Aggressive Mutilator - Kill a Million
Anticipate / Pandemic Genocide - Nightmareland
Anticlockwise - Raise Your Head
Aratron - Darkness is Coming
Astral Winter - Forest of Silence
Balfor - Black Serpent Rising
Centrate - Ritual
Deadlife - Porphyria
Deadspace - Gravity
Decrepid - Osseous Empire
Desert Near The End - Theater of War
Deus Ignotus - Hexapterygon
Diabolical Principles - The Final Step Before the Dawn
Fable - To Glory Unknown
Fornace - My Journey Is Ending But the Torment Will Be Eternal
Hessian Wolf Children - The Hessian Wolf Children
Hurz - Hurz
In My Embrace - Black Waters Deep
Into The Nethermost - Chronicles from the Black Bile
Kafirun - The Worship and Glorification of Holy Death
Karg - Weltenasche
Karma Rassa - Talks to Innerself
Kerker - Ban All Lights
Khaospath - ...for the Devil Speaks the Truth
L'Homme Absurde - Monsters
Lucid Dream - Otherworldly

 

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Macabre Omen - The Ancient Returns (re-release)
Marianas Rest - Horror Vacui
Metalobos - Arte Macabro
Morphium - The Blackout
Natvre's - Wrath
Nekrape - The Hypostasis of the Archons
Nerodia - Vanity Unfair
Path of Desolation - Where the Grass Withers
Precipitation - The Power of...
Rudra - Enemy the Duality
Scum - Humana
Second To Sin - Blackbound
Szept - Krzyk czarnej ziemi
Talesien - Talesien
Temtris - Enter The Asylum
The Descent - The Coven of Rats
Ufosonic Generator - The Evil Smoke Possession
Veonity - Into the Void
Vultures Vengeance - Where the Time Dwelt in
Yarast - Tunguska 1908

Band: AGGRESSIVE MUTILATOR
Country: Sweden
Title: Kill a Million
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Punk Thrash Black Metal

Review:
Wow, this must be one of the most primitive and catchy bands I've heard lately, two guys from Sweden delivering what could be described as a mix of Punk, Thrash Metal and Black Metal, and what I have here is a 3 tracks demo, one of the 3 demos they released during 2015. The band was formed in 2012 and released their first album 2 years later; before and after their debut they also released a lot of demos so this is a really old-school minded band, doing this like they were used to be done 20-30 years ago. This one has, indeed, a thin sound, rehearsal-like, but it's good enough not to hide any instrument (well, maybe some of the bass lines only) and annoy you, but the simple and highly aggressive compositions are the highlight of this demo and what ultimately everyone should be after when buying any release. Three tracks, well under 10 minutes in total duration, mid-tempo to fast paced Punk Thrash Black Metal released on tape.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
aggressivemutilator.bandcamp.com

Band: ANTICIPATE / PANDEMIC GENOCIDE
Country: Poland / Poland
Title: Nightmareland
Label: Putrid Cult
Year: 2015
Style: Death Grind / Death

Review:
Brutal split between two veteran bands from the Polish scene: Anticipate are way over the 2 decades milestone, and Pandemic Genocide are active since 2003, but unfortunately their activity wasn't so intense as for example Parricide's, so they are not that known on the scene, or at least for me this is my first encounter with their music. 
Anticipate opens the split with 8 short tracks, 7 own compositions and a cover of Blood's Positional Warfare. My biggest complaint is with the synthetic drums sound, but I can get over it as the music is quite catchy, old-school Death Grind with catchy rhythms and guitar riffs, oppressive bass lines and guttural, inhuman vocals. Somehow it reminds me of one of my fave bands in this genre, Czech based Pigsty. The compositions are not varied enough to offer exciting elements, and the cool movie cuts here and there are not enough either, but as I said earlier, their side is pretty entertaining, fans of the genre will appreciate it. 
Pandemic Genocide are a duo playing quite primitive Thrash Death Metal with Satanic topics, highlighted by vicious vocals that range between evil shrieks and growls but keep it all quite comprehensive, fast and furious rhythm section, and simple riffing influenced by the initial stages of the scene, back in the '80's. The surprising element comes in form of a church-like organ that gives a more blasphemic atmosphere to the whole although (unfortunately) only briefly used, but the compositions are less varied as I would have liked them. The production is more fit to a demo, raw and organic, without too much intervention, but all in all it's a good support for this music. 
As you might have guessed this is recommended to old-schoolers only, probably some of you already know the two bands and will know what to expect from it. The CD comes with a simple 4 pages booklet which I would have liked to feature the lyrics as well, or have a better cover artwork for what it matters.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10   6.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/anticipategrind
facebook.com/pandemicgenocide
badtothebone.otwarte24.pl

