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Oct 12, 2018

Behemoth (2018) I Loved you at Your Darkest 'Review'


Band: Behemoth
Country of Origin: Poland
Genre: Black metal / Death metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD
Length Approx.: 47:00 min.
Release Date: 10-05-2018
Release Label: Metal Blade Records

IR Classification: Good (4.2 / 5)

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The darker element is predominant from the beginning to the end.

With nearly twenty-eight years in the road, Behemoth has accomplished almost everything as musicians. We have witnessed their history, album after album plagued of Paganism, Antichristianity, Satanism and Thelema. Their sound has evolved from their beginnings playing a Black metal during their demos era and then they switched to a more Blackened Death metal sound until nowadays in the same vein, but more elaborated with operatic arrangements and plenty of choir intrusions, which seems to upset the oldest core fan base of the band, criticizing them for being a today's mainstream act with marketing purposes only.

Behemoth eleventh album titled "I Loved You at Your Darkest" steps on the toes of their previous record "The Satanist" released four years ago, which in my opinion is their best work since "Satanica" from 1999. In their newest album, the darker element is predominant from the beginning to the end. Of course, the arrangements intensify every song for the benefit of the listener. "I Loved You at Your Darkest" seems to me a natural progression from their previous album, not overdone or complicated, rather conventional, straight and crushing Black metal without compromises, that's where the strength of this album lies.



With that been said, let's step into Nergal's reign, the first song "Solve" comes to be the intro with children’s shouting blasphemies and that give a way to "Wolves ov Siberia" which breaks in with a colossal blast beat by Inferno, the guitar work by Nergal is overwhelming from the beginning, while the bass line resounds along the track, vocally we can't ask for more. Guttural growls from the abyss by Nergal himself, this track is followed by the controversial "God = Dog" this track slow down a bit only to pick up the bar with blazing drumming, the riffs become fast and sharp, as for the lyrics which remain unregretful confronting a deity, "Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica" transmit a pity gloomy and lonely feeling is more like a demon in chains you can see his hellish eyes  and that flame still burn, and suddenly chaos turn around with powerful drums, the riffs are fueled by aggressiveness from a darker soul, the bass notes are utterly supreme and melodic with its own personality, the vocals are amazing, next "Bartzabel" with a beautiful acoustic guitar work excel adding that mysticism vibe, while the music in intense and plenty of pace, the lyrics goes beyond your expectations evoking one of the most powerful planetary spirit who was assigned to Mars, I would dare to say that it is one of the best songs of the band in its entire discography, "If Crucifixion Was Not Enough…" has a groovy riff which is unexpected build with intensity channeling the energy to listen "Angelvs XIII" it flows very chaotic and threatening, the drums are relentless and again the guitar riff are pretty forceful, "Sabbath Matter" brings together a perilous but pleasant riff, the clean vocals gives another variant to the album, works more like an add rather than an excessive abuse of them, "Havohej Pantocrator" sounds epic adding another layer to the album, "Rom 5:8" goes back in time exploring with itself the vast Old School of Black metal with the drumming that covers a variety of styles that are well executed, the guitar sounds tight, frantic at moments when the speed builds up, but sinister at the slower parts, the next track is "We Are the Next 1000 Years" the drums sounds unrelenting with ferocity, the groovy riffs are stunning bringing at some point clean guitars adding an epic touch, the closing track is "Coagvla" a good enough instrumental track to finish the journey, not what we were expecting.

Where "I Loved You at Your Darkest" fails is to manage to maintain the intensity throughout the whole album, I liked it! I have to admit it, but honestly the album has a lot of ups and downs and there is where it falls short compared to the "Satanist", I don't think it should be considered as the best Black metal album of the year, neither the biggest letdown of the year, so; give them a shot and enjoy the moment.

Stay True... Stay Metal... Stay Brutal...

Track List:

01. Solve
02. Wolves ov Siberia
03. God = Dog
04. Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica
05. Bartzabel
06. If Crucifixion Was Not Enough…
07. Angelvs XIII
08. Sabbath Mater
09. Havohej Pantocrator
10. Rom 5:8
11. We Are the Next 1000 Years
12. Coagvla (*Instrumental)  





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High on Fire (2018) Electric Messiah 'Review'


Band: High on Fire
Country of Origin: United States
Genre: Stoner / Sludge / Doom Metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD
Length Approx.: 57:00 min.
Release Date10-05-2018
Release Label: eOne 

IR Classification: Good(4.4 / 5)



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Electric Messiah carries with itself an overflowing passion.

