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REVIEW: Sorrow Plagues – Homecoming


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Sorrow Plagues is the brainchild of British musician David Lovejoy, who typically delivers atmospheric black metal. This new album ‘Homecoming’ marks Lovejoy’s second album and this time he dares to explore and venture into unexpected territory, expanding his elaborate black metal, this time throwing in elements of post-rock and more mainstream sounds.

The first song to kick things off is new single ‘Departure’ which opens on a resonant upbeat and impressive guitar intro. It immediately possesses a dreamy and ethereal atmosphere, aided through the textured instrumentation. The buoyant sounding instruments give it a more mainstream vibe, but Lovejoy’s dark distant shouts lurk in the backdrop to balance the light and the dark. The instruments remain at the forefront and make for a very compelling and impactful start. The song is about self-actualization and leaving behind the things that are holding you back in life, so it takes you on a great reflective path and the tones match this. Coming in at over seven minutes long, it is a rather epic introduction and scene setter for the album.

‘Disillusioned’ flows on nicely from the opener and again has that all consuming far-reaching sound, in what is the longest song featured on the album. It has a grand feel to it, with an air of optimism as before, which is very refreshing to see in this black metal rooted album. It is questionable if this can even be categorised as this at times, at is so serene and beautiful throughout, but maintains a dark essence through the bleak vocals.

‘Isolated’ has some of the most memorable and catchy riffs going, keeping up the light very positive sound, whilst ‘Irreversible’ packs a harder punch with a large almost symphonic sound.  It is extremely tuneful, with great rhythms which further highlight Lovejoy’s technical skills. First single ‘Relinquish’ soars from the off and dances around in epic glorious tones with menacing anguished screams to accompany, something there is no shortage off throughout, but it works wonderfully.

To close this insightful and cathartic journey is the title track ‘Homecoming’ which opens on an atmospheric quiet intro before later throwing in a curveball in the form of unexpected saxophones – definitely not something you expect to find on a metal album. This certainly stands out, and is both very pleasing and confusing. It ends on some of the most depthful and layered instrumentation seen on the album, making for the perfect closer.

This is not your typical black metal act, this is something new and exciting and should certainly be praised for this interesting exploration of sounds. It is very meaningful and layered through the instrumentation and lyrics, which looks at many aspects of the human experience, including death, loneliness and regret. The focus of the album is about finding strength and resolution through these difficult situations. This takes you on an unforeseen path and is a pleasure to listen to, whilst contemplating life and letting the resonant tones wash over you and take you away into a dream state. Lovejoy should be proud of what he has accomplished here.

SCORE: 4/5

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REVIEW: From Eden To Exile – Modern Disdain


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Northampton Modern metallers From Eden To Exile have been rapidly building a name for themselves since their inception. Early in their career they secured a slot at the ‘New Blood’ stage at Bloodstock festival in 2015 and have played alongside heavyweight acts such as Trivium, Black Label Society, Cannibal Corpse and more. They show no signs of slowing down and are ready to make an even bigger impact with their anticipated debut album ‘Modern Disdain’…

First track ‘Gospel Untold’ is a metal whirlwind, as its crushing, powerful and unforgiving, aided by the stomping heavy guitars and overall impressive guitar work, hellish commanding vocals and strong dark melodies. This makes quite an impressive with this first offering.

Title track ‘Modern Disdain’ again delivers belligerent vocals, fast driven riffs, and defiant and strong lyric statements such as “worked like slaves, if you look at the facts, mankind was born to kneel”, with yet more impressive blistering guitar work again from Tom Kelland and Mike Bell.

Single ‘Volatile’ is vast and tense with charged vocals and guitars. The melodic tones give it a hopeful vibe through the instrumentation, as well as offering up some head banging worthy breakdowns. This acts as a perfect summary of the album.

‘Victim’ keeps up the heat and momentum as seen throughout, with a tense build up and extremely melodic riffs with punishing and effective screamed vocals from Matt Dyne. This is a stand out track for me, as it offers up more diversity than some of the previous tracks. Whilst ‘The Dreamer’ shows some of the best guitar work seen so far, demonstrating their talents further. This is a resonant and all round impressive strong track that is a must hear.

Self-named song ‘From Eden To Exile’ is groove ridden and a great one to let loose too, and again breaking things up a bit and showing something a bit different is ‘What You’ve Done’, which features some interesting rhythms and unpredictable turns.

