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KULT OF TAURUS – ADVERSARIAL PATHS: THE SINISTER ESSENCE LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Kult Of Taurus - Adversarial Paths The Sinister EssenceKult Of Taurus’s second full-length has been issued on CD by Forever Plagued and on record by the ever-dependable Iron Bonehead Productions. The vinyl edition of ‘Adversarial Paths: The Sinister Essence’ is housed in a beautiful gatefold jacket and is embellished by a delightful 16-page, 12×12 booklet which contains the lyrics to all eight cuts as well as some typically occult artwork.

It’s a fantastic package offered to the masses at a fair price (as is the CD…) and the music is decidedly stellar, too. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have bought it. The drummer is called Hellscum. What more could you possibly want?

Evilometer: 555/666

LVXCÆLIS – THE WATCHERS LP (Lamech Records)

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

LvxCælis - The WatchersLvxCælis return with their second full-length and, even though I’m not a huge fan of the almost operatic clean vocals deployed for the most part, I have to admit it is pretty effective and fits the music nicely.

This is grandiose, atmospheric Black Metal with big balls, ideal for those of you who like Dødsengel and Hetroertzen (which I do, despite myself).

Melodramatic and over the top it may well be, but ‘The Watchers’ is nonetheless an enjoyable body of work and I’ve listened to this record a lot since bagging it. Comes in a lovely gatefold jacket, with lyrics included. Lovely drum sound, too.

Evilometer: 555/666

SHROUD OF THE HERETIC – UNORTHODOX EQUILIBRIUM LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Shroud Of The Heretic - Unorthodox EquilibriumI wonder was there Death Metal before the meteors struck? How developed / devolved were those people, anyway? Did they have music? Did they have Death Metal? The reason I ask is this: Shroud Of The Heretic’s second LP, ‘Unorthodox Equilibrium’, sounds so primal, so prehistoric and so ancient that surely it can’t be part of a musical movement that was spawned only 30 years ago.

This is a monstrous slab of timeless, tectonic, occult, doom-infused Death Metal, comprising four monoliths with an average running time of over ten minutes. Transcending millennia, it sounds modern and refreshing and relevant; it also sounds fucking ancient, soundtracking the dawning and death of entire civilisations.

Indescribably good.

Evilometer: 666/666

RUHO – PATHWAYS THROUGH FLESH LP (Final Agony Records / Triumph Of Death)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Ruho - Pathways Through FleshSeven songs; 40 minutes of one-man Black Metal from Finland. Needless to say, I had high expectations for Ruho’s debut full-length and, even though it hasn’t quite met them, ‘Pathways Through Flesh’ is nevertheless a really good record, with some nice deviations and embellished by thought-provoking lyrics about life and death and the meaning(lessness) of it all.

I’m not sure why I don’t love this album. It just lacks a bit of raw, dirty, evil, nastiness or something. But it’s the sort of mild disappointment I can live with and Ruho is undoubtedly still worthy of support.

The closing six-and-a-half-minute instrumental, ‘Tus an Deireadh III’, is supreme and more similar-sounding stuff would be welcome. I will most definitely keep my eyes and ears on his future ventures.

Evilometer: 444/666

SATURNIAN MIST – CHAOS MAGICK LP (Saturnal Records)

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Saturnian Mist - Chaos MagickThere’s one song on ‘Gnostikoi Ha-Shaitan’ that completely ruins Saturnian Mist’s debut full-length as a listening experience for me personally. But the preceding ‘Repellings’ MLP is wonderful and, thankfully, so is the Finns’ thoroughy-enjoyable second album, ‘Chaos Magick’.

Even though it’s bursting with melodies and harmonies, this record remains suitably dark and evil, the myriad instrumentation on offer revealing a smorgasbord of occult, mystical Black Metal art. It reminds me a bit of when I used to listen to bands like Alghazanth and Thyrane back in the late ‘90s, but is much better. The record comes with a printed inner sleeve including all the words to the twelve spells featured.

My only gripe is that the 13th and final track from the CD edition (‘Yoga, Hate, Fuck’) didn’t make it on here. I’m not sure if it was culled so that the album would fit onto one record (there’s still 50 minutes of music) but I’d obviously prefer if the full-length in its entirety was delivered on black wax; perhaps a 2LP would have been better?

Evilometer: 555/666

ADVERSARIAL – DEATH, ENDLESS NOTHING AND THE BLACK KNIFE OF NIHILISM LP (Dark Descent Records)

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Adversarial - Death, Endless Nothing And The Black Knife Of NihilismIf there’s a better record released this year than Adversarial’s crushing sophomore, ‘Death, Endless Nothing And The Black Knife Of Nihilism’, then it will be a welcome surprise. Last week, I received shipment of a fine batch of new records but the rest of them have remained in their sleeves thus far as I’ve been devoting all my listening time to this monster.

An absorbing, pummelling journey into the murk, ‘DENATBKON’ is the latest stellar release in a burgeoning Death / Black hybrid world crafted by the likes of Portal, Antediluvian and Mitochondrion but growing in population. Many of these bands are finding their way onto Dark Descent, which makes things easy for us consumers.

The record comes with a booklet, including lyrics, which are also very good.

Evilometer: 666/666