Black Friday IV – Underground Reco

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Band: Ad Patres
Title: A Brief Introduction to Human Experiments
Label: Xenokorp
Release date: 08 February 2019
Country: France
Format reviewed: Digital Promo

from France brings us the second full length and what a masterpiece. AD PATRES have the ability to mix the OSDM with the Tech Death Metal. The album doesn’t sound boring, it’s fast and it’s brutal. If the previous already made my head bang, “A Brief Introduction to Human Experiments” made it bang more. The songs, the setlist, the guitar riffs, the drum work, the bass lines and the killer voice (I like the tone), everything put together makes “A Brief Introduction to Human Experiments” a masterpiece. Well worth the waiting time between both albums. Listen to them, support them. Very very good.


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Band: Barshasketh
Title: Barshasketh
Label: World Terror Committee
Release date: 15 January 2019
Country: New Zealand
Format reviewed: Digital Promo

is from New Zealand (but now in Scotland) and they bring us the new album simply named “Barshasketh”. And what have we here? A very good Black Metal album. The previous one named “Ophidian Henosis” from 2015 was a good album but this one… The sound production is a bit better, but not too much. The structure of the songs and the album is more or less in the same line of the previous but… better, at least in my opinion. The band made an evolution, not big, but evolution and that, for me is good. The album is very good listening and I advise it to all lovers of Black Metal.

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Band: Gorgon
Title: The Veil of Darkness
Label: Osmose Productions
Release date: 25 January 2019
Country: France
Format reviewed: Digital Promo

is one of the oldest Black Metal bands in France. The band, a pioneer of Black Metal in its country release now “The Veil of Darkness” and it’s different from what they’ve made in the past. In the past as a full band but on this album, the original member Chris decided to compose new songs and with the help of a session drummer, “The Veil of Darkness” was born and recorded. As I said the album is different. Yes, it is. A lot. It’s more direct, more fast, more brutal, more “in your face”. It was a good surprise listening to this album. Well worth the return after many years of silence. Sometimes this album reminds me of what AD HOMINEM did in the past. Listen to them.



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Band: Aera
Title: The Craving Within
Label: De Tenebrarum Principio (ATMF sub-label) / I, Voidhanger Records
Release date: 25 January 2019
Country: International
Format reviewed: Digital Promo

… This band was totally unknown to me. So when I got the promo, I decided to check it. Featuring Ulf Kveldulfsson (Deveneror, Er Murazor, Forestfather) on all instruments and on this album with Stein Akslen (Blodsgard, Minneriket, Vakslen, V0id&Khaos) on the vocals. And… Black Metal is what you get here. If you’re looking for Raw Black Metal, this is not for you, as it also contains elements of  avant garde. AERA can create very well structured songs with good and “eared” riffs, they can be fast or not. The mix faster/slower songs are very well done and the vocals fit very well on the songs. But what do they remind me of? Borknagar. Yes, Borknagar. Listen to them…


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