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On 5/8/2019 at 6:42 PM, True Belief said:

Varaha - A Passage For Lost Years.


Moody, gloomy and beautifully recorded. Plenty of somber moments without guitars or vocals; orchestral strings, piano etc. Atmospheric Black meets shoe gaze. Katatonian at times. I’m enjoying this. Clocks in at over an hour.

My interest is piqued. Tell me more. 

NP: Black metal classics at the metal pub. What a treasure it is to have a pub in Melbourne that plays black metal in the front bar. I could cry. 


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On 5/6/2019 at 12:40 PM, FatherAlabaster said:

What did you think of these? Never been big on Skeletonwitch, but I enjoy the other two. That Solstice album is tuff as nails.

Solstice was definitely the best of the three, excellent and totally crushing. Hellwitch was very good, not as heavy, but they do a lot of weird/interesting stuff. Skeletonwitch was really good, but I would say the weakest of the three. Can you recommend more bands like Solstice?

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Eluveitie - ‘Ategnatos’

Wow, album of the year so far by miles. 

This is easily their best album. Soaring female vocals that would appeal to Lacuna Coil fans, folk melodies that rival any folk band, and a new injection of almost black metal attitude in some tracks including blast beats and a dark atmosphere. At first I didn’t know what to make of that aspect, but now it’s transcendent. 

This album is huge and takes a lot of listens to penetrate but the pay-off is immense. This is next level metal with such spirituality and emotion. 

The new line-up has worked wonders. Insane guitar solos, and the new female singer is astounding. She’s amazing. 

The variety here demands broad listening to understand the full scope. Hats off to Chrigel and his band of geniuses. 

Huge and beautiful packaging too, including analysis on every track along with the lyrics. 

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