Demo Review: Lautrec: In Search Of The Waters Oblivion

 

As I wake from another night’s slumber and shuffle around my cavernous lair trying to find my zippo to light my wall Sconces. Once lit I rub my hollow empty sockets and stretch my aching body out, first things first let’s make coffee as I put my aluminium percolator on the grate of my fire and leave to brew I sit and roll my first cigarette of the day. Pondering what may be written in the cards for today I sit and stare at the mouth of my hollow. The blackened morning sky rolls by and a chill creeps through. Wishing it was a fraction warmer, not summer warm but that early spring kinda warm, I’m alerted from my daydream to my percolator clicking off. Fetching my favourite cup for a coffee which despite the crack that runs almost the length of the mug and is holding on for dear life. They don’t make them like they used to. Shuffling to the mouth of my cave I light my cigarette and take my first sip of coffee. Staring out at the moon lighting the thick clouds I feel a shiver come over me. Wondering what it could be I search my thick tattered robes and find my mobile buzzing like it’s possessed. Opening it up I have an Instagram notification, at this hour I wonder what I possibly could’ve missed. As I open the app and glance down I have a friend request. As I scratch my hollow skull I take a look and find a band that goes by the name of Lautrec

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Album Review: Cistvaen – At Light’s Demise

 

Cistvaen – At Light’s Demise

By Jools Green

Release date: (April 5 independent release)

Aptly named after the Celtic word for a burial chamber, given the often-funereal leanings of their lyrics and bleak doomy edge to their sound, Atmospheric Black Metal five-piece Cistvaen, follow-up on their 2021 debut EP Under the Silent Meadow Skies with their debut full-length offering, this time in both digital and physical format, the seven track, fifty-eight minute At Light’s Demise.

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Album Review: Order of Nosferat – The Absence of Grace

 

It’s a frosty one this morning. As I wake from my slumber and shuffle over to the boiling cauldron, dodging and weaving between the recently formed large icicles that hang from my cave ceiling like stalactites. These appear to be a new addition due to the deluge of rain the U.K. has experienced over the past

 

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Reign A.D./ The Oracle – The Mountain Peaks of Prophecy

 

Has it been over a year since The Oracle released an official release? As I sit in my darkened hollow I have to cast my mind back. As I pour through the entity’s releases it sure becomes apparent. So when the news dropped that a release was on its way that a split would be issued with Reign A.D. a U.K. act Cloaked in as much mysticism as that of the aforementioned act I knew I had to speak with the entity behind The Oracle.

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Fluisteraars confirmed for Fortress Festival 2024

After the second headline announcement yesterday, Fortress Festival confirm another UK debut. This time from Dutch Duo Fluisteraars 

 

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Misþyrming confirmed for Fortress Festival 2024

Fortress Festival announce the Headlining performance from Icelandic black metal act Misþyrming will be another UK exclusive for 2024 as a second stage headliner

 

 

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Aldorfrea – Dark Fables Of The Night

 

Something wicked this way comes from the northern shores as the unholy trio of Aldorfrea unveil their latest offering Dark Fables of the Night 

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Faidra – Militant: Penitent : Triumphant

 

Faidra – Militant: Penitent : Triumphant
By Jools Green
Release Date: 3rd November 2023 (Northern Silence Productions)

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Rogue Limb – Actus Reus

Nottingham’s neurotic hardcore duo Rogue Limb unleash their unhinged debut album Actus Reus 

 

 

Right the outset of Hoarder I’m already making a prediction that this album is going to be blistering wave of unappareled aggression and what I will say that so far I’m being proved correct but what I also like are the tempos and subtle weave of guitar parts just before Shatter Them unleashes wave upon wave of musical influences that you really feel has been really honed in on.

The album lead single Sirenhead  perfectly encapsulates the overall aesthetic and style of the debut, but with a nice late noughties element. I am yet to see Rogue Limb live (Looking at you Tap n Tumbler Nov 18) but can imagine this being a particular live favourite, this is then complemented by the maniacal and murky soundscapes of The Wound 

 

The album continues with Fuckboy which would be a great track to really annoy neighbours with but knowing mine I would have to turn it up, this is followed by the groove laden Doomscroller which for me is the  debuts’ crowning glory  as although it has that groove, its lyrical content is bleak – sidenote I also included this track on the latest edition of The Boneyard which you can find here 

Hands down the albums most furious offering comes in the from Light Pillar which continues to reinforce my earlier prediction and serving as a great aperitif to the formidable nature of Squatter.

Finally the album concludes with An Echo which gives me time to appreciate and reflect on this debut overall, the duo chose to not to release a Demo or EP before this and I have to say that it was a wise choice as it has really given them the creative freedom to really form a musical identity and concentrate of the musicianship for and incredibly strong and brutal debut.

Actus Reus is out now

Cult Burial – Reverie of the Malignant

London’s Cult Burial return to once again journey into the eerie realms with new album Reverie of the Malignant 

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