The Dark Skies Above Us

The Dark Skies Above Us

Πέμπτη, 13 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Mavradoxa – Sojourners (2016)

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal / Post Black Metal

Country Of Origin: USA (Rochester, NY)

Track List:
1. Tempest of Dreams
2. Mist of the Tides
3. Enshrouded in Dawn
4. My Bones Become the Roots
5. Cenotaph

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Mavradoxa recently released their first full-length album entitled “Sojourners.” The aptly titled album will definitely let you reside inside it for a while. It takes you away to a new place while it’s playing. Mavradoxa is from Rochester, New York, a city surrounded by woods and water, so it comes as no surprise that the music gives you that exact feeling. Dense forests and frozen Lake Ontario come to mind through vivid atmospheres painted by the guitars. The guitar work on this album is very interesting for a black metal album. Instead of your traditional tremolo riffs and blast beats, Mavradoxa opts for mid-tempo plodding guitar riffs that seem to fit somewhere between Agalloch and Alcest. In fact, Mavradoxa uses tremolo so infrequently that it really highlights those melodies when they do finally break out. Those melodic tremolo riffs wind their way into your head and stick there long after the album is done. In general the band sounds extremely in sync. Many times the guitar work is so tied to the drumming that it offers additional freedom for the bass to wander and bring in very memorable bass lines instead of being drowned out like so many black metal bands chose to do or being forced to accompany the drumming the entire album. If you’re looking to get sucked into a black metal forest Mavradoxa’s “Sojourners” is an album you need to check out. This is definitely a band to watch out for if their first album is this immersive, powerful, and polished.

Τετάρτη, 12 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Murg - Varg & Björn (2015)

Genre: Black Metal

Country Of Origin: Sweden (Stockholm?)

Tracklisting :

01. Vindarna Luktar Rök
02. Nejderna Brinner
03. Grannen Är Din Fiende
04. Massvandring & Blodbad
05. Den Starkes Rätt
06. Farsoternas Afton
07. Varg & Björn
08. Ett Slut, Ingen Början

Οι Murg δείχνουν μεγάλο σεβασμό στην Black Metal ιστορία. Φρενήρεις ρυθμοί , θρηνητικά φωνητικά και οι φλεγόμενες μπότες να έχουν την τιμητική τους εδώ.  Η επιθετική διάθεση και η έκταση  του δίσκου προέρχεται απ’ την ηχώ.  Σαν κάτι που πλησιάζει απειλειτικα .Ο λύκος και η αρκούδα (Varg & Björn) δεν θα μπορούσαν να συνδυάζονται καλυτέρα.A Roar from the woods.

The Murg show great respect to the history of Black Metal. Rythms in frenzy, mourning vocals and the boots on fire, all play a leading part. The aggressive mood and the album range come from the echo. Like something approaches in a threatening way. The wolf and the bear (Varg & Björn) couldn't combine better.A Roar from the woods.

Παρασκευή, 9 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016

The Dark Skies Above Us- Loudness Against Tav

H 6η συλλογή μας ολοκληρώθηκε. Στο μεν μουσικό μέρος ,θα έλεγα ότι είναι ότι πιο Speed-ατο έχουμε κυκλοφορήσει. Hardcore, Crust και Black Punk έχουν την τιμητική τους ,εδώ. Στο δε πολιτικό ,τα έσοδα θα δοθούν στον αγώνα ενάντια στην κατασκευή υπερτραχείας (No Tav Movement) καθώς το μαφιόζικο Ιταλικό κράτος συνεχίζει να κάνει εξώσεις ,να φυλακίζει συντρόφους να πραγματοποιεί περιβαλλοντική καταστροφή.  Η σκηνή μας είναι ζωντανή- και πιστέψτε μας προσφέρεται για γράψιμο - αλλά η αλληλεγγύη μπουσουλάει ακόμα . Να ευχαριστήσουμε τις μπάντες που ακόμα μια φορά που δέχτηκαν αναντίρρητα να συμμετάσχουν, επίσης τον Lifesuspended και DeafestChase για την εξαιρετική δουλειά.

