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BasqueStorm
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 8:14 pm 
 

Hi,
Some news about the bands (Adhur, Aiumeen Basoa and Ilbeltz) that released (with really great reviews) the split pagan black metal album Triarchy of Vasconia (http://www.metal-archives.com/release.php?id=166364) 9 years ago:

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-Adhur (http://www.myspace.com/adhurofficial and http://www.adhur.com/) is currently working on their debut album.

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-Aiumeen Basoa (http://www.myspace.com/aiumeenbasoa) just released their's 2 weeks ago:
(2010) Aiumeen Basoa - Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik (From the Hard Pathways of the Past): http://www.metal-archives.com/release.php?id=166364

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-Ilbeltz (http://www.myspace.com/ilbeltzofficial) just released their's some weeks ago too:
(2010) Ilbeltz - Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian (We're Struggling on the Waves): http://www.metal-archives.com/release.php?id=275225

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Check out MySpaces (CDs for sale) and Metal-Archives profiles for more info about those Basque Pagan Folk Black Metal bands. Non generic stuff GUARANTEED!
Thanks!


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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 8:39 pm 
 

BasqueStorm wrote:
-Aiumeen Basoa (http://www.myspace.com/aiumeenbasoa) just released their's 2 weeks ago:
(2010) Aiumeen Basoa - Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik (From the Hard Pathways of the Past): http://www.metal-archives.com/release.php?id=166364

Whow!
Some reviews about the disc:

REVIEWS

Metal Storm (http://www.metalstorm.net/pub/review.php?review_id=7882) 8 out of 10
Metal.de (http://metal.de/cdreviews.php4?was=review&id=14697) 9 out of 10
Pavillion 666 (http://www.pavillon666.fr/chronique-metal-4951.php) 9 out of 10
Xtreem Music (http://www.xtreemmusic.org/reviews/criticas/php/critica.php?id=3234&varbus=&chkrel=) 9.5 out of 10
Rafa Basa (http://www.rafabasa.com/noticia9019.html&mode=&order=0&thold=0) 9.25 out of 10
Stereo Invaders (http://www.stereoinvaders.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=9:medaglie-al-valore&id=3440:aiumeen-basoa-iraganeko-bide-malkartsutik-&Itemid=16) 9 out of 10
Metalcry (http://www.metalcry.com/web/reviews.php?id=935) 10 out of 10
WebOfMetal [http://www.webofmetal.com/products/32079-iraganeko-bide-malkartsutik-aiumeen-basoa): 4.00 out of 5

COMMENTS:

Henri Sorvali ( FINNTROLL / MOONSORROW ):
"The spirit of the Basque lives strongly on Aiumeen Basoa. With the progressive approach and excellent production on their traditional music- meets- Black Metal I can only kneel in front of such soulful album as this. The Gods have truly spoken via *Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik*."

Dan Swano ( EDGE OF SANITY / NIGHTINGALE / MOONTOWER... ):
"Excellent stuff. Superb musicianship! The softer parts are among the best I have ever heard in a Folk/Metal band"

More to come!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:30 pm 
 

Second live show promoting the new album of by Aiumeen Basoa:

http://www.kafeantzokia.com/web/index.php?view=details&id=193:kudai--hira--aiumeen-basoa-metal-gaua&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=72&lang=eu

Bands: Kudai + Hira + Aiumeen basoa (Metal Night)
Date: 2010.06.05 22.30
Place: Ondarroako Kafe Antzokia

This one was the first one:

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:24 am 
 

BasqueStorm wrote:
Second live show promoting the new album of by Aiumeen Basoa:

http://www.kafeantzokia.com/web/index.php?view=details&id=193:kudai--hira--aiumeen-basoa-metal-gaua&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=72&lang=eu

Bands: Kudai + Hira + Aiumeen basoa (Metal Night)
Date: 2010.06.05 22.30
Place: Ondarroako Kafe Antzokia

This one was the first one:
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Little review (with some images) in spanish about this first show:
http://malvidofotometal.blogspot.com/2010/05/aiumeen-baso-denial-donostia-15-05-2010.html

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:07 pm 
 

Interview in spanish with Aiumeen Basoa on local newspaper:
http://www.gara.net/paperezkoa/20100514/199199/es/Nuestra-actitud-ahora-mismo-es-grupo-pilas-cargadas

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:40 am 
 

Another interview with Aiumeen Basoa on Xtreemmusic.com:
http://www.xtreemmusic.com/interviews/p ... hp?id=751#

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:12 am 
 

German interview with Aiumeen Basoa on www.Metal.de:
http://www.metal.de/stories.php4?was=story&id=1946

Band promo shot:

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Basque instruments used:

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:54 pm 
 

Some more interviews:

-METALSTORM ( English )
http://www.metalstorm.net/pub/interview ... iew_id=583

-BLEEDING FOR METAL ( German )
http://www.bleeding.de/?show=interview&id=424

-DEMONIC NIGHTS ( German )
http://www.demonic-nights.at/interviews ... umeenbasoa

-BERRIA ( Basque )
http://paperekoa.berria.info/kultura/20 ... zailea.htm

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:01 pm 
 

Any US distros getting the Aiumeen Basoa album?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 5:58 pm 
 

Sifor wrote:
Any US distros getting the Aiumeen Basoa album?

For Aiumeeen Basoa, contact EATE on:

http://www.myspace.com/indarproductions
erzsebet@indarproductions.com

For Ilbeltz, contact IBAI on:

http://www.myspace.com/ilbeltzofficial
ilbeltzhr@hotmail.com
ilbeltz@hotmail.com

Thanks for your interest!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:26 am 
 

Sifor wrote:
Any US distros getting the Aiumeen Basoa album?

