Legacy Future messing around with Unreal Tournament Alpha

Last time I played Unreal Tournament was back in 2002-2003 when I ended up 4th in the European Lan Tournament. Thought to get my hands on Unreal tournament Alpha version 2017. Messy gameplay (its been a while and I Read more

Reverorum Ib Malacht “Ter Agios Numini” album review and soundcloud excerpt

I must give credit for discovering REVERORUM IB MALACHT to longtime comrade John Gossard (Dispirit, ex-Asunder, ex-Weakling)! [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/326381574" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] Strangely enough, following his words of praise back in the early 10’s I haven’t instantly listened to Read more

GOATVERMIN "Detruire" black/death metal album review and bandcamp stream

The first quarter of 2017 sees the spectacular return of French black/death metal, thanks to the debut albums of three excellent bands: Ritualization, Necroblood and Goatvermin. The timing couldn’t be better as there exist strong rumors that Arkhon Infaustus, Read more

INFESTER “To the Depths, in Degradation” death metal re-release review and youtube stream

Re-releases of “best kept secret” type of old bands, usually package attractively mediocre quality content using 80’s/90’s nostalgia and vinyl fetishism. Even when the music is good, most such bands were mere clones back at the day, therefore their (re-) Read more

NECROBLOOD “Collapse of the Human Race” black/death metal album review and bandcamp stream

Parisian old-school metal band NECROBLOOD have penetrated violently my musical microcosm back in 2011. They have done so with the best credentials that an underground metal band could possibly have according to my book: a debut self-titled 7”EP released by Read more

March 15: Our Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre Album Review (Vinyl Only release)

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March 15′s newest vinyl release “Our love becomes a funeral pyre”, was maybe one of the greatest surprises that landed my inbox recently, as it brought up memories from my glorious industrial past back in 1999; when I first started spinning releases over the radio such as NON, DAF, Psychic TV and Suicide. The mastermind behind this LP release, Sami Albert “Witchfinder” Hynninen – who is mainly known to the wider audience for his participation with other bands such as TÄHTIPORTTI, REVEREND BIZARRE, THE PURITAN, OPIUM WARLORDS, SPIRITUS MORTIS and AZRAEL RISING, decided to wrap up some old school tracks (originally composed in 2004) and add a couple of new ones (2010 and 2013) in order to produce this “vinyl only” edition; which will be limited to 315 copies only and available on February the 14th.  Read more

Eva Polgár & Sándor Vály: “Gilgamesh” Album Review

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Before starting this review a couple of words about Gilgamesh. The poem of Gilgamesh is, perhaps, the oldest written story on Earth. It comes to us from Ancient Sumeria, and was originally written on 12 clay tablets in cuneiform script. It is about the adventures of the historical King of Uruk “Bilgamesh” (somewhere between 2750 and 2500 BCE) whose prime aim was to discover the secret of eternal life. To date, only a few fragments of it have survived and if I remember correctly this is the first attempt from a band to try and release an album based on the particular poem.
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Kuolemanlaakso : ‘Tulijoutsen’ Album Review

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The highly acclaimed Finnish death doomsters return with their brand new album (second full length release following their debut “Uljas uusi maailma” in 2012)  titled “Tulijoutsen“. Produced once again by the TriptykonTulijoutsen-album-cover and Dark Fortress guitarist V. Santura, Kuolemanlaakso’s new album “Tulijoutsen” aim is to push the band into a new territory by combining different music genres such as death, doom and gothic/atmospheric metal with a melancholic touch which is present throughout (almost) the whole album. Their debut album, ‘Uljas Uusi Maailma’ was a good introduction to the scene but with ‘Tulijoutsen’ the aim is clearly to push themselves to a different level and reach audiences – which I will dare to say – who like bands such as from the Symphonic death metalers Tristania to the Gothic metal legends Moonspell.
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DISPIRIT: Eerie And Oppressive

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Led by John Gossard, an emblematic figure of the North American underground (ex-WEAKLING/THE GAULT/ASUNDER), DISPIRIT is a menacing, creative force to be reckoned with.

Last May we had a small chat with John  about “111112”, their second full-length demo tape released in late 2012, also making the point about the band and finding out more concerning their unorthodox and enigmatic metal.