High on Fire has trespassed all the boundaries, approved by some and disapproved by others. They are far to be judged here, their previous album "Luminiferous" which was released in 2015 was a worthy piece from the Oakland's trio, in fact it was selected as the (*Best Sludge / Stoner Metal Album IRA 2015) neither more nor less than here. With that set in mind I was eager to have their newest record titled "Electric Messiah," the album is full of intricated, simplistic and melodic riffs, here you will find everything from fast pace to slow pace, vibrant and heavy bass lines by Jeff Matz, immaculate drum work by Des Kensel, while frontman Matt Pike delivers a great guitar effort and vocally he is able to retain the same power as he did it three years ago.



Getting into the grounds of "Electric Messiah" is spectacular from the beginning, "Spewn from the Earth" welcomes you with tremendous intensity right away. The track builds up such connection between the band and the listener and it's hard to ignore these guys. "Electric Messiah" is unmistakable bringing the classic sound of Motörhead, the murky sound with the gargling vocals and ceaseless drumming. "The Pallid Mask" doesn't lower the intensity despite its mid-pace speed, but the thrashy distorted guitars made it worthy to highlight, "The Witch and The Christ" starts with beautiful guitar riffs between catchy and melodic that are good enough to hook up your attention until the last track has arrived, "Drowning Dog" closes this brilliant album, the sound is heavy and  structured with harmonious guitar chords which turn into a very sophisticated guitar solo.



This album is heavy, energetic and thrilling, without losing the strength and gruff that the band usually packs in every album, "Electric Messiah" carries with itself an overflowing passion, as nobody can replicate, I believe all devotees of this genre are more than pleased with High on Fire and their newest album, hit the links to get yours!

Stay True… Stay Metal… Stay Brutal…


Track List:

01. Spewn from the Earth │ 02. Steps of the Ziggurat/House of Enlil │ 03. Electric Messiah │ 04. Sanctioned Annihilation │ 05. The Pallid Mask / Mass Death Futures │ 06. God of the Godless │ 07. Freebooter │ 08. The Witch and the Christ │ 09. Drowning Dog


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Oct 10, 2018

Anaal Nathrakh (2018) A New Kind of Horror 'Review'


Band: Anaal Nathrakh
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Genre: Industrial Black Metal / Grindcore
Type: Full Length
Format: CD
Length Approx.: 33:00 min.
Release Date09-28-2018
Release Label: Metal Blade Records

IR Classification: Excellent (4.5 / 5)



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Anaal Nathrakh has done their best album so far in their career.

Tenth album called "A new Kind of Horror" from Birmingham, U.K. based band Anaal Nathrakh, has arrived like a stampede with its classic Industrial Black Metal dyed in its particular Grindcore style. This album grabs one of the most heart-wrenching world events that marked humanity and compiles all those feelings of anguish, fear and deep pain that brought World War I with itself, where hope meant everything and was the privilege for some. Anaal Nathrakh takes all that inspiration, from the battlefields, the bloody trenches and the inhuman use of chemical weapons for the first time, to give it shape with its unique style.



Anaal Nathrakh manages to majestically capture some of the most terrifying details in the history of wars, musically speaking in my opinion they surpass everything they had done previously or maybe it is only the lyrical content that moves the most sensitive fibers and makes you feel vulnerable. The album opens with a short but subtle intro "The Road to ..." which serves very well to receive "Obscene as Cancer" and immediately overwhelms you with its chaotic speed is full of riff and tremolo melodies, another great theme is "Forward!" with a deliberate use of a single-shot rifle, disturbing and dark lyrics and poisonous pace, next is "New Bethlehem / Mass Death Futures" by far! I feel that it is the best lyrical interpretation of the album with growls, screeches and symphonic vocals that are all combined in an excellent way, "The Horrid Strife" hooks you with a solid guitar riff to create a dark emotion, the last track is "Are We Fit for Glory Yet? (The War to End Nothing)" with an operatic arrangements and exuberant choirs they confront the atrocities without fear.



Arguably many will crucify "A New Kind of Horror" explaining how generic they sound by comparing to their latest albums. Everyone has their own opinion, mine is simple and honest. Anaal Nathrakh has done their best album so far in their career; structured with great riffs, brutal blast beats; with good industrial samples attached, grindcore-ish speed, excellent lyrics, also with an orchestration and choral beyond reproach, a very dynamic production, ending as the best album within its style.

