Armaggedon “The Wrath Of The Black Empire”
(Hell War Productions, Demo-Tape, 2002)
Someone said “this was one of the best releases of the year 2002” and I agree… I don’t know too much about this band, but they are from France and at the first time I heard them, their sound really captivated me. They say they play “TRUE ELITIST BLACK METAL”, if they do it… I don’t know.
This Demo-Tape or should I say Cass-LP as this release has 9 tracks of pure Black Metal in the way it should sound. Here we can find some tracks with very good riff composition and even sounding melodic on titles such as “Daemon’s supremacy”, “The Ride Of The Ancestral War” or “Worship The Goat”… these three tracks are my favourites because of their melodies and feeling they are just amazing. I’m not saying the rest of the songs are bad because they’re good as well. The other tracks sound in a more grim and violent way, faster and with no compromise. The tracks, “Eternal Eclipse” and “Join Us In Blasphemy” were written and composed by Hredh… This guy is probably a guest musician.
The vocals are very well performed; it reminds me a little Xaphan from Seigneur Voland that is a good vocalist… I can’t say anything about the lyrics because you will not find the lyrics on this release.
The drum sound is very nice, it does not have a clear sound but it is very characteristic and should I say original, I can’t even explain what it sounds like but I like it.
Sad to say but this band's ideology seems to be NS as they are showing a Celtic cross on the photo on the booklet… anyway, they play with a great feeling and I sincerely like the way they do it. This tape is limited to 666 hand-numbered copies.
1 - Under the Banner of Viktory
2 - Daemon’s Supremacy
3 - Eternal Eclipse
4 - The Ride Of The Ancestral War
5 - Join Us In Blasphemy
6 - Worship The Goat
7 - Crush The Trends
8 - Kill The pope And Rape the virgin Whore
9 - The Wrath Of The Black Empire
Front Beast “Procreation In Fire” (Hell War
Productions / Deathstrike Records, Demo-Tape, 2002)
This is the third release of this German one-man-band. After “Apocalyptic Vengeance” and “Satan’s Wrath” Evil Avenger rocks again with a new attack. What can we find here? Well, one Introduction, two new devastating Black Trashy hymns, an Outro and a cover.
The intro seems to be bells or something… then the show starts and after a sequence of slow riffs and a mid-paced drum on “Assassin Unleashed” you listen to trashy riffs… and the real war starts, hell yeah! I like the way Evil Avenger performs the riffs. This first track has mid-paced and fast-paced moments. The third track, “Armageddon has Just Began” is an excellent track, to give you an idea there’s a part in the middle of the music that it seems he’s improving, like he let himself flow, I admire that… The fourth track “Outro” is only guitar but not a solo and the last track is a cover of “Darkness and Evil” from Sabbat, it is very well done but a little more faster than the original version and with the Evil Avenger’s painful vocalizations, just perfect.
The guitar riffs remind me Burzum in the slow parts of the tracks and the others are Thrash in the old way reminding me of Root in certain aspects... Sometimes I thought the guitar riffs were not well performed, but then I realized, it must be of the production and I kept that idea until today… The vocals are ah la Varg but it fits perfectly on the tracks. Here we have one of the few Black Metal bands with the right attitude: more Metal than Black. Get this masterpiece immediately.
1 - Intro
2 - Assassin Unleashed
3 - Armageddon Has Just Began
4 - Outro
5 - Darkness and Evil (Sabbat Cover)
Lugubre “Bloodshedding War Hymns” (Hell War
Productions, Demo-tape, 2003)
In spite of not being their first release, before listening to this demo I didn’t knew these guys very well. They’re from the Netherlands and they perform a fast and good Anti-human Black Metal. “Bloodshedding War Hymns” consists of five tracks: the intro, which is very apocalyptic and hypnotic, then, we have a new track “Decreasing Of Human Population” which is composed by simple riffs, melancholic but brutal at the same time, the drums are fast paced, but it doesn’t decrease the feeling from the guitars. The vocals aren’t bad but I think it should be sickest, anyway, it is irrelevant… just an opinion, the vocalist handles it well. This track reminds me of Darkthrone, maybe because with simple riffs these guys are able to create a melancholic yet violent track… the third and the fourth track are covers, “Inferno” from Striid and and “Down there…” from Beherit. The cover from Beherit is very well achieved, the vocals are growled and the drums very good, seeming to me that the typical Beherit chaotic atmosphere was well captured. Finally, the last track is a live one, named “Blitzkrieg”, a very brutal track, well; just the name “Blitzkrieg” says everything. This demo tape doesn’t have a awesome production but you can listen what this guys are playing, and believe me… they’re good but they have potential to be better, because what we can hear here isn’t nothing new, but is, nonetheless, a good release.
1 - Intro
2 - Decreasing Of Human Population
3 - Inferno (Striid Cover)
4 - Down There... (Beherit cover)
5 - Blitzkrieg (live)
War Blasphemy – "For the
Glory of the Unpure" (Hell War Productions, Demo-Tape,
Here we have another good band emerging from the Portuguese underground. This is a one-man-band from Abraxis, but in this demo he had the collaboration of a session member named Thormentor. Abraxis performed all the strings work and the vocals while Thormentor take care of the drums. “For the Glory of the Unpure” really surprised me… it isn’t common to see Trash/Black Metal like this in Portugal, you can see the quality of this recording specially in the ambience, they managed to create a very militarist and destructive ambient. This environment is created with the predominance of faster moments, which are some times helped with the presence of shot mid-paced moments.
The guitars and the bass line are well done, but I get the feeling that something is lacking, because the guitars sometimes get a little bit boring, but that’s nothing that can’t be solved. The drums are fast, but the snare could be better heard, the production is quite raw, so it doesn’t help this detail anyway, but probably this is the way the band like and I respect that. About the vocals, I think this is the strongest part of this demo singing with rage and hatred, spiting Blasphemy and War chants.
A note for the cover artwork that is very well achieved and it fits very well on the title of the demo, as war and destruction aren’t pure feelings on the human being. This is a very promissory Portuguese band and I’ll wait for next works from them.
1 - Darkness and Pride
2 - Lusitânia Sons
3 - For the Glory of the Unpure
4 - Holy Raping