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ETHEREAL SIN / DARK MIRROR OV TRAGEDY – Arcane of Ancient Asia

ETHEREAL SIN + DARK MIRROR OV TRAGEDY - Arcane of Ancient Asia

Japanese elegiac black metallers Ethereal Sin and South Korean symphonic black metallers Dark Mirror ov Tragedy decided to join forces and release the split album “Arcane of Ancient Asia“, a real masterpiece of melodic symphonic black metal, a well-hidden treasure from Far East Asia. The album was released on October 31st, 2014 via Evoken de Valhall Production, a Japanese label founded by Ethereal Sin’s leader, Yama.       Read more…

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ETHEREAL SIN – Millendium

ETHEREAL SIN - Millendium

It seems that 2013 has bean a very important year for Japanese elegiac black metallers Ethereal Sin from Tokyo. On 20th of February they released a re-recorded, rearranged, remixed and remastered edition of their debut full length album “The Abyss will Also Gaze into Thee: Ricordo” and on September 20th they released their second album “Millendium“. Ethereal Sin were formed back in 1997 by Yama Darkblaze and they have undergone countless line-up changes and several breaks. Read more…

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BELLFAST – Insula Sacra

BELLFAST - Insula Sacra

Bellfast is a quite old band from Japan, but with very “poor” discography. They were formed back in 1993 by Shuji Matsumoto (bass), playing progressive hard rock with elements from Celtic music. In 1999 all members, except Shuji left the band, but he didn’t give up and with the help of many guest musicians recorded and released the mini album “Faraway Prayers” in 2001. After that, Bellfast was put on ice until 2006, when they were resurrected in Read more…

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SIGH – Scenes From Hell

SIGH – Scenes From Hell

Twenty years after its foundation, this unique avant-garde metal band from Japan, presents us its eighth full-length album, three years after “Hangman’s Hymn”. If you have followed Sigh through the years, you should know that you can never predict what’s coming next. Their previous album was a relentless attack of powerful majestic bombastic avant-garde black thrash metal, very different from the power metal influences of 2005’s “Gallows Gallery”. So I was curious to see what would Read more…

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GONIN-ISH – Naishikyo Sekai

GONIN-ISH – Naishikyo Sekai

Hm… This is quite an unusual release! Gonin-Ish is a Japanese band (as it’s easy to guess seeing the weird cover artwork) that exists from 1997. After the self-titled debut in 2000, “Naishikyo Sekai” is their second full-length album that was released in 2005 in Japan, but wasn’t distributed worldwide, until 2008 that “Season of Mist” decided to re-release it! Let’s see why…

When the first song “Tokoyami Kairou” began, I thought I was listening to Read more…

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