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Album Review :~ Kawir - Αδράστεια


Metal’s pantheon is inexplicably vast. Black metal redefined as an exploration of endless skies and elusive eternity, rather than a bitter squint into the abyss. The entities that reside in the depths of the abyss outstrip the heavenly host in variety, if not in devotees. Athens, Greece has become one of the veritable cradles in the metal world, producing countless acts within all of the subgenres, especially black metal. Greece itself is known for producing black metal acts with an aptitude for dark atmospheres and a mild pompous flair, known by most as Hellenic black metal. Greek pagan black metal masters Kawir is indeed one of the most consistently exciting and forward-thinking acts in the pagan black metal landscape. Kawir embarks on a perilous quest to restore the glory of Hellenic metal with their latest full-length album "Αδράστεια" consists of tasteful riffs, artistic vision, rhythm with the sound of triremes traversing the Mediterranean and brought an ancient atmosphere. Numerous bands have created concept albums based around their own ideas that take insight from creative writing, but few bands will dedicate the entire span of an album to an existing piece. Kawir has attempted an unwieldy mission to set the dark sounds of their past to the typically kaleidoscopic expanses of pagan black metal for better, audacity is an essential aspect. It has always demonstrated its malleability throughout its existence, being infused with elements ranging from Avant-Garde. Kawir delivers both the groaning textures and deserved, overpowering climaxes. When they repeatedly cycle through riffs and valleys, that audacity starts to become an onus, turning what should be an adventure into a rote marathon through the vortex of sound and changes less than the music’s overall embrace and intensity.


Hellenic antiquity, Paganism themes based pagan black metallers Kawir unveiled their latest full-length opus entitled “Αδράστεια” on January 10th, 2020 via Iron Bonehead Productions Records label with 41:02 min running time. This new album consists of 6 tracks. Kawir was formed in 1993. Kawir this pagan black metal act is helmed by the ever-provocative my long-time friend Therthonax brings this to another level entirely right and then you dive into the ever-expanding abyss of pure black that has carved from the very souls of the damned gloriously. Kawir's particular sonic vision, things won’t end with a whimper. Instead of dominating the record and coming across as whiny and ear-aching, they are used to emphasize the already melancholy and lugubrious atmosphere set by the albums murky yet coherent production. I'm empowered by the luxuriate vision in hand as it expresses the warrior’s pulse and the unwounded paganistic psyche of the devout and moves me, uncontrollably and repeatedly, toward emotion and imagination. That’s the difference and that’s what separates Kawir from the rest of the younger garb who are trying to innovate and keep things fresh. Kawir invokes scenes of ancient monuments built to honor and subtle layering of harmonious and disharmonious aspects that allow the listener to choose how they want to enjoy the closeness. Now I am straight diving to the point about this new album.


When at first checked out their manifestation I was overwhelmed and the track sounds so authentic, mature from then I was clinched that I have to check this whole material for sure and this would be unblemished. Kawir delivers a distinctly experimental, atmospheric, vibrant form of black metal. Mixing rollicking pagan metal with classic Hellenic black metal was always their forte. Their use of vibrant melodies, even utilizing classic folk materials like the kanonaki, flute, and various wind instruments that all seem to meld together to create the kind of folk atmosphere. The wonderful skills the band possesses that ability hits its apex here. This band's musician did a fantastic job on this album in a radiant way and It’s really great when your high hopes are not misplaced. This whole album reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this album. It is really not easy to describe their musical style. A natural synthesis of dissonant sounds and disparate styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity. Strong melodic riffs with flowing melodies and full bore percussion blend nicely with the wind instruments, offering an album that blends rollicking pagan metal with classic Hellenic black metal. This is filled with more unearthly, astounding, critical acclaimed, heavy, claustrophobic misery, enigmatic melodies and this new album redirect the image of black metal through a dervish funhouse. 


Well, their opening track is “Tydeus” where the stirring meander is inherited by the riff and Kawir‘s inclusion of Alexandros of Macabre Omen for clean vocals is birthed again even more prominent and glorious than prior. Quickly the song returns to the sonic assailment and the musical style transformed into a heavier, melodic musical direction of guitar noise laced with deliberate cadence and progression seasonings. Their whole composition and musical style are impeccable also borrow great atmosphere with majestic riffs work. They emerge undaunted, with black metal sustain, an infinite beat providing platform. This album boasts some of the most creativity tinged black metal and every single song is meticulously crafted and shows an incredible sense of flow and instrumental acumen. Their efforts would subsequently crystallize into the Hellenic black metal sound with a more comprehensive mode of expression and instantly recognizable through its techniques. Where the outward signs of excellence live on long after the initial burst of creativity has been extinguished like a silent witness to the achievements of a once-great but now degenerate civilization. 



 “Αδράστεια”  is an incredibly rewarding album and the musical content remains highly underwhelming. Their distinct entity infused me by a lot. Their musical style has some quite soft and smooth edge in the guitar playing along with clean vox which adds to the more atmospheric, unique kind of black metal but at the same time, the vocals and other parts of the riffing are straight forward ferocious simultaneously. Honestly saying after a multiple listen this album just blew me away with their multi-layered, tricky, complex musical style. Kawir has exuded tremendous effort on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it. Kawir really does the trick for the atmosphere is the overall phenomenal sound that comes from the music. I highly cite and embrace this album. "Αδράστεια" is depicted as a blade-bearing rebuke of hubris between gods and men alike. The greater sum of its influences and everything more than that.

