Very surprised and very much honored. A highlight of my year: OutWrite names The Ten Best Queer Horror Books Ever Occultation made the list mainly on the strength of Mysterium Tremendum, but I’m al…

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Ascension, Fides Inversa & Thy Darkened Shade: A World Terror Committee Trifecta.

Written by Kevin Page.


Serving as a teaser for their forthcoming new album, The Dead of the World (due on December 24, 2014), this 2 song EP should be more than enough to wet your appetite for what these Germans have next. The title track, “Deathless Light”, will be featured on the full length, while “Garden of Stone” is exclusive to this release. When I thought about how to describe their sound, I noticed Metal Archives lists the lyrical content as “Death, Fire, Magic”, which actually nails it on the head musically as well. Black metal that has equal parts rage, doom and melody. High quality stuff.


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After a 5 year wait, Rome, Italy black metallers, Fides Inversa have graced us with their sophomore effort, Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans. Not having the benefit of hearing their debut, I had no idea what to expect going in. The first thing that struck me was a Blut aus Nord flavor, but in a much more free form sense. I also hear some Deathspell Omega atonal bits, sprinkled with Inquisition and some traditional black metal. Yet the band is able to roll all these up into one cohesive package and come up with a sound all their own. I’m not quite sure how that happened, but it’s quite enjoyable/impressive nonetheless. Definitely a band to keep an eye out for going forward.


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And now for the pièce de résistance, Thy Darkened Shade.

Hailing from Athens, Greece, Liber Lucifer I: Khem Sedjet is the follow up to their debut album, Eternvs Mos, Nev Ritin from 2012. What you will experience is an incredibly well produced, technically proficient melodic black metal tour de force. Everything is well balanced, allowing you to appreciate all the little nuances and finer details, nothing gets lost in the mix. Vocalist, “The A”, eschews the typical shriek approach most bands in the genre rely on by having a much deeper and more pronounced growl, while still maintaining that caustic black metal feel.

Nothing here exists for the sake of it, everything is there for the greater good. And amazingly at 77 minutes in length, it never overstays it’s welcome. This is not just any album, it’s some of the best black metal you will hear all year. I also suggest you read my fascinating interview with Thy Darkened Shade mastermind Semjaza over at No Clean Singing.


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[originally published via Metal Bandcamp on November 18, 2014 at 02:17AM]
I see You.

Isn’t it something of a “tremendum et fascinans” experience whenever God’s work seems to get a bit too obvious despite the human decisions (or indecisions) at some point in our lives?  All too often the things we concern ourselves with are the tangible, those things that really make sense, those things which really satisfy our rationality and intellectual activities.

But shouldn’t it be true that what is at God’s point of view deserve more credit for being more truthful, more reasonable and more sensible than the human limitations of our science and in most cases, gut-feelings?  At this point, be the ordinary human that you are and you would agree with me:  God isn’t sensible.  But He is.  It is hard even to understand and accept that truth especially when things are going awry and our plans become cluttered “whatevers” in His panoramic mind.  Even “panoramic” is an insult to His way of seeing things.

 

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I am convinced this is not a sentiment towards the divine work in daily life.

Make A Star Music Video contest May 2011

Semi Finals

Tremendum (Tripolis Pleme) “Ogledalo putnika”

Valjevo, Yugoslavia

Belgrade, Serbia

ref: UndergroundSun - Ja sam ulica bez broja, tamno, crna boja, neprespavana noc, srebrni oblak, covek koji nestaje, prekrasne predstave, Tkac - zaboravi sve, UndergroundSun - u sivom brzo nestaneš. Tkac - Ja živim svoju paletu grešaka, kiša ne jenjava, znam vama smešan sam, ne nisam trezan sad, nervozan drhtim, dok šetam gledam u zemlju, secam se smrti.


strofa 1: UndergroundSun - Ja sam ranjeni zmaj i smeh vaš, suze koje padaju svaki dan, pesnik, s poezijom noci, slomljeno nebo, srce koje voli. Tvoj poslednji poljubac još uvek me boli, od tad u vatri gorim, i više ne sanjam, prijatelji nestvarni kao ružna predstava, gube humanost, hvata ih ludilo. A Sad Life je idalje opera ulice, idalje isto trudim se, idalje isto gubim sve. Na vratima ponora, duša je olovna, ako hoceš srecu, beži iz okova!




strofa 2: Tkac - Ja sam samo jedna kap sna, na obodu šuma, kamenih vetrova. Tihi vihor reci ovih oko tebe plovi, Nova Škola Snova zna - tu fintu bita voliš. Udi sam u šumu, ceka te put, a mama nije tu, vece guta boje, baka mrsi konce, evo ga strah, vidi ima oci tvoje! U kolo te zovu vile gole, botovi ti nude smole, samo da zastaneš, sa borbom prestaneš, slomljen posustaneš, smeju se utvare, svirale lukave, mame me obmane, kušaju Pozvane. Kao da ce mama Zemlja sve da nas proguta! Ne peva ti duša, kolo vodi crna rupa, u lavi se kupaš, zadnja nit puca, ruši se kuca, guše se srca. Cuj huk vuka, cutanje što secka: Ulicama sveta šeta neizmerna seta, marljivo tu setu skupljam u ocima svojim, do poslednjeg zraka Sunca ko se sada bori? U narodnoj nošnji, sa vrha planine, harmonijom sfera note rotiram ko iskre. Glup je iskren, šuplji tako misle, razblistam sistem - mir da ti stigne. Sve se vraca, sve se placa, cuj šta ti to govori duh Tkaca! Vetar otvara vrata, ispred šapucu zlotvori, ali vera je jaka kao gromovi, i ma šta da se dogodi, ja cu da koracam ka Tebi, koji me vracaš tajnim odajama Carstva, a svet je uspavanka, pa izgubljen sanjam da sam zapamtio put. Svi ti štekovi, ketovi, geto slengovi, fejkovi, su ko oblaci na zemlji, na putu ka Tebi, najcistijoj Reci, najvrednijoj Želji.


ref: UndergroundSun - Ja sam ulica bez broja, tamno, crna boja, neprespavana noc, srebrni oblak, covek koji nestaje, prekrasne predstave, Tkac - zaboravi sve, UndergroundSun - u sivom brzo nestaneš. Tkac - Ja živim svoju paletu grešaka, kiša ne jenjava, znam vama smešan sam, ne nisam trezan sad, nervozan drhtim, šetam gledam u zemlju, secam se smrti.