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THANTIFAXATH Sacred White Noise

TUSMÖRKE Riset Bak Speilet

VAINAJA Kadotetut

VANHELGD Relics Of Sulphur Salvation

Dark Descent

Svart Records

Svart Records

Pulverised Records

8

7.5

9.5

8

/10 With only one EP

(2011) and the brand new debut “Sacred White Noise”, the faceless and nameless Canadian band Thantifaxath are already a case of success as one of the most occult and weird projects within the black metal underground. Every single song is fantastically disturbing, but among the dissonant and upand-down riffs there are some spasms of melody like in “Where I End and the Hemlock Begins”. The use of string instruments in “Eternally Falling” makes the album even more tenebrous, morbid and mentally corrupted – what an atmosphere! The experimental side with kind of schizophrenic passages delivered by the insane guitarist is the extreme point of trying to lock us in a void dimension. Beware if you have epilepsy! [Diogo Ferreira]

/10 If you were to

wake up in the middle of a forest, in medieval garments, being followed by a strange creature with goat legs and human torso, carrying a magical flute while proclaiming that the trees are alive and you are their brother, there is only one band that could provide the appropriate soundtrack: Tusmørke, a neo-prog rock band with songs in Norwegian as well as English. Soft flutes, ethereal voices and gentle guitars that drink from the fountain of Jethro Tull and Amon Düül are what make up this strange ensemble of sounds that will make you believe you are an Ent, forever roaming the dark forests of some lost realm. [Carlos Cardoso]

VANHELGA Längtan Art Of Propaganda

9.5

/10 The third studio

album of the black metallers Vanhelga (Desecrate in English) was out in the end of April via Art of Propaganda. After two successful full-lengths, the Swedish band continues with Längtan,

/10 Wanting some

soul-crushing and majestic death/doom metal? Look no further. Vainaja fuse the earthshaking elements of doom and the abrasive and evil aspects of death metal, creating a magnificent display of gloomy grandeur. Surprisingly enough, the songs aren’t too long on this one, keeping things interesting for those that are too impatient. The atmosphere is top notch as well, with daunting auras that hover over the music periodically as well as on their own. Vainaja stand out above most of the crowd with their approach to this record. I know I’ll be playing this frequently throughout the year and maybe you will too. [Jeffrey Allee]

a release that you will probably find both interesting and weird, as they experimented a lot -and believe me- it worked. Here, the rawness and intensity of black metal mixes with the misanthropic influences from Lifelover and avant-garde Ved Buens Ende, delivering 12 songs of pure madness. Like in most songs of the album, we find diversity, from the opening Svartsint ömhet (free translation for Black-Minded Tenderness) to Låt snön falla (let snow fall). In one aspect, the tunes can be slender and tame, almost calming. Yet in another prospect it can be claustrophobic and abyssal, thick and tight due to the compositions the artists have created. As we reach the end of the album, the closing track happens to be also the longest

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/10 Relics of Sulphur

Salvation comes off as a regular, run of the mill death metal album. However, it ends up categorizing itself as a surprising death metal release that incorporates black metal elements, spanning on both sides of the spectrum of the sub-genre. The “demonic” presence located within the vocals and overall feel of the album bring about an interesting layer that helps separate itself off from the crowd, making it an interesting listen. I feel that many folks will enjoy this, but I’m a little wary of the lasting effect it will have in the long run. For some, it may not hit as hard as other releases have so far in the year. [Jeffrey Allee]

one of Längtan. Exploderande känslostorm (Exploding Emotional Storm) is exactly as the title describes: a storm of various emotions/thoughts coming to life, like a madman whispers to the listener’s ear. Pay attention when listening, once will not be enough as there are plenty of well-structured elements: occasional spoken parts, solos, plus keyboard addendum. Those who are into this sound, will love it and it will surely gain a place in their playlist. All in all, this is a bountiful offering of contast, juxtaposed influences and oppositions of inspiration for a black metal band, and elements which weld in a good way. Definitely something not to be missed from your collection. [Labrini Gouma]

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