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Obscuritatem Advoco Amplectere Me - Abruptum 17/03/2006

The audial essence of pure black evil

Obscuritatem Advoco Amplectere Me - Abruptum Those are Euronymous' famous words to describe Abruptum, the two man torture squad from Sweden. This is their debut album, released on Euronymous' label Deathlike Silence Productions. Abruptum featured It(Ophthalamia, Vondur) and Evil(Morgan from Marduk.) Together these created some of the scariest and evil sounds that you will likely ever hear. This is their debut album, and it consists of two very long songs(about 25 minutes each) that are full of moans, loud screams, strange noises and some actual music. The music is usually slow, doomy guitars accompanied by plodding drums, with the occasional keyboard creeping in. I believe It does vocals, although that is debatable, as both It and Evil switched up their roles in the band all the time. Evil is credited as playing guitar, piano, bass, voices and It is credited with vocals, violin, guitar, and drums. I hope this is accurate, because honestly I can't remember too well. The fact that I can't means that I haven't listened to this in a long time, due to the fact that it is not music, but pure audial hell. Truly Euronymous' words reflect this. When I first bought this, I gave it a listen at night while laying in bed, trying to sleep, yet this thing kept me up. Whether it be the torture sounds or the fact that it was genuinely scary(at the time), I do not know, but what I do know is that I haven't listened to it much since then. This is not something you drive down the road to, nor is it something you play for your friends. ...

Transilvanian Hunger - Darkthrone 16/03/2006


Transilvanian Hunger - Darkthrone Darkthrone's Transilvanian Hunger is their 4th album, and last(until now) on the Peaceville label. In 1990, Darkthrone released their debut album, which was a total Death Metal record, but later opted to change sound and become Black Metal, influenced by Mayhem guitarist and scene legend Euronymous. Up until this time, Darkthrone's two previous full lengths(Blaze in the Northern Sky, Under a Funeral Moon) were minimal, yet featured many different riffs, drum beats, and overall more complexitiy. Come this album and all of that has changed. The 8 songs present here are all based around the same structure, 2 or 3 riffs repeated over and over to induce a trance like state in the listener. The drums are blast beats exclusively, but unlike Marduk and Dark Funeral, are not uber fast. The bass can be at times slightly audible, but this is rare. Six of the songs are written and "sung" in Norwegian, with only the title track and As Flittermice as Satans Spys being in English. It is interesting to note that the first 4 songs lyrics were written by Fenriz and the last 4 by Varg Vikernes(Burzum). Upon its release, the media had a field day with the phrase which appeared on the back of the CD/LP. Reading "Norsk Arisk Black Metal" or Norwegian Aryan Black Metal, Darkthrone were labelled racists and Nazis, something that they are definately not! In the liner notes, a phrase appears which reads "This album stands beyond criticism. If anyone should wish to criticize it, then he should be ...

Appetite For Destruction [PA] - Guns N' Roses 15/03/2006

The best hard rock record of all time

Appetite For Destruction [PA] - Guns N' Roses In 1987, a band of reckless guys sat down in Rumbo studios in California and recorded Appetite for Destruction. Little did they know that it would become the greatest hard rock album ever. Upon its initial release it didn't go anywhere, at least until the video for Sweet Child O' Mine got massive airplay on MTV. The album would go to #1 a year after its release, driven by such classics as Sweet Child, Welcome to the Jungle, and Paradise City. During this time, hair metal and glam rock was sweeping the country, with bands like Winger, Whitesnake, Poison and Warrant. That would all change. Guns N' Roses' arrival to the hard rock scene couldn't have come at a better time. While all their peers were singing about love and girls, GNR sang about drugs, sex, murder, rape, everything that was "taboo" at the time. They had a sense of rebellious energy, mixed with a tender, sensitive side, and were led by the ever present frontman W. Axl Rose, whose voice was beautiful and angry at the same time. To this day this record sells anywhere from 6000-10,000 copies weekly, proving that GNR were more than just a flash in the pan and were indeed on to something huge. 1. Welcome to the Jungle. Well, what can I say? A classic, a bonefide head banger of a song. That intro riff is so infectious that it will stick with you long after you are done listening to the album. The chorus is catchy as hell, and the riffs are devastating. 2. It's So Easy. An angry, punch you in the face song. ...

