


Sunn O))) - Black One

Band: Sunn O)))
Album: Black One
Genre: Drone Doom Metal
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2005

Track Listing:
  1. Sin Nanna
  2. It Took the Night to Believe
  3. Cursed Realm (Of the Winterdemons) (Immortal cover)
  4. Orthodox Caveman
  5. CandleGoat
  6. Cry for the Weeper
  7. Báthory Erzsébet
Black One = Drone Doom Metal + Black Metal. Features Malefic from Xasthur and Wrest from Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice and Twilight on vocals as guests.

The Axis of Perdition - Deleted Scenes from the Transition Hospital

Band: The Axis of Perdition
Album: Deleted Scenes from the Transition Hospital
Genre: Industrial/Ambient Black Metal, Dark Ambient
Country of Origin: UK
Year: 2005

Track Listing:
  1. Deleted Scenes I: In the Hallway of Crawling Filth
  2. The Elevator Beneath the Valve
  3. Pendulum Prey (Second Incarceration)
  4. Isolation Cubicle 312
  5. Entangled in Mannequin Limbs
  6. This, Then, Is Paradise?
  7. One Day You Will Understand Why
  8. Deleted Scenes II: In the Gauze-Womb of the God Becoming
The Axis of Perdition make some of the most disturbing Black Metal ever. Dizzying and creepy riffs mix with disturbing and eerie electronics, as well as harsh, distorted vocals. Dotting at album are equally creepy Dark Ambient tracks. The album is a concept album of sorts, too, being focused on and inspired by the Silent Hill series of games. If you want some eerie, disturbing and insane Black Metal, check this out.


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Diagnose: Lebensgefahr - Transformalin

Band: Diagnose: Lebensgefahr
Album: Transformalin
Genre: Industrial, Drone, Dark Ambient
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. The Level Beyond Human
  2. Transformalin
  3. Flaggan På Halv Stång I Drömmens Västergård
  4. Upon The High Horse Of Selfdestruction
  5. Situazion: Lebensgefahr
  6. Anoxi
  7. The Last Breath Of Tellus
  8. Mani VS Apati
  9. Tillsammans Men Ensam I Stillhetens Kapell
  10. Obducentens Dröm
  11. De Vårdar Mig In I Döden
Diagnose: Lebensgefahr is the project of Nattramn of defunct Suicidal Depressive Black Metal Silencer. Silencer broke up due to Nattramn's internment in a psychiatric hospital, and making music ended up being part of his therapy. The result? Diagnose: Lebensgefahr, a mix of Industrial, Dark Ambient and Drone, brought together to portray the thoughts and mind of a mentally ill human being. There are peaceful songs, such as "Obducentens Dröm," and then incredibly deranged ones like "The Last Breath Of Tellus" and title track "Transformalin." Worth a listen.


Basilisk - A Joyless March Through the Cold-Lands

Band: Basilisk
Album: A Joyless March Through the Cold-Lands
Genre: Raw Black Metal
Country of Origin: UK
Year: 2004

Track Listing:
  1. Deep In The Dark Where I Lay In Wait
  2. The Force Inside The Opposites
  3. Bitter
  4. Assault Of Vermin
  5. Heinous Energies (A Legion Of Hushed Voices)
  6. Open The Grave
  7. The Awakening Of Him
Excellent raw Black Metal. The riffs are dark and cold and create an utterly evil atmosphere as they drone. The vocals are distorted in a similar manner to Belketre and Leviathan, and add to the evil atmosphere. Enjoy.


Friday, October 19, 2007

Darkwood - Weltenwende

Band: Darkwood
Album: Weltenwende
Genre: Neofolk
Country of Origin: Germany
Year: 2003

Track Listing:
  1. Wiederkehr
  2. Der Falken Flug
  3. Im Heimatwald
  4. Der Schaffende
  5. Stiller Bund
  6. Weg ins Licht
  7. Tochter des Waldes
  8. Epitaph
  9. Winter
  10. Torn Nation
  11. The Hidden Stone
  12. Deutsche Sonnwend
  13. Wittekind
Darkwood is the Neofolk project of Henryk Vogal, a proud German and excellent songwriter and musician. His music often touches on the themes of national identity and pride, most impressivly on "Torn Nation," where he explores doubt in national identity after the horrors of WWII. Beautiful stuff and veyr addictive.


