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Review: The Serpent Seal @ Rockap.gr

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Ακουστά είχα τους Lord Impaler από την Καστοριά καθώς είναι από τις παλίες μπάντες του χώρου. Από το όνομα υποθέτει κάποιος ότι παίζουν black metal… Πιο συγκεκριμένα και όπως λένε και οι ίδιοι στη συγκεκριμένη και πιο πρόσφατη τους δουλειά η οποία είναι και επετειακή, περιέχει τραγούδια από τα τρία πρώτα demo τους!

Το EP περιέχει 4 κομμάτια black metal με σαφής επιρροές από τα μεγαθήρια (μεταξύ άλλων Mayhem, Emperor, Immortal, Marduk κτλ). Μια μίξη θα μπορούσα να πω όλων αυτών, με μια δυνατή δόση μελωδίας χωρίς ωστόσο να μην υπάρχουν και τα κλασικά «σιδηροδρομικά» riffs.  Όμορφες συνθέσεις, δυνατό παίξιμο, γρήγορες αλλαγές, μικρές διάρκειες που είναι πιο αποτελεσματικές για μια ευχαριστη ακρόαση. Ακόμα η παραγωγή είναι πολύ καλή, χωρίς να είναι κάτι θαμμένο. Όλα ακούγονται καθαρά και φυσικά υπάρχει η απαραίτητη δόση «βρωμιάς» που αρμόζει σε μια τέτοια μπάντα. Οι στίχοι είναι στο κλασικό μοτίβο που επίσης κινούνται οι περισσότερες μπάντες του χώρου. Μπορεί κανείς να καταλάβει την εξέλιξη της μπάντας από demo σε demo και να γνωρίσει μαι πολύ καλή εποχή της μπάντας (κατά τα λεγόμενα και των ίδιων των μελών).

Οι fan του είδους θα ακούσουν κάτι καλό, για τους υπόλοιπους είναι μια καλή ευκαιρία να γνωρίσετε τους Lord Impaler! Στα συν το άκρως επαγγελματικό press kit και γενικότερη η πολύ σοβαρή παρουσία και επικοινωνία τους.

Νίκος Λιανίδης

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Review: The Serpent Seal @ About.com Entertainment

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The Internet doesn’t sit still and neither do we.

Each month we bring you a handful of unsigned bands from across the globe that deserve your attention. They run the gamut from death, black, thrash, power and progressive metal all the way to hardcore and hard rock. Born from the underground, the metal community is only as strong as its independent music scene. Support these and other unsigned bands.

Formed in 1998, this veteran Greek battalion has certainly watched trends come and go while remaining true to their biting melodic black metal. On The Serpent Seal they re-record and re-imagine four cuts from their demo days, and the resulting songs feel like they’ve carved from black ice and wrapped with barbed wire.

While the influences are audible, Lord Impaler aren’t some pastiche of frost-bitten Scandinavian black metal and Rotting Christ’s raw, scorched death.  They brandish blast beats and melodic riffage like weaponry, shifting from mid-tempo stomps to blazing Dissection passages with expertise. That’s the skill you expect from a band whose moniker implies they specialize in impaling royalty.

By Sean Frasier

Source: http://heavymetal.about.com/od/cdreviews/tp/The-Unsigned-Underground-December-2014.htm

Review: The Serpent Seal @ Ragnarok Reviews

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No gimmicks. No popularity contests.

Lord Impaler is a melodic black metal band from Greece that has recently released a special anniversary EP containing demos from 1991, 2001, and 2005 with a new coat of re-recorded paint. Serpent Seal follows several demos, splits, and a full length album. This is the first time I’ve heard of the band, but I’m sure it isn’t going to be the last after hearing this.

Serpent Seal starts off with simplistic guitar riffs providing a heavy energy not heard in most black metal I’ve listened to as of late. The drums are tight and energetic as well, with a slight punch right at the end. The vocals and guitars sync well with one another, demonstrating the melodic characteristic given to the band. “Dying” is a great introductory track featuring a small taste of what Lord Impaler was many years ago.

“Final Gates” is the longest track of the EP, demonstrating the more well known black metal sound. The guitars are simply mesmerizing, coasting from deeply menacing to an eery haunting. Again, the guitars and vocals are the main attraction, with the drums providing a solid rhythm in the background and a bass presence that is noticeable throughout but on an inconsistent basis. Although repetitive in a lot of regards, “Final Gates” somehow stays interesting as it progresses.

