Sunday, October 29, 2017

Black Cilice - "Banished from Time" (Iron Bonehead Productions, 2017)

Band: Black Cilice
Title: Banished from Time
Genre: Noisy Black Metal
Year: 10th March 2017
Time: 37 min
Rating: 74/100

Black Cilice did it again! It's incredible but this band release every album always after 2 years from the previous one, so this "Banished from Time", anticipated one year ago by the EP "Nocturnal Mysticism" reviewed on these pages, isn't an exception. But, at the same time, it is an exception. In fact, "Banished from Time" is the first album by this mysterious Portuguese kult including only 5 songs and not the 6 ones of the previous full-lenght efforts, as if they ended their trilogy based on 666. In addition, it has a cover artwork on grey scale while the other albums were presented through a cover artwork in an impenetrable black and white. But, for the rest, "Banished from Time", released again by Iron Bonehead Prod, is in pure Black Cilice-style, 666% guaranteed, so prepare to listen to something very painful!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Hereza - "I Become Death" (Godz ov War Productions, 2017)

Band: Hereza
Title: I Become Death
Genre: Death/Thrash Metal
Year: 13th February 2017
Time: 29 min circa
Rating: 80/100

If I remember correctly, I think Hereza is the very first band from Croatia reviewed by me. And I have to say that, as first time into the extreme Croatian metal scene, I have started truly well. In fact, Hereza have released a devastating second album entitled "I Become Death" under the auspices of the excellent Polish label Godz ov War Prod, that recently is appearing often on these pages, so expect a nice interview to its owner Greg Rosensthal for the next weeks to come!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mayhem/Dragged into Sunlight/Naudiz (Ciampino, 17th October 2017)

Bands: Mayhem/Dragged into Sunlight/Naudiz
Location: Orion Live Club - Ciampino (RM), Italy
Date: 17th October 2017

Strangely, I never published a live report on my Timpani allo Spiedo 'zine during all these years. I did only some live reports for the other 'zine in which I am involved ( But, finally, this is the first live report to be appeared here. It wasn't written by me but by a friend of mine, that, some days ago, watched the mighty Mayhem in the Orion Live Club (a location in Ciampino near Rome) in a very nostalgic and theatrical gig where the band played entirely their seminal "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" in order to recreate the sick and ultra-Satanic atmosphere typical of the '90s black metal.
So, enjoy this fantastic article written by L.L. full of photos shot by him and join the black metal kult until your fatal death!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Morte Incandescente/Illum Adora - "Remnants of a Flaming Past" (War Arts Productions, 2017)

Bands: Morte Incandescente/Illum Adora
Title: Remnants of a Flaming Past
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 24th April 2017
Time: 40 min
Rating: 75/100

This split devoted to the purest black metal as Satan commands is truly fantastic! Into it, you will find in the first side a duo of totally crazy veterans from the killer Portuguese metal scene while, in the second side, a very young trio from Germany still without a full-lenght album, and each of them have 5 songs to express their own values. All this published under the auspices of the Portuguese War Arts Prod, a small label always ready to manifest its own absolute hate towards this world through a mission completely dedicated to the rawest black metal.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Persecutory - "Towards the Ultimate Extinction" (Godz ov War Productions, 2017)

Band: Persecutory
Title: Towards the Ultimate Extinction
Genre: Black/Thrash Metal with Death Metal elements
Year: 13th February 2017
Time: 42 min circa
Rating: 79/100

I don't review a Turkish band here since 7th November 2012, when I reviewed the excellent debut EP titled "Through the Eternal Damnation" by Engulfed. The funny thing is that I recently received some request reviews from Turkey, so expect some news about this country! Meanwhile, today it's the turn of Persecutory, an hateful quartet born in 2014 whose drummer A.D.B. was into the first line-up of the mentioned Engulfed. And now Persecutory, after a 2016 EP, released the devastating debut album "Towards the Ultimate Extinction" for the fantastic Polish label Godz ov War Prod. And do you know what I want to say now? The album's title reflects totally the sound of Persecutory, so prepare for it!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Cripta Oculta - "Cripta Oculta" (Signal Rex Productions, 2017)

Band: Cripta Oculta
Title: Cripta Oculta
Genre: Raw Black Metal
Year: 14th April 2017
Time: 42 min
Rating: 62/100

I think that this review will have few views also because, as for many Portugal black metal bands, Cripta Oculta are so mysterious that they have no FaceBook page, so I can't share this article with them. But, said sincerely, I don't give a fuck about the views since I love literally the current black metal produced by this magnificent country called Portugal. Ergo, today I will present to you Cripta Oculta ("Occult Crypt" in Portuguese), a duo active since 2004 that has realized 3 full-lenght albums from 2009 to 2010. Curiously, these two demons released nothing from 2012 to 2017 but, fortunately, they broke this silence through their recent 4th album, simply titled "Cripta Oculta" (or "Lost Memories"), released by the small Portuguese label Signal Rex.

Saturday, October 7, 2017


One month ago, as you know, I blown away by the last album of Rotengeist, a Polish progressive thrash metal band with a lot of creativity and innovative ideas. Now, what you'll read here is the interview to them. Their singer/guitarist and main composer Piotr Winiarski has replied to the many questions of mine giving very interesting answers also in order to speak about the dangerous political situation that Poland is living today plus some serious reflections about religion and the way it is used during this particular era. Let's go with the questions!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pig's Blood - "Pig's Blood" (Godz ov War Productions, 2017)

Band: Pig's Blood
Title: Pig's Blood
Genre: Black/Death metal with Bestial metal influences
Year: 30th June 2017
Time: 36 min
Rating: 76/100

When Greg of the small Polish label Godz ov War Productions, 4 months ago circa, sent to me his last promo kits, I stumbled on a death metal band called Pig's Blood. As sometimes happens to me, this kind of sanguinary name was very enough to draw my attention, so I downloaded the promo kit of their debut album with the same name. Unfortunately, I started to listen to that only in these last days, and I have to say that it has been a pleasant surprise also because I discovered that their genre of reference isn't the pure death metal but something very close to a style that I adore. So, here you are the debut album of Pig's Blood, 4 scoundrels from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that released, before that, a demo in 2015.