Ei! Any feedback on this?
Did you get your album?
Direct buy or distro?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 4:25 pm 
 

New reviews and interviews with Aiumeen Basoa:

Reviews:

Magazines:
Legacy [GER] 13/15
Rock Hard [GER] 7/10
RockTribune [BE] 79/100

Webzines:
Castle of Vampiria ( Spanish ): http://www.castleofvampiria.com/critica ... ?id=000348
The-Pit.de ( German ): http://www.the-pit.de/reviews/cds/detai ... lkartsutik
Hall of Metal (Spanish ): http://hallofmetal.com/ver_disco.php?id=1975
Headband.it ( Italian ): http://www.headbang.it/recensione/iraga ... sutik/9150
Metallized.it ( Italian ): http://www.metallized.it/recensione.php?id=4238
Igelmetal.de ( German ): http://www.igelmetal.de/index.php?id=15 ... review_pi1[bookreview]=1820&tx_skbookreview_pi1[backpid]=671&tx_skbookreview_pi1[bookcat]=&tx_skbookreview_pi1[page]=
Eternity Magazine ( German ): http://www.eternitymagazin.de/2010/06/2 ... tsutik-56/
Greek Rebels ( Greek ): http://www.greekrebels.gr/component/con ... rectory=60
Metal Temple ( Greek ): http://www.metal-temple.com/site/catalo ... _basoa.htm
Concrete Web ( English ): http://www.concreteweb.be/reviews/revie ... basoa.html
Spaziorock.it ( Italian ): http://www.spaziorock.it/recensione.php?&id=1098

Interviews:
Metalcry.com ( Spanish ): http://www.metalcry.com/web/entrevistas.php?id=158

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:22 pm 
 

what about Legen Beltza?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:09 am 
 

Extreminal wrote:
what about Legen Beltza?

What about them?
Uhm... yeah... I hate them. Shitty uninspired trash metal, in my opinion.
But, anyway:
http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=11990
http://www.legenbeltza.com
http://www.myspace.com/legenbeltza

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:47 pm 
 

More info related to Aiumeen Basoa:

-Review on Teeth Of The Divine:
http://www.teethofthedivine.com/site/re ... kartsutik/

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Who would have thought that in a year that has seen releases by the likes of Equilibrium, Heidevolk, King of Asgard, Eluvietie, Kivimetsän Druidi, Skyforger and Negura Bunget, that one of the very best―if not the best―folk metal album of 2010 would be the debut from a band hailing from the Basque Country in Northern Spain?


-Some info about the band and upcoming show (11/09/2010):
http://www.diariovasco.com/v/20100902/b ... 00902.html

http://www.plateruena.net/2010/09/11/kudai-hira/

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:07 pm 
 

Sifor wrote:
Any US distros getting the Aiumeen Basoa album?

Distribution in US by The End Records via The Omega Order website:
http://www.theomegaorder.com/AIUMEEN-BA ... lkartsutik
Thanks!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:36 pm 
 

Interview in spanish with Aiumeen Basoa on Rafabasa.com:

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http://www.rafabasa.com/noticia9548.html

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:25 pm 
 

BasqueStorm wrote:
-Ilbeltz (http://www.myspace.com/ilbeltzofficial) just released their's some weeks ago too:
(2010) Ilbeltz - Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian (We're Struggling on the Waves): http://www.metal-archives.com/release.php?id=275225

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First review for the Ilbeltz album on http://www.heavymetalcosmos.eu/en:

http://www.heavymetalcosmos.eu/en/revie ... zargorri-i

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ILBELTZ – Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian (1598 Potrobizargorri I)

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(Self Released)
Release Date: 2010
Origin: Spain

The debut album of Ilbeltz is finally out. This band from Basque Country isn’t new at all! It exists from 1995 and if the name reminds something to some of you, it is because Ilbeltz participated in the 3-way split “Triarchy of Vasconia” in 2001, together with Aiumeen Basoa and Adhur. Until the release of the split the band was very active with gigs, but after that they stopped. In the meantime they composed some songs and now in 2010 they finally released their first full-length album.

“Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian – We’re Struggling on the Waves” can be described as folk pagan metal, but it definitely isn’t the typical album of the genre!
There are 5 songs, all of them over 12 minutes long, while the album lasts for 69 minutes. The band explores many different sounds and each song contains many genres.
They move from black, heavy and power metal, to folk, Celtic and traditional native Basque acoustic music, even with some renaissance references.
The band has a raw sound, paying more attention to create a “real” and live feeling, rather than a perfectly “polished” studio album. This works for them since the nature of their music allows it, but I have to admit that some acoustic instruments could be played a little better… It is very difficult to recognize any particular structures in the compositions and the band seems to improvise; no bridges, refrains or catchy parts to repeat… Even if there are many changes inside the songs, they somehow manage to retain the same folk Basque atmosphere throughout the whole album.

Their lyrics are in their native language, but there are translations in the booklet. They are based on the novel “Xenda bi ez Duk Lizentzi” written by the band’s mastermind Ibai Mendinueta, who also composed all the music and it deals with an epic story that takes place in the 16th century. These tales about conquering and adventures related to the seas are perfectly portrayed on their music that speaks on its own even if you can’t understand the lyrics! Of course this alone says a lot about the work behind this album!
The extended use of traditional instruments helps the band to build this unique atmosphere, as well as the use of their unusual native language in a very “folk” way. Some of the melodies are actually based on authentic 16th century traditional songs and they help the band to transfer us back in time! I would also like to comment the clean vocals that are very expressive and with a very personal touch.

Overall I would say the Ilbeltz is a very special band that fans of folk metal in general must definitely check. Even if they are mostly described as folk pagan black metal band, their black elements aren’t that dominant.
Most of the time they play folk metal (mainly power) and acoustic folk music. I think they could have a better sound, but I have to recognize that they created a very personal album and I am really looking forward for their next step! The level of the album is very good, but there are some moments that are really excellent! So I am hoping (and expecting) that they can make something better and more solid in the future. You can visit their myspace page to listen to the whole first song (14:20 mins)
and contact the band if you want to buy “Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian”: http://www.myspace.com/ilbeltzofficial

Rating: 8,5/10

dimiarch


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:43 am 
 

Second review for the Ilbeltz album on the Arghura Fanzine Vol 8:

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Ilbeltz: 1598 Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian

Arriba he hablado de dos bandas de hace tiempo en esto del Black- Pagan y demás con sus cojonudos regresos y he akí ke voy a abordar este nuevo trabajo de los Ilbeltz. Ibai ha grabado, también después de 9 años, la continuación a lo que fue su participación en el Triarchy. A esto le doy la máxima puntuación posible, siendo consciente de que la batería programada debería restarle algún punto, pero en una OBRA MAESTRA de esta magnitud no desmerece ningún punto, ya que si en algún momento flaquea, otro elemento sale en su rescate. Obra conceptual sobre marinos, huidas, barcos… como una peli de piratas. Musicalmente, pues jevi- Black- Pagan Metal como antiguamente pero con mutxo Folk, partes acústicas, voces limpias, cantos entonados… joder si hasta mete la espatadantza (danza de las espadas) en medio del primer tema. La música y las voces acompañan a la primera toda la historia, amoldándose a la acción y eso no es fácil. La verdad que es un trabajo pa escuchar de principio a fin, con tranquilidad, eso si, ya que no es cualquier cosa. Desde que me llegó no he parado de escucharlo y eso no me pasaba desde hacía tiempo con un disco y mutxo menos de este estilo. Si gustas de las obras densas, conceptuales, de la música tradicional (sobre todo de la vasca), de las buenas composiciones, del Metal en su estado puro y a su vez de la música calmada y casi ambiental, de la riqueza instrumental… sumérgete de lleno en este viaje, para mí lo mejor que se ha editado en Euskal Herria en lo que a Pagan o similares se refiere. Seguiría durante largo rato soltando alabanzas y demás pero está claro que no soy imparcial y que este trabajo me ha enamorado así ke solo me queda recomendárselo a los que gusten de estas bandas de la forma más encarecida posible. Un 10 para Ibai y todo el elenco que le ha ayudado con esta aventura!!!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:27 am 
 

Interview in spanish with Ilbeltz on the Arghura Fanzine Vol 8.


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New interview in spanish with Aiumeen Basoa on "Diario Vasco" local newspaper:

http://www.diariovasco.com/v/20100924/g ... 00924.html

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BasqueStorm wrote:

Third review for Ilbeltz - Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian (1598 Potrobizargorri I) (2010) on Lunar Hypnosis:

http://lunarhypnosis.blogspot.com/

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12/03/2010

Ilbeltz - Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian (1598 Potrobizargorri I) (2010)

I speak no lie nor tell any tale when I say that I've been waiting nine years for this album. Ilbeltz, the Basque country folk metal band, first came to my attention back in 2001 through their split release with fellow countrymen, Adhur and Aiumeen Basoa, and during these past nine years I've constantly played that split release, never once getting sick of it, but deep down inside longing for more than those three songs that Ilbeltz had on that split. About six months ago, 'Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian (1598 Potrobizargorri I)' was self-released and when I found out about it I stopped everything I was doing and instantly ordered it. A week or so later it arrived, and finally, nine long years of waiting had been fulfilled. I was absolutely enthralled with what I heard coming out of my speakers.

For those that don't know, The Basque Country is a region spanning an area in northeastern Spain and southwestern France. Euskara, their language is spoken by 25.7% of Basques in all territories, of these, 614,000 live in the Spanish part of the Basque country and the remaining 51,800 live in the French part. This is key to point out, because Ilbeltz's music very clearly shows influence from their native culture and music, in fact they even write all of their lyrics and song titles in Euskara. The lyrics themselves are based on, 'Xenda bi ez duk lizentzi' a novel wrote by Ilbeltz mastermind, Ibai Mendinueta. The novel centers around the adventures of a Basque pirate named, Potrobizargorri, and although the English translation for each song is provided in the booklet, I haven't read through them yet as I feared it might slightly ruin some part of this album for me.

Musically Ilbeltz could be described as simply folk metal, but I'd seriously be short changing them if I left it at that. Essentially they are about 15% black metal, 10% heavy metal, 25% progressive and 50% traditional Basque folk music. Although just five songs appear on this album the shortest is eleven minutes, while the longest is sixteen, clocking in for a grand total of nearly seventy minutes of music between the five songs. This may sound like an insane stretch, but Ibai is quite talented at writing interesting instrumental parts during these songs and most of these instrumental sections are within a folk/acoustic style, which usually segue back and fourth from the metal and progressive parts. The singing is performed in mainly a cleanly sung manner, but additionally usage of a backing choir is present, as well as several guest vocalists who sing in a variety of other ways, even a few black metal styled screams.

Naturally for a folk band several instruments are used on this recording. From the usual heavy metal set up we also see the presence of various flutes, accordion, oboe, acoustic guitars, violins and several traditional Basque instruments, all of which make their appearance during both the metal, prog and folk moments of this record.

While I do love this album in its full form, I must admit the lead off song, 'Subak Ixeinttu Itxasotako Udek' is absolutely mesmerizing. It has in my opinion the perfect mix of black metal blasting dissonance mixed with melodious heavy metal riffs and absolutely gorgeous folk melodies. In fact the last four minutes of this song are quite honestly four of the most outstanding minutes in music I've ever heard. Interestingly each of these five songs have moments like this which for me are just absolutely breathtaking in their execution and magnificence.

It's a rarity to hear music this good, but when you do hear stuff like this you know you'll take it inside and not let it go. I've been following Ilbeltz for nine years now and although they only have two releases during all these years I can easily say I'll never let this band go. They mean that much to me. Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian (1598 Potrobizargorri I) is absolutely exquisite folk influenced metal art!

In the end I find no fault in this recording whatsoever, except for the fact that the band is unsigned, which I realize isn't from any wrongdoing on the band, but it's just unthinkable that such a great band is going unnoticed by the masses. If any justice truly existed in this world, Ilbeltz would be huge, they would tour with bands like Moonsorrow and Finntroll and they would completely destroy them too, but instead Ilbeltz is almost completely unknown in the folk metal genre...

As a final word, all I can really say is this is one of the finest folk metal recordings I've personally heard, as it does exactly what you'd expect folk metal to do: It blends folk music and heavy metal perfectly. Watch the video below and see what you've been missing out on:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_t0P7lKXY


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:22 pm 
 

All I can say about both albums is that are unquestionable masterpieces, both works are original, have fantastically composed and arranged songs and the lyrics are very interesting. A must have for every fan of folk metal!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:38 am 
 

http://www.teethofthedivine.com/site/fe ... s-of-2010/

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ERIK THOMAS

For me, 2010 was a year of unheralded firsts, a year where many new and often unsigned acts cut a swathe through my top ten list and the usual big name stalwarts were left glaring in the wings. And for me, black metal was surprisingly prevalent. Entrails? Arkheth? The Makai? Norse? Aiumeen Basoa? Who the fuck are these guys? Well, get to know them, as they produced some of 2010′s best metal.

6. Aiumeen Basoa - Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik

Auime–what? Iraqanko bide- huh? I’ve owned this album for 6 months and still have no idea what these Basque folk/black metallers are talking about. Needless to say though, when you beat out the likes of Equilibrium, Kivimetstan Druidi, FInntroll, Heathen Foray and Heidevolk for the years best folk metal album, who cares. Brilliant, ambitious and beautiful this new act is sure to stay on my radar for the next few years.



