Black′n′Roll and black-thrash are genre terms that can be used to mean pretty much anything nowadays, good and bad. What they mean here is a retro party jukebox containing pretty much everything that was awesome about 80s metal. This is no hommage to Celtic Frost, Tankard, Cirith Ungol, Accept, Venom or Motörhead... This is an allstar-tribute band having a relentless orgy within a single song. And somehow they still manage to channel the whole clusterfuck into thoroughly addictive and surprisingly coherent songs – whose main emphasis on "fun" or "evil" depends wholly on whether Horrormance currently happen to be in the middle of bona fide proto black metal worship, or fully skidding off manilla road into the heavy-speed gravel lane. Either way, the focus is on point and the music as consistent and real as is usually only reserved for the holy Darkthrone of modern times. TL;DR: If you like the mentioned classics, pull the stick out of your ass and enjoy a record that is nothing but pure metal love from start to finish, with maximum attention to reference detail.
Isolert don′t really sound like you′d expect from their Greek heritage (also overlapping with the awesome project Sørgelig), which is by no means a bad thing, given the quality of this rather classicaly Scandinavian performance. The new album "World in Ruins" is just 100% black metal on the highest level of playing and production. If you still need more nuances, imagine a bastard child of Gorgoroth and Dissection. Can′t go wrong with that if you enjoyed a somewhat reasonable musical conditioning growing up.
Melodic Norwegian black metal doesn′t come purer than this, let alone post 90s. If you′re not triggered by the prospect of a cross between old Ulver and Gorgoroth with appropriately "good" production, you never really liked black metal in the first place. Safe purchase for everybody else. Double LP edition with 2 bonus tracks!
In 2016, Sarkom released their fourth, last and probably also best album to date. At this stage, black metal bands always come to face the inherently problematic balance between roots and tradition on one side, and individual progress one the other. These Norwegians don't just manage to walk that thin line, they sprint at top speed with eyes closed like it's nothing. Red vinyl, including a poster, plus exclusive bonus track - limited to 300 copies!
Second album of the "all-star" band with members from Gehenna (without ′h′) and Dimmu Borgir, released in 1998. Contrary to the main bands, this is pure retro black-thrash with whiskey breath, somewhere between Aura Noir and Gehennah (with ′h′).
"Första Trulen" is the very first recording of the classic "Trulen" demo released by ARCKANUM in 1994. Shamaatae, solo member of the band, recorded this tape by himself on a Fostex 4-track cassette portastudio, but he didn’t like how it turned out, so he produced a full alternative version and this recording was left in a box until now. This release includes the exclusive very first version of the song "Ængin Oforhærra" which was not on the previously released demo! And all the ambient songs are experimental first versions. The whole recording was newly mixed and mastered.
Limited edition on black and dark-red splatter vinyl!
This EP originally recorded in 2003 contains 5 songs that style-wise must still be filed under Arckanum′s old-school 90s phase. Arckanum at its rawest always meant instrumentation and songwriting reduced to basics, but never monotony, simplicity or sloppiness like so many other "cult" bands. On the contrary, this is nothing less than atmospheric black metal boiled down to its very essence by somebody who knows why and how, and frankly, some of the best of all time.