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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Promoting Bands Part 6 - Dutch Edition



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Got a new part of Promoting Bands for you!

As usually, if you want to be part of Promoting Bands in the future, be sure to get in touch with us. Send us a message on Facebook, Twitter, or email us.

Be sure to check the earlier parts of Promoting Bands, if you haven't done it already:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Obviously, DutchMetalManiac is Dutch, but in the Promoting Bands category there isn't a Dutch Edition yet, so now it finally is here.

Only one note before I start, since there are four Dutch bands which are already mentioned in the past parts. Those bands are Shylmagoghnar (Promoting Bands Part 1), Idek., Project Pain (both Promoting Bands Part 3) and Nox Aeterna (Promoting Bands Part 4), be sure to check them out too!

For now, enjoy!

Tim van Velthuysen

1. Algos


Algos is the one-man-band of Jurre Timmer which plays melodic death/doom metal. The first music I heard from Algos is the second EP called Fragmented. Fragmented is an acoustic instrumental release, which you probably wouldn't expect from a death/doom band, but it is very beautiful and it is something to check out for sure. On first full-length album The Death Of Seasons you hear that Algos can also be very heavy and loud, which is also done very good. Below you can check out both the Fragmented EP as well as the The Death Of Seasons album.




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2. Tarnkappe


Tarnkappe plays black metal in a very dark way. Their debut album Tussen Hun En De Zon sounds as it is a bit of low-quality recording, but I think that's their intention and they made the right choice then, because it makes it even better. Below you can check the track Duister Mijn Geweten, the track I first heard of them.



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3. Strain


Strain plays music which isn't really fitting into one specific genre. Progressive, experimental and energetic are some words you can use describing them for sure. This is band you have to check, an experience you don't want to miss. I already reviewed their EP's Think-O-Land here and AFR here. Below you can listen to both of them.




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4.No1408


Nedermetal isn't really a genre, it's more like metal from The Netherlands (Nederland in Dutch), but bands who play Nedermetal do have their specific sound which mostly contains Dutch lyrics. Of course Patatje Metal (check here if you don't know them) was a nice band, but unfortunately they stopped a bit longer than a year ago. In February last year I heard No1408 for the first time and in my opinion they are the perfect Nedermetal band to take over the place of Patatje Metal. DutchMetalManiac's Gijs de Wolff already wrote a live review of them here and I also interviewed their guitarist Jordy Stokkink here.

Check their video of Razernij below.



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5.System Overthrow


System Overthrow is partly coming from The Netherlands and partly from Belgium, they play oldschool thrash metal in the vein of the style it used to be when thrash was starting. Their debut full-length, which is selftitled, came out a year ago and it is full of energy and great music. I also saw a show of them already and, besides the fact that there were a few technical issues, they played a great show and really surprised me as I didn't heard their music before. DutchMetalManiac's Henric van Essen also wrote a review about their debut, you can check it here if you want. You can see their video for the track Pit Fighter below.



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6. Misantropical


Misantropical played a mixture of different styles ranging from rock ballads to grindcore, and everything in between. I just discovered them, which is a bit late, because they split up. But there is good news, because they just announced there will be a one-time reunion. Follow their facebook page to keep updated for further details if you are interested! Below you can listen to their tracks "Worse" and "God Is Dead".




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7. Vuur


Anneke van Giersbergen, a name you probably recognize more than Vuur. She was the vocalist of The Gathering, did a few solo albums and worked with many great musicians (for example Ayreon, Within Temptation and Devin Townsend). Vuur is her new band, in which she picks up her metal-side again. Vuur's debut is still upcoming, so there is no music released yet, but below you can see a glimpse of what is to come. You can also see them live soon at, for example, Dynamo Metalfest on July 15th.



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8. Drive By Suicide


Drive By Suicide is a groove metal band with a lot of energy in their music. We already wrote about them as part of our reviews about the Army Of Metal concert here and the Army Of Metal compilation here. Now they have their latest album released, it's called "Annihilated" and you can listen to it below. Very cool stuff!



