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Archive for July, 2018

MYLINGAR – DÖDA DRÖMMAR LP (Amor Fati Productions / Vigor Deconstruct)

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Mylingar - Döda DrömmarMylingar is a destructive Swedish force delivering punishing, suffocating, chaotic Black / Death carnage in the vein of Portal, Altarage, Irkallian Oracle, Grave Miasma, Teitanblood, Vassafor, Grave Upheaval, Abyssal, Impetuous Ritual, Adversarial, Antediluvian, etc.

As associates / competitors go, those are pretty phenomenal but the pummeling ‘Döda Drömmar’ is capable of claiming much-craved territory even in such ferocious company.

Evilometer: 666/666

FUNERAL MIST – HEKATOMB LP (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Funeral Mist - HekatombAnd so it came to pass that completely out of the blue Funeral Mist’s third full-length, ‘Hekatomb’, was upon us, a foul curse upon our wretched, meaningless existences.

It’s been an unbelievable nine years since Arioch conjured the frankly magnificent ‘Maranatha’ and – due to his Marduk duties – I was resigned to the distinct possibility that Funeral Mist was dead in the water.

Thankfully, this is not the case and ‘Hekatomb’ is as solid a Black Metal album as you could wish to hear. From the lyrics to the trademark stunning vocals through to the musicianship, production and presentation, everything about this record, which is a slight departure from previous FM releases sound-wise (catchier) but still packed with venom and aggression, is nigh on perfect.

Another masterpiece from a true Black Metal great.

Evilometer: 666/666

PERVERTED CEREMONY – SABBAT OF BEHEZAËL LP (Nuclear War Now!)

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Perverted Ceremony - Sabbat Of BehezaëlPaying glorious homage to the olden days of yore, Perverted Ceremony’s debut LP presents 41 minutes of unapologetically raw and analogue Black Metal filth and decay from the bowels of the underground. The mood and disposition evident on ‘Sabbat Of Behezaël’ is pure, unholy, rotten.

Listening to this record is like taking a trip to the past, to times when Black Metal was fresh and invigorating, when enemies were freed from life rather than unfollowed, churches were aflame and long before the opportunistic neckbeard brigade jumped on board with their page-monitoring software, Instagram accounts, 24-hour internet presence and heads full of pure shit.

Evilometer: 666/666

SIGRBLOT – BLODSBAND (BLOOD RELIGION MANIFEST) 2LP (The Ajna Offensive / Invictus Productions)

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Sigrblot - BlodsbandSigrblot’s sole full-length, ‘Blodsband (Blood Religion Manifest)’, is one of my all-time favourite releases. These two records are excellent from start to finish and somehow the fact that the band just disappeared into the obscurity from which it was borne adds to the appeal.

Alas, this gem is long-since sold out and with no reissue in sight probably ever. It’s also banned by the great guardians of the moral compass, which possibly makes you a criminal for reading this. What a fucking world we live in.

Evilometer: 666/666

MARDUK – VIKTORIA LP (Century Media Records)

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Marduk - ViktoriaOn ‘Viktoria’ – Marduk’s 14th full-length and the sixth with Mortuus behind the mic – the Swedes treat us to just over half an hour of war-mongering bloodlust. World War Two seems to be the pervading theme once more and, even though the album is hardly mandatory if you already own some recent-vintage Marduk, it’s still a fine LP and a reminder of why Marduk is one of the truly great BM bands.

Proceedings can seem a little monotonous at times and it does appear that they might be going through the motions to a small degree but, all in all, ‘Viktoria’ is a superb, powerful record and a worthy addition to the Marduk can(n)on. Critics should bear in mind that a shitty, blighted-by-bastards world with a new Marduk album – even if it’s not their best – is a vastly preferable alternative to one without it.

Evilometer: 666/666