Lockdown Chronicles #4

Art: Franz Sedlacek - Ghosts on the Tree

"The attitude of man towards the non-human environment has differed profoundly at different times. The Greeks, with their dread of hubris and their belief in a Necessity or Fate superior even to Zeus, carefully avoided what would have seemed to them insolence towards the universe. The Middle Ages carried submission much further: humility towards God was a Christian’s first duty. Initiative was cramped by this attitude, and great originality was scarcely possible. 

The Renaissance restored human pride, but carried it to the point where it led to anarchy and disaster. Its work was largely undone by the Reformation and the counter-reformation. But modern technique, while not altogether favourable to the lordly individual of the Renaissance, has revived the sense of the collective power of human communities. Man, formerly too humble, begins to think of himself as almost a god. The Italian pragmatist Papini urges us to substitute the ‘Imitation of God’ for the ‘Imitation of Christ’."

Track listing:

1. Oranssi Pazuzu - Ole Muukalainen
2. Mannveira - Vítiskvalir Vitundar
3. Thy Darkened Shade - Narrow Fields of Life
4. Corpus Christii - Livid Night
5. Bekëth Nexëhmü - Bestens Urblod
6. Crimson Moon - Molding of a Spell
7. Akantha - Thesis and Antithesis
8. Szron - Crushing the Traitors
9. A.H.P. - Decay

Total run time: 00:49:10

Lockdown Chronicles #3

Art: Franklin Stanwood - Moonlight Marine

Death toll rises.

Track listing:

1. Akrotheism - Virtue of Satyr
2. Fluisteraars - Zijsselt
3. Spectral Wound - Slaughter of the Medusa
4. Human Serpent - Funeral Grimness
5. Arckanum - Eldkviner
6. Thrall - Diseases Maiming Caress
7. Aptorian Demon - Ordets Makt
8. Ninkharsag - Dawn of the Age of Horus
9. Gjendød - Amputasjon Av Vranglæren
10. Impending Doom - Frozen Empire

Total run time: 00:48:28

Lockdown Chronicles #2

Art: Emile Claus - La route après l'orage

The time of isolation has arrived. Stay away from everyone.

Track listing:

1. Monarque (Can) - Vigor Mortis
2. Sun Worship (Ger) - Castle High
3. Baptism (Fin) - Esoteric Spheres
4. Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult (Ger) - Fundaments of Seminal Knowledge
5. Kathaaria (Ger) - Venus Dementia
6. Angantyr (Den) - Krageben
7. Gardsghastr (Swe / US) - Of Crimson Eyes
8. Ondskapt (Swe) - Vehicle Of Stone
9. Grá (Swe) - Där skuggor dröjer kvar

Total run time: 00:57:22

Lockdown Chronicles - 90's Black Metal Playlist [1]


Since there is a lot of free time now, I made a playlist with black metal tracks from the nineties, and tried to diverge a bit from the most popular bands of that time, as well as aimed for mini-releases of various artists (but of course, not always). All of these are recordings from that time period, regardless of when they were released. More are coming.

Track listing:

01. Horna (Fin) - Imperial Devastation
02. Zephyrous (Gre) - The Frozen Path Of Timeless Wisdom And Trance
03. Amestigon (Aut) - Stormlord
04. Mortuary Drape (Ita) - Funeral Chant
05. Bloodhammer (Fin) - Holocaust In Heaven
06. Inflabitan (Nor) - Illusjonen
07. Nåstrond (Swe) - Gravestench
08. Musta Surma (Fin) - Rjena
09. Nifelheim (Swe) - Black Curse
10. Tenebrae In Perpetuum (Ita) - Tenebrae In Perpetuum

Total run time: 00:46:18

Enjoy!

Korgonthurus - Kuolleestasyntynyt

Artist: Korgonthurus
Origin: Finland
Genre: Black Metal
Album: Kuolleestasyntynyt
Release: March 13th, 2020

Track listing:

1. Kuolleestasyntynyt
2. Tuhontuoja
3. Syyttäjäenkeli 
4. Riivattu
5. Yön lapsi
6. Nox

Royal Blood - Royal Blood (2014)

Artist: Royal Blood
Origin: Brighton, United Kingdom
Genre: Alternative Rock
Album: Royal Blood
Year: 2014

Track listing:

1. Out of the Black
2. Come On Over
3. Figure It Out
4. You Can Be So Cruel
5. Blood Hands
6. Little Monster
7. Loose Change
8. Careless
9. Ten Tonne Skeleton
10. Better Strangers

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While I think I will never get into their second album How Did We Get So Dark?, this was a breath of fresh air from the alternative rock scene for me and I was quite impressed by the power they delivered in just a drums - bass setup. Most of the tracks are catchy as hell and easy to listen to, simple and great at the same time.

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Purchase: 12" LP from VelvetMusic in Rotterdam, Netherlands.