lunes, 19 de octubre de 2020

THRONEUM

 


Origen: Polonia, Bytom.

Formados: 1996

Estilo: Black, death

Temática: Blasfemia, guerra, muerte, oscuridad y tortura.

Enlaces: Bandcamp y facebook

Miembros:

  • Armagog Bajo
  • Diabolizer Batería
  • The Great Executor Guitarra y voces
Discografía:

  • Beyond the Numbers and Creatures Demo 2000  
  • The Underground Storms Eternally Demo 2000  
  • Brotherhood in Darkness Split 2001  
  • Old Death's Lair CD 2001
  • Anti Life Celebration Demo 2002  
  • Channeling the Vortex Through the Spheres of Ancient Time Split 2002  
  • Streams of Aggression EP 2002  
  • Gods of Abhorrence Split 2002  
  • Bestial Antihuman Evil EP 2002
  • United in Hell Split 2004
  • Mutiny of Death CD 2004
  • The Last Morgue EP 2004  
  • Devilry / Throneum Split 2005  
  • Bedeviled Split 2005  
  • Cemetery Sons of Hell Split 2005  
  • Pestilent Death CD 2005
  • Throneum / Incriminated Split 2006
  • Deadly Rituals Split 2006  
  • Decade of Necrostuprumical Madness Recopilatorio 2006
  • The Unholy Ones EP 2007  
  • Total Regression! Split 2007
  • Deathmass of the Gravedancer CD 2007  
  • Hell Obscure Temptation Split 2007  
  • Deep Grave Dungeons Split 2008  
  • Deathcult Conspiracy CD 2009  
  • Demonical Communion Split 2010  
  • Necroblasphemies Split 2010  
  • Ceremonial Abhorrence & Darkness Recopilatorio 2010  
  • Trupi jad Split 2011
  • Death Throne Entities CD 2011
  • Horrorities Recopilatorio 2012  
  • Cursed of the Holiness Split 2012  
  • No Salvation Split 2012  
  • A Prophecy of Nihilism Split 2014  
  • Organic Death Temple Demo 2015  
  • Ugly Raw Aggressive and Dead Recopilatorio 2015  
  • CACOMethamorphosen EP 2015  
  • The Horror Tongues of Time EP 2016  
  • Morbid Death Tales CD 2016  
  • Organic Death Temple MMXVI CD 2016  
  • Communion with Mephistopheles / Razored Flesh Conjuration Split 2017  
  • Night of Terror Split 2018  
  • In the Crypt of the Hakeldamach Feld Split 2018
  • The Tight Deathrope Act over Rubicon CD 2018  
  • Fifth Column of Sheol Split 2019  
  • Martyaxwar Split 2019  
  • Pact with the Forbidden Split 2019
  • Oh Death... Oh Death... Determinate, Preach and Lead Us Astray... CD 2020
OH DEATH... O DEATH... DETERMINATE, PRACH AND LEAD US ASTRY... (2020)

Prácticamente con veinticuatro años de carrera a sus espaldas y un sinfín de ediciones hasta la fecha, este trío polaco no deja de sorprendernos. En poco más de cuarenta minutos y seis temas Throneum ofrece una bestia de black, death, psicodelia y doom muy lograda. El álbum es cierto que comienza más encorsetado en registros más tradicionales del death metal en fusión también con un black que no descarte algunas partes ambient, pero una vez entran en escena las voces, que ofrecen un tono de angustia, lleno de gritos de desesperación, son como un toque de atención ante algo diferente que esta próximo a suceder. A partir de aquí, este álbum se transforma en un viaje oscuro y enfermizo al fondo de la miedos más horrendos encerados en la psique humana. El álbum suena potente, hay secciones que son puro death, black demencial, rápido y visceral, con blast beats atronadores, un bajo que se agradece en cuanto a calidez y riffs furibundos sembrando todo ello la destrucción a su paso. Pero Throenum no se conforma en seguir modas ni estilos, y pronto comienzan a aflorar pasajes enrevesados en música, con rápidas transiciones entre pasajes enfermizos, de clara influencias ambient, con inclusión de voces femeninas, teclados y ambientación tétrica propia de una película de terror: pero Throneum también gusta de ofrecer amplios desarrollos en su música, enrevesados en donde tanto el doom como la psicodelia hacen acto de presencia, llevando su música a terrenos cercanos a lo experimental, sustentándose muchas de estas partes en la ausencia de voces que permiten que la música fluya y trasmita desasosiego. A estas alturas creo que nadie va a descubrir la virtudes de Throneum, sin embargo la banda sigue empeñada en continuar agrandando su carrera. (8,4).




