The first time I heard Fractal Gates was also the first time I played a Monster Hunter game, some years ago. I purchased the two full albums, popped in my earbuds, layed on the couch in the dark and chased those dragons and beasts about. When the newest Monster Hunter released on console I was reminded of those times, a more current nostalgia than my teen days. To my surprise, Fractal Gates trailed behind in secret, waiting, hovering like a star waiting to fall, and here we are with one stellar album.
Not only is great to have a new release from a favored band but I have also been lacking in melodic death metal entries as of late. Of course, this albums bolsters numerous I could showcase but I have chosen to only select one per album as a rule, and so we have the epic track "Faceless." Colliding like comets, booming like solar flares, and nonstop like radiation, this song exudes power, prowess, and precision. Which can only mean that I have left you wanting more as they have left me, and so I say listen then journey on, let this album's energy wash over you. let the cosmic quality fuel you and aid you in conquering this new week.
BURN ON, MY FRIENDS!!!
Right when the winds end howling
Revealing the maze
Unfolding a realm born ablaze
Drilling through the winter's gloom
Before this dull bright mist covers me
Is insanity calling me ?
Growing under relentless fall
I see their faces
Receeding in dismay
When the cold seems to fade
Where the storm yet remains
Hidden within, risen as one
Releasing the I
From this distance I found you
From this distance I sense the beats of your heart
Still frozen into the veil, untied to time
Faceless yet in flames
Igniting eyes of the tide
Dwelling through the chimera
Staring at the stream of life
Shapes of the Living
Marching towards our new dawn
Reaching the shores of tomorrow
Where there's nothing left of us
Merging with our fate, faceless
Faces of Flames
You know what this week needs? Greek. Metal. Shuddering from the ruinous days of old, Nocternity storms into this weeks spotlight. Haunting, looming, ominous and black, "Harps of the Ancient Temples" wages war upon you nonstop, assailing you with the blackest of arrows. Don your helm, raise your shield and spear, and prepare to grapple with the goliath week before you.
NONE...the wandering, wailing wraith from the wilds of Canada. Howling like wolves, surrounding you like fog, and assailing you like hail, this album drips with blood and dew. Between the featured track "A world, dead and gray" which churns and haunts from beginning to end to the monstrous buildup of "Hypoxic" this collection of chilling tracks is a wonderful addition to any black metal seekers arsenal. Root yourself to the ground, crank it to eleven, and let this sundering sound consume you.
From the howling, cold expanse of the north there echoes a sound, the distant wail of wolves. Hermodr returns to these hallowed halls with Rovdjur, an EP I have long been wanting to present. With its ominous and haunting beginning, this eighteen minute masterpiece exudes raw and wild energy, cascading down with a thunderous presence. It is a week to honor the ancients, the old ones, to look beyond the trappings of steel and suburbia, to unleash ones inner animal and run mad through the brush and the bristles. Hermodr stirs that sprit deep within that wishes to be free and longs to stride unhindered and unbridled. Unburden yourself at least once this week and look upon the land and sky, escape the grasp of the world.
Nascentum...I don't quite recall how I stumbled onto this dark entity but I am wholly grateful. This four track album has been a revolving ride of emotion and string play that hums and drums with power and presence. This week begins with Nascentum, and as the title track suggests, it is quite like being Thrown To The Wolves.
Oak Pantheon's From A Whisper is my first delve into this black metal legends library...and I am hooked. This album stole my attention and has commanded and beckoned me back for more and more, my waking hours haunted by their wild strings. Yet the most incredible side effect was my Kitsune enjoying the splendor of this mighty band, elevating its powers even higher. This week will be most Metal as we crush it into submission with the black force of Oak Pantheon!
By your word
By your oath
But your spirit is crying
Say their prayers
For your soul
But your name won’t live on
With the Earth
May its waters run through you
He will build
Leave behind what remains forever
Raise your head!
Raise your head!
Raise your head!
Man begins a whisper
Whisper makes him king
King becomes a legend
Legend dies a god!
Yeah, that's right, fantasy series. I have had this burning idea for a new one now for a while and my muse would not let it escape so here we are. So far, there are two parts already written and more to follow. I took the week off and one of my main focuses is to write every day so you can expect a lot of new content this week. To elaborate on Baleful, the story will follow multiple characters span across a fantastic land full of demihumans, beast races, dragons, witches, and Holy Orders. It will have intrigue, mystery, destruction, and...romance!? This will be a series that I hope to expand more and more given the freedom I have with fantasy. For now, read "Behind The Face Of An Angel" and "Sunken Sorrow" and brace your brain for more.
Another one of those albums that I clicked on solely based on the cover art alone. Surprised at how much I am enjoying this black metal creation, a wailing ride worth the listen. Ramihrdus is on my radar now as well as my playlist. Eternity is nowhere to be found on its own so I have included the whole album below but I would dare say its just a bonus since the whole album is stellar. This is helping me get a lot of work done so I hope it does the same for you on this Metal Monday!
Frozen in time
To the gods
A breath of air
In frozen lungs
To walk the earth
This is the end
Due to my error of not including the last weeks selection from "Onirism" to play upon entering, it will be extended for yet another stretch. Before you ask, no...I am not short on Metal at the moment. If anything, I am in one of those times where I have to cease my search so I can give attention to what I have found. Listen close, acolytes, and I will serenade you with my discoveries.
On another note, my beloved muse decided to pay me a visit, nagging me for an entire day before I could jot down the newest story to grace my mind. "Behind The Face Of An Angel" is the first part to a new series in the works. I already have much to add but it takes time and some times waiting amplifies the quality. I do not have a name yet for the story arc but that too will manifest in time. If you have any interest in Fantasy then I would recommend a reading.
My schedule has been sporatic and straining lately so I will provide updates as often as I am able. Enjoy the new content, I do hope it provides you some solace or respite from the chaos around you.
THE MAD BARRON
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