Kalt Vindur – …And Nothing Is Endless

Kalt Vindur – …And Nothing Is Endless
Witching Hour Productions
Release Date: 07/08/2020
Running Time: 34:31
Review by Rick Eaglestone
8.5/10

It’s currently cold, bleak and icy right now – I have two choices, turn up the heating to make it hotter than the flames in hell or tough it out with some Subcarpathian Black Metal from Southern Poland and as I am fan of the cold I’ve gone for the second option with “…And Nothing is Endless” by Kalt Vindur who were kind enough to provide me with a physical copy for review purposes.

The intro track ‘Solar Cross’ may be short but  its full of foreboding urgency and is a speculator build up to ‘Inner War’, which itself, is probably my highlight track of the entire album. It’s frostbitten to its very core – the bass sound that rings throughout is great with tempo changes aplenty.

Acoustic guitars in black metal is something that needs to be used more – case in point, the introduction to ‘The Blind Sin Hunter’ as it sets up the track brilliantly and really suits the aesthetic of the album – particularly the artwork from Maciej Kamuda.

The very well-balanced melodies the band collectively put forward are encapsulated in ‘Eyes Ov Gods’ before the straight up fury once again takes hold with ‘Dirty Yields’. At this point I would like to point out that the album, so far, has thrown up some really nice surprises which to be honest has only made my listening experience, thus far, a pleasant one.

‘Red Glow’ thunders through into title track ‘…And Nothing Is Endless’ which for me is the most atmospheric track of the release with some great guitar work once again. Although I have my highlight track, if I had to pick a track to recommend the band to someone it would have to be ‘The Golden Age’. This is why I love black metal – this track in particular really reminds of Black Dawn.

Just as the album began, so to, does it end with instrumental outro “Crescent Moon Of Chors” which for me didn’t have the same impact as the start of the album.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Solar Cross
02. Inner War
03. The Blind Sin Hunter
04. Eyes Ov Gods
05. Dirty Yields
06. Red Glow
07. …And Nothing Is Endless
08. The Golden Age
09 Crescent Moon Of Chors

LINE-UP:
Celsus – Vocals
Svart – Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Additional Vocals.
Ver – Electric Guitars
S – Bass
Xakhariash – Drums

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EMQ’s with REQUIEM’S SATHANA

EMQ’s with REQUIEM’S SATHANA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil based Black Metal band, Requiem’s Sathana. Huge thanks to bassist Rex Mendax for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Moises Henrique Kunst, also known as Rex Mendax and I’m a bass player. The Requiem’s Sathana project appeared many years ago as a side band. The other musicians, Felipe Rex Inferii Nienow and Fabiano Rex Gutture Werle are longtime friends and have played with me in other bands. In 2017 we thought we were ready to record something. So, we got ready and started recording in 2019, and the EP was released in April this year.

How did you come up with your band name?

Each of our songs is like hymns to the dead, sung by the high priest Satanas.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from the South of Brazil, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. We are from a region colonized by German immigrants, from small and very conservative cities. As such, the scene is relatively small. It has improved a lot in recent years. But when we want to go to shows we always need to go to cities like São Leopoldo, Novo Hamburgo or the capital Porto Alegre.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our self-titled EP is our first release.

‘Requiem’s Sathana’ (Promo Lyric Video)

‘Legion’ (Promo Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The bands that influenced me to like metal were Sepultura, Metallica and Black Sabbath. The bands that influenced me to play black metal were Emperor, Dark Funeral and Marduk.

What first got you into music?

I started to become interested in music because of the feeling of energy, of strength that it transmitted.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

To be honest, with no one. My project is enough for me.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I believe that the dream of consumption of most heavy metal bands is to play Wacken. I think it’s an honest festival and it honours metal as it should be. Wacken is a metal festival that plays metal. Here in Brazil we have Rock in Rio that plays almost everything and no longer represents the name it has.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I never received a fan gift.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

I would like true fans of heavy metal to honour the style of music, the lifestyle they say they like. At least support the bands, going to the shows, buying the records. The little they do is enough to keep the scene alive.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Dimebag Darrell, for sure!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love the energy that the music conveys. Being a musician and being aware that you can create that energy is fantastic. I have nothing to hate as a musician.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

This artificialism that reigns in music. Nowadays no more classics are created. That’s because everything is so fleeting, so fast that there’s no time to absorb a song. I sincerely believe that today’s songs have no soul.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Don’t Break The Oath” – Mercyful Fate!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl and CD for sure!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

We never played live with this project. But in the early 2000’s we did memorable shows with other bands that we played in.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

In fact, the question should be the other way around. Music is just a hobby for me. I am a teacher and civil servant.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I am a little misanthropic. I don’t see myself inviting one person to dinner, so imagine five!

