Malediction 666 – We, Demons. – Voz da Morte

When Brazil and Hellas collide!

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Yes, this band is from Brazil but with a great Greek vibe!

Factor number one is that the guy behind Malediction 666 (Iser, who by the way plays EVERYTHING and produces the album) is a huge fan of Greek scene since forever.

Factor number two: Necroabyssious (Varathron) and Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) make very special appearances in the album.

The songs are earworms: they have a repetitive factor, but at the end of the day it’s still excellent extreme music: A powerful mix of death and black metal, but forget “war metal” or Behemoth/Belphegor: Malediction 666 has a UNIQUE sound. How exciting is that in world where the music itself is dying?

His creativity goes beyond borders: for example, in the track Portal, the cosmic trips appear in a blend of brutal blast beats and a shy expression of Greek folk song. Of course, no “typical” instruments are used here but the sound is the very epitome of the Greek black metal from the beginning of the 1990’s. If the intention was that, well, mission accomplished. The best solo in the album is in this track: strident, metal, occult!

Unmasked Savior is another natural born classic, and it’s the song where Sakis Tolis appears; expects waves of negative energy when the gates of Hades opens. Pure Rotting Chist collaboration, it’s not every day we hear that.

The tortuous ways of Forgotten Rage with a myriad of climatic experience leads to another great song which is Cursed Penumbra. Maybe the best song in the album where the riffs and vocals clash, this one for this etherial experience may be recorded in 1990’s and Iser is guarding this secret for this very long. Well I’m kidding it was obviously not, but hell, this one deserves all the kudos. This is the track where Necroabyssious appears in all his satanic splendor.

All in all, this is not your average extreme metal album. The effort led to a spectacular result. I’m totally bitten.

We, Demons is available on Voz da Morte via Bandcamp (click hear to stream and buy) only in digital version. The physical edition is coming soon but no date was announced as of now.

Rating: 8/10


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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LORDS OF CHAOS. IS IT GOOD ENTERTAINMENT?

What’s behind the truth… and the lies.

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DISCLAIMER:

By the time Lords of Chaos was advertised times ago, the bands went vocal against it: the obvious reasons were (and are) that the movie is (PARTLY) based on the book by the same name written by Michael Moynihan, Didrik Søderlind and it was lambasted by some musicians at the time. Most vocally Varg Vikernes as pure lies.

As time passed by, Jonas Åkerlund, the director (and ex member of Bathory) made some research. There are tons of free documentaries on Youtube about the subject.

Before watching, it is important that people remember that as near the truth as a movie can be, there are “dramatic licenses” in order to the history to make some sense on the screen. No movie EVER depicted the truth exactly as it is.

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THE MOVIE:

You all know the history, but if you don’t, here it is according to the movie: a group of youths, led by a guy self-named Euronymous (Rory Culkin) decide to form the evilest group ever and raise some hell across Oslo.

Parties, fun, misguided youth, sex, booze and Satan.

Until things start to go wrong, when their depressive vocalist Dead (Jack Kilmer) dies and a strange guy from Bergen named Kristian appears from nowhere and tries and join the “Inner Circle”.

Although Euronymous seems to sincerely like Kristian (which chooses for his nom de guerre Varg– played by excellent Emory Cohen), the clash of personalities is inevitable.

Who’s the leader of the circle? The guy who has the ideas and invented the True Norwegian Black Metal, or the other one, who buys the whole idea and makes a real call to action by committing crimes and try to involve other member of the circle into problems to promote his first album?

Nobody will ever know what really happened by the times of the events (who covers a span of time roughly from 1987 to 1993 packed at one hour and fifty minutes), but as most of fans tend to “remember” the Norwegian black metal as really evil guys, the fact is that they are portrayed as stupid kids, which can get the most die-hard fans irritated.

Varg is portrayed as a fat (?), introvert and vegetarian fan of Scorpions (really?) while at the same time is the rock star who gets all the girls to bed. That seems a little disconnect as Faust (Valter Skarsgård) is never credited as the Emperor’s drummer and the only reference to the band is made by a t-shirt wore by “the Varg’s driver” (Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht) (the guy is NOT credited as Thorns). Reference to the Darkthrone is made by a tee-shirt as well and there’s absolutely nothing about Enslaved, Satyricon or Immortal. Euronymous is a handsome leader, and as photos of him always circulated he wasn’t handsome at all. He even has a girlfriend (Sky Ferreira).

