In our ongoing investigation of deceptive and outright fraudulent extreme metal acts, we pull the rug under a handful of established outfits that don’t even seem to bother hiding that they are after your money first, artistic integrity a distant second - an audience satisfaction not even registering. The more we pull away the blinds the more obvious these practices become. Maybe your favorite band is in here, maybe your life-long inspiration only cares about the dollars/euros you’re giving him/her? Don’t be fooled, there are plenty of honest, hard-working metal bands everywhere in the scene. It’s just that these money-hungry, artistically vacuum units make it difficult for everybody involved. These bands stopped caring, they lost the passion and fire. In short: they Sold Their Souls...
I had some material done already before the demise of Lord Belial. Some of the material was actually intended for the next Lord Belial album, but since we disbanded I changed around all of the ideas into new songs.
I don’t really consider it that much superior. But we KEPT the quality from 1st to 4th album, and that is something that is not easy to do! And I think there will come a 5th album that will kick just as much ass.
Asaru - "From the Chasms Of Oblivion" (Germany)
Schwarzdorn Productions/Soul Food Music Distribution/SureShot
Usually when bands are overlooked the first time around, it doesn’t take a whole lot of deduction or analytical power to see why this happened. Case in point is German combo Asaru. Who? Exactly. Asaru was one of the second wave non-Scandinavian black metal acts that formed in Darmstadt, Germany in 1995 and recorded two demos plus an EP before eventually splitting up in 2007. In 2007 mainman Frank Nordmann moved to Oslo, Norway and after a two-year layoff resurrected Asaru. For those who keep track of such things, Nordmann also was part of Agathodaimon (yeah, that god-awful symfo/gothic black metal act that was popular for all of two minutes in the late ‘90s) which probably explains why there wasn’t much activity post-2000. At least Agathodaimon wasn’t as utterly and entirely terrible as Italy’s Graveworm. Not that Asaru is in any way bad, just very placemeal and, well, unremarkable. "From the Chasms Of Oblivion" is as stereotypical as its title, no really. Take any Scandinavian second/third-tier keyboard-less black metal band and you are fairly close to how this band sounds. Sure, it is competent, it ticks all the right boxes and it does exactly what you think it will - but is that good enough for you? I like to think that labels sign bands on the basis of that they have something unique to offer, or at least stand out enough within an established formula or sound - Asaru does neither. Not that I hate this record with a passion, in the right mindset it can be very enjoyable. It’s just that. This record is enjoyable, but it doesn’t instill me to seek out their other releases. By Odin, I used to remember a time when black metal was new and exciting. This is just so very... mundane, and not the least bit terrifying. So, yeah. At least it’s not Mystic Circle bad, but merely Ragnarok (the Norwegian band) levels of tolerable. Asaru fans will probably like this no matter what. Everybody else is advised to listen before picking up this record.http://www.schwarzdorn.deWouter 6
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