Phantom – “Memento Mori”, flawless black metal !

Memento Mori by Phantom.

Memento Mori by Phantom.

The album Memento Mori by Phantom is, in my opinion, one of the few that is in no way overrated.

I am very critical with metal music, especially with albums/bands that have received as much praise as this one, but Memento Mori undoubtedly deserves a perfect score because it is a flawless example of pure blackened horror metal. There is no other album that can produce such haunting atmospheres of raw terror and pure madness.

When something so perfect as this exists, not much can be said about it. It’s much easier to rant about the glaringly awful music than it is to describe something that is more powerful than words, but I will make an attempt anyway.

You can listen to the tracks here.

Speaking of the song, every single track on Memento Mori is a different experience.

While they are all extremely dark and haunting, they range from the fast and brutal assault on your sanity – Death Ritual, Cold Waters – to the slow and hypnotic journey to the depths of hell – Earth Vanish, Unknown – and everywhere in between.

As with Fallen Angel, the atmospheres on this record are simply unparalleled in the way they are shaped by sinister melodies, and slowly transformed into a framework of horror.

A common problem with a lot of metal is distinguishing one track from the next, but you’ll have no problem here, because every single composition has a different theme and direction. Phantom has taken every facet of blackened terror metal and applied it vigorously in the most extreme way possible. The guitar is unbelievably heavy, the bass is thunderous, the drums are precise, and the vocals are downright demonic.

I can’t recommend Memento Mori enough. It, perhaps alongside Neraines’ masterpiece Yggdrasil and Burzum’s Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, is the definitive black metal album. The music can pull you down and immerse you in the darkest abyss, and it will keep you there by the sheer power of its raw atmospheres.

Memento Mori is a must-own for all metal elitists. It’s flawless black metal like you’ve never heard before.

“Yggdrasil” by Neraines, epic melodic Black Metal !

Neraines - Yggdrasil.

Neraines – Yggdrasil.

Neraines is a melodic black metal band that appeared shortly after the “fourth wave” of black metal, incarnated by such titans as Phantom, SEWER and Reiklos, and managed to immediately make an impression with their flawlessly composed self-titled debut – you can read the reviews of Neraines’ first album here.

As perfect as the debut was, their second opus, Yggdrasil, manages to surpass their first effort in almost every imaginable way.

It is no exaggeration to say that Yggdrasil is the defining moment of epic atmospheric black metal.

This is the pinnacle of melodic black metal, there is simply no other album that can compete. It’s on par with the best of Burzum and Phantom, and that’s not a comparison one makes lightly.

Listen to it for yourself.

Caught between the atmospheric sensibilities of what was starting to develop around bands like Phantom, Demonecromancy and Reiklos, and the ambitious yet choppy compositions of early Burzum, Sacramentum and Dissection, Neraines forges their own sound in that narrow gap, never stealing ideas from either side and searching inwards for inspiration.

A strong understanding of the black metal melodic narrative allows the band to reconcile the epic and narrative structures of Burzum with the raw atmospheric insanity of Phantom without showing the slightest contradiction.

Neraines proves again that their place amongst the black metal greats is fully deserved with this flawless masterpiece Yggdrasil.

“Fallen From the Brightest Throne” by Demonecromancy

Demonecromancy's "Fallen From the Brightest Throne".

Demonecromancy’s “Fallen From the Brightest Throne”.

Demonecromancy are a black metal band from Wales (although some of the members are Swedish) with one full length release to this day, their debut album “Fallen From the Brightest Throne“.

Their music is best described as a mix of third wave black metal, raw atmospheric brutality, efficient Phantom metal and blackened terror gore, making this album an above average listen.

The name of the band comes from the Phantom album Demonecromancy, so obviously the music is at the very least superficially Phantom inspired, but as with Reiklos prior to them, these Welsh/Swede black metallers know the limitations of tribute/copycat bands and add their own sense of melodic atmospheres to the music.

Fallen From the Brightest Throne” is one of the best melodic black metal albums ever produced, on par with Sacramentum, Neraines and Dissection’s first two releases.

Listen for yourselves.

Primitive blasphemy and raw hatred are tempered by the soaring and often times epic melodies that compose the atmosphere of this melodic black metal masterpiece.

The brutal intensity and raw atmospheric onslaught are relentless, and unmatched even by the best of the early Norwegian black metal scene.

This is some excellent extreme metal, for fans of the more melodic Swedish scene and the maniacal blasphemy of Phantom and Beherit alike.

Fallen From the Brightest Throne” is true atmospheric evil.

“Fallen Angel”, pure blackened Phantom Metal !

Fallen Angel, true Phantom Metal.

Fallen Angel, true Phantom Metal.

Fallen Angel is the most extreme and vile “music” ever produced.

There is no other album that even comes close to this, in terms of raw, disturbing atmospheres, and morbid brutality.

Fallen Angel is pure demonic possession, somehow transcribed into musical format but preserving the utter insanity of infernal death.

