Throwback Thursday: Tyranny – “Tides of Awakening”

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It was all the way back in 2005 when Tyranny released their debut album. Now, in 2015 they are set to release their followup, a full ten years later, entitled Aeons in Tectonic Interment (you can read our review here.) To say they took a hiatus would be putting it mildly. They took a break of Amestigon-like proportions (who we interviewed about long layoffs here.) Ten full years passed. The earth orbited the sun 3,650 times (give or take a few leap years). Our galaxy orbited other galaxies. Our universe orbited other universes. And all that time Tyranny worked. But enough self-promotion. Now, in 2015, we take a look back at their 2005 masterpiece Tides of Awakening. Continue reading

Best of Q2: Manny-O-War’s List

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Another three months has flown by. Here we are, halfway through yet another year of metal releases and real life. Theoretically, we all should be a few months older and wiser by now but we all know that is a bunch of malarkey. What we are is slightly more confused about what we are, who we are and what our purpose is in this world. Well, I can tell you one thing: a noble purpose is to consume absurd amounts of art. So this year, consume absurd amounts of metal and remember, as always, to Hail Satan!

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Interview: Amestigon on the Writing Process, Long Layoffs and Occult Philosophy

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Austrian black metal legends Amestigon take their sweet time releasing albums. The band recently released only the second LP in their very long career, nearly five years after the release of their its predecessor, Sun of All Suns. The new album, Thier, dropped on May 28, and is a terrific listen, worthy of heavy rotation. (Check out our full review here.)

Recently, Manny-O-War had a chance to ask Amestigon a few questions about their songwriting process, the long layoffs between their albums and their occult philosphy. Here’s what they had to say: Continue reading

Album Review: Amestigon – “Thier”

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Given its lush and beautiful landscape, it’s a bit surprising that Austria is a haven for some of the darker, more occult and satanic black metal on the planet. (Most likely, being a stomping ground for the World Wars left a sheen of blood in the subsoil, and that darkness remains.) And like their sister band, Abigor, Amestigon is a shining example of why Austria’s black metal should be taken with the utmost seriousness. On their new full-length, Thier, Amestigon arises from hibernation to deliver fifty-six enchanting minutes of doom-influenced black metal. Continue reading