Category Archives: Carved By The Winds Eternal

Review: CBTWE @ Metaleye

2016-09-02 metaleye

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/

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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/

Review: CBTWE @OccultBlackMetal zine

2016-07-05-occultBM

This  is  a  review  of  a  3  way  split  album  between  Greece’s  Dizziness,  Lord  Impaler  and  Hell  Poemer  called  “Carved  By  The  Winds  Eternal”  which  was  released  by  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Dizziness  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  traditional  form  of  Greek  black  metal.

There  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  atmospheric  soundscapes  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and raw  black  metal  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  vocals  are  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

Both  of  their  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced   and  fast parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times   and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  some  session  work  from  Iapettos  666  of  Unholy  Archangel  on  the  second  song,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  powerful  at  the  same  time  while the  lyrics  cover  folklore,  ancient  lore  and  mysticism  themes.

In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sound  recording  from  Dizziness  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Greek  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  “Goddess  Of  the  Moon”.

Next  up  is  Lord  Impaler  a  band  that  plays  a  Hellenic  form  of  black  metal.

Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  are  grim  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of   the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  split    and  both  of  their  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

There  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  while  the  second  song  is  a  cover  of  Bathory’s  “Call  From  The  Grave”   which  also  has  more  rawness  than  the  original   version,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Christian  and  Ancient  Hellenic  Pride  themes.

In  my  opinion  Lord  Impaler  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  Hellenic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  “A  Fire  That  Burns”.

Closing  the  split  is  Hell  Poemer  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  epic  form  of  black  metal.

Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  style  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  melodic  guitar  leads  and  atmospheric  synths  while  the  vocals  are  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts.

All  of   the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  the  second  track  has  a  more  tragic  approach  with  the  synths  while  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  whispers,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Ancient  Pride,  Philosophy  and  the  Dark  Side  Of  Nature.

In  my  opinion  this  is  another  very  great sounding  recording  from  Hell  Poemer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  and  raw  Greek  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  “The  Sacral  Knot  Of  The  Hierophant”.

In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  Greek  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.

source: http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.gr/2016/07/dizzinesslord-impalerhell-poemercarved.html

Review: CBTWE @DirtyRoom

2016-07-07-dirtyroom

Anytime I see the words “Black Metal” and “Greece” in the same sentence, I always get excited. Some of my favorite bands come from the great country, and now here are three more bands for you to worship.

Starting off with Dizziness, whose name is a little odd for a Black Metal band, but besides that these guys kick ass. Two raging tracks that kind of remind me of a cross between Kampfar and Marduk, with that unmistakable Greece sound in there as well.

Next is Lord Impaler, who treat us to one original and a very good cover of Bathory’s “Call from the Grave”. The original, “A Fire that Burns” is a war-torn blast with some great drumming and brutal vocals.

And last but not least we have Hell Poemer, yet another powerful band, who utilize keyboards in some pretty creative ways, almost creating a somewhat psychedelic atmosphere. Overall a great split with some bands that deserve some attention.

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Review: CBTWE @MetalZone.gr

2016-06-18 metalzone

Τρεις Ελληνικές μπάντες του ακραίου ήχου, ένωσαν τις δυνάμεις τους σε ένα τριπλό split, συνεσφέροντας η κάθε μία από δύο τρία τραγούδια.

Τον ακραίο μουσικό λόγο ανοίγουν οι black metallers Dizziness από την Αθήνα, που υπάρχουν από το 2008, με δυο ολοκληρωμένες δουλειές, Offermort Heritage του 2013, Bound by Strength του 2015, και διάφορα spits και demos. Έχουν τα πρώτα δυο κομμάτια, Goddess Of The Moon και Αρπυιες και τα δυο δοσμένα με το ατμοσφαιρικό black που εκφράζει τους Αθηναίους. Το Άρπυιες ξεχωρίζει, με τον πιο ανεβασμένο ρυθμό του, και την σκοτεινή του ατμόσφαιρα.

Μετά οι Lord Impaler από την Καστοριά, που από το 1999 παίζουν το black metal τους με κάμποσες demo και split κυκλοφορίες, και μόλις ένα full length Admire the Cosmos Black του 2011. Εδώ έχουν δυο κομμάτια, τα A Fire That Burns και Call From The Grave, που έχουν ένα πιο καθαρόαιμο παγωμένο black αέρα. Και εδώ η χρήση Ελληνικών στίχων δίνει ένα εξωτικό τόνο στα κομμάτια.

