Ehlder – Nordabetraktelse – Nordvis Produktion

New band, old wolf.


Ehlder is formed by Villehard (Drums) and Graavehlder (vocals and everything else.). Maybe the latter guy isn’t ringing any bells but he’s Graav (the guy behind LIK and the defunct Armagedda (the other part of the duo, Andreas Petterson, is the owner of Nordvis).

This is just Graav’s new band, so the veteran is getting a new and more primitive approach on his Black Metal. Forget the atmospheric Black Metal that the label is known for. This is very coarse in comparison. The repetitive, hypnotic and strident riffs are there, but with a high level of irritability, crudeness and trueness.

Although the songs have the same MO of iteration, variations can be perceived, but as one can tell one song for another, between this scheme, the riffs are quite the same, which for me (at least in the idea) repeats the old days of a band like Enslaved (pre-prog days, of course). There’s nothing prog in songs like Stridskall and Ändlös.

What’s is admirable though is that, while the instrumentation and capture of them are quite philistine, the quality of mix makes them no ordinary low-fi, bedroom project. The choice to sound intensively raw is no synonym of inaudible Black Metal. It’s quite the opposite: this album is extremely addictive for those who seek no sophistication and are whiling to spent almost 53 minutes in the world of the real Black Metal Empire with (absolutely) no frills.

Notwithstanding, the most extreme track is no metal whatsoever: Varerytm I Varganord has a tribal unremitting drumming and nothing else. Atavistic as fuck.

The musical dearth is no equivalent to bad music. Wherein one sees no qualities, the radical black metaller is going to realize a master stroke.

Nordabetraktelse is out now on Nordvis.

Rating: 8/10

(Roderick Totentanz)

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Aegrus – In Manus Satanas – Saturnal

The underrated cult!


Finnish Black Metal still thrives better and better, and this new album from Aegrus (the third full length amongst demos and Ep’s) is the proof of that.

They are slowly rising from the deep underground to show their bona fide satanic black metal (a mix of raw and melodic sounds). But the big question I want to pose is: why in the fucking hell this band hasn’t got the attention they deserve? I mean, this is the real deal, no shit infernal stuff, yet other bands with less interesting sounds take all for themselves.

First song Hymn To The Firewinged One cannot be truer to Satan’s cause, fast drums, earworm riffs, everything blended with care to make the aural experience the better possible, while the second track Nightspirit Theosis with its imponent massacre of traditional sound rips the eardrums with gusto for disgrace.

Longer tracks like Ascending Shadows and Nemesis are the way to go. The former is a mid-to-slow tempo song, repetitive but it brings something different than the purest flamethrower attack, while the last is a bit more complex, and while the infernal sound is back, this one deserves more spins to be fully recognized.

This is an album that brings nothing new, but that is the deal… No experimental bullshit. This band bets in a great production and if one likes Sargeist, Behexen, Inquisition, Watain and Dark Funeral he cannot lose it.

As if it was nothing enough, another release (an EP) is going to be released yet this month. The more the better.

In Manus Satanas is going to be out on Saturnal and the date of release is October 11th.

Rating: 8/10

(Roderick Totentanz)

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Slutvomit – Copulation of Cloven Hooves – Invictus Productions

Metal Inbreeding!


No, I’m not calling these cats something like morons. Far from that. They are the finest metal one can find.

Copulation of Cloven Hooves is the sophomore Slutvomit album that will bring happiness to truest headbangers.

But what is curious here is their incestuous mix of old styles under the “old school” umbrella. For example, the great secret to cum with this kind of music is to understand that Slutvomit isn’t just blackened thrash metal like the vast majority of its peers. It’s more than that. They are black, but they can be thrash and even old school death metal depending on the angle one is hearing, depending (of) the song.

That being said Copulation of Cloven Hooves is not a crazy salad, a free-jazz blend of styles… No. They capture the exact moment when these styles started to become separated and each one got its own one way. But it MUST be a point of fusion, when Slayer came to fore bringing Sodom, (old) Sepultura, Sarcófago, Voivod, Possessed, Slaughter (Canada) you name your poison!

