Friday, 30 December 2011

Memories Yet To Come 2011

Some worthy mentions for 2011:

1. Absu - Abzu (Full-length 2011)
2. Acherontas - Vamachara (Full-length 2011)
3. Akrabu - Chants of Levitation (Full-length 2011)
4. Amnis Nihili - Christological Escalation (EP 2011)
5. Blood Axis - Ultimacy (Compilation 2011)
6. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification (Full-length 2011)
7. Book Of Sand - The Bees And The Butterflies (EP 2011)
8. Brotherhood Of Sleep - Dark As Light (Full-length 2011)
 9. Curse - Void Above, Abyss Below (Full-length 2011)
10. Dead Space 2 - Collector's Edition Soundtrack (2011)
11. Dephosphorus - Axiom (Full-length 2011)
12. Djevel - Dødssanger (Full-length 2011)
13. Epheles - Je Suis Autrefois (Full-length 2011)
14. Folkstorm - Valavond (Full-length 2011)
15. Hat - Vortex Of Death (Full-length 2011)
16. Inkisitor - Dysevangelist (Full-length 2011)
17. Isvind - Intet Lever (Full-length 2011)
18. Like Drone Razors Through Flesh Sphere - Alone With God 
(Full-length released 31/12/2010 but lets count it as a 2011 release)
19. Oskoreien - Oskoreien (Full-length 2011)
20. Panopticon - Social Disservices (Full-length 2011)
21. Ravencult - Morbid Blood (Full-length 2011)
22. Scythian - Kawir (Split 7'' EP 2011)
23 .Shining - VII: Född Förlorare (Full-length 2011)
24. Sorrows - Lethe (Cassette EP 2011)
25. Subrosa - No Help For The Mighty One (Full-length 2011)
26. Svikt - I Elendighetens Selskap (Full-length 2011)
27. Thrall - Vermin to The Earth (Full-length 2011)
28. Throne Of Katarsis - Ved Graven (Full-length 2011)
29. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage (Full-length 2011)
30. Yellow Eyes - Silence Threads The Evenings Cloth (Cassette 2011)

Cocteau Twins – Treasure (1984)

Country: Scotland

1. Ivo 03:53
2. Lorelei 03:42
3. Beatrix 03:11
4. Persephone 04:24
5. Pandora (For Cindy) 05:31
6. Amelia 03:29
7. Aloysius 03:26
8. Cicely 03:27
9. Otterley 03:59
10. Donimo 06:11

"Treasure is to this day cited as the favorite album by many Cocteau Twins fans, 
who sometimes see it as the band's peak record.
It marks a trend in Cocteau Twins music to blur the edges more, 
and further detach the music from any sort of definite structure. 
The songs themselves rely heavily on effects, and often the sounds one hears are reminiscent of the baroque 
or more modern gothic/synthetic music, accompanied by layers of delayed or fuzzed-out guitars, 
and the occasional acoustic-style strumming rhythm (as on "Ivo" and "Cicely").
Simon Raymonde's and Robin Guthrie's lustrous style of bass-playing create a flowing underlay, working well with the much louder and more powerful drums, which sound much less synthetic on Treasure than they had previously. 
Treasure disconnects the listener from reality on many levels, 
creating distinct and non-corporeal atmospheres conducive to free-association.
Elizabeth Fraser's lyrics are the most obscured of the early releases up to the end of 1984. 
There are real words here, even whole phrases, intermixed with old Scottish words or words of unknown origin. 
Elizabeth's voice is also more delicate than ever before, and more subtle.
The album opens with the bright, warm and absorbing melodies of "Ivo", bleeds into the thumping chimes of "Lorelei",
and flows quite naturally from there to the end, where the dark, 
whispered tones of "Otterley" precede the explosive finale of "Donimo".
Treasure will most likely continue to be considered by most fans and enthusiasts as exactly what its name implies, 
as well as continue to stand as a milestone in independent music history."

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Utumno – Syn Av Ei Ukjend Tid (Demo 1998)

Country: Norway

1. Kamp 07:34
2. Nocturnal Shadow Whispering 04:34
3. Syn av ei Ukjend Tid 04:31
4. Rebirth 07:09

 Syn Av Ei Ukjend Tid (Visions from an Unknown Time
the second Demo from Utumno a band that later changed their name to Emancer.
Cold Norwegian style Black Metal with mid tempo parts and lots of dark atmosphere.