Band: ANTICLOCKWISE
Country: Italy
Title: Raise Your Head
Label: Revalve Records
Year: 2016
Style: Progressive Metal

Review:
Progressive metal with a lot elements of metalcore – why not, if you really want? AntiClockWise included quite strange sounding vocals, stylised on powermetal scream, if the more seriously then more funny, heh... „Raise Your Head” included some sounds similar to solo projects of Bruce Dickinson, and some deathcore chaff with nasal chants and growling whispers. There are some piano flow and jazz motifs too. Some weeping nostalgia like grunge music too... And all closed in 40 minutes and 39 seconds not so bad music. But without great admiration too. 
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 6/10

Band: ARATRON
Country: Holland
Title: Darkness is Coming
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
Debut album from Aratron, 8 tracks in almost 40 minutes of playing time. Since y last meeting with this band's music it seems it became a one man project of Maurice Sas, with three other musicians helping him out in studio and live as session musicians, so by all counts we're dealing with a one man show on this debut album. And since Maurice is basically a bass player that becomes pretty obvious when you start listening to this album as it starts with a bass solo intro that reminded me of Paul Speckman's solo on Master's debut from 1990, and the bass lines are damn incisive and important to the whole equation here, increasing the intensity and heaviness of the compositions. Despite the music being advertised as Thrash Death Metal, I'd say what we get here is a combination of Black Metal and Death Metal tracks, with some leaning more on the Black side and others on the Death side, but all of them keeping the same level of intensity and anger throughout the whole album. It sounds and feels totally old-school, with a energetic Punk feeling at times, or an ugly, sloppy Doom Death atmosphere at other, enhanced by a oppressive and organic production. Interesting album fans of old-school fast paced Extreme Metal will appreciate; comes with an 8 pages booklet featuring all lyrics.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
aratron.net

Band: ASTRAL WINTER
Country: Australia
Title: Forest of Silence
Label: Immortal Frost Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Melodic Black Metal

Review:
3 years distance from its previous album, Australia based one man band Astral Winter is back with a new full-length, a 7 tracks effort clocking no less than 70 minutes of playing time; Josh Young demonstrates he's not jocking around and apparently he takes his time to come up with new material, probably working on it until he's completely satisfied. Astral Winter's music is keyboard-driven Melodic Black Metal with a distinct fantasy-like atmosphere surrounding it from start to finish. The keyboards are indeed very epic, very dreamy most of the times, but in fine balance with the harsh, razor-sharp guitars and Black Metal shrieks of Josh, but to be honest I find the production too synthetic for my taste. The guitar work is more complex and technical than usually in this genre leading my mind to the Swedish Black Metal bands of the end '90's, and the compositions, overall, are quite catchy and interesting, so nothing to complain about there. My only problem, as said before, is with the thin and synthetic sound, but give it a try, it's a fine and classy album that deserves a chance.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
facebook.com/astralwinter0
immortalfrostproductions.com

Band: BALFOR
Country: Ukraine
Title: Black Serpent Rising
Label: Drakkar Productions
Year: 2017
Style: Melodic Black Death Metal

Review:
New album of Balfor brings a lot black/death metal sounds taken from the top shelf! This is really great pathetic and melodic pagan/black, which led by steady hand machine sound quickly and efficiently sweeping the ukrainian wide steppes. Interesting kind of growl very well fits into effect of musical space, slavic folk motifs are very well heard here, eg. in „Unborned Wrath of Venom”, the best track on this album. Wild Eastern Europe metal sounds mixed with technical solo guitars and kind of progressive playing black metal way. Great stuff !!!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 9/10

Band: CENTRATE
Country: Germany
Title: Ritual
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
Centrate does not hurry with the release of this debut full length material, but there was worth the wait for „Ritual”. This is old, german thrash like Sodom, Tankard, Holy Moses and Kreator. From time to time you can hear some american kind of thrash like Pro-Pain or Warbringer. So Centrate based in their music on solid and tradiotional thrash roots and this is the fact, that „Ritual” is a good album. This is not „Re-discovery of America” but head is head and ball is ball in this stuff – and not vice versa! Specific feeling of strongly secondary of it is not burdensome during listening to this stuff, just cover of „Ritual” is more pagan/black than thrash - but that’s irrelevant detail, heh...
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 7/10