Starting from quaint origins, then swelling ever more quickly into something of magnificent proportions, containing within itself so much power that it has no choice but to end with a massive conflagration, then allowing space to return to the calm stillness it was before. The music is engorged with interludes of peaceful quiet, which is then released in a burst of rage and power. As well bass line up is whopping, intense,  strong,  rumbling, slithering. The guitars are solely focused on creating a grandiose atmosphere but predominantly rely on walls of sound and swerving rhythms. In each track delicious, dark riffs, bass lineups matched in a good manner. The deliberate mixture of vocal, guitar riffs which fluctuate between pride-inducing melody and ominous moods with occasional forays into the traditional acoustic territory and create a truly dynamic experience rarely found in post-90s black metal. They have portrayed the perfect image of the congregation of every emotion invoked from war to make an album that revels in chaos and beauty. “Αδράστεια” endures the beauty of black metal. 



This album indulges strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship. Lyrically, there are interesting, intellectually stimulating and still be interesting to explore. This inhuman ability, however, is inconsequential, as the music needs such a delivery. This album has a hypnotic effect on the listener.  Vocals decently large voice and clean vocals as well do well for Kawir. Tremolo melody just carries Kawir to the epic towering and tragic unraveling, something the band has become the masters of. Daunting and dark as it may be, it retains so much vitality and, dare I say, vibrancy. Vocals howling voice, an immense, deep voice emerged on this album in a good manner adds a thick sound and intertwined perfectly with their utterly spellbinding, obtuse, mysterious black metal, a distant musical style with a lot of musical accompaniment and embedded perfectly. His vocal expressions land droplets over the audience like rain. Overall you will get sinister, gloomy, mysterious ambient from this whole album with hallucinogenic with a healthy dose of harmonization, echoing death growls, and exotic instruments like mouth harps and medieval drums. I really worship this band and highly embrace Kawir‘s heinous deliverance. 


Each song has energy, fluency and draws a flawless landscape. Stand out tracks are all of them. I personally Cherish each and every single track. The vision of the album cover is Pretty neat, solid, atrocious, grisly, gorgeously hideous. Overall “Αδράστεια” whole album is Spectacular,  engrossing,  significant and goes all the way through with a relentless rage from the beginning. The sound has a depth to it, with brief distortion. This album sounds so authentic and a truly remarkable sonic journey from beginning to end. Indeed this album is such a true gem of this year. The production is absolutely impeccable, capable of handling both the massive atmospheric and gargantuan heft. Indeed would be outstanding another one release of this year so far. The full-length clearly show whether this act has enough in the tank to strive on to better things, or eventually dissipate into mediocrity. The Greek bruisers still possess all the necessary skills and hard-won experience to put younger, newcomer challengers in their place. This black metal hybrid has built up steam, showing their ultimate culmination thus far. This is as intended, music meant for submission. Frightful atmospheres bring down the curtain on another exhausting, shattering listening experience that maintains Kawir's status as chief purveyors of pagan black metal yet creative carnage. Kawir has written the material of this album carefully to make every single moment an amazing experience for those who adore the mythological musical theme. The album is full of adventurous journeys into a world long ago and a world today. Each track has some sort of guitar works that deserves to be mentioned. They perfect the image of what they wish to create, which is a congregation of every emotion invoked from war to make an album that revels in chaos and beauty. This is a crowning achievement. Kawir instills expectations for the future. If you choose to embark on this menacing journey then good luck and don’t get lost in the dark.

My Rating – 5/5   Review done by Souvik Basu. Published on 08/02/2020

Acherontas embark on a new journey "Psychic Death - The Shattering Of Perceptions"


When someone yells you about black metal at first a landscape will click automatically in your imaginary such as blurry, grim, wintery night and you are standing at the top of the distant mountains under the funeral moon while wood sprites and cold, sinister, gloomy vibe help them compose their melodies with the aggressive vibe. While some excellent band attempting to sell their flavor of the month band to potential listeners, there are some that simply exist outside of pre-existing molds. Some challengers exist, such as Acherontas.


Greek ritualistic secret society Acherontas embark on a new voyage. Their predecessor work inaugurates the transparent alignment beyond death and the transcendence of the higher self.  Where many artists seek to use elaborate droning textures to invoke a ritualistic atmosphere and alter the thought processes of the listener, Acherontas took a more literal approach to the art form. They still manage to retain energy and mysticism. This is rich, detailed, multi-layered and multidimensional along with traditional ritual, esoteric, obscure and shamanic music. Black metal music was their forte along with their mystique and epic musical style and appreciates their unsurpassed quality, ability, and skill. 

