A Hill To Die Upon – Holy Despair album review

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Merging Death and Black Metal together, A HILL TO DIE UPON take after so many doing the exact same thing, what’s different? “Holy Despair” is an absolute bone crushing, dark and furious album from start to finish.

This time round, A HILL TO DIE UPON seems to follow to footsteps of other Black Metal bands in a more melodic approach such as BEHEMOTH and WATAIN. This can easily be noted throughout the album but more so in tracks such as “Let The Ravens Have My Eyes” and “Satan Speaks” – this is always a touch and go situation for the more dedicated Black Metal fans who despise anything to do with good production and hearing any form of melodic composition throughout the release however A HILL TO DIE UPON have done this magnificently and infused two wonderful genres together to create their masterpiece.

“O Death” is definitely a more risky track, bringing in soft, clean female vocals to accompany the harsh darkness within. It brings out a more haunting, chilling side to the album – in fact, it’s beautifully unsettling.

“Somme” also is a definite beauty on the album too, A HILL TO DIE UPON has really demonstrated that for an album to be chilling, dark and yet utterly thrilling, you don’t need to have constant distorted guitars, blast beats and screams. They have stripped down fully and offered a track that is beautifully presented, that stands out and sends shivers down your spine. “Somme” is no longer about banging your head, throwing up the horns and trying to be as Metal as the actual artist, it’s about appreciating musical talent and almost allowing fans to open their minds to the creativity and diversity within the darker genres of Metal.

A HILL TO DIE UPON have kept sheer brutality, they have rode through the gates of hell and come back out with a release that seems worth selling your soul to the Devil for.

Each track on “Holy Despair” flows magnificently into the next one, keeping a continuous power throughout the entirety. “Holy Despair” has that power that makes you physically not care about anything in your life but the music you’re listening too, that’s the way it has been and the way it should have remained when it comes to the music industry.

A HILL TO DIE UPON have released a genuine beauty, inside and out, it’s simplistic yet technically superb.

Rating 9/10

Rahu – The Quest for the Vajra of Shadows album review.

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In Hinduism, Rahu is a severed head of an Asura, portrayed as a Serpent who swallows the sun to cause an eclipse. In this case? RAHU is a Finnish Black Metal band swallowing power, fury and all of those little hipster children who think they’re ‘kvlt’ for wearing a shirt with an upside down cross on it.

My first initial thoughts when coming across “The Quest for the Vajra of Shadows” was that it could be an absolute master piece and an excellent addition the world of Black Metal or that it would be another Black Metal album that made a sheer mockery of the genre. I’m glad I stuck with my gut instinct to the first as to call RAHU a mockery to Black Metal would be disgusting.

Not knowing much about Hinduism, RAHU immediately had me researching about it and opening my mind to what their music is all about. With a raw production and complete in having a chilling atmospheric Black Metal vibe, this record is one I highly recommend.

For Black Metal the use of melody here is flawless, It’s something that can be subtly pulled off or completely diabolically failing and thankfully, no, it doesn’t fail The whole listening experience of “The Quest for the Vajra of Shadows” is a chilling one at that. Usually Black Metal can only stereotypically be good if it comes from the depths of Norway yet these Finnish demons have proven that fact wrong.

The release of “The Quest for the Vajra of Shadows” has kept the essence of true Black Metal, it has a burning passion oozing out the seams of each track. It’s dark, chilling, evil and everything about it, is in its own right, absolutely bloody genius.

There’s not much else to say other than the release can’t be recommended enough to any lover of Black Metal.

Rating 8/10

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Sarcofago – Rotting Reissue

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Originally released in 1989, “Rotting” was considered one of the most extreme records by authorities – even having it seized by them just down to their now harmless cover (let alone at their lyrical content and the fact authorities were getting out their crosses and arming water pistols up with holy water).

During the crossing overs of Black, Thrash and Death metal in the 80’s, SARCOFAGO were a familiar trio who were pushing the boundaries of just how extreme they could push themselves, the authorities and terrified parents of listeners. After the release of “I.R.N.I” the band had a lot to exceed in terms of expectations, considering it was thought of as one of the albums that helped shaped the Black Metal genre.

