If the holidays make you cringe and you tend to spend them in a misanthropic mood, you’d want to listen to the new record of Death Wolf (the side project of Marduk’s Morgan Håkansson) III: Östergötland. Its raw, punky and sinister sound will be helpful n loathing the ‘most wonderful time of the year’.. Read all!
The Flight Of Sleipnir definitely doesn’t follow the masses when it comes to Scandinavian Folklore inspired music, which make them truly stand out. Some folky influences can be found in the music though, but the Stoner/Doom sounds mainly dominates this album. There is a lot of variation in this album going from a more Classic Rock all the way to a Melodic Death Metal sound, which make it hard for the listener to get bored.. Read all!
It is hard to do something wrong if you situate your music among the style of black metal legends such as Immortal, Dissection and Dark Funeral. Therefore, the EP, Dead to Dust Descend of the Swedish black metal project In My Embrace is a nice piece to listen to, but does not aspire to much more.. Read all!
Soulburn are a veteran name in the Dutch scene. They’ve been around since ’96 and had a nice debut album that came out two years later. Other than that, the band usually remained in the shadows, while most of the members are handling their original bands, like Asphyx. Sixteen years and countless other musical projects later (Grand Supreme Blood Court and Bunkur to name a couple), the band releases The Suffocating Darkness, their second full length. Read about that HERE
Pandemonium is the latest release by heavy metal band Cavalera Conspiracy. It was released Oct 31st 2014 on Napalm Records. Cavalera Conspiracy is fronted by metal icon Max Cavelera who is most known for his work in Sepultura and Soulfly. This album was produced by Max as well and has gained much attention in the metal community since it’s release.. 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