“Travel Through Abyss” hails from the same demo as “Final Gates”, so they sound more tied together when compared to other tracks.

“Admire The Cosmos Black” finishes the EP off with a more crazed, diabolical approach. Another favorite for sure, due to the vast difference from the previous songs.

Although Serpent Seal is a collection of previous tracks, it provides great examples of what the band has done over the years. Lord Impaler are in the process of following this up with their second full length album and I’m honestly pretty stoked to hear it when it gets closer to the release date. If you like some melodic black metal, definitely check this release as well as the band’s previous releases.

source: http://www.ragnarokreviews.com/reviews/ep-reviews/lord-impaler#.VJbsBcABC

Review: The Serpent Seal @ RockOverdose

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The #1 greek metal news site.

Οι Lord Impaler έκλεισαν 16 χρόνια ζωής και 15 χρόνια από την κυκλοφορία του πρώτου τους και ομώνυμου demo, και το γιορτάζουν με την κυκλοφορία του επετειακού EP, με τίτλο The Serpent Seal – Το Αρχέγονο Σκότος Επιστρέφει”. Το καινούργιο αυτό EP δεν περιέχει καινούργια κομμάτια, αλλά 4 κομμάτια από τα πρώτα 3 τους demo, τα οποία έχουν επανηχογραφηθεί. Έχουμε λοιπόν το “Dying” από το ομώνυμο demo, τα “Final Gates” και “Travel Through Abyss” από το Twilight Wander και το “Admire the Cosmos Black”, από το Demo 2005”.

Όσοι είστε ήδη οπαδοί των Lord Impaler γνωρίζετε περί τίνος πρόκειται, αν και μη νομίζετε ότι το EP αυτό δεν θα είναι και για σας μία εμπειρία, καθώς η επανηχογράφησή τους, αλλά και το mix και το mastering που έχουν υποστεί, θα σας κάνουν να δείτε τα τραγούδια με εντελώς διαφορετική ματιά. Και τα τέσσερα κομμάτια είναι αρκετά πιο δυναμικά, μιας και η παραγωγή είναι σαφώς πιο μοντέρνα, αλλά ευτυχώς δεν έχει χαθεί καθόλου το αρχικό πνεύμα και η σκοτεινή ατμόσφαιρα που περιβάλλει τη μουσική τους.

Για εκείνους που δεν έχουν ακούσει τους Καστοριανούς ή τουλάχιστον η επαφή τους με το συγκρότημα ξεκινάει από τον πρώτο τους δίσκο, να πούμε ότι η μουσική βαδίζει στα χνάρια του Σκανδιναβικού Black Metal, κάνοντας ένα συνδυασμό ίσως των δύο σκηνών, της Νορβηγικής και της Σουηδικής, αφού υπάρχουν στιγμές που η μουσική είναι μόνο σκοτεινή και παγωμένη, με μοχθηρά high pitched φωνητικά, αλλά και στιγμές που η μουσική γίνεται πιο μελωδική και ατμοσφαιρική, κυρίως εκεί που η ταχύτητα πέφτει σε low tempo επίπεδα. Και η εναλλαγή αυτή ανάμεσα σε μελωδία και παγωμένο σκοτάδι συμβαίνει συχνά, αφού καμία από τις δύο καταστάσεις δεν κυριαρχεί για πολύ. Πολύ ωραίες είναι επίσης οι groovy μελωδίες, αλλά κυρίως τα rock-ish riffs που ακούγονται στο “Dying”.

Το The Serpent Seal – Το Αρχέγονο Σκότος Επιστρέφει” είναι μία πολύ καλή πρώτη επαφή, για εκείνους που δεν γνωρίζουν τη μουσική των Lord Impaler, αλλά και μια ωραία προσθήκη στη μουσική συλλογή τόσο αυτών όσο και εκείνων που ακολουθούν τη μουσική πορεία των παιδιών όλα αυτά τα χρόνια. Είναι, επίσης, και ένα ωραίο ορεκτικό εν αναμονή του δεύτερου άλμπουμ τους, “In Full Regalia”, το οποίο θα ξεκινήσουν σύντομα να ηχογραφούν.

