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Brazen Serpent – Perditions Call to Prayer

Brazen Serpent – Perditions Call to Prayer

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Perditions Call to PrayerPerditions Call to Prayer

The Catholic Church has done a good job of producing atheists and people who doubt the dogma so sternly forced upon them from birth onward. Fortunately, I was never a victim of any of the atrocities so many of the “holy men” of this religion are notorious for, but I was certainly baptized and heavily indoctrinated at a young age. That was enough to foster a healthy dose of bitterness towards its system of beliefs as I aged and began questioning what exactly it was that my peers and I were being taught regarding “good” and “evil.” At the age of fourteen, I recall telling my Wednesday-night Bible Study teacher that I didn’t think “hate” was the opposite of “love” because they are both intense and strong emotions. When she told me I didn’t know what I was talking about, refused to hear me out and…

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Sturmpercht / Rauhnåcht – Zur Ew’gen Ruh

Sturmpercht / Rauhnåcht – Zur Ew’gen Ruh

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Zur Ew'gen RuhZur Ew’gen Ruh

There is folk, and then there is black metal. For some, never the twain shall meet. On its own and in the absence of any sub-categorical prefixes, with its typically clear-cut softness, the influence of tradition/nostalgia, and the sole reliance on acoustic instrumentation, traditional folk music is capable of being lovely, if not moving. One could then deduce that the other side of this coin can only be something harsh, cold, dark, and electric, which is essentially the sonic representation of black metal. The latter has the propensity to be equally moving and at least subjectively lovely, but in a much more visceral or cathartic manner. While all genres can easily be poorly performed, there is something particular about the ease with which black metal and folk can go wrong, never mind the attempts at merging such contrasting opposites together and the subsequent auditory disasters that…

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The Ruins of Beverast – Blood Vaults—The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer

The Ruins of Beverast – Blood Vaults—The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer

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Blood VaultsBlood Vaults

Since the turn of the new millennium it’s become rather easy to be a bit more discerning when it comes to music, particularly when new releases are involved. Additionally, the “Age of Information” in which we live has allowed these more recent albums and those of the past to be at our fingertips at all times. The ease of obtaining the vast quantities of accessible music means that there is also a lot of garbage floating in the ether to be sorted through. This would also imply that the golden gems hidden inside the seemingly infinite hive of modernity are thus that much more precious. Alexander von Meilenwald, sole composer and mastermind of the Ruins of Beverast, is undoubtedly one of our contemporary sonic alchemists implanting his visions within that ceaseless apiary. Since the birth of his first full-length, Unlock the Shrine in 2004, Meilenwald’s creations…

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Dementia Ad Vitam – L’Éloge de L’Origine

Dementia Ad Vitam – L’Éloge de L’Origine

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L'Éloge de L'OrigineL’Éloge de L’Origine

There are many opinions regarding the condition of the planet at present. Studies can often contradict other studies, yet still there are frightening facts which have been revealed by scientists that prove that we’re at the beginning of a quick acceleration towards oblivion unless we make major and necessary changes. Despite the studies and evidence which lays before our eyes daily, this information is proclaimed by those in opposition to be the hypotheses of pessimistic naysayers. Most of the denial against claims of global warming, the need for population control, and the reduction of greenhouse gases are simply right-wing conservatives accusing the left of trying to dismantle the capitalist system or some other such nonsense. Personal ideologies, group politics, and even religions have come to be what dictate the verification or disqualification of whether our future is or isn’t looking bleak. It is unfortunate, to say the…

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