Pounding nails … into the … lid of your … coffin

ZEMIAL!  Yes, Mr Rytkonen uncovers the latest from this Greek Black Metal purveyor, and it’s a bevy of styles that comes together exceedingly well.  Jake brings us the brazenly original UK blacksters White Medal and his take on the AnXpm / Symphonia Sacrosancta Phasmatum split, while Cliftonium disseminates the absolutely crushing new Grave Miasma, and Belgian head-turners Possession. So Varg’s suit against the French gov’t takes place Oct 17th … legit case, or a spilled-the-coffee-now-I’m-suing-you triviality? You decide!

Jim Clifton Playlist
Moonblood – Blut & Krieg
Falkenbach – Asa
Fyrnask – Bluostar
The Ruins of Beverast – Unlock the Shrine
The Ruins of Beverast – Rain Upon the Impure
Sepultura – Bestial Devastation
Aeturnus – And So the Night Became
Nhor – Within the Darkness Between the Starlight
Skogen – Svitjod
Nunslaughter – The Devils Congeries (Vol. 1)

Jake Moran Playlist
Fauna – Avifauna
Preterite – From The Wells
Agitated Radio Pilot – The Bridesmaid & The Partial Eclipse
Lönndom – Viddernas tolv kapitel
Fearthainne – Knowing
Mortiis – Ånden som Gjorde Opprør
Seirom – Sparkle Night
Stray Ghost – Those Who Know Darkness Have Seen The Light
Red Tail Ring – I. Middlewest Chant
Angel Olsen – Half Way Home

Marty Rytkonen Playlist
Zemial – Nykta
Caladan Brood – Echoes of Battle
Waldgeflüster – Trauerweide Demos
Satyricon – Satyricon (only listened to this once and may never do so again. What a completely lame album.)
Diskord – Diskord – Doomscapes/Aural Abjection (still kicking my ass. Wow!)
Carcass – Surgical Steel
Stargazer – The Scream That Tore the Sky
Necromantia – Scarlet Evil Witching Black
New Order – Movement
Windr – Likferd

~ by cliftonium on September 25, 2013.

24 Responses to “Pounding nails … into the … lid of your … coffin”

  1. Listened to the new Grave Miasma and figured I finally had my fill of this type of musical nightmare (the cavernous, oppressive, subterranean sounding type) because I hear it’s good but it doesn’t hit me.
    I think the beef Varg has with the french government is very real and legit, and I completely support his cause but taking it to trial seems to me to be a bit futile… Demanding justice from the same system that broke into his house and held him at gunpoint (in front of his kids) for allegedly being a terrorist because he has a different opinion and is not afraid to spread that opinion around (and owning a couple of guns… with a caliber only fit for shooting rabbits!). It’s a fucked up and paranoid world indeed. Kudos to him for at least trying.

    In an especially eeevil mood these last couple of days:
    Deströyer 666 – Cold Steel… For an Iron Age
    Revenge – Scum.Collapse.Eradication
    Azaghal – Nemesis
    Azaghal – Codex Antitheus
    Arckanum – Fenris Kindir (starting to be a serious contender for record of the year)
    Nuclearhammer – Obliteration Ritual
    Begrime Exemious – Impending Funeral of Man
    Spectral Lore/Mare Cognitum – Sol (fucking brilliant!)
    Lustre – Wonder

    But also: Creedence Clearwater Revival – S/T

    Fuck, late for work.

  2. Abigail – Intercourse & Lust
    Begrime Exemious – Wasteland Of Damnation (over and over)
    Fallen Christ – Abduction Ritual
    Grave Miasma – Odori Sepulcrorum
    Ignivomous – Contragenesis
    Irkallian Oracle – Grave Ekstasis
    Mold – Cremated Alive demo
    Prosanctus Inferi – Noctambulous Jaws Within Sempiternal Night
    Slaughter Lord – Thrash ’til Death ’86-’87
    The Ruins of Beverast – Blood Vaults
    Torture Chain – Mutilating Astral Entities
    all the new Urfaust material
    new White Medal
    Yyrkoon – Occult Medicine

  3. Creepmime – Chiaroscuro
    Nagelfar – Srontgorrth
    Carcass – Surgical Steel
    Root – Temple in the Underworld
    Mercyless – Coloured Funeral
    Lil Ugly Mane – Three Sided Tape Volume One
    Anasarca – Godmachine

    and completely agree about that new Satyricon…what a loser of an album.

