Thursday, September 22, 2011

Satan - Suspended Sentence (1987)

Country: UK
RYM rating: 3.58
From The View Of The Crypt 3.91

1. 91nd Symphony
2. Who Dies Wins
3. 11th Commandment
4. Suicidal Justice
5. Vandal (Hostyle Youth)
6. S.C.U.M. (Socially Condemned Undesirable Misfits)
7. Avalanche Of A Million Hearts
8. Calculated Execution (Driller Killer)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Satan - Court In The Act (1983)

Country: UK
RYM rating: 3.84
From The View Of The Crypt: 4.30

1. Into The Fire
2. Trial By Fire
3. Blades Of Steel
4. No Turning Back
5. Broken Treaties
6. Break Free
7. Hunt You Down
8. The Ritual
9. The Dark Side Of Innocent
10. Alone In The Dock

Some of the best from the NWOBHM period.

Lord Vicar - Fear No Pain (2008)

Country: Finland
Genre: Traditional Doom Metal
RYM rating: 3.77
From The View Of The Crypt 3.81

1. Down The Nails
2. Pillars Under Water
3. Born Of A Jackal
4. The Last Of The Templars
5. The Spartan
6. A Man Called Horse
7. The Funeral Pyre

First full length by Lord Vicar filled with doom in the veins of Reverend Bizzare.
Best is the beautiful closing track "The Funeral Pyre".

Grotesque - In The Embrace Of Evil (1996)

Country: Sweden
Genre: Death/Thrash/Black Metal
RYM ratings: 3.80
From The View Of The Crypt: 4.21

1. Thirteen Bells of Doom
2. Blood Runs From The Altar
3. Submit To Death
4. Fall Into Decay
5. Seven Gates
6. Angels Blood
7. Nocturnal Blasphemies
8. Spawn Of Alzathoth
9. Incantation
10. Church of The Pentagram
11. Ripped From The Cross

The Comp that goes through all their best songs. Some of the best early death metal that can be found. Prepare to be embraced by evil...
Grotesque's singer by the artist name "Goatspell". His real name is Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg and he was also the singer of At The Gates.

Most of theese songs are recorded in the 80's.

Fates Warning - Parallels (1991)

Country: USA
Genre: Progressive Metal
RYM ratings: 3.76
From The View Of The Crypt: 4.31

1. Leave The Past Behind
2. Life In Still Water
3. Eye To Eye
4. The Eleventh Hour
5. Point of View
6. We Only Say Goodbye
7. Don't Follow Me
8. The Road Goes On Forever

Stunning album. A album that has got as much praise as it's got shit. Un deserved but i guess that always happends when a band changes it's stil. This is a milestone in progressive metal ended with the most perfect end. The beautiful pearl "The Road Goes On Forever".
And now the road goes on to be never forgotten.

Fates Warning - No Exit (1988)

Country: USA
Genre: Progressive/Heavy Metal
RYM rating: 3.58
From The View Of The Crypt: 3.97

1. No Exit
2. Anarchy Divine
3. Silent Cries
4. In A Word
5. Shades of Heavenly Death
6. The Ivory Gate Of Dreams

Fourth full length. A bit underrated i must say. Shades of the early Fates Warning swept in a blanket of the to come progressive emotions of their own future.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Anthrax - Worship Music (2011)

Country: USA
Genre: Thrash Metal
RYM ratings: 3.45
From The View Of The Crypt: 3.25

1. Worship (Intro)
2. Earth On Hell
3. The Devil You Know
4. Fight 'Em Til You Can't
5. I'm Alive
6. Hymn 1
7. In The End
8. The Giant
9. Hymn 2
10. Judas Priest
11. Crawl
12. The Constant
13. Revolution Screams

Latest album by Anthrax and now Joey Belladonna back. Crafting something that must be their best days since the 80's. For me personally Joey is much better for Anthrax. On the other hand this album feels a bit rigid. Overworked and un even. Stil quite good album.

Nick Drake - Bryter Layter (1970)

Country: Burma
Genre: Singer/Songwriter / Contemporary Folk
RYM ratings: 4.08
From The View Of The Crypt: 4.05

1. Introduction
2. Hazy Jane II
3. At The Chime Of The City Clock
4. One Of Theese Things First
5. Hazy Jane I
6. Bryter Layter
7. Fly
8. Poor Boy
9. Northern Sky
10. Sunday

Painful Memories - Memorial To Suffering (1996)

Country: Russia
Genre: Death/Doom Metaö
RYM rating: 3.80
From The View Of The Crypt: 3.99

1. Memorial To Suffering
2. Why?
3. In My Tomb
4. The Weeping Of Unborn Children
5. Rover Of Sin
6. No One Remains

First and only full length ever released by Painful Memories. Melancholic, melodic , slow and heavy. A great hidden gem.

Of The Wand And The Moon - Emptiness Emptiness Empitness (2001)

Country: Denmark
Genre: Neofolk
RYM ratings: 3.65
From The View Of The Crypt: 3.71

1. Lost In Emptiness
2. My Devotion Will Never Fade
3. In A Robe Of Fire
4. Algir Naudir Wunjo
5. Silver Rain
6. Gal Anda
7. Here's To Misery (A Toast)
8. Can I Erase The Demon?
9. Reficul

Second full length album by Kim Larsen's Of The Wand And The Moon. Beautiful neofolk. Here's To Misery (A Toast) Is a real highlight of this album.