Monday, October 15, 2007

Fen - Ancient Sorrow

Band: Fen
Album: Ancient Sorrow
Genre: Black Metal/Post-Rock
Country of Origin: England
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. Desolation Embraced
  2. The Gales Scream of Loss
  3. Under the Endless Sky
Fen mix Post-Rock into Black Metal perfectly, resulting beautifully atmospheric music. Backing synths and vocals that never overpower but rather heighten the atmosphere assist, making for a wonderful little EP. Think Caina, only better.


Temnozor - Folkstorm of the Azure Nights

Band: Temnozor
Album: Folkstorm of the Azure Nights
Genre: National Socialist Black/Folk Metal
Country of Origin: Russia
Year: 2005

Track Listing:
  1. Folkstorm of the Azure Nights
  2. Vranakrik
  3. When the Lazure Skies Tear the Hearts Apart
  4. Watch The Falcons Fly
  5. As the Autumn Razor sing above my Veins
  6. Arkona
  7. Tell me, ye Scarlet Dewscented Sunrises
Temnozor are an NS Black/Folk Metal band that mix beautiful acoustic Folk guitar, atmospheric synths and flutes with Black Metal riffs, often tinged with Folk. The music runs the gammut from triumphant to dark to hateful. This album has some of the best clean vocals I've ever heaed in Metal, that are perfect next to the ferocious growls of the other vocalist. The song writing is brilliant and emotional and songs like "When the Lazure Skies Tear the Hearts Apart" and "As the Autumn Razor sing above my Veins" are masterpieces. If you can put the politics aside, it's most definately worth a listen.


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Blood Red Throne

Band: Blood Red Throne
Formed In: 1998
Genre: Death Metal
Country of Origin: Norway

Blood Red Throne are a band from Norway, headed by guitarist Tchort (Green Carnation, Carpathian Forest, ex-Emperor), who play groovy and technical (but not wankish) Death Metal. The guitar work is precise and Tchort knows how to write a riff and knows how to play one well. Blood Red Throne's work is full of amazing riffs and their songs run from fast to slow, flowing to amelodic. Along with Zyklon, Blood Red Throne prove that Norway is about more than 90s Black Metal. Monument of Death and Altered Genesis have Mr. Hustler on vocals and Come Death has Vald. Mr. Hustler has a deep as Hell grunt, where Vald's grunt isn't as deep, but mixed with enraged screams.

Album: Come Death
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. Slaying the Lamb
  2. Deranged Assassin
  3. Rebirth in Blood
  4. Guttural Screams
  5. Taste of God
  6. No New Beginning
  7. Come Death
  8. Disincarnated (Gorguts cover)
  9. Another Kill
Blood Red Throne's latest offer, with Vald on vocals.


Album: Altered Genesis
Year: 2005

Track Listing:
  1. Death To Birth
  2. Incarnadine Mangler
  3. Tortured Soul Appearance
  4. Eye-Licker
  5. Mephitication
  6. Arterial Lust
  7. Flesh To Destroy
  8. Ripsaw Resentment
  9. Altered Genesis
  10. Smite
  11. State Of Darkness
  12. Deliberate Carnage
My favorite BRT album. "Mephitication" and "Arterial Lust" are amazing.


