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Nemorensis – Lady in the Lake

 

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Last post for Sol y Nieve week, four releases from one of the more interesting label dealing with black metal and the like. Sol y Nieve has a very interesting and varied rooster with talented proprietors of the dark and bleak soundscapes, and with some more interesting packaging and presentation. From Yellow Eyes and Monvment, with their harsh and raw black metal, to more slow and pondering bleak landscapes of Footpaths and Golden Fawn. One thing that shines through all the releases is the creativity and the will to make something new and emotional, and that is what I respect most from the label! The worst thing a label or artist can do is not to make something bad or down right atrocious, but to make something boring and bland. A piece of art that doesn’t give you a new experience or convey any emotion what so ever is the death of art and creativity. So what if it sounds like it recorded with a potato, or if it doesn’t follow any rules, as long as it gave you and emotion or made you think or see or feel something in a different or new way, it has succeeded.  The fact that Sol y Nieve has these unknown, experimental and personal cassettes, makes them shine in my eyes and I applaud them wholeheartedly!

Anyhow, Nemorensis!

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Hellébore – Anouof Thwo

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It has been a while since I last stargazed. Having moved a bit closer to the city core and living in a apartment with no decent view or balcony, the most I have gazed at the start for a long while is viewing the Big Dipper from my bedroom window. I miss those days when I could walk outside and see the night sky illuminated with the celestial bodies, and just stare and wonder at what could be beyond those giant gas gods.

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Svarti Loghin – Empty World

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Autumn has finally died, the forests have shifted from green to white and the national public transport system has failed. Winter has finally gotten its cold grasp on Svea Rike! This is the time for Vinterblot, drinking mugs of glögg,  munching on lussekatter and paying heed to the spirit of Winter: Black Metal!

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Estatic Fear – Somnium Obmutum

Lets take a break from all this lo-fi, made-in-my-brothers-basement, indie rock, and turn our attention to some extravagant, elegant symphonic black metal from the home of all classical music, Austria!

Classical symphonies and black metal don’t usually meet, but when they do, sparks fly. Both styles have their somber and melancholic sound and yet can be big and bombastic. The harshness of the growls and drums makes a good juxtaposition to the pleasant and beautiful melodies of the symphony.

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Yellow Eyes/Monvment – Split

Two of the best underground/true/lo-fi/whatever-you-want-to-call-it black metal bands, to emerge from the United States, have banded together and released a truly monumental and blasphemous split! The cassette is at the same time the second album released by both the New York based, Yellow Eyes and Chicago based, Monvment. If you ever doubted that there  could ever come great and raw black metal music from the land of plastic and over consumption, this cassette shows great promise of two great and individual bands may be coming forth to set their mark on the underground black metal scene!

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Drudkh – Autumn Aurora

Drudkh is a Ukranian pagan black metal band that started in 2003 by the members of Hate Forest. Drudkh started as a side project for songs that the band members felt didn’t fit with Hate Forest’s tone and feel. Drudkh has a heavy focus on atmosphere and grandiose melodies, going so far as to featuring guitar solos, which is quite unusual and rare with black metal bands. The band draws inspiration from old Ukrainian folk tales and history and many of their lyrics are old Ukrainian poems.

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Ash Borer – S/T

Ash Borer really surprised me the first time I listened to them, I was expecting just another upstarting black metal band that sounds hard and rough simply because the low production quality, like it was recorded in someones basement on a tape recorder. But what I found was truly something more!

Ash Borer was formed in 2008 in Arcata, California, by M, A, K, N and R. They released their first demo tape in 2010 and the have re-released it and released some other live tapes, a split w/t Fell Voices, and a discography, on several labels. Their latest album, Cold of Ages, will be released in August 14th on Profound Lore Records label.

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