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Posts Tagged ‘Blut & Eisen Productions’


Sunday, March 11th, 2018

Horna - Envaatnags Eflos Solf EsgantaavneHorna’s 2004 full-length, ‘Envaatnags Eflos Solf Esgantaavne’, truly epitomises everything that’s so exceptional about these Finnish stalwarts, encapsulating the bleak horde’s uncanny knack for perfectly combining rawness with just the right amount of melody to deliver stellar Black Metal worthy of adulation.

I’m delighted this double-vinyl edition has been given a long-overdue reissue as this is without doubt the definitive version of arguably Horna’s finest release – their fourth of nine LPs to date – featuring 13 tracks in total, six of which are not included on the CD (although ‘Kuilunhenki’ is omitted, to balance things up a little bit).

These records contain 81 minutes of prime northern darkness that never let up, from that instantly-recognisable, insidious riff of majestic opening ode ‘Vihan tie’ right through to the bitter end, cementing Horna’s place in Black Metal’s Hall of Infamy. One of the great albums of our time.

Evilometer: 666/666

BARSHASKETH – OPHIDIAN HENOSIS LP (Blut & Eisen Productions / World Terror Committee)

Monday, October 17th, 2016

barshasketh-ophidian-henosisThere’s nothing particularly amazing about Barshasketh’s third full-length, ‘Ophidian Henosis’, alas, and I must admit to being somewhat disappointed by how unremarkable and ordinary the album is. Although it’s hardly a terrible record, I find it boring and never feel any desire to give it another spin.

I dug it out again this week, however, as I will be going to see them live on Friday, and it still refuses to click with me. With so much great Black Metal being unleashed these days, this one is something of an also-ran.

Evilometer: 222/666


Friday, May 30th, 2014

Throne Of Katarsis - The Three Transcendental KeysA bit of pointless review here but, fuck it, I’ll do it anyway. The sheer and abundant quality of Throne Of Katarsis knows no bounds and on their fourth full-length, ‘The Three Transcendental Keys’, the Norwegians once more deliver a monumental work of art. There are three (doh!) lengthy rituals on this record, the third an epic spell of malevolence running for over 20 minutes and taking up the entirety of Side B.

The record sleeve is unique, with a little peephole cut into it, and a 12-inch booklet is included with lyrics to two of the three offerings (no idea why there are none printed for the opening song). There’s an incredibly evil atmosphere permeating this album and it succeeds magnificently in keeping the true Black Metal flame burning with malice, even when venturing unexpectedly into Fell Voices territory at the beginning of the second key.

In short, this is another astonishing contribution from an awesome entity. If you consider yourself a Black Metal fan (if not, get the fuck off my website!), do not miss out on the wondrous, exquisite journey that is ‘The Three Transcendental Keys’. Get it on vinyl if you can – why support Candlelight?

Evilometer: 666/666

THRONE OF KATARSIS – VED GRAVEN LP (Blut & Eisen Productions)

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Throne Of Katarsis - Ved GravenThrone of Katarsis is one of the truly great Black Metal bands. Everything about their music is fantastic, from the unsettling cold atmosphere and chilling dynamics to the genuinely demonic ferocity, eerie imagery and accomplished execution. The Norwegians have consistently produced some of the most monumental raw, atmospheric Black Metal of the last seven years and everything they touch turns to black gold.

Ved Graven is as close to a perfect Black Metal record as you could wish to get. Skilfully balancing sheer aggression with glorious, uplifting majesty, Throne of Katarsis’ third full-length – originally released on CD by a cunt of a label three years ago and now committed to vinyl for the first time – is a soaring work of art that belongs in every collection.

Evilometer: 666/666

BLOODLINE – HATE PROCESSION LP (Blut & Eisen Productions)

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Bloodline - Hate ProcessionHate Procession’ initially saw the cold light of day six years after the amazing ‘Werewolf Training’ (in 2009, to be less cryptic) and is equally impressive. Blut & Eisen gave both Bloodline albums the vinyl treatment earlier this year and I snapped them up as quickly as finances would permit – because these are simply too good not to own.

One thing that I truly love about Bloodline is that they didn’t take the safe option of rehashing the debut album; with the follow-up, they made a full-length that is different in many ways (though the trademark, killer samples are still in place) … yet equally as beguiling. This record is less primitive and slightly more sophisticated than its predecessor, I believe. It’s also bigger and bolder and less tongue-in-cheek. It really is a fantastic listening experience.

