SMT/ATF Final Episode: Rest of the World

Greetings friends and welcome back to yet another episode of Against the Fragmentaire, a series that started with only purpose to showcase a few ‘weird’ Greek bands and then transformed into a gift-bearing Santa’s-sleight-ride around the globe.

Every good thing has an end as they say (except sausages, they have two), and I regret to announce that this is the end of the road. We traveled far and traveled wide, and we heard an awful lot of great bands from the majority of the known-world countries. There is just another bunch of bands I would really like to share with you all and so there is no need really to break this into 5 tiny-super-mini-semi-episodes.

Enough talk already; let’s see what we got here!



I will begin with the Brazilian killer-death-metal-machine-on-steroids Krisiun, a band that appeared out of the blue and shocked us with their brutal tunes.


In a completely different vein, I present you Nahual from Peru, a black metal band that while doesn’t add anything new to the genre, they offer some nice old fucking school tunes. Great feeling as the craving for beer rises…


Next on this short list are the Israeli Orphaned Land. They have quite a blend of atmospheric death metal and Middle East tradition, and they actually do it better than, say, Melechesh.


Back to Europe so we can close some holes we left open. Algor is a black metal band from Slovakia. Nothing new, nothing you haven’t heard before, but they are really good at what they do. Recommended!


Next are Eluveitie, a folk metal band from Switzerland. Their album ‘Spirit’ was a revelation for me. They combine Swedish death metal (early In Flames) with the finest of Pagan traditions. Enjoy!


And we are closing this epic series that lasted for over half a year (you didn’t expect that now did you? I sure didn’t) with another band from Switzerland, Samael. They started on the typical tracks you would expect but soon evolved into something new, something few people liked, that is until Rammstein made a name and people got used to it…


End of the journey. And now what? I have the intension of doing another two-three episodes at some point in the near future, just to revisit some scenes that are too big and important to leave at that and the original plan just couldn’t see that coming. Until then have fun, listen to lots of black metal, and in case you find some extraordinary band with extraordinary tunes, feel free to share it with the rest of us.



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