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Archive for November, 2015


Monday, November 30th, 2015

Acherontas - Ma-IoN (Formulas Of Reptilian Unification)The wait for Acherontas’ fifth full-length, ‘Ma-IoN (Formulas Of Reptilian Unification)’, to appear on vinyl was a long but ultimately fruitful one. Yet another glorious gatefold double-LP from the shamanic Greeks (containing a lovely full-sized booklet stapled to the jacket), this immense tome of tunes collates some 70-odd minutes of occult, esoteric, ritualistic Black Metal.

In many ways, this is Acherontas’ masterpiece to date as it contains a great mixture of raw aggression and more tribal trancelike parts. They have honed their ambitious craft to near perfection to deliver an album that constitutes one of the most rewarding and enchanting listening experiences to fall under the BM banner.

Even though ‘Therionic Transformation’ makes me cringe and would have me lambasting a lesser band, all in all ‘Ma-IoN (Formulas Of Reptilian Unification)’ is a stunning success, elevated to an even higher level on black wax.

(By the way, I noticed on the record cover that the album might actually be called ‘Ma-IoN (Formulæs Of Reptilian Unification), not that it makes much difference).

Evilometer: 666/666

UNHUMAN DISEASE – INTO SATAN’S KINGDOM LP (Astral Nightmare Productions)

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Unhuman Disease - Into Satan's KingdomThis record popped up in the Iron Bonehead webstore a couple of weeks ago. I liked the look of the cover but had never heard of Unhuman Disease before. Five seconds of Satanic surfing later, I had learned that it was a solo effort of Nocturnus Dominus, who is involved in up to seven other bands, one of whom – Rituals of a Blasphemer – I really like. So I took the plunge.

Into Satan’s Kingdom’ – the fourth of six full-lengths unleashed under this particular banner – doesn’t disappoint. It delivers three-quarters-of-an-hour of decidedly evil and puerile Black Metal, paying homage to an entity that doesn’t exist.

As with the likes of Satanic Warmaster, your non-metal friends and family will mock you for eternity if they catch you listening to this. But fuck them, who wants to be all mature? Celebrate your idiocy with ‘Into Satan’s Kingdom’.

Evilometer: 555/666

VANUM – REALM OF SACRIFICE LP (Psychic Violence Records)

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Vanum - Realm of SacrificeVanum’s debut full-length, ‘Realm Of Sacrifice’, represents one of those occasions where you instinctively know with tremendous confidence that a record is going to be great; one you could buy blindly. It’s pretty expensive to purchase in Europe but the quality of the music outweighs this inconvenience tenfold.

As the two individuals involved have been responsible for some of the best Black Metal to have come out of the United State in the past five years – one in Fell Voices and Vorde (as well as Vilkacis and Yellow Eyes); the other in Ash Borer and Predatory Light – it was abundantly obvious prior to the event that their collaborative effort would be special.

From start to finish, ‘Realm Of Sacrifice’ is utterly superb; emotive, organic Black Metal that reeks of mountains and oceans, pregnant with atmosphere and imbued with a manliness that most acts can only dream of. This vinyl edition of the album also features lyrics to the four epic anthems and some sheets of artwork that capture / embellish the all-pervading cataclysmic mood. Symbolising nature, I assume, the most powerful force of all.

Evilometer: 666/666


Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Tetragrammacide - Typhonian Wormholes Indecipherable Anti-Structural FormuaeTetragrammacide from India is a band the likes of which I have never heard before. ‘Typhonian Wormholes: Indecipherable Anti-Structural Formulæ’ is audial extremity taken to the nth degree; an all-out blitzkrieg of chaotic, inorganic audio terror that sounds like it was created by machines or extraterrestrial lifeforms rather than humans.

Listening to this one-sided mini-album is like having your head pounded by a Kango, spun around in a cement mixer and lobotomised all in one sitting. Actually, it’s way more insane than that. Beyond description.

A word of caution: check it out on Bandcamp before purchasing because this is some seriously fucked-up shit that will shock as many of you as it impresses.

Evilometer: 666/666


Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Mefitic - Woes of Mortal DevotionMefitic from Italy play a swirling, murky, lo-fi hybrid of Black and Death Metal. Their debut album, ‘Woes Of Mortal Devotion’, should appeal to anyone who enjoys similarly-inclined bands like Abyssal, Grave Miasma, Temple Nightside, Portal, Antediluvian, Mitochondrion, Shroud Of The Heretic etc.