Stay True… Stay Metal… Stay Brutal…


Track List:

01. The Road to… │ 02. Obscene as Cancer │ 03. The Reek of Fear │ 04. Forward! │ 05. New Bethlehem / Mass Death Futures │ 06. The Apocalypse Is About You! │ 07. Vi Coactus │ 08. Mother of Satan │ 09. The Horrid Strife │ 10. Are We Fit for Glory Yet? (The War to End Nothing)


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Oct 9, 2018

Revocation (2018) The Outer Ones 'Review"



Band: Revocation
Country of Origin: United States
Genre: Technical Death / Thrash Metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD
Length Approx.: 48:00 min.
Release Date09-28-2018
Release Label: Metal Blade Records

IR Classification: Good (4.2 / 5)

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A devastating technical avalanche.

The natives from Boston, Massachusetts; Revocation seems an unstoppable machine with over twelve years behind their backs they have been very busy the last five years touring tirelessly everywhere north to south and east to west, catching sometime between to compose, record and released a total of four albums within this period, including the last album entitled "The Outer Ones" each one surpassing its predecessor in every aspect, always delivering top notch productions without overwhelming the listener and that is probably the key for their succeed.

Since the beginning Revocation they were characterized for their consistency, quality and innovation, bringing unorthodox elements to its songwriting, but always remaining as extreme and authentic as they can be and of course their latest album "The Outer Ones" can't be excluded, their Progressive Death Metal style has remained as their hallmark, although sometimes sinning a bit for the excesses in which they fall and we often overlook them. 



Let's proceed with the album itself, the opener track is "Of Unworldly Origin" kick off right away with a very fast tremolo picking and thunderous blast beats, this track hits the right notes of progressive metal, delivering a genuine guitar solo to enhance your experience, followed by "That Which Consumes All Things" weak at the beginning but somehow they manage to hook you up with solvent riff not impressive but very well backed up by the bass lines played behind the guitars, the third track is "Blood Atonement" after a stunning fret work, quickly the melodies arrive and leads towards spirals of progressions very accurate and structured, while the drum work here is faultless and belligerent, next is "Fathomless Catacombs" sounds darker without abandon the progressive path, beautiful but passive guitar solo, "The Outer Ones" tries to approach you infused by an enigmatic science fiction vibe, the sound is unapologetic, with thrashing murky riff and a very consistent drumming, however very repetitive towards the end, "Vanitas" lacks of intensity and ferocity but is not a bad track at all, brings up together all the collective talent this band owns, molded in simplicity but chaotic yet, "Ex Nihilo" is the instrumental track and it connects right away keeping the flow from the previous track, with more punching progressive guitar riff, the drumming is mean and categorical and the bass adds a darker and deeper vibe, now comes "Luciferous" structured with a more melodic feeling and at some point picks up its aggressivity with no remorse, the battling rhythms between the guitars are appealing, here there is not misconception at all, and so we come to the last track "A Starless Darkness" slows down the pace to the devastating technical avalanche we were exposed, strong grooves that shift speeds back and forth sometimes stepping on the threshold of doom, the low growls add the proper dimension for this track, while the guitar solo it sounds very saturated and complicated.

I would like to conclude that "The Outer Ones" while is not easy to digest for everybody, I mean if you are looking for brutality, speed and straightforward metal, you might be disappointed, but not all is lost, Revocation through "The Outer Ones" can deliver exactly what you looking for, but with some dose of complexity and virtuosity, I will not deny that you might find some issues while testing this band; However, I can assure you this album will be a top ten list of the year.


Stay True... Stay Metal... Stay Brutal...

Track List:

01. Of Unworldly Origin
02. That Which Consumes All Things
03. Blood Atonement
04. Fathomless Catacombs
05. The Outer Ones
06. Vanitas
07. Ex Nihilo
08. Luciferous
09. A Starless Darkness






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Oct 7, 2018

Vreid (2018) Lifehunger 'Review'


Band: Vreid
Country of Origin: Norway
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD Ltd. Ed. Digipak
Length Approx.: 40:00 min.
Release Date09-28-2018
Release Label: Season of Mist

IR Classification: Moderate (2.8 / 5)



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Too many ideas connected inappropriately, deceptive and volatile.

After Windir was disbanded due to the tragic end of vocalist and guitarist Valfar in 2004, I sincerely lost track about the other band members, I had to spend almost five years to realize that the former members of Windir had formed another band called Vreid and they already had four albums in their discography, "Milorg" was the album that helped me rediscover them. From that moment I assigned myself to the task of listening to all their previous works and I ended up very satisfied, then came albums like "V" and "Welcome Farewell" which were not disappointing at all and "Sólverv" was aiming at something different but somehow substantial.


