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Introduction 



Well, MySpace is a strange site. I posted a bulletin on the issue of interview requests and as I received 
several ones of them, another bulletin explained that I actually had enough. Guess what, the second one 
never saw the light of day. By skipping through all of the ones posted by me, I realized that it was never ever 
posted. So much about modern software ... 

One more comment on the latest software version on MySpace: it sucks. Why the fuck is interested whether 
person X - who I do not know and have never had any contact with - posted on the profile of the band Y, 
which I have added to my 'friend list'? Big Brother is watching you ... and it seems like it is time to get 
paranoid. 

On a different side note: 

Support Wikileaks; support the freedom of expression and the freedom of arts. 

There are some vague clouds on the horizon that the net-neutrality will soon be ended and corporations 
decide what will receive the largest chunk of traffic in the Internetz. 



Important: 

As a certain band - I will not name them - seems like to have the urge to annoy me with their ignorance of the 
license an earlier edition of this magazine was released under. Everyone should be able to read and in case 
someone has some difficulties in understanding the license text / or the abstract of it (link below), then you 
can ask me. This work is/was/will be released under the Creative Commons, because it provides the largest 
amount of liberty for all sides. No ... the stuff that is available on the Internetz is not always free. 

What you have to do is the following: 

• Name the source 

• Add a link to the source 

• Name the author 

Example: 

{A review or an interview or both} 

Written by oneyoudontknow for 'a dead spot of light magazine' (Number ?) [LINK to the Internet Archive] 

released under Creative Commons 3.0 (Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Germany) 

http://creativecommons.orq/licenses/bv-nd/3.0/de/ 

You MUST add this ... there is NO way around. You are free to use the review/magazine (print it and spread it 

amongst your friends, I cannot control this anyway), but you MUST name the source. There is NO way around 

it. I respect your art, you respect mine... and everyone is happy. 

(Note: this exception ONLY deals with bands and their associated labels (see reviews). 3rd parties need a 

permission from me in case they want to add these writings to their sites. Links without any texts are allowed 

though.) 

This magazine was released under the: 

Creative Commons - Namensnennung - KeineBearbeitung 

http://creativecommons.0rg/licenses/bv-nd/3.O/de/ 



Cheers 

Oneyoudontknow (oneyoudontknow at yahoo dot de) 

Note: 

As usual, no cover artworks were used, due to the messed up situation in International Copyright. If you want 

to see this changed, then do something about the currently messed up situation. 



Interview / Review section: 

Beitlniocin 

Diolaim 

Aisling DInorclna 
An Sealgaire 

Interview: 

Romero 



IVIain review section: 

Antichrisis - Cantara Anachoreta 

The Black Gate - The Black Gate 

The Black Gate - Anti Christian War Campaign Part I 

The Black Gate - The Serpent Who Slept Dead 

Buried Terror #2 Sampler 

Yogsothery: Chaosmogonic Rituals of Fear 

Sina. -Violent Things 

A Cloud Forest - Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep 

Torba - Dotabata split (c31 ) 

Dotabata - Dotabata 

Near - The Opening of the Primordial Whirl 

Nebel - De Profundis 

Brimstone Fist - Demo 2008 



Outlook 



Bercbfocb ^ cbe ivcejivieuji 



Would you mind introducing your band a bit? Where are you from, wliat itind of music do you play, 
when was it started etc.? 

Based in the north-west of Ireland, play an atmospheric, mostly instrumental style of black metal that up until 
now has been very droney and minimal, but we're looking now to develop it beyond this and really enhance 
the sense of epicness. The idea is to reveal something intrinsic and native to the human soul beyond the 
technological, social and political comforts of our modern civilization. 

What does your band name refer to? Was it taken from a book? Has it some sort of mystical meaning? 

Beithioch means 'animal' or 'beast', and represents what's instinctive and 'natural', if I can say that without 
sounding like a hippy. It's representative to the concept I spoke of above. 

The name of your band is in Irish, right? Why do you choose a non-English name and would you mind 
translating the titles of your albums? 

Using Irish for the name and track titles is about referencing something native in the Irish people. You may or 
may not know this, but the dominant language in Ireland is English; which has happened through the cultural, 
political and commercial dominance of England in our country for the last few hundred years. In that time 
we've lost touch with our heritage and with the language that is so old and so native that it must surely be 
inextricably woven into our psyches somehow. We use Irish because we're for rejecting a culture based on 

what's commercially and politically 

expedient in favour of what it is intrinsically ^^^^^^^ft '-"'"^^"Ti^ *. 

"true" to us and our environment. 

Aisling Dhorcha means 'A Dark Dream 
Vision'; it's a story about being led into a 
dream and seeing the world in a new way; 
seeing it as shrouded in darkness and with 
mankind trapped in sleep, having become 
weak and fearful. It's also about overcoming 
this darkness and waking the world up to 
something heroic and noble again. 
Athbhreith Lasanta, 'Fiery Rebirth'. 

An Sealgaire means 'The Hunter'; it's an 
evocation of something primitive and almost 
Neolithic. 




Diolaim means 'Collection'; because that's all it is, just a collection of bits of old demo level material. 

As this focus on a non-English language is not limited to the titles but can also be found in the track 
titles as well, I wonder what your intentions behind using a mixture between both tongues were. Is one 
of them more applicable when trying to express certain ideas or topics? Or is it an atmosphere that 
would otherwise not be created in such a fashion and this would be the reason for choosing the one 
or the other. 

Early on I used English simply because I just did what everyone else did. Later when I thought about it a bit 
more I considered it important to use Irish, even if it's just minimally. Irish also fits the atmosphere better. 

Should bands try to use their mother tongue or rather head for the mainstream-oriented lingua 
franca? 

If you think the world becoming more culturally homogenous is a bad/boring thing then you should keep your 
work in your native language. 

Interestingly, I was not able to track down the lyrics of your releases. Why don't you spread them? 

They are around somewhere. I think Diveliz Rex circulated them (or at least a translation) with their release of 
Aisling Dhorcha. But they're not actually that important. The main medium for expression is the music not the 
literature. I'd hope that it's possible to understand the music without the lyrics. 



Even though you play black metal, you refuse to use symbolism and the sort. Why this reluctance? 
Has the inflation of their application resulted in them being practically meaningless? Does this type of 
music need this type of 'symbolic base' in order to work? 

Black metal has drowned in a glut of its own cliches, what may have meant something on Immortal's first 
couple of albums doesn't mean anything anymore through sheer over-saturation. 

We do use symbolism in Beithioch, all art has symbolism in it to some extent, it's just that we use the 
symbolism that's relevant to the work, not just what other people are doing. 

Let us speak about your music a bit. Diolaim, your first output, comes with a strange variety and 
sounds and styles: monotonous, somehow trance-like black metal; Burzum-inspired minimalist 
ambient and with the last track an aggressive black metal track, which does not really seem to fit into 
what was presented earlier. What is/was the idea behind this release? 

Diolaim is just a collection of early bits and pieces, that somebody convinced me was worth releasing. That 
last track was also the first written, which is why it's so different (only thing on there with vocals, blastbeats 
etc). 

Did you try to experiment on your first output a bit or is this variety in styles nothing but an attempt to 
create certain types of atmospheres; those that are indicated in the track titles? Ghost Trees is a calm 
one for instance. 

The truth is a bit of both. Diolaim consists of independently conceived tracks that were each in their own way 
sort of interesting, if not all fully developed towards a single concept. 

What about the cover artwork? Some man or 
being and a dog (a haunt?) are shown there. 
What is the meaning behind it and where was it 
taken from? How does it relate to the music? 

Originally it's the logo of the Abbey Theatre in 
Dublin. I forget who drew it but we don't own it, so 
apologies to whoever does. It fits because it looks as 
if the dog and the person are in synthesis somehow, 
moving or thinking as one. It also evokes something 
ancient and Irish. 

Compared with the first release, the second one 
comes with quite a different sound and style. 
More structured, balanced and a clearer idea on 
how Beithioch could sound. How would you 
describe the evolution between these and what 
had your influences been. 

Classical music influenced alot of the input on Aisling 
Dhorcha. The best albums are written like symphonies, with a sense of what overall journey the work will take 
you on. All of the classics by Burzum, Mayhem, Darkthrone, lldjarn etc feel like they are designed to take you 
somewhere rather than just be collections of random songs. I tried to take this further by having two of the 
tracks (the first and last black metal tracks) linked by the same riffs/themes, the first one stating the initial 
crisis/uncertainty of the story, the later one resolving/overcoming the other, like in Beethoven's 5th symphony 
or Brahms 4th symphony. The down side was that concentrating on the bigger picture so much meant that 
sometimes smaller details were never written well enough, but it didn't turn out too bad at all. 

It was also an attempt to incorporate pagan symbolism (solar rebirth), intelligently and without making the 
work a "pagan black metal album" - a decision that was influenced I guess by the number of shitty pagan 
bands that are out there and justify their warmed-over rock tunes by throwing in flute solos and jigs. 

Even though I am generally not fond of drum-computer, the one used for this recording comes with a 
quite peculiar sound - especially of the snare - which adds a nice touch to the compositions; this 
slightly hollow, cold way and 'wooden' way in which it is presented here. Do you like working with 
such a tool or are there chances to hear real drums in the future as well? 

I'd prefer not to use programmed drums, but if there's no then you should at least try to do them well. We've 
been using real drums lately and hopefully will do so on the next album. 




It could already be found on your first release but on your second it had quite a profound impact: a 
dense wall of guitars in the background. Is this a core essence of Beithioch that you will use on 
forthcoming albums again or is there a chance to see the band progress into a different direction? 

We're going to work on separating parts out a little bit more, so they're not so muddy and instead create the 
density through larger, better arrangements. 

You have remastered (?) your second release Aisling Dhorcha. What are differences between the 
versions and what made you change your attitude towards the early edition of it? 

