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Contact : PO BOX 277 / 6300 AG / Valkenburg, Holland

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Label web :  hhr@xs4all.nl- http://www.xs4all.nl/~hhr

This label come from holland. His visit card is really impressive. ( see the last newsletter made by the label). their 5 first releases are definitly sold out & will not be repressed (collector!!). their 7th production, the band called In the Woods with the cd "Return to the isle of men" is also sold out!!!!! So are available the production with the referencee : HRR 006 Internal beauty (Drakensquar)- HRR008 Aeternus (Beyond the wandering moon)-HRR 009 Perkele ( erotic circus) & HRR010 Christ agony (Darkside). The label 's actuality is the release of the 11 -12 & 13 th production : Nocturnal Breed, Vader -TBA & the fantastic new Necromicon album (see Velvet music intl. . Ask their free mail order list ( all cd's costs 18 $)


Here's some of the latest productions of Hammerheart label :


Aeternus


REBAELLIUN


 

 Album : Burn the promised Land  -     Style :  Death Metal
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Le Brésil vient d'enfanter d'un nouveau groupe cauchemardesque. Imaginez un peu le croisement de Morbid Angel matiné d'une couche d'Angelcorpse avec un soupçon de Deicide, le tout reposant sur une nappe Slayerienne. Et bien, Rebaelliun, c'est tout cela à la fois. La production très bonne au demeurant, met en relief des compos d'une brutalité inouïe. Les solos n'ont rien à envier à la paire Hanneman/King. Les rares passages lents sont très accentués et contrebalancent à la perfection la rapidité du reste. "Flagellation of Christ" se démarque de l'ensemble, coupant ainsi l'album en deux parties. A retenir donc que cet album s'inscrit tout droit dans la grande lignée des albums de death brutaux. Rebaelliun dévaste tout sur son passage grace à des riffs percutants et très variés.


NILE


 

 Album : In the beginning  -   Style :  Death Metal
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Détrompez vous, cet album n'est pas le nouveau Nile, mais la réédition par Hammerheart des demos du groupe en 95 et 97, juste avant leur signature chez Relapse. Le concept, porté sur l'Egypte est toujours présent. Même si la forme reste primaire, Nile démontrait déjà dans ses premières années un potentiel intéressant. Le son est tout à fait correct (merci boite à rythmes), voire excellent pour la demo 97. Nile excelle dans un registre brutal death où les sonorités orientales se détachent de temps à autres par le biais de synthés, de riffs parfois surprenants ou d'atmosphères angoissantes ("Die rache.."). En tout cas, cette musique reste très brutale et parfaitement exécutée par un groupe sûr de son fait. Certains albums mériteraient d'être à la hauteur de cette demo car franchement on ne trouve pas grand défaut à cet album collector pour puristes


DEAD SILENT SLUMBER


 

 Album :  Entombed in the midnight hour   - Style :  Death metal
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Silence dans les rangs! Les brutes vont sévir. Les brutes, c'est avant tout le leader de Naglfar qui se fait un petit plaisir solitaire (Onanisme quand tu nous tiens!) avec cet album de Death légèrement symphonique sur les bords. La voix lorgne plutôt du côté du black, mais c'est souvent le cas chez les death metallistes contemporains. Le son est massif et Jens Ryder assure comme un chef pour tous les instruments. Les plages de synthé sont discrètes mais efficaces. Elles apportent cette dimension supplémentaire qui fait de Dead Silent Slumber un groupe différent de la masse. Les morceaux sont variés et la programmation des batteries évite le "systématisme". On aurait pu s'attendre à un album passe partout et finalement ce projet s'avère être une bonne surprise. Bien sur, les puristes du death vont crier au scandale, les autres eux, vont écouter un album qui tranche dans le vif tout en apportant sa pierre à 'édifice.


BIFROST

style :Black death thrash metal - album : Mythistory

This is probably one of the most ancient dutch bands still in life. Bifrost has been created in 1993. The aim of this band is to combine & blend all elements tha belong to the « metal family ». With a clyrical concept & an image based upon Witchcraft, occultism, mysticism, this new album is their third one & the 2 previous one are totally sold out even if they were released on a small company ! Bifrost is probably the most original bands coming from netherlands. Having found a concept in its music, Bifrost is really hard to define as their music can be sometimes influenced by classic heavy metal & one minute later it sounds like black metal. Including now a keyboards player, itís easier for them to build all surroundings. Songs like « You fear my kind » contains some guitar chorus that can be found in Iron Maiden. More, iíd say that Bifrostís Mythistory is probaly a black metal version of the classical Maidenís 7th son of a 7th son. Itís really quite surprising to hear this kind of music & melody but itís very original & it increases strongly the interest in the band. Bifrost shows unexploited ways in black/pagan music. It really worths hearing this album entirely before having a definitive opinion on it. Bifrost is really different from the masses & itís good to hear new sounds & new ideas like their.


