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Vultures Ov Veles/Demo 2020 Review

vendredi 27 août 2021 à 04:42


  Vultures  Ofn Veles  are  a  solo  project  from  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  crust  and  harsh  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  demo.

  Harsh  noises  and  vulture  sounds  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  sues  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Elements  of  crust  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  second  track  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  demo  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  song.  

  Vultures  Ofv Veles  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  crush  and  harsh  noise  to  create  a  sound  of  hi8s  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Macedonian  Folklore  and  Revolutions.

  In  my  opinion  Vultures  ov  Veles  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  with  elements  of  crust  and  harsh  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Days  of  heat".  8  out  of  10.

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Genocidal Rites/Unholy Live Ritual/2021 Demo Review

vendredi 27 août 2021 à 04:02


  Genocidal  Rites  are  a  band  from  Ohio  that  plays  an  anti  Abrahamic  and  bestial  form  of  war/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  demo  "Unholy  Live  Ritual".

  A  very  dark,  distorted  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking,  brutal  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording   more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  The  songs  only  add  in  a  small  amount  of  mid  tempo  or  slow  sections  focusing  more  on  a  faster  style  along  with  the  music  also  adding  some  bestial  growls  on  the  second  song  and  the  whole  demo  also  sticks  to  a  very  raw,  heavy  and  brutal  musical  direction.

  Genocidal  Rites  plays  a  style  of  war  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  bestial  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness,  blasphemy  and  Anti  Abrahamic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Genocidal  Rites  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  war  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Putrid  Winds  Of  Mass  Graves".  8  out of  10.


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Withered Land Interview

vendredi 27 août 2021 à 03:34


Answered by Olga Kann (songwriter/arranger, bass, keys, lyrics)

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Hi! I am the mastermind of the project, Olga Kann, and now I'll try to describe to you the history of the birth of the project. The idea for the project and some of the material had been ripening for a very long time. For a number of reasons, I did not have the resources for a long time to put everything together and decide to do what I wanted for a long time. I was passionate about my other projects in other genres. And this is a big plus. Over the years, experience, skills and inspiration have grown. The project was born when the optimal time came for it. From me on the debut album composing of all songs, arrangements of all parts, lyrics, bass recording are presented. After I put together the material, it was great to invite my friend Alex Rabets, with whom we have already worked on other projects, to record the vocals. And for the recording of guitars, as well as sound engineering, I invited another friend Koliopanos Filippos from the Greek projects Ocean of Grief and On Thorns I Lay. In terms of the style of music, the project can be described as Epic Atmospheric Black Metal / Dungeon Synth. At the same time, the debut album contains various influences, be it viking, folk, pagan elements and more.

2. In September you have an album coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

If we talked about music part, it combines classic metal riffs, black metal tremolos with orchestral symphonic music. It has room for furious blastbeats and lyric fragments. Almost meditative percussion sounds and traditional folk instruments, acoustic guitars and strings section. And of course the leading place is given to the massive textures of the keys. And lately I really like to arrange compositions with brass parts. This is my passion and obsession. This genre is the one of the best way to realize things of a cinematic scale in composing. Quite a lot of work was done by the sound engineer to give the necessary sound to every pipe, flute, oboe, and everything that was possible. And he did a great job not only in sound production, but also in recording guitars. Also, I really appreciate it when people can play exactly what I write on the music sheets, and not invent reasons to replay it in their own way. Filippos is a great master of this craft, and I will gladly cooperate with him on this and some other projects. I can say the same about vocals. Alex understood the idea well and quickly implemented it. In general the shrill scream and the wedge of the replica-narration of the hero prevail. But also an growling, unusual for the genre, was added a little. In the studio we had a great technician and the recording process was productive and quite fun.