The original mix wasn't great. It was done in less than ideal circumstances. Drums especially are crap. The 
redone one actually does the atmosphere justice. 

What is the conceptual background of this release and how the album cover play into this? 

I think I already answered most of this, but the cover is a painting called "The Dream of Ossian", depicting a 
blind bard who sees vivid stories when he sleeps. The story of the album is not based on the painting or the 
stories of Ossian, but it seemed to evoke something similar visually to the album. 

I cannot help but think that Ag Stanadh Ar 
Shioraiocht was influenced by Metallica's 
Nothing Else Matters. Well, if you listen to it, 
then some riffs has some amount of 
resemblance. A mere coincidence? And what 
about Solas Na Geallai? A bit of Elysian Blaze 
shines through there. 

Ouch. Nothing Else Matters? Never noticed it 
before but the only similarity I can see is that the 
opening chord is Eb minor in Ag Stanadh... and E 
minor in Nothing Else Matters, but they're not even 
the same inversions. Just coincidence and 
interpretation I think. 

I've never heard Elysian Blaze so can't comment. 

An Sealgaire comes in a different style again. It 

is much harsher and rawer, while the 

cavernous sound makes no further 

appearance. In some way memories of the first 

release are awoken again. Why this 

reorientation? What place has An Sealgaire in 

the oeuvre of your band? 

An Sealgaire was about returning to the most 

minimalistic aspects of Beithioch. The mix and 

performance kind of hinders the experience though 

as that guitar tone just obscures everything that's 

there. Even still it was probably too minimal. It was 

meant to be the first of a two part release, the second was meant to take the minimalism further but has been 

cancelled. 




Two of the tracks fall a bit out of the spectrum of the band; Dubh 1 & 2. Even though the preceding 
album had these instrumental (non-metal) interludes as well, their share had always been rather small. 
Is here some sort of the evolution foreshadowed? Is this a facet listener/fans might expect on 
forthcoming albums? 

They were meant to foreshadow the second part, which was to be mostly dark ambient with only shades of 
black metal. 



Do you have a certain preference for industrial and dark ambient sounds? Dubh 2 has a considerable 
amount of these? Might you combine these with the 'normal' track or do you prefer a clear 
separation? Some sort of a mixture can already be found in the opener. 

There were going to be a few tracks that were going to combine the two on the next album. Those tracks exist 
but are unlikely to be released, at least not until the direction we want Beithioch to go be established. 



Industrial can only be listened to as transitional passages in a work of a different style in my opinion (eg as 
intros, outros etc on metal albums). It's too tedious to stand on its own. 

In some way this type of separation is visible in the near monochrome style of the cover art. From the 
looks it seems to be a picture taken at the shore of a lake or at the sea side. How does it play into it? 

Precisely s you stated it. That's the intention of that image and that's what the picture is; the shore of a river. 

Why is it instrumental? Did it came natural - as a result from the process of song-writing - or was it 
done intentionally? 

It seemed to make sense, to evoke something truely primordial and anachronistic it should be wordless. It's 
also functions better as ambient music if it doesn't have lyrics or a typical black metal vocal or its rhythmic 
inflections. 



Do you have any releases forthcoming and what would the status of your 'scrapped' one be? 

A new album is being worked on but it might be a long while before it is recorded or released. Diveliz Rex will 
likely release An Sealgaire on tape some time, for which there may be some bonus tracks or additional 
material provided. The scrapped album will stay out of the public for the time being at least. 

A constant element in your music is the low amount of vocals - an aspect that really struck me while I 
was preparing these questions and listened to all of your releases - and even when they appear, their 
sound has often not a large impact. Why is that so? Why do the instruments have such a large impact 
and dominate the music clearly? 

It adds to the hypnotic, dream-like atmosphere by not including vocals. Also, as the music is the main medium 
of expression not the lyrics, vocals are mostly superfluous. 

How do you record your music and what kind of instruments do you use? When it comes to song- 
writing, how long does it take for you to compose a track? Why did you scrap the ideas for the follow 
up of An Sealgaire? Are you very critical when it comes to your art? 

Guitar, bass, and drums or sequenced drums. Synth strings are also used on Aisling Dhorcha and a piano in 
the interlude Oiche Bhithbheo. Thats about it I think, no hidden synths really as some people have thought, 
just well mixed guitars with lots of reverb. 



How have the responses on your art been so far? ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 

Opinions vary ofcourse, but the responses are mostly positive. The hardest thing has been getting some 
people interested in music that they're getting for free digitally. I understand why zines especially ignore such 
things when it comes there way - because its usually some worthless bedroom band. But its dogmatic 
nonsense to not give the music a chance if it is well presented and thought out, just because it's not on a 
physical format. 

It's also no secret really that most of black metal's audience these days has grown out of illegal downloads, so 
why not just bypass the pretence, save the money and plastic used on CDs and just give it to the audience 
directly? It'd not be possible to turn a profit with Beithioch anyway, why pretend that commercial activity is the 
real marker of a band's professionalism rather than the quality of their art? ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 



Why do you release your music for free, while a physical release is only spread later? 

The physical releases so far don't have much to do with us. Diveliz Rex is run by a friend, who likes the music 
and believes Beithioch should be able to access his scene through tape-trading. So he has licence to do so. 

Interestingly, you choose the tape as a format to distribute your art. Is this format somehow special 
for you or what were your reasons for using it? Is there a chance to see a CD release in the future as 
well? 

Tape doesn't mean anything really. CD isn't that special either, it's the music that matters. There may be CDs 
in future, but right now it's actually better in so much there's minimal pollution through air-mail/fuel expenditure 
and production of plastic. 

As your music is and was released under the Creative Commons, I wonder what your opinion of it is. 
Could it be a solution to the excessive and often aggressive use of the copyright? Does the latter not 
do more harm than good these days? 

It's convenient to us right now; I can't say I actually have much more opinion of it than that really. But it's 
openness is interesting at least. 



Is there a chance to see the third album released physically? 

Yes. But it's got to be finished first, winicin could be a long way off. 

Some more general questions towards the end: 

How do you see the development of the metal and the black metal scene in particular? Are there 

certain trends that fascinate you? 

I lost interest a while ago. I do my thing and leave the black metal scene alone to prance around the forest 
wearing leather as much as it likes. Black metal must have one of the biggest turn-over rates of all metal sub- 
genres; kids get into it at 14, take a few stupid photos of themselves, make a demo in fruity loops, deride the 
people who actually bother for not showing the same apathy as they do (no being True enough, apparently); 
then by the time they're 16 they've gone and got laid or joined an emocore band to cry about not getting laid. 
That's what I call an interesting trend. 

What about the metal scene in Ireland? Is it flourishing, stagnating ... or what is the situation on the 
Green Island? 

Not much happens round here in terms of metal. Nationally I don't really know to be honest, I don't make too 
much effort to get involved with it and not much worth speaking about has caught my attention. Primordial are 
still probably the only notable band out of Ireland (Besides Beithioch, ofcourse. Ha). 

Guinness or Kilkenny? I cannot really decide which of these I like most. 

Ballygowan bottled water. 

Your opinion on stuff like Lord of the Dance or Riverdance? These shows are pretty popular around 
here. 

Crass bullshit. IVIost so-called 'traditional' music from Ireland is watered down, peasanty nonsense thats 
ultimately spurious in how 'Irish' it actually is. It's not all bad (credit to the unassuming, unpretentious local 
musicians all over the country who just play out of love for what they do), but the stuff you mentioned is 
excrement. But it sells, so they pump out more like it, make a pile of money and turn our culture bit by bit into 
something fake and irrelevant. 

Are there bands that have had a graven impact on you and that made you start playing music as well? 

Slayer, Burzum and Darkthrone got me hooked initially, no surprises really. Beethoven, Brahms and Bach 
keep me going also these days. 

What about writers and such. Does art outside the realm of the music have an impact on you and what 
would you cite as influences? 

Literature: WB Yeats, William Blake, Shakespeare, Knut Hamsun as well as old Irish, Greek, Norse and Hindu 

stories inspire me. Visually, Blake again, Heironymous 
"i^"- - " Bosch, JM Turner and Caspar Friedrich are worth mention. 

Where can folks buy your music? 

don't be hipsters and get it free at hiarctow.com. It's the 
music not the object that matters. If you really must own it 
go to: diveliz-rex.blogspot.com 

How can people contact you? 

IVIyspace.com/ceodearg 




Or email hiarctow and it'll 

info@hiarctow.com 

facebook.com/hiarctow 

Any final words or comments? 

Thank you for the thoughtful interview. 



get passed on: 



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BercWocb ^ cbe Revreius 



After the interview, a review part will attempt present the music of the band in some respect. The basic 
elements were sketched were dealt with above. In the following segments all three releases will be presented 
in the order they were originally released. Some basic facts are presented before the actual releases are 
discussed: 



The music is often instrumental 

Each of the releases has its own distinct sound and style 

A wall of guitars (a lot of tremolo picking) is a constant facet in the performance of this band 

The use of a drum-computer 

Beithioch - Diolaim (2007) 

The first release comes with a considerable amount of contrasts. From slow and doom influenced - The 
Seafarer - over dark ambient and Earth (USA) influenced - Ghost Trees - to fast and even aggressive black 
metal - Drowned in Shadows - the style of the music ranges on this recording. Accordingly, the listener might 
get the impression of a band whose style and concept remains vague and hidden. Fragmented might be a 
proper word to describe what is going on here. As outlines above, [it] is just a collection of early bits and 
pieces, that somebody convinced me was worth releasing. This should be kept in mind while listening to this 
recording. 

