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Archive for April, 2018

KAPALA – INFEST CESSPOOL MLP (Dunkelheit Produktionen)

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Kapala - Infest CesspoolI decided to display a picture of the etching on Side B because I have little or no time for etchings on Side B … or any other side for that matter. Give me music.

On Side A, Kapala venomously spews out 19 minutes of fierce, barbaric Black / Death Metal that grabs the listener by the balls (I guess we all have those now in the era of militaristic gender fluidity) and squeezes like a taxman.

Infest Cesspool’ is essentially a short sharp celebration of human filth, straight from the land of open defecation. Naturally, Kapala are as disgusted with life as their compatriots Tetragrammacide, raging with the same intent as genocide-mongering cohorts Nyogthaeblisz, Revenge, Diocletian et al.

Lovely

Evilometer: 666/666

HUMAN SERPENT – FOR I, THE MISANTHROPIST LP (Ogmios Underground)

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Human Serpent - For I,The Misanthropist LPGreek duo Human Serpent’s second full-length, ‘For I, The Misanthropist’, delivers 36 minutes of thoroughly enjoyable Black Metal – nine slabs of fierce, nihilistic and raging venom … not really a sound you would readily associate with Hellenic BM.

Even though it’s not doing anything particularly fresh or trailblazing, this is one of those records that’s so commanding, accomplished and confident yet belligerent and aggressive at the same time that it cannot be faulted.

Certainly something of an obscure, flying-off-the-radar gem, the LP comes in a plush gatefold sleeve and is well worth investigating. Take a listen on Bandcamp and see if you can resist.

Evilometer: 555/666

SARKRISTA – SUMMONERS OF THE SERPENTS WRATH LP (Purity Through Fire)

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Sarkrista - Summoners Of The Serpent's WrathAs well as being apostropheless, ‘Summoners Of The Serpents Wrath’ is a glorious and majestic 50-minute homily to the horned one that should bring one big, nasty, evil smile to the face of both the devout and those who just like menacing music.

Yet again Sarkrista deliver rasping, timeless Satanic Black Metal of the very highest calibre, perhaps best demonstrated by the captivating sixth sermon, ‘He, Who Liveth and Reigneth Forevermore’ … the undoubted highlight of a wondrous LP.

This time, the record comes with an insert and lyrics, which make for an entertaining read. Exceptional.

Evilometer: 666/666

THANTIFAXATH – VOID MASQUERADING AS MATTER MLP (Dark Descent Records)

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Thantifaxath - Void Masquerading As MatterI think it would be accurate to suggest that Thantifaxath is not your everyday Black Metal band. The anonymous Canadian trio certainly go down the left hand path less trodden when it comes to constructing music and debut full-length ‘Sacred White Noise’ was a cacophonous slab of chaotic dissonance delivered to the ear canal with utter abandon.

Mesmeric follow-up ‘Void Masquerading As Matter’ emerged towards the death throes of 2017 and, although it’s listed as a mini-album, it’s quite substantial at 36 minutes. Four lengthy songs of intelligent, varied, ambitious and always interesting dark art. A fantastic listen and definitely worthy of the overused ‘eclectic’ adjective.

An innovative concoction of everything bar the cabin sink. Not mad about the fourth offering, though. It is a bit of a stinker.

Evilometer: 555/666

XAOS OBLIVION – RITUALS FROM THE COLD GRAVE LP (Lower Silesian Stronghold / Heidenwut Productions)

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Xaos Oblivion - Rituals From The Cold GraveIn the true spirit of obscure underground Black Metal, Xaos Oblivion has operated for a decade under the cover of night, undetected, obfuscated.

Unheralded and unhyped, this Polish entity unleashed five relatively-unknown full-lengths to date and I believe ‘Rituals From The Cold Grave’ was the first to feature more than one member.

I’ve appreciated this album since it was released a few years back, so I was pleased to see it emerge on vinyl. Great ancient, mystical Black Metal that reminds me quite a lot of classic Mayhem.

The record includes an insert with most of the lyrics.  My copy also boasts a deep scratch at the start of Side A, but such is the risk inherent in purchasing this format.

The eponymous Xaos Oblivion (AKA Kamil) is also the vocalist in Aryman, another exceptional Polish horde worth investigating.

Evilometer: 666/666