As we approach the solstice, the days are getting shorter, and my free time appears to be following suit. Here are some brief thoughts on some newer releases.
As the year is winding down, holiday celebrations get underway, my second half of 2015 best-of list is being prepared, and I’m finding myself woefully behind on reviews, so here are several short ones to tide everyone over until life settles down.
Typically when I think of Italian metal, I automatically go to the symphonic power metal put out by the various incarnations of [Luca Turilli’s] Rhapsody [of Fire] with the occasional smattering of death metal. Therefore, it’s a refreshing change of pace for a blackened thrash metal act to come out of Europe’s Boot and prove the Scandinavians and the South Americans don’t have a duopoly on the genre.
The Scandinavians lay claim to all things "kvlt" and "extreme" in the world of black metal, but do any of the members of these bands risk government-sanctioned execution merely for their lyrical content? I think not. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, is a different culture entirely, and Al-Namrood risk their very safety to spread their message against the influence religion has on their society.
Hailing from the Land Down Under (Australia, not Hell), Bloodlust is a two-man side project of the bassist (Specter, a.k.a. James Campbell) and drummer (Disaster, a.k.a. Louis Rando) from the black metal act Mhorgl.
Alastor Sanguinary Embryo (a.k.a. Alastor S.E.) hail from Costa Rica, which has been generating a respectable number of extreme metal acts in recent years. Much like their countrymates, Alastor S.E. have sizable gaps between releases, with For Satan And The Ruin Of The Divine being only the third release in the band’s twenty-year history.
Paganus Doctrina formed in the mid-1990s, but went their separate ways before the new millennium. They reformed in 2006, released a split with Morbid Funeral and Necrólisis, and then began work on their debut album, Omnipotense Aeternae Diabolous. Apparently the album was recorded in 2012, but due to various delays, it wasn’t unleashed on the world until 2015. After incubating for three years, did the music age like fine wine… or milk?