Command for Triumph/Genocide Lust (an intro plus the song itself) strikes the chord of the true metal for truest headbangers. The vocals of course are very Bathory-esque, rabid, thrashy to the core, unremitting metal lust for the posers who dare to defy the old order, the ancien régime…

Build your weapons, because the song Endless Graves comes to the fringe of the old and good Death from Screaming Blood Gore. Seriously if you don’t like this one and find it very “simplistic” you should go back to the rule book of metal because yours is missing some pages…

Baphomet’s Call is like a strange mixture of old Slayer (Show no Mercy) and old Sepultura (from the Morbid Visions album), the beginning of everything, although I don’t thing it’s the best song of the album…

Evil Commands You is not understandable if you don’t take the dust off your old Sarcófago’s I.N.R.I. vinyl and listen to the title track. Copycat or an homage? I don’t care, for me it is just marvelous.

But the best song of the album is Acolyte of Death’s Destruction which is the most complex song of the album and by complex, I mean various phrases (hello kiddos, you wouldn’t understand) and over again evokes Chuck’s Death: the song Evil Dead, but over again with that Slayer feeling of satanic might and power. The vocals here are pure Mayhem from Deathcrush for sure. There is a fantastic solo by the mid to end of the song, very metal indeed.

Copulation of Cloven Hooves was not made by pure chance. It shows a well-prepared band to show its influences and to raze the city to the ground. I daresay that in one album they did what Darkthrone has been trying for a lifetime (with all due respect to Fenriz and Nocturno Culto).

Copulation of Cloven Hooves is going to be out on Invictus Productions on October 4th.

Rating 9/10

(Roderick Totentanz)

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Bhleg – Äril – Nordvis Produktion

Burzumic sounds from Sweden.


Since the inception of Bhleg, Ludvig Andersson and Simon Johansson, along their sophisticated sounds of wintery Scandinavian roots are prone to keep a Burzum-like atmosphere. I mean, they are not an imitation, they have their Swedish approach of their hyperborean origins, but some characteristics were there when they’d released the excellent Draumr ást in 2014 and the exhaustive (yet perfect) Solarmegin.

Äril is a three-track continuation of their proto-european saga.

First song Vittra och dö (Wither and DIE!) is a 14-minute assertion of their notable work in one track with all kinds of atmospheric/ambient nuances but never following on MODERN black metal from their countrymen. It’s culturally laden but without being “Viking metal” or “folk metal”. This is PURE BLACK METAL cult. Always maintaining the tempo, the track is a trip to the immemorial traditions of the first indo-european inhabitants, primitive, but still beautiful.

In a segue style, comes Från eld till aska (From fire to ashes) which has a more impressive musical theme all along the way.

But the final track Skördetid (Harvest Time) is the one with an explicit Burzum influence, but don’t be fooled. It’s seems more like a homage than just a copycat thing, which sums things up. To be more simplistic, this is like Burzum with Bhleg. Yeah it sounds really stupid to say that but there’s no other way to say it.

The only flaw in Äril is that it only clocks in at 28 minutes. I’d listen like 3 hours, non-stop of this kind of material which is really made with heathen heart and true to the original Scandinavian black metal. Second to none!

Äril is going to be released on Nordvis Produktion on September 27th.

Rating 10/10

(Roderick Totentanz)

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PATRONYMICON – Ushered Forth By Cloven Tongue – Osmose Productions

Under the sign of the cloven tongue


Patronymicon is a Swedish evil manifestation that came to life in 2009 in Sandviken and they have 3 albums so far including this upcoming Ushered Forth By Cloven Tongue.

Traditional Swedish Black Metal (in the vein of Marduk, Dark Funeral), they demonstrate (as the majority of the bands from that country) a dexterity between heaviness and some level of melody (this is NOT atmospheric Black Metal).

This is not really original stuff, but who cares? If you’re loyal, this is not an issue at the end of the day.

