Moving Swiftly Along

It’s been a while since my last post and I’ve seemed to have doubled the people who now follow me (from 1 to 2!) and as I’ve already listened to 5 of the 20 cds I bought from Debemur Morti (and I’m currently devouring the sixth-though not in the literal sense!) I’d best get on and review what I’ve already listened to.

OLD WAINDS- DEATH NORD KULT  DMP0041

This album from Russian band Old Wainds clocks in at a whopping 35 minutes and is none the worse for it. This is a band I’m not familiar with but having listened to this several times  they certainly have gained a new fan. The trio play black metal (natch!) but with a thrash element in some of the songs especially the opening 3 numbers, and the production is pretty good too- you can actually hear the bass!

After the opening three song thrash/bm salvo, the band revert to a more melodic black metal sound and, whilst keeping the intensity of the opening tracks. But one of the best things about the album is the variety in the music. From blackened thrash to melodic bm to (a little) prog bm, Old Wainds show off their skills as musicians in creating a very good metal album. Halfway through the title track, it goes all slightly Enslaved-like (think proggy-ish guitar riffs) before picking the pace up again whilst a madman shouts at you in Russian.

Though the band are still active (as it appears on their Metal-Archives entry), this 2008 release is the last recorded album by the band (so far) and I’m hoping that a new album is available soon.

7/10

VI- DE PRAESTIGIIS DAEMONUM- DMP0043

Clocking in at just a few seconds shy of 25 mins, this 4 track ep from France’s VI is a very visceral and vicious piece of black metal. Featuring two members of black metal band Aosoth, VI play a brand of raw satanic black metal that really gets the old blood flowing with titles like; Je me dresse devant le trône et j’attends mon jugement en crachant sur le livre de vie. (I rise before the throne and wait for my judgement while spitting on the book of life.)

The guitar playing is simple yet sharp and effective, the drums (despite being programmed) sound as if there is actually a human being the drum kit (or at least something humanesque!) . The only downside to the overall sound is the lack of a bass sound, which would have given the songs an even greater punch than they already have but that’s a minor quibble (from a bass player!) Also the use of choir sounds in certain parts of the songs adds a majestic and sometimes malevolent atmosphere at times, especially on the final track where the last four minutes are reminiscent of an Elend track!

The artwork is sublime, all red and black and all the text (ALL the text including the inside inlay) is written backwards making it a tad difficult to read and the song titles are in French too! Written backwards, obviously!

Again, another quality release from Debemur Morti, another band for me to check out and more proof that the devil really does have all the best tunes.

9/10

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