Except for the last recording none of them has lyrics or vocals and the listener gets the feeling now and then 
that these would be missing... or that something is amiss. The style of the music is generally raw and the 
emphasis on a texture-like sound of the guitars - with little or nothing to challenge it - appears here on a 
larger scale than on any of the other recordings. Aside from this, the aspect that the music consists of several 
recording sessions - The Great Beast comes with a different and much noisier sound - makes it even more 
difficult to thoroughly enjoy the performance of Beithioch on their first output. Somehow the music wanders off 
into some ambient/drone regions, due to the extreme minimalism of the music at times. The last track - as 
discussed in the interview - breaks out of the concept and provides the listener at least with something that 
can easily and undoubtedly described as being black metal; raw, aggressive and a good amount of punch. 
Well ... at least they offered 'something' some might say. 

Nevertheless, Diolaim is pretty tough stuff and not easy to really dig into. The music sounds random and 
without a clear direction; due to the aspect cited above. A demo that provides some glimpses on the early 
days of the band and from where everything actually started, this is what their first demo is all about. Nothing 
else can be discovered on this piece of art. Just a band and their first steps in the musical realm ... with the 
obvious shortcomings. 

Beithioch - Aisling Dhorcha (2008) 

The second of three outputs but also the one which leaves a lasting positive impression. Of all that the band 
has released so far, it would be this that would actually be able to really take the listener deep into a deep void 
of darkness. Glor Cianaosta, the Intro of Aisling Dhorcha sets the stage for the things to come: a drone texture 
in the background, with some ambient-influenced keyboard motives on top of it; not only here but in several 
more occasions' references to the Australian band Elysian Blaze can be found; especially towards their 
'Levitating the Carnal' output. The general direction of the Irish band Beithioch is different though and comes 
with a clear focus on the black metal art. 



Yet to reduce the band to this genre only and measure their performance by standards set there, would do an 
injustice to them, as the art is more complex than the standard description might suggest. As already noted in 
the introduction to this longer review section on the music of this band, several core aspects make an 
appearance on a larger scale, while others appear rather on specific albums and not in the sense of a 
coherent red line in the oeuvre. In respect to Aisling Dhorcha it would be the structuring of the various types of 
styles: black metal meets ambient interludes. Such would be the way it appears on this recording: 



Intro - black metal - black metal - ambient - black metal - ambient - black metal - black metal - outro. 
(and now visit the third release of the band and pretend to look surprised) 

Like the tides of the waves, peaks and troughs, the atmosphere moves between two extremes over the 
course of the album. Something of this can be found in the compositions themselves, as in these a to and fro 
in the intensity of the 'metalness' can be discovered. So, while the dense layer of the guitars might resemble 
the idea of a base line, eruptions in scale and intensity can be discovered throughout the entire release. The 
music is minimalist - or deliberately kept back? - in the way it was composed, but it able to create a special 
kind of charm now and then; especially through its flow and progression. 

Especially the drums and the way they appear on this recording needs some discussion. With a cavernous 
and very intense sound they add a strange but unique touch to the music. Surprisingly, they do not merge with 
the general atmosphere, but instead try to stand out of them in a weird kind of way. Not in the intensity but 
similar in the style of an hammer hitting some object while being a bit (several meters) away from the listener, 
the sound might be described. It does not merge with the music, the band maybe never intended to do so, but 
it works nonetheless as it gives the idea of a counterpoint to the overall dense structure of the music. Out of 
this dense fog the vocals are unable to shine through in any respect. They simply drown in this mist but as not 
much of then would appear anyway; you would hardly see this as a negative aspect. As outlined in the 
interview, the music has a strong focus on the instrumental side and as such the listener might not be 

dissatisfied by the lack of them. 

Some words on the downsides of this output. The 
performance is not consistent in terms of the 
quality. While some moments are really 
interesting - for instance. An Anaithnid Dorcha 
(first part); Arm Na Deithe (first part); the 
instrumentals without the outro - the band has 
some difficulties in maintaining the quality over 
the course of the album. Some rather plain and 
uninspiring moments appear now and then with 
the obvious effect that the atmosphere takes a 
leap downwards. An interesting concept was 
provided with this recording, but maybe the 
overall minimalism comes with a slight negative 
side-effect. 

Beithioch - An Sealgaire (2009) 

In case someone follows this band from the first 
to the latest release, then it might surprise to see 
the style changed again. First of all. An Sealgaire 
is an instrumental release and you can hear this... now and then. Well, the music has much rawer, has less 
impact on the drums, while the bass-guitar makes some surprising appearances and adds some nice 'counter 
motives' to the dense of layers of the guitars in the background. The percussion instrument has been reduced 
to some vague element in the background, whose part is unable to shine though the layer of the guitars 
anymore. So, this would be another break with the preceding output. In some way it would be fair to start that 
the band has re-invented their concept for their An Sealgaire release ... in some respect. What has remained 
is a general emphasis on a high tempo, with the interludes as slow counterpoints. The idea of 'waves' - 
outlined above - cannot be discovered on this demo anymore. Instead, the air of experimenting and 
progression towards new shores has taken over the lead here; especially in terms of the actual style of music 
and their influences. 




Similar to Aisling Dhorcha also An Sealgaire comes with a clear separation between metal and non-metal 

parts: 

IVIetal - ambient - metal - ambient - metal. 

It should be noted that the distinction between both facets is blurred in some respect and that the last track on 

this output comes in a rather experimental fashion with breaks away from the strict way in which the facets 

had been divided from each other. At least this would be one way on how to interpret it and it would be 

interesting indeed to see whether the band would proceed on these paths or not. 



Again, the structure and the way the music was executed are as such as not to please everyone's musical 
preferences. Not only are there those interludes again, but this time they take it to much extremer levels: 
Dubh 1 works as a nice interlude between the compositions, while the noise/industrial mixture of Dubh 2 really 
takes the cake and breaks with the whole concept of the band. Interestingly, the level of experimenting 
continues with the succeeding composition, even though on a lower level and less in intensity. So, the 
listening experience is an ambiguous one ... again. 

To sum the impressions up a bit: 

This Irish band does not seem to have found their style, yet. Each of the outputs comes with a different sound 
and concept, has different emphasis and atmospheres. Where the road might lead to was outlined in the 
interview above, but when we, the audience, will have a chance to actually listen to the next step in the band's 
evolution is written in the stars. Vague hints can be found everywhere, but no clear path can be examined. 

Beithioch's music is of a rare and strange kind of black metal, something that can be found on the borders of 
the genres and it does not fully apply to the core essences of this type of music. References are there, but 
they appear in a rather modest way. The three outputs are recommended to those who like ambient black 
metal or something that comes with a dense as well as intense structure. 

Note: 

All releases can be downloaded from the band's MySpace site: 

http://www.mvspace.com/ceodearg 



mlervieAs/ wilB JDaujear^m ijroofyS jroTTi iXoT72G:ro. 



The standard opening question: IHow are you and your band? 

BB: Tronned. (ie: Stoned) 

Write a bit about the history of Romero. Why did you choose this band and when did everything really 
start for you? Judging from the short biography at MySpace, some of you are not particularly fresh to 
the scene, or? 

BB: It's true that pre-Romero, members were involved in numerous projects of varying genres. Jeff, our 
guitarist and front-man, played in Naked Aggression, System and Station, and the Bovine Records act Thug. I 
played in a few groups, most notably The Dead Hookers, who released a 1 2" / CD full length a few years back 
on Dead Beat Records. Also, I still play in my own group, called Poney. As far as the Romero timeline is 
concerned, I met Jeff in late 2008 through his wife, IVIiranda, who I worked with at the time. We were pretty 
good friends right away, but I didn't join the band on the drums until November 2009, about 8 months after the 
other two started the writing / demoing process. From what I understand, Jeff and Josh actually got together 
over Craigslist. I believe the story goes that Josh posted an advertisement looking for people to start a "doom" 
band. ..maybe "drone"? I'm not sure. Regardless, Jeff stumbled on the post and responded, and the rest is a 
lost in a vaguely purplish green haze. 

Why did you choose to play stoner doom? Do you have some sort of a special relationship to this type 
of music? 

BB: Well, two of us are stoners. That helps a lot. Also - and I'm fairly certain I speak for all of us here - we 
love the feeling and sound of huge tone. Jeff and Josh, each in their own way, are amplifier worshipers. 
Although I don't use tubes and speakers, I play drums very loudly. Stoner rock provides the platform and 
structure to really explore the gargantuan side of rock instrumentation, while still giving us room to drop way 
down in dynamics and groove. Besides that, who can turn down a really killer riff? Not I. 

You have an eight month recording session? At least your MySpace site says so. Pretty impression 
for a 'young band'. What did it take you so long? Did you scrap a lot of ideas or did you try to find the 
right and atmosphere for the music? 



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BB: I can try to better describe that situation. Wlnat tine band really had were three separate recording phases, 
each of which helped push us further towards our own sound. The first phase didn't actually involve me; like I 
mentioned earlier, I joined after the initial demoing that Jeff and Josh did together. Once I joined, we spent 
some time bringing me up to speed and writing the dual vocals that are now really a part of Romero's 
essence, and then we recorded the same tracks they had started with, albeit with me on drum set and back 
up vox. This all led up to the choice of the three tracks we did with IVIark Whitcomb at DNA Studios for the 
Solitaire single and following EP. As far as the writing process was concerned, I don't remember working very 
long on anything we ended up scrapping. If it sounded bad when we thought of it, we just didn't play it again. If 
it ripped our eardrums up, we kept it in the mix. Jeff generally comes to the table with his vision of the 
structure for a song, and Josh and I help him find the drums and bass parts that fulfill that vision. We're a good 
team. 

How would you sum your music up? What are its core elements and what bands influenced you on 
your first two recordings? 