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9. 3rd Machine


3rd Machine's music is sounding very unique, it's definitely not something you would hear very often. Their debut album Quantified Self is almost a year old and it has an great sound, this is a band you should keep an eye on. You can read our review about Quantified Self here and you can listen to their song Ultimate Intelligence below. It also has some guest vocals by Mark Jansen from Dutch bands Epica and Mayan.



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10. Purest Of Pain


Purest of Pain is the band formed by Merel Bechtold, who you may know from Delain and Mayan. At this moment they are recording their upcoming debut album and based on their previously released music I am pretty sure it would be very nice! Something to look forward to! Below you can check their video of their 2013 single "Momentum".



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Live review: The Charm The Fury, Spoil Engine, For I Am King at Sugarfactory, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 24th, 2017

The signs for this one were all but good. Main attraction The Charm The Fury released their new album, ‘The Sick, Dumb & Happy’, a week earlier, which was received with mixed critics due to the fact they changed courses rather drastically. Especially the fans of the first hour were not amused, because in their eyes TCTF abandoned their core business, metalcore, in favor of more classically schooled metal, and they didn’t hesitate sharing their feelings about it. Initially it seemed they were serious about this and had no intentions to show up on the release party, because when the doors opened there were only about 50 people waiting in line where Sugarfactory roughly can house about ten times that amount of people. Despite this being mildly worrying, it did give yours truly the opportunity to be the first to experience TCTF’s progress outside the stage by paying for merchandise using a new, sophisticated payment system that involved a cell phone rather than a regular payment terminal. If anything their merchandising is ready to conquer the world. Now to find the answer to the question if TCTF itself is equally ready to take the world by storm.

The usually ungrateful task of warming up the audience, that had quadrupled in size by the time they unleashed their first tunes, had fallen to For I Am King, a melodic death metal/metalcore formation from Gouda, Holland. Sugarfactory is not exactly known for being a huge venue, so the stage isn’t spacious to begin with, but with Mathijs Tieken’s drum kit already lined-up space was even more rare, making even moving around quite the challenge. Nevertheless the four guys and the girl made the best of it and put up an energetic and most enjoyable show. TCTF may have a lot of potential, they were definitely not the only ones tonight. Front woman Alma Alizadeh may not look like your typical metalcore vocalist with her rather sweet appearance and glasses, but man, this lady knows how to grunt, even with a self-made moustache. Of course their latest release, ‘Daemons’, provides excellent tunes to build a stage party, but you still have to transfer that energy to your performance, which they did convincingly. I’m not sure if the audience wasn’t awake yet or simply wasn’t prepared for such a solid show this early in the evening, but the response from the audience was not overly enthusiastic. A shame really, because the band was definitely trying to connect with the audience, but was only rewarded mediocrely, save a couple of fans that went pleasantly berserk from minute one. Sadly this is a fate that many support act has to deal with. In my opinion the entire band played a more than decent show, where, without playing down the performance of the other members, drummer Jaap Relou, had a striking role tonight. His drumming was stellar and the thundering double bass made the entire building vibrate. Despite the not evenly tuned sound, which caused Alma’s clean vocals to drown a little, they deserved a bit more response as far as I’m concerned, and the latecomers should really blame themselves for this missed opportunity to see a great performance. I’ll most certainly keep an eye out for this band.

By the time Spoil Engine entered the stage the room was filled to capacity, proving the at times harsh comments about TCTF’s new course were mostly nothing than just that: harsh comments. Spoil Engine, also a melodic death metal/metalcore band hailing from Roeselare, Belgium, picked up where For I Am King left off. Roughly playing the same type of music and with an identical female fronted line-up the slowly defrosting audience didn’t need to get used to what Spoil Engine has to offer. Introducing themselves with their backs turned to the audience and all dressed as the hooded menace one could be forgiven for thinking they had walked into a black metal gig rather than a metalcore performance, but that impression only lasted for half a minute or so. From there on they smashed the pedal to the metal only to release it after some half an hour of devastating metalcore. Their more than solid playing did not go unnoticed, it didn’t take the audience long to be tempted into a circle pit, the first of many to follow, and even a mini wall of death, also the first of many to follow. Front woman Iris let no chance pass to fire up the crowd, all the while unleashing her grunts on the slowly awakening fans in front of her. Amazing to see how she moved around on the stage while doing so, it seems as if it’s all completely effortless for her. Almost all the time she looked as if she was talking to a friend on the phone instead of being in the middle of a massive deathgrunt. Spoil Engine has been around for over a decade, so they had plenty of songs to choose from, but that apparently was not enough, because they had a little surprise for us in the form of a new song, that will appear on their soon to be released new album. It was received with quite some enthusiasm, and to be honest, it did sound truly promising. If this is an accurate reflection of what is on their new album, count me in. Furious and seriously heavy, a more than suitable addition to an already great set list to complete a great gig.

