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Review: Babylon Whore split @ Blackened Horde zine

Blackened Horde zine

Black metal radio

I find splits fun to listen to but difficult to review. Wanting to focus on one thing at a time. Lord Impaler and Athos are both bands from Greece and both have contributed music that make the split solid and not unbalanced.

The First Band on the split is Lord Impaler, named for Vlad Tepes, and was inspired by Marduk’s Nightwing. Babylon Whore is the first song and just starts right off with single string picking and blast beasts. Instead of a single rhythmic chord play the song is melodic but heavy. Though Tragon does not profess any religious beliefs his vocals suggest a malign or vehemence for this Babylon Whore. Another quality that Tragon has is that his enunciation is amazing, most words are clear and purposeful.

The second track is The White Dream of Iz and while it shares similar qualities to Babylon Whore, the single string tremolo picking is more melodic and has more changes. It has a lighter feel than the first track and when Tragon sings “we will meet again at the end of time” it has a pop quality to it, but still maintains a heaviness that is not sappy.

Lord Impaler is a really listenable band, that plays a melodic Black Metal that has an immediate catchiness. They have been active since 1998 and is further proof there is something happening in Greece that is bringing out really awesome Black Metal.

Band Members:
Lord Nebulah – Guitars (1998-present)
Tragon – Vocals (1998-present)
Phlegethon – Bass (2012-present)

https://lordimpaler.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/Lordimpalerband

Athos is a one man band led by Kerveros who plays all instruments and Vocals.

Αείζωον Πυρ is the first track and is a slow melodic dirge. Kerveros has a high rasp, angry, awesome but with little enunciation. The bass along with the guitar have divergent melody but have a quality that makes you think of movie funeral, sort of bittersweet where whoever ever is being buried had to die but it is still a mournful goodbye.

The second track The Final Vow is a little heavier track but still not picking up the pace. It is melodic, the lead vocals keep it in the Black Metal arena but the guitar is melodic power chord playing and gives it an 80’s metal feel. The dissonant back ground vocal adds a weird depressive Bauhaus feel.

Overall Athos songs are an ironic juxtaposition of melody and mournful sorrow. I always admire when an album is created by one person. It takes a real drive and passion for one person to finish songs without out the support and revisionist quality of other musicians.

Band Members
Kerveros – All Instruments

https://myspace.com/athosband

Rating:
Lord Impaler – 9 out 10
Athos – 8 out of 10
~Alaric Hannibal Barca

source: http://blackenedhorde.com/lord_impaler_athos_review

Review: Babylon Whore @ Ghoul’s Crypt

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Cryptical metal blog

Since 1998 the greek trio known as Lord Impaler have unleashed grueling black metal upon the world, culminating in their 2011 album “Admire the Cosmos Black”. Lord Impaler have no permanent drummer, resulting in each release using a different session member filling in roll of drummer; On the Babylon Whore EP from 2013 the title befalls George Trakas, who normally kicks ass in Mass Infection. Lord Impaler’s primary body of work consists mainly of demos and generally smaller releases, and indeed the two songs found on the Babylon Whore EP were also released as a split wither Athos, another Greek black metal band.

Babylon Whore and The White Dream of Ziz blast away with immediate and unrelenting explosions of blastbeats and tremolo riffs, which paired with the traditional bleak sound creates an overall pretty standard take on blasting black metal. And in that sense the EP has it all, and little else. Babylon Whore is by all means a tribute to and a study in black metal ruthlessly beating your mind, and it excels in just that.

For the tracks to go on for four and five minutes respectively Lord Impaler end up repeating themselves over and over. The White Dream of Ziz has a slower, quieter part about halfway through, providing a glimps into more thoughtful songwriting territory, but when it almost immediately culminates in a return to the main riff the atmosphere almost built seems entirely unnecessary. This is the sad story of how most of the EP goes. The riffs are monstrously enjoyable, but when repeated ad nauseam it gets too much – There are simply too few riffs, resulting in many repeat offenses. As such the Babylon Whore EP, one of the Greek band’s newest offerings, is fit only for sparse enjoyment. The material warrants more focus on variety and feels like it should instead be condensed into shorter tracks where the melodies could moreso come into their own and take the spotlight place they deserve, instead of being condemned to hatred at the hands of repetition for the sake of making the songs longer.