3. The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story that you covered on this release?

This is a story about a warrior. On the debut album, all 5 songs are 5 separate stages of the protagonist's military journey. His mood and fighting spirit change from the beginning to the end of the album, his will to live is tested throughout the journey. And in each of the songs there is a certain unexpected twist. Despite all the difficulties that he has to endure, he has those who are waiting for his return to his native shores. Going on a dangerous journey, he does not realize what his lust for blood and conquest will eventually lead to. To some extent, this is a story about karma. When someone reaping death, immersing the hands in more and more blood, he shouldn't expect nothing but blood in return. I really fell in love with this character, this lonely, noble, but suffering horseman. He is as brave as he is reckless. He rushes into battle and sheds blood without regret, but at the same time, he has his own family, for which he does not want a similar fate. As a result, the blood path brings him nothing but blood. This warrior is a kind of collective image. And at the same time, he became someone personal for me. I am in some way responsible for the misadventures that happened to him. For me it was difficult to make such a final that turned out to be. But, running a little ahead, I will say that his story will not end there. I am developing a sequel concept album. But I don't know yet if it will be the next album or if I will release something else during the break. But I definitely want to give the deserved peace to my hero, he deserves a path to the cherished Valhalla.

In all, I am very impressed by the story of the heroes who lost, but fought bravely, who did not retreat, even knowing that they were doomed to failure in advance. In the future, I would really like to finish a concept album about Hannibal Barka, I was very inspired by the works of Titus Livy and some other historical literature.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Withered Land'?

The name was not born at once, it was a rather active reflection, I had many ideas. But then, after some time, the answer came as if immediately. From the lines of the beloved Tolkien:

"...In the black wind the stars shall die,

and still on gold here let them lie,

till the dark lord lifts his hand

over dead sea and withered land...". 

It seemed to me that the devastated land is what just surrounds me. A metaphorically scorched earth, ready at the same time to be reborn in order to then wither again.

At the same time, the lyrics are not closely tied to Tolkien's topic, but a little contain some references/inspiration from heroes and places from his books. In my lyrics, I try to convey the dualistic nature of a character or location. Try to show both the beautiful side and the unpleasant side. In general, I read a lot of different historical literature, war novels and the collective images of warriors come from there. The withered land is all that wars leave behind, at first it is watered with blood, then it dries up. And it will take many years for everything to return to normal (maybe).

5. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

I did the cover myself, as did the design of the booklet as a whole. It was very important to connect the images of the songs with the images in the head. Important to try to portray the monumental of nature and that loneliness inside the main character. Initially, I saw the main hero as someone from Hannibal's army. I am a big fan of the history of the Punic wars and in particular the personality of this great commander. Our tempers have a lot in common haha. But then it was decided to focus on a more abstract image of a lonely dark figure of a horseman in a cloak. More important was not the historical moment, but the very feelings of the hero, his difficult endless journey. The booklet contains images made on the basis of my photoset, which is about 6 years old, it was waiting in the wings to be embodied in something epic. Even then, I was fascinated by the medieval culture; we communicated a lot with the reenactors.

6. Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

So far, this is pretty tricky. Firstly, a pandemic, and secondly, a rather difficult situation in our country. Plus, maybe not every musician is ready to come to terms with my temper. I'm an unhealthy workaholic. I try to do something 105% and I demand the same from others. It's not easy to find like-minded people, it is easier for me to work with foreign colleagues at a distance. But as soon as the opportunity presents itself to organize a tour without the risk of disruption due to a pandemic, it would be great to put together a project, even with session participants, and go to see the world.

7. The new album is going to be released on 'Naturmacht productions', how did you get in contact with this label?

I was very pleased that Robert liked the album and agreed to collaborate with the project. I purposefully wrote to this particular label. I like the bands that the label releases, we communicate with each other, for some of them I do the design of the covers / booklets latest time. It is an honor to be part of such a close-knit family.

8. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?

Both me and the label have received a lot of positive reactions from different parts of the world. It is very pleasant that already from the debut album, people are passionate about music to such an extent that they are ready to support the musician by buying merch and pre-ordering cds etc. It is truly invaluable that the history of the album resonates in the hearts of those who are close to it.

9. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I am already working on many songs, some of them will go to the second album, and some of them will go to the third. It would be interesting for me to release albums that differ in mood, concept and stylistic techniques. Doing the same thing, as sometimes happens with a number of collectives, is absolutely uninteresting. Sticking to your own path, but at the same time innovating and developing, experimenting, in my opinion, is quite important.

10. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I am an absolute music lover. In each genre, I try to find something interesting for myself. I am with special trepidation about underground projects, one-man projects, in which the power of a mastermind composer is manifested in a holistic concept, in its purest form, without imposed feints from the outside (how it happens with the producer-dependent artists). Something dark and avant-garde, sad... But in the one playlist I can have atmospheic black, dark americana, soul singer, oldschool death metal, cinematic soundtracks, post-punk, pink floyd, jazz and symphonic doom. Literally. But I haven't listened to much music lately. I compose it more, hehe.

11. Does Paganism play any role in your music?

This album certainly has such a theme. I am inspired by times and military battles of the past, as I noted earlier. Times when man and nature were one. Our hero is definitely from the days when the sun was a god.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 

Many thanks to webzine, to everyone for their interest, who support the project and are interested in its fate. There will be many new songs ahead, new invited members, and some relic instruments. In the meantime, I invite you to join the endless journey that has already begun.


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Paydretz/Chroniques de I'Insurrection/Antiq/2021 CD Review

vendredi 27 août 2021 à 03:10


  Paydretz  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  folk  influenced  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Chroniques  de  I'Insurrection"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Antiq.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  folk  instruments  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  synths.  Acoustic  guitars  can  also be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a   small  amount  of  clean  pagan  vocals,  some  of  the  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  death  metal growls  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  the  War  In  The  Vendee  and  Chouannerie.

  In  my  opinion  Paydretz  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  influenced  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Le  Tocsin  Nous  Appelle"  "Sous  la  Banniere  Blanche"  "Colonnes  Infernales"  and  "La  Fin  du  Reve".  8  out  of  10.      


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Azazel Interview

vendredi 27 août 2021 à 02:29


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?



Idimmu: We decided to collaborate with K-2T4-S (demon vocals), so that he would also sing on that song, “I Worship Him” and Satanachia only does a little bit of chorus part there. We wanted to show that Azazel is not only Satanachia. Azazel is a band, and there are other musicians too, and K-2T4-S who is old friend, joined and Infernal Tormentor Necrocorpse von Demonblood did also one part. He is our label-boss. Great men, both.

Satanachia: We played a great re-recorded version of “In nomine Dei Nostri Satanas” too (from the 1993 demo). It’s ultra-blasphemous and reaks old spirit. This song ends the album… and in the very end you can even hear a little tribute to our passed away original guitarist, Samiaza (RIP, 2015). Raakalainen is nowadays Azazel’ss 2nd guitarist, talking more about the current guys a bit later. Mavrofos has been in Azazel for 10 years now, and suits the band greatly. Idimmu has been the drummer for pretty long time too, and keeps us going and we got a new bass-player, when Wakboth left the band in year 2019. His name is Lucifuge Rofocale.

2.You have a new album, coming out during September, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


Idimmu: Here you will find the filth of Jesus Perversions alongside the more haunting and even stately sensations of Witches Deny Holy Trinity. But, somehow the whole thing is better, more focused now. The song-writing is perfect, there are no boring moments and the songs are very various with speed/hooks. The main thing on Aegrum Satanas Tecum is the spirit! Primitive and raw (but still clear enough) old school black metal, without compromises.. If you compare this to our The Night of Satanachia EP, the stuff sounds a bit more like Archgoat, Blasphemy, Beherit... that direction, but it's still more "Norwegian" sounding compared to those mentioned acts. If you listen the first two albums, this is very logical continuation, but perhaps Azazel will surprise some people with a bit better sound/killer song-writing, etc.

I think Aegrum Satanas Tecum sums up everything that has been great about Azazel, greatly. At least as a full-length album it's the best Azazel recording. Only problem is that there is no competition between the demo Crucify The Jesus Christ Again. That's certainly the best Azazel-release of all time, ever. I am not worthy.