Judging by the noise that filled the room when sounds behind the closed curtains signaled the main attraction was ready, it was obvious the audience was here for one reason and one reason only: The Charm The Fury. Another solid indication the fans did not abandon them after changing course so drastically. Noblesse oblige, so to affirm their headliner status, TCTF had to be on their best to keep up with the excellent performances of both support acts. And so they were. Right from the start the crowd went nuts and happily obeyed vocalist/instigator Caroline’s many pleas for circle pits, walls of death and crowd surfers time and time again. She in turned rewarded them with a crowd surfing session of her own. The quintet from Amsterdam played at full speed and with a violent intensity, adding to the already fantastic atmosphere, fronted by an inspiring Caroline who gladly grabbed every opportunity to stir up the crowd. This combined with a set list that contained a lot of songs that augmented that atmosphere and are perfect for some serious body banging, guaranteed a memorable performance.

So as far as roughhousing goes TCTF was excellent tonight. Playing raging metalcore in various forms is in their blood, there’s no doubt about that. Whether they played songs from their debut ‘A Shade Of My Former Self’ or songs from their new album, the audience devoured them all. However, due to the earlier mentioned change of course in music style the latter has a lot more to offer than that, they even have a power ballad in their arsenal of songs nowadays. Considering the earlier mentioned doubts a substantial part of their fan base had, playing anything else than metalcore tonight posed quite a risk, even more so because that would mean stepping out of their comfort zone. Thankfully TCTF was prepared to take that risk in an effort to try and conquer all doubts and objections. The first proof of this was the on the album already brilliant ‘Echoes’, that turned out to be an instant success live with its more or less sing along chorus. A huge part of the crowd supported Caroline’s clean vocals which only in the first couple of notes sounded a bit frail. A very successful addition to their set list in my opinion. And that was not the end of the risk-taking for tonight. The complicated ‘Blood and Salt’ was also added to the set list, and even though you could sense the audience had to get used to the complexity of it, the performance was nearly flawless and very well-received. Conquest succeeded I’d say.

It’s safe to say that tonight TCTF lived up to the expectations that being a headliner entails and then some. They put up a more than solid, lively show with lots of interaction with the audience, making their fans an integral part of the show rather than a bunch of people merely listening, which, excuse my terminology, is exactly what separates the boys from the men. With this performance the four guys and girl have proven they are well on their way to becoming a force to be reckoned with both on and off the stage, with a song library that covers many of the corners of metal music intended to thoroughly entertain a wide range of metal fans including those that prefer metalcore. Of course one swallow does not a summer make, but if they can keep this up this sole swallow will soon be an entire flock. They definitely have the necessary potential. Keeping in mind that it’s impossible to be certain after one show, I still dare answering the earlier asked question if TCTF is ready to take the world by storm with a resounding ‘yes’.

Written by Henric van Essen

Read another live review of us about the show of The Charm The Fury with Delain here.
Read our interview with The Charm The Fury vocalist Caroline Westendorp here.
Read our review about The Sick, Dumb & Happy by The Charm The Fury here.

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Review: Morfin - Consumed By Evil


Continuing their march into the past, Southern California death metallers Morfin have taken the time and effort to continue to hone their style and have furthered their old-school sound into a tighter, more devastating force than the debut offering. With new guitarist Mike de la O and drummer Eddie Andrade joining the fold in the intervening years, the group offers their sophomore full-length March 5, 2017 on FDA Records.

