|Metal: Cult Classics Pt. XVI|
Due to the long time it took between part 14 and part 15 - not that anyone should give a shit - here's part 16 already. Bon appetit!
By the Blessing of Satan
One of the foremost examples of old school-styled Finnish black metal and subsequently one of the instances where true malicious evil was caught on tape. From the ear-shattering wall of guitar to the hellish vocals and the subtly infernal soundscapes...this one is designed to make the rest of the neighborhood shit in their collective pantses.
Forgotten gem of German thrash metal. How the hell did fun-loving Tankard end up as the 4th band of German thrash? We need some genuine violence to go along with our riffs, goddamn.
Speaking of riffs, this one will jam the riffs so far up your ass they'll burst out of your mouth.
Above the Light
Italian death/thrash meets Goblin. Eerie and haunting while at the same time making you thrash out with gash out (is that even a proverb?).
Strike two for Agent Steel. The riffs still riff hard and John Cyriis went even more vocally insane here than he did on Skeptics Apocalypse. Well...if you can't take the vocals, that's your problem.
Born of the Cauldron
Power metal for the lactose-intolerant. That means; no opera, a healthy dose of heavy-as-balls speed-thrashing, progressive song structures and subtle fantasy and imagination. The way I like it.
Dark metal that - like later Daylight Dies' Dismantling Devotion - follows the textbook set by Katatonia's Brave Murder Day and October Tide's Rain Without End. You know what to expect: lots and lots of weeping leads, a melancholic yearning for good times that will never come back, depression, more depression and even more depression. Executed perfectly.
Let The Devil In
As with Behexen, Sargeist brings the trve, the grym and the kvlt. Opposed to Behexen this is less an outing of straightforward malevolence and a slightly more brooding affair. Together with the Behexen album it also happens to be the strongest outing of old school Finnish black metal.
Old school USPM so you can basically rest assured this rules. Crushing riffing and top notch vocals from a guy not named Bruce Dickinson who just happens to resemble Bruce Dickinson a lot make this another record not to be missed.
In my humble opinion a serious contender for Loudness' strongest record. Signature guitar playing, strong songwriting and uncanny (Japanese - if you go for the Japanese version of course) vocal hooks make this a distinctly memorable affair.
Haunting Tales of a Warrior's Past
This bygone relic of power/speed/thrash had been collecting dust for tens of years, being released in 1991 during a time where metalheads were either "all about that groove", "all about the br00talz" or "all about the kvlt". Nothing wrong with that of course and thankfully this piece of work is being rediscovered step-by-step.
Brilliantly executed featuring bountiful creativity.