Saturday, 23 January 2010

49 evil spirits

Sigh are driving the orchestral thing to its extremes. They still got their charm though, although they seem to have lost the uniqueness they possessed in their first period with Scorn Defeat and especially Infidel Art which is still my favourite of their works. Not to mention that with the recruitment of their female saxophonist they have gained plenty of mainstream media attention for all the wrong reasons.
Arkha Sva on the other hand have always been much more secretive creating a unique mystical aura surrounding them. Mixing the aesthetics of the french black legions with over the top vocal expressions, keeping an over productive pace with plenty of splits , demos and EPs and a truly excellent LP (Gloria Satanae), still remaining under the radar.
The way I see it Sigh have kind of passed the torch to Arkha Sva, in order to keep the black flame burning in eastern black metal. That doesn't mean that there is the slightest similarity between the two, except the country of origin. That is not a minor factor though, as I consider the globalization of black metal to be of crucial importance in its survival and evolution.  
To have videos of live performances on You Fools is a double edged knife. It's an opportunity for the ones genuinely interested to have a source of 'visual information'. Of course as it is not a restricted source, the same opportunity is given to ignorant fools to poison the reputation a band is trying to build. For example it presents a chance for some mongoloids to draw parallels between Cradle of Filth and Arkha Sva (what???).
Black metal is best kept away from such stupid internet tools.
Contrary to the above stated I think it is worth posting this video of an Arkha Sva concert. I don't know where this took place, I would even doubt that this is realy Arkha Sva but the performance of the vocalist is not to be misinterpreted.

The soundtrack of the Kali Yuga...
Charnel Winds - Der Teufelsbund
Abigor -Time Is the Sulphur in the Veins of the Saint
Savnock - Theophany
Book of Black Earth - The Feast
iliketrains - Elegies To Lessons Learnt
Blood Ceremony - Blood Ceremony
Jarboe - Thirteen Masks