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REVIEW: SYNKVERVET – “Mistborn”

Synkvervet‘s new album entitled “Mistborn” showed up in our inbox, out of the blue, and we are really fascinated with this band. For those of you who don’t know, Synkvervet hail from the land of Norway and this should definitely govern your senses for what’s about to happen. Originally started out as a one-man studio project by Ingemar in the fall of 2011 to slowly evolve to the six piece metal ensemble that they are now. The name means illusion and comes from the Old Norse sagas, in case you were wondering.

So far Synkvervet has release two full length albums, one EP and two singles. More specifically their debut “Vår avmakt” (2013), their sophomore album “Trollspeil” (2014), the EP “Forgotten Memories” (2015) and the singles “Ishjerte” and “Aurora” both in 2016 all of which received favorable reviews in general. The band’s new, third full length album, is called “Mistborn” and its set to be released in the end of May (2017).

I have been listening to “Mistborn” for the past 3 hours in repeat and I can only acknowledge that Synkvervet did a terrific job with this album and delivered some of the finest Symphonic Black Metal tunes nowadays. The band is capable of infusing chilling Black Metal euphonies with Symphonic transitions having three different types of vocals; Yes, that’s correct. Christina is handling the female operatic voices, while Truls is liable for all grim/growls in the album and then there’s Niclas, the bass player, with his unforeseen melodic tone giving a melodious emphasis in the musical compositions. Everything sounds genuinely well blended and you can tell Synkvervet put a lot of thought and effort in their arrangements.

Mistborn” is full of Symphonic harmonies and thrilling Black Metal outbursts all united by Folk mysticism and spiritualism. Lyrically the band cross Nordic pagan pathways along with mythology and folklore in a singular weave of interpretation. All songs are well orchestrated and all instruments well balanced with the operatic vocals sharing the growls and grim chorals in the majority of the album, while the melodic voices primary uplift our senses to memorable themes. I was pleasantly surprised with the language variety in Synkvervet‘s new release, as the band serenades in English and Norwegian (if I am not mistaken). It definitely elevates the whole darkened atmosphere of “Mistborn“.

My personal favorites include “Into Oblivion” which hands out an overture of immense vocal unity, “Lost in the Shadows” in which Truls really stands out with his warbling abilities and range, all under the fiery echo’s of Symphonic Black Metal, “Alone in Eternity” with its grandiose rhythm and obscurity and “Aurora“, which in my opinion, is the highlight of “Mistborn” as it conceptually demonstrates the release as a whole.

Overall “Mistborn” sounds crisp and thoroughly produced with the mix being downright heavy and fitting for Synkvervet‘s character. The band conveys a mature act with wonderful, dramatic arrangements and melodies gifted to gratify the listener from beginning to end. I am certain I will be listening a lot to this album in the upcoming weeks and I recommend it to all supporters of the female fronted Symphonic Black Metal scene. Exceptional work Synkvervet, well done!

RATING: 8.5/10

Mistborn” – Tracklist:
01. Introduction
02. Anthem to the North
03. Into Oblivion
04. Trollskogen
05. Through the Eyes of a Demon
06. Lost in the Shadows
07. On Raven Wings
08. Alone in Eternity
09. Aurora
10. I Den Svarte Solens Rike

Synkvervet is:

Christina – Vocals, Lyrics
Truls – Grim/Growl Vocals & Lyrics
Ingemar – Guitar & Programming
Niclas – Bass, Vocals
Rino – Drums
Espen – Guitar

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HUNTRESS release audio samples of entire “Starbound Beast” album

Los Angeles based, heavy metallers Huntress released audio samples of their upcoming sophomore album entitled “Starbound Beast” due on June 28th via Napalm Records. The album was recorded at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles with producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris and the cover artwork was once again created by Vance Kelly.

Starbound Beast” includes the track “I Want to Fuck You to Death“, which was co-written for Huntress singer Jill Janus by legendary Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

The song is available as an exclusive stream on the Huntress Facebook page.

Starbound Beast” – Track listing:

01. Enter The Exosphere
02. Blood Sisters
03. I Want To Fuck You To Death
04. Destroy Your Life
05. Starbound Beast
06. Zenith
07. Oracle
08. Receiver
09. Spectra Spectral
10. Alpha Tauri
11. Running Wild (Judas Priest cover)

Huntress vocalist Jill Janus states the band’s inspiration for the album came the cosmos. “I began to open the star gate with “Spell Eater“, and specifically the song “Sleep and Death” which references deep space. We are children of Earth, but crave the stars, the vast galactic unknown. I began writing the second album while on tour last summer in Europe. I’d wake up at odd hours while everyone slept and began receiving lyrics and melodies that were expanding beyond my knowledge of the occult.

Starbound Beast” will blow minds; Huntress remains true to the roots of melodic heavy metal, but has advanced musically and will indeed surprise many metal fanatics with their new material.

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Vocal recordings for “Symphonies of the Night” completed

Liv KristineGerman/Norwegian band Leaves’ Eyes are putting the finishing touches on their new album “Symphonies of the Night” scheduled to be released in late 2013 via Napalm Records.

Singer Liv Kristine commented: “The vocal recordings for all songs of our up-coming release have just been completed. Moreover, Alex is already busy with the mix of the album.

We have taken a great inspirational step since the production of “Meredead”, both sound-wise and vocal-wise. It has been such a pleasure evolving in my singing techniques and knowledge and I thank my band members for “giving me an inspirational kick” when I needed to gain momentum behind the microphone.

“Symphonies of the Night” is hauntingly dream-like and heavy to the core!“.

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