Vreid’s eighth album titled “Lifehunger," from the beginning they anticipate you, this will get unusual as never before with a beautiful acoustic intro. "Flower & Blood" gives way to "One Hundred Years" with a sick black metal riff which delves increasingly into the rawness, but all the sudden the acoustic passage appears from nowhere breaking the built harmony. "Lifehunger" with excessive melodies and a black 'n' roll feel that doesn't withdraw the best of them, then comes "The Dead White" is it me or it sounds a lot more... like the track "Melancholia" of the Swedish band Tribulation? I guess it doesn't matter, "Hello Darkness"  just leaves me speechless, it is bland and at worst boring, "Black Rites in the Black Nights" and "Sokrates Must Die" both themes are tremendously inconsequential, with lack of ambition, "Heimatt" clearly represents what we would say hope never dies, I mean if they would have given us this level through all their entire album, we would be even more than grateful.



To sum it up, I like the evolution, as well as enjoying the brutal; However, "Lifehunger" in my opinion lacks of sense, too many ideas connected inappropriately, deceptive and volatile, this album is stepping between "not ready for this yet" and "didn't enjoy it or don't like it", my best guess right now is, it will take me a while to appreciate whatever they did, you are more than welcome to do the same, listen the album a couple of times and let's see how you react to them.

Stay True… Stay Metal… Stay Brutal…


Track List:

01. Flowers & Blood │ 02. One Hundred Years │ 03. Lifehunger │ 04. The Dead White │ 05. Hello Darkness │ 06. Black Rites in the Black Nights │ 07. Sokrates Must Die │ 08. Heimatt* (Instrumental)


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Wolfheart (2018) Constellation of the Black Light 'Review'


Band: Wolfheart
Country of Origin: Finland
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD Digipak
Length Approx.: 42:00 min.
Release Date09-28-2018
Release Label: Napalm Records

IR Classification: Good (4.0 / 5)



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This is not the work of causation.

The Finnish band Wolfheart has returned with their newest album entitled "Constellation of the Black Light," and mastermind Tuomas Saukkonen is behind this impressive album, just five years ago the idea was conceived and now Wolfheart with four albums under his belt, this band have been consolidated within the melodic death metal scene and nowadays there are not many places where they reserve the right to comment on this band, this is not the work of causation, rather it is because persistence and consistency, the key that has opened doors to this formidable band.

The band is complemented by drummer Joonas Kauppinen, bassist Lauri Silvonen and guitarist Mika Lammassaari, this line-up has remained stable since 2014 when Tuomas Saukkonen ceased his activities in all his bands and previous projects (Before the Dawn, Black Sun Aeon and Dawn of Solace) to focus and develop the Wolfheart project as a full-time band.


"Constellation of the Black Light" brings together the classic sound of Wolfheart, the fine atmospheric passages able to transmit the coldest emotions, the down tuned guitar emanating a melancholic riff that drives you through your deepest and twisted feelings. Adding some truthful and intense death metal hooks, that’s enough to retain your attention for the next forty two minutes, the first piece "Everlasting Fall" has a grim acoustic guitar tone that are just the prelude before to kneel down to the immensity and magnitude delivered between an ambitious and entangling track, "Breakwater" comes with a fast melodic tremolo guitar and blasting drums while the growl and raspy vocals remain the same as previous recordings, but more reliable at interpretation, "The Saw" built in a folkish vibe full of melodies shifting pace and intensity majestically which make me feel more earth attached, "Forge with Fire" and "Defender" is truly a punch for its explosiveness both packed with extensive melodies, "Warfare" kicks off with an energetic drumming paired with overwhelming guitars and the last track is "Valkyrie" infused with an epic melancholic feeling carrying a beautiful aggression and unforgettable blasting.



The uniqueness of Wolfheart at songwriting goes beyond your expectations, the production is great, clear and tight, once again the band have proven their quality and endless inspiration, renewing effortlessly their legacy, if you are not familiar with Wolfheart well, this is a good point to start in a retrospective way.

Stay True… Stay Metal… Stay Brutal…


Track List:
01. Everlasting Fall │ 02. Breakwater │ 03. The Saw │ 04. Forge with Fire │ 05. Defender │ 06. Warfare │ 07. Valkyrie


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