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Dark Plague
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Sadism
[Elegy Records 2016]

  • CD

          Sadism was recorded in 2016 and released February 18, 2017. This is very traditional straight forward black metal. Very fast and screechy. I was bored by this CD until the third track when things started to get more interesting. There was more range in vocal style and more melody, not to mention bits that stood out, not swallowed by the relentless speed. Don't get me wrong, some people love this obsessive speed, but it doesn't do much for me. I think the feeling gets lost. I also think this vocal style can be annoying. I'm not a fan of this screechy style at all. Sometimes the vocalist changes his style and it sounds much better to my ears, but overall the vocals kill this for me. This CD definitely has some cool parts showing good potential, but it needs more feeling and variation.

    [Above: back]

    [Above: CD]

    [Above: Artwork by Thomas Trigueiro-Pires]

    Label Website:

    www.elegyrecords.com


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    Tir
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    [Above: cover/back]

    Mountains
    [Elegy Records 2016]

  • CD

          This release is entirely syth based, and although I would have liked to have heard some sort of vocals added to this, it was pretty good regardless. By the time the fourth track, Forest of Gloom, rolled around the CD had created a nice atmosphere. Some of the songs have a folkish sound to them, while others have a dark ambience. Each track stands out on its own nicely, with good atmopheres and melodies. The bonus track - Satan's Rule - is very different from the rest. It has gutteral sounding vocals and guitars. I'm not sure if this is from a demo or what, but I really liked it overall. An interesting release from a rather mysterious band and I'd like to hear more.

    [Above: inside/CD tray - the way that I understand it the text inversion was some sort of factory error.]

    Label Website:

    www.elegyrecords.com


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    Seges Findere
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    [Above: cover/back]

    Nuklear Terrorsonic Power
    [Elegy Records 2017]

  • CD

          The extremely prolific Seges Findere return again! Blistering fast and aggressive, Seges presents another dark gem of audio violence. Strigoi's vocals are as strong as ever. Each song does a good job sounding different than the next. I like how each track begins with a short intro of sorts, it serves as a good launching pad for the aggression to come. Seges are definitely not for trendy pussies. It's not 'pretty' sounding black metal. The melodies are draped in violence, the vocals are screams from a battlefield. I can't help but fucking love this band. This sounds best loud!

    Label Website:

    www.elegyrecords.com


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    Evil Damn/Toxic Holocaust/Chainsaw Killer
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    [Above: cover/back]

    Blasphemy, Mayhem & War
    [Warhymns Records/Warfuck Records 2005]

  • CD

          Although this isn't new, it's new to me, and probably most of you. This was sent to me by the guitarist of the phenomenal Peruvian band Psicorragia, who also plays in the band Evil Damn presented here on this three band CD. So let's start with Evil Damn, since they are first on the CD. Their sound is raw, melodic and heavy as fuck, this is a total classic. Evil Damn, despite the very odd name, contains everything that made us love the old South American metal gods of days gone by. That pure energy and sincerity, hunger, violence and listenability. A thrashy, death/black mix that has instantly become one of my favorites. It's that good.

    It's going to be very hard to compete with the first band, but the CD spins onward... next is Toxic Holocaust. This is an especially raw recording and unfortunately you can barely hear the vocalist. This really sucks as it sounds pretty good and seems to have a lot of potential. I don't know anything about this band or if they ever recorded anything other than this 'rehearsal'.

    Next up is Chainsaw Killer from Columbia. Man, I really liked this band! Wow... it took me back to the good old days. This stuff is very listenable, you just want to turn it up! It's sort of like a heavy Speed/Thrash Metal I guess you could say. The vocalist kicks ass and has a cool screech in his repertoire. This is a head banging fucking gem!

    [Above: Cover unfolded]

    [Above: Cover unfolded - reverse]

    [Above: Back]

    [Above: CD]


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    Vardan
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    [Above: cover/back]

    Piercing Cold Distance
    [Elegy Records 2017]

  • CD

          First off I have to say this Italian one man band are EXTREMELY prolific, releasing almost TWENTY albums since 2014! I don't know if that is a good thing or not, since I've only heard this one CD. My instincts however would say that's overkill though, and kind of silly, but maybe they all kick ass? But let's talk about the CD in question. This was released by Elegy Records in the summer of 2015, but was previously released in a limited edition cassette back in 2015 by a label called Bylec-Tum Productions.
    I was immediately impressed and taken in by the dark and lonely melodies of track one. Vardan has a definite talent in crafting ambient, moody old school sounding black metal. If all of his many releases sound this good then I am impressed!
    But, back to this one... the first track is very long, almost 12 minutes. The second track is keyboard rich just like the first, which fits well with the slow guitar. The black metal style voice is good, while nothing new, it doesn't annoy me like so many other screechy, childish sounding ones.
    There are a lot of different parts and segments to the songs and seems to be a lot of experimentation. I think this works very well. Vardan, the sole member of the band, is undeniably a very creative musician.

    The last two songs didn't disappoint either. Consider me impressed! I'd like to hear more - and there is a whole lot of material to dig through!

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    [Above: The man]


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    Waffenruhe
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    [Above: Promo/sticker]

    Promo
    [Promotional CD-R]

  • CD-R

          Waffenruhe, which means 'cease-fire' is a band that does marching music and instrumental pieces. Let me say that what they do is spectacular! Wow. Very skilled and proffessional stuff. This band could have made marching music for the German army in the glory days, and that is saying a lot!


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    Angelcide
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    [Above: front/back]

    Black Metal Terrorism
    [Elegy Records 2017]

  • CD

          Formed in 2003, Angelcide is from New Jersey/New York. Thus far Angelcide has released three full lengths, a handful of demos, a split and an EP. This is the second release on Elegy Records. The music is pretty varied, from traditional fast black metal, to more atmospheric sounding bits. This CD gets more interesting the further you get into the CD. I thought the first few tracks were good, but nothing unique or really special (except for the killer start of the first song!), however the later tracks really showcased the skill and creativity involved in Angelcide. There is a lot more variation and feeling involved, and a lot more experimentation. I think sometimes things can get lost in the relentless speed of this style of black metal. Nonetheless, there is a lot of elements here that put Angelcide above the norm. I look forward to hearing more.

    [Above: Inside/CD]

    [Above: Maelstrom - the sole member of Angelcide]


    [Above: Neat stamps!]

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    Excoriate
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    [Above: front/inner]

    ...Of the Ghastly Stench
    [Nihilistic Holocaust 2017]

  • Cassette

          Excoriate is a black/death metal band from Chile that has been around since 2005 (there was also an Excoriate from Germany which broke up in 2006). The word excoriate means to:
    1. censure or criticize severely.
    2. damage or remove part of the surface of (the skin).
    I imagine they define themselves as the latter! Excoriate is has a great dark and doomy sound. Very polished and melodic, and most importantly, very listenable. I really liked this band and look forward to hearing a full length (this demo release is four tracks). Yet another great band from South America!

    [Above: Inner]

    [Above: CD-R]

    [Above: Excoriate]

    [Above: Flyer]


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