Band: DEADLIFE
Country: Sweden
Title: Porphyria
Label: Wolfspell Records
Year: 2016
Style: Depressive Black Metal

Review:
I'm always quite reluctant to one man bands that release tons of material over a certain (short) period of time, I always suspect they'll disapoint me, and unfortunately in this case I was right. Deadlife is the one man band of Rafn, also known from Gast, Hermodr or Mist, not to mention the loads of other bands and projects he was a part of in previous years, and it has released other 4 EPs and a Split beside this fourth studio album this year, and this not to mention the other releases from his other projects... It's nice he's so productive and restless, but I wonder what fanbase he can gather for his projects, even though I'm sure he'll say he doesn't care if someone is listenting to his music or not, we all knoe this rusty excuse. Anyway, passing over my (useless?) rant, let's get to this album, a 9 tracks release clocking a bit over an hour of playing time; slow to mid-tempo Depressive Black Metal based on repetitive and monotonous guitar riffs, lazy rhythms, and distant Black Metal shrieks. Unfortunately the booklet doesn't feature the lyrics, so I can only guess the lyrics are about death, loss of hope, grief and related sentiments, but immersing oneself into the lyrical themes would have been an excellent addition to the monotonous, quite dull music. The atmospheres created on this album are very good, you can almost feel the despair and solitude even though the production is thin, home-made for sure, and I also have to mention the incisive and interesting bass lines, but that's not enough, in a scene that's abundant of similar releases this will be easily and quickly forgotten. Try it yourselves, maybe you'll like it better.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/deadlifeofficial
wolfspellrex.com

Band: DEADSPACE
Country: Australia
Title: Gravity
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Depressive Black Metal

Review:
„Gravity” comprises from four tracks taken from the deepest hell... On the one hand that’s just depressive nihilistic black metal’s fumes with software unprofessional guitars (the track "Birth"), from the other side – there’s a lot nostalgic ambient with neofolk/black solid base (tracks „Life” and „Death”). Mentally and catharsis’ reborn on the end of this EP calld just „Rebirth”, and this track is the best, from ambient, across prog metal to ambient again. „Garvity” EP is deeply thought-out material with hidden sense, which it allows for a high score on this stuff.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 9/10

Band: DECREPID
Country: UK
Title: Osseous Empire
Label: Xtreem Music
Year: 2015
Style: Death Metal

Review:
This Death Metal quintet has been around since 2005, and it seems this second album marked their first decade of activity, the perfect way to treat their fans and supporters. Osseous Empire is a 7 tracks effort of traditional Death Metal clocking only a bit over half an hour of playing time, but enough to play it on repeat for a few times like I did. The tracks are not abundant of surprising or original elements, but Decrepid managed to give a unique facet to each of them, so the final result sound varied, aired, and catchy; each track sounds like it tels its own story and that's great. The oppressive, low-tuned and groovy at times rhythm section is coupled with interesting guitar riffs and occasional spacey, atmospheric solos, and topped by a rough growling but comprehensive vocal, all delivered with excellent production, it all is as traditional as possible. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
facebook.com/decrepid
xtreemmusic.com

Band: DESERT NEAR THE END
Country: Greece
Title: Theater of War
Label: Metal Scrap Records
Year: 2016
Style: Power Thrash Metal

Review:
Although the band is active since 1997 (unde different monikers though), and this is their third full-length under the Desert Near The End banner, I haven't heard of them before and the beginning of this CD make me think I'm about to experience some fat and brutal Death Metal, but for my surprise that was not the case. DNTE's music sounds ultra-oppressive and extremely heavy because of the low-tuned and mostly very fast paced rhythm section, an intensive, Thrash Death Metal like drumming which although programmed doesn't sound synthetic at all, and a bulldozer-like bass line. The guitars are more on the traditional Thrash Metal path, with some epic parts here and there, and the vocals are clearly the ones that give this band a Power Metal feeling, but all is extreme and very heavy on this record, I'm impressed by the energy liberated by this Greek trio and also by the brutal take on Power Thrash Metal these guys managed to offer on this third album. CD comes with a 12 pages booklet featuring all lyrics, but I would have liked the cover artwork to be clearer though.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/DesertNearTheEnd
metalscraprecords.com

