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Posts Tagged ‘New Era Productions’

VAAL – GEESTEN VAN DE VERLORENEN LP (New Era Productions)

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Vaal - Geesten Van De VerlorenenHere’s half an hour of premier, primitive, hateful Black Metal from the Netherlands. ‘Geesten Van De Verlorenen’ is a shrill, ancient, contemptuous, raw-yet-atmospheric protestation against the plague of desert religions, conceived and executed by one disgusted, eponymous soul (albeit with a little help from session bass player Morden).

Stellar Black Metal, eschewing technicality (which is over-rated) and lofty production values (ditto) in favour of spirit, panache and the true feel of the olden days. Even an occasional sound wobble does nothing to reduce the whole. It’s all about the mood, the tone, the feeling, the rare alchemy of sounding familiar and fresh at the same time.

Evilometer: 666/666

MORDAEHOTH – LIMBURGIAN PAGAN MADNESS LP (New Era Productions / Heidens Hart Records)

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Mordaehoth - Limburgian Pagan MadnessThis is one of those cool underground releases that is – ostensibly at least – strictly for the fans. I’m not really familiar with Mordaehoth but I acquired ‘Limburgian Pagan Madness’ as it promises raw(er) material that was previously only available in very small limitation (this, too is limited…), harking back to the days of yore.

While the music isn’t brilliant or mandatory by any means, it is reasonably enjoyable and I was entertained by the liner notes, which demonstrate that Sigwyrd is a Black Metal fan first and foremost. His passion for the genre inspires him to create his own odes and you have to admire him for that.

Evilometer: 555/666

VENEROR – PERCUSSIMUS FOEDUS CUM MORTE LP (New Era Productions)

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Veneror certainly couldn’t be accused of pushing the metaphorical boat out. On debut album ‘Percussimus Foedus Cum Morte’, the Italian trio churn out seven consignments (plus intro) of straight-forward, fast-paced, repetitive, simplistic, no-frills Black Metal. Nothing arty-farty going on; nothing complicated.

While their approach is commendable and the result is largely enjoyable, it is also unremarkable. Veneror are clearly die-hards and they stick to their guns in gung-ho fashion, never compromising, thrashing out song after song of shrill, swirling darkness dealing with witchcraft, sorcery, covens and the like.

Dubious song titles and lyrics are commonplace in Black Metal so those add charm to proceedings and I can’t fault these guys in any way for effort – or in terms of integrity, which they obviously possess in abundance. The record also looks good and the packaging, artwork etc. are all top notch.

Unfortunately, however, I’m finding the repetitiveness (of both music and lyrics) to be more monotonous than hypnotic. My conclusion is that ‘Percussimus Foedus Cum Morte’ is a good album but not a brilliant one by any means.

Evilometer: 333/666