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BENJAMIN DEBLASI

2010 – A look back

What a year. It’s been tumultuous, heartbreaking and joyous in equal measure, solidifying the perspective that you cannot appreciate the highs as much without encountering the lows. Luckily for me not many, if any albums let me down this year, and whilst I would say that heavy music has reach an apex of sorts (as it did at the tail end of the 90s), I think (and hope) that in the next two-three years we’ll see the next waves of luminaries emerge that are going to destroy, erase and improve the paradigms of the music we all love.

Here’s to 2011

2010’s monoliths

The Blood of Heroes – S/T

Bitter End – Guilty As Charged

Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones

Cerebral Effusion – Impulsive Psychotic Acts


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Top 5 Albums of 2010

Negură Bunget – Maiestrit
Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones
Negură Bunget – Virstele Pamantului
Xasthur - Portal of Sorrow
Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
The Best of the Rest

Arckanum - Sviga Læ
Árstíðir lífsins - Jötunheima dolgferð
Butterfly Temple - Земля
Deathspell Omega – Paracletus
Dragobrath - Fra Myrer Taake…
Eibon La Furies – The Blood of The Realm
Elffor - Frostbitten Pain


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:47 am 
 

Fourth review for Ilbeltz - Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian (1598 Potrobizargorri I) (2010):

http://metal-archives.com/review.php?id=275225

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Reviews for Ilbeltz's Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian (1598 Potrobizargorri I)
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Folk and pirate tales? yes, it works. - 85%
Written by Paganbasque on October 11th, 2010

Last May will be remembered as a fruitful month in the pagan metal scene of the Basque Country, mainly because at the same day that Aiumeen Basoa released its breathtaking first opus another highly interesting basque folkloric band released it debut. Ilbeltz, the main project of the keyboardist and accordionist Ibai(also member of Aiumeen basoa) had launched its own myspace some months ago and had announced the release of “Auskan Gabiltz Olatu Gainian“, an information that unfortunately remained a mystery for me until the day that the auto produced work saw the light. “Auskan Gabiltz Olatu Gainian” is a very different approach to pagan/folk metal if we compare it to Aiumen Basoan´s debut, it’s much more based on the folk side and less progressive, not being so influenced by different styles as Aiumeen’s music is. Ilbeltz´s first opus focuses on the folk instruments creating quite long compositions where the metal parts are sometimes residual, expecting one song where black metal influences are clearer. This album has only five songs but its length exceeds the hour, this detail clearly shows Ibai´s ability to creat long instrumental sections in order to enhance the atmosphere which is closely related to the concept of the album. “Auskan Gabiltz Olatu Gainian” is part of a trilogy based on the adventures of a basque pirate called Potrobizargorri and the lyrics are sung in a dialect of the basque language. Because of this, everything in this album, lyrics, folk melodies and singing style, evokes the Cantabric Sea and the typical sounds that you can relate to pirate tales.

The album commences with “Subak Itxeintu Itxasotake Udek” which is arguable one of the best songs of the album, with a furious initial drum blasting which is cutted dramatically after no more than two minutes. From this moment we perceible clearly Ibeltz´s distinctive style, clean vocals sang in a very folkloric way acompained by acoustic guitars and flutes, these soft sections are the unquestionable protagonists of the album being absolutely excellent, but the album gains a lot when the metal parts are introduced in the form of very heavy guitars with notable melodies, also being accompanied by an accordion or a flute, these moments where both styles are combined are the best ones, from my point of view in the next releases this aspect should be develoved and extended. “Maiñel Moxkortiyarena” is, by far, the heaviest song, with lots of blast-beats and raspy vocals (made by Aiumeen Basoa´s vocalist), the melodies are, once again, influenced by traditional heavy metal, anyway clean vocals and folk arrangements are not absent and claim for its quote of protagonism in the calmer moments of this song.”Helduiak Buztanetio motel!” is the song which less convinces me, the initial traditional melody doesn´t fit with the rest of the compositon, the song is quite soft and repetitive at times and the combination of metal and folk(when it exits) doesn’t work as well as in other parts of the cd. The homonym song is the longest composition, and in consecuence the most elaborated one, the folkish melodies are awesome and though I miss more hardness and some shriek vocals I consider this piece of music a very inspired effort, the combined guitar/folk parts are addictive and very catchy and Ibai´s autoctonus singing style is quite impressive. The album finalizes with “Potrobizargorri, pirada ondraua”, another long composition which doesn’t differ too mucho from the rest of the album, more long folk sections combined with few metal parts, in thi case too few in my opinion.

All in all, we can consider this debut as a great album though it suffers from some minor mistakes, as the lack of more metal parts and the humble production. In my opinion for the next releases a deeper and more balanced mixture of metal and folk parts should be depeloved in order to perfectionate Ilbeltz´s particual view of folk metal. Anyway the authenticity and awesome folk melodies of “Auskan Gabiltz Olatu Gainian” are over these imperfections and make Ibeltz´s first effort an outstanding debut, which is extremely catchy and addictive. Highly recommended.

Thanks Paganbasque!

And fifth one:

http://www.elportaldelmetal.com/critica ... zargorri-i

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Pocas, pocas, poquisimas veces me he encontrado con discos como el que me ocupa. Esta obra de orfebreria destilada por Ibai, uno de los miembros de los estupendos Aiumeen Basoa, tomando el mando absoluto de estos Ilbeltz con la colaboracion del excelente bajista y musico Egoiz, del mismo grupo, y otra pleyade de musicos de la escena vasca. Ilbeltz nos entrego el que en mi opinion fue probablemente uno de los mejores discos de 2010 y sin duda una de las obras magnas del Folk/Pagan producido en la peninsula en la que nos encontramos, si no LA obra magna.

Por supuesto tomese toda esta declaracion a titulo subjetivo, pero, subjetivamente, pocas, poquisimas veces he escuchado esta mezcolanza de pura musica tradicional y Metal tan brillante y finamente hilada como en este trabajo. Con una tension y belleza tan apreciable. Con ese olor a mar, entregando todo eso que distingue como unico un trabajo. Pocas, poquisimas veces encuentra un servidor un diamante en bruto como este, que evidentemente esta sujeto a interpretacion, como todo, y que necesita de multiples escuchas para madurar y penetrar en la mente del oyente. Una obra redonda de principio a fin, con un componente folk acusadisimo y medido al milimetro, con pasion y un sentido de la historia, de una historia que intenta contar el disco, tan apreciable que se puede tocar.

