New Heavy Metal Album Reviews: September 4, 2013
The ratings are on a 5 star scale.
Arabrot – ‘Arabrot’ (Fysisk Format)
Genre: Noise Rock/Post Punk
Gangway! The strange and the simple are traipsing up and down the self-titled sixth LP from Norwegian noise rock act Arabrot. And as the strange and the simple are wont to do, the band welcomes their audience with a sound that’s at once peculiarly warm and then terribly unstable.
Singer/guitarist Kjetil Nernes has as strong a quiver of riffs as he does a mouth, a hole from which he spews lyrics glinting with mad possession. Everything sounds frightful and deranged, but then the band routinely change face by injecting wanton drips of addictive hooks. Arabrot is different in the best possible way.
Black Magician – ‘The Pursuivant’ (Svart)
Genre: Doom Metal
Combining elements of doom with latter day ’60s progressive rock separates the UK’s Black Magician apart from their peers. Following up their debut album with a stopgap EP The Pursuivant, the band offers a diverse affair filled with sludgy riffs, acoustic guitars and a menacing Hammond organ.
Featuring three songs, each one is diverse and radically different. The opening title track is straight up doom metal with a heavy emphasis on early Cathedral. “Grene Knyght” is a throwback British folk song with a brooding ambiance. The EP ends with “Black Henbane,” an up-tempo instrumental with an infectious rhythm and Jonathan Fletcher’s Hammond leading the way.
Bl’ast! – ‘Blood!’ (Southern Lord)
Southern Lord Records
Genre: Hardcore Punk
Bl’ast! are a band whose roots lie within the well known California punk scene a band that hasn’t seen a proper release since 1989. Enter Southern Lord head honcho and Sunn O))) member Greg Anderson talking with original Bl’ast! Member Mike Neider talking about an old demo he had found; add a mixing job by Dave Grohl and then you haveBlood!
Blood! represents ‘80s hardcore at its finest with Black Flag and Circle Jerks found throughout as well as Bl’ast!’s original material on full display. Add in the production job and it truly is bliss. If you even remotely enjoy hardcore punk, this album is for you. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better slab of this genre on the market today and the story is a tough one to top as well.
Carpe Noctem – ‘In Terra Profugus’ (Code 666)
Code 666 Records
Genre: Black Metal
Hailing from Iceland, Carpe Noctem create raw, apocalyptic and chaotic black metal with an emphasis on Nordic mythology and occult lyrics. Even though the band formed in 2005, In Terra Profugus is their first official full-length debut. The songwriting is complex and layered as there are only five songs on the recording, but the average length is over ten minutes per song.
Sung in their native tongue, this is a concept record that takes us on an otherworldly journey about discovering and exploring within and without the self. It is impossible to follow along with the concept as the lyrics are in Icelandic, but the music creates a mood and has a symbiotic relationship. Musically the riffs are jagged and cold as there is a lot of atmosphere alongside the nihilistic aggressive parts.