Review: CBTWE @ Battle Helm

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Just from reading the band names on this split I get the impression that I could be up for some weird twists musically. Which could make for a really cool split or time that I will never get back. But then I can be totally wrong. This is apparently a three way split of Greek black metal bands.

And that might be why DIZZINESS sounded so familiar. Not that I remember having heard them before. Black metal with a very clear attack. Brutal as fuck.

LORD IMPALER does sound like a blackened metal band just by name and in sound they are that too. There is more of a thrashy feel to their black metal.

HELL POEMER has a more epic touch to their black metal without being symphonic or bombastic.

As a split this really works as you get three different approaches to black metal.

Anders Ekdahl

source: http://battlehelm.com/reviews/dizzinesslord-impalerhell-poemer-carved-by-the-winds-eternal/

Review: CBTWE @ Crossfire-metal.de

“Lord Impaler, with their furious Black Metal, especially remind with their guitar work the Swedish hordes like Dark Funeral.”

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Hier teilen sich drei coole, griechische Underground Black Metal-Bands diese 3er-Split-CD, die es zuvor nur digital und als Kassettenversion gab, mit jeweils zwei neuen Songs. Den Anfang machen die 2008 gegründeten Dizziness, deren zweites Demo „Evocation Of Ancestral Grandeur“ ich als Original-Demotape besitze. Ihre beiden Songs dauern jeweils sieben Minuten und können voll überzeugen. Hier herrschen düstere Atmosphären und klirrende Kälte. Schöne Gitarrenläufe werden gepaart mit schnellem Schlagzeug und dämonischem Black Metal-Gesang. Lord Impaler erinnern mit ihrem rasenden Black Metal vor allem durch ihre Gitarrenarbeit an schwedische Horden wie Dark Funeral. Der Drumsound klingt etwas steril, stört aber nicht. Zum Schluss geben sich Hell Poemer die Ehre, die dem typischen Hellenen Black Metal-Sound von allen dreien am nächsten kommen. Atmosphärische Synthies gibt es genauso wie die ureigene Atmosphäre, die irgendwie nur die Griechen hinbekommen. Ihre beiden Songs sind ein schauriger Soundtrack, der an die glorreichen Tage ihrer Landsleute von Varathron, Kawir oder Tatir erinnert. Wer griechischen Black Metal generell mag, sollte sich diese drei eher unbekannten Bands dieses Landes ruhig mal geben!

Note: 8 von 10 Punkten
Autor: Daniel Müller

source: http://www.crossfire-metal.de/14809-0-DIZZINESS-LORD-IMPALER-HELL-POEMER–CARVED-BY-THE-WINDS-ETERNAL.html

Review: CBTWE @ Voices from the DarkSide

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The best song on this three-way split release is the BATHORY cover ‘Call From The Grave’. Believe me, I have been listening to this output a dozen of times. All bands are hailing from Greece and are playing Black Metal without any remarkable or characteristic elements. The songs are well-played and the sound is adequate, but there is an eminent lack of individuality. In fact I could not make out which band was playing when I listened to a random track of “Carved By The Winds Eternal”. Maybe the problem is that every band is featured with just two songs and therefore can not unfold their unique power. Whatever, personally I do not like this output and if you are not a follower of one of the bands or Black Metal from Greece in general you better save your money for something else.

Mirco Szymyslik

source: http://www.voicesfromthedarkside.de/Albums-EPs-Demos/D/DIZZINESS-LORD-IMPALER-HELL-POEMER–10672.html

Review: CBTWE @ Dark-World.ru

Lord Impaler are the most senior representatives of the “split”, […] in this case their black prayers very well summon the clouds of hatred and misanthropy. […] To summarize, I would say that the split is really very strong and has no flaws.

–Google translated summary

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Сплит из трех греческих команд, которые очень схожи по духу. И дело тут даже не в том, что все трое играют один жанр, а в том, что настрой композиций очень схож и слушается все не как какой-то сборник, а как вполне полноценный альбом. Крепкий, как скала, и очень атмосферный, словно лес после дождя.

