MY REVIEWS OF DUTCH BLACK METAL RELEASES

Because I treated bands objectively in The Encyclopedia of Dutch Black Metal, I have withheld myself from expressing personal opinions about them (and their releases)... However, the Dutch scene has given birth to some very fine music (and very bad as well). That's why I have taken the liberty to include reviews of releases on this online companion to the book (some published earlier in Black Art Magazine, by the way). Remember: reviews are opinions and they are mine alone; they have nothing to do with the reviewed bands, their labels, the fact that I might know these people, or even with the content of the encyclopedia...

Every release I know has two defining parameters, and is rated in three ways of personal experience. They are visualised as the dials of an amplifier.


1. The input gives the source of the music, either CD, tape, vinyl, or mp3 (representing digital formats), that I used to write my review around. Since I don't own everything, it's not always the original product I listened to nor is it a guarantee I own the item I have reviewed at all.
2. The
enjoyment rating (0-10) is purely based on the basic and primal 'emotional' response - a gut feeling - I had while listening to the release.
3. The
classification gives a rough idea of the most prominent style of a release next to black metal, limiting myself to three hybrids, three tastes of black metal, and a category "other".
4. The score for
performance has little to do with how professional or well played a release is, but more with how the musical performance suits the given classification (are they delivering something worthwhile here, musicwise, lyricwise, ideologically?)
5. The score for
production is only partly related to the sound and its quality and is far more intricate (are the instruments well balanced for this particular style and way of playing, are the intentions right for this production?)... In theory, a professional well-balanced tightly played album could score lower in enjoyment than a crappy raw rehearsal!

 

A

Aardtmann Op Vuurtopberg - De Berg van Verdoemenis
NEW Aderlating - The Nectar of Perversity Springs from the Well of Repression
Apator - Guilty of Down-Syndrome
Asgrauw -
Promo 2012

B

Black September - Promo Tape
NEW Botulistum - Split with Göll

C

NEW Coldeemstorft - Invasie
Conspiracy -
Reincarnated
Crucifixation -
The Grind of Christian Bones

D

Deinonychus - After the Rain Falls... an Empty Sky Remains
Deinonychus -
Deinonychus
Delinquentes Infernae -
Crime Orgy
Delinquentes Infernae -
Ontkerstening
Demalion -
The Draining of a Thousand Souls
Dodenkrocht -
Malebolge Opens
Dog In Pain -
A Tribute to Max P. Beaver 1975-1997
Domini Inferi -
In Nomine Domini Inferi
Domini Inferi -
Devil Cult

E

Endemonized - Crushing the Herd Mentality
Eternal Frost -
Christial Holocaust

F

G

NEW Göll - Split with Botulistum
Grey Aura -
Candlesmoke
NEW Grey Aura - Waerachtighe Beschryvinghe van Drie Seylagien, ter Werelt Noyt Soo Vreemt Ghehoort

H

Hamergilde - Die Stolz des Nordlands

I

IO - In Reverie
Israthoum -
Monument of Brimstone
Israthoum -
Promo 2010

J

K

L

Lugubre - Promo 2001

M

Malignant - Totaler Krieg
Martyr -
To Confirm When Destruction Comes
Misanthropia -
Rise of Necropolis
Morbid Wrath -
Angelrape

N

Necrofeast - Necrofeast
Necrofeast -
Soulwinds
Nevelrijk -
Heidens Bloed

O

Omnihierophantom - Beyond Eternity

P

Perditor - Perdition
Perditor -
In Signo Suo

Q

Quaet Gespuys - Grauwe Geschriften

R

S

Sammath - Triumph in Hatred
NEW Sammath - Godless Arrogance
Styxian Industries -
Renormalized Existence
Styxian Industries -
Salvation through Deterioration

T

Tartaros - Darkened Destiny
Terdor -
The Combat Action of 5 October 1944
Terdor -
No Peace for Our Time!
Terdor -
Levi
NEW Terdor - Levi II
NEW The Parents Of Oude Pekela - As Satan Spawns from the Grave of a Thousand Infants

U

Urfaust - Drei Rituale jenseits des Kosmos
Urfaust -
Einsiedler

V

Vril - Once and Again Thule

W

X

Y

Z

#

13 Candles - Hymns of Winter

If you want your material reviewed on www.nlbme.nl, just send an original demo, single, album, etc. with a written request for a review! This page will be updated, of course. Just keep in mind, if it's shit I will write that it's shit... And logically, only Dutch bands will end up here!