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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:25 pm 
 

BANE supporting MALEVOLENT CREATION on July 1st in Varna, Bulgaria!

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BANE (Serbia) "Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness" DIGI CD available on Abyss Records $10 + S/H @ http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/pro ... s_id=10306

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:12 am 
 

TORTURE DIVISION (Sweden) Evighetens Dårar review by autothrall via http://www.metal-archives.com

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By autothrall

A concrete boot through the exit pipe

Torture Division is a name that you'll constantly see pitched around various metal forums or recommendation lists, and rightly so: they're a trio of Sweden's finest death mavens working in unison to produce material that dwells safely in the characteristics of the classic death, grind and d-beat rhythms of their other projects, yet never seems to fail to kick ass. As the band involves bassist and vocalist Jörgen Sandström (Entombed, Grave, The Project Hate MCMXCIX, etc), guitarist Lord K Philipson (God Among Insects, Dark Funeral, The Project Hate MCMXCIX, etc.) and drummer Tobias Gustafsson (Vomitory, God Among Insects, and once again also The Project Hate), it's not a surprise that their output is studio album quality and could easily span several full lengths, yet they've seen fit to go another route.

Essentially, the band seems to release a string of demos (three in 2008, three in 2009-2010) and then collect them onto compilations. Evighetens Dårar is thus the accumulation of Evighetens Dårar demos I, II and III, collecting that material in one affordable location (Abyss Records), as a follow-up to their prior comp With Endless Wrath We Bring Upon Thee Our Infernal Torture from last year, the separate visages of the band members (which graced each of the three constituent demos) joined together at last for 10 tracks of war stomping, aural rushing madness. The sounds produced by the band mirror some of their past works (namely God Among Insects or Entombed), but they also dwell in that loud, simplistic category of purist death metal that might thrill fans of a Hail of Bullets, the Rogga family of bands like Paganizer and Ribspreader, or even the German Horned Almighty. The latter has a decidedly more black metal spin on their style, of course, but the simple flow of the rhythms and bass have a similar undercurrent.

Torture Division knows how to hook you on a basic riff and provide enough dynamic fiber that you won't be able to escape listening through the entire 2-3 minutes. Yes, they keep their material short, perfunctory and powerful, without experimentation or the excess 6-7 minutes of bloated viscera that often define some of the more confused acts of this type. "Heretics! Now!" exclaims itself like a hammer on the neck, blasted, almost grinding force that measures itself out into thrashing perfection, while "Eld Och Plågor" crawls along as if it were a mid-90s neanderthal written Morbid Angel groove diluted with the bluntness of a Grave, which later segues into this brilliant old school Entombed melody, and then a fist fucking breakdown. Want something faster? The band provides "Righteous Fore Ensemble", "Under Fire Command" and the :9 second epic "The Axe Murderer". Want something more meaty, with grooves? Take "Ravishing Rampage Sluts" or "Overtorture" for a spin.

Thanks to a Dan Swano mix, the material sounds just as professional as nearly anything else coming out of this turf, and therein lies another comparison, to another Swedish super group. Surprisingly, Torture Division have written a set of songs here that easily match the works of Bloodbath, and to the worshipers of those primal panderers, I grant you: your new gods. So if you think there's still room left in the arena (i.e. your wallet) for another class act of Swedish barbarism, there is simply no way you're going to lose with this recording, which should reserve some space on your CD rack next to its predecessor. It's not perfect, but it will beat the living tar out of you.

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- autothrall, October 18th, 2010

Rating: 82%

Review link: http://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/T ... autothrall

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Torture Division links:

Official Website: http://www.torturedivision.net/

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/torturedivisionsweden

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Torture-D ... 7566534436

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Online Label & Online Music Store: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Abyss-Rec ... 3050232055

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To purchase TORTURE DIVISION - Evighetens Dårar DIGI CD other TORTURE DIVISION merchandise go to: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/adv ... e+division

To preview a song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35Q5Zl2Q8HI

To preview a song from TORTURE DIVISION's first album go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SIkZUsvT2A


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:17 am 
 

HINSIDES (Norway) Universe Aspire in Mysticism CD review by Daves's Undergound Laboratory

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By Dave Schalek

Norway's Hinsides (not to be confused with a Swedish band of the same name) tread the raw, harsh black metal territory laid down by their forebears on Universe Aspire In Mysticism, the second full-length album from the band. A long, ambient intro segues into grating, fast black metal with a harsh, sterile production. Screamed rasps and bursts of speed with some powerful drumming are emphasized throughout, which periodically downshifts into a few slower passages.
If this description is typical of fast black metal, it's simply because Hinsides are playing exactly that without any flourish or degree of originality. However, Hinsides do perform the genre rather well on Universe Aspire In Mysticism, with more than adequate musicianship and songwriting, resulting in an enjoyable, if uneventful, listen. I will give the band extra credit, however, for lyrical themes focusing upon cosmic infinity.
Universe Aspire In Mysticism will keep your interest as it's spinning, but very rapidly fades into the background horde of typical black metal albums from typical black metal bands.
Grade: B

Review link: http://heavymetal.about.com/b/2011/03/2 ... 8-2011.htm

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Website: http://www.hinsides.biz/

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/hinsides

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To purchase HINSIDES - Universe Aspire in Mysticism CD go to: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/pro ... ts_id=9614

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BODYFARM (Netherlands) - Bodyfarm CD EP review by http://www.powerofmetal.dk

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By Reinier de Vries

After the heroic intro "Into the Battle", the track "Bodyfarm" leaves no questions asked about what their influences are: Brutal death metal Gothenburg style. Add some Hail of Bullets to it and you know what to expect. These Dutch might not have a very original style, but what they do listens away very nice. Third track "Final Redemption" is much slower and has the perfect groove.
There isn't a lot more to say about this EP, if you are a fan of Carnage, Dismember, Grave, early Entombed and Unleashed you will certainly need get ready with this one. Bodyfarm just signed with Abyss Records, so we can expect a full length soon... For now this is a nice in-between.
Rating: 74/100

Review link: http://www.powerofmetal.dk/reviews11/bo ... review.htm

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Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/bodyfarmnl

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Bodyfarm/107945989258106

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To purchase BODYFARM - Bodyfarm CD EP go to:
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To preview a song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4M4NwkjrWU


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:22 am 
 

HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) - The Spirit of Warfare CD review by http://www.wickedchannel.com

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By Mike
Hyperborean is a melodic black metal band hailing from Sweden and signed to Abyss Records. The Spirit Of Warfare is their debut full-length release although they have been together since 2000 and have released three demos.
I have never really been a fan of melodic black metal because black metal is more of a predefined niche and I like my black metal to remain true to black metal roots. I know, I know, I am a nitpicker. Outside of me being anal about black metal, I will say that I can get behine Hyperborean’s The Spirit of Warfare a little. The riffs are abundant and there is a lot of homage being paid to black metal classics on this release. They are pretty technical and make a nice mixture of the technical elements within the classic black metal riffs. Some riffs are even thrash metal-style riffs. With all of these subgenres of metal mixed together, you would expect to hear a bunch of chaos within each song, but while tempo and riff changes are all over the place on most of the songs, at no point, did the music ever sound chaotic to me.
My favorite track on the album right now is the 7 minute track Weapon Making, which is the second track on the album. The tempo changes are all over the place, but maintains a nice song structure for the entire 7 minute length. The riffs are running rampart on this one and the vocals are pretty solid as well. Another standout would be The Last Stand of Leonidas And the Battle of Thermopylae. Almost 10 minutes in length, it is very epic in style and works well. While the title is quite a mouthful, the song is very solid and is another song which is all over the place, but still contained nicely.
1. Channelling The Spirit Of Warfare (7:12)
2. Weapon Mankind (7:03)
3. Viper (7:10)
4. The Last Stand Of Leonidas And The Battle Of Thermopylae (9:54)
5. A New Sun Rises (5:39)
6. Killing Grounds (4:21)
7. The Sick Man Of Europe (6:33)
Hyperborean was formed in August of 2000 with the intention of playing melodic extreme metal. We recorded
two demos Of Malice and Thorns Scar her Soul with basically the same line-up and they were well received by the
underground media and some labels.
After the early demos our line-up changed, and with so did our sound when Andreas joined the band. The music
took a darker and more aggressive path . A third demo, Prey, was made in 2005 and after that the band was put on
hold for a few years. We where still writing material during this time and those songs became the foundation for
The Spirit of Warfare, which we recorded in August of 2009. And now, with the help of Abyss records we are ready
to release it upon the world.

Review link: http://wickedchannel.com/2011/04/metal- ... fare-2011/

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To purchase HYPERBOREAN - The Spirit of Warfare CD go to:
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To preview a song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4NkpxSrIjE


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:24 am 
 

MAAX (U.S.) Six Pack Witchcraft DIGI CD EP review by metalcrypt via http://www.metal-archives.com

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By metalcrypt

Maax - Six Pack Witchcraft

Now that's the stuff. Upon first listen, this reminded me a bit of Chrome Division, but darker, heavier, faster and definitely less shiny. Really the comparisons stop at the very garage-style rock 'n' roll vibe, for Maax is really more of a blackened heavy/thrash affair with an old school vibe. And they're not into pretty wankering either: This is fast-paced metal with an all-hell-breaks-loose, take-no-prisoners approach. These guys are just hammering away at their instrument which gives this EP one hell of a chaotic feel, further amplified by a muddy, reverberating sound that reminds me a bit of a live performance with a not-so-great sound system. And you know what? It works. Six Pack Witchcraft is a load of fun to listen to, and its messy sound makes you feel like you're at some show at a local bar, getting drunk with some friends.

Six Pack Witchcraft is catchy all around with old school heavy/thrash riffage that throws you back 25-30 years, when garage bands roamed turntables all over. This might be black/thrash in essence, but with track names like "Die By The Ax", "Fire in the Hole", "Go Fuck Yourself", "Six Pack Witchcraft" and "Bastards", it's obvious that this is all about having fun. Think of Motörhead, Venom, and a bit of German black thrashing madness all blended together in an underground NWOBHM-style "DIY" approach to their playing. The vocals are somewhat clean for the most part, though they occasionally get harsher and much harder to decipher (and the aforementioned muddy sound doesn't help with that.) Maybe they'd reach a wider audience with a cleaner vocal style, but that would most likely take away some of this EP's charm. I haven't heard their debut album Dawnbringer, but let's hope that they've got another album in the works. If it's anything like this, I'll be ordering it in a New York minute.

Originally written for http://www.metalcrypt.com
Rating: 85%

Review link: http://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/M ... metalcrypt

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/maaxmetal

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To purchase MAAX - Six Pack Witchcraft DIGI CD EP and other Maax merchandise go to: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/adv ... words=maax

To preview a song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giNCctZobOE

and to preview a song from their debut album "Dawnbringer" go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uNDPFcYcdw


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:29 am 
 

A little interview with Undertrykker from the Norwegian band Hat.

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Hello how's the weather in Norway? Springtime is just around the corner here in Texas.
Hello. We are approaching spring here as well, so the weather is fine I guess.

For the readers that don't know about the band can give the fans about the band hat and give brief explanation about the band name?
The quick answer to this is that the name really suites the kind of music we make. The name translates to Hatred in Norwegian for those who don't speak our language. So we are not into hats in any way...

We used the name Ravner (Ravens) back in 1993, but when we started up again in 2006 we really felt that this name did not suit our style of music.

From 1996 to 2008 the band was on hiatus. What was the reason for the bands inactivity?
We grew up together in a place called Drøbak about 25 miles outside of the capitol Oslo, but school and life in general sent us to different parts of Norway. We had very little contact with each other in this period, but luckily we met up again, only to discover that we both still had the urge to make music. So Hat was born.