Album: Monument of Death
Year: 2001

Track Listing:
  1. Portrait of a Killer (Testimony of the Dying)
  2. Souls of Damnation
  3. The Children Shall Endure
  4. Dream Controlled Murder
  5. Mary Whispers of Death
  6. Ravenous War Machine
  7. Malignant Nothingness
  8. Monument of Death
  9. Path of Flesh

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Bone Awl - Meaningless Leaning Mess

Band: Bone Awl
Album: Meaningless Leaning Mess
Genre: Black Metal/Oi! Punk
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. These Days Are Marked
  2. Pendulum
  3. One Nothing Between
  4. It's All Earth
  5. The Great Violence
  6. Without Hesitation
  7. Smiling Star-Wide
  8. I Am Only Alone
  9. Head Of Silence
  10. Show Me
  11. Will A White Face
  12. Gray Heaps That Never Rot
  13. Meaningless Leaning Mess
  14. Crowned In Martyrmony
  15. Big Decisions
  16. Black Wings
  17. Be Still
  18. The King In Red
Bone Awl are what happens when you take Ildjarn-esque raw Black Metal, make it filther and pump it full of Oi! (I assume, I don't know much about Oi! but I hear distinct Punk influence and I'm going with what M-A has to say about it). Bone Awl sounds more urban too, it's more in touch with the urban sprawl of America, than the Norwegian hinterlands that Ildjarn drew his influence from. If you like Ildjarn or raw, hypnotic Black Metal, check this out.


Darkthrone - F.O.A.D.

Band: Darkthrone
Album: F.O.A.D.
Genre: Heavy Metal and Punk influenced Black Metal
Country of Origin: Norway
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. These Shores Are Damned
  2. Canadian Metal
  3. The Church Of Real Metal
  4. The Banners Of Old
  5. Fuck Off And Die
  6. Splitkein Fever
  7. Raised On Rock
  8. Pervertor Of The 7 Gates
  9. Wisdom Of The Dead
"Heavy Metal and Punk influenced Black Metal" seems like an akward way to describe this album, I know, but it's as close as I can get. It follows the particularly Punk trend of The Cult is Alive and NWOBHM (particularly on tracks like "Canadian Metal") and throws in some Heavy Metal worship (some songs are Black Sabbath-ish), creating a surprisingly varied and all around fun album. A lot of Darkthrone fans will hate this, I'm sure, but it's worth a try, at least. I think it's pretty neat.


Friday, September 21, 2007

Ancient Rites

Band: Ancient Rites
Formed In: 1988
Genre: Black Metal, Viking/Folk Black Metal
Country of Origin: Belgium

Ancient Rites are, at their core, a Black Metal band, but they craft into their music Symphonics and Viking and Folk Metal riffs and melodies. Combined with a worship of ancient Europe and lead vocalist Gunther Theys wide knowledge of history and mythology, you end up with some excellent music.

Album: Rvbicon
Year: 2006

Track Listing:
  1. Crusade
  2. Templar
  3. Mithras
  4. Thermopylae
  5. Rubicon
  6. Invictus
  7. Ypres
  8. Galilean
  9. Cheruscan
  10. Brabantia
Rvbicon bears many similarities to Dim Carcos--it's Black Metal mixed with Symphonics and Viking/Folk Metal and has a romantic ancient theme--but it is also completely different. The focus of the album is on Rome, Greece and the Middle-East, with the Folk melodies echoing that theme, particularly in the opening riff of the fantastic "Templar." The songs are also more mid-paced, and Gunther delivers his vocals differently as well. He takes a more sinister approach to his harsh vocals and his clean vocals aren't as bellowed and high, creating a different though equally magical atmosphere. Rvbicon is another brilliant album, doing justice to the name of Ancient Rites.


