Noteworthy Report: April 2017

Welcome my friends to another VERY late Noteworthy Report of Against The Fragmentaire. ATF is a project I run on my free time, which is becoming more of a rarity nowadays, but I try to keep active no matter the circumstances. Want to know why?

In today’s overcrowded metal scene, more than 100 albums are getting released every month. Granted, some of them aren’t all too great, but how can anyone tell? Nobody has time to listen to every single one of them. That’s what the Noteworthy Report is all about. Every month –or so- I gather my notes and talk about the best releases that usually pass under the radars of big publications.

Enough with the chit chat, on with my list for April!

Prometheus – Consumed In Flames

I’ve known Prometheus through some demo tracks and I’ve known them to be a Hellenic black metal band. So I was a little surprised when their debut landed. Here they have a clearly more blackened Death orientation. The album is packed with great riffs, inventive and intense drumming and occult atmospheres. An absolute must have!

 

Atrexial – Souverain

We stay in the blackened death metal ballpark, this time coming from Spain. Bombastic songs clearly inspired from the Swedish scene, with Marduk-esque riffs but on a different track. Some of the songs may sound unfitting, but since this is their debut I find it natural to explore a few paths and wander off from time to time. Don’t let this fact turn you down and enjoy this fresh release in any case.

 

Corpus Diavolis – Atra Lumen

Melodic Black Metal from France, bold enough to step outside the dissonant prog/black playground that has been set up there. Their music is brilliant, their drumming has a spark of genius, but their most striking aspect are the theatric vocals. A true masterpiece.

 

Ulvegr – Titahion: Kaos Manifest

Sometimes I just have to stand in awe before the talent of certain musicians. The guys responsible for this release just spit excellent album after excellent album on an unmatched pace (and under many names: Elderblood, KZOHH, GreyAblaze and more). In this 4th full length they touch on the Egyptian mysticism (bringing to mind the Greek band Acherontas at points) and they intertwine songs with prayer-like intros, the way Acheron did in “Rites of the Black Mass”. One of the best releases I heard lately…

 

Cult Of Erinyes – Tiberivs

Occult progressive black metal from the masters of the kind. The duo from Belgium returns with an album that won’t let down any of their followers. Hit play, breathe its intoxicating fumes and travel somewhere dark, to a place you can call “your unknown”…

 

So that was it. I still haven’t posted my “through the cracks” NWR, but I sure will. But first I have a review in the writing, so stay tuned because this won’t take too long to finish. As always, if you have any suggestions leave a message or send me a mail…

SMT/ATF Episode 21: Belgium

Welcome back to yet another episode of Against the Fragmentaire, a series written edited and posted by Tragon, probably the only scout in here that this week isn’t touring around Europe or seeking love in his office and instead types these depressive small pixel letters for you to read.

This week we are going to check out Belgium, host of the EU and NATO headquarters. Are you ready for some more brutal bands that Andrew James Liles is probably not going to like?

 

I have known Ancient Rites for nearly 20 years as their frontman, Gunther Theys, was considered a member of the Greek metal scene back then when things were pure (!) and I always thought they were special. Their epic black metal has a “European” air and makes you feel like it’s the 1600’s again!

 

Enthroned is yet another band I know and enjoy for years. Their black metal isn’t the most innovative thing this planet has to offer, but their quality is a standard and their vocals improved a lot over the years, so in case you heard some of their old works and found the voice a bit ‘meh’ maybe you should give them another chance.

 

Oh my! It’s full of awesome black metal! Again! Absolutus play modern, melodic black metal, the way it is meant to be played. Enjoy!

 

For those of you who now firmly believe that bands in Belgium only play black metal I present Aborted, probably the only band that doesn’t. Sick!

 

On the experimental side of black metal, we have Cult of Erinyes, a brutal band whose vocalist could be Attila Csihar only he isn’t. I so much like the fact that he isn’t afraid to be weird and wacky with his voice, even in the strict sense of the genre…

 

Last band for today is Lemuria. Folk black metal that sometimes is quite epic, while other times bring Finntroll or Korpiklaani in mind, and I really find those two bands tasteless…

 

That was all fellow scouts. Have a great sexy weekend everyone!