Hour Of Penance – Misotheism

Italian extreme metal veterans Hour Of Penance are known for their brutal technical approach and now they reach a new crucial milestone releasing the eighth full length “Misotheism”. 

“Blight And Conquer” immediately showcases the obscure nature of the album with the arcane tonalities of the intense lead guitar work and the insane death metal elements fully come to life through the relentless and meticulous rhythmic section. 

“Fallen From Ivory Towers” offers some tasteful melodic guitar progressions adding diversity and dramatic depth in the midst of the dense at times asphyxiating rhythmic patterns enhanced by the technical work and the diabolical growls. 

“The Second Babel” aims to grab your attention with the slightly melodic twists of the stellar guitar work while maintaining a rather hostile death metal essence with breakneck speed and ruthless riffage. 

“Flames Of Merciless Gods” relies on massive rounds of technical rhythmic segments naturally amplifying the belligerent sonic pathway of the album yet once again the guitars successfully craft darkly compelling melodies especially in the intriguing solo. 

“Occult Den Of Snakes” brings closure with a melancholy infused atmosphere that becomes an essential element leading to a contemplative momentum that allows the refined melodic guitar work to take the center stage following a less frantic yet rather ominous rhythmic core. 

You can certainly expect an overdose of menacing darkness and aggressive grooves dominating the entire new album “Misotheism” as Hour of Penance stay true to their uncompromising death metal approach. 

October Tide – In Splendor Below

Swedish melodic death/doom metallers October Tide, featuring former Katatonia members Fredrik and Mattias Norrman, are ready to share with the world their new darkly emotive sonic journey incarnated by the sixth studio album “In Splendor Below”.

“I, The Polluter” has what it takes to grab your attention with impactful rhythmic dynamics and menacing growls inspired by classic death metal but eventually the exquisitely melancholic themes will become more prominent through elegantly cold guitar melodies and brooding tonalities.

“We Died In October” has a calmer mood starting with deliciously darkened guitar phrases flowing gracefully within a doom tinged sonic realm and the rhythmic segments certainly sound fierce accompanied by obscure growls yet tend to leave behind excessive brutality to highlight such melodic splendor.

Even with a slower tempo “Our Famine” still relies on a gelid melo-death essence offering sorrowful guitar melodies characterized by depressing yet absolutely gorgeous tonalities that shine particularly during the minimalist contemplative breakdown.

On “Seconds” the shimmering melancholic guitar melodies once again will impress the listeners while the mighty harsh rhythmic patterns and the moody atmospheres tend to emphasize familiar mournful doom tonalities.

On “Envy The Moon” guitars continue to deserve the spotlight effortlessly shifting from galloping riffs to extremely gloomy melodies according to the contrasting nuances that characterize the whole album and the result is another heartfelt harmonious soundscape that will ultimately feel like a wintry daydream.

October Tide truly demonstrate the ability to express a multitude of poignant feelings through the winning blend of refined melodic waves and extreme metal roots behind the creation of “In Splendor Below”.

The Moth Gatherer – Esoteric Oppression

Founded in Stockholm in 2008 by Victor Wegeborn and Alex Stjernfeldt, The Moth Gatherer is now proud to share with the world the multifaceted nuances and contemplative atmospheres of the new studio effort “Esoteric Oppression”.

Get ready to space out as “The Drone Kingdom” presents an intricate composition deeply influenced by contrasting feelings, starting with an utterly enigmatic atmospheric soundscape that will soon give way to a remarkable ensemble of heavy doom despair embedded in the thick guitar progressions and the fragile hopefulness of dreamy melodic passages amplified by underlying bewitching chants.

“Motionless In Oceania” offers plenty of intriguing gloomy and heavy rhythmic crescendos but definitely stands out for the cathartic post-rock influenced guitar melodies that instantly convey sheer melancholia and all the profound feelings here are further emphasized by the multi layered hazy arrangements.  

