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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:58 am    Post subject: BLACK FUNERAL - Ankou and the Death Fire Reply with quote



Black Funeral - "Ankou and the Death Fire"

"Iron Bonehead Productions - in conspiracy with Dark Adversary Productions - sets September 9th as the international release date for Black Funeral's highly anticipated ninth album, Ankou and the Death Fire. Formed in 1993, Black Funeral are one of the founders of American black metal. The band's first two albums, 1995's Vampyr - Throne of the Beast and 1997's Empire of Blood, are widely considered black metal classics, and are among the earliest releases on the cult Full Moon Productions label. Since the beginning, the band has been guided by the boundless vision of one Michael Ford, who has concurrently garnered international respect as a leading author on Luciferianism and occultism. And although many lineups have come and gone since those pioneering first two lineups, Black Funeral has now found its strongest formation yet with Ankou and the Death Fire, including Drowning the Light mastermind Azgorh Drakenhof handling guitar, bass, and keyboards. As such, musically, Akkou and the Death Fire is a purely black metal record brimming with medieval majesty and malnourished misery, a black flame both bright and bleary, all laced with Ford's characteristically chilling ambient soundscapes.

Ankou and the Death Fire is an album guiding the listener through the otherworldly realm of shadows, darkness, and the mythological cycle of death from the inspiration of ancient Celtic lore. From the Iron Age through the Medieval Celtic period, Ankou and the Death Fire is centered on myth and traditions of Death and the Otherworld. Guitarist Azgorh entombs a cold and ancient foundation in grim and withered melodies, while the drums of An Unnamed Spirit inspire the phantom marching of the dead. Vocalist Akhtya Nachttoter (AKA Michael Ford) artfully layers otherworldly howls and screams at different frequencies to guide the listener into the gashing jaws of Death and the legions of dark spirits and reapers of the Celtic mythology. Akhtya’s ghost-like soundscapes and multilayered vocal invocations guide the listener into the waves of haunting black metal. Each song is a specific journey in which the dark gods behold processions of those bearing skull-cups filled with the blood of the living.

The energy Black Funeral shaped and created in this recording is that of the Celtic forms of the Reaper, most intriguing being the Ankou. The Ankou is a grim harvester of the dead and collector of souls, found in the folklore of Brittany. The Ankou appears in many guises: from a thin, skeletal man with long white hair and a wide-brimmed hat, or as skeleton covered in a white shroud, carrying either a scythe or sword as he walks down the lanes with his carrion cart of death. The Ankou is said to be Cain, who is the patron witch-father of the Luciferian tradition of Witchcraft. This album manifests numerous forms of the Ankou and the Dullahan and the energies associated with their death magick.

Iron Bonehead will be handling the vinyl LP and digipack CD pressings while Dark Adversary will handle the regular CD edition. Close your eyes, listen, and fall deep into the Netherworld and the inspirations of the Ankou and Morrigan."

The first song to be revealed and the title track of the album "Ankou and the Death Fire" can be heard
here: https://youtu.be/K__bJFmMaao
or
here: https://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/black-funeral-ankou-and-the-death-fire

More info soon.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trippy vocal effect on the intro, great instrumentation, sounds good.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this sounds awesome, looking forward to hearing the rest
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds fantastic. I can't wait to hear it in full. Will definitely be picking this cd up.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

killer.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cover illustration is excellent!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great return to form! Was just listening to the "Journey..." tape last night.


So the guy from Drowning The Light is doing guitars etc.
I never checked that band out as I always heard bad things. Worth a damn?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chimère Noire wrote:
cover illustration is excellent!


Cover art was done by: https://www.facebook.com/scourgetattoo/
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope this can live up to " Empire.."
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graceless Recordings wrote:

So the guy from Drowning The Light is doing guitars etc.
I never checked that band out as I always heard bad things. Worth a damn?


You can listen to almost everything here, and come to your own conclusions: http://drowningthelight.bandcamp.com/
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haterofhumans wrote:
Hope this can live up to " Empire.."


If you actually listened to the sample, the answer is simply: no chance.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How many times can one person change their pseudonym...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

theliving wrote:
How many times can one person change their pseudonym...


And how many albums can Iron Bonehead release? Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

theliving wrote:
How many times can one person change their pseudonym...


How long's a piece of string?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graceless Recordings wrote:
theliving wrote:
How many times can one person change their pseudonym...


And how many albums can Iron Bonehead release? Laughing


Good question! Laughing

Anyways, the sample sounds really good, but not really like what I associate with Black Funeral.
Sure, one can drop the typical answer now "the band does what it wants and doesn't care to fulfill any expectations", but still this really sounds more like a collaborative project than a new Black Funeral release.
BUT I have yet to hear the complete album of course...
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