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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:24 am    Post subject: ARES KINGDOM LP and CAUCHEMAR LP Out Now Reply with quote

Ares Kingdom "Veneration" LP
ANTI-GOTH 211








In 2009 Ares Kingdom began working out a cover of “Die By Power” by Slaughter Lord. Showing his support for this endeavor, former Slaughter Lord drummer, Steve Hughes, sent Ares Kingdom the previously unpublished lyrics for the track. This process catalyzed a series of other cover tracks for what would later become “Veneration.” The tracks selected for inclusion on “Veneration” reveal the ancestral blood that led to the development of Ares Kingdom’s style. Like a genetic code passed down, but still recognizable through generations, the influence of bands such as R.U. Dead, Mefisto, Sacrilege, and especially Slaughter Lord is prominently reflected in the bloodline of Ares Kingdom. Thus, covering these bands amounts to a sort of praising of the elders that brought the band into being. Even more fascinating is the inclusion of tracks originally recorded by Vulpecula and Nepenthe – bands that were the direct antecedents of Ares Kingdom. Historically cover songs have often been throwaway tracks for comps or split releases. The common result is generally little more than a failed attempt at mimicry. In the hands of veterans like Ares Kingdom, however, performing a cover song is not hollow reverence. Instead, it is a salute by one group of masters to their peers. Unlike other “tribute” albums, this compilation is successful as a whole because the songs are suitably chosen, and while Ares Kingdom demonstrate their fidelity to the original versions of these songs the recordings on “Veneration” nonetheless bear the band’s unmistakable imprint. In addition to the aforementioned Slaughter Lord track, Ares Kingdom take on six others. Sacrilege's “The Captive” from the band's 1987 masterpiece, “Within the Prophecy,” is every bit as raging in Ares Kingdom’s hands as is the original. Sweden’s evil pioneers Mefisto (which Chuck Keller describes as “Sweden’s best metal export apart from Bathory”) also get a nod with a cover of “Act Dead” from the Mefisto’s 1986 “Megalomania” demo. Ares Kingdom even deliver a ferocious cover of “When Your Heart Turns Black” by Germany’s R.U. Dead?. Finally, Ares Kingdom show deference to their immediate predecessors through newly reworked versions of tracks by Alex Blume’s old band, Nepenthe, and a track by Chuck Keller’s previous interstellar Black Metal project Vulpecula. The Nepenthe song chosen for inclusion here, entitled “Oblivion,” was previously only released on a live tape from 1995 and features lyrics borrowed from Charles Baudelaire. Sigh’s Mirai Kawashima provided a keyboard intro to the Vulpecula track “Celestial.” Exercising total control over the presentation of the album, Ares Kingdom recorded, produced, mixed and mastered “Veneration” from its own Very Metal Sound studio, and the band worked closely with Manuel Tinnemanns (know for his artwork for Pentacle, Deathspell Omega, and Bunkur among others) to create the artwork. The cover features an interpretation of a Fritz Boehle illustration, originally used for a First World War propaganda poster, and sets the reverential tone of the entire release.

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Cauchemar "Tenebrario" LP
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With the release of its 2010 MLP, “La Vierge Noire,” Canada’s Cauchemar immediately garnered the praise of the underground with its five tracks of fine traditional doom interspersed with passages of driving heavy metal. Guitarist François Patry’s riffs and songwriting anchored by Patrick Pageau’s fastidious percussion and Annick Giroux’s haunting vocals immediately stood out as being both authentic and unique amid the emerging and increasingly crowded sub-genre of female-fronted doom bands. Despite many fans’ desire for new material following the release of the MLP, Cauchemar members Patry and Giroux chose to explore and absorb rather than record and transmit. Their one-and-a-half-year peregrination carried them to South America, Asia, and Europe. As part of their travels, Patry and Giroux re-assembled Cauchemar and toured extensively in Europe and also played shows in Chile, Peru, Colombia, and India all while continuing to write new material for their debut LP inspired and informed by their sojourns. Upon returning to Canada, Cauchemar, now a four-piece featuring Andres Arango on bass, began recording its first full-length. Entitled “Tenebrario,” the album is steeped in mysterious atmosphere and finds the band delivering more of the solid songwriting featured on the MLP while also expanding in complexity and range. Striving for an aesthetically comprehensive presentation, Cauchemar enlisted Paolo Girardi to provide the cover art, which is among the best of his pieces to be featured on an album cover. The three-year silence preceding this release only enhanced the band’s approach and the resulting work speaks for itself.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That AK looks beautiful.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

heavyR wrote:
That AK looks beautiful.

Agreed. I'll definitely pick one up with the Cauchemar DH when that's out.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ares Kingdom will be on my next IB order - a very underrated band, in my opinion...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When is the cd coming?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Extremely glad to have new material from each of these bands. Both albums are excellent and the releases look fantastic.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The ARES KINGDOM is all covers, correct?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AK is all covers. Listen to the entire album on bandcamp. It is not your typical covers album full of throw away tracks. They almost make them sound like AK originals.

CDs of both are at the press now so maybe out in two weeks.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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AK is all covers. Listen to the entire album on bandcamp. It is not your typical covers album full of throw away tracks. They almost make them sound like AK originals.

CDs of both are at the press now so maybe out in two weeks.


I will, thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cauchemar !! about time Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AK album is awesome, cover songs or not... those who've seen the band live know what to expect. Cauchemar looks cool as well, love the slide-out cover piece!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn too many good releases all at once. Anyone want to buy my left testicle for 75 USD???
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Total support for both bands!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NWN PROD wrote:
It is not your typical covers album full of throw away tracks. They almost make them sound like AK originals.


In maybe a somewhat ironic way it really speaks to their originality, how well they are able to integrate their influences into their own sound, unlike many bands who simply clone their influences. If you were to listen to the AK discography and then play this album without any prior experience of having heard the original recordings, it would be easy to assume that this is their 3rd full-length album.
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