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Posts Tagged ‘Amor Fati Productions’

MYLINGAR – DÖDA DRÖMMAR LP (Amor Fati Productions / Vigor Deconstruct)

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Mylingar - Döda DrömmarMylingar is a destructive Swedish force delivering punishing, suffocating, chaotic Black / Death carnage in the vein of Portal, Altarage, Irkallian Oracle, Grave Miasma, Teitanblood, Vassafor, Grave Upheaval, Abyssal, Impetuous Ritual, Adversarial, Antediluvian, etc.

As associates / competitors go, those are pretty phenomenal but the pummeling ‘Döda Drömmar’ is capable of claiming much-craved territory even in such ferocious company.

Evilometer: 666/666

JASSA – LIGHTS IN THE HOWLING WILDERNESS LP (Fallen Empire Records / Amor Fati Productions)

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Jassa - Lights In The Howling WildernessIf, like me, you bemoan the tragic, premature demise of Hate Forest then you could do worse than checking out Jassa’s second full-length album, ‘Lights In The Howling Wilderness’. I’m not sure how politically correct or offensive it is to compare Russians and Ukrainians these heady days but I’ve just done it and there’s no turning back now.

This is a superb, ritualistic, otherworldly record with a majestic aura, exotic instrumentation and ominous drums that betimes sound like human bones hitting off coffin lids. Sometimes it gets a bit muddled and seems to be losing direction and focus and threatening to come apart at the seams … in true Black Metal spirit.

Evilometer: 666/666

LVTHN – ERADICATION OF NESCIENCE LP (Fallen Empire Records / Amor Fati Productions)

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

LVTHN - Eradication Of NescienceHere’s one of those unashamedly retrogressive Black Metal records that just delivers exactly what a Black Metal record should deliver. Malevolent music and fiendish utterances complemented by a visual feast of captivating artwork scattered throughout the delightful booklet and sumptuous gatefold jacket.

A treat for the eyes, ears and empty pit that languishes where a soul might be if there was any such thing.

The presentation is of massive significance when it comes to vinyl editions and all the stops have been pulled out for LVTHN’s full-length debut, ‘Eradication Of Nescience’, which looks every bit as terrific as it sounds.

Ultimately, of course, aesthetics aside, it’s all about the unsettling nature of the music pressed onto the black wax, and this is a department in which the Belgian trinity excel, spewing forth a cold slab of blazing, sinister, dissonant yet clearly audible bleakness, the addictive serpentine atmosphere embellished by bouncing bass lines and ancient, clandestine textures.

Welcome to the party.

Evilometer: 666/666

HERMÓÐR – KRIGSTID LP (Amor Fati Productions)

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Hermóðr - KrigstidEven though Hermóðr‘s output on sophomore full-length, ‘Krigstid’, can only just about be described as Black Metal, with the acoustic-based nature of the material making it more mellow and melancholic than menacing or evil, it’s still a real shame that the vinyl edition of the album is the shortest of all.

Seven tracks appear on the initial cassette release; five on the tape reissue; five on the CD; just four on the record. It appears that this release is getting shorter with each passing month!

If you think this is selling the discerning black wax buyer short, wait until you see 20 Buck Spin’s frankly-ludicrous proposal for the vinyl edition of Ævangelist’s fourth LP (a 14-minute track which constitutes a quarter of the recording omitted but offered in MP3 format, I shit you not)…

Anyway, back on topic, ‘Krigstid’ still delivers some 42 minutes of sombre, melodic, angst-ridden BM and is reasonably enjoyable.

Evilometer: 333/666

MYSTRUIN – GÅNGET ÄRO LJUSET LP (Amor Fati Productions)

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Mystruin - Gånget Äro LjuseThe vinyl edition of Mystruin’s debut full-length ‘Gånget Äro Ljuset’ looks resplendent and the enclosed booklet with artwork and lyrics is a joy to behold. Aesthetically and visually, this was a top-class purchase. Musically, the record is really good but only briefly borders on excellent. Essentially, we get some decent underground Swedish Black Metal with shouted vocals.

Side A really is over in a flash: three songs, less than 15 minutes. The remainder of the LP comprises two better, longer tracks that clock in at nine and eleven minutes respectively. At times, it reminds me of compatriots Woods Of Infinity, which is no good thing; in general, this is a release that looks amazing and sounds better than okay.

Evilometer: 444/666

ESSENZ – KVIITIIVZ – Beschwörung des Unaussprechlichen (Amor Fati Productions)

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

KVIITIIVZ – Beschwörung des Unaussprechlichen’ is the debut full-length from Essenz, a truly obscure German Black Metal triumvirate who peddle a unique concoction of blackened doom / death that lingers somewhere between The Ruins of Beverast and Black Sabbath. The Black Sabbath influence is particularly evident. But there’s enough experimentation and general all-round weirdness in the mix to ensure that this should appeal to most BM fans.

The first thing I’m going to mention is the packaging and artwork: atypical and beautiful. Secondly, I note that two members of Essenz are in an old school DM band called Drowned alongside two Necros Christos members; I find this reference interesting as Essenz certainly shares Necros Christos’ penchant for the weird and esoteric, even if the two bands sound altogether different. It’s worth commenting on the value for money on offer, also, with nine tracks (including the (silent) bonus John Cage tribute and Mayhem cover (‘Moon’)) generating an overall playing time of 69 odd minutes. Literally, odd minutes…

There are three stunning instrumentals on this album, including bass-heavy third track ‘Sophía’, one of those rumbling efforts that makes the cones vibrate and the pictures on the wall rattle. For a few minutes, we could be listening to Khanate. But then ‘Weyzzez Ravshen: Beschwörung’ begins its laborious crawl through the speakers, coming across like Cathedral with Attila Csihar on vocal duties. Proceedings become more chaotic as the song unravels and the overall effect is quite strange, I have to say. Unlike anything I’ve heard before. As interludes go, the epic nine-minute ‘Quae Trans’ – replete with samples and outtakes – is a veritable close encounter of the third kind.

Essentially, Essenz is a very hard band to rate. Because they refuse to play it safe, taking real risks by combining styles and parts that theoretically shouldn’t go together, not everything works. At times, the music seems confused and disjointed … but I’m confident this is the result they are going for. If they set out to create an album that fucks with your head, an album that is neither one thing nor another, an album that cannot be pigeonholed or categorised easily – then they have achieved precisely that. ‘KVIITIIVZ – Beschwörung des Unaussprechlichen’ is what it is: an unusual, unorthodox and intriguing puzzle. I enjoyed it immensely. And there’s a 2LP version on the way.

Evilometer: 444/666