What’s next for the band?

Due to this pandemic, at the moment we are only focused on promoting the record. Next year, if all this goes away, we will think about what to do.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

The material can be checked on Bandcamp, Youtube, Spotify, Deezer and Music Apple. Anyone interested in purchasing the physical CD can contact Cianeto Discos (www.cianetodiscos.com.br/).
www.cianeto.bandcamp.com/album/requiems-sathana
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5hkVMEE0Aib5A0PRZnUkjy
www.youtube.com/channel/UCf9wucUPHLe9OfXHQdlgI8w
www.facebook.com/requiemssathana/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Sorry, I have no idea what that is.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I would like to thank you for your interest and long life in metal!

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Volkihar – Blood Magik Ritual

Volkihar – Blood Magik Ritual
Self-Released
Release Date: 26/10/2020
Running Time: 27:01
Review by Emma Torkington
7/10

Volkihar is a Vampiric Black Metal project that has taken influence from the popular game series Elder Scrolls.

“Blood Magik Ritual” is a 10 track, debut release, and is exactly what you expect from a second wave Black Metal band, it’s heavy, with deep growling vocals and some killer guitar. The first song, which is also the title track, sets the scene perfectly for what awaits you! It starts with hard drum beats and shredding guitar riffs then the deep vocals hit you hard and, overall, it’s a great track to start off with. ‘Struggle For Survival’, takes you on a slightly faster journey but remains very much guitar heavy and, with those growling vocals, you feel yourself nodding along without even realising it. The seamless transition between tracks has not gone unnoticed! The ease of listening to this album is really a credit to Volkihar!

Half way through ‘The Shaken Lamb Bleats’, which is an interlude, is a great melodic break between the heavier tracks and I, for one, was not expecting it. ‘Thrall’s Blood is up next and after that beautiful interlude this slams you back into the heavy, gut punching riffs you expect. As with all the tracks so far, I’m still nodding along and even as the track comes to a close, with the guitar notes fading out, you leave the end of that song with a smile. My favourite track is ‘Slay The Dawnguard’. For me, this song provides everything I love about this genre. You immediately sit up and pay attention to what you are listening to, and are present and in the moment with it!

As you reach the end of the album you think you have gotten to know this band/project and their signature sound…then Volkihar drop the last track, ‘Bathing In Moonlight’ which contains a beautiful chorus of voices and harmonies. It is an unexpected, yet somehow fitting end to the debut album.

However, there was one thing that did let this album down. I feel that the drums could have been louder and the vocals turned up a little as it can be a struggle to hear them over the guitars. This was a key factor in the rating I have given.

Overall, though, if you are a fan of Black Metal and have a love for Elder Scrolls then I do suggest you check out Volkihar! “Blood Magik Ritual” is out now and ready to download. For all their information see below.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Blood Magik Ritual
02. Struggle For Survival
03. March For Blood
04. Feast On The Herd
05. The Shaken Lamb Bleats (Interlude)
06. Thrall’s Blood
07. The Machinations Of Court
08. Slay The Dawnguard
09. Onwards To A Blackened Son
10. Bathing In Moonlight (Outro)

LINE-UP:
Lord Malice – All Instruments
Normakk – Second Guitar, Vocals and Lyrics on ‘Slay The Dawnguard’

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Grimorte – Esoteric Ascendance EP

Grimorte – Esoteric Ascendance EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 31/10/2020
Running Time: 18:01
Review by: Tammy Lomax
10/10

My head has been battered since starting my new job, systems overlapping systems galore! But the weekend is here Mofos! And do you know what this entails? That’s right, MUSIC!

Let me introduce you to Grimorte. They are a new two-man project consisting of…Kieran Scott from the band Ashen Crown, who is the vocalist and Lewis Borthwick, from the band Archierophant, who plays the instruments and is Master of Production. The project itself sits somewhere between atmospheric Black/Death Metal and Doom.

Grimorte are all things chilling and they explore the mysteries that surround Aleister Crowley and the occult, with this debut EP telling us of a woman’s journey, whose innocence is ripped away and replaced by possession.

Ok, at this point I am shitting it!

