Riff Analysis: Sarcófago – “I.N.R.I”

So many bands have failed in continuing Sarcófago’s tradition of blasphemic and vicious black metal. Reducing the band to a set of aesthetics and confusing their minimalistic songs for dumb simplicity. I.N.R.I stands out not because of its context or its introduction of certain visual elements that would become common a few years later, but because of its nuanced composition that has alluded later bands. Let us look at the initial riff from the song “I.N.R.I” to understand why.

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Linie Aquavit

Hailing from Norway, Linie Aquavit is a 41.5 % vol. aquavit distilled from grain and potatoes and flavored with a secret recipe of herbs, which possibly includes caraway, dill, anise, fennel and coriander. It owes its name on crossing the equator line (Linie) twice in order to mature.

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Riff Analysis: Unleashed – “To Asgaard We Fly”

Unleashed had at this point released two good records that saw the band create Heavy metal songs with limited Death metal stylings and were known for possessing a particularly small set of tools which almost made their previous very repetitive. On Across the Open Sea, the band’s Magnum Opus, the band re-contextualized their previous influences to create rousing and anthemic works while seeking to expand further into Death metal technique and arrangement. “To Asgaard we fly” shows this subtle marriage between the two and how the band were able to combine such styles without to saturate the listener with stolen Iron Maiden leads.

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Playlist of Powerful Epic Heavy Metal

Avast young heshling! It is time to rise up, rise again! Take hold of the flame, the crown and the ring!

To guide the way and aid thee in thy quest, a powerful playlist of true heavy metal has been curated for thine journey.

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Accidental Suicide – Deceased

Accidental Suicide hail from Wisconsin and were formed at the end of the eighties and managed to release one full length in ’92 at a time where Death metal, despite its explosion still remained an underground genre as the band were quickly forgotten before finding a cult following and releasing a compilation in 2017. Accidental Suicide play a Death/Doom style that is firmly entrenched in many schools of Death metal and have managed to produce a minor gem that deserves an occasional spot on any Hessian’s playlist.

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Brief Analysis: Lincoln Beers

Here are some beers on which I have stumbled upon during my journeys. Beers were considered a barbaric beverage by the people of Roman antiquity due to them being made by the Teutonic people. They still carry this aura of manliness with them, regardless if brewers flirt with the avant-garde in order to create a blue-ocean strategy for hipster consumers. The themes of war are also quite prevalent and stimulate the imagination! Thus, our site believes that beers also serve as a great parable for metal music. On this review we will feature two bitter ales from the once Roman city of Lindum, now called Lincoln.

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Bizarre Curiosities: Reverend Godless – Fresh Hell

The European metal scene has been infected for well over a decade by various Rock and Melodeath bands calling themselves Folk metal due to their use of traditional folk instruments playing typical drinking melodies while the guitars are either aimlessly chugging or playing Slaughter of the Soul string skipped melodies. These bands have pushed themselves away from metal and entertain people who enjoy the notion of metal and don’t care for the actual genre. Enter Reverend Godless a band who have taken the reverse approach. They take folk music and lightly apply some Rock and Metal notions to create their music.

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Brief Analysis: J.S Bach – “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor “

The Toccata and Fugue in D minor is the best known and most popular piece by J.S. Bach. There are nevertheless some doubts about the authorship of this piece. Many still believe that it was not written by the hand of Bach but an imitator by the name of Johann Peter Kellner (1705-1772), who had for student Johannes Ringk (1717-1778). It is indeed thanks to him if today we still possess a copy of the manuscript of this Toccata and Fugue. The original has unfortunately disappeared and this is the oldest copy. On this copy, no title or any other information, save for an “Adagio”. The work was only published in 1833 at the initiative of Mendelssohn, who liked to play it.

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DMU Song Contest #3: The King of the Serfs Edition: Final Holocaust

The battle of the serfs has come to an end and only six competitors remain with only one to remain standing at the top. For the first time in DMU history, the senior writing has combined forces to decide which one of these candidates should be crowned the king of the serfs. For the winner to be chosen this time, he must face the scrutiny of not one but three judges and the song with the best aggregate score shall win the the battle of the sefs.The grand prize of the competition shall be a standalone review for the winners (if their future/past or present work has merit, else we shall simply spare them from our Sadistic Metal Reviews – for now!).

Let the final battle commence!

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