Witchfinder General - Death Penalty (1982)

Country: UK
Genre: NWOBHM/Doom Metal
RYM ratings: 3.72
From The View Of The Crypt: 4.02

1. Invisible Hate
2. Free Country
3. Death Penalty
4. No Stayer
5. Witchfinder General
6. Burning Sinner
7. R.I.P.

Debut by the classic NWOBHM/doom band Witchfinder general hailing from Stourbridge, United Kingdom.

Virgin Steele - Guardians Of The Flame (1983)

Country: USA
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
RYM rating: 3.33
From The View Of The Crypt: 3.62

1. Don't Say Goodbye (Tonight)
2. Burn The Sun
3. Life Of Crime
4. The Redeemer
5. Birth Through Fire
6. Guardians Of The Flame
7. Metal City
8. Hell Or High Water
9. Go All The Way
10. A Cry In The Night

Lake Of Tears - Forever Autumn (1999)

Country: Sweden
Genre: Gothic Metal
RYM rating: 3.86
From The View Of The Crypt: 4.46

1. So Fell Autumn Rain
2. Hold On Tight
3. Forever Autumn
4. Pagan Wish
5. Otherwheres
6. The Homecoming
7. Come Night I Reign
8. Demon You / Lily Anne
9. To Blossom Blue

Fourth studio album. Emotional and melancholic.

Lake Of Tears - Headstones (1995)

Country: Sweden
Genre: Doom / Gothic metal
RYM rating: 3.75
From The View Of The Crypt: 4.37

1. A Foreign Road
2. Raven Land
3. Dreamdemons
4. Sweetwater
5. Life's But A Dream
6. Headstones
7. Twilight
8. Burn Fire Burn
9. The Path of the Gods (Upon the Highest Mountain, Part 2)

Second full length album by this swedish variable band. From the doomy & gothic tunes on this album to a psychadelic and trippy sound. There is many sides of Lake Of Tears. This dark and gloomy sounds fits the band best though. Making Headstones And Forever Autumn the best of their repetoar.

November - 6:e November (1972)

Country: Sweden
Genre: Hard Rock
RYM ratings: 3.91
From The View Of The Crypt: 4.42

1. Starka Tillsammans
2. Februari
3. Runt I Cirklar
4. Rödluvan
5. Så Svårt Att Lämna Dig
6. Allt Genom Dig
7. Jorden Gråter
8. Kommer Långsamt
9. Vännerna De Dyra

Last studio record by this cult trio.

Lacrimas Profundere - Memorandum (1999)

Country: Germany
Genre: Gothic/Doom Metal
RYM rating: 3.71
From The View Of The Crypt: 3.94

1. Infinity
2. Helplessness
3. ...And How to Drowm In Your Arms
4. Black Swans
5. Reminisence
6. The Crown Of Leaving
7. All Your Radiance...
8. The Embrace And The Eclipse
9. The Fate Of Equillibrium

Third studio album. Slightly softer and more clear. By stil a bit doomy as well as gloomy.

Lacrimas Profundere - La Naissance D'Un Réve (1997)

Country: Germany
Genre: Death/ Gothic Doom
RYM rating: 3.68
From The View Of The Crypt 3.95

1. A Fairy's Breath
2. Priamus
3. Lilienmeer
4. The Gesture Of The Gist
5. An Orchid For My Withering Garden
6. Enchanted And In Silent Beauty

Second full length album by at this quite unique gothic/death doom band. Melancholic beauty.
Listen to this and it makes you wonder why on earth they changed their style...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Insanity Reigns Supreme - ...And Darkness Drowned The Land Divine (1998)

Country: Belgium
Genre: Death/Doom Metal
RYM ratings: 3.71
From The View Of The Crypt: 3.85

1. Trauma Paradise
2. The Bitter Kiss Of Death
3. Finsternis
4. The Pain Eternal
5. In The Arms Of Solitude
6. La Tristesse Eternelle
7. Burn The Flame Of Sadness

Insanity Reigns Supreme's debut album. Mournful slow death/doom. More doomy then their latter albums.

Iron & Wine - The Sheperd's Dog (2007)

Country: USA
Genre: Contemporary Folk / Singer/Songwriter
RYM rating: 3.73
From The View Of The Crypt 3.60

1. Pagan Angel And A Borrowed Car
2. White Tooth Man
3. Lovesong Of The Buzzard
4. Carousel
5. House By The Sea
6. Innocent Bones
7. Wolves (Song Of The Sheperd's Dog)
8. Resurrection Fern
9. Boy With A Coin
10. The Devil never Sleeps
11. Peace Beneath The City
12. Flightless Bird, American Mouth

Contemporary American Folk rock with a good buzz to it.

Max Richter - The Blue Notebooks (2004)

Country: UK
Genre: Neo Classical/Ambient
RYM ratings: 3.86
From The View Of The Crypt: 4.50

1. The Blue Notebooks
2. On The Nature Of Daylight
3. Horizon Variations
4. Shadow Journal
5. Icongraphy
6. Vladimir's Blues
7. Aboretum
8. Old Song
9. Organum
10. The Trees
11. Written On The Sky

Max Richter's second album. Beauty theres only beauty left..

Brutus - Brutus (2010)

Country: Norway
Genre: Hard Rock/Psychadelic
RYM rating: 3.57 (33 r)
From The View Of The Crypt: 4.00

1. Hypnotised
2. Solution
3. Feel Free
4. Golden Town
5. Spirit Of Time
6. Swedish Lady
7. Hey Mama
8. Swamp City Blues