Hat just finished recording their second full length "Vortex Of Death". How would you compare "Vortex Of Death" to "The Demise Of Mankind"?
I think "The Demise Of Mankind" is a more traditional Norwegian black metal album, "Vortex Of Death" is slightly more complex in terms of songwriting.

What is the feedback so far on the new album?
The reviews have been good so far. I think people like the feeling of hatred the album projects. We always search for the right feeling in our music, and Hat will always be about hatred and hostility against the human race.

A lot has changed in the Norwegian black metal scene. How did these changes affected the band so far?
As we are not a part of this scene, we haven't really changed at all.

From what I observed, the scene wasn't like it used to be. Do you feel the scene got more trendy now these days?
I don't think that black metal has become more trendy than it used to be.. The genre has been around since the early 90`s so I think a lot of the trendy kids has jumped over to other things. I think it used to be a lot more “black metal uniformed” people in the streets earlier anyway.

What bands you like listening to when you're not performing in Hat?
I do listen to a lot of different bands. But a few favorites are: Orcustus, Necromanhteon, Angel Corpse, Aura Noir, Burzum, Deathspell Omega hmm this list will become mighty long hehe. A lot of great bands out there. Check them out.

Has the band played any show around your home country? Any plans for shows or festivals this summer?
Hat is not nor will be a live band.

I know bands like Darkthrone and The Meads Of Asphodel won't play or do any live shows is that the same situation with Hat?
Yes, none of us is interested in the live show scene. Black metal works best on a stereo. Light some candles, put on the record loud and let your mind go.

Are there any plans to re-release "Livit Ebber Ut" in the near future?
Well it is completely sold out, but we haven't made any plans to rerelease it. Maybe in the future if our fans demand it. We'll see.
I like to thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Do you have any last words?
Check out Hat: http://www.myspace.com/evighat
Order the album at http://www.officialabyssrecords.com
Hail Death!!

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HAT (Norway) - Vortex of Death DIGI CD review by http://www.deafsparrow.com

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By Bobby Peru

These guys can play fast, but lots of guys can play fast. Meaning, fuck man, would you please spice it up a little bit?

They do. In counted occasions. Like when they add these ominous pipes at the start of “The Flesh I Wear”, where a dead serious voice recites the intro, ‘in the dart of the mind, the flame lightens, I discover the curse of my soul trapped in this life form, forced to experience, the flaws of human nature’. Serious stuff. Yeah. This is black metal. As if you didn’t know it. And oh yeah, another song starts off with like eight piano keys. It is titled “Invocating Death”, and then lounges into full rage mode. Histrionic guitars exercising their right to be high pitched. And there are briefs but whimsical medieval passage of acoustics in “The Path to Immortality”.

Sooo…it is not that Norwegian duo Hat (which translates to Hate) does not spice it up. It’s just that the vast majority of their songs spent the vast majority of their duration banging out similar riffs at the same revolutions per minute. Take a track like “Overmenneske”. It is driving and powerful. Its guitars cascade almost elegantly and the accompaniment of organ, wisely buried and hence subliminally present, slay. Sounds good? Of course, this is all, corrupted by the typical black metal screeching. And this is all far too typical.

For all their chops and dominance of their instrument, Hat plays derivative black metal. It is what any representative of the BM community would be proud to present to non BM heads as state of the art Satanic metal. And that is n ot a good thing. Vortex of Death is flawlessly executed and its quota of rage and hate is undeniable. It is cleanly produced and its sound has been compressed to compact size. It is all that and that's fine but ultimately, regardless of the form it takes, black metal should have its quota of danger, and Vortex of Death lacks just that.

Review link: http://www.deafsparrow.com/hat-vortexof ... -2011.html

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Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/Evighat

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hat/154439157951339

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To order HAT - Vortex of Death DIGI CD and other HAT merchandise go to:
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To hear a sample song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX-KoqPnUJY
or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7XWXxp5LRk

And to hear a song from there first release "The Demise of Mankind" go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJD28wHlPpU


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ITEM OF THE DAY

DARKTHRONE - F.O.A.D. (LIMITED EDITION) BOX CD - $20.00 + S/H

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Special norwegian limited edition comes in a clambox and with exclusive postcard set & poster!!!

1. These Shores are Damned
2. Canadian Metal
3. The Church of Real Metal
4. The Banners of Old
5. Fuck Off and Die
6. Splitkein Fever
7. Raised on Rock
8. Pervertor of the 7 Gates
9. Wisdom of the Dead

To order go to: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/pro ... cts_id=531

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AUTOPSY (U.S.) "Awakened By Gore" CD (Compilation containing both of Autopsy's demos plus never before released live and rehearsal tracks)
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ETERNAL HELCARAXE (Ireland) Pagan Black Metal Metalleras self released "Palest Kingdom" Demo CD 2008 & "To Whatever End" Demo CD 2010, (NOT CD-R copies) are available exclusively through Abyss Records. Also be sure to watch for the bands debut album coming to Abyss Records 2011/2012.

"Palest Kingdom" (DEMO) CD (2008) $10 + S/H
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"The undying lands" is dedicated to Tommy McLoughlin - 1982-2002
1. We Stood As Kings
2. Demon Breed
3. Palest Kingdom
4. Burning Light
5. The Undying lands

"To Whatever End" (DEMO) CD (2010) $10 + S/H
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1. ...And As Kings We'll Fall
2. To Whatever End
3. Kin, Comrades & Country
4. Strike
5. All the Battles to Come

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO ORDER:
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ETERNAL HELCARAXE Official Website:
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ETERNAL HELCARAXE (Ireland) To Whatever End Demo CD EP review by http://www.nocleansinging.com

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By Islander

J.R.R. Tolkien had a talent for creating evocative names for beings and places in his writings about Middle Earth, and many of those have exerted a magnetic attraction on metal bands. To name a few: Amon Amarth (the Elvish name for Mount Doom), Gorgoroth, Nazgul, Ephel Duath, and Burzum (one of the words written in Black Speech on the One Ring of Sauron).
Helcaraxe is a lesser known place-name, probably due to its appearance in one of Tolkien’s less-frequently read (and posthumously published) works about Middle Earth, The Silmarillion. It doesn’t sound like a hospitable place. Tolkien describes it as a wasteland of bitter cold and grinding ice (we’ll have his full description at the end of this post). And yet it’s the name chosen by Irish black-metal band Eternal Helcaraxe.
Many black-metal bands are drawn to imagery that conveys bitter cold and bleakness, yet the words that came to me as I listened to this band’s wonderful recent release, To Whatever End, were “sweeping”, “soaring”, “anthemic” — and yes, “epic” (my NCS cohort Alexis will try to shoot me for using that word, but a better one isn’t coming to my lazy mind). I just fucking love this music.
Eternal Helcaraxe departs from BM-standard in other ways as well, and the word that sums up those differences is ”variety”. There are moments of light to accompany the dark, and passages of relative quiet to accompany the tumult. The rhythms are dynamic, varying within songs from full-bore assaults to mid-tempo arrangements of intensely melodic music.
In the realm of the guitar, both the chord riffs and the arpeggio leads display a variety of tones and techniques, rather than a steady diet of tremolo cascades. The drumming is also far more inventive than the traditional fusion of blast beats punctuated by an occasional roll across the toms. In fact, the drums are frequently electrifying; the rhythmic patterns and techniques are intelligently designed, often ferociously acrobatic, and always riveting.
The production is also a distinguishing feature — it’s sharper and cleaner than what you’ll hear on many black-metal releases, and it suits the music.
The album begins with an introductory instrumental track called “And As Kings We’ll Fall”, a piano melody with orchestral keyboard elements added that convey feelings of longing, sadness, perhaps wistfulness. It fades to silence, and the silence is then broken by the album’s title track, “To Whatever End”.
And that song begins with a menacing riff, but by the end it strikes a tone of defiance, even triumph. We also get our first taste of deep and mid-range strangulated vocals with icicles hanging off them — a recognizable Nordic brand of harshness that here, as on other melodic black-metal albums, provides a satisfying contrast between the raw and the vicious and the sublime.
But remember, so “To Whatever End” also includes near-clean baritone vocals and, near the end, mid-range cleans as well, which add a folk element to the sound. It’s a song packed with memorable melodic lines, and it’s not the only one.
“Kin Comrades and Country” begins with acoustic guitar strumming but eventually becomes dramatic, harsh, pummeling, and grim — though never losing the threads of melody that make it so memorable. And you may feel a compulsion to throw back your head and scream the chorus along with Praetorian’s vocals.
“Strike” is the most unrelentingly forceful song on the EP — the most consistently driving in its pace — and the closest to traditional black metal, with a barrage of blast beats and a blaze of tremolo guitar, but it too is infused with crashing drums, a soaring melody, and the accents of a swirling guitar lead. It turns out to be just as anthemic and memorable as all else on the record.
And the last song on this demo/EP, “All the Battles to Come”, draws everything together. It’s a song that makes the most of its ten-minute-plus length. The intro blends the rolling rumble of thunder together with acoustic guitar strumming (which appears again in a break half-way through), and the instrumental majesty of the song continues as the traditional metal instruments dive in. The main body of the song combines the melodic sweep that characterizes the album as a whole with fascinating drum rhythms and crashing cymbals, and powerful guitar riffs and leads. At the end, choral female voices lead the song to its conclusion with a beautiful, wordless melody — accompanied by a full-on drum onslaught, of course.
Only four songs after the instrumental intro, but each one stands proudly. These Irishmen have a knack for the songwriting craft and what they’ve produced is all killer, no filler. We don’t have a favorite song — they all compete too closely for our affections.
Between the time we first heard this album at the request of the band and the posting of this review, Eternal Helcaraxe signed to the Abyss Records label, and we’re truly fucking pleased to report that the band is now planning to release their first full-length album in the autumn of this year. That will be something to which we’ll look forward with hunger.
And now, as promised, here’s the passage from a chapter in The Silmarillion called “Of the Flight of the Noldor” that describes Helcaraxe (yeah, we can do the Tolkien geek-out with the best of ‘em):
“The Noldor came at last far into the north of Arda; and they saw the first teeth of ice that floated in the sea, and knew that they were drawing nigh to Helcaraxe. For between the land of Aman that in the north curved eastward, and the east-shores of Endor (which is Middle-earth) that bore westward, there was a narrow strait, through which the chill waters of the Encircling Sea and the waves of Belegaer flowed together, and there were vast fogs and mists of deathly cold, and the sea-streams were filled with clashing hills of ice and the grinding of ice deep-sunken. Such was the Helcaraxe, and there none yet had dared to tread save the Valar only and Ungoliant.”

Review link: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2011/02/0 ... more-27320

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Eternal Helcaraxe Links:

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eternalhelcaraxe

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/eternalhelcaraxe666

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Online Label & Online Music Store: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Abyss-Rec ... 3050232055

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To purchase ETERNAL HELCARAXE - To Whatever End Demo CD EP or their first Demo CD EP "Palest Kingdom" go to: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/adv ... +Helcaraxe

To preview a song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ih4eXw283s

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And to preview a song from their first Demo CD EP "Palest Kingdom" go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_44LhwIvXwA


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ETERNAL HELCARAXE (Ireland) Interview by http://www.pavillon666.fr

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Hi, Eternal Helcaraxe and thank to answer this interview

Hello, Thanks for the interview, All questions answered by Preatorian.

