Archive for Symphonic Black Metal

Quintessence Mystica stream first song from upcoming album

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 13th May 2014 by Pieni

Ukrainian symphonic black metal act Quintessence Mystica will release their second album “Duality” on the 20th June. The 10 new tracks (titles below) promise to take you “in an irrational and cosmic journey” (quoting their label Schwarzdorn Production).

For now, the duo composed of Master Alafern and Dromos Aniliagos has presented the fans with the track “The Infinite Dance Of Numbers”, which is available for streaming on YouTube and SoundCloud.

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Track list:
1. Prelude
2. The Secrets of Victorious Decisions
3. The Infinite Dance of Numbers
4. Sparks of the Glorious Fire
5. Impulse of Courage
6. Inversion of Reality
7. Destruction of Galaxies
8. Creep & Damage
9. Equations of Daemonic Revelations
10. Breathing of Saturn

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Whorion – Fall of Atlas EP

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , on 6th January 2014 by izaforestspirit

Whorion
Fall of Atlas EP
Released 17th January 2014
Symphonic Death/ Black Metal
Released via: Eternal Sound Records

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‘Fall of Atlas’ is the first EP from the Finnish symphonic black metal band Whorion. The band was originally formed back in 2009. They describe their style as “brutal” and “symphonic”, creating a feeling of listener being “sucked into a dark matter of space, slowly waiting for the world’s end”.

So here it is, my first review in the new year. The terms “brutal” and “symphonic” don’t usually mix as far as extreme metal is concerned, so I’m a little intrigued as to how this combination could work… The opener Great Mass Suicide definitely fits the “symphonic black metal” -bracket. Comparisons to mid-career Dimmu Borgir spring to mind, though this also features death metal -style growls and guitar patterns. The Dimmu Borgir elements are present in the orchestral style synth melodies and vocal samples particularly audible on tracks such as Vortex of The Dead. By the time this second track comes on, the vocal style seems to have switched completely moving away from growling towards a more black metal sounding screaming or shouting.

One thing which spoils the effect is the use of the stop-start guitar technique and the somewhat odd-sounding vocals which seem to vary in style depending on the song. Sadly it is the title track which embodies all these problems offering a bizarre mix of technical guitar patterns, brutal blackened death metal and symphonic, orchestral style synths. The result is a rather confusing mess that leaves the listener hanging, and you are not quite sure where this is heading.

Symphonic, brutal and technical? Yeah, I still don’t quite get it.

3/5
Iza Raittila

Hecate Enthroned – Virulent Rapture

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , on 12th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Hecate Enthroned
Virulent Rapture
Released 25th November 2013
Symphonic Black Metal
Released via Crank Music

Anyone know follows the British black metal scene will have no doubt encountered the legendary, if somewhat unsung, heroes of the scene: Hecate Enthroned. Following the release of Redimus in 2004, the band have remained fairly quiet – or as quiet as you can possibly get when playing black metal. However, following their recent pact with Italian label Crank Music, Hecate Enthroned are set to rise again.

The eerie orchestration of Thrones Of Shadow acts as the beginning of the ritual that is Virulent Rapture. The haunting orchestration leads into the fierce wailing guitars and bestial vocals, as the keyboard passages create a Poe-like atmosphere that glides gently between the crushing use of guitars, bass and drums and the hate-flavoured vocals. Unchained sees the waves of Plutonian darkness continue to flood forth from the snarling guitars and hypnotic keyboard medleys whereas the bass and drums are more thunderous and barbaric, creating a perfect contrast.

The introduction of Abyssmal March creates an atmospheric mood, painted with varying Cimmerian shades but the unrelenting charge of the heavier instrumentation rushes in, leading a vicious use of screams and Hadean keyboard medleys. Plagued By Black Death features a melancholy piano passage which dances like a spirit at dance macabre with the vocals and guitars in a certain, almost seductive manner portraying beauty and a bestial nature in one vessel. Euphoria explodes in like a volcano, domineering one’s hearing with a visceral assault of guitars and drums and some heavy punches from the vocals. The guitars whip out melodic passages, which are accompanied by a mystifying layer of orchestration.

Virulent Rapture is a flood of guitars on a biblical scale of proportions, leaving nothing but a path of ruin and devastation – and probably some sore necks as well – in its wake. The hypnotic orchestration does little to sooth the destructive nature of the song, in fact, it enhances it in a dark and ethereal manner. The one calm during in the storm is produced by the haunting guest vocals of Sarah Jezebel Deva who adds an enchanting element to the song. Life comes across as more of a gothic doom anthem, lending an obsessive, memorable and augural sound through the shadowy voices of the guitars and illusory keyboards. The stern use of bestial vocals do contrast away from the music, employing a strong black metal element there.

The alarming riffs of To Wield The Hand Of Perdition leave no room for mercy as they tear their way through the song like wolves hunting their prey. The vocals are formidable at each turn, while the rhythm sections made up by a terrifying assault of drums and bass, alongside the keyboards, strengthen the track. Of Witchery And The Blood Moon, a title that rings true to the band’s name, is somber in its presentation, painting an image of an unrelenting arctic winds, leaving only a cold trail of wintry enchantments. Immateria is a break from the fierce snapping of riffs, lyrical war cries and barbaric percussion assaults, taking the listen sailing down a more gentle river of memorable medleys until Path Of Silence unleashes a storm of deathly riffs and vocals sharp enough to cut steel in two. The percussion and bass falls down heavier than a ton of bricks, finishing off the devastation left by the previous tracks. The keyboards and orchestration finalise the black metal incantations, keeping the band’s signature sound unscathed throughout the chaos.

