Over the past year, the star of the German black metal formation Der Weg Einer Freiheit has been rising. Last year, the band got signed by Season of Mist and they are about to unleash the highly anticipated follow-up of 2012’s Unstille, called Stellar. Since anticipation means expectation, yours truly found herself quite curious about what this third full-length had to offer.. Read all!
First of all I have to say that or language isn’t the only thing that has quite evolved lately, the band definitely has evolved as well! Velua isn’t a new Uit Oude Grond or Batavi, but it is so much more. The band truly shows what they’re capable of on this album and it seems they have given even more of themselves than before. Read all!
Even though Moonspell their sound has changed a bit through the years, I’m happy they stuck with their ‘Gothic Rock/Metal’ sound which marks their music. But I have to confess that their general sound has become more open, heavier and almost a little catchy and a bit less deep, dark and undergrounded as it was in their first years. Read about that here!
Laguz is the band’s new release and it isn’t strikingly surprising that the front cover is an Anglo-Saxon helmet (the one found at Sutton Hoo, to be exact), since the band will choose to deal with ancient times, once more. Ancient Rites love their epic intros and openings, and so “Golden Parth To Samarkand” is a very powerful yet subtle intro, combining bells, low drums sound and an overall Eastern influenced beat. read all
French deathgrinders Benighted celebrate their 15 years in existence with their first live album. It is available as a digipak including a DVD recorded at French Sylak Open Air on the 9th of August 2014. The thirteen songs they played live there represent their latest four albums and give you a good taste of their furious live shows. 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