Thursday, November 29, 2018



New Wave of First Wave Black Metal (NWOFWBM)

Do you ever get sick of listening to Celtic Frost? No? What about Hellhammer? No, too, huh? Well, since they don’t exist anymore, can I offer you another band whom I believe you will enjoy very much? Have I got a deal for you!
Their name is Dreadful Relic, and they released a superb CF/Hellhammer/first wave worship album in February. Even though the cover of the album looks more like a melodeath band (or something…I’m not really certain honestly), this is pure, simple, battering first wave black metal at its finest. The band’s biggest strength perhaps might be seen as its biggest weakness by some: these guys really sound like Tom G. Warrior and co. I mean, if the vocals weren’t different, I might think this was some lost CF release around the time of To Mega Therion. Fortunately, these guys have unique, deep, black metal vocals rather than Tommy G’s signature shout. It works really well in this context and I found it enjoyable throughout. Warm guitars punch out riff after riff of Celtic chaos that will have you banging your head from start to finish. They do an excellent job of mimicking the “is it black metal or is it something else or is it just its own thing” riffs of CF and Hellhammer. You’re asking if there are solos. Yes, there are solos, but they’re mostly just tremolo ravaged, maniacal shredders that serve to increase the turmoil. Occasionally, twisted melodies appear in the background, but these are just barely audible and are not the primary draw here. For the most part, this thing is fast paced and mean, simple and aggressive—no frills at all. The drummer just pounds away relentlessly, utilizing simple beat after simple beat to increase the power and force of the almighty riffs. The bass kind of just fuzzes in the background but provides a nice backdrop for the rest of the band. Occasionally one is provided a break from the madness—these come in the form of an intro (“Crom’s Ruinous Winds”), an interlude (“Stygian Oath”), and an outro (“Black doom in the Serpent’s Nest”). Otherwise, be prepared to be mutilated in just the most pleasant way.
I really wish I could write more about this album, because it is high quality, but it’s very difficult to move past “it sounds like Celtic Frost,” because there really isn’t a better way to describe these guys. This album is something special and something you’ve heard before at the same time. On the one hand, we’ve heard this done better by Celtic Frost. But on the other hand, nobody could expect someone to do To Mega Therion better than them, and these guys do it better than most. If you’re looking to re-enter the Circle of the Tyrants, give this one a shot.


For those who have read the interview with this band featured on the tenth edition of Psicoterror, will know that Dreadful Relic are not a band with the premise of re-creating a sound already exploited far and wide through the entire history of Black and death metal. They do it for a reason, though. The link between the archaic elements within black and death metal in lyrics are music are intertwined and they simply belong to each other. Dreadful Relic explores not only the foundations of Black and death metal musically, but also they have explored and dive deep with the pre-historic writings of Robert E. Howard which served perfectly to illustrate and justify their musical introspection. “Hyborian Sorcery” is a journey to the foundations of ancient metal and ancient mythical realms, where Gods, Men, Demigods and Demons interacted in such a way of Barbaric Conflict and struggle for domination. In order to properly illustrate this, they have chosen to go into the very roots of metal, being Hellhammer / Celtic frost and old Samael their main influences. Yes, their songs may become intuitive for those who are familiar with these bands, but they do manage somehow to impress with unexpected elements within their music. As with previous releases, they have also included a few ambient pieces to set the mood of the record and surprisingly they work well.
Dreadful Relic is a band which is showing to the new generations the primigenious and basic elements which forged Black and Death metal, and making everything anew as a remembrance of what Archaic metal was, and how this can’t be changed with Time, even if trends may come and go.


When I put this record on I wasnt sure what to think. It was great, it was evil, and it was nostalgic. But.. What is this?
I am reminded of Celtic Frost when I listen to this album, for it's one of those bands who clearly have a blackened twost on classic genres, with a heavily distort but smooth guitars delivery. Yet, this album is anything but a Celtic Frost worship band.
The bass guitar is so crushing, the distortion serves as a solid backdrop for this energetic and ferocious riffage. It's like being kicked in the ribs at a moderaye pace, just casually bein brutalized.
The vocals really sell this album. It's like a mix of Tom Warrior and (ND)
As mentioned, the nostalgia is worth talking about. I love how many first wave black metal this album crams in without being another copy / worship band. The main riff in the title track for example, reminds me loosely of Slayer's "Die By The Sword"; "The Runik Citadel" reminds me loosely of Celtic Frost's "Procreation of the Wicked"; "Gravedigger of a Rotten World" reminds me of a Welcome to Hell era Venom song.
I mean this album is a buldozer of a fucking album and has such a carefree riff style with threatening and agressive vocals. I just love how nostalgic, while refraining from being another clone, this album is. Triumphant little bastard

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 Also available:

DREADFUL RELIC Archaic Conjurations TAPE
DREADFUL RELIC Warlords of Cosmic Sovereign TAPE
 DREADFUL RELIC Combat Alchemist 7"EP 


 DREADFUL RELIC Antediluvian Terror T-SHIRT
DREADFUL RELIC Deathskull of Stygia PATCH

Friday, November 23, 2018




Blasphemous Ambient Death! Cult Demo 1992 now officially released on CD format. Remastered during 2018 by Equitant.
EQUIMANTHORN's blasphemic emergence commenced upon the FROST & FIRE RECORDS release of "Entrance to The Ancient Flame", a five part ceremonial ritual of spiritual invocation. The EQUIMANTHORN belief carried by EQUITANT (Crushing and Blasphemous guitars), PROSCRIPTOR (Unholy Chants from the Underground), SHAFTIEL NUCTEMERON (Black Screams of Hate), and BLACK MASS PRAYER (Inverted Keys from the City of UR). Through the droned ceremonial offerings EQUIMANTHORN expresses anguish and hatred without forgetting an ironic twist to the ending of their gathering of incantations.