  4. Sluggard – S/T Demo
    Morast – Dead Out from Graves
    Mandibula – Sacrifical Metal of Death
    Drowned – New Promo from Sepulchral Voice
    Evoken – Atra Mors
    Chaos Echoes – Tone of Things to Come
    Entombed – Clandestine, Stranger Aeons
    Nuctemeron – A Time the World Forgot
    Ho Ax – Hoax
    Sodom – Obsessed by Cruelty (Steamhammer edition only!)
    Blizaro – All
    Order of the Solar Temple – promo
    Emika – S/t
    Aquilus – Griseus
    Uvikra – Fulfill Thee
    Bethlehem – S/t Demo
    Bewitched – Doomed/Nemesis Demo

    This was a great week for reviews for me. Lot of good stuff guys! Thanks.

  5. Some of my friends, writers and reviewers, have reacted favorably to the new Satyricon and I don’t even know how to react. 🙂 Between me and them there’s a gulf a thousand miles wide and deep. Oh well.

  6. While Heaven Wept – Vast Oceans Lachrymose
    Warlord – The Holy Empire
    Adverse Sefira – Advent Parallax
    Gwar – Battle Maximus
    Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse
    Shining – 8 1/2 Feberdrommar I Vaket Tillstan
    Abigor – Supreme Immortal Art
    Twilight of the Gods – Fire on the Mountain
    Old Man Charlie – The Absent King of the Earth
    Russian Red – I Love Your Glasses
    Posthum – Lights Out
    Grave Miasma – Odori Sepulcrorum
    Abigot – Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom)
    Mercyful Fate – Melissa
    Prosanctus Inferi – Noctambulous Jaws Within Sempiternal Night
    Burzum – Filosofem
    Death – Scream Bloody Gore
    Windir – Arntor
    Root – The Book
    Krisiun – The Great Execution
    Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestial Lineage
    Gorgoroth – Incipit Satan
    1349 – Hellfire
    Tsjuder – Desert Northern Hell
    Satyricon – Nemesis Divina

    I did the same thing with the new Satyricon. I listened to it once and haven’t gone back. I will probably revisit it when I go back through the 2013 releases.

  7. I don’t even want to spin the new Satyricon again with the intention to slam the shit out of it. Constructively of course 😉

    It still sounds like them in theory, but every track is completely boring and goes nowhere. And then there is the one song that tries to tap into the success of such lame bands like In Solitude and Ghost. One of the best drummers in metal is reduced to remedial drum beats. Terrible sound. It seems like Satyr is out of ideas and has lost the fire for what he does, or initially set out to do.

    But hey…. they can’t take the first 3 albums away from us!!

  8. And Umesh… those writer friends of yours who like the new album…. wow. I know everyone hears music differently, but they must be really into some horrendous music, or don’t want to piss off the promo overlords!

  9. I honestly haven’t cared about Satyricon since Nemesis Divina. Even their “better” of albums since then were pretty boring IMO.

  10. @Kevin Advent Parallax is such an under appreciated album… Great stuff.

  11. Wow I never thought I would be the one defending Satyricon as I don’t even own all of their albums and wouldn’t call them anywhere near my favorite artist. And heck I even think Nemesis Divina, although enjoyable, is vastly overrated.

    But seriously if you can’t listen to Now, Diabolical and rock the fuck out…now that is a gulf a between you and me a thousand miles wide and deep.

    And in the immortal words of GWAR…You ain’t shit until you learn how to rock. And that album rocks just like all the classic metal (simple and catchy) we hail on this site.

    No offense intended y’all!

  12. Gotta love early Aeternus, very cool and unique sound. Real shame they drifted into generic DM territory.

    Only the 1st 2 Satyricon albums for me please

  13. Haha, I freely admit digging the title track and ‘K.I.N.G.’ off of that record – agreed, they rock \m/ Do like the older stuff much more as rule. ‘Fuel For Hatred’ is a decent beer-drinkin’ song too \m/

  14. Now, Diabolical was actually the last album by them that was good! SO you’re not running against the grain there sir!

