Malokarpatan. Excellent old fashioned black metal. Released by Invictus Productions and The Ajna Offensive.
Layers upon layers. Recordings upon recordings. Thought after thought. Rebirth of Nefast. Black Metal.
As I said in the first post Icelandic releases might dominate my list for noteworthy releases in 2017, and it’s true. I spent most of the year listening to domestic releases, loving most of those I heard.
Today it’s time for the debut album of Katla, Móðurástin. A relatively unknown band comprised of members, ex-members in some cases, of Sólstafir, Potentiam, Hólókaust 2001 and Fortíð. As might be expected the album is all over the place, so you can’t call it black metal, you can’t call it gothic metal and you certainly can’t call it death metal.
I forgot to post something yesterday so today I will post two releases instead. Two releases that in reek of the old Greek black metal spirit. Disharmony and Cult of Eibon. Both out through Iron Bonehead Productions this year.
We are now five releases in and here’s one that wasn’t on my original list. However, who can argue with the aura of Morbid Angel and Order from Chaos that surrounds Degial’s third album. I know I can’t.
Last Thursday it was time to make the trek once again to Pumpehuset, this time to see Belphegor, Enthroned, Svart Crown and Nervochaos.
Due to a traffic jam I arrived later than I had hoped and only caught the last few seconds of Nervochaos’ set. Svart Crown became my introduction to last night’s festivities and by the way the band was performing things were looking good. The band delivered a solid show, managing that fine line of band / audience interaction pretty well.
After Svart Crown it was time for Enthroned to show us the way of the old school Belgian black metal. Now, I wasn’t a big Enthroned fan back in the days of Blackend compilation albums, but I enjoyed the last two albums pretty well so I was looking forward to seeing the band this time in Copenhagen. I have to say, though, that this was one of the most “meh” performances I’ve seen from a black metal band in a long time. I don’t know what was off, why we just weren’t clicking, but as I looked over the venue it was obvious that my opinion was not shared by most. Where I saw cliches others saw the opportunity to bang their heads towards the Skullthrone of Satan. Was it because of the Jesus Christ Pose?, the Baphomet pose or the Satanic priest pose? I don’t really know, all I know is it’s didn’t click.
However, me and Belphegor, we clicked. We clicked good. Fingerlicking good, even. The playing was tight and not a fault to be found. The band played quite a few numbers from the new album, Totenritual, as well as some golden oldies and Helmuth’s witch-like ramblings in between songs were highly enjoyable.
All in all a pretty enjoyable show, even though I missed Nervochaos completely and Enthroned just didn’t do anything for me.