Technical problems apart, the viewer may enjoy the ride as there are really comic scenes and real violent ones.

The actors made the best with they’d got and there is something cinematic big.

Maybe is not the whole truth anyway and it won’t function as an introducing and inspiring factor to Norwegian Black Metal, but the movie is well done and surprisingly fun. (No Fun, No Mosh, No core, No Trends).

To summarize the whole idea: the movie starts dull but gains momentum and one has to have patience in order to get to the climax.

Oh, the “soundtrack” is excellent!

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TRIVIA:

The actor who plays FaustValter Skarsgård – is the brother of two more famous actors (actually more than two). One is Gustaf Skarsgård (the guys who plays Floki in Vikings) and the other is Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise the Dancing Clown from IT). They are sons of Stellan Skarsgård (Dr. Erik Selvig in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).)

 


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Is Malcolm “Back in Black”? AC/DC new album to feature the late guitarist.

Sources say while Brian Johnson is definitely back on track, some riffs by Malcolm will be utilized by the band.

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No date is set for the release of the upcoming nameless album featuring Brian Johnson, but radio personality Eddie Trunk says he has a source reliable enough to say that while recording in Canada the band is utilizing riffs made by Malcolm Young and building the sounds over them. It’s not exactly a surprise given the technology we have today that permitted that Pink Floyd made the very same thing in their last album The Endless River (2014) utilizing Rick Wright material who died back in 2008.

According to Trunk, however, the enigmatic source doesn’t know if they will go on tour after that or if Axl Rose (who filled for Johnson live) will return.

Malcolm Mitchell Young died on November 18th, 2017.


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Death Worship – End Times 12″ MLP – Nuclear War Now! Productions

Chaotic Ross Bay Cult

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Back in 2016, Deathlord of Abomination and War Apocalypse (Blasphemy, Conqueror, Godless North) joined forces with like minded people aimed to make a statement against the very existence of mankind: his partners were J. Read (Revenge) and Nocturnal Grave Desecrator and Black Winds (Blasphemy, Blasphamagoatachrist).

They’d released an EP called Extermination Mass and now there are back with the very same line-up with End Times.

Of course they are the true Ross Bay Cult, bestial black metal. Others always tried to get to their status, but to no avail.

The difference here is that after years of experience they are on the top of their game:

Painstakingly made, they perfected the “war metal” sound and no, don’t expect to find anything that resounds clearness here: Noisy and satanic, the four tracks of the EP bring TONS of destructive anti-human agenda, in a perfect symbiose of insane solos, vocals and intense drumming.

There are parts like in the song The Poisoned Chalice that they de-accelerate, but just for some moments.

What is in the table is the very existence of the term Ross Bay Cult. Impostors can try, they can try very hard, but they’ll never get to the very extreme perfection of Death Worship and this extreme offensive attack of End Times. The end is nigh and this is the soundtrack! Fuck you (and then some).

Rating: 10/10

 

Death Worship’s End Times 12″ MLP will be available via Nuclear War Now! On February 15th.


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CHAINBREAKER – Lethal Desire (CD, LP, TAPE) – Hells Headbangers

Sometimes brilliant, sometimes lackluster. What’s about this band?

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Chainbreaker is a band from Canada with battle-tasted musicians from other ventures and they make thrash speed metal.

Hence the formula is complete, Canadian to the core, no frills and no quarter.

The problem here is a very simple one. They stick to a formula and for the sake of being cohesive, they don’t change it a bit. This is a very perilous code, because it works for some bands and for others, doesn’t.

In the case of Lethal Desire the answer is DOESN’T.

Not that it doesn’t have their moments: the earworm here for sure is Get Yer Feed that is rocker that is lethal to the core, perfect, well played and heavy! I loved this one.

Others like Chainbreaker, deliver, but don’t work as expected: There’s everything there, I mean it: but somewhat it’s unintelligent. There’s no riff that stays on the mind or a good chorus. If one listens to it, one might think: this song is okay, it’s a mix of Motörhead and Exciter. But try to spin it more than ten times for example: It doesn’t work, period.

Lethal Desire is not a BAD album. It’s actually good. It lacks creativity. Experienced musicians will always make a good work. But in this very case it sounded lazy: not in performance, no! They play like hell, they are fast, they are good. But they have everything to make a brilliant work, which I’m sure they will in their next chance.

Rating: 06/10

Lethal Desire by Chainbreaker will be out on February, 15th via Hells headbangers in CD, LP, TAPE


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