1) There is an unwritten tradition which is for the band which are interviewed for the first time on Pavillon666 to present their actual line-up and briefly describe their musical history, so who are you?
Eternal Helcaraxe was first talked about in late 2004, Between then and mid 2005 we began writing for a black metal project based on raw emotion and atmosphere. After several line-up changes both founding members, Myself and Maulgrim decided to continue as a two piece and in march 2008 released the first MCD entitled "Palest Kingdom". Shortly after this release in April of 2008 we were joined by our first drummer Tyrith, and the lineup was completed in August 2009 when were joined by Thule on bass, who both added a new level of atmosphere and intensity to our sound.
We completed our second release which is entitled "To Whatever End" in April 2010. Musically and lyrically, it was exactly what we wanted to achieve and the feedback has been great.

2) When we take a look on the Irish metal scene, we immediately think about pagan-folk-black band such as Primordial, Crauchan, Waylander, Mael Mordha. You are an Irish black metal band, but listening to your art, you seem more influenced by Scandinavian Black band. What are for you, your main influences?

Yes, early Scandinavian Black metal was definitly a massive influence for us, bands like Empepor, Burzum & Immortal etc. Also the four Irish bands you mentioned are crap bar one. Other bands I was listening to alot when we were writing this release were Shining, Amon Amarth, Sigrblot, Hammers of misforture, Warning, Thunderbolt & Gospel of the horns.

3) How was the recording of your album? Are you fully satisfied by the result?

For once I was happy with the recording. The whole week went smooth and on schedule. One or two bumps on the way, but the end result was there.

4) The main themes of the lyrics are battles and war. Do you consider yourselves as a pagan band?

Most promoters and labels seem to tag us as a Pagan metal band so I guess we're stuck with that now. But as I said, most of the bands we are influenced by are Black metal as it's based more on raw emotion and atmostphere, so thats what I'd personally call us.

5) In many of the Irish bands lyrics, one can perceive a kind of sadness, melancholy. Do you think that it is specifically linked with Ireland History, or just a kind of chance?

Maybe. Alot of our history is not very possitive and not in our favour.

6) Are you or do you feel engaged? Do you want to pass messages through your music and lyrics?

I don't really give a shit about that to be honest, If you get the lyrics and can relate to them all well and good, If not no loss. Same with the music, we write music for ourselves, If we're happy, good enough. If other people like it too, better again.

7) What are your projects in the future of the band?

Our main goal at the moment is to record the first full length, we have the studio booked for the last two weeks in July, and should be released in Autumn through Abyss Records. After that we have a good few shows over sea's planned. They will be up on the myspace page and website as soon as they are confirmed.

8) Now, a nonsense question linked with an Irish band cliché: Did you already reflect about paint yourselves in blue?

No, a couple of Irish bands do though, we concentrate more on writing GOOD music though.
In the begining of Eternal Helcaraxe, we did wear the traditional black and white corpse paint, but we feel the music progressed passed that now.

9) So this is the end of the interview, thank you very much, I let you put the last words on it.

New album out later this year on Abyss Records, up dates to come.
Thanks for the interview.

Interview link: http://www.pavillon666.fr/interview-metal-5728.php

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Eternal Helcaraxe Links:

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eternalhelcaraxe

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/eternalhelcaraxe666

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Online Label & Online Music Store: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Abyss-Rec ... 3050232055

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To purchase ETERNAL HELCARAXE - To Whatever End Demo CD EP or their first Demo CD EP "Palest Kingdom" go to: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/adv ... +Helcaraxe

To preview a song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ih4eXw283s

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And to preview a song from their first Demo CD EP "Palest Kingdom" go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_44LhwIvXwA


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BODYFARM (Netherlands) - Bodyfarm CD EP review by http://www.apochs.net

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By apochs.net

Bodyfarm is a Death Metal group that formed back in 2009. The band worked hard and issued a demo release that marketed the group to many labels, and soon found the band signing with Abyss Records. In an effort to prepare the masses of the forthcoming Bodyfarm material, Abyss Records is issuing the band's initial self-titled debut EP under their name, and bringing it to a more expansive audience. Does this four song plus introduction track have what it takes to incite the masses for what's to come?

While "Into Battle (Intro)" does what it sets out to do by weaving an atmosphere of war that emenates from the very start of the track, it isn't under the firey and tenacious Death Metal of the title track "Bodyfarm" that the group's potential genuinely shines through. The aggressive and fast paced music is complimented by a well rounded vocal approach that varies in gutteral performance from deeper to higher forceful pitches. The drums keep the speed going with solid mixtures throughout the kit, and the bass driven guitars have a great edge to them while being a little more intricate, but retaining a more Swedish Death Metal approach similar to that of bands like Dismember and Bloodbath. The following track "Final Redemption" clinches this with a song that will have "Eaten" by Bloodbath chanting away in the back of your head thanks to the slower aggression and anger of the track feeling similar to that song, but overall not coming close to being a carbon copy of the track. The music in general here feels more chugging then fast in pace and lacking fury, but overall still remains heavy, a little more complex, aiding to a very commanding atmosphere to the recording.

There's no room to complain about Bodyfarm, as the music here is simply intense from start to finish, and just very well done. The production is just muddy enough to give it a nice little edge without it being too digital and clear, and the songs on here all just drip with aggression. The only track on this EP that didn't really seem to stand out as much was "Heartraped", but that is more because the song's chorus feels like something one might hear in a Metalcore or not-as-brutal Deathcore act, leaving it to feel a little out of place compared to "Bodyfarm" and even "Slaves of War", another slower track like "Final Redemption" that focuses on chugging guitars, which really stands out for the intimidating vibe the music manages to give off from the heavy, somewhat complex guitars that are aided well with a heavy bass presence. The music of "Slaves of War" also features some passages that genuinely sound like moments where you should marching that will instinctively have you banging your head along with the crushing music whether you want to or not.

Overall, Bodyfarm is a solid nearly eighteen Death Metal romp. Each track on here shows off the abilites of the band nicely, but leaves you with the feeling this is only the tip of the iceburg and that there's more to explore for this group. Bodyfarm definitely sound like a very mature and professional group already, and with this demo release, it's no wonder the group was signed as quickly as they were. There's no reason whatsoever to pass up this EP, and if you do for some reason then you're a fool. If you're looking for solid uncompromising Death Metal then Bodyfarm is where you should start looking.
Overall Score: 9.5/10


Review link: http://www.apochs.net/CDs/Bodyfarm-Bodyfarm.html

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Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/bodyfarmnl

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bodyfarm/107945989258106

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To purchase BODYFARM - Bodyfarm CD EP go to:
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To hear a preview a song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4M4NwkjrWU


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BODYFARM (Netherlands) Interview by HatredMeansWar

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1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Quint (drums) and I (vox/guitars) started BODYFARM in 2009 as a twosome. We wrote this EP and entered the studio, where the producer Harry van Breda (I Chaos, Detonation) did bass. As we where recording Bram (guitars) and Mathieu (bass) joined the band to help us out live. They practically became full-members since then. We play death metal the way it was supposed to sound. We are certainly not trying to be innovative, technical, or experimental. The main ingredients are groove, brutalness and aggression.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the ep?
We have chosen for a bright but heavy production. The music on the EP is pretty aggressive, so we think this production suits the music well. The most important is that every instrument is pure. No effects or something. The vocals are pure also. Nothing is dubbed (except for 3 lines) or pitched

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new releases explores?
I mainly write about anything that comes to my mind. On this EP it’s mostly about war, hate and horror. But some lyrics are about everyday life, like Heartraped. The new material I’m writing for the full-length have also a good balance between gore/serial killers and everyday life topics. For example, I wrote some lyrics about meth and it’s horrors. I hate writing lyrics though hahaha. It bores the crap out of me because I don’t have that much lyrical inspiration.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
The Bodyfarm is a research facility somewhere in the USA where rotting corpses are monitored for science. We thought that was pretty ‘metal’ hahaha. After we wrote the track ‘bodyfarm’ (which we did in 15 minutes!) we didn’t have a moniker yet, so we used it.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
One of the best gigs we did was together with Hail Of Bullets. The place was pretty crowded, we performed well and the HOB guys are good company. Another great gig was in Koblenz (Germany). The German crowd are the best in the whole world, they seem to live, breathe and eat death metal haha.
We are currently working on our stage appearance because we think it can be a whole lot better and energetic then it is now. You can check some live-footage here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqQ_whcy8ao
It’s a new track which we introduced there for the first time

6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
We wish! Being in an underground death metal band is pretty hard you see. Especially in the Netherlands where people are spoiled because every big tour is coming to the Netherlands twice or more. Abyss Records and Clawhammer PR are currently doing a great job promoting us, and I hope venues all over Europe will hear about us. But at this time, with only and EP out there, it’s pretty hard to put yourself out there in the circuit.

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7. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by death metal fans?
Oh very good! We’ve got a lot of good ratings by magazines all over the world, and even fans who contacted us to let us know how they love our music. Those are the things we’re doing it for. In our own country we got great response too, but our biggest fanbase is in the USA, mostly from California and Florida. We really hope to get there somehow in the future and do some gigs.

8. Are there any other projects besides this band or is this a full time line-up?
Quint plays also in a harcore/punk band which he joined last year. Bram and Mathieu are both playing in other death metal bands. I only have Bodyfarm, which is plenty for me hahaha. The good thing is that we are all most dedicated to Bodyfarm.

9. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
The same direction as on the EP, but maybe a little more melodic and versatile. That does NOT mean things are gonna get cheesy or technical/innovative. Our minds just get more creative, haha. We will always be a brutal band with an old school taste.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Bodyfarm is mostly influenced by death metal from the nineties: Early Deicide, Obituary, Massacre, Grave, Vomitory, Vader, Morbid Angel, etcetera.
We are all listening to very diffirent kinds of metal. Bram likes the technical stuff, Quint and I are more old school guys, and Mathieu listens to pretty much everything. This can lead to interesting riffs while in the rehearsal room.

11. Outside of music hat are some of your interests?
We like to sacrifice baby’s to Satan, be misanthropic and mutilate ourselves. Hahahaha. Not we are pretty down to earth. We love drinking beers in the pub or at a good concert. As for myself: music is my life, I don’t have many interest besides that. Oh, and we all spent much time in the tattoo-chair, except for Bram.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
First of all, thank you for this opportunity. And to all you death metal fans out there: Keep supporting the underground! And buy that fucking EP at Abyss Records! Hahaha. Cheers to all of you guys! And check us out on Facebook or http://www.myspace.com/bodyfarmnl

http://www.officialabyssrecords.com

Thomas

Link to interview: http://hatredmeanswar3.blogspot.com

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FESTER (Norway) Winter of Sin Remastered DIGI CD review by http://www.arisingrealm.at

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By Kai Scheibe

Again, the time machine is lost - it goes back to the spring of 1992. A few Norwegian boys have recorded nine tracks, the whole "Winter of sin", and still a rather new label called No Fashion Records saw that this came on the market. Funny, more than an insider tip was never proof. But when you look at the NFR after following releases, the Pavlov effect immediately ensures massive salivation: Marduk, Dissection, Unanimated, Katatonia, Merciless, Lord Belial, Dark Funeral, Decameron, Mörk Gryning, Allegiance ... the Scandinavian experts need first a few drops of heart. Almost 20 years later, No Fashion is indeed long gone, but other people remember the early releases: Abyss Records have "winter of sin" wrapped in a digipak, a live track as a bonus packed so tight with it and give again a stage. They are certainly not a mainstream food, but also no 08/15-Skandinavien-Stangenware. Fixed spit slow Black Metal is not free of built-in melodies or leads sent from acting somehow odd and can be called more bulky than catchy, it. Great cinema is the nagging-drooling-howling singers, is certainly the already tormented by a few articulate sounds the concentrated attention. Reminds me a bit at the corrupted guy who at Bluuurgh (also have 1992 a wonderfully sick Death Metal album "In My Embrace" was published) was on the mic. "Winter of sin" is eating slowly and steadily through the ear turns, but it also tense after some playing time before, given the less accessible arrangements and the nerve-tiring vocals. Overall, however, an interesting album that deserves a hearing test.

