7th Abyss - Unvoiced
ADX - Non Serviam
Aedh - Au-delà des cendres
Ancient Obscurity - Luonnon loputon laulu
Asgrauw - Krater
Blackcore - Ulfhedinn
Blakulla - The Immortal Cult
Carnage Inc. - Fury Incarnate
Chaosbaphomet - Promethean Black Flame
Children of Seraph - Warriors of Light
Deathfucker - Fuck the Trinity
Edward Helsing - All the Way Diabolic
Eggther - Volume Null
Enfeeble - Momentum of Tranquility
From The Vastland - Chamrosh
Giordano Boncompagni - New Shred Generation
Hermodr - A Place of Eternal Twilight / Carved in Ice
Infant Death - Violent Rites
Infernal Diatribe - Videha Mukti
Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus - Immaculate Deconception
Nogrod - Abstruce Dismal
Nordwitch - Mork Profeti
Numenor - Sword and Sorcery
Panopticon - Revisions of the Past
Penitence Onirique - V.I.T.R.I.O.L.
Sarastus - II - Toinen tuleminen
Serpent Spells - Mantras Within Ascending Fire
Stworz - Na trzy strony Slonca
Stworz - Zagony Bogow
Synlakross - Death Bullets for a Forajido
The Extinct Dreams - Fragmenty Viechnosti
The Legion Ghost - ...Two for Eternity
Wedrujacy Wiatr - Tam, gdzie miesiac oplakuje swit

Band: 7TH ABYSS
Country: Germany
Title: Unvoiced
Label: Trollzorn
Year: 2016
Style: Modern Metal

Review:
7th Abyss from Germany are presenting us here their debut album, the result of 3 years of work, 11 tracks clocking 47 minutes, and if I'm quite used to review Old-School inspired Metal lately, this one has nothing to do with Old-School, this is as modern as it gets. A well balanced mix of modern Thrash, Groove, Death Metal with Metalcore and Deathcore resulting in an album that will keep you interested and entertained from start to finish. The band is obviously made of well trained musicians that are not glued to a genre or another and their compositions are showing it, some out of the box Metal for any Metal fan out there; the album is so complex and varied that almost everyone who's openminded will find something to dig in it, the only question remains if the material as a whole has potential to pass the test of time. At least in my opinion this is a very well structured, well delivered and carefully planned full-length that deserves attention and propose us a new German band with immense potential.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
7th-abyss.com
trollzorn.de

Band: ADX
Country: France
Title: Non Serviam
Label: Anvil Corp.
Year: 2016
Style: Heavy Metal

Review:
With three of the founding members still in the band and two new ones that were probably not even born when the band started it's journey, ADX continues to offer classy and high quality Heavy Metal to their fans since 1982, now releasing their 10th full-length work to date. 11 tracks, 48 minutes of fantastic Heavy Metal specially composed for the band's French speaking followers but not only. I have to admit I wasn't familiar with the band prior to this but checking their discography I see their 1990 album Weird Visions was released by Noise Records (high profile albel of the times) and was probably the band's closest peak to the mainstream or at least to the tops of the genre, and apsrt that they were not that stable, changing labels ith each new release, probably a reason for their low profile (at least outside France). But getting back to this album, I'd say its complexity and maturity are the only features that hint to the band's experience, the rest sounding so energetic and hungry for success that you get the impression of a young and fresh outfit. The production is absolutely top-notch, the vocals are unique and memorable although not particularly impressive, the guitar work is amazing (damn, those riffs are so slick you won't get enought of them, not to mention the genre-defining leads and solos that blew my mind!), the rhythm section is precise like a Swiss clock, and all in all the band sounds tight and experienced, I have no real complaints except for maybe a couple of tracks that are not as good as the others, but all in all Non Serviam is great, I can't believe it comes from a band that was formed 30+ years ago. If you think a French sung modern Accept-like Heavy Metal band would make your day ADX is the perfect choice, no doubts.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
a-d-x.ch

Band: AEDH
Country: Canada
Title: Au-delà des cendres
Label: Werewolf Promotion / Dying Sun Records
Year: 2016
Style: Canada

Review:
Debut full-length album from this one man band from Canada, Au-delà des cendres is made of only 4 tracks but clocks 40 minutes of playing time. Black Metal highlighted by atmospheric and expressive guitar riffs, distant screams and synthetic drums; not sure if all in all I'm convinced by this album, it seems the tracks are stretched more than they should, I mean the overall impression is Dubthach MacLugh wanted to release an album at any costs and stretched these 4 tracks as much as possible in order to reach a "normal" duration for a full-length. The guitar work is the best feature inhere, a couple of layers of atmospheric and expressive guitar riffs that could have done better if not repeated so darn much. The vocals are imcomprehensive so they serve only as desperate screams but don't actually give a direction to the feelings this music transmits. The drums are quite simple and their sound is a bit too thin so that in the end they sound synthetic and bring no additional feelings to the whole, they even sound annoying at times, and at others (during the fast Black Metal outbursts) are quite ok, supportive and aggressive as they should be. If you're into Atmospheric Black Metal give this a try, maybe you'll enjoy it, as for me I find it a bit too average, sorry.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
facebook.com/aedhofficial
werewolf-promotion.pl
dyingsun.nl

