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MAY 6, 2017

Finally, after taking two weeks off to deal with a massive sinus cold infection, Uncle NecRo is back to continue the weekly dispelling of the Brutal Music Therapy we all crave…

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Music Review: A HILL TO DIE UPON – Holy Despair

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Holy Despair
Bombworks Records

Third release from Illinois melodic black/death metal band A Hill To Die Upon. Usually, I would have been waiting not-so-patiently for the release and had been upon that like an overused simile; but, due to the release coinciding with a certain existential meltdown brought on by the dissolution of reality at the time. Long story. Rather would not get into it right now.

Anyway, once I got back onto the proverbial horse, I finally got around to discovering that one of my favorite go-to bands for delicious Scandinavian death metal from America released a third album back in 2014, I wasted no time purchasing Holy Despair and giving it a solid listen, back to front, at least a handful of times during the day.

Holy Despair continues on with the mid-paced melodic death metal style like with the previous two releases; and like the other two, the band just doesn’t stop at that, mixing in some dark and doomy flavoring, some neo-black metal styles, and some folk metal leanings to keep things from getting stale. It’s heavy, dark, with a lot of atmosphere, but also with some great riffs and melodies going on throughout. There’s an acoustic instrumental interlude a bit past the mid-way point (“Somme”), and I’m certain that the cut “Rime (Jerub-Ba’al)” is a continuation of “Rime” from the first album. The highlights that cap off the album, though, are the nifty death metal arrangement of the traditional folk tune “O Death”, and “Satan Speaks”, which is based on a poem by C. S. Lewis that has a nice groove to it.

Overall, Holy Despair does not disappoint. Here’s hoping I’m more on the ball with the next release. Highly recommended.

Music Review: GRAVE DECLARATION – When Dying Souls Scream Praise

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When Dying Souls Scream Praise
Bombworks Records

This fist full-length release from Norwegian symphonic black metal outfit Grave Declaration is…well, I won’t mince words, here: When Dying Souls Scream Praise is pants-wettingly awesome. And I don’t think I’m exaggerating one bit when I write that, either. I know, I can tend to be overly enthusiastic when it comes to \,,/METAL\,,/, but trust me, here it is warranted.

This first and so far only full-length release (not counting the EP from a few years prior) by Norwegians Grave Declaration is a greatly refreshing Arctic blast of thick and meaty extreme metal bombast that skirts the lines between symphonic black metal, folk metal and death metal, throwing in some experimental elements in there to keep things from going stale too soon. The production is fantastic, giving a fullness to the quality. The music is well-crafted, and that shows with the flow of the entire album. If this isn’t the perfect metal album, When Dying Souls Scream Praise comes bloody close. Do yourself a favor, and obtain this album post-haste, pop it in the player, and get all tingly and moist with this two-fisted exorcise in awesomeness.

NECRO SHOCK RADIO – Series 3, Session 2

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…after finding a decent WiFi connection, I was able to finally foist this second Session of Brutal Music Therapy of the new Series for your ear-holes. You’re welcome.

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Music Review: HOLY BLOOD – Waves Are Dancing

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Waves Are Dancing
Bombworks Records

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: You want the good stuff, you gotta import. Nothing against our fine domestic American metal, but any metal connoisseur worth their metal salute knows you must sample the fine flavors from abroad.

Man, that sounded all kinds of pretentious, didn’t it? What can I say. I’m an elitist. Snicker all you want, there. Anyhoo…

The second full-length from Ukrainian folk metal group Holy Blood is one of the better imports that the always awesome Bombworks Records brought us. Waves Are Dancing finds the band incorporating more of the melodic folk metal style with the black and death metal awesome. The music has recorder melodies and keyboards, with occasional ethereal female vocals and folk choir singing, flutes and acoustic instruments are mixed in with the spinal injury educing blast beats, blistering guitar riffs and shrieking vocals, crafting something equally beautiful and terrifying.

Folk Metal, Forrest Metal, Viking Metal…whatever you call it, Waves Are Dancing is a fantastic album of metal brutality. If you don’t get this, I’ll have to come over and get all elitist on your buttocks, there…

Music Review: HOLY BLOOD – The Wanderer

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The Wanderer
Independent / Bombworks Records
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This first release by Ukrainian folk metal band Holy Blood was a major find for this brutal metalhead when it was unleashed here in the US by the continually awesome Bombworks Records in 2005. I didn’t get around to checking ’em out personally until 2006 or so, but by then the buzz surrounding Holy Blood was pretty good.

As with every new band (or, new to me actually), I like to try to check out things from the beginning, so I got me The Wanderer. And I’d be remiss not to point out my wetting of the self after popping this sucker in the player. Holy freaking WOW this is some beautifully brutal stuff. The music on The Wanderer is a hybrid mixture of black metal and folk metal, with some Celtic influences and occasional death metal undercurrents. The Wanderer is perhaps Holy Blood’s most raw; the output on here is much more cruel and aggressive than what they’ve come out with since. Not that those are anything to laugh at, mind you…it’s just that The Wanderer is more black and death…well, you get the picture. I’ll take some salt with my foot, please…

I should point out that Holy Blood sings all of their songs in their native tongue. Which is to say, not English. However, Bombworks has done us English-speaking metal freaks a solid and printed the lyrics in English on their edition. Very nice, indeed.

So, to wrap things up in a neat package, The Wanderer is one of the better metal albums I’ve had the pleasure of subjecting my ears to. You’d be remiss not to do the same.

Music Review: HOLY BLOOD – The Patriot

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The Patriot
Bombworks Records

Ukranian band Holy Blood’s third release, The Patriot, is a full-on Folk Metal blast — death metal and black metal with a heavy dose of acoustic instruments, flutes, and tremendous atmospherics. The impression I get while listening to this is…well, metal to listen to while at a Fifteenth Century pup in the dead of winter. Yeah, I’m weird.

The lyrics, much like the previous releases, are sung in the band’s native language. And judging by an interview with Holy Blood in a past issue of the Heaven’s Metal ‘zine around the time of this album’s release, they really have no intention of doing otherwise. Don’t blame ’em, really. The lyrics, however, are printed in English, and they are quite inspirational and heavy. The production is good, which complements the multiple layers of the music. Really, The Patriot is a great album, and as someone who wasn’t really that into Folk Metal when I discovered this band a few years ago, Holy Blood went a long way to my appreciation of this genre of METAL. Recommended.

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