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Album: Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen

October 18th, 2013

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Ihsahn
Das Seelenbrechen
Candlelight Records
21 October 2013

by Rob McAuslan

Whilst the metal press at large was seemingly entranced by Ihsahn’s fourth solo album Eremita, gushing flowery adjectives all over the show and proclaiming it “Album Of The Year” and such, it left some of us a bit cold. Sure, it had some nice songs with some good riffs and all that sort of stuff, but it lacked a certain something, something that’s taken until this latest release to properly place.

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Album: Ihsahn – Eremita

May 29th, 2012

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Ihsahn
Eremita
Candlelight Records
18 June 2012

by Tom Dare

Given the seemingly everyday occurrence of yet another band reuniting, it’s perhaps a little surprising that you don’t hear too much clamour for an Emperor reunion. Despite their legendary status, near-perfect back catalogue and (by black metal standards, anyway) popularity, it’s not speculated about or demanded with regularity or vigour. Perhaps it’s because Ihsahn’s solo albums are so bum-clenchingly good, there’s no need for nostalgia – the present’s too good to get misty-eyed about bands past.

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20 Years Of Black Metal Evolution – Part #1

February 27th, 2012

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With Sunday just past marking the 20th anniversary of the release of Darkthrone’s A Blaze In The Northern Sky (and therefore being pretty much the closest thing to a birthday that black metal can claim to have), over the coming week we’re letting Tom Dare off the leash to run his mouth about one of metal’s most controversial off-shoots. But instead of rehashing the same-old same-old tales from the genre’s torrid history, we thought we’d get him to look at how the genre’s evolved since those first, frosty releases two decades ago. Take it away, Mr. Dare…

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Sunday Slaylist: Trve Kvlt Krieg Norsk Black Metal

February 26th, 2012

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Darkthrone’s seminal second album, A Blaze In The Northern Sky. As this pretty much makes today the closest thing to a birthday that black metal can claim to have (for the sake of clarity we’ll ignore the first wave, yeah?), we’re going to be marking the occasion in with a Spotify Slaylist seeped in old necro evil.

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Album: Xerath – II

April 7th, 2011

Xerath
II
Candlelight Records
25 April 2011

by Tom Dare

Second albums can be a tense time, but when the second album raises the standards significantly, hones what the debut did so distinctively from a rough sketch to the full glorious multicoloured picture – as Xerath have with II – the effect is instant. It’s taken me several weeks to calm down enough and stop shouting “FUCK YES!” so I can tell you about how brilliant this is. [Read more →]

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Album: The Wretched End – Ominous

September 20th, 2010

The Wretched End
Ominous
Nocturnal Art Productions / Candlelight Records
25 October 2010

by Tom Dare

You may not have heard of The Wretched End, but the chances are you know one of the guitarists. After all, Tomas Haugen – better known as Samoth – played in one of the finest metal bands of all time for their brief but superlative career. Yet the former Emperor guitarist does not seem content to disappear quietly into the night. On this evidence it looks like he is determined to continue tearing up your ears for years to come.

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Live: Ihsahn @ London Electric Ballroom, Thursday 19 August 2010

August 27th, 2010

The chance to go see Norwegian legend, Ihsahn, play a solo show in London should’ve been something of a no-brainer, but we were still in bits following a weekend of carnage at Bloodstock. So it’s a good job our man Amit Sharma had the stamina for it then, isn’t it?

At the extreme end of metal, there are few musicians as highly regarded as Ihsahn. He has maintained perpetual artistic integrity throughout his 20-year career, despite the mass recognition of his former band, Emperor, as one of Europe’s premier metal exports. Even Peccatum, his more gothic flavoured venture with his wife Ihriel, was never really easy listening – if anything, it was less accessible.

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Album: Finntroll – Nifelvind

February 11th, 2010

Finntroll
Nifelvind
Century Media
22 February 2010

by Tom Dare

Folk metal: how divisive it has been. There are those would rather listen to the first Bring Me The Horizon record played backwards on out-of-tune guitars, than put on anything recorded by the violin-carrying brigade. Well, to all of those who fall into the former category, may I say the following:

Would you kindly crawl out from your own arse, have a listen to Finntroll’s latest album, Nifelvind, and learn to have some fun? As fun is what Finntroll are all about.

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Album: Pantheon I – Worlds I Create

July 16th, 2009

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Pantheon I
Worlds I Create
Candlelight Records
27 July 2009

by Tom Gibbons

Norwegian Black Metal – just three little words, but they provoke all manner of aberrant concepts. From corpse paint and shoulder-spikes, to goat-bothering and church burning, it’s Black Metal’s more furtive hobbies that cause scoff and scorn in equal measure. So does it matter when the new album from Pantheon I chooses to end with a Gandalf-esque bellowing of “The sight of Christ offends my eyes!”? Is it really necessary? Yes, of course it is. Don’t be stupid.

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