Honestly, I admit that I truly, deeply adore Iceland and its culture / nature (I have not been there yet, physically, but a befriended couple recently did, and I am so f*cking frustrated that I was not there - Ivan). And besides the natural, and at the same time the cultural aspects, quite the same goes for, at least a part, of the Metal scene going on out there - on an island with less people than an average European capital. I will not come with a list of bands that I know, or adore, for it would be, yeah, quite stupid.
Open de hellepoort voor verse zieltjes…
(‘open the gate of hell for some fresh little souls’)
Earlier this year, Infernal Inquisition did celebrate its tenth anniversary. However, throughout a decade of existence, this Brazilian act did not record that much material at all. Earlier this year, there was an EP and a split (with those sweeties from Uraeus), but before they hadn’t but two ‘real’ releases and some contributions on samplers. Their sole full length was Sob O Obsesso Ocaso Lunar, and it was released in 2015.
Last year Entropia Invictus celebrated their tenth anniversary (though until that celebration day they were called Entropia, without the Invictus suffix), and as a present to the audience they came back with a third full length release (there are some EP’s as well), called Human Pantocrator (the first official release under the new moniker). It’s an eleven-tracker that was registered at the Tower Studio (for mastering duties), with cool artwork courtesy of Above Chaos.
Zurvan are an act that originates from Persian soil, but in mean time the main member moved over to Germany. Yet still, the core lies in Iran. Nowadays, there are some more combos and projects coming from those areas, and I do appreciate quite a lot of them, whether dwelling in spheres of Funeral Doom / Black Metal, or rather Drone / Ambient / Noise laden stuff. For sure, there’s a modest, somewhat hidden, yet quite potential scene going on out there in Iran. Zurvan surely are part of that current.
It’s with a huge dose of shame, but I must admit: I have not (been able to) write down my thoughts on the Distant Voices debut for Sadness, Somewhere Along Our Memory…, released at the very end of 2016. In mean time, this re-issue (there was a first pressing via Depressive Illusions, if I’m not mistaken), is sold out, so I need to apologize to the label. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!
To celebrate their 30th (!!!) anniversary (indeed thirty years of raison d’être), Skullflower (finally) release the Cold Spring-successor of the magisterial album Draconis. The latter was released at the very beginning of Autumn 2014, and undersigned published a review on that material on November 10th 2014. For some biographical and discographic information, you can check out that (superb, but that’s evident) review; enter the band’s name and you’ll come to the specific page).
Time Lurker started in 2014 as a solo-outfit for Mick, hailing from the French city of Strasbourg. Intention was to create post-modernistic Black Metal, conceptually based on the nature of humanity, and mankind’s struggle with inner demons, created by our own uncertainty, fears, subconsciousness and failures. It’s meant to be a sonic travel through worlds described by both Jules Verne and H.P. Lovecraft.
At the end of the Eighties, I set my first steps within the wonderful world of Industrial as a completion to my passion for Extreme Metal at the one hand, and esoteric Wave Music at the other. Actually, I already knew quite some bands / projects, but now I was about to delve deeper into the genre.
Celtefog is an outfit by Archøn, whom you might know as guitarist of Greek act Empathy. He started this project to play a more Pagan-oriented form of Extreme Metal, often helped out by his Empathy-colleague Wolfram as session drummer.