Band: ANCIENT OBSCURITY
Country: Finland
Title: Luonnon loputon laulu
Label: Wolfspell Records
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Offering some original shit in the nowadays Black Metal scene seems almost impossible nowadays and yet this one man project from Finland is doing just that! I mean who would have even thought Black Metal can be crafted on Punk/Grunge-sounding guitars, too? Not me, that's for sure, and I have to admit at first this sounded at least strange to me, not to say repulsive, but after a while I got used to this weird guitar tone and got to really get into this guy's compositions; the 7 tracks featured here are a combination of '90's Traditional Black Metal with the typical Melodic type of Finnish Black Metal, with some Melodic Rock/Metal rhythms thrown here and there giving the whole a strange wibe, a certain je-ne-sais-quoi making this a very interesting material. You should try it only if you're used to organic, almost sloppy sounding demos as this one has a demo sound to it, not polished, emanating an almost bohemian atmosphere, think of a Grunge rocker playing Black Metal in his own style, angry, depressive, and drunk as fuck, in the night's cold and mystery... pretty cool, right? Well, if it sounds cool to you just give this a spin.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
ancientobscurityofficial.bandcamp.com
wolfspellrex.com

Band: ASGRAUW
Country: Holland
Title: Krater
Label: Hidden Marly Production
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Dutch Asgrauw impressed me pretty much a couple of years ago when I reviewed their debut album, at the time selfreleased, so a followup opus is a real treat for me Today. 10 tracks, 43 minutes of playing time; traditional, second wave of Norwegian Black Metal - inspired, fierce, piercing, evil and misanthropic but at the same time technical, atmospheric and melodic at times, a perfect treat not only for me, but for all nostalgics of early Emperor or Ulver for example. The drumming is excellent, ranging from full-on intense blastbeats to complex structures, the vocals are not as versatile as to impress but definitely well delivered, with anger, disgust, yet being comprehensive and precise, the guitar work is stunning, comming up with a high dose of traditional but extremely well thought guitar riffs, and last but not least the bass lines are mostly subtle and well supportive, but also in front and leading here and there. A good dose of everything on this album, so after the audition the first word that comes to mind is balanced. The minus for me would be the fact that after being floored by their debut I kind of expected the second one to top it but it didn't, maybe I felt it a bit too predictive and less surprising than I've expected, nonetheless Krater is another solid piece of Dutch Black Metal.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
asgrauw.com
hidden-marly.org

Band: BLACKCORE
Country: Italy
Title: Ulfhedinn
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Heavy Black Metal

Review:
Diabolical Egipan 666, the guy behind this moniker, started his journey through the Italian Black Metal scene more than 20 years ago, changing different band/project names so far, which in my opinion wasn't the best way to go so far; even this project name, BlackCore (honestly I hate it), is now gone, and the new name is Black Shine Fever, a better, more inspired one. Anyway, being my first meeting with his music I was mislead by his promo pictures in expecting some Goth Rock out of this demo, but that wasn't the case, BlackCore (I'll refer to it this way, not with the new moniker simply because that was it conceived at first) offers a big surprise to openminded listeners, just imagine a combination of Samael, Satyricon, The Kovenant with Bathory, Venom and even fuckin' Judas Priest or Motorhead! Complex, catchy compositions highlighted by basically no boundaries, good taste in Metal, pride and a bit of cocky attitude as well, an excellent offering. The compositions, as I said, are keeping that old-school simplicity and catchiness, but with a fresh, modern feel to them, my only complaint would be in the production area, the drum machine sounds too synthetic, too soulless for this music, a real drummer and a more professional mastering next time would do wonders I tell you. As potential BlackCore (now Black Shine Fever) is a fantastic finding, very different that what's "on the market" nowadays, with an own identity that hints at an excellent future, I only hope this musician won't change the band name again anytime soon.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
facebook.com/BlackShineFever

