Tuesday, September 27, 2016 06:58

CANDELABRUM – NECROTELEPATHY LP (Altare Productions)

September 21st, 2016

candelabrum-necrotelepathyNecrotelepathy’ is the debut full-length from shadowy Portuguese shaman Candelabrum and it contains two epic rites of raw, occult, otherworldly, cavernous, recorded-in-a-pit-or-cave-or-maybe-in-hell-itself-except-there-is-no-hell Black Metal – ‘Distant Voices In The Darkest Night’ and ‘Prayers For The Damnation Of Man’ placed back to...

PHOBOCOSM – BRINGER OF DROUGHT LP (Dark Descent Records)

September 21st, 2016

phobocosm-bringer-of-droughtPhobocosm’s second full-length, ‘Bringer Of Drought’, sees them drop gear somewhat to emit four harrowing, ominous slabs totaling 35 minutes. Slow, doomy passages add to the sense of crushing haplessness as the earth swallows us whole, venting its fury through...

RIDE FOR REVENGE / BELOW – RIDE FOR REVENGE / BELOW LP (Final Agony Records)

September 11th, 2016

ride-for-revenge-belowAs we have by now come to expect, Ride For Revenge’s 20-minute contribution, ‘Lust Fuck For Torment’, is exceptional. These guys can simply do no wrong. On Side B, Below chips in with four tracks of suitably harrowing, unnerving madness to...

NÉCROPOLE – NÉCROPOLE LP (Northern Heritage Records)

September 10th, 2016

necropole-necropoleNécropole’ gathers all material from the band’s two previous demos – ‘Atavisme…’ and ‘Ostara’ – onto one record to deliver 45 minutes in total of excellent underground Black Metal. Buzzing guitars and razorblade vocals abound, just the way we...

ALMYRKVI – PUPIL OF THE SEARING MAELSTROM MLP (Ván Records)

September 8th, 2016

almyrkvi-pupil-of-the-searing-maelstromI met Garðar S. Jónsson outside Willemeen in Arnhem, Netherlands on Sunday evening. Seemed like a really nice person. When I encountered him again, four hours later, he was on stage with Slidhr, helping Jo out as live bass...

GEVURAH – HALLELUJAH! 2LP (Profound Lore Records)

August 24th, 2016

Gevurah - Hallelujah!If for nothing else, Gevurah deserve kudos for not sticking a dumb etching on Side D. Instead, we get a 20-minute, ambient bonus track, which brings the total running time of ‘Hallelujah!’ on black wax to an...

BLACK DEVOTION – CEREMONIAL RITUALS OF DEMONIC CHAOS LP (Astral Nightmare Productions)

August 23rd, 2016

Black Devotion - Ceremonial Rituals Of Demonic Chaos

Black Devotion’s debut full-length, ‘Ceremonial Rituals Of Demonic Chaos’, is one that’s been flying well below the radar for about a year now but deserves a lot more attention than what it’s...

HOWLS OF EBB – CURSUS IMPASSE: THE PENDLOMIC VOWS LP (Nuclear War Now! Productions)

August 20th, 2016

Howls of Ebb - Cursus Impasse The Pendlomic VowsSometimes the easiest reviews to write are also the most difficult ones. ‘Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows’ is a staggering album but it is so complex, ambitious and out there that...

ELLORSITH / MANNVEIRA – ELLORSITH / MANNVEIRA MLP (Dark Descent Records)

August 20th, 2016

Ellorsith Mannveira - Ellorsith MannveiraFantastic stuff here courtesy of two proper underground acts – Ellorsith from Canada and Mannveira from Iceland. The former offer another conceptual piece of work, this time centred around the story of Jerome of Sandy...

DROWNING THE LIGHT – FROM THE ABYSS 2LP (Obscure Abhorrence Productions)

August 19th, 2016

DTL - From The AbyssHaving bought all twelve previous Drowning The Light full-lengths – as well as quite a few of the countless splits, EPs and demos – I have been deeply disappointed by the so-called music...