There are essentially just four fabulous long songs – ‘The Great Becoming’, ‘Order Of The Parasite’, ‘Day Of The Vulture’ and ‘Jerusalem Addio’ – but we also get four ambient / instrumental pieces – including a bonus – which bring the running time up to in excess of 50 minutes. The packaging and presentation of the vinyl is superb and Bloodline is one of those rare bands whose lyrics I actually enjoy.

Evilometer: 555/666


Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Kadotus - Vaienneet TemppeliMany of you will construe this as a strange / illogical review seeing as I make it clear from the off that there is nothing spectacularly brilliant about ‘Vaienneet Temppelit’ … and then proceed to recommend it unconditionally. While this is by no means an amazing album, it is nonetheless wholly effective in the manner in which it conjures the dark atmosphere and genuine sense of evil so essential to Black Metal.

Nothing ground-breaking at all taking place here; nothing new; nothing ambitious; and very little variety (apart from subtle pace changes, perhaps). So why should anyone purchase this? Because, on their second full-length, the Finns have produced 40 minutes of great, organic, old-style, buzzing, nasty, Satanic blackness with the right vibe.

Vaienneet Temppelit’ is a good, solid Black Metal record and the vinyl edition – which sure was a long time coming! – is pretty cool as it is housed within a gatefold cover with lyrics printed on the inside as well as an evil band photo (childish but important). Kadotus perform decent but hardly mind-boggling Black Metal – sure that’s why we’re here at the end of the day. A satisfying fix (even if I do profess to have heard it all before).

Evilometer: 555/666


Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Bloodline - Werewolf TrainingWhen this album came out on CD ten years ago, I thought it was amazing. I was thrilled when I heard that it was getting a vinyl revamp and guess what? I still fucking love it. Featuring members of Aborym, Diabolium and Carpathian Forest, ‘Werewolf Training’ is the creation of a veritable Black Metal supergroup and it still sounds as essential and relevant today as it did a decade hitherto.

This album boasts a fantastic atmosphere, wonderful lyrics, a great sound, devilish melody and plenty of animosity. Mostly mid-paced and catchy as all fuck, it’s certainly more accessible than most of the Black Metal I champion on here but, hell, ‘Werewolf Training’ is just a classic in every way. I was surprised that it slipped under the radar first time around and it’ll undoubtedly do the same this time. But who cares?

You could do much, much worse than checking this out. The vinyl version includes a bonus cover of a Ministry song, which represents the icing on the cake (or the blood on the knife?) of a truly fine album. Whereas some LPs are challenging, arcane, esoteric or whatever, this one is just a superb listen from start to finish. Like catching up with an old friend (who doesn’t turn out to be an asshole (which is quite rare (time fucks people up))).

How’s that for grammatical use of the comma?

Evilometer: 666/666


Monday, February 18th, 2013

Two relatively-unknown Norwegian hordes – who share a member in the form of Hrafn – join forces on this vinyl-only split, which is limited to a tidy 500 units. Before I go any further, I want to make it clear that this record will not set the world on fire or become known as one of the greatest Black Metal LPs ever released. However, for a mere €13, it is well worth at least considering.

Regular readers will already have seen my review of Svikt’s excellent debut full-length, ‘I Elendighetens Selskap’ (which, incidentally, has also just been granted a vinyl release by Blut & Eisen), and should therefore know that I enjoy their music.

Svikt’s side of this record is called ‘Betrayal’ and boasts two instrumentals (a short intro and a lengthy outro) bookending a couple of impressive mid-paced work-outs … one in Norwegian (I think), the other in English. As I stated at the outset, nothing spectacular really but nonetheless enjoyable stuff.

I wasn’t familiar with Kirkebrann prior to purchasing this record but I like two of their three contributions on ‘Blasphemy’, even if the third and final one isn’t quite my thing (mainly due to the naff lyrics).

All in all, two interesting underground BM bands playing together on a record that comes with lovely artwork (a front cover on either side!) and an insert with all lyrics and credits, recording details etc. included. I believe this is a commendable though hardly mandatory release and I would definitely recommend it.

Evilometer: 444/666