I can’t even sleep with my feet outside the bed and I am, admittedly, a huge fluff pants! Friends have stated many times “It’s just a film” But that is NOT how I see it! It’s a script FYI! Someone out there has this in their head, and do you know what is worse?! SOMETIMES THEY ARE BASED ON TRUE EVENTS!!

Right, where was I? Oh yeah, this possessed lady, right, (ok, I’m calming my tits).

“She is lulled into the esoteric pagan and Satanist practices of the golden dawn and awakes to find her new demonic form.” I would be livid if I woke up to this, mind you first thing in the morning…there is definitely a resemblance.

To add to the dark story, obviously “Esoteric Ascendance” was released on 31/10/20, Halloween…

Now let’s get to the music.

Opening Esoteric Ascendance is track ‘The Procession’ The vocals hit you immediately, personally the most deathly vocals I’ve heard in a while. You begin to unravel and visualize unsettling scenes, breaking down the story piece by piece and become drawn in with the simple note progressions. It’s truly poetic and full of passion. This duo are definitely onto something.

The following track ‘Sequestrate’ slowly builds with the most haunting atmosphere. It is more melodic, and it marches you into the EP. It feels nostalgic with a doomy edge and vocals that are accompanied by a depressing energy and added layers. This is a much more beefy and weighty accomplishment.

Third track ‘Esoteric Ascendance’ is definitely an eye opener for me, or shall I say a chaotic roller coaster. The shrieking vocals and slow tempo lead me to a distorted guitar section, catapulting me straight into the plot of the story! They then proceed to rip me away, hurling me back and forth, my head is all over the place, in the best possible way, of course.

Finally, ‘Firvir’ is 100% advanced modern black metal. By this point I feel possessed, and maybe that’s exactly Grimorte’s aim? This is my favourite track on the EP, there are layers upon layers, and you can really explore and hear the depths of their combined talents and ideas. It is an offering of chilling detail and rich tastes; you cannot dismiss the infinite variety of intonations that have been used meticulously.

This 18-minute EP had me enthralled from the first second. It is elegance at its finest, with the combined skills of Kieran and Lewis brought to the fore. Just like baking the perfect cake, It is carefully structured, and the sections do not over spill or run into each other and as a debut release they have done an unreal, first-class job.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Procession.
02. Sequestrate.
03. Esoteric Ascendance.
04. Firvir.

LINE-UP:
Kieran Scott – Vocals.
Lewis Borthwick – Instruments/Production.

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EMQ’s with ESHTADUR

EMQ’s with ESHTADUR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Pereira, Colombia based Melodic Death/Black Metal band Eshtadur. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Jorg August for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hello to all the followers of Ever Metal, my name is Jorg, leader of the band Eshtadur.

This band has been active since 2005, we passed thru different variations, I did it myself for a long time as a solo project, following styles like Ihsahn, Galder of Dimmu Borgir, the band has 2 EP’s and 4 albums, the latest one, is my favourite.

How did you come up with your band name?

Back in the earliest 90’s there was an author who mentioned the seven kind of rebellion, giving it a name in Greek, Eshtadur, means The rebellion of angels.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I am from Pereira, it is a tropical city, and land of many coffee plantations, many brutal bands around, we like extreme metal over here, Thrash metal, I am not very much of a fan, but that´s what people listen to here.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest release is “From The Abyss”, which I consider my favourite one, it´s our new album.

‘The Fall’ (Official Lyric & Concept Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I would have to talk about Heavy metal, Metallica, Rainbow and there was a band in my country named Kraken, then I would have to mention also, Dimmu Borgir and bands like Graveworm, Hypocrisy.

What first got you into music?

I was a kid when I wanted to play the drums, because I saw several videos of bands playing, Drums got my full attention, then at the age of 12 I started some lessons, but I think, heavy metal, got me into music.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I would die If I can record something together with Ihsahn. That would be amazing.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Well, I would have to say “Wacken”, I saw pictures of that fest when I was young, then I saw some videos, but then, when we toured Europe in 2018 we landed in Hamburg, and we spent several days in there, their culture, and everything, for all ages, what Wacken brings to there, is incredible.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I don´t receive many things actually haha, normally fans are asking for something and not backwards, but I remember once, we were drinking in some place, one of the guys gave me a tiny cup, a shot cup for drinking, very cool.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Hey guys, I am still trying to do the same things that I did with the first album, just trying it better, with more progress, so maybe if it sounds different than before, please don´t be mad, it is still me, Eshtadur.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I will bring Ronnie James Dio, no discussion.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy a lot of changes in music, textures, and different proposals from the world around, folk, sounds, cultures, I love that unique aspect in each genre of music, and I don´t like to say this, but, I hate those who do music with no compromise, they are a very uncomfortable obstacle sometimes,

I take music too seriously, maybe, however, I can´t help being mad with taking this for fun (but pretending is serious).