Album: Dim Carcosa
Year: 2001

Track Listing:
  1. The Return
  2. Exile (Les Litanies De Satan)
  3. Victory Or Valhalla (Last Man Standing)
  4. ...And The Horns Called For War
  5. North Sea
  6. Gotterdämmerung (Twilight Of The Gods)
  7. (Ode To Ancient) Europa
  8. Remembrance
  9. Lindisfarne (Anno 793)
  10. On Golden Field (De Leeuwen Dansen)
  11. Dim Carcosa
Dim Carcosa is one of the most passionate Black Metal albums I've ever heard. It's incredibly personal to Gunther, displaying his love of literature with songs like "Exile (Les Litanies De Satan," dedicated to Charles Baudelaire, and "Gotterdämmerung (Twilight Of The Gods)," inspired by the German philosopher Nietzsche, his love of his European heritage with "(Ode To Ancient) Europa" and his love of History, Mythology and the mysterious with really every other track on the album. "Remebrance" is the best instrumental interlude ever to grace a Metal album, it is a truly beautiful piano piece. The way the Black Metal is mixed with Viking and Folk riffs, as well as Symphonics at points and the perfection of its unique and varied song structures and composures makes it unique and ever interesting. Gunther is also an incredible clean vocalist, and his singing marks one of the greatest highlights of the album. I dare say this is a necessity for Black Metal fans.


Note: If you enjoy the albums, make sure to go to Ancient Rites' website and read the linear notes for Dim Carcosa and Rvbicon. From the side bar on the left, go to Textuals and you'll find links to the lyrics/linear notes for both albums. It gives one a deeper understanding of the meaning and history behind Gunther and each and every song.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Death in June - But, What Ends When the Symbol Shatters?

Band: Death in June
Album: But, What Ends When the Symbol Shatters?
Genre: Neo-Folk
Country of Origin: England
Year: 1992

Track Listing:
  1. Death Is the Martyr of Beauty
  2. He's Disabled
  3. The Mourner's Bench
  4. Because of Him
  5. Dædalus Rising
  6. Little Black Angel
  7. The Golden Wedding of Sorrow
  8. The Giddy Edge of Light
  9. Ku Ku Ku
  10. This Is Not Paradise
  11. Hollows of Devotion
  12. But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter?
But, What Ends When the Symbol Shatters? is an excellent little album by the legendary Death in June. Neo-Folk is basically idealic European Folk music mixed with a bit of Industrial/Electronica. I'm not sure how to better discribe it. Regardless, the album is beautiful and atmospheric, with almost chanted vocals. It's very meditative. According to wikiedpa, "He's Disabled", "The Mourner's Bench", "Because of Him", and "Little Black Angel" are covers/re-interpretations of songs from Jim Jones' People's Temple Choir 1973 gospel album He's Able. The original songs were "He's Able", "Something's Got a Hold of Me", "Because of Him", and "Black Baby", respectively."


Monday, September 17, 2007

Sigh - Imaginary Sonicscape

Band: Sigh
Album: Imaginary Sonicscape
Genre: Avant-Garde Black Metal
Country of Origin: Japan
Year: 2001

Track Listing:
  1. Corpsecry - Angelfall
  2. Scarlet Dream
  3. Nietzchean Conspiracy
  4. A Sunset Song
  5. Impromptu (Allegro Maestoso)
  6. Dreamsphere (Return to Chaos)
  7. Ecstatic Transformation
  8. Slaughtergarden Suite
  9. Bring Back the Dead
  10. Requiem - Nostalgia
Imaginary Sonicscape is a pretty interesting album. The riffs are fantastic and the song structures interesting. Not everything is standard Black Metal, Sigh break downs boarders with songs like the poppy "A Sunset Song" and Stoner Doomish romp "Ecstatic Transformation." Permeating the album are fantastic synths and sound effects, orchestrated by Mirai Kawashima, including numerous, excellent hammond organ solos. Great stuff anyone who wants something interesting.


Lunar Aurora - Andacht

Band: Lunar Aurora
Album: Andacht
Genre: Black Metal
Country of Origin: Germany
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. Glück
  2. Geisterschiff
  3. Dunkler Mann
  4. Findling
  5. Der Pakt
  6. Das Ende
Very cold, eerie and powerful Black Metal from Germany. All the songs are long and epic, the shortest being 7:53 and longest being 11:09, and they're all full of great riffs, excellent synths and atmospheric sound effects with very agressive and abrassive harsh vocals. One of my favorite 2007 Black Metal albums, definately worth a listen.