Much like the debut, the band is clearly still indebted to the old-school sound of the genre and takes every opportunity to remind that’s where the dominant influences come from. There’s efforts like “Reincarnated,” “Slowly Dismembered” and “Contorted Truths” that feature tight, sharp riff-work full of deep, churning rhythms and simple, mid-tempo patterns that form the dominant variety of attack here in the form of blistering thrash-style attacks that signal the early movements in the genre. Bringing that alongside “Embodiment,” “Illusions of Horror” and “Carcinogenic Parasite” where the album’s penchant for melding the raging material with simpler, less violent mid-range efforts helps to force along the connection to the old-school sound by bringing the slow, sprawling swamp-riddled patterns and fiery rhythms into the forefront. This is then carried along with their rather simple structures and one-note attack to create a rather effective old-school attack at times even though it does highlight the one singular flaw with the album’s overall approach. Keeping things so simple and one-note in terms of tactical riffing style and general sonic fervor means that the album tends to devolve into a generally suspenseless and rather predictable manner where if the opening few seconds promise a raging, fiery riff then the track follows suit, and if a rather mid-tempo rhythm is present then that’s the way the track as a whole is carried out. The short burst of the tracks really lets these get featured in this manner and it’s a rather distracting effort. It’s not as detrimental as expected, but still somewhat challenging.

While there’s plenty of enjoyable elements featured here and on the whole it’s not completely terrible, the fact that it’s few flaws are there are enough to hold it back are just enough to lower this one strictly for the most devout old-school death metal fanatics or fans of the bands’ past works. 7.5/10

Written by Don Anelli

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Interview: Ghost Of Mary


In December Italian metallers Ghost Of Mary released their album called Oblivaeon. In January DutchMetalManiac's Henric van Essen already reviewed, read his review here. He also interviewed them, as you can read below.

Hi, how are you doing?

Hi, here is Daniele, singer of Ghost of Mary, I’m very fine, thank you.

First off your name. What is the story behind it?

I think the name of a band is one of the most important aspects together with the music itself, so I looked for something evocative and fitting for songs and the concept: Ghost of Mary is a mysterious oracle, the main figure of the story told in the album “Oblivaeon”.

Ghost Of Mary is a new band, can you tell me something about how it came to be?

The actual band is the result of previous musical experiences, everyone have played in other bands before. The project has been started by the two guitarists Mauro Nicolì and Gabriele Muja, then Nicolas Lezzi, me and Damiano Rielli joined the band.

Can you tell us a little about Ghost Of Mary’s members?

I’m also the singer of Silvered, a death doom metal band active from 2007, Nicola plays the bass in the heavy metal band Slow Death, Damiano played for years in Burning Seas (groove metal) and Mauro and Gabriele played in Dark Unfathomed (symphonic black metal).

Your musical style, a mix between gothic metal and death metal with symphonic and classical influences is quite complicated. Why did you start composing and playing this type of music?

Mauro and Gabriele gave the first and principal input to the birth of the future Ghost of Mary and our past experiences helped us to know which road to take. Then the common interest in finding something different from the ordinary musical conception of metal was the key to work together.

Who or what, if anyone or anything, inspires Ghost Of Mary?

Music, literature, movies, everything which catch our attention because of a melody, a colour, a feeling so close to our souls.

I have just reviewed your debut release ‘Oblivaeon’, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and quite impressed with it, it’s a great album. It’s a concept album, an allegory about life and death as you put it. Can you tell us a bit more about the story behind it?

Thank you so much, we are very happy you appreciate the album. Yes, it’s a concept based on a story written by me, an allegory about life and death. I wrote of a tree placed in a dimension called “Oblivaeon”, a sort of afterlife without time and space. Souls slip away from the tree under the influence of the full moon, carried by the wind , into the forest beside it or into the river, where stones take human forms … It’s a tale about the meaning of life, with references to northern mythology and fantasy-horror literature.

When listening to ‘Oblivaeon’, as great as I truly think it is, I sometimes had the feeling you are still searching for the right moment to use either of the varieties of music and vocals you have up your sleeves. You’re awfully close, but it still felt a bit misplaced or rough around the edges here and there. How do you feel about this statement?

We think varieties of music and vocals can be our point of strength but we also know there is still something to correct. It’s not easy, but we are trying to create an original sound, using orchestral arrangements and different styles of vocals.

