lördag 15 november 2014

Black Force / Fröst Rot - Dungeons of Depravity

I have planned for awhile now to write this review and now finally i get my demon thumb out of the ass!


After i heard the Black Force  "Cult of the Bloodstone" tape demo some month ago  i was eager to find more from them because they come from of just the kind of bloodstained cemetery dirt i love! Early trashy satanic speed/heavy-metal all the way to the grave! ....or "Speed to the grave" if i should quote Necrocurse. hehe.

These two (damn only two!!) new songs from Black Force delivers in just the same chaotic fashion as last time with ugly metal-cave riffs that gets your barbaric blood pumping again, it is quite primal but not losing its headbanging demon groove for a second. Production is mid-raw i would say as this music is meant to be in. Good songs to put it simple...but it would not hurt a bit if one would at least one song more each from the bands, i am a demanding bastard i know hehe. (now i the only thing i miss from BF is the Ep"Keep the Banner of Old High")

These tracks from Fröst Rot is the first i hear from them so i did not know what to expect but it did not take long before i understod why these bands did this split! Fröst Rot is just as good! They lean a bit more towards heavy metal riffings rather then the little more speedy BF but thats not a negative point as they compose their filth with classic (but personal) vigor. Vocals here is more higher produced  (but nicely ugly & vile) but dont overpower & drench the rest of the music.
Seems like i have to keep an eye on these hellhounds as well! ;)


A nasty but short split tape that should be picked up.

Track list:

Side A - Side Black
1. Black Force - Mites for Satan
 
2. Black Force - Shadow of the Vampyre
 
Side B - Side Rot
3. Fröst Rot - Grave Robber
 
4. Fröst Rot - Satanic Speed
 
*Out on - Into Dungeons Records

RAW WAR ISSUE THREE 90% DONE!

The stinking reaper is soon ready to drop a new baby on the floor!


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fredag 31 oktober 2014

Entsetzlich - Eternal Funeral Cries


Here we have the first full length from this horrid Australian 1-corps band Entsetzlich!
After 4 demos, 3 splits, 1 Ep & one compilation album finally one has the chance to be fully suffocated by these eight ghastly songs!


For those who not already know about this bands sound... it hovers in the realm of the almost dead, the croaked gestalt of "the end" is fuzzing coldly the strings out over the field of the damned, this is a discomforting journey in the name of  both external & internal distress and hate.

As much as it has black metal vibes (as in track 5&6 for example) it has very much a coating of the ambient noise genre as many parts of this release disregards of any typical song structures (which Azathoth makes good use of) and shoots off to the edge of sanity & builds up the tracks in a slowly sinking collage pattern...
...parts surfaces as other drowns in itself... screams & mutterings unleashes both negativity and strength in a much vile way.
In its natural paradox of suicidal atmosphere & elitist stand point it gives the listeners a punch in the stomach and/or in the face.... resulting in either confusion or resolution.

As one sits through the whole album in one go it really gets under your skin and a claustrophobic weight is holding you down, a good deed and a great accomplish in my book.

So yeah Entsetzlich is maybe not for the everyday BM-Joe but that is just how it should be also as the BM climate is becoming a sanitized entity this type of unwelcoming acts is very much needed.


Track list:

1.     Contemplating the End of Life    
2.     Mesmerized by the Infinite Void    
3.     Condemned to Failure    
4.     The Cold Wind Rages Through The Dying Forest        
5.     On the Path towards the Funeral Gates
6.     From Hateful Visions    
7.     Curse the Abyss Part I        
8.     Desolate and Forsaken Nights

This cd version is released by the great Deathcult label!

måndag 27 oktober 2014

Sardonic Witchery - Kult of the Underground Warrior

Straight out of Texas burning fields King Demogorgon unleashes the first full length album upon the masses!


After the ominous intro it kicks off straight away with its primitive satanic almost punkish metal attack!
Yes this is both old school and timeless as this type of BM-music will always be included in its weapon arsenal, with a straight face it marches forward with one goal in sight and that is to cut down the weak lambs and reclaim the throne.
As i said earlier its a bit punkish and that lays most in the drum department but the guitars melts well into it with its blend of raw & sharp riffings, vocals is vomited forth with a raspy dominant disgust...and sometimes in a clean complaining "vatican-monk" style. hehe
The first three tracks is mostly played in a attack pattern with some nice guitar solos thrown in but around the 4-5 song some Nordic cold melodic guitar parts start to be incorporated to good results.

Yes its traditional but it it is just what it tries to be - a black flame warrior standing firm & tall. -
Musical wise its has its constant sound and never really lets up its "slightly faster then mid-pace gruffing" but here and there there are bits thrown in thats enriches the album as a whole which is good.
The only complain really is that some songs could been shortened and some guitar solo not used but thats minor things.

Feels good also that this band is spreading its plague in a place like Texas, hehe.

