Tormentor – Recipe Ferrum Essential Edition – n/a

Tormentor - Recipe Ferrum Essential Edition
No rating as usual for personal compilations; clicking here should take you to BitChute so you can listen to the whole thing.

The original album got a lot of criticism for its cringy moments, and rightfully so, but it also has a lot of awesome riffs and moments. The idea of condensing this awesomeness into an unofficial release was born some time around spring, and finally I got around to actually make it. Continue reading “Tormentor – Recipe Ferrum Essential Edition – n/a”

Immortalizing Digipaks

What sucks about digipaks is that they’re extremely vulnerable compared to jewel cases. So, what should you do if you want to use the discs but don’t want to fuck up the packaging? Scan the digipak, alter the images if you’d like, then print ’em all and insert the new labels into the case and put your discs in. This way, your digipak won’t be damaged and you can even put it out on a display if you’d like.

So, what do you do if you don’t have color ink and don’t wanna pay extra to have them printed in color? Obviously, you go grayscale, but if the original color is mostly dark by default, you might wanna edit it a bit. Inversion, desaturation and a few other tricks in GIMP and you’ll get the following results:

Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom. Sathanas Alive (2016)
Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom. Sathanas Alive (2016)
Tormentor - Seventh Day of Doom (2018)
Tormentor – Seventh Day of Doom (2018)

Use two pages per cover, you print them on the same paper and it should align up nicely, you can cut ’em out and insert ’em into the case. Want a template? Here you are. The first page of the odg (LibreOffice Draw file) file is what I used for these ones (twice per project). The second page is useful if you want to make a booklet (as many pages as you like), while the last one is for discs for which you don’t have any cases at all.

Live in 2018

Let’s recount which bands I’ve seen live this year and what they were like. I won’t include every act I’ve seen, only the memorable ones, and since none of this is fresh, I won’t go into excruciating details like I used to years ago. Maybe next year. 😛

As for the videos below, the sound was obviously better onsite than in the videos. I know I shouldn’t say this, but these years some people are way too stupid to know this. I know, I sound like an old fart despite not even being 30 kek

Ragnarok @ Blue Hell (May 4th)

There isn’t much to say apart from what I already have.

 

Iron Maiden @ Volt Fesztivál (June 28th)

First of all, the location itself was beyond shitty. Outrageously expensive (and you can’t even buy 1.5l water bottles, only tiny ones), quarter hour lines at the toilets, overcrowded (with a sizable percentage being jailbait girls) and so much mud it was a miracle one didn’t get stuck in it. I probably will never attend this festival ever again.

As of the concert itself, it was awesome! It was a tour for the Legacy of the Beast game (which is actually engaging, you can “waste” months with it), and as you can see from the setlist above, they played a few Blaze-era songs as well (see below), to which I always had a soft spot for. What’s more, For the Greater Good of God!!! You have no idea how long I’ve waited to see a song played live from AMoLaD, which is their best album in my opinion. Hoooly fuck, I didn’t have a voice for a few days afterwards.
The sound could have been a bit better, which was actually the venue’s fault (all bands on that stage had the same problem), but the visuals were perfect. There were also 3 huge displays for those who didn’t want to go too close (the sound was worse closer, also mosh pits), so we all got to enjoy all aspects of the show.

 

Tormentor @ Rockmaraton Fesztivál (July 3rd)

My most waited concert of the year. Since I couldn’t make it to the gig at the A38 ship, I checked reviews and recordings of it, and I was already blown away. To summarize, I was hyped beyond belief, and even so, I was not disappointed in the end!

The first thing I did when we got to the festival was checking the merch tent, and among other things, I got this:

 

That’s right, motherf##kers, a 7th Day of Doom CD+DVD signed by ALL members! I missed most of Sear Bliss (which I’ve seen millions of times, see my setlist.fm profile above) because the band was late as hell getting to the venue at all (plus getting to the signing tent, you know what I mean, logistics and shit), but it was worth it! The new remaster of the demo makes it much more powerful than it already was, and while the material on the DVD is subpar (random concert bits from back in the day) it was still an incredible experience.
The concert? Absolutely fantastic. They played the whole Anno Domini from beginning to end, then some songs off 7th Day. (Nothing from Recipe Ferrum, lol.) We stood as close to the sound engineers as possible, because that’s where most concerts sound the best. It was obvious that the band took this event seriously, and they didn’t just reunite for a quick cash grab.

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Tribute to Jontho

Just posting this to promote the playlist I’ve made as a tribute to Jontho’s drumming. The latest Ragnarok album wasn’t included because he changed to vocals and hired a mediocre drummer to replace him.

Tracklist:

  1. Blood of Saints (Malediction)
  2. Nocturnal Sphere (Diabolical Age)
  3. Ancient Hate (Tsjuder – Demonic Possession)
  4. Face of Death (Kharon – Raised by Hellish Demons)
  5. Blackdoor Miracle (title track on album with the same name)
  6. In Inferno I Drown (In Nomine Sathanas)
  7. My Refuge in Darkness (Arising Realm)
  8. May Madness Hunt You Down (Collectors of the King)
  9. Et vinterland i nord (Nattferd)
Tracks in italics have been uploaded by myself, and all tracks other than 3 and 4 are by Ragnarok. The definite highlight is Nocturnal Sphere which I find to be the best song ever written by anyone.

 

Insane Vesper / Triumfall – Demise of Being (2013) – 0.8

I got a request from Triumfall to review this split via email and I’m glad they asked me, because this is a highly enjoyable release, even if I dislike splits by default.