NOCTURNAL BREED :

Style : speed thrash metal - album : No retreat...no surrender

After a miniCD, triumph of the blasphemer, that was showing the band on stage, including some surprising cover like Wasp, Nocturnal Breed is finally back with a new album & a very convincing one ! Songs like « Thrash the Redeemer » are really refreshing with a mid 80ís feeling. It lets think about the Bay Area thrash but blended with more European influences like Kreator. Nocturnal Breed has so released the long awaited album. Those who bought « Pleasure to Kill » of Kreator, « Bonded by blood » of Exodus & all this kind of stuffs will surely be satisfied with this album. The band created some hymns that will probaly follow them during their carrer like this genuis « Warhorse » with its killer backing vocals. Itís speed thrash metal played at a high level of aggressivity & with the kind of production that totally suits to this music. « No retreat...no surrender » is a model of speed thrash metal. completly convincing from the beginning to the end.


NECROMICON :

style : Black metal - album : Sightweiler

Necromicon is more & more well known into the black metal scene. After a first & excellent album ' Realm of Silence' released by VMI, a frnch label, Necromicon is back with Hammerheart records! & it's 100% better than all tha could have been expected. It's a real metamorphosis for Necromicon. They find now their real style! If at their beginning, it was easy to make comparisons with bands like Diabolical Masquerade, Necromicon is now a band that creates its own style & that will feature as one of the most important influences for several bands to come! 'Sightveiler' is may be the best blakc metal album ever released. & this Cd will probably feature as one of the best one ever released ( with the superb Days of yore luxuriouspack!). This CD is a A5 digibook with a 24 pages booklet, with amazing photos. More, theproduction of this album is faultless. It's the heaviest black metal produciton ever heard! Musically speaking, Necromicon shows a rare & unique portential, blend of musical subtleties ( arpeggios, keyboards ) that creates the darkest surroundings of this Cd & powerful. The quality of their guitar parts overcomes a lot of so called black metal guitarist. There's also a splendid work made on vocals. As this album has been created as a concept one, there's different actors & each one is symbolized through a different voices : there's one close to death metal style ( very loud ), another one is really high screamed & harsh ( close to black metal main vocals but with an original tone), female vocals, ...4 actors participates in this concept : 'Father, Vincent, Angelica & Sightveiler'Their music is captivating & surroundings developped there are fascinating ( like on 'endless agony') . To create such a masterpiece, 7 musicians are not too much to succeed in it : 2 singers, 2 guitars, 1 bass, 1 drums & 1 keyboards. The last 2 ones also make some vocals ( Sightweiler & father voices). So, for any black metal fans, this album is completly an achievement, indispensable. FOr other ones, it's surely the best way to enter the black metal scene!


AETERNUS :

First album - Second album

"Beyond the wandering moon"

Aeternus described itself as a true dark metal band. Through brutal parts, Aeternus shows differents faces. Music of Aeternus remains me what Bathory, Hellhammer & old school bands was making. But Aeternus plays it in a modern version. Surroundings are very weighty & imposing, majestic. The way that they uses 2 differents guitar parts shows their music to an advantage. there's one guitars playing rythms & another one making differents lines, adding melodies or other things. the bass player also trys to put differents lines on songs. Tempos is not extremely fast , except sometimes where Aeternus plays a classic black metal part in songs, but this is only for a short moment. More often, they slow progressivly tempos to strenghten their majestic side. Brutality for brutality is not the best way to make their concept & music comprehend, Aeternus know that & prove it in 65 minutes of intelligent dark metal.

album :...& so the night became

After a first mCD and a first album ( still with Hammerheart records), Aeternus is back with a 2d album that would have to definitly pushr them on the front of the Dark metal scene. The first album « Beyond the wandering moon » has been sold to more of 6000 copies and the new one would probably exceed these sells as it is really a quality album ! Recorded by Pytten (Emperor, notably), members of Aeternus are confirmed musicians on the black metal scene since most of them have played with Immortal, Gorgoroth, Obstained Enslavement. Elsewhere , Ares has held the bass on the last tour of Immortal ! In comparison with the first album, differences are evident while the style has not a lot evolved. The style of the group is effectively far more mature and the main effort that one feels is concerning the production which is really impressive. The drums get a killer sound and no instrument is suffocated by an otherone. Guitars are always as particular although on some parts, they are more classic . With numerous and subtle arrangements such acoustic and classic guitars, keys, ... pieces take a superior dimension . Vocal parts are always so frightening and inhuman ! Atmospheres developed by the group are so disturbing, worrisome and tenebrous that the music becomes hypnotic ! As soon s the Cd began, , the first piece « thereís no wine like the bloods crimson » surprises with a duration of more than 12 minutes. But with 8 titles for more than one hour of music, it is sure that pieces are not linear. Elsewhere the music of Aeternus has never been linear! Eventually, this new opus of Aeternus is truly great ! Both very somber but very beautiful, Aeternus is required as one of the best Dark metal band worldwide !