Y hablo demasiado, porque la historia que supongo que cuenta el disco, basada en una novela escrita por el mismo Ibai que no puedo ni leer porque aqui un servidor no tiene ni papa de euskara, se me escapa. Y probablemente es mi imaginacion la que quiere volar en alas de este trabajo que me parece sensible, soberbio, musicalmente excepcional en sus limitaciones de produccion. Una de esas cosas, como digo, con las que te tropiezas por casualidad y que esta lejos de ser apreciada por el gran publico.

No me llamo excesivamente la atencion la parte proporcional del grupo en ese trabajo seminal que es el "Triachy of Vasconia", quiza porque necesitaban terreno por delante, como atestigua que ninguna de las canciones baje de los 10 minutos. Esto es otra cosa. Esto es un ejercicio de puro Folk/Pagan Metal desarrollado hasta donde su creador quiere.

Ni siquiera que la bateria suene claramente programada hiere al conjunto. Las buenas lineas de guitarra, que fluyen y flotan en atesoradisimos riffs largos como la popa de una carabela, la majestruosidad de las voces limpias, los trabajados y ocasionales growls, la inclusion de pasajes de la tradicion vasca y, sobre todo, la absoluta brillantez de los pasajes folk. Todo contribuye al aire magico y firme del disco.

Un disco que desde la tormenta inicial de "Subak Ixeinttu Itxasotako Udek", con el irrintxi (una especie de "grito" tradicional euskera) que abre el tema y la posterior tranquilidad, como agua calma despues de la furia, se desarrolla por pasajes magicos, mezclando excepcionalmente fuerza y melodia, de una forma que define el caracter marinero y de taberna de una forma de vida que sobrepasa con creces todo caracter politico, desde un lado y el otro, que se le quiere dar en este pais llamado a Egpanya a toda expresion cultural de este pueblo. Las partes melodicas y los coros reinan, acordeones y violines pueblan un excepcional trabajo folk.

"Maiñel Moxkortiyarena" comienza como una tormenta, regalandonos las partes mas puramente Pagan del disco. Y aun asi son emocionantes y construidas con un gusto exquisito. Un vaiven de sensaciones inflado a base de arriar las velas. Ilbeltz sabe tirar de las riendas del tema, en capas y capas melodicas que a mi, personalmente, me emocionan, con un manejo de los coros excepcional.

Lo de "Helduiak Buztanetio Moteil" es para estudiar aparte. El arranque y progresion del inicio folk es absolutamente extatico. Capas de instrumentacion tradicional, en una adaptacion de un tema clasico, toman un cariz absolutamente demoledor. No se si a alguien le emocionara como a mi, pero de verdad, me pone los pelos como escarpias, y no se me puede acusar de novato en estas lides. El caracter del Mar Cantabrico toma posesion de este tema, lo abraza y arrulla. Cuando llegan, los arreones Pagan son orgiasticos, con esa parte recitada sublime.

Lo mismo ocurre con las sobreexpuestas capas tradicionales de "Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian", con esa instrumentacion y los coros persiguiendo la melodia principal, con una progresion de libro, emocionante y desgarrada, con una pasion que no se encuentra convertida en musica muy a menudo.

Y finaliza el disco con el vaiven, cual barco se tratase, de "Potrobizargorri, Pirata Ondraua", tema final que se centra en la figura central del protagonista del trabajo, el pirata Potrobizargorri (algo asi, segun tengo entendido, como "el que tiene los pelos de los huevos pelirrojos"). Una nueva inspiracion folk, deliciosa, melodica, con un desarrollo de voces limpias modelico.

Que quieren que les diga. Este trabajo es, para mi, el culmen del Pagan Metal iberico. Algo sensible, dulce, arrebatador, un disco que consigue arrancar sentimientos, que puede emocionar y transportar. Un trabajo folk de envergadura, con un cuidado casi obsesivo de las capas tradicionales, con una coherencia digna de alabanza de sus partes mas Metal, pese a la evidente artificialidad basada en su falta de medios. Y aun asi me emociona, y que creo se convierte en una obra que necesita un par de anyos de escucha antes de ser fagocitada, si solo sea para reflejar algo de lo que a mi me transmite. Estos son los primeros cinco cuernos para un disco de Pagan producido en la piel de toro. No es extremo, pero es de verdad, y se nota la pasion. Y eso es mucho mas de lo que se suele ver por aqui.

5/5


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:12 pm 
 

Nice show with 2 nice basque bands!

AIUMEEN BASOA + CONTINUO RENACER
Sábado 18 febrero. 20:00h.
Sala Doka, Donostia, Basque Country.
Precio único: 9 €
Venta de entradas: Donostirock, Doka, online: http://www.kulturalive.com

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BasqueStorm wrote:
Hi,
Some news about the bands (Adhur, Aiumeen Basoa and Ilbeltz) that released (with really great reviews) the split pagan black metal album Triarchy of Vasconia (http://www.metal-archives.com/release.php?id=166364) 9 years ago:

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-Ilbeltz (http://www.myspace.com/ilbeltzofficial) just released their's some weeks ago too:
(2010) Ilbeltz - Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian (We're Struggling on the Waves): http://www.metal-archives.com/release.php?id=275225

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Ilbeltz made a new song for the (2011) Ilbeltz - Anceisural Eritance - Hanternoz - D'Anjou En Vasconie - La Très Grande Chasse D'Hellequin album:

http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Il ... uin/322826

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D'Anjou En Vasconie - La Très Grande Chasse D'Hellequin
Ilbeltz / Anceisural Eritance / Hanternoz
Type:Split
Release date:December 10th, 2011
Label:Antiq Label
Reviews:None yet

1. Ilbeltz - Gauaren Babes Tenkian Burdibagaz Haraindi (In the Tight Cover Of the Night, Somewhere Behind Burdibagaz) 16:15
2. Hanternoz - Comme Le Son Du Cor Est Triste Au Fond Des Bois ! 12:13
3. Anceisural Eritance - De L'Art De La Fauconnerie En Noir Anjou 09:59
38:27


Info:

http://www.myspace.com/ilbeltzofficial/blog/543727449

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Released in 2012.
Recorded in December 2010 and January 2011.
Translation of the album's title (original in French): "From Anjou to Vasconie:The very great hunt of Hellequin"
Label: Antiq

This split album is shared with these two bands: HANTERNOZ from around Britanny (Breizh), and ANCEISURAL ERITANCE from around Anjou. It was going to be a tape, but finaly it's a CD. It's already out.
This album is based on an ancient story, and in this case, it happens around Britanny. Each band has done its own interpretation about it.

