Disharmony (Greece) – Goddamn the Sun CD/LP – Iron Bonehead

A Natural Born Extreme Metal Classic.

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Disharmony from Athens (there is another one which is prog metal also from Athens, this is the Black Death one) is not exactly a new band. Starting off back in 1991 (the belle epoch of Hellenic Black Metal) the band called it quits in 1995, achieving no fame. They’ve ignited again in 2014 and now in the 2017 CE they appear with this IMPRESSING release, Goddamn the Sun.

The intro is very (ahem) sad one, calling the demons in while the actual track The Gates of Elthon begins with a doom-laden sound, very heavy but don’t get deluded: the track explodes into a packed blackened Death Metal (or a black metal with parts of Death), fast as fuck, and with a hell of musicality, with remarkable vocals of Damien King III.

The song Elochim is an instant hit and one doesn’t need one million spins to “understand” the music: it’s a metal rocker of satanic sorts (just remember the first time you’ve listened to Morbid Angel’s Immortal Rites). No, they are no Morbid Angel, but yes, the song is THAT good. There are plenty (of) keyboards but somewhat they DON’T sound cheaply melodic, it’s strong music for strong minds.

Summon the Legions invokes the demons in an aghast track and it’s some in blasphemous fashion: one might ask himself if this is simple extreme metal or a coven. SUMMON SAMAEL!

War in Heaven is not that impressive, it’s a good track, no doubt but what calls the attention here is a sampled feminine voice being repeated as if it was a chorus. Strange.

Another highlight is Whore of Babylon with its somewhat broken tempo, tailor-made for those who like their metal extreme but their music good.

Third Resurrection sounds like the intro of the album, but strangely enough seems like a requiem version of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. No seriously, listen to it and give me a feedback and tell me I’m not paranoid. Eventually the track changes its phrase to somewhat more Rotting-Christ-esque (old). As the song is not that length (actually it’s pretty normal clocking in at 4:29) the vocals only start by the end of it, then a solo and it’s over.

Honestly, I haven’t heard something that good in quite a while, but judging that these guys aren’t newcomers I shouldn’t be that impressed. Well I really am.

Goddamn the Sun will be out in CD/LP via Iron Bonehead.


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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Ignis Gehenna – Baleful Scarlet Star – Seance Records

A star exploding over Aussie skies.

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Although not exactly an industrial (as in working) band, having only an EP and a demo prior to this debut, I can honestly attest that Ignis Gehenna is an underrated band.

Baleful Scarlet Star is a rare state of art in Black Metal form: long songs, tens of phrases, creativity at its peak.

Counting with one of the busiest man in Aussie metal Nihilifer (ex- Erebus Enthroned, Shadow Magus, Turmoil, Drowning the Light) Ignis Gehenna makes solid and focused black metal.

The opener, Serpent Oracle, is a showpiece in purest form exhibiting dazzling riffs and changes of tempo and several phrases that are really complicated (it takes some spins to understand the whole picture), but nonetheless inspiring.

Violent and fast is the second offering Baleful Scarlet Star, hectic in its own rights, exploding pure negative energy in atomic proportions, fast as hell, with desperate vocals and strident riffs that abash the senses, the true symphony of bewitched.

Edict of Blood is a ten-minute humungous operetta of rapid fire drumming and riffs, still retaining some melodic factor in the backdrop despite the blatant production. The mental spiral of horror that may or may not repeat itself is a travel to the forests unknown, mowing the senses as it second passes and castigates our capacity to retain the truncate downpour of information.

Melas Oneiroi is not so lengthy, however it condenses inside one music what the album proposes so far. Still it has its own identity with a slightly different approach to the vocals.

Litany unto Thanateros is an infuriated metal, there’s no doubt about it. Over again they reach the mark of ten minutes and the tourbillion of ammo is fired with no remorse, over again baffling the senses with the true material it presents: fast riffs, wall of noise, soloing, bellows from the abyss, intense drumming… the second part of the song is superb giving hints to thrash and even heavy metal with perfect riff/solos; something like a great surprise.

Last track Anamnesis, is a great creative instrumental track, more melodic than the other ones and it’s never a filler…

 Baleful Scarlet Star is an album that deserves to get bigger attention because it’s not every day we hear something so good in the extreme metal.

 Baleful Scarlet Star is out now on Seance Records.


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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Insulters – Metal Still Means Danger – Unholy Prophecies / Equinox Discos

The revenge of the 80’s

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Insulters (a band that hails from Spain) is not exactly new on the bill. They have some work behind them, including one full length, two demos, a split, a collaboration and a compilation.

This sophomore album is doubtless an amalgamation of Bathory, Venom, Motörhead, which cannot (and never will) fail.

Speed metal riffage with an icing of black metal bellows, it could be compared to Darkthrone latest phase, but that would be an understatement: they are no Darkthrone, they sound very different, yet they retain the velocity in tracks like Age of Terror and Highway of the Dead (a helluva track with a sinister soloing buried in the background) and an earworm attitude.

Although all the tracks sound equal (really) the trick here is to take several spins to make the album grow on you: for example, it’s undeniable that Bang your Fucking Skull makes one headbang proudly throughout the tune with fists in the air.

Another delicious approach of metal from hell is the trenchant Bastard Soldiers that brings grim riffs to the tableau, making one going reckless (and wild).

The song Here Falls the Hammer starts as a mid tempo tune (and this one, as the name infers is pure Celtic Frost, that’s even an UGHHHH to confirm). Maybe this one is the most different tune of the album, but that’s that. They don’t endeavor too far, and that’s the deal.

Maybe one is kinda tired of “retro” metal but this one’s worthy your time.


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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Immortal is coming back!

They are on studio in Sweden.

