TPL Records: Special Offers

 presents some of the special offers:

  Witchery – Dont Fear The Reaper, CD

Century Media 2006

For a band whose style was virtually defined by albums that thrashed at very high speeds from start to finish, Witchery’s long anticipated fourth opus, Don’t Fear the Reaper, is astonishingly slow. Almost suspiciously so, prompting the usual questions about the feasibility of alien abduction (which the bandmembers would probably happily confirm) and whether their fans will revolt and renege them for having such audacity. Some invariably will, but since most know that Witchery have never taken themselves as seriously as most extreme metal bands, chances are they could probably care less about such minutiae. Especially because, aside from their more moderately paced rhythms, new tracks like “The Ritual,” “Damned in Hell,” and “Styx” bear all of the other well-known Witchery qualities of wickedly evil melodies intertwined with abnormally clean, catchy riffs, and generally uncomplicated arrangements that make them far easier to digest than the rest of the Scandinavian metal milieu. The song “Ashes” is especially deliberate, but uses unapologetically cartoonish gothic organs to alleviate its visions of cemetery dread, and helps make up for frontman Toxine’s unusually somber lyrics this time out. In fact, where his disarmingly fun tales of devilry were often the highlight of previous works, he’s seems conspicuously less dominant on Don’t Fear the Reaper, leaving the rest of the guys to forge ahead instrumentally across the marshal-percussion driven tandem of “Disturbing the Beast” and “War Piece,” and the surprisingly memorable (for an instrumental) “The Wait of the Pyramids,” which climaxes in an absolutely massive finale reminiscent of Metallica’s “Call of Ktulu.” Wrapping up the loose ends, speed fetishists are occasionally given their fix via road racers like “Immortal Death,” “Cannon Fodder,” and the quite excellent “Plague Rider,” while album standout “Stigmatized” masterfully melds the best of both domains. So keep in mind that, at a time when most every other extreme metal band and their grandmothers are boarding the neo-thrash train, it’s to Witchery’s credit and independence that they choose to head in the exact opposite direction. This and the reality that Don’t Fear the Reaper is simply an excellent death metal record should supersede listeners’ preconceived expectations.


Whilst we are onto presenting Witchery, we can also mention the band´s album Symphony For the Devil,CD

Released via the Label Music For Nations,2001

By combining the influences of the nascent thrash of the mid-’80s with the increased spittle and gristle of the modern black metal of the band’s homeland, Witchery made a name for themselves on the underground. With the release of Symphony for the Devil, the Swedish troupe perfected the admixture and made a classic album on par with some of the legendary artists of the genre. The riffs come at you fast, such as on the chugging neo-classical thrash of instrumental “Bone Mill” and the blow-out-your-doors intensity of “Wicked,” or decelerated to grindy mid-tempos, such as on such as on the Motörhead-inspired “Unholy War,” and with varied tempos within the parameters of a single song. (“Shallow Grave,” for example, melds doomy passages and lightning-quick solos immaculately.) The key is the guitars here, always bigger than life and leading every song like a general would troops to battle. Though the production allows for the other instrumentation to be heard — witness “Enshrined” and its prominently displayed bouncy, fuzzy bassline — it is the amazing fretwork that drives Symphony for the Devil to the dizzying heights to which it aspires. Toxine’s vocals still resemble a poor-man’s Lee Dorian, which isn’t to say that he’s in need of replacing; however, it’s understandable if some see his pipes as the weak link in the Witchery ensemble. But this is a minor complaint. On this, the band’s third full-length (not counting an EP and a disc that retroverts to the Satanic Slaughter salad days of bandleader Ztephan Dark), Witchery takes the aggression of the earliest Slayer and Metallica discs to new levels while adding the songwriting abilities that both of those acts would find later. There’s nothing watered down about Symphony for the Devil, except for the tears of joy from rivetheads who have been looking for a disc this satisfying for a decade.