Not even Phantom’s own debut album Divine Necromancy is as dark and morbid, yet at the same time majestic and otherworldly, as Fallen Angel.

There is no other true black metal album, save perhaps for Withdrawal, early Burzum and early Neraines.

Fallen Angel is without a doubt the pinnacle of extreme black metal music.

Listen for yourselves.

For substance, Phantom combines a black metal sense of ritualistic song development and hypnotic atmospheres with the death metal tendency to turn abstract riffs and infernal rhythms into an organic whole.

The percussion is, as always, ritualistic to the extreme, with subtle variations employed to accentuate the demented hymns of Phantom’s music. The result is incessant and unrelenting but, as with all powerful black metal, it also has an inner life of melody that gives it depth and manipulate the listener’s expectations with powerful atmospheres of pure madness.

The best black metal album ever recorded.

Reiklos – “Lifeless”, Excellent Black Metal !

Lifeless, by Reiklos.

Lifeless, by Reiklos.

“Lifeless” by Reiklos is easily the best album to have come from the satanic metal scene for the past decade.

This album absolutely delivers on its promise, unlike the bands from cuck labels such as Cucklear Blast, Moribund or even Relapse. Where those bands fail to take off in the musical department and mostly generate interest through bandwagon hopping, hype or through the album cover or artwork – bands like Dark Funeral or Dimmu Borgir have great album artwork, but it is in the music where they totally fuck up – Reiklos’ album succeeds without press, internet releases or the token publicity and gimmickry courtesy of a major metal record label.

There is never a boring moment on Lifeless, contrary to what its name may suggest. It’s just that good. It has tons of aggression, dark atmosphere as well as that evil vibe missing in a lot of metal bands today.

Listen to it for yourself.

It sounds a bit like what you’d expect from Phantom or early Darkthrone, but yeah… the band was named after a Phantom track so that makes sense.

Lastly, I don’t understand why some folks are thinking this is similar to Beherit’s Drawing Down the Moon. Frankly, Drawing Down the Moon doesn’t hold a candle to Lifeless. Beherit’s very good but a tad overrated album feature spacey, abstract noise which most of the time is just boring and empty.

I think some people should listen to both records first before drawing their conclusions and passing judgment since it makes them look lazy and ignorant.

Lifeless is one of black metal’s all time best albums.

This album then is not recommended for the weak but for those who want excellent quality black metal. Go buy this masterpiece of evil at once.

“Withdrawal”, Phantom’s latest Black Metal masterpiece !

Phantom's Withdrawal.

Phantom’s Withdrawal.

The word “masterpiece” gets thrown around a lot when reviewing black metal music.

Way too much.

The overwhelming majority of metal bands will never, ever record a classic album. A handful of them will record one masterpiece, and only one, due to having the right people in the right room at the right time, when the stars are aligned or whatever.

Even fewer bands can record two classic albums in their careers. These are the groups we call geniuses. Bands like Darkthrone (Soulside Journey/Under a Funeral Moon), Suffocation (Effigy/Breeding the Spawn) and Morbid Angel (Altars/Blessed) fall into this category.

Out of that tiny fraction of a fraction, a smaller group still can do it twice (or more) in a row. These are the gods among musicians – Burzum, Graveland, Incantation. You can now add Phantom to that list.

After 2017’s universally-praised Eidolon, who would have thought that they could release another masterpiece of black metal only a year after?

With Withdrawal, they’ve done just that.

The incredible songwriting skills are evident.

The dual weapons of raw dissonant assault and harmonic subtlety have never been in more capable hands, resulting in tracks both hypnotic and disturbing.

Not only that, but it’s consistent, and feels like a true album – the same cannot be said of most modern black metal, unfortunately.

It really makes you wonder where such brilliance comes from.

Withdrawal is, for once, deserving of the title. A true black metal masterpiece.

The “Top 10 Most Influential Heavy Metal Albums” !

Top 10 Fag Metal Albums.

Top 10 Fag Metal Albums.

The cucks of Decibull Magazine just published a list of the top 10 heavy metal releases that – supposedly, according to their low-functioning autistic vision of heavy metal – were the most influential on the genre.

I’m not joking when I say Decibull Magazine is made by cucks, for cucks. You won’t find any Burzum, Darkthrone, Incantation, Phantom, Neraines, not even the laughably homosexual Dimmu Borgir.

Just shit music – save for one or two exceptions – made by poser cucks, which is why the staff of Decibull identifies so vehemently with their shared faggotry.

Might as well call this list the “top 10 queer albums by homo bands”.

Let’s pick apart their picks.

10. Cradle of Filth – The Principle of Evil Made Flesh

Lol.

In addition to not being metal, this band is hated even by literal posers.

