Saturday, February 4, 2017

Akolyytti - demo '15 and demo '16

Akolyytti is a Finnish black metal band formed in 2013 by Thorgaunt (Ancestors Blood, Kadotus, Grimsvötn, Bestial Ritual) and so far the band has released two demo tapes. Style is excellent pure black metal with keyboards, it kind of reminds me of old Emperor.

Both demos were released by Dark Ritual as a cassette limited to 200 copies and I recently bought both tapes from Heidens Hart Records who is a great seller and would recommend ordering from him. Both tapes are single sided and very nice with thick glossy covers; ...and from the Ashes I Rose is a black tape, and Torch of the Black Flame is regular transparent Sony tape with sticker.

...and from the Ashes I Rose was recorded between 2013 and 2015, it contains 3 tracks and the entire demo only lasts for 10 minutes. Torch of the Black Flame contains 4 tracks including an intro, and it lasts for almost 15 minutes. I decided to make one post for both tapes, mostly because they are so short, but also because the style is the same and there's no point in writing two reviews in which I'll write the same stuff.

The first few minutes of the first demo may sound a bit weird if you listen to it carefully, it may sound damaged or "wrong" - I've tried ripping it on different settings and on different equipment and got the same result every time because the tape is made that way, probably on purpose because it's a completely new professionally made tape. Actually the sound of both demos isn't very good or clean, but I like it that way.

I can't decide which of the two demos I like more, they are both really great and enjoyable, and I'd recommend you to buy them. I saw many distros are selling them now, Disocgs too, so depending who you order from - you'll pay 3-7€ for each tape. Enough said, enjoy!

                                                ...and from the Ashes I Rose demo '15
                        Download my tape rip (mp3@CBR320kbps + pics and scans) @

                                                   Torch of the Black Flame demo '16
                        Download my tape rip (mp3@CBR320kbps + pics and scans) @


  1. Thank you for this. Great write up and post!

  2. Oh cool you got these, I was contemplating on picking one of them as a filler to an order I'm about to make. Now I'll grab something else instead!

    Haven't listened to 'em yet but description is quite promising so looking forward to that.

    1. I wonder how you liked the demos. If you see this comment let me know.

    2. Well, I don't like the first one, the screwy sound bothers me and I can't listen to it without thinking how it should or could sound like, music would be fine if not for that wobble shit. It goes on all the way, too, just more drastic at the start.

      Second demo does better on that department though it also is a little on the messy side. Comparison to old Emperor is not off, I was also reminded of some mid/late 90's Finnish demo band... Old Morgul? Or Tunrida maybe? Generally it's likeable enough but does not really stand out or stick to my mind much!

    3. Yeah. For me it's like Mooncitadel, impressive for a new band. Still, much better than Hegemoon EP.

    4. I might be more into it if not bothered by the sound. Mooncitadel is superior and yeah, still does better than Hegemoon!