10/10 – Sinmara
End of the year, and you think you’ve heard all the best stuff already. Then – wham – in comes this mighty split EP from Nordvis Records and zooms straight into the top 3. Ok, it’s not a full album, it’s just 2 songs by two Swedish bands, and all together only 17 minutes long, but oh boy, those 17 minutes are emotional.
6/10 – Reviewed by Steve Earles
I really love Entombed, indeed I had a memorable night in Dublin drinking with Entombed and Cathedral a few years ago, and I would love to have given this album a ten out of ten review, but I owe it to you to be accurate and honest.
OLD EMPIRE PROUDLY PRESENTS:
A RITE OF BLOOD AND MAGICK FEATURING
–ACHERONTAS (GRE)– ”UK DEBUT, UK EXCLUSIVE”
–THAW (POL)– ”UK DEBUT, UK EXCLUSIVE”
–TOWERS OF FLESH–
–MORD’A’STIGMATA (POL)– ”UK DEBUT, UK EXCLUSIVE”
–CREST OF DARKNESS (NOR)– ”UK DEBUT, UK EXCLUSIVE”
(Interview by Antti Mikonmäki, with Lars:
When I first heard Solefald’s first full-length “The Linear Scaffold”, I was impressed by the progressiveness and artistic ambitiousness of the album in the Black Metal world, although it certainly wasn’t the only “avantgarde” Black Metal release in those times. Nevertheless there was something different in the style and attitude of this album, which made me predict great and progressive things for this band, and I certainly wasn’t wrong. Solefald has released seven full-lengths by now quite steadily, telling of an overflowing creativity, which comes as no surprise when thinking of the individuals involved in the band.