My favorite songs is 1,4 & 8  


Track list:

1.     The Path of Evil        
2.     Nihilistic Flames        
3.     The Altar of Pagan Gods        
4.     Depths of Darkness        
5.     Rites of Carnal Lust        
6.     Freezing Darkness        
7.     Dance Witches Cult        
8.     Endless Winter Blast        
9.     Bloody Night of Full Moon        
10.     Nation of True Warriors        
11.     Funeral March

fredag 24 oktober 2014

Lord of Pagathorn Interview!


1. Greetings! Great to have you here inside of RAW WAR! 
How has your day been in Helsinki?

C: Hail! It has been busy day here once again. Our first full-length “Nekros Phillia” is coming out from Woodcut Records 31st of October, so lots of things to do before that special date!



2.Last time (and first) I wrote something regarding Lord of Pagathorn was a review on your great EP "Shine Throvgh My Scars, Morning Star!", besides the Venom cover was this song  planned from the start to be on the full album? The song feels to me like a passage or a guiding light both towards this album and also spiritually wise... 



C: Shine throvgh my scars, Morning Star title song was originally written for that 7”EP. It was never planned to be included in Nekros Philia full-length.

3.As the promo/demo "MSILIHPORCEN" was said to be a part of the "whole" does that mean that  these songs is also on the album?


C: Yes, “MSILIHPORCEN” demo 2010 was presenting Chapters I-III from the “Nekros Philia” album. We re-recorded those songs again to “Nekros Philia” album with little bit of changes here and there.

4. I read some time ago that there were plans to re-release your first demo "The Chaos Spirit Among Us", is that still in the plans and if so who will put it out? Vinyl or on cd?

C: We are going to release both first demos (Rehearsal demo 1993 & “The Chaos Spirit Among Us” demo 1994 as a vinyl format during the year 2015. Vinyl will be released by Satanic Records from México. Also Satanic Records going to release “Nekros Philia” album as a cassette version too!

5. The structure is interesting and dynamic, what was the thoughts behind this kind of album build up? And for how long has the album been in the works?

C: “Nekros Philia” was massive project. I got the theme album idea around the year 2005 and I wrote the lyrics during the year 2007. Before that of course I had to make studies and background search which we related to necrophilia cases, rituals and human behavior. Searching the new line up, rehearsing the songs, recording, mixing and mastering took several years too.
 Finally the album is coming out!

6. Regarding the album title "Nekros Philia" I can quess fairly easily what´s the main theme is here...is it correct to assume that this album is a conclusion of your sophia gotten through your personal experience through your way in the left hand path? Or is the album the sound of the journey towards a coming new knowledge in this field?

C: Sometimes it is just better to let the readers to make their own conclusions. So grab the “Nekros Philia” album and drown into its mysteries.

7. As you been involved more or less in the Finnish underground way back from the early 90´s what would you say is the biggest difference now in Finland compared to then? And how do you feel the Finnish media value the death & black metal "scene" as it is a (as an outsider looking in) vast & prominent force? Not that it matters just curious...

C: When we started back then in the year 1992 here was only few bands, especially black metal bands. Now we have lots of more bands than back then but of course whole scene has grown a lot in general during these years. I don´t know if it is good, I think Finnish media is not interested of death or black metal bands in our country.

8. Just as your last EP this album is graced with a splendid cover artwork! Who did it and how did you come in contact? Has the artist done some other work one should know of?

C: “Shine throvgh my scars, Morning Star!” 7”EP cover artwork was made by Helgorth from Babalon Graphics. He also made album artwork for our upcoming “Nekros Philia” full-length. Helgorth has worked with many bands such as Behexen, Arckanum, Blut aus Nord etc. I knew Mr. Helgorth personally before we started to do co-work.

9. Is the right moment for Lord of Pagathorn to climb up on stage any time soon?

C: We have been thinking about it but at this moment we are not doing any live rituals.

10 .Thanks for your time and answers.

C: Thank you for the interview. I hope that those who are interested of Lord of Pagathorn, going to grab the “Nekros Philia” record to their hands and let the mysteries of “Nekros Philia” possess them!

-/Corpselord X/2014 A.B/-

www.lordofpagathorn.com

onsdag 22 oktober 2014

Perdition Winds Interview!

1.Hails!
Congrats to the album "Aura of Suffering"!! Great to finally have something new from Perdition Winds! It was like two years ago your debut self-titled Ep got out so how has the creational work been for this album? Was it a painful birth or did the baby slide out smoothly?



-(R.Ä.) This was kind of easy birth, since we didn't have any schedules about anything, so we did all the songs ready, and even waited and rehearsed almost one year before recording those. With the EP we were a bit too hasty.
The songs for that came out pretty fast, in couple of weeks, if I remember correctly, and we started recording those pretty fast and made the EP. Now looking back, I think we should have use a bit more time for that, so that would be a bit better also. I don't think it's bad, there is just some minor details that keeps bugging me.

2. I got to know PW by accident or was it evil fate? (hehe) Due to a mishap when i ordered a cd-package from Merchant of Death distro, i got your Ep instead of a Mutiilation album! 
First i was about to write an upset mail to them to get their shit straight (all the cases was cracked also...) but then i took a listen to it and was surprisingly pleased with it and forgot all about those whiny Frenchmen!
How has this good Ep regularly been received by the audience in other words?