“Phosphorescent Blight” marks an epic finale as this complex lengthy track aims to grab your attention with a darkened sonic maze where massive guitar riffs can trigger a sense of impending doom while all the spellbinding melodic guitars flow just like a daydream through lush atmospheric waves and cosmic psychedelic layers conveying a fragile serenity that becomes essential.  

Listening to “Esoteric Oppression” you can easily tell that The Moth Gatherer are eager to explore diverse music territories to successfully develop a personal sonic identity and this album also symbolizes another step towards a pale source of light within a realm of pure darkness.

The Order Of Apollyon – Moriah

With a new devoted stable line-up it’s time for The Order Of Apollyon to spread immense darkness and sheer brutality with the third full length “Moriah”.

“The Lies Of Moriah” begins with dismal arpeggios that prepares you for a hellish sonic assault that simply cannot be ignored with a monumental dosage of crushing drums and tight blackened guitar riffing generating asphyxiating rhythmic blasts.

“Rites Of The Immolator” feels even more aggressive as plummeting grooves seem truly unstoppable with solid guitar riffs leading the way to a dark abyss where few grim melodic phrases will eventually surface.

“Grey Father” offers another fiery round of obscure guitar riffs naturally following a breakneck speed yet there are also brief enigmatic atmospheric moments flowing through the extremely heavy rhythmic sections.  

With ominous chants and arcane organ harmonies “Soldat” has a more theatrical mood that will later return with extremely melancholic guitar melodies yet cavernous growls and utterly vicious rhythmic dynamics continue to channel an arcane blackened force.

On “A Monument” there is an underlying grave melodic mood which definitely influences the cold guitar tonalities while the massive rhythmic section tends to maintain steady ruthless grooves.

A renewed creative force and mature songwriting approach are the key elements behind “Moriah” as inspired by primal black/death metal elements The Order Of Apollyon confidently unleash a full blown nightmarish work of music.

Lucifer’s Child – The Order

Featuring renowned extreme metal veterans guitarist George Emmanuel of Rotting Christ, bassist Stathis Ridis of Nightfall, vocalist Marios Dupont of Karma Violens and drummer Nick Vell of Chaostar, Greek blackened metallers Lucifer’s Child are ready to showcase their darkly majestic creative force with the sophomore album “The Order”

“Viva Morte” is a great way to open the album as the band unleashes loads of ferocious grooves fueled by the speed and wickedness of guitar riffs and drums which seem to emerge from an arcane realm and the whole blackened inspiration is extremely amplified by devilish growls, obscure chants and the intricate magnetic lead guitar work.

The title track foreshadows an inevitable descent into the abyss through immensely blackened rhythmic bursts accompanied by mysterious chants while the powerful guitar soloing channels darkened melodic splendor and contributes to the song’s groovy nature.

Conjuring undiluted darkness “Through Fire We Burn” is also characterized by a profoundly spiritual aura fully expressed by the initial slower dramatic melodic phrases that introduce epic waves of diverse mesmerizing guitar progressions shifting from bold nightmarish riffage to an elegant melodic gloom emphasized by haunting acoustic arpeggios.

Evoking sinister & solemn atmospheric vibes “El Dragón” offers plenty of killer groovy dynamics enhanced by gloomy yet absolutely catchy melodic lead guitar accents in the midst of monumental drumming and relentless riffing clearly inspired by primordial blackened roots.

With its mystical allure “Siste Farvel” is an intoxicating track that will instantly captivate the listeners as the blend of atmospheric grandeur and impeccably darkened melodies comes to life with the monolithic drums, the tormented tonalities of the bewitching guitar work and theatrical esoteric whispers & chants.

Acolytes of blackened grooves and ominous atmospheres will simply become addicted to “The Order” and as expected Lucifer’s Child demonstrate intensely darkened songwriting skills as well as stellar musicianship leading to a memorable obscure sonic ritual.