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Archive for the ‘Black’ Category

ALTARAGE – ENDINGHENT LP (Season Of Mist Underground Activists)

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Altarage - EndinghentNihl’ boldly announced the arrival of Altarage as a potent force and its follow-up, ‘Endinghent’, was another remarkable record from the Basque terror-trio, a more direct and uncomplicated hit, with the phenomenal drumming that lit up the debut restricted to a less prominent position, violence favoured over flair, the flamboyance accompanying the ferociousness now buried deeper in the mix … but no less captivating.

Evilometer: 666/666

FLOODED CHURCH OF ASMODEUS – PISS SOAKED CHURCH OF THE WRONG: A TOTAL HOLOCAUST OF THOSE WHO TURN THE OTHER CHEEK LP (Final Agony Records)

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Flooded Church Of Asmodeus - Piss Soaked Church Of The WrongFilthy, diseased black noise with Harald Mentor’s grubby fingerprints and carefree whiskey stains all over it, like incriminating, irrefutable evidence deliberately left at a crime scene, ‘Piss Soaked Church Of The Wrong: A Total Holocaust Of Those Who Turn The Other Cheek’ is a grimy, sludgy masterpiece of malevolence and sickness, backboned by the lingering, lurking, portentous monsterslabs ‘Holding Out For Lucifer’ and ‘Treasures Of The Left Hand’, cheesy yet oh-so-essential samples adding to Flooded Church Of Asmodeus’ puerile sense of evil and dread.

Evilometer: 666/666

ALTARAGE – THE APPROACHING ROAR LP (Season of Mist Underground Activists)

Friday, February 1st, 2019

Altarage - The Approaching RoarMutating, strengthening, conquering, like some rogue artificial intelligence or insatiable, unstoppable bacteria, the clone more potent and dangerous than the initial organism, Altarage strikes with thunderous, ominous intent for the third time, ‘The Approaching Roar’ a devastating display of controlled, precise, coordinated horror, a malevolent transmogrification, a frenzied refrain of advanced detonations, wormholing the natural order of Black (-spirited)/ Death heritage to predate and perhaps even outportal Potal themselves.

Evilometer: 666/666

DEGREDO – A NOITE DOS TEMPOS 2LP (Harvest Of Death)

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Degredo - A Noite Dos TemposFrom some otherworldly purgatory of insufferable misery arrives Degredo’s tortured, tormented, soul-wrenching debut volume of vexed verses and cursed canticles, ‘A Noite Dos Tempos’, an extensive, agonising quadriptych, each canvas as hedonistic as it is harrowing, depicting the pain and hopelessness of a wretched creature chained to existence, death the only deliverance.

Evilometer: 666/666

CLANDESTINE BLAZE – TRANQUILITY OF DEATH LP (Northern Heritage Records)

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Clandestine Blaze - Tranquility Of DeathAs Clandestine Blaze’s tenth full-length offering, ‘Tranquility Of Death’, erupts from the barrel, wretched humanity is once more the focus, trembling meekly in the crosshairs, a pitiful breed unable to discern that cruelty and compassion aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive, an embarrassing blight on the planet, content to celebrate weakness and forgiveness, shying away from strength and purity in favour of tolerance, empathy, deluded benevolence and sheer stupidity, embracing disease and bowing down before invisible, imagined gods – bickering and killing over who’s fabrication is best – some astonishingly prepared to idolise a stinking, fraudulent hobo who was so weak and rudderless he got nailed to a cross by the rabble, betrayed by his own friends whom he was unable to convince of his delusions, and hung up for all to witness and mock in his robe-pissing, exposed-as-a-swindler ordinariness.

Evilometer: 666/666

AKITSA – CREDO LP (Hospital Productions)

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Akitsa - CredoAkitsa’s wretched, raw, inimitable, punk-infused and wholly emotional take on Black Metal has been an irresistible force in the underground for 20 years now and never has the Québécois duo sounded fresher, more poignant and more essential than on outstanding sixth full-length, ‘Credo’, an album of immense intensity and depth, imbued with incredible angst, misanthropy, pride and passion, a fitting soundtrack to the nothingness of everything.

