Cult Of Fire – मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान/Ascetic Meditation of Death

The Sound Not The Word

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Label: Iron Bonehead Productions

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Black metal has been to some strange, adventurous places since its inception, and especially over the past decade. The orthodoxies of old still exist, but it seems that more and more bands are willing and capable of looking beyond the boundaries laid down during the 90s, and take in all manner of influences and to chart new sonic territories whilst still remaining undeniably black metal. मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान is a prime example of such a record. Opening track संहार रक्त काली (translated: Samhara Rakta Kali) begins with what sounds like droning sitar and some deep, ominous “om”-style chanting. It takes almost a minute for any guitars to come in, and the end of the introduction is marked by a gong crash. Even amongst the following blast beats and furious tremolo picking, though, there are still sounds and instruments that are – to these ears –…

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Inquisition-Obscure verses for the multiverse

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American black metal bands tend not to reach mainstream levels or indeed focus on cashing in via carbon copies of their Scandinavian peers, but one thing that is hard to ignore is the somewhat unique take on the traditional sub-genre. From a background which introduced to us the likes of Absu, Nachtmystium and to a considerably lesser extent, Inquisition comes a more or less structurally straightforward attempt at recreating the sort of bleak atmosphere and hellish blastbeats which have plagued the sub-genre ever since its foundation, and Inquisition, since their formation a quarter of a century ago, have progressed within this style.

However, new album “Obscure verses for the multiverse” seems to take on an ambitious approach, utilizing such a thought-provoking concept to control and manipulate which direction the band’s core sound will weave. Essentially what we have here for the most part is cold, wicked blasts of raw, intoxicating…

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Trivium-Vengeance falls

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Just lately, Trivium have grown out of the “We want to be the next Metallica” era and transformed into a band which, although still divisive among the ever burgeoning legions of metal fans out there, has respectfully crafted songs which are more progressive, more solid and certainly more thought-provoking than say, anything on “Ascendancy”. “Shogun” showed their more versatile side and “In Waves” built upon the success of that album making for bigger, brighter sounds, and so it is left to the band’s latest album, “Vengeance falls”, to take the band on a more career-defining route. Having hired none other than David Draiman as producer (who himself has had more time on his hands since leaving Disturbed earlier this year), Trivium now seem even more ambitious than ever before.

Don’t worry, there aren’t as many cringe-worthy “OOH-AH-AH-AH” noises as you would think (There aren’t any at all thankfully), and the…

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Freya: Paragon Of The Crucible: CD

Altered Frequencies

Fronted by Karl Buechner, (EARTH CRISIS, PATH OF RESISTANCE), Syracuse, NY’s FREYA has been around for ten years. They have produced three full length albums re-imagining classic thrash, and death metal, while infusing dense melodies throughout. The new record features a guest solo on the track “Serpentine” by Paul Waggoner (BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME).

“In The Span of Seconds” has a great opening riff and hits you right away with some fast-paced double picking leading into great double-bass pounding that sets off the album to a great start. The album is a behemoth of non-stop riffs, destructive bass, gruff vocals and devastating drumming that it just demands to be played loud. The songs come at you like a steamroller, running over top of you and flattening everything in their path. There is melody on the album, like the great track “Through The Flames,” but the intensity of the album is what…

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