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Panzerfaust – JEHOVAH-JIREH: The Divine Anti-logos

Label: Boonsdale Records

Available: Now

Links:
Official homepage: http://www.panzerfaustblackmetal.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PANZERFAUST.BM.OFFICIAL
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/PANZERFAUSTOFFICIAL
Myspace: https://myspace.com/panzerfaust666

by: Juuso Viljanen

This must be the very first time I get to hear Canadian black metal. If I listened to this album without knowing that they’re from Canada, I could imagine them being from Sweden.

‘JEHOVAH-JIREH: The Divine Anti-logos’ is third full-lenght album of Panzerfaust. Their style of black metal is more atmospheric than brutal, but still this album has both of them. I’m a fan of both styles of black metal and maybe that’s why I enjoy listening to this album so much. Continue reading Panzerfaust – JEHOVAH-JIREH: The Divine Anti-logos

Music Review: Thousand Year War CD: Kingdom of America

Music Review: Thousand Year War

CD: Kingdom of America

Label: Self-Released

Available: NOW

OFFICIAL WEBSITES:

https://www.facebook.com/tyrantsandmen

www.thousandyearwar.com

 

It’s rare if not almost impossible for me to listen to Black Metal bands.  It has never been a genre I have been drawn to and I just never ‘GOT’ it.  To me all I hear is a furious stream of blast beats and single note riffs and no cohesion at all to the songs, which in turn, makes me turn off the music.

So now I come to the band Thousand Year War from America(I think?) who call themselves a Black Metal band.  So with some trepidation I start this bad boy up expecting more of the same.  Well I have to say I got more than what I bargained for, that is for sure.  So read on and find out what I unearthed! Continue reading Music Review: Thousand Year War CD: Kingdom of America

Music Review: Sacrilegious Impalement CD: III: Lux Infera

Sacrilegious Impalement – III: Lux Infera

 

Label: Woodcut Records

 

Available: 26.4.2013

 

Links:

Homepage: http://www.sacrilegiousimpalement.com/

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/sacrilegiousimpalement

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sacrilegiousimpalement.official

Metal-Archives: http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Sacrilegious_Impalement/78799

 

by: Juuso Viljanen

 

 

I think it’s obvious for every metalhead that Norway is country number one when it comes to black metal. Or at least it used to be. Black metal is continuously growing phenomenon, and there’s no end in sight. Finland has given the world many fantastic black metal bands to enjoy and worship. One of these great, but yet underrated bands is Sacrilegious Impalement. They’ve been together since 2005 and the message has always been clear: Keep the metal evil and brutal! Continue reading Music Review: Sacrilegious Impalement CD: III: Lux Infera

Music Review: Enthrone the Unborn CD: And The Sky Is Ours

Music Review: Enthrone the Unborn

CD: And The Sky Is Ours

Label: 57 Records

Available: Now

By: Tj Fowler

 

I initially thought about not reviewing Enthrone the Unborn’s, ‘And the Sky is Ours’ as I have never been a fan of the growl/razor blade vocals that you find common in Death Metal and Black Metal bands.  I felt maybe since I’m not inclined to that type of musical or vocal style it wouldn’t be fair of me to try and review this band or its album.  However, I have reviewed some Black Metal bands and tried to remain objective and I will try to do so here.  Just bear in mind…I’m not a fan of the vocals at all.  That’s not saying that they don’t have merit, it’s just not my personal taste and I know obviously Death Metal bands must be doing something right because they are around and people buy their stuff.   So take what you read here in this review with a grain of salt and if you don’t agree with me…by all means let me know. Sticks and stones and all that shit.

When I first turned on ‘And The Sky Is Ours’ musically it kind of started out with some nice synths and music I thought could turn into some sort of orchestrated or sci-fi themed album.  That my friends did not turn out to be the case.  From reading the lyrics in the CD sleeve the songs are about doomed love, doomed life, dark rituals and other strange tales.  That in my book is cool subject matter for songs, however the vocals to me do not help covey the imagery I would like to envision when listening to the tunes.  They are just too abrasive for my tastes and do not seem to fit the songs.