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A statement on their Facebook page says that Horgh – real name Reidar Horghagen – (Immortal, Hypocrisy) has just completed the drums for the next Immortal album. Nothing is said about the tracking list or the title of the album or even if Apollyon – real name Ole Jørgen Moe – (Aura Noir, Waklevören, ex-Cadaver, Ex- Dødheimsgard) is participating on the sessions.

Of course, the drums were recorded at The Abyss by Peter Tägtgren. More information soon.


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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Norwegian Icon announces new album.

The date is still unknown.

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The one and only Kari Rueslåtten (the inspiration for plenty of famous female singers) announces in her Facebook page that she is finishing up writing her new album and from there she’s going directly to the studio to start the recordings.

With no title and no date of release defined yet, that will be the third album from the singer since her comeback in 2014 with Time To Tell (succeeded by To the North) after nine-year hiatus.


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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Lábar’Oculto releases its first single on Bandcamp.

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Odes In Tenebris (aka Bestial Wolf Berserker) from the Brazilian occult bands Wodanaz and Mausoleum is back with a new brand of Black Metal with some of his cohorts in Wodanaz with the sophomore release, the single Fragmentos de um Crânio (the first one was the demo Ato I – Ao vivo no UMF XVIII)

Unfortunately, there is only one song which is midtempo and sung in Portuguese. Do you want to hear it? It’s streaming for free on Bandcamp but you can always get the digital copy for a dollar. Link is here: https://labaroculto.bandcamp.com/releases

Good thing is that if you’re NOT into digital, Misanthropic Records will be releasing it on the second semester of 2017. It’s a long road but it’s always good to have a head start to buy it.

To ask for a correct release date in the long running, go to Misanthropic Records on Facebook for further informationhttps://www.facebook.com/MisanthropicRecords/?fref=ts


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Metallica – Hardwired… to Self‐Destruct – Blackened Recordings

The proverbial double-entendre, the conspicuous hindsight bias.

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Metallica has a great imperfection: they don’t sound like anybody else, so you just have Metallica to compare. Also, as in the constant artistic search to stay relevant they played their games in the past (Load and Reload) which were a mistake. Period. They triplicated their income. It was sell-out. Period. That’s why they are trying to prove since St. Anger that they are relevant to a new generation and now that millennials know that the truth is all there, they are playing for keeps, because, you know, confidence is something that is hard to get back.

That’s the price to pay to be the most famous band in the world.

The second “if” is their bet in a double album. Okay there’s nothing new here, they were always known for doing enormous songs. But Iron Maiden did that in their last album to a rate of 50/50 approval. Judas Priest made this bet some years ago with Nostradamus and they’d LOST! Why it should be different with Metallica?

And finally, the curse inside metal musicians: once you experiment and fans don’t approve it (over again Load and Reload) there’s NO turning back. I explain myself. Sepultura made a shitload (and a shit-reload, ha) of success when they released Roots and no matter how they try to differ from that, that Brazilian tribal sound will always make part of what they are. Another sample? Kreator: once they recorded their “goth” albums, no matter how badass they sound again today, that sound will always lurk…

But I digress… Forget Kill ‘em All and forget “Black album”. If you are nostalgic fan, you might get very disappointed.

But this time they make their stand and for real: take it or leave it!

After the fast and killer Hardwire and the mercurial Atlas, Rise! the song Now That We’re Dead is not that impressive, although the limpid production gives it some lost dignity and while Moth into the Flame is really up beating, Dream No More doesn’t exactly go down the road, I just believe that it’s not so impressive except for one thing – “Madness, they say Cthulhu awaken”. I mean, SERIOUSLY?

Now the really unnecessary song that would make no difference in the final cut: Halo on Fire (the last song of the first CD), and although I’m being honest when I say that the solos are killer, hell, why a 9-minute quasi ballad? It’s a hard-rocker for sure, but it has this dual facet: the first minutes are a real bummer, while the second half is decent. Oh well…

Okay after all, disc one is not that chore, so let’s jump to second part without further ado.

The opener Confusion is a real and good Metallica song, the real thing. It’s not fast but it has a killer rhythm guitar very characteristic of the older Metallica. Solos are plentiful and the tempos are many. Excellent.

After a lousy 30-second intro, the song ManUNkind is all heaviness with a syncopated drumwork and it’s a good song, vocals and all. Feel secure in this one, it’s a singalong and the gradation is there making it several songs into one. Almost seven minutes that sounds like three. It’s a good thing, isn’t it?

Surprisingly (for haters at least) Here Comes Revenge keeps the momentum and differently from the latter song, it’s more cohesive, more easy to understand at first heed. Another score.

Changing the pace, the tune Am I Savage? Is more of a commercial shot, but you see, it’s not irritating. It’s just more snail paced compared to the songs of the second disc. I dig the solos though.

Murder One follows suit and it’s all melodic.

But the icing in the cake is the last track, Spit Out the Bone which is a VIOLENT (man, am I really saying that?) thrash metal song, that makes me bang my head and open an invisible mosh until the cow comes home!

There is a third disc that I haven’t have the opportunity to hear, and it will contain covers of Iron Maiden and Deep Purple, plus a tribute to Dio, plus a live set. I am totally curious to hear those.

The conclusion: Disc one has its great moments and its strange flaws. Disc two is Metallica taking back their dignity and throwing up in the face of everybody. Some will love, some will hate. Again, forget the “old days”. And forget the lousy albums. Also, forget the “tentative” albums like St. Anger and Death Magnetic. Metallica haven’t got stuck in the past in any way or form. This time they got what they were after: a very good Thrash Metal album!

Hardwired… to Self‐Destruct is going to be out on November 18th on Blackened Recordings.


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