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Archive for February, 2017

ORDER OF THE DEATH’S HEAD – POGROM RITUAL LP (Breath Of Pestilence / IG Farben)

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Order Of The Death's Head - Pogrom RitualOrder Of The Death’s Head launched their second unilateral attack to universal acclaim amongst all ethnicities in 2014 AB. As well as offering an innate understanding of the ills of the modern world and carefully-considered suggestions as to how to eradicate said problems, ‘Pogrom Ritual’ – which emerged on vinyl earlier this month, limited to just 88 copies – also happens to contain some sensational Black Metal, in the vein of Clandestine Blaze (sound-wise, at least).

Credit where credit is jew.

Evilometer: 666/666

SPIRE – ENTROPY LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Spire - EntropySpire’s debut album features six intriguing offerings of doomy, ambient Black Metal ranging in length from three to 14 minutes. Mostly slow-to-mid paced, it took a little time to work its charm on me. Eventually, however, I deduced that ‘Entropy’ is a terrific record that’s melodic yet genuinely foreboding and manages to collate its different influences into a very commendable (w)hole.

Give it a listen or three on Bandcamp and see what you think. Some nice guitar tones in there and the vinyl edition looks fantastic.

Evilometer: 666/666

BLOOD TYRANT – ARISTOCRACY OF TWILIGHT LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Blood Tyrant - Aristocracy Of TwilightI’m not sure how twilight can qualify as being aristocratic but anyhow Blood Tyrant’s debut full-length is worthy of close investigation. Delivered are 30 minutes of venomous, raw razorblade Black Metal, blistering and ravenous enough to leave you breathless but still imbued with a delightful authentic charm that is no doubt indebted in part to the accompanying artwork and packaging plus the beguiling intro and outro as well as the main body of mesmerising music itself.

Twilight Of Aristocracy’ is a really good record and there’s no need to say any more.

Evilometer: 666/666

WHITE DEATH – WHITE DEATH LP (Werewolf Records)

Monday, February 13th, 2017

White Death - White DeathFor the most part, this is extremely nasty stuff. Vritrahn’s vocals are particularly venomous and the album is blistering and skin-shredding, apart from the occasional soaring, melodious moment and an unnecessary (but fun) outbreak of Heavy Metal towards the end of ‘White Death’s Power’.

Generally speaking (and what other way is there to converse?), ‘White Death’ is excellent and my only (admittedly puerile) regret is that there are no lyrics included as the song titles are interesting and I’d like to see what these patently Satanic Finns are raging about.

I suspect it’s probably your run-of-the-mill anti-christian, anti-human, anti-all-things diatribe – a fist in the throat of the priests and a boot to the face of the believers. For which there’s a lot to be said. Nothing original here really but one could contend that this is how Black Metal was always supposed to be. Ugly and coarse and full of hate. With devilish, mischievous melodies at play to magnify the mockery.

Let the churches burn and the flock inside roast like lambs on a spit, the dumb fucks.

Evilometer: 666/666

MIZMOR – YODH 2LP (Gilead Media)

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Mizmor - YodhWeighing in a minute and a half beyond the hour mark, Mizmor’s sprawling second full-length, ‘Yodh’, is a crushing, monstrous slab of bitter desolation and despondency. For all its raw potency, the album is also imbued with a poignant and harrowing peculiarity

Sadness and loneliness accompany the rage to create a desperate, forlorn journey. It’s complex and convoluted and ambitious, fucking together some Doom and Ambience and Drone along with the requisite one-man Black Metal magnificence to deliver something indeed very special.

From the spectacular artwork adorning the thick gatefold jacket to the unique and memorable music contained on the two substantial records, here’s a release not to be ignored (lyrics and download code also included).

מזמור will quite simply take your breath away. Same way as a punctured lung or a boot to the gonads does. Or death, even.

Evilometer: 666/666

JASSA – LIGHTS IN THE HOWLING WILDERNESS LP (Fallen Empire Records / Amor Fati Productions)

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Jassa - Lights In The Howling WildernessIf, like me, you bemoan the tragic, premature demise of Hate Forest then you could do worse than checking out Jassa’s second full-length album, ‘Lights In The Howling Wilderness’. I’m not sure how politically correct or offensive it is to compare Russians and Ukrainians these heady days but I’ve just done it and there’s no turning back now.

This is a superb, ritualistic, otherworldly record with a majestic aura, exotic instrumentation and ominous drums that betimes sound like human bones hitting off coffin lids. Sometimes it gets a bit muddled and seems to be losing direction and focus and threatening to come apart at the seams … in true Black Metal spirit.

Evilometer: 666/666

YSENGRIN / SARTEGOS – RESVRREZIONESPIRITVAL LP (I, Voidhanger Records)

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Ysengrin Sartegos - ResvrrezionespiritvalSincerely hope I spelt that correctly. Ysengrin is now halfway through a quadrilogy of split releases, which to date have proven to be a very enjoyable distraction from everyday worries about death and decay and blood irons and all the shit that becomes a reality as you age and move ominously closer to the ground.

The delightfully-racist-sounding “Nigrum Nigrius Nigro’ paired the French three-piece with Chilean counterparts Black Grail and was really excellent. I thought I reviewed it but can’t locate any such thing so I either imagined it or my blog is as corrupt as your typical aid worker. Spanish one-piece Sartegos provides the counterpoint on ‘Resvrrezionespiritval’ and, again, it’s a terrific release.

I’ve no idea what the theme or concept behind this series of unions is but the enthusiasm, passion, sincerity and authenticity of both acts shines through here and the record is immensely enjoyable despite its low-key and understated status.

Evilometer: 666/666

VOID MEDITATION CULT – UTTER THE TONGUE OF THE DEAD LP (Hells Headbangers Records)

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Void Meditation Cult - Utter The Tongue Of The DeadFulfilling the abundant promise hinted at by ‘Sulfurous Prayers Of Blight And Darkness’, Void Meditation Cult’s debut full-length is a predictably excellent exercise in pitch black, devilish, death worship … crude and vulgar yet hypnotic and about as forgettable as a bout of good old-fashioned child sacrifice.

Mostly mid-paced, ‘Utter The Tongue Of The Dead’ buzzes along with immense intent and conviction. In many ways, it’s the epitome of what underground Black / Death Metal is all about. I could peddle all the usual double-negative adjectives and superlatives in a futile endeavour to try to highlight how much fun the record is, but instead I’ll suggest that you check this out for yourself on Bandcamp before, inevitably, placing an order for a physical copy.

Housed in a gatefold jacket with all lyrics printed inside. And plenty of copies have been pressed, so no need to stress yourself over the first-world problem that increasingly perturbs us all.

Evilometer: 666/666

RECLUSE – STILLBIRTH IN BETHLEHEM LP (Darker Than Black Records)

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Recluse - Stillbirth In BethlehemThis is astonishingly great. Nasty, dirty, disorientating music complemented by twisted, possessed vocals that could have been recorded in an abattoir or on the set of a Japanese horror movie (or maybe even both seeing as vomit duties are shared).

I like my Black Metal as corrupt and depraved as possible and ‘Stillbirth In Bethlehem’ ticks every oozing, stinking, crawling box. Rotten to the core, festered to the sore and sick as all unholy fuck, this is the sound of pestilence, death, disease, sickness, torture, anguish, abuse, deviancy, dismemberment and every other common human trait.

Makes the latest Cobalt LP sound like Val Doonican. Not that that would be hard.

Evilometer: 666/666