OBSEQUIAE - Aria Of Vernal Tombs

Label: 20 Buck Spin
Release date: 11.05.2015 (CD/Digital), 08.06.2015 (LP)

Minnesota' s Obsequiae have returned with their second full length "aria", "Aria of Vernal Tombs", four years after their high acclaimed debut "Suspended in the Brume of Eos".
"Aria of Vernal Tombs" is a hot album delivering us occult folk epic black metal at its best. I will call it like another Obsequiae dark magnificent artifact. Songs, arias, and operatic thrilling black metal are mixed together, and that works perfect too.

Markedly, music speaks louder than words. I felt totally ecstatic throughout this album's whole duration. I've been listening it straight for two days and I can't believe how sophisticated and yet distinctive it is.

The ecstasy begins from the opening instrumental song "Ay Que Por Muy Gran Fremosura".  A three minutes accoustic soporific anthem reminding me of ancient greek music. An Orphic hymn! (the same goes for the second to the last track, "Des Oge Mais Quer eu Trobar").

Then comes the "Autumnal Pyre". A complete musical enticement into a medieval impulsive journey full of dark lyricism but still so epic and black!

Each song to follow is a fantasy beyond the borders of reality. Melodies marry with otherworldly fairy sounds, ruinously guitar riffs twist and bend their sound into strange and unnatural position. And what a perfect frowsty voice!!!I shuddered with horror by listening Tanner Anderson tearing to pieces like a dying dark elf!
Comprehensively all the instruments had been stacked up in neat piles.

Not exaggerating, the melodies that are included in each song will stick in my mind forever.

You find me quite consistent. This is an album that bears repeated listens and never seizes to reward its listener.

Medieval Black Metal classic!

Jim "Mutilator" Patsouris




Release:  20-04-2015
Origin:     Ukraine
Length:   43:37

Based on the musical quality Khors is delivering here with their 6th album, it is understandable that Russia’s presid-ictator-ent, has entered the Ukraine to captive and secure this beauty. Fortunately for the European Union Candlelight Records already annexed Khors in 2012 with their previous release to secure this musical landslide for the rest of the world.

Since I have never been to the Ukraine, let alone the fact listened to bands coming from that area, Khors was introduced to me by a good friend. At that time I was already impressed and curious about this band, but since the new "Night falls onto the front of ours” is taking over the speakers for weeks now, I must join the battle onto the front.

Majestic, melodic and lingering structures combined with different elements from black till rock have created a unique scenery, which makes the view very enjoyable and the impressions hypnotizing. For example „1664” grabs you, controls you and leave you touched and moved after almost 5 minutes.

Like said before this is a landscape, that requires travelling time and interest to invest, once you have criss-crossed this country, all it’s beauty and emotions will fully appear to your ears...





Release: 27-04-2015
Origin: Sweden
Length: 28:15

Do I remember those days. Do you remember those times. When you still could find every record for reasonable prices at metal markets, while attending a festival. Nocturnus - The Key, Atheist - Piece of Time (even twice), Pyrexia - Sermon of Mockery and Merciless - The Awakening for around 10 Euros and original first pressing.

I even do remember a second hand store during the mid-90’s, where I bought a lot of old and obscure first pressings, among them Wombbath - Internal Caustic Torments, Burial - Relinquished Souls and also Carbonized - For The Security was available. Those were the days.

Nowadays all these obscure and rare records are highly sought and well overpaid!! Every Thrash Records release has become cult and overpaid more than 30 times its original value. Apart from this fact, what do you get, when you are willing to pay this price: Old school Swedish Death metal from the early 90’s.

Tomas Skogsberg, Sunlight Studios, Therion, Christofer Johnsson, Entombed, Lars Rosenberg, Thrash Records, Left Hand Path are all details, which will increase the rating and the value.

In retrospect a very raw sound quality, grindcore influences, outdated music style and recording techniques will decrease the rating and the value.

A classic piece of Swedish death metal history, outdated to secure the nowadays prices.



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