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01. Aeon Sable
- Aether
02. Amorphis
- Queen Of Time
03. Atrium Carceri
- Codex
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- Eonian
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- I Loved You At Your Darkest
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- Waiting For The Endless Dawn
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Blood Of Serpents - Sulphur Sovereign (2018) - Review

Band: Blood Of Serpents
Album title: Sulphur Sovereign
Release date: 25 September 2018
Label: Non Serviam Records

Tracklist:
01. Mater Tenebris
02. In Darkness, Brotherhood
03. Devil's Tongue
04. Evictor Of Christ
05. As The Temple Burns
06. Canticle
07. As Nocturnal Dimensions Beckon
08. Upon Waters Dark
09. Prophet Of A False Faith
10. A Void Between Worlds

Black metallers Blood Of Serpents hails from the deep forests of Småland, Sweden, and Sulphur Sovereign is the bands' second full length album, and the first one featuring drummer Christoffer Andersson and vocalist Thomas Clifford known from Throne Of Heresy and Abscession. The band debuted in 2012 with the EP Leave You To The Flies, which was followed in 2013 by the second EP Mind Made For Murder and finally in 2014 by the debut full-length Black Dawn.

The new album Sulphur Sovereign is slated to be a standout black metal release of 2018 and upon hearing the first track it becomes clear what we are in for, this is pure crushing evil black metal, without leaving to much room for melodies, but yet there's some space for some indulgent impeding melodic patterns that arise from the shadows to make everything a bit more audacious, with all this the band carriers forward the style that has a lot in common with bands such are Marduk, Belphegor, Funeral Mist and Dark Funeral.

The thing that made me fall in love with this record is the sound intensity and the speed, mostly because I'm a huge sucker for bands like Marduk or Belphegor and it's quite clear that fans of those bands will love this album. Each one of the tracks on this album breaks the standards of today's black metal production. Blood Of Serpents know clearly what they are doing in terms of building up the hype and mystery surrounding the album, just listen for example to the majestic almost epic track  "As The Temple Burns" and you'll understand what's my point.

Each track brings back memories of the good old days when albums of black/death metal pioneers like Belpegor, early Behemoth, Endstille,... were dominating the scene with their ferocious uncompromising black metal. Blood Of Serpents with Sulphur Sovereign have released that kind of an album that will change the scene for the better with raging guitars, insane drums and harsh vocals from the depths of hell.
 
The band offers throughout the album very dense and rich sound that reminds in the first place especially to Marduk's early output Frontschwein or Serpent Sermon. So, I think that you understand what are you in front of and if you are a fan of the bands mentioned above then Blood Of Serpents new album Sulphur Soverreign will be your lucky hit for sure! The album drops on 25th of September so be sure to not to miss out this majestic album from these Swedish black metal masters. This is an anti-theistic opus for those who see through the thin veil of religious servitude, it's an album that in the first place draws on a respectful Swedish black/death tradition, but yet it's not just repeating the old patterns.

Review written by: Oliver
Rating: 8/10

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Band: Born For Bliss
Album title: Falling Back To Never
Release date: 16 October 2015
Label: Echozone

Born For Bliss is finally back with an album that's by all means a proper masterpiece, Falling Back To Never, which takes with such an ease the listener into a magical world that can be rarely witnessed. Falling Back To Never is like a story told in twelve chapters and as the opener "Innocent" is repetitively saying, "tell me your story, tell me you're innocent...", you know in an instant what will be about lyricaly wise. If the opening song can be counted like a rather hypnotic and psychedelic, yet very multidimensional introduction into Falling Back To Never, the real drama and whole new world opens up with "This Narrow Place". The sound on the album is somehow complex, constantly divided between the emotional, gentle, atmospheric new wave sound, and the one a bit more hypnotic, but still there's not a single second on it where it loses its extraordinary pathos. The vocal job is simply breathtaking, it's difficult to explain what kind of a power, passion and emotion is poured into it, let it be when Frank sings alone or in a duet with Lori, one of the finest examples of such a duet must be the driving "Better Than Me". The overall very atmospheric sound is often enriched with use of various electronics, synths, piano touches and much more other well thought insertions. The one who takes this sonic journey must be satisfied in the end, because albums like it's Falling Back To Never are rarely released these days. A masterpiece!

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