1. Alpha: Soulside-Space-Stream 15:13
  There, where the light
Weighs more than all the words of your god
Where trying to jump into a rabbit's burrow
I have concrete legs
As if mother earth were penetrating me with its tentacles
Defending ourselves against change
To protect me from change
Scared, knowing every move I make

In spite of everything I know
Against everything I know
I am getting up instead of falling down

I rise up and am accompanied only by the raven squawk
I cannot hear him, but I can feel him with every nerve
And he feels like I am making him feel
Because of me, thanks to me, in me

Above the jagged clouds...
Where there's only an amber and purple sun
Where only Pegasus as the last creature
Is able to cut this thin
And ionized ray air
Spaces of souls and spirits
I am here
I have risen up
2. Beta: AGLA-on-Tetragrammaton 01:27   instrumental
3. Gamma: Agla-ON-Tetragrammaton 01:27   instrumental
4. Delta: Self-Appointed-Grandeur 12:21
Self-appointed grandeur Squeezed into a reptilian shell A fetor of loneliness A hang-glider beaming individualism And the toothless jaws are still lying about love One by one, over and over again His majesty… his fear…his meanness Self-appointed grandeur Through lust and through death Self-appointed grandeur ….But only nothingness remains ….But only nothingness remains And the toothless jaws are still lying about light In this darkness, over and over again Quantum continuum, pornographomania Spawns in the skinned cocoons Mammoth blood crystallized in the eternal permafrost Right under the skin of a dying mother The fractals of tundra in her cold hands Of a living spacetime puzzle... Determined by life-giving magnetism. And human hatred 
5. Epsilon: Agla-on-TETRAGRAMMATON 01:20   instrumental
6. Zeta: Archangel-Lucifer-God 08:53
   I am going into the dark
Once again from the bottom
But he fell
I knocked him off myself

I let him fall to the bottom
Exactly where I was
Between shadows and vermin
He cannot get up anymore

He found his victims among the carrion
And now he sings them his psalms
Hallelujah
Agla On Tetragrammaton

I am going into the dark
Like an Egyptian angel of the plagues
The Chosen one
To lose

Archangel
Lucifer
God
I am
  40:41





Program repeats on both sides. Released on black vinyl limited to 200 copies





domingo, 18 de octubre de 2020

DARK SORCERER

 


Origen: E.E.U.U., Front Royal

Formados: ?

Estilo: Black, crossover y thrash.

Temática:?

Enlaces: Bandcamp

Miembros:

  • Dale Lynn Voces
  • Mark Speary Guitarra
  • Tom Hoopes Bajo
  • Wyatt Vaught Batería
Discografía:

  • Pure Act of Sorcery EP 2019  
  • ...from the Emerald Tablet EP 2020
....FROM THE EMRALD TABLET (2020)

Segundo EP para estos estadounidense que nos presentan cuatro temas intensos y directos en menos de siete minutos. El sonido se puede encuadrar dentro del black con influencias thrash, punk o death, rápido, directo sin apenas concesiones. Riffs rasgados y rápidos se suceden sin piedad sin ningún tipo de concesión al virtuosismo, primando el conjunto por encima de todo. Unas líenas de bajo y guitarra con claras intenciones thrash recorren todo este EP, es cierto también que un ambiente de sudor y barra se pude llegar a colar en el apartido musical, sin embargo las voces, si que suenan con mayor influencia death, lo que los alejas tanto de propuestas thrash ochenteras como de sonido de influencias Motorhead. El álbum rezuma un aroma a clásico, pero con las dosis justa de elementos actuales para alejarlos de ser una mera copia de bandas ya consagradas y de sonidos más establecidos. Su temática tampoco se ciñe a elementos sociales o políticos, sino que va más por terrenos relacionados con las películas de terror y una manera perfecta que tienen de crear esa ambientación es con las intros habladas presentes en todos lo temas. Un nuevo EP que entrega cuatro temas, que suenan compactos y directos, en donde se mantiene digamos un gusto por los sonido cazallosos y sucios de una propuesta que gira entorno al black-thrash o el blackened-death, pero que sabe aportar algo diferente y diferenciador, que hace que los poco más de seis minutos de este EP suenen brutales. (8,4).




1. Dark Magic Retained 01:54
  Dark magic retained.
Maniacal rage.

Black ritual creating plague.
Wake of destruction,
Leaves no remains.

