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Review: The Serpent Seal @GreekRebels (GR)

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Οι Lord Impaler από την Καστοριά αποτελούν μια από τις παλιότερες black metal μπάντες στη χώρα μας μιας και ιδρύθηκαν το 1998. Με ιδιαίτερη αγάπη στον παραδοσιακό  σκανδιναβικό black metal ήχο και αρκετά διαφορετικοί ηχητικά σε σχέση με πολλές άλλες μπάντες της χώρα μας έχουν μέχρι σήμερα στο ενεργητικό τους 4 demos τα:  The Lord Impaler (1999), Twilight Wander (2001), Promo (2005) και Demo 2009, 2 split τα: The Ascending Novelty (2007) μαζί με τους Crossover, The Eternal Darkness, Nethescerial και …Were There Before They Born (2013) μαζί με τους Athos, ένα full length album με τίτλο Admire the Cosmos Black και δυο ep’s τα: Babylon Whore (2013) και το το The Serpent Seal για το οποίο θα κάνουμε λόγο εδώ.

Με αφορμή λοιπόν τη συμπλήρωση 15 χρόνων από την κυκλοφορία του πρώτου τους ομώνυμου demo οι Lord Impaler αποφάσισαν για να το γιορτάσουν να επαναηχογραφήσουν τέσσερα τραγούδια από τα τρία πρώτα demo τους και συγκεκριμένα τα Dying (από το πρώτο demo “The Lord Impaler”, 1999) Final Gates και Travel Through Abyss (από το δεύτερο demo τους  “Twilight Wander”, 2001) και τέλος το Admire The Cosmos Black (από το “Promo 2005”) και να τα κυκλοφορήσουν σε αυτό το Ep.

Το ep ηχογραφήθηκε στο προσωπικό στούντιο της μπάντας, η μίξη του έγινε στα Thrawnsonic Labs και το master στα Strype Audio από τον Tom Kvålsvoll (έχει επίσης δουλέψει με μπάντες όπως οι Aura Noir, Macabre, Demonaz κ.α) και ακούγεται φρέσκος και σύγχρονος διατηρώντας όμως το αρχέγονο black metal feeling.

Τα τα τέσσερα τραγούδια είναι πιο απλά και λιτά σε δομή σε σχέση με αυτά του full – length album τους και χαρακτηρίζονται από τα βαθιά λαρυγγικά φωνητικά του Tragon, τα κοφτερά riffs, τις εναλλαγές ρυθμών από αργά σκοτεινά μέρη σε blast beats ξεσπάσματα και ένα επικό feeling. Προσωπικά ξεχωρίζω το Final Gates με τις εναλλαγές ρυθμών και τις νοσηρές του μελωδίες και το σύντομο Admire The Cosmos Black που ξεκινά καταιγιστικά και επιβραδύνει απότομα παίρνοντας μια πιο μελωδική και επική μορφή. Όσοι γουστάρετε τους Lord Impaler και το σκανδιναβικό black τσιμπήστε το όσοι δε γνωρίζετε τη μπάντα το «The Serpent Steel / To Αρχέγονο σκότος επιστρέφει» είναι μια καλή ευκαιρία για να πιάσετε και να ξετυλίξετε το νήμα από την αρχή.

8/10
Πάνος Πρέντζας

source: http://www.greekrebels.gr/lord-impaler-the-serpent-steel-to-%CE%B1%CF%81%CF%87%CE%AD%CE%B3%CE%BF%CE%BD%CE%BF-%CF%83%CE%BA%CF%8C%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%82-%CE%B5%CF%80%CE%B9%CF%83%CF%84%CF%81%CE%AD%CF%86%CE%B5%CE%B9-ep-self-fi/

Mini-review: The Serpent Seal @ Metal Bandcamp

Andy Osborn wrote a little something for the Greek black metal scene and mentioned our latest EP too. It goes like this:

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The ‘Year of Hellenic darkness’ on Metal Bandcamp

A band who has mastered the art of short releases, Lord Impaler have been going strong for 15 years yet only have one full-length under their bullet belts. Just like last year’s impressive Babylon Whore EP, The Serpent Seal is full of shorter songs that constantly switch things up. Consisting of re-recordings from their early days, this is a great little release for those with melodic sensibilities who like to be kept on their toes.

source: http://metalbandcamp.com/2015/01/the-year-of-hellenic-darkness.html

Review: The Serpent Seal @ Metal Invader (GR)

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Genre : Black Metal
Country : Greece
Label : Self-released
Year : 2014

The ranks of Greek black metal are multitudinous and Lord Impaler stand well as one legit and respectable act in the scene. To celebrate their fifteen years of releases (1999-2014) they decided to put out The Serpent Seal EP, which actually contains re-recordings of their early stuff, including “Dying” from their 1999 self-titled demo, “Final Gates” and “Travel Through Abyss” from the Twilight Wonder demo and “Admire the Cosmos Black” from the 2005 promo.

Despite being active for so many years, they have only released one full length in 2011 and their last releases have been EPs and splits (featuring 2013’s notable Babylon Whore) so most of the fans should be eager to finally get a second full record. Naturally, the sound on The Serpent Seal is significantly improved, mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll during July and November 2014.

