Almyrkvi - Pupil Of The Searing Maelstrom [EP]



7.7 | 41 votes |
Release date: 16 March 2016
Style: Black metal

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01. Primeval
02. Shrouded In Blinding Light
03. Currents Of Detestation
04. Feeding The Void
05. Pupil Of The Searing Maelstrom

Line-up
Garðar S. Jónsson - all instruments, vocals

Session musicians
B. Einarsson - drums

Additional info
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Stephen "Wann" Lockhart at Studio Emissary

Artwork by Joseph "Gast" Deegan.
Logo by Bjarni Einarsson.

As further testament to the fact that Icelandic black metal is not purely confined to Deathspell Omega emulation, Almyrkvi, the one man project of Garðar S. Jónsson, is hitting the scene hard this year with this debut EP. The music here is something of an industrial-influenced brand of ambient black metal: thick, almost mechanical-sounding riffs create a hypnotizing atmosphere, enhanced by atmospheric breaks interspersed throughout. Think something along the lines of Blut Aus Nord + Darkspace. Easily one of the best BM releases I've yet heard this year.

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14.05.2016 - 21:10
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.05.2016 at 18:01

Are you guys seriously talking about swastikas when there are large celestial objects called fucking GALAXIES that tend to have this spiral look?
Jeez, you guys are looking way too much into this tbh

Reptilians did WTC
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14.05.2016 - 21:44
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Karlabos on 14.05.2016 at 18:12

It reminds me of those guys trying to find satanic subliminal messages and killing conspiracies on The Beatles' album covers

Are you actually giving this huge piece of badassery right here a 6?

...actually, wait, you gave Negura Bunget's OM a 6 as well. Never mind
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16.05.2016 - 11:10
Rating: 8
Paź
ex-News Man
Written by Apothecary on 14.05.2016 at 21:44

...actually, wait, you gave Negura Bunget's OM a 6 as well. Never mind

Yeah, Karlito's taste is really hard to follow... That's why he is called the Weirdo of MS
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16.05.2016 - 18:06
Vombatus
Potorro
I see no swatiska. Though it does look like a vagina.


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16.05.2016 - 21:10
Rating: 8
Paź
ex-News Man
Written by Vombatus on 16.05.2016 at 18:06

Though it does look like a vagina.

Ha ha ha
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16.05.2016 - 23:03
Rating: 8
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Written by Zaph on 14.05.2016 at 18:56

Every galaxy is a nazi then.

Wrong, every galaxy is a Swastika.

Again, the Swastika is a sacred symbol and is used to represent many things. Galaxies and chaos are among the things I've seen it being used for.
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17.05.2016 - 00:32
LuciferOfGayness
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Written by Apothecary on 14.05.2016 at 21:44

Written by Karlabos on 14.05.2016 at 18:12

It reminds me of those guys trying to find satanic subliminal messages and killing conspiracies on The Beatles' album covers

Are you actually giving this huge piece of badassery right here a 6?

...actually, wait, you gave Negura Bunget's OM a 6 as well. Never mind

And are you guys actually handing out 9s to this...
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17.05.2016 - 00:40
LuciferOfGayness
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Written by Jaeryd on 16.05.2016 at 23:03

Written by Zaph on 14.05.2016 at 18:56

Every galaxy is a nazi then.

Wrong, every galaxy is a Swastika.

Again, the Swastika is a sacred symbol and is used to represent many things. Galaxies and chaos are among the things I've seen it being used for.

Swastikas is mainly placed on and used by idiots
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17.05.2016 - 01:02
Rating: 9
mz
Written by Paź on 16.05.2016 at 11:10


That's why he is called the Weirdo of MS


that was me a while ago. What is happening on MS
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17.05.2016 - 01:28
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Guest on 17.05.2016 at 00:32

And are you guys actually handing out 9s to this...

Yeah, because it's fucking excellent

(IN OUR PERSONAL, SUBJECTIVE OPINIONS, SUBJECT TO FLAWS AND EXTERNAL CRITICISM FROM OTHERS WHO DISAGREE)
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17.05.2016 - 02:52
Rating: 8
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Written by Guest on 17.05.2016 at 00:40

Swastikas is mainly placed on and used by idiots

I take it you think Buddha is an idiot, then? I mean, it's fine if you do, I'm just wondering.

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17.05.2016 - 03:00
LuciferOfGayness
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Written by Jaeryd on 17.05.2016 at 02:52


I take it you think Buddha is an idiot, then? I mean, it's fine if you do, I'm just wondering.