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

We should be linked directly with all Schools, Theatres, Universities, supporting culture development, and giving music its own place, not as an entertainment, but as a need, as an absolute requirement for human education.

I would also ask for a respectful amount at earnings on those who write great songs.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my favourite albums, “Rescue You” by Joe Lynn Turner.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I had tapes, I liked them very much, I enjoy CD’s and I bought a lot of albums on that format! I started buying Vinyl years ago, and I have a collection, of course, I have Joe Lynn Turner and other artists.

I think downloads are poor quality, not for the sound, but for the meaning. I think a CD is well balanced, it is still good quality and you have to buy it somewhere.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I played a perfect performance in Mexico, it was a very big bar in Morelia, wonderful night, people having fun, it was cool.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I think I would be a corpse, buried already. I played soccer, but I was bad haha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Oh no, I don´t like parties, I’d rather be alone, maybe 2 or 3 people…I would invite Jim Carrey, Steve Vai, maybe.

What’s next for the band?

We are planning to play the new album live, no streaming, no videos, we want to tour somewhere, don´t care if we become zombies.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We use Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and the others
www.linktr.ee/Eshtadur

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Emmmm, I have never tried them, but I love chocolate, it’s a biscuit.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for reaching out, enjoy your things on your own and with anyone worthy, support heavy metal, and support new bands.

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Havukruunu – Uinuos Syömein Sota

Havukruunu – Uinuos Syömein Sota
Naturmacht Productions/Rain Without End Records
Release Date: 14/8/2020
Running Time: 46:33
Review by Steven Hooke
8/10

Hailing from the cold, dark reaches of rural Finland, Havukruunu return, with their eagerly anticipated third album of Pagan Black Metal, “Uinuos Syömein Sota – Eng. “Languish, Thou War Of My Heart”.

Formed back in 2005 under the name ‘Talvikuu’, Havukruunu have built up a highly lauded reputation amongst their peers with a soul-melting blend of Black Metal, Viking Metal and Folk. But to truly get a sound idea of what this album is really like, it can’t be explained any better than the opening title track. A blood-pumping call-and-response warcry, followed by the ballistic barrage of drums from Kostajainen, and with one last skull-rattling blast, the song begins proper with dynamic black metal tremolo picking under a sea of blast beats and cymbal crashes.

However, the deeper into the song and indeed the album you go, it quickly becomes apparent why this mysterious Finnish four-piece is held in such a high regard. An all-male choir invokes the energy of being out in the wilderness, preparing for the siege as you give yourself to the land, all the while, a definite thread of traditional heavy metal winds its way throughout the guitars, adding hypnotic melody in this world of desolation and darkness. Frontman Stefan more than plays his part in the overall delivery of the sound, pairing his blackened roar with a powerful and commanding clean vocal that reverberates its way across tracks.

One of the stranger influences heard throughout “Uinuos Syömein Sota” is a bastardised apparition of power metal. Arguably black metal’s polar opposite in the world of heavy metal and all its sub-genres, it is a perfect storm of grouped folk vocals and 80’s metal riffs with the crunch of modern-day production that leads to the faintest whiff of the battle-hardened genre. The mid-section of ‘Kunne varjot saa’ owes just as much to Judas Priest and early Helloween as it does Shining (SWE) and Immortal, and that style continues into the likes of ‘Vähiin päivät käy’ and ‘Tähti-yö ja hevoiset’.

But it is the use of those deep, commanding, diaphragm-tormenting chimes of the vocal choir that really sets Havukruunu apart from their contemporaries. Nothing fills the air with the scent of burning sage quite like the battle cries pitching odes to the Old Gods with beautiful poetic lyrics such as “…Hän puhuu sanoin pimeyden, hän kutsuu uneen iäiseen; Tuuli uinuu saa hiljainen ilma tyyni lasin kaltainen; Kuu kuollut katseensa alas luo…” (“…He speaks with words of darkness, he calls to sleep an age; The wind asleep gets a quiet air like a calm glass; The moon dead gazes down to Him…”).