I’m not really a fan of splits because they usually just discourage me from further listening to the bands in question. I seriously miss coherence between songs that can be found on normal releases, and for the most of the time, they’re just not long enough per band, and because of the aforementioned disappointment the whole release seems too long and dragging.

The two bands sound similar, with enough differences to make this ride interesting, as you’ll see.

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Satanic Warmaster – Hymns for the Black Empire (2014) – N/A

So how come I don’t rate this album? Not because it’s not a real album – as in it wasn’t released by the band or any of the associated labels. In other words: this is a bootleg release… my bootleg release. (Why the fuck would I rate my own compilation? I’m not that egoistic.) No profit, no free downloads, only an album cover and the tracklist was put together by me, the rest of the work was made by Werwolf over the years.

Why has this seen the daylight if I don’t wanna make profit of it? First, because it’d be illegal and I’m not a thief. I do urge Werwolf to consider turning this into a release, even if remade to an extent. I can’t give this for free either because it’s not mine to give! So if, there by any law I’d have any rights regarding to this material now I refrain from them completely. This should be considered only the appreciation of a great artist. (Copyright owners should take this paragraph as a disclaimer.)

Werwolf has released some material off his splits on W.A.T.W.T.C.O.T.B.W.O.A.A. and this is where the idea came from… to include every Satanic Warmaster split material somewhere that is not a guest appearance or blending with others, just pure Satanic Warmaster experience. I followed a simple rule upon making this, which comes from my music listening habits: breaking albums in half is strictly prohibited, it kills the cohesion of the songs. Simply put, I took all splits until 2008 (all of them up to the point of compiling this album), sorted descending by year, and ascending by the original album title. Simple, effective, usually giving good results (in my opinion it did this time too).
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Burzum – Det som engang var (1993) – 0.75

In his early years Varg released a handful of albums, all became classics since then. All his albums are the same in their essence, still being different from each other, offering something else for the listener to keep him interested.
This album is his most metal album. Not as sorrowful as Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, not as lo-fi as Filosofem or Aske, not as… you get it. I heard some folks complain about a lot of BM releases as there’s too much black and little metal in them. Only the trvest elitists will look on you badly if you bang your head to this goodness!
Amazing lead sections and rhythm guitars dominate the whole release, the bass guitar and the drums play no major role here. His vocals, though, have improved a lot since the s/t and remain unmatched till today. The guitar sound is similar to s/t, still sounding better than there. Although Vikernes is more known for his depressive songs, this album clearly shows his creativity, the album won’t get boring even after a thousand listens, variations here and there keep it interesting, even fun to play on guitar (if one can play).
It’s not easy to choose highlights for this album as it’s consistency can’t be denied. Lost Wisdom is an undoubted classic, so is Key to the Gate and En ring til å herske. Just do yourself a favour and listen to the whole release!
A classic, along the other Burzum albums, no doubt. This one shows a different face of Varg while being essentially the same.

 

There’s not much point in inlining all lyrics in the post, is there? Here‘s a link.

Horna – Kun Synkkä Ikuisuus Avautuu (2006) – 0.7

So here is another compilation by the almighty Finnish horde, namely Horna. I had a hard time finding this one because it’s extremely rare and was released only as a limited tape. Now the question is: was it worth searching?
Before I answer let’s go into the details a bit. This is a demo recording from the time Nazgul (of Satanic Warmaster) was still in the band. The recording consist of material off Sudentaival and Ordo Regnum Satanas. If you know these recordings, you know the material, just with a far better sound.
This release is raw, even by the band’s standards. In fact, it sounds like some of the rehearsals of Moonblood. Some of the songs are hard to recognize at first because the sound is entirely different from the released versions. You won’t find the kickass sound of Sudentaival here! The mix is dominated by the drums and the guitars, the bass guitar is easy to hear as well. Nazgul sounds close to Gaamalzagoth of Moonblood (to his singing style on the rehearsal tapes anyway).
My main reason for searching for this tape was the title track. Even though this is slower than the other two versions I was not disappointed, even with clean vocals still remaining exclusive to the album version. Other highlights here are Skaldiriimu and Hautajaisyö, I’m assuming you’re familiar with these already.
This recording is recommended for collectors, for those who just can’t live without hearing all available versions of a song or are avid fans of Horna and Moonblood.
(No material of this compilation available online, might upload title track later so you can hear it yourselves, but not now.)

Horna – The Bad Decision (2005 vs 2009)

In 2004 Horna recorded plenty of material for their new album, namely Envaatnags Eflos Solf Esgantaavne. The material is worth 2 discs, as it was released in 2005 with the title above and as Musta Kaipuu in 2009. The former was released as a full-length and the latter as a “random” compilation. I think it was a huge mistake.

I got to know EESE as a double album which was released by Blut & Eisen Productions so I experienced both as one single entity. An amazing piece of art, all songs in perfect cohesion. No Horna album can get any close to it (except Sudentaival but it’s an entirely different story). It’d be worth a review on its own so I won’t waste my time now.

Today I was listening to MK in itself and I got a strange feeling: the songs I like from the double LP are mostly from this album. This is when I got the idea to listen to the CD version of EESE. I think you already know how I felt about it: an extreme disappointment. The only highlights I could make are Vihan Tie and Kuoleva Lupaus, some good tracks, a couple of fillers and a bonus track that is perfectly out of place, not fitting at all, sounding like a bad joke.
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