Finnish death metal occultists Adramelech last year unleashed two compilations of their early works, Spring of Recovery and Recoveries of the Fallen, which compiled the many EPs, singles, demos, live tracks, and rehearsals that make up a successful death metal oeuvre.No Comments
As a related project to Demigod, the Finnish death metal band Adramelech aimed to create dark tunneling atmospheres of morally ambiguous and unstable spaces in order to snap people out of their bourgeois socializing and trend-following.
- Adramelech – The Fall (1994)
- Adramelech – Psychostasia (1996)
- Adramelech – Pure Blood Doom (1999)
- Adramelech – Terror of Thousand Faces (2005)
Finnish death metal wizardy guild Adramelech, together with Xtreem Records, published a compilation of all of its recorded material issued before the first album, compiled as a new release entitle Recoveries of the Fallen for those who like moody, oddball mid-paced death metal with a focus on atmosphere.3 Comments
Xtreem Music announced its intent to release the classic Adramelech demo “Grip of Darkness” on their Ten Inches of DeathCult series. A release consistent with the Finnish tradition as outlined by the mighty Demigod, “Grip of Darkness” bears witness to the brutal yet nearly clandestine melodic approach that would ultimately define the Adramelech sound.3 Comments
Pure Blood Doom, the notoriously hard to find second album by elite Finnish death metal band Adramelech, has been scheduled for re-release on cd and limited vinyl courtesy of Nuclear Abominations Records. According to the press-release, hungry customers can expect “new, remastered sound and new, improved layout and cover by artist Turkka Rantanen who already drew the original art”.25 Comments
Getting into underground metal styles has never been a straightforward thing for anyone. The exception might be the Cannibal Corpse crowd that approach this music as fix for a certain mood, but see little beyond the most sensual appeal of the music. For those actually trying to appreciate the music anywhere beyond the surface either in a technical manner, it’s significance or the experience it provides beyond simple monochromatic sensual indulgence, the path consists of several steps in not one path but a multitude of paths that conform to the singular state and journey of each listener.
The present list does not attempt to give a template that will fit all as that is impossible. It is simplistic in its attempt to generalize and exemplify. The most important starting assumption is that the listener is at least fond of traditional heavy metal or hard rock in the worse case. I tried to avoid using of overtly offensive gateway bands like Craddle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir or Arch Enemy but these should not be completely discarded as possibilities to enable a smooth and pleasant transition into death and black metal.
For this example of a road map towards understanding and appreciation of death metal I have distinguished five different steps with suitable albums as follows:
I. Easy-going quasi death metal
- Carcass – Heartwork
- Entombed – Left Hand Path
II. Welcoming and easy-to-understand simple death metal that is only complex on a local level and so can inspire a sense of technical wonder in the listener while maintaining mood.
- Death – Spiritual Healing
- Adramelech – Psychostasia
- Demigod – Slumber of Sullen Eyes
III. Excellent, but mostly on a technical level, with raw power and refinement in style, solid and well-produced albums that do not transcend their technical aspects
- Morbid Angel – Covenant
- Cryptopsy – None so Vile
- Vader – Litany
IV. Authentic, representative of the core of the death metal spirit while being original
- Demilich – Nespithe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjutXYAwc_0
- Deicide – Legion
- Suffocation – Effigy of the Forgotten
V. Completely past appearances and technical infatuation, almost on the spiritual level of true and good black metal
- At the Gates – The Red in the Sky is Ours
- Immolation – Unholy Cult
- Gorguts – Obscura
Adramelech, long viewed as a younger brother to legendary Finnish death metal band Demigod, ride again with the re-issue of their classic Psychostasia on Xtreem Records. Revered for their ability to mix subtle melody with mid-paced death metal rhythms to produce an enveloping sense of pervasive darkness, Adramelech like Demigod found their way into many death metal collections but remained out of the spotlight that favored more dramatic bands.
The new version of Psychostasia features three live tracks, two taken from the Seven EP, and remastering of the original album. According to those who have heard it, this produces a louder but more even sound while preserving the nocturnal atmosphere and menacing ambiguity of the original.
Xtreem Music, a continuation of Repulse Records, continues a long tradition of putting out quality underground releases and now augments that tradition by adding quality re-issues such as this one to its catalog. A new generation of fans — being of the personality type too alert to be fooled by the circus music of metalcore or bore-drone of shoegaze black metal — may discover the majestic power and infernal might of classic Finnish death metal with this release.
- Heroes in Godly Blaze 4:11
- Psychostasia 4:06
- Seance of Shamans 3:27
- The Book of the Worm 6:11
- Thoth (Lord of the Holy Words) 3:10
- Mythic Descendant 4:19
- As the Gods Succumbed 5:02
- Across the Gray Waters 3:59
- Intro – Heroes in Godly Blaze (live) 5:51
- The Sleep of Ishtar (live) 3:56
- Seven (live) 4:18
You can purchase Adramelech – Psychostasia here:8 Comments