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Srd - Smrti Sel (2017) - Review

Band: Srd
Album title: Smrti Sel
Release date: 3 February 2017
Label: On Parole

Tracklist:
01. Prologue
02. Deathreign 40-45
03. All Into Nothing
04. Smrti sel
05. I Kill Everything I Fuck
06. Kupa Trpljenja
07. Soči

Srd, which means wrath if translated from Slovenian into English, is a black metal/black'n'roll band from Slovenia. The band was formed in June 2016 in the dark endless plains of Slovenian region Prekmurje, and just over eight months, they released their first full length album, Smrti Sel (messenger of death), through the Slovenian record label On Parole. The project was born out of Goran's studio solo project and quickly attracted four more dark knights, Miha, Dominik, Benjamin and Timo. Srd was very welcomed and acclaimed in the metal scene of Slovenia and due to that was released their debut full-lenght, Smrti Sel.

Smrti Sel is a very well structured concept album, composed of seven tracks around the wrath of God over mankind. One step further, they bring us the exasperation, anger and fury of black metal, blended with this black'n'roll stuff. In my opinion the instruments like a whole, are composed of what I'll call a "light" black metal, extremely influenced by classic metal and a bit by doom and death metal. The sound is quite clean, guitar riffs are genuinely traditional, but without undue distortion. The vocalist is a true raging demon. The anger and the fury transmitted by the vocalist is exciting, engaging and will penetrate in your soul. Magnificent guitar solos here and there just speak for themselves that we deal with a very talented band, bass lines are strong and fortunately enough they don’t come out over the guitars, what is good in my opinion. The other instruments remain homogeneous and really are a backdrop for the vocal, impeccable.

"I Kill Everything I Fuck" is one of the tracks that impressed me most with its dynamic punkish drive. It was not just the content of the lyrics, but the whole song is kind of an anarchic aggression. It is the type of misanthropic music that incites a misanthropic sensation to feel even more disgust over the human race. And even so, the music is contagious and makes you want to hear more and scream at the top of your lungs!

Two tracks on the album are in Slovenian language and one of them is carrying a message from GG Allin (1956-1993), famous punk rocker, known for his extreme and insane performances on stage. The last track on the album, "Soči", is a very good, bleak and murky reinterpretation of famous Slovenian poem written by Simon Gregorčič (1844-1906).

Srd was one of my first encounters with Slovenian black metal scene and I really enjoyed it. And being the first album from an extremely recent band deserves applause. I believe the black metallers worldwide will agree with me if they are open minded enough to accept the fusion of styles proposed by the band. Looking forward to see what comes next from this promising act.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 7,5/10

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Band: Ugasanie
Album title: Eye Of Tunguska
Release date: 22 September 2015
Label: Cryo Chamber

Eye Of Tunguska is certainly Ugasanie’s most refined album to date. The drones, synths and field recordings of nature as well as other unearthly sounds, all flow together perfectly. Eye Of Tunguska is quite complex without ever feeling cluttered or noisy. We are told that Ugasanie was inspired to write this album by “A strange incident (which) took place in the 1990s in late autumn in the taiga. Not far from the epicenter of the Tunguska meteorite impact site. A group of students went hiking to see this legendary site. They lost their way after they decided to spend the night in one of the winter huts built by hunters of the land. Their mutilated bodies were later found near an old abandoned geological base with radiation burns.” Ugasanie paints a vivid picture here of the darkness and pure terror felt by these hikers as they experienced a potential alien or government abduction and their ensuing deaths. Ugasanie always amazes with his use of atmosphere coupled with a compelling plot. Eye Of Tunguska brings more of what we love of Ugasanie in a quite different manner than previous albums. While the sounds may be more subtle, the overarching story appears to better plotted than ever. Eye Of Tunguska is highly recommended for those who love dark ambient with sci-fi and/or polar isolation elements, not to mention a bit of horror-scape.

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