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  • Title: Imhotep - Videos/Interviews - Deathspell Omega - "Drought"
    Descriptive info: Videos.. Norma Evangelium Diaboli (2012).. i woke up on this beautiful day.. and thought about this life.. The Sounds Of Distorted Guitars.. made me realize that not.. all i see is beautiful.. Sounds That Fill The Room With Horror.. made me comprehend that behind.. the beauty there is drought.. With Variation These Voices Sang.. of god, chaos, human famine.. and the lack of hope.. Stop Start Begin End Recovery.. after realizing that we are.. empty shells of no meaning.. The Drums Of Perdition In All Directions.. send us to the flames of the sun.. where we perish in hopes of splendour.. But Without Words There Is Eeriness.. sneaking up behind you, around you.. and you get this uncomfortable feeling.. That The Melodies Are Disconcerting..  ...   no such thing as music.. Disturbing Tracks Of Nonlinear Blueprints.. give me hunger for more but.. also the feeling of not belonging.. In This Doomed Black Metal World.. where blastbeats are not straight forward.. And It Gave Me Complete Satisfaction.. caused by all those ideas spread out.. on this short time, focused.. Big Horns In The Side Of The Skull.. make my head explode.. i do not identify with the first and the last.. Instrumental Tracks Filled With Insanity.. and sorrow, the longing for understanding.. and the acceptance of lack of accepting.. "Drought".. 20.. 55 minutes.. Slow.. Fast.. Big sound.. Varied.. Perfect.. Again.. www.. noevdia.. com.. Composed by Roy Kristensen.. Roy Kristensen 21.. 05.. 2012 14:32.. Login or create account to blog.. Name.. Email.. Password..

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  • Title: Imhotep - Videos/Interviews - Isengard - "Vinterskugge"
    Descriptive info: Peaceville Records (2012).. Originally released in 1994, just a shave short of twenty years ago, by Deaf Records, one of Peaceville’s younger sisters.. Now resurrected with added commentary.. I bet the British version rules!.. I was there back in the day.. I went through the catalogs.. I sent the money in the mail.. “Send cash well hidden in envelope” was a regular line on fliers back then.. I waited for weeks.. Then the compact disc arrived from my kvlt dealer during that time and I listened.. I visited the forest.. I was inspired.. Things weren’t just Black Metal.. Things were nature.. Listen to the trees! I don’t listen to the trees anymore, but I like to hang out with them occasionally.. I listen to the commentary disc a bit but I’ve never hung out with Fenriz.. Why ruin a good relationship?.. Isengard never was a “Black Metal” band.. In fact I don’t really know where to lump the band, but as Fenriz puts it forth the recordings on “Vinterskugge” were  ...   out.. There are no kvltings to be found here, only Fenriz! And Fenriz isn’t about kvlting it up, creating a false image around the legend that Isengard is.. It’s straight forward talk about what was happening around that time and his inspirations.. There are no cloaks and daggers, no candles and midnight rituals.. No theater.. Might this make things too mundane for those that seek to create demigods out of their idols? I would think so.. If you want to believe it’s 1993 stay away from commentary discs that are included in the re-issues of legendary Black Metal releases, don’t go on the Black Metal Bus Ride and only buy organic food.. However! If you want to get a bit of an insight into the who’s and how’s of Isengard’s “Vinterskugge” then get this re-issue.. Oh, and get the Neptune Tower’s re-issues while you’re at it.. They might not be Metal! but they are essential!.. peaceville.. Rating: 5 / 6.. Composed by Eyvindur Gauti.. Roy Kristensen 13.. 07.. 2012 15:15..

