Tome of the Unreplenished – Earthbound (Review)

Tome of the Unreplenished - EarthboundTome of the Unreplenished are a black metal band from Cyprus and this is their second album.

Containing current and ex-members of bands such as Code, Macabre Omen, and LvcifyreEarthbound is a 47-minute atmospheric black metal album that may not be quite what you were expecting. Continue reading “Tome of the Unreplenished – Earthbound (Review)”

Lvcifyre – The Broken Seal (Review)

Lvcifyre - The Broken SealLvcifyre are a blackened death metal band from the UK and this is their third album.

Now here’s an album that’s been much anticipated by your truly. I really enjoyed 2014’s Svn Eater, so have been eager for a follow up. Now, seven years, (and one EP), later, Lvcifyre are back with the 44-minute The Broken Seal. Continue reading “Lvcifyre – The Broken Seal (Review)”

Emblazoned – Eucharistiae Sacramentum (Review)

EmblazonedEmblazoned are from the US and this is their début album. They play Blackened Death Metal.

This is music with an evil feel created by minions of some Dark Lord or other who worship and defile their way through 8 tracks of daemonic Death Metal.

The deep growls and high screams call out hymns to darkness whilst the crushing production allows the music to be both heavy and precise.

All of the instruments are clear and played with surgical steel. The drums have an especially crisp sound to them, the bass is audible and worthwhile and the guitars have a crunchy, crushing edge.

The riffs have a Blackened feel to a lot of the melodies which adds a touch of the underworld to the songs; they already have a malevolent feel to them as it is and as the band are mainly interested in creating a brutally evil atmosphere it’s only to be expected that a Black Metal influence should make its way onto the album.

The songs are very enjoyable and make the most of their relatively short playing time by effortlessly blending the brutality of streamlined Death Metal with the dark feeling of Black Metal.

Emblazoned combine parts of bands like Deicide, The Black Dahlia Murder, Satyricon, Behemoth, Arsis and Lvcifyre into their merciless sound and the result is a very strong album indeed.

It’s time for you to check out Emblazoned and join them in their war against the forces of light.

Lvcifyre – Svn Eater (Review)

LvcifyreThese UK Black Metallers are releasing their second album and I have been quite looking forward to listening to this. I have not been disappointed.

Things start out unexpectedly creepy and slow. Blackened vocals scrape out of the speakers while the music crawls along at a menacing and disturbing pace. Only about halfway through the first song Night Seas Sorcery do proceedings pick up the pace and the vocals become even darker with the music matching this to precision.

For the most part the rest of the album is less Doom-influenced, but Lvcifyre consistently demonstrate a grasp of mood and atmosphere, be this when they drag themselves slowly through the mire or when they propel themselves towards you all fangs and razors.

Vocals are of both the Black and Death Metal varieties, with each style being mastered and used to better emphasise the chaos and confusion the band wish to sow. In fact although I would say this is predominantly a Black Metal album there is a healthy dose of Death Metal going on as well.

Brutal, passionate, otherworldly and hellish – join the Blackened Death Metal elite.