Nokturnal Mortum – Twilightfall

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After listening to a lot of Drudkh I finally decided to look back into Nokturnal Mortum. Although I have some of their albums mentioned in my blog already, I decided to try the ones over again that I hadn’t mentioned to see if anything would catch my attention. I had the hardest time trying to locate the CD so I finally resorted to a digital version of this now rarity by Nokturnal Mortum entitled Twilightfall. Nokturnal Mortum seem like a more extreme version of Drukdh when it comes to black metal. I thoroughly enjoy them more even though they are both from Ukraine. Nokturnal Mortum had enjoyable acoustic elements in this album as well my favourite track quickly became “Cry of Ukraina”. Interestingly enough the name seems fitting for the current political turmoil the country is facing.

Drudkh – Estrangement

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The opening track Solitary Endless Path drew me in quickly to this album. Released in 2007 the band developed their sound and made 3 long tracks each at about 10minutes in length for this release. I enjoyed the track Skies At Our Feet. Coming off an acoustic album “Songs of Grief and Solitude” this was a stark contrast in where I thought the band was headed.

Drudkh – Blood In Our Wells

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Drudkh is the first band that I have known for so long but have never bothered to listen to them despite the hype around them for years. After listening to their albums in sequence from Forgotten Legends, The Swan Road, and Autumn Aurora which all failed to truly capture my interest level – the first release that finally kept my interest level up was Blood In Our Wells. Although Drudkh has been known for their great imagery the artwork on this release was very emotive and full of despair and drudgery. Their was a re-release of this album through Season of Mist which doesn’t have the same artwork or effect. The vinyl album was issued by Northern Heritage and is now an extreme rarity. If your going to listen to any Drudkh album – this should be the one you give your first listen to. Although I look forward to hearing the rest of their discography as I am behind on hearing them.

Cult of Fire – Ascetic Meditation of Death

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This was a random band I just discovered. I must say this was an interesting discovery. Having released two albums Triumvirat (2012) and then Ascetic Meditation Of Death (2013); both which are available on vinyl and cd formats in small editions it seems like they changed drastically in sound and artistic endeavours from the first to the second release.

The first release didn’t sound Indian influenced at all and thus the magic of their sound was missing. With the change in theme, concept and sound for their follow up in 2013 they seem to have drawn up a new life for themselves. Their latest offering was exemplary for Indian tinged black metal that I heard previously through the mantra ridden Kalki Avatara (avant-garde black metal).

Their second release seemed to have a solid black metal foundation which only improved with the Indian influence such as in my favourite tracks Kali Ma, and When Death Is All. They are coming of unheard black metal labels Necroshine and Ironbonehead. Indian influenced black metal from Czech Republic.

Darkspace I

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Darkspace, a band that I largely overlooked earlier somewhat got my attention on the second time around years later. I really enjoyed 1.4 on this album. Their concept, artwork and logo are symbolic of mystical and occult nature. Their releases have gained notoriety and acclaim as they hail from Switzerland. Probably the first band I have encountered from that country although I know there are many that exist. Their original releases have become rarities released by Haunter of the Dark. Its worth checking out their conceptual website. This band has a great creative side to them alongside musical ability.

Nahash – Nocticula Hecate

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The distorted guitars drove me into this album culminating with the best track on this 35 minute CD Thunor. Comes in a slipcase with nice haunting artwork released by Nocturnal Woodlands In 2007.  The band originates from Lithuania and shows to be active according to metal-archives. If they are, then they must be planning something amazing since its been over a decade since a release. Important to note is that the music contained herein is actually a demo release from 1994 that was re-released in 2007. So they haven’t had anything to offer in over two decades. Which led me to question if the distortion and underground black metal feel of this album was a product of it being basement black metal or genius planning. Either way, its a nice album.

Nightbringer / Serpentinam

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Well, lets start with the artwork. Its a damn superb job.

This was released by Forever Plagued Records in 2006 as MLP 10″ Vinyl Record.

The band Nightbringer has disappointed me with their latest releases including “Apocalypse Sun” where only “Fount of the Nighted God-Head” got my attention as the minutes on the album where ticking away.

Instead I opted to test out another earlier work by them, this time a split with Serpentinam.

Nightbringer exemplify their creative skills at their best with the two tracks of long eerie chills clocking just over 10minutes of contribution to this split release.