Acherontas itself is known for producing black metal acts with an aptitude for dark atmospheres and a mild pompous flair. New trailer blended with Art, religion, and philosophy and stands with a strong dedication to spirituality, mysticism, and magic in both sound and image. Acherontas have obviously taken every precaution in piecing together this ritual. Ancient Deities awaken and begin to wander in the form of dripping tones and subterranean winds. This is considerably more ambitious than any of their previous works. The esoteric ambition takes a moment to get rolling as it opens with extended kitsch. Acherontas, reveal details surrounding their eighth studio album "Psychic Death - The Shattering Of Perceptions". The album is slated for an April 24th release via Agonia Records.

"The Shattering Of Perceptions" trailer casts a spell conjuring that lengthy esoteric history and continues their legacy of excellence. It seems to reverberate off the walls of this place of worship. It builds upon the empty darkness of track's finale, frigid chimes ring out in the vast emptiness. The congregation silently meditates basking in the beauty.  I'm pretty damn sure forthcoming album would be filled with more unearthly, astounding, critical acclaimed, heavy, claustrophobic misery, enigmatic melodies. Also, whole compositions would be an extremely filthy and unsettling piece of sinister euphoria and unearthly ambiance and the right amount of brutality and the rawness of upcoming album makes it ideal for the nostalgic, bringing back the past days when Black Metal was intended to be unsettling and highly creepy. Thanks to all members for bringing this kind of art consists of unadulterated quality, proficiency. 


Listen to this in a dark monastery under the full moon with incense sticks and candles it will take you on a sophisticated, ritualistic, occult black metal journey into another universe where music has the power to transcend the spoken word. A brisk wind seems to be rushing through the chamber, chilling to the core. Their musical essence is perfect to guide our subconscious individual to dream in ecstatic and exultant. This is quite an all-encompassing experience, a true feast for listeners to devour. Immerse yourself in the world of Lucifer.




Acherontas commented on the new album: "Two years after the release of Faustian Ethos the coven of Acherontas returns with a monumental album, delivering the most mature, potent and diverse offering throughout a vibrant discography of 23 years up to date, fulfilling the promises left abound with the closure of the triptych Psychic Death. The shattering of Perceptions and the unfolding of the Psyche. A manifest of sound, spirit, and matter, blending across the ancient routes of divination. Across all the cardinal directions, the core elements of the Psychic structure detonate and flourish, risen and aflame as a newborn supernova, embedding axioms and attributes on the vital points of existence, on the ethers as in the depths. The uncharted map of man’s subtle anatomy becomes flooded with the governing universal force of Vitae, the arrows of Life, the nectars of Death and the flames of Rebirth. The crystal halls of the Psyche reverberate, once more, with a monumental milestone to glorify the Ascension to Godhood, the Devil and the Inner Demon. Expect a fierce return deep into the roots of the 90s that we had grown up and evolved through the Black Arts... No more words... Actions define Men and the Brave Spirits".


On top of that, Agonia Records label manager commented: "It's definitely a milestone album in Acherontas's career".

 Formats:
- Digipak CD.
- Limited BOX CD.
- Double black LP.
- Double red & black LP.
- Double half'n'half (gold/black) LP.
- T-shirt + digital download code.
- Polo t-shirt + digital download code.
- Zip up hoodie + digital download code.
- Digital.

Tracklist:

1. Paradigms of Nyx
2. Κiss the Blood
3. The Brazen Experimentalist
4. Psychic Death "The Shattering of Perceptions"
5. Coiled Splendor
6. The Offering of Hemlock
7. Sermons of the Psyche
8. Μαγεια των καθρεφτων (Magick of Mirrors)

Line-up:

Acherontas V.Priest - vocals, guitars
Saevus H. - guitars
Hierophant - bass
Indra - guitars
Dothur - drums

Pre-orders:


ACHERONTAS on-line:



Band contact: acherontasvp9@gmail.com

Other projects:







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Published by Souvik Basu. Dated 31.01.2020

Album Review :~ Empire of the Moon - Έκλειψις


The geographical shift in the propagation of black metal has changed drastically over the past three decades. The French and Germans also steadily outputting hundreds out worthy purveyors. Black metal redefined as an exploration of endless skies and elusive eternity, rather than a bitter squint into the abyss. When the second wave of black metal exploded in the early ’90s, black metal bands were popping up around every part of the world and a lot of talented bands slipped under the radar of the general populous. Greece is currently spewing forth the most interesting mix of blackened acts. Athens, Greece has become one of the veritable hotbeds in the metal world, producing countless acts within all of the subgenres, especially black metal. Greece itself is known for producing black metal acts with an aptitude for dark atmospheres and a mild pompous flair, known by most as Hellenic black metal. During black metal’s most creatively fertile period in the early 90s, a few Greek musicians forged an alternative musical path noticeably different from that of their Nordic peers. Empire Of The Moon is a hallowed name not just in the circles of Hellenic black metal but in the global covens of black metal fanatics as well.