Chilling apparitions.
Removal of the soul.
Flowstone Hellion,
Immortal.

Too late for prayer,
In a smoldering crater.
Footprint of the beast.
Lethal necromancer.

Haste.
Fear.
Conjuring.
2. Druid's Curse 02:05
 Druid's curse,
Demons flourish.
Scripture of suffering,
Undying courage.

Psionic warlock,
Invoke his name.
Baptized in hellfire,
Blood soaked athame.

In hell,
We burn.

Walk through the hellfire.
Don't get burned.
Baptized in the flames,
Satan is reborn.
3. Upon the Earth 01:08
Enter into a trance.
Records of the Akashic.
Broken seal of the Dark Lord,
Destructive chaos magic.

Read from the emerald tablet,
A pharaoh's curse.
Hex of the eternal,
Placed upon the earth.

Transmutation,
Lead to gold.
Rise to power,
Lose my soul.
4. Field of Tombs 01:28
  Supernatural forces,
Possessed to kill.
Raise the dead,
Obey my will.

Born of clairvoyant vision,
A ritual obsession.
Grave master,
Spread disaster.

Field of tombs,
now exhumed.
Flesh and bone,
All souls consumed.
  06:35
 



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400 copies pressed.







SINIRA

 


Origen: E.E.U.U., Nacogdoches.

Formados: 2016

Estilo: Black melódico

Temática: Blasfemia, caos, espiritualidad, muerte, ocultismo y trascendencia.

Enlaces: Bandcampinstagram y youtube.

Miembros: 

  • Knell Bajo, guitarra y voces
Discografía:

  • Dawnless Twilight Demo 2018
  • Soulreaper Single 2019  
  • Where Starlight Does Not Shine Single 2019
  • The Everlorn CD 2020
THE EVERLORN (2020)
Primer larga duración para esta one man band tejana que con su primera demo editada hace un par de años daba cuenta de un black metal de corte melódico influenciado por el sonido de los noventa. En los ocho temas que conforman este nuevo trabajo Knell vuelve a incidir en la formula, partiendo de la base de un black bastante directo e incendiario con riffs demoledores y una actitud agresiva, pero que en ningún momento pierde de vista la obra de bandas como Dissection. Un álbum extenso que trasmite frialdad, buenos e interesantes cambios de ritmo que se cuelan en forma de riffs evocadores de soledad y atmosferas frías en medio de la vorágine general del sonido. Knell no ha descuidado en ningún momento, aún estando ofreciendo un sonido melódico, la oportunidad de que su música suene directa, áspera e incluso violenta, sumergiendo al oyente en la densidad de una propuesta que suena perfectamente compacta  y muy enérgica. Knell no afloja el ritmo en casi que ningún momento, no cae en preciosismos ni se adentra por terrenos de lo épico, pero si que es capaz de ofrecer algunos pasajes más limpios en donde las guitarras fluyen sin ataduras y si que ofrecen en este punto una mayor carga de melodía. Este trabajo no acabará trascendiendo por su originalidad, su estilo es un calco perfecto del sonido del black melódico de lo noventa, pero hay que reconocer que un trabajo muy sólido, repleto de garra, velocidad y un intenso ritmo que logra llevar al oyente a las profundidades del género. (7,6).



1. Where Starlight Does Not Shine 07:47  
2. Gardens of Pestilence 08:21  
3. The Everlorn 09:26  
4. Souls of the Flame 01:48  
5. Tear Ladened Skies 06:48  
6. Our Final Nightfall 07:45  
7. Dawnless Twilight 11:27  
8. Omega XI 02:44  
  56:06




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viernes, 16 de octubre de 2020

WOLVES DEN

 


Origen: Alemania, Munich

Formados: 2015

Estilo: Black

Temática:?

Enlaces: BandcampfacebookWolves den y youtube

Miembros:

  • Helge Stang Bajo y voces
  • Manu Di Camillo Batería
  • Mexx Guitarra
Discografía:

