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Tim van Velthuysen
Seven years ago the Norwegian progressive metallers of Mindtech released their debut album, titled Elements of Warfare. In 2016 an EP, titled Edge of the World, followed and this year Mindtech, currently consisting of vocalist Mathias Molund Indergård, drummer Ole Devold, guitarists Thor Axel Eriksen and Marius Belseth and bass player Ola A. Øverli, are back with their second full-length album. Omnipresence, as this new album is titled, was released back in March via TriTech. What stands out quite quickly in The Path of The Sages Part 1: The Big Question, the first real track after a short intro, titled The Path of The Sages Part 0: Invocation, is the heavy sound that comes from the guitars and the drums. This can possibly make you expect something else than you’re going to hear though. It almost sounds quite thrashy and groovy, a vibe that, instrumentally certainly comes back quite a few times while listening to Omnipresence. However, the vocals are bringing a lot of contrast to that. In The Path of The Sages Part 1: The Big Question you’ll still also hear some rawer, lower, screamy backing vocals though, but those aren’t going to return after that. In terms of that contrast I am speaking about the higher, clean lead vocals. While those certainly are of good quality those aren’t to my liking at all, but that’s more a matter of taste. To me those are sounding way too catchy and making the contrast between those vocals and the instrumental part of Omnipresence too big. The instrumental part of Omnipresence is quite nice though, not only due to the heavy, rich sounds, but also in terms of the many well-timed rhythm changes and the fluent moving between different vibes. On top of that quite a few roaring guitar solos are added as well, such as in The Journey. The vocals are still too much of a distraction for me though. However, be sure to check this out. Mindtech certainly delivered something good here and while the vocals aren’t to my liking, it might be different for you!
The German black metal band Illum Adora, from guitarist/vocalist Hurricane Hellfukker, already released two demos, one EP, a split with Morte Incandescente, one live album and one full-length album. That full-length album, titled …of Serpentine Forces, which was released last year, was their latest release until March the 29th of this year. Since that date their second EP, titled Infernum et Necromantium, is out. On the five songs of Infernum et Necromantium, Illum Adora delivers some quite raw, pummeling black metal with here and there some atmospheric moments thrown in. To be honest, the opening title-track sounds the least powerful, but after that, starting with Oscurita Medievale, Illum Adora increases the tempo and with that the power coming off of their music, especially because of the very choppy, constantly pummeling drums. From that moment on the only moment in which the tempo is decreased a bit is at the beginning of Herione des Grauens. After this beginning they’re going full-throttle again. This moment also is an example of my point of criticism about this EP, which is that the transitions, between tracks, but also within tracks, are quite abrupt. The raw production of Infernum et Necromantium of course is something you either dig or you don’t, but I think it fits quite well with this EP and while the production is raw, everything is still audible quite well. To me, the most powerful tracks on Infernum et Necromantium are Master of Contempt and closer Blackvisions of the Almighty, which is a Behemoth cover.
For everyone who isn’t crushed enough by Illum Adora’s Infernum et Necromantium, the next band will probably help you a bit with that. That next band is the Peruvian blackened thrash/death metal band Putrid, currently consisting of guitarist/vocalist Evil Avatar, bass player Sacrificier and drummer Drum Major of War. Since their formation in 2010 these Peruvian metallers have released one demo, six splits, two EP’s, two compilations and two full-length albums. Their latest two releases off that list are both released this year: second full-length album Antichrist Above was released in March, while their most recent release, a split with fellow Peruvians Grave Desecration titled Satanic Union from the South is out since June. On both releases Putrid is delivering a very hellish all-destroying sound that is certainly going to crush your eardrums. On Antichrist Above they immediately start at full speed with Warfare in Golgotha to only slow down for a moment during the creepy, tension-building beginning of the eight track, titled Pig of Liars. In 34 minutes they furiously fire 10 tracks of raging hell at you, with all those tracks also including a roaring guitar solo at full speed. On Satanic Union from the South they do so again with their track, titled Angel’s Blood. Nothing really special or new, but heavy and fast as fuck. You want to get crushed, be sure to check out this band!
The next band is something way different compared to Illum Adora and Putrid. It’s possible that you’ve already saw Mad Hatter on DutchMetalManiac before: in 2018 we interviewed their vocalist Petter Hjerpe about Mad Hatter’s self-titled debut album which they released earlier that year. Now they are back with a second full-length album, titled Pieces of Reality. As you can read in that interview guitarist Eric Rauti and bass player Magnus Skoog joined Mad Hatter’s founding members Petter Hjerpe and Alfred Fridhagen (drums), but since then Eric Rauti is replaced by Deniss Eriksson. With Pieces of Reality Mad Hatter again delivers a great power metal album, which is standing out, just as Mad Hatter does, because of the variation Mad Hatter shows in their music, without leaving their power metal basics. Because of this it remains catchy, without getting too catchy and predictable. Of course it has its catchy parts, but these are sometimes interchanged, sometimes combined with more pounding parts. On top of that there are also some well-timed rhythm-changes thrown in making it very nice to listen to. If you dig power metal, be sure to check out Mad Hatter!
The Austrian band Black Corona, currently consisting of vocalist/guitarist Mario Fetz, backing vocalist/guitarist Herbert Sopracolle, backing vocalist/bass player Stefan Jerabek and drummer Fabian Straue, are again playing a bit heavier version of metal: groove metal. However, while they are certainly grooving nicely, they also show a lot of melody while doing so. Black Corona was founded three years ago and on May the 22nd they released their debut album, titled The Mission, via Art Gates Records. As aforementioned they are grooving nicely, especially due to the deep drum sound and the tight, heavy-sounding guitar riffs. Vocally we’ll hear raw vocals mixed with more melodic-sounding clean vocals. That’s not the only thing were the melody on this album is coming from though. At many moments the guitars are also sounding very melodic. Black Corona has found a good balance between heaviness and melody on The Mission, that’s for sure. They aren’t delivering anything very special or refreshing though. However, if you’re looking for a good melodic groove metal album, be sure to check out Black Corona’s The Mission.
I’m Tim van Velthuysen and I started DutchMetalManiac back in 2014. I’m 29 years old and I live in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Of course, I like metal, but I can also appreciate other musical styles.
In addition to DutchMetalManiac I also have a personal website on which I’ll post various things that won’t fit on DutchMetalManiac, but might be interesting for you as well. It’s in Dutch though.