BB: Loud, crushing, driving; sometimes brutally slow and usually very catchy. We're influenced by a wide 
variety of rock, metal, hardcore, and punk, but realistically there are some groups I'm sure we were all thinking 
of while we put these tracks together. KYUSS, Sleep, QOTSA, Tad, The Melvins; throw some Quicksand and 
Black Sabbath in there. Orange Goblin isn't far behind. I know I was listening to a lot of Baroness, and putting 
some of Allen's flow from the Blue Record into my parts. 



While writing the questions for this interview I have two tracks from you at hand: Solitaire and El 
Sentido Morboso. Both have similarities in terms of the sound but differ quite considerably in the 
dynamics, especially in the vocals and in the heaviness. How does the rest of your music sound; 
compared with these two? ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 

BB: Just as awesome, and not recorded. Yet. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^H 



As both appeared on your first ep output as well, I am curious whether you re-recorded or remastered 
the tracks for the 7". 

BB: Completely re-recorded, mixed, and mastered. See above. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^_ 



You mention a lot of bands as influences on your MySpace site: Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, The Who, 
High On Fire, Melvins, Sleep, Clutch, KYUSS, The Sword, Neurosis, Torche, SUNN o))). Floor. Quite a 
contrast you offer there. From mere doom over drone to rock and a bit of punk as well. How do you try 
to bring these facets into some sort of cohesion? 

BB: That's an interesting question. I think the honest answer is that we don't try to bring them together at all; 

rather, they come together in our songs, because those are the musical flavors swimming in our brains. If I 

tried to start writing a song, and said to the guys, "Alright, we need to somehow make this song encompass 

Neurosis and The Who," they'd laugh at me 

and hand me the bowl. Conversely, if Jeff 

comes in with some heavy riffs, followed by 

some really killer rock and roll, I might scream 

my lungs out and then break into over the top 

70's drum fills. This causes both of those 

influences to surface, but without the 

premeditation. In short, we don't try; shit just 

happens that way when we plug in. 

Do you prefer 'older music' over something 
that has only been released recently? 

BB: You'd have to ask us individually. I'll say 
that recently I've been listening to Zappa and 
Russian Circles, although I doubt that helps 
much. 

Have you received any feedback on your 
music so far? Be it from writers or from 
fans? 

BB: Yes. If I had quotes here, I'd spit them out, 
but I don't. People are digging it, and you 
should join the club. 




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How have your live experiences been so far? Your IVIySpace site gives some indications that you had 
some already. Should someone consider going to one of your shows, what could this person expect 
to experience there then? 

BB: Our shows have been, and continue to be, excellent. People leave happy with their ears ringing. We bring 
groove in by the truckload, and that's a good thing for a stoner rock band to do, but there's an aspect that 
makes our shows stand out from other head bobbing drone sets. Imagine an immense sound and groove with 
a sort of visceral physical energy that usually gets toted by hardcore punk groups at their most pissed off, and 
you've got the right idea. 

You use the site bandcamp, aren't you? Why do you choose to distribute your music also on a non- 
physical way? Do you think it is easier this way to reach out to a broader audience? How do you see 
downloading music in general? 

BB: Bandcamp is awesome. Those people are intelligent, legit, hip, and destructively funny. Plus they're 
helping out a lot of artists when no one else will. Distributing digitally is a beautiful thing. In general, I see it as 
a good thing. The more people who can find and hear our art, the better. If it's easy for them to do: bonus. 

Interestingly, the download of the 7" Solitaire has even one additional track. How does it sound 
compared to other two tracks? 

BB: Slower, until the last thirty seconds when we crack skulls. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^H 



Some of you are or were also involved in other projects. Would you mind writing some lines on what 
they music is all about and what the status of these band are? 

BB: Jeff, as I mentioned, has the all star portfolio. Naked Aggression I think still tours, and I know that System 
and Station do. Thug is defunct. I co-founded and still manage and play with the experimental hardcore band 
Poney, also from Wisconsin. We just released a full length called "Seamyth," which is based on a Romantic 
poem, and will be touring the U.S. With Romero in March 201 1 . 

How can people get in touch with you and where can they buy some of your stuff? 

R0MER0ISLQUD.COM 
FACEB00K.COM/R0MER0ISL0UD 



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Antichrisis - Cantara Anachoreta (re-release) 



(Germany; Gothic Metal) 

9 Tracks (2 CDs -- Tunguskamusic) -_-_- (82:07) 

http://www.antichrisis.net/ ; http://www.mvspace.com/antichrisis 



The story behind this release is a pretty long one and dates back a couple of years. It is something loosely 
connected to this as well as other releases, which have found a place in my collection since. Actually, due to 
the complexity of it all it might well be something to talk about in an interview at some point in the future; in 
case the other person is interested of course. 

It all started at e-bay. Yes, this despicable Internet auction site, this place of countless overprized black metal 
rip-offs was the source of all what came thereafter. A user offered loads of obscure demos for quite low 
prices, so a lot of these were added to my collection, because to skip such an opportunity just seemed wrong. 
Antichrisis' Cantara Anachoreta was one of these and after I had ripped it with Audacity and gave the files a 
first spin, the band was able to grab my attention from second one. Yet the tape came with a disappointment: 
part of the end was missing; the same is true of the one released by the French band Funeralium, at least in 
the copy that I have - I have contacted the band on the issue but received nothing but silence. 

Well ... so much about the 'superiority' of tapes compared to other formats. Anyway, the same person from 
whom I bought these tons of demos back then has started their own label and is also responsible for the re- 
release of the debut album of Antichrisis. Now, after having to wait for several years, I am finally able to enjoy 
the art in their full and complete beauty. After a long introduction, a discussion of the art of this band will finally 
begin. Thank you for your patience. 



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First of all, a comparison of the tracklists will reveal the differences between the editions. The 
remastered edition of Cantara Anachoreta comes with some changes in the order to the compositions: 



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Orig nal release: 




Re-release: 


1 


Prologue - Vitae at Threswald Anachoreta in 
IVIortem 




Prologue: Vitae At Threswald Anachoreta In 
Mortem 


2 


Endless Dance 




Baleias 


3 


Requiem Ex Sidhe 




Descending IVIessiah 


4 


Goodbye to Jane 




Requiem Ex Sidhe 


5 


Baleias 




The Endless Dance 


6 


Her Orphaned Throne 




Beautiful Wolves 


7 


Descending IVIessiah 




Goodbye To Jane 


8 


Epilogue - Arcanum in Anchorage 




Her Orphaned Throne 


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Epilogue: Arcanum In Anchorage 



What becomes obvious is that aside from a mere change in the order of the tracks also an additional one was 
added for the 2CD version; Beautiful Wolves appears as the first track on the second CD and it disrupts the 
flow of the music in some respect. 

Antichrisis' art comes in small neat packages of stories. Each of the compositions deals with a different topic 
but each of these is presented in a fascinating as well as interesting kind of way. The band does not rely on a 
single style of approach in terms of the song-writing, nor did the band reduce all the music to a handful of 
facets. Unlike a lot of black metal bands, here the crafting of the art makes actual sense, grabs you and never 
really loosen the grip. Everything fits together nicely and whether this has to do with the mixture of calm 
(acoustic) and aggressive (gothic/black metal) is actually hard to say. Ne quid nimis ... the band seems to 
have been aware of this Roman proverb and composed their art accordingly. 

To describe the music takes a considerable amount of space, because it is simple loaded with influences from 
a variety of genres. While the metal ones are obvious - gothic, black and heavy - less common might be the 
various facets of non-metal ones: Spanish music, medieval, pure acoustic etc. Yet when it comes to how this 
was woven together, then the actual result might surprise a bit. Here, something that is closer to telling a story 
or a tale would rather reflect what is going on than the normal and done to death chorus/rhyme scheme. 

The vocals range from screams over singing 
(male /female) to whispering and the 
instruments come with a similar complex 
approach; whose facets were laid out above. 
Melancholy, sadness and aggressiveness - like 
in the 'real' life - are closely linked together and 
some compositions reflect this quite neatly; 
'The endless Dance'. 'Descending Messiah' 
has a neat play of various styles, whose parts 
switch to and fro in intensity and as such it is 
possible to deal with quite a complex topic. 
How the listener is guided through this track is 
quite fascinating; especially as the overall 
amount of lyrics is actually considerably large, 
but it never feels like overloaded. 

Some words of the texts: 
The aforementioned track is a good example 
for the fascination 'Cantara Anachoreta' is able 
to create. Here, no blatant emission of phrases 
or done to death passages appear; like they 
are all too common in the black metal genre ... 
not only these days. Antichrisis play with the 
listener and have written parts of the music in a 
story-like fashion, which gives the idea of a 
certain form of radio play, wrapped in a mantle 
of Gothic metal. The music has passages that 




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are repeated, but they have not the impact like in other bands or releases. A bit of cliche is also apparent on 
this record when the issue of 'love' is brought up. Compared with what bands from the 'depressive metal' offer 
today, Antichrisis' performance remains on such a scale that this aspect can be neglected. Moreover, it is 
important to emphasis the overall melancholy atmosphere of the music. Somehow a vague feeling of sadness 
can be felt throughout the entire release and this has not only a result from the texts or their content or 
meaning, but also with how the arrangements are presented. 



Beautiful Wolves 



This track comes as a bonus for this release and it is the first on the second CD. First of all, the whole concept 
of the music here is different and music has a larger emphasis on the guitars and therefore on the metal 
genre. Accordingly, the style of the music does not fit entirely into this album, because the atmosphere differs 
significantly from what the band provided earlier as well as later on 'Cantara Anachoreta'. The intensity of the 
guitars together with the too large amount of lyrics backfires here in some respect. Everything is simply not in 
such a flow when compared with what the band was able to provide again and again on this record. Also the 
nice acoustic/ambient part towards the end is not able to compensate the listener with what this person has to 
go through before. Quite confusing is the fact how this track was placed in the actual track listing and it is this 
aspect that leaves a slight bitter taste. 

