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 23: Spain

Welcome once more to a new episode of Against The Fragmentaire, a series that take you around the world and dictate you what bands you should like in the era of mediocre sound-alike metalcore bands.

This week we are going to visit Spain, the westernmost place of the then known world, up until some lucky bastard stumbled upon America…

 

I will start with the very first Spanish band I’ve listened to, Argar. Their horror-black metal is quite classical, resembling Satyricon deep down in the roots, but their vocals still strike a special chord in me…

 

One of my all time favorites is Asgaroth, a band that started in the semi-silly Gothic/Black end, but later transformed to a great Avant-garde act. Too bad they stopped making music. For those of you who aren’t really in to metal (really? What are you doing in here then?) I have a special treat: probably the best cover ever done to King Crimson

 

 Elffor is probably a bad choice for this episode, since their style is so close to Summoning which the vocal minority of this forum didn’t like at all. However, as a huge Summoning fan I have to provide something to those of similar taste, right?

 

There are myriad ways to learn of a band. I was on my DeviantArt account when one of my contacts there informed me that she posed for Evadne’s debut album cover. Their melodic Death/Doom isn’t going to dethrone Saturnus from anyone’s heart, but it is a good alternative…

 

Zinumm is a one man band that plays a mix of old Burzum and new Burzum. For those of you who liked ‘Hlidskjalf’ and ‘Hvis Lyset Tar Oss’ equally, this mix provides a great balance. For those of you who aren’t really into Burzum, well this band provides a new opportunity to like them. Like them! Now!

 

The last band for today is Numen, a folk avant-garde black metal act that isn’t afraid to use the local dialect even if their lyrics aren’t going to be appreciated by the rest of the world. They do it too well for anyone to care…

 

Well, another week ended, and another post ender too black metal for Andrew to like, but hey, that’s life. Have a great weekend away from colds and flues, or you will suffer like me!