These are the songs that apear in the album:

Anceisural Eritance : De l'Art de la Fauconnerie en Noir Anjou (around 10:00)
Hanternoz : Comme le Son du Cor est Triste au Fond des Bois (around 15:00)
Ilbeltz : Gabaren babes tenkian, Burdibagaz haraindi (In Basque language)(around 16:00)

You can order this CD writing to the Breton label: antiq.label@gmail.com or you can write to us, and we'll contact the label ourselves: ilbeltz@hotmail.com

Thanks and good wind to you!


Check out some samples here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utoE2kgJfoc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEtXejkMLnM

Order Info:
antiq.label@gmail.com
ilbeltz@hotmail.com

Thanks!


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BasqueStorm wrote:
Ilbeltz made a new song for the (2011) Ilbeltz - Anceisural Eritance - Hanternoz - D'Anjou En Vasconie - La Très Grande Chasse D'Hellequin album:

http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Il ... uin/322826

Some reviews:

-Spirit of Metal: 17/20
http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/album-gr ... -l-es.html
http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/liste_vo ... -l-es.html

http://mesaesmer.blogspot.com.es/2012/0 ... tance.html

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Parfois, on voudrait se remettre à l'écriture, mais l'inspiration ne vient pas. Pourquoi ? Ce ne sont pas les excuses qui manquent : un disque pas assez prenant, trop classique dans le fond comme dans la forme, ou encore une paresse larvée font que parfois, se remettre derrière son ordinateur pour raconter un disque n'est pas envisageable. Et parfois, on peut trouver un disque qui, d'un seul coup, redonne suffisamment l'envie d'écrire à son sujet. Le disque que je m'apprête à chroniquer en fait indéniablement partie, découvert complètement par hasard et immédiatement séduit par la pochette ainsi que l'atmosphère qui s'en dégageait.

Malgré un retard conséquent de deux semaines dans la commande, l'objet, présenté comme un "ProCDr", est très beau, et n'a rien à envier aux objets pressés de manière plus industrielle. Le booklet est en papier légèrement glacé, et laisse la "parole" aux trois groupes présents sur ce split album; Le tout étant richement enluminé par le graphiste Camille Roudier. Rien dans l'apparence ne laisse présager que "D'Anjou en Vasconie" a été bricolé de manière artisanale. Félicitations au label Antiq, sacré boulot que vous avez fait là.

Concernant le contenu, à présent. Pour être tout à fait honnête, je ne connaissais ni d'Eve, ni d'Adam les groupes qui jouaient sur ce Split. Ilbeltz est un groupe basque, déjà auteur d'un full-length au nom imprononçable, sorti en 2010. Hanternoz viennent d'Angers, et à leur actif un album studio, "Metal Kozh", sorti chez Wild Hunter Prod. Pour finir, Anceisural Eritance viennent du même coin, et à part deux démos obscures sorties en 2006 et en 2007, le groupe n'a rien sorti depuis ce "D'Anjou en Vasconie". Bref, pour ces trois groupes rattachés par l'amour profond porté à l'histoire de leurs régions, composer de longs morceaux (presque 40 minutes au compteur pour trois titres, tout de même !) racontant cet attachement ne pouvait qu'être chose aisée.

On peut en tout cas dire que, musicalement, les trois groupes ont une approche assez différente pour nous conter les errances dans les bois, et tour à tour une rencontre avec Merlin, le cor de chasse qui résonne dans la forêt, et la maîtrise du fauconnier. Globalement, tout se recoupe dans "la très grande chasse d'Hellequin", une sorte de grande chasse au "Diable" (Cernunnos ? Pan ?) organisée en des temps anciens par les tout aussi anciens superstitieux.

Ilbeltz choisit de traiter le premier dans une approche très folklorique, ou la superbe introduction à base de guitare, d'accordéons et de flûtiaux, avec cette basse en fond qui ne se réveille que lors du climax des crescendos. Les chants clairs apportent une touche indéniable à la composition, car ils sont puissants, maîtrisés, et mélancoliques à la fois. La composition est très justement partagée entre les passages très folkloriques et les parties très "Métal", ou la batterie tonne et les guitares crachent des riffs puissants, inspirés, et des montées en puissance prenantes au possible. Le chant en Basque, est absolument incompréhensible, certes, mais maîtrisé comme il est, ce n'est en rien gênant. Pour couronner le tout, le son est absolument excellent, sa place est laissée à chaque instrument et l'ensemble cohabite très bien.

Hanternoz choisit de conter les bois bretons de manière moins fine qu'Ilbeltz, même si le côté folklorique y est extrêmement présent, en témoignent ces passages à la flûte et la guitare, solidement encadrés et rythmés par des coups réguliers sur les toms de la batterie. La voix, tantôt criarde et grasse, tantôt très sentencieuse (une vraie voie de barde, en résumé), déclame des textes en français plutôt bien écrits : l'écueil majeur de la masturbation aura ainsi été évité, et c'est tant mieux - on ne les comprend cependant que lors des parties en chant clair. Le son est un peu moins propre que chez les basques, à peine plus "raw" dans les parties violentes, et le groupe garde même une petite place pour quelques blasts bien sentis, qui sonnent plutôt bien, même si l'on aurait préféré un petit effort sur le son de la batterie, complétement couvert par le bruit du charleston . Enfin, ne crachons pas dans la soupe, l'atmosphère qui émane des parties folks est, chez Hanternoz, incroyablement forte. Même si, bien entendu, l'influence Peste Noire est assez flagrante dans la manière de jouer de temps en temps, la partie jouée par le groupe s'en tire avec les honneurs. Chapeau bas.

