“You say you didn’t cause all this. Your God did!” The twelfth studio album of the Canadian death metal outfit Kataklysm kicks off with an excerpt of Ridley Scott’s movie Exodus. Of Ghosts and Gods covers the relationship that humanity has with its inevitable death and the Gods who have been conjured up to deal with that reality. Kataklysm brings this concept to life with a mix of brutality and a new level of maturity.. Read all!
Portraying themselves as ‘pure, hateful, misanthropic extreme metal’, Archemoron is exactly that on Sulphur and Fire. Fear the Greeks bearing gifts?.. Read all!
Can you really go off track with an EP that features melodic black/death metal, inspired by first class Swedish acts, such as Dissection, Naglfar and Dark Funeral? There are two answers to this question.. Read all!
A corpsepainted band using a lot of Latin and singing about vampires, werewolves, hallelujas and Mother Mary will make you associate them with Black Metal sooner than Power Metal, until you put on one of their albums. Read about that!
Thundering, galloping riffs, brutal vocals and war-like anthems. The deity Taarapita (the Estonian god of thunder) would be proud of his worshippers, the pagan metal band Tharapitha. Ülestõus, meaning uprising, is the bands fifth full-length offering and it was released about a year ago. Most of us all familiar with (the highly appreciated) Skyforger, but it is nice to be introduced to another band hailing from the Baltic States.. Read all!
Hellsaw – Trist
Recordlabel: Napalm Records
Releasedate: February 24th 2012
They have existed for ten years, but they’ve been crawling out of the fields of the underground since only five years. Hellsaw is becoming a respected Black metal band. After touring with Inquisition, Shining; signing with Napalm Records; and creating a steady band line-up and playing on a lot of big festivals (including Wacken 2011), there can’t be many black metal fans that haven’t heard of Hellsaw yet! Their latest album Cold dates back to 2009, so it is about time that the Austrians come up with something new.
As soon as The Devil Is Calling My Name starts we are dragged into the black metal world. Fast black metal riffs are varied with almost doom like slower parts.
Doomed Pervades Nightmares surprised me; halfway during the song the raw black metal sound suddenly makes place for almost circus-like music (Hellsaw’s biggest nightmare is clowns?) From this plonking violin we continue to complicated music lines, bridges and rough black metal again during The Forerunner Of The Apocalypse.
What can’t be missed on the typical black metal album is the church choir singing something in Latin. And tadaaaa, guess how Death Bells starts…
With Trist, we travel deep into the heart of depressive black metal. The tempo slows down, Aries his vocals cry in despair, and the lyrics aren’t exactly the most happy ones out there either..
When listening to Silence, I can understand why Hellsaw toured with Shining. There are a lot of similarities between the bands in this song, but Hellsaw stays true to their own sound.
This album contains everything a black metal album should have according to the checklist.
An ‘ugh’ every now and then, dark lyrics, the typical black metal riffs, some of doom and depression here and there, a bit of anti-Christianity, etc. Great craftsmanship when it comes to the guitar lines! The vocals of singer/ musician Aries could use a bit more of a darker twist every now and then, but still I can’t complain about it.
01. The Devil Is Calling My Name 5:22
02. Sorrow Is Horror 4:43
03. Doom Pervades Nightmares 6:34
04. The Forerunner Of The Apocalypse 4:39
05. Death Bells 3:03
06. Trist 3:58
07. A Winter Cold 4:15
08. Beldam.1450 3:47
09. Silence 6:56