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  • Title: Imhotep - Videos/Interviews - Darkthrone - "Goatlord"
    Descriptive info: This isn’t a ‘classic album review’ per ce but a look at the 2 disc Peaceville Records re-release of Goatlord.. The album was originally intended to be a follow-up to “Soulside Journey”.. Stylistically, it didn’t fit in to where Darkthrone saw themselves going at the time and so it was shelved for three years before Fenriz recorded the vocals, finally seeing the light of day five years after its initial recording in 1996 (on Moonfog).. In this version all but one of the original tracks are repeated with audio commentary from Fenriz and Nocturno Culto.. These commentaries speak about the recording of the original demo and one of the guys’ favourite topics: their influences at the time.. Not much new perhaps, but the spoken parts are done in the typical candid, self-effacing style fans of the band are used to, meaning that it is informative and highly amusing at times.. Maybe not the type of thing you’d re-listen to a lot, but a pleasing bonus that gets you inside the mind of the beast.. Musically, “Goatlord” probably makes more sense to fans of the band now  ...   organic black thrash drumming and a dirty, home-grown production.. It has an endearing lack of restraint – it is as if the guys decided they wanted to do everything they could think of in every single track on the album! Of note on this release, Fenriz experimented with pitch-shifted vocals to achieve a bizarre falsetto that many have found reminiscent of King Diamond (I find it more closely resembles some of the languid and operatic female vocals used by early Celtic Frost).. Kind of effective but sometimes funny too!.. As far as the songs go, “Goatlord” is a hit and miss offering.. There are frequent flashes of genius here and there, lost in a morass caused by the overall lack of focus and direction.. However, even at their most challenging, the songs are still have that inexplicable compulsive character that make me return to the Darkthrone back catalogue so often.. And if that is no good, at least this one will guarantee a laugh for Fenriz’ girly vocals and the down-to-earth commentary.. darkthrone.. no.. Rating: 4 / 6.. Composed by Peter Loftus.. Roy Kristensen 18.. 2012 12:26..

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  • Title: Imhotep - Videos/Interviews - Enslaved - "Yggdrasill"
    Descriptive info: A new day and another re-issue from Peaceville.. You might remember my review of another re-issue by Peaceville, the re-issue of Katatonia's "For Funerals to come", that was posted within Imhotep's realm a bit back.. In which I noted that there wasn't anything changed, everything was basically the same, the extras were extras, not alterations for the sake of modernization.. Perhaps you wonder why this was re-issued, seeing as it had already been re-issued by Moonfog back in the day, but let's face it, that CD is about as useful a stack of mp3's with no real information or notes from the bands, just the music and the track-lists.. Boring..  ...   fuss about, you start fussing when they start fiddling with the knobs and altering the sound.. You value extra songs, you value the added liner notes that give you a fly's view of the musician's experience during that era and you value the inclusion of the lyrics and the photos you hadn't seen before.. Like lifted straight from the demo tape itself, they are, and the whole layout is laid out like a demo tape would be.. Roy Kristensen 06.. 2012 10:56.. RE:Enslaved -.. You are on the right track, I have the tape and the front cover art is exactly the same.. good demo nonetheless!.. bollverk 06.. 2012 14:56..

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  • Title: Imhotep - Videos/Interviews - Darkthrone - "Ravishing Grimness"
    Descriptive info: Peaceville Records (2011).. So Peaceville continues its journey of re-releasing everything Darkthrone have released, this time "Ravishing Grimness".. Originally released on Moonfog in 1999, it also includes a bonus disc with interview footage on the making of the album and new, gorgeous artwork.. Before this, I only had listened to "Sardonic Wrath" from Darkthrone's Moonfog era.. When they released the classic "The Cult is Alive", I came back on board.. Even though Darkthrone departed the shell of what Black Metal was supposed to sound like, they returned to their spiritual roots, eventually playing Heavy crust punk metal on their latest, 2010's "Circle the Wagons".. "Ravishing Grimness" proves that Darkthrone's Moonfog years really had been dark.. After the first spin, these two lines from "Too old, too cold" (from "The Cult is Alive), went through my head:  ...   any Grimness from Ravishing: I hate the late 90's, early 00's production where bass and treble is all one can hear.. Where the fuck is the mid-range?.. There are some hints of Darkthrone's beauty present though.. At times, their great sense for (dis)harmony shines through, creating melancholic atmosphere.. Nocturno's vocals remain solid, always a pleasure.. Also, when playing in the background, the album doesn't become unnerving.. It is depressing to have to write this about a Darkthrone release, but if there is a Darkthrone album I can live without, it is "Ravishing Grimness" and if there is a Darkthrone era I can live without, it is the Moonfog era.. It still gets 3 Imhotep-heads, since Darkthrone fans will get a fair amount of pleasure from it.. Composed by Lennard Bertram.. Roy Kristensen 15.. 03.. 2012 10:31..

