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Posts Tagged ‘Avantgarde Music’

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

XASTHUR / ACID ENEMA – SPLIT LP (Essential Purification Records / Avantgarde Music)

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Xasthur Acid EnemaI was a big fan of Xasthur back in the day so it was great to hear that the splits with Acid Enema and Angra Mainyu were getting a belated vinyl incarnation. After thinking longer and harder than usual, I opted to invest in both, mainly because this music is from the early era of Xasthur (before Malefic lost the plot). Two excellent purchases and I couldn’t be happier with them.

I have most of Xasthur’s material (not as much as I’d like on vinyl, alas) but had never heard the collaboration with Acid Enema before. There are six contributions from each band on here and they are pretty much all superb. Both sides of the record are equally good. You can’t go wrong with this release. Record looks pretty neat, too. All in all, a welcome reissue of a lost gem.

Evilometer: 555/666


Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Abigor - Leytmotif LuziferAbigor is a shit stain on the trousers of Black Metal and I find it impossible to say anything about an album as atrocious as ‘Leytmotif Luzifer’. So, instead of telling you how incredibly offensive to the true spirit of Black Metal this so-called album is, I will instead pen a list of things I would rather do than be exposed to the poison and bile of this abomination again…

–          invite a pack of homeless bums to my home and allow them to eat all my food and gang rape me every night

–          chops off my fingers, my toes, my ears, my penis and my tongue

–          live forever

–          play golf

–          listen to the new Wolves In The Throne Room album

–          be Simon Weston


Evilometer: 000/666


Friday, March 9th, 2012

Normally, I don’t bother with EPs. But these aren’t normal times. And ‘Christological Escalation’ certainly isn’t your everyday release. I couldn’t let this one pass by without conveying my appreciation for a band of immense potential… Judging by the quality of these four tracks, the forthcoming debut full-length from this Greek horde will be mandatory.

Athens is aflame, burning to the ground amid some of the cruellest austerity measures in modern times. It’s a fucking joke what Europe’s big cats are inflicting upon the unfortunate Greeks. However, in times of oppression, art normally flourishes in the affected region and that certainly seems to be the case with Amnis Nihili.

The crushing title track opens proceedings in considerable style. Halfway through, it becomes apparent that there’s more to Amnis Nihili than your ordinary Black Metal band. They have a real understanding of ambience, a flair for dynamic, an appreciation of pace changes and atmospheric passages. The minimal use of samples is perfect. Some weird instrumentation on here as well. All in all, the music is downright amazing.

It continues in the same vein on all four tunes and – all too soon – after just 16 minutes – the CD ends. That’s why I generally don’t buy – or review – EPs. Too short. But on ‘Christological Escalation’ Amnis Nihili display something truly exceptional, which I believe marks them out as an entity to keep a close eye on. This is great music and there’s a 10” vinyl version, too, which would be even better to own than the CD. Think I may seek it out.

Evilometer: 555/666