Empire Of The Moon embarks on a perilous quest to restore the glory of Hellenic metal with their sophomore album on this year entitled "Έκλειψις" consists of tasteful riffs, artistic vision, rhythm with the sound of triremes traversing the Mediterranean via Iron Bonehead Productions with 38:42 min running time. This trio continues this trend in a dark atmosphere, complete with simple but effective riffs providing the backbone to the occult atmosphere’s keyboards and open strums, uniquely meditative. While some excellent band attempting to sell their flavor of the month band to potential listeners, there are some that simply exist outside of pre-existing molds and take a few years to realize their full potential and thusly grasp the imaginations of many who are fortunate enough to witness their evolve talent. Empire of the Moon has ended the trilogy with a bang. Mixing black metal with occultism,  necromancy,  spirituality was always their forte. The new album is filled with more unearthly, astounding, critical acclaimed, heavy, claustrophobic misery, enigmatic melodies to show just how pathetic the human black metal scene is when compared to superior beings from the distant stars. This new album is consists of 7 tracks. Basically, Empire of the Moon was formed in 1996. Greek group married the ritualistic fury of esoteric, occult black metal with a creeping dose of mystical, ominous, sinister madness. The atmosphere and tightly plotted albums were based on mystical, occult, incantation while still employing their own take on black metal. Now I’m straight diving to the point about this new album.

New album whole compositions are an unsettling piece of sinister euphoria and unearthly ambiance. Empire of the Moon delivers an enjoyable album of Hellenic black metal with magick, occultism, necromancy, spirituality and mysticism accouterments. when at first I’ve checked out their first released track off this album from then I  was clinched that I have to check this whole for sure material and this would be my top listed of this year. Each and every member are excellent musicians. Appreciate their unsurpassed quality, ability, and skill. All of their tremendous effort portrayed in this album in a radiant way with excellent diligence and nailed it. After a multiple listen their latest studio effort infused me with their Unrelenting, overarching, chromatic, multi-layered, majestic, occult, esoteric black metal musical style and ritualistic atmospheric vibe just blew me away. Their musical style has a hypnotic effect and especially more atmospheric kind of black metal but at the same time, the vocals and other parts of the riffing are straight forward furious simultaneously. 




This whole album reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this album. Empire of the Moon delivers a distinctly experimental, atmospherically evil, vivid, horrifying form of black metal. Playing the type of scathing, otherworldly black metal. It is really not easy to describe their complex musical style. Empire of the Moon creates a constantly shapeshifting maelstrom. Black Metal with unconventional influences enjoys indeed tend quite popular. A natural synthesis of dissonant sounds and disparate styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity. Despite the often fast, furious and heavy form of black metal assaults laced with dark eerie, gloomy and occult, arcane, ritualistic atmosphere with a lots of segments of slower,mid-paced tempo too where Empire of the Moon combines atmospheric, mysterious, introspective passages with cavernous drum thrashes, melodic guitars, previously mentioned all aspects enriched this album that is very powerful, strong and excellent all at the same time along with a good balance of black metal music, melody and brutality with strangulated, filthy, thick, evil riffs work and those effective rasps simultaneously borrow blackened, gloomy, sinister vibe. "Έκλειψις" fueled by an immediately magnetic riff and an equally gripping, bubbling bassline, the song is vibrant and fiery. The kind of music that swells the heart even as it rips with fury and speaking of fury, the song eventually ignites in a conflagration of seething riffs and blasting percussion, only then to segue into yet further bounding and barbarous variations, becoming even darker and predatory by the end. I highly appreciate and embrace this album because of its distinct style. 


well, this album-opening track “Arrival” starts with sonic assailment, the obtuse, grotesque, atmospheric sound followed by a dense swarm of pestilential riffing, rasping vocals supplemented with mystical chanting abound, with guitars playing high pitched tremolo in front of a drum machine and a sometimes perceptible bass guitar providing support. Suddenly quasi opener track "Imperium Tridentis" turns into an onslaught of tremulous, dark eerie, savage, and a wall of blast beating, spectacular, jolting thunder of attacking drums laced with aggression, deliberate cadence and easily the song throws open the gates to black chaos. The duo-tonal whirlwind of guitar noise laced with aggression, deliberate cadence and progression seasonings supporting the likewise crooning, almost moaning deeply in the throat, high-pitched, vocals drown a bit in the almost unhuman-like furiously fast though muffled drumming with ripping and snorting bass. R.W.Draconium's growls, and there’s also a morphing of the sensations conveyed by the music as the song progresses, with the seething riffs reaching heights of incendiary ecstasy and the melody turning from grim and ominous to elevating and inspirational. "Έκλειψις”  commences chronologically invigorating. "Έκλειψις" perversely brims with an illuminating light, devouring the cosmic light of life and scurrying through the sort of black metal whose radiance is so obsidian as to consume energy as austerely as it expends it. Each musician has exuded tremendous, cohesive effort on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it. At this moment which is eternal yet transitory, new and pure energy grows within the womb of chaos, and which ignites the source of a new aeon, a flame needless of air to exist. Empire of the Moon really does the trick for the atmosphere is the overall murky, mysterious, Juxtapositions of darkness and light, misty sound that comes from the music. A new true god that breeds its new self, purified and sanctified in chaos without an end nor a beginning. I highly cite and embrace this album.




