Posts Tagged ‘Svart records’
Posted on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: US Folk metal act Sabbath Assembly return with another set of religious themes on their third album Quaternity. This is mostly an acoustic album, with the band utilizing classical percussion and strings for some new sounds to help support vocalist Jamie Myers and percussionist Dave “Xtian” Nuss.
Special guests on the album include Daron Beck of Pinkish Black accompanying Jamie on vocals, Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts on guitar, Mat McNerney and Marja Konttinen of Hexvessel reciting sacred texts, liturgical chanting by Jessika Kinney (Sunn 0))), Wolves in the Throne Room), bass from Colin Marston of Behold… The Arctopus, and organ from “Nameless Void” of Negative Plane.
The album is divided into 2 parts, with side A focusing on the four deities worshipped in the theology of the Process Church of the Final Judgment — Christ, Jehovah, Lucifer, and Satan, and side B takes a look at the four horsemen of the apocalypse of Revelations. Heavy stuff for sure from a lyrical perspective, but musically there’s not much that’s really ‘heavy’ going on here, as this stuff is rich in folk themes with plenty of soaring, melancholy drenched musical passages.
‘The Burning Cross of Christ’, despite its lyrical themes, is just a gorgeous sounding piece, with Myers‘ beautiful vocals floating over alluring violin, cello, acoustic guitars, and keyboards. Some doom metal riffing finally shows up on the haunting ‘I, Satan’, a creepy piece filled with tinkling piano, booming bass, and snarling vocals from Myers, while the epic 18-minute ‘The Four Horseman’ is a well put together, chilling slice of folk / occult music, with disturbing spoken word passages, classical and folk instrumentation, and a really unforgettable vibe. Parts of this song would have made a good soundtrack to an old ’70s Hammer Horror film.
Tags: Album of the day, Daron Beck, Dave Nuss, Jamie Myers, Jessika Kinney, Kevin Hufnagel, Mat McNerney, Pete Pardo, Process Church of the Final Judgment, Quaternity, Sabbath Assembly, Svart records
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Posted on Thursday, February 20th, 2014
We at Roadburn are very sorry to announce that The Oath have sadly had to cancel their appearance at Roadburn Festial 2014 due to personal circumstances. Hopefully, we’ll be able to welcome the band at Roadburn 2015. Luckily, we’re able to report that Sweden’s Goatess will replace The Oath on […]
Posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: ‘Kuolemanlaakso’ is Finnish for ‘Death Valley’. That’s pretty metal to start us off. Kuolemanlaakso are also only onto their second record, which is more surprising considering the assuredness with which they ply their craft. ‘Tulijoutsen’, which translates to ‘The Fire Swan’, is a thunderous […]
Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014
You can’t keep a good festival down, and so no sooner have we announced the unfortunate cancellation of KEN Mode than we are overjoyed to be able to announce that the mighty Mantar will replace them! The heavier-than-a-concrete-elephant gruesome twosome from Hamburg dropped their killer ‘White Nights’ seven-inch not so […]
Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Lovingly pinched from ScratchtheSurface: Snapped by Svart Records greatly due to the strong reactions garnered by their 7” released last year, Mantar are a duo from Germany that plays a punishing, monolithically heavy doom that could easily soundtrack the coming of the apocalypse. Bolstered by an uncompromising and raw production, […]
Posted on Sunday, December 15th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from From the Dust Returned: There were quite a number of things conspiring against my enjoyment of Seremonia‘s sophomore Ihminen (‘human’ if my poor translation skill haven’t failed me yet again). For one, the record is front-ended by a number of exceedingly familiar, bluesy Sabbath-like chord progressions that, […]
Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Examiner.com: Not many in the world of metal will recognize the name Kimi Karki. Hailing from Finland, Karki is a cultural historian, guitar player, and singer-songwriter who has worked with bands such as Uhrijuhla, Reverend Bizarre, and Lord Vicar. The genres Karki has delved into include doom, […]
Posted on Thursday, November 28th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Climax is an apt title for the debut full-length from Finnish quartet Beastmilk, a surging record (featuring Hexvessel’s Mat ‘Kvohst’ McNerney on vocals) that emerges fully-formed from some kind of nuclear wasteland with a rampaging synthesis of punk rock swagger, new wave energy and […]
Posted on Friday, November 15th, 2013
Praise for Oranssi Pazuzu‘s Valonielu from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Space rock collides brilliantly and violently with blackened post metal on this third bleak transmission from an exploding alien nebula (otherwise known as Finland), courtesy of some of its weirdest astral wanderers: the incomparable Oranssi Pazuzu. Valonielu is at once […]
Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Last Rites: Domovoyd‘s debut long-player, Oh, Sensibility, is psych-minded astro-metal charged by interstellar gamma rays. Oh, sorta like Ufommamut? The doomonauts slather these songs with jams, vibrating the soul with effects-heavy amp abuse while blasting holes in the ozone with sole-stomping fuzzed-up supernovas. Oh, sorta like Comets […]