The bottom line: 



Is there something to criticize on this recording? Hardly. Aside of what has been written above on 'Beautiful 
Wolves'; the quality of the art is on such high levels that it is a pleasure to dig through all the facets and 
arrangements. Antichrisis composed music with a conceptual touch in such a way as to avoid a lot of the 
fallacies other bands generally like to fall into. It is important for the listener to be taken by the hand and 
guided through the storytelling and this can be examined here neatly. The True Endless as well as Abrahel - 
both are black metal bands - failed in their attempt, because they either ignored this aspect or overdid it. Also 
the recordings of Ayreon are by no means convincing and leave a lot to be desired. 

Antichrisis' music is of a sweet odour with a subliminal philosophical nuisance, whose whole breadth and 
complexity just waits for the listener to be explored. 'Cantara Anachoreta' is a fascinating and complex piece 
of art, loaded with neat little twists and turns in the music that will keep the attention on a constantly high level. 
Since I have listened to this release first it has not worn down a bit ... not an inch. A must have ... 

Note: 

This release comes in a beautifully designed digipack, but with a different cover than the original. Also the 

booklet comes professionally printed and comes with all lyrics. 

The Black Gate 

The Black Gate is a band I stumbled over several years ago and that was able to impress me with their 'The 
Serpent Who Slept Dead' release considerably. In a review posted at the IVIetal Archives I gave the band a 
high rating and praised their music for the amount of balancing and variation of a rather old-type of black 
metal; something a lot of bands seem to be unable to get done right. In case someone is interested in the 
background of this band from Norway, then an interview in edition number seven might be able to clear 
matters up a bit. 

The origin of the name should be quite obvious to anyone familiar with the writings of Tolkien. Interestingly, 
there are several bands of the name Morannon but only of with its translation into 'common tongue'. 

The basic idea behind the music: 

The band follows a somehow consistent approach over the course of the albums and influences from 
Immortal, Obtained Enslavement and old-school death metal can be found throughout the releases. In terms 
of the music a rather complex approach can be discovered and minimalism as well as excessive repetition 
can hardly appear on any of the outputs. Aquilion - the person behind this band - seems to be stuck 
somehow in the early days of the black metal scene, while adding thrash as well as death metal influences - 
the latter might come naturally due to the other project Deathlike - into the dark art in order to keep everything 
more varied. Over the course of the years several constant facets can be discovered: 



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A distinct way of croal<ing in terms of tine vocals, wlnile clean ones play only a minor role. 

♦ An icy sound in the guitars, but not influenced by norsecore 

♦ A drum-computer 

♦ A close 'alliance' of the instruments and the vocals when it comes to the timing and rhythms 

♦ At least one long composition per output 

♦ A general emphasis on faster played black metal, which comes with some neat as well as 
longer interludes now and then. 

Their current IVIySpace site would be the following: 
http://www.mvspace.com/theblackgatemetal 



The Black Gate (2002) 

4 Tracks (CDr - Self-released) -_-_- (27:30) 



The first demo of this band came out in 2002 and has not been re-released so far; which means that it is 
basically sold out; of the second output the same would be true. Both should see the light of day again, 
because the music offered on them is not only 
well crafted and produced, but comes with some 
interesting facets; those differ between the 
releases of course. 

The debut demo switches between faster and 
rather midtempo played black metal. Aside from 
the Intro the tempo never reaches for slower 
shores but excessive or monotonous blast 
passages is also not something this band has 
had in mind while composing the art. Hints on 
the nice arrangements on their 2008 demo 'The 
Serpent Who Slept Dead' can be identified here 
in some respect, while the directly succeeding 
one 'Anti Christian War Campaign Part I' actually 
lacks them. So, someone listing to both early 
releases might expect the band to evolve in a 
different direction. 

Anyway, a band that keeps getting mentioned in 

terms of the performance of The Black Gate is 

Immortal. Even though there is some truth in this 

claim, it fails short in shedding light on all of 

performance. TBG's music follows a different 

approach, is icier and has fewer keyboards and 

such. What bands could be used as references 

are Obtained Enslavement, Mayhem and in some respect also Necrophobic and by referring to such an array 

of styles it should be obvious that it is not easy to narrow the band down to a specific style or concept. 

The best track on this release would be the title track. It has an enormous amount of drive and foreshadows in 
some respect the later developments of the band. Fast and also aggressive, but not monotonous and too 
simplistic in the arrangements, these would be core essences of this track and these aspects make it quite 
interesting as well as worth to listen to. Here some of the basic ideas of the band were already laid out: the 
way on how to compose a long and complex track, while keeping the attention of the listener over the whole 
length. With a sound not too far away from Immortal's Pure Holocaust, The Black Gate was/is able to create 
an icy and dark atmosphere. Interestingly, those other two compositions - while ignoring the Intro for a while - 
present black metal in a different fashion: 'In a Night so Long' has quite a melodic touch, while The 7'th House 
Of K is rather a straightforward and fast played black metal track. 




Variety is a key facet of the band and some of this can be found on this recording. 



Anti Christian War Campaign Part I (2003) 

4 Tracks (CDr - Self-released) -_-_- (29:30) 



Four tracks can be found on 'Anti Christian War Campaign Part I' and they range in length from six to ten 
minutes. For someone whose interest was sparked by the 2008 output the music on the first demo comes a 
bit as a surprise. Here, a certain emphasis on thrashy riffs and music can be discovered as well as 
straightforward way in terms of the song-writing. A rather high tempo plays an important role as well, while the 
general absence of a bass - thanks to the production - gives the music an icy and slightly unbalanced sound. 
Interestingly, the vocals have not changed much since and also on the second demo a certain type of 
croaking was used that wakes some memories on later Obtained Enslavement. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^_ 



It is somehow interesting to hear how the band evolved and where their music has started. 'Anti Christian War 
Campaign Part I' can (or should?) be divided into two separate segments: while the tracks one to three form 
some kind of unity, the last one falls a bit out of the rule. On the one hand there is rather fast and trash/death- 
influenced black metal, while on the other a surprisingly doomy facet comes to the surface. Nice twists and 
breaks in the song-writing are rather the exception here and the music of 'The Black Gate' is surprisingly 
linear. So, the leap the band has taken from here is quite considerably, because except for the sound and 
atmosphere the succeeding release has little in common with this one. Also the drum-computer is not really 
able to fascinate and is somewhere hidden in the background. 

'Anti Christian War Campaign Part I' comes with a track that was originally released on the first demo: The 
7'th House Of K. The differences between these two versions are rather minuscule and as such it is not 
important to discuss these in depth. 



The Serpent Who Slept Dead 

5 Tracks (CDr -Self-released) -_-_- (38:13) 



It took some time to get this review done. Again and again its completion was postponed due to the reluctance 
on my side to cast a last and final judgement. These tough kind of releases exist and they are a pain to write 
on; another one would be the debut of Panopticon; the drums on their debut album are an ambivalent 
experience and it is hard to judge whether they are supporting or hampering the atmosphere respectively 
music. When it comes to the Norwegian band The Black Gate something similar can be examined, even 
though the case lies a little bit different here. What is there to criticize? 

First some praises: The Wanderer of The Wastes as well as the title track. The Serpent Who Slept Dead are 
two great songs, whose existence alone raise the quality of this demo immensely. Over the course of several 
months (!) - this would also be the amount of time the review was in the works - they have never even come 

close to being boring, plain or generic; no matter 
how often they have been played. Further, the 
intro/outro open or rather help to start/fade out 
the release in a gentle and proper way. In the 
latter case, citations of earlier riffs appear again, 
but played in a slightly different fashion, yet the 
listener will easily recognize them. Somehow 
everything becomes full circle. 

Yes, consistency is a core aspect of this release 
and can be examined from the beginning 
towards the end. In three compositions the band 
is able to prove their capability on composing 
black metal and they did a very good job in this 
respect; let us ignore the Intro and outro for a 
moment. Five years have passed since their 
preceding release - Anti Christian War 
Campaign Part I - and the time has been used 
wisely. There are flaws on "The Serpent Who 
Slept Dead" of course, the number of so-called 
'perfect' albums is pretty low, yet on this demo 
they do not disturb the flow of the music or 




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reach the point in being annoying. The parts of the puzzle fit together neatly and present to the listener a 
piece of music that is not too commonplace and therefore quite fascinating. 

One of the strengths of this release are the guitars. Not only do they have punch without end, come with great 
riffs and motives but have also an icy as well as brutal sound that will easily grab the attention of the listener. 
Be it the fast and aggressive or even the acoustic middle parts -- like on the title track -, one has to 
acknowledge that a good amount of time has been spend on balancing all of the facets, arranging them and 
eradicating flaws or plain moments. The Black Gate' play with the listener and the fourth track The Serpent 
Who Slept Dead' is a great example on how to compose a long composition without making it a strain to listen 
to it. A lot of bands these days focus on ambient interludes or other ways to stretch the length for some 
inexplicable reason, but all they do is basically nothing more than an unnecessary bloating of the composition; 
the result is obvious of course: leaving the atmosphere at the mercy of the composer, with the result that it will 
go down the drain and never be seen again. The contrary is the case here: even though the title track is 
thirteen minutes in length, the idea of taking back the tempo, using an acoustic part with spoken words and 
reciting the ideas from the opening segment but with more punch, makes The Serpent Who Slept Dead a 
pleasure to listen to. Repetition is a stylistic element though, yet, unlike on releases by other bands kept up to 
a certain level and not overdone. There is enough variation in the compositions, enough flow to balance this 
facet and too many neat ideas that it would stretch the patience of the listener over excess; such a person is 
taken by the hand and constantly shown something new and in case something 'old' appears, it would not be 
something to be bothered by. Catchiness and the idea to avoid monotony at any cost might be seen as the 
two core principles in the band's understanding of black metal. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 



To some the sound of the guitars might be a little bit, because they have a good touch of death metal 
influences in them. Maybe the band Deathlike -- another band by Aquilion and it was founded 2007 - has left 
some of its traces here; in the time between the second and third release by The Black Gate, the other band's 
first demo saw the light of day. Anyway, a lead and a rhythm-guitar share the work and the moments in which 
they both appear at the same time are really great. Together with the vocals they dominate the music, while 
the drum-computer plays only a small role in the background and is therefore not able to ruin the album; yet a 
real drummer would have been a nice thing to hear nonetheless. Not surprising is the fact to find a bass on 
this demo and to recognize it among the other parts as well. Some additional power might not be a bad thing 
to see, but one cannot have everything. Speaking of the vocals, two different styles can be found here and 
these would be croaking - the general approach - and clean ones - middle part of the title track. Especially 
the former work fine with the music as they come with a lot of power and aggressiveness; they sound really 
evil and necro-like. Along with the guitars a dark and sinister atmosphere is unfolded; those calmer interludes 
only foster the impression as the darker ones tend to come back with a vengeance. 

