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NETRA – Sørbyen

NETRA - Soerbyen

Netra is the personal project of Steven Le Moan from France. He started this band in 2003 and after 2 demos he raised the interest of the Canadian label Hypnotic Dirge Records. So, in the end of 2010 the debut album “Mélancolie Urbaine” was out, making quite an impression with its unusual blend of depressive black metal, jazz and trip-hop! Now, after 2 years in Norway, netra return with their second full-length album “Sørbyen“, a work Read more…

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MYSTIC FOREST – In the End…

MYSTIC FOREST - In the End

French romantic black metallers Mystic Forest are back after a very long period of silence. The band was formed in 1997 by Stefan Kozak, who is practically their only member, since he composes and performs all music, with the help of a few guest musicians in each album. The first full-length “Green Hell…” came out on 1999. Mystic Forest tried since its beginning to play melodic yet raw black metal, combined with classical music interludes in a dark Read more…

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ILBELTZ / HANTERNOZ / ANCEISURAL ERITANCE – D’Anjou En Vasconie – La Très Grande Chasse D’Hellequin

ILBELTZ - HANTERNOZ - ANCEISURAL ERITANCE

An interesting 3-way split is released by the French label Antiq. “D’Anjou En Vasconie – La Très Grande Chasse D’Hellequin” includes only 3 songs, one of each band, but it lasts for over 41 minutes, since each song is very long. Ilbeltz come from Spain, while Hanternoz and Anceisural Eritance come from France. This album is based on an ancient story that takes place around Brittany. Each band has done its own interpretation about it.

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AKPHAEZYA – Anthology IV: The Tragedy of Nerak

AKPHAEZYA - Anthology IV - The Tragedy of Nerak

After their impressive debut “Anthology II: Links from the Dead Trinity” in 2008, Akphaezya return with their second album entitled “Anthology IV: The Tragedy of Nerak” released by Code666 on March 2012. The progressive, avant-garde, experimental band from France states on the booklet: “Αυτός ο δίσκος είναι αφιερωμένος στους Έλληνες του χθές, του σήμερα και του αύριο (translation: This album is dedicated to Greeks of yesterday, today and tomorrow)”. The album is written like Read more…

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DIAMOND EYED PRINCESS – Korlgueläal

DIAMOND EYED PRINCESS – Korlgueläal

Some of you may remember the band with this unusual name from their debut album “Pagan Rite” back in 2001. Actually it was the first and only album of this French band that was formed in 1997. Back then they offered us a very good release of underground folk black metal with a very medieval touch. They used a lot of traditional instruments and they had many instrumental folk parts. Nine years later they finally release their new Read more…

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PENSÉES NOCTURNES – Grotesque

PENSÉES NOCTURNES – Grotesque

One year after the amazing album “Vacuum”, Vaerohn returns with the second effort of his personal band Pensées Nocturnes. And if he experimented in the first album, well this time he moved one step “forward”, taking many risks and offering us a really bizarre and unusual musical work! This weird piece of art though, isn’t too easy to be fully comprehended, compared to the debut. I must admit that its title “Grotesque” fits the music perfectly. Read more…

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PENSÉES NOCTURNES – Vacuum

PENSÉES NOCTURNES – Vacuum

Vacuum” is the impressive debut from a new French band called Pensées Nocturnes. It is released one year ago by the French label Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions, but I only bought it a few days ago. Anyway, from the first listen it became clear that this work definitely deserves to be reviewed! The band was formed in 2008 by Vaerohn (also guitars on Valhôll), who is the only member since then. He recently released the band’s Read more…

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HIMINBJORG – Chants d’hier, Chants de Guerre, Chants de la Terre

HIMINBJORG – Chants d'hier, Chants de Guerre, Chants de la Terre

It has been 5 years since we listened to something new from Himinbjorg, when they released the album “Europa”. After that, there was silence and almost no news from them. I actually thought the band split up, but then out of nowhere they return with a new full length from their own label European Tribes. I always liked this band from the French Alps, so I was eager to listen to their new work. Himinbjorg are usually described Read more…

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