Review – Dead Limbs – Spiritus/Sulphur

Another Triumph for Brazil

The mysterious, intriguing group from Brazil, Dead Limbs, combines several influences in order to form a unique brand of Atmospheric Black Metal. Its members, Asclepius, Saturnus, and Poimandres, are deeply inspired by Greek Mythology, Hermetic Philosophy and the Souls video game series. Each of these contributed to a story the band wrote titled “The Ash Seeketh Embers”, the remnants of which morphed into the creative impetus for their album “Spiritus/Sulphur”.

A work of brilliant orchestration and beautifully coherent instrumentation, the album contains an overflowing cauldron of different styles, appealing to fans of Burzum, Summoning, Taake, and Blut Aus Nord. At times, the music even resembles the slow, acoustic elements of Opeth, as well as the epic, somewhat gothic aspects of Rotting Christ’s “Triarchy of the Lost Lovers”.

By bringing together these varying motifs, a blend of mainly Norwegian, Austrian, and French Black metal come to life, making riffs reminiscent of each of these scenes, all while sustaining that Brazilian flare that so many legendary bands possess i.e. Sepultura, Sarcófago, Krisiun, Vulcano, and so many others.

Also adding to this band’s greatness are the vocals, ranging from echoing whispers to melodic chants to powerful yells and shrieks which would move even the most weathered of Black Metal fans. They bring together the unprecedented atmosphere of Dead Limbs, perfectly complementing the riffs and ambiance of the music.

This album deserves any and all high praise which comes its way, as they are more than worthy of it.

 

Bandcamp: https://dead-limbs.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deadlimbs/

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Horn – Turm am Hang | Northern Silence Productions

“Horn” was formed as a solo project in 2003 and is a solitary musical undertaking up to the present day. The initial drive behind the project was to create nature-themed Black Metal, focusing on the relation of man and nature in a regional context. The old material, being mainly concerned with detailed descriptions of nature and incorporating rather upbeat, folk-influenced riffing, has made way for more sinister themes and soundscapes over the years. What has remained throughout the course of seven studio albums is the distinct “Horn” sound, featuring siren-like lead guitars, classical Black Metal-styled vocals as well as clean chorals and a serious folkloristic approach far from the jolly drunken Viking tunes celebrated these days.

HORN’s eighth studio album was inspired by the German folk song „Es ist ein Schnitter“ (17. century), the lansquenets, wars of the past, tribalism and the spirit of masculinity. Stylistically, the songs seamlessly blend in with the Feldpost material (2015) with clean and harsh vocals taking turns in conveying the eight mid-tempo songs, solely performed in German, as well as one bonus track. The artwork, layout and visual concept was carried by Timon Kokott(facebook.com/TimonKokottArtWork).

Track List:
1. Alles in einem Schnitt
2. Turm am Hang
3. Verhallend in Landstrichen
4. Die mit dem Bogen auf dem Kreuz
5. Ä(h)renschnitter
6. Totenräumer
7. Lanz und Spieß
8. Bastion, im Seegang tauber Fels
9. The sky has not always been this way

Line-up:
– Niklas: instruments, vocals, concept and lyrics

Contact:
– E-mail: official.horn@gmail.com
– Facebook: www.facebook.com/hornofficial
– Bandcamp: www.hornlichterlischt.bandcamp.com

Discography:
2003 ”Wanderszeit” Demo
2004 ”Der Forst Im Frühjahr” CDr
2005 ”Jahreszeiten”CD
2006 ”Kraft der Szenarien”CD
2008 ”Naturkraft”CD/2LP
2010 ”Distanz”CD
2013 ”Konflikt”CD
2015 ”Jahreszeiten/Die Kraft…” 2CD
2015 ”Feldpost”CD/LP
2016 ”Turm am Hang” CD/LP