Category: February 14, 2020

Apokryphon – Subterra

Apokryphon is the new project by Zorgh, Darkspace founding member and bassist. This new band has nothing to do with Darkspace, hence it would be inappropriate to make any kind of comparison between the two. Quite the opposite, after twenty years crafting a certain kind of music (and a certain kind of black metal), the Bern-based musician wanted to explore something different, and this is why you should expect a totally distant approach to both themes and sounds. The multi-instrumentalist even chose a new alias for herself, here going by the name of Ophis.

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Suicide Silence – Become The Hunter

Purely from a “LET’S OPEN UP THIS PIT!” point of view, migraine-throbbing tracks like “In Hiding,” “Feel Alive,” and “Disaster Valley” are amongst the band’s best. Eddie Hermida is now in his fourteenth year of being one of death metal’s most impressive frontmen, lead guitarist Mark Heylmun only continues to get better with each album, and drummer Alex Lopez is absolutely on fire on this record, giving a career-best performance. This material seems clearly designed to win back fans who hated Suicide Silence, and I imagine they will do just that.

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Faustian Pact – Outojen Tornien Varjoissa

Titled Outojen Tornien Varjoissa, FAUSTIAN PACT’s full-length debut is the grand culmination of all the gloriously bewitching work they brewed across that trio of demos. Exploding with an effervescence that’s addicting and undeniable, their swords-aloft attack surges and swells, crests and cascades. At the forefront are stained-glass synths whisked from a time – and a fantastical landscape – far, FAR away, sumptuously underlining their heroic/romantic style of black metal deeply steeped in a nostalgic past. Across the album’s 41 minute (fantastical) landscape are spread lyrics of splendorous mythology, swords & sorcery, vast forgotten realms brought to life through wily, wanderlusting black metal betraying a noble melodicism. FAUSTIAN PACT are thus a unique balance of contrasts: orkish energy vs. mystical atmosphere, dungeon rawness vs. castle-top aristocracy, obsidian darkness vs. gleaming light. So, whether 25 years ago or 2500, removed by a reality or two, Outojen Tornien Varjoissa is timeless BLACK METAL MAGICK – dark medieval times have at last arrived!

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Kreator – London Apocalypticon: Live At The Roundhouse

Says a very satisfied Mille Petrozza: “This tour was the most successful in the history of the band!” It’s only coherent to end this historic cycle with an equally fierce live release. Enter “London Apocalypticon – Live At The Roundhouse”, capturing the demolition-hammer-like show at London’s revered The Roundhouse on December 16th, 2018 – as raw, as loud, as infernally direct as only a KREATOR show can be.

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