  • Deus Vult CD 2015
  • Miserere CD 2020
MISERERE (2020)
Segundo larga duración para esta banda germana que ofrece un black con diferentes estilos, que se pude interpretar como blackened death metal, aunque hay muchas influencias melódicas, pagan, de rock clásico incluso. El álbum se abre de forma contundente con un tema como "Tides of Hate", la batería presente desde el primer segundo, ofreciendo un sonido que a veces se acerca aun tono marcial. Sin embargo el álbum va ganando enteros conforme caen los temas, la propuesta se va abriendo hacia terrenos más ricos en cuanto a matices, no renuncian a algunos elementos ambient, arreglos de instrumentos de cuerda que ofrecen ese plano pagan del cual hablábamos antes, pero sin renuciar en ningún momento a la contundencia pero eso si, sin perder la parte melódica de su propuesta en forma de capas riffs y es aquí donde comienzan también a florecer ciertos elementos ritualistas presentes en todo el conjunto, no sólo por la tendencia a veces a llevar su música hacia terrenos más oscuros e impenetrables sino también por la riqueza en la voces que pasan de la agresividad y violencia cuando su música transita por pasajes más blackened, a otros más intimistas, limpios y corales. Sin lugar a dudas Wolven Den sabe ofrecer un álbum repleto de detalles, con un sonido muy cuidado, con innumerables cambios de registros, con mucho estilos perfectamente ensamblados que no duda en echar mano de diferentes elementos que lo acercan a registros como el black sinfónico, el death o el black melódico de una forma coherente y acertada. (8,3).



1. Tides of Hate 04:47  
2. Pfad ins Dunkel 04:40  
3. Der Frost in mir 06:08  
4. Nachtmahr 05:07  
5. Häresie 05:04  
6. Antaios 05:59  
7. Melancholera 04:46  
8. Nameless Grave 07:30  
  44:01





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jueves, 15 de octubre de 2020

CLOTH - INTERVIEW


 

1. Cloth was born in 2012, why did you decide to create the band? Why do they choose the name Cloth?

C: Cloth is a vague nod towards the term «men of the cloth», which is sometimes used to refer to monks having vowed a life in dedication to what they considered the truth. To me, naming the band Cloth, relates in part to this in terms of our dedication to music. In addition, the expression «sackcloth [and ashes]» involves the kind of severity one can expect thematically from our lyrics as well as musical expression. 

2. Although they have been active since 2012, they did release a demo and an EP at the beginning, however they had not released new material since 2012; What is this period of silence for the band due to?

C: It is because Cloth up until now has always been an «in-between-band», that is a way of stimulating creativity while our other bands were on a hiatus for different reasons. 

3. The members of Cloth are active in projects like Aspiration or Dalit, more focused on the sound of doom, death. What does Cloth offer you compared to these other bands? Is it very difficult for them to separate the compositions of the different projects?

C: No, not really. Those bands have a very defined sound. When we started up Cloth, it was to pursue musical directions these bands would not tread. 

JI: In my time in Cloth there has always been room for experimenting and doing unorthodox things, which really motivates and interest me. Writing and playing material with a higher intensity and aggression is a welcome contrast to DALIT for instance. I don't think it's that hard to separate the compositions between our projects. Sometimes it becomes apparent that a song is not a good fit for Cloth, and should be used elsewere. And vice versa.

4. How has the writing and recording process for your new EP “Axis Mundi” been? After almost six years between the last two EPs, what do you think has changed in the sound of Cloth in this time?

C: It was pure joy to start the writing process for Axis Mundi. When you start up such a process, everything is possible and nothing is decided. I love that feeling of endless possibilities. After a while, we have a pile of songs that we divide into «good», «needs some development», and «downright awful». This time we ended up with the four songs on Axis Mundi. Last time, only three songs made it to the end. I consider the two EP’s as pretty similar in terms of the dynamic of the songs, but perhaps the musical expression (genre wise) of Axis Mundi is somewhat wider than the last one.

5. The sound that you offer in “Axis Mundi” is a mixture of different styles, the themes flow and at times the listener can feel identified with Scandinavian black, but we can also find doom, progressive, rock, gothic elements. would you define the sound of “Axis Mundi”? And what bands have influenced the sound of this new EP?

C: The sound is controlled, stringent and aggressive. Signifiant is perhaps the odd one out, as it is more simple in its structure and instrumentation – more «in your face» – than the others. The other three I would define as a playful weave of dark music. 

In terms of influences, I would probably deliver different answers from day to day, as my listening habits vary with my daily mood. This would also be the case for potential influences when working with the the Axis Mundi songs. That being said, I personally cannot deliver anything musically without revealing my long time admiration and inspiration from bands such as Anathema, My Dying Bride, The Ocean, DHG, Khold, Red Harvest, Virgin Black, Extol, Code, Abigor, Gorefest, Entombed, Alcest, She Said Destroy etc. The list goes on. 

