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Cold Fell - Irwell (2017) - Review

Band: Cold Fell
Album title: Irwell
Release date: 03 March 2017
Label: Argento Records

Tracklist:
1. Skull Crushed Against Salford Cobblestones
2. Bone Ceiling
3. Folly (Health And Glory)
4. Spleen i (In Vino Veritas)
5. Spleen ii (Bruised Like Fruit)
6. The whip (Armed To The Teeth)
7. Dream Of Seppuku

Cold Fell is a black metal band from Manchester, England, formed in 2012, the line-up consist of mastermind Laurence Taylor (vocals/lyrics) and four more members. They released their first demo in 2013 with two tracks. Now, four years after the demo is released, Cold Fell returns with an album that shows us their dedication in keeping the roots of black metal. In his own words, Taylor says that they create black metal which is straightforward and aggressive but original without veering into self-indulgent avant garde territory. Cold Fell approache in the songs a different theme from other bands from the north that explore Norse mythology or related subjects. The band focuses its musical theme in the present day, in the harsh existence and struggles the residents from decaying Northern towns faces every day.

Irwell was released on 3rd March, 2017 by Argento Records, was mixed and mastered by Tom Dring at Vagrant (Dragged Into Sunlight, Corrupt Moral Altar) and the fascinating cover artwork was done by Mark McCoy. This album consists of seven tracks where we find “tears” of light in the dark veil of black metal negativity. The opener "Skull Crushed Against Salford Cobblestones" is a 8 minute long track which begins with guitar dissonances and marching drums and smoothly undergoes to a melodic transition with clean guitars. The songs are heavily influenced by acts such as Gorgoroth, Watain and Darkthrone. At least in four of the seven tracks, the similarity is striking. “Bone Ceiling”, “The Whip (Armed To The Teeth)”, and “Dream Of Seppuku” are the most powerful songs in the entire album and as well my favorite ones. The second track, “Bone Ceiling", is aggressive and frosty. “Dream Of Seppuku" while having the typical black metal guitar riffs, blends together melodic moments and straight to the end an intriguing duet between guitar and classic piano.

I can say that Irwell is a very good and interesting album, beside the intention of the band to maintain the original black metal, we get something that is still more polished and quite modern. Even so, those who remain true to the roots of the genre will be satisfied. Since those "modern elements" introduced don't destroy the image of the traditional black metal strand.

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

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Band: Batalion d'Amour
Album title: Fenix
Release date: 4 November 2016
Label: Echozone

Eleven long years after their last full-lenght, Niya, the Polish female fronted combo Batalion d'Amour returns among the living with their sixth album. Songs of the band got more depth, even more heaviness with addition of heavy riffs, but most of all everything became more subtle, catchy, romantic and with a high dose of sensibility. The instrumental side is leaning now more than ever towards synth rock, gothic and even progressive rock/metal, with a huge dose of atmosphere and catchy pop melodies offers sometimes an otherworldy sonic experience. There's still present some dark wave and absolutely the band doesn't forget their roots in gothic rock, just listen to those typical sparkly gothy guitars and strong reverberate bass lines in almost every song, not to mention those gloomy synths and electronics that so smoothly deepens the whole ambiance. Fenix is an addictive and captivating storm of beautiful yet refreshing dark rock music!

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