Band: BLAKULLA
Country: France
Title: The Immortal Cult
Label: Lower Silesian Stronghold
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
7 tracks, 50 minutes of playing time and to me after a first spin they seemed like 20 minutes, that means either that this is a solid effort or that I'm overly impressed by this type of music, traditional, straight to your face Black Metal inspired by the '90 Norwegian scene and not only (somehow this album reminded me of the French Hirilorn and their only album, one that I still love to this day). Basically Blakulla's new opus, its second full-length released 4 years after the debut one, is an uncompromising stab of ice-cold, fast-paced Black Metal highlighted by the drums hyper-intensity, the absolutely magnificent and clever guitar riffs that create the core of this freezing-cold atmosphere, and an organic sounding, visceral hoarse vocalist. Nothing to impress through originality or progressive / innovative ideas, not at all, but definitely a very solid traditional Black Metal album that should at least be listened to once by followers of this genre, and although the band's name might fool you into believing this is a joke, its music is far from it, quite serious stuff.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10

Contact:
trueunderground.cba.pl

Band: CARNAGE INC.
Country: India
Title: Fury Incarnate
Label: Transcending Obscurity
Year: 2016
Style: Crossover Thrash Metal 

Review:
This debut album (or rather 5 track’s EP debut stuff) just started as acoustic metal ballads with some thrash riffs played as „breaks”. At the beginning of next track somebody try to regulate radio receiver catching a variety of waves suitable dismal news from the country and the world – and and just begins oldschool thrash flow from the 80s a la Hirax with elements of early DRI, tinted short guitar solos a la Evildead or even scream a la Overkill. Apparently nothing especially discovered – but you can hear, that young metallers from India’s Mumbai and Maharashtra had a great fun with recorded their stuff, they turn very much all guitars multieffects and really like oldschool thrash and crossover. „Fury Incarnate” kicking ass as good thrash material taken from the golden age of thrash. Not bad debut, let’s wait for full album, it is worth, I think so.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 7/10

Band: CHAOSBAPHOMET
Country: Greece
Title: Promethean Black Flame
Label: Deathrune Records
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
This Greek duo has been around since 2001 but managed to record and release this debut album only now, 15 years since then, not sure for what reason, but being active in other bands, too, like Kawir or Unholy Archangel, one can only speculate. Promethean Black Flame features 7 tracks and clocks 35 minutes of playin time, a brutal and mystical display of traditional Greek Black Metal with occasional Death and Heavy Metal elements. Opening with an acoustic, slow, mysterious intro that reminded me of Indiana Jones for some reason, the album slowly progresses into a traditional Greek Black Metal highlighted by the melodic and technical guitars, oppressive atmospheres and visceral vocals (both screams and clean vocals). Fans of nowadays Black Death brutality will consider this maybe too slow building and/or even soft, but if you're into an evil, occult atmosphere you'll appreciate this. What remained into my mind after a couple of auditions is how these guys are taking their time, the tracks are not rushing anywhere and are not rushed either, th etension in each track builds up slowly but full of evil feelings, it feels like progressing into Hell, it's only fault, in my opinion, is the lack of surprise, the lack of something to truly impress. Released by Deathrune as CD with 12 pages booklet featuring all lyrics and a memorable cover artwork I must say.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
chaosbaphomet.bandcamp.com
deathrune-records.com

Band: CHILDREN OF SERAPH
Country: USA
Title: Warriors of Light
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Power Metal

Review:
The debut album of American power metallers from Seattle and Washington is very melodic and somewhat secondary material. Sometimes smacks of pop-rock but it makes an impression of space and is perfect for long car ride. Here you can hear a lot of borrowings from Helloween (especially eith the parts of guitar solos), a bit of Europe (a lot of keyboards climate), some Gamma Ray (vocals), some "Tears of The Dragon" of Bruce Dickinson’s solo album and a little bit of time and Metallica’s "Black Album". There are also attempts to play a progressive or references to legends of rock (Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash, etc). Anyway Children of Seraph patterns set themselves good at playing their music, techniques are very nice and I wish that almost nothing of his not brought from one another, whether in wording or in the lyrics.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 6.5/10

Band: DEATHFUCKER
Country: Italy
Title: Fuck the Trinity
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Thrash Death Metal

Review:
New band from Italy founded in 2015, Deathfucker is a duo at the moment, but they are actively seeking for a complete line-up to start playing live, and after spinning this debut demo of theirs for a few times I have no doubts they are dying to play live as soon as possible. The 3 tracks featured here are a mix of Thrash and Death with '80's Punk Hardcore attitude, fast, aggressive, organic and straight to the point; there's not much to discover here, it's just energetic, adrenaline-infused Metal of the '80's that's meant to be enjoyed live rather than on CDs, at home. It's very cool they recorded the drums live, and they sound perfect for this demo, and on top of that the guitars and bass lines are also enjoyable and well executed, supported by a ferocious vocalist. A good debut but there's plenty of room for improvement, too.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
agentsofsatan@gmail.com

Band: EDWARD HELSING
Country: Finland
Title: All the Way Diabolic
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Gothic Metal