DREADFUL RELIC Hyborian Sorcery CD

Second press of the debut album of this BLACK MYTHICAL METAL band from Hellas. Ten spells, curses and other MORBID TALES of APOCALYPTIC RAIDS!


DREADFUL RELIC Archaic Conjurations TAPE
DREADFUL RELIC Warlords of Cosmic Sovereign TAPE
DREADFUL RELIC Combat Alchemist 7"EP (Last copies!)
GRUDOM Fjolkyngi Digi CD (Last copies!)
ADYTUM Consecration MCD

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Warfare Soundtrack

"It's not a pretty song by any means. An aural blitzkrieg whose chorus climaxes with the lines, 'The final swing is not a drill/It's how many people I can kill,' it is filled with brutal images and blaring guitars, all propelled at the breathless pace of thrash metal." 

"So accurately sums up the controlled panic of combat that the Army itself has been using Slayer songs to psych its troops for military maneuvers in the Saudi desert"
J. D. Considine - The Baltimore Sun (15/02/1991)

Friday, November 16, 2018

Aesthetics of War

"For twenty-seven years, we Futurists have rebelled against the idea that war is anti-aesthetic…. 
We therefore state: … War is beautiful because - thanks to its gas masks, its terrifying megaphones, its flame throwers, and light tanks-it establishes man’s dominion over the subjugated machine. War is beautiful because it inaugurates the dreamed-of metallization of the human body. War is beautiful because it enriches a flowering meadow with the fiery orchids of machine-guns. War is beautiful because it combines gllnfire) barrages, cease-fires, scents, and the fragrance of putrefaction into a symphony. War is beautiful because it creates new architectures, like those of armored tanks, geometric squadrons of aircraft, spirals of smoke from burning villages, and much more. . . . Poets and artists of Futurism,… remember these principles of an aesthetic of war, that they may illuminate … your struggles for a new poetry and a new sculpture!"
 Manifesto for the Colonial War in Ethiopia


Sunday, November 11, 2018

The First Brother War - Remembering Its End


11th of November 1918 is the official date that the WWI ended.

"And yet the strangest thing of all was not the horror of the landscape in itself, but the fact that these scenes, such as the world had never known before, were fashioned by men who intended them to be a decisive end to the war. Thus all the frightfulness that the mind of man could devise was brought into the field; and there, where lately there had been the idyllic picture of rural peace, there was as faithful a picture of the soul of scientific war."

 "For I cannot too often repeat, a battle was no longer an episode that spent itselt in blood and fire; it was a condition of things that dug itself in remorselessly week after week and even month after month. What was a man's life in this wilderness whose vapor was laden with the stench of thousands upon thousands of decaying bodies? Death lay in ambush for each one in every shell-hole, merciless, and making one merciless in turn. Chivalry here took a final farewell. It had to yield to the heightened intensity of war, just as all fine and personal feeling has to yield when machinery gets the upper hand. The Europe of today appeared here for the first time on the field of battle."

Exrepts taken from :
Ernst Jünger - Storm of Steel



Friday, November 9, 2018

The 9th of November - March on the Feldherrnhalle

"You can see that what motivates us is neither self-conceit or self-interest, but only a burning desire to join the battle in this grave eleventh hour for our German Fatherland ... One last thing I can tell you. Either the German revolution begins tonight or we will all be dead by dawn!"


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Echoes of Solitude and Forest Wandering

Original Title : Snø Og Granskog
Poem by

Music from : DARKTHRONE "Panzerfaust" (1995)



Talk about what home is—
snow and spruce forest
is home.

From the very start
it is ours.
Before anyone has told us
that it is snow and spruce forest,
it has its place in us—
and then it is there
the whole, whole time.

Waist-high drift
around dark trees
—it's here for us!
Mixed into our own breath.
The whole, whole time,
though no one sees it,
we have snow and spruce forest with us.

Yes, the hill under snow,
and tree upon tree
as far as you gaze—
wherever we are
we find ourselves
facing this.

And have in us a promise
about coming home.
Coming home,
going out there,
bending branches,
and feeling so it flares in you
what it is to be where you belong.
The whole, whole time,
until it is put out in our inland hearts.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Lost in Klessin - 2018 Film

Trailer of Lost in Klessin (2018).
 After "Wir Waren Kameraden" (by Peter Filmproduktion), Heintje Peter directed his second movie called "Lost in Klessin"

The main story of  Verloren in Klessin (Lost in Klessin) focuses on the events that took place near the river Oder in February/March 1945. While the Russians moved closer towards German home ground and towards Berlin forces were drawn to Klessin, a small village located not far from a strategic crossing over the river Oder. At the same time refugees from former German territories already in Russian control pass the area. Captain von Stock and his battle group come upon a trek of refugees and aide them find shelter and rest before they continue their journey to the west. The narration alternates between the military and political events of the time and the deeply personal relationship between Captain von Stock and a small girl who lost her mother fleeing from the approaching Red Army.

More info, pics etc HERE