This album is filled with a slew of cadence, apocalyptic, squalid, ominous, hellish, melodic, crawling, powerful riffs work. In each track breathtaking, morbidly delicious, scalding, macabre, soaring riffs, bass lineups matched in a good manner with hellish, devilish chords and horror sounds are rightly used as an additional uncanny harmonic layer. As well bass line up is whopping, intense, strong, rumbling, slithering. Drumming, the percussion line up is bleak, frantic, solid, clattering and powerful. The guitars are solely focused on creating a grandiose atmosphere but predominantly rely on walls of sound and swerving rhythms. In each track morbidly delicious, macabre, soaring, dark eerie, ghastly riffs, bass lineups matched in a good manner. This whole albums sound delivers a dissonant, grim feeling, sinister, melancholic, gruesome black metal with raw emotion and pure energy. 

 “Έκλειψις”  endures beauty of black metal. This album indulges strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship. The lyrical segment cover magick,  occultism,  necromancy,  spirituality and mysticism themes, lending a somewhat more esoteric and philosophical aesthetic to the entire mysticism. Vocals large, inhuman voice that does well for Empire of the Moon. Vocals howling scream, hoarse, deep rasps, deep lung-burning roars, an immense voice emerged on this album in a good manner and intertwined perfectly with their utterly spellbinding, obtuse, mysterious, fully blistering, grandiose black metal, a distant musical style with a lot of melodic, atmospheric riffs accompaniment and embedded perfectly. Their sound, the musicianship is absolute prime, with every song unleashing a seething torrent of scalding dissonance and insidious melody, scorching distortion, and barbaric, blasphemous invective, all of which combine to produce an overarching atmosphere of creeping, crippling dread. Overall you will get sinister, gloomy, desolate, mysterious ambient from this whole album. It remains compelling hypnosis of the full moon by way of otherworldly synth-flourished and rapaciously paced black metal that’d shatter the past and welcome cold oblivion on an Earth blind to its sun. I really worship this band.

Each song has energy, fluency. Stand out tracks are all of them and showcased a compositional maturity that far outshines the rest of the album. Every song, every hellish, skin-stripping riff, and vile vocal incantation is delivered with the righteous fury and unwavering conviction of the true believer. The vision of the album artwork is pretty neat, solid, atrocious, grisly, indelible, gorgeously hideous. The production gives the music a powerful clarity, the blood-rushing drum propulsion and vibrant bass performance producing a non-stop surge of adrenaline. Overall “Έκλειψις” whole album is Spectacular, engrossing, significant, rich and goes all the way through with a relentless rage from the starting point. "Έκλειψις" is surely the apotheosis of everything. "Έκλειψις" is an elite black metal sophistication in their music without sacrificing the feral, ugly core of the style. This album sounds so authentic and a truly remarkable sonic journey from beginning to end. "Έκλειψις"  is a deep and winding journey throughout the mysterious and stifling occult. Indeed this album is such a true gem of this year. The production is absolutely impeccable, capable of handling both the massive atmospheric and gargantuan heft. Outstanding another one release of this year so far. “Έκλειψις” is shattering culmination in black metal evolution. Empire of the Moon can effectively capture a pristine essence of transcendent abandon, disenchanted delirium, or perhaps even a very inhuman strain of mystical experience. The Hellenic bruisers still possess all the necessary skills and hard-won experience to put younger, newcomer challengers in their place.  With " Έκλειψις", Empire of the Moon writes another chapter in their book of successive masterpieces that features broad, sweeping strokes of melodicism and indigenous influence. This "Έκλειψις" is a daunting collection of dues owed to these long-hidden specters of mystic Greek black metal who’ve been endlessly hailed in deep occult prayer for their teenaged cloister of enlightenment. This is astral projection through a viscous dense black cosmic ocean. Empire Of The Moon plays the black metal game mighty fine the traces of outside influences and beautifully blends melancholy with sinister intent, providing the album with a stellar closer. If you looking for something different, epic this album will take you on a sophisticated and weighty black metal journey into another universe where music has the power to transcend the spoken word.

My Rating – 4.9/5   Review done by - Souvik Basu. Published on 18/01/2020

OzNor released debut album



Slovakian Heavy Metal band OzNor released their debut album «Stormbringer». The album was recorded, produced, engineered and mixed by Norbert Ozogany at "Oznor Studio".



OzNor was formed in 2019 in Samorin, Slovakia by Norbert Ozogany as a one-man instrumental studio project. The band already start the work on the second album that will be released in 2020.

Best Released Albums of 2019


On this year a lot of unstoppable juggernaut of stellar metal albums invaded our ears once again and it’s time to name the greatest achievements of 2019. Indeed this year is remarkable for metal music albums because plenty of excellent, engrossing, spectacular, rich albums released. I’ll say on this year especially black metal albums slays though this year is excellent too for other genre albums. Basically, I’ve focused on critical acclaim, creative progression, originality, songwriting prowess, technical achievements, and many more dynamics. so, it’s kinda hard to sort out. well, here is my top listed albums, Ep of 2019 from a vast checked out list. Though it's lengthy I’m pretty damn sure you’ll enjoy it. cheers.

