Stagnation is the way to complacency ... 5 new reviews my fiends ..
Arkona- Lunaris-CD/ Digital (D.M.P)
1st off this is not the band on Napalm records from Russia . Black metal is a tone , sound, way of presenting music that many find too unsettling and otherworldly to ever really sit down and listen to even after 20 + yrs of the music being on the fore front of extreme music. With Arkona this group from Poland creates a melodic yet atmospheric Black metal band that yes is still very dissonant and cold in tones . Has something with those very grimm vocals and epic synth movements that drives me to it. I love bands like Graveland, Nokturnal Mortem, Burzum , Gorgoroth and Marduk. There is a very Occult and Pagan element to this album as whole. This is the way I really do think Black metal should be present as its not about beauty , It's about the underbelly of a world that you need to see and understand you will never be a well rounded person. The ways of the ancients need to be remembered and still Practiced by those that feel the past is still in their soul. This is a stunning explain of Atmospheric Black Death and with most D.M.P releases an album that needs to be heard and respected. In Closing there are even some Folk and Viking movements that come through on Lunaris. Impressive release indeed.
Anagnorisis- Peripeteia- CD/ Digital ( Vendetta Records)
Welcome to the Dimension of Post Black metal and Shoegazing Post Hardcore . Many bands today are mixing the two styles into some Progressive, Avantgarde and Bombastic music that covers so many boundaries and musical terrains . The vocals on this are mix of Death metal and Crusty/Grind. The album has such a bass heavy tone that adds to the madness they are trying to create. Anagnorisis are from Louisville KY home to bands like Rodan , Slint etc you can hear the Post rock and Noisy sides but then the band has elements of bands like Bethlethem, Shining, Dornenreich as well as Bands like Panopticon, Wolvshammer, Alda and Stilla too. I know many are going to call this Suicide Black metal but there is so much more going on here. This a band that can change the way you think about music and bring you to a place where music can be a true escape from the nightmare around you daily. There is so much going on I even hear industrial and classic metal element going through out. You need to experience this band or you will never get the full picture.
Defiant- Time Isn't Healing- CD/ Digital ( Ferrrum Records)
Power metal from Ukrane and this is very retro in the presentation . If you a fan of Helloween, Gamma Ray, Rhapsody or Rage then this going to be something you come running back to over and over again, It's that throaty heavy Maiden inspired power metal you know want I mean with those epic Van Halen old school guitar tones. It's not something I'm going to listen to all the time but if I want Power metal this would be one of the bands I would reach out for and listen to. I would say it's very Iced Earth at times as well . There is a darkness to this kind of power metal and that is the kind that really draws me too them. The talent levels are very strong here . The arrangement are very good. I hear so much Megadeth going on here too I know you will hear it as well. Ok enough of gushing about my love of power metal . It's your turn to check it out and see what I mean.
Noise Trail Immersion- Womb- CD/ Digital ( Triton's Orbit)
This is the kind of band that send's Chills to my spine as I can not be happier when I hear mix of Post Rock, Grind, Noise and Math rock into something that is as concussive and bombastic as a car wreck in the form of music this where the next stage of bands that grew up listening to Integrity, Deadguy, Dillinger Escape Plan, Engine Kid, Rodan , Converge, Today is the Day ,Rorschach and Burnt by the sun!!! God Damn the off tempo riffs, the chaos and beauty of it all at the same time with the tormented vocals and mission on musical extermination. This is the new Hardcore movement and as a listener I could not be more pleased. There are clearly Industrial and dark electronic movement through as well as they just add to all the expressive elements of this band, The frantic side of this band makes me want to listen to it more and more. This is going to be musical bliss for some and a chore to listen to for others. I like being in that fringe group that wants the next album to come a week from now.
Witchmaster/Voidhanger- Razing the Shrines of Optimism-CD/ Digital ( Third Eye Temple)
3 songs from each and the 1st three are from the Industrial Black/Death force of Witchmaster..
Are you fan 90's early 00's bands like like Godflesh, Dissection, Treponem Pal, Pitch Shifter
and Fudgetunnel then guess what these 3 tracks are going to be a special moment for you. They
even cover a Neubauten song.. Voidhanger is something very different still has that Black metal '
tone but is a crusty industrial force in the way bands like Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death and Nailbomb
came at us. Both are very impressive bands to say the least but these are two bands coming from
Similar roots but ending at very opposite places. Great way to get to know both bands and know if
you want to continue on the journey I can tell you I do..