“Uinuos Syömein Sota” is a multi-staged experience. Being drawn in by the majesty and grandiosity of the opening lines of the album, slowly being able to explore the performative layers and the worlds being built, along with creatively broad songwriting that refuses to be generic, paint-by-numbers, black metal. This album stands as much chance of being the soundtrack to the end of days as it does being the war song to take the land back.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Uinuos syömein sota
02. Kunnes varjot saa
03. Ja viimein on yö
04. Pohjolan tytär
05. Kuin öinen meri
06. Jumalten hämär
07. Vähiin päivät käy
08. Tähti-yö ja hevoiset

LINE-UP:
Stefan – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Henkka – Guitars
Sinisalo – Bass
Kostajainen – Drums, Percussion

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Anaal Nathrakh – Endarkenment

Anaal Nathrakh – Endarkenment
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 02/10/20
Running Time: 41:04
Review by Steven Hooke
9/10

There may not be a band that completely and totally summarises the state of planet Earth in 2020 quite like Brummie extreme metal titans Anaal Nathrakh. There’s been plenty of punk albums this year that rag on US and UK politics, social commentaries and global injustices, and there exists a near-limitless supply of blood-curdling grindcore, black metal, death metal, etc. albums to really amplify the feelings of internal frustration, Mick Kenney and Dave Hunt though bring together both sides of the turgid, decaying coin and leave you constantly coming back for more.

And it’s been pretty much the case since their inception over 20 years ago. Although Anaal Nathrakh have offered a rare glimpse into their lyrics for the latest album, they have traditionally remained reserved and protective of them, with tr00 necro experts piecing together unofficial lyric sheets, depicting the inner-monologue of Hunt’s mind as he lambasts religion, modern society and political leaders all in the name of a false freedom. The title track – which both opens the album and was used as the lead single prior to the album’s release – shows no shred of backing down, admonishing people for their callous mindset of “I side with whomever gives me a better reward” instead of looking at the bigger picture of how any particular declaration, political or otherwise, helps a broader audience.

It’s a real, organic response to the world. Hunt even states “personally, I feel more cynical, more bitter, with a greater sense that the world is fucked, and is continually re-fucked by people who have no idea what they are doing.” It’s all stuff that’s happening today too, ‘Punish Them’ acts as a short but scathing commentary to the situation involving a British woman in Malaysia being sentenced to death for allegedly smuggling drugs into the country (reportedly against her will). As barbaric as it seems to condemn someone to death for a crime even in 2020, the infamous comment sections of newspaper pages showing people to have no compassion or empathy when dealing with a person’s life. ‘Singularity’ deals with the human race’s innate ability to destroy itself, and that we’re losing our own identities to artificial intelligence, social media culture, all the while allowing a small room full of people dictate the behaviour of entire countries just to please a small fraction.

As previously stated, it’s not just lyrically where A.N. excel at bringing forth clouds of despondency; always expanding the realms and limitations of black metal to create images of horror in their sound, “Endarkenment” continues the trend of “let’s make something really bastard heavy, add a melodic bit that people can sing along to, but sing in a King Diamond-falsetto and sound like a ravenous harpy”.

Again, the title track is an early example of this as well as a prime example of Mick Kenney’s ability to tell a story through music and structure. Pitched as the complete antithesis of ‘enlightenment’, the high-pitched shrill vocal echoes Hunt’s clean delivery of “endarkenment”, the encroaching evil in an already chaotic and unstable environment. ‘The Age of Starlight Ends’ is another great example of this, with the pitch of the chord progressions steadily increasing, only to drop on the bellow of the chorus.

The deeper into the album you go, the more experiences you are sure to find. ‘Thus, Always, To Tyrants’ is a song that sounds like it’s collapsing in on itself, with some exceptional guitar work from Kenney for good measure, ‘Libidinous (A Pig With Cocks In Its Eyes)’ and ‘Create Art, Though The World May Perish’ sound plucked from an alternative universe where Niklas Kvarforth pursued a career in power metal and ‘Beyond Words’ is dissonant noise that make Author & Punisher blush.

“Endarkenment” is a triumphant onslaught of aggression. An ever-elaborate world of discordance and melody, knee-jerk reactions and patience, fear and, well, more fear. But if nothing else, it is a testament to a band 20+ years and 11 albums in that can remain concise and relevant to the world around them, but to also maintain such a profound level of quality in their delivery.