Top Listed  Albums :

1. 1349 - The Infernal Pathway

2. Abyssal - A Beacon in the Husk

3. Akrotheism - The Law of Seven Deaths

4. Alcest - Spiritual Instinct

5. Altarage - The Approaching Roar

6. Andavald - Undir skyggðarhaldi

7. Aoratos - Gods Without Name

8. Barshasketh - Barshasketh

9. Benighted in Sodom - Carrier of Poison Apples

10. Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race

11. Blut Aus Nord - Hallucinogen

12. Cosmic Putrefaction - At the Threshold of the Greatest Chasm

13. Crimson Moon - Mors Vincit Omnia

14. Darkthrone - Old Star

15. Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces of Palingenesia

16. Deus Mortem - Kosmocide

17. Dim Aura - The Triumphant Age of Death

18. Diocletian - Amongst the Flames of a Burning God

19. Drastus - La Croix de Sang

20. Dysangelium - Death Leading

21. Enthroned - Cold Black Suns

22. Frostmoon Eclipse - Worse Weather To Come

23. Haunter - Sacramental Death Qualia

24. Haxandraok - Ki Si Kil Ud Da Kar Ra

25. Helleborus - Saprophytic Divinations

26. Hellvetron - Trident of Tartarean Gateways

27. Imperium Dekadenz - When We Are Forgotten

28. Insomnium - Heart Like a Grave

29. Krypts - Cadaver Circulation

30. Mayhem - Daemon

31. Mephorash - Shem Ha Mephorash

32. Mgla - Age Of Excuse

33. Misþyrming - Algleymi

34. Mystifier - Protogoni Mavri Magiki Dynasteia

35. Nedxxx - Nedxxx

36. Nocturnus AD - Paradox

37. Onirophagus - Endarkenment

38. Panzerfaust - The Suns of Perdition - Chapter I War, Horrid War

39. Profanatica - Rotting Incarnation of God

40. Possessed - Revelations of Oblivion

41. Rotting Christ - The Heretics

42. Schammasch - Hearts of No Light

43. Shrine of Insanabilis - Vast Vortex Litanies

44. Sinmara - Hvísl Stjarnanna

45. Svartgren - Divlja Vatra

46. Teitanblood - The Baneful Choir

47. The Great Old Ones - Cosmicism

48. Vacivus - Annihilism

49. VLTIMAS - Something Wicked Marches In

50. Vortex of End - Ardens Fvror


Top Listed EP:

1. 1349 - Through Eyes of Stone

2. Bolzer – Lese Majesty

3. Death like Mass - Matka Na Sabacie

4. Lantern - Lost Paragraphs

5. Phobocosm - Everlasting Void

6. Ripped to Shreds - Demon Scriptures

7. Sargeist - Death Veneration

8. Suffering Hour - Dwell

Published by Souvik Basu. Dated 28.12.2019

Logos released debut album



Belorussian Melodic Heavy Metal band Logos released their debut album «What's Our Life?» (Что наша жизнь?) . The album was recorded in "Andrei Bogdanov Studio" and mixed/mastered by Dmitriy Mikulich.



Logos was formed in 2019 at Brest, Belarus by Andrei Bantysh (keyboards). After the album was recorded Yury Kharevich (vocal), Vitaly Kozlov (guitar), Vasily Rechkin (bass) and Sergei Ruchkin (drums) joined the band, and the lineup was completed.

Interview with Anti-religious, Orthodox, Death Worshiping Polish Black Metal Outfit Cultum Interitum



Numerous bands have created albums based around their own ideas that take insight from creative writing, but few bands will dedicate the entire span of a release to the relevant interpretation of the belief With the emergence and escalation of the novel and notorious tendency. While some excellent, unique band attempting to sell their flavor of the month band to potential listeners, there are some that simply exist outside of pre-existing molds and take a few years to realize their full potential and thusly grasp the imaginations of many who are fortunate enough to witness their evolve talent. Shadowy, death worshipping Polish veterans Cultum Interitum's predecessor offerings are cut above the rest. Spawning from the depths of Occultism, Chaos, Knowledge, Esoteric Literature, anti-religious orthodox Polish black metal Cultum Interitum married the ritualistic fury of esoteric, occult black metal with a creeping dose of mystical, ominous, sinister madness. Let's talk with the founder member E about Cultum Interitum and his other projects too.

1. Hello E, how are you doing today? Warm greetings from India.

E : Hi, thx for the interview opportunity! Not bad at all.

2. Since black metal is in your forte, So Can you give me a brief history of your previous and how can you manage extreme bands together? When you first started the lyrical concept of the band was more leaned towards the Death, Destruction, Chaos, Misanthropy, Occultism, Darkness, Symbolism then it evolved to a more spiritual, esoteric concept along with aforementioned all things. Had you been in any bands or musical apparition before the aforementioned all bands?

E : First of all the aforementioned lyrical themes as death, destruction, chaos, nihilism, and misanthropy are still very present in our message. From my point of view, it has not got that much of an occult or esoteric vibe. I had some previous experiences with previous bands but sincerely saying from a matter of time they were just a big waste of time for me and nothing positive came from these amateur projects.


3. What bands inspired the direction that took and motivated you? Writers? Visual artists? Movies? Books? What were your main inspirations when you began and what are your main influences now? What written works helped to draw predecessor released EP, Demo, and Single into form?

