Music Review: CHRISTAGEDDON – Metal Unblack

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Christageddon-Metal-UnblackCHRISTAGEDDON
Metal Unblack
InChrist Records
2013

Christageddon is the black metal side project of Kristian, the main guy behind The Synics Awakening, another great underground black/death metal project that needs to be talked about more, in my not-so-humble opinion.

When it comes to genre, it’s pretty self-evident from the get-go what you’re getting just by the title alone. No ambiguity here. Refreshing, really. The album starts off with a brief intro of ambient sirens and marching, with voice over narration, then leads into the face melting thrash-based black metal onslaught of “Defending The Throne Of YHWH”. There’s some great riffs and touches of melodic playing that keep the songs from bleeding together and creating a sonic sludge in total; while “Baptized In Sacred Blood”, “Full Armor Of God” and “Christageddon (Metal UnBlack)” have that full-tilt sandblasting quality to the metal, there are also cuts that have more of a mid-paced heavy quality that works well (“Carry My Cross”, “At The Throne Of Judgment”), with a couple having almost a doomy quality to things (“The Lamb Shall Rise”, “Psalm Of Eternal Hope”), as well as a straight-up instrumental (“Satanic Forces Burned To Ashes”).

There seems to be an edition of Metal UnBlack that includes covers of seven Horde songs after the album cuts. I did not purchase this version, as I was unaware of its existence, and I think that comes with the physical CD copy of the album, and my edition is an MP3 download I purchased off of Bandcamp. Either that or Amazon. One of the two. Probably Bandcamp. Can’t be bothered to double check at the moment. Sorry.

Anyway, overall, Metal UnBlack is a good, solid collection of traditional black metal in the vein of Horde, Ceremonial Sacred and Elgibbor that you should check out some time. The production is good, and the lyrics will make any unblack metal warrior raise their metal horns in salute. And now I want to try and find their covers of the Horde songs.

Music Review: ADMONISH – Den Yttersta Tiden

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Music Review ADMONISH - Den Yttersta TidenADMONISH
Den Yttersta Tiden
Independent
2015

I’ve written about Swedish Black Metal band Admonish before, as I took the bass-ackwards route to reviewing their discography by writing a review of their second EP release Insnarjd back in 2014-ish. It’s taken me a while to get to reviewing their first EP release, Den Yttersta Tiden; there’s no rhyme or reason to that, just now getting around to it. Also, I should point out that, since that time, I’ve discovered that Admonish has its own Wikipedia page, which is downright fascinating with the history of the band and such. Anyway, on to the review, shall we?

Despite having formed in 1994 and being active since then, it wasn’t until 2005 when they released this three-song EP–Den Yttersta Tiden–following a show at Sweden’s Club 666. I cannot tell you how tickled I am upon discovering that. The music on the EP is of the old school Black Metal variety–furious riffs, blastbeats, chilling shriek vocals, tempered at times with some mid-paced interludes, atmospheric and somber undertones. There are some acoustic instruments and some regular singing mixed in–on the last track, “Var Inte Radd”, the regular singing and the black metal vocals do a kind of duet–giving a bit more texture to the standard Black Metal assault.

Overall, Den Yttersta Tiden is a good sample of Black Metal with some somber and atmospheric undertones. The production is good, and while not groundbreaking, it’s a good, albeit brief, listen.

NECRO SHOCK RADIO – 4-8-2017

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