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.