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Svartidauði – The Synthesis Of Whore And Beast

(Daemon Worship Productions, 2014)

Iceland’s Svartidauði have received a lot of praise (at least) in the few recent years, putting out Black Metal music of truly atmospheric and Psychedelic nature, besides playing live with respected names actively as well.

This Ep features two songs of melodic yet murky modern Black Metal. Among the stuff released by many labels these days, dealing in Spiritual and Occult topics, it’s actually not easy for me to find bands of truly unique or personal quality, but Daemon Worship has indeed released stuff from a few honestly good bands, Svartidauði of course being one of these.

Although there is some of the Avantgarde chaos of bands like Deathspell Omega (something that cannot be left unmentioned these days it seems) clearly present here, the guitars are actually quite clear in their melodies, melancholic, intense and Psychedelic at the same time, and although the drummer uses a lot of awesome fills, small details in his technical slow jamming and nicely loose playing in his fast blasts, there is a lot of control and clear structures in the arrangements of the songs. My favourite aspect of the music is however the low and aggressive yelling vocals, sounding like some ancient Icelandic God of Chaos preaching his message of doom from the depths of an erupting volcano. Often going higher and more intense in execution, with the skills of a great vocalist, there is a tremendous amount of feeling present in the music because of the vocals (not to undermine the role of the other instruments one bit). Definitely one of the best vocalists in todays Black Metal.

The sounds of this release are indeed murky and bassy enough to give a very deep and ritualistic feeling to the overall experience, yet clear enough to get everything out of the instruments. Only 16 minutes in length, this Ep offers Psychedelia of such proportions, the short length is not of importance in this case. A highly recommended release to all fans of atmospheric and Psychedelic yet aggressive Black and Death Metal! I’m waiting for the next full-length release with much anticipation!

9/10 – Antti Mikonmäki

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Chalice Of Blood – Helig, Helig, Helig

(Daemon Worship Productions, 2015)

Chalice Of Blood from Sweden (consisting of anonymous members) has been active for about 10 years, releasing a Demo and two Splits, before this Ep of five songs. As a curiosity, the band seems to release their music only in vinyl format.

The first song acts as an intro of melodic guitars of picking-style, bringing to my mind stuff like early Dissection, yet not quite as melodic. As the second song presents to us the bands style a bit better, continuing throughout the rest of the MLP, we are not entranced with total Watain (or Dissection) -worship, although the Swedish vibe with it’s clear and high guitar-melodies is pretty evident in the music. In fact, the style of Chalice Of Blood leans on quite a few occasions towards older Metal, yet having in it also the familiar almost-dissonant riffs we are these days familiar with due to countless underground Black Metal bands of Occult nature. This stuff goes definitely to that Spiritual-genre, but as there are – at least in my ears – some elements of early nineties Metal (mostly melodic Death and Black Metal) besides the merciless blasting and tremolo-riffs (of course, bringing this music most definitely to the realm of Black Metal), this stuff seems actually more traditional than the more modern bands of this kind of aesthetic atmosphere.

The soundscapes are very well mixed and produced, fitting the quality of the playing well. However, even with the good playing and performance of all members (I’m especially liking the truly grim and sinister sounding vocals) these songs suffer slightly of characterless riffs and events. There are many quite imaginative changes in the styles of the riffs and the paces of the songs throughout the songs, but it gets really uplifting only at a few parts, although being of great quality all the time. Then again, this release will most definitely get better with multiple listens.

In the end though, this band is for fans of quality Black Metal. If you are into stuff released by labels like World Terror Committee and Daemon Worship Productions (naturally), you will most likely not be disappointed.

8/10 – Antti Mikonmäki

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Devouring Star – Through Lung And Heart

(Daemon Worship Productions, 2014)

I was positively surprised by local Devouring Star’s Demo of 2014 (at the time a one-man band), since it didn’t have the typical Finnish Black Metal feel to it, sounding a bit more mature and of good quality. The only thing that bothered me even a little bit was the use of software drums, but that problem has been solved with the adding of a human drummer on this their first long-awaited full-length.

The album and the first song “Sanctified Decomposition” starts with a celestial and spiritual-sounding ambient synth-intro, giving me visions of a rider and his horse travelling across a vast clouded yet starry sky. The horse (our Ego?) is however soon impaled with the spear of the rider, as the ominous guitars and vocals appear, with the simple yet powerful beating of the drum-kit, soon changing nature from the Doomier start to a more traditional Black Metal blasting. The guitars deliver fascinating multifaceted yet not too complicated riffs, with interesting combination of strokes and tremolos, while the drums accompany the great performance with equal imagination and skill. The vocals are of great quality as well, in their low preaching screaming, pretty simple in nature yet having many shades and nuances. To my hearing, the basses merge with the guitars having similar frequencies, and the overall soundscape has a clear yet deep and low-kicking atmosphere to it. Especially the drum-sounds fit the rest of the music great, from rides to toms.

The fascinating crafting and arranging of the first song continues in the second song “Decayed Son Of Earth”, going straight to intensive blasting. The third song “To Traverse The Black Flame” starts with a bit more “groovier” and not-so-traditional expression, still ultimately breathing in the same realm with the rest of the album. The fourth song “The Dreaming Tombs” is perhaps my favourite with it’s straightforward melancholic approach. The fifth and final song “Through Lung And Heart” is like a summary of the rest of the album heard so far, fitting the role of the final piece greatly with it’s epic majesty.

The album is so tight and gripping, it could also be presented as a single 39-minute song, as time loses it’s meaning listening to it, while we are still living it’s feelings extremely concentrated riff by riff, fill by fill, line by line. When the album is finished, the horse rides no more, yet the rider walks with a newfound strength and determination (my personal interpretation naturally).

With a start this powerful and upscale, we can expect great things from this young band in the future. They will be performing live as well, pleasing many fans of “modern” Black and Death Metal. This album is a must for fans of the styles of today coming forth in the music of names such as Aosoth, Bölzer, Altar Of Plagues, Deathspell Omega, Ascension, and the likes. Although, if you’re a fan of music of this style, you have probably heard of Devouring Star by now.

9/10 – Antti Mikonmäki

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