Anaal. Fucking. Nathrakh.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Endarkenment
02. Thus, Always, To Tyrants
03. The Age Of Starlight Ends
04. Libidinous (A Pig With Cocks In Its Eyes)
05. Beyond Words
06. Feeding The Death Machine
07. Create Art, Though The World May Perish
08. Singularity
09. Punish Them
10. Requiem

LINE-UP:
V.I.T.R.I.O.L. – Vocals
Mick Kenney – All instruments

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Sacramentia – Prophecies Of Plague

Sacramentia – Prophecies Of Plague
Extreme Sound Records/Old Shadows Records
Release Date: 06/06/2020
Running Time: 39:18
Review by Victor Augusto
8.5/10

Since I’ve joined forces with this incredible team called Ever Metal, I have seriously put into my mind that I should keep my focus on professional bands for reviews and promotion, no matter if it’s a new or famous band. I also believe, that all people are like radio frequencies and we have a connection with people that are on the same wavelength, and who have the same spirit and passion for the cause. Within this scenario, I had the great opportunity to meet the young people from Sacramentia, a band from a small city called São João da Boa Vista, in the state of São Paulo (Brazil). After our first contact, we worked a lot to spread the word of their debut album and a good friendship has appeared from all of it.

With all I have explained, you are probably asking why I took so long to write a review about them (I know you are not really asking, hahaha), but my honest answer is that I didn’t know if I could write good words about them. “So, Victor, Are you telling us that Sacramentia’s music is not good?” (Again, I am imagining some of you asking it). No, my friends, it is just the opposite. It is so good, and also so complex, that I took a long time to understand their sonority. I was first confused when vocalist Renan showed me the single ‘Crucifiction’ before the album’s release. The title is a fiction about the crucifixion of Christ. Firstly, I thought they were a Black Metal band, but the lyric video of this song shows the exact history of the crucifixion that you read in the Holy Bible. Right after that, I got very confused, if they are a Black Metal Band or a band that worship God or Christ, as many bands do in Brazil (then they are called a White Metal band).

Sacramentia are, actually, not Black or White Metal. The band just play a dark and heavy music that navigates in a Death Metal and Thrash Metal sonority. They talk about lunatics that are involved with religion but from the corruption side…men that use this institution for their own good and the people who are blinded by faith. Actually, the band’s name is a combination of ‘Sacra’ and ‘Dementia’ which explains perfectly what they want to tell us. Most of Renan’s vocal interpretations sound like a priest vociferating religious dogma or trying to corrupt his followers. The most interesting interpretation is on ‘Silent Sinner‘, where he really looks like a devilish priest whispering to his believers.

Musically, this is extremely interesting, utilizing a bunch of influences which mix hugely different bands and genres. The bass of Guilherme Melo is an important instrument that received good volume in the recording process and increases all the darkness and heaviness. The guitar work of André Guimarães and Guilherme Mendes is also very interesting, with the riffs and solos, and even the clean notes, like on the track ‘Scum’, giving an obscure sound. This song shows how good the band are band at creating good variation in their music. ‘In Integrum Pandemonium’ is another example of a mix of their inspirations. For me, this song is like Marduk playing Slipknot, because the initial riff reminds me of ‘Before I Forget’, but the song structure and arrangements is more akin to Black Metal. It also has good Brazilian drum percussion from Leo Michelazzo.

Another good song is ‘Black Psalm’, the longest on the album, which creates a mixed atmosphere. ‘Necrolust’ is the fast track and, again, it is about sacred sins related to sexual temptation within the Church. Brutal song by the way! To summarize what you can expect from “Prophecies Of Plague”, it is an album which combines all the energy of a Thrash/Death Metal band but with Black Metal arrangements. Sometimes, they even sound like Swedish Melodic Death Metal with obscure Norwegian musical influences.

Throw away your thoughts of silly Satanism subjects and instead, listen to a narration of the obscure histories that have happened inside the sacred temple of god and all the moral and personal conflicts that the people involved with it have suffered. For sure, “Prophecies Of Plague” is a pretty intense album, but with a good power too. Become immersed, musically, and thematically, in a subject that always messes with our minds. Maybe it looks like an old-fashioned theme, but it is still a TRULY relevant theme.

