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Archive for the ‘Death’ Category

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

PORTAL – ION LP (Profound Lore)

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Portal - IONAs well as elevating them above their peers, the thick primordial rumble evident on previous Portal releases was a key component of what made them so mesmerising. Granted, there was always suspicion as to what the murk was hiding – were Portal actually any use or did they just have a unique sound?

To me, it mattered not. The inherent atmosphere and horror of a record is what counts. The vibe. I’m not at all concerned with how technically proficient the music is. Portal’s glorious racket sounded amazing. To an extent, the songs were indistinguishable from one another, but I would have been happy if they just stuck to the same winning formula ad nauseum.

Thar’s what I assumed they’d do. I was surprised, therefore, when I heard that the impenetrable murk was lifted on ‘ION’, which has been granted a much clearer production, allowing rare access to the intricacies of what is going on. And any contention that Portal is a mere gimmick has been well and truly shattered as we can now bear witness to a an extraordinary Death Metal masterpiece in all its glory. Although not as indecipherable, indigestible and difficult to fathom as those that preceded it, Portal’s fifth full-length is every bit as insane.

No longer sounding like they record their reverberations at the bottom of an erupting volcano, Portal are now the aural equivalent of a clean, precise, meticulously-sterilised, glistening, sharp medical tool slicing through your face (as opposed to being hit repeatedly by a sack of hammers).

The emperor’s clothes are gone and turns out he’s got a huge cock.

Evilometer: 666/666

NORTT – ENDELIGT LP (Avantgarde Music)

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Nortt - Endeligt LPA full decade after ‘Galgenfrist’, Nortt returns with his fourth full-length and ‘Endeligt’ is as dark and unsettling a dose of black funeral doom as we could have longed for. It’s sombre and melancholy and plodding, rather easy-listening stuff with not much aggression on display but the deep sense of pathos and foreboding evident across the 40-odd minutes renders this a deeply unsettling and crushing experience.

I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed what Nortt does and I think this is a great, great record, even if there are a lot more crackles on my copy than I’d like there to be.

Evilometer: 666/666

FROZEN GRAVES – FROZEN GRAVES LP (Kuunpalvelus)

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Frozen Graves - Frozen Graves LPFeaturing Luxixul Sumering Auter of Cosmic Church, Aura Saturnal and Asymmetry on drums and keyboards as well as Nécropole vocalist Déchéance, Frozen Graves is a unique, international Black Metal combo that has fashioned a very impressive self-titled debut full-length.

Due to the oftentimes overbearing keys, this record is a bit lusher and more extravagant than I’d ideally prefer. Strangulated vocals are great and there’s definitely an otherworldly eeriness at play here. But it’s very melodic and easy on the ear, which is certainly not what I was expecting.

Evilometer: 444/666

ANATOMIA – CRANIAL OBSESSION 2LP (Nuclear War Now!)

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Anatomia - Cranial ObsessionOn their stupendously stellar third full-length opus, ‘Cranial Obsession’, Anatomia display a sense of unnerving energy and ravenous hunger that belies their advancing years. This Japanese three-piece have been around the decayed Doom / Death block a few times but they are really hitting their stride now, eclipsing their hitherto status as rather superb Autopsy clones to morph and grow into something much better than I ever dared imagine.

Stamping their own unique identity all over these eight choice cuts – with a running time of almost 70 minutes – Anatomia have delivered their magnum opus; a veritable Death Metal masterpiece that is sure to garner them a swell of attention globally (within obvious reason). Of course, they’ll always reside in the underground, where they can look smugly at their peers, knowing that they have surpassed most of them.

This is a sensational album, seamlessly merging dark doom, dank death and unsettling ambience to conjure something that deserves to be heard and cherished by everybody with even a passing interest in the arts we hold so dearly. The band tags their music as ‘dismal slow death metal’ on the accompanying lyric sheet / poster and that’s a pretty apt description of the magic found herein.

The second record comprises two epic offerings: the 15-minute-plus slow-motion massacre, ‘Abysmal Decay’ (on its own, longer than some MLPs), on Side C countered by excruciating eleven-minute epitaph, ‘Recurrence’, as the most fitting denouement to the delirious torture.

Forget about those increasingly-limited-to-all-fuck releases that you need to jump through refresh-page-for-all-eternity hoops to acquire and just snaffle a copy of this instead. Housed within gatefold coffinsleeve, the vinyl edition is awesome. If you don’t like it, all is not lost: use the two sharp discs to slowly sever your skinny tasteless neck and decapitate yourself. You will not be missed.

Evilometer: 666/666

TETRAGRAMMACIDE – PRIMAL INCINERATORS OF MORAL MATRIX LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Tetragrammacide - Primal Incinerators Of Moral MatrixThe vinyl edition of Tetragrammacide’s debut full-length is a thing of true pummeling beauty. Buttressed by a strong gatefold jacket including bountiful booklet and the obligatory poster, ‘Primal Incinerators Of Moral Matrix’ is certainly a record that merits a place in any self-disrespecting collection. It looks supreme and sounds even better.

As solid a hybrid of crushing, chaotic Black / Death Metal (complete with batshit lyrics and delightfully odd interludes) as you could wish to witness, this album is subtly more accessible than ‘Typhonian Wormholes: Indecipherable Anti-Structural Formulæ’; twice as long; and thrice as nice. Crushing.

Evilometer: 666/666