Band: DEUS IGNOTUS
Country: Greece
Title: Hexapterygon
Label: III Damnation Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Clocking only a bit over half an hour, this second full-length album from Greek duo Deus Ignotus is as short as brutal; a complete and utter devastation of senses from start to finish, an old-school brutal Death Metal inspired Occult Black Metal that takes influences from the massive War Metal scene, too. Indeed there are plenty of passages on this album where the structures seem shattering but at the same time chaotic, and contrary to my usual tastes, I kind of find the (few indeed) slow, repetitive, Doomy passages as less inspired than the ultra-fast general flow of the album. The atmosphere is cavernous, hiddeous and definitely horrifying, reminding me of their countrymates Dead Congregation, and the sound is pretty good, I would have only liked to hear the bass lines a bit more clearer, they seem to have some pretty rad passages here and there. A brutal, blasphemic, claustrophobic, putrid, disruptive and terrifying Black Metal of Death I'd say. I have a simple questions about the cover artwork though: how come it doesn't have the band's name listed (I initially thought the band was Hexapterygon, or whatever I managed to understand from that cryptic writing...)?
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
deusignotus.bandcamp.com
iii-damnationproductions.blogspot.com

Band: DIABOLICAL PRINCIPLES
Country: Greece
Title: The Final Step Before the Dawn
Label: Lower Silesian Stronghold
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Interesting, probably the first band I come across that has a lyricist as permanent member, a member that does nothing else, is not the vocalist, as in regular cases, takes care of only this, very important I'd say, segment of the band's music. Aside from Ame the lyricist, we have Geegor in charge of guitars, bass, drums and keys and Gareth taking care of vocals and additional guitars, the later being also the only remaining founding member of the band, an act started back in 1999. This is their third full-length effort made of 9 tracks totaling a bit over an hour of playing time. Mid-tempo Black Metal with a certain epic atmosphere surrounding it, with plenty of good parts but also with its fair share of generic, dull moments (especially on guitar riffs), but nonetheless the overall impression is of a good, punchy assault. In my opinion if they would have trimmed down the excessive fat and delivered the whole in about 40 minutes of playing time, this would have been a much more impacting album, but they chose to add some generic riffs and unimpressive repetitive parts that simply brought no good to the whole. The vocals are not as versatile and expressive as I would have liked either, so they bring nothing to widen the experience, but I have to admit I was impressed by the powerful role the bass lines play here, and by the clever guitar leads that should be the foundation of a more concise, direct and even aggressive Diabolical Principles in the future (at least I'd wish them this). The CD comes with 8 pages booklet featuring all lyrics and it's a worthwile decision to follow the music while reading the lyrics, they add a bit more atmosphere and depth completing the experience. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
facebook.com/Diabolical-Principles-112793065458111
trueunderground.cba.pl

Band: FABLE
Country: Australia
Title: To Glory Unknown
Label: Wolfspell Records
Year: 2016
Style: Epic Folk Black Metal

Review:
Founded in 2015, this Victoria based duo released their debut album, the one I'll talk about here, a year later, both as a self-released CD and gatefold Digipak CD on Wolfspell Records, and this seems to have been just the beginning as they've already released two more materials since then. This one I have here is made of 9 tracks and clocks almost 45 minutes of playing time, a music clearly following paths opened by Summoning and maybe even Pazuzu in the '90's and continued by countless other projects along the years, a genre that was always in the obscure underground although being catchier and more accessible than the other subgenres of Black Metal. Combining Ambient Black Metal with Folk and Fantasy sonorities, Fable (excellent band name for this music) manage to deliver an epic, majestic atmosphere through its music, a calm and mostly soft breed of Ambient Black Metal closer to a dreamy, melancholic state than to a hateful, aggressive one. The compositions are ok, wth plenty of hooks here and there, but the general impression is of an unfinished work, a rushed recording that could have been more professional if only a bit more time would have been spent on it. I would have liked a few intense / fast Black Metal insertions throughout the material, this way it seems too monotone, they are just balancing between slow and mid-paced tempos that tend to get tiresome after a while. As a debut it's not bad at all, the band is currently working on a followup, so we'll just wait and see if they manage to do better, the niche they've chosen is generous and a band can quickly grow to cult status in no time...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
fableaus.bandcamp.com
wolfspellrex.com

