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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/

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/