Review:
Debut album from this ambitious one man band from Helsinki, Finland. Usually when you hear about a one man band that's most certainly a Dark Ambient or a Black Metal project, Gothic Metal isn't that usual. This is its debut album, a 7 tracks effort totaling 40 minutes of playing time, a mix between Gothic Rock and Gothic Metal with influences from Doom and Dark Metal, creating a sombre, imposing atmosphere. The instrumental part is really cool, ranging from nice, addictive Gothic Rock melodies to more metallic, darker ones, with passages that remind me of the '90's UK Gothic Doom scene, but also bands like Sisters of Mercy or The Cure (not only for Edward's look though), and at times also Stoner Rock because of the caustic sound of the guitar, so yes, the atmospheres delivered here are spot on and will be well received by fans of the genre, I have no doubt, but regaring the minuses I'd say the anemic vocals are not at all on my taste, the drum programming doesn't sound well all the time (it sounds quite sloppy at times), and then a couple of guitar leads I found way too simple and almost childish. Promising if I look for it from an atmosphere and composition perspective, but it needs more work on execution.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
edwardhelsing.com

Band: EGGTHER
Country: Denmark
Title: Volume Null
Label: Dying Dun Records
Year: 2016
Style: Sludge Doom Black Metal

Review:
New, up and coming band from Denmark, Eggther (actually written as Eggþér) was formed a year ago and what I have here is their debut EP, a three tracks work that's lasting for over 24 minutes, so we get 3 long tracks which is not something uncommon for this genre. Eggther combines Atmospheric Sludge Metal with Doom and even Black Metal the result being an almost instrumental music, very oppressive and grave, with the few vocals scattered here and there as low-toned growls to emphasize the overall density of the instrumental part. Unfortunately this lack of consistent vocals kind of makes me wonder elsewhere during the audition, and it happened every time during the 4 spins I gave to this CD already; I would have liked the vocals if not a bit more throughout the EP, then certainly a bit more varied and versatile. The guitar work, with its semi-acoustic parts, is the highlight of this material, and the support they get from the moody, atmospheric keys in the background is also something worth mentioning. The production is crystal clear, the music nothing to be ashamed of, at times reminding me of the UK Doom Death scene of the '90's, so all in all it's a good debut from a band showing potential, but it definitely needs more to get interest in this overcrowded scene.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
eggther.bandcamp.com
dyingsun.nl

Band: ENFEEBLE
Country: Germany
Title: Momentum of Tranquility
Label: STF Records
Year: 2016
Style: Melodic Thrash Metal Metalcore

Review:
Interesting and fresh sounding combination of Melodic Thrash Metal a la Soilwork / The Haunted with Metalcore on this third full-length album from German Enfeeble. 12 tracks in 15 minutes, an album that's full of energy and enthusiasm, a professional sounding material that proves these guys are a steady and curdles group, they sound like a well oiled engine after so many years of playing together (15 years to be more precise, with 6 of them unde another moniker). Built by a very good technical guitar work, fantastic ultra-fast drumming, heavy bass lines and three layers of vocals (Metalcore screams, clean vocal screams and low-tuned shouts - growls wannabes probably), Momentum of Tranquility is etremely energetic, instigator, even contagious at times, but unfortunately it fails at being memorable, you'll enjoy probably all the tracks featured here but remember none after the audition, and I think there's where the band should work more, their abilities certainly allow them to come up with more memorable compositions. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
enfeeble.info
stf-records.de

Band: FROM THE VASTLAND
Country: Norway
Title: Chamrosh
Label: Immortal Frost Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
The fourth full-length from once Iranian one-man band, now Norwegian full line-up band From The Vastland, Chamrosh is an instant hit, that's how good it is. If you're familiar with this name you know that Sina, the founder, moved from Iran to Noway a few year ago and now he's joined by Andre “Tjalve” Kevebek (Den Saakaldte, Pantheon I) and Kevin “Spektre” Kvale (Horizon Ablaze, Harm) probably as full time musicians after a period of working together for live shows only. This new opus is made of 7 tracks and clock 42 minutes of Black Metal that sounds more Norwegian then never this time, a fantastic delivery of interesting epic and freezing cold guitar riffs, impressively intense and influential bass lines (with a tone that honestly reminded me of Metallica!), an over the top skillful drumming that makes you wonder who's hitting them with so much hate and precision at the same time. The only thing I don't like in From The Vastland's superb new album is the tone of the vocals that no offense to Sina, but sound really pathetic in comparison to the instrumental part, they sound like a spoiled little brat yelling his lungs out while being cold as fuck, nothing I would couple with Black Metal, sorry. The clean, mysterious vocal parts in the title track are showing there's hope, but the Black Metal shrieks are simply not at par with the rest; again, this is my opinion, the album really deserves your attention at least for the instrumental part, one of the best I've hear this year: fast, intricate, epic, mysterious, ice cold and definitely evil as it should be!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
fromthevastland.com
immortalfrostproductions.com

