Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Darkstorm - The Oath of Fire album '17

Darkstorm is a Polish Black Metal band formed in Warsaw in 1993. This is their latest full-length album, it is released as a CD limited to 500 copies by Putrid Cult.

The style is Black/Heavy Metal, the album contains 11 songs and lasts for a bit over 40 minutes. The sound is good and clean, the music is interesting with each song having it's head and tail, but still it's nothing unheard before.
The atmosphere is old school proto-black or, in other words, speedy and thrashy, which is something I always enjoy. Especially if it reminds me of Bathory, and this actually does.

Some of you may enjoy this, some may not - I hope all of you will still appreciate me sharing the rip of this personal purchase.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Mystik - Skalder Från Urskogens Dunkla Mystik album '18

Mystik is a Swedish one man band from the owner of Ancient Records/Mysticism Productions, who is also known for being behind (or a part of) other bands and projects such as GravHelgedomAzelisassath and Bekëth Nexëhmü (just to name a few).

Mystik's first release was created in 2010, it contained two long songs and it was very limited and impossible to find to buy or digitized (at least for us humans with limited powers). The material this very limited tape contained has finally been reworked, remastered and officially released this year as a CD album by Purity Through Fire label.

I, of course, grabbed myself a copy, not even doubting about the quality of music on it so - this is what I'm sharing with you today - personal CD rip in high quality with scans.

I've listened to the album and enjoyed it very, very much and will continue enjoying this art in the future. In the sea of currently active bands, Mystik is one of the true black arts that bring the breath of fresh air.
The album has very special energy and atmosphere which I consider would be a fail effort to try to put into words (at least if you're someone like me who is a writer, but not a poet). Music speaks for itself, and I won't spoil it in any way. All I can say is - enjoy this art. And there are copies still available, grab yourself one.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Goetia - Wolfthorn EP '99

You guys are probably wondering why I'm not really active on this blog anymore - I kind of lost inspiration to write. I still want to share music and I enjoy doing that, but it kind of became difficult to write reviews lately because I always either feel like I'm wasting words pointing out what's obvious, or am just repeating myself over and over and being boring. Because of all of this, I'll just make it short and write most important stuff about this release.

Goetia is Polish band formed in '96, the band has released 2 EPs, 2 demos and 1 full-length album and it is not clear if the band is still active, they probably aren't considering their last EP was released in 2011 but who knows. This EP is their second release, it's very good but also very short - it only lasts for 17 minutes. There are 5 songs on this EP, the first one being a short intro. The style is very good true black metal, mostly fast-paced with raw wolfish vocals and melodic guitar riffs - it's kind of like listening to Behexen with vocals that sound kind of like Ohtar. I really have nothing else interesting to say about this, so I'll just finish this with saying that I'd recommend this to people who appreciate real black metal.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hegemon - Still Raping After All These Years demo '98

Hegemon was formed in '96 in France and they released their first demo tape titled Rape the Banner of Light in '97. Still Raping After All These Years is their second demo and it was released in '98. This demo contains entire first demo plus 3 additional songs.

Band's line-up is quite interesting: vocalist Nicolas Blachier was also vocalist in one of my favorite French bands Your Shapeless Beauty, and he was the owner of French label Chanteloup Creations which is the label that released first two Hegemon demo tapes. I think I've read somewhere that Rape the Banner of Light, Hegemon's first demo, was the first ever tape released by Chanteloup but as I can't find proof of that now, I can't say for sure if my memory fools me or if I actually remember it correctly. Drummer on this (and the first) demo was Krzys, member of The Black Legions, known for being Mütiilation drummer in '94 and '95, and for having his own project Belathuzur. Bassist is also member of Diamond Eyed Princess, which is a great French black metal band and I highly recommend listening to them if you haven't already.

There are 7 songs on Still Raping After All These Years demo with complete length of 26 minutes. First 4 songs on this demo are, like I said, from band's first demo and these 4 tracks are in my opinion best part of the demo. The style is mid to fast paced black metal with high pitched vocals and melodic guitar riffs and pretty loud bass lines. I'd say the style of black metal present here is like a mix between Bekhira and Funeral - so it's basically epic sounding old school melodic black metal with raw sound.
I have to mention that the production isn't great, but that's pretty normal for black metal demo tapes from the 90's, especially the ones released by Chanteloup. The last 3 songs actually have even worse production so they sound even more raw but don't get me wrong, this is in no way raw black metal - if you are able to tolerate poor noisy production, you'll notice it's actually very good epic/true black metal.

I quite like this demo and Hegemon in general, so I would recommend listening to this - just don't expect anything you haven't heard before. This is recommended to people who enjoy second wave black metal, French black metal, and raw rehearsal sound.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Wyrd - Unchained Heathen Wrath demo '00

Today I'm sharing another one of my all time favorite demos. I believe everybody knows this band, but in case you don't - here's short introduction: Wyrd comes from Finland, the band was formed in 1997 under the band name Hellkult and in 1998 they changed name to Wyrd. Band features members from many other well known Finnish bands such as Azaghal, Lathspell, Oath and Valar (just to name a few). Unchained Heathen Wrath is band's first demo released under the band name Wyrd, it was released in 2000 by Chanteloup Creations as a tape limited to 200 copies. It was also released as a CD by Dragonthrone Productions.

There are 7 tracks on this demo tape with total length of around 30 minutes, and the style is pretty unique mix of black/doom and raw black metal. It is kind of like a unique mix between Forgotten Woods and Ildjarn. My favorite song on this demo is third track titled Hel which sounds like some Viking black/doom metal and is one of the most memorizable songs in black metal, riffs are truly amazing with very strange singing vocals and loud, amazing bass lines. If you find yourself enjoying this song, I'd recommend you to listen to Rautavaris - their style is quite similar to this song and it's a very good Finnish black metal band.

Conclusion is - this demo has already leaked on web long ago in high quality, but I'm sharing my rip today because I really love this demo and would recommend you to listen to it.