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Archive for July, 2016

YELLOW EYES – SICK WITH BLOOM LP (Gilead Media)

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Yellow Eyes - Sick With BloomYellow Eyes returns with another full-length of shrill, unmistakably US Black Metal and ‘Sick With Bloom’ is every bit as accomplished as what precedes it. This is a really good record but today I’m finding that there’s something in the confident, sophisticated delivery of this style of Black Metal that sits kind of uncomfortably with me.

Maybe it’s run its course; perhaps it’s a meander too far from the church-burning ethos of yore. Or possibly it’s because I’m tiring of bands whose lyrics and imagery suggest that they would be more inclined to endorse planting an orchard than planting a priest.

Evilometer: 333/666

INFERNAL CURSE – APOCALIPSIS LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Infernal Curse - ApocalipsisInfernal Curse’s second full-length, ‘Apocalipsis’, surfaced on vinyl earlier this year and it’s a heady brew indeed, laden with pummeling, primitive, bestial Death Metal and a dark, oppressive Black Metal vibe that places it somewhere between Revenge and Portal without necessarily sounding like either or.

The Argentinians have forged their own brand of suffocating, dense, smothering but somewhat exotic Black / Death and it’s utterly devastating. Not quite as harsh as Genocide Shrines perhaps but suitably headfucking nevertheless.

I needed to remove some varnish from a window board and I blasted this beast out at high volume for a couple of hours and it did the trick. Unfortunately it also removed most of the skin from my children’s faces.

The consolation for them is that there’s a lovely booklet and inner jacket included and they can maybe play with those if they want when their wounds heal.

Evilometer: 666/666