Line up on this album is
Toxine (Tony Kampner) – Vocals (Satanic Slaughter, Séance)
Patrik Jensen – Guitars (The Haunted, Brujeria, Seance, Satanic Slaughter, Orchriste)
Richard Corpse – Guitars (Seance)
Sharlee D’Angelo – Bass (Arch Enemy, Sinergy, Illwill, Dismember, Mercyful Fate, Facelift, Spiritual Beggars)
Martin Axe – Drums (Nephenzy Chaos Order, Nifelheim, Satanic Slaughter, Triumphator, Bloodbath, Opeth)

Track listing:
1. The Storm
2. Unholy Wars
3. Inquisition
4. Omens
5. Bone Mill
6. None Buried Deeper
7. Wicked
8. Called For By Death
9. Hearse Of The Pharaohs
10. Shallow Grave
11. Enshrined
12. The One Within

  Wolfen Society (Acheron/Dark Funeral) – Conquer Divine, MCD

Released via No Fascion Records 2001

Wolfen Society is an illustrious occult misanthropic side project assembled in late 2000 by Vincent Crowley of Acheron and Lord Ahriman from Dark Funeral. They completed the line up with drummer Kyle Severn and Vital Remains singer Jeff Gruslin. Also involved were guitarist Riktor Ravensbrack and keyboard player Thomas Thjorn of Industrialists The Electric Hellfire Club. However, just prior to recording of the four track EP ‘Conquer Divine’ in September of 2000 Gruslin backed out of the venture and Crowley duly took over the lead vocal role with Thjorn supporting. The EP, released by No Fashion Records in Europe and House Of Death in North America, would include a notable cover version of Carnivores ‘Race War’.

Track listing:
1. Conquer Divine
2. Blood Oath
3. Life Is War
4. Race War-Carnivore cover

  Infernal – The Infernal Compendium,CD

Released via The Flawless Team, 2003

Jeezuz how can anyone pick out such an original name as ‘Infernal’. This among all others Infernal hails from Colombia and everything about this band feels like clichés, the productions sucks and the singer with his high-pitched screaming sounds just to mad. But after all it isn’t as bad as it sounds. This is punishing and primitive old school black/thrash metal. Many of the songs (‘A Forgotten Place’ etc.) bring ‘Bergtatt’ era Ulver to mind and overall the work has a strong Norwegian influence. All the way down to the bad grammar and the crude and ugly cover, it’s all there. The level of technicality is quite high too, just listen to the instrumentals ‘The Infernal Throne’ and ‘Evil Millennium’. There’s some keyboards here and there, but they get drowned by the other instruments and cannot be heard without paying a great deal of attention to the songs. Its not bad even if 70 minutes feels like to much but its
good for driving annoying people away from you and good for killing bugs too!

Track listing:
The New Dawn
1. Force
2. A Forgotten Place
3. The Infernal Throne (Instrumental)
4. The Gates Of Glory
5. Evil Millenium (Instrumental)
6. War Forever
7. Freedom and Pleasure
8. In the Silence a Morning Star
9. Power of Circle
10. Total Feeling

Whipping The Sacred Law
11. In The Horizon Shines a Light
12. A Sign of Destruction
13. Cham Dead
14. Unholy War God
15. In The Memory of My Soul
16. Deny the Lie
17. In the Search
18. To the waited Meeting
19. My Belief
20. Lost in the Thoughts of Labyrinths
21. War Forever
22. Force

  Daemonlord – Hellfire Centuries,CD

Released via Label Ketzer 2005
Daemonlord plays fast black intolerant warhymn metal from Spain. Underground sound in the old northern vein.
War war war war

Track listing:
1. Rifles and Hammers
2. Riding the Mushhushu
3. Monuments of Bereavement
4. The Shattering
5. Ancient Goddess of Lust and Battle
6. The Cannibals of Maarat
7. The Paths of Glory
8. Apocalypse Revisited
9. Wasteland 2035
10. Kill the Descendants of Christ
11. The Sharpened Edge of Ignorance

Of Corpse there are a hell of a lots more in the storage, to a comprehendive price. Just visit TPL Records online!



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