Band: FORNACE
Country: Italy
Title: My Journey Is Ending But the Torment Will Be Eternal
Label: Paragon Records
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Turin, Italy based Fornace have been around since 2000, but numerous line-up problems heavily marked their activity so far, resulting in only one original member being still involved, Possessed, who takes care of the bass and since 2015 also vocal lines. This is Possessed's first attempt of conducting vocal duties on a full-length album, and upon listening to Fornace's second album I can say it was an excellent decision, his vocals are probably the most aggressive and sharp element in their music, those types of screams that can make your blood freeze, but unfortunately lacking versatility, too little attempt to become more complex (only short insertions of whispers and spoken words); oh well, maybe on the next release when he gets more accustomed with this new role. There are 6 new tracks on this release, clocking over 50 minutes of organic sounding, '90's second wave of Norwegian Black Metal inspired compositions. The whole sounds damn honest and as I said before, organic, and that's the best feature of this release, although it has a rough take on production, it all sounds crystal clear while still maintaining that cold, scratchy take Black Metal used to have in the '90's. Cold, obscure, abrasive, and at the same time a bit depressive, definitely melancholic, even epic at times, that's how I would describe the atmosphere on this album. It's not an innovative piece of music in any way, but it will be highly entertaining for fans of the so called trv Black Metal.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
soundcloud.com/fornace
themetalunderground.com

Band: HESSIAN WOLF CHILDREN
Country: USA
Title: The Hessian Wolf Children
Label: Burning Tree
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Grindcore

Review:
Wow, I was not expecting this to be a mix between primitive, fast paced Thrash Metal and old-school Grindcore, not at all, I was actually expecting it to be some sort of Heavy Speed Metal or even Thrash Black Metal by the look of the cover artwork. This Thousand Oaks, California based quartet delivers 6 tracks with such an incredible energy and speed only Napalm Death can deliver in an old-school, organic, honest way; insanely fast drumming, sinister, twisted guitar riffs that reminded me of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre for some reason alternated with some other, '80's like simple but headbanging-friendly Thrash Metal riffs, a bass line that so oppressive it sounds like your house is about to be demolished, and a totally crazy vocal shouting his lungs out from start to finish. A wall of intensity and disgust spat right to your face, well done, guys, well done. Released in a few different 7" vinyl formats all with lyrics insert included.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
hessianwolfchildren.bandcamp.com

Band: HURZ
Country: Italy
Title: Hurz
Label: Le Mat Records
Year: 2016
Style: Dark Ambient

Review:
Recently founded by three musicians with significant experience underbelt from the local Metal (Doom Metal that is) scene, Hurz offer us here their debut album, a 7 tracks effort clocking almost 50 minutes. Based on synths, effects and various percussions, but adding what I consider an interesting touch, meaning an impornat role to the vocal lines and to bass as well, the music on this debut album sounds and feels quite ritual, esotheric and mystical avoiding to be too repetitive, so to fall in a dull, monotonous phase. Beside the very influential bass, the band also adds some guitars here and there, and at times you can also feel an Indie influence, so it's not all dark and obscure, it also has it's serene moments. I have to confess I would have like a more curdled lyrical theme for this album, jumping from mythological themes to contemporary, urban ones, to phylosophical themes, it's a bit too much for my taste, but I can also understand they are still experimenting and are probably tired of any constraints the Doom Metal scene imposed them previously. An interesting debut, diverse, expressive, and daring, if you're into Dark Ambient give it a try. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
facebook.com/HVRZPROJECT
lematrecords.bigcartel.com

Band: IN MY EMBRANCE
Country: Sweden
Title: Black Waters Deep
Label: Sliptrick Records
Year: 2016
Style: Melodic Death Black Metal

