Reviews

ETERNAL SOLSTICE - REMNANTS OF IMMORTALITY

DARK DESCENT RECORDS 2015

Release:10-03-2015
Origin: The Netherlands
Length:  39:08



Starting with a Dan Seagrave alike cover; the name of the band is bringing back good old memories; watching the band picture seeing familiar faces only aged by the process of time. Let’s hear if the death metal tunes of Eternal Solstice are still old school and able to bring back good memories in about 20 years.

That’s what we are talking about here, nostalgia! Last full length by Eternal Solstice was released in 1997 and since then only two split albums in 2011 and 2013 embarked the upcoming return. Now after 18 years the wish is no longer a thought and fulfilled with “Remnants of Immortality”.

Nine old school death metal songs with a length of almost 40 minutes are descending us down to the early Dutch death metal days. Vocals that remind me of Gorefest, slow doomy death guitar parts mixed with melodic leads contributing to an overall atmosphere of nostalgia. After more than several spins, the remnants become slowly mortal and start to awaken my deadly corpse. In retrospect to their discography the final impact is not as impressive and alive as their musical past, which gave death metal recognisable remainders such as “Horrible within” and “Demonic Fertilizer”.

A solid catchy return of Eternal Solstice, but enough to bring back good memories in another 20 years?!?! Ask me in 2035…

BLOODCORPSE


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eternal-Solstice/384594534885754


   

OBSEQUIAE - Aria Of Vernal Tombs

Label: 20 Buck Spin
Release date: 11.05.2015 (CD/Digital), 08.06.2015 (LP)

Minnesota' s Obsequiae have returned with their second full length "aria", "Aria of Vernal Tombs", four years after their high acclaimed debut "Suspended in the Brume of Eos".
"Aria of Vernal Tombs" is a hot album delivering us occult folk epic black metal at its best. I will call it like another Obsequiae dark magnificent artifact. Songs, arias, and operatic thrilling black metal are mixed together, and that works perfect too.

Markedly, music speaks louder than words. I felt totally ecstatic throughout this album's whole duration. I've been listening it straight for two days and I can't believe how sophisticated and yet distinctive it is.

The ecstasy begins from the opening instrumental song "Ay Que Por Muy Gran Fremosura".  A three minutes accoustic soporific anthem reminding me of ancient greek music. An Orphic hymn! (the same goes for the second to the last track, "Des Oge Mais Quer eu Trobar").

Then comes the "Autumnal Pyre". A complete musical enticement into a medieval impulsive journey full of dark lyricism but still so epic and black!

Each song to follow is a fantasy beyond the borders of reality. Melodies marry with otherworldly fairy sounds, ruinously guitar riffs twist and bend their sound into strange and unnatural position. And what a perfect frowsty voice!!!I shuddered with horror by listening Tanner Anderson tearing to pieces like a dying dark elf!
Comprehensively all the instruments had been stacked up in neat piles.

Not exaggerating, the melodies that are included in each song will stick in my mind forever.

You find me quite consistent. This is an album that bears repeated listens and never seizes to reward its listener.

Medieval Black Metal classic!

Jim "Mutilator" Patsouris


   

KHORS - NIGHT FALLS ONTO THE FRONT OF OURS

CANDLELIGHT RECORDS 2015

Release:  20-04-2015
Origin:     Ukraine
Length:   43:37



Based on the musical quality Khors is delivering here with their 6th album, it is understandable that Russia’s presid-ictator-ent, has entered the Ukraine to captive and secure this beauty. Fortunately for the European Union Candlelight Records already annexed Khors in 2012 with their previous release to secure this musical landslide for the rest of the world.

Since I have never been to the Ukraine, let alone the fact listened to bands coming from that area, Khors was introduced to me by a good friend. At that time I was already impressed and curious about this band, but since the new "Night falls onto the front of ours” is taking over the speakers for weeks now, I must join the battle onto the front.

Majestic, melodic and lingering structures combined with different elements from black till rock have created a unique scenery, which makes the view very enjoyable and the impressions hypnotizing. For example „1664” grabs you, controls you and leave you touched and moved after almost 5 minutes.

Like said before this is a landscape, that requires travelling time and interest to invest, once you have criss-crossed this country, all it’s beauty and emotions will fully appear to your ears...



BLOODCORPSE


https://www.facebook.com/Khorsband
http://www.khors.info


   

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