Καμιά διαπραγμάτευση με το κράτος- ούτε βήμα πίσω, ΝΟ ΤΑV.

Our 6th collection has just been completed. As for the music part, i would call it as "Speed-est", we have released it. Hardcore, Crust and Black Punk are leading. For the political side, all the revenues will be donated for the fight against the high speed train (No Tav Movement), since the Italian government- an the mafia side of it- keep making evictions, sending comrades to jail and polluting the environment. Our stage is alive- and believe us is available for publishing- and our solidarity is still on. Great thanks to the bands that once more offered to participate without question, and to the Lifesuspended and DeafestChase for their great job.

No negotiation with the government - not even a step behind, NO TAV. 

Όλη η συλλογή / Compilation  HERE / ΕΔΩ

1.Calibro 9 - Sogno Muore
2.Piss Piss Piss - Rust In Piss
3.Disterror - Catharsis
4.Waxhuffer - Sentenced To Slavery
5.Sempre Peggio - Digos
6.Orange Jewish - Apatia
7.Sociopata - Sociedade Pacífica
8.Drone Wars - They Bomb Children, Don't They?
9.Kombat Wombat - No Tribute 
10.Cospirazione - Dieci Anni Dopo
11.Screams From The Garage - Il Dio Denaro
12.Squalor - Circadian Rhythm
13.Eco - I Denti del Serpente
14.Ludd - E' tempo di partire
15.Glassify - We Are Nothing
16.Iktus - Fucking Money
17.Charged Attack - Catene Ai Piedi
18.Vastation - A Vile Plague Sweeps
19.Ulteriori - Gerontocrazia
20.The Seeker - Force Fed
21.Part Time Scumbags - Land Of Treason
22.Deiezione - Come il canto dei Sioux
23.Deathrain - Paranoia Androide
24.Wildspeaker - Survey The Wreckage
25.Skåya - Frenesia (scheggia)
26.Aeshna - Being 
27.Stopunk - Ritorno Al Presente
28.Zeman - Antifa Football Core
29.Shameless - Semi di Odio
30.No Chappi? Bourgeois! - Lavoro Forever
31.Repressione - Ferocemente
32.Anti-Freeze - Apatia
33.xmysserix - Corsa Breve
34.Nihilist Waves - Police Raid
35.Alga Kombu - Natura Morta
36.Deafest - Sculpting Canyons
37.Convulsa Darklove - With A Little Help From Satan 

Σάββατο, 6 Αυγούστου 2016

Ragana - Wash Away (2015)

Genre : Atmospheric Black Metal / Black Metal / Experimental /Black Crust
Country Of Origin : U. S (Oakland, California)
Tracklisting :
1. Invocation pt. 2
2. Wash Away
3. Nameless Constellation
4. Alive
5. Frail Flame
6. Tired
7. The Field
 Οι Ragana είναι χαρακτηριστικό παράδειγμα μπάντας πoυ πειραματίζεται και πετυχαίνει.  Οι εναλλαγές καφρίλας και μελωδικότητας είναι χαοτικές.  Η διμελής παρέα εκεί που σε μαγεύει με ψηλά φωνητικά  και lowtempo ήχους σε φρενάρει με τα ασήκωτα ρίφς και brutal φωνητικα. Συνολικά πολύ καλές με έντονα εσωστρεφή ματιά  , female power !

The Ragana is a typical case of the band keen on experimenting and succeeding. The changesbetween no rule and exceptional melody are chaotic. This 2 person company seduces youwith high and low tempo vocals and guides you to powerful rifs and brutal vocals. As a total,very good having self-centered characteristics, female power!!!

