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Archive for the ‘Death’ Category

TOMB MOLD – THE BOTTOMLESS PERDITION / THE MOULTING LP (Blood Harvest)

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Tomb Mold - The Bottomless Perdition The MoultingCanadian Death Metal upstarts Tomb Mold have been busy. Hot on the hacked-off heels of stellar debut full-length, ‘Primordial Malignity’, which surfaced last year, this record collates the band’s two EPs from 2016 – namely ‘The Bottomless Perdition’ and ‘The Moulting’, of course – onto one prime slab of black wax.

Even though it’s a fairly short killing spree at just past the half-hour mark, this is still a relevant release, worthy of attention. Tomb Mold’s underground take on Death Metal is thoroughly enjoyable and they are cranking out material like there’s no tomorrow, aptly, with a second full-length, ‘Manor of Infinite Forms’, already upon us, too.

Evilometer: 666/666

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

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

EMBRACE OF THORNS – SCORN AESTHETICS LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Embrace Of Thorns - Scorn AestheticsEmbrace Of Thorns’ fifth full-length is a pummelling maelstrom of Blackened Death Metal that largely eschews variety, embellishment and beautification in favour of all-out aggression.

While sparse classic Black Metal parts, atmospheric Death Metal nods and gear changes are reluctantly dispersed across ‘Scorn Aesthetics’, for the most part the record focuses primarily on battering and bludgeoning in a relentless, merciless and decidedly violent fashion.

Ferocious vocals, machine-gun drumming and razor-sharp riffs jockey for pole position as a cacophonous torrent of rage steams through the speakers, leading one to wonder if restraint, balance and variation have any place in music designed to celebrate darkness and disgust.

Whatever the fuck that means.

Evilometer: 666/666

GRAVE UPHEAVAL – (UNTITLED) 2LP (Nuclear War Now!)

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Grave Upheaval - Untitled II 2LPMore cavernous, atonal, speaker-unfriendly rumbling emanations from the bottomless pit of damnation are the order of the day on Grave Upheaval’s second untitled full-length album.

Including the bonus track, there are 74 minutes of hellish, one-dimensional obscurity to be found on the monstrous double-vinyl edition. No lyrics, no song titles, no album title, no frills but lots of thrills.

Evilometer: 666/666

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

JASSA – INCARNATION OF THE HIGHER GNOSIS LP (Fallen Empire Records)

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Jassa - Incarnation Of The Higher GnosisDue to my ever-diminishing vocabulary and inadequate intellect, I have no idea whatsoever what an incarnation of the higher gnosis is – or could purport to be – but verbose, bordering-on-nonsensical album and song titles have always been a key part of the Black Metal and Death Metal experience for me.

Though its meaning eludes me, ‘Incarnation Of The Higher Gnosis’ is nevertheless a fitting title for Jassa’s rather wonderful third full-length, which is in essence a superb offering of mysterious Heathen Black / Death Metal (overlap between the two subgenres very evident) emanating from the top left corner of the Motherland, not far removed from Finland (geographically, not sound-wise).

Hate Forest is a reliable reference point but Jassa have their own distinct sound and the lack of hype around this entity in our sickening, race-to-the-bottom era of feverish online clambering, needy posturing and instagratification is frankly baffling.

Evilometer: 666/666

SUMMON – PARAZV IL ZILITTV LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Summon - Parazv Il Zilittv LPSummon’s debut album, ‘Parazv Il Zilittv’, is a pitch-black, disturbing ode to death and demise, a swirling, deranged cacophony of prime Black / Death Metal that is as captivating and uplifting as it is bleak and harrowing.

The Portuguese trio duly deliver 41 minutes of oftentimes slow-to-mid-paced ultra death worship that sounds like it was recorded in an asylum, prison, torture chamber, crematorium or perhaps the train station at the end of the world.

The bleak messages are powerfully conveyed over the course of nine brilliantly-composed and –executed ritualistic homilies (two without words) and it’s all as professionally and perfectly presented as we have come to expect from a meticulous, trailblazing label. Incredibly, this sublime slice of subterranean suffering can be yours for just €15.

Evilometer: 666/666

SHAARIMOTH – TEMPLE OF THE ADVERSARIAL FIRE LP (World Terror Committee)

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Shaarimoth - Temple Of The Adversarial FireA full dozen years on from their debut, Shaarimoth released sophomore full-length, ‘Temple Of The Adversarial Fire’, in 2017. The vinyl edition subsequently became available to the discerning masses earlier this year and it’s a magnificently-produced effort, housed in a gorgeous gatefold jacket with a 12×12 booklet tidily stapled in, featuring printed lyrics and a generous smattering of suitably occult depictions.

None of this would matter a damn if the 48 minutes of music didn’t hit the spot. Well, as it happens, the brand of atypical (I can’t bring myself to use the term ritualistic) Death Metal contained on this record is intriguing, thought-provoking and for the most part enjoyable so, all in all, this is a decent product.

Closing track, ‘Point Of Egress’, really sucks, however, so I must deduct a bare minimum of 222 devil points.