Raise your horns and bend your knees. The kings of British black metal, Hecate Enthroned, have returned with a masterpiece that has not only become a complete evolution of their sound but proves that they are one of the best bands on the scene and they certainly show no signs of abdicating from their throne just yet.

Nico Davidson

5/5

Hecate Enthroned online:

http://hecateenthroned.com
http://facebook.com/hecateenthroned

 

Victory Records welcome Erimha

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 4th April 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Victory Records have proudly announced the signing of symphonic black metal unit, Erimha from Montreal, Quebec, Canada to its roster. Erimha, which means “Army” or “Legion”, coming from Sumerian culture, base their haunting, melodic, merciless and operatic sound on ancient mythology and spirituality. Their mantra and mission is one of inner strength and how the individual can be as powerful as an entire army.

Formed in 2010, Erimha’s punishingly fresh and savage take on symphonic black metal is spawning a loyal legion of followers in the Canadian metal scene. They released their first full length album, Irkalla in September 2010 which featured guest vocals from The Agonist’s frontwoman, Alissa White. The band, Gore (vocals), Kthien (rhythm guitar), Ksaos (drums) and Diusternas (bass) are going to be an extreme force to be reckoned with on the international metal battlefield.

Erimha will embark on their first U.S. tour in June with their debut album for Victory Records to be released this summer.

For more information on Erimha:
https://www.facebook.com/Erimha
www.victoryrecords.com/artist/erimha

Riul Doamnei release new video

Posted in Metal, Misc., News with tags , , , on 5th January 2013 by izaforestspirit

The symphonic black metallers Riul Doamnei have released an official video to accompany their new digital EP, ‘A Christmas Carol’. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel and featuring iconic singer CADAVERIA, the new Orchestral Metal Opera in eleven movements makes Christmas ghosts linger on indefinitely into the New Year.

Turn off the lights, put on your headphones and let the haunting begin…

Maelstrom – The Midnight EP

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , on 13th October 2012 by izaforestspirit

Maelstrom
The Midnight EP
Released: September 2012
Melodic Black Metal
Self-Released

Right from the start of the opening track ‘Eye’ we are treated to some symphonic black metal, complete with shrieking vocals, heavy guitar riffs and melodic keyboards. Though by symphonic black metal, I’m not talking Dimmu Borgir…Think early Hecate Enthroned or ‘Redemption Process’-era Anorexia Nervosa and you will have a better idea of the style of black metal I’m referring to. Though unlike those two bands, Maelstrom likes to add more emphasis on to the guitars with ‘Eye’ being a good example to how to incorporate guitar solos into black metal.

‘Midnight’ is slower and more droning in nature. Even the guitar riffs seem less refined compared to the previous track; the keyboards, though still present, are far more subtle. Then there’s the eerie atmospheric part at the end which fits in well considering the name of the track. ‘Miasma’ is another guitar focused track, complete with occasional solos breaking up what is otherwise a very droning and dry-sounding song. Then we come to the end of this journey with ‘Arctica’ combining the rawness of the other tracks with some atmospheric undertones and haunting, clean backing vocals. Once again it’s the guitars that stand out the most and with a large part of the track being instrumental, the solos become that much more noticable.

Overall this is a decent EP but it’s not one of those albums which you would instantly pick up. It makes for some uneasy listening and if you’re not in the right frame of mind, you are guaranteed to hate it.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

 

Dark End – Grand Guignol – Book I

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 4th September 2012 by izaforestspirit

Dark End
Grand Guignol – Book I
Released in February2012
Symphonic Black Metal
Self-Released

‘Grand Guignol – Book I’ is the third album from the Italian symphonic black metal band Dark End. The band describe their style as “extreme horror metal” and have recently been confirmed as a support act for Cradle of Filth during their European tour.

Symphonic, atmospheric and theatrical seem like the best words to describe the opening track, an eerie instrumental called ‘Descent/Ascent (II Movement)’. Then it’s straight into symphonic black metal with ‘Æinsoph: Flashforward to Obscurity’, which comes complete with melodic keyboards and shrieking vocals that Dani Filth would be proud of. They have even managed to throw in a few guitar solos to spice up this blackened, gothic-horror opera.

‘Spiritism: The Transfiguration Passage’ and ‘Grief: Along Our Divine Pathway’ really do cement the band’s position as Italy’s answer to Cradle of Filth. All the elements are here; from the gothic, orchestral keyboards to the vocals which are a combination of black metal shrieks, part-growls and creepy whispers. In fact, I reckon that if these guys decided to do a cover of COF’s ‘Her Ghost in The Fog’ nobody would even notice the difference…This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the album as the subsequent tracks offer more of the same; lengthy ballads of gothic horror in all its theatrical, symphonic keyboard-infused glory. The only exception is ‘Pest: Fierce Massive Grandeur’ which features some decent guitar riffs and solos making it stand out as only the song on here that isn’t entirely dominated by the keyboards.

3/5 – If Cradle of Filth isn’t your thing then there’s a good chance that you will hate these guys even more!

Iza Raittila

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