Evilometer: 666/666

HATESPIRIT – AGELESS WILDERNESS LP (Altare Productions)

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

Hatespirit - Ageless WildernessAcross their potent and pungent second full-length, ‘Ageless Wilderness’, Hatespirit invite us to imbibe the intoxicating splendour of Finland’s flawless, fecund forestry, partaking of a primeval passage through rich, fertile, enchanted woodlands, majestic natural landscapes where all manner of dark, organic magic resides, an orgiastic undertaking of pure, natural sensory overload, an ode to the ethereal, unearthly existences one will never encounter on human-raped parts of our despoiled planet, thankfully raw and grim with neither a barn-dancing troll nor folky breakdown in range.

Evilometer: 666/666

SVARTIÐAUDI – REVELATIONS OF THE RED SWORD LP (Ván Records)

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

Svartidauði - Revelations Of The Red SwordOn sophomore full-length, ‘Revelations Of The Red Sword’, Svartidauði transition seamlessly from the monolithic magmatic emissions that rendered ‘Flesh Cathedral’ one of Iceland’s most colossal black episodes to shorter, sharper solar strikes still scorching through the ether, sizzling sanity, sanitising psychosis and reaffirming their enduring essence, even with a man overboard.

Evilometer: 666/666

DAKHMA – HAMKAR ATONEMENT 2LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Dakhma - Hamkar AtonementMore than 70 minutes long, ‘Hamkar Atonement’ is as close to a perfect journey as you could rightfully wish to make, a merging of madness and darkness, hypnotic with human-bone tribal drumming, chants and mantras, Dakhma’s delirious death rituals ushering forth an experience that is the very epitome of esoteric, occult Black / Death, an extraordinary double-LP that flies under the radar while so many others less worthy are hailed and acclaimed by sheepish individuals who know not their arses from their elbows.

Evilometer: 666/666

ONE TAIL ONE HEAD – WORLDS OPEN, WORLDS COLLIDE LP (Terratur Possessions)

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

One Tail, One Head - Worlds Open, Worlds CollideInfectiously-catchy, slitheringly-serpentine Black Metal with a revealing all-instruments-up-front production that ought not to scale any heights but does abounds in a bountiful bonanza of flashy, flamboyance on ‘Worlds Open, Worlds Collide’, the opening and parting full-length gambit from One Tail, One Head, the Trondheim troupe who have peaked hereon and hence voluntarily fallen upon their own swords in some profound and unexpected act of career seppuku.

Evilometer: 666/666

NECROS CHRISTOS – DOMEDON DOXOMEDON 3LP (Sepulchral Voice Records)

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Necros Christos - Domedon DoxomedonNecros Christos cracked open the crypt one last time in 2018 to unvault this vast parting package of their instantly-recognisable, blatantly contradictory, Christ-conscious Death (/Black?) Metal, ‘Domedon Doxomedon’, a fitting, near-two-hour closing chapter to a bizarre 16-year recording career, gates and temples orphaned at every crossroads, the stench of the impaled Nazarene gypsy omnipresent.

Evilometer: 666/666

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

RIDE FOR REVENGE – THE KING OF SNAKES LP (Ahdistuksen Aihio Productions)

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Ride For Revenge - The King Of SnakesFor over a decade, Ride For Revenge has been delivering filthy, primal Black Metal of the highest calibre upon the unworthy, ugly masses.

Over the course of six full lengths and a veritable slew of splits and compilations, the unique Finnish cult has been responsible for some of the most original, eerie-sounding and downright disgusting depravity to make its way into my ear canals.

Each release has been magnificent but I don’t think anything can compare to the jolt that accompanied the debut full-length, ‘The King Of Snakes’, which paved the way for the decay that would follow.

Tribal, ritualistic, occult and perverse, here was a terrifying newcomer of real note, hypnotic, repetitive drums taking centre stage as the noisy nightmare unfolded before disbelieving eyes and ears.

Evilometer: 666/666