Live review & interview with Archaon of 1349 follow soon.
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.
Ascension came to our awareness with their brilliant 2009-Demo “With Burning Tongues”, before completely proving their superior skills with their first full-length “Consolamentum”. Now, when the first reviews of their greatest masterpiece to date, “The Dead Of The World” begin to spread word of this band to those as well whom have missed the band in previous times, the time to show the Black Metal underground (filled with trendy clones of “Spiritual” and “Occult” nature) how true works of Art are done is at hand. We will skip the speculations regarding whom may possibly play in the band, and let the faceless aspect of Ascension speak for the band.
Interview by Susanne Sinmara
Just a few minutes before they were about to hit the stage of the Islington Academy, supporting Arkona and Eluveitie, Snæbjörn Ragnarsson, bass player of Icelandic folk/pagan metal band Skálmöld sat down with me backstage to talk about Iceland, their album and their influences.
8.5/10 – Antti Mikonmäki
(Dunkelheit Produktionen, 2014)
Dhwesha, formed in 2008, might be the first Indian Metal band I’ve ever heard properly. Without any real knowledge of the magnitude of the Indian Metal underground when writing this, it’s quite difficult to say if they shine as one of the brightest stars of that ancient part of the world, but I’m guessing yes, since their music is excellent.