The Italians do it well and the vinyl edition of their maiden full-length looks (despite having miniature lyrics printed in dark brown on a black background and therefore rendered unreadable…) and sounds great. Clearly, you need to buy this record. Adding anything else would be pointless.

Evilometer: 666/666

HERMÓÐR – KRIGSTID LP (Amor Fati Productions)

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Hermóðr - KrigstidEven though Hermóðr‘s output on sophomore full-length, ‘Krigstid’, can only just about be described as Black Metal, with the acoustic-based nature of the material making it more mellow and melancholic than menacing or evil, it’s still a real shame that the vinyl edition of the album is the shortest of all.

Seven tracks appear on the initial cassette release; five on the tape reissue; five on the CD; just four on the record. It appears that this release is getting shorter with each passing month!

If you think this is selling the discerning black wax buyer short, wait until you see 20 Buck Spin’s frankly-ludicrous proposal for the vinyl edition of Ævangelist’s fourth LP (a 14-minute track which constitutes a quarter of the recording omitted but offered in MP3 format, I shit you not)…

Anyway, back on topic, ‘Krigstid’ still delivers some 42 minutes of sombre, melodic, angst-ridden BM and is reasonably enjoyable.

Evilometer: 333/666

AKROTHEISM – BEHOLD THE SON OF PLAGUES LP (Odium Records / III Damnation Productions)

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Akrotheism - Behold The Son Of PlaguesSome records are just destined to forever fly beneath the radar. And when the radar in question is the Black Metal underground, then you really are struggling to gain notice. Akrotheism’s debut full-length, ‘Behold The Son Of Plagues’, was released on vinyl over a year ago; it doesn’t seem to have registered at all.

Which is a real shame because this is an exceptional body of work. I’m sure if these guys were Icelandic and anonymous and wore balaclavas on their heads and were signed to a different label (or labels), there would be much more of a buzz around them. As it is, they are just an excellent Black Metal entity going about their business with no hype or PR or trendy connections whatsoever. And fuck all attention.

I listen to ‘Behold The Son Of Plagues’ on a regular basis and I would suggest that you should check out and then track down this lesser-known, sprawling, sinister and oftentimes esoteric Greek masterpiece. Superb!

Evilometer: 666/666


Friday, November 6th, 2015

SvartidauðiI was fortunate enough to attend the inaugural The Fires Of Samhain festival in the Irish capital last weekend, which featured a trove of bands but particularly stellar performances from Dead Congregation, Necros Christos and – surprisingly – Mourning Beloveth. However, Iceland’s Black Metal terrorists stole the show.

Witnessing Svartidauði live was a remarkable, unforgettable, life-affirming experience. A veritable force of nature, they delivered their crushing set with such conviction, aggression, prowess and passion that my jaw hit the floor.

Making little of a mischievous amp, it was an utterly immense exhibition of mastery from a special quartet of musicians. Thanks Sturla Viðar, Þórir, Nökkvi and Magnús for giving me a birthday to remember.

Evilometer: 666/666


Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Arizmenda - Stillbirth In The Temple Of VenusThese records constitute an incredible labour of love from the one-man maniac that is Arizmenda. The vinyl edition of ‘Stillbirth In The Temple Of Venus’ represents a remarkable personal triumph for Murdunbad, who has dungud by realising his vision in spectacular style.

The sick booklet that has been lovingly / loathingly stitched together in the most impressive DIY / homemade fashion epitomises everything that’s so great and admirable about underground Black Metal. The utterly-demented music on Arizmenda’s third full-length lasts for almost an hour (six songs) and the inclusion of lyrics highlights just how depraved and perverted this guy is.

The fact that this was (musically and physically) conceived, recorded, pieced together and released by one person is pretty astonishing.

All in all, ‘Stillbirth In The Temple Of Venus’ on 2LP was a costly acquisition as it had no European distribution and had to be imported: €50! But it was worth every damn dollar. There were only 250 copies pressed and I believe they are sold out.

I find it astonishing that such great art has such limited appeal. Only 250 people in the world get to own this beast on vinyl. Maybe more will be pressed in future, in the unlikely event of the masses becoming wise and demand for great music increasing.

Evilometer: 666/666