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The Secrets Of The Black Arts (Re-Issue + Bonus)
The Secrets Of The Black Arts (Re-Issue + Bonus)
Price: £9.55

5.0 out of 5 stars The Secrets of the Black Arts, 29 Sept. 2015
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I will never understand what "everybodys" problem with Dark Funeral is. Sure, looking at the visual aspects of the band in the late noughties (their singer looked like a gorilla for their last LP), you could be forgiven for writing them off as a joke and not bothering to let the music do the talking. But that would be a mistake. The Swedes were once rightfully hailed as one of the masters of the Swedish Black Metal scene because of this, their 1996 debut album. It remains a true milestone of well-played, evil, fast and brutal BM (which makes most of Marduks early albums sound soft in comparison) and I would recommend it to all fans and devotees of the genre. Even if you never buy any of their later works (your loss), this should certainly be in your collection. Crank it up and teach children to worship Satan.

*This essential re-release comes with an extensive booklet and a bonus disc featuring the original abandoned Unisound Studios recording of the album. It is basically a slightly shorter (minus the intro and two songs) and rawer-sounding version, and it's a must for completists.


Antiliv (Ltd.Digibox)
Antiliv (Ltd.Digibox)
Price: £16.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endless nuclear wasteland, 27 Sept. 2015
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This review is from: Antiliv (Ltd.Digibox) (Audio CD)
Tsjuder have earned something of a legend-status within Black Metal, and listening to "Antiliv" makes it clear what all the fuss is about. Tsjuder play straight forward brutal and fast Black Metal, and have done since day one, with not a second wasted on ambient breaks and other niceties. This is pure Norwegian Misanthropic Satanic Black Metal that will make your ears bleed black blood, and quite possibly Tsjuders best album to date.

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Born In Thorns
Born In Thorns
Price: £14.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Born in Thorns, 27 Sept. 2015
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This review is from: Born In Thorns (Audio CD)
When, in the summer of 2014, Tchort and Bloodpervertor annonunced their departure from Carpathian Forest and the formation of The 3rd Attempt, I didn't think it would be any good (don't ask me why) but I followed them on Facebook anyway. Their online auditions to find a singer went on for a little while, and they shared a few of the better candidates on their page, before they announced the relatively unknown but nonetheless excellent Kaahrl Ødemark from Midnattsvrede as their frontman. I slowly began to suspect that this quartet (completed by drummer Tybalt from Den Saakaldte and Fortið) could actually cook up something interesting. And how right I was. "Born in Thorns" is pure balls-to-the-walls Black 'n' Roll laden with the unmistakeable edge that many will recognise from Carpathian Forest, but with more speed and violence. But that's not to say that it's all about brutality though, as album highlight "Firestorm" proves with its slow piano, bells and low growling vocals-intro (which bears a striking resemblance to Carpathian Forest masterpiece "Cold Comfort"). Reinventing the wheel isn't on the agenda but "Born in Thorns" is a sure bet for fans of fast and evil Black 'n' Roll with big balls and a F**k Off-attitude. This is certainly the musical surprise of 2015 for my part, and I hope to hear a lot more from these guys in the future.


Redefining Darkness
Redefining Darkness
Price: £14.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A slight disappointment, 23 July 2013
This review is from: Redefining Darkness (Audio CD)
Shining are responsible for some of the finest black metal ever recorded, on their third and fifth albums especially. As well as 2011's seventh album, which took a more pop-influenced approach to their patented black 'n' roll, with jawdropping results.

Now, here are my thoughts on Shining's eighth opus:
We were promised a return to black metal, and in that respect at least, it delivers. Opener 'Du, Mitt Konstverk' starts with a blackened exclamation by Taake frontman Hoest, his only appearance on the album, and so far it's all good. But then Niklas starts singing and I realised as the first song progressed that the lyrics were not all that good, and by the time the clean-sung part had finished I was certain; the lyrics were an embarrasment! 'Childish' springs to mind. So.. not off to a great start. Song number two, 'The Ghastly Silence', is in English, as the songs alternate between having Swedish and English lyrics. This is probably the best song on the album, with better lyrics and some musical twists along the way. It's reminiscent of Kvarforth's work with BM supergroup Den Saakaldte. The next two songs and one instrumental are rather anonymous affairs that just poddle along and don't do much. Now, album closer 'For the God Below' was talked about a bit before release. It's a kind of lovesong for Satan, and the lyrics are supposedly of a very personal nature. I personally think, again, that they're rather weak. But it's a decent song, to finish off a so-so album.

Shining fail to redefine anything, except perhaps themselves. Darkness feels very much the same as it did before. If you're just getting into Shining, I would recommend 'V: Halmstad' or 'VII: Född Förlorare' to get a better idea of what these Swedish madmen are capable of creating. If you're already a fan, this one is a bit hit and miss but I'm sure you'll find some redeeming features here and there. But overall it's just not that good.