 

 Album : Shadows of old
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"& so the night became" avait frappé très fort. Avec déjà plus de 20 000 copies au compteur, Aeternus espère bien marquer un grand coup avec ce fameux troisième album, toujours important dans la carrière d'un groupe. D'aspect plus brutal, cet album annonce un léger changement de cap. On y sent les mélodies plus présentes, peut être parce qu'elles sont plus fortes ? On sent également que les guitares se font discrètement plus mélodiques. Des titres comme "Descent to the underworld" sont de purs classiques chez Aeternus et on y retrouve un thème cher au groupe, à savoir un metal ambiancé, très noir, très lourd. Devenant d'albums en albums de meilleurs musiciens, Aeternus effectue donc un retour en force et espère bien capitaliser sur le succès rencontré auparavant, l'expérience des tournées en plus.


CHRIST AGONY : "Darkside"

Christ Agony came from Poland. It's created by Cezar. It's one of the leader's band in this sceene. Created in 90 & after several demo tapes, the band is signed by french label Adipocere (see this label). "Daemoonseth Act 2" is released. Then, 2 others releases were made for different labels such as cacophonous & faithless : "Moonlight act 3" in 96 & "Hunholy union" in 96. The fourth opus " Darkside" is the last one. It's out in june 97. This album is really impressive. I think that Christ Agony has developped a unique style of metal. A lot of clones will follow him, it's sure. Trough a dark concept, Christ Agony leads the audience to differents surroundings & uses lots of various elements to do it. there's gothic influences in this Black metal. There's lots of melancholic parts combined with gloomies atmospheres. Christ Agony plays a sort of progressive black metal. He sometimes uses differents instruments & differents way of singing depending the atmospheres that he wanted. At a time, there's a techno dark metal songs!!! The result is very original & innovative. Production is also very good; there's lots of musical details from left to right (percussions, ...). Christ agony has just created a new way for Dark metal. & It's called Darkside...At sure the best polish band & a future major band in metal area. 


BATTLELUST :

style : Black metal - album : Of battle & ancient warcraft

Band web : http://www.algonet.se/~samedi - Band E mail : samedi@algonet.se

Battlelust is a 2 men project from Sweden. The band evolves in a raging black metal like only swxedish bands are able to create. Blending some touches from Death metal, the band is simply a response to Marduk or Dark funeral. More, the huge & fantastic production they get for this album & the luxurious digipack make of this album something indispensable for those who like brutal black metal. Leaded by some ex Gates of Ishtar members, the quality of this album has not to be proved. It's powerful, played at an ultra speed rythm. Only guitars give some melodies. The concept of this album differes from th emain production isnthis style. The universe described by Battlelust is more inspired by heroic fantasy, medieval battles, .. than by pure satanic theme. But Satan 's legion & other warriors are some of the actors of thes lyrics. Despite the repetition of drums parts, the quality of guitars , the production make the whole difference between the numerous black metal band that issue album nowadays. It's hard to stay indifferent towaqrds this album! 


THYRFING :

style : Black metal - album : Thyrfing

Band E mail : thyrfing@hotmail.com

Thyrfing is a new swedish metal band, influenced by the legendaries Vikings. Afeter several demo tapes which received lto of attention, the band is signed by Hammerheart records. Their first album has been recorded in the famous Sunlight studio with Tomas Skosberg & the drummer of Dismember ( Fred Estby ) . More than black metal, Thyrfing can be described at a viking metal band. Their songs remain some hymns, sometimes close to black metal ( Vargawinter) but more often close to heavy metal ( Raven Eyes). They also complete their songs with atmospheric touches brought by keyboards. Then, Thyrfing sounds like a new & modern version of Bathory. Through the help of epic stories & barbaric hymns, Thyrfing builds a very good first album. Some riffs & some attitude can also allow them to be classified amongst the mighty Venom. Like a back to the roots of black metal with a viking touch! A promising debut album 


NOCTURNAL BREED :

style : black thrash metal - album : Triumph of the blasphemer

Before a new album & after their last one 'Aggressor', Nocturnal Breed releases this 'appetizer' mini CD called 'Triumph of the blasphemer' which contains 5 tracks : 2 studio recordings, & 3 live songs. There's alsao 2 covers. It starts with a thrash metal songs, relatively classical made but strongly efficient. The 2d studio recording is a fantastic cover of Wasp 'I'm alive' which is relatively close to the original & very well played! The 3 other songs were recorded live. First one 'Screaming for a leather bitch' is typically a mid 80's thrash metal song. It's very heavy with good guiatr riffs & this typically black metal voice, except for the chorus. this kind of voice is also near from what Mille Petrozza was doing in the beginning albums of Kreator. Thre's another ocver, played live. This oen is from Death & is called 'Evil Dead'. This time again, it's really well executed. Even if Nocturnal Breed evolves in a quite old style, they 're good musicians & do it with a lot of pleasure & passion.


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