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.