Сивый Яр (Sivyj Yar) & Hermóðr – The Unmourned Past & A Place of Eternal Twilight (2016)

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Author: Crono

Artist: Сивый Яр (Sivyj Yar) & Hermóðr

Album: The Unmourned Past & A Place of Eternal Twilight

Labels: Independent

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal

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The Loom of Time – NihilReich (2016)

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Author: T.K. White

Band: The Loom of Time

Album: NihilReich

Genre: Black/Doom/Prog/Metalcore

Label: Independent

 

Wow, what an incredibly…weird…record. Aussie doomsters have some interesting interpretations of two relatively secure genres—being black metal and doom metal—yet they throw in some hyper-melodic metal into the mix alongside modern metalcore type riffs and breakdowns. I was expecting some nice, morose doom—maybe even a little on the cheesy side—and that is not at all what you get in this record.  Continue reading

A Diadem of Dead Stars – Kingdoms Bathed in Golden Light (2016)

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Author: Crono

Artist: A Diadem of Dead Stars

Album: Kingdoms Bathed in Golden Light

Label: Independent

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal

 

A Diadem of Dead Stars is a band I have been following since their inception with 2014’s The Mist Bearer. While I thought the band had some potential, nothing really jumped out at me as really exciting. They have since released a few brief demos and EPs, culminating in their sophomore full length, Kingdoms Bathed in Golden Light. While the band’s sound has not drastically changed in the brief two years of their existence, I feel like Kingdoms Bathed in Golden Light is a stronger album that once again demonstrates this band’s potential, as well as some fairly consistent growth.   Continue reading

Demo Round-up #10 – Evil Priest, Siege Column

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Author: Goldensundown

Bands: Evil Priest, Siege Column

Demos: Evil Priest, Secret Forces of the Pentagram

Genres: Death Metal, Black/Death/Thrash Metal

Labels: Caligari Records, Independent

(ED: Well this was certainly a long time coming for such small content, good going me!)

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EP Round Up #3 – Sonic Poison, Miasmal Sabbath

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Author: Goldensundown

Bands: Sonic Poison, Miasmal Sabbath

Albums: Harsh Demonstration…, Miasmal Sabbath

Genres: Death Metal/Grindcore, Death Metal/Crust Punk

Labels: Caligari Records, Independent

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Reapermanser – The Reaper Await Damnation (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Reapermanser

Album: The Reaper Awaits Damnation

Label: Independent

 

Reapermanser comes ripping into the scene with their debut The Reaper Awaits Damnation. It’s a great slab yet again in one of my favorite families of extreme metal–filthy black/punk that rings true of street metal. It’s all about the filth and the mess, getting up in one’s face. The fact that Reapermanser hails from Miami is another testament to this global reach of extreme metal. No longer are we limited to our local scenes, and sounds can find themselves anywhere on Earth with a router.

Reapermanser’s sound heavily emphasizses punk and thrash elements to drive forward their pieces, interspersed with metal transitions and structures. The songs aim to utilize punk aggression and tempo to drive the and promote a lively atmosphere, thus abandoning the potential mystical side of black/thrash that one would find in something like Destroyer 666. This rings true much more of Abigail and Gehennah, but it does have that down home dirtiness of something like Discharge or Sacrilege. I wouldn’t say that the sound is overly dominated by punk, but they are using punk aspects to come to the same conclusions. This combination proves to work well–the songs very easily and it is an incredible listenable album with some serious depth that requires multiple listens to understand. That being said, it is neither pretentious or overtly high minded, as good black/thrash/punk should be.

Unfortunately the production seems to be a major detriment here, in particular the drums–they are far too loud (and possibly triggered) and they do not gel with the guitar or vocals, making the whole record feel stilted. It’s a shame too, as most of the songs do hold up incredibly well despite their lack of tempo diversity.

The Reaper Awaits Damnation is a well written record that will absolutely appeal to previous fans of the genre, but the production may make it a bit more of a hit or miss for some. Either way, I look forward to Reapermanser’s efforts in the future and hopefully they’ll stick around and give us more raw American black/punk.

Check them out here on Bandcamp: https://reapermanser666.bandcamp.com/album/the-reaper-awaits-damnation

 

Philadelphia – Warlord (2016)

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Author: Dave

Band: Philadelphia

Album: Warlord

 

Genre: Heavy metal

Label: Independent

 

 

 

Philadelphia are yet another classic eighties band who decided to regroup and release a comeback album decades after their inception. This kind of endeavour rarely turns out well and statistically speaking, most people would be better off ignoring such efforts in favour of finding music from newer bands. However, there are cases where these comeback projects have yielded some amazing albums. Unfortunately, this is not one of those cases. To be fair, their sound hasn’t changed much from their earlier works, and the production is leagues ahead of their early stuff, but as everybody knows, it takes a lot more than decent production to produce something memorable.  Continue reading