In the sound, there are some references to Necrophobic for instance, while the song-writing shows glimpses 
of later Obtained Enslavement; especially The Black Gates' compositions The Wanderer of the Wastes wakes 
memories on The Shepherd and the Hounds of Hell; even the vocals on this track have been performed in a 
similar fashion. Immortal is also a bands that is mentioned in reviews on The Black Gate, yet their impact 
should not be overestimated. 

What can be criticized is that instruments and vocals tend to be too close related to each other. There is some 
sort of harmony between them and not always independent from each other; this is an issue of song-writing 
respectively arranging of the instruments and vocals together. Yet, unlike a lot of bands whose performance is 
alike. The Black Gate's art does not suffer from this, due to its high quality. The plainness is not able to affect 
the art in a negative fashion, as the music is quite consistent and able to keep the atmosphere up at a high 
level. Further, some additional power in the bass, not much just a little bit, would do the music good. Drum- 
computer, ey? Well, a little bit too monotonous, but still well programmed - but too brave and with too little 
dynamic at times - whereas the guitars can compensate this short-comings without any effort; even though 
they have to deal with some moments in which the balancing is by no means optimal. 

Final bits and bytes 

One man bands do not necessarily have to suck. It all depends on the effort that is put in the music and how 
critic this artist sees his own art. Only recently, the band went back to scratch with the forthcoming Deathlike 
release and this self-critical approach is something that is worth to emphasize in a time in which the scene is 
basically flooded with black metal outputs. 

The demo by The Black Gate gives the impression of having being created over a longer period of time; 
especially the balancing the instruments and the eradicating of plain parts need to be emphasized. Also the 



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mix of all elements provided the band with enough power to present the art in a proper fashion. Yes indeed, 
this is a dark and sinister piece of black metal, with nice interludes, build-ups and a song-writing of a quality 
that leaves very little left to be desired. It is hard to grow tired of this release and especially fans of (later) 
Obtained Enslavement and Immortal will find this piece of music very interesting. Facets of The Shepherd and 
the Hounds of Hell can be found here, especially The Wanderer of the Wastes, but better crafted and with a 
much darker atmosphere. At the Heart of Winter would be a reference to the other band. The overall quality of 
the demo easily reveals itself and The Serpent Who Slept Dead should get some more attention, because in 
comparison to a lot of stuff that is being released these days, it is rather a beacon of light amongst the tide 
waves of mediocre albums, whose sole purpose seems to lie in an attempt to drown the scene with their 
worthless crap. 

I cannot help myself but to praise the band for releasing a really excellent piece of black metal; as a one-man- 
band! After listening to this I feel somehow inclined to reduce the scores of a good deal of albums I have 
written reviews on so far, because they all leave the impression of having seen the light of day too early; 
unable to unfold their entire potential. Everything is in a nice flow on The Black Gates' third demo; everything 
fits together and has an enormous punch. The Serpent Who Slept Dead is catchy as hell, loaded with well 
composed melodies, nice interludes and build-ups. These five years between the releases have been spent 
well, indeed! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^_ 

A truly great and criminally overlooked demo! 



Note: 



The demo comes as a CDr with a printed (colour) booklet. 

(The review was originally posted on the Metal Archives but has received some corrections for this edition of 
the magazine) 



Some final words: 



When you listen to these three releases, then a certain progression as well as some amount of consistency 
becomes apparent. Even though the band avoids any kind of evolution in terms of their sound, the song- 
writing has seen some kind of maturing over the years. Sadly, some of the main points of critique that are 
generally true for a one-man band can also be applied here and it would be nice to see the band creating art 
with a larger line-up; or at least without the fallacies mentioned above. 

Nevertheless, The Black Gate's releases are able to create a certain amount of fascination and in case the 
band remains as critical as they have been, and continually reflect on the quality of their music, then the 
forthcoming outputs should be something to look out for. The music might not appeal to the latest trend or 
hype, but who cares about such stuff anyway? You should really give this band a try. 




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Buried Terror #2 Sampler 



http://sabbathidrecords.cib.net/ ; http://www.mvspace.com/sabbathid 

The first band of this sampler is not reviewed due to their ties to a despicable branch of the (black) metal 
scene. 

Borqne - [Buried Terror #2 Sampler #031 Svojkleth 

(Switzerland) -_-_- (6:46) 

http://www.mvspace.com/borgne 

You cannot mistake the Burzum influences in this composition. Why? Because the keyboards sound pretty 
cheap and have a horrible tinge; the reasons for picking them remain hidden, but maybe the Swiss band 
needed to add this in order to apply to a hidden scene code. Hell knows. If surmises are correct, then this 
track has not been released before and this is actually not a bad thing, because it is pretty boring in style. 
Neither the black metal nor the cheap ambient parts are able to fascinate in any respect. Well ... you can skip 
the first two bands ... 

Kaalt - [Buried Terror #2 Sampler #041 XXXII 
Kaalt - [Buried Terror #2 Sampler #051 XXXIII 

(Italy) -_-_- (11:38) 
http://www.mvspace.com/kaalt 

Those two tracks were taken from the Winternight release, but the order of appearance on this release is 
slightly different. Anyway, the first impression is positive, while the second one is rather mixed. Why is this so? 
First of all, the play of the keyboards is nice and comes in a gentle way and the listener can really feel how 
s/he is accompanied by the melodies. Yet and this would be the negative aspect, the band overdid it or to say 
it more precise: the band relied too much on this one idea, stretched it over access and this limitation resulted 
in a negative impact on how it is perceived. Ambient can be minimalist but overdoing it can only lead to one 
thing: boredom. So ... a mixed impression. 

Kenji Siratori - [Buried Terror #2 Sampler #061 Gray Bowel 

(Japan) -_-_- (11:1 3) 
http://www.mvspace.com/keniisiratori 

Mr. One Million Releases, at least this is the impression that I have of Kenji Siratori, because this name pops 
up at nearly every second label site in the diy scene. From which of the one billion outputs the track has been 
taken could not have been made out, because I was too bored to check all of the one trillion of them; the 
booklet gives no indication whatsoever. 

Someone who has reached this part of the CD, will acknowledge that this track is the best so far; something 
that is not particular difficult though. Nevertheless, a variety of noisy ambient structures with a good amount of 
variation in their level of dominance and style can be found here. The music is a bit chaotic due to the 
shiftiness in which the noise textures oscillate. Even though the music is confusing, the way it is presented 
makes it still an interesting listening experience; the cavernous sounds in the background add a nice touch to 
this composition. 



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F.I.N. (Funeral Inconscientemente Natural) - [Buried Terror #2 Sampler #071 The Winds of — Delirium 
F.I.N. (Funeral Inconscientemente Natural) - [Buried Terror #2 Sampler #081 In the Mist (Alice) 

http://www.fin.funerart.org/ ; http://www.mvspace.com/doomfin 
(Chile) -_-_- (12:38) 

In case someone wants to find more about this band, then the MySpace site is a proper place to turn to, 
because it is there that a lot of links to releases -- made available at the Internet Archive -- are presented. 
Doom ... this is a term the band and the label use for describing the art. 

The Winds of ... Delirium: Sucks because of the constant and pointless vocals in the background. Field 
recordings of people talking in a cafe can be pretty nice, once this segment is placed in the proper spot in a 
composition. Yet to stretch it all over excess generally fires back ... like here. 

In the Mist (Alice): This time we have: boredom... and bad vocals again. In case someone wants to hear a 
good examples on how to use vocals in a minimalist environment, then turn to Cenere Muto or The Infant 
T(h)ree. This Chilean band seems in desperate need of influences or something to measure their 
performance with. 

Did anyone actually rehearse these two tracks? 

Congenital Hell - [Buried Terror #2 Sampler #091 Life and Death 

(Japan) -_-_- (13:03) 
http://www.ab.auone-net.ip/~noise/ 

Yay, back to Japan ... and to good music. Does anyone notice the psychedelic Pink Floyd references in the 
background? No, then listen to the live bootleg of Atom Heart Mother (2 CDs); I think this was the release... 
this thing is somewhere ... around here. Anyway, this one bastard of a track by the Japanese band is really 
weird. It combines such a large array of influences and sounds that it is hard to sum it up in a few words. 
Doom metal parts, ambient ones, psychedelic segments ... but it all has a touch of insanity. This track is really 
challenging, because in its style it progresses into regions that are seldom explored and have generally a 
small audience. How the title fits into everything is difficult to surmise. Are those screams in the background 
those of a Banshee, while the growls are the last attempts of the soon-deceased to express the thoughts? It 
should be interesting to hear whether the band will be able to compose more of this kind for a full-length 
album. 

This piece by Congenital Hell is by far the best track on the release. 

To sum everything up: 

One good, one interesting track and a lot of mediocre stuff ... 