Principle Of Evil Made Flesh, The - Cradle Of Filth 14/03/2006

Let precious chaos vent.

Principle Of Evil Made Flesh, The - Cradle Of Filth I must make a statement to begin with. This album is NOT Cradle's second album, but their debut album. Vempire was the EP they released after this in 1996. Ok, anyway, Cradle's debut is much much rawer than their new stuff. One thing that strikes me is just how different Dani sounds. His voice is not the ultra high pitched banshee wail(which he does utilize VERY little) but more of a raw, raspy Black Metal scream. At this stage of their career, they had just gotten signed to Cacophonous, and their sound was changing dramatically. Their 3 demos were raw Death Metal, but now they became a mix of thrash/death/black. One thing that I feel helps Cradle out on this album is the addition of Nick Barker on the drums. Many people know him from Dimmu Borgir and other bands, and my god he is insane. On this album though, he is not quite the drumming machine that he would later become. Hell, at times, he is even a tad sloppy. No worries though, this album is not meant to be polished and precise. This is the sound of a bunch of young metal fans excited to be making a record for the first time. Looking at the booklet, their pictures are of the old school Black Metal vein, i.e. corpsepaint, pentagrams, upside down crosses, and satanic lyrics and image. I just wish Cradle would have stuck with this, as some of their latter stuff is just not my cup of tea. 1. Darkness Our Bride(Jugular Wedding). The opening instrumental track, which CoF is famous for doing. It is comprised of a ...

In The Nightside Eclipse - Emperor 14/03/2006

I am the Black Wizards

In The Nightside Eclipse - Emperor Emperor's debut album is a stunning work of musical genius. I kid you not. This album is brilliant. The four members of Emperor worked very hard to make sure that this album beat all the competition, and it did by miles. In Norway during this time, there were loads of Black Metal bands, some great, and some horrible, but Emperor were the leading band in terms of musical quality. I feel that this album deserves, no wait, demands a track by track review. 1. Into the Infinity of Thoughts. A classic opener and the albums epic. Clocking in at over 9 minutes, this song really shows that Emperor are dead serious in their goal to rid Norway of Christianity. A stunning piece that shows Emperor's musical boundry pushing. Lush keyboards soar over majestic guitar lines, with vocals so harsh and so evil that they can't be coming from a mere human. Samoth wrote the lyrics to this, and they are great. 2. The Burning Shadows of Silence. Great, just great. An awesome spoken word part in the middle makes this song truly outstanding. 3. Cosmic Keys to my Creations and Times. Wow! What an awesome opening riff. This is one of the fastest songs on the album and it delivers in all departments. The lyrics were written by Mortiis before he left the band, and it shows. The ending is sublime. 4. Beyond the Great Vast Forest. This was originally on the Wrath of the Tyrant demo, but under a different name (My Empire's Doom) and with different lyrics(they weren't printed.) Keyboards ...

Antichrist Superstar (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Marilyn Manson 14/03/2006

Your world is an ash tray...

Antichrist Superstar (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson's second full length album is a radical departure from the hard rockish, almost punk like debut album Portrait of an American Family. This record is all about darkness. The overall sound has been taken up a notch and is much much heavier than anything they did before. The album is split into 3 parts, or cycles as the back of the CD says. Cycle 1 is tracks 1-4. Cycle 2 is tracks 5-11. Cycle 3 is tracks 12-16. I hope I'm right on this... It is not until Cycle 2 that the true concept of the album begins. It is an interesting concept I must say. Basically, it begins with the birth of the "worm" as is said, and ends with his death. In between we are treated to his rise, and his ultimate fall. I believe this to be one of the best concept albums ever, no joke. I believe a track by track rundown is needed to fully grasp the brilliance held herein. *My interpretation of the songs are only my thinking. They may or may not be accurate.* 1. Irresponsible Hate Anthem. This song kicks things off with a bang. Possibly Manson's second fastest song ever, it really packs a punch, and is filled with enough lyrics about hate to satisfy any teenage fan(which is after all, how old most fans of Manson are.) A fast, almost thrashy riff, is the main focus of the music, with a fast drum beat. During the verses, the bass is heard prominently, but only playing the root notes of the main riff. A good song, and I believe a great opener. The overall theme is one of hatred and ...
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