Solefald – Norrönasongen – Kosmopolis Nord

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Indie Recordings, 2014

7.5/10 – Antti Mikonmäki

I first heard of Solefald in 1997 after buying their fist full-length “The Linear Scaffold”, which was a good Avantgarde Metal album according to the standards of that time. In between this new Ep and the first album I have rarely heard their material, so there is little to say for me about the progression of the band. I do know that the members of Solefald are active in many artistic workings in their lives, a highly creative duo from which we can expect probably everything, but let us not go in the details regarding that area.

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Caronte – Church Of Shamanic Goetia

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Ván Records, 2014

8/10 - Antti Mikonmäki

Caronte from Italy delivers some very interesting quality Doom / Stoner Metal. The album cover and song titles might give an impression of Occult Doomy Death metal or similar, perhaps even Black Metal, but the music is a lot more “mature” and complex than that. This is old school Metal for the eighties Doom fan, with a very modern touch and production.

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Darkspace – Dark Space III I

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Avantgarde Music, 2014

8/10 - Antti Mikonmäki

During it’s 15 years of existence, Swiss band Darkspace has released original and much admired albums of a combination of intense Electronic music and Black Metal. On this their fourth album they continue along the same path. Consisting of three long songs (going over an hour in total), it is not an easy trip to take, demanding a lot of your attention, since stuff this intense does not work well just as background music.

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