3.This is also your first album in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Idimmu: Compared to Witches Deny Holy Trinity album, our new lineup has changed with 3 new guys: Raakalainen-2nd guitar, Lucifuge Rofocale-bass and K-2T4-S- demon vocals & growls (guest). Azazel played some gigs between 2015-2020, but other wise things have been progressing quite slowly... also we "lost" pretty much a ready album, when Wakboth decided to use the songs he had for Azazel, on his own project. So in 2019 we had to start the process again. Luckily Mavrofos had great inspiration and only in several months he composed some of the most strongest Azazel-songs in history. Mavrofos also composed "Black Mass" and "Sacrifice Virgins to Satan Again" for previous Witches Deny Holy Trinity album. Otherwise not many things changed. Azazel remained Azazel. We don't care about trends or anything. Satanachia pretty much lives in the PAST...! We hate modern society / internet-"warriors" as well... Wakboth (guitar/bass/song-writing) had to leave the band in 2019. He didn’t suit to Azazel anymore and wanted to concentrate to his own band, Wakboth. It’s musically also different… I think everything went great. Azazel didn’t turn out to be a black/thrash band. Mavrofos wrote new black metal-hymns in TRUE Azazel-style ... and they are really killer!!! We all are proud about Aegrum Satanas Tecum!


4.In the 90's you also released a demo and an ep before going on a 15 year hiatus, what was the cause of the break and the decision to come back?

Idimmu: As far as I'm concerned Azazel tried to reform already in 2003-2004... Things were just progressing really, really slowly. Only in 2009 things got to a bit more serious level. There were some gigs, and then finally the split with Goatmoon, that

showed that Azazel has arisen.

Satanachia: Werewolf came up with this Azazel/Goatmoon-split idea in Jyväskylä, at a gig where was also Barathrum + Saturnian Mist. At least Wakboth, and some Charnel Winds/Saturnian Mist guys were in the band back then who were also playing in Azazel (at the time 2007-2011). Anyway, it sounded like a good idea and the split turned out good and successul. It showed everybody that Azazel is not dead….

5.The band was also a part of the early era of Finnish black metal, how would you describe the progress of the FInnish black metal bands over the past 30 years?


Satanachia: I think I met mr. Mika Luttinen from Impaled Nazarene at some festival. He suggested to me to start playing black metal, and so we did. We used to have a band called Behemoth, who played death metal. I wonder where the tape is… it was also very good.

Azazel was never called Behemoth, it was just another band with 4 guys (like I said death metal) which featured Satanachia and Samiaza as members whom eventually left to form Azazel. Think about Immortal, Burzum, Darkthrone... all those bands started with death metal, when you think about it! There was almost none black metal in the beginning of 90’s. Nobody spoke about such genre of music. Of course there was death metal and other styles, like grind. The demo (1993) was fucking great, but I was not satisfied with Night of Satanachia as a recording and also the recording-sessions themselves sucked. I had to play drums… because the drummer back then passed out to sauna for drunkness…

There were really chaotic times too..back when we decided to reform Azazel, we rehearsed at Virrat. Guys: me (Satanachia), Matias (Shu-Ananda), Osku (Sandh), for some time Samiaza (RIP!), and of course Wakboth, who carried us for a long time and composed most material until “Witches Deny Holy Trinity” album. Those were the guys back then. Azazel line up changed in 2011, when Idimmu and Mavrofos joined. They were more dedicated to Azazel and things started to get to better direction.

Worth to mention bands from Finland: Archgoat, Barathum, Beherit, Black Crucifixion (old), Impaled Nazarene (old), Unholy-demo era, Diaboli, Satanic Warmaster... also: Flame,  Evil Angel, Morgal, Forlor, White Death, Urn, Korgonthurus, because they are a little dirtier / more metal than some of the more polished bands. We don’t like much the new Impaled Nazarene stuff for example. New Beherit sucked. It's not Black Metal!


6.A lot of the bands lyrics, band members names and the band's name is heavily rooted in Satanism and Demonology, can you tell us a little bit more about your dedication to the black arts?


Satanachia: The message is now much more heavier, uglier and more blasphemous. The night of Satanchia EP showed a bit softer lyrical themes. Now-a-days Azazel is brutal. Blasphemy, angel and nun-raping, satan worship…. do I have to continue?

We are serious with this subject. I have been worshiping Satan 1. These things are open to all, who want to find out. I have met Demons. Idimmu has met a Succubus.


