Pantheon I is a five piece outfit from Norway that play traditional Black Metal with a very interesting sounding twist, they use Cello arrangements to complement their blasphemous music.
While it’s nothing new to use <insert any instrument here> with Black Metal, Pantheon I actually achieved a very characteristic sound that not many bands trying to mix something with BM have achieved.
Be prepared to be blown away by this album since the first minute you start playing it. Anaal Nathrakh are back to their older and more brutal sound in a bestial way. I think this is the band’s more brutal material since “The Codex Necro” and it’s probably one of the best albums of the year in my opinion.
The production of this album is amazing overlaying tons of vocal styles, fast as hell drumming and amazing guitar riffs unlike anything I’ve heard this year. “In The Constellation Of The Black Widow” rapes our eardrums with 10 furious tracks that are not recommended for the faint of heart.
After listening to the big shit sandwich that “Revelations Of The Black Flame” from 1349 came out to be, I was glad that I was reviewing this album next.
Glorior Belli is a 3 man French band that provides us with 50 minutes of well produced Raw Black Metal, and I say this because the production on this album is excellent, almost capturing the extreme rawness that badly produced Raw Black Metal usually has.
I’m pretty sure this album will cause plenty of controversy since 1349 have been releasing brutally amazing Black Metal albums since their conception, and now they hit back with a very ‘weird’ experimentation album.
1394 tries to experiment with Ambient, Black Metal and even some Drone stuff here and there, and they sound…. very different. I gave this album plenty of listens before I wrote this review since my original reaction was to be repulsed by it, but the again, I always think that bands should experiment and do different things instead of releasing the same album over an over.
The greatly enigmatic Swedish band Horde of Hel took a few minutes to answer some of our questions, here is what the have to say about their latest album and other subjects:
Hailing from Tasmania, Australia, Ruins brings us a very interesting Black Metal music, that has a unique sound to it.
Dodsferd music speaks for it self, playing great Not-Black Metal (according to Wrath... keep reading), Wrath's answers to this interview where eloquent as always. Here is what he had to say about our questions:
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. So, let’s get started:
This Swedish Black Metal outfit after 3 years comes back with a vengeance. “A Bliss To Suffer” is a released entirely produced by the band. The album captures the exact sound The Legion wants to imprint on their music and it’s near excellent. Nine tracks of chaotic Black Metal that will blow everybody away.
Directly from Greece this one man machine blows us away with his newest opus of Misanthropic Black Metal. Every once in a while we are graced by a release that is so raw and nihilistic, and this months turn belongs to Dodsferd. This album features 2 tracks but provides us with almost 40 minutes of true Black Metal that will make you suicidal (in a good way).
When I got this promo, I was intrigued by how this band would sound since it’s said to feature anonymous legends from the Swedish Death/Black metal scene. I was not disappointed with Horde Of Hel this album is very raw and brutal with some hints of freshness in them.