Viennent ensuite les Angevins d'Anceisural Eritance, qui ferment la marche avec un titre parlant, comme son nom l'indique, "De l'art de la Fauconnerie en Noir Anjou". Pour commencer, le son est très cru, et la batterie assez inaudible, hormis les cymbales qui sont les seules choses qui viennent marquer le rythme; Et ce surtout lors des blasts, qui sont d'ailleurs un peu trop rapides à mon goût. Non pas que ça me dérange en temps normal, mais ici, ils ne collent pas à l'atmosphère du tout, et viennent à en dénaturer le son plaintif du cor qui résonne de temps à autres en fond de la composition. Les guitares, quand elles ne consistent pas en un mur très compact, s'autorisent quelques envolées du plus bel effet, comme au deuxième quart du titre, ou la batterie se ralentit à peine pour permettre aux six-cordes de s'exprimer. Je reprocherais une seule chose réellement gênante au groupe : ce besoin compulsif de blaster à tout prix, qui fait parfois rater quelques croches ou s'emmêler les pinceaux dans le plan rythmique concerné (c'est rare, mais ça arrive). Le chant, pour finir, quand il s'adonne à l'exercice du conte à voix forte, est parfaitement intelligible; Mais les grognements plus Black sont, comme d'habitude, incompréhensibles.

En résumé, "D'Anjou en Vasconie" est une excellente découverte pour moi. Elle m'aura permis de me familiariser avec le son de trois groupes qui m'étaient totalement inconnu, et ce par le biais d'un split conceptuel qui fleure bon les vieilles terres et le moyen-âge, remplies de parties folkloriques : tout pour me plaire. Si vous n'êtes pas allergique à ce genre de compositions à base de binious et que vous voulez investir dans un bel et fort bon objet, n'hésitez pas. Son prix dérisoire au vu de la qualité des compositions en fait même un achat indispensable pour tout amateur qui se respecte. Malgré les quelques regrets que j'ai pu citer un peu plus haut, complétés par le fait que le livret de comporte pas les paroles, réellement frustrant quand les concepts et thèmes abordés sont aussi importants dans un disque. Bravo toutefois à Antiq pour cette sortie. soyez sûr que je suivrai l'actualité de ces trois groupes de très près.

[Chronique originellement publiée sur Spirit of Metal]


-MetalSoundscapes:

http://www.metalsoundscapes.com/archive ... dhellequin

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An interesting 3-way split is released by the French label Antiq. “D’Anjou En Vasconie – La Très Grande Chasse D’Hellequin” includes only 3 songs, one of each band, but it lasts for over 41 minutes, since each song is very long. Ilbeltz come from Spain, while Hanternoz and Anceisural Eritance come from France. This album is based on an ancient story that takes place around Brittany. Each band has done its own interpretation about it.

The first song “Gauaren Babes Tenkian, Burdibagaz Haraindi” is from Ilbeltz. Ilbeltz is a folk metal band formed back in 1995 and is actually the personal project of Ibai Mendinueta, with various session members. After the split “Triarchy of Vasconia” in 2001, they released their first full-length “Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian (1598 Potrobizargorri I)” in 2010. And while in their first steps there where some black metal elements in their music, now they buried them in the past. This 16 minutes song has by far the most professional production in this split. They combine acoustic folk music and epic heavy metal (with an 80′s aesthetic) all seen under a traditional Basque prism (there is also an authentic traditional Basque melody in the middle of the song). The music changes several times from acoustic to metal and my opinion is that the band is better in its folk face. Ibai’s unique accordion and flutes are really enchanting and his epic clean vocals much improved!

Next song, entitled “Comme le Son du Cor est Triste au Fond des Bois!” comes from the French band Hanternoz. They began in 2006 and two years later released their debut full-length “Metal Kozh“, while in 2010 the 33-minute EP “Linceuls d’Ecume” was out by Antiq label. I haven’t listened to their previous works, but this 15 minutes song is long enough to understand their music. I would say they sound like a mixture of Bathory and Stille Volk! They play epic black metal with a folk touch and many traditional instruments. Their production and overall sound has an underground aesthetic that fits perfectly with their music. All lyrics are in French and they mostly use brutal vocals, with a few clean male ones (I think both need improvement). They have also some acoustic folk passages and some instrumental folk metal parts, which make the song much more interesting.

The last song is “De l’Art de la Fauconnerie en Noir Anjou” by the pagan black metal band Anceisural Eritance that was formed in 2005 and released so far only 2 demos in 2006 and 2007. The band began with a complete line-up, but split-up in 2008. Now Lazareth (also in Hanternoz and several other bands) decided to awaken Anceisural Eritance as his personal project. This song is the shorter in the split, lasting for 10 minutes. Their music is raw underground black metal, with an epic pagan feeling. The use of a wind instrument (I can’t identify it with certainty) gives a melodic melancholic folk twist in their music and everything could be nicer with a better production.

Overall “D’Anjou En Vasconie – La Très Grande Chasse D’Hellequin” is an interesting release and a nice way to get familiar with these 3 bands. It is released in a limited to 100 copies CDr version by Antiq label and only a few copies are left. So, if you are interested, you better hurry up.

dimiarch

Rating: (7,5/10)


-MetalStorm:

http://www.metalstorm.net/bands/album.p ... essage_id=

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Ilbeltz-6
Hanternoz-9
Anceisural Eritance-8
overall: 8
Good split, Ilbeltz should have had a shorter track though, dragged on far too long.


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As far as I'm concerned I'd rate it this way :
Ilbeltz - 9
Hanternoz - 8,5
Anceisural Eritance - 7


-LaHordeNoire:

