Porta Nigra – Schöpfungswut (2020) – Review

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Germany has a special place in my cold metallic heart as it comes to unique, strange and strangely extreme metal bands. Those that disregard guidelines and reject expectations.

And this is paradoxical in a way, because – well – these folks usually and by definition should follow ze rulez, as is their wont. Always. This is Germany after all.

Right?

Well, not for all of them, it seems. True, you’ll find excellent metal bands there that do toe that proverbial line. But that excludes this fair chunk of pretty funky renegade outfits there. Those who don’t … [...] Click to raid more!

Kampfar – Ofidians Manifest (2019) – Review

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Sometimes we have to get back to the roots. And look for that trve Black Metal that sounds so kvlt, it will just nail you to your seat. Those degenerate and depraved tunes that emerge straight from the pit. The sick riffs of a band, ready to push those proverbial boundaries.

A brand of metal so hot, it will burn you to a crisp, should you have the gall to approach too closely. With sounds that approach you from the depths of the realm of darkness. Those that don’t care if they hit the nerve of political correctness that threatens … [...] Click to raid more!

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.

If their tune is worthy of its dark … [...] Click to raid more!

Bölzer – Lese Majesty (2019) – Review

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It is true. We currently live through a deluge of new metal. An ocean of mostly mediocre offerings, with a few cherries to pick out nonetheless. If you can detect them, that is.

Now, the Swiss Extreme Metal band Bölzer was once hailed to no end as the new up-and-coming underground metal gods. A revival of sorts. The ones that finally would rewrite that metallic history, the one that the metal fan crowd so desperately craved.

Apparently.

Yet and whilst their early work was (and still is) an attention-getter, Bölzer had their share of abject controversy. … [...] Click to raid more!