Τρίτοι οι Γιαννιώτες Hell Poemer από το 2005 με αντίστοιχες demo και split συν ένα full length Arcane Mysteries of Dead Ancestors του 2013 και αυτοί. Ακόμα πιο ακραίοι από τους άλλους δύο, έχουν και ακραία death στοιχεία στον ήχο τους. Τα δύο δικά τους κομμάτια εδώ είναι τα The Sacral Knot of Hierophant, ακραίο, με ρυθμό και υποβόσκουσα μελωδία. Και το My Dreams Will Stay Frozen on the Mountains, που πέρα από τον πιο εντυπωσιακό τίτλο από τα έξι, είναι και η πιο εντυπωσιακή παρουσία, και σαν σύνθεση και σαν εκτέλεση.

Άλλη μια καλή συνεργασία και κυκλοφορία από την ακραία metal Ελληνική σκηνή.

rating: 75%

source: http://www.metalzone.gr/reviews.php?action=details&id=4119&lang=en

Review: CBTWE @ Metal Hammer (GR)

Γουστόζικη τριπλή underground black metal συμμαχία έξι κομματιών μισάωρης συνολικής διάρκειας, με τους Αθηναίους Dizziness να συνδράμουν δύο συνθέσεις επικού pagan black metal που αφορούν και με το παραπάνω τους φίλους των Kawir, αλλά και του κλασσικού ελληνικού black metal ήχου γενικότερα, τους σαφέστατα πιο «σκανδιναβοπρεπείς» ηχητικά Lord Impaler από την Καστοριά να συμμετέχουν με μία δική τους σύνθεση και μία διασκευή, καθώς και τους ατμοσφαιρικούς/majestic black metallers Hell Poemer από τα Γιάννενα.

Δώστε βάση στις «Άρπυιες» από τους Dizziness (με συμμετοχή του Ιαπετού από Unholy Archangel και του Κέρβερου από Athos), τη νορβηγίζουσα και εμπλουτισμένη διασκευή στο “Call from the Grave” των Bathory από τους Lord Impaler, όπως και στο (Dissection-ικής αύρας) “The Sacral Knot of Hierophant” των Hell Poemer, με συμμετοχή του Achilleas C των Aenaon, κλπ. (τα τρία highlights του split κατά την προσωπική μου άποψη, ειδικά η σύνθεση των Dizziness) και αναζητήστε το tape format αυτής της σύμπραξης (για τους πιο πρακτικούς/ μη φετιχιστές, θα κυκλοφορήσει και σε CD).

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(ΔΣ – 7/10)

Review: CBTWE @ NoCleanSinging

2016-03-27 ncs

Rather than a rumored four-way split, the next item in this collection is an actual three-way split called Carved by the Winds Eternal. The three participating bands, each of whom contributed two songs, are all from Greece: Lord Impaler, Dizziness, and Hell Poemer.

I wrote about one of Lord Impaler’s tracks (“The Fire That Burns”) in a previous edition of Shades of Black, and to repeat what I said there, the song does indeed burn with fiery intensity, driven by attention-grabbing drumwork, seething riffs, and inflamed vocal tirades. Yet the song is also atmospheric and mesmerizing, with a brooding indigo melody that seeps into the skin like a narcotic poison. The second Lord Impaler song, “Call From the Grave” begins in more deliberate fashion but soon enough begins to race and rip, with an exotic melody slithering through the song like a reptile as the music moves back and forth between boiling chaos and a dark, mid-paced, rocking lurch.

Dizziness released their second album, Bound By Strength, last year, but the two tracks on this split are the first of their songs I’ve heard, and they’re both very good. “Goddess of the Moon” is dark and majestic; at first, panoramic guitar melodies flow over racing drum rhythms and the huge pulse of the bass, and then the song becomes almost ethereally beautiful as the pace slows — though the jagged, strangled vocals counterbalance the cosmic allure of the melody. The second song, “‘Άρπυιες”, is equally appealing and dynamic, a mix of high, rippling guitar melodies and heavy, jabbing, militaristic riffs and rhythms, with the big thrumming bass again playing a significant role.

Hell Poemer’s two tracks — “The Sacral Knot of Hierophant” and “My Dreams Will Stay Frozen On the Mountains” — appear to be the band’s first releases since their 2013 debut album Arcane Mysteries of Dead Ancestors., and they complement the music of the other two bands quite well. The first song is a high-intensity romp that combines dark, soaring keyboard and guitar melodies with jolting rhythms and ravaging vocals. The second song employs similar ingredients, though the bright, dreamlike keyboard melody is perhaps more prominent and the song more devoted to mid-paced melancholy.

For fans of melodic black metal that includes memorable melodies without sacrificing savagery, this split is an excellent find.

The split is available now as a digital download at Bandcamp, although it will be available on CD through War Productions, The Ritual Productions, and Satanath Records, and available on tape via Black Death Productions.

source: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2016/03/27/shades-of-black-bestia-arcana-mortuus-lord-impaler-dizziness-hell-poemer-negative-voice-woman-is-the-earth-chiral-ululatum-tollunt/