Closing song ‘Sentiment’ sets out to demolish once again in this last tumultuous blow, largely helped by the effective ambient instrumentation.

This is a very hefty extreme metal album that gives you non-stop intensity, massive breakdowns and strong snarling demanding vocals throughout. From Eden To Exile clearly, execute their craft and impressive musicianship with this debut.

 

SCORE: 4/5

 

From Eden To Exile’s debut album ‘Modern Disdain’ is released 2nd June, via Attic Records/PHD.

 

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REVIEW: Keroscene – Our Time (Single )


REVIEW: Keroscene – Our Time (Single )                                                                                            by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy

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London psychedelic rock act Keroscene are certainly ones to watch, being so early into their career they have already gained the support and attention from NME, Q magazine and more with their unique sound. Impressively they are yet to even release an EP or album, but have grown in popularity solely through their four singles, ‘Regret’, ‘Just Like Zero’, ‘I Can’t Do A Thing’ and ‘Like The First Time’.
Now they are back to create some more noise with their latest single, ‘Our Time’ which was recorded with Matt Peel, (Pulled Apart By Horses, Eagulls) which may be their best yet, again highlighting their ever expanding genre defining sound. The song itself is a bouncy vibrant track, aided by the guitar effects and synth sounds with complimentary resonant vocals, all wrapped in a fuzzy ambience giving it an upbeat vibe that is irresistible to the ear!
The song was written during the band’s days at their ‘Unit 4’ warehouse in West London, and again as the band have displayed before in previous tracks there is a deep meaning behind the lyrics, this time it focuses on the bands time there and how they developed:  “Lyrically the song is inspired by everything currently happening in the world around us, both on a societal level with rapid changes in technology and politics and on a personal level. This apparent lack of tangibility of anything genuinely real in our digital world can sometimes make us feel bored and at odds with a sense of cultural stagnation”.

Keroscene have already shown through their singles that they are not afraid to experiment and explore their musical depth, it will be exciting to see what they do next!
Score: 4/5

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REVIEW: Insanity Cult – of Despair and Self-Destruction


Insanity Cult – of Despair and Self-Destruction  

Review by Ekaterina K. / Dark Art Conspiracy 

Insanity Cult were created back in 2011 by Έκπτωτος (Lead Guitar) and Sacrilegious (Vocals) as a means of deeper inner expression and exploration. In 2012, Beleth (Drums) and Buer (Bass) joined the line up, while Vohamon (Rhythm Guitar) joined a year later in 2013.

Throughout the years the band experimented intensely with their sound and ripened both musically and ideologically, thus new elements were added while some others were removed. The general sound however, was always based around melodies and feelings of melancholy, nihilism, hatred and despair. The first EP “Insanity Be My Kvlt“, which was a raw rehearsal recording, was released in January of 2014, followed by the release of the debut full-length album “As My End Unfolds…” in April of 2015. Now, the band’s second opus is to be released in 11th february of 2017.

To characterize this album can be one word – it’s color of grey, which pretty matches the cover. Grey, addictive melancholy begins with a prologue – “The Light That Drowned Itself” and it felt throughout the album. Tremolos, blast beats and high, hysterical scream are the main elements characterizing this album. However, in some places main carcass is diluted by interesting combinations, as for instance, in the “IX”, clean guitar and scream made a good combination, which add more atmosphere “Interlude-The Bitter Wind of Remembrance” divides album on two parts by its monotonous melody which, however, fits well and doesn’t sound out of place. On the contrary, it aggravates melancholic and fatigue mood of the album. The second part, which consists from three songs is more measured and slow. Band has been progressed in songwriting and composition, releasing an album with good mixing of atmosphere of despair and frozen carcass of black metal riffs.

Score: 4/5

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Tracklist :
Prologue – The Light That Drowned Itself
Seeds of Lesser Gods
All Now Are Wounds
IX
Interlude – The Bitter Wind of Remembrance
In My Abysmal Dreams
Birth of Eos
Sinister Lights and Manic-Depression
Line-up :
Έκπτωτος (Lead Guitar)
Sacrilegious (Vocals)
Buer (Bass)
Vohamon (Rhythm Guitar)
Beleth (Drums, Programmation)
Genre : Black Metal (Traditional)
Label : Ogmios Underground (http://www.ogmiosug.fr)
Release date : February 11th, 2017 (Digipak CD, 6 panels, 8-pages booklet)
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