Rating: 7.0/10.0

This review was originally written in German and has been translated using Goggle Translate. To view the original review in German click the link below...

Review link: http://www.arisingrealm.at/index.php?vi ... Itemid=472

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Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/festernorway

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fester/204292849614033

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Online Label & Online Music Store: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

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To order FESTER - Winter of Sin Remastered DIGI CD and other FESTER merchandise go to:
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To hear a sample song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKH4_MK_6DI

And to hear a song from FESTER - Silence Remastered DIGI CD go to:
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FESTER (Norway) Silence Remastered DIGI CD review by http://www.funeralrain.net

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By General Blaspheme

Abyss Records is one lucky label. They’ve picked up Fester, one of the truly original black/death bands from Norway, and are in the process of re-releasing some of stuff, including the classic Silence from 1994.
Reminding me a lot of Cynic’s work, with more blackened elements, there is a reason this album is an underground classic. It kicks ass!
The technicality of the instruments is a lot higher than most black metal, with some gorgeous sounding clean parts and evil distortion.
Vocally, Bjørn “Tiger” Mathisen is one of the most understandable blackened vocalists ever. You can actually hear what he’s saying, he is enunciating, and the style is not shrieked but rather a rough smoker’s voice; a cross between death growls and black shrieks. This has brought him close to the front of my favorite vocalists.
I definitely recommend this for fans of melodic black or death metal, especially fans of Cynic and Dissection.
8 out of 10.

Review link: http://www.funeralrain.net/2011/05/21/fester-silence-2/

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Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/festernorway

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fester/204292849614033

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To preview a song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkSQoaAzGpQ

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FESTER (Norway) interview by aristocraziawebzine

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Author: Mourning
Translation: Dope Fiend

Line Up
Bjørn "Tiger" Mathisen - Guitar, Vocals
Thomas Andresen - Vocals
Jon Bakker - Bass
Jotho - Drums

We are pleased to talk with Tiger, historical member of the Norwegian metal scene and founder of Fester, an active act in the golden age of the extreme Scandinavian scene and recently reformed.

Welcome to Aristocrazia Webzine, what you feel when you get back on their bike after a long period of inactivity?

Getting back in the game, so to speak, feels good! It's not that one has been total inaficient for seventeen years, but you know: one have to have something to give. I have never made music just to make music. The inspiration has to be there and these days I am really inspired and creative.


The induction step is linked to provide more information about the history of the band and about the members who have been involved in or are part of it now, so I leave you the word.

We started up back in '89 as more of a thrash band with grim vocals. Used to be called Heroic COnduct, but changed that name in '90 to Fester. We released our first demo in '91 called " The Introduction" and another demo called " Winter Of Sin" in '92. Those tracks where actually recorded in 91, but we thought it would be cool to release it the year after. Our first studio full-length where released through No Fashion Records in summer of '92, and the followup, "Silence" through Lethal Records in the end of 93. We split up in 94-95, and where to get together in 2000, but our bassman died, so it all fell to pieces. Fester has always been Rolf Tommy on vocals and guitars, Jan Helge on drums, Jørgen on Bass, and myself on vocals and guitars. After Jørgens death we didnt want to get another member, and thats why there has been such a long silence. Jan Helge isn't into metal anymore, and Rolf Tommy has been very ill for many, many years now, so a comeback now with the original members would be impossible. As one grows older the view on things are more reflected, and now other members has been joining, but we can take that later. Anyway, a compilation of our demowork where released last year through Kyrck, and both "Winter Of Sin" and "Silence" has just been re-issued on digi's and vinyl (Abyss Records and Ironbonehead Prod ).

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"Winter Of Sin" and "Silence" came out at a time when Norway was in full black metal boil, I have often heard to talk of your band from the biggest metalheads and when I finally got to listen the album, I realized that, as for your music you can not categorize as black, has a primordial feeling with this genre. The close contact that you describe in the booklet of the best of "The Commitments That Shattered 1991-1992" how and what do you think has influenced your sound?

Fester has never really bothered making music sounding this or that.We where teenagers who wanted to make heavy music with obscure and dark lyrics. When we released our first stuff, many bands in Norway wanted to make music sounding like the second wave, but we didnt. We where influenced by old Heavy Metal and thrash acts like Mötley Crue, Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate, Pestilence, Celtic Frost, Kreator, Slayer, Pestilence etc, and I guess you still can pick up some of those references in our new stuff as well. We never sounded classical black, but I guess you can call us one of the pioneers in the landscape of black/death metal acts.


The remastering work done by Abyss for the two jobs has preserved the authenticity of the songs, how did you come in contact with them and with the Kyrck that produced the compilation of the demo?

Actually I have a lot to thank Mr Kyrck for. A friend of mine, Ravn in Strid, asked me to send some old demo stuff to Kyrck in 2009. Kyrck enjoyed it so much, he wanted to release it. When the ball started rolling I got my inspiration back, and my creativity, so I guess you can say that if it wasnt for him, no new Fester material would see the light of day.. As for both Abyss Rec and Ironbonehead Prod, those where labels I where in contact with distributing the compilation album. They both asked me if I was interested in releasing those albums again, since it was almost 20 years since they came out, I liked the idea, and the rest is history so to speak.


You have seen practically born one of the most controversial movements of the metal. You have debuted with an infant No Fashion, those were years when everything was possible? Is lost this kind of initiative that allows young people to create something that can be called reactionary and personal?

Your right that the time was a time when everything was possible. Being part of the scene back then was unique, and I cant see that the scene will ever be the same. Most of the things has been done, the scene is multiplied bigger, and the spirit as a whole is different. Back then the scene was very small, it was good old letter writing and so on. It's hard to recieve a blood stenched mail, right? Anyway, I think there are still bands who release things that are personal, and sometimes even visionary, but I think there are to many bands nowadays who want to sound like this or that. Releasing something reactionary today would be quit difficult I think, but who knows what lurkes in some evil minds out there... ha ha.


When I listen "Winter Of Sin " the first time I experienced the same feelings of albums like "Soulside Journey" and "Worship Him" as he was welcomed by critics and fans your work? "Silence" had the same response?

As you mentioned earlier the scene was flavoured by the rising of early second wave bands like Burzum, Enslaved, Emperor etc., and the classic Swedish death metal scene. Being something in the middle wasn't very easy. That being said we recieved very good critics on both our albums, and recieved tons of mail from both fans, fanzines, tapetraders etc. I still think both albums has something unique by them, and I cant point my finger on any other band sounding quit simular, but yes first Samael and Darkthrone are good references.


Over the years of "pause" have you received certificates of appreciation and affection by those who could not wait for a return to the scene of the monicker Fester?

I think most people has seen on Fester as an ancient cult band that is long by burried and forgotten. The respons now is quit overwhelming, and it makes me happy that so many still remembers the band in a positive way. I wasnt part of the scene at all in the years between 1995-2002, and didnt answer any letters or anything, but now its just pleasent.


Who are today Fester? There is a final line-up?

As permanent members Thomas Andresen (Algol/Sincera/Deathseeker) has joined in on vocals. As session members Jontho (Ragnarok) is doing drums, Jon (Kampfar) handles the axe, and I have additional help from Guido of Ysengrin and Mr.Kyrck. I have handled all guitars on the recordings.


How do you compose a song at the time and how has it changed (if changed) the modus operandi now?

You might laugh now, but I always sit down with the guitar when I bade my son at night, and lots of riffs to this album has been created that way! Either that or the mainriffs comes by themselves when I pick up the guitar just jammin' by myself. I always fint a "mainriff" in a song, and build riffs around the feel of that riff. Nothing has changed since the early days actually, exept back then both RT and I made music, and sometimes together in the rehearsing room as well. I make lyrics that suits the feel of the song, and I use alot of time arranging the vocals so fit the rest of the song. Jon has mainly done the basslines himself, but also on sertain themes, I have made it.


At what point is the work in progress of the new album? Under what label will be it released?

The new, untitled, album will be released on cd by Abyss Records and on cassette (very limited) on Total Holocaust Records. Abyss Recors might do the vinyl editions themselves, or we licence them out. Not quit sure yet. 95% of all guitarworks are done. 95% on all effects, violins, intros, outros etc, 90% of all bass, half the vocals, but we still havent had time to do any drums. So we have done most of the work, and things are really starting to take shape!


What do you think about the metal scene today? There are so many bands who engage in the old school sound, but supplying production at the limit with plastic at discs that, I don't say that should play noisy, but at least natural, the fault is of digital and habit of the people who has complied to listen only mp3?

I have mentioned something about the scene earlier. When it comes to how one does regarding production, recording, etc., I suggest that everyone should do what they think is right. One of the problems is still people who doeas what they think others would like. I know bands now produce noisy because "true" people think this is the true way. People release albums with children drawed paintings of skulls, because that was the way it where twenty years ago etc. The scene will never be like it was back in the early 90's, and I think bands should do what is right for them. On my guitarwork for the new album I have mostly recorded things digital. It's an economic aspect, of course, but it also allows me to use ten different guitars, that I wouldnt have the possibility to get my hands on in "the real world". It will surely sound different to every other metal release, but the main thing is that I will release something I am satisfied with. Regardless if it sounds old school, new school or no school. Of course it's important that it doesnt sound plastic, and it has to have a feel, but you dont have to record your stuff in a carboard box to get that.


Many labels are passed to the promotion via digital platform, by the side I understand them, is more convenient, fast and because of some idiot fellow ripping discs placing them on the network was also losing money. On the other hand, the proliferation of this form made of 01010 is not denigrating those who want to give his art? How can you do, even in the review, to describe an album where often to read the texts I go blind, if it is a reprint I can not give useful details to entice the reader? Do not you think that going too far is penalizing the artistic side of music?

Using Myspace, Facebook, etc. is an easy, and cheap way, and I can understand that one does that. I know many "true" people means that bands on Myspace or similar, is a band that they wouldnt even listen to, but you know. I totally agree that making a review only after receiving a digital promo package is far from the real deal. The whole cd, booklet, etc. is important for the impression as a whole. As for the company aspect it wouldnt be possible to give away physical items to every Zine, Radio station, etc who wants it. Thats actually a shame, but then again: to many of them. I can only speak for myself, but if I where to give cd's to every zine who has asked for it, I could have given away every personal item that we have got from the labels. Several times. But, as mentioned, I think it's a shame, cause every bit of the release is a part of the art, though the music of course is the main thing.


What do you miss the past decades? What do you think they have lost of basic, that was present during the eighties/nineties (tape trading, gigs, paper fanzine, etc...)?

I miss all the mentioned. I miss being young and having time to spend my whole fucking life envolving the mentioned things... Ha ha!


You are working on another project, the Sincera, you tell us something? What's news about it?

Yes, Sincera is a project of local metallers from Fester, Algol, Decipher and Wither who joined forces to make some infernal shit. Started up back in 2002, and is on and off so to speak. Some of the stuff are right there in the old Fester vain, some like old Dissection, Rotting Christ, some Kreator, some black metal. A mix of several genres you might say! The new Fester vocalist sings in this band too, and a demo/live recording will come out this summer! It's entitled "Cursed and Proud" and has release in June through Abyss Records. If you wanna have a preview listen, go to the myspace page (http://www.myspace.com/sinceranorway). There will also be released a split 12" with german Ungod on Ironbonehead Production late this year.