E : I will not hide my big inspirations with bands like Ritual Death, 13th Moon, Mare and generally the nidrosian black metal scene. These bands have the essence in their music, what they do is sincere and every single thing is done with great devotion. The next thing that inspires our current direction is my interest in the Death aspect. It is a really a personal matter and yet very individual to interpret. The previous interests, to be honest, we're really an amateur vision for the topics that I used on demo. I realized that I would not write lyrics or create the concept I had like 2/3 years ago.

4. There are two basic ways of looking at music. In the first, there is a mechanism for the arrangement of certain tones, musical style.in the second, a narration occurs where a story is told or a poetic function completed. In your view of compositions, which is more important? Where were you when you first thought the project had the longterm potential for you?

E : Both of the ways you mentioned are for me equally important. I must have the general idea of what I want to create first and after that, the “narration” comes naturally. I treated this project seriously from the very beginning, to be honest, but it became more obvious for me that I need to push this forward after the release of Temple of Triumphant Death EP.

5. What for you is the significance of your band's name "Cultum Interitum"?

E : It means a cult of destruction, a cult of death. Its strictly connected to the lyrical aspect that is touched in our music. Moreover, it is a really personal meaning for me.


6. If you could tour with other bands in metal, who would you pick if you were looking for bands similar to your acts?

E : It is a really difficult question cause there are several bands I would love to tour with someday…
First 3 bands that come to my mind: Darvaza, Ritual Death and 13th Moon.


7. If I choose "Cultum Interitum" Since starting year Cultum Interitum released unblemished EP, Demo, Single and shaped the style of music. How do you maintain this consistency yet keep developing with each release? How do you write your riffs, songs? What is the most difficult part of composing songs as you do? Many of the mysteries that Cultum Interitum allude to appear rooted in occultism, knowledge, darkness. Is this a fair assessment? If not, would you care to distinguish for me the avenue of esotericism that Cultum Interitum currently pursues? As well kindly give a brief for your other projects too.

E : Each of the aforementioned releases had a different background behind. Now basically I need to have negative emotions in me to write music, I want it to be as sincere as possible -also the lyrics. It is something that comes suddenly. I can not just sit beeing in a positive mood and start jamming on the guitar. It is not the way I prefer my music to be created. The most difficult part for me is when you have a few ideas to finish the track and you don’t know which way is the best and you need to choose… To be honest I can not call myself occultist as well as say that I use occultism in my lyrics.
If someone sees occultism in it, ok I will not forbid anybody to understand the lyrics and all other stuff in their own way. What I can tell is that I would not seek much of occultism in Cultum. I believe in humanity as a kind of a demigod who is responsible for his own life and all decisions. If someone hurts you, don’t show your second chin, strike harder and don’t let anybody destroy you. I guess the people who have just read the 2 last short sentences will know what I mostly believe in.

8. Do you have a preference for the type of equipment? In your mind, how important is equipment for the production of music? 

E : For every release, the concept of the equipment is a bit different. But for sure the equipment has to be set up properly to sound as good as possible.



9. Well, now I’m going to the main point. Already in predecessor year, Cultum Interitum released a few efforts So is there any new official video coming near future? More generally, do you see black metal as different ways of communicating the same thing or do you see them as more distinct entities?

E :  It depends on what do you mean by “official video”. If we speak about the music video, I guess in that matter I would not like Cultum to release music video. If you mean a lyrics song or just a single track with few animations I think something may happen sooner or later. Generally black metal over all these years has evolved very much and some of the bands basically have nothing in common with the essence of the message that should be delivered with this music. I will not point us the names o the bands that for me make total cringe actions nowadays, cause I guess every person who listens to black metal for some longer time will surely know the drama bands I have now in my mind.

10. What's going on as far as lyrical themes on release and if you are potential, there an overarching theme to every release? Among all of your projects is there any new opus coming near the future? If yes please unleash the forthcoming incantation name of your projects?

E : Since Temple of Triumphant Death release, the main subject in CI will be Death and it will not change. There are plenty of other topics that are presented in this music but I will let the listeners seek them on their own. What I can tell is that you can expect some materials from Cultum Interitum at some time. About my other projects, time will show, the seeds have been sown, the time for fruit harvest will come…

11. I’ve categorized all of your project's significant and signature style. The elaborate, assiduously balanced orchestration of your compositions is suggestive of a great amount of discipline. Are these particular qualities as both an entity and a collective actively endeavor to hone? So, How did you get into this style of music and explain about this music genre?

E :  My answer for that question would be really long and complicated so I d better not write essay hahaha :D

12. Haha ok. Well, how would you describe the sound of your project to someone who had not heard it, and what distinguishes your music from any other act in the same genre?

E : It’s raw, disgusting and rather not complicated. You know, the music we are doing now is really nothing new to the scene, I think I would rather ask someone else for this question.

13. Do you have any playthrough videos coming out soon?

E : I do not plan to post any playthrough videos of our music. For me personally, it is too mainstream for such a band as we are.

14. Who came up with the releases cover? I personally cherish every released artwork because those are truly indelible, remarkable, appreciable and meaningful too. Kindly explain about this as well the outfit is meant to have a spiritual significance or is it meant only for a visual impact?