Lord Impaler has always played direct black metal with melodic riffs and influences from the northern scene and the Scandinavian bands. The polished production will please the ears of all their fans and the quality of the compositions is surely above average, showing how the band had the skills to write nice material from the start.

The band uses a real drummer this time (no drum machine anymore) and his effort is satisfying. There are some blast beat moments and they work perfectly with the tracks, making me wish it had more of that technique in record. The vocals are the regular shrieks while the guitar lines are the most interesting, featuring a lot of traditional, great riffs.

All in all, the tracks on The Serpent Seal have been revisited to an extent it’s awesome even as a new release and the whole package is more accessible and proffesional. Everyone into Greek black metal should not hesitate to go down on this and it surely serves well as an anniversary EP. Apart from that, Lord Impaler’s album Admire the Cosmos Black is also highly recommended, if you want to listen more from the band.

4/6

Source: http://metalinvader.net/lord-impaler-the-serpent-seal/

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

source: http://www.rockap.gr/lord-impaler-the-serpent-seal-%CF%84%CE%BF-%CE%B1%CF%81%CF%87%CE%AD%CE%B3%CE%BF%CE%BD%CE%BF-%CF%83%CE%BA%CF%8C%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%82-%CE%B5%CF%80%CE%B9%CF%83%CF%84%CF%81%CE%AD%CF%86%CE%B5/

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

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Μίνως Ντοκόπουλος

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

Review: The Serpent Seal @ NoCleanSinging

The very first review of our newly released anniversary EP “The Serpent Seal” came a few weeks ago. A huge thank you to Islander and No Clean Singing…

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THE SHAME OF THE METAL GODS

This year the Greek melodic black metal band Lord Impaler are celebrating their 16th year of life. In that long stretch of time they’ve released four demos (the first one in 1999), two split releases, a full-length album, and an EP. I’ve previously reviewed both the album (2011′s Admire the Cosmos Black) and the EP (2013′s Babylon Whore) — both of which are very impressive — but I’ve never heard any of the earlier demo recordings. Now all of us are about to get a taste of them in new form.

On December 7 Lord Impaler will release a special anniversary EP entitled The Serpent Seal – Το Αρχέγονο Σκότοσ Επιςτρέφει, which includes re-recorded versions of four songs from their first three demos, and today we’re premiering one of those tracks: “Final Gates”.

 

 

Tragon, the band’s vocalist has explained: “We started this idea as a fun project but in the process we realized a lot of our fans relate to these songs, so we decided to go the extra mile and give them proper hell. It sure has the Lord Impaler quality all over it!”. Bassist Phlegethon added: “I am a huge fan of the demo era of Lord Impaler and participating in this EP was a great opportunity for me to live in it once again.”

Compared to the band’s more multi-faceted later works, these demo songs are somewhat more simple and stripped-down in their approach, but they’re no less appealing, and they manifest the band’s earliest leanings toward the Scandinavian-styled black metal that has tended to set them apart from many of their countrymen of similar vintage in this genre.

The first one, “Dying”, originally appeared on the 1999 Lord Impaler demo. It moves back and forth between a slow rocking rhythm and a storm of blast-beats and hailing riffs, with a dirge-like processional in the middle. The melody is very catchy, and the song is also marked (as they all are) by Tragon’s ravaged, jagged, gravel-throated vocals.

The second song, which we’re premiering today, dates from the Twilight Wander promo in 2001. My favorite track on the EP, “Final Gates” starts hard and fast but soon settles into a slow, stalking pace infused with a bleak, morbid melody. The song continues to move between those passages of slaughtering aggression, filled with sinuous riffs and blistering drum fills, and slower, sombre movements. But the highlight of the song is its memorable, emotionally affecting, epic-strength central melody.

In “Travel Through Abyss”, the band once again create a dynamic between the blazing and the blasting and slower-paced passages. The music’s atmosphere is bleak and bereft, yet also impassioned, with a rippling tremolo melody that strikes a strong chord.

Though the final track shares the same name as the band’s sole full-length, “Admire the Cosmos Black” is actually a song from their 2005 demo release. It explodes right from the beginning with rapid-fire percussion and heaving waves of tremolo’d riffage. Also dark and doomed in its atmospherics, the song abruptly slows and then begins to swell in volume, its melody becoming magisterial. If I have any complaint about this EP, it’s my wish that this song were longer — it seems to end before reaching its full potential, though it’s quite good as it stands.

After the release of this EP the band plan to begin recording their second full-length album, to be titled In Full Regalia. As a way-station before that release and as a revisiting of the band’s early years, The Serpent Seal – Το Αρχέγονο Σκότοσ Επιςτρέφει is a very strong outing in its own right, and one that should provide new listeners with ample reason to explore Lord Impaler’s more recent works.

The Serpent Seal was mixed at Thrawnsonic Labs and mastered at Strype Audio by Tom Kvålsvoll between July and November 2014.  It will initially be released on December 7 as a digital download on Bandcamp, to eventually be followed by a limited CD version.

Enjoy “Final Gates” below.

Source: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2014/11/26/an-ncs-premiere-lord-impaler-final-gates-and-a-review-of-the-serpent-seal/

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: Babylon Whore split @ Blackened Horde zine

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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)

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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