Sunday, October 26, 2014

News: Saille post videos of the making of "Eldritch"

As you know, Saille are releasing their new album on the 10th of November. You can actually find a review for the same here:

Below, there are the videos that the band posted, offering a insight into the recording process:

Drum Recordings

Piano Recordings

Guitar Recordings

Classical Instruments Recordings

Vocal Recordings

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

News: Mayhem

Black Metal band from Norway Mayhem just announced their plans for US tour. Revenge and Watain will be joining them as you can check on the flyer below:

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News: Inquisition and Shining to accompany Marduk

Inquisition and Shining were chosen to accompany Marduk on one leg of the band's tour in Australia and Japan. Please see flyer for information regarding dates and venues.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Interview with Manimalism and review of their debut album

Tonight, Lachryma Christi has the pleasure to introduce you a very special band from Norway, called Manimalism. Who are Manimalism? Manimalism were found by Kim Sølve and three other members in 1992, but under a different name: Taarenes Vaar. By then they recorded two demos, and that was it. Now, 22 years later, they are back under the name Manimalism, to show the world how exceptional they are. Manimalism are releasing a new album in the next month, through Adversum. It is a self titled album. It is built from the demo tracks plus two other tracks, all written between 1993 and 1999. Lachryma Christi had the pleasure to interview Kim Sølve and ask a few questions about the rebirth of the band and about the album and the whole thing.
You will also find on the bottom of the page, a review for the album.

How did Taarenes Vaar turn into Manimalism. Why did that happen?

It is exactly the same band, just under a new name. When naming the band Taarenes Vaar early on I was writing the lyrics in Norwegian. I wanted to write lyrics in English and sought out a name that fitted more to my visions. The hunt for perfection is a never-ending one.
There were loads of changes, such as line up changes, would you like to tell us a bit of the story?
Manimalism was formed under the name Taarenes Vaar in 1992. We quickly evolved from crude Black Metal into something a little bit different, building more upon the musical heritage of Thorns than the melodic Metal that flourished at the time. We released one cassette demo in 1996 and one in 1997, both as Taarenes Vaar. We entered a studio to record our debut album but the recording was abandoned. Then followed years of chaos. Because of my total lack of will to compromise there have been members passing through the band and today I am the only one left from the four that founded it originally. The line-up is Petter ‘Plenum’ Berntsen (Virus, Audiopain) on bass, Bjeima (Yurei, Alfa Obscura) on drums, Joachim Svebo on vocals, Member 01 (The Konsortium) on vocals, and me on guitars. Since back then I have been dead set on releasing the album no matter what, and now the time has finally come. The album features the same tracks which appeared on the two demo cassettes along with two tracks written during the same period. So although the recording took place during the last 12 years, this is the very same album I wrote between 1993 and 1999.

How does it feel to be back after 22 years? Do you notice any difference in terms of public and in terms of what the public nowadays expects?

It is 22 years since the band was formed, and about 16 years since I was done writing the album, but it is still a long time. I have no clue what the public expects, and neither do I care. I want people out there to hear it, but the album is done very much for my own sake.

What does Manimalism mean for you? What is the message you want to share with us?

That is for the listener to figure out, don’t you think? I prefer to listen to music without a user manual. Make of Manimalism what you wish.

Where does your inspiration come from? Your music is quite different, original and special. What do you have in mind when you compose music and also lyrics?

Every creative being need to seek inside to get to know more about whom they are and what they need to do. I found dissonance and darkness inside me, and I felt immense pleasure in consuming abrasive and transgressive art already as a kid. So I wanted, or should I say needed to reflect that in my music. I needed to create, and at the time this album is what came out of it.

Manimalism are now releasing the first album. Anything you would like to say about it? It must be really exciting to put it out after so many years!

It feels good, very good. I am proud and I think the music is great and truly deserves this release. It seems people out there agree.

Any news about playing live?

I would like to play live, but it is not realistic at this point.

Any artists/bands Manimalism would like to share a studio or a stage with? Why that choice?

Perhaps Bryan Ferry. Or David Bowie. The rest are dead.

What else would you like to tell us? Anything you would like to advertise, or any last message to your followers for now?

Manimalism will be out through Adversum november 17. The vinyl is a deluxe product with either black or gold vinyl, gold and black print, and gold gutter print. All in all a very slick release worthy of both your dime and your time.

Line up:

Petter ‘Plenum’ Berntsen (Virus, Audiopain) on bass
Bjeima (Yurei, Alfa Obscura) on drums
Joachim Svebo on vocals, Member 01 (The Konsortium) on vocals
Kim Sølve on guitars