If you were to advise to a young man who wants to approach your music five albums that have meant that Fester become what they are, on what titles would fall the choice?

Ahhh, good one! I would say: Mercyful Fate - "Melissa", Celtic Frost- "Morbid Tales", Kreator - "Endless Pain", Darkthrone - "Soulside Journey" and Obituary - "Cause Of Death".


There are acts belonging to the Norwegian underground that you particularly like and have had little response perhaps because of some wrong deal?

Right now I think the best band in a long, long time is The Konsortium, debut this summer, fucking brilliant!! Hedning is also great, Strid's new stuff kills and I enjoy classic black/thrash acts like Dead To This World and Blood Tsunami. Mentioning bands that could have been big with another label is to many to mention, ha ha.


Who is Tiger outside the band? How is your everyday life?

The world outside oneself gets bigger as one gets older. Outside my own dark head, I spend most of my time with my family and friends and of course work takes a whole lot of my time. I work at a psychic institution.


Thank you for your availability and the time granted us, is a pleasure to dig into the past to look to the future and I wish you the best for both situations you're doing, I leave you the word to end the interview as you like.

Thanks a lot for your time, and interesting questions Gabriele and I would ask people to clash in our myspace zite for updated news and if those who havent heard us can check us out!
Interview link: http://aristocraziawebzine.blogspot.com ... rsion.html

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fester/204292849614033

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And to preview a song from FESTER - Winter of Sin Remastered DIGI CD go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKH4_MK_6DI


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BANE (Serbia) - Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness DIGI CD review by cweed via http://www.metal-archives.com

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By cweed

Excellent Melodic Black Metal
While I expected Bane to sound similar to other Serbian black metal bands such as May Result and the Stone, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this album. This is by far one of the best melodic black metal albums I’ve heard this year, and I could definitely see this band doing well for themselves on the international level.

What struck me as most memorable about this album was the atmosphere, as it wasn’t just “grim and frostbitten” all the way through like so many other albums of the genre. Bane balance things out very well, whether it’s the feeling of forgotten majesty in slower songs such as “The Haunting Presence”, the icy melodies of “Pandemonium” and “Inherited Infection”, or the creepy, carnival-like overtones of “Abhorrence”. Furthermore, it’s worth mentioning that those of you who are allergic to cheesy keyboards need not fear, as keyboards on this album are used sparsely and only in intro tracks (like in the awesome, early-era Mortiis-esque “Awakening of the Evil Spirits”, and “Dysthymia”, which recalls Ildjarn‘s ambient stuff). The ominous acoustic guitar melody in "Lost Shadows" is a nice touch as well, as it only further reinforces the album's atmosphere and also provides a brief break from the intensity.

While the songs are catchy, dark, and pretty much all you can ask for in a melodic black metal album, it’s worth calling attention to both the high-quality production and musicianship on this album as well. The guitar playing is flawless, the solos are classy, and the drums are top-notch, without sounding fake or over-produced. The vocals also suit the music quite well, as Branislav’s death metal growl and Khargash’s black metal rasp compliment each other perfectly and give the music another dimension. I could definitely see both black and death metal fans digging this album. It’s also good to see high-quality metal like this coming out of Serbia, as I’m not too familiar with what the metal scene is like there, but if Bane is any indication of the overall quality of the Serbian underground, then I’m excited to see what else this scene has in store for us.

When I first gave “Chaos, Darkness, & Emptiness” a listen I felt that I was listening to a Dimmu Borgir knockoff, and while I’m assuming that Dimmu is a huge influence on these guys, Bane definitely has enough of its own character to separate itself from the imitators. This and Istapp’s debut album earlier this year are, for me, some of the best melodic black metal to come out in 2010. I would definitely recommend this album for fans of Dimmu Borgir, Catamenia, Dissection, Old Man’s Child, etc.

Originally written for Malicious Intent:
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- cweed, December 15th, 2010
Rating: 87%
Review link: http://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/B ... 5254/cweed

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TORTURE DIVISION (Sweden) With Endless Wrath.../Evighetens Darar DIGI CDs review by http://www.vs-webzine.com

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By Dungorpat

It is customary, when many famous musicians and / or recognized mount a joint project, to begin kro (ies) disk (s) from (s) of this collaboration by the list of groups in which they are or have been involved to enhance the impact of this "supergroup," as if a musician's resume was enough to predict the quality of its creations. That of TORTURE DIVISION, we already said that with a name as there Daubé interest that it pops back, when you look down the famous CV is no longer said anything, you drool ... GRAVE, ENTOMBED, VOMITORY, THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX, EDGE OF SANITY... GRAVE, ENTOMBED, Vomitory, THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX, EDGE OF SANITY ... immediately, we forget the family name and you want the sound!

Given the origin of the loggers, Sweden, is expected to TORTURE DIVISION proposes a kind of old Swedish Death possibly enriched with keyboards taking into account the presence of Lord K. Philipson PROJECT HATE whose returns we crush his monumental heaviness regularly since ... 2000 (lost, there was a trap!). By looking closely, it's even pretty much the last line-up of THE PROJECT HATE, namely Msieur Philipson therefore, Jörgen Sandström (which you really need this?) On bass and vocals and Többen Gustafsson (Vomitory) behind the drums, spewing his hatred in this trio. Ultimately, it is the Death Metal that has been chosen as a mode of expression, but Death who has more to do with VADER and GRAVE or Vomitory with ENTOMBED. A Death brutal, direct touch of thrash or punk at times, firmly told with all the hate and know-how raw count to three of them sixty years of DEATH METAL.

Before turning to chronicled itself of these two "albums", a word about the special operation group: the trio saves only demos, mostly of three pieces, he puts on his line website, available to its fans. As he explains, record a whole album does not interest him. TORTURE DIVISION gives his music that wants to take it, or sell, any request by the group is that, if a label wants to market it, he is responsible for the manufacturing of physical media and the sales proceeds are shared equally. An unusual approach, therefore, a kind of Tape Trading modern Internet has replaced the hands of fans who distributed the K7.

Abyss Records U.S. label decided to release the demos recorded by Torture Division between 2008 and 2010 as two digipack. The first grouping those released in 2008, namely "With Endless Wrath," "We Bring Upon Thee", "Our Infernal Torture" and the single "Suffer the Shitmass" released for Christmas and containing the resumption of "The Torture Never Stops" WASP (see below), under the name, guess ... « With Endless Wrath We Bring Upon Thee Our Infernal Torture ». "With Endless Wrath We Bring Upon Thee Our Infernal Torture." The second brings in turn the three demos "Evighetens Darar" (I, II and III) recorded between 2009 and 2010. Those who follow the group have already heard all that well on their PC, the Division regularly posting their demos, but collectors will undoubtedly appreciate a digipack certainly stripped (no booklet, just the info on recordings), but who of the mouth.

Come on, this time because there music, all the crap that is really not the cup of tea TORTURE DIVISION! Ah... in fact, one of their mates, a Dan Swanö, something like that to them a hand file for each demo, or mastered, either by mixing or by both. Seems he took a group of melodic Death in the 90s, EDGE OF SANITY, and he did sound quite a lot of stuff Death in time. Indeed, his leg is especially felt on the second series of Demos, the "Evighetens Darar, whose sound is generally cleaner than those of 2008, which could not be more raw, saturating even sometimes without the comfort listening to suffer. Their origins, the Swedes have kept the sound very fat and the groove that have outstanding reputations in the country. The two sets of demos show two different faces and complementary group, the first being the brutal primary, as illustrated perfectly the first song, "With Endless Wrath ...," Ejaculation Of The Wicked ", a sort of clone of the Swedish" Wings "of VADER which gives a very good indication on the direction of the other pieces. Flood of blasts, direct and simple riffs, headbanging breaks, deep voice and hate, nothing new but nothing here feels recovery. « With Endless Wrath... "Is a collection of hymns brutal Death Metal and wild, far more than all these groups are playing the old-school, gives all its nobility to a style that was sometimes lost in the bidding and appearance. TORTURE DIVISION fully use the cliché, with song titles and lyrics that would be laughable if it behind n'avoinait not as badly. Needless to review all the pieces, just an Internet connection to taste and, in my opinion, become totally dependent! Also on this first CD, the cover of WASP "The Torture Never Stops," here transformed into a death metal butchers whose intro is a clear nod to "Raining Blood" by Slayer. Enjoyable for both the version of TORTURE DIVISION for the fact that this piece of approaching thirty years still sounds as well!

The second face of the group, reveals that the second CD, "Evighetens Darar," is a trio that, while being particularly brutal, trying new things, with use of the bass more pronounced, that the blasts are more ubiquitous structures more focused on groove and a song slightly fatter. After enjoying released in 2008 on a big ten titles that crashed a lot of the extreme groups, the Swedes seemed to have at heart to change TORTURE DIVISION towards something more personal. If one finds a good dose of blasts, we also discover less-brutal frontal, where the melodies are a few timid incursions. In a sense, this second set of demos was closest to what the Swedish Death scene proposed in its infancy and is a perfect complement to the first, an astonishing consistency for a group not willing to make an album ... The latest demo, online a few weeks ago, suggests that TORTURE DIVISION continues on this path, that of a death metal groove-oriented than the blast at all-will, an orientation that I like slightly less than the debut but, given the quality of what is proposed, leaves me to think that my hard drive will continue to receive his ration Quarterly MP3!

In conclusion to this long column, only one word could summarize the approach TORTURE DIVISION: passion. These guys do not like it because for the money, they give what they record and they will not go very far with the meager income from sales of T-Shirts. They are content not to swing three pieces on a blog pourraves shabby, no, the site is provided, more even than that of many groups, rather well built and written in the same mindset that led to the TORTURE DIVISION training: the way into the shot while being professional and having heart to come up with something that makes sense. If you do not buy these two albums, at least go for a ride home and throw an ear on these demos while browsing the site, it's likely that ejaculation is not reserved for wicked ...

This review was originally written in French and has been translated using Goggle Translate. To view the original review in French click the link below...

Review link: http://www.vs-webzine.com/new.php?page= ... news=12146

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Torture Division links:

Official Website: http://www.torturedivision.net/

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/torturedivisionsweden

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Torture-D ... 7566534436

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Online Label & Online Music Store: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

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To purchase TORTURE DIVISION - With Endless Wrath We Bring Upon Thee Our Infernal Torture DIGI CD or other TORTURE DIVISION merchandise go to: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/adv ... e+division

To preview a song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SIkZUsvT2A

To preview a song from TORTURE DIVISION - Evighetens Dårar DIGI CD go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35Q5Zl2Q8HI


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CORROSIVE CARCASS (Sweden) - Rot.In.Pieces Demo review by http://www.heavyhardes.de

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By Hannah

Seven years of band history and "already" the first demo? That's what I call comfortable ... Where the pace of work is the only Cosy in the debut of Corrosive Carcass is, for comfort Mucke definitely sounds different. But well, with song titles like "Born In A Casket" or "Chainsaw Dissection" was not to be expected that it would be in order Rot.In.Pieces Kuschelrock. Rather, we take the five Swedes on their debut back very far in time when the Swedish death was just very fresh mortar on the rise.
This includes but unfortunately also the sound of Scheib Lette, which one sounds obvious that this is a self-produced demo. It rumbles, rattles and crashes all over the place, not by a powerful sound of the question. Okay, the Death Metal that may now not necessarily the death sentence and some might even remember back smiling happily at the times in which demos sounded just as, to date it is not, however, possibly sympathetic to earth. Nevertheless, one can certainly be heard that here are pretty decent musicians at work. The proto-death, which is offered here and share, the five men to appropriate. This is quite sophisticated drumming, a singer whose performance in the darkest depths of hell seems to come and who approaches sometimes even to the borders with black metallic nagging and rhythm guitars that give the pieces the right structure. For me are the leads come to dissonant and often give the impression to be a little out of control.
The songs usually corresponds to the genre standard, the pieces are usable, though not too exciting or even exceptional. Corrosive Carcass do anything that has not already been there, but at least they make pretty solid. The demo is a first fragrance brand, which is far from awful to stink or smell overwhelmingly good. The foundation stone is laid, but still much room up there.
This review was originally written in German and has been translated using Goggle Translate. To view the original review in German click the link below...

