Label: Non Serviam Records
Country of origin: Switzerland
Rather than paying homage to and being a direct parody of Stortregn add to the aforementioned sound/style, the vocals appear harsher a fantastic combination of two distinct ranges. I’m also detecting melodies that would feel right at home on an Amon Amarth release which fit superbly here.
The complete package is one of magnificence, a mediaeval classical of an infernal nature, a quality rarely seen as well utilized as heard here. In short if you wish for an experience that only one or two albums have given you before namely Storm of the Lights Bane (place another of your choosing here) this should be where you aim your melodic black metal radar next.
It’s time like these when the stresses of juggling a business and being able to review new releases is well worth it, this release really is that good. And yes it lives up to several spins in a row, trust me. A must own!!
Label: Inverse Records
Country of Origin: Romania
Theatrical. oozing with haunting vocals and a Gothic atmosphere this is a standout release no matter what you chose to recommend it as or call it, a release that delivers varied elements of musical darkness, be it pounding guitar driven riffs or passages of synth and orchestral atmosphere aided by an orchestral base for added depth which plays off very effectively.
Although somewhat more mellow than the tunage on my usual audio menu this still managed to hold my attention throughout on account of its stunning beauty, diverse nature and powerful aura, this is where the Septic Flesh similarity appears.
Excellently constructed, a unique spark of genius encapsulating many a genres highlights flowing with an epic vibe that rises above what many might consider mere album material but rather a fantastical score. An ‘experience’ rather than an album.
Between Courage and Death
Label: Famined Records
Country of Origin: Brazil
Reckoning Hour (and this release) I feared would be another in the same collective but I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that the style sounds more like Shadows Fall (and Killswitch Engage) than any of the aforementioned acts especially in the vocal department, which in this release is varied. More traditional ‘clean’ singing fits the music as well as gruff, harsher, accents often times they counteract each other though always complement one other and the music.
Newborn Generation and Between Death and Courage are a couple of my favorite tracks pushing me past the point of being able to control my lunatic head bobbing antics, admittedly there isn’t a bad track hiding amongst this album.
Reckoning Hour have managed to perfect a frenetic hybrid of deathcore and melodic death utilizing strong riffs, exciting solo performances, driving melodies and a riveting style that leaves the listener highly satisfied, necksore and salivating for more of the same. An excellent example of well-structured, addictive as hell melodic death. Keep an eye out for these guys this stellar album should propel them to the forefront of the scene.
Label: Viva Hate Records
Country of Origin: Germany
Easily among the elite ranks in the genre Negator comfortably reside amongst Belphegor, Behemoth and Dimmu Borgir and play just as well if not in fact better.
Suffice it to say if you have yet to hear this album, or Negator, do so at your earliest convenience. Seriously, you’re missing out. This needs to be cranked to cover the noise of valuables being broken, it’s going to happen as Gates to the Pantheon incites movement.