Τρίτη, 19 Ιουλίου 2016

Repressione - Fuoco

Genre: Hardcore Punk/ D-beat

Country Of Origin: Bologna (Emilia Romagna, Italy)


1. 1312
2. In Costante Conflitto
3. Ferocemente
4. Senza Chiedere Permesso
5. Mai Più Senza Fucile (Contrasto cover)
6. Fuoco... Cammina Con Me
7. La Pioggia
8. Contro Ogni Galera
9. Vetri Infranti
10. Spero Venga La Guerra (Wretched cover)


“Fuoco” is the new album of the band Repressione. After their first EP “Rumore e Rabbia”, this time they amaze us with texts  that become an axe which try to cut the chains that make us the puppets of this society. Track after track, they bring us in the places where the Authority exercises his dominion, from our daily life make from routines and alienating relationships to the jail, the symbol par excellence of the capitalistic society. But this album gives us also a message of hope: the dark of these times that bring us to this perpetual nightmare becomes our ally, in fact is the night and its invisibles creatures that scares the power. These creatures are all of us which under the ferocious shots of the repression, feed the fire of the revolt that will burn the society, dancing under the moonshine destroying the existing under the hits of a dance full of hate and love opening together new perspectives of a revolutionary way of life. The album contains also a cover of the Contrasto and one of the Wretched reinterpreted under the inimitable style of the Repressione.

Πέμπτη, 23 Ιουνίου 2016

Kvlthammer – Kvlthammer (2014)

Genre: Black Rock n Roll / Black Thrash

Country Of Origin : U.S (Indianapolis)

Tracklisting :

1. Pathless
2. Hesh Trip
3. Hounds
4. Habitual Offender
5 . Visions (Interlude)
6. Hate Is Not Enough
7. Terrifying Ecstasy
8. No Borders
9. The All-Seeing High

Ξέρω ότι βλέπεις Black Metal R nR και στραβώνεις. Άραξε! Μπάντες όπως : Venom , Hellhammer, Bathory  τι παίζανε όταν ξεκίνησαν? Εμένα οι Kvlthammer μου θυμίζουν τέτοιες εποχές .Τότε που Black Metal τραγουδιόταν και γίνονταν μεγάλα mosh pits σε μικρούς χώρους. Αλητεία, μπύρα και μακρύ κατσαρό μαλλί. Τα τραγούδια θυμίζουν πολύ Aura Noir στην πιο πανκ εκδοχή τους. Ωστόσο , αν ψάχνεις για κάτι πιο σκοτεινό , δεν θα το βρεις εδώ.

 I know when you face Black Metal R n’ R you‘re not exactly thrilled. Chill out! Band such the Venom, Hellhammer , Bathory used to play in that style. From my point of view the Kvlthammer remind me of the time when Black Metal was played along and big mosh pits were held in small places. Raw style, beer and long curly hair. The songs bring to Aura Noir at the punk version. Anyway , if you’re looking for something darker , maybe you will be disappointed.

Παρασκευή, 17 Ιουνίου 2016

Glen and Precipice by Deafest

On February 23rd 2016, Deafest released "Glen and Precipice" their fourth full-length album. As some of you may or may not know, Deafest, a black metal group from Colorado, United States; is all about nature, and the landscapes that portray true beauty. This new release starts off strong with the pure raw Deafest sound we've all come to know and love, while carrying a new kind of clarity that previous releases may not have been so prevalent with. If you take the time to listen through Deafest's entire discography you'll hear the transformations just as you've seen nature change, and the earth change with each passing day. Chase of Deafest is very much an active member in The Black Metal Alliance, as well as The Dark Skies Above Us, which I can say I've had the honor and the privilege of working alongside him with TDSAU's Resistance Anti-NSBM Compilation Volume IV, as well as the BMA's Crushing Intolerance Volume III. Truly a great musician, but most importantly a great person. Now to return from my digression; "Glen and Precipice" is an astound work of art, that I hold very close to my heart, there are so many emotions captured within the riffs of this short masterpiece. I very much truly mean masterpiece as well; this album will take you on an emotional journey through the valleys, "Hollers" over mountain tops soaring high into the bright sunlight to leave you back down in the valley in the furthest reaches from the warmth of the sun. Where your heart will ache and mourn for our beautiful earth, as you sit back and watch humanity destroy the one thing they have left; then when the chords and the atmosphere lifts your spirits again, you'll sit high above the mountain tops at one with nature. A new found respect for our home. Some of you may be familiar with Deafest, and know that they do not charge for their electronic releases. You can grab yourself a copy of "Glen and Precipice" here with the convenient "Name your own price" tool:

Thanks again for reading:
Død Avsky