6. It is striking how careful the sound of the EP is, that although it works as a whole, it is also true that each song has its own personality, are you very perfectionists when it comes to working on every detail of your songs when composing them? What brands of instruments do you use to record and compose?

JI: Thank you! We take great care in our songwriting and don't shy away for using a lot of time making it just right. In some aspects I may call myself a perfectionist, or at least that I strive to do better each time. It can be a painful process, but an important one. 

Most of the songwriting stems from drafts or outlines that I get from Cato. Then from my studio, I further enhance or add my personal touches to the material. We've been working together for so many years now, and are able to communicate pretty well around ideas/visions and emotions.

I mainly use my Gibson Les Paul Studio PP for both recording and songwriting. I've also used a few other guitars (Telecasters, hollowbodies etc.) when the material demand it. My ENGL Powerball has been my go-to amp, with a Marshall 1960A-cab. All the recordings (with the exception of drums) took place in my own studio.



7. Your lyrics deal with subjects somewhat far from the standards of black such as Christianity, philosophy or consumerism; Why do you consider these themes that you deal with in the lyrics interesting? Do you feel somewhat displaced from the scene when you are labeled as a no black band/unblack? Because of your lyrics?

C: I guess we are a bit philosophical  in this band. It probably stems from becoming older and thus viewing life in general from different perspective than 20 years ago. Moreover, it is also a result of several of us being interested in human history. I find comparing my own life and experiences with that of others a meaningful enterprise – the older the better. 

I think nobody in this band has any need for being labelled either black or unblack. Firstly, I would say that by including Ad baculum (doom) and Ghost Town (death’ish), we have disqualified ourselves from either label in terms of genres. Secondly, as we are philanthropists and not misanthropists lyric-wise, I guess black most certainly is off the table. Thirdly, I find our lyrics way too sinister and un-sermonlike, to qualify for the term. 

I guess this leaves us happily conductors of «metal» 

JI: Personally I can’t quite grasp the unblack thing. At least for my part, the lyrics don’t dictate what genre or category we belong to. It’s all about the musical expression and emotion.

8. Who designed the cover of the EP? And what is the relationship between the cover and the lyrical and musical content of “Axis Mundi”?

JI: I wanted a more minimalist approach to the cover this time around, and spent quite some time doing sketches and drafts for the cover. Finally we got the help of Rune Hansen (kreasjon.no) to tie everything together for printing.

The symbolism is mainly about humankind destroying itself in its endless consumerism. Between heaven and hell (light and darkness etc.) from the beginning of life until death.

9. How do you think Covid-19 has affected the sales of “Axis Mundi”? Are there chances that you will one day offer a concert?

C: I have no idea of how it might affect sales, but we are aiming for a concert in Oslo at the 14th of November. Due to Covid-restrictions the amount of seats are of course limited. The whole show will therefore be live-streamed. Cf. www.nordicfest.no 

10. “Axis Mundi” has been released on CD and digitally by Nordic Mission, how is contact made for the release through this record label? Are you satisfied with the editing and promotion work done by Nordic Mission?

C: We are very grateful for the NM-guys to promote and distribute the EP. So far they have done a great job! This provides us with the opportunity to focus on making songs for what eventually will be our debut. 

11. The town of Kristiansand you come from is not exactly a small town, is there an interesting local extreme metal scene in your area?

C: To call it a scene would be far-fetched/an exaggeration, but there are a couple of great and interesting bands that hail from this area of Norway: Flukt, In Vain, In the Woods, Blood Red Throne, and Green Carnation.

12. How were your beginnings in music: first albums that you bought, first concerts that you attended, etc. What made you want to be musicians?

C: My musical journey started with prog. I still consider Genesis, King Crimson, Mars Volta, Jethro Tull, Camel, Yes, Rush etc. among my favorite bands. In my twenties I was exposed to and embraced the world of extreme metal (of any kind). Thus everything from «Star Ship Troopers» and «tied in bronze chains» still spins heavily in my headphones. 

How i picked up the drum sticks is something of a cliché, and can be summarized in one experience – the first time I heard the song «6:00» from Dream Theater’s album Awake. After that, there was no turning back. 

JI: My musical background is something else, hehe. I was quite into blues/delta in my early years before I found ‘computerized’ music in the old PC/Amiga demo-scene. In the late 90’s I discovered the more extreme music (Extol, Dimmu Borgir, Vintersorg, Diabolical Masquerade) and I must admit that the metal genre has been the main focus over the years. I guess Chuck Schuldiner and Death was a great influence for me picking the guitar up, though I’m by no means a shredder.

