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XASTHUR / ACID ENEMA – SPLIT LP (Essential Purification Records / Avantgarde Music)

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Xasthur Acid EnemaI was a big fan of Xasthur back in the day so it was great to hear that the splits with Acid Enema and Angra Mainyu were getting a belated vinyl incarnation. After thinking longer and harder than usual, I opted to invest in both, mainly because this music is from the early era of Xasthur (before Malefic lost the plot). Two excellent purchases and I couldn’t be happier with them.

I have most of Xasthur’s material (not as much as I’d like on vinyl, alas) but had never heard the collaboration with Acid Enema before. There are six contributions from each band on here and they are pretty much all superb. Both sides of the record are equally good. You can’t go wrong with this release. Record looks pretty neat, too. All in all, a welcome reissue of a lost gem.

Evilometer: 555/666

ABIGOR – LEYTMOTIF LUZIFER (Avantgarde Music)

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Abigor - Leytmotif LuziferAbigor is a shit stain on the trousers of Black Metal and I find it impossible to say anything about an album as atrocious as ‘Leytmotif Luzifer’. So, instead of telling you how incredibly offensive to the true spirit of Black Metal this so-called album is, I will instead pen a list of things I would rather do than be exposed to the poison and bile of this abomination again…

–          invite a pack of homeless bums to my home and allow them to eat all my food and gang rape me every night

–          chops off my fingers, my toes, my ears, my penis and my tongue

–          live forever

–          play golf

–          listen to the new Wolves In The Throne Room album

–          be Simon Weston

 

Evilometer: 000/666

TLILTIC TLAPOYAUAK – BLACK TWILIGHT CIRCLE COMPILATION 3LP (The Ajna Offensive)

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Tlilitic Tlapoyauak’Simply put, this is one of the most awesome new releases in my collection. It has taken me a long, long time to get my head around this work and, if truth be told, I haven’t fully digested ‘Tlilitic Tlapoyauak’  yet. It’s a monumental and incredibly ambitious undertaking by any standards – let alone for underground Black Metal – but represents a resounding success for all involved.

A total of 16 bands, each affiliated to the notorious Crepúsculo Negro label, present one exclusive track apiece to this triple album, which runs for nigh on two hours. I’ve already covered many of these acts in previous reviews, while a lot of them are new to me. Apart from the atrocious Axeman offering that closes proceedings, I enjoyed them all (even The Haunting Presence, whose album sucks). EDIT: actually it doesn’t suck … it doesn’t even exist – I was mixing them up with the ghastly Funereal Presence. Shame on me!

Conceptually, the whole thing flows together magnificently and, in many respects, it resembles one band with many faces, such is the uniformity of ideology and expression. (One recording studio was used.) Each track is unique and, even if they’re not all outstanding, they come together to form a wonderful whole. My own personal favourites include Kampilan (‘Battle of Mactan’), Kallathon (‘Universe Of Constant Ages And In The Mist Of Eternity’) and Arizmenda (‘Rites Of Deconsecration’).

All the stops have been pulled out for this edition – three marble vinyls, a 20-page colour booklet with lyrics and band images, silver inner sleeves … all adorned within a devilish big box. Not cheap to purchase; nor should it be… ‘Tlilitic Tlapoyauak’ is the epitome of underground Black Metal and is challenging ‘Crushing The Holy Trinity’ hard as the most incredible various-artists Black Metal vinyl release ever.

Evilometer: 666/666

SWARÞ – OMINES PESTILENTIAE 2LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Swarth - Omines PestilentiaeSwarþ (or Swarth) is shrouded in mystery as the band’s members are unknown; even their nationalities are kept under wraps. ‘Omines Pestilentiae’ gathers the material from their previous releases – the ‘Swarþ’ and ‘Þy Tayl is Deeþ Þurgh Þyn Envenymynge’ demos and ‘Mors Rex Salvator Hominum’ EP – and lovingly carves them onto two 140g records.

These are contained within a sumptuous gatefold jacket with a nice A5 booklet included and a limitation of 500 copies. The overall package looks amazing and, predictably (considering the stellar label involved), doesn’t disappoint sound-wise either,

For almost an hour, we are treated to an incredibly heady offering of genuinely underground Black / Death Metal insanity, which reminds me of The Ruins Of Beverast with the doom quotient (almost) completely removed and the filth factor ratcheted up to the max. I don’t like all the vocals but, generally, this is fantastic music that needs to be heard by all advocates of darkness. Don’t miss out.

Evilometer: 666/666

DEAD CONGREGATION – PROMULGATION OF THE FALL LP (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Dead Congregation - Promulgation Of The FallI have to chuckle when I read references to how Dead Congregation spent six years working on their sophomore album, as if that entire time was dedicated to honing the perfect Death Metal masterpiece. I can assure you there’s no way the Greeks invested on average nine months per song working on ‘Promulgation Of The Fall’!

Because, while this is a very solid, enjoyable and worthy release, it is by no means an exceptional one.

Eight songs; forty minutes; great listen. Not the most memorable music you’ll hear but is it that important for music to stick in your head after you’ve stopped listening to it? I’m more interested in the impact it makes while I’m listening, not afterwards. Fuck afterwards should be the mantra to life. (Don’t think I ever go around humming or whistling Death Metal or Black Metal tunes in the shower anyway.)

Pity all the offerings aren’t as utterly immense as the seven-minute, seventh outing ‘Schisma’; pity too about the wanky solos; having said that, ‘Promugulation…’ is still well worth buying (even if not consistently brilliant). Some interesting pace changes add to the overall dynamic (but also cause proceedings to get bogged down at times when the intensity drops, perhaps most conspicuously during the last tune on Side A, ‘Quintessence Maligned’).

The vinyl edition looks fantastic, with an inlay and lyrics included.

Evilometer: 444/666

PARAMNESIA – PARAMNESIA LP (Les Acteurs De L’Ombre Productions)

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Paramnesia - ParamnesiaA monkey could probably write this review. Paramnesia from France plays pretty much exactly the same strain of Black Metal made popular by US troupes Fell Voices and Ash Borer. Suffice to say, if you enjoy either of those two acts (and there is no reason in this god-awful world why you should not), then you will also appreciate this really impressive debut album.

Paramnesia’ comprises two swirling, epic 20-minute helpings of blistering, abrasive yet atmospheric and melodic Black Metal par excellence that shouldn’t really disappoint anyone. This record is also refreshingly cheap to purchase and looks the part (insert included) as well as sounding ace.

I can’t stress enough that it sounds exactly like the aforementioned American cousins. Which is a very good thing indeed. No point adding anything else.

Evilometer: 666/666