Jan 23

Interview with Anthelion

Anthelion logo

In June last year, Anthelion finally dropped their sophomore full length album, Obsidian Plume. With the Taiwanese symphonic black metallers’ debut full length being a distant 7 year back, Obsidian Plume was certainly an album that was highly anticipated. After the (honestly) rather disappointing and different 2010 EP, Mañjusaka, the band returned to their roots and original style on Obsidian Plume, showing how the past years have done nothing to dull the edge that they have in their songwriting and playing. Vocalist Code tells us more about the new record.

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Feb 28

Nocturnalia – Above Below Within

Nocturnalia - Above Below Within

Nocturnalia [Sweden]
Above Below Within
2015
Full Length
Gaphals
Psychedelic Rock

Seems like one can’t go wrong these days with the psychedelic rock style, with my personal favourite bands nowadays also being of this variant of rock and metal music. On first looks, Nocturnalia (or Nocturnal to some) may seem like a black metal band of sorts, with the occult-themed artwork on their sophomore full length album, Above Below Within. But what is contained on Above Below Within is something much more charming, and much more addictive.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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Feb 16

Comaniac – Return to the Wasteland

Comaniac - Return to the Wasteland

Comaniac [Switzerland]
Return to the Wasteland
2015
Full Length
Independent
Thrash Metal

The global old school thrash revival is going strong, with too many bands these days glorifying the early days of thrash metal with their interpretations of the genre. Swiss thrash merchants Comaniac are no different, and 5 years since their formation, the band drops their debut full length album, Return to the Wasteland.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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Feb 15

Acherontas – Ma IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification)

Acherontas - Ma-IoN Formulas Of Reptilian Unification

Acherontas [Greece]
Ma IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification)
2015
Full Length
World Terror Committee
Black Metal

Hellenic black metal has fascinated me of late, with excellent releases from bands such as Thy Darkened ShadeAcrimonious is hardly a name that is new to me, having already been exposed to their occult brand of black metal previously (and their 2013 full length Amenti being one of the more memorable records of the year). The band returns this year with their fifth full length release, Ma IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification).

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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Feb 14

Satanic Warmaster – Fimbulwinter

SATANIC WARMASTER - Fimbulwinter

Satanic Warmaster [Finland]
Fimbulwinter
2014
Full Length
Werewolf Records/Hells Headbangers Records
Black Metal

It’s been close to ten years since the first time I encountered black metal and Satanic Warmaster, with their then-newly released full length Carelian Satanist Madness quickly being one of my favourite black metal records of that time. The focus on the atmospheric elements in their music resulted in an almost surreal listening experience, cumulating in the 2010 release, Nachzehrer. 4 years on, Werwolf returns with their brand new full length effort, Fimbulwinter.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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Feb 11

Death Karma – The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part I

Death Karma - The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part I

Death Karma [Czech Republic]
The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part I
2015
Full Length
Iron Bonehead Productions
Black/Death Metal

When I first encountered Death Karma with their 2013 EP release A Life Not Worth Living, I knew little about the background of the masterminds behind the band, having only encountered Manic Butcher prior to that. 2 years on, the Czech duo (who are also two-thirds of outstanding black metal outfit Cult of Fire) return with their debut full length release, suitably titled The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part I, following up with the theme of life and death that started with their 2013 EP.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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