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Archive for June, 2014

KRIEGSMASCHINE – ENEMY OF MAN LP (No Solace)

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Kriegsmaschine - Enemy Of ManListening to ‘Enemy Of Man’, I find myself wondering where does Mgla end and Kriegsmaschine begin. You see, Darkside and M. from the former also make up two-thirds of the latter and the music delivered by both bands is pretty similar. As the name suggests, Kriegsmaschine is a little darker, arguably more aggressive and – crucially – punchier. But to my ears the distinctions are very subtle

Very nihilistic lyrics here – much more negative than I remember being the case on Mgla’s stunning latest full-length ‘With Hearts Towards None’ – and an excellent sound / production / execution. Six songs stretch out across 46 minutes to form a bold, brash and undeniably brilliant album. It’s quite melodic at times but boy does ‘Enemy Of Man’ pack a punch.

These Poles are amongst the most important, significant and relevant figures in underground Black Metal right now. Dare I say it? Poles apart.

If tonight I dream I am a snake, am I a man dreaming I am a snake as I sleep or a snake dreaming I am a man after I awake?

Evilometer: 666/666

FLAGELLANT – MALEDICTVM LP (World Terror Committee)

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Flagellant - MaledictvmOn ‘Maledictvm’, Flagellant continue pretty much where they left off three years ago with their debut LP, ‘Monuments’. What we get is eight slow-to-mid-paced tracks of good but not particularly great Black Metal; Swedish but in the vein of Poles Mgla or Finland’s Clandestine Blaze. Quite melodic and catchy. If you like those bands, then it is a safe enough bet that you will also enjoy ‘Maledictvm’.

This isn’t a record I’ll be waking up early in the morning thinking about and tearing down the stairs with an erection filling my boxers, but it is one that I’d still prefer to take rather than leave.

Gatefold cover and booklet included, with lyrics. All in all, even though it’s not going to greatly enhance the quality of your life, I still think you might be better off with this record than without it. Because reasonably good Black Metal is still way better than most things in life…

Evilometer: 444/666

MAYHEM – ESOTERIC WARFARE (Season Of Mist)

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Mayhem - Esoteric WarfareAfter a seven-year wait, the legendary Mayhem return with their fifth full-length. Has it been worth the wait? Not really. Mayhem have an irritatingly huge sound now, their music so crisp and polished and well-produced that they are no longer of the underground. Granted, the vocals on ‘Esoteric Warfare’ are astonishing but everything else about it is boring and brash and grand and ultimately very forgettable. You can take it or leave it and I prefer the latter course of action.

Seems to me that when Black Metal bands step out of the underground into the big time, they just sound redundant and disposable. Safe and cynically-precise BM aimed at a wider audience. Arena Black Metal. Who cares if it is perfectly executed when it has no soul? Shame, really, because Atilla delivers a performance that could have been awesome had it been supplemented with raw Black Metal rather than accessible, melodic industrial metal / rock on a truly bombastic scale.

Evilometer: 111/666

NEFANDUS – REALITY CLEAVER (Daemon Worship Productions)

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Nefandus - Reality CleaverThe eighth song on this so-called Black Metal album, ‘Scorn Of The All-Mind’ is a total fucking abomination, one of those embarrassing offerings that shows the band up for the mainstream whores they really are. An aberration. Considering how pathetic it is, there is no point in me saying anything more about ‘Reality Cleaver’, except that you should avoid this one like the plague. Shocking and horrendous stuff; even worse than Watain.

Shame on the band and shame on the label. What the fuck were they thinking?  Fuck me.

Evilometer: 000/666

PATRIA – INDIVIDUALISM LP (Indie Recordings)

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Patria - IndividualismFirst thing I should stress is that there is nothing in any way remarkable, spectacular or unique about ‘Individualism’. Essentially, this is a pretty ordinary Black Metal album, which plods along rather harmlessly for 42 minutes and certainly doesn’t leave me gasping in awe or yearning for more.  Having said that, a solid, steady Black Metal album from a Brazilian horde is still a pretty cool thing in my eyes.

The three short instrumentals serve to break up the monotony somewhat, even if Patria do stop short of incorporating diversity into the actual songs themselves. All in all, even though this is far from mandatory, it’s still hard to fault with Patria’s fifth full-length in any major way.

Evilometer: 444/666

BURZUM – THE WAYS OF YORE (Byelobog Productions)

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Burzum - The Ways Of YoreWords fail me.

THE TRUE WERWOLF – ENDLESS JOURNEYS 2LP (Final Agony Records / Astral Temple)

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The True Werwolf - Endless JourneysThere are 15 songs on this double-vinyl, taken from assorted demos from 2003-2005 and allegedly remastered. I have to say this is about as close to Special Needs Black Metal as you’re ever going to get. I would be ashamed of my life if my boss or friends or even my wife caught me listening to ‘Endless Journeys’; I prefer to listen along in solitude.

Because, regardless of how retarded and ridiculous the so-called slaughters and curses on these records sound, I fucking love them and have been known to pogo around the living room in the dark like a spastic whilst listening along. No gatefold jacket but a neat booklet-cum-tome is included and this was worth every red cent of the €30 plus postage invested.

Black Metal made by a freak and aimed at mongs like me. Can’t believe they spelt Journeys correctly…

Evilometer: 666/666