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Archive for June, 2018

BESTIA ARCANA – HOLÓKAUSTON LP (Dark Descent Records)

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Bestia Arcana - HolokaustonBestia Arcana returned with another swirling, chaotic maelstrom of intangible, indecipherable, ferocious pitch black malevolence; four epic statements heralding an occult realm that I’ll never, ever experience (?) or understand.

On the rare occasions that I read interviews with anybody related to Nightbringer or Bestia Arcana, I genuinely couldn’t comprehend what the fuck they were talking about. Just big words and ideas flying right over my dumb skull.

Anyway, ‘Holókauston’ is an outstanding album, which surfaced on vinyl in January and is an at-times-difficult but rewarding listen. Fitting ambient passages provide a welcome counterpoint to the overwhelming aural violence and the precise, devilish drumming – revealed through a transparent production – elevates proceedings above and beyond.

Evilometer: 666/666

KNOKKELKLANG – JEG BEGRAVER LP (Terratur Possessions)

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Knokkelklang - Jeg BegraverKnokkelklang’s debut full-length is a delightful listen. At once unnerving and unsettling, ‘Jeg Begraver’ is reassuring and life-affirming in its undeniable obscurity and indisputable uniqueness. One of those records that brings me back to the days when I was getting hooked on underground Black Metal and the many dark treasures it can bring.

Evilometer: 666/666

ORGY OF CARRION – BLOOD WASHED AWAY THE GRAVE PURITY LP (Skjold)

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Orgy Of Carrion - Blood Washed Away The Grave PurityNotwithstanding the frankly tiresome and dubious shenanigans of a label that seems hellbent on frustrating the fuck out of genuine punters in favour of speculators with no real interest in Black Metal, Orgy Of Carrion’s third full-length, ‘Blood Washed Away The Grave Purity’, is a superb slab of noisy BM chaos.

Probably not as great as the artificially-generated hype might suggest, nor as enjoyable as its predecessor (vinyl successor), ‘Obscured Ceremonies Under Hell Moon’, but still a very good album. Pity about the bullshit and brouhaha surrounding its limitation. A deal breaker, if ever there was one.

Evilometer: 444/666