8/10 – Review by Susanne Sinmara
On the back of their first output, the EP The Echo Of Emptiness, here comes Sweden’s Fördärv’s debut album, out on the new and eclectic Nigredo Records. Between The Eternities starts where The Echo Of Emptiness left off, with raw and cold, yet still moody old school 90ies black metal. Now this has obviously been done to death, but Fördärv manage to bring life into a (sub)genre that has all too many mediocre and boring bands. The two members wish to remain anonymous, so there won’t be any distractions and let only the music speak for itself.
Taatsi – Amidst The Trees
9/10 – Review by Susanne Sinmara
After their well received and fine EP, Season Of Sacrifice, Finland’s TAATSI have now released their first full album, Amidst The Trees on Forever Plagued Records. The word Taatsi comes from a sacrificial stone in northern Finland, and it is an apt name for their nature inspired black metal. Lyrically the 7 songs deal with the majesty of nature, and man’s relationship with the trees.
“Constricting Rage of the Merciless”
US Black/Death/Thrash Metal
9/10 – Review by Luke Hayhurst
It was Goatwhore’s 2009 opus “Carving Out the Eyes of God” that first switched me onto the band and since then I’ve hungrily devoured all their work to date! This year sees the bands return with “Constricting Rage of the Merciless” and one of the catchiest/crushing opening tracks of the year so far in “Poisonous Existence in Reawakening”!
UK Black Metal
Review by Luke Hayhurst
Ferocious howling vocals signal the beginning of this new black metal epic as ravenous cloaking blackness ensues through the use of harrowing traditional black metal riffs and furious blast beat drumming which all clash to produce cold, menacing rhythms and aggressive, fast paced depravity of an old school/early Darkthrone (Blaze under the Northern Sky) nature. This all heralds the arrival of some much anticipated UK black metal from Funeral Path and Torver and the split release itself is set for a physical format through Mordgrimm in the coming months.