E : Our demo’s artwork is Gustave Dore’s art. I used it because it was fitting the vision for the overall lyric concept of the Sorgspell. For Temple of Triumphant Death the artwork was designed by K.M. from Ars Magna Umbrae, he delivered minimalistic yet blunt sound with that. Basically, the outfit has to be connected with the message that each release has to deliver. Every artwork has been thought out about the message connected strictly with each release and also the appearance issue.

15. Let's talk about your early memories. What's the first gig you ever went to? Have you been to any killer live shows lately?

 E : The first gig that I ever went to was polish death metal band, Vader, at those times they played quite ok. The very killer gig I went to see lately was Darvaza in Poznań. It was probably the most authentic concert I have ever seen. 

16. Do you study other band's music to come up with ideas? I want to know why you turn to such esoteric and occult themes for Cultum Interitum music? Do you think there’s a risk of being seen as engaging in pure escapism?

E : It’s nothing wrong to seek inspirations among other bands music- even from the completely different music genres. What matters is that you do not rip off the style from other bands in 100 %. If I hear in some band’s music inspiration in band X or Y it is nothing bad for me unless the riffs are 1:1 equally the same. I think the world doesn’t need another 32323 copies of Blasphemy, Archgoat or Mgła. For a lot of people it is much easier to copy-paste their idols bands, but what for? They are basically narrowing their minds and not seek for a personal view of music. That is why I guess people who are blindly copying their idols should not write the music for their bands and let others compose music. 



17. How do you prepare yourself before the studio or especially for live performances? Did any band, in particular, inspire you in the shrieking department? 

E : 3 words: “ practice, practice, practice” until you can play it naturally. I guess like 2/3 years ago I wanted to do similar vocal styles to Mortuus from Marduk/ Funeral Mist but after some time I thought it would be pointless to sound like someone else and the world does not need another copy of some musician who worked hard on his vocal style.

18. Is there a difference in the band’s sound as compared to the other projects you’ve released in the past?
E : For now it is too early to tell people that I am also involved in other projects when I will have some material released with some project, then I can tell that I am also involved in other projects.

19. You are from Poland, so how much have you discovered about the extreme metal scene and how much of it were you aware of before aforementioned all of your band started?

E : If I have to be sincere, well it is really common that polish extreme scene is full of dickheads and elitists cunts. But from what I have heard it is also common in other countries so I guess it is nothing new in this community. Before Cultum was started I was aware that we will be turned down by the community, but after some time I realized that there is no point to be aware. I just do what I want to (create music ) and that is what matters for me. I do not bow to some more recognizable polish musicians or lick someone's ass to get more recognition, it is not the way. If someone wants to be asslicker, sure go ahead but I do not care for such type of connections. If someone is doing something I enjoy I will be eager to speak with such a person and share my thoughts. On the other hand, there are still some nice and friendly people around polish scene that pay attention to you as an individual and do not care if you have connections in the scene. But they are a minority from what I observe. 

20. There is some occult imagery with your lyrics, theme, Sigil. As well the symbol especially you have painted in your forehead, Is this just an image or something you believe in?

E : Like I said before, everyone has a different perception in case of the interpretation of the imagery about this band. The symbol that is painted in my forehead is greek symbol omega meaning “the end”. For me, it’s not just an image. It is something deeper. It’s not only just “end” for me, but it is also more like the beginning of a new path, If I die I make some room for other people on this planet, I will leave something in this world- whether it is my music, my art, my family. It is a really natural state of living – you are born from the mother's womb, you live your life, then you die and your flesh is consumed also by the womb of Mother Earth. It is like a never-ending cycle -only the person is getting changed, but the cycle is still the same and pushing forward.
 Omega for me is also connected with the Memento Mori theme- like live your day as it would be your last, but not like you must fear of death, for me the vision of death I have in my mind is rather a motivator that makes me want to do as many things as I can and try different options in many areas. It is also the symbol of strength for me relating weaknesses and doubts. That is why I chose the omega sign for the mask.

21. What do you do as individual band members to relax, when not working on music? Do you have jobs or business? 

E : At this moment I am working and also studying at the university, the other two guys have full-time jobs. I think everyone relaxes in a different way. I usually try to meet or speak with people online or just watch some horror movies and play some computer games.

22. What albums are you listening to lately or just the bands and albums, in general, you're digging right now and tell me about your anticipated album of this year?

E : Lately I have been mainly listening to some Jesper Kyds music from Hitman game. This composer is for me one of the modern geniuses in terms of music writing. From more extreme releases I am really into 13th Moon, Ritual Death, Grave Upheaval, Necroracle and Summon lately.

23. Last one question, what are your future band goals & tell us something about an upcoming tour. Lastly, lots of teenagers aim to be full-time musicians. Many of them might be without any proper guidance, any words of wisdom for them?

E : Our goal is to keep working on new music, on ourselves and to leave something in this world when we perish.

24. That's all I've got right now.best of luck for the future. Looking forward. Thanks a lot for enduring this torture haha. Any final thoughts, comments for the readers? If I forgot anything, please insert it here.

E : Thanks again for the interview Sir, honored for that.” Do not bow to anyone.” 

The interview was done and published by Souvik Basu on 20/12/2019

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