Inquisition – Ominous Doctrines Of The Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm

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This is the first Inquisition album to make it on my list even though they have garnered a major cult following from all their previous works. They are extremely raw black metal originating from Germany on a well known established underground German black metal label No Colors. They continue to be a force with each new album even though this is the first album by them that has caught my attention. The first seven minutes sounded promising of what was to come until the track “desolate funeral chant” which was where the album really spearheaded into greatness. The sound reminded me of Slagmaur – haze, confusion and mysterious sounding. it lead into the track Cosmic Invocation Rites which would be given a similar description as the previous track with its swirling guitar sounds. The title of the album seemed to have defined the sound quite well the album sounded unlike any past Inquisition albums.

Voodoo Kungfu

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Shedding some light on an Asian band which are now split up but have left behind some great music and art. At times the vocals would seem like they are heading into progressive metal style with the high pitch but it always just turned out to be some form of Asian throat singing. Aside the vocals, the image of the band only furthered my interest into Voodoo Kungfu with the fit man with tattooed face and  fashioned with a  tongue piercing and drowned in blood on live stage. Voodoo Kungfu released unofficially without a label four releases – 2 live albums and 2 studio editions of the same songs on the live edition. The band had been active for more than a decade under a different name.

They quickly became my favourite Chinese Black Metal band blending Asian instruments and vocals and using the Asian art forms. The man in the image is a band member but could easily be given the extreme label of Yakuza (Japan). Maybe that’s the reason the music sounds so extreme but  a perfect blend of Chinese Folklore into Black Metal. Aside Darkestrah from Central Asia and Al-Namrood from Saudi Arabia – this was the only band from that continent that I would have liked to see continue on its path.

Favourite songs include This Shore and Only The Gods Can Judge Me. Although I recommend the entire both albums including the remake of Sweet Dreams.

Ajattara – Noitumaa

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Acoustic black metal? I had never heard of something like that but after hearing this divergent release that still remains harsh as your average black meal album from Ajattara – I certainly have a new found subgenre that I would like to see take off. This is one of the most interesting black metal albums I have ever heard. Its probably the last review of an Ajattara album on my blog as the band is now defunct and their follow up release Murhat sounded a lot like their previous albums so its not even worth mentioning aside this one. The notable tracks from this release are “massat” and “ikuisen aamun sara” which has a music video listed up on youtube.

Ajattara – Itse

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There is no other band that I have heard that utilizes this form of black metal. The artwork on this release was intriguing. My favourite tracks on this release where Yhdeksäs, Verivalta  Kuolevan Rukous. They seem to start strong with their releases and then waver into the album sounding all-alike but nonetheless its a good album.

Ajattara – Kuolema

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Ajattara, who are now split up, where one of my favourite black metal acts. They haven’t issued any vinyls of their releases otherwise I would have all of them in my collection. Their sound was quite unique and aggressive especially with the Finnish language. I think they remain to be my favourite band from Finland thus far. It seems like the band has split up with some members having formed a new band called Datura Nemesis. I haven’t seen any release or heard their new works under that name yet. From Kuolema which means “death” in Finnish my favourite tracks where Antakaa Elsaa and Haureus.