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  • Title: Imhotep - Videos/Interviews - Katatonia - "For Funerals To Come"
    Descriptive info: This album was originally released way back in 1995 via Italy's Avantgarde Music.. Now, some 17 years alters I have here in front of me the "an improved" version courtesy of Peaceville Records which decided to re-issue this lost classic.. Nothing's been altered.. No re-mixes.. It still sounds the same.. But it doesn't look the same, thanks to the added liner-notes, for example, that Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström contributed.. This adds a lot of value to this re-issue for nerds like myself that enjoy reading the recollections of rockers.. There is a small change,  ...   only appeared on a compilation released by Wrong Again Records back in 1995.. This re-issue is definitely worth your money whether you are or aren't Katatoniaphile.. The added liner notes as well as the extra album tracks make this album worth getting as well as it allows a genuine look back into Katatonia's past before they changed into the depressive rock rollers we are more familiar with today.. The only bad thing about this album is the drum sound, electric kits should be outlawed from Heavy Metal music.. katatonia.. Roy Kristensen 07.. 2012 09:09..

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  • Title: Imhotep - Reviews - on reviews
    Descriptive info: Reviews.. To whom it may concern.. As you’ve noticed, we have longer and shorter reviews.. We do understand if you would prefer only longer reviews, but as the metal scene has grown into a monster spitting out new albums every time you take a breathe, we simply cannot keep up with the pace doing Imhotep in our so-called spare time.. Thus, in order to review as many albums as possible, we will write plenty of the shorter reviews.. Longer reviews will include cover!.. However, the Rating is still in the same system and will remain so in the future as well.. 6 / 6 is top  ...   for the review.. b) use the white box right below the menu and write in the name of the band to search for the review or an interview.. c) contact the editor at.. roy.. kristensen@gmail.. and ask for the album in question.. Do also notice that from now on Imhotep will.. often, but not always.. review downloading promos or voice-over promos.. We understand that the labels are afraid of the spreading of albums befire their initial releases, but we do Imhotep as a hobby and we do not make a single dime on this.. Thus, receiving full albums is our only "reward".. Roy Kristensen 17.. 2008 20:23..

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  • Title: Imhotep - Reviews - Unlight - "Sulphurblooded"
    Descriptive info: Massacre Records (2010).. Thrashened black metal combining ideas of Dimmu Borgir and Agathodaimon.. Mildly entertaining although the main riff in "Pale Rider-Pale Horse" is cut and paste Machine Head ("Slanderous" off "The Blackening").. Compositions have been crafted with attention to detail and there are some cool moments ("Become an Opponent") but those happen to be "borrowed" from Agathodaimon's brilliant debut ("Blacken the Angel").. The majority of "Sulphurblooded" is pure chaotic noise for the sake  ...   horseshit: I own every Dimmu Borgir, Emperor and major Enslaved releases and appreciate Watain a great deal.. Unlight is just admittedly talented and skilled but apparently not very original.. This is usually not a problem if you have identity which Unlight seems to be sorely lacking.. And there's definitely no excuse for it on your 5th album.. unlight.. org.. massacre-records.. Rating: 3.. 5 / 6.. Composed by Dethster4life.. Roy Kristensen 24.. 06.. 2012 23:03..

