Newsflash: Astaroth Incarnate worship Ascendance!

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Aye, here we have a band with a dangerous name. Astaroth Incarnate of all things. Named after one of the most wicked and hazardous daemons of the unholy first hierarchy of hell. The one with the stinking breath that you must guard against when invoking him.

So, the moniker alone was already reason enough to listen to Ascendance, their newest EP that will release in December 2019. In other words, those dumb enough to brand themselves after one of the most powerful Great Dukes of Hell must feature on this blog.

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Totengeflüster – The Faceless Divine (2019) – Review

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Who works most in a band?

That’s right, the drummer. Especially metal drummers have a tough time keeping track of those often convoluted melodies. This leads to episodes like the misadventure of one Jukka Nevalainen, formerly of Nightwish. The man who lost all of his sleep over his mighty boom bins.

But worst off are the stick wielders of Black and Extreme Metal bands. That’s where folks often try to kill their bandmates with complicated drum patterns. It is of course also true that he or she work sitting down. But – boy – their … [...] Click to raid more!

Dimmu Borgir – Eonian (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dimmu Borgir - Eonian - Album Cover There was a time when the purists and die-hard adepts would have burned them disks on heaps of flaming plastic. Like those churches they liked to torch in Norway. We talk about those records that emanated from bands that stepped away from pure path of flaming, spiked and red-hot Black Metal.

Those that reduced themselves to screamy bombast and loads of make-up. Cradle of Filth comes to mind for instance. Even if Dani Filth and his merry warriors are adamant that they are no Black Metal band no more. But still, this is pure blasphemy to the goat!

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Carach Angren – Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten (2017) – Review

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Carach Angren Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten Album Cover Sometimes theatrics are just part of the show, there’s nothing else to it. Or they can be part of a band’s DNA, out of which their style and lifeblood emerges. Just look at bands like Cradle of Filth, whose works would be rated much differently, were you to judge them by the music only. Yet – as it turns out – their on-stage and on-clip performance plays an almost equally important role in their fans’ perception. And by that same token for the reviewers and critics as well.

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