Superbowl Sunday be happy you got a few reviews ..
Nortt- Endelight- CD/ Digital ( Avantgarde Music)
Over 10 yrs I read that Nortt has been dormant . Well this band of Northern Europeans have not missed a step this is still very much a Blackened Doom journey with some very ethereal and ambient moments . I would have to say the darkness is in full effect as well as the epic and haunting production of the whole product is fantastic . The vocals are just down right massive and chilling and I love th way the lumbering tones work with the other worldly side of the guitars and doomy drumming comes into play. If you have not heard of Nortt before there is not reason that you can not begin here. Though if you like what you hear do not stop go back and witness a stunning musical project. If you like the band already this is just more of a reason to support and let new listeners understand the passion you have for a band like Nortt. We have a sinister, doom filled occultist masterpiece in the making here.
Clamflight- III- CD/Digital ( Agronauta Records)
When you get to a point want the Blues, Doom and Post Hardcore all come to one intersection and meet to have a fist fight you get a little amazing band called Clamfight. There is nothing " little about this band in sound, structure or design. Bombastic Epic Heavy ass music IE every thing Neurosis, Corrosion of Conformity, Clutch and Crowbar have ever done is hear and so much are you fan of labels like Translation Loss or Exile on Mainstream and Magic Bullet well this is were a band like Clamfight are, were and always will be coming from, The heavy bluesy guitars and solos just make my heart weep. Fuck gentlemen. This album is a fist fuck to all the others around you. I you don't own this and listening to it often you're a down right fool..
Oracle- Into the Unknown- CD/ Digital ( Self Released )
I hate the words extreme metal as it tell nothing about the band and with a band like Oracle there are layers . Much like an Orge is like an onion... Oracle mixed elements of So Cal Thrash , Melodic Death metal and Power metal into something that has Harmonies , Power, Fury and the Passion to make you stand out of the crowd . There are some very Symphonic and Sci Fi elements on this as well. If you could mix bands like Old Opeth, Nevermore, Testament Dark Tranquility and Dimmu Borgir into the mix you would have something that Oracle would be proud to call all there own. This is a truly majestic journey into Metal and mixes in other wondrous musical journeys at as were. As there are some Blackened Metal moments here as well. I just want to say it's a travesty that Oracle is not on a proper label .
Wordclock- Heralds- CD/ digital ( Cryo Chamber )
And were going to end this review adventure with a travel into the darkened experimental ambient wold of Wordclock. If I'm so humble to be allowed to say is there a such think as progressive Ambient music if so Worldclock are clearly the masters of the genre currently. This is a like a mix of Ulver, Portishead, Arcana, Robert Rich, COLLOQUIO and Elend all at the same time. I even hear elements of many of those amazing bands that Hypnos and Manifold Put into the world .. I Hear so much of bands like Vidna Obama and Mandible Chatter going on on Wordclock too. This is Post industrial meets Dub meets Classical meets Dark Jazz meets Soundscapes meet... You get it right . This is such a stunning musical adventure in sounds and emotions you can not take it to just one place and leave it. There is even an oriental and eastern musical element to this . I will even let you know we have Americana sounds going through out . Wordclock takes on that journey and we need those more often another brilliant release from the Cryo Chamber label ..