Wiegedood -De Doden Hebben het Goed II

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Label: Consouling Sounds

It doesn’t feel like it was long since the first album from Wiegedood was released, with the Church Of Ra affiliated band unleashing a masterclass in modern black metal that rightly saw them lavished with praise. In the almost two years since the release of De Doden Hebben Het Goeg, the band have been touring and generally building upon the buzz surrounding them, meaning that expectations are high for the follow-up. Now that it’s here, does De Doden Hebben Het Goeg II meet them? The answer is: absolutely. It takes all that was good about the debut and doubles down on it, resulting in an album that is intense, captivating, and sure to be recognised as one of 2017’s finest.

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2015 Favourites – IV

Here’s the fourth part of my 2015 A-Z favourites. One more post remains after this one, containing my 5 favourites, so if there was a record notable by its omission, there’s every chance it will be in my top 5. If you missed the previous posts, then you can always go back and read through parts one, two, and three.

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2015 Favourites – II

Following on from the first A-Z section of my 2015 favourites – which can be found here – here is the second part. As always, these are maybe not the best albums, but that is such a subjective, loaded term that it is all but impossible to write about with any authority. What can be stated, though, is that over the course of the year, the albums features have proven, without doubt, to be my favourites, with lasting appeal that kept me coming back to them.

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SardoniS – III

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Label: Consouling Sounds

Whilst there’s obviously nothing wrong with the artier and more subtle strands of metal, sometimes all you’re after is something straight to the point. There’s something to be said for a direct display of strength and power, which is where Belgian duo SarsoniS come in. They don’t so much strip doom and stoner to their roots, as they follow through to the obvious conclusion. III – their third album – features no vocals, no technical self-indulgence, and barely an ounce of musical fat. This is metal that is all about the riffs, the drums, and the glorious way they work together to crush your skull.

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IIVII – Colony

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Label: Consouling Sounds 

Colony is an ambitious album. IIVII is described as an “ambient-fiction project” by sole member Josh Graham (A Storm Of Light, Red Sparowes, and past contributor to a whole host of other projects, including Neurosis), and that description is well earned. The fiction part is especially important. Whilst many instrumental bands can be described as telling their stories in cinematic terms, Colony goes beyond that, and over the course of 50 instrumental minutes, tells the kind of story that has real depth and history, with the full grandeur of what is on offer more hinted at and shown in glimpses than revealed in full. For sure, the dark ambient on offer is very strong; but rather than other musicians, it makes me think of the greatest, most captivating of sci-fi novels, where the real power is between the lines. And like such novels, it desperately leaves me wanting more.

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Deuil – Shock/Deny

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Label: Consouling Sounds

We all experience loss in our lives at some point. No one avoids death. This fact is something that is integral to the music of Deuil (translation: mourning). On Shock/Deny, they explore the first two stages of the grieving process, expressing themselves through cathartic blackened doom. As you might imagine, this is no easy listen; but nor should it be. This is music for dealing with the darkest of times, when it seems that there is no end in sight. As heavy as the themes they deal with, Shock/Deny is a challenging, immersive listen that leads you down some very dark roads, but by the end, leaves the listener feeling cleansed, as if some burden has been lifted from their soul.

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