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Archive for April, 2015

HIC IACET – THE COSMIC TRANCE INTO THE VOID LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Hic Iacet - The Cosmic Trance Into The VoidI’ve been spinning Hic Iacet’s debut full-length ‘The Cosmic Trance Into The Void’ on a semi-regular basis (busy, busy, busy…) for the best part of two months now and this is one of those records that you won’t tire of hearing. I think it would be an injustice to pigeonhole this band or to compare them to other artists – even though a few do spring to mind.

Suffice to say that this is another stonker from the ever-dependable Iron Bonehead, replete with some truly impressive anonymous Black / Death Metal and all housed within a splendid gatefold jacket. Underground art given a very professional treatment!

You really can’t go wrong with this album but, if you’re sceptical, why not check it out on the label’s Bandcamp page before investing?

Evilometer: 666/666

FHOI MYORE / WYRMS – LES LIMBES POURPRES / MEHXÔHORR – LES IV DIMENSIONS COSMOGONIQUES LP (Ossuaire Records)

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Fhoi Myore WyrmsRegular readers will know that I’ve been keeping an eye on Fhoi Myore for quite some time, having previously given some time to their self-titled debut full-length and split with Pestiferum three and two years ago respectively. Thus, seeing as it is a vinyl release, ‘Les Limbes Pourpres / Mehxôhorr – Les IV Dimensions Cosmogoniques’ was always going to catch my attention.

This impressive split comes inside a luxurious gatefold jacket. No inserts or posters … instead the record gets straight to the fucking point! Uncomplicated, unsophisticated, unpretentious, in-your-face Black Metal rips through the speakers from both sides of the black wax.

There are no gimmicks here at all; just aggressive and pretty rapid-fire underground Black Metal for the most part, done the way it was supposed to be. Both artists excel and I have no hesitation in recommending this gruff and unapologetic record which comes with all the trimmings of a kick to the gonads. Speaking of which, scary cover…

Evilometer: 555/666

ESOTERICA – ASEITY LP (Duplicate Records)

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Esoterica - AseityEsoterica is one of those artists somehow preordained to forever fly beneath the radar. While some bands (more often than not, undeservedly so…) attract hype, acclaim and column inches like shit does flies, others never really get much of a mention anywhere. Here is one such act and it is of course an injustice. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t bother mentioning it…

The debut full-length crept out in 2013 and emerged on vinyl some four or five months ago. Bet you heard fuck all about it! Nor did I. But seeing as I thoroughly enjoyed the previous incarnation of Esoterica, Chaos Moon, and also appreciate the vast majority of the myriad other bands this trio is associated with, I decided to check it out.

Bought the CD edition on Forever Plagued for a pittance first and this was impressive enough to merit investment in the record (which I also rather fortuitously sourced at half price). Even though the atmosphere at times veers too close to shoegaze for comfort, ‘Aseity’ is nevertheless a very unique, obscure and interesting journey.

Evilometer: 666/666

DOOMBRINGER – THE GRAND SABBATH LP (Nuclear War Now!)

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Doombringer - The Grand SabbathThe Grand Sabbath’ has a lot going for it: for starters, Doombringer’s debut full-length boasts an interestingly-varied vocal approach (which works especially well on ‘Children To Moloch’ at the start of Side B, for example, but is evident throughout); the seven tracks are expertly executed by veterans of the verdant Polish underground, with a running time of 43 minutes; and the vinyl edition looks and sounds fantastic (heavy duty cover; booklet included with lyrics).

The record also defies any simple, throwaway categorisation as it stirs a number of styles into its complex potion. Eight parts Death; one part Black; some other (mostly) dark shit as well… It’s got an excellent production and is ghoulish, heavy and relentless as all fuck for the most part – but is let down at times by some unnecessary and annoying solos / melodies.

Even though it is an impressive work, overall I find that ‘The Grand Sabbath’ suffers a little from what one might call a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none syndrome. It’s certainly impressive but it also has an identity crisis and is neither one thing nor another in the end. Or perhaps that’s just me trying to come up with a reason why I like the album but don’t love it?

Evilometer: 444/666

DEVOURING STAR – THROUGH LUNG AND HEART LP (Daemon Worship Productions)

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Devouring Star - Through Lung And HeartDissonance is very much the name of the Devouring Star game. And it would definitely be an oversight to review this record without mentioning Deathspell Omega, whose influence is blatantly obvious on the five anti-tunes presented on this debut full-length; suffice to say, the sound honed here was largely pioneered elsewhere.

Having said that, ‘Through Lung And Heart’ is still a fabulous album – a heady brew of dissonant black and subterranean death that smashes through the speakers but leaves just enough breathing space to keep things bearable and interesting throughout. A tough journey but not quite overwhelming.

Comes with a classy gatefold jacket, including printed lyrics. Nice.

Evilometer: 555/666