Review: Minimalism self-titled album

Lachryma Christi receives surprisingly good (and sometimes bad, but that's not important right now) music everyday. Minimalism was not only a good surprise, it was a ridiculous combination of strong emotions, these guys are really great! It is a shame to think that it took 22 years for them to record an album. And it is sad to know that Lachryma Christi never heard the demos before either. So what is Minimalism about? It is a very good mix of Black Metal with Doom Metal, if we can put it that way. Oh,and with a clean voice. Don't expect growls and screams, as it won't happen. The album has 7 tracks, all of them following the same line, but all of them very special and extraordinary. Even though the line up is not the original one, they really sound like a pack, like a whole. All is perfect, since the strange tones to the elaborated rhythms, and the voice is just so majestic... Difficult to put everything into words. Everything so together, so perfect, the guitars are very heavy and powerful, combining perfectly with the torrent of sounds and details of every other instrument. Voice reminds a bit of King Diamond at times, or even Papa Emeritus, or even Maniac. See? This is what Lachryma Christi means by being difficult to put into words. It is basically impossible to make comparisons, there is nothing that can be truly and fairly compared. Definitely one of the top ten Black Metal albums of 2014 for Lachryma Christi. Unique. Superb. Perfect.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review: Garden of Grief's upcoming album "Endstation"

Austrian Black Metal band Garden of Grief are planning to release their new album called Endstation next month through Winterblast Halls.
Anyway, for those who don't know, Garden of Grief is a one man band, and has been active since 2008. Endstation is their 5th full-lenght album.
The album has 8 tracks. First one is an intro, second one is the continuation and that when things happen. What things? Amazing things. Endstation is a good example of what good Black Metal is. So passionate, aaaaahhhhh, so good! The train sounds make it quite special as well.
It is a bit depressive, but so melodic and musical, so difficult not to like it. Third track is acoustic, and this is the only negative point of the album. Not because it is a acoustic track, but because the guitar seems to be out of tune almost in the end. There is a string that is not quite right. There are other acoustic things in the album but only on this track it is actually noticeable.
The whole album is an amazing journey though, Lachryma Christi is really pleased to know that some bands still have it on them. Boronian Sturmfels is such a great musician and Endstation is on the top 10 Black Metal albums of 2014 for Lachryma Christi.

Review: FEN's upcoming album "Carrion Skies"

British Progressive Black Metal band FEN are about to release a new album on the 24th of November, through Code666, called Carrion Skies.
Carrion Skies has six tracks. It is not as "post" Black Metal as previous album Dustwalker. It is indeed much heavier and harder and powerful. The Watcher is at his best with the voice. Everything sounds so great, so huge, so majestic, it is really good. Brings many emotions, but not the melancholic and almost sad ones that Dustwalker brought. Carrion Skies has more anger and fury on it. Sounds more epic as well with the background voices and with the acoustic moments, but mostly of the time it is much stronger and intense and more Black Metalish. Which shows that FEN are moving further and very well.
FEN are an amazing band, one of the best in the style, and it is always a pleasure to listen and review their work. But Carrion Skies is definitely one of the best albums of 2014 for Lachryma Christi, so full of good stuff. No doubt the trio is getting more and more professional and so close of perfection, and still has a lot to show us.

News: Hades Almighty

Catching everyone by surprise, Janto, bassist and frontman of Norwegian legendary band Hades Almighty just did a statement announcing that he is leaving the band, after 22 years. There is nothing wrong between the members of the band, the reasons for Janto to leave are personal.
For those who don't know, Hades Almighty formed in 1992 and recently announced that their contract with Dark Essence Records had been renewed. The band says that the fact that Janto is leaving doesn't mean the end of the band though, but a new beginning.

"Janto, The lead singer/bass player of HADES ALMIGHTY, has, after 22 years by our side, decided to leave the band permanently!

There is no bad blood between us, as we still are best of friends, and will continue being friends. This is a decision he made completely by himself.

Janto has been, and still is, a brilliant musician, bass player and composer, both musically and lyrically! It has been 22 years of great times, many, many inspirations in many ways. We salute you our brother in arms! More than two decades of dedication in The Horde of HADES is something to be proud of, and we salute the raven of war and crimes in music and friendship! HAIL!

We will continue working on the new album as planned and it is due to be finished in 2015.  The EP, which was due to be released at the end of 2014 will suffer some delay because of this matter, but nothing significant!

All shows are hereby cancelled, but we will of course return as soon as we have the opportunity!

This means that HADES ALMIGHTY is entering a new era, starting from this day forward! We would like to reach out to our followers, FANS, promoters, record label, booking agencies, and crew, for a  little understanding that our already booked shows, and future plans, will be delayed! We are honestly sorry for that, and we are already in the process of finding a replacement for Janto, but that alone is a long process, and surely not an easy one!!

Best regards from HADES ALMIGHTY
Jørn & Remi"

Regarding his reasons for departure Janto had this to say:

"It has not been an easy decision, but it has been made.

22 years have passed and it has been a bumpy ride,  but... a great one.  I would like to thank all our fans and supporters throughout the years. You have been loyal and fantastic.

I would also like to thank Jørn and Remi for all the good times in the rehearsal  studio, on the road and on stage.  I wish you all the best in your future work with HADES. 

You are my best friends.  My band days are over but our brotherhood remains !

Best wishes:

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News: Blastfest (NOR)

Blastfest, which happens in Februray in Bergen, Norway, is expanding to 4 days, instead of 3 days only. You will be able to see bands like Gehenna, Hecate Enthroned, Primordial and other amazing bands.
See flyer for more info.

New Aural Music webstore

New Aural Music webstore was officially launched today.
Get ready for a great ammount of awesome music. As you know, the new albums of Fen and Saille are the main news in the label, so go there and have a look and you will find that and much more!