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ANTIQUUS SCRIPTUM – Immortalis Factus

ANTIQUUS SCRIPTUM - Immortalis Factus

2013 has been a milestone in the history of Antiquus Scriptum. On May 25th, 2013 this one man band from Portugal released its new full-length album “Ars Longa, Vita Brevis…” via Pesttanz Klangschmiede and on July Talheim Records re-released its previous work, the third full-length album “Conclamatum Est“, originally released in 2010. And finally, on October 2013, Pesttanz Klangschmiede re-released their second album “Immortalis Factus” from 2008, an album that was released in 5 Read more…

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METALMESSAGE – V

METAL MESSAGE - V

I can’t say that I am a big fan of compilations. Most of them contain one or two decent songs and the rest are crap. They also are too general, without focusing on a specific genre, but mainly promoting a label’s material. But MetalMessage is a totally different case and that’s the main reason I review it. Markus Eck, who is also behind the webzine MetalMessage, has done a respectful work gathering 13 songs from bands all over the world Read more…

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PRIPEGAL – Ziemia Gromadzi Prochy

PRIPEGAL – Ziemia Gromadzi Prochy

Pripegal is the personal project of Mscislaw, who is also the singer and guitarist of Abusiveness. The band began in 1995 with the ambition to create Slavonic black metal and Bathory being the main influence. Even though the songs were composed earlier, it was 2004 when the debut album “Slavia Antiqua” was out. It was an underground release limited to 300 pieces, offering us average raw pagan black metal.

The new album though is quite different! Mscislaw has paid much Read more…

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TAAKE – Taake

TAAKE - Taake

This is the fourth album by Taake, 3 years after their previous full-length and after many EPs and split albums. The Norwegian black metallers remain faithful to their sound, without any surprises.

So in this work you will find mid-tempo typical black metal, with the characteristic Norwegian sound. The band is very good at this genre and I believe their new album is their most solid so far, with improved sound and production. A feeling of rage and melancholy is Read more…

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ZURIAAKE – Afterimage of Autumn

ZURIAAKE – Afterimage of Autumn

Zuriaake is one of the first bands that come from China presenting pagan black metal. This vast country with the amazingly rich history and tradition seems to be awakening in black metal too, judging from this decent release and from some others that are soon to follow.

Bloodfire and Bloodsea were the founding members of Zuriaake back in 1998, but it was only 2005 when they released a split cd-r with Yngizarm, another pagan black metal project of Bloodfire (he Read more…

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CARACH ANGREN – Lammendam

CARACH ANGREN – Lammendam

It’s really nice to listen to new unknown bands and discover such nice releases. It makes you think it worth the search… Carach Angren is a Dutch band formed in 2003 and after two demos they finally release their debut “Lammendam” in a new label Maddening Media.

Their music is basically symphonic black metal, with avant-garde touches. As expected in this genre, keyboards have a very important role, orchestrating the compositions together with the melodic guitars. Violins and piano interludes Read more…

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DALRIADA – Szelek

DALRIADA – Szelek

This is the fourth full-length album from this Hungarian folk metal band, but the second under the name Dalriada. The band begun in 1998 with the name Echo of Dalriada. Dalriada was a Gaelic overkingdom on the western seaboard of Scotland with some territory on the northern coasts of Ireland. They signed with the label Nail Records that released their debut “Fergeteg” in 2004 as well as their second album “Jégbontó” in 2006. After that, they changed their name to Read more…

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WEEPING BIRTH – Anosognosic Industry of the I

WEEPING BIRTH – Anosognosic Industry of the I

Weeping Birth is another project of Vladimir Cochet (the man behind Mirrorthrone and Unholy Matrimony) and like always he composes and performs everything on his own. Eeven though the CD was released by the Swiss label Conatus Records in 2008, I think it was actually distributed in 2009 (not the greatest distribution though).

This is the second album of the band, after the debut “A Painting of Raven and Rape” in 2003. Weeping Birth’s music is fast brutal technical death Read more…

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