Band: GIORDANO BONCOMPAGNI 
Country: Italy
Title: New Shred Generation
Label: Sliptrick Records 
Year: 2016
Style: Power Progressive Metal

Review:
Giordano Boncompagni is one of the biggest virtuoso electric guitar from italian Perugia. His debut album „New Shred Generation” put him between Joe Satriani and Steve Vai in the same league. This stuff for lovers of progressive metal and instrumental playing with elements of symphonic music is the simply pure orgasm! Perfect in every way the material creates the impression of the power of sound, speed, open space and developed wings.  Giordano Boncompagni also tried to connect the little sounds widely understood, guitar ethno music (in pieces "On the See" stylized on rockin’ afro beat and "Train of Thought" stylized on flamenco and bossanova), however but the whole is definitely progressive, lining up the best of art rock and powermetal and composed in an unbreakable monolith.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: HERMODR
Country: Sweden
Title: A Place of Eternal Twilight / Carved in Ice
Label: Wolfspell Records
Year: 2016
Style: Ambient Black Metal

Review:
One man project hailing from Sweden, with a guy called Rafn behind it all, a very active musician in the local underground Black Metal scene being active or former member of countless other bands and projects. This CD is a compilation of two EPs, each released as stand-alone materials as well, the same year, a total of 5 tracks clocking over 46 minutes of Burzum inspired melancholic, cold, depressive at times Ambient Black Metal. The compositions are not overly technical or innovative in any way, but there are some elements that appear to be interesting here and there, especially on the guitar work, little parts when two layers of guitars, supported by a desperate voice in the background are really capable to inspire true feelings towards the listener. The programmed drums are the weakest link on this release, really simple, synthetic and soulless if I may say so, the drums part doesn't bring anything interesting to the table, on the contrary I'd say. I've heard this before a lot, it sounds a bit generic, but the guitar work and the ability to transmit real emotions make from this CD something worth trying for fans of this genre.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
hermodr.bandcamp.com
wolfspellrex.com

Band: INFANT DEATH 
Country: Norway
Title: Violent Rites
Label: Apocalyptic Empire Records
Year: 2016
Style: Black Thrash Metal

Review:
This is thirrd full album of black/thrashers from Trondheim (apart from a few EP and splits). Infant Death’s kind of thrash is 100% germanic and „Violent Rites” is, typically for Scandinavia, blackmetal carnage with simple but good, fast and fury solo guitars. Speed of this album is „at full throttle from the first whistle - sign of match”, fury and venom are spit directly into the our ears with classical croak. And the proportion of black / thrash changing smoothly within +/- 10% of the median line. Lust, blood, false prophecies, hellish fire, death, chainsaw sounds and sth like this in one. And powerful nails a la early Slayer. For some, the quintessence, the other object of ridicule. In any event, the amount of pure and clean oldschool. Aaaaaaargh !!!!!!!!! 
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 6/10

Band: INFERNAL DIATRIBE 
Country: India
Title: Videha Mukti
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Occult Black Metal

Review:
Debut, 4 track EP or occult blackmetallers from West Bengal begin of gunmachine drum series and then develops a sound machine. Five Indian extreme metallers hiding under aliasses Kalaparzudhara, Naztaz, Narantaka, Kalavikra and KaraNavigama are similar vocally (for example) like Burzum with the times "Hvis Lyset Tar Oss" and musically to the Ukrainian Drudkh. „Videha Mukti” included powerfully blackmetal  but there is a lot of depressive-nihilistic and dolujacych moaning, groaning guitars. In any case, as black metal, it sounds very neat and you can hear the quintet from Kolkata had an idea of what the game.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: NIHILISTINEN BARBAARISUUS
Country: Finland
Title: Immaculate Deconception
Label: Depressive Illusions
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Mika Mage ended up being the only member of Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus at the moment but it seems he has no plans of quitting anytime soon. This Single was already followed by a new EP released this year, so Mika seems to be more productive then ever by his own, time will tell if he's better off this way or if he's going to find a full line-up again. I wouldn't call N.B.'s type of Black Metal traditional to the Finnish way, but rather more influenced by the Norwegian scene, the second wave of it I'd say, enhanced by a spooky atmospheric keyboard in the background. Tremolo guitar riffs, upfront bass lines, fast drumming, supported by the already mentioned keyboards and led by desperate screams, that's what you'll get on this 4 minutes long single released on cassette tape by Depressive Illusions. A good way to keep things fresh I'd say. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
facebook.com/nihilistinenbarbaarisuus
depressiveillusions.com