Considering all the restrictions new bands here have with affording a good production, Sacramentia have undoubtedly extracted the best from their musicians. They used a four-track soundboard to record this album, but it is not a bad record, they have just put a good level of rawness into their sound. Nice job!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Scorn Fate
02. Scum
03. In Integrum Pandemonium
04. Black Psalm
05. Silent Sinner
06. Necrolust
07. Crucifiction
08. Falling State ov Mind
09. Ancient
10. Unknown Gods

LINE-UP:
Renan Bezan – Vocals
André Guimarães – Guitar
Guilherme Mendes – Guitar
Guilherme Melo – Bass
Leo Michelazzo – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with VULTOS VOCIFEROS

EMQ’s with VULTOS VOCIFEROS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasília, Brazil based Black Metal band, Vultos Vociferos. Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Malleficarum:  Our pseudonyms in the band are T. Malleficarum, vocalist, and Baal, guitarist. Vultos Vociferos started their saga in mid-1999, with the purpose of playing a fast, brutal and extreme Black Metal. In 2002, we launched the Demo Tape “Obscuro Domínio”, which had a good repercussion in the scene, which allowed us to participate in many festivals and shows. In 2005, the debut album “Ao Eterno Abismo” was released, which had a great reception by the public and establishing the band on the national scene. In 2011, the band released the second album “Sob a Face Oculta”, after the release we had the departure of some members and the entry of others, which slightly affected the production of the band in the period. However, with the formation stabilized with Baal (Guitar), Crematorium (Bass), Mictlantecutli (Drums) and Malleficarum (Vocals), in 2019, the band released their third and new album entitled “Aeterno Rex Infernus, on the Songs for Satan label.

How did you come up with your band name?

Malleficarum: The name Vultos Vociferos (Vociferous Figures in English) was given by drummer Mictlantecutli, matching the band’s proposal. It’s a strong name loaded with energy. For us, it represents the dark shadows that have vociferated, blasphemed and screamed all hate and pain.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Malleficarum:We are from Brazil, we live in the capital of the country, Brasília. The city is a reference in bands of extreme music bands, mainly Death metal. The scene here was already better, Brasilia, today is weak, but still with some shows happening. However, it is a city with many good bands and reference for Brazilian metal.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Baal: We released the last album in 2019, entitled “Aeterno Rex Infernus”.

“Aeterno Rex Infernus” (Full Album)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Baal: The band has as reference bands like Blasphemy, Sarcófago, Bererit, Celtic Frost, Hellhammer, Bathory, Dark Throne, Mayhem.

What first got you into music?

Baal: Curiosity, rebellion and questions about society, religion and other dogmas imposed by society.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Baal: Would it be collaborating with some new band? I’d bet on The Males Fecundos and Nightwölf, from here, in Brasília.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Baal: At Wacken Open Air, PartySan Open Air or Hellfest, for the importance of these festivals for the world metal scene.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Malleficarum: A bizarre cemetery moulded in clay.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Malleficarum: Rebel yourselves. Seek always for knowledge. Break the walls that surround you. Vomit in sacred words. Blaspheme to the four corners of the world and get rid of the chains and crosses that trap them.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Malleficarum: Ronnie James Dio and Jeff Hanneman.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Malleficarum: Seeing new places and making new friends on the tours. We hate bad concert productions that don’t respect musicians and don’t stick to agreements.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Malleficarum: We would change the music market, which has always explored musicians, especially beginning bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Baal: “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” – Mayhem and “Drawing Down The Moon” – Beherit

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Baal:  Vinyl for sure.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Baal: Goyattack Festival in Goiânia/GO – Brazil, in 2015.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Baal: IT teacher

Malleficarum: Human sciences teacher

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Malleficarum: Cronos, Tony Iommi, Tom Warrior, Doro Pesch, Big Boss (Root)

What’s next for the band?

Malleficarum: We’re composing new songs and waiting for the end of this pandemic situation to go back to performing.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Baal: We are on Facebook, Spotify, YouTube and Deezer.

www.facebook.com/vultosvociferos
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5zbXfSyBcZoSVU6B8OFF6O
www.youtube.com/channel/UCMh9MRtYwHjFWNP56WjIssg
www.deezer.com/en/artist/73353342/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Baal: As they get older, they harden like cakes instead of softening like biscuits. So, it’s cakes.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Baal: We are the ones who appreciate the opportunity to answer an interview for Ever Metal. We salute all the real bangers and call for them to fight for Black Metal without borders, without prejudice and away from dogmatic and religious conservatism. The black flames cry out to all, it is up to us tireless warriors to defend the underground culture. Save the metal!!!

