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Posts Tagged ‘Ahdistuksen Aihio Productions’

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

ORDINANCE – RELINQUISHMENT 2LP (Ahdistuksen Aihio Productions)

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Ordinance - RelinquishmentIt would be fair to say that Ordinance is not your everyday Black Metal duo (whatever that might be). When the ten-minute ‘Yielding Servitude’ deviates into all-out ‘Hotel California’-worship towards the end of Side A, it would be easy to lose all patience and smash both the record and the stereo into tiny pieces and find a new hobby.

Normally, I would be puking on the floor and screaming sacrilege and blue murder and, well, tears. However, I persevered with the album, got into it, and found that, despite the disturbing echoes of The Eagles on that particular song and again on penultimate track ‘Waning Light’, complete with Slash-like wank(er)y solo, Ordinance are in fact (or should I say in spite of this?) an entity worth checking out.

For the most part, the music on ‘Relinquishment’ is fairly melodic and restrained and catchy (the stomping ‘Sword Of Division’ definitely ain’t and the tempo discernibly gathers towards the end of proceedings before tipping a hat to Led Zeppelin as a fitting finale), but it’s genuinely sinister and eerie in a way that I haven’t much encountered before.

Furthermore, the lyrics included on the accompanying booklet make for an absorbing read. I am merely a weed waiting to be plucked, you know…

Brilliant unorthodox Black Metal in a gatefold jacket. Sixty-five minutes; nothing on Side D.

Evilometer: 666/666

RAHU – THE QUEST FOR THE VAJRA OF SHADOWS (Ahdistuksen Aihio Productions)

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Here’s a record that’s thoroughly-deserving of your attention. One of the first things to strike me about Rahu’s debut full-length, ‘The Quest For The Vajra Of Shadows’ is that, aesthetically, it is an atypical Black Metal release. No clichéd black-and-white colours here; we have a sea-blue-ish cover with some beautiful oceanic artwork contained within a framework of essentially bright, vibrant colouring. Nice packaging and inlay, too.

So we know it’s not raw Black Metal. At least not in the conventional sense…

Instead, we get rather ambient, atmospheric fare that somehow manages to maintain a grim overcoat. The songs are mystical and charismatic, wet and murky, awash with emotion, harking back to the glory days of Scandinavian BM but also introducing an added 5% of their own to render the whole thing slightly unique and unusual. Enough to silence the critics who are always so quick to say of Black Metal: “I’ve heard it all before”. Now they will have to change their tune to “I’ve heard 95% of that before”.

Equal parts an antidote to depressive Black Metal and a natural successor to, let’s say, Odium, ‘The Quest For The Vajra Of Shadows’ is an album that you need to experience to fully appreciate. It is, therefore, almost futile for me to be rabbiting on about it. Mostly mid-paced and catchy as hell, it veers towards the melodic side of the spectrum a little more than I’d ideally like, but that’s just a small quibble about an otherwise intriguing record produced by these veterans of the Finnish underground.

Evilometer: 555/666

AVE MARIA – CHAPTER I (Ahdistuksen Aihio Productions)

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

The band name is a real curveball, which in a twisted sort of way is ideal because Ave Maria certainly isn’t your conventional Black Metal act. Reference points are difficult to think of; they remind me a bit of Slagmaur, somewhat of Arcturus (but not much); a little like that French band fronted by Jack D Ripper (Morgul, I think); also maybe a restrained version of Dodheimsgard. Not the kind of album I’d normally purchase but, I have to admit, surprisingly enjoyable, all the same.

It comes in a nice digipack with lyrics etc. included so you can read just how messed up these guys are. The artwork is probably the most atypical BM you’ll see, with nary a trace of the usual darkness. Just weird: a cat on the back and a whatever on the front. All the songs are either mid-paced or slightly on the faster side of mid-paced and there’s not a great deal of variation to my ear (not that variation is necessarily a plus) – strange, psychedelic Black Metal with a fairly clean sound / production and an almost Death Metal feel to the vocals at times.

This is good but I have some reservations. Ultimately, I think the album falls a little short of delivering on the band’s undoubted potential. It starts off really impressively but never grows and in the end becomes tedious and – surprisingly – predictable. These Germans are oddballs, no doubt about it, but I believe their music could be much, much odd-er than this. A reasonable effort that could have mainstream appeal but along the way, it all becomes too safe for the underground fanatics.

Evilometer: 333/666