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Eonian
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07. Crone -
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Funeral Winds - Sinister Creed (2018) - Review

Band: Funeral Winds
Album title: Sinister Creed
Release date: 29 January 2018
Label: Avantgarde Music

Tracklist:
01. The Road To Perdition    
02. Cursed Is This Pantheon Of Flesh    
03. The Arrival    
04. Sinister Creed    
05. Blood    
06. Black Moon Over Saturn    
07. Sekhmet    
08. Nunc et in Hora Mortis Nostrae

So we have bands that with the passage of time evolve the style and others that settle in the past and remain. Funeral Winds is a classic name among the classic elders of 1990, I will cite some names like Darkthrone, Beherit, Immortal and Impaled Nazarene, to situate the readers. Fans of devotion to the chaos and true spirit of 90s black metal will be largely satisfied with Sinister Creed. Another interesting detail is that Funeral Winds, despite existing for 27 years, have released only four full-length albums so far, including the brand new, Sinister Creed, that came out at the end of last month. Definitely not a prolific band, the Dutch offspring of multi-instrumentalist Hellchrist Xul (Domini Inferi, Haatstrijd, ex-Inferi, ex-Azelisassath) with this album reinforces the worship of hell and shows his roots with fury, hatred, anger, scorn,... everything typical of an era.

With the opener "The Road To Perdition", Funeral Winds makes a direct punch of unlimited speed and aggression and gives the proper tone to the rest of what is following. Wow! I felt like 20 years old again, with my baseless revolt for many and my psychological problems inflicted by others. This is a hellish aggressive album that in the next 30 minutes kept my eyes closed and my mind immersed in the insanity of my early years, I honestly plunged into an involuntary regression by being exposed to the music of Funeral Winds.

"Cursed Is This Pantheon Of Flesh" and the subsequent tracks don't show a great change in direction, the band keeps with the same aggressive and speeding style from the beginning. "Black Moon Over Saturn" starts with extremely promising operatic background vocals, but it feels a bit uncomfortable and after that everything remains the same, too much generic black metal. The track "Sekhmet" has a nice a bit more slow part that reminds to early Bathory, Hellhammer or very early Celtic Frost. I liked a lot the last track, "Nunc et in Hora Mortis Nostrae", it has a good sound structure, good riffs and leads, this track stands out from the rest of the album, it's more polished and a good ending to this somewhat disturbing album.
 
Sincerely, the other tracks should follow in this direction. As favourite tracks I would choose the first, and the last one without a shadow of a doubt, okay, maybe "Cursed Is This Pantheon Of Flesh". As for the other tracks, I found a lot of repetition and some lack of ideas. The band is undoubtedly great, a frozen fossil that due to recent climate changes became unfrozen and came crashing into our 21st century. I expect that in the future a new album will appear with tracks like the album-closer and then I'll have nothing to complain about, well, maybe. And, to close my review I want to say that this album is for lovers of the raw and demonic black metal of the early 90s, absolutely not for those who dig up more "polite" style that evolved inside black metal nowadays.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 7/10

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Band: Cradle Of Filth
Album title: Hammer Of The Witches
Release date: 10 July 2015
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Cradle Of Filth promised to go back to their roots with this opus and they were not kidding, ok, not entirely, but that scarry gothy feeling throughout the songs is back again. In a way that's the crucial point in Hammer Of The Witches which still mantains the technical factor heard on the previous album, The Manticore & Other Horrors, on a high level, but like it or not the song structures are much more flowing and ambiance is gloomier than on a couple of previous albums. The pace of the album is for most of the time very fast and explosive, with numerous thrash metal elements, combined with typical heavy metal tradition, blasphemous blackened lines, symphonic insertions and a couple of gothic metal structures, all well balanced together into one hellish dark entity. The sound of Hammer Of The Witches is energetic, rich, dense, very dynamic, groovy and most of all it's intense. The band continues with its tradition of infusing each album with conceptual elements that embolden the songs' dramatic execution, the album's title gleefully flips the historical script, turning the tables on the gruesome witch hunts of 16th and 17th century Europe and exacting some hard-earned vengeance on behalf of all of those who suffered persecution at the hands of religious zealots during that turbulent period in history. The hammer is coming down, hard, and revenge will be sweet indeed.

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