Βαθμολογία: 85/100

Για το Rock Overdose,

Μίνως Ντοκόπουλος

Source: http://rockoverdose.gr/news_details.php?id=35507

News digest: Summer 2014

This has been a busy summer for Lord Impaler. We have a new EP in the making, a CD reissue, new music from the second full length (also in the making) and a bunch of interesting interviews. Read on…

The Serpent Seal anniversary EP

The Serpent Seal anniversary EP

— In June we began mixing our upcoming anniversary EP named “The Serpent Seal – Το αρχέγονο σκότος επιστρέφει“. As you may already know, this year marks the 15 years since our first demo tape got released in our hometown metal circles, and we are planning to celebrate with this EP made with tracks from our first 3 demos, only this time with proper sound…

The tracklist is: Dying, Final Gates, Travel Through Abyss and Admire The Cosmos Black. The mixing and mastering are being done by Tom Kvallsvol at Strype Audio, Oslo, Norway. A fantastic job as far as we can tell.

— Last year we signed a deal with the US based label Unmerciful Death productions for the reissue of our debut album “Admire The Cosmos Black“, both in CD and in vinyl format. In July 25 it was time to deliver, as U.D.p. released the CD version of the album. We have no ETA for the vinyl, but probably it won’t take too long.

For more info on that release visit http://www.lordimpaler.com/promo/admire-the-cosmos-black/

— In August we got our new rehearsal room ready. We are ramping things up as we prepare for a show this year and this one was a major step in this direction. We can’t tell for sure if we will be able to step on a stage after all, but we did get a new teaser video shot in there. So if you want a piece of the action AND a taste of our follow up album “In Full Regalia” watch the embedded video!

— Finally, as we wrap things up, these are some new interviews that you will most certainly find interesting. They cover a lot of our future plans as you read them here, but as with all interviews, there are more things in there to keep you reading…

http://anthem.gr/523/sunenteuxh-lord-impaler/

http://www.rockoverdose.gr/news_details.php?id=33187

http://pestwebzine.com/index/lord_impaler/0-913

metalasfuck.net/zine/articles/2014/currently-unsigned-lord-impaler

 

::Keep the Black Flame burning::

–Tragon

 

 

 

Review: Admire The Cosmos Black @ Bonded by Hate

This one passed completely under the radars back in 2012!

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Haters gonna hate!

Coming from a small town in Western Macedonia Greece, famous for its cold winter and ideal landscapes (and furs…) but not for its black metal scene, LORD IMPALER was a great surprise for me. Existing from 1998 and despite the numerous demos they recorded this is their first full length and my first contact with the band. LORD IMPALER is a trio membered from Tragon in vocals and Lord Nebulah in guitars/bass while the famous Hellhammer, yes ‘the’ Hellhammer from MAYHEM and ARCTURUS, is responsible for the drums of this album! ‘Admire the Cosmos Black’ is a very good album (with very well looked after job from Knut M. Valle, known from his work with ARCTURUS, in mixing and mastering), that shouldn’t be just an album that Hellhammer participated. Listen to ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Antichristian Hordes’ 2 of my albums’ favorite songs and try not to feel that this is a great band. Of course all songs are in a high level but the best song is undoubtedly ‘The Lord Impaler’ (a song based on a past synthesis of the band). There’s also a suitable and proud cover in DAEMONIA NYMPHE’s song ‘Hymn to the Nymphe’. ’Admire The Cosmos Black‘is an album that has nothing to be jealous of releases from the biggest names of black metal. Check them out now!

source: http://bondedbyhate.blogspot.gr/2012/09/lord-impaler-admire-cosmos-black.html

Review: Admire The Cosmos Black @ Blackened Horde zine

Every now and again some posts slip through my fingers and get posted late (if ever). This is one of those, back from March…

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Who says brutal can not be melodic? Me most of the time. While much of the aggression of Lord Impaler is due to Tragon’s vocals, which combines a rasp that has the strength of a growl with some guttural edge. Lord Impaler is definitely one of those bands who draws on many sources but does not pretend to be something it is not. Melodic Black Metal. There is a strong influence from Arcturus. Lord Impaler hired Knut Magne Valle to mix and master Admire The Cosmos Black. Lord Impaler also employed Hellhammer (ex-Mayhem) and Arcturus drummer to play drums on the album.