Band: NOGROD 
Country: India
Title: Abstruce Dismal
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
6 track (with intro) debut EP of Assam’s voivod blackmetallers in real is a mix of black and death metal with the proportions in favor of death metal. Variable hoarsed from abyss throats growls, variable rate, a lot of well-sharpened guitar riffs and a large dose of deathmetal in the blackmetal coating give the feeling that it was established in 2015 pressed so good for his first stuff. Nogrod on "Abstruce Dismal" indeed done a decent metal of rocking, very nice surprise. When I listen this stuff again I think, that Indian metal scene is growing so fast. That’s good.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: NORDWITCH
Country: Ukraine
Title: Mork Profeti
Label: Dark Rituals / Satanath Records
Year: 2016
Style: Blackened Death Metal

Review:
Nordwitch started his career as ukrainian-hungarian project, now this is pure ukrainian band. However debut album „Mork Profeti” was recorded with hungarian drummer. This stuff is a extraordinary mix of black and death metal with eastern melodic flow. Interestingly talking here typical connection percussion „gunmachine” sound and rhythm guitar and female growl vocals with solo guitars taken from prog/speed/powermetal. You can hear, that Nordwitch worked hard with their debut stuff and they made really great CD! From the other side, „Mork Profeti” is not contrived, the proportions of the „slaughterhouse sounds” to the melody and tempo are the most appropriate and thoughtful. „Climate change” within all pieces on this album dotted with them and do not overwhelm here. Lyrically it is a balance between the Nordic legends and gods and the occult.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 9/10

Band: NUMENOR
Country: Serbia 
Title: Sword and Sorcery
Label: Stormspell Records
Year: 2016
Style: Black Power Metal 

Review:
What a curiosity! Serbian Numenor, based largely on Alogia’s members (Alogia is very known heavy metal band in Serbia) was born in 2009 and „Sword and Sorcery” is 2nd full length album. This stuff combines black metal vocals with power / prog metal riffs, a large dose of keyboard sounds, some trumpets motifs and said pinch folk, taken from fantasy style. The album starts with intro, if alive, taken from the works of Jean Michel Jarre and black metal vocals replete with prog / power metal riffs. Re-edition in 2016, in addition to the main material, included mini 5 tracks CD too as a bonus with older tracks, more epic black metal than power metal, but still interesting. "Sword and sorcery" link, inevitably, to the fairy tales and legends, which even without listening to the texts (in English) is clearly noticeable.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 9/10

Band: PANOPTICON
Country: USA 
Title: Revisions of the Past
Label: Nordvis Produktion / Bindrune Recordings
Year: 2016
Style: Atmospheric Folk Black Metal

Review:
This album in real is two-disc compilation of previous accomplishments single project Panopticon. A. Lunn decided to entrust previous albums "On The Subject Of Mortality" and "Social Disservices" in the hands of Spenser'a Morris (mix) and Colin Marston'a (remastering) by, as he said, sounded like should. And it was a very good move! Sounds deep-set based on blackmetal extend far beyond the rigid sound framework. It is a pagan world of atmospheric folk / blackmetal, with his raw fury but also a whole range of ornaments. Sounds ancient villages and old forest brutally pass into a powerful machine sound to the next piece of nostalgie’s calm and psychedelic flow. Hoarsing vocals with the cutter drum of the machine suddenly stops sadness neofolk and acoustic sound with a touch of deep whispers. To turn on a moment deep riff combined with a keyboard background. And then the chorus goes growl ... "Revisions Of The Past" This is not just any subsequent combination of folk and blackmetal. It is not just correcting old recordings. There remained the primary austerity, which through a new mastering was highlighted and deepened. There is a magic!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: PENITENCE ONIRIQUE
Country: France
Title: V.I.T.R.I.O.L.
Label: Emanations
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Not sure why is this material considered an EP and not a full-length but most probably it's only because it features only 5 tracks; that doesn't explain the total duration of almost 50 minutes, I don't think I've ever stumbled upon an EP lasting for almost 50 minutes of playing time... Anyway, I promised myself I won't pick on this topic anymore since noone is following rules nowadays, especially this type of rules (what's a demo; what makes an EP; what's a full-length; what's independent and what not). This is, for sure, the debut material from France based Penitence Onirique, strangely enough recorded in Belgium and released by the band at first as digital product and then picked up by Emanations, a division of Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions and released as high-quality 3 panels digipak CD later in the year. After a debut track that I found pretty generic and that almost made me skip it, the second track is absolutely great and highly memorable, a dense, atmospheric and oppressive Black Metal based on contagious double layers or guitars that make up for the lost ground and even more. The third tracks somehow falls into the same trap of generic, overly stretched and overly repetitive structures, then followed by a more varied fourth track that brings in some Post Black Metal influences, too, which is a nice touch, not affecting the general impression on the overall material though. Ending with a final track that again brings forth the fantastic potential in the guitars section, V.I.T.R.I.O.L. leaves a mark on the listener and introduces us a promising young duo that hopefully will last and improve, too. I'd also make a change on those incomprehensive vocals that I agree, sound ok for this type of music, but are a bit too hidden in the background to make a difference...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
penitence-onirique.bandcamp.com
lesacteursdelombre.net

