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Archive for October, 2014

SARGEIST – FEEDING THE CRAWLING SHADOWS LP (World Terror Committee)

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Sargeist - Feedling The Crawling ShadowsThere was a playfulness (for want of a better word) about ‘Let The Devil In’ that I didn’t much appreciate but I never lost faith in Sargeist and that faith has been rewarded with an astonishing fifth full-length in the form of ‘Feeding The Crawling Shadows’. Everything about this record reeks of class – most especially, and most importantly, the ten great songs of offer.

Interesting, dark and entertaining lyrics are printed on the inside of the sumptuous gatefold cover and I truly love the artwork, especially the cover pic and the superb image on ‘Page Two’ of the sleeve. The tracks themselves are superb, decadent, with the dual vocal delivery of growls and shrieks working an absolute treat.

Everything is extremely lo-fi and dull (much more underground than I expected and a clear step back from the comparative accessibility of its predecessor, at least how I remember it, especially the title track) and this record as a whole is a resounding success. A slow burner, though, which takes time to weave its dungeon-born magic.

Evilometer: 666/666

AZELISASSATH – EVIL MANIFESTATIONS AGAINST MANKIND LP (Darker Than Black Records)

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Azelisassath - Evil Manifestations Against MankindSome albums arrive like a bolt from the fucking blue. Without neither warning, fanfare nor hype; like a bad dream. As do some reviews, I guess. Azelisassath’s second full-length ‘Evil Manifestations Against Mankind’ is one such record – a sudden, unprovoked proclamation of raw, grim and glorious depravity. A welcome kick in the balls.

What I know about this Swedish duo I could write on the back of a postage stamp – and still leave enough space for a few choice recipes. Obscure and flying so far off the radar that they’d put Malaysia Airlines to shame, Azelisassath crank out eight prime cuts of magnificent underground Black Metal in around 35 minutes.

It’s a joyous ride and one you ought to take.

Evilometer: 666/666