Thursday, 18 December 2014
Ningen Isu: Utsushi wa Yume ~ Nijuu Shuunen Kinen Best Album (2014) Compilation Review/ 人間椅子 - 現世は夢 ～25周年記念ベストアルバム～ - 批評
Utsushi wa Yume is Ningen Isu's fourth compilation, and the second that stretches over two full discs - two albums worth of bluesy, proggy heavy metal drawn from throughout their discography. There's stuff from their debut EP (making this a good piece for those who can't locate the original) right through to 'Namahage' from their MV earlier in 2014. The first disc jumps around their discography a lot and could be considered more career-spanning. The second is a straight run-up from the crushing closing track of 2007's Manatsu Yoru No Yume to tracks from their latest full-length and, most excitingly of all, four new songs recorded specially for this release (meaning Nobu Nakajima's drumming features throughout the entire disc, which I think is appropriate as he has become essential to the band's heavy sound). Those last four are the songs I'm reviewing below.
Saturday, 13 December 2014
Monday, 8 December 2014
Sunday, 7 December 2014
Nightbringer are a band whose works I never tire of hearing. Although I have a fixation with their sophomore Apocalypse Sun's almost single-minded repetition and soul-swallowing atmosphere, their recent splits have hinted at even greater things to come, and with their fourth record they have made the thing they will be remembered for. Ego Dominuus Tuus sounds like a million angry desert gods taken human form. The wasted expanse of ancient empty seas and the tearing asunder of entire planes of existence. Pure raw and chaotic black metal of a soul-scouring nature.