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Posts Tagged ‘Dark Adversary Productions’

DROWNING THE LIGHT / VAMPYRIC BLOOD – DROWNING IN THE VAMPYRIC SACRAMENT OF THE IMMORTALS LP (Darker Than Black Records / Dark Adversary Productions)

Friday, August 24th, 2018

Drowning The Light Vampyric BloodWhile I’m not exactly fanatical about gothic, romantic, vampyric and / or melodic Black Metal, there are a few exceptional bands producing this kind of music, including these two and Black Funeral.

Drowning In The Vampyric Sacrament Of The Immortals’ is a wonderful split album, featuring over 40 minutes of mid-to-fast-paced melodic, sorrowful, raw-ish but accessible blood-sucking Black Metal.

My copy has a glitch at the end of ‘The Hunt (Sustenance)’ which prevents that track from finishing – a real frustrating experience which I’ve contacted the label in a desperate bid to hopefully resolve. I’m assuming I’ve just been unfortunate and that this problem isn’t applicable across all 300 copies (yes, another low-limitation release, which diminishes the chance of scoring a replacement…).

An insert would have been welcome, too, but the lack of one isn’t as disappointing as the aforementioned broken-record-repeating-itself-ad-nauseam issue. A great album, undoubtedly, and one I’d readily grant full marks to but, from a personal perspective, it’s impossible to look past the fact that my copy isn’t working.

ETERNUM – VEIL OF ANCIENT DARKNESS LP (Dark Adversary Productions / Darker Than Black)

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Eternum - Veil Of Ancient DarknessThis is pretty much the only record I’ve been listening to for the past week or so. There are two reasons for this sad lack of variety in my life of late: I haven’t had much time (or energy) to check out anything else; and ‘Veil Of Ancient Darkness’ just happens to be utterly fantastic.

One word springs to mind when I consider this stunning debut album: majestic. Forty minutes of sublime, mid-paced, atmospheric Black Metal with the two members’ day job in Drowning The Light more than evident. If you fancy hearing some supreme underground blackness with just the right quantities of melody, grimness and emotion (and why wouldn’t you?), then check this one out.

Impossible to go wrong here and there’s simply fuck all else to say. Magnificent.

Evilometer: 666/666

DROWNING THE LIGHT – OCEANS OF ETERNITY (Dark Adversary Productions)

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Generally speaking, Drowning The Light do not release bad albums. So it’s no surprise that their twelfth full-length – which was unleashed in 2011 – was something of a cracker. It’s taken me a while to get around to reviewing this; that’s because (I am a lazy bastard and) I was waiting for the vinyl edition, which hasn’t yet surfaced … so I’ve purchased the CD (which is really neat).

The music on ‘Oceans Of Eternity’ seems denser and more oppressive than a lot of DTL’s latter releases but I don’t have any problem with that. The vocals at times are difficult to discern as they’re almost buried in the mix, but the murkiness works well and lends a real underground vibe to proceedings, which is always welcome.

There’s not as much melody here as I was expecting, but the (keyboard) instrumental ‘Drifting Away In A Sea of Sorrow (Part II)’ provides some scant respite. Mostly, the offerings are chaotic, ferocious and feverish, with some lovely dark poetry bringing true pathos to the journey and helping the listener cope with the impenetrable (and often overwhelming) doom.

A challenging and inaccessible album – but all the better for it.

Evilometer: 555/666

MIRKHALL – LIKE WOLVES – LIKE HEATHENS (Dark Adversary Productions)

Monday, February 4th, 2013

For a relatively-unknown entity, Mirkhall is quite the phenomenon! The brainchild of one Gand (AKA Shatraug of Horna, Sargeist and Behexen infamy), with the services of Blackheart (Drowning The Light, Atra) enlisted on keyboard as well as Nox (some other bands) on drums, the now-defunct Mirkhall doled out some fantastic pagan / heathen Black Metal that clearly merited a larger audience than they managed to attract. Isn’t it always the way?

On ‘Like Wolves – Like Heathens’, Mirkhall pays fitting tribute to Poland’s seminal Temple of Fullmoon movement. Seven songs, almost 38 minutes’ worth of melodic underground multi-national Black Metal that surely won’t disappoint you. This was released in the middle of 2012 and is limited to 500 copies. Many of those will be gone by now but there should be plenty left seeing as Mirkhall’s first and only full-length didn’t even threaten to register on the radar.

All in all, a solid mid-paced, unspectacular, decidedly-inoffensive but nonetheless enjoyable album. With cool connections.

Evilometer: 444/666