Listen to Diocletian, faggoths.
Also, Heresiarch. Keeping an eye on the forthcoming Lustration - Psymbolik, as well.
Gonna go ahead and second Heresiarch. I absolutely adore the EP they put out recently. At first I thought it was dull in its seemingly monotonous blasting, but upon closer listening this band is like a fusion of Incantation and Conqueror. The attitude that the drummer approaches his instrument is similar to J. Read. They really do excel at those crawling doom passages as found in "Carnivore" and "Intransigent". I'm really looking forward to what else they can cook up. "Conflagration" is my personal highlight.
Lustration sounds really boring based on the samples I heard. Maybe they're a grower too?
Yes, my thoughts exactly. "Conflagration" is
the highlight of the album. Love the kvlt pick slides as well! This EP also reminds me that sometimes less is more, and that sometimes an EP is better than an LP. I'm thinking war metal, in general, might lend itself better to releases in the 20 - 30 minute range. I know this band shares members with Diocletian and I frankly liked this more than either of their LPs. I wonder sometimes if musicians almost "loosen up" in their secondary projects? My memory of Diocletian is that it sounded labored at times, whereas this EP just sound like the band is, forgive the cliche, "having fun."
RE: Lustration. Haha, actually I haven't even heard the samples, yet, and didn't even know they existed 'til a few weeks ago! But I do visit NWN, saw them mentioned, saw they shared members with Spear of Longinus, saw their album cover has a pyramid, the Sphinx, a UFO, and a cobra on it, and saw that their new album will sound like Beherit+Blasphemy+Sodom+Hellhammer+Bathory! (Doesn't every band's new album!?) Joking aside, figured I would mention them since they're form Australia, share members with SOL and play "warish" metal. I will definitely give the album a try when it comes out in a few weeks and posted in audiofile. We shall see...