Sanctum – The Answer To His Riddle (10'' EP 1998)

Country: Sweden

1. [ - ] 04:04
2. Madelene 07:19
3. In Two Minds (Fungus Version) 06:51
4. Euphoria 01:15

Enchanting emotional industrial mixed with classical and modern orchestral music elements.
Released by Cold Meat Industry.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Arkhon Infaustus – In Sperma Infernum (MCD 1998)

Country: France

1. Invocation Of The War God 02:32
2. Machiavellian Knights 05:19
3. Excelse Domini Inferni 06:36
4. The Black Succubus' Whores 05:43

First official release from Arkhon Infaustus playing fucking brutal Satanic Black/Death Metal.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

In Death's Throes – Infernal Deities Transcending (1999)

Country: United States

1. War 06:46
2. Civil Disobedience 08:24
3. Requiem II 08:53
4. In Celebration II (The Port) 10:12
5. The Drug 07:13
6. Where God Is... 13:48
7. The Ancient Ones 05:18
8. I.D.T. ~ Est 10:47

In Death’s Throes consists of Brian Sutter and Stephen Petrus (Murderous Vision).
Here you can listen deep layers of dark soundscapes, samples, low-pitched echoes - voices
and a good dose of darkness via reverb and minor chords.
Often very close to noise.All this presented in a very haunting manner.
Infernal Deities Transcending was released by Live Bait Recording Foundation.


Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Forlorn – Forlorn (MCD 1996)

Country: Norway

1. A Battle So Bright 03:26
2. Ærefull Ferd 04:43
3. Drømmefanger 02:48
4. Heroes 06:38
5. Ragnarok 05:21

Melodic Black/Viking Metal with acoustic, folk parts, keyboards and clean vocals by Forlorn.
Featuring Sanrabb from Gehenna on vocals.


Sun Of The Sleepless – Poems To The Wretches Hearts (MCD 1999)

Country: Germany

1. Thou, Whose Face Hath Felt The Winter's Wind 06:00
2. Grimme Pain 04:43
3. Nebelmond 04:39

Debut EP from Empyrium member Markus Stock (Noekk, The Vision Bleak etc.), 
playing great cold Black Metal with some melodic touches.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Dreadful Shadows – Beyond The Maze (1998)

Country: Germany

1. Crusade 04:29
2. Fall 03:58
3. The Figures Of Disguise 04:33
4. Ties Of Time 05:20
5. Craving 04:07
6. The Soil 03:48
7. The Drowning Sun 05:41
8. Desolated Home 05:19
9. Burning The Shrouds 04:23
10. Beyond The Maze 06:33

A fully emotional Gothic-Metal masterpiece by Dreadful Shadows.
Heavy dark atmosphere, bleak emotions and deeply esoteric and poetic lyrics
by Sven Friedrich's great deep voice.
Piano and keyboard passages along with violin-violoncello and the heavy emotional guitar riffs 
create a grey desolate musical landscape.
A unique album full of depression, agony and despair.


Vágtázó Halottkémek – Hammering On The Gates Of Nothingness (1992)

Country: Hungary

1. Hunok Csatája / Battle Of The Huns 07:34
2. Aláírhatatlan Történelem / Unsignable History 05:23
3. Az Én Lőrései / The Loop-holes Of The Self 02:54
4. Feltámadt Kép / Ressurected Picture 04:01
5. Ősvilág / Instrumental 06:37
6. Álmodom / I'm Dreaming 08:44
7. Botrányos Probléma / Scandalous Problem 03:03
8. Örökkévalóság / Eternity 06:05
9. Halló Mindenség / Hallo Universe 04:15
10. Nincs Más Megoldás (Pótolhatatlan Halhatatlanság) / There's No Other Solution 07:14

Vágtázó Halottkémek (Galloping Coroners) an amazing, not so popular, band from Hungary.
Playing a kind of a wild shamanic psychedelic punk rock accompaniment by Attila Grandpierre's magical screams.
As the group says, it is a magical natural music, a cosmic vision about the origin of presence.
Formed in 1975 by Attila Grandpierre, a renown Hungarian astronomer, doctor of natural sciences, 
physical sciences (astronomy), professor, writer, poet and musician.
The band was one of the first to play outside of Hungary 
and during their existence they released 7 albums and finally split up in 2000.
Hammering On The Gates Of Nothingness (A Semmi Kapuin Dörömbölve) was released
by Jello Biafra’s record label "Alternative Tentacles".
Einstürzende Neubauten, Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra and Iggy Pop regarded Vágtázó Halottkémek 
as one of the most important bands.
Nowadays Attila Grandpierre continues as Vágtázó Csodaszarvas (Galloping Wonder Stag)
a same attitude band as the original using ancient instruments playing shamanistic folk music of the ancient Huns.