Cor Scorpii - Attergangar

Band: Cor Scorpii
Album: Attergangar
Genre: Black/Viking Metal
Country of Origin: Norway
Year: 2005

Track Listing:
  1. Fall of man
  2. Transcendental Journey
  3. Attergangar
  4. Når Enden Er God
Like Vreid, a band started by Windir members after the death unfortunate death of great Valfar. Windir like Black/Viking Metal with excellent leads and fantastic synth work, especially at the beginning of "Transcendental Journey." Fans of Windir should definately get this.


Saturday, August 11, 2007

Eldrig - Kali

Band: Eldrig
Album: Kali
Genre: National Socialist Black Metal
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2007

Track Listing:
  1. Shakti I
  2. The Great Destroyer
  3. Shakti II
  4. The Intoxication
  5. Shakti III
  6. The Dance of Creation
  7. Shakti IV
  8. Untitled
Eldrig is the solo project of Eldrig, one of the two members of the USNSBM band Fanisk. Eldrig must write all or a bulk of Fanisk's music, for Kali as a style similar to that of Fanisk's album; the guitar tone is thin, the riffs are melodic, sharp, and majestic. Kali is, however, it's own entity. Kali is instrumental, with repetative but hyponotic riffs whirling around like a tornado, changing just enough to keep it interesting, intense and awe inspiring. Behind each track is somber ambience, which carries over into the forboding "Shakti" inteludes and the "Untitled" outro. Definately one of my favorites of 2007, check it out.


Thursday, August 2, 2007

Thou Art Lord - Orgia Deamonicum

Band: Thou Art Lord
Album: Orgia Daemonicum
Genre: Black Metal
Country of Origin: Greece
Year: 2005

Track Listing:
  1. Possesed / The Legion
  2. Hecate Unveiled
  3. An Apparition Of Vengeance
  4. He, the Great Worm
  5. The Gnostic Code
  6. The Royal Invocation Of Apophis
  7. Orgia Deamonicum
  8. Necromantic
  9. Satanic Aphorisms
  10. Onslaught (Power from Hell)
Thou Art Lord is a Hellenic Black Metal supergroup, consisting of two Rotting Christ members and a Necromantia member and their fourth album, Orgia Deamonicum, has the best album cover ever (and the music is good too). TAL play straight forward Black Metal with no frills, pointless special effects, keyboards or pretentions. Their music is very ritualistic in nature, often playing at a medium or moderatly speedy tempo. Every single note sounds as if it was carefully chosen, forming amazing riffs and making the otherwise very simple music seem profound and the leads are absolutely brilliant. The production is good by Black Metal standards, with a nice and crunchy guitar sound, sometimes audible bass and perfect positioning of the (vary well played) drums. The vocals are very unique, some of the coolest in Black Metal. They're spit out in a ritualistic manner, working perfectly alongside the instruments and occassional changes in harsh vocals and narrations make every song all the more interesting. Orgia Deamonicum is a masterpiece, on par with other Hellenic bands like Rotting Christ, Varathron, Order of the Ebon Hand and Necromantia.


Disillusion - Gloria

Band: Disillusion
Album: Gloria
Genre: Progressive Metal
Country of Origin: Germany
Year: 2006

Track Listing:
  1. The Black Sea
  2. Dread It
  3. Don't Go Any Further
  4. Avalanche
  5. Gloria
  6. Aerophobic
  7. The Hole We Are In
  8. Save the Past
  9. Lava
  10. Too Many Broken Cease Fires
  11. Untiefen
Two years after the stunning Back to Times of Splendor, Disillusion released Gloria. With this album, they tore done everything and built it up again. Rather than the long, epic Melodic Death laced songs, Gloria is full of interesting and unique guitar work and Industrial overtones. Every song is again a story and in Gloria each is wildly different, each track has a unique color, feel and sound. The music is layred, textured and complex, filled with much to explore and every song can be listened to again and again. Many people despise this album and compare it to Rammstein, but in my humble opinion it is a fantastic work of art.