5/10 (review by Jakob Goul)

Source: http://gouls-crypt.blogspot.gr/2014/06/lord-impaler-babylon-whore-ep-2013-self.html

Review: Babylon Whore split @ Headbanger Magazine

Headbanger Magazine from Peru

Headbanger Magazine from Peru

Previously I did a review of LORD IMPALER some issues back, In these times I was greatfuly surprised by the high quality of tracks of this greek band, but certainty this work it exceeds what has been done for them before. Each track is motivated by the honour of the ancient Greek warriors and inclusively I think they are back in time and they’re going to the old oracle as inspiration font. The tracks are most developed than before, it contains a full speed parts but also rhythmic parts, mid parts, all combined so perfectly that I saw a consistent growth in all their lines…Musically the band is getting a mixture between NECROMANTIA/NAER MATARON adding their own sound that it do a strongly band in the greek scene.

ATHOS was a new brand band from HELLAS I ‘m wondering with their sound, because they ‘re mixing HELLAS history with BLACK METAL.. not VIKING metal. More well, we must to call it HELLAS METAL…yezz!!! The tracks are powerful HELLAS metal, well structured, adding new thematic in their chords with rhythms that goes from the speed to slow and down tempo, enrichment with high.

I’m very glad indeed to have this kind of stuff in our pages, because I was tired to see only tons of VIKING metal there, and it’s giving a new breath into the scene…

8.6/10

Source: http://headbangermagazine.blogspot.gr/2013/12/reviews-december-2013.html

Review: Babylon Whore @ GreekRebels webzine

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GreekRebels – Extreme Metal Webzine

Οι Lord Impaler επιστρέφουν με 2 νέα κομμάτια με το νέο τους EP. Οι Έλληνες black metalers μας δίνουν 2 εντονότατα κομμάτια με πρώτο το ομώνυμο στο οποίο οι ταχύτητες είναι αρκετά υψηλές με τα blasts των drums να καταδικάζουν τον ακροατή σε ανελέητο head bangin το οποίο καταλαγιάζει με την εναλλαγή των αρκετά καλογραμμένων μελωδιών. Το δεύτερο track το “White Dream Of Ziz” είναι ακόμα πιο γρήγορο, σκοτεινό που φαντάζει να σε οδηγεί σε ένα σκοτεινό τούνελ με μόνη διέξοδο τα καταπληκτικά μελωδικά riffs που στη συνέχεια εναλλάσσονται σε ακόμα πιο εκρηκτικές ταχύτητες. Τα φωνητικά του Tragon καθώς και η παραγωγή είναι σε αρκετά υψηλό επίπεδο. Εμείς δεν έχουμε παρά να περιμένουμε το full-length album τους τη συνέχεια του “Admire The Cosmos Black”!

7/10

Στάθης Αυγέρης

Source: http://greekrebels.gr/component/content/article/35-demos/7818-lord-impaler-babylon-whore-self-financed

Review: Babylon Whore split @ Imperiumi.net

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METALLIMEDIAN MAHTI

Vaikka Kreikka tunnetaan nykyään lähinnä veloistaan ja maksukyvyttömyydestään, kaksi erityisen hienoa asiaa kuuluvat olennaisesti Kreikan historiaan: filosofia ja black metal. Nämä keskenäänkin toisinaan hyvin yhteensopivaa asiaa ovatkin synnyttäneet joukon tekijöitä pitkin maailmanhistoriaa ja tämä toimikoon aasinsiltana tämän kertaiseen tekijäkaksikkoon. Lord Impaler ja Athos ovat molemmat kreikkalaisia black metal -yhtyeitä ja tämän split-julkaisun perusteella vieläpä varsin päteviä sellaisia.

Neljän kappaleen teoksen ensimmäisestä biisikaksikosta vastaa vuonna 1998 perustettu Lord Impaler. Kolmikon levyhistoriaan ei mahdu kuin yksi täyspitkä levytys, mutta sitäkin useampi demo tai minituotos. Babylon Whore -osuus kattaa sekä nimikkobiisin että toisen samasta puusta veistetyn sävellyksestä. Molemmat biiseistä edustavat nopeatempoista ja melodista black metalia, mutta tunnelmointia unohtamatta.

