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MOONBLOOD – FROM HELL – THE YEARS OF HERESY 1994-1999 BOXSET (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Moonblood - From HellI’m sure you already know of this amazing vinyl boxset anthology from almost two years ago(!), which features three 12” LPs, a picture disc edition of ‘Taste Our German Steel!” and a 7” – 30 songs in total and around three hours and 15 minutes of classic Moonblood.

This gigantic release represents a great opportunity to catch up on a fantastic band (that I had overlooked until IBP started reissuing their stuff on black wax). The presentation is excellent; the sound and mix totally outstanding.

All in all, this is a stupendous collection of songs that you will listen to over and over and over again. Utterly amazing and worthy of a lengthier review (obviously) but I’m low on energy right now and just wanted to let you know / remind you that this boxset exists.

If you don’t have this already, I’d highly recommend tracking it down. And, if you already own ‘From Hell – The Years Of Heresy 1994-1999’, maybe I’ve tempted you to pull it out and give it another spin.

Evilometer: 666/666

GNOSIS – THE THIRD-EYE GATE LP (Nuclear War Now!)

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Gnosis - The Third-Eye GateGnosis hail from Florida, not Hellas; but listening to their debut full-length, ‘The Third-Eye Gate’, it would easy to make an erroneous assumption as to their geographical origins. This album sounds as Greek as an economic flatline and – even though I’m not necessarily a huge fan of Hellenic Black Metal (whole thing just passed me by…) – I must admit this is rather splendid.

A most enjoyable, rather simplistic, foot-tapping record (just fucking try not to be moved by ‘Cult Of The Great Serpent’) housed in a gatefold jacket, with lyrics included and a poster that’s surprisingly pleasant to look at (I must be losing my marbles).

What more could we desire in these heartachingly-underwhelming, dispirited and soulless times, played out by a pitiful, vacuous, ignorant legion of self-deluded liars, cowards and moral cheats? If nothing else, ‘The Third-Eye Gate’ offers some respite from the swarming scum that is humanity.

Evilometer: 666/666

HYPOTHERMIA – SVARTKONST LP (Agonia Records)

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Hypothermia - SvartkonstSvartkonst’ translates from Swedish to English – very loosely –  as ‘Smartcunts’. I’ve always been a fan of Hypothermia and have collected pretty much all his / their releases on vinyl. However, if I’m being truthful with myself (and why wouldn’t I be?), I’m just collecting them for the sake of it at this stage, to keep the collection going…

The trailblazing depressive Black Metal quotient of old is gone utterly and has been replaced by shit instrumental rock. Pure shit all the way. Rubbish. You’ll find as much Black Metal on a Radiohead or Mumford & Sons album, i.e. none at all.

The transformation from seminal underground act to putrid Do Make Say Think wannabes has been completed. (By the way, I realise Hypothermia doesn’t pretend or aspire to be a Black Metal band. This is not the source of my criticism. My objection isn’t that they’re not Black Metal; it’s that they also happen to be crap.)

Evilometer: 000/666

OCCULTUS – NUCTEMERON LP (N:C:U)

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Occultus - NuctemeronOccultus’ debut offers 40 minutes of fierce Russian Black Metal with a dual-vocal approach – deep Eastern growls à la Hate Forest complemented with pained shrieks à la Ripping Corpse. It works nicely. There’s a small insert included with ‘Nuctemeron’ featuring lyrics in both Russian and German, which is handy as it saves me the trouble of reading them.

This is an album that – considering how unimaginative the band moniker is – I would have had no expectations for whatsoever. However, having listened to some of the tracks online to test the water, I decided to take the plunge.

Glad I did. Nothing particularly amazing but still a reasonably good record, which works especially well on headphones.

Evilometer: 444/666