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Mamiffer & Circle – Enharmonic Intervals (for Paschen Organ) CD review

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Mamiffer & Circle - Enharmonic Intervals (for Paschen Organ) CD review 

This is a very interesting release by two different bands: Mamiffer known for tidal drones and Circle who are known for their rock sounds and primal beats. If what you expect is a combination of these two musical elements mentioned above, let me tell you right now that you will be disappointed. Their sound signatures such as the comforts of austere piano sketches and solemn nocturnes as well as the wallop of repetitive rhythms and metallic kitsch is nowhere to be found and largely absent. As with Mamiffer’s recent collaboration with Locrian, Enharmonic Intervals (for Paschen Organ) is anything but a predictable merger of two bands’ established visions.
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Peter Hook to perform Joy Division & New Order concerts in 2014

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Joy Division and new order's bass player Peter Hook

Only few days after his statement that he’d rather play with Saddam Hussein than New Order again, Peter Hook & The Light are to perform their first ever concerts of New Order’s “Low Life (1985)” & “Brotherhood” (1986) with two special Manchester & London shows at The Ritz, Manchester and Shepherds Bush Empire, London in September 2014. The gigs will feature all material from the band, 1983 – 1987, “From Confusion To True Faith”. Tickets for both concerts on general sale from 9am Fri 29th Nov 2013 at Alt Tickets here –  Tickets also include a charity donation to MIND & Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.

A month before the two new order gigs and in particular the 15th and 17th August the known bass player will perform the classic album “unknown pleasures” in full at Boughton House, Kettering.Peter Hook will perform a set of Joy Division songs chosen by fans at a festival next yea and if you wish to pick your favourite Joy Division song, see Alt-Fest’s Facebook page where he will be performing along with Killing Joke and Arch Enemy.

Full details at www.peterhook.co.uk

 

Beastmilk – “Climax” / Album Review

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It’s the end of the year – which means that there are a wave of “Album of the Year” accolades being bestowed left right and centre. I’ve always found it interestingBeastmilk Climax, album cover to observe that in the excitement of the flurry of  brilliant end of-year releases, reviewers seem to forget quality albums released earlier in the year. What I do not remember though is a band debuting towards the end of the year  being nominated across the board as one of the best albums in 2013. This is the case with Beastmilk and their debut album titled “Climax“, an album I truly consider one of the best this year, if not THE BEST (as my co-editor told me this morning).

Beastmilk became known to the public back in 2010 with their debut demo: “White Stains On Black Tape”, which not only sold out quickly, but most importantly captured the attention of Darkthrone’s Fenriz,; who openly voted it as one his favorite demos in 2010. The Finnish label Svart Records saw an opportunity and signed the band, with their second 7” vinyl (they also re-released “White stains on black tape” on a 7” format), “Use your Deluge” being released. Fast forward to today, Svart announced BeastMilk’s debut full length album: “Climax” is set to be released on the 29th of November.
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Laibach – S / EP review (Mute Records)

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Laibach recently announced the release of a brand new album expected in February 2014 titled “Spectre”. “S” is the mini 4-track EP taster that became publicly available last week through their official

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web site. For those who do not remember, “Spectre” is the follow-up to Laibach’s last studio album “Volk”, released back in 2006.

The EP includes four tracks, three of which are new: “Eurovision”, “No History” and “Resistance is Futile” as well as a live version of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Love on the beat” performed in Tate Museum in London last year.
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The horror: PORTAL -CURTAIN-

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Hailing from Australia, PORTAL are on the edge of the contemporary extreme music scene. Their unorthodox, chaotic death metal will swallow and deconstruct you. From the lyrics written in their own cryptic language, to the terrifying, paradoxal artwork, the music is endorsed and supported by some of the darkest and most inspiring aesthetics.

The video-clip for “Curtain”, out of their 2013’s offering for Profound Lore Records “Vexovoid”, presents the realm of their art under a concrete, horrific angle.

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Author & Punisher – Women & Children LP/CD Review

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author & punisher

Industrial as a genre is maybe the most used and misunderstood term the last few years in the music underground scene. Truth be told, there are a lot of bands calling their music “Industrial” – a statement that leaves me cold as I don’t consider bands that use dance EBM rhythms to be Industrial, even if they claim to be! So, I decided review on Author & Punisher as I think it’ a very nice addition to the Industrial scene and “Women & Children” is an LP you should definitely pay attention to…..

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