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YASS-WADDAH – CITIES OF THE RED NIGHT EP (self-released)

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Yass-Waddah - Cities Of The Red NightSometimes the best things come from the most-unexpected sources. Embryonic Italian Black Metal quartet Yass-Waddah have crafted a very enjoyable debut EP and – even though it’s only 15 minutes long – ‘Cities Of The Red Night’ is a refreshing release that I can highlight without hesitation.

A concept EP based on the William Borroughs (yeah, I know, who the fuck is he?) book of the same name, ‘Cities Of The Red Night’ is much harsher, rawer and fiercer than I was expecting considering the unusual title. The production is forgiving and the music seeps through pretty much as freely as I’d imagine the band wanted it to.

Spiteful vocals, sinister yet melodic guitar licks, tin-can drums and a surprisingly bouncy bass combine to create a sound that’s altogether pleasant and commendable. Okay, it’s only an EP – and arguably a demo EP at that – but there’s definitely enough here to suggest that Yass-Waddah are an entity worth keeping an eye on.

If you’re that way inclined, you can listen to / download the entire EP for free via Bandcamp … before buying, of course.

Evilometer: 555/666

DARKENED NOCTURN SLAUGHTERCULT – NECROVISION LP (War Anthem Records)

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult - NecrovisionDarkened Nocturn Slaughtercult are clearly here for the long haul. ‘Necrovision’ is their fifth full-length and there’s no sign of any let-up: in fact, it’s one of those searing, relentless LPs that will blow the hair off your genitals. Scorching, blistering stuff with no remorse, DNS’s latest record isn’t the easiest one to get into (it takes quite a few listens), but your perseverance will be richly rewarded as a fine Black Metal album gradually reveals itself.

I was originally going to dismiss this as an also-ran. But experience held sway and I opted to be patient and give ‘Necrovision’ a few more spins before taking to the keyboard. Glad I did, as my first impression was inaccurate. Aside from the obligatory sedate intro, we are treated to eight ripping renditions that remind me quite a lot of that excellent Norwegian band of yore, Obtained Enslavement.

Freak-of-nature frontwoman Onielar and her acolytes take no prisoners along the way as they deliver 40+ minutes of stellar, high-octane, crisp and brash Satanic Black Metal art with some sparse devilish melody injected into the mix for good measure. Majestic mayhem materialises from the speakers, inducing a migraine but also putting a perverse smile on one’s face. Just as Black Metal was originally intended to do.

The vinyl looks and sounds fantastic and the gatefold cover is superb. Only minor quibble is that the lyrics are printed in such a tiny font that I can barely read the fuckers. Maybe my eyesight is deteriorating from all that masturbating in moonlit moors. Karma?

Evilometer: 555/666

CREPUSCULUM – ILLUMINATUS (Odium Records)

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Crepulculum - IlluminatusI wonder sometimes is it elitist and snobby of me to constantly harp on about vinyl when there are plenty of fairly adequate CD releases doing the rounds as well. By and large, my conscience is clear; I just happen to prefer records – I’m not necessarily suggesting that everybody else should follow suit. Generally speaking, CDs are fucking fine. They sound good and they are also a lot more convenient, as well as less cumbersome.

Anyway, here’s a CD album that I’m more than happy to recommend to all you digital fiends out there. ‘Illuminatus’ is the second full-length from Polish duo Crepusculum and it represents a truly fantastic work-out of mid-paced , atmospheric blasphemic Black Metal. While admittedly nothing particularly spectacular or ground-breaking, ‘Illuminatus’ is a solid release nevertheless and an undeniably enjoyable listen.

The clincher is the presentation. Odium Records – the label of Black Altar driving force Shadow – has invested a lot of time and effort into coming up with a sumptuous 16-page booklet (cool pics, artwork, layout, lyrics etc.) which completes the package in considerable style. Relatively inexpensive, too, this is a wonderful album, all told. Even if it isn’ t black wax…

Evilometer: 555/666

INFANDOUS – BLOOD, THE SUN, AND THE COSMOS (Those Opposed Records)

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

This mysterious horde / entity delivers four tacks of deranged and often transcendental Black Metal (which can suddenly become tamed and restrained in the blink of an eye, only to enter the realms of controlled chaos once more) on debut full-length ‘Blood, The Sun, And The Cosmos’. The album comes in a really attractive slim, six-panel digisleeve, with interesting artwork, design and layout. Something different in a world where CDs are so boring it is a crime!

Lyrics to the four fairly-epic songs – which clock in at a generous average running time of around eleven minutes each – are also included, which is always welcome.

If the sound is intense and at times crushing, this is more to do with the overwhelmingly oppressive tone and mind-set at play rather than any particular deployment of speed or overt aggression. Having said that, we do get some moments of naked fury. The music here is mostly mid-paced but it’s dense and unrelenting in terms of atmosphere, creating a nightmarish soundscape with just enough melody and variety to bring proceedings as a whole to the acceptable side of bearable.

All in all, ‘Blood, The Sun, And The Cosmos’ represents an intriguing and enjoyable schizophrenic declaration from a true underground force whose genesis is the aural equivalent of a poisonous plague, promising pestilence and peril to friends and enemies alike. And that’s the way to have it.

