The pivotal alliance of disheartened melodies and hauntingly unforgettable tunes; this is exactly what longtime Swedish kings of despondence ALGAION is all about.
Thirteen years of unvented disconsolation resulted in the spawn of "Exthros" and is already one of the most powerful and dazzling showcase of amorous melo-riffage, unorthodox yet sensual passages and the undeniably flawless performance of Mathias Kamijo (ex-PAIN, MORIFADE), Marten Bjorkman (ARDITI, ex-OCTINOMOS) and Robert Eng (CORPORATION 187, ex-SATANIC SLAUGHTER).
"Exthros" is an unrivaled blend of scathing blackened death metal with the incessant alluring gloom that made ALGAION ever so unique to begin with. Be subdued by the dark splendor of "Exthros"!
...if you're interested in early '90s black metal, especially Rotting Christ, make sure to pick this up and give it a try. Exthros is a pretty varied affair: switching from blast-beats to slowed down atmospheric parts which, as stated above, never get boring, and never give the listener the urge to skip to the next track. Just on the topic of Rotting Christ: if you're a huge fan of their earlier releases, you'll be glad to know that track nine of Exthros is a cover of Rotting Christ's amazing "Sign of Evil Existence" from Thy Mighty Contract. And, no offence to RC, but I find Algaion's interpretation of the song to be almost better than the original (probably because we can hear it they way it's supposed to sound: with real drums). - Chronicles of Chaos 5/5
Daily Noise: Metal & Punk History
Friday, 21 June
49 Years Ago BLACK SABBATH record Paranoid
Thursday, 13 June
49 Years Ago URIAH HEEP release ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble
Saturday, 8 June
35 Years Ago SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES release Hyaena
Friday, 7 June
25 Years Ago GEHENNA complete First Spell
Thursday, 6 June
38 Years Ago SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES release Juju
Wednesday, 29 May
30 Years Ago REPULSION release Horrified
Tuesday, 28 May
30 Years Ago SLAUGHTER live in Toronto (last gig with Terry Sadler)
Friday, 24 May
23 Years Ago ORDER OF THE EBON HAND complete The Mystic Path to the Netherworld