The only thing I didn’t like as much as the rest is the production. Especially the orchestral pieces feel too thin in the mix, at times causing them to almost disappear from the sound. What do you think of that?

Thank you for the advises, they are very important for us, ‘cause the aim is to grow as a band and musicians. Now we are working on the next album, taking care of the orchestral elements, melodies and sound in general, trying to reach the better way.

What are you plans for the near future?

The whole promotion of the album goes on and now the first videoclip “Nothing” is out, so it’ s time to promote it as well as possible.

Any chance on a tour?

After UK/France tour on Jan/Feb 2017 and other dates in Italy, we booked several shows in our country in the next months, in summer we will play at XXIII Agglutination Metal Festival (the biggest one in the south of Italy) with Venom, Sodom and other bands. We are also working with our booking agencies for the second part of our European Oblivaeon Tour.

Thanks for the opportunity to interrogate you, is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

It was a great pleasure, thank you for the interview. We invite you all to follow Ghost of Mary on the official fb page and to watch our new video below, hornz up! |m|



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Interview: Warbringer


In a few days, thrashers Warbringer will release their newest album called Woe To The Vanquished. DutchMetalManiac's Don Anelli already reviewed it here and below you can read his interview with vocalist John Kevill.

Well, first off, let’s talk about the new album. Are you pleased with the reactions so far?

It isn’t out yet but so far reviews have been overwhelmingly positive! We have also had a chance to release three singles and play the whole side A live and it’s gone over great. We’re really excited to see responses to the whole record from the general public.

Do you have a favorite track off the album? What makes it special for you?

The last song, the epic “When the Guns Fell Silent” definitely. It is an 11-minute song and represents the most ambitious piece we’ve written so far. It’s heavy, but somber and sad too. A real milestone for the band, I feel. I got very into the sadness and time period around the First World War as an area of study and the song incorporates some literature from that time period directly. I’m very proud of this one.

This was recorded at West Valley Studios. Why did you decide it was right to record there?

It is located near us, we learned of it and met with producer Mike Plotnikoff, who was really nice and easy to work with from the get-go, and the location was excellent and very local to us. Slam-dunk.

Why did you decide to work with producer Mike Plottnikoff? Did he bring out anything special to the material while you were recording?

From first meeting onward Mike has been just a great guy. Apart from his skilled ear and talent for producing, he sees music in a very “visual” way much like myself. We loved working with Mike, and am very pleased with the sound.

Since the last album, the band basically folded only to get revived a few years later. Is this a much more stable version of the band than before?

Yes, I think so. I hope we find the success and support from the metal community needed to do this at a higher and more stable level, but we certainly have a dedicated band. We have a full year of gigs and are ready to work hard to crush it everywhere worldwide.

This is your first album on Napalm Records. How did you finally settle on the label to distribute your work?

Napalm Records supported and believed in us after the band practically exploded, strictly on how they felt it is a quality act. So far they’ve done a great job supporting the band and we are looking forward the rest of the campaign here on “Woe to the Vanquished” with Napalm Records!

Being one of the original acts of the revival thrash scene, are you proud of your impact on the scene as a whole?

Yes, I think so. I believe our work, along with certain others, has raised the bar for the new era of thrash metal. It is not a revival but rather a continuation of what thrash metal originally represented. In our case, we do this by being pretty goddamn extreme.

The album continues your recent trend of exploring more progressive elements in traditional thrash. Has this been a conscious effort from the band the last few albums?

Yes, we think thrash is not a narrow genre but rather a wide one. We aim to show this on our own records by presenting music that goes from extremely brutal and fast to dark and melodic and back again. I think that having both sides makes us a more interesting and unique band ultimately.

This displays a lot of dedication to ancient Roman history. Was there any significance to choosing that as a lyrical topic? Are there any special reference points found that were relatable to your writing?

There’s some of that in the title track and the cover, and 2 songs are about the First World War. But honestly these “settings” are more backdrops to universal human themes, the way I am trying to approach it. I have studied a lot towards being a professor lately and I find so many things in the cycle of human tragedy great subject material for metal and try to bring them to life as much as I can.

Do you have any plans to promote the album as far as tours or videos?

Yes, we have released two videos for “Silhouettes” and “Remain Violent”, and will be on tour all 2017. In Europe in April and July, keep an eye out!

