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One of the very first American black metal bands, Summon’s classic debut ‘Dark Descent of Fallen Souls’ is being released on vinyl for the first time by Werewolf Records in collaboration with Hells Headbangers. Originally released in 1997 into a world sodden in American death metal, Summon’s stride towards the blacker world was brave yet done with foresight. Due out at the start of September, it is time to be reacquainted with an old friend…

After the suitably medieval synth intro, the savagery and primal 90s feeling is immediately in place with the title track. You can feel the influence of the likes of Mayhem, Marduk and the like on the fuzzy, burning riffs and the manic rasping screams. ‘Eve of Anti-Creation’ is a beautifully blasphemous ode to the black metal of old, of the frozen North, and it feels like a welcoming embrace. An embrace of studded leather and inverted crosses, but you get my meaning. A feeling of cold familiarity smothers you during the harsh ‘Under the Midnight Shadows’, and the olden black magicks arise once more in the haunting ‘Beyond the Gates of Storm’.

Summon are a band I’ve been familiar with but never had a chance to fully embrace. The rerelease of this allows me, and more like me to really reconnect with a USBM legend, whose legacy should never be forgotten. ‘Dark Descent of Fallen Souls’ is a ghostly, traditional masterpiece of purest black fucking metal, and it is glorious to behold.

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Finnish black metal legends Goatmoon have been a mainstay of a thriving scene since the start of their prolific journey in 2002. Moving away from their more punkish roots, Goatmoon’s fifth full length ‘Stella Polaris’ is a rabid piece of epic black metal for us all to enjoy. It’s out in February through Werewolf and Hells Headbangers collaboratively.

After the moody acoustic intro, the rasping title track weaves a savage path through gloomy forests and icy lakes. The vocals are rough and raw, but there is more than a dash of the likes of Bal-Sagoth in the spoken word sections, and the melodies are insidiously memorable. The atmosphere isn’t as bleak as a lot of black metal, but the pervading cold infests each track. The beautiful solo that accentuates the title track is a surprise, while the melancholic ‘Kansojen Hävittäjä’ gives body to the vibrant yet snowy album art.

The deft mixture of scathing, blasting black metal and delicate acoustics really bring ‘Stella Polaris’ to life, from the mournful ‘Sonderkommando Nord’ to the dynamic ‘Overlord’. You can see why Goatmoon have been such a crucial element to Finnish black metal over the years, as their material possesses a feral majesty. ‘Stella Polaris’ looks to be a record that will be haunting your mind for the rest of the year. Cold, sad and utterly spellbinding.

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In collaboration with Hells Headbangers, Werewolf Records are putting out the debut record from Finnish black metal upstarts White Death. Their self titled debut is somewhat like the Finnish sniper that shared the same name; coming at you from silent, icy places and bringing the terror then sweet release of death. It’s going to be out in February 2017, so keep an eye out.

Suffocating opener ‘Born from the Unholy Fire’ is like a blizzard of blackened riffage and a raging torrent of blasting drums and snarling vocals. A burning ferocity pervades everything within this album, and there is a defiant acceptance and promotion of the traditions of the second wave. In fact, their conjuring of classic black metal alchemies is so spot on, you’d imagine this was a lost album from those heady times. ‘Immortal Hunter of the Moon’ is eeriely melodic in parts, while the negativity in the cold ‘Goat Emperor’ is bleak and enveloping.

The insistent ‘Warpath’ is probably my favourite piece here, although it is rivalled by the subtly entitled ‘Cunt’. Both capture the shrieking rasp, the hypothermic riffing and the gloomy atmospherics that makes ‘White Death’ an album that will rule my black metal horizons next year. Savage yet majestic, these Finns have ensnared the spirit of ‘proper’ black metal and given it a shot in the arm. This is magnificent.

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