Evilometer: 444/666

HERESIARCH – DEATH ORDINANCE LP (Dark Descent Records)

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Heresiarch - Death OrdinanceDo we really need another Diocletian? Another Witchrist? More chaotic, barbaric brutality from New Zealand? Is there room for such an excess of war-mongering mayhem in our wretched, lemming-like lives? Of fucking course there is.

Listening along to Heresiarch’s debut full-length, ‘Death Ordinance’, whilst reading the well-crafted, graphic lyrics, one is transported to the trenches to inhale the glorious stench of cordite, napalm, blood, smoke, entrails, sweat, tears, fear, shit and death.

Unfettered, violence erupts through the speakers into your ears and death is everywhere.

Evilometer: 666/666

DEMONOMANTIC – GRAIL OF DEFORMED EVILNESS LP (Final Agony Records)

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Demonomantic – Grail Of Deformed EvilnessI find it almost remarkable that Swartadauþuz – he of Bekëth Nexëhmü, Mystik and Azelisassath – can not alone switch his focus from melodic, enchanting Black Metal to a much more barbaric form of Death Metal but do it with such distinction.

Grail Of Deformed Evilness’ is a wonderful offering of demented, violent Black / Death that will bring a smile to the face of any masochist who manages to get his or her (or its) hands on it.

A delightful curveball from a prolific artist.

Evilometer: 666/666

KAPALA – INFEST CESSPOOL MLP (Dunkelheit Produktionen)

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Kapala - Infest CesspoolI decided to display a picture of the etching on Side B because I have little or no time for etchings on Side B … or any other side for that matter. Give me music.

On Side A, Kapala venomously spews out 19 minutes of fierce, barbaric Black / Death Metal that grabs the listener by the balls (I guess we all have those now in the era of militaristic gender fluidity) and squeezes like a taxman.

Infest Cesspool’ is essentially a short sharp celebration of human filth, straight from the land of open defecation. Naturally, Kapala are as disgusted with life as their compatriots Tetragrammacide, raging with the same intent as genocide-mongering cohorts Nyogthaeblisz, Revenge, Diocletian et al.

Lovely

Evilometer: 666/666

UNDERGANG – MISANTROPOLOGI LP (Me Saco Un Ojo Records)

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Undergang - MisantropologiMisantropologi’ is the fourth rancid full-length from spiteful Danish trio Undergang and it’s a monstrous full-length that’s received countless rotations on the deck of death. Though brief at just 29 minutes (counting the 30 seconds it requires me to flip the record over), this is a catchy, memorable slab of putrid Death Metal that certainly makes a lasting impression.

The lyrics are in a language that’s foreign to me so I’m at a loss as to the precise nature of the unpleasantness to hand, though it’s clearly not nice stuff. Great Death Metal here, performed with style and authority. As good as it gets.

Evilometer: 666/666

TCHORNOBOG – TCHORNOBOG 2LP (Fallen Empire Records)

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Tchornobog - TchornobogTchornobog’s self-titled debut full-length is an extraordinary work of art that really comes to life in the glorious double-vinyl format. Having said that, I am sure this would sound great on CD, tape, MP3 or erupting from a volcano either as it is genuinely exceptional.

Comprising four epic offerings of stunning Black / Death Metal that refuses to be pigeon-holed, ‘Tchornobog’ is all the more astonishing a feat when one considers that the Ukrainian-born visionary behind this one-man operation, Markov Soroka, was still only in his 20th year when the album was recorded at Studio Emissary, Reykjavik, in 2015 (quite reminiscent of the equally-awesome, ‘Tabernaculum’, actually).

There’s so much to appreciate here that I don’t know where to start. The album is ambitious and eclectic; there’s saxophone, trumpet, grand piano and cello included; terrific artwork and a gatefold jacket; fascinating lyrics; a tremendous sound and production; wonderful compositions and execution; immense musicianship, including some magnificent drumming courtesy of Svartidauði’s very own human octopus Magnús.

Cutting to the chase, this splendid, jaw-dropping 65-minute album really is a wondrous accomplishment.

Evilometer: 666/666

AKERCOCKE – RENAISSANCE IN EXTREMIS 2LP (Peaceville Records)

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Akercocke – Renaissance In ExtremisAkercocke have some terrific albums but ‘Renaissance In Extremis’ isn’t one of them. Why any band wants to merge Death Metal with ‘80s pop music and progressive / regressive bumfluff is beyond me.

It sounds like they were in the same building as Soft Cell, Tears For Fears, Howard Jones, Heaven 17 and Rod, Jane and Freddy from Rainbow (the children’s TV show, not the band) all jamming at the same time in different rooms and the dubious resonances leaked through the ether and merged together into one gigantic, steaming dog shit.

The dog died dropping said abomination and the discombobulated owner put the dog into the poop bag instead of the turd. First on the scene and cognizant of my civic duty, I took the shit home and naively placed it on the platter of my turntable and gave it a spin. Yes, I can confirm that it’s definitely excrement from the expired ass of a deceased, once-loved animal.

Evilometer: 000/666