Review link: http://www.heavyhardes.de/review-7782.html

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BODYFARM (Netherlands) - Bodyfarm CD EP review by http://www.battlehelm.com

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By Anders Ekdahl

BODYFARM
"Bodyfarm"
(Abyss)
A good band name says more than a thousand words do. A good band name transcends the original meaning of the word. Think Slayer, think Saxon. Those are names that have taken on a different meaning to all us metal heads around the world. Bodyfarm conjures up images in my head of a band not serious enough to think of a great name. But like everything in life. Don't judge a dog by its hair. The scruffiest looking dog may make the best companion ever. And Bodyfarm are a little like that. Once beyond the name this mcd take on a whole different shape. With its heavy, down-tuned death metal you get the name Bodyfarm. A place where cadavers rot for scientific reasons. This is death metal with an inclination towards old school, kinda like Grave's debut "Into The Grave", maybe a bit Asphyx too. Heavy and cool like hell.

Review link: http://www.battlehelm.com/reviews/bodyfarm.htm

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Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/bodyfarmnl

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bodyfarm/107945989258106

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FAUST (Italy) From Glory to Infinity DIGI CD review by HisokaThorongil via http://www.metal-archives.com

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By HisokaThorongil

Amazing debut

I don't think Faust is trying to play a brutal death style ala Morbid Angel, Death, and Deicide in any way shape or form, as the previous reviewer believes. This album sounds wholly unAmerican. Instead, Sweden appears to have influenced Faust the most. I don't know how you could listen to this and not believe this is death metal straight out of the early Swedish melodic black/death play book. Part of the reason for the melodic nature, as opposed to a brutal one, may be due to Aleister's involvement with Ancient, a fairly well known melodic back metal band. Where he drew his inspiration, though, is beside the point that this is some great melodic death metal.

One is immediately sucked into a maelstrom of hyper tremoloed guitar riffs and blast beats on Purple Children, and this hypnotic trend is largely sustained throughout the rest of the album. Periodically, things will slow down, and nice little acoustic numbers will provide breaks. But while on the whole fairly intense, the sound here is not obtrusive or heavy, just down tuned a bit to give it that death metal feel. Simply put, the production is anything but annoying and quite easy on the ears.

The instruments are handled excellently, but that's also because they're in good hands. Besides Aleister and fellow guitarist Ghiulz Borroni, we have Steve DiGiorgio providing, as always, some amazing bass lines. In the drum department, Darek "Daray" Brzozowski lays down some precise double bass and blast beats. Solos are frequent and quite enjoyable to listen to. As is the sound in general, they're also quite melodic. The vocals are fairly standard, but compliment the music nicely, instead of overpowering it.

Faust is a pretty old band, forming in 1992, but they've just now gotten around to recording their first full length. I don't know what took them so long, but better late than never, as this is a very solid, if not outstanding debut album. It's unfortunate they don't seem to be that well known.
- HisokaThorongil, May 11th, 2010

Rating: 90%

Review link: http://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/F ... aThorongil

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Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/faustband2

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WAN (Sweden) Wolves of the North CD review by autothrall via http://www.metal-archives.com

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By autothrall

Howling out the fetid carcass of the past

My first impulse when hearing the debut of Sweden's WAN was to mentally write the trio off as yet another in an endless procession of Hellhammer, Mayhem or Bathory derivatives, and to be truthful, the influence of these two titans is clearly felt through the enormity of Wolves of the North. However, once I settled to this fact and let the band work its slow, churning rhythms upon me, I once again admit to having succumbed to the 'not broken, don't fix it' cliche. WAN do not offer anything new, and in fact they revel in the archaic sounds of yesteryear, offering the bare minimum in production, extremely primal and crude riffing, and vile, stretched vocals which bring to mind a more reserved Quorthon.

The catch is that this style, though beaten to death by thousands of tributaries in a wave far larger than any created during the actual lifespan of the bands that inspired it, still has something to it which thrills my ears with hints of both mystique and brutality. WAN have crafted 13 tracks for this debut, and they range from a punishing, steady speed to a slower, more atmospheric motif. I am alternately drawn back to the days of Under the Sign of the Black Mark, The Return, Blood Fire Death and Apocalyptic Raids, but then there are some outsider tracks like "Rise of the Antichrist" which feels like a metallic interpretation of Gustav Holst's "Mars" before the drawling, black/doom guitars ooze forth.

In swifter territories, tracks like "13 Sons of the Devil" and the brief "Rapid Satan" blast by like wolves pressed in on their prey, while "Med Stormsteg Mot Döden" makes for one of my choice moments on this record, a tightly wound black/speed rhythm which parts for atmospheric chords, all the while riding the icy stream of momentum. But the band's ultimate strength dwells more towards their slower geography, like the sobering, grim "Ulvhäll" which requires little more than a simplistic repetition of lumbering chords and half-spoken, weighty narrative vocals that transport you to snow-shrouded forests and mountainsides. "Wargoat" deserves mention for its Hellhammer-ing, and the bleak "War of the Unholy" is a similarly addictive crawl through blood and slush.

My recommendation is that fans of the originators of these sounds, whether that be Hellhammer, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Venom, Mayhem, Burzum or Darkthrone, who are open to further visitation rites to their unhallowed proving grounds, give Wolves in the North a chance to breathe some renewal of ancient hostilities into their spirits. It's little more than a loving nod to its influences, but its well crafted and loyal to a fault, excellent if you're seeking a cold escape from the maggots and body heat of the disgusting civilization surrounding you.

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Rating: 70%

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PASADENA NAPALM DIVISION (U.S.) P.N.D. EP CD review by http://www.hellridemusicforums.com

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By Chris Barnes

I’m now listening to Pasadena Napalm Division – they’re a Thrash band of the Crossover variety from the town of Pasadena, Texas. They’ve filled their ranks with some notable Thrash & Punk vets from that part of the country - D.R.I. frontman Kurt Brecht, Greg Martin, Scott Sevall & Ronnie Guyote from cult legends Dead Horse and Bubba D from Verbal Abuse.

Predictably, they rock viscous in a manner conducive to mosh pit-inflicted massive concussions and cerebral hemorrhaging. It’s short, concise blunt object trauma to both of your cochlea. The choruses are also infectiously chant-able and the lyrics funny as hell. “Speaking In Tounges” captures most of my modern day gig-going experiences.

“What’s the singer saying?
I don’t know
People strange dancing
As if from a dream
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Is the singer saying
Something with his screams?
I don’t know.

Speaking in tongues
Sounds from hell?
Speaking in tongues
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Speaking in tongues
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HA!! Good stuff. Also the hidden track “Okra” is a hoot and you can't beat "I'm a failure, fuck, fucking failure" at 120 MPH. PND are the Descendents of Thrash Metal. From the sounds of the band bio, it looks like these guys are a serious group ready to gig and not a one-shot deal. Let’s hope, it’s impossible to get enough quality Crossover these days.

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NOCTIS IMPERIUM (Venezuela) Nihil CD EP review by autothrall via http://www.metal-archives.com

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By autothrall

Primal, precision punishment

Despite the proliferation of underground acts that have sprung up in the past 20 years, Venezuela has yet to deliver a knockout blow in the metal world, and for that reason, Noctis Imperium is rather exciting, since they represent a strong possibility for success. Nihil is their third EP release in the past few years, and they've yet to commit to a full-length recording, but they've raised the ante and their visibility by wisely going back to the studio and re-recording some of their best material with international drum mercenary Nicholas Barker, who has performed with high profile black, thrash and death metal acts like Cradle of Filth, Old Man's Child, Dimmu Borgir, Anaal Nathrakh, Testament, Benediction, and more.

What the Venezuelans blaspheme across this 30 minute release is a series of taut, extreme black and death metal that uses pinpoint accuracy, evil streams of fibrous, melodic guitars, and a higher level of musicianship than the average act of this type: calculated through solid bass lines and sweet brushes of lead that can effortlessly cycle through arpeggios. Though the band is not a pure black metal outfit, at times they remind me of the more modern releases from Swedish giants Dark Funeral, who also practice this form of percussive, fast as a prize horse style which almost never falls out of a gallop or blitzkrieg. Beyond that, they've got a lot in common with Deicide and Morbid Angel, who must have been pretty big influences as the band were coming up. The vocals are a mix of your standard barked rasp and a more ritual take with multiple voices used in a more conversational tone, and are not a highlight of this recording, and the dearth of new material might be a turn off by some, but I'm sure the band would prefer to consider this the first 'real' effort since they've got Barker's enormous experience to back them up.

The EP contains an intro that the band have used before on both prior EPs, called "Ra-hoor-khuit", which is a simple swell of dark ambiance that hovers among the din of South American jungle mists. "Descensus ad Inferos", which had appeared on last year's Imperium EP, tears up the listener with its insane blast-work, atmospheric flourishes and striking if brief leads, as much occult death as black metal. "Bring Me Sacrifice" has also appeared on both the band's previous EP format releases, but stands out for good bass lines and uncompromising attitude, even if the actual guitar riffs swerve from blood-thirsty promise to forgetful familiarity ala Dark Funeral.

The band's namesake "Noctis Imperium" has also been recalculated for this, a pretty standard slab of forward propulsion which doesn't standout among its neighbors, and "Unus in Nihil", which takes a lot more room to breathe in, using slower rhythms and vaulted clean vocals to its benefit as one of the most immersion-heavy tracks here. Rounding out the short form release are a cover of Morbid Angel's "Maze of Torment", both loyal and worthwhile, as well as a live version of this same song, and "Through the Fire and Cosmos" from the band's Evil Philosophies EP. The live cuts probably feature another drummer, but he's not bad himself, accurately delivering the blasts and double bass that the songs bolster. They sound decent, though they're never really a highlight on any recording such as this.

Nihil is a strong selling point for the band to pick up attention from both fans of the incessant black/death tirade and the labels and distribution that Abyss Records offers excellent visibility towards. Clearly the concern was not to craft new material, but to polish up primarily preexisting songs, structure them with Barker's insanely accurate drumming, tack on some added value that proves the band sound just as tight on a stage, and see what gears would turn. I don't feel like Noctis Imperium are quite on the level yet as far as writing songs that call out to my attention. They are not exactly the best of riff writers, and the means through which the songs flow from one barrage to the next do not entirely impress, allowing the atmospheric segments to stand out more than they might otherwise. But there is no doubt that their precision and unforgiving speed will win them the heart of many black/death heartthrobs seeking the next big thing, and this EP should gauge their position, a step forward along the cobbled path of gruesome execution.

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HYPERBOREAN (Sweden) - The Spirit of Warfare CD review by http://www.apochs.net

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By apochs.net
Sweden's Hyperborean formed back in 2000 as a Melodic Black Metal band. As the years went by, the band issued three demo recordings, as well as submitted a track to the compilation CD Hordes of Darkness. The last demo to be recorded was Prey, which was issued by the band back in 2005. Six years later, the band finds themselves signed to Abyss Records to release their debut full-length recording, The Spirit of War. Given the dramatic pause in material from the band over that time, one can't help but wonder if Hyperborean had utilized the time wisely to craft a superb full-length album or not.

