Mute Ocean – Overcoming The Void

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This CD took me by surprise. Due to time constraints I haven’t dedicated as much time to music listening. This one stole the limelight as being a random great find especially considering the band just released this in 2014 through Hypnotic Dirge Records (Canadian label).

Some notable favourite tracks include Escape The Earth, Wanderer, Colossus, and Overcoming the Void.

They remind me specifically of Slagmaur without the instrumentation since this band is pure black metal. They still seem to amaze with their raw energy with the music being very transcendental creating atmosphere.

The band hails from St.Petersburg, Russia and now they are surely on my watch list for future albums.

Harvist – Lighning Storm In The Veins

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Harvist, a black metal band from the USA which saw two releases on Dark Horizon Records was unique in their approach to black metal with slow depressive moments like in the track Trolls Bane. They had a great opening track “Daybreak on Dayview” and a very catchy “Harvesters Hymn”. Enough to score the album into my pile of worthy listening even though there seemed to always have been something missing from their overall sound. Regardless the band is now defunct having spanned a decade in existence and leaving behind a trail of easy to find and very inexpensive cd albums behind.

Theraphosa – Hung Like Mussolini

hungI was going through some random music channels and I heard the Azan (holy prayer) start to play. I immediately thought some form of wrong channel was probably playing the malware or spyware that triggered the Islamic music on my computer seeing as how I was searching for middle eastern music infused with metal.

Instead it was a mistake – the song soon became metal infused with the holy prayer. Indeed the song was an “Adzhan”, an intro by the band Theraphosa for their demo release. I tried to search them out for some information but very little information was found on them. They don’t seem to be black metal but the track certainly got my attention for their novelty and intrigue.

So I have nothing more to say about them due to a lack of information having been found on this band who is from the United States. Other than the introductory track I would recommend “Neda” from their album Hung Like Mussolini.

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.