Tuesday, December 06, 2016 21:43

MONS VENERIS / VETALA – THE NINES OF SATANANTICHRIST LP (Altare Productions / Infinite Darkness Productions)

November 10th, 2016

mons-veneris-vetala-the-nines-of-satanantichristBlink and you missed it. This split LP emerged without so much as a warning and was sold out quicker than you could shake a meaty, inflamed fist at the sky. And, with two of the dank Portuguese Black Metal underground’s...

INQUISITION – BLOODSHED ACROSS THE EMPYREAN ALTAR BEYOND THE CELESTIAL ZENITH 2LP (Season Of Mist)

October 30th, 2016

inquisition-bloodshed-across-the-empyrean-altar-beyond-the-celestial-zenithInquisition strikes again with a seventh full-length and ‘Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith’ is another solid release as well as a serious fucking mouthful. While there is definitely a law of diminishing returns evident in the band’s...

CALEDONIAN DARKNESS PART II (The Classic Grand, Glasgow – October 21/22, 2016)

October 24th, 2016

pseudogodSo the greatest show on earth was brought to Scotland over the weekend and what an entertaining couple of days it turned out to be! Having Svartidauði and Dead Congregation pulled from the bill at the eleventh hour (almost...

DARVAZA – THE DOWNWARD DESCENT MLP (Terratur Possessions)

October 18th, 2016

darvaza-the-downward-descentFeaturing the talents of Italian ace drummer Omega (Deathrow, Blut Aus Nord, Fides Inversa, Frostmoon Eclipse, Acherontas, Martröð) – here handling all instruments – and Norwegian voice of death Wraath (Behexen, Dark Sonority, Mare, Celestial Bloodshed, Kaosritual and One Tail, One...

BARSHASKETH – OPHIDIAN HENOSIS LP (Blut & Eisen Productions / World Terror Committee)

October 17th, 2016

barshasketh-ophidian-henosisThere’s nothing particularly amazing about Barshasketh’s third full-length, ‘Ophidian Henosis’, alas, and I must admit to being somewhat disappointed by how unremarkable and ordinary the album is. Although it’s hardly a terrible record, I find it boring and never feel any...

QRIXKUOR – THREE DEVILS DANCE MLP (Invictus Productions)

October 15th, 2016

qrixkuor-three-devils-danceI’ve decided in the week running up to Caledonian Darkness II to generally only listen to bands who are playing at the festival. As I really appreciate some 13 of the 15 hordes taking part, this leaves me with a...

SHATAAN – WEIGH OF THE WOLF LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

October 12th, 2016

shataan-weigh-of-the-wolfIt would be fair to say that Shataan channel a unique and distinct sound all of their own. As soon as I started listening to their rather outrageous debut LP, ‘Weigh Of The Wolf’, the music sounded familiar to me straight...

BEKËTH NEXËHMÜ – DE GLÖMDAS URSJÄLAR LP (Nordisk Kultur)

October 12th, 2016

beketh-nexehmu-de-glomdas-ursjalarThe latest Bekëth Nexëhmü record (seems I review one of these every couple of years) is a bit of a strange fish in that the LP version of the single track offered, ‘En Förglömd Ursjäl’, runs for 23-and-a-half minutes while...

BROKEN SPIRIT – VIVID DREAMING LP (Altare Productions)

October 7th, 2016

broken-spirit-vivid-dreamingNocturnal transmissions from the deepest depths of the underground. Perth, Australia. One being. Possessed. ‘Vivid Dreaming’. Raw Black Metal. Eerie emanations with ambient brushes. Unsettling, glorious, barely decipherable. DIY. Painfully limited to just 119 copies. Unmissable black wax. Seek it out....

AUM – OM AH HUM VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

October 5th, 2016

aum-om-ah-hum-vajra-guru-padma-siddhi-humI’d never heard tell of AUM until a few weeks ago but checked out a few songs on the IBP Bandcamp page as soon as the record appeared in their webstore as real live inventory and quickly deduced that ‘Om Ah...