Order Of The Ebon Hand:

Order Of The Ebon Hand - VII The Chariot

The Greece band Order Of The Ebon Hand released their second album XV: The Devil 15 years ago, and they now come with the album VII The chariot. It’s long to wait for the fans, and fortunately the new album is very good! The band is an old band as they were founded 25 years ago and their purpose from the beginning was, and is, to play archetypal Black Metal. Apart from their debut, each album will represent a tarot card seen through a Black Metal spectrum. The new album VII: The Chariot is mixed and mastered by Victor Santura (Triptykon) from Woodshed Studios. The band has also contributed to numerous compilations, the most notable being Order Of The Tyrants honoring the emblematic Celtic Frost. They have played live with numerous bands, some of the most notable names being: Slayer, Rotting Christ, Candlemass, Accept, Therion, Αbbath, Nightfall, Dismember, Wolves in the Throne Room, Negura Bunget.

VII: The Chariot is the second card drawn out of Order Of The Ebon Hand`s Unholy Deck, following up the first card drawn, which was, appropriately for a black metal band. ΧV: The Devil, a card most ideal to swear allegiance. The band’s commitment is that each and every following album, will delve in one occult tarot card, seen from a black metal perspective. The Chariot is the card connecting Mars to Saturn, War and Fate. Appropriately, the album is a rash, remorseless, and warlike creation of archetypal black metal, pacing on the principles that define all pure metal. The fights between identity and death, freedom and oblivion, surround the entirety of the album.

Conquest is synonymous to mobilization whether it be mere steps or a full headlong charge to the complete unknown. The faces of war appear, whether it be at sea, land, or air, and the Chariot changes shapes. It undergoes metamorphosis from destroyer ships, to nightmare steeds, aerial fighters, armored demons, heavy cavalry knights, elite infantry, ancient heroes, and demon kings, all bound to a merciless race, in which, after the starting gun – there is no turning back. But the enemy is unclear. For moments it is the obvious. Then it mutates – it simultaneously becomes imprisonment, insomnia, a wish for self-destruction, restlessness, duty, addiction, defeat, and then death personified – ultimately the inevitable fate that haunts the mundane.

The Chariot then becomes the means to exceed the Chariot Itself. The vehicle, whether it be weapon or body, is merely an instrument and not the Self. The conquest itself, becomes a trial of realization, its purpose to destroy all the illusions of life that would prove oblivious at the Ultimate Hour! Eight songs, more than 40 minutes of devastating madness, will not make anyone doubt it, and the guest vocals by Sakis Tolis from Rotting Christ on Sabnock will definitely add confidence! Artwork by Vamperess Imperium.


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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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