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Archive for the ‘Death’ Category

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

AOSOTH – V: THE INSIDE SCRIPTURES LP (Agonia Records)

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Aosoth - V The Inside Scriptures LPAosoth’s fifth and final strike is a monstrous slab of murky Black Metal disdainfully forced through a decidedly Death Metal funnel – or dare I say portal? – to create an uncompromising boot to the spatial solar plexus.

The audacious auditory assault that is ‘V: The Inside Scriptures’ is a manifestation of disgust, despair and indignation that gives me hope. Hope that the planet will be cleansed of the filth of humanity. Soon.

Evilometer: 666/666

DEIQUISITOR – DOWNFALL OF THE APOSTATES LP (Night Shroud Records)

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Deiquisitor - Downfall Of The ApostatesBoasting ties with Blodfest and Ogdru Jahad – two acts I passed comment on in what seems like a previous lifetime – dastardly Danes Deiquisitor churn out nine choice slabs of thought-provoking, unearthly and uncompromising Death Metal on their sophomore full-length, ‘Downfall Of The Apostates’.

The sound is heavily indebted to one of my all-time favourite DM hordes, namely the legendary Immolation (and Incantation, too), the lyrical themes dealing with conspiracy theories, occult science and extra-terrestrial existences … topics that would not feel out of place on an Immolation record, either.

Having missed the self-titled debut full-length (something I’m in the process of rectifying), I opted to buy this record due to the current buzz around Danish Death Metal and my partiality towards a blast of Undergang every now and again.

All in all, though on many accounts ‘Downfall Of The Apostates’ could be hastily dismissed as just another albeit solid Death Metal album (and how many of those does anyone truly need?), the simple fact is that this is an outstanding record in its own right. And it sounds fucking fantastic through headphones, perhaps the litmus test.

Completing the package, complementing the terrific music on offer, the label has pulled out all the stops in terms of presentation: the cover and artwork reek of class, with full lyrics (which make for a very enjoyable read … the truth is out there) included on the insert and a poster thrown in for good measure.

Evilometer: 666/666

SEMPITERNAL DUSK / ENCOFFINATION – A MONUMENT TO THE ABYSS OF DEATH LP (End Theory Records ‎/ Parasitic Records)

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Sempiternal Dusk Encoffination - A Monument To The Abyss Of DeathOn ‘A Monument To The Abyss Of Death’ each band spews forth one epic dirge of supreme underground Death Metal, totalling almost half an hour.

With their first stirring since the stunning self-titled debut full-length, Sempiternal Dusk contributes the immense ‘A Salacious Desire For Nothingness’, recorded in 2015/16, while Encoffination’s decrepit, putrefied decomposition, ‘Cemetery Of Earth’, laid down in 2015, represents their first recording since ‘III: Hear Me, O’ Death (Sing Thou Wretched Choirs’.

Two bands I love (to death) so this split was a funereal no-brainer. Lower the casket and cover it in clay. All things must end.

Evilometer: 666/666

POSSESSION – EXORKIZEIN LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Possession - ExorkizeinRemarkably, it’s almost a year already since Possession dropped their mighty debut full-length. I never got around to writing nearly as many reviews last year as I’d ideally have liked and ‘Exorkizein’ is one of the many worthy records that slipped through the net while I was on the doss.

Witnessing this band twice in a live environment has given me a good appreciation of what Possession are all about. They’re powerful in that setting and equally great on record. For a debut album, ‘Exorkizein’ is quite remarkable, but we almost take such achievements for granted in the wondrous Black / Death Metal underground.

There’s been a seamless change of vocalist since the ‘1585-1646’ MLP and it’s noticeable that the full-length is only eleven minutes than longer said mini-effort but there’s more than enough here to get your (d)evil-worshipping, horror-loving fangs into. The songs are like little stories of nastiness and depravity; the hammering house of Black Metal horrors.

Evilometer: 666/666

LIHHAMON – DOCTRINE LP (Nuclear War Now!)

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Lihhamon - DoctrineHailing from the industrial city of Leipzig, uncompromising German three-piece Lihhamon recorded their astonishing debut full-length on their own steam in 2015, without having sourced a label. ‘Doctrine’ features half an hour of bludgeoning, bestial Black / Death Metal in the vein of Conqueror, Revenge, Black Witchery or Diocletian and it’s no major surprise that the vinyl edition of this wonderful album has found its home on NWN!.

Pummeling and relentless violence erupts through the speakers during the course of an emphatic, thunderous, cacophonous demonstration of power. From composition through to execution and presentation, everything about the record is nigh on perfect. In short, this is simply an awesome aural assault.

Evilometer: 666/666

THY SEPULCHRAL MOON – INDIGNANT FORCE OF GREAT MALEVOLENCE LP (Signal Rex)

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

Thy Sepulchral Moon - Indignant Force Of Great MalevolenceRegurgitating the foul, fetid filth from their little-known ‘Incantations Inciting Demise’ and ‘Contemptuous Retaliation Storm’ offensives (as well as covers of Von and Beherit plus three demo cuts), ‘Indignant Force Of Great Malevolence’ is a 35-minute stagnant pool of noxious-to-the-core Black / Death (but not as we know it…), complete with hideous, poisonous dual vocals and the most malevolent intent.

The gurgled noise emitted by this unnamed trio from South Korea and Canada is about as raw, odious and downright indignant as one could wish to hear, like TSM are literally vomiting their contempt for the world through the speakers. Their disdain is well placed because this planet really is a steaming cesspit overflowing with human slurry.

Evilometer: 666/666