Lord Of The Lost – Swan Songs II

Hamburg-based dark metal band Lord Of The Lost is proud to return to the music scene with the unique new album “Swan Songs II”, a symphonic music piece that offers a refined dark interpretation of classical music.

“Waiting For You To Die” features charismatic melodic textures that always bear a darkened even macabre mood with acoustic segments and melancholic strings but also a grandiose orchestration that gradually gains cinematic intensity.

“Lighthouse” amplifies a melancholic atmosphere with tranquil piano melodies while vocal delivery maintains soulful dark goth vibes accompanied by the soothing warmth of chamber orchestra arrangements.

“The Broken Ones” feels particularly dramatic following a theater piece structure with somber soft strings melodies bearing remarkable gothic accents and haunting atmospheric layers that at times emphasize bolder tonalities and sinister vocals.

“My Better Me” is an emotionally charged tune with sparkling dark romance tones embedded in the smooth dreamlike ensemble of piano and strings melodies.

“We Were Divine” starts with incredibly poignant fragile piano passages and the orchestral background provides classical grandeur as well as additional tragic atmospheres perfectly matched by low toned tormented vocals.

“From The Brink Of The Other World” shines for its inner absolutely gloomy charisma that evokes a distant gothic sonic realm elegantly embellished by delicate yet solemn orchestrations and exquisite violins.

On “Swan Songs II” you will not find heavy guitars or a standard metal/rock approach as Lord Of The Lost chooses to focus on ambitious operetta style orchestral arrangements which might sound too mellow to some stubborn listeners but certainly stand out as a mesmerizing theatrical experience to those who will keep an open mind.

Samael – Hegemony

With thirty years career and numerous excellent records Swiss veterans Samael do not need any superfluous introduction. Samael certainly put wisdom and effort in the creation of the long awaited eleventh album “Hegemony” which is finally within our reach and ready to fulfill high expectations.

The title track confidently prepares a triumphant mood with extensive bold guitar driven grooves surrounded by flamboyant industrial oriented synthesizers which work together to provide a thrilling yet ferocious catchy music core.

The eponymous track “Samael” feels like a rightfully deserved celebration of the band’s music legacy as the atmospheric synths generated textures acquire maximum darkened strength and symphonic emphasis around a steady whirlwind of guitar riffs.

“Angel Of Wrath” is filled with that precious darkness that constantly fuels the multifaceted majestic orchestrations surrounding a clearly groovy thick guitar riffing inevitably amplified by massive fierce growls.

“Black Supremacy” features additional electro/industrial patterns and guitars are more engaged in a faster black metal style riffage to ensure a quite powerful colder blackened groove while gruesome growls relentlessly carry extra aggressive darkness.

“Murder Or Suicide” offers another excellent round of darkly catchy grooves with gothic tinged guitar melodies and the band’s industrial side becomes exquisitely dominant with pleasantly eclectic arrangements and solemn atmospheric layers.

“Land Of The Living” shines for the absolutely addictive malicious chorus featuring the expected beloved ferocious growls but this song also exhibits a rather entertaining macabre mood carefully enhanced by eerie futuristic synthesizers and loads of catchy guitar riffs.

There are many covers of “Helter Skelter” around the world but Samael’s version surprises with an extraordinary diabolical creative interpretation where sharp guitars, ominous growls and haunting arrangements channel darkly energetic vibes.

Following exciting industrialized blackened themes “Hegemony” celebrates the grandiose return of Samael who demonstrates a relevant songwriting and music style that will definitely please the band’s fanbase.

Satyricon – Deep Calleth Upon Deep

Norwegian masters Satyricon are ready to begin a new chapter as our favorite duo, Satyr and Frost, has crafted the new diabolic opus “Deep Calleth Upon Deep” with a charismatic creative force that seems to rise directly from the darkest hidden depths of human soul. During a long and intense music history Satyricon has always challenged black metal traditional boundaries embracing a cathartic sonic evolution that ultimately leads to the confident honest songwriting of “Deep Calleth Upon Deep”.

“Midnight Serpent” features the recognizable blackened energetic dynamics of Satyricon’s signature style. Fervent guitars are capable of crafting the darkest melodies as well as an irresistible groovy rhythmic assault that marches through an absolutely sinister sonic realm inevitably enhanced by enigmatic spiritual atmospheres.

The title track takes you to the cold Nordic wilderness with solemn atmospheric vibes, enticing dark melodic guitars and mesmerizing classical backing vocals that work together harmoniously to create profound mystical melodies.

“The Ghost Of Rome” can be mysterious with a shroud of perennial gloom and gothic nuances surrounding the whole instrumentation yet fierce guitars create a complex crescendo of captivating melodies and intensely blackened riffs while Satyr’s renowned vicious vocal delivery flawlessly matches the majestic dismal mood.

“Dissonant” will definitely impress the listeners with a quite experimental approach that offers eclectic tempo variations and the addition of flamboyant jazzy saxophone to the powerful blackened grooves steadily built by charismatic melodic progressions entwined with harsh guitar tonalities.

“Black Wings And Withering Gloom” drastically amplifies an overwhelming cold darkness with ardent faster guitar riffs and plummeting technical drums that channel a memorable traditional black metal flavor. Without hesitation, Satyricon also delivers more accessible tormented guitar melodies elegantly embellished by classical violins that evoke vivid poetic depth.

Once again, with “Deep Calleth Upon Deep” Satyricon fearlessly reinvents the band’s style exploring music territories beyond the standard black metal category and continues to diverge from the typical rules of such subgenre delivering a passionately refined dark work of music.