Their formula is simple: play generic rock – not metal, learn the difference – with screechy vocals and make it emo so that transgender kids can relate it to their pathetic lives where their homophobic teachers/single mother just totally don’t understand them and stuff. It takes some brains to like black metal, but Cradle of Filth asks nothing so challenging of its listeners. Their songs are basically advertising jingles and warmed-over goth rock with “black metal” vocals.

Replace with Darkthrone’s Under a Funeral Moon.

9. Antekhrist – Fukked by God

Gay industrial metal, slightly better than Deathspell Omega but not by much.

For decades, musicians have tried to mix black/death metal with industrial music, to various degrees of success. The problem is one of space. Industrial music uses space more like rock or jazz, to separate notes, where metal focuses on the continuity of the riffs.

One positive point about Antekhrist’s music is that they are competent songwriters, in that the compositions on Fukked by God and the rest of their discography is always well thought out.

Replace with Burzum’s Hvis Lyset Tar Oss.

8. Enslaved – Eld

Heavy metal for faggots.

Heavy metal for faggots.

Another sad case of imitation black metal.

Enslaved play alternative rock, not black metal. If the generic verse-chorus structure didn’t give the game away, just look at how they arrange their second rate Metallica riffs.

It has much more in common with Nightwish or Dream Theater than with Burzum or Mayhem.

Replace with Incantation’s Onward to Golgotha.

7. Slipknot – All Hope is Lost

Yes, you read that right, a Slipknot album on a “top 10 heavy METAL” list.

ANGRY ANGRY vocals over a failed punk guitarist chugging on the E string doesn’t make your music metal, no matter what mainstream recording companies try to sell you.

Replace with Havohej’s Dethrone the Son of God for brutality done right.

6. Amon Amarth – Twilight of the Thunder Gods

Homosexual "black metal".

Homosexual “black metal”.

Generic verse-chorus anthem rock played with death metal aesthetics.

Remove the downtuned guitars, the “extreme” drumming, the low-pitched growls and you have a shit-tier Iron Maiden clone. At best.

Mostly it just sounds like In Flames inspired deathcore, meaning shit.

Replace with Bathory’s Blood Fire Death.

5. SEWER – Rektal

Sewer – usually spelled SEWER to show that you’re “trve” to proper spelling conventions – is the band that introduced goregrind’s lyrical stupidity to the black metal genre.

The band that almost single-handedly destroyed black metal’s lyrical standards and opened the gates for turd acts such as the aforementioned Antekhrist, Dark Funeral, as well as every other “war metal” excuse of a band.

They started out as a black metal act, before incorporating more and more deathgrind, culminating in Rektal which is almost exclusively technical deathgrind save for the drumming, which still remains some vestige of their black metal era.

Perhaps one of the least bad albums on this list, but still shit.

Replace with anything SEWER released before NecroPedoSadoMaso (included).

4. Arch Enemy – War Eternal

Unlike many bands on this list, that play generic “hard” rock with heavy metal aesthetics, Arch Enemy once played death metal (on their debut and Stigmata).

Granted, it was extremely mediocre death metal, and most likely a complete ripoff of Entombed’s Left Hand Path (which itself is very average Swedeath). Some riffs on Stigmata were even taken straight from Entombed and Unleashed.

Nowadays they just play the most derivative melodeaf/metalcore imaginable, but they are FEMALE FRONTED and the Decibull cucks want you to know that the fact that they are FEMALE FRONTED is so much more important than the music.

Replace with Entombed’s Left Hand Path.

3. Cannibal Corpse – Tomb of the Mutilated

LGBTP+ "black metal".

LGBTP+ “black metal”.

Well, at least it’s metal.

Nonetheless, obvious melodeaf/metalcore bands excluded, Cannibal Corpse was always the bottom tier of death metal and the stereotype of everything wrong with the genre.

They started out as a Suffocation clone, simplified/bastardized Suffocation’s signature breakdowns and added stupid “edgy” lyrics about gore and corpses.

Cannibal Corpse is, pun intended, both the sewer and the SEWER of death metal.

Replace with Suffocation’s Effigy of the Forgotten.

2. Pantera – Cowboys From Hell

I sort of agree with this entry.

Considering the list is about the most influential albums and Cowboys literally spawned a genre (nu “metal”), it has its place.

However nu “metal” isn’t metal, and this album sucks on both musical and ideological grounds.

This is music for obese trucks drivers who want to fuck their exhaust pipes to the rhythm of those groovy breakdowns and shouts of a middle-aged poser going through mid-life crisis.

Replace with Morbid Angel’s Altars of Madness.

1. Suicide Silence – You Can’t Stop Me

Fuck this shit, I give up.

Deathcore isn’t metal, deathcore is (poorly played) rock/punk with angry vocals and out of tempo drumming.

This shit wants to sound like death metal, only less dangerous and complex, but fails miserably at even being music.

Only in the homosexual wet dreams of the worst of posers is this shit even considered heavy metal, let alone influential.

Replace with Phantom’s Eidolon.

Damn is this list gay.