Первую группу, думаю, особо представлять не стоит, ведь в наших краях о ней наверняка знает почти каждый уважающий себя металлист. Коллектив играет довольно мелодичный классический блэк с частыми переходами на захватывающую дух эпичность. В данном случае два трека, которые представляет Dizziness, именно так и распланированы. Т.е. если “Goddess Of The Moon” – это сплошная мелодика, без всякой агрессии и больше отдающая печалью и задумчивостью, то второй трек – это уже идеальный провожатый Rotting Christ. Присущая музыке хтоническая заколдованность так и извивается черным змеем, а во второй половине даже можно найти раммштайновский рифф из “Keine Lust”, который, конечно же, звучит совсем не по-берлински.

А вот вторая группа уже не кружит голову средневековой эпикой и звучит более жестоко и прямолинейно. Lord Impaler являются самыми старшими представителями “раскола”, но за время существования издали всего один полноформатник. Не знаю, что они выдают на альбоме, но в данном случае их черные молитвы очень хорошо созывают тучи ненависти и настоящей мизантропии. Во втором треке я даже услышал кое-какую схожесть с австралийским проектом Nocturnal, отчего мне вновь захотелось его переслушать. Думаю, что надо будет в ближайшее время обязательно ознакомиться и с их полноформатом.

Группа Hell Poemer же, помимо агрессии, в своей музыке использует большое количество клавиш, отчего звучит более сказочно и мистично. Тут они решили даже разделить свой материал на так называемые “боевик” и “балладу”. Это я к тому, что первый трек бушует, словно разъяренный ураган, разнося в клочья буквально все, что попадается на пути. А вторая тема, словно сон, уносит слушателя по волнам мечтаний и внутренних переживаний. Симфоника всех песен также очень гармонично разбавлена соло-партиями и хоралами, делая 10 минут своего звучания очень разнообразными и быстро пролетающими. Быстро пролетающий момент, конечно, не очень радует, но уж буду довольствоваться тем, что есть.

Подводя итог, скажу, что сплит действительно очень крепкий и не имеет никаких изъянов. Все три группы поработали на славу, оставив после себя очень красочные, а главное запоминающиеся эмоции. Но если мне будет задан вопрос, кто все же лучший, то я, наверное, все-таки склонюсь в сторону Hell Poemer.

Review: CBTWE @ Lords of Metal

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‘Carved By The Winds Eternal’ is threeway split album by the Greek acts Dizziness, Lord Impaler and Hell Poemer.

Dizziness delivers the first two tracks. They play traditional black metal with quite an epic feel in the slower parts. The melodies are quite melancholy at times and Dizziness offers a rather enjoyable overall experience akin to early Rotting Christ.

Lord Impaler too offers two tracks of which one is a cover of Bathory’s ‘Call From The Grave’. Lord Impaler plays black metal with a high dose melodic death metal influences and as such sounds akin to Naglfar. Played with conviction and passion, but slightly too generic to impress.

The final two songs are by Hell Poemer. A band that dabbles with a more symphonic style of black metal to create a larger than life atmosphere. With a similar melodic style as Rotting Christ and a Dimmu Borgir-like approach to song-writing Hell Poemer sounds quite modern and energetic. Heavy on the synths and melodies Hell Poemer is quite accessible, but also a slightly generic.

As a whole the ‘Carved By The Winds Eternal’ serves its purpose well: to introduce three unknown Greek acts simultaneously and while these are hardly groundbreaking the overall impression is quite positive.

Roel De Haan: 72/100

source: http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/en/reviews/view/id/32750

Review: CBTWE @ Metaleye

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Ottimo split album incentrato su sonorità black metal questo Carved By The Winds Eternal, che ci presenta un tris di gruppi ellenici, da non sottovalutare.

Due brani a testa bastano a chi non conosce le band in questione, già attive da diversi anni ed assolutamente in grado di soddisfare i palati estremi dei black metallers sparsi per il globo.

Si parte con i Dizziness, quartetto di Atene in marcia verso l’inferno dal 2008 e con un’abbondante discografia che consta di due full length ed un mare di split e demo.
Pescando dalla tradizione ellenica, e senza dimenticare la lezione impartita dai gruppi scandinavi, il loro sound è un intenso e quanto mai riuscito esempio di black vario, tra furiose accelerazioni, ritmiche marziali e momenti pregni di atmosfere mistiche.

Goddess of the Moon e Άρπυιες esplodono in un susseguirsi di colpi di scena, marciando nell’oscurità di caverne scavate da famelici orchi, le atmosfere cangianti (ora guerresche, ora mistiche, ora pregne di malata oscurità) esaltano l’ascolto, sicuramente un gruppo da approfondire.