Lopputulos on hyvällä tavalla kovin 1990-lukuinen ja etäisesti kulta-ajan Dark Funeralille sukuinen. Vihaiset rääkylaulut ja mukiinmenevät soundit ovat pitäneet huolen siitä, ettei bändin tuotantoa ole syytä ohittaa vastaisuudessakaan.

Toisena tuleva Athos jää edeltäjälleen vain rinnanmitalla. Tyylikin on sopivalla tavalla samanlainen: melodinen, reipastempoinen ja 90-luvun kulta-ajoista muistuttava. Soundillisesti Athos on astetta raspisempi ja toisaalta myös hippasen Lord Impaleria kevyempi. Ainoa selkeämpi heikkous on hieman pöljältä kuulostasvat “puhtaat” ölinät, mutta niiden vähyyden takia kokonaisuus ei rampaudu pilalle asti.

Riffirintaman saralla molemmat bändit ovat varsin passelia jälkeä. Tasapaino kahden bändin välillä on hyvä, eikä kumpikaan akteista varsinaisesti dominoi kenttää. Osakiitos tästä kuuluu tasamääräiselle biisitarjonnalle, kun veisuja on mukavasti kaksi kummaltakin.

Kaikkiaan Babylon Whore / …Were There Before They Born -yhteisteos on hölmöstä nimestään huolimatta varsin napakka yhteisjulkaisu. Tämänkaltaista hyvin tehtyä ja perinnetietoista black metalia ei ole maailmassa koskaan liikaa.

Source: http://www.imperiumi.net/index.php?act=albums&id=14622

Review: Babylon Whore @ Nocturnal Cult webzine

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Hell bent for metal!

Two of Greece’s most diabolical entities have combined their efforts on to this split release to ensure that mankind are enveloped in their own cloud of infernal blackness.

First up are the two tracks by Lord Impaler.  They have a blasting black metal intensity that hits hard and is relentless and that is readily evident on Babylon Whore.  The grim vocals accentuate the hyper blasts of guitars and drums before the song drops into a bit of thrash and then leaps into feverish melodic passages.  The track takes a nod from the old Swedish gods of the early 90s while continuing to alternate between a hammering groove and freezing melodies.  The White Dream Of Ziz is even more intense with its relentless initial blasts and overall frigid speed.  The arcing melodic riff is captivating and serves to pull the listener into the track’s dark majesty.  The song flows easily into a calm and moody segment filled with a mystical feel only to once again explode into nonstop speed.

Athos however are more aligned with traditional Hellenic black metal songwriting and style.  The Final Vow seethes with midtempo Greek grooves and an unmistakable set of Hellenic melodies.  The clean vocals add an esoteric flair to the track. The aggression of the track finally picks up around the 4:28 mark and you really notice a similarity to early Greek bands like Thou Art Lord and Varathron.  The next track has a Greek name, Αείζωον Πυρ.  A more midtempo, and contemplative track, it bears a striking resemblance to some Rotting Christ work.  The guitars have a nostalgic and majestic main riff that I believe hearkens to the golden era of heroes.  The one shortcoming here is a drum machine which really stands out on the cymbal strikes.

These are two forces in the Hellenic underground and you would do well to check them both out.  Dark and mysterious and each with its own personality, this split EP definitely gives you a chance to discover some new springs of everflowing darkness.  Blackened majesty is in abundance with Athos and Lord Impaler.  Take heed and fall into the abyss.

Source: http://www.nocturnalcult.com

Review: Babylon Whore split @ Metal Hammer GR

The Greek Metal Hammer magazine recently reviewed our “Babylon Whore / Were There Before They Born” split CD with Athos. This is what they think:

Scandinavian sounding black metal, full of blast beats from Lord Impaler, with melodies you might have heard before in the genre, but played with extreme ferocity. With crystal clear production which, however, creates the chaotic atmosphere the band’s music requires, I think it won’t leave any fan of the genre unsatisfied.

The untranslated text follows…

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Metal Hammer & Heavy Metal mag.

Δυο black metal μπάντες ενώνουν τις δυνάμεις τους σε τούτο το split που λάβαμε από τους Lord Impaler.