The Funeral Of A Passive God, the second track of the cd, presents a wall of noise with one million riffs made to destroy the listener, while the song ranges from the absolute blast beat to mid-tempo while the vocal is well marked in the mix.

XI Kings XI Curses is pure velocity and satanic hate. Riffs that are aimed to get the fan of Swedish black metal, this track lives up to expectations, extremely violent by the way, it deserves several spins. Bullseye!

Another great track is the penultimate A Star That Shineth Not with its dramatic feeling and over the top density.

All in all, as I said before, it’s not the most original made in Swedish lands and in black in total. Normally I’d say for one to hear the original stuff. But this opvs is made with too great dedication to the traditional stuff that I’m not going to be the grumpy guy who’ll tell you to hear something else. Grab your copy and binge in the uncompromising black metal.

Ushered Forth By Cloven Tongue is going to be out on September 27th on Osmose Productions.

Rating 7/10

(Roderick Totentanz)

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Wolcensmen – Fire In The White Stone – Indie Recordings

A trip to the auld lang syne!


Wolcensmen is the alter ego of the guy from Winterfylleth, Sir Dan Capp (who have worked on logos and made all the layouts of Burzum since Varg Vikernes got out the jail) comprising of a style that is the cousin of black metal which in his case is a mix of Ambient, Etherial and Folk music in the runic Anglisc heathen tradition.

This sophomore album presents 11 songs clocking in at almost 50 minutes of a trip to the forests unknown.

Making an intelligent variation of acoustic, electronic, sung and/or instrumental Fire In The White Stone is a step ahead in the style.

The two first songs Foreboden followed by A gainsaying are segues (which means that one is continuation of another, roughly speaking). Putting up masculine and feminine vocalizations, this seriously sounds like real music from the forest. Forefathers are really surprised by this homage.

The instrumental and marvelous Maidens of the Rimeland with its repetitive oneiric sound it’s perfection.

By its turn the sung part of Sprig to Spear hurls one to the traditional British songs we use to hear in films, but with a sad vibe. Second to none. The song also resounds like a mix of Bathory’s Man of Iron, Song to Hall up High and The lake. At the same time. Crazy!

Of course there are a lot of good songs in this album. For die-hards of Storm, Bathory (non-metal songs), Burzum (non-metal songs), Hagalaz Runedance, Wardruna, Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik.

Fire In The White Stone is going to be released by Indie Recordings on September 20th.

Rating: 8/10

(Roderick Totentanz)

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The Glorious Dead – Imperator of the Desiccated 7″ – Bindrune/Eihwaz Recordings

The unknown death metal masters.


The Glorious Dead was formed back in 2007 and released an EP that made no success. Back in this decade the band released a demo and now this 7” EP.

It’s normal for a band to change and they changed a lot and for the best.

Imperator of the Desiccated contains only two tracks of pure old school death metal, but it’s not a mere imitation of Autopsy and Entombed, forget it. It’s something way more brutal, almost like the blackened death metal that is being made today by countless bands, without Satan in the formula, which, of course, eliminates the “blackened” in the label. Anyway: this thing is a putrid real deal like in the old days.

As the EP contains only two tracks, lets dissect them (pun intended):

Mangled Cerebration is the studio track: well captured and mixed with an organic sound but with that stench of an old corpse in decomposition, the vocal does not follow a run-for-your-lives approach, is well structured the way it should always be.

The second and final track is called Celebrate the Corpse and here is the interesting thing; even being recorded live, it seems that the introduction was the guys speaking something in the studio, hence the studio quality and mastering of the song. A job very well done, since all the Ep’s that include a live track differs a lot from the studio track. With a doomish, mid-tempo approach it doesn’t lose its nexus and it’s very cohesive with the first track.

That is a must-have release. I’m just sorry it’s not a full-length.

Imperator of the Desiccated 7″ is going to be out on Bindrune/Eihwaz Recordings. Digital version already circulating on Bandcamp.

Rating: 8/10

(Roderick Totentanz)

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