So, we’ll end this on a fun note. What’s your all-time favorite city to play live and why?

That’s a tough one! I would say my 2 days in Athens has been perhaps my favorite ever day and show. But it depends, each concert is different and it is really the fans each night which make it.

Is there anything you want to say to DutchMetalManiac's readers?

Thanks for reading so much and I hope to see you guys at a concert! Check out the new Warbringer record Woe to the Vanquished and annihilate your immediate surroundings. Keep it metal.

-John Kevill

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Review: Warbringer - Woe To The Vanquished


Continuing to evolve through the years, reactivated Los Angeles thrashers Warbringer have continued to utilize their continued expansion of progressive elements into their trademark sound to further their stance as one of the revival thrash scenes leaders. Now coming back to active duty following their previous lineup implosion, the groups’ fifth full-length effort was released March 31, 2017 on Napalm Records.

Taking the charge right from the beginning, it’s obvious that the break didn’t change their initial standings as the music still screams their classic vibe. Efforts like “Silhouettes,” “Remain Violent” and “Descending Blade” feature tight, ferocious riff-work and blistering paces that fully retain the chaotic vibe of the bands’ early material which is a prominent feature throughout here. Diving and buzzing through the various series of ravenous tempo changes featured here makes for an utterly blistering and pummeling experience, with the ferocious patterns coming from all sides and never relenting in their mission statement offering up this fiery brand of thrash. The only breaks from the all-out assault here in “Spectral Asylum” and the utterly epic “When the Guns Fell Silent” utilize the decision to drop the ravenous tempos in favor of more relaxed melodic chugging and extravagant leads that serve their heavy-handed rhythms and bombast quite nicely, giving this one an incredibly effective series of breathers that serve not only the full-throttle section of the album but gives this a rather sharp contrast to make for an even more effective work here. The brevity of the album as a whole might be something to get over, as it requires the ten-plus minute epic simply to reach a prominent length could be an issue, yet that’s really nitpicking this one and it’s quite an effective effort overall.

Full of raging, intense thrash and plenty of solid songs, there’s plenty to like and even something to love about this release which brings their legacy back to the forefront as one of the pioneers of the genre and makes for a no-doubt interest for those that liked their past work or any revivalist thrash fan as well. 9.5/10

Written by Don Anelli

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Review: Amniac - Matriarch


The first impression after seeing the cover of this album is: creative dark drones. The first tones say: Black metal. Which in my opinion sums up what post/sludge metal is about: a creative, more innovative and darker twist to the black metal genre. Amniac is exactly this. After the first screams they create space for more melody and dragging symphonies. Because where black metal has an aggressive tone, post/sludge has more depression then aggression as a basic mood. And depression seems to invokes more than just apathy. Amniac takes the listener to a vast landscape of feelings, sometimes overwhelming, sometimes contemplative and lots in between.
The second release of this Greek band is a concept album, mostly based on the oppression of patriarchy and the role of women in society and witchcraft.

Opening song, ‘The Coven’ starts fairly brutal, but quickly introduces a clean counter voice next to the grunts and screams, which works refreshing. The changing rhythms and some power chords make it into a god start.

‘Matriarch’ has a more melodic, softer start, building up guitar structures that make it into an attractive song to listen to more often, in order to fully take it in.

In ‘Huntress Virgin Goddess’ pushing chords and driving vocals have an addictive effect. What an amazing power! After 3 minutes the song takes a turn with more diversity, but also with hypnotic repetition. Being the heart of the album, it is also really the heartbeat of it.

‘Devadasi’ sees the return of the two vocal styles mixed to one song, together with different use of instruments it sounds like a creative genre mash-up.

‘Erebos’ is the final song in this 40 minute journey in the dark reality of Amniac. This song has in its 9 minutes the most cohesion on the album. Not the darkness of other songs, an attractive build-up, nice instrumental balance. In post-black that can be a weakness, but it is quite good actually.

Where my first impression of the album was: ‘nice but average post-black’, after listening to the album a few times, it triggers much more. Thanks to the changes in styles the album creates depth and gets hold of you just when you are about to perish in misery.

Written by Martijn Bakker

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