As for the music, I also didn’t hear much that really seemed to set the band apart.  Vocals aside, I can appreciate the music in Death Metal bands and such but in ‘And The Sky Is Ours’ there didn’t really seem to be anything to really elevate the band to make their sound seem distinct or unique.  I eventually found myself having a hard time trying to pay attention to the music and wanting the CD to end just to get it over with.  I wish I could recommend some songs on the album but I can’t even remember any to recommend, as none of them really stuck with me or was memorable enough for me to recall what they really sounded like aside from the (unlikable) vocals and the typical distorted guitars.

I’m not really sure as to how I should rate Enthrone the Unborn’s, ‘And The Sky Is Ours’ or if I did rate it, would be fair?  I know there are fans out there who like this genre of music, but I am just not one of them.

-TJ

LineUp

Eero Harsunen – Guitar & Vox

Juhamatti Kauppinen – Guitar & Clean Vox

Joel Vakkila – Bass

Arttu Anttila – Drums

Official Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/Enthronetheunborn

Music Review: Cultes Des Ghoules CD: Henbane

Music Review: Cultes Des Ghoules

CD: Henbane

Label: Hells Headbangers

Release: April 16th 2013

 

In the spirit of full disclosure for this review I have to admit, I have never been a Black Metal fan.  Through the years I have tried to be interested in the genre and look at it from a heavy metal fans perspective.  But to no avail.  I just could not get into this form of music in any way.  I admit I think their subject matter of devil worship, ancient gods, spell craft, dark covens and the medieval imagery they use are things that would normally draw me in but ultimately the nature of the music is just not for me.

Now, all this being said, since I started Skullbanger Media I wanted to branch out and be open to different sounds and be subjective when I review bands from the Black Metal scene.  I know this genre has fans like any other genre of metal and the genre has survived for a reason.  People like this form of music.

Did I find anything with Cultes Des Ghoules recent offering of bombastic Black Metal that I found interesting?  Even for a non believer such as myself?  Actually I did find a few things that I somewhat enjoyed.

The thing that strikes me about Black Metal bands is that they strive to set the atmosphere of evil and horror in their music.  Well at least to me that seems to be one of their driving motivations.  Cultes Des Ghoules’ Henbane is no exception.  Within the albums 5 tracks you have spoken monologues in raspy vocals and menacing tones.  Some of this I could see being in an old horror exploitation movies from the 70’s, also some of the vocals also didn’t convey any sense of fear and I found a little silly sounding.  So some of this was hit and miss for me.

The other thing I found I did enjoy on the album were moments in some of the tracks that were more slow and atmospheric sounding with the use of the tribal sounding drums you hear in the track, ‘Vintage Black Magic’ that I thought was reminiscent to Venom’s ‘In League With Satan’.  The song Festival of Devotion also offers some interesting atmospheric musical elements as well.  However all the songs run at least 9 minutes and are filled the Black Metal stables of blast beat drumming and chaotic guitar work at ear melting speed that make a for a long drawn out process for me.

I think if I was at a bar or show and Cultes Des Ghoules came on to play I would stick around for I  see how a live performance could be an interesting thing to see and would love the opportunity to see how it would play out.  Also, being a photographer I would love the visual aspect of such a show.

I can’t say that Cultes Des Ghoules won me over to the Black Metal Legions but I will say I found a few bits in their music that didn’t send me running either and I found elements of the music interesting as well.

Also, I welcome any constructive comments below that may help me better understand this genre better.  So Fire Away!

Side Note: Normally I would give a number review but I don’t think I am educated enough in this genre for that alone to be a fair critique of this band.   The fact I’m not a fan of this genre a number review would be purely from my personal taste for Black Metal, since that would be all I would have to draw from, and that wouldn’t be entirely fair to the band or the fans of the genre.