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Posts Tagged ‘Azazel’


Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Having enjoyed Azazel’s contribution to the split with Goatmoon, I was always going to check out their debut album – which appears almost 20 years after the formation of the band. Nothing is done conventionally in Finland, it would appear. And why should it be? Anyway, the album is a success.

Azazel’s Black Metal is very much of the blasphemous variety (‘Rotting Nazarene’, ‘Raping The Virgin Mary’, ‘Satan’s Little Cunts’, anybody?) and the image on the inside of the inlay leaves nothing to the imagination. This album could easily have been recorded in the early ‘90s. It has a decrepit, analogue sound and reminds me of a time when the glorious stench of burning pews filled the air of Northern Europe.

If you enjoyed raw, dirty, rough and ready BM back in those seminal days, then chances are you will also like Azazel. ‘Jesus Perversions’ would almost make you believe that the last two decades were just a dream.

Evilometer: 444/666

AZAZEL / GOATMOON – SPLIT LP (Werewolf Records)

Monday, August 8th, 2011

I knew this all-Finnish collaboration was going to be something special so I just had to buy it. The main reason I parted with my hard-earned cash was to get a listen to the Goatmoon tracks, as their contribution to the ‘Winterforest’ split LP with Dead Reptile Shrine pretty much blew me away, but I’m pleasantly surprised to report that Azazel actually steals the show on this release.

That’s not to say Goatmoon doesn’t deliver because we are served up some wonderful true Nordic BM done in the ancient style. After the disappointing opener ‘BlackMetal Winter’, which is cornier than an old hag’s foot and cheesier than a scrap in Pizza Hut, BlackGoat and co. get into their stride in irresistible manner, fashioning some stellar Black Metal magick, no more so than on the super ‘BlackGoatWorship’ – an exhibit of prime underground black majesty – and the stunning closing track ‘Fourth Reich’. These Goatmoon tracks were recorded last summer and there’s enough on here to whet my appetite for the just-released full-length, ‘Varjot’.

On the flip side of the record comes four tracks from the relatively-unknown Azazel, which were recorded three years ago. ‘Praise Hail Satan’ is all murky noise and evil feedback, while ‘Rebellious Angels’ is a grimy, filthy slab of coarse, ugly, raw and primitive Black Metal – like a BM version of Napalm Death, maybe. ‘Evil Spells From The Black Gods’ is a