After death … I rule, once again!

Ah, Spring … a time when the back seat of my car unveils bits of granola bars and Gogurts past (along with the scents of same), my dog begins his annual uncontrollable barking in my yard at passing cyclists, and the guilt of doing very little of my best laid plans (as relates to home maintenance) all threaten to overwhelm my 40-ish brain. Luckily, as always, Metal is there, bringing me back into focus with the passion and unmistakable aural violence that helped fuel this week’s humble update. As Marty handled the last WG foray solo, so too this time do I bear the mantle alone, giving him space to scheme Bindrune’s upcoming assault on the underground. Anyway, enjoy this week’s foray into two excelling Australian exports and Denmark’s purveyors of 100% ‘true’ metal of death, and as always, post those playlists and discuss: what albums thus far in 2015 are keeping your Spring fever night-terrors in check?

Jim Clifton Playlist:
Sea Witch – The Blackened Sea
Sacrilegium – Wicher
Gruesome – Savage Land
Satanic Warmaster – Fimbulwinter
House of Atreus – The Spear and the Ichor that Follows
Skogen – Vittra
Murg – Varg & Bjorn
Ahamkara – The Embers of the Stars
Grimoire – L’aorasie des Spectres Rêveurs
Nocturnus – The Key
Varathron – His Majesty at the Swamp

~ by cliftonium on May 20, 2015.

9 Responses to “After death … I rule, once again!”

  1. The halls of The Worm echo with silence…

    Anyway, good to see you back. Great reviews, that Undergang (I have both earlier longplayers) and Stargazer (new to me) are on my list.

    Recent listening:
    King Diamond – Fatal Portrait
    King Diamond – Abigail
    King Diamond – Them
    King Diamond – Conspiracy
    King Diamond – The Eye
    Diamond Head – Lightning To The Nations
    Judas Priest – Unleashed In The East
    Queen – Live At The Rainbow ’74

    Guess I’m in a nostalgic mood…

    Best albums of 2015 so far? I haven’t bought a lot of metal this year so far… I did enjoy the latest Napalm Death, Enslaved and Carach Angren releases. Haven’t been paying attention I guess… What did I miss?

  2. I noticed just the other day that I have purchased only three albums released in 2105…Enslaved, Chaos Echoes and the Ironsword. The Ironsword is the only one I really enjoy. I’ve ordered the new Tribulation, but haven’t received yet. I do want to check out the newest Nocternity. I liked Onyx quite a bit.

    Everyone seems to be really enthralled with Misthyrming album. Although I have only checked out a few partial tracks.

    The Stargazer is great. I actually picked up on LP also.

  3. Greetings fellow Worms …
    Thus far, 2015 has been an unexpectedly trying year on the home-front. My life has taken some significant turns; and let’s just say that, music-wise, things have been a bit slower as a result. Now I am sure I have missed things here and there, but 2015 hasn’t seemed to produce a cavalcade of monumental/essential albums for me to keep up with thus far. Some of the ‘newer’ releases I have been spending time with include the following:

    Macabre Omen – Gods of War, At War
    I especially like the final push … 6 minute mark to finish … feels beautifully ‘Greek’ to me.

    Blood Stronghold – March of Apparitions
    A nice mini-dose of raw, Slavic atmosphere

    Keres – Battle Secrets

    Lord Fist – Green Eyleen

    Later, Worms, and thanks as always for your playlists and input.

  4. Welcome back, all! Sorry for the erratic output, but I’m glad to see the comments pages lighting back up.

    It has been a relatively slow start for metal this year, but I have to highly recommend (no surprise I’m sure) the new Obsequiae, ‘Aria of Vernal Tombs’ — medieval-steeped metal at its finest. Expect a Worm Gear review of it in the coming weeks. I’ve really enjoyed spinning the Death-tribute band, Gruesome’s album ‘The Savage Land’ LP, as I think it’s a wonderful throwback and is a great emulation of Chuck’s early writing style, but I’m sure – for the same reasons – it won’t have long-standing legs against just re-spinning the early Death albums it pays homage too. I’ve got the new Lustre – which I’m usually always very excited about – but I haven’t really connected with it so far. Unearth, I haven’t heard those bands you mentioned, so I’ll definitely dig into those!

  5. I had almost forgotten about it in the midst of my busy day to day, but I am DEFINITELY looking forward to the new Obsequiae. I will be picking up the CD version for sure.
    Also, isn’t there an Alda CD on the horizon? I think very highly of that band, and it will likely be another automatic purchase for me.
    Love them or hate them, further spells have been cast by Peste Noire and Dodheimsgard. I must admit that both have piqued my interest and held my attention a bit upon initial listen.
    And do not forget to, at very least, attempt a trip into the oceanic void:

  6. Wow, that Sulphur Aeon track is pure menace! Goes great with morning coffee, haha. And yep, new Alda arrives July 1st from Bindrune 🙂
    ps – great call on the Blood Stronghold, felt my mind pleasantly drifting into darkness there \m/

  7. Thanks for the recommendations dear sirs! Sulphur Aeon, how appropriate; I’m reading Lovecraft’s collected works right now.

    Unaerth, all the best with your trials (and tribulations! ha!).

  8. Even though my world is upside down at the moment, I wanted to take time to make another quick post.
    Thanks, ikbenfreek, all is good. Life is full of twists, turns, and challenges. It is how we meet them that counts, right?
    What better way to persevere, and push forward triumphantly, than to utilize the strength and wisdom gained from the ‘past’. This tune has not left my head for almost a week:

    Until next …

  9. Epic! Why the hell is this band so obscure?! Do you have the original vinyl?

    Rise above Unaerth, rise above.

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