Review:
Swedish machine is starting slowly, but gradually gaining „the momentum”. „Black Waters Deep” are oscillating between death and black metal and drifts irregularly between these metal borders. Sorrow, agony, hare, life, death, religion, the pathologically society and the existential dilemmas are scrolling lyrically across rolling sounds, spat angrily by vocalist. This sound screwdriver is screwing up in the head effectively! Swedish steel are swedish steel! From 5th track, called „The Abhorrence”, album „picks up speed” and a little slow at 7th „Next Chapter”, however the last two songs are very fast. Some good solo guitars are excited and... neofolk instrumental called „Autumn Storm Despair” just ended the album. Really good album!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: INTO THE NETHERMOST
Country: Spain
Title: Chronicles from the Black Bile
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
Three years after their debut full-length was released, Into The Nethermost are following up with a 7 tracks (42 minutes of playin time) effort that looks and sounds very interesting. Although I find the vocals was less versatile and expressive than I would have liked for this album, I find the 7 tracks featured here to be very interesting, reminding me of the end of the '90's when bands seemed to have taken their time when composing / recording an album, the music was much more, how to say it, patient. Same here, the compositions seem to take their time to grow, capture interest, strenghten, and finally they almost get stuck to your head, and unfortunately I'll have to blame that "almost" on the lack of hooks on the vocal part; the vocal timbre is ok, and the guy gives his best, but I still feel there was room for, I don't know, clean vocal insertions, choirs and/or background vocals, something to enhance the atmosphere and make it more grandiose like they tried to do on the fourth track. The instrumental part is excellent, the acoustic and semi-acoustic guitars thrown in here and there are building a fine balance with the otherwise technical and quite complex natural flow of the track structures, and here I have to mention the intense and intricate guitar riffs, the heavy bass lines (including the occasional displays of solo virtuosity) and the progressive-inclined drumming. Labelling this as Black Death Metal seems too harsh, but that's the starting point, Into The Nethermost have created an interesting, technical, melodic yet muscular album that's worth a couple of spins even before forming yourselves a superficial idea. Comes as digipak CD with 8 pages booklet featuring all lyrics which at first I thought would be about the Black Plague, but they are actually way more complex.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/A.Descent.Into.the.Nethermost

Band: KAFIRUN
Country: Canada
Title: The Worship and Glorification of Holy Death
Label: Mara Records
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
This material is a compilation of two EP, released earlier. However in „new life” this stuff sounds better. Kafirun played typical sounds of black metal but in various embodiments. There are some nihilistic screams, some machine of sound, some wall of sounds, some neofolk’s motifs with black metal’s raw flow... „The Worship and Glorification of Holy Death” is a interesting stuff. In any case, this compilation is a pretty good due to its focus on the different sounds of black metal. There comes something intelligent. I appreciate it.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: KARG
Country: Austria
Title: Weltenasche
Label: Art of Propaganda
Year: 2016
Style: Post Black Metal

Review:
It's a shame I don't understand German language, maybe I would have dwelved deeper into this album, even though it's sung in a certain dialect from the Austrian lands V. Wahntraum, the main man behind this project, is. The topics, once again, seem to be full of disapointment, despair, and total hate towards mankind, although the dedication on it (in rememberance of my fellow Peter) indicates profound love and respect for a late friend, and in my opinion a few parts on the album sound quite hopeful, dreamy and melancholic but quite shiny. Anyway, this is the fifth album from this project that shouldn't be a new name to fans of Post Black Metal as it is lead by Harakiri For The Sky's vocalist and has already been more or less active since 2006. 8 new tracks clocking over 70 minutes of playing time, a far cry from what we think of when naming Black Metal, an atmospheric, emotional, melancholic type of Post Black Metal highlighted by rough, abrasive vocals, lost of calm moments balanced with other, more energetic and even aggressive but still highly melodic, atmospheric, mesmerizing. Although the first track kind of left me unimpressed and I was about to label the album as a dry and uninteresting, slowly but surely Karg's music grew on me and by the end of the album I was left in awe. A couple of spins later and I still discover and enjoy new things, and I'm sure this won't change anytime soon, so from my point of view, if you're into Post Rock/Metal with a Depressive/Ambient Black Metal atmosphere this will surely make your day.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/kargband
art-of-propaganda.de

Band: KARMA RASSA
Country: Russia
Title: Talks to Innerself
Label: Soundage Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Atmospheric Progressive Metal