http://lahordenoire.free.fr/chronique.php?art=2898

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Split album réunissant trois groupes produits ou distribués par le label Antiq, cet opus prend pour thème la Chasse d’Hellequin, une légende germanique passé dans le folklore français (par ailleurs illustrée sur la pochette de l’album Blood, Fire, Death de BATHORY). Pour ce faire, le label a convoqué le Basque d’ILBELTZ, les Bretons d’HANTERNOZ et les Angevins d’ANCEISURAL ERITANCE réunissant ainsi trois terroirs et donc trois sensibilités différentes autour d’une thématique tournée vers la forêt et l’activité cynégétique.
Le Folk Metal guipuzkoan d’ILBELTZ ouvre les hostilités avec un titre dans lequel se croisent et se mêlent instruments électriques et d’autres traditionnels (flûte, accordéon, harpe…) dans une musique foisonnante certes, mais sans être touffue. S’étirant sur plus d’un quart d’heure, ce titre invite à se laisser porter par les différents thèmes qui y sont développés, à y pénétrer comme on déambule dans la sylve, sans avoir de but à atteindre. Les plus attachés à l’alternance couplet/refrain y verront sans doute du bavardage inutile, mais le propos d’Ibaï est justement d’endosser le rôle du conteur pour nous emmener dans un territoire resté longtemps mystérieux et ouvert à la magie des légendes anciennes. Ce qu’il réussit de manière impeccable.
Seconde piste et changement d’atmosphère avec HANTERNOZ puisque le Metal du groupe reste plus conventionnel, même s’il ne rechigne pas lui non plus à faire appel à des instruments traditionnels. Dommage que le chant soit parfois mixé trop en retrait car les mélodies sont accrocheuses et restent en tête même après la fin de l’écoute. Là encore, le groupe prend le temps d’explorer différents sentiers, tantôt Folk, tantôt Black (mais toujours épique), pour nous entraîner dans cette légendaire chasse à travers la sylve.
Ce split se clôture avec le True Black Metal d’ANCEISURAL ERITANCE. L’aspect maléfique de la grande chasse d’Hellequin y est parfaitement assumé et exprimé avec les attributs typiques du Metal Noir. Voix criarde et rythmiques répétitives laissent régulièrement place à des passages plus lyriques, voire déclamatoires. Le mixage de l’ensemble est rendu un peu flou sur certains passages par la place excessive laissée aux basses mais l’ensemble ne souffre guère de reproche.
Décidé à nous faire découvrir un pan du folklore français à travers la légende de la Grande Chasse d’Helequin, le label Antiq a incontestablement réussi le défi qu’il s’était lancé et ces trois titres constituent des variations diverses mais complémentaires sur un même thème. Ceux que le manque de profondeur de certains groupes de Folk Metal rebute devraient se pencher su cette œuvre à la fois originale et érudite.

Sargon - 9/10


-Darkthrone85.org:

http://darkthrone85.org/?p=3483

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Split inedito ma molto interessante quello tra la band basca Ilbeltz e i due progetti francesi Anceisural Eritance e Hanternoz, che danno vita ad una produzione black metal del tutto particolare e sperimentale, visti i pesanti influssi di musica folk, pagana e tradizionale presenti all’interno delle tracce.
Ad inaugurare lo split è la band basca Ilbeltz, capace di dar vita ad un brano variegato e avvincente, capace di trascinare l’ascoltatore con i suoi ritmi e strumenti tradizionali e i testi in basco ben narrati dalla voce in clean di Ibai Mendinueta, fluentemente alternati a passaggi più aggressivi e incisivi, affidati al riffing di chitarra e alla batteria. Una conferma gradita, un must per gli amanti del pagan black metal.
A seguire, è il turno della one man band Anceisural Eritance, in grado di dare una svolta maggiormente medievaleggiante alla produzione. La traccia qui proposta da Lazareth si distingue per un ritmo scandito ma di andamento lento, in cui si inserisce la voce in clean (salvo qualche tratto il un growl piuttosto all’acqua di rose), che interpreta in modo cadenzato il testo in francese. Dal punto di vista strumentale, a strumenti tipicamente black -su tutti la chitarra- che dominano soprattutto la prima parte della traccia, si intervallano strumenti più vicini al folklore, come il flauto. Rispetto alla track precedente, “Comme Le Son Du Cor Est Triste Au Fond Des Bois!” paga lo scotto di una qualità tecnica e di produzione decisamente più bassa, probabilmente causata anche da una mancanza di maturità, dovuta alla tormentata storia della band, che ha cambiato line-up fin troppe volte, non permettendole di raggiungere la stabilità necessaria.
Gli ultimi ad offrire il proprio contributo in questo split sono i transalpini Hanternoz, senza dubbio il combo dallo stile più vicino al black metal più classico e canonico. Infatti, specialmente se si considera la prima metà di “De L'Art De La Fauconnerie En Noir Anjou”, il quintetto (all’interno del quale ritroviamo un Lazareth batterista) non ha nulla da invidiare rispetto ai gruppi black metal più tradizionali, salvo poi offrire un metal maggiormente folk di stampo celtic, dal ritmo maggiormente variegato ed inusuale. Una scelta che paga, per chiudere uno split davvero da non perdere.

Recensione a cura di: Akaah

Giudizio complessivo: 8,5/10

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:11 am 
 

BasqueStorm wrote:

Hi,
I just wanted to clarify that Ibai (ilbeltz@hotmail.com) has no more copies left and I ordered mine through Antiq the 29th September (and arrived at home in less than a week). Antiq (antiq.label@gmail.com) could have more copies left but not much!

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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 11:53 am 
 

Ilbeltz most recently participated in a song by Hanternoz, the breton band. feel free to check it out :

The band HANTERNOZ just put online a new song, "The Swan",(Le Cygne) taken from the compilation of unreleased EPs, "Mallozh d'ar Zistrujerien Kastell Ankiniz".

This title is an hail to the victory of Yann IV of Britanny, legitimate heir to the dukes of Britanny throne, against the troupes of Blois in Auray, setting an end to the succession wars.


Thanks to the intervention of Roman from the band DRUDKH, the band will release its exclusive titles of the compilation on Werewolf Promotions, in Poland and not in France. The cover will be censored by the band itself to keep away from danger.


Lineup :
Sparda : bass / choirs
Hyvermor : guitars / flutes / bombardes / vocals / choirs
Lokaeda : drums




Don"t hesitate to share and spread and listen, if regionnal folklore interests you, and of course if you think truth shall fight with sword the lies we have to face



Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hanterno ... 43?fref=ts


Bandcamp.


http://hanternoz.bandcamp.com/track/le- ... e-montfort

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:23 am 
 

AntiqLabel wrote:
Ilbeltz most recently participated in a song by Hanternoz, the breton band. feel free to check it out :

The band HANTERNOZ just put online a new song, "The Swan",(Le Cygne) taken from the compilation of unreleased EPs, "Mallozh d'ar Zistrujerien Kastell Ankiniz".

This title is an hail to the victory of Yann IV of Britanny, legitimate heir to the dukes of Britanny throne, against the troupes of Blois in Auray, setting an end to the succession wars.

Nice info! Thanks!
http://hanternoz.bandcamp.com/track/le- ... e-montfort

Le Cygne de Montfort by Hanternoz

http://f0.bcbits.com/img/a1493924954_10.jpg
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I just listened to the song.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:42 am 
 

I also wanted to give some info about the new Ilbeltz tshirt too:
http://viviendoapesardelacrisis.blogspo ... -2013.html
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Antiq-La ... 6830902612

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Thanks to Antiq Records!

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