Più canonico e brutale il sound dei Lord Impaler, fondati addirittura nel 1998, ma con un solo full length all’attivo (Admire the Cosmos Black del 2011).

Raw black metal che, se ad un primo ascolto può ricordare gli Immortal, ne prende subito le distanze conservando il mood tipico delle bands mediterranee, sound caldo, riff che nel loro consolidato estremismo si nutrono di melodia, oscura, evil, ma sempre perfettamente bilanciata con la tempesta di caos metallico del genere.

I cinque musicisti, pur discostandosi dalla proposta dei loro dirimpettai, non mancano di offrire una prova sopra la media, meno lavorata nelle atmosfere, ma convincente nell’impatto.

Ma il bello deve ancora arrivare e The Sacral Knot of Hierophant ci accompagna nel buio della caverna, dove in agguato ci aspettano i mostruosi abitanti degli oscuri anfratti dimenticati dal tempo.

Loro sono gli Hell Poemer, da poco più di dieci anni in attività e con un solo full length licenziato nel 2013 (Arcane Mysteries of Dead Ancestors): il loro black metal si impreziosisce di clamorose note pianistiche, creando un’atmosfera di oscura melanconia.
Il primo brano di cui sopra tiene alta la tensione metallica, ci si accorge subito che la musica è cambiata e My Dreams Will Stay Frozen on the Mountains ci rapisce definitivamente, con un black metal melodico sorretto da una base pianistica dai rimandi gothic, l’aura che si crea è di elevata epicità dark; il gruppo accompagna il tutto con una marziale danza elettrica, solitudine e misantropia escono prepotentemente dalle note dei tasti d’avorio, mentre lo screamer decanta storie immerso nell’oscurità.

Con tre band delle quali vale la pena approfondire la discografia, aspettando eventuali sviluppi futuri, Carved By The Winds Eternal risulta uno dei più riusciti split degli ultimi tempi.

Alberto Centenari – 8/10

source: http://metaleyes.iyezine.com/lord-impaler-dizziness-hell-poemer-carved-by-the-winds-eternal/

Review: CBTWE @3rdEyeCinema

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This is an all-Greek split of a trio of black metal acts.

Dizziness comes first, and kicks off with a track that plays very much by the Satanic Warmaster rulebook both vocally and musically (“goddess of the moon”), which gives them a major check mark towards the positive in my book. They’re a bit more folkish and mournful than anthemically melodic in tone, but it’s clearly walking the same grim roads as Finland’s finest. Nice.

Unfortunately, they misstep somewhat with their unpronounceable to English tongues second track (your guess on that title is as good as mine, have at it). It’s not terrible, but far less atmospheric and evocative. A serious letdown in tone and style after the grandeur of “goddess”.

Lord Impaler is up next, and they’re working more of a Norwegian sort of thing bordering on Swedish but never quite going “Norsecore” either. It’s that strain of unimpressive late 90’s/early millenium Nordic black metal that bands like, say, Ancient tended to put out. I’d say 1349, Tsjuder or post-Euronymous Mayhem as well, but it’s more generic than the latter and not as Norsecore as the first two.

Even their cover of “call from the grave” kinda sucks – didn’t sound like Bathory in the least. Overall? Very bland and unimpressive, if listenable for the type.

Hell Poemer has a bit more individual character and feels a tad more Rotting Christ in the spastic yet very trad metal-oriented riffing, though the prominent if quirky keyboards bring it somewhere else entirely. The guitarist is pretty decent, actually crafting proper solos with structured individual phrases. If it didn’t start off with Dizziness’ “goddess of the moon”, the standout track of this split would easily have been “the sacral knot of heirophant”.

“My dreams will stay frozen on the mountains” gives the keyboards even more prominence and strays straight into Magica territory, with just a hint of Gloomy Grim to offset all the gothic/symphonic metalness of the affair. Personally, I loved Lightseeker (and to a lesser extent, Hereafter), so this worked for me as well…just didn’t feel very black metal in the end.

Taken on the whole, this is a very strong split that shows the contemporary Greek black metal scene in a positive light: even the least of the acts here (cough Lord Impaler) isn’t exactly lightweight fluff, with nary a Watain wannabe in sight.

Horns up, to be sure.

source: https://thirdeyecinema.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/august-supplemental-roundup-satanath-records-and-symbol-of-domination-records/