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  • Title: Imhotep - Reviews - Mencea - "Pyrophoric"
    Descriptive info: Indie Recordings (2012).. “Pyrophoric” serves up eight tracks of the best new progressive death metal I’ve heard in a while.. The emphasis is on crafting songs that draw you in and transport you to another world rather than smash your head in with their brutality.. Some of the rhythmic parts give a nod in the direction of Meshuggah and the guitar lines have a cool spaced-out vibe, so there is plenty of chugging groove to get your attention before the riffs take hold and sweep you along with them.. Although “Pyrophoric” is only the second full-length from Greek act Mencea, one could be forgiven for mistaking it for the work of a much more  ...   a very polished package.. It has that quality of being highly accessible without being too middle-of-the-road thanks to the accomplished song-writing and seamless atmosphere.. The only negative I can see is that there isn’t a great deal of variety to the songs.. Because everything fits the sound of the album so closely, it comes across as a teeny bit too controlled.. I wanted them to lift the veil now and then and reveal a few moments of madness or blast my face off with some more violent interludes.. Still, this is one I can see myself returning to again and again and a very easy disc to recommend.. myspace.. com/mencea.. indierecordings.. net.. 2012 10:39..

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  • Title: Imhotep - Reviews - We Are The Damned - "Holy Beast"
    Descriptive info: Massacre Records (2011).. I'm not sure if there is such a thing as blackcore, but if there is, We Are The Damned would represent the genre quite well.. I would call them blackcore Ministry.. Most of "Holy Beast" consists of black metal background and schrieks encased in hardcore riffing.. This makes for a very monotonous listen and I would definitely NOT recommend as driving music on your 70 mile  ...   that your ass needs to stay actually AWAKE.. Yet toward the end, the band gets creative on some 3 songs.. Too little, too late, my car is already over the cliff and on fire.. Thanks.. If the next CD focuses on these rare jewels of creativity for inspiration it will be more but today it's only halfway up the scoring ladder.. com/wearethedamned.. bastardizedrecordings.. de.. Rating: 3 / 6.. 2012 10:46..

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  • Title: Imhotep - Reviews - Adastra - "Corroder Of Minds"
    Descriptive info: Violent Journey Records (2012).. I remember an interview I did with Henny Wolter recently when he talked about how much you cherish the indelible imprint bands of your teenage years and the mark they make on your life.. It’s probably why acts of a traditional, power, progressive, and thrash metal nature resonate much more loudly than any other genres- from 13 to 19 those four styles encapsulated a majority of my attention (and record collection).. So even when it’s time to hear a traditional band like Finland’s Adastra for the first time on their third full length “Corroder Of Minds”, it’s natural to give them more than a casual glance.. Forming in 2001 and gradually ascending the ranks from cover songs to original tracks, a few demos and EP’s later they received their record deal with Violent Journey in 2007.. The five piece stick to a conventional traditional approach, with influences mostly coming from the Judas Priest,  ...   of the drum work from Jussi Ruokolainen keeps the proceedings in a basic four on the floor groove mode, although some of the floor tom and rolls within “Widow Maker” resemble early Clive Burr in terms of hitting power and finesse.. Where “Corroder Of Minds” may lose a few followers is in the sneering vocal parts from Ville Siikamaki.. When Ville attempts to hold out a note beyond his range (or even a trailing chorus note), its slightly cringe worthy as you can hear the pitchy-ness.. We do not have a Halford, Dickinson, or Dio in the midst for songs like “Going Out For Good” or the title track.. ¨.. I’ll keep an eye on Adastra.. Very British in their approach, there is plenty to dig musically for the traditional, true denim and leather crowd- so “Corroder Of Minds” could be a sleeper gem for some.. adastracave.. violentjourneyrecords.. Composed by Matt Coe.. Roy Kristensen 01.. 2012 09:58..

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