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Gorath

I do follow this Belgian act as from the very beginning and I do appreciate the permanent positive evolution they made. In the early years, Gorath played decent yet somewhat faceless (Black) Metal, but by each recording they went stronger and more convincing. The continuously perfecting totality made both last Gorath-albums, MXCII and Apokalypsis (both reviews still available within the archives-section), make the top of my end year’s lists in respectively 2010 and 2011, and now it’s time to praise the Horned One once again.

Royal Talons

Denver-based band Royal Talons debut with a self-called album that presents five tracks that last for forty six minutes. And honestly, this might be one of the most impressing debuts I’ve heard this year.

Royal Talons bring a firm, heavy, rather obscure and oppressive mixture of Sludge, Post-Punk, Stoner and Doom Metal with an own face. The whole sounds somewhat psychedelic, hypnotic and gloomy, with an experimental base to reveal tradition and creativity at once.

Syndrome

Auto-didactic musician / multi-instrumentalist / composer Mathieu Vandekerckhove might be known from his activities in acts like AmenRa, Caan, Sembler Deah or Kingdom, but since almost ten years, he acts as a solo-artist under the moniker of Syndrome as well. Last year, for example, he and ConSouling Sounds did release the surprising full length Floating Veins (on CD and LP).

Year Of No Light / Thisquietarmy

ConSouling Sounds are a pretty young Post / Doom / Drone label from Belgium with more than just a handful of great releases in the past.

They are not that ‘big’, so one cannot expect a new release each week (unfortunately); but I do prefer a limited but well-thought emission of material, so you won’t hear me bitching; either about the (i-pooled) package we did receive recently, even though much of this stuff was released (or meant to be released) several months ago.

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Bornholm

One of my favourite scenes, at least when it comes to Pagan / Viking / Epic-oriented Black Metal, is the East-European one, with countries like Romania and Hungary more specifically. When it comes to the first one, Romania, well, I guess I did pronounce my appreciation more than once in recent reviews for acts like Satanochio, Negura Bunget, Avatar or Syn Ze Sase Tri (check out the archives-section).

Pythia

Pythia is the name of a priestess from Delphi at the Temple of Apollo, also known as the Oracle of Delphi. She was known for her hallucinations, translated into revelations or prophecies, spoken in a weird tongue, said as it came from the Gods directly. Some historici think it was because of the use of certain drugs, others think she acted under the influence of certain gasses (Greece is a rather seismic region, as you know), or it might have been some sort of self-hypnotic or mental state of whatever.

Ragnarok

Norway’s Ragnarok do exist for quite a long time and I’ve always liked their sweet lullabies (the interested or curious ones might check out the review of early 2010’s Collectors Of The King, posted on March 27th 2010). Since their former label, Regain Records, was put on hold, Jontho and his crew needed to find another intelligent entity to release upcoming stuff, and of course Agonia were a worthy, and winning candidate. All together: hurray!

Memorian

I wonder what Ilias Papadakis had in mind when he started the Memorain-project at the transition of last millennium into the current one. Bringing ‘evident’ Death / Thrash, just like that? Or doing it with a fulfilment of heroic dreams?

Well, those who are trusted with the albums Digital Crimes (2002), White Line (2003) or Reduced To Ashes (2006) might have noticed that Memorain isn’t just a coincidence; on the contrary. But you might meet the description ‘super-band’ for sure, and who’s to blame?

Farewell To Arms

After five years of existence, German quartet Farewell To Arms finally debut with Perceptions (the first full length; there were a demo-MCD and an EP in 2010), which lasts for forty one minutes. The album (cf. the intro) starts rather melodic, modern and progressive, yet musically this act isn’t but modern and melodic Thrash-edged Metalcore / Thrash / Death Metal with a sound that is very closely related to the ‘trusted’ scenes of both Sweden and the U.S.Aha. Trusted, meaning overloaded, lacking of an own identity, pubic and infantile it is.

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