While Islander is recovering from his Friday night sufferings, alcoholic daemons, and gasp! The Finnish black metal band Aegrus recently revealed the details for their upcoming release.
Below is the track list for the release. So, here we go…. Having done that and written about the first advance track from the album here , I immediately became a fan. And so when I learned that Dalkhu released another new song yesterday, I felt confident it was going to be another good one — and so it is.
He is thus widely regarded in his homeland as the father of Czech music. Later also Devilish was invited to join us for the invocations of death and fire. Thus the Cult of fire could rise… The first EP was inspired by the catastrophe in Chernobyl, which has always fascinated us.
Triumvirat was another natural result in the depths within me, just as the logo and band image change that followed. The album is quite varied, because it represents every member of the band in his individual essence and expresses certain elements from each of us. The approach of these people to certain aspects of life and religion itself is fascinating.
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Order from Iron Bonehead white and black Tshirts available. Beyond the Gates vol. II in Bergen confirmed! Demonhood productions will release it with three bonus tracks. Cult of Fire will serve the mass on Friday 8th February Cult of Fire introduces live guitarist Nekro.
Band will play as a quartet on Prague Death Mass this Saturday! CD gatefold digifile will be released by norwegian label Demonhood productions! Ticket reservations thru coroner cultoffire. Streaming of a brand new live recording Streaming of the brand new live recording is scheduled already. The list of shows for the upcoming european tour is complete now!
The brand new patches are available! Limited edition on colored vinyl pcs is sold out. European tour will be rescheduled! Viva Las Vegas! European tour details launched! Special guest: Malokarpatan. New single released! Japanese dates update! New booking contact booking cultoffire. Czech exclusive performance!
Digital music streaming Our music is now officially available via common streaming platforms. Exclusive German gig announced! Invoking the ancient ritual Pt. II 8th December The brand new "Kali Fire Puja" merchandise See merchandise section for details. Italian exclusive gig! Athens in fire! The return of the legendary Tormentor! India We are proud to announce that our first Asian appearance ever will happend in mighty India!!!
French exclusive performance! Eindhoven Metal Meeting schedule unleashed! Scotland North of the Wall festival FB event. Finland Steelfest FB event Official web. Eindhoven metal meeting ! Thank you. Their form of black metal has ingredients of the Far East and this gives the music an occult character. In terms of style, it is well aligned with the fantastic debut.
Mantra-like sections and unleashed outbreaks shape an album that does not lack musicality, technical competence and harshness. The songs do not follow conventional patterns, but they are always competently arranged. In their best moments, they offer an enormous depth which wants to be discovered under many layers of wildly raging guitar leads and expressive harmonies.
The keyboards deliver some horror movie elements, but do not think of cheap effects. The Czech troop has a knack for spiritual sounds and so the dudes create music with certain sustainability. Doubtlessly, this is not the heaviest black metal album of all times. The band allows itself to present a couple of slow, more or less solemn melodies. But the diabolic voice of the lead vocalist alone guarantees a more than sufficient malignancy, at least if we forget the two instrumentals momentarily.
Spiced up with a proper portion of technical support, he sounds like a merciless God — voluminous, echoing and sardonic. From time to time, the compositions fall victim to an overly ritualistic approach, but mainly they focus on the flow of the respective song. The closer, for instance, starts promising, but turns out into a pretty meaningless piece with a shallow melody.
The intro of the opener, to give another example, builds up tension, but the song itself is not that enthralling. Not least because of the involvement of two members of Cult of Fire in Death Karma, this equally mystic horde comes to my mind when thinking of comparable bands. Malokarpatan is also not too far away… there must be a special gas or flavour in the Czechoslovakian air. So one thing should be clear, this is no average kind of metal.
The artists do not deal with death as the ultimate pain or horror. Instead, the aura of the music gives the audience the feeling that death is nothing but an integral element of an enlightened yet tradition-loving society. On the other hand, the number of minor mistakes concerning the song-writing lowers its musical strength.
After seven years without a new full-length, it could be time to show us that they can do a better job. In spite of the lurid artwork on the CD front cover and inside the booklet, and the English translation of the title as the rather alarming "Ascetic Meditation of Death", this album, the second for Czech black metallers Cult of Fire, is actually a straightforward melodic black metal recording straddling the divide between the alternative mainstream side of metal and the underground.
True, the album starts off with some sonorous Tibetan Buddhist monastic vocal droning and a parade of sitar and sitar-like guitar riffing and the last track picks up the Indian musical theme again but the bulk of the music is solid epic melodic BM songs.
In fact, in the first track there's a solo guitar playing a riff that I think I've heard on some other black metal album in the distant past. The album pays homage to the Hindu goddess Kali who represents an aspect of the primordial earth goddess as the bringer of change and destruction.
I'll assume for this review that Cult of Fire know the Hindu religion very well and aren't just simply presenting a sensationalised view of Kali as a bloodthirsty and violent death goddess. The intent should be to reveal beneath the cloak of darkness and death what the goddess truly represents: the potential for transformation, sloughing off old forms and structures and destroying them to make way for rebirth, and the empowerment that this transformation offers the soul.
As black metal itself is a genre that frequently visits the idea of transformation, even if in negative ways, the music is an ideal vehicle to explore the nature of Kali. Apart from the opening and closing tracks and one instrumental piece, the music features no Indian instrumentation or musical structures: it starts off fast and aggressive, and in each song listeners will hear a dizzying package of melodies and rhythms all switching back and forth, and a mix of speeds and moods.
One constant is the solidity and sharpness of the music: though the guitars can be shrill and fast, the sound is never thin. The CoF guys aren't afraid to include a Hammond organ on some tracks but fortunately the potential cartoon cheese factor that Hammond organs bring with them isn't very prominent. The vocals are very savage and almost slaveringly inhuman: they may be the best element in the music at this point, even when I take the raw guitars and the drumming into account.
The musicians go for broke on most tracks with deranged playing with screeching and roaring in the background, yet their playing is very precise, riffs are very clear and chainsaw sharp, and most songs have plenty of dark space behind the instruments. As the album progresses, the music starts to slow down and at this point starts to feel repetitive.
Tracks 5 and 6 seem as if we've heard them earlier in the album and on track 6 a bit of cartoony Temple-of-Doom ambience crashes in with a gong bash. The musicians try to go for something a bit psychedelic and extreme, and up to a point the crazed eccentricity succeeds but the song can't quite shake off a certain cartoony quality.
The singing is bombastic and shouty which doesn't help. It gets worse on track 7 where the singing is so exaggerated in its bombast that I feel quite embarrassed listening to the whole song.
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