Cvinger – Monastery of Fallen (Review)

CvingerSlovenian brutal Black Metal band Cvinger don’t pull any punches with their first EP. With eight tracks in 20 minutes there’s no time to waste.

After a brief acoustic intro we get blasting underground Black Metal in the style of a more furious and rabid Panzer Division Marduk. Breaking up the action there is the odd acoustic passage, some chanting, but mainly we have pure second-wave Black Metal with a firm stranglehold on the exposed neck.

Short songs, high on aggression and filth, fly past in a breakneck manner propelled by hatred and rage. Each song a mini-hymn of evil and a testament to harshness.

Vocals are quite varied – we get the standard Black Metal screams of a couple of varieties, as well as some chanting and dirty-singing and even the odd deeper grunting.

An enjoyable release – hopefully they can build on this for the future and unleash something truly hellish on us next time.

Weapon – Naga: Daemonum Praeteritum (Review)

WeaponOh this is wonderfully dirty underground Black Metal! Gritty and raw. The kind of sound that can garrotte the unwary listener at 100 yards.

This is a collection of three demos, (Within the Flesh of the Satanist, Violated Hejab and Para Bhakti…Salvation), all remastered by Lars Broddesson of Marduk. The sound is brutal and distorted; filthy and fuzzy. This is the sound of a band expressing themselves with whatever means at their disposal – straight for the jugular.

For the main the vocals are guttural shouts – almost what you’d expect from old-school Death Metal rather than Black Metal, but it suits the style well. There is also some variety in places; from almost-spoken harshness to slightly higher-pitched-but-still-quite-deep; enough to keep the listener interested.

The music is slithering, sharp and surprisingly rhythmic in the drum department on occasion. The riffs are simple and classic for the most part, but they are not afraid to experiment as the needs of the song dictate, with plenty of interest and ideas to be had throughout. The emphasis here is on expressing feelings of darkness and hate and vomiting them forth into the recording, a tone which is captured well.

The sound may be primitive but that shouldn’t put you off – here we have some perfect examples of aggressive underground Black Metal that any true fan of the genre can’t help but appreciate.

Overall I would rate this release very highly indeed. It’s non-generic, interesting and has plenty of feeling and passion. What more could you want?