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Yoqsothery: Chaosmoqonic Rituals of Fear 

What an ample choice for the first instalment of the trilogy. Yog-Sothoth - the gate, the key, the guardian -, a 
being more powerful than Azathoth and familiar with all knowledge that flows around, he is a well chosen 
character for such a tribute series. He is a bit of a mystery and makes only some rare appearances in the 
writings of Lovecraft and as such little is known about him; compared with more 'famous' characters as 
Cthulhu for instance. 

Jaaportit - Kuihtuman Henkivi (25:31) 

(Finland; Ambient) 

http://www.myspace.com/iaaportit ; http://www.iaaportit.net/ 

IVIy opinion has not changed over the years: I find this band from Finland pretty boring ... generally. Some 
tracks are/were nicely composed but the overall impression is by no means positive. Kuihtuman Henkivi, their 
share on this compilation, is not able to change my state of mind. The sounds are too sterile and even though 
some surprising elements - disruptions and the like - can be found, it all sounds too common and too 
predictable. Would the band have moved away from this pretty pointless beat motive earlier and brought the 
music to some intense levels, then something could have been made out of this composition, but this odd 
electronic theme gives me a real hard time here. 

Part two of this track is some sort of dark ambient, which in style is pretty minimalist but progresses into some 
texture loaded type of ambient music. Flutes play, some vague sound fragments can be heard, some kind of 
beat makes an appearance ... everything is kept at a low level and without much complexity. The music is 
generally dark and in some respect also haunting. 

How this composition relates to Lovecraft? I have no freaking idea ... 

Umbra Nihil - Suur-Nikkurin Virsi (10:50) 

(Finland; Doom Metal, Ambient) 

http://www.umbranihil.net/ ; http://www.mvspace.com/umbranihil 

Well ... compared with what the first band on this four-split release has offered, the music has taken a turn into 
the metal regions and left the ambient ones a bit behind. Suur-Nikkurin Virsi is generally slow and heavy. Well 
produced, balanced and arranged are some further facets. It is a track that moves on the borderline between 
metal and hard rock. 

The band is from Finland and used their mother tongue for expressing the lyrics, so in case you are not 
familiar with it - like the reviewer - you are pretty much alone in figuring out what the band actually sings 
about. Aside from this, the Lovecraftian facet seems to have been reduced to a small ambient fragment in 
which a strange kind of laughter gives the impression of 'insanity'. This is the only aspect that you can make 
out from merely listening to the music. 

(note: the reviewer has received a download with the files but no information on the booklet) 

Aarni - Lovecraft Knew (11 :34) 

(Finland; Experimental) 
http://www.mvspace.com/aarni ; http://www.aarni.info/ 

In case someone is not familiar with the music of this Finnish band, then to this person the performance on 
this split album might come as a surprise. Yet to those who have been had a chance to take a dive into their 
musical sphere this strange and weird type of music does not come as a prerequisite. Actually, from all bands 
on this release it would be Aarni whose concept might come closest to what could be described as 
'Lovecraftian art'. 

Distorted vocals and background textures, the strange as well as haunting atmosphere and the lyrics - they 
are in English and from what can be understood they are at times a rant against humanity but deal with the 



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Old Ones, too - complete the impression of something that pays tribute to the numerous rituals that were 
described in the Cthulhu myth. 

Caput LVIIIm - Resurgent Atavism (29:57) 

(Italy; Doom, Drone Metal) 
http://www.i-voidhanqer.com/caputlviiim.htm 

The cake for the longest track on this release takes the Italian one-time project (they split-up after the 

recording/release of this split album) Caput LVIIIm. The name has a lot of different meanings which are 

roughly listed on the band's homepage. One of the incidents it refers to dates back to the time of the Templars 

and their imputation by the Catholic Church as well as the French King. Those other meaning seem to be 

more farfetched and range over a number of different topics and characters: 

Baphomet, or a majestic golden figure; a virgin, or a crowned old man; a be-headed creature, an androginous 

figure, or an aries head... 

(Source: homepage of the band; where they got this piece of information from is unknown) 

Anyway, the music is nothing really special. A mixture of doom and drone without much of a surprise in terms 
of arrangements and concept. There are some ambient/drone facets which wake memories on Longing for 
Dawn, but aside from this the band kept it pretty basic and minimalist. Long passages and a lot of repetition 
make up the core essences of the art. Distorted screams, a generally dark atmosphere and a well crafted 
production are what a listener is able to discover here. References to Lovecraft? Maybe with the help of the 
booklet but they are most certainly not revealed by the music alone. 



The bottom line: 



The idea of Lovecraftian art is hardly represented here. Remember the music played by Erich Zann or the 
extraordinary weird and extreme performances, which are generally a topic in HP's writings? Aarni's 
performance gives hints on this and might be the best performance on this recording, while the rest fails 
miserably at achieving such a level. The name of this American author is thrown around a lot but when it 
comes to actually creating something that would stand up a test with the universe created by him, then the 
gap is nothing but immense. Sometimes you get the feeling that band put music on a sampler that they were 
unable to use otherwise. This and no other impression is what lasts once the CD is over. 



Sina. - Violent Things 



(United Kingdom; Ambient, Experimental) 
8 Tracks (MPS- Kopp Netlabel) -_-_- (16:10) 
http://www.archive.orq/details/Sina.-ViolentThingsEpkopp.14 ; 
http://koppnetlabel.bloqspot.com/ 



http://www.mvspace.com/sinamvspace ; 



The music scene is full of beauty. All you need to do is to actually find it. Sometimes you happen to stumble 
over it by chance and a release instantly 



grabs your attention. Sina. was such a 
case. Those eight compositions on the 
'wrongly' entitled release 'Violent Things' 
are a mixture of a variety of instruments 
and short excerpts from old movies. Why 
wrongly? Well, the term violent is simply 
misleading; a misnomer for what is a 
listener has to go through on this rather 
short record. A mixture of neoclassic, 
horror film-inspired and ambient music can 
be found here, but in such a way that is 
able to create a smile in the face of the 
person who listens to it. The hilarious 
content of the samples, the easiness in the 
arrangements as well as the bite size 
concept of the music, wake memories on 
the old time radio shows; some of these 




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can be found in the Internet Archive for download. If there is something violent in whole performance then it is 
the way it imposes itself on the person who lends this music an ear; this inability to really ignore the tunes and 
strange arrangements. 

Sometimes I ask myself whether the film music of the old and 'long forgotten' movies is actually better than 
what is being released today. This charm that they are able to create now and then; this odd reverberating 
sound that tends to dominate those worn down copies, whose quality was not preserved properly. Some of 
this can be found on Violent Things. Some of this strangely infantile imagery, on how to see art and music and 
what to actually make of it. How the piano fits together with the tunes of days gone by is a pleasure to listen to 
and you should definitely give this release a try. According to the band's IVIySpace site the time to get this 
output done was considerably short, yet the final result does not reveal such a thing. 

Note: 

I wonder which movies were actually used in the process of creating this piece of art; especially as to love is 

referred to as a Violent Thing in the introduction like track. I am somehow curious. 



A Cloud Forest - Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep 

(USA; Black Metal) 

5 Tracks (CD/MP3 - Self-released) -_-_- (13:13) 

http://catchphrazerecords.com/acloudforest/ ; http://www.mvspace.com/acloudforest 

Another one-man black metal army from the USA, another drop of water into the vast ocean of releases that 

this genre has brought up so far. Five tracks can be found on the first demo output of this band and the music 

follows a simple pattern: fast, aggressive and raw music with some touches of keyboards and the sound of the 

bass in the background. Only one melody line is played, which means that the strings play all the same stuff; 

an aspect that adds a strange touch to the performance. The vocals sound as if they were put later on top of 

everything and due to a rehearsal room touch it is a bit difficult to really enjoy them. 

The compositions are not overtly bad, but leave a bit to be desired in terms of the song-writing as well as the 
atmosphere. Everything is a bit too limited and you can hear the lack of experience in the three black metal 
tracks without much difficulty; the first and the last track would be an Intro and an outro respectively. A Cloud 
Forest's Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep is listenable but only if your preferences are not too high. 

Note: 



The Debut album of this band has already been released. 



Torba - Dotabata split (c31) 

Hair on my Food split release 




http://mvspace.com/haironmvfoodtapesreco 
rds; haironmvfoodtapes@gmail.com 

Dotabata 

(Australia; Drone, Noise) 
1 Track (15:03) 

http://www.mvspace.com/dotabata 
The first track on this tape reminds in style 
and concept a bit on Danny Kreutzfeldt's 
Noiseworks 1 ; especially on the opener 
Kanter og stoj / Edges and noise (Variation 
2). After a calm beginning the music begins 
to increase in intensity and noisiness, while 
closing again in a calmer style. Compared 
with the Danish artist, the Australian one 
used a less harsh and offensive approach 
and relied on some drone-like textures 
instead of continuingly increasing the level 



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of the noise. It should be noted that here guitars were used and chord-like sounds appear; with a lot of 
distortion and generally played on a low tempo. 

This track of fifteen minutes is rather calm and I would prefer the one by Danny Kreutzfeldt, because in comes 
with a larger array of facets as well as intensity. Dotabata's performance is not bad, just a bit too nice. 



Torba 



(Germany; Noise, a bit Drone) 
4 Tracks (15:12) 
http://www.myspace.com/torbadrone 



When you visit the band's MySpace blog and search for the reviews I had written on their music, then you will 
notice a discussion I had with them publicly about the way I described their music back then. So, let me give 
them an opportunity to ramble a bit more. 

