Damnation – Destructo Evangelia
takes us back to a time before black metal had a cemented foundation and specific sound. Although it was released in 2004, it is much like the recordings of the late ‘80s black metal scene, specifically being reminiscent of the early Bathory releases. The highlight of the album is the riffs, which are crafted remarkably well. They utilize a mixture of the second wave style of tremolo picking and some thrashing rhythms, reminiscent of the early scene. There are also some eerie melodic overtones and slow, plodding sections that trudge onward into darkness. The piercing vocals overlay the instruments nicely, giving it an ominous feel. This is a must have album for fans of Bathory’s black metal era, as it is a phenomenal tribute to Quorthon’s legacy.
“When Creation Dies” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8irxD89Y6zs
Holy fuck man, this is fantastic. Thanks.
Demigod – Slumber of Sullen Eyes
Demigod’s debut album is a pinnacle of Finnish death metal, presenting some of the region’s most powerful material. Although it may be a lesser known release in comparison to the early works of neighboring legends Entombed and Dismember, it is certainly equal in quality. Demigod works at a typical mid-paced rhythm, but they are masters of song structure, making every moment compelling and unique. Each of the remarkable riffs leads into the next one smoothly, bridging the gaps flawlessly and keeping the songs gliding onward. Some riffs are uncompromisingly heavy, backed by thunderous double bass, while others have an eerie melodic edge, as in “Tears of God”. The solos aren’t overly complex and are only added where suitable, fitting into the songs exceptionally well. Slumber of Sullen Eyes
is an excellent representation of talent and restraint working in harmony, and it has now become an immensely sought after release for fans.
“The Forlorn” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVG6_TkpnJ4
Great band! One of the best death metal albums ever.
Depravity – Silence of Centuries
Depravity was another Finnish death metal band that released some stellar material, although they never made a full length. This was their second EP and last release before breaking up. Depravity played a much more doom oriented style of death metal, focusing on slower songs, unlike the other bands from their country. The solos are phenomenal and placed perfectly while not overstaying their welcome. It’s also important to note that there is not much emphasis on heavy riffs, but instead more atmospheric ones that build upon an extremely haunting feel. Although these riffs often reoccur in the songs, they remain endlessly compelling. These simplistic songs produce an overwhelmingly uncanny aura, much different from any other European death metal release. This brief yet engaging EP will get your senses on edge yearning for more.
“Sleepy Ocean” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NkrYkrpr20
Wow, this is really fucking good, too. You're on a roll, treggers
Desaster – Tyrants of the Netherworld
Genre: Black / Thrash
While Germany produced a legacy of thrash metal, Desaster set out to integrate some of the genre’s elements into their own music. In fact, the name Desaster may sound familiar, as it was taken from Destruction’s song “Total Desaster”. Their style combines the ferocity of Norwegian black metal with the cutting riffs of German thrash, creating a highly unique and vicious sound, unmatched by any other band. The vocals even bear resemblance to Schmier of Destruction, imitating his delivery and trademark shrieks. It should be said that the riffs on this record are extraordinary, delivering momentous rhythms and powerful melodies. Each song is distinctive and relentless, ensuring you will never find a dull moment. With this album Desaster has forged a slab of pure teutonic steel, drawing aspects from two different styles of metal and combining them with ease.
“Profanation” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CPjiY-PsSY
Yeah, I remember listening to these guys when looking at the MDF lineup. This song is just out of this world...I'll probably download some of their stuff now.
Fimbulwinter – Servants of Sorcery
Before the existence of Dimmu Borgir, Shagrath played guitar and drums in Fimbulwinter, a second wave black metal band that would release one album before breaking up. With that being said, I assure you that Fimbulwinter is nothing like Dimmu Borgir; there are no symphonic elements to be found here, only the cold, demonic sounds the second wave was notorious for. The production is rough and uncompromising, with the screeching vocals and mesmerizing guitars being at the forefront of the mix. In essence, this is what we’ve come to know as “true Norwegian black metal”. The tortured screams and dissonant guitars echo in the misty fjords, piercing the frosty air and taking the listener on a journey through the unforgiving Norwegian countryside.
“Servants of Sorcery” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUnS6kI8o98
Gorement – The Ending Quest
Gorement was founded in 1989 and released a handful of demos and one full length, The Ending Quest
. While their demos are incredible pieces of work, the album has a slight edge over them. The demos concentrate on pure, rotten death metal, while The Ending Quest
takes that groundwork and builds upon it with some melodic leads and more focused songwriting. Memorable riffs saturate each song, topped off with guttural vocals and some genuinely haunting moments. Instruments aside, a key component to this album is the production, which brings out the heaviness in the riffs. The songs would not sound nearly as powerful if they had the stereotypical buzzsaw guitar tone, which many bands in their scene chose to use.
“My Ending Quest” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id7BMU4Nb2w