Admire The Cosmos Black is well produced but still has the edge of an album that that has a raw brutality. The keyboards are never overbearing and blend with all the single string melody of the guitar. Lord Impaler is not going for total speed. There is a great deal of variation most aptly displayed in the lengthy opus at the end Dreamtime Heresy. This is an album you can listen to start to finish no problem. But I will point out Antichristian Hordes as a favorite. People who are not fans of Black Metal can find something to love here. There are elements that remind me of dark symphonic metal for some reason a little Iron Maiden with the changes and melody.

Lord Impaler Hails from Greece and has been active since 1998. I think Admire The Cosmos Black is a RECOMMENDED BUY.

Tragon – Vocals
Lord Nebulah – Guitars
Void – Bass
Studio Drums – Hellhammer

Tracklist –
1. Twelve Thrones Eternal
2. Celebrating the Elder Spirits
3. Antichristian Hordes
4. Homage
5. Void
6. The Lord Impaler
7. Prometheus
8. Warchant
9. Hymn to the Nymphe*
10. Dreamtime Heresy

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Rating: 9 out or 10
~Alaric Hannibal Barca

source: http://blackenedhorde.com/lord_impaler_review

Review: ATCB @ FullMetalAttorney

Greece has one of the more underrated black metal scenes. Most people are familiar with Rotting Christ of course, but not a lot know about Kawir, Varathron, Dodsferd, or Ravencult. Well add Lord Impaler to that list as well, because this band is just as impressive as other black metal bands from their home country such as the ones named.

Lord Impaler has actually been around for quite a long time, though this is their first full-length. They have released four demos and a split with three other Greek black metal bands in the past. Lord Impaler does not have a full-time drummer, so the position is filled with a guest each new recording.

As with many other Greek black metal bands, Lord Impaler‘s sound is melodic and atmospheric. There is a wealth of tremolo riffing present in each song, which makes up the bulk of the melodies. The vocals are delivered in fairly typical black metal style, although they are not as ear-splitting in pitch as some other bands. They are still very harsh and intense vocals. The band does occasionally delve into melodic, Burzum-esque keyboard lines during songs. There is also one whole track of this. The bulk of the album feels cold and sinister.

I enjoyed this album quite a bit. Greek black metal is somewhere right behind Australian war metal and German thrash metal as far as my favorite regional subgenres go. This band proves why.

The Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars

Guest review by Metallattorney. He is the law.

Source: http://fullmetalattorney.blogspot.gr/2012/09/lord-impaler-admire-cosmos-black-2011.html

Review: ATCB @ NoCleanSinging.com

This band had their genesis in 1998 but didn’t release their debut album until 2011, following a period of extended hiatus and then five years of work on the 10 songs contained within Admire the Cosmos Black. Lord Impaler is a two-man band, but they had some attention-grabbing help from the mighty Hellhammer (Mayhem), who tracked the drums for the album, and from Knut M. Valle(Arcturus), who did the mixing and mastering.

Unlike their better known countrymen in Rotting Christ and Septic Flesh, Lord Impaler have hewed more closely to the thorny path of Nordic black metal (but with some fascinating flourishes). The vocals are flensing, a concentrated blast of glass shards that cut to the bone. The tremolo whirr of the guitars bathes the music in a flood of vitriol. Rapid-fire bass picking thrums low in the gut. And then, there are the drums.

I suppose nothing more really needs to be said about Hellhammer’s legendary capabilities, so I’ll just mention that he rips hell on this album. Absolutely jaw-dropping stuff. Seriously.

But I don’t want  to oversimplify this album. Though predominantly vicious and blistering in its approach, it’s also heavily infused with appealing melody, generally delivered by the high-pitched, balalaika-like quality of the lead guitar, but also in more surprising ways, among them:

The mesmerizing piano instrumental in the middle of “Celebrating the Elder Spirits”; the chiming guitar notes that divide the pieces of “Antichristian Hordes”; the beautiful orchestral interlude (with trumpet solo) that makes up “Void”; the well-timed, soaring synthesizer enhancements in “Lord Impaler”; the reverberating, waltz-like guitar arpeggio at the beginning of the epic final track, “Dreamtime Heresy”, and another ringing, near-prog-metal guitar solo (accompanied by beautifully complex drum work from Hellhammer) mid-way through the same song.

