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Archive for September, 2018

HUNOK – MEGRENDÍTHETETLENSÉG LP (Werewolf Records)

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Hunok - MegrendíthetetlenségIt was a long time coming but Hunok’s unpronounceable debut full-length got the vinyl treatment during the summer. Suffice to say, if you like early Graveland, then you should find plenty here to grab your attention.

Bookended by a keyboard intro and outro, ‘Megrendíthetetlenség’ delivers raw, shrill, mid-paced, old-style (pagany) Black Metal with triumphant melodies and an ominous atmosphere. It’s about as far from groundbreaking as you could get and that’s part of the appeal.

An enjoyable piece of Carpathian nostalgia housed within a gatefold jacket and adorned with one of my favourite cover photos of recent times.

Evilometer: 666/666

ADZALAAN – INTO VERMILION MIRRORS LP (Vrasubatlat)

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Adzalaan - Into Vermilion MirrorsReleases from the Vrasubatlat stable are invariably excellent and Adzalaan’s debut full-length, ‘Into Vermilion Mirrors’, is yet another worthy addition to this fresh, unique and extremely impressive canon.

The record reminds me a lot of the outstanding ‘Rotten Limbs In Dreams Of Blood’ and that’s hardly a surprise considering that Ash Borer member Rory Flay is essentially the mastermind behind both acts (as well as many others).

Serpentine, buzzing, swirling, enchanting Black Metal with some Death Metal brawn is the order of the day, with enraged vocals and majestic interludes. Ferocious, fantastic and mightily accomplished. Shame there’s no lyrics included but I always seem to find at least one thing to moan about, even where perfection beckons.

Evilometer: 666/666

VILKACIS / TURIA – VILKACIS / TURIA LP (Altare Productions)

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

Vilkacis TuriaBoth Turia full-lengths are fantastic, so it was exciting to learn that they had recorded a split with Vilkacis, the one-man entity fronted by Michael Rekevics of Fell Voices, Vanum, Vorde and Yellow Eyes.

The record is half an hour long and features two songs from each act – a triumph for quality over quantity. The in-form Dutch trio are up second with trademark skeletal, ethereal, raw, lo-fi, anaemic, howling, minimalistic Black Metal, setting the tone for a very enjoyable 30 minutes of underground art.

On Side A, which is slightly longer, the Vilkacis offerings are also great – harsh yet melodic, distant and sombre yet engaging and uplifting, swirling, swashbuckling almost. Rumbling and tinny. Soaring and triumphant. Lyrics are included on the insert and this is a splendid release all around, showcasing two murky subterranean denizens who complement one another superbly.

Evilometer: 666/666