Black metal με σκανδιναβικό ήχο, τίγκα στο blastbeat από τους Lord Impaler (8/10), με κάποιες μελωδίες που μπορεί πιθανώς να έχετε ξανακούσει στο ιδίωμα, παιγμένες δε με ιδιαίτερα βάναυσο τρόπο. Με παραγωγή πεντακάθαρη που, ωστόσο, δημιουργεί τη χαοτική ατμόσφαιρα που απαιτεί η μουσική της μπάντας, νομίζω ότι δεν θ’ αφήσει δυσαρεστημένο κανέναν οπαδό του είδους.

Οι Athos (7/10), από την άλλη πλευρά, ακούγονται σαφέστατα πιο παλιομοδίτες και περισσότερο σε αυτό που ονομάζουμε ελληνική black metal σκηνή. Επίσης 2 κομμάτια που ίσως σας θυμίσουν παμπάλαιους Rotting Christ ή ίσως Varathron, σ’ ελαφρώς πιο μοντέρνα εκδοχή.

Για τους οπαδούς της εγχώριας black σκηνής, εδώ έχουμε ένα split ότι πρέπει.

Review: Panos Faropoulos

Review: Babylon Whore @ Zombie Ritual Zine

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Underground Heavy Metal News

These Greek demons continue writing their own history, and this time it’s a two songs EP that is supposed to be included in a Split with AENAON ATHOS. Well, what I have here is the digital promo with the two opus completely drowned in blood and pain. The band is coming again from misty and tenebrous roads of aggressive black metal, and music is very well balanced between melody and sinister atmospheres. Everything is tied by a Scandinavian touch that would freeze your balls (or pussy) since the first notes. Also, the production is high octane and sounds really corrosive and brutal. If you ask me, both tracks are like two black serpents spiting poison direct to your face while they are deadly dancing in vomit. Yes, this is ultra recommended!!

– Victor Varas

Source: http://zombieritualzine.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/lord-impaler-babylon-whore-ep-review-at-zombie-ritual-zine/

Review: Babylon Whore split @ Daemonum Zine

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Official blog of the Daemonum Zine.

 En turno tenemos un split de 4 canciones de los proyectos Lord Impaler y Athos que emergen desde la tierra del black metal Helénico.
Las 2 primeras blasfemias corren a cargo de Lord Impaler ejecutando un black metal melódico, pero con un estilo un poco más enfocado al sonido escandinavo que al clásico griego. Los cortes son: Babylon whore y The white dream of Ziz, tremendamente rápidos y con riffs furiosos respaldados por la batería de George Trakas (Mass Infection). Grabados en los Infected Studios y masterizados por George Stounaras, estos 2 temas son un avance de lo que vendrá en su segundo álbum que espero pronto salga a la luz.
En el lado contrario esta Athos cuya musica y letras son creadas por un solo hombre: Kerveros.
El black metal de Athos es más atmosférico y con un toque épico proporcionado por los coros limpios del mismo Kerveros.
La primera canción The Final Vow es magnífica, tienen una duración de 8 minutos y medio que se te van como agua. La segunda Αείζωον Πυρ quiero pensar que esta cantada en griego y noto cierta influencia de los grandes Necromantia y Zemial por los teclados, el ambiente oscuro de la composición y la melodía hipnotizante.
Gran Split de estos 2 proyectos que cada uno en su estilo particular de black metal son realmente muy talentosos; es una lástima que dure tan poco (22 min.). Súper recomendado. 9/10

Review: Babylon Whore split @ Behind The Veil ‘zine

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Metal Realm of the underground.

LORD IMPALER and ATHOS are two black metal bands from Greece.

LORD IMPALER was formed in Kastoria back in 1998. They recorded their first full length album in Norway and “Admire the Cosmos Black” was released in 2011. The drums of the album have been played by Hellhammer (MAYHEM)!!!

ATHOS is a black metal band from Kalamata. They were formed in 2004 and they have released three full length albums so far.

I would say that both bands follow the Norwegian black metal style and that the sound production is suitable for the style they play. I think that the songs are good and powerful for the style they play and I would say that ATHOS has a “progressive” aesthetics while LORD IMPALER have a more traditional one. In conclusion I believe that this split CD should be heard by all black metal fans!

Ioannis  “Knight of Light”  Kaskamanidis

source: http://www.behindtheveil.hostingsiteforfree.com/index.php/reviews/new-albums/1527-lord-impaler-babylon-whore-athos-were-there-before-they-born