The band also pay heed to the importance of dynamics. All is not the rampant headlong charge, the firehose blast of pressurized acid. Led significantly by Hellhammer’s rhythm shifts and style changes, Lord Impaler back off the red-line pacing within songs and create effective juxtapositions from song to song (e.g., the emotionally affecting end of “Lord Impaler” and the scalding intro to “Prometheus”, which immediately follows). You definitely won’t loose interest in a sea of sameness.

Despite the fact that this is a self-financed, self-released album, I’m really surprised it hasn’t drawn more attention. The songs on Admire the Cosmos Black are beautifully-composed, expertly executed at all positions, and they make for a riveting listening experience from start to finish. Highly recommended for fans of icy-hot melodic black metal.

[…] You can buy and download the album via the Bandcamp link, as I did, and if you follow the last link and go to the Media/Sound Files tab, Lord Impaler have made their earlier demos available for free download.

source: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2012/06/18/greeks-bearing-gifts-tardive-dyskinesia-and-lord-impaler/

Review: ATCB @ Metal Hammer GR / Hellenic Assault

There are those times you just catch yourself repeating himself and this is one such moment for me. But it is pleasant. And all of this because I have to repeat how far ahead the whole Greek scene and Greek black metal in particular has come. But what else can I do? The debut album of Lord Impaler requires such mentions. The band from Kastoria breaks the borders and simultaneously breaks all limits, skillfully blending the classic by now “Greek black element” with the Norwegian coldness and the old-school immediacy with the majestic atmosphere, while it manages to create an album that teeter between (let’s call it) retro and modern sound, easily keeping the balance. With the mixing and mastering of the album being done in Norway by Knut M. Valle (Arcturus) and with Hellhammer (SS: Yes, the one known from Mayhem etc.) behind the drums for this recording, Lord Impaler have already taken the first step towards something bigger and more massive. The clean production is worthy of the whole project and gives all the air needed for the epic compositions such as “The Lord Impaler” and “Dreamtime Heresy” to unfold properly. The followers of the Greek (and not only) black metal have once again something to smile about. (8/10)

(Untranslated text:) Υπάρχουν κάποιες φορές που απλώς πιάνεις τον εαυτό σου να επαναλαμβάνεται και τούτη είναι μία τέτοια στιγμή για μένα. Αλλά είναι ευχάριστη. Και όλα αυτά, γιατί πρέπει να επαναλάβω το πόσο μπροστά βρίσκεται πλέον η ελληνική σκηνή συνολικά και το ελληνικό black metal ειδικότερα. Αλλά τι να κάνουμε; Το ντεμπούτο album των Lord Impaler επιβάλλει τέτοιες αναφορές. Το συγκρότημα από την Καστοριά σπάει τα σύνορα και ταυτόχρονα σπάει και κάθε όριο, αναμειγνύοντας με μαεστρία το κλασικό πια “Greek black element” με τη νορβηγική ψυχρότητα και την old-school αμεσότητα με τη majestic ατμόσφαιρα, ενώ ταυτόχρονα καταφέρνει να δημιουργήσει ένα album που ακροβατεί μεταξύ του (ας τον πούμε) retro και του μοντέρνου ήχου, κρατώντας με χαρακτηριστική άνεση τις ισορροπίες. Με τη μίξη και το mastering του album να έχουν γίνει στη Νορβηγία από τον Knut M. Valle (Arcturus) και με τον Hellhammer (σ.σ.: ναι, τον γνωστό από τους Mayhem κ.α.) ν’ αναλαμβάνει χρέη drummer στις ηχογραφήσεις, οι Lord Impaler έχουν ήδη κάνει το πρώτο βήμα προς κάτι μεγαλύτερο και μαζικότερο. Η πεντακάθαρη παραγωγή είναι αντάξια του όλου εγχειρήματος και δίνει όλο τον αέρα που χρειάζονται οι επικών διαστάσεων συνθέσεις όπως το “The Lord Impaler” και το “Dreamtime Heresy”. Οι οπαδοί του ελληνικού (και όχι μόνο) black metal έχουν γι’ άλλη μία φορά κάτι για να χαμογελούν. (8/10)

Source: Greek Metal Hammer mag, Sept. 2011