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Archive for July, 2015

MÚSPELLZHEIMR – HYLDEST TIL TROLDDOMMENS FLAMME LP (Mysticism Productions)

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Múspellzheimr - Hyldest Til Trolddommens FlammeThere’s not much to say about Múspellzheimr’s debut full-length, ‘Hyldest Til Trolddommens Flamme’, apart from the fact that it is utterly superb. It’s always worth taking a chance on records released by this label because there is a very good chance you’ll end up with an exceptionally high-quality, obscure Black Metal album.

As is the case here. End.

Evilometer: 666/666

BLOOD RED FOG / COSMIC CHURCH – BLOOD RED FOG / COSMIC CHURCH 2LP (Deviant Records)

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Blood Red Fog Cosmic ChurchThe CD edition of this split from four years hitherto featured three long songs from BRF and one 21-minute epic from CC. All of those resurface on the rather sumptuous double-vinyl issue but with four extra tracks thrown in for good measure – two from each act.

So, really, it’s pretty much a full-length offering from each act now.

The two records are housed within a generous gatefold jacket (nice to have plenty of room to slide them in and out!) and each one delivers some fantastic eerie and atmospheric underground Finnish Black Metal.

I suppose this is the very epitome of a no-brainer.

(The celestial light in the centre of the cover is the flash off my fucking camera, by the way.)

Evilometer: 666/666

INFERNAL WAR – AXIOM LP (Agonia Records)

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Infernal War - AxiomIs this album derivative? Yes. Have we heard it all before? Hell, yes. Does it bring anything remotely new to the table? No, sir. Will I be listening to it at least once a week for the rest of my shallow and pointless life? Fuck, no.

Axiom’ is high-paced, frenetic, face-ripping, unfrilled, Polish Black Metal smashed forth through the speakers with venom and intent. Eleven songs that swirl together into one another amid a disorientating maelstrom of absolute samesoundingness.

It’s Black Metal, pure and simple. Very good Black Metal (if, perhaps a little too cleanly-produced). No dumb female vocals included on this one, fuckers. Comes in a gatefold jacket, with a huge booklet.

Evilometer: 555/666

NEVOA – THE ABSENCE OF VOID (Altare Productions)

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Nevoa - The Absence Of VoidPerhaps this album should have been titled ‘The Absence Of Black Metal’. The third track, ‘Alma’ is utterly shameful – a hideous Gathering-like, female-gushed, lullaby that could just as easily have been culled from Anathema’s ‘The Crestfallen EP’. As any album is only as good as its worst track, this one is a total shocker.

I’m really disappointed that Altare Productions is prepared to associate itself with something so utterly girly. The rest of the album is rendered irrelevant by said abomination. Nevoa is definitely a band to ignore.

I’m sick of everything and everyone today. No absence of void, here; a-void!

Evilometer: 000/666

NINKHARSAG – THE BLOOD OF CELESTIAL KINGS LP (Ulthar Records)

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Ninkharsag - The Blood Of Celestial KingsOriginality is overrated, innit. I mean, how could it be original and still be Black Metal? Is that even possible? Those who love BM surely aren’t looking for anything particularly unique or ground-breaking – passion, spirit, menace and conviction are way more important attributes.

Having said all of that, UK greenhorns Ninkharsag really are part of the Black-Metal-by-numbers brigade and – for all its impressive execution – there’s nothing remotely fresh or memorable about their debut full-length, ‘The Blood Of Celestial Kings’ (the fact that they are signed to Candlelight speaks for itself in this respect).

Still, this is a good album, although by no means a great one. You could definitely live with yourself without adding it to your collection; at the same time, it’s unlikely you would regret buying it, either. Personally, I won’t be digging it out of the lair too often in the future.

How and ever, run-of-the-mill and patently uninspired Black Metal as championed by Terrorizer and Kerrang! (cheers, Google, for leading me to those fawning reviews) is still better than most other things in this dull and disappointing world. And the vinyl edition looks fine; insert and lyrics included.

– Clinically despatched to the back of the net and Italy have won another World Cup!!!!!!!!!!

Not a very original penalty, though, was it?

Evilometer: 333/666

GRUDOM – TROLDVISER I GRANSKYGGE LP (Mysticism Productions)

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Grudom - Troldviser I GranskyggeIn the same way that acts like Wulkanaz and the True Werwolf are completely insane, Grudom is also more or less batshit. ‘Troldviser I Granskygge’ follows on where the excellent ‘Fjølkyngi’ left off and provides another unnerving dose of lumbering dementia that’s arguably not even Black Metal but certainly is wired to the moon.

I find this record thoroughly enjoyable and I note also that the label has managed to include a nice insert, which is welcome. More bonkers than raging and definitely worth acquiring, if you can. Godspeed.

Evilometer: 666/666