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?


Idimmu: Chris Moyen/Throncross did it. K-2T4-S  got in touch with him. He asked pretty much a "traditional" Moyen-style cover. And we got it! To describe the feeling of Aegrum Satanas Tecum:

the spikes and the corpsepaint, the pentagram, the image of a cloven-hoofed, goat-headed demon defiling a nun (this is a strong/central theme on the album), were also added by arrogant and insulting blasphemy of the song titles.

Moyen is known for his works with Beherit, Archgoat, Blasphemy (Friday the 13th live, etc. First two Blasphemy-album covers are NOT done by Moyen), Purtenance, Black Witchery, Goatlord, Impreaction, Naked Whipper, and many more.

This was like a dream to ask! Thank you so much mr. Moyen!


8.What are some of the best shows that has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Idimmu: I would only like to talk about the good ones.. as there were a couple of really bad ones too (because of Azazel's alcoholism problems). The best ones so far have been the following: Rites of North-fest, Oulu 2020, Hammer Open Air, Lieto 2013,

Varjobaari, Tampere 2018, Vernissa Rot Fest 2019. We don't want to speak about anything unnecessary. Some (all?) know that one of our gigs didn't go the perfect way... yet it brought us a lot of attention.... so, maybe not even that bad, in the end. haha


9.The new album is going to be released on 'Primitive Reaction', how would you compare working with this label to your previous label 'Werewolf Records'.?


Satanachia/Idimmu: Otherwise always tasty and good releases at Werewolf, but we were really unsatisfied with how long time it took to produce those vinyl-records. We had to wait like 6-8 years… too long time. I guess lack of money perhaps. We decided to change label. Even Satanic Warmaster has changed label many times, so this shouldn’t be anything that dramatic. Our new record label is Primitive Reaction, and we’ve known Tuomas Karhumäki of that label for a long time… I am sure those first two records are now available in many places (just google?). It’s of course good to have them on vinyl-format. Also our new album will be out on vinyl (September 24th, 2021). Black vax is black metalheads Gold! Please go to Primitive Reaction site if you really want to support Azazel and Azazel's current record label.


10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal?

Idimmu: I've talked to a few young lads at Vernissa Rot Fest, who were even under 18 year-olds. Of course they liked our stuff. I think somehow it's good that Azazel partly reached the "mainstream", as at least some of those kids really check out, what is this all about, and probably hear about the whole thing for the first time. This doesn't change the fact that Black Metal as a musical style Globally is very "out of fashion" and probably way more popular amongst the older people. Just think about it: Kids who were born after 2009 or so, what could they see in this music style? Have no idea. Hard to say what's the future of Black Metal going to be, but we will always stick dedicated to this style, and will NEVER change.


11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

There are Rienaus (Mavrofos) and Satanic Torment (Idimmu) for example. Raakalainen used to play in Goatmoon and Barathrum, but not anymore. To Satanachia Azazel is EVERYTHING. Lucifuge Rofocale's first serious band he joined..

is Azazel (no previous experience).


12.What are you listening to nowadays?

Satanachia: I’d like to especially hail the Greek and USA's Black Metal Scenes. Some other ones too. Well, mostly I listen to old stuff, but also some new stuff of course.

that I hail especially Greek and American Black Metal. Of course also Polish, Scandinavian, South-American bands, etc. Here are some examples: Funeral Storm, Medieval Demon, Goatvomit, Goat Semen, Nifelheim, Armagedda, Blasphemy, Mystifier, Denial of God, Profanatica, Morbus666, Necromantia, Zemial, Kawir, Rotting Christ (old), Veles, Graveland, Cultes Des Ghoules, etc. Sometimes some ritual music or horror-movie soundtracks and of course old heavy metal too (Kiss, W.A.S.P. etc.), why not death metal also? Morbid Angel, Deicide, fuck ass!

Idimmu: I pretty much only listen to Iron Maiden. haha.. Just kidding! :)


13.Before we wrap up this interview,, do you have any final words or thoughts? 

Azazel: Hail Satan! Ave Gloria luciferi exelsi!! Buy Aegrum Satanas Tecum now.

Or die. 

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