In the Constellation of the Black Widow [2009]

 

A band I stumbled upon while casually switching between forums on ultimatemetalforums.com, I am glad I bothered downloading that particular album which was under discussion. For a band hailing from UK, the music they’ve produced is nothing like I’ve heard before. Self-proclaimed as being a black metal band, it is an awesome change from that stereotyped genre. Uniquely bloodthirsty is the phrase that comes to my mind whenever “In the Constellation of the Black Widow” starts to play on my media player.

A two member band, they’ve not let that come into their way of producing quality brutal black metal. The first track (title track) is just a preface to the onslaught that proceeds throughout the rest of the album. The entire album is worth it, getting shitfaced and then head banging till the neck actually starts cursing and the world is a blur.

Vocals consist of both shrieks and guttural screeches to clean archaic wails (eerie). V.I.T.R.I.O.L (Vocals, did an awesome job with Benediction too) outdid himself with the variety he has displayed in this album. I’m not a big fan of bree as such but it suited the mood of the album as such, especially since it wasn’t accompanied by the off sounding snares which is common to most grindcore bands. Percussions were pretty neat, not fuck-this-is-the-shit awesome but immaculate enough for this album and its sound.  Pinches and highly creative patches have been created by Irrumator (Mike Kenney, only band that I have heard of that he has worked with is “Fukpig”) on most of the tracks. And I must say after this album I am in half mind to try Fukpig too 😀

V.I.T.R.I.O.L  stated that

The album will feature a curve ball guest appearance from Zeitgeist Memento of Mexican extremists Republika.

Exactly what this is about I haven’t a clue. Since I have learnt that Annal Nathrakh do not publish their lyrics per say, queer as that might be their music sounds very misanthropic and has that apocalyptic tone to it. But straight out, a fan of Behemoth, Napalm Death or Ihsahn would go fucking insane listening to these guys.

The only flaw I found was the monotony in the entire album, very similar sounding music which couldn’t display the versatility of the band. Other reviews I’ve read state the very opposite, but to me they could’ve done better than this. I’m not saying to go all out like Opeth with acoustics and thrash riffs in the same album (how the fuck do they do that?) but some variation. It was almost like a gapless album which sucks if it is not meant to be one.

Terror in the Mind of God had a pleasant change in the second half of the track. Apart from that song The Unbearable Filth of the Soul and the Lucifer Effect are my favourite tracks from the album. The Tracklist is:

  1. In The Constellation Of The Black Widow
  2. I Am The Wrath Of Gods And The Desolation Of The Earth Music
  3. More Of Fire Than Blood
  4. The Unbearable Filth Of The Soul
  5. Terror In The Mind Of God
  6. So Be It
  7. The Lucifer Effect
  8. Oil Upon The Sores Of Lepers
  9. Satanarchist
  10. Blood Eagles Carved On The Backs Of Innocents

Rating- 7.5/10

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Sasta Maal Best Maal!!

Latest news in that Indian metal would now be available in just 10 freakingly-cheap bucks!!

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=439499659889&id=257628595692

Really gotta hand it to these guys for actually creating a market for metal from scratch, especially in a country where Bollywood is the big daddy of the music industry and where people would actually prefer Mika over \M/etal… To each his own choice but, sad state of affairs really!

Here’s where it is all available: http://demonstealerrecords.com/

I haven’t bought yet anything myself but Devoid, Albatross, Demonic, etc. are all available, and merchandise too.

The real question is would it be a sellout? After all nothing is cheaper than free, and the net has but a vast scope of piracy.

Buy it Cheap and Support Indian Metal!! At least till they rise the prices, for frankly its a loot!! 😀

Gateways (Single) 2010

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Expectations run high from the latest album by Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra. The first single “Gateways” was released midway through September and already it is an instantaneous hit amongst all fans of Dimmu and those of black, in general.

It opens with a growing (in pitch) baritone-and-soprano-merged-into-one like voice which suddenly blends into double bass and heavy orchestral backing done by Shagrath and Storaas.  The sound is very much expected of Dimmu, do not mistake this with typical, for this track is a very big and welcomed change from the music of “In Sorte Diaboli” released way back in 2007. In this track Shagrath is assisted by  Agnete Kjølsrud (Djerv) who does an amazing job. This I had to look up for I was pretty sure it was a bunch of kids screaming on top of their voices. The last verse specially gives the listener the goosebumps.

The overall tone of the track is a fast paced fight, a dire warning and a message about who is The Master. The chorus goes:

Be the broke or the breaker
Be the giver or the undertaker
Unlock and open the door
Be the healer or the breaker
The keys are in your hands
Realize you are the source of all creation
Of your own master plan

The music creates an atmosphere of impending doom, helped a lot by the effects on the keys. Percussions are bang on perfect for the whole scenario, especially after a chorus of “FOREVER MORE!!”

This song has raised the bar considerably and hopefully the album would be just as savage!

(Due out today all over Europe, hopefully I’ll get it soon, Wait for its review!)

Artwork Out!

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Sorry for the delay! The artwork for “In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall” is out. Not the usual mystic look to it. It showcases the band seated in an empty hall (huge hall!).. quite a change. Hopefully the DVD would be just as refreshing!

The other images are the artworks to “Lamentations” and “Roundhouse Tapes”. You’ll see the difference.

The Disc 1 would be containing all tracks from their evergreen album Blackwater park and the second disc would be all (in their opinion) of the best tracks from the remaining albums.

1-

  • The Leper Affinity
  • Bleak
  • Harvest
  • The Drapery Falls
  • Dirge For November
  • The Funeral Portrait
  • Patterns in the Ivy
  • Blackwater Park

2-

  • Forest of October (Orchid)
  • Advent (Morningrise)
  • April Ethereal (My Arms, Your Hearse)
  • The Moor (Still Life)
  • Wreath (Deliverance)
  • Hope Leaves (Damnation)
  • Harlequin Forest (Ghost Reveries)
  • The Lotus Eater (Watershed)

Had i been given a choice, I would’ve liked Face of Melinda, Windowpane, In my Time of Need, Isolation Years and Demon of the Fall.

An only Blackwater Park and Damnations performance would’ve made my year! 😀

Opeth’s New DVD

A clip from the recently released DVD of Opeth’s performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Waiting to get my hands on a copy of that DVD! Loved the Roundhouse (2007) and Lamentations (2003)!

The audio sounds rich and Mikael Akerfeldt has proved himself once again (not that he needed to). The guy has flair! Some improvisations done here and there but overall it is an impressive performance. And this is a just a teaser video… this DVD is gonna be epic!

Soon! Very soon!!