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Posts Tagged ‘Kyrck Productions’

ISVIND – DAUMYRA LP (Kyrck Productions)

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Isvind -DaumyraThe vinyl edition of Isvind’s third full-length is beautifully presented – nice record, great cover, classy booklet with lyrics in two languages. However, the clean vocals on the final track, ‘Klabautermann’ are hideous and ruin everything. I simply cannot get beyond them.

Their appearance is mercifully brief but the damage is done. I just don’t understand why a veritable proliferation of so-called Black Metal bands don’t realise just how camp clean vocals sound. It’s like being transported from the frozen vastlands to a gay sauna in the blink of an eye.

I’m adopting a zero tolerance approach from now on to this abomination and so should you.

Evilometer: 000/666

ISVIND – INTET LEVER LP (Kyrck Productions)

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

So Isvind finally decided to get off their arses and record a second full-length. A whopping fifteen years after “Dark Waters Stir”, “Intet Lever” surfaced in 2011 on CD and vinyl format. For obvious reasons, I opted for the latter. Considering that this was aimed at an exclusive market and therefore quite expensive to purchase, I was naturally disappointed that the label didn’t put a bit more effort into making it more attractive. Aesthetically, it’s fairly bland.

Musically, Isvind blasts out very typical mid-90s-style Black Metal. They do it well, but don’t stick out as exceptional in any manner, shape or form. I find this album quite boring, to be honest. For some reason that I can’t put my finger on, it just bounds along relentlessly without ever really going anywhere. While “Intet Lever” isn’t a bad album by any reckoning, it certainly isn’t a stand-out one either.

Often I’d be the first person to commend a band for sticking to the tried-and-trusted formula and for delivering some good old-fashioned true BM. But in Isvind’s case, I’m not convinced. Personally, I find the album to be lacking inspiration and, as such, it’s something of a non-event, unfortunately.

A harsh review, perhaps, but I am 100% on the side of the consumer and there’s nothing here to justify the unreasonably-large investment required to own a copy of this. In the end, it’s probably just as well this is limited! I expected more.

Evilometer: 222/666

APTORIAN DEMON – LIBERTUS LP (Kyrck Productions / Apocalyptic Empire Records)

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Aptorian Demon’s debut album is phenomenal. I got the CD and record versions (purchased from World Terror Committee, in case you’re interested) and it really comes into its own on record. Purple and silver marble edition, limited to 200, looking and sounding fantastic. Christ, there’s even a poster included. Not sure why these posters are thrown in with records so frequently, actually. They just get left inside the sleeve for all eternity – might as well not be there at all… But, I digress.

There are six songs on this album spread out over 43 glorious minutes and it’s without doubt one of the most sumptuous Black Metal journeys you are going to take this year – or any other. Even though ‘Libertus’ is their opening gambit, I would straight away elevate Aptorian Demon to the same league as stellar artists like The Ruins Of Beverast and Dødsengel in that their music is all-too-apparently special and inspired, keeping the black flame burning, ensuring that things stay fresh and dark yet delightfully tasty and tantalising.

Three of the songs – ‘Amir Al-Mu`minin’, ‘Var Ære Er Troskap’ and ‘Ordets Makt’ – are sort of conventionally-lengthed while ‘Ignitus’, ‘Imprison’ and the stunning 13-minute title track fall into the epic category. Throughout, AD’s pacing is immaculate, their understanding of dynamic uncanny. Their ability to make the more melodic / atmospheric passages as essential as the aggression and insanity that laces their work is truly impressive. The result is a dark masterpiece. An exhibit of evil, foul music that defies parameters and pigeon-holing but is still black to the core.

I could probably write an essay about this album if I had the motivation to do so. But I don’t. There’s (just a little bit) more to life than sitting here by the keyboard talking to an audience that might not even be there. So, I’ll conclude by stating categorically that ‘Libertus’ is one of the most essential Black Metal albums ever released. If anyone’s listening.

Evilometer: 666/666