April is gone. Four months since the beginning of the 2018 and we are deep-knee in the new metal records. So far I can concur - it will be another glorious year for the metal music.
April was very intense of new releases, even hectic. Honestly I didn't find enough quality among the list though. Very few albums really grabbed my attention and the present list was not much easy to compile. As usual it contains 10 albums officially released in April (or in the last days of March), in no particular order + 3 bonus albums, which I discovered most recently, but they have left from the previous months...In total another fatal 13 pieces of deserving all attention.
This is it, my April 2018!

MESARTHIM - The Density Parameter
Release date: 3 April

The best album of the month. A feeling a timeless time.

My review for Blessed Altar Zine here

MESSA - Feast for Water
Release date: 6 April

"Evoking doom metal with a dark jazz twist". Hallucinative sludgy Portishead. Amazing, stunning record…


My interview with Koraxid for Blessed Altar Zine, originally published on 2 April 2018 here: https://blessedaltarzine.blogspot.bg/2018/04/grievance-interview.html Grievance is a black metal band coming from the haunted lands of Caldas de Rainha, Portugal. Their music is soaked with mournful sorrow, melancholy, dark journeys to ancient obscure worlds and landscapes, and of course blasting passages. “Pilar, Pedra e Faca” album has just been released on CD (and reviewed for Blessed Altar Zine), offering amazing musical diversity to reach the majestic infinite dark. I invited Koraxid, the mastermind of the band, to tell us more about his night chants and his bequests to eternity
Hello, Koraxid! Great to have you on the Zine! Thank you for your time. You have been the mastermind of Grievance for more than 20 years now, performing everything in the band. How would you describe this voyage into darkness and what are its roots actually? I am a Black Metal fan since about 1994, when i knew the sty…

MOURNFUL CONGREGATION – The Incubus Of Karma (review)

My review for Blessed Altar Zine, originally published on 23 March 2018 here:

Band: Mournful Congregation
Title: The Incubus of Karma
Label: Osmose Productions
Release Date: 23 March 2018
Country: Australia
Close your eyes. It’s a dark grey day. It’s raining. You can hear the rain. Falling, Touching the lonely autumn leaves, and drowning into the muddy soil. Silence. Loneliness. Sorrow. Pain. The casket goes down. Tears. Now comes Mournful Congregation and the bleeding wound at heart they open with their music. A macrocosmic doom for microcosmic beings. Heavy, slowly, drawing immense pictures of melancholy and sheer grief. This is Incubus of Karma – the fourth full-length allbum in the 25 years-career of these masters of the funeral doom. The album comes seven years after their last massive full-lenght The Book of Kings, as well as four years after the EP Concrescence of Sophia. It’s like the time runs an…

ALASTOR Interview

My interview with JA from Alastor for Blessed Altar Zine, originally published on 21 March 2018 here: http://blessedaltarzine.blogspot.bg/2018/03/alastor-interview.html

Portuguese blackened thrash whirlwind Alastor has a couple of important occasions in 2018. The band turns 30 years on the stage, and to celebrate this, a new album “...The Dark Tower...” has just been released via War Productions. We have reviewed it for the Zine earlier, but it is a fantastic moment to talk with J.A., the main man behind Alastor, about the long journey and the upcoming plans.

Hello, J.A!Thank you for taking time for this interview for Blessed Alatar ZIne. Fist of all happy Anniversary! To many more to come! How are you feeling after 30 years of reaping and tearing? JA - Greetings to everyone reading this. Thank you for the support towards ALASTOR. Well, these 30 years sure did past by very quickly. I still remember, back in 1988, me and Jorge trying to write some songs and I'm still doing that. The i…

ESOCTRILIHUM - Pandaemorthium (Forbidden Formulas To Awaken The Blind Sovereigns of Nothingness)

My review for Blessed Altar Zine, published originally on 18 March here:

Band: Esoctrilihum
Title: Pandaemorthium (Forbidden Formulas To Awaken The Blind Sovereigns of
Label: I, Voidhanger Records
Release Date: 23 February 2018
Country: France
Only eight months after the debut album “Nystic Echo from a Funeral Dimension”, France’s Esoctrilihum delivers another dark opus in praise of the shadows rituals – “Pandaemorthium (Forbidden Formulas To Awaken The Blind Sovereigns of Nothingness)”. The only member of the band – Asthaghul, performing all instruments and vocals, is completely surrounded by unknown facts, but with the new album he opens a titanic gate to the majestic cosmic passages in worship of unholy forces. It is really a gate of the unknown path to the metamorphosis descend. He creates his own visions, gathers the paradoxes of reality, builds a huge monument of nightmares with this recor…

SEPULCHRAL WHORE - Everlasting Morbid Delights (review)

My review for Blessed Altar Zine, originally published on 15 March 2018 here

Band: Sepulchral Whore
Title: Everlasting Morbid Delights
Label: Metal Ways Records
Release Date: 15 May 2017
Country: Brazil
Brazil has always been very generous when it comes to solid metal acts, especially in the heavier spectrum of the genre. This is even more valid when the reality is brutal, life is hard and vicious and people need to suffer for their sins. The sunny days are all over and now comes the misanthropic Everlasting Morbid Delights by Sepulchral Whore.
The trio originates from Recife, Brazil and has been around since 2015. Very much influenced by the 90s death metal, the band offers punching morbid old school death metal with some thrashier parts, with excellent changes in tempo, heavy riffs and slower melodic parts, as well as the heavy echoing vocals spitting hate and vomiting on the sacrileges in life.  Everlastin…

GALVANIZER - Sanguine Vigil (review)

My review for Blessed Altar Zine, originally published on 9 March 2018 here:

Band: Galvanizer
Title: Sanguine Vigil
Label: Everlasting Spew Records
Release Date: 28 February 2018
Country: Finland
The band started in 2013 as a one-man project but transformed to old school death/grind project of two men in 2014. As a trio since 2015, Finland’s Galvanizer now come to crush, tear and rip with ferocity.
If you love the Finnish and Swedish grinding death metal, then Sanguine Vigil is just for you. Even better if you are a die-hard fan of the genre – this is your present heaven. The album takes to a journey back in time to the very early 90s, and if the listener doesn’t know it’s a brand new album, he/she can easily be misled. Sanguine Vigil has everything that the classic Scandinavian death metal albums had some 27 years ago: the distinctive sound of the guitar amplifiers, the overall structure of the songs, the typical riff…