Reviews 2015 - part 5
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2015 part 5/6 : September → October

09.10.15

VREID - SÓLVERV

Vreid - Sólverv Dice 4/6

INDIE RECORDINGS, 11.10.15
Based deep within the fjords, surrounded by mighty mountains, Vreid is a brigade highly inspired by an environment that can almost be said to be more arch-Norwegian than anything else.
With their seventh full-length album they take a step back and reflect on their origin and heritage.
Vreid presents an account of life and of grief, though breathtaking scenery and harsh weather conditions, the way life can be in rural surroundings. Looking to the past for inspiration and knowledge, rather than the urban way of constantly chasing for the future.

With the thematic direction they've chosen, it's quite natural that their new music take on a somewhat laid back touch.


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06.10.15

MOLLLUST - IN DEEP WATERS

Molllust - In Deep Waters Dice 4/6

INDEPENDENT, 25.09.15
There are bands that use moderate symphonic instruments, like what for example Emperor did, and there are those who equate the classically-inspired elements with their metallic colouration, as Septicflesh. Then there are those that allows the symphonic aspect to take the lead, yet still retains their metal aesthetics via gloomy moods, like Carach Angren, and finally there are those who allow the orchestral features to take complete control, such as Molllust.


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02.10.15

W.A.S.P. - GOLGOTHA

W.A.S.P. - Golgotha Dice 5/6

NAPALM RECORDS, 02.10.15 (09.10 in US/CAN)
Blackie Lawless, W.A.S.P.'s only remaining original member, has spent an unusually long time crafting Golgotha. Shoulder surgery, celebrating the band's 30th anniversary with tour in 2012 and further delays due to a broken foot the following year has meant that six years have gone by without any releases. That's a record for the Americans, but the bands protagonist thinks it's been an advantage to get some distance to the songs in order to see them from a slightly different perspective later in the process, and thus being able to lay a more carefully honed touch to songs and details.


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27.09.15

IRON MAIDEN - THE BOOK OF SOULS

Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls Dice 4/6

PARLOPHONE, 04.09.15
As everyone knows, the manifestation of archetypal heavy metal itself is out with their 16th alnum. A voodoo-adorned beast on double CD or triple vinyl.

I have to fill this intro with something, as an in-depth presentation of the six Brits falls on its own absurdity. Iron Maiden was my first serious favourite band. The first band that made me into a drooling completist, scavenging every release I could find...


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23.09.15

MEPHORASH - 1557: RITES OF NULLIFICATION

Mephorash - 1557 – Rites of Nullification Dice 6/6

ODIUM RECORDS, 01.09.15
Swedish Mephorash has only been active for five years. The band seems to consist of four members, and they have already managed to go through some replacements. Hopefully, the line-up is stabilized now, for with the current crew the band has probably released their magnum opus, thus far.
I have admittedly not heard more than a couple of songs from their previous discography.
1557 – Rites of Nullification (the cover uses colon, not dash) is the band's third full-length album.


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15.09.15

MGŁA - EXERCISES IN FUTILITY

Mgła - Exercises in Futility Dice 6/6

No Solace & Northern Heritage Records, 04.09.15
No matter how much I appreciate rabid sonic disgust from black metal bands of a newer, more chaotic approach, I always find a real pleasure in hearing qualitative eeriness of a more controlled nature.
Polish Mgła belong to the old school, and it seems to me that they, like good whiskey, has only improved over the years.
Admittedly, I only have a relationship with their sophomore album, With Hearts Toward None, but the band seems to have found their own obscure and bitter path on a higher level this time.


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13.09.15

ORKAN - LIVLAUS

Orkan - Livlaus Dice 3/6

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS, 11.09.15
This is an album I was looking forward to give a solid amount of spins. Orkan (Hurricane) is out with their second album (I missed Crimson Canvas three years ago), and the guys have reportedly gone in a new and darker direction afterwards (something I for obvious reasons unfortunately can't elaborate).
The band reside in a very tradition-rich city, is comprised of people with CVs one can easily nod knowingly to, have a couple of respected artists on the guest list, and generally seemed promising.


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