 
-(R.Ä.) I think the EP didn't get much attention at its time, but that's nothing new for a new band, so I believe that when this new album hits on, maybe someone will get some interest to check out the previous album also. Hopefully Merchant of Death will do more mishaps like that, and the album will find more satisfied listeners, ha hah!

-(J.E.) That was interesting. But that´s how it goes usually in life, things happening by a chance (or do they?). Pleased to hear that you enjoyed that EP, we have not heard much feedback on it, really.
That is due to label who released it not promoting it at all!!! So it was buried by time and dust (pun intended)! Also we agreed on vinyl version too, but I guess you´ve figured already what happened with it…
 
3.While talking about the Ep i really like the ending song "Path Revealed" also, as it is a good ending song it feels also like an doorway to something else...to the new album i feel now. Can you describe that tracks lyric & meaning?

-(R.Ä.) That song was my personal favorite from EP, and I wanted to make it sound a bit depressive. J.E. can open the lyrics a bit more.

-(J.E.) Lyrically speaking that track is very, very personal to me. It is my thoughts and feelings on discovering the path of the black light. Path of Lucifer, hence the title “Path Revealed”. I did not want to reveal those lyrics at the time so respect that decision and do not share more than that about it

4.To jump from Darker then Black label to Woodcut seems natural but was there some specific reason for this?

-(J.E.) First of all we would not have wanted to continue to work with them since it didn´t work out. Secondly they did not contact us about future releases anyway (DTB). Woodcut had shown interest towards us and we got into talks with Mikki, ultimately reaching common understanding.

5. Back to the album... Could you decipher the great cover arts symbolism & what subjects & themes are consecrated and poured out through all these new songs?

-(J.E.) Theme on the majority of “Aura of Suffering” LP is Satan / Lucifer and infinite nothingness = Abyss. In my lyrics I do not preach to anyone.
This is because the Draconian path is different for all. It is individual path to follow so there is no point for me to tell anyone how it should be seen. My lyrics are merely my thoughts and feelings bled to the paper. I would describe my writing process as “painting” a picture, a very dark one with blood, vomit and shades of grey… I find a guide line, some thought and “paint” this horrid picture, describing that nightmare evoked by these sounds.

-(R.Ä.) For the cover picture, I wanted to represent how the man will be reborn trough ashes with aura of suffering. Although I think the temple is human body itself, but still I drawn the picture to be happening in the temple, so it's more easy to understand.
There is 11 snakes, and the smartest ones will find the connection by discovering the booklet that comes along this album. There is also Alpha and Omega in picture, for obvious reasons. There is one picture made out of every song by me and J.K.A., and by reading the lyrics and studying the pictures, you might understand the songs a bit better.

-(J.K.A) People with same kind of mental state might decipher my lyrics and pictures, but if no one gets it, i`m fine with that. I`m not trying to sell anything.
 
6. I saw you played earlier this year with bands like Lantern, Pyre, Corpsessed, Lie in ruins & Tyranny at the Bar Lepakkomies! How was that night?

-(J.E.) Yeah, it was good vibe playing there and especially sharing stage (although on different days since it was 2 day happening) with Lantern and Pyre! Otherwise everything were just fine except we missed almost entirely second guitar because of technical difficulties, hah!
  
7.And at the end of this month you will play at the Light Of The Black Sun II! Looks like it could
be a great event too!


-(J.E.) Yes, that is correct. It is a Finland mini tour entitled “Light of the Black Sun II” by Black Death and Blood Red Fog. We are just in supporting role at Helsinki night. That gig will be a release party also for “Aura of Suffering”. Helsinki date is October 30th 2014.


8. Is there any Hitler in the band? I mean is there one of you that like to run the show with an iron hand more then the other members or is there nice democracy residing in the horde?

-(R.Ä.) Luckily no. Would suck big time if there would some asshole telling others what to do all the time. If there would be that kind of guy in the band, then I wouldn't be part of the band anymore.

-(J.K.A) There couldn`t even be one, because no one in the band takes shit from anyone. You can have an opinion or an idea, then it either goes somewhere or gets shot in the head.

9.As this year soon ends do you know something that´s lays in store for next year?

-(J.E.) We are currently working on new material but can´t say in what form that should be out nor when. What comes to playing live, we have been signed to perform at Turku on “Turku Saatanalle III” event on 20.-22.2.2015. So far the other bands on the bill are Temple of Baal, Hoath, Hellspirit and Vanhelga, but more is in the pipeline.

-(R.Ä.) There is some half finished song structures in my mind, but how those will be transformed at the end, will see... Also we have one song ready and recorded for the split with Russian band Drama, but let's see if we can find a publisher for it.

10.Thanks for your answers!
Last cold word is yours!

-(J.E.) Promoters get in touch at: perditionwinds@gmail.com

Hail Lucifer!

Bar Lepakkomies 14.3.2014
Photo by Sampo Turunen