13. Which album represents the essence of black metal for you? What was the last album you bought? And what album can't you stop listening to?

C: Satyricon’s «Rebel Extravaganza» represents to me the bench mark for black metal. Cold, dark and extremely aggressive. As a consequence I cannot stop listening to it. My last bought album was Leonov’s beautiful Wake LP.

JI: I was just recently asked that question by an acquaintance, and I could not for the life of me just come up with one album. In no particular order I think I would have to go with Keep of Kalessin – Reclaim, Mayhem – Grand Declaration of War and Dimmu Borgir – Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia. I can’t remember what album I last bought. This is what the streaming-world has come to...

14. I suppose it took a bit of time to get Cloth back up and running after six years. Will we soon have the opportunity to see a complete Cloth album finally released? What future plans do you have for the band?

JI: Cloth is a side-project that we focus on from time to time. We have all been busy in our lives with other things, both connected to music and other things.

I do feel that the next time we are going to release something with Cloth, it has to be an album. So let's hope we're able to pull it of, and that the age of the album isn't over.

As mentioned previously, we have our first live show planned for November in Oslo. So we're busy rehearsing our material. We are all really looking forward to that one.

15. Thank you very much for taking the time to Black Metal Spirit, if you want to add something for the followers of Cloth this is the place. I hope the questions are to your liking.

C: Thank you for the interview! For all your readers: Take Axis Mundi for a spin and feel free to leave us a comment on how you found it to your liking on our Facebook page

JI: Thanks a lot! Check us out on Spotify and subscribe, that would really help us get more spotlight!


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DISMALIMERENCE


Origen: E.E.U.U., Chicago.
Formados: 2015
Estilo: Black melódico
Temática: Aislamiento, depresión y romanticismo
Miembros:
  • Craig Hamburger Bajo
  • Elijah Cirricione Guitarra y voces
  • Joey Casillas Batería
  • Matt Mifflin Guitarra
Discografía:

  • Sequestered Hearts Single 2018  
  • Tome: 1 CD 2020
TOME 1 (2020)
Grata sorpresa el primer álbum de los de los Chicago, un primer álbum que responde a un black de corte melódico pero que encierra otros estilos e influencias. Creo que el mayor acierto por parte de Dismalimerence ha sido el ser capaces de recoger influencias del black clásicos de estilos como el sinfónico y el melódico y mezclarlos con influencias y estilos más actuales, logrando un sonido rico, variado, casi que preciosista, en donde los detalles se han cuidado y que acaba por ser capaz de ofrecer por un lado una vertiente agresiva y directa, casi que oscura y por otra lado hay un peso importante de elementos también de procedencia atmosférica, acabando por sonar todo perfectamente cohesionado. El álbum es cierto que se adentra por terrenos atmosférico, usando teclados de manera residual ya que el aporte de atmósferas viene del tono de guitarra, capaz de ofrecer una ambientación fría al tiempo que intimista. Otro aspecto destacable de este trabajo es que en ningún momento le pierde el pulso a la faceta más melódica de su propuesta, tanto en las partes más lentas como en las mas agresivas, capaces de desgranar riffs que suenan brutales al tiempo que ásperos y directos desprendiendo sensaciones como la melancolía o la desesperación. El ejercicio de guitarra es tremendo y la larga duración de los temas permite que estos fluyan y se adentren por terrenos progresivos, en donde elementos limpios, casi que intimista, en donde salen a relucir algunos teclados y guitarras limpias, se ven destruidos por la irrupción de doble bombos, incendiarios riffs y voces agresivas y crudas, todo ello, fruto de estilos como el doom o el rock, alejándose del convencionalismo del black. Realmente estamos ante un álbum repleto de grandes momentos, que si bien no se ciñe al sonido black más clásico, si que podemos decir que se encuadra perfectamente en el sonido de fusión de elementos tradicionales con nuevas tendencias. (8,1).