Review:
The second album of  prog-metal band Karma Rassa from St. Petersburg is a piece of really pretty good and thought out music. Just from the first track sharp riffs talking in smart dialogue with prog-metal motifs. „Talks to Innerself” is a kind of drifting from open minded metal to rock and atmpspheric electronic and some elements of jazz. However this is still, metal, with the strength and huge, sound spaces. Karma Ross skillfully controls himself climate, often introducing acoustic stuffs when „the bit” starts to untwist. That is why the rate of these pieces varies cyclically. This album included a lot of the soft vocals and also quite a bit more aggressive or growls ominously-sad screams. Karma Rassa moves lyrically in multiple spheres, from war and political allusions (e.g. motifs of communism anthem singing in one of Romance languages as a sample intro in instrumental „The Endless Hysteria” ) to cosmic things and philosophy and the last track is also the title’s.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: KERKER
Country: Germany
Title: Ban All Lights
Label: Nihilistische KlangKunst
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Pure deepest hell’s exhalation from the first second! Beautifully unprofessional tone taken from old garage, guitar sounds like cheap keyboard taken from 90th bazaar somewhere in Eastern Europe, drums sounding like potatoes striking the membranes... This is not sarcasm on my part, this stuff sounds like the deepest black metal underground records from the beginning of 90th, recorded on cassette players by walkman’s headphones. And this stuff has its own atmosphere and charm, but at times seems a bit anachronistic and impressive self-parody. However, one can not deny the material specific melody and fidelity to the old times. Pure hell, hot and liqiud sulpur and evil is back!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 6/10

Band: KHAOSPATH
Country: Sweden
Title:     ...for the Devil Speaks the Truth
Label: Immortal Frost Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
This band's outfit made me realize how convenient is for Swedish bands to "transform" their national flag in an inverted cross symbol, haha, I know it's a stupid conclusion but it's damn true. Khaospath from Sweden follows their 2014 debut album with a 9 tracks (55 minutes long) effort 2 years later, a new album that marks a few highly important changes in the band's activity: from a one man project led by Hellcommander Vargblod and based in Malta, not Khaospath are a trio based in Sweden, and also worth mentioning is the label's change from Germany based Pesttanz to the Belgian Immortal Frost. These changes will have undoubtedly impacted the band's music as well, so what we get on these 9 new tracks, is a ferocious, hateful, organic sounding Black Metal highlighted by the raspy and razor-sharp shrieks of Vargblod and by occasional interesting guitar leads that in my opinion are taking this release at least a level up to what would have been if stripped off them. My main problem is with the stuffed, somehow chaotic sounding production, although I can appreciated it's organic approach, I feel a bit more polish (not much more) would have done only good. The structures are pretty traditional if I may say so, but the occasional guitar leads, as said before, are adding the catchy factor to the whole, and all in all the final impression is good, it's an enjoyable release, dark and aggressive as it should be, but without an original edge to make the band stand out from the crowd.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/khaospath
immortalfrostproductions.com

Band: L’HOMME ABSURDE
Country: Russia
Title: Monsters
Label: Fono Ltd.
Year: 2016
Style: Post-Black Metal/Post-Rock

Review:
This debut album of Russian post-blackmetallers, preceded earlier by the EP, brings together a quasi-melodic metal based on a weeping black metal guitars and raw percussion rhytmes. „Monsters” is just a fusion of blackmetal and post-rock, where the proportions, the two musical genres are quite pretty matched. You can say that black metal and post rock drift here after about 50 kilometers from the border of each of the parties in this stuff, heh... certainly well come to those who love the ineffable sadness and grief mixed with an identity crisis. There is power nudnawo but sometimes - depending on the specific bit. There is also a lot of pinch coldwave’s penetrating chill. 
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 7/10

Band: LUCID DREAM
Country: Italy
Title: Otherwordly
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Hard'n'Heavy

Review:
I reviewed these guys' second album almost 3 years ago and I still remember I liked it a lot so of course getting their new release in my mailbox was very exciting and a bit worrying because I feared they won't be able to top their previous work. The band is still selfproduced, but they are still taking thing damn seriously, and this new opus comes in form of a 3 panels gatefold digipak CD complete with a 12 pages booklet with lyrics and pretty simple but I guess symbolic graphic artwork. The band lost their fourth member in the meantime, unless if Paulo Raffo who was the drummer on The Eleventh Illusion is the same with Paulo Tixi who appears as session drummer on this new album. The music is the same classy Hard'n'Heavy inspired by both '70's Hard Rock and Progressive Metal, this time with a bit more groove coming from the Southern / Stoner scene, but only a hiont of it, just to get things spicier, the end result is still mostly a mix between Hard Rock and Heavy Metal highlighted by the amazing vocal abilities of Alessio, the versatile and expressive guitar work of the same guy and Simone and the subtle but highly supportive bass lines of Gianluca. An easy flowing, easily digestible, addictive, interesting album that closes with the band's most complex work here, a symphonic (two violins are making their way here) take on Hard'n'Heavy with a healthy dose of dreamy Progressive Rock thrown in the mix. Lovely!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
luciddream.it

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