Ashbringer – Yügen – Review

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First, add a part of Wilderun. Then take a measure of Caladan Brood, mix in a trifle of Summoning. Next, forget about the drum machine of the latter two and replace their ever-present synthesizer with a real band.

Not that the sophomore album Yügen from Ashbringer is devoid of synthesized elements, far from it. But compared to the high-powered art of blackened electronica of some Black Metal acts, this is music made by real people – if you get my drift. The fact that the band members are mostly still in their late teens is just another … [...] Click to raid more!

Saille – V – Review

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Ah yes, they still exist. Bands that waste no time and just try to bludgeon you into submission with their mighty hammer of excellent blackened alloy. Blast beats that rumble comfortably across yer stomach, pitch-black tremolo fests, and rasps that scrape about yer earphones like so many pointed fingernails on a blackboard.

And I am not talking about these copycats that just go ahead, strum wildly on their downturned guitars, and try to hypnotize ye with needless drum work. The elaborate RMR selection process will only weed them out and show them the exit door out back. The one … [...] Click to raid more!

Harakiri for the Sky – Maere (2021) – Review

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The time element is commonly used to move a storyline along. And often it is a ticking clock that serves this purpose well. Because music – by definition – moves along those ticks that transform it into some sort of mathematical equation.1) And that usually makes for a crisp and effective record overall.

The runtime of an album is another matter. Its length can easily turn into some sort of bloatware from hell. A gummy thing that is difficult to define because the term ‘too long’ is flexible. And it definitely is in the eyes of the beholder.… [...] Click to raid more!

Herbstschatten – Abschaum (2020) – Review

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Gaia good, humanity bad. So bad.

That’s how one could generalize the new record Abschaum (scum) of the German band Herbstschatten (autumn shadow). This seems to be a recurring theme often found in Germany and – indeed – further North, especially around Norway. Pun intended.

An expression of an apparent feeling of doom with more terrors still to come is pretty prevalent over there. With humanity being the scum that must be purged from the pristine swathes of earthy splendor. Or – at worst – everyone should start to live in huts in the forest all over again. … [...] Click to raid more!