1. Crimson Glow 11:48
 I am trapped in your crimson glow. Our hearts grew apart, yet I still hold you close. We trapped ourselves in the past of what we used to know. Forever casting a shadow of relentless insecurity. Here you are, dressed in decay. Wishing for a new day without the pain. Within this hopeless life, meeting you has brought forth the light. I am trapped in your crimson glow. Our hearts grew apart, yet I still hold you close. I will descend into the fires of doubt. Deafening screams pierce through my thoughts as winter's breath tightens the knot. I will descend into the fires of doubt. Lost within myself. Blackened truth behind the veils of your plea, decipher the epitaphs brought unto thee. The darkness follows close, prevailing in the hearts of those who've lost, and whose grown. Falling back into your glow. I am trapped in your crimson glow. Our hearts grew apart, yet I still hold you close.
2. Sequestered Hearts 04:29
Feel the pain within my tones as it breaks celestial bones, in which I have sustained the growing love of sequestered hearts. I'm lost between myself and the person you want me to be. Our bond has been found, beyond the moons, across our lakes. We have dug out all of our strains, buried to thee, I will descend into the grave. Feel the pain within my tones as it breaks celestial bones, in which I have sustained the growing love of sequestered hearts. The dawning decadence of despair.   
3. My Only Love 05:09
 I've lost my light. You've brought the pain inside. I've lost my only peace deep within the sorrows of your grasp. You've enslaved me to the darkest fetishes of distress. Tears fall as endless rains, as your shadow beckons to my aches. I will break these chains for I shall now awake. Buried under my fears lies the keys to harmony. I will break these chains for I shall now awake.
4. Orchid's Reverie 07:01
Passion, honesty, and the echoes of your call. I drift on into a memory of what once was. With your hand in mine, with our hearts intertwined. Our affection as one, the riverbed flows of the essence, and a mist shrouds the gardens of endearment. I shall never leave this world without you, for my existence would be undeserving. The radiance of your safekeeping, something I adore. For your ambition is what keeps the light upon my shore. This canvas, beaten with misery, and torment. I've found the heartache resting beyond her door. Years of blindly contributing to this agony, yet not to notice this dismal life I bestow. For she was my orchid that I'd never let grow.  
5. Pragma 03:41
  Possessed by the powers of love and trapped by the mourning doves. My life sewn into yours, blackened by the morrows of what is to come. Enchanted by the warmth of your call, I sit, and await. Counting the moons. Restless in despair, when will you return? Pragma, why have you deceived me? Enchanted by the warmth of your call, I sit, and await. Counting the moons. Restless in despair, when will you return? Facing the cold realization of loss, my blood strikes the ground, painting the moss.
6. Negligence of the Forgotten 05:13
A lifelong journey without the stars. No illuminance to my paths. I strive to live in difference to the shadows that pulled you down..and I must carry on for the candles of thy kin shall never burn again. I am your son, losing sense of who I am. Can you recall my name? Negligence of the forgotten son, that you've buried in eternal droughts.  
7. Vale Amor 08:27
  Embedded under the crescent moon. Decaying in yesteryears droughts. The win whistles through my ears and dear Luna shines upon my skin. With these brittle hands, I strive for harmony, but have only found pain. I still recall the taste of your lips and the welcoming scent of your hair. We used to smile in the rose garden, beyond the hills. We fell into one another with frivolous chills. With your body swaying in the cold, the wind gust carries you from side to side. Do I dare to continue without you by my side? As I stand under your feet, your name is safe within me, my queen, and my only dream. Vale Amor.
8. Destined for Solitude 05:13
   Destined for solitude. I cry out for change, yet always forgetting I set this motion in place. Returning to my old home, caressing the frames to ignite nostalgic flames. I walk near the riverbed as I dig into my skin. Carving as I hear the water flowing. The beauty in which this earth brings, casted under our selfish, and dire needs. I dip my toes into the water. Physically, I still feel. I wrap myself in further decay. In this riverbed I will forever lay. I've longed for this my entire life. This relief. This release. My blood spills upon the wet rocks and damp grass. A sliver of life remains and my body grows cold. This shiver, the last of my days. Destined for solitude, the final masquerade. This shiver, the last of my days.
  51:01





BLACK VINYL // 180g (Heavy Vinyl), 300gsm Cover, Insert, Paperbag, Poster in A2 format





martes, 13 de octubre de 2020

VOIDCEREMONY

 


Origen: E.E.U.U., Ramona

Formados: 2013

Estilo: Black, death progresivo

Temática: Antireligión, espiritualismo oscuro, filosofía y ocultismo

Enlaces: Facebookinstagram y Voidceremony

Miembros:

  • C. Koryn Batería
  • Garrett Johnson Guitarra y voces
  • I. Mann Bajo
  • Jon Reider Guitarra y voces
Discografía:

