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>> "Desolating Blaze" is already the sixth album by the Italian three-piece. Their formerly wild mix of speed metal deeply rooted in d-beat and hardcore punk has boiled down to a typical and unique Noia sound: a fierce old-school thrash beast with a striking black metal backbone and some classic 80s influences.
With its pure Norwegian style black metal parts, the record could be considered the darkest and grimmest they ever wrote, but it also shows the band marking some new stylistic territory with slow atmospheric songs. Noia 2022 put an emphasis on finding the sweet spot between brutal and technical to create great individual songs instead of just following the formula of specific genres – all tracks stand on their own and still manage to represent the band’s wide range. The album features a polished but organic analog sound, which gives the music just the right production without sounding deliberately underground-cheap; meaning it′s heavy as hell but doesn′t try too hard to display some trendy idea of ultra-backward black/thrash.
In short: if you’re both into raw old-school black metal and authentic, skilled speed-thrash beyond the played-out retro hype you get to hear every day, Noia’s "Desolating Blaze" has six tailor-made anthems waiting for you! <<
Noia: "Desolating Blaze"
Ever wondered what would happen if Darkthrone banged Holy Moses and had a baby? Duh, who hasn't?! Well, if you abandoned the bastard child in rural Quebec instilling a creepy elitist survivor syndrome and leave it to fend for itself with nothing but heavy metal gear, you'd almost definitely get Thesyre as a result. In fact, it's the project's 100% true origin story, revealed here for very the first time to the worthless public.
Artsy concept one-man-bands are nothing new in black metal, and neither is the black'n'roll/old-school-thrash trend within. But Thesyre turned both on its head and created a totally innovative sound that is groovy, harsh, progressive and melodic all at the same time, in combination with lyrical content that is just as hard to put into categories. Their fourth full-length album "Résistance" deals with individualism beyond any common black metal clichés and backs up all its themes with a fitting musical counterpart marked by atmosphere and technical prowess.
Zwiespalt return with the follow-up to ”Ambivalenz” from 2020, once again featuring a radically bleak, raw and minimalist approach to the 90s lo-fi atmosphere. But in this case it′s legit to judge the book by its cover: ”Distanz” is even a bit colder.
>> ”Distanz” is about longing for the stars. It is a journey in solitude through storms on withered fields, getting lost in the rising fog of autumnal woods, and ending up in the freezing cold bleakness of winter. It is about burned in memories of a long gone past, that still crawl through ones mind. A sphere of the unreachable that is not only manifested in space but also in time. <<
Black′n′Roll and black-thrash are genre terms that can be used to mean pretty much anything nowadays, good and bad. What they mean here is a retro party jukebox containing pretty much everything that was awesome about 80s metal. This is no hommage to Celtic Frost, Tankard, Cirith Ungol, Accept, Venom or Motörhead... This is an allstar-tribute band having a relentless orgy within a single song. And somehow they still manage to channel the whole clusterfuck into thoroughly addictive and surprisingly coherent songs – whose main emphasis on ”fun” or ”evil” depends wholly on whether Horrormance currently happen to be in the middle of bona fide proto black metal worship, or fully skidding off manilla road into the heavy-speed gravel lane. Either way, the focus is on point and the music as consistent and real as is usually only reserved for the holy Darkthrone of modern times. TL;DR: If you like the mentioned classics, pull the stick out of your ass and enjoy a record that is nothing but pure metal love from start to finish, with maximum attention to reference detail.
Horrormance: ”Baptism by Firewater”
The newest underground project out of the Greek Isolert circle is called Sores and presents its first album after releasing two great demo tapes in recent years. Even though there's another screamer at work, the vocals are just as sick and weird as in Sørgelig, almost entering Burzum territory. Musically, this falls roughly somewhere between the mentioned bands. That is to say, 90s low-fi black metal with scandinavian roots - mostly fast, no-frills and catchy, including effective jaunts into DSBM, without overdoing monotony as a style device.