Evilometer: 555/666

NIGHTBRINGER / DØDSENGEL – CIRCUMAMBULATIONS OF THE SOLAR INFERNO LP (Daemon Worship Productions)

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Nightbringer DødsengelThere are some records you simply cannot go wrong with and ‘Circumambulations Of The Solar Inferno’ is one such effort. Featuring two of the more interesting bands around at the moment, this split LP comprises the most glorious racket to have reached my ears in many’s the long year.

I assume from the song titles that this is a concept album of sorts. Either way, we get four songs of occult, esoteric Black Metal of the very highest calibre.

Nightbringer specialise in split vinyls – this is the fourth one to make its way into my collection! – but ‘Circumambulations Of The Solar Inferno’ represents a first collaborative effort from Norway’s finest, Dødsengel. I think any band should be happy to share some black-wax space with them!

The Americans deliver two trademark chaotic swirlfests on Side A, which are fantastic offerings in their own right but not quite as magnificent as what occurs on Side B. Both tracks from Dødsengel demonstrate a remarkable appreciation and manipulation of dynamic; stellar song-writing and execution resulting in a resounding confirmation that Dødsengel  have lost none of the magic that typified ‘Mirium Occultum’ and ‘Imperator’ (as well as practically everything else they have put their name to).

In the near-thirteen-minute closer, ‘Watchtower Of The South: Drunk Upon Inmost Fire’, we are treated to an absolutely monstrous cocktail of fury and panache. Cathartic stuff, indeed. (The record looks amazing, too, with great artwork and all lyrics included.)

Evilometer: 666/ 666

OGDRU JAHAD – I LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Ogdru Jahad - IIron Bonehead is fast becoming one of my favourite labels. Great releases and a superb mail order service sure do make for a winning combination! The debut album from Danish horde Ogdru Jahad – featuring members of Blodfest – serves up half an hour or so of crude and irreverent Death / Black (?) Metal with a really bad attitude towards the so-called Virgin Mary.

Who doesn’t exist, of course, so it hardly matters.

Suffice to say, Ogdru Jahad think religion is shit and that religious figures are covered in shit. So they sing about it. The lyrics are included on the inner part of the heavy duty gatefold jacket but it won’t take long to read them – they are as pithy as they are nasty.

Not much more to say about this one, really, apart from the fact that it is dirty, ugly, menacing Death Metal that would have proudly stood toe to toe with the originators of the subgenre two-and-a-half decades ago. I’m not sure if there’s any actual Black Metal in here at all, to be honest, but it’s a fantastic album, nonetheless. And a fun one, too. Go get it, Christ-defiler…

Evilometer: 555/666

ANTEDILUVIAN – WATCHERS’ REIGN 2LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Antediluvian - Watchers' ReignAs a reference point alone, ‘Watchers’ Reign’ is worth considering as it provides an intriguing insight into the origins and early dabblings of this fascinating Canadian band. But this eye-catching 2LP is of much more than historical significance; I believe the songs stand proud as worthy offerings in their own right and, therefore, that this is a thoroughly enjoyable release as well as one for completists.

Combining material from two of Antediluvian’s demos – namely ‘Primeval Cyclical Catastrophism’ and ‘Prehistorik Khaos’ with the band’s contribution to the ‘Serpent’s Malignancy’ split and bolstering proceedings significantly into a full 16-track double record with the inclusion of the previously-unavailable ‘Morbid Rehearsal: Total Blasphemic Mayhem’, this sure represents a substantial release.

Even though part of me knows that some of the material on here is only average at best, by and large Antediluvian delivers some superb underground Death / Black Metal that proves beyond doubt that they were a special force even in their formative years. Lots and lots of really creepy and disturbing moments to be found on here as well as some catchy shit. From a band with a difference … and one that is never going to achieve mass acclaim because they are simply too fucking ugly, sonically.

The records are wrapped in a beautiful gatefold sleeve, with a poster included and the whole thing housed within an outer slipcase card cover. Looks and sounds the part. Just don’t be expecting an easy ride – these songs are pretty rough and raw. As well as deadly.

Evilometer: 666/666

FHOI MYORE / PESTIFERUM – SPLIT (Ossuaire Records)

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

It was always going to take something different to drag me from my self-imposed abyss and here we are with a true underground split CD that technically goes by the title of  ‘La Forme Créatrice Du Chaos / Le Chaos Religieux’. Such a mouthful was never going to fit into my limited headline space above without making a whore’s cunt of my homepage so I’ve opted for the sake of simplicity to call this ‘Split’.

Fhoi Myore grabbed my attention late last year with their impressive self-titled debut full-length and, on this joint effort, they continue where they left off then by unleashing four more thoroughly enjoyable examples of raw, dark art. There’s some lovely melodies in there but everything remains suitably grim and edgy to constitute another formidable and intriguing contribution from an interesting and exciting new Black Metal band.

Pestiferum – also from France – were previously unknown to me even though they have a full-length under their belts some three years hitherto. They peddle frozen, old school Black Metal and are worthy companions / peers of Fhoi Myore.

All in all, this is a neat release that’s thankfully destined to remain forever lost in the underground.

Evilometer: 555/666