Last year, when Dool‘s debut album came out, I was pretty excited of this new discovery. I listened to “Here Now, There Then” quite obsessively, being blown away by the music and the atmosphere contained in those 10 tracks and since then, I always wanted to see the band live someday. Life arranged it that after almost one year that “someday” became true last night, on the 12th of March, when Dool stopped in Budapest for their Hungarian leg of the Elate|Elevate European tour. The concert took place on the beautiful A38 ship and the Austrians from Harakiri For The Sky were chosen to open the night.
I arrived at the venue quite early, just after the gates opened and for some brief moments the quietness of the empty concert hall embraced me in its full. The merchandise stands were already prepared to welcome their customers with lots of cool things, from limited edition vinyls, metal boxes and art books to T shirts, long sleeves, patches and tote bags.
From Sweden comes a new band, called Malakhim, Satan’s messenger. In 2017 they released Demo I, a fantastic demo tape containing 3 songs of wicked black metal (review can be found here), so I was curious to find out more about what’s behind this band. E (vocals) was kind enough to answer my questions. Enjoy!
I. Originally, in the Hebrew Bible, a Mal’akh was an angel, a messenger of God. Whose messengers are you and what is your aim? What do you want to express with your music and lyrics, now when so much has been already said and done?
Correct, and in our case the interpretation should be a bit more ambiguous. Whom do we speak of? Satan. Simply put. Malakhim is an expression of urges and ideas that somehow isn’t always easy to explain. Suffice to say that its our creative outlet, and we pour whatever impulses and ideas we get in the creative process into the vessel that makes up the band.
You’re right, a lot has already been said and done, and we’re not going out there with some fresh new mission or pretending to bring something unique. We’ve decided to create our art because we wanted to create our art.
One of the best debut demo tapes released last year comes from Sweden, of course. Umea to be exact, the birth place of Malakhim, the new band in town when it comes to black metal.
Released first in October 2017 on the band’s Bandcamp page, Demo I gained immediately a “cult” status in the black metal underground, so when the tape version was officially announced one month later, it got sold out in several hours. For me that was a huge surprise, but considering how the three tracks sounded, the reaction was completely justified. When 100 copies go away in less than a day, there must be something “wrong” with your music, right? It must be that good! Continue reading Malakhim – Demo I review March 2018 AB→
Last weekend, when the 11 killed the 10, Svoid performed another show in the series which occurred since their rebirth. Even if the setting and the company were a bit peculiar (the other 2 bands present on the bill came from a totally different musical background), it was still a very good opportunity for them to share their cursed crafts with the more or less unsuspecting audience.
The night was going to be a special one for the band, and that was quite obvious from the determination and the looks the quartet adopted before entering the stage.
Yes, I said a quartet because this time Svoid were joined by T on the bass, who relieved S from his bass guitar duties, allowing him to concentrate on channeling the gods of void by only using his vocals.
I did not catch much of the first band who opened the night, Dark Tears From Space, but what I could tell after listening to a song was that their Nightwish-like approach did not suit my tastes at all, so I decided to hydrate myself with some Hungarian beverages instead.
When you have been active for 20 years, you have released a bunch of classic black metal albums and you have experimented with different musical approaches, what would you do, in 2018, when you’re about to release your 6th full length? That’s right, you go back to your roots, with an even stronger will and “Fuck You World” attitude.
Of course I am talking about Watain here, who on the 5th of January have released an album which took me quite some time to digest. Not because I did not like it, but because every time I wanted to write something about it, it unveiled new hidden features, which made me listen to it again and again and again.
Hailing from Norway, Goatkraft delivers a completely different style of metal of death, not choosing to be a part of the so called traditional True Norwegian Black Metal cliché. Rather than walking the already wandered paths, they chose to honor Satan by taking even farther the primitive torch of barbaric and hateful black metal, just like other bands did 20+ years ago.
First of all, let it be made clear that the “Angel Slaughter” EP I’m writing about here is not for anyone: not for those who walk through the forests of melancholy in search of the perfect spot to practice another cheesy occult ritual under the blood red full moon and definitely not for those who want melody and catchy tunes. No, the debut EP from this brand new Norwegian band (they were formed in 2017) is a fucking fist in the face of those “true occultists and black magicians” which have infected the whole scene in the recent years.
If the alchemical process of turning metal into gold could be applied in music, then Svoid would be the perfect example for this occult experiment.
After releasing 2 full lengths and 2 EPs while deeply rooted in black metal in particular and extreme metal in general, the hungry wolves from Svoid decided some months ago to change the settings completely and distance themselves from the “extreme” scene which they have been part of for quite some time.
This change resulted in a series of events which occurred in their hometown of Budapest, shows which revealed the other side, still dark though, of their craft.