Minus for dreadful cover art
Plus for the dedication of the album to deceased Urgehal frontman Trond 'Nefas' Bråthen


The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy [Blu-ray]
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Anna Chancellor
Price: £7.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An insult., 12 May 2013
Firstly, I know Douglas Adams was involved in the development of the script. So out of respect to the great man, I'll be as nice as I can. First of all; David Dixon perfected Ford Prefect in the 80s tv series. His performance cannot and will not ever be bettered, and Mos Def surely doesn't even try. He's terrible. There is none of Adams' original character in his godawful performance.

The rest of the characters aren't as bad, but all were done better in the 80s.

Then there's Humma Kavula. A new character written for the movie by Adams himself. He adds absolutely nothing, despite John Malcovich's solid performance. Waste of time.

The main antagonists, the Vogons, have been given more focus than before and the crew even visit Vogsphere on one occasion. Uninteresting at best.

In order to cater to the mainstream, they did of course have to put a blossoming romance in there. No prize for guessing between whom.

Bill Nighy puts in a decent performance as Slartibartfast, but too late to salvage any hope.

So, if you're not familiar with the book you might enjoy this Hollywood-mockery. Personally, I think the 80s tv series, despite shocking special effects, is the perfect dramatization of this classic work. An extra star for Stephen Fry as the voice of the Guide and Bill Nighy for being brilliant as usual.


Gravkamre Kroner Og Troner
Gravkamre Kroner Og Troner
Price: £14.77

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential compilation, 12 May 2013
To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Taake have released this compilation of EP tracks and other more obscure gems. There are two new tracks to kick off this collection; "Et Pust av Oeyne" and "Hov Var Stein". Good songs, in the vein of classic Taake. Good start. Then, the only real low point of the 2 discs; A reworking of "Nordbundet" with Shining's Niklas Kvarforth and Darkthrone's Nocturno Culto sharing vocal duties. It really is quite shockingly bad. The rest of the album consists of the collective EP's and splits. Most notably, the "Svartekunst" live 7" is included. Not much that hasn't been heard before, but it's nice to have it all collected on CD like this. Especially for those of us that haven't got record players, to play their many vinyl releases.

This really is an essential retrospective for fans of Taake and TNBM in general.


Meir
Meir
Price: £5.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same. Luckily., 12 May 2013
This review is from: Meir (Audio CD)
Kvelertak should suck. I mean, "blackened hardcore punk". C'mon! I don't do 'core'. But when I eventually gave in and gave them a chance, my only regret was not listening to them sooner. While the lyrics are completely unintelligible 95% of the time, the guitardriven music is so irresistibly groovy and infectious, that I find myself not caring that I can't hear what the songs are about. And that, to me, is rare. "Meir" is certainly a step up from their eponymous debut, with songs like "Trepan" and "Bruane Brenn" with its catchy clean-sung chorus providing the highlights.
Kvelertak are an anomaly. A sweaty, loud and rude anomaly. I don't know if they deserve all the hype, but most of it anyway.
"Eg sa... Kvelertak!"


For Faen!
For Faen!
Price: £7.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrash 'til death!, 12 May 2013
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This review is from: For Faen! (Audio CD)
Blood Tsunami never quite managed to knock me off my feet with their first two albums. Good albums, and I always considered myself a fan, but something was missing.

When they released the video for the track 'Metal Fang', I wasn't sure. It's certainly rawer, and Petes vocals have changed alot in the 4 years since their last album. But I wasn't sure if I liked it. Turns out I love it! With 10 songs over a mere 31 minutes, there are (thankfully) no 12-minute instrumentals to be found here. The lyrics mostly concern themselves with serial killers and other nastiness of human invention (Krokodil, anyone?). The album kicks of with 'The Butcher of Rostov', a song about Andrei Chikatilo, and never lets up, through blistering songs like 'Dogfed', 'The Rape of Nanking' and 'B.T.K.'. And then there's 'Unholy Nights', a blazing tribute to the now defunct Unholy metal bar in Oslo, Norway. It's essentially just describing the atmosphere in the bar on a saturday night and namedropping a bunch of cool bands, but it actually made me miss my hometown of Oslo so much that I had to book a flight to go for a few days (during which, I'll be seeing Blood Tsunami). So, if you like your thrash metal raw and nasty; this one is a sure bet. Blood Tsunami have gone from being a good band to being a great band, and they did it by making simpler music, I'm sure there's a lesson to be learnt somewhere, but I can't be buggered to look for it. Just crank it up to 12, grab a beer and and bang your head until your neck can't take anymore!


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