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Archive for August, 2018

SHAMBLES – PRIMITIVE DEATH TRANCE MLP (Blood Harvest)

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Shambles - Primitive Death TranceAlthough Shambles from Thailand of all places have been making music for 20 years, ‘Primitive Death Trance’ is the first time they’ve registered on my radar, the long-overdue discovery down to the fact that Blood Harvest decided to release this excellent 25-minute, four-track EP on vinyl.

Apparently the band used to play Gore and Brutal Death Metal and some Black Metal and Grind too but the sound on ‘Primitive Death Trance’ is purely Death / Doom, similar in many respects to Anatomia and Coffins. How’s that for a lazy bit of pigeon-holing?

The record spins best at 33rpm (even though it’s erroneously marked as 45rpm on the centre label) and comes with an insert, including lyrics. Super stuff musically, especially the title track. There is an annoying glitch on my copy evident in irritating detail at the start of both sides, but I suppose it doesn’t diminish my enjoyment of the music thereon (too much). Okay, it drives me nuts.

Evilometer: 666/666

AKITSA – GOÉTIE 2LP (Hospital Productions)

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Akitsa - GoétieNews that a new Akitsa full-length is imminent prompted me to dust off the previous releases and give them a long-overdue spin. Of the five existing albums, ‘Goétie’, the debut, presents Akitsa in its rawest, purest and most essential form.

The definitive double-LP version under consideration here was unleashed in 2016 to mark the album’s 15th anniversary.

There’s about an hour’s worth of unique, trailblazing Black Metal to be found on ‘Goétie’ – 13 songs in total, including a trio of bonus tracks – and this is one of those that truly stands the test of time. While there were elements of ‘Grands Tyrans’ that disaffected me and concerns remain about what path ‘Credo’ might take, there should never be any disputing the sheer, unhinged greatness of Akitsa’s stellar debut.

Evilometer: 666/666

ADVERSARIAL / PAROXSIHZEM – WARPIT OF COILING ATROCITIES LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Adversarial Paroxsihzem - Warpit of Coiling AtrocitiesIn a pitiful era of fad-following, hype-deepthroating dickheads there is simply no accounting for taste. Iron Bonehead released this short but spectacular split on vinyl format in January (the CD having emerged via Vault Of Dried Bones four years ago) and it is still widely available for a mere pittance while the lemmings get their needy knickers all twisted and stained over the latest strictly limited record that virtually everybody missed and probably isn’t that good anyhow and even if it is we will never fucking know.

Between them, Canadian cousins Adversarial and Paroxsihzem deliver 30 minutes or so of utterly stupendous Black / Death Metal on ‘Warpit Of Coiling Atrocities’ and it’s a release that I cannot recommend highly enough. If the usual suspects blighting the underground with their dubious presence were limiting and toying with access to music of this quality, then we really would have something to be crying about.

Evilometer: 666/666

BALMOG – VACVVM LP (BlackSeed Productions)

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Balmog - VacvvmSvmma Fide’ was an immense record and I’m amazed that I didn’t review it. In fact, I’m convinced I did but it’s not here on the site (anymore) so I must be losing my marbles.

Anyhow, Balmog returned early this year with their third full-length, ‘Vacvvm’, and the criminally-underrated Spanish, Sinmara-sounding wrecking ball just keeps on getting better.

There are eight songs on this album with a 40-minute duration. The music soars confidently and throbs with intent, vertebrated by sensational stickwork (in true Iberian fashion), embellished by ambient flourishes.

I enjoy how the vehicles of expression shift seamlessly from the background to the forefront, the sheer dynamism of a potent and genuinely spectacular, wondrous slab of Black Metal.

Stock clichés like occult and esoteric and mystical and ritualistic could be used freely here. Or fucking great. The world is on fire.

Evilometer: 666/666

FUIL NA SEANCHOILLE – HUNGER LP (Me Saco Un Ojo Records)

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Fuil Na Seanchoille - HungerHaving already expressed my appreciation of Fuil Na Seanchoille’s debut full-length some five years ago, it was great to see ‘Hunger’ getting a vinyl incarnation.

As stated previously, this is a fantastic slab of resilient, defiant, raw Black Metal worthy of a place in any collection.

I’m not mad about the specified luminous green colour of the vinyl but, when the music is this good (eight stunning offerings spread across 51 minutes), who cares?

Evilometer: 666/666

ANCIENT RECORDS – DEMO COMPILATION PART II 2LP (Purity Through Fire)

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Ancient Records - Demo Compilation IIIt’s almost five years since I reviewed the lucky dip that was ‘Demo Compilation Part 1’ and a lot of piss has steamed beneath the Ancient Records bridge since then, most notably the public spat between Sir N., who is credited with all the material on that particular release, and Swartadauþuz, who wrote and performed the music – in conjunction with lyricist / vocalist Likpredikaren (Demonomantic / Summum) – on the substantially-better follow-up being contemplated right now.

This massive double-LP – housed in a classy gatefold jacket, with all the lyrics included – is essentially a collection of unused and “mostly unreleased” material written and recorded between 2007 and 2016; subsequently remixed and remastered at Afgrundsmysticism Studios in 2017.

Swartadauþuz could certainly never be accused of over-selling himself. Considering that he regards many of his best albums as mere demos and that the tracks on this release are off-cuts that just about saw the dark of night, it’s hard not to admire his dedication to the black arts.

There’s a real mixed bag of material on ‘Demo Compilation Part II’ that hints at most of the best bands associated with this inimitable Swedish madman. Nineteen songs in total and, surprisingly in this age of cunts, still widely available at the original asking price.

Evilometer: 666/666