When extreme music styles such as Black and Death Metal, Sludge, Crust Punk etc. became unimaginably popular, a lot of musicians with no “real” background in these styles started incorporating elements of these darker and more violent style of music into their art. Some people also got fed up with the more orthodox presentation of their underground art and took in elements of other music styles, blurring the line of the phenomenon some might call fore example “Hipster Black Metal” or similar. However some bands just presented stuff that was so outworldly twisted, sinister, aggressive and dark you really didn’t have time to think about the musical backgrounds of the artist. You just marvelled the display of something really powerful and original. A new form of higher art.
‘Rise of the Tank: Armoured Vehicles and Their Use in the First World War’
By Michael Foley
Published by Pen & Sword Military
Reviewed by Steve Earles
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”