Several facets come to mind while listing to their side of the split is the existence of two contrasting facets: in 
the background there lingers a vague type of texture while on top of it noise creates some sort of a 
counterpoint; take 'Anemia IVIodulare' for instance. 'IVIy Guitar Want to Kiss Your Mama' as well as 'Arduino' 
have a similar approach, but the execution was done slightly different. 04. #6 (Extreme Noise Remix) would 
close the split and in style it reminds on what some black metal bands are heading for today: a noisy metallic 
drone-like structure with various types of layers beneath. 



To sum it up: 

Two bands perform noise music with various kinds of influences. 

Note: 



Limited to 47 copies. 



Dotabata - Dotabata 



(Australia; Drone, Noise) 

2 Tracks (3" CDr- Noise Park Activities) -_-_- (17:46) 

http://www.mvspace.com/noiseparkactivities ; http://www.myspace.com/dotabata 

Why not discuss a second release of Dotabata? This 3" CDr comes sprayed and with a short sheet of Xerox- 
copied paper taken from several books; one side looks like an excerpt from an encyclopaedia of some sort. 

Anyway, compared with the music of the split album with the German band Torba, the performance here 
comes with a large amount of variety and concepts. Here, the focus lies more on the noise side and the band 
leaves little doubt this. No nice and slow build-up was used on this recording. After some seconds of the first 
composition have passed by, an intense buzzing of pissed off 'bees' - this might be an appropriate metaphor 
- provide a glimpse of what will follow. Noise textures of various intensities interrupted or accompanied by 
drone ones is what the listener can expect on this recording. 

Track 1 (6:35): Aside from what was written on before, the music increases in the level of noisiness and the 
more it progresses the more the play with a distorted guitar can be found. The music continues this way in 
some respect in different levels until the end; which comes with the 'buzzing of the bees' again. 

Track 2 (11:11): opens with quite intense noise layers, but progresses then into some drone/noise mixture, 
which comes in a quite chaotic style somehow; there is a strange to and fro of the volume and effects. In 
some respect the latter part of it resembles a bit industrial-influenced music due to the way everything was 
arranged and what type of noises were used. 

To sum it up: 

For me it is always difficult to give a definite statement on a noise release, because I am not able or willing to 
listen to them on a general basis. They are rather something I like to turn to now and then; especially when I 
am sick and tired of everything that has lyrics or texts in it. 



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Near - The Opening of the Primordial Whirl 



(Italy; Black Metal) 
8Tracks(CD-ATMF) 



-(41:03) ^^^^^^^^^^ 
http://metal-archives. com/band. php?id=1 01 78 ; http://www.atmf.net/ 



Some releases are so blatantly boring that they give the writer/review quite a hard time while writing on them. 
Near is such an example. Generic would be en euphemism when it comes to actually measure the quality of 
the performance. Done to death, then resurrected, killed again, burned, cremated, ashes blown in the wind, 
risen again, destroyed once more, buried and then resurrected another time ... this is the feeling you get while 
listening to The Opening of the Primordial Whirl. An epitome of mediocrity, a mixture of influences from a 
variety of bands: Dawn (Sweden), Riddle of Meander, Darkthrone, Hrizg ... and so on and so forth. Art that 
basically leads nowhere ... except for bringing the listener into a realm of torment and agony. 

While listening to this album the cover artwork of Animus Herilis' Recipere Ferum comes to the mind. A 
'proud' skeleton that looks over a landscape and even though it might impress on the first glance, a more 
reasonable interpretation comes to mind soon: being actually already rotten to the bones and nothing but a 
shadow of the grandeur of the old days, to which it attempts to pay tribute to, the whole expression changes to 
that of a farce. Back to the music of Near: The endless and pointless barrages of riffs and drums as well as 
the monotony in the motives (and also how they switch from one to the other) take a lot of restrain on the side 
of the listener - Ventrar for instance. Aside from this, the supposedly evil but rather uninspiring way in which 
the vocals were expressed makes it even more difficult to enjoy anything of this piece of art. So, all these 
elements point towards one direction: an approach going horribly wrong. 

This release is difficult to enjoy and the reasons for this lie in song-writing. The limitation in the complexity and 
the restriction of facets sound forced and not natural. This becomes especially apparent once the band moves 
a bit away from their minimalist way of playing black metal: Ventrar - the slower interlude -; The Dead Side of 
Human Nature - the last part suggests that the band searched for a way to close the album and simply put it 
there, because they did not think of any other way to get it into the composition -; Plan della Cenere - a 
pointless instrumental - and so on and so forth. Much more could be said of the album and by no means 
positive things. 

This band exists since 2002 and this is the best they are able to come up with ... jeez. 

Nebel - De Profundis 

(France; Dark Ambient, Industrial, Noise) 
7 Tracks (MPS - Self-released) -_-_- (50:19) 

http://www.iamendo.com/de/artist/NEBEL (2) 

A voice singing in a choral like fashion, while in the background some vague industrial and dark ambient 
sounds create a certain basis, this is the way this album opens. It is a sad start ... and the keyboards, whose 
play follows succinctly, continue with the music in a similar fashion. Sadness without end, sadness without 
mercy. Nebel - German for 'fog' - takes the listener into such a bleak and desolate world. De Profundis does 
not stop there though. With the second track the music wanders off into a different direction and leaves these 
depressing or melancholic parts aside. 

Legion is more of an industrial fashion, Abyssus abyssum invocat returns to the dark ambient genre with 
some strange sound effects - some sort of a howling, but execution in a rather uncommon style. Nebel 
meanders a bit between these two facets, but the latter is more dominant and appears on a larger scale. With 
the exception of the last two tracks maybe, everything remains in a somehow calm and 'inoffensive' tension; 
there the whole approach changes with a slight shift towards the noise as well as 'normal' ambient genre with 
the obvious result that everything moves towards a voluminous and calmer type of music. 

Nevertheless, the performance of Nebel is generally pointed towards a minimalist dark ambient concept, 
which is generally followed throughout the album; in certain degrees which was laid out above. Everything is 
kept in a steady and dark state, which is nice to listen to as the whole piece was well crafted, but it is still 
difficult to actually make something of this album. Some sort of a red line is missing and the compositions 
sound random. The opener is quite good, but what comes after is a steady to and fro between different types 
of dark compositions. Where is the concept, where is the one thing that would guide a listener through 'De 
Profundis'? 



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It took some time to get this review done, even tlnougln tine files were downloaded from Jamendo several 
months ago. Somehow it proofed to be difficult to form a definite opinion on this piece of art, because despite 
all the nice moments, it is still an ambiguous experience to listen to the whole thing ... be in one run or in 
sessions, ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^h 

Note: 

The sample of the female vocals in 'Pulvis et Umbra Sumus' sounds familiar, but I cannot recall on which 

album I have heard it before. 



Brimstone Fist - Demo 2008 



(Thailand; Doom, Stoner, Rock) 

5 Tracks (Tape - Self-released) -_-_- (30:48) 

http://www.mvspace.com/brimstonefist 



A glance on the Metal Archives profile of the band reveals a long and complex history, which would be beyond 
this review to sum it all up. What becomes clear after a spin of the demo tape is that this band seems to have 
stuck in the early days of the metal scene. The atmosphere, the sound and the arrangements are all of a sort 
that rather wake memories of days gone by than on music that might reflect the current state of the art. 
William Wolfe, he would be the sole person behind this project, seems to be stuck in a certain time frame and 
tries to express this through Brimstone Fist's art. His history in the music scene dates back a bit - 1996 to be 
frank; source: profile at the IVIetal Archives -, so it is only natural to hear a combination of a variety of 
influences and sounds. 

Hellmetal, this is supposedly the description of the overall concept and it is pretty vague at reflecting what is 
actual going on here. In terms of the style the band shows a close relation to the early days of Black Sabbath; 
not only in terms of the atmosphere but also on how the music was arranged. Doomy music style, a voice that 
reminds on stoner rock/metal genre and a general tendency of neat little twists and turns in the arrangements 
make this demo actually quite good. If you keep in mind that this is a one-man band, then you might be 
surprised about the overall quality of this output; even more so when taking the current location of the band 
into account as well. Yet the whole performance cannot be limited to this, because at times the music receives 
a kick and heads for faster regions. It would be one of these moments in which influences from bands like 
Kyuss have been thrown in; but less heavy and more mixed with rock than metal. 'Demo 2008' has a pretty 
cool atmosphere at times - Ride it - and the elements merge nicely together. 

Five pieces appear on this first demo output and they offer some nice different approaches to this mixture of 
doom/stoner/rock thing. Kiss the Whip (Slavemaster of Gor) would be my personal favourite due to the 
atmosphere of the composition and the way the guitars were used. This piece seems to weigh at least 1000 
tons and flows by like a rotten corpse on a bed of black lava. The demo is interesting, but the band is not 
entirely able to fascinate me, because my personal preferences rather lie on slow and intense doom music, 
something Brimstone Fist not always are. Nevertheless, their demo is good and recommended. 

Note: 

This demo tape was re-released by Hellhouse666 Productions only recently and this edition comes with an 

additional track called "Witch Hunter", http://www.hellhouse666.cib.net/ 

Note 2: 

In case someone wants to have some background information on this release, then turn to Satanwolf's review 

at the IVIetal Archives. It was done by the band and you get a pretty good idea what this demo is all about. 

Hopefully, the moderators will keep it for the time being. Read it here: 

http://metal-archives.com/review.php?id=280094 

Sources pictures: 

http://www.archive.orq/details/handvandvtaleofiOOIoveuoft 

http://www.archive.orq/details/frenchpicturesdrOOqree 

http://www.archive.orq/details/landscapepaintinOOharriala 

http://www.archive.orq/details/drawinqsofalbrecOOdruoft 

http://www.archive.orq/details/dreamofeuqenearaOOhoodrich 

http://www.archive.orq/details/drawinqsofrossetOOwoodrich 



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Outlook 

Two interviews are already done and will be added to issue number eleven ... maybe even some more. 

Some longer review section ... 
And the usual old pictures ...