Band: SARASTUS
Country: Finland
Title: II - Toinen tuleminen
Label: Wolfspell Records
Year: 2016
Style: Black Metal

Review:
If you follow my reviews you'll know by now I'm a sucker for Finnish Black Metal, a genre that very rarely disappointed me, a genre that always delivers what I crave for in Black Metal: freezing cold atmospheres, melodic yet sharp guitar riffs, blastbeats all the way and fleshripping vocals, most of the times sung in a language (mother tongue) that's absolutely perfect for it. Sarastus are a new band from Finland, a duo formed in 2014, and this is actually their debut full-length album released a year after a quite well received demo. We get here 7 tracks in only half an hour of playing time, but a very fulfilling material especially to those of you familiar and followers of Finnish Black Metal, a music that reminds me of Hin Onde but without the Pagan/Folk part. True to the features I've listed above, Sarastus are a perfect example of their country's Black Metal scene, nothing more, nothing less. Highlighted by the two layers of vocals, a shrieking, raspy Black Metal one and a shouting one in the backgrounds, a melodic (at times quite serene, too) and addictive guitar work, and blasting drums all the way, with slight but obvious influences from Heavy Metal, II - Toinen tuleminen is more complex then one could expect at first yet it doesn't surprise much and is not innovative at all so some of you might say you've heard this before and I don't think the band would contradict you much; maybe with their next opus... Anyway, a great debut!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
sarastus.bandcamp.com
wolfspellrex.com

Band: SERPENT SPELLS
Country: Bangladesh
Title: Mantras Within Ascending Fire
Label: Godz ov War Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Black Death Metal

Review:
It's not everyday I stumble upon a Bangladesh Extreme Metal band so this was a special moment welcomed with high interest from my part especially after reading a couple of reviews prior to listening this EP, raving reviews that hailed this band's bestiality and evilness. I have to admit after the very interesting, blasphemic intro the first track kind of left me wanting for more, way more; the production is organic and very raw, with waird type of vocals that at first listening sound like the vocalist recorded in his bedroom careful not to disturb his neighbors. Well, after a while I got used to it and started following the lyrics as well, and it's then when everything clicked, starting with the second full track and ending with the title track (there are only 3 tracks + the intro featured here) Serpent Spells' music get better and better ending in complete bestial hell. The vocals resemble more and more with poisonous serpent like sounds and that makes perfect sense, if that was the intention I am totally sold. The drummer is fantastic, faster than a pickhammer, connected to the atmosphere, and even though the sound quality is not the best you'll certainly hail his efforts. The guitars are made of Blackened Death riffs, vicious and devilish, with occasional fast and impressive solos. All in all by the end of this EP you're a fan, at least for me it did the work, I'm now convinced of the band's potential, only hope their next release will have a better production.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
facebook.com/serpentine.ouroboros
godzovwar.com

Band: STWORZ 
Country: Poland 
Title: Na trzy strony Słońca
Label: Werewolf Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Acoustic Pagan Folk Metal

Review:
This stuff is 100% acoustic and divided to two parts: titles „Na trzy strony Słońca” (For the three side of Sun) and „Słońcakres” (Midsummer). First part are five tracks of folk and neofolk sounds based on acoustic guitar and nature sounds just straight from the fields and forests. 2nd part based on more elaborate pieces, based largely on the design of medieval flow. 
And this is the most reflects the pagan spirit! Stringed instrument (guitar or lyre or other stings), flute, harp, drum, and murmur and the fireplace and singing birds tudzież rhythmic riffs grasshoppers in the background - 100% acoustic folk in pagan folk – during Midsummer celebration. So they could play Slavs, Celts, Germans, Dacians, the Huns - the Central European community here is strongly felt in new Stworz stuff. Simple but energetic, acoustic, folk music. With the energy of the metal.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: STWORZ 
Country: Poland 
Title: Zagony Bogów
Label: Werewolf Productions
Year: 2015
Style: Pagan Metal