  • Dystheism EP 2014
  • Cyclical Descent of Causality EP 2015  
  • Foul Origins of Humanity EP 2017  
  • Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel CD 2020
ENTROPIC REFLECTIONS CONTINUUM: DIMENSIONAL UNRAVEL (2020)
Primer larga duración para los de California que recogen los frutos de un trabajo que comenzó hace ya casi siete años y ha dado lugar un álbum muy interesante dentro de una propuesta death con influencias progresivas. Estamos ante un álbum de un sonido profundo, muy grave, gracias a la perfecta sonoridad del bajo, instrumento que lleva el peso del conjunto del álbum. Profundidad, ritmo muchas veces pausado, letárgico casi, que se ve alterado cuando las guitarras cobran mayor protagonismo ya que llevan la música a un estado más apresurado en consonancia con las partes de batería. El álbum mantiene ese tono de profundidad desde el comienzo, pero el aspecto progresivo de las composiciones también hace acto de presencia muchas veces, con enrevesados riffs que se encargan de trasportar al oyente a un estado más emotivo casi que épico, sin llegar a decantarse del todo por ofrecer una melodía clara pero si que los fraseados contrastan con la oscuridad de la propuesta. La mayoría de las veces la música fluye sin que aparezcan las voces, el peso del apartado meramente musical es de vital importancia para Voidceremony como queda demostrado con la inclusión de un tema instrumental en mitad del álbum. Un álbum que suena perfecto sin llegar a ofrecer un sonido pulido del todo pero que sabe conservar algunas asperezas, que no ya solo dotan de calidad al conjunto sino que también aportan credibilidad. Las voces se centran en ofrecen unos guturales pesados y muy graves, cuando hacen acto de presencia se muestran inconmensurables, fundiéndose a la perfección con el apartado musical, pero no es menos cierto que su presencia muchas veces es casi que testimonial, centrándose Voidceremony en el plano más progresivo de su propuesta. Sin lugar a dudas estamos ante un trabajo que sorprende por su frescura y musicalidad. (7,9).





1. Desiccated Whispers 04:00
Eyes of derealization Watching from behind the earths sacred star In her dreams speaks knowledge cursed mankind Flesh etched from the dying womb Worshipping resonant voices Dwell by these gates Arrive never A rain, Dry tongues thirst Congregate, awakening Desperation for understanding 
2. Sacrosanct Delusions 05:47
A portrait unveiling fabled end of time, enigma of creation lies beyond death. Chaos dwelling paradox, ancient hallucinations. Brain chemicals consumed in veracity. A tragedy of man, befallen fools. Civilizations beckoning the end. Ostentation, incognizant, to the fate of nature. Souls slowly descend into a lost plane, imperishable burdens, their own idea-mysticism. Their pilgrimage, indebted to lies profane. Disseminating mental disease. Hypostasizing a pseudo reflection of life. A facade of spirits, prophecies. Hallucinating instinct. That some may call Sacrosanct Delusions.  
3. Empty, Grand Majesty (Cyclical Descent of Causality) 08:55
  Inherited a lifeless realm
Ceased has banes of silence
Without echoes now, humanity lies
The end descended, forming time
Ruins to be built, only to crumble again
Shall once surface must slumber
And in this embrace nothing there shall be
Dreams of man, now forgotten
Life becomes death, for the world does not exist

Soon shall end Messianic age
Aeons of anguished worship
For another age, returning eternal
Sand rising, reverse of the hourglass
Curse burdened innumerable sorrows
Should blindness repeat
Cyclical Descent
A god abhorred by all
Shall return as fragmented... Shards
4. Binded to Unusual Existence 05:10  
5. Abandoned Reality 04:09
  Pillars engulfed in vulvular flesh
Emerged and torn truths
Thoughts...
That divides reality
Limitless obsessions...
An earthly balance can not recover lost wisdoms
6. Solemn Reflections of the Void 04:26
(written mirrored in lyric sheet) I see the eternal scape of death Not mere hallucination Vision... With mortal end lies the infinite form: Impassable Final souls have far and drifted long ago This world is but a mirror to our indifference A reflection...equanimous Passing colors, spurred once from life Becoming this...Solemn gray And ever hollow... But beyond all; is forgotten, in remnants bitter  
  32:27




Comes in gatefold cover sleeve.

This album was originally recorded at DSP Studio Wrocław, Jun-Sep 2002.
First edition was released by Eclipse Productions 2002.
New version was remixed and remastered at Church Of Chaos Studio, Nov-Dec 2017.
At intro/outro were used samples taken from different horrific acts.

Memory of Grzegorz "Messiah" Błoch 1971-2017