One of the biggest lures to Hyperborean is the fact that the group performs rather long songs. While only seven tracks, the whole release makes up about forty seven minutes of music, which is quite impressive, especially if the material here can be as engaging as one would hope from a Melodic Black Metal act. While the music does slightly suffer from the group being a simple three piece and trying to incorporate some melody without a rhythm guitarist to keep the music rich, the band does manage to deliver. "Weapon Making" is the second track in, and it's the song that will really take hold of the listener, where as "Channlingt he Spirit of Warfare" is a good song, it just sounds a little more hollow at times. "Weapon Making" takes on a more traditional Black Metal foundation with some simpler melodic elements added into the chords that progress the music without leaving open sections that feel like the bass isn't loud enough to fill in for a missing rhythm guitarist who should be present to make the music sound richer and full. This song also has some keyboards added in throughout, and it just makes for a nice addition as it feeds off the slower, more melancholic, and often gothic tones and atmospheres of the recording well. The song does pick up the pace momentarily, which makes the song sound a little more chaotic, happening on more then one occassion, and even when it's not moving fast, "Weapon Making" will have your head bobbing along to the catchy rhythm and melodic melancholy-laced hooks.

Most of the songs on here are just a little over seven minutes, or shorter. "Killing Grounds" winds up being the shortest track off the album, clocking in at four minutes and twenty two seconds. However, "The Last Stand of Leoniads and the Battle of Thermopylae" is just a few seconds shy of the ten minute mark. This song is also one of the more consistent faster tracks on the recording, and not just a slower pace with some spastic faster moments thrown in, though when the slower passages of the track hit, they become rather dramatic and sound very epic in a fluid manner. Of course this song also falls prey to the melodic guitars without rhythm backing, but most of these are bridges between the more epic passages. There are more keyboards added to this song as well, which also helps with the more dramatic vibe of the music, making it richer and far more serious without going too over-the-top with the guitars, and it really does help out the more hollow moments of the recording, leading to a song that doesn't just sound good but have no real impact, such as the slower paced "Viper" which was good for a Melodic Black Metal track, but it fell prey to all the pitfalls mentioned above, as well as just came off a little more bland then what it should have been. But, for as well done and engaging as this song is, the shorter tracks show promise too, though don't really compare to the atmosphere the longer tracks have.

"A New Sun Rises" is a great song, and really seems to capture the more melancholic and slower paced atmosphere of the earlier tracks "Channeling the Spirit of Warfare" and "Weapon Making". The length itself allows the band to give it a depth that is just as strong and deep as those tracks, and the atmosphere really builds throughout the entire song. "Killing Grounds, however, seems to suffer from the shorter track length. As mentioned, this is the shortest song on the recording, and because of that the band seems to come off more rushed with the track, using a faster pace to create a song that sounds sinister from start to finish and really utilizes the keyboards nicely to fill in behind the lead guitar and it's more melodic undertakings. However, the song lacks the kind of substance the other songs had, which was the melancholic vibe, sinister sound, and a generally deep composition in all aspects of the music, lyrics and even vocals. It's not a bad song, but it doesn't really offer much substantial material to keep the listener entertained past a few spins with that track, especially when "The Sick Man of Europe" kicks in with that deathly sound you hear on many tracks, but the keyboards and gutteral approach accompanying the rhaspier Black Metal wails really help out the album in a very minimalist form that gives it an additional epic vibe from how the band manages to musically emote the sensations that they seem to easily portray in their music. The only gripe is that the song feels like it ends while there is more to it, as if the fade out effect utilized on the recording had been a little premature.

Other then that, The Spirit of Warfare is a well composed album without any real faults. The lack of a rhythm guitarist hurts, and after "Channeling the Spirit of Warfare", the band seems to utilize the keyboards more to make the melodic lead guitar sound richer, as if not trying to tackle melodic hooks by himself. Had the band used this concept a little more, there's no doubt the material om The Spirit of Warfare would have definitely made a bigger impact on the listener then it does. The production quality on the release is a little more raw, and at times it works in it's favor, but at time, like with the hollow sound behind the melodic lead guitars, it just kind of hurts the album by making the music sound a little weaker, not necessarily have that edge or bite to it to keep the listener hooked, but luckily the music is often well done enough that it manages to keep the listener content throughout the experience despite that.

As far as Melodic Black Metal acts go, sure, there are some better acts out there, but Hyperborean is definitely a band to keep your eyes on. The music performed is typically slower and a little simpler, which gives way to more epic-sounding material. With the right production and mastering qualities, the band can definitely pull off a memorable album that would far surpass this one. The Spirit of Warfare is still a strong album in it's own right, having melancholic epic-like songs that vary in speed, giving off accompanying atmospheres and emotions that will lead this release to find the listener going back for some repeat spins for a good while, even on a rainy day. What more could you really ask for then a solid Melodic Black Metal effort that will often having you headbanging to the rhythm and hooks that drive the music of Hyperborean? More then likely not much else...Not much else at all...
Overall Score: 8.5/10

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Interview with Magnus Persson of Hyperborean

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Interview by Martell (http://www.welovemetal.com)

1. Congratulations on the new album “The Spirit of Warfare.” Can you tell us a little bit about what people can expect when they pick up this record?
They can expect a mixture of Black and Death metal with some Thrash thrown into the mix aswell. The music is driven by melody, aggression and atmosphere. it has a Lyrical theme based on warfare and most of the songs are based on different battles, mainly focusing on world war 1 and the battle of Thermopylae in ancient Greece.
2. Does the band write music as individuals or is it a collaborative practice?
Andreas, who is the guitarist, writes all the riffs, then he and I plan out the structures and the ideas we want out of a song. After this when the structure is complete I basically plan the vocals and write the lyrics last.

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3. How is the sound on “The Spirit of Warfare” different from the music on the early three demos?
The first two demos had a completely different sound. There wasn’t as much of black metal influences, it was more melodic and we had some clean vocals and used keyboards more. Andreas, who wrote all the music for Spirt, wasnt apart of the band at that time so the difference is quite clear because other people were writing the music. When Andreas joined for the third demo it became sort of like a transition recording going for a darker sound but we didnt quite get it right until we wrote the songs for The Spirit of Warfare.
4. The band went on a hiatus from the scene a while back. Can you explain to your fans what happened during this time?
Basically some line-up changes happened and I had to take a break for a while to deal with some personal issues. When Andreas and I decided to get things moving again it took some time to find a drummer that was good enough to record the album, we finally found Fredrik Widigs who did session drums for us and after that we could get into a studio.
5. The name Hyperborean is a Greek term for a mystical land. Was this an intentional pick and how does it relate to your music?
Yeah it basically refers to a land beyond the extreme north, we thought it fit well as we were writing lyrics based on norse mythology for the first two demos. So it fit pretty well then, maybe the connection isnt as strong now when we have moved away from that subject.
6. Your arrangements and sound are quite unusual. Where would you put the band if you had to choose a genre?
I dont know to be honest, its been eleven years and even though our sound has changed we have always mixed allot of different genres togheter so I have never had a good answer for this question. Most people either call us melodic Black metal or melodic Death metal. Personally I would rather use melodic Black metal as I think those influences are stronger but it is not a perfect definition by any means.
7. What can fans expect to experience at a live show?
Not much at the moment, we dont have a full line-up so right now we cant do any live shows. But if there is demand for it in the future we will try to get a full band togheter again.
8. What influences do you rely on when writing? Any non-metal?
Well allot of metal, I cant really say that we have any particular band we try to emulate or anything like that. It can be different things, as for non metal I like some classical music like Dvorcak. When it comes to writing lyrics I read allot about history and I try to incorporate that and base my lyrics around historical events and battles so that is a great inspiration for me.
9. What do the band members do on their off days to try and shake some of the intensity your music creates?
I play some sports, try to keep myself in decent shape. I play some online poker, I always like a good book or movie.
10. What does the future hold for Hyperborean?
Well first we will promote our new album and see how that goes. After that we are well on our way of writing a follow up album, it will be based around a theme of Misery and its coming along nicely, I think people can expect some good things from that album. And after that we will see.
11. If you could say anything to the fathers of metal; what would it be?
Magnus answered this question with nothing!!

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HAT (Norway) - The Demise of Mankind CD review by Perplexed_Sjel via http://www.metal-archives.com

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By Perplexed_Sjel

H Is For Hate.

You’ve got to expect something with a really traditional backbone when you listen to an album called ‘The Demise of Mankind’ by a band called Hat from Norway, which translates to Hate in English. That is precisely what this album turns out to be. From the first bombastic song, entitled ‘Guds Skitne Avkom’, it is clearly evident that Hat are going to be a raging, unrelenting black metal band in the mould of the second wave. The bombastic production, the really intense, hateful vocals and the distorted riffs are all features and characteristics of bands who adopt the stylistic approach spearheaded by numerous Scandinavian bands in the early 1990’s. ‘The Demise of Mankind’ is a decent album with lots of catchy melodies, but it also very predictable. The idea behind this band has been done to death and you could even call Hat a by-the-numbers type of band, one who is simply retelling old stories which were created by certain inspirational forefathers like Burzum, Darkthrone and Emperor. The Scandinavian style is still alive, though its message has been lost by the modernisation of black metal in recent years.

Occasionally I do like to listen to something with a heart that beats with old blood, but it isn’t very often because you truly can predict and foresee how the sound will evolve before you’ve even experienced it. Hat do occasionally branch away from the old school into the modern world by, as on songs like ‘Eternal Damnation of the Soul’, using samples when the second wave would simply play on with their unrelenting style. I think, though I cannot be sure, the sample used on the aforementioned song might even be taken from a well known movie called The Green Mile. The sample does seem to relate to the nature of the song if this is the case because, as most people will know by now, The Green Mile is about a man on death row who’s about to receive his call to the chair where he is about to be executed for a heinous crime. The sample doesn’t exactly play a significant role in the song, only featuring towards the end, but it does signal a cohesion between the instrumentation, vocals and samples used sparingly on the album. It isn’t there for no reason, or without purpose. It does heed what the title of the song suggests.

Other than this quirky use of samples, the album is rather formulaic, but that isn’t to say it isn’t enjoyable. Take the ridiculously infectious ‘Schadenfreude’. This song generates some incredibly talented riffs with lots of melody to spare. The riffs, central to the album, are so damn catchy I don’t even notice my head begin to nod as I’m writing this. The melodies of the riffs are what makes this album an essential listen for anyone who loves the old school and even though Hat don’t take influence from any one band from the 1990’s in particular, they mesh them all together and take the best bits of each. However, in this day and age, a slightly under-produced quality to the production feels dated and stale at times. The production could do with being juiced up and spliced with a cleaner quality. The instrumentation is still audible and though the albums description suggests there is no bass player in the line-up, there is definitely bass used on the album. Its very low and ebbs menacingly beneath the guitars, only ever supporting it with backing and enhancing lines that don’t deviate much.