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Behemoth – A Forest EP

Behemoth – A Forest EP
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 29/05/2020
Running Time: 19:15
Review by Tammy Lomax
10/10

Hello again you lovely lot, I hope you are all doing well during the mayhem, it’s all a bit surreal! On the other hand, the weather has been stunning! I cannot explain in actual words how honoured I am right now, All the squeaks! Please, let me tell you why. I have the opportunity to share my opinion on Behemoth’s EP “A Forest” which was released by Metal Blade Records, on the 29th May 2020.

Arggghhhhh! The excitement is literally bursting out of me. I have been a huge, HUGE fan of Behemoth since I began my little journey in the metal world. I was introduced to them through a close friend, who honestly, in my opinion was the master of all things Black Metal. He knew his music and then some! His enthusiasm just hooked me, sitting in the passenger seat, he popped it on through the car stereo, and boom! The more I listened the more I fell in love with them.

Coming from Poland in 1991, Behemoth are considered to have birthed the Polish Metal underground scene. A colossal amount of metal band’s inspirations actually come from Behemoth, hardly surprising as they are the bee’s knees.

As soon as my fingers touched play, I was straight into the Behemoth vibe. There’s a great aura poking you promptly. ‘A Forest’ opens up this 4 tracked EP, elegantly and fearlessly. The drums made me solidify, then when the vocals hit my ears, I became a goopy mess. Grasping my morning coffee, I instantly thought to myself, what a perfect way to start my day! The faster rhythm slides in like butter and It is so risqué! A very basic track if you don’t mind me saying, but it’s just wonderfully emotional.

The second track is a repeat of ‘A Forest’, but performed live in Warsaw, Poland in 2018 at the Merry Christless show. I appreciate the creativity of putting the mastered version of ‘A Forest’ alongside a live version of the track; it’s something I feel Behemoth can get away with. Now, in this day and age, from a band with such high eminence, we surely expect perfection, both live and in the studio? Well you won’t be left disappointed. Here, Behemoth sound sharp, and more importantly, on point. For this live performance they called ‘Niklas Kvarforth’ from Shining to join the stage, and the atmosphere is so bewildering! These emotions of mine are flying around and I ought to get a grip! It felt as though I was amongst the crowd, growing more and more passionate! This was actually the last day of the Behemoth tour and you can definitely feel their energy and performance on stage.

I found myself questioning ‘Is it normal to be this excited about the next track?’ as I sat, literally looking like a big numpty, during my commute on the train! I was masked up though, so hopefully no-one noticed my odd expression! Wearing a mask indubitably has its perks!

‘Shadows Ov Ea Cast Upon Golgother’ is the 3rd track on the E.P, and I decided to ramp it up on my earphones. It’s fast, and the vocals are hard and rustic, they really know how to build you up. They get a little faster with each section, and you’re on the edge, waiting. If you know Behemoth, then you will understand me when I say, “it’s coming”! And my oh my indeed it was. As they work the bass into the drums, the insane speeds on the guitars come out of nowhere, the smile on my face was HUGE! I felt so stimulated. I love the messy instrumental section before it ends, it’s effulgent. 👌

‘Evoe’ ends the E.P, and with it, Behemoth are instantly throwing their divine magic at you. I sense it’s even possible they are teasing us slightly with a hint of a new sound. It’s more industrial in certain parts throughout the track, but it’s not totally clear. They are just hitting you with their carnage, their beautifully executed carnage, #myfacemelted!

So, all in, I would say I don’t care if I just burst into a million pieces after such a short E.P. These Polish monsters of metal just keep giving us a little bit more. I really ought to point out the artwork too. It is very cultivated, and I confidently feel it captures Behemoth’s new chapter, maybe a slight glimpse and small offering before they emotionally smash us to smithereens with album 12? Who knows, all I know is I can’t bloody wait.

I have to thank Mr Editor for letting me dig my teeth into this one, it means the absolute world.

TRACKLISTING:
01. A Forest (feat. Niklas Kvarforth).
02. A Forest (live from Merry Christless, Warsaw, Poland, December 2018).
03. Shadows ov Ea Cast Upon Golgother.
04. Evoe.

LINE – UP:
NERGAL – Rhythm, Lead and Acoustic Guitars, Throat, New Aeon Propaganda and War Strategy
INFERNO – Drums ov Annihilation and Artillery
ORION – Low End Frequencies and Fornication
SETH – Rhythm and Lead Guitars

LINKS:
www.behemoth.pl/
www.facebook.com/behemoth
www.twitter.com/behemothband
www.instagram.com/behemothofficial
www.behemoth.lnk.to/youtube

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