Kamphar- Mellon Skogkledde Aaser (1997/2004)

What ding-dong dreamed up the idea to “digitally remastered” this album? Emperor started that stupid trend. While that album did sound like it was recorded in a cave with a bear being water-boarded in the background. But that was the exception, not the rule. Messing with the original version of an album has the same mentality as moving Confederate war memorials. It is an attempt to make history “better” instead of allowing future generations to make their own judgments.

Bands want to make their work as good as possible, but at the same time I want to listen to a 1997 album, not the 2004 reworked version of the album. The raw, dirty, analog sound was what made Black Metal and brought it to the attention of the world. Cleaning up this album changed what was originally a blackened pagan/folk sound to Viking Metal/ Symphonic Black Metal. While good, great really, it is not the album that I wanted to review.

Here is a review that explains and dissects the album in great detail. richieblackmetal is more generous and forgiving giving it 85%. I can’t label it a dumpster fire, but by 2004 the best symphonic black metal album had already been out for seven years. This work is akin to Bob Dylan reworking Blowing in the Wind in a hip-hop style. Remastering Mellon Skogkledde Aaser destroyed it’s historic relevance. It was a piece of the Norwegian black metal story and now it’s just another album.

Blut Aus Nord- Memoria Vestula III (2014)

Wow, what a long week. First, Monday I had to testify in a federal law suit, then Tuesday my sister in law tried to kill my mother in law (news coverage link), fortunately grandma will survive. Also, I literally blew a head gasket in my truck and learned that the proper way to load a 200 pound pig doesn’t involve kicking it.
Thankfully a new week has dawned and it’s time for another Streaming Sunday. The French symphonic black metal band, Blut Aus Nord and their latest release, Memoria Vestula III, yet again they deliver a stunning album. These guys have a well deserved reputation and this is a perfect example of why everyone raves about them, 90%.


Obtained Enslavement- Witchcraft (1997)

Today we have Obtained Enslavement’s 1997 release Witchcraft, which has long been one of my favorite black metal albums and one of a handful burned CDs that got me into the genre years ago. Symphonic Black Metal at it greatest, this is the classic example with a subtle greatness to it, as if it caught the energy of the scene at that moment.
The use of synthesizers in black metal was once a hotly debated point, the argument being made that they’re not really instruments, etc. The weight of the argument was against the cheesy use of synthesizers, however, this album is the antithesis of that angle. Screached vocals, blast beats, tremolo guitars, and yes, synthesizers. Everything about this album screams classic with exceptional production and musicianship, 98%.




Relationship Advice and Black Metal Wednesday; The Psychology of Monday Night Football and Troll (1995)

I am not trying to be abrasive. No, really I’m not. But I am up here at Ollie’s having a bite to eat and Monday Night Football came on. It became clear that the three obese gentlemen at the bar were here for Monday Night Football, or the Plague, as I will henceforth refer to it. The three manage to find excuses to touch each other’s hands about every 100 seconds under the guise of overwhelming joy that men thousands of miles away had progressed multiple feet down a grassy field. They average one beer every 10 minutes, pissing a proportionate amount, without washing their hands (none of them spend enough time in the bathroom to both pee and wash their hands). All three of them have wedding bands on too. Essentially, they touch two other men’s hands six times, then go touch their units, then come back to touch their mouths’ and other men’s hands six more times… They touch each other’s shoulders and give each other high fives, dude… Maybe I am just an asshole, but it seems pretty fruity. I haven’t consulted Pink Velvet for a fruit-factor rating but I would guess it is quite high with those three.
I do not understand what connection there is between corporate sporting events and touching other grown men excessively.
It just strikes me as odd. I’m going to get out of here before they try and give me high-5’s, cross streams or some other weird shit like that.
I guess my responce to Hank Williams Jr’s question is, “No, I am not ready for Monday Night Football.” Thanks though.

Here we have Troll, , from 1995. Obscure symphonic black metal from 1995, I decided to post this demo because I was looking through all the bands Hellhammer has been and is in, and this was one that I had not heard of, so it looked like a good post.
Troll hails from Norway originating in 1992 as a solo project that has picked up and lost other members over time. For this first demo Nagash is the sole member playing all the instruments. Blast beats, temblo guitars riffs and screamed lyrics from the time of True Norwegian Black Metal and quite obscure, definitely for the collector of old black metal.
This is a demo that emerged during the golden age of black metal, the songs and riffs parallel other bands of the same era, not duplicates or covers, just good original Norwegian Black Metal.

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