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Posts Tagged ‘Purity Through Fire’


Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Sarkrista - Summoners Of The Serpent's WrathAs well as being apostropheless, ‘Summoners Of The Serpents Wrath’ is a glorious and majestic 50-minute homily to the horned one that should bring one big, nasty, evil smile to the face of both the devout and those who just like menacing music.

Yet again Sarkrista deliver rasping, timeless Satanic Black Metal of the very highest calibre, perhaps best demonstrated by the captivating sixth sermon, ‘He, Who Liveth and Reigneth Forevermore’ … the undoubted highlight of a wondrous LP.

This time, the record comes with an insert and lyrics, which make for an entertaining read. Exceptional.

Evilometer: 666/666

KALMANKANTAJA – VIIMEINEN VIRSI LP (Purity Through Fire / Hammerbund)

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Kalmankantaja - Viimeinen VirsiEpic, sad, melodic and full of longing, ‘Viimeinen Virsi’ is one of four full-lengths that were released by Kalmankantaja during a very productive 2014 calendar year.

These Finns have recorded and released a lot of music within a relatively short period of time and I’ve noticed quite a bit of it surfacing on vinyl of late.

Atmospheric, depressive, heartbroken, lush and uplifting / downcast, pitiful, poor-me Black Metal is very one-dimensional, though, and essentially dull, so I can’t imagine why anybody would want more than one or two records in this style.

Which makes me wonder why I jumped in, like a drunken blind man at a pool party. My money is gone and this is a fitting soundtrack to my ensuing sadness and self pity.

Evilometer: 111/666


Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Sarkrista - The Acheronian WorshipSarkrista’s debut album first emerged on CD early in 2013 but ‘The Acheronian Worship’ only received its vinyl makeover a few months ago. With seven blasts of impressive, raw-ish yet melodic, mostly mid-paced, icy cold Black Metal on offer (plus an intro), there’s no denying that Sarkrista are a class act capable of delivering stunning BM of the frozen variety.

I don’t think the artwork quite does justice to how good this full-length is (nor does it capture the chilling feel of the record) and I believe the whole experience would have been enhanced by the inclusion of an insert and lyrics (again, to complete the package and improve the listener-artist interaction) … but these are just minor quibbles and overall this is a great buy, widely available at a very fair price.

Evilometer: 555/666