For most people the swastika stands for the Holocaust, so why deviate from that in a BM thread when there are NSBM bands?
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17.05.2016 - 08:36
Rating: 8
Paź
ex-News Man
Written by mz on 17.05.2016 at 01:02

Written by Paź on 16.05.2016 at 11:10

Weirdo of MS

that was me a while ago. What is happening on MS

Alex von Meilenwald hasn't release an album in a while, so there was no reason to call you this way
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17.05.2016 - 09:47
Rating: 8
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Written by Guest on 17.05.2016 at 03:00

For most people the swastika stands for the Holocaust, so why deviate from that in a BM thread when there are NSBM bands?

I think you'll find there's far more Hindus and Buddhists alive today than than all the Nazis that have ever existed. So for most people, the Swastika stands for religious, spiritual things, not for Nazism, and certainly not for the Holocaust (which it has never stood for. It may be a symbol used by the group that caused it, but it has no direct connection to the Holocaust itself).

Anyway, I think Nazis and all other forms of ignorant, racist fuckheads can go sit on a cactus, but the Swastika is a symbol that has existed since near the dawn of mankind, and is special and sacred to many non-racist peoples.
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17.05.2016 - 10:16
Rating: 8
Paź
ex-News Man
Indeed, just like pentagram is associated only with satanism. Which of course is not true.
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18.05.2016 - 21:39
Rating: 8
Paź
ex-News Man
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19.05.2016 - 22:47
Rating: 8
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Finally got my physical copy of the album. May rate it higher in the future. My only real gripe with it is that each song is relatively simplistic, alternating between two or three chords for most of the song. But, I mean, a lot of Schammasch's songs are also relatively simplistic in terms of chord structure, and I love that band... this album has a good enough sound and puts out enough atmosphere to still make it really enjoyable.

I'm not picking up on Blut Aus Nord worship, though. I mean, I can certainly hear a few elements of BAN's sound in the album, but not enough that it sounds like the main inspiration for this.
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21.05.2016 - 17:05
Rating: 9
Ag Fox
Angel No More
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Written by Guest on 17.05.2016 at 03:00

Written by Jaeryd on 17.05.2016 at 02:52


I take it you think Buddha is an idiot, then? I mean, it's fine if you do, I'm just wondering.

For most people the swastika stands for the Holocaust, so why deviate from that in a BM thread when there are NSBM bands?
i am not sure. there are 4xx-5xx million Buddhists around after all

Either way, the best album I've heard from 2016 so far for me...
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27.07.2016 - 03:08
Rating: 8
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Listening to this a few times by now, I've concluded that the sound is great and this band has a lot of potential, but there's just not as much material here as I'd like there to be. Each track is pretty samey throughout, but not in a way that really works to the album's advantage. I'm simply left wishing there was more variation within each track.

I tell you what, though, if they re-did Primeval, adding more riffs and making it much, much longer, I'd be in love. That track was really going somewhere.
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15.11.2016 - 15:08
Rating: 8
Paź
ex-News Man
I don't collect tapes, but this blue eye is truly adorable

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21.02.2017 - 17:05
InnerSelf
proofread free
I managed to stay completely ignorant of the fact that this exists until the awards, not spending as much time on the forums as before really hurts!
Will probably be on heavy rotation in the next few days.
And that tape looks sexy.
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23.02.2017 - 01:11
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Written by Jaeryd on 27.07.2016 at 03:08

Listening to this a few times by now, I've concluded that the sound is great and this band has a lot of potential, but there's just not as much material here as I'd like there to be. Each track is pretty samey throughout, but not in a way that really works to the album's advantage. I'm simply left wishing there was more variation within each track.

I tell you what, though, if they re-did Primeval, adding more riffs and making it much, much longer, I'd be in love. That track was really going somewhere.

I felt pretty much exactly the same about it
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23.10.2017 - 23:38
Rating: 8
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
So I listened to this again recently--may have been the fact that I was probably using better headphones than whatever I used to listen to this before, but I heard a lot more subtle things going on and found it more interesting this time around. May have to bump up my rating soon.
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29.11.2017 - 12:07
Rating: 7
Kuroboshi
Just to pitch in on the whole Swastika discussion (way dead by now, but anyhow). You guys do know that the symbol used by the nazis and the holy symbol used in Buddhism are not the same right? In the Buddhist one, the hooks turn left, in the nazi one, they turn right. Just saying.
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29.11.2017 - 13:39
VIG
Viggg
Written by Kuroboshi on 29.11.2017 at 12:07

Just to pitch in on the whole Swastika discussion (way dead by now, but anyhow). You guys do know that the symbol used by the nazis and the holy symbol used in Buddhism are not the same right? In the Buddhist one, the hooks turn left, in the nazi one, they turn right. Just saying.

I knew that
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