Monday, February 18, 2019 03:08

Archive for the ‘Death’ 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

ABYSSOUS – MESA MLP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Abyssous - MesaFive years on from the wonderful debut full-length, ‘…Smouldering’, German trio Abyssous hit back in the dying embers of 2018 with ‘Mesa’, which is even longer than the aforementioned but listed as a mini album, comprising five instrumentals and as many offerings proper, dovetailing together in a perfect storm of ancient-yet-fresh Death Metal bliss that (mercifully, maybe) flies much further beneath the radar than it seemingly ought to.

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

CORPSESSED – IMPETUS OF DEATH LP (Dark Descent Records / Me Saco Un Ojo Records)

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Corpsessed - Impetus Of DeathDeath Metal of the very highest calibre from Finland’s foulest filthmongers, ‘Impetus Of Death’ captures Corpsessed at their most punishing, pummeling, pain-bringing prominence, crunchy as crusty skin, catchy as Ebola, crushing as an osmium coffin lid, stabbing and hammering your futile face, wallowing in the stream of blood and mush that flows from the festered human malformation, a dead congregation rejoicing in majestic emancipation.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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