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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…






::Keep the Black Flame burning::





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)


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


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

source: http://blackenedhorde.com/lord_impaler_athos_review

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…

Blackened Horde zine screengrab

Black metal radio

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


Rating: 9 out or 10
~Alaric Hannibal Barca

source: http://blackenedhorde.com/lord_impaler_review

Interview: Jan 2014, Tragon @ Blackened Horde zine (USA)

Q:    How did the band get started?
Tragon:    We started back in 1998 as a bunch of guys who wanted to be like their music idols. One thing led to another and soon we found ourselves writing our own music, releasing demos and pretty much being a proper band…

Q:   What kind of music do you play?
Tragon:    We play black metal. Melodic and with an old school air to be more specific.

Q:   How has the fan response been?
Tragon: Our fans have embraced us ever since the first days of the band, and I just can’t thank them enough for that. It gives us great strength to know that what we do means something to people out there.

Q:   Where did the band name come from?
Tragon:    The name LORD IMPALER is actually a nickname of Vlad Tepes, aka Dracula. We first encountered it in MARDUK’s album “Nightwing” and we thought it was a really good name for a black metal band.

Q:    Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
Tragon:    The current line-up is: Tragon (vocals), Lord Nebulah (guitars), Phlegethon (bass), Nodens (drums) and Aenaon (guitars).

Q:    Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Tragon:    The majority of the music is written by Lord Nebulah, but everyone contributes with parts and ideas here and there. The lyrics are mostly my job, but again anyone else can come up with something good.

Q:    And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Tragon: My lyrics are the result of everyday philosophizing about life, it’s meaning, it’s origins. Whenever I have lingering thoughts about gods, antichristianity, ancient Hellenic pride, or anything that touches on those subjects, I will transform my ideas to lyrics for the band. My main source of inspiration are books and of course thought provoking talks with friends.

Q:   What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Tragon: I am not a Satanist and also not much involved with the occult. They are –for me- just another form of seeking the truth or finding a meaning in order to live a better life. They are pretty valueless for me just as any other religion, I just have them a little closer to my heart because they challenge the typical values and morals, and that is always a good thing. Lyrically I refer to Satan as a non-personified will to oppose God, even if that is just the will of a godless man…

Q:    How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Tragon: We have released one full length album, “Admire the Cosmos Black” in 2011, a 4-way split called “The Ascending Novelty” in 2008 (available only in vinyl), 4 demos, “The Lord Impaler” in 1999, “Twilight Wander” in 2001, “Promo 2005” in 2005 and “Demo 2009” in 2009, and in July 2013 we released a digital EP called “Babylon Whore” which was recently  made available as a split CD with ATHOS.

Q:   Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Tragon: Babylon Whore contains two songs from our second full length album, “In Full Regalia”, which is on the making. The songs are “Babylon Whore” and “The White Dream of Ziz” and they are fast paced, melodic and quite aggressive. Lyrically the second album is a journey from challenging the gods and idols that others forced us to believe, to exploring and finally believing  in ourselves. Those two songs are part of this journey.

Q:    Do you have any side projects?
Tragon: Only Nodens has a personal band called NORTH GATE and he also plays in PROMETHEUS and KULT OF TAURUS.

Q:    Who are some of your musical influences?
Tragon: We all have different musical tastes and probably different influences, but we do have a common love for traditional black metal.

Q:    Which current bands?

Q:    What is the band like when you play live?
Tragon: We haven’t played live for a lot of time now (last show was in 2000), so I can’t answer that in all honesty. We are planning to play live this year and we are rehearsing a lot, but we can’t really tell how it is going to be on the actual stage.

Q:    Have you guys ever played in another country?
Tragon: Nope.

Q:    How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
Tragon: Our only shows were at festivals, so people weren’t really there for us. We will have to wait and see…

Q:    How is the crowd response when you play?
Tragon: Same as above.

Q:    What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
Tragon: Well, I am not a huge fan of death metal and certainly I prefer the European death metal style. There are only a handful of US death bands I really enjoy, like VITAL REMAINS and DEICIDE. On the other hand, the US black metal scene is easily one of the top 5 in my head. There are so many awesome and unique bands, from AGALLOCH to FALLS OF RAUROS, from ABSU to LURKER OF CHALICE, from DECEMBER WOLVES to WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, from JUDAS ISCARIOT to XASTHUR, everyone of them has something to offer and they all come with a great taste and quality. I do love the USBM scene!

Q:    What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
Tragon: Most of them lack the technical skills to actually stand as equals to the European and US scenes, but they are more raw and powerful and spirited, and that somewhat makes up for it. The only overseas scene that really stands out for me is the Australian, with some really hot bands, like ASTRIAAL, BE’LAKOR and WOODS OF DESOLATION.

Q:    What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?
Tragon: These last months I am mostly into Greek black metal, so I probably missed a lot of what is hot in the outside world. The bands that are usually in rotation lately are HAIL SPIRIT NOIR, VIGOUR and DIABLERY, all of them from Greece. Oh, and DEN SAAKALDTE from Norway.

Q:    When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Tragon: We are constantly writing new music. We have a new album in the works and whatever ideas may come until we release this one are also processed and stored for the future.

Q:   What does the future hold for the band??
Tragon: We plan to release an anniversary EP for the 15 years since the release of our first demo in the following months. We call it “The Serpent Seal – Το αρχέγονο σκότος επιστρέφει”, and right after that we will begin recording our follow up album “In Full Regalia”. Hopefully we will be ready to hit some stages too this summer…

Source: http://blackenedhorde.com/lord_impaler