Despite “Rotting” being majorly underestimated in terms of the bands abilities, passion and views – it is possibly their best release and one of the most important records for the Black/Death/Thrash genres.

SARCOFAGO created a ton of controversy in terms of their lyrical content which themes such as anti-religion, death and necrophilia. These can be most noticeable in the iconic track “Tracy” with lyrics such as “Your rotten flesh is now so sweet, too cold you are driving me to a intense orgasm, licking your body I realize my dream, why did you force me to kill?” – Such lyrical content is noticeably influential in Death Metal unless you take routes from “Rotting” in which it is influential for Black Metal or “Alcoholic Coma” for Thrash.

“Rotting” is iconic, inspirational and the best release of SARCOFAGO in my opinion.
If you’re faint-hearted, highly religious, easily offended or just a plain fuddy duddy then you’re not going to take to this masterpiece but come on, this record wasn’t created to please you guys now was it?

Overall Rating 10/10

 

Karnivore – In the Halls of the Wicked album review

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Hailing from the depths of Nässjö, Swedish Metallers KARNIVORE erupted from the very pits to deliver the mightiest Death Metal the world has to offer. Sadly, around the world many creatures of the human species do not acknowledge such powerful and mind-crushing music, however, to the few that do – they behold something that we would call ‘epic taste in music’ in Earthling speak.

KARNIVORE offer brutality and a fierce attitude within their music and they make sure they give every last drop of it – this band offer no less than their all and that is what makes a band as strong and as brilliant as these guys.

‘In the Halls of the Wicked’ is a consistently strong album from start to finish, it offers the listener to enter their world as a band, an insight more so as to how the band works and connects with each other. KARNIVORE is one of those typical bands who makes you feel something inside, one of those bands who makes you feel passionate about the music you love. Why? You can feel the passion they have for the music they create oozing out of the seams with tracks such as ‘An Era of Decay’ and ‘The Warden’.

There is one thing that stands out slightly more on this KARNIVORE release than any others. ‘In the Halls of the Wicked’ has a definite hint of more Black Metal influence, noticeably on tracks such as ‘Psycho’ and the opening track ‘Under Ground’. In most cases, you can incorporate influences from different Metal sub-genres into new releases but it won’t really work out as brilliantly as planned. KARNIVORE have added more influence and recognition towards the artists that got them into playing the music they create into this release than any other and it has worked out absolutely amazing.

‘In the Halls of the Wicked’ is an overall chaotic and mind-blowing piece of art. It has everything that can’t go wrong in it and the only flaw to it? There is simply not enough of it.

Rating – 8/10

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Behemoth – The Satanist Album Review.

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Behemoth are a band that have fought for their place in the world of metal through thick and thin. Being the first album that has been released by the band since Adam ‘Nergal’ Darskis’ (vocals) victory over his battle with Leukaemia it is clear to see that immediately  it did not dampen or knock the band back, instead, you can tell the bands strength from this has triumphed just in the music itself.

The Satanist is a continuous strong album that delivers absolute fury at its’ finest, however, being possibly the nearest album to ‘emotional’ that Behemoth have ever released. It is clear that in the lyrical content that Nergal is putting his experiences with his Leukaemia and of course the trouble he had for his well-known stunt of tearing up a bible at one of Behemoths’ live shows forward and offering the listener the insight to what was going on through this dark period of time, undeniably making this album just as dark, powerful, strong and fearless.

There are certain aspects in the album in which you can instantly say that it’s a Behemoth record but there are also times in which you listen to it and hear slight changes to the sound they are so noticed for. There are no issues with such changes; it shows Behemoth is only getting stronger with each record. Although all the tracks on this album are dark, there are certain ones such as Furor Divinus, Amen, The Satanist and O Father O Satan O Sun that really capture the depth and darkest areas on the bands strengths that really make this album an impeccable listen. The Satanist could not have been made to be any greater than it is and has definitely not been a disappointment in the wait of 4 and a half years since their previous release of Evangelion. A divine piece of musical art, even Satan himself will be pleased with this. 
Rating – 9/10