Review:
Intro to "Patches of the Gods" is authentic and traditional music of the Polish countryside passing in paganmetalowe breath with echoes of old songs. After this short beginning Stworz kicks off in pagan metal based on the rhythm of folk. Screamed pagan-metal vocals wonderfully talks with melodic female voices, and these are not just any texts and decent, Slavic poetry, is also strictly folk. A multitude of inserts sounds of nature and neofolk motives very uprightly interacts with the pagan metal aggressiveness while the band does not shun folk melody, typical for Slavic lands. As a result, Stowrz distinguishable from the multitude of native folkmetal or pagan metal bands. I have the impression that Olsztyn, where the group originated, developed a distinctive sound of pagan metal. Create an even involuntarily reminds me of the Alne, Vulfenkreuz or Non Opus Dei - in these teams something characteristically archaic and native. There is no "a flute with the keyboards", "Zagony Bogów" is a very thought-out material, which was missing on our metal scene. It is thoughtful and well „married” sound pagan metal with authentic Polish folklore. Good job!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: SYNLAKROSS
Country: Spain
Title: Death Bullets for a Forajido
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2016
Style: Melodic Death Metal

Review:
Wow, this must be one of the most professional sounding (and looking, too) unsigned bands I've heard in recent times, I actually can't believe how are they still unsigned; after a couple of spins of this new album of theirs, I took a look to what they did prior to Death Bullets for a Forajido, and found out they have a debut album released three years ago but that sounds nowhere near to how this new one does, the improvement in everything is stunning! The 10 tracks featured here are clocking a round 40 minutes of Melodic and Modern Death Metal that will immediately make you think of Arch Enemy, even more because of Partricia's (Synlakross' front woman) look and sound, and I honestly think that with the right support from a major label this band could threaten the throne of Arch Enemy, easily. The two guitarists are getting along extremely well, and in comparison to the previous album their work became faster, more complex, more intelligent and wide, and at the same time a lot more curdled really enpowering the music on this album. The drumming is complex, precise and sounds perfect, the bass lines are subtle but supportive enough to keep things low tunned and metallic, and Patricia's vocals are so versatile and charismatic that it will be impossible to ignore this band, especially if you're into Melodic Death Metal; one of the best albums of the genre for 2016, no doubt! What a band, what amazing potential here...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 10/10

Contact:
synlakross.com

Band: THE EXTINCT DREAMS 
Country: Russia 
Title: Fragmenty Viechnosti
Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year: 2016
Style: Funeral Doom Death Metal

Review:
Russians funeral doom/death metallers from Altai Krai released new album. Only four songs - and up! This is not a EP. "Fragments of eternity" is more than 47 minutes amazing climate of homesickness, deep space and longing for something unspecified. On progressively expanded machine sound from deep depression growl gives the impression of latent power. For this long, prog-rock instrumental motifs played with verve doom'owym increase the impression of imminent, unspecified destruction. And while this anxiety emanates difficult to grasp power. There were also a pinch of nihilistic sadness and neofolk psychedelic. Solid work from the East!
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

Band: THE LEGION GHOST
Country: Germany
Title: ...Two for Eternity
Label: Noizgate Records
Year: 2016
Style: Modern Metal

Review:
Released only a year distance since the band's foundation, the debut album from The Legion Ghost offers 13 tracks, 51 minutes of modern, polished, openminded Metal to attack the top heights of this genre. Mixing elements from Thrash Metal, Groove Metal, Metalcore and even a bit of Modern Death Metal, ...Two for Eternity sounds already mature and well curdled although the band is so young; brutal and metallic guitar riffs supported by melodic leads and solos, a screaming vocalist supported by clean and growling vocals here and there, an intense and groovy rhythm section, building a catchy, energetic and emotional material with a fresh & modern stamp all over it released as Digipak CD with 12 pages booklet. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
thelegionghost.com
noizgate.com

Band: WEDRUJACY WIATR 
Country: Poland 
Title: Tam, gdzie miesiac oplakuje swit
Label: Werewolf Productions
Year: 2013
Style: Atmospheric Black Metal 

Review:
Into my hands I got finally released three years ago album of  Olsztyn’s  Wedrujacy Wiatr (Wandering Wind). Better late than never! This atmospheric (and very melodic) black metal is mainly characterized by interesting, poetic texts devoted to ancient Slavic gods and deeply rooted in heathen vision of the world. Long, almost symphonic and full of nostalgia and majesty of the night songs reminded me of the atmosphere of a native of Transylvania (early Negura Bunget, Dordeduh or/and projects such as Martzolea and Hoia Baciu), of course, with the release of Slavic way. I mean this whole envelope black metal inlaid by melodic sounds of the night, the forest and the surrounding nature. It is unfortunate that the vocal is very clear and full understanding of texts (and really worth the not delve) I had to use the benefits of the internet Encyclopaedia Metallum database. And if it were not it would be 10/10, because this pathetic-flowing atmosphere of the album is really front and uprightly put on our ears. Another big plus in the note for the use of the native language and yet another for acoustic reasons.
Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 8/10

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