Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Considered as a side project of Voqkrre, whom I've already posted here on the blog and features two members, Drakonhail is only one of the members, Dunkel. For those already familiar with the French vermin that is Voqkrre, you will surely notice the voice in these recordings, yet will be quite pleased with the variations of riffs featured here in these four tracks. Once you've listened to the entire first song and have finally fallen into the appropriate state of mind, my favorite song kicks in, Le Souffle Distant de la Nuit (The Distant Breath of the Night). This is the kind of stuff that has me coming back to French black metal time and time again, it's the attitude and the intentions of the artist. I can empathize with this sort of black metal, it's a shame I can't find his older material... get this.
1. Dans la Forêt aux Accès Ténébreux
2. Le Souffle Distant de la Nuit
3. Lorsque les Chants de la Nuit Émergent dans la Brume
4. Cold Black Metal Hymn
Maintaining the same depressive nature of the previous post this is Elysian Blaze, another one man black metal band, this time from Australia. Beneath Silent Faces is from 2004 and has since been re-released with extra material such as the last track here, Despair. This is truly one of those albums to put you in the darkest mood and to keep you there for a long, long time. In this way, the songs and emotions crafted here on this demo are very successful in their ability to capture a truly macabre environment. Elysian Blaze has some great material beyond this demo, but there is a genuine unique quality to this one that I am really attracted to, a beautiful sadness.
1. Anvil Chorus
2. Prophecy of Misery
3. A Constellation of Souls
4. The Thorned Tongue of Requiem
5. Beneath Silent Faces
6. Dark are My Nights
Beneath Silent Faces
Since 1995, Xasthur has been producing black metal here in the United States, based in California but as of recently has decided to call it quits. When it comes to Xasthur I feel as if the introduction isn't necessary, so I will spare the obvious, as it stands I have already chosen an unheard of and rare demo from his discography... hence there being no artwork to gaze upon. A Sermon in the Name of Death was a demo from 2004 featuring three beautiful and trance inducing songs in the vein of gloom and death. Each song on here is incredibly catch and can play over in the mind if it sinks in correctly, but if I had to choose a favorite, it wouldn't be hard and I would immediately go with the closer... The Funeral of Being. Most people haven't heard the song The Funeral of Being, just the album, and I've always cherished this little gem... maybe someone out there will enjoy it as much as I have these past six years or so...
1. A Sermon in the Name of Death
2. Soul Abduction Ceremony
3. The Funeral of Being
A Sermon in the Name of Death
Thursday, October 7, 2010
On behalf of the entity known as Malefic Mist, I present to you a split with Apathia, titled Cold Ways. Released in August of 2009, and limited to 333 tape copies. I don't care so much for the second side, but the first side of this split rules, hence where this review is going. A sir Mors Taetra from Italy is the sole individual behind this project, focusing on lyrical themes such as fog, winter, necrophilia, and depression, with a sound to match. The quality of this tape is fucking superb, as it obtains all of those warping and textural but subtle nuances that create the overall magic we have come to love when it comes to atmospheric demos such as this. A melodic but repetitive black metal demo that is as full of despair as it is necrotic anguish... A must.
1. Funebre Notte Di Ghiaccio
2. Lupi Nella Nebbia
3. Richiamo Di Nebbia Invernale
4. Inverno Di Zyklon-B
5. Lost Memories
9. Daylight (Live)