The vocals have a tendency to override each of the instrumental elements and the drums are somewhat lacking in quality, especially in terms of the cymbals and snare, but the melodies are just too catchy to not enjoy and tend to take away the focus on the elements which don’t spark as much delight. As I understand, Hat are probably a little more similar to Gorgoroth than any over band from Scandinavia and I’ve never really like them, yet I do like this album. There’s a raw energy to it that is likable and even though certain areas of the album, like the altering vocals (which can be occasionally hissed with very little impact) and under-produced feeling alongside the, at times, ineffective drumming, are a little more awkward feeling, the album does tend to flow rather nicely due to the high levels of fore fronted melody. ‘The Demise of Mankind’ is a glorious melody-filled affair, but quite predictable at times with its high tempo and expected second wave inspired characteristics.
- Perplexed_Sjel, June 13th, 2010

Review link: http://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/H ... lexed_Sjel

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Hat links:

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/Evighat

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hat/154439157951339

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Online Label & Online Music Store: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Abyss-Rec ... 3050232055

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To order HAT - The Demise of Mankind CD and other HAT merchandise go to:
http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/adv ... hat+vortex
To hear a sample song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJD28wHlPpU
And to hear a song from there new release "Vortex of Death" go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX-KoqPnUJY
or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7XWXxp5LRk


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HAT (Norway) - Vortex of Death DIGI CD review by http://www.canadianassault.com

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By Dale

The Hat keep the old Norwegian classic black metal traditions alive. I never tire of this sound, style no matter how many times I hear it again and again. It is probably only fair that you know that about me – I worship old school black metal. You can tell listening to this that Hat themselves have listened to and possess great reverence for the old bands on their early works like Darkthrone, Immortal, Emperor, Graveland etc… It is just so hateful, cold, cutting you to pieces with cruel torture. Yes I do not tire of their archetypal obscure bm rasp vocals, tremolo picking and hypnotic driven drumming. Vortex of Death is really well done and you can just feel the men behind it are dedicated to what they are doing. I simply can not resist recommending this album highly to you.

Review link: http://www.canadianassault.com/albumrev ... N.html#hat

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hat/154439157951339

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Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

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To order HAT - Vortex of Death DIGI CD and other HAT merchandise go to:
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To hear a sample song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX-KoqPnUJY
or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7XWXxp5LRk

And to hear a song from there first release "The Demise of Mankind" go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJD28wHlPpU


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ETERNAL HELCARAXE (Ireland) To Whatever End Demo CD EP review by http://www.metalreviews.com

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By Vrechek

Eternal Helcaraxe is one of the few Metal bands to hail from Ireland, where really the only truly well-known Metal export is Primordial. Eternal Helcaraxe is a three-piece band that claims to be Black Metal, though I would protest at this pigeonholing. To Whatever End is made up of quite a lot of different and sometimes disparate elements of Metal, and to me defies sub-genre hair-splitting. Even umbrella terms such as Pagan Metal or Folk Metal don't quite fit here.
This genre-bending is one of the things I like most about To Whatever End. The songs are quite different from one another; each having it's own character and style. Opener ...And As Kings We'll Fall is a lush keyboard-driven intro that is sad, uplifting, and epic, and actually quite reminds me of something one of my favorite non-metal bands, VNV Nation, might do. Title track To Whatever End comes out of the gate with a percussive drum attack, some interesting bass-work, and oddly melodeath-sounding riffs ala Amon Amarth before breaking into the almost narrative-like raspy vocals. It isn't until after a melodic break that you really start hearing some tremolo-picked Black Metal-esque passages, which soon escalate into the climax of the track: an epic keyboard-backed sorrowful and beautiful finish.
So the band mixes in some Black Metal to a Gothenburg sound, you say. Big deal. Well, it keeps changing. Kin, Comrades & Country has an entirely different riffing style, more along the lines of While Heaven Wept's recent material. Strike has some truly vicious Black Metal riffs that blurrily speed through the six minute run time, letting go of the intensity only for the chorus and breaks. Closing number All The Battles To Come is an excellent and fitting end to this demo, being part epic Viking Metal and part speedy Melodic Black Metal.
The fantastic production for a demo, the variety in style and pacing, and the all around tidy songwriting make To Whatever End a must hear for fans of in-between bands of the Folk/Pagan/Black/Death/Heavy Metal variety. Pretty much everything from the guitar riffs to the bass-work to the drum fills to the vocals both harsh and clean are up to standard for nowadays, and really the only put-off I could see is if you truly hate Gothenburg Melodeath and anything that sounds remotely similar to it.
Killing Songs : To Whatever End, All The Battles To Come
Look for their debut "Against All Odds" coming to Abyss Records...
Review link: http://www.metalreviews.com/reviews/detail.php3?id=6602

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To purchase ETERNAL HELCARAXE - To Whatever End Demo CD EP or their first Demo CD EP "Palest Kingdom" go to: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/adv ... +Helcaraxe

To preview a song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ih4eXw283s

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And to preview a song from their first Demo CD EP "Palest Kingdom" go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_44LhwIvXwA


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FESTER (Norway) Winter of Sin Remastered DIGI CD review by aristocraziawebzine.blogspot.com

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By Mourning
In the minds of every metalhead Norway nineties certainly is not remembered for the death metal, but the Scandinavian territory gave no gems of little value, impossible to forget people like and Molested Cadaver for example, sheltered there were also the Fester, training ever too much lauded but that his honest work the place and how.
During restoration of the Old school label reissued many offer the chance to come into contact with tiny disks, considered this "Winter Of Sin", the first album of the combo of Askim.
The dimension of sound is almost a "crossover" weird for the period, the base is a death metal canon but turns into doom territory, his voice grating stretching almost Blackish and melodies that cross the tracks thanks to a solo often "pulitina "anticipate or are coincident with the intentions of many of their colleagues who will move the shot and founded what would later be recognized as the Norwegian black metal circle, keep in mind that the disk in question is originally dated 1992, one of the fundamental years for that movement.
The influences of giants such as Celtic Frost / Hellhammer are evident in the sound so much that at times the approach is reminiscent of Darkthrone and Samael agl'albori career and although they can not boast pieces "masterpiece", "Winter Of Sin" is made insert into stereo with pleasure, is a performance that reminds us of what was genuine and honest way of asking the extreme, devoid of artifice and disgustingly plastic products (yes, it is a remastered version but not a plastic-remastered).
A taste for the tunes you live in tracks like "The Ancient Gods Wore Black" and "Victory!" both supported by a more than worthy of air quality that increases its value, the tracklist changes marked increase in intensity on the final scoring shots tighter in "Liberation" and "The Commitments That Shattered" and taking advantage of primordial and groove " As The Sword Clinch The Air "and" A Dogfight Leaves A Trace. "
Probably many do not change your life what these songs come, but contextualised in the period in which they were written and passion ooze, the undersigned finds himself catapulted into a time when the speech is the word death metal was coming around the hives people were coming and alienated as a bearer of incurable disease (a heartfelt thanks to all the fucking bigots), too small to buy discs in bulk, but not to keep your ears open listening to the advice of the largest (ninety years are not throw as many say, stop when maliconia me away).
As memories of the disc in the first version, the production was already oriented in keeping the good in low light and this press has kept this aspect (the original bassist of training, Jørgen Skjolden, unfortunately died in 2000), point to be reckoned with in As the depth given to the pieces played in their favor.
To sum ​​up, as none of them is a sublime work by Fester "Winter Of Sin" is still a platter for an avid follower of the world that death is most welcome, though many of the rest of training youngsters who say they play old school inspired by these outputs so-called "minor" to understand what was the dedication to style and probably the metal shelves and lists the various mailorder would not say empty but maybe halved by too many obscenities that boast of that mark .
Step back in time to refresh your memory in some cases it does not hurt.

This review was originally written in Italian and has been translated using Goggle Translate. To view the original review in Italian click the link below...

Review link: http://aristocraziawebzine.blogspot.com ... f-sin.html

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To preview a song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKH4_MK_6DI

And to preview a song from FESTER - Silence Remastered DIGI CD go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkSQoaAzGpQ


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FESTER (Norway) Silence Remastered DIGI CD review by metal.de

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By Eckart

The second CD by the Norwegian band SOLID is a chain of tragic events connected, which finally resulted in the end the band shortly after the release of "Silence" in 1994, the band broke up and her label Lethal Records disappeared some time after-sang and quietly from the scene. 1999, wanted to know the Norwegians again and had soon after the Swedish label No Fashion a new record deal in the bag, but shortly after the re-release of "Silence" died suddenly bassist Jørgen Skjolden of a drug overdose, and festivals were once more history - this time probably forever.
It had "Silence" had always deserved more attention than the album was ultimately refused. Musically, originally in Black Metal at home, it was FIXED to find their own way to audible sound structures. There is a loose relationship to TIAMAT to "Clouds" times: Both bands knew how to incorporate (dark) in their emotions clearly culture located in the Metal music, although the emotions were on "Silence"but other than to "Clouds" : loneliness, despair, hatred. Unlike Sweden, however, SOLID waived entirely on keyboards and filled the rooms with reefs be guitar runs. Very nice to be in the "frustration" and "The Maze" listen and empathize. The riffing is even partially correct thrashy, but less in the sense of the word enshrined in the "threshing", but more like a chipper riffs River, which sounds a harsh hand, on the other hand, very melodic. A hallmark of "Silence" is the whispering and evocative song that perfectly fits the austere and cold atmosphere of the songs, like the final "Når Noen Dor ..." - the heart stopped, all life is breathed out ...
And "Når Noen Dor ..." - Although all the songs form a river, the introductory "Dream, " "Silent Is The Raven, " "In My World Of Thoughts Elisabeta" are particularly emphasized. These tracks are simply the essence of SOLID.
The re-release comes up with a different layout than the original from 1994 and the re-release of 1999, and there are liner notes to each song. Track Listing and mix again follow the original now, after the no-Fashion-Release went there other ways and provided some tracks with samples. As a bonus, there is the stretched to more than eight minutes live version of the demo song "Persecution" from 1991, a song that is supplied according to an announcement thrash song and not significantly from the nine regular songs on "Silence"is different. Who wants to know is where the journey began, the track has the absolute value to collectors. And who wants to know where the journey leads to: FIXED have recently re-formed under the leadership of Bjørn "Tiger" Mathisen (with Jontho of RAGNAROK and Jon Bakker of KAMPFAR) to record a new album. What are we to think of it, will tell.
Rating: 9/10
This review was originally written in German and has been translated using Google Translate. to read the original review in German, click the link below...


Review link: http://metal.de/index.php?option=com_ar ... e&id=46295

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To preview a song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkSQoaAzGpQ

And to preview a song from FESTER - Winter of Sin Remastered DIGI CD go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKH4_MK_6DI


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ITEM OF THE DAY

AT THE GATES - THE FLAMES OF THE END 3 DVD BOX SET - $20.00 + S/H

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Housed in a deluxe six-panel DVD digipak with a 40-page colour booklet, THE
FLAMES OF THE END will include three indispensable DVDs:

Disc 1 'Under A Serpent Sun - The Story of At The Gates' - a brand new
documentary with a running time of over 2 hours, detailing the band's entire
career with exclusive interviews and footage, filmed and directed by guitarist
Anders Bjorler.

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BODYFARM (Netherlands) - Bodyfarm CD EP review by http://chaosvault.com

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By http://chaosvault.com

Battle symphonic intro and start with their debut EP Bodyfarm.
Start a little late, because Death Metal performed by the team from the Netherlands oscillate in slow tempos wałkowatych and slightly faster, but also dripping with tar riffs. Oh, such a school in Sweden performed by young and well capable of operating instruments, music, my master does not crush like a bullet in the fence, but straight in the nuts.Very technical, catchy songs complemented with clear growl that makes the music generated by Bodyfarm is memorable and really listens well to her. Only four tracks on this EP very well pass quickly and there is nothing else to start again from the war intro, tense muscles and face the Bodyfarm again.
There is, moreover, to write only remains to wait for the full-length material, because to me it Smak EP made ​​sizeable.
Rating: 8 / 10
This review was originally written in Polish and has been translated using Google Translate, to read the original review in Polish click the link below...


Review link: http://chaosvault.com/recenzje/bodyfarm-bodyfarm/

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