  15. I had a bad feeling when I first read about the new Satyricon release a while ago… Guess I won’t even check it out, I’ll stick with the Shadowthrone…

    Joe> What do you think of Chiaroscuro? I’m a huge fan of Shadows but never checked that one out (although I now can’t remember why). How does it compare to Shadows? I’ve read they changed their style quite a bit.

    UA> Ignivomous! Hell yeah! There’s something about those aussie (and New Zealand) bands, they’re ferocious and somehow different from their US/Europe brethren I think. Listening to Thrall now (who have a new one out soon, up for pre-order at Moribund).

    I gotta check out this Ruins of Beverast I keep reading about, very intriguing bandname. Never heard them.

  16. @jakemoran Advent Parallax was a recent discovery for me. You are right about it though. Wish I new about it sooner.

    I enjoyed Now, Diabolical. Not my favorite album ever but that is kind of how I feel about all of Satyricon’s classics as well. Just enjoyable every now and then.

  17. The new Satytricon sucks. Not since that last awful Morbid Angel album have I heard an album by a band I’ve followed for years and known I would not listen to it again. Tedious as hell. Just painful to get through.

    Satyricon’s first album that works is Rebel Extravaganza—the ones before that had some good songs, but shitty arrangements and were meh. Really, Satyricon was best at rockin’ black metal anthems, not playing extreme music and those are the album I dig.

    The riffs and harmonies on Age of Nero are really good—Snorre Ruch contributed, though yeah, no Satyricon album is in the stratosphere of the lone great Thorns album.

    Volcano, Diabolical and Age of Nero I play. Occasionally, Rebel, which was ambition and the reality of what he could pull off started to merge.

    for those curious, here’s a link to my Age of Nero review which was the last I did for Metal Maniacs (they collapsed before they ran it)—


  18. @Marty: subjectivity’s the name of the game, but…yeah, I have a hard time understanding some of the musical opinions of my friends. Oh well. 🙂 I guess it takes all kinds…everyone hears something different. I disagree a lot with the guys that are younger than me, just something I’ve noticed.

    Anyway, gotta add the new Inquisition to the playlist. Listening to it for the third time today, dammit. \m/

  19. @ikbenfreek: when it comes to The Ruins of Beverast you could do worse than just starting at the beginning and progressing that way. IMO most of his music is worth hearing.

    http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/The_Ruins_of_Beverast/Unlock_the_Shrine/53435 <–

  20. UA> Thanks! Shit man, you already have that new Inquisition? Not fair! 😉 Us normal guys have to wait until october 25th… So I assume you dig it? How does it compare to their last one in your opinion?

  21. Yeah, I really like it. It’s not their “best album” or anything as some people seem to be claiming (I guess people always say things like this) but it’s still 100% Inquisition, there are awesome riffs, as usual, and most of the songs kick ass. I don’t think many of their fans are going to be disappointed. They tweaked the formula in a few places but all of the essential parts have been maintained, I believe. Very good album. The production is perfect, IMO…the drums in particular sound really, really good. I’m looking forward to grabbing the CD when it comes out and spending some time with the lyrics, etc.

  22. Alright, that sounds promising. Been listening to The Ruins of Beverast all afternoon and I’m higly impressed. I hear old My Dying Bride, industrial/gothic atmospheres, blackened tremolo blasts when you don’t expect it and solid songwriting, pretty unique sound! Just ordered some of their release from Hell’s Headbangers, plus In Momentum by Zemial. \m/ I’m one happy metalcamper!

  23. @ikbenfreek Both Creepmime albums are great! I think I prefer Chiaroscuro because it is a more varied, technical album. Fool’s Paradise and King of Misrule are absolutely amazing. Definitely worth many listens!

  24. Thanks. I can’t imagine a more technical Creepmime (with the melodic doom of Shadows in mind) but I’m curious now. I once saw them live touring the Shadows album, opening for Cynic (which was an odd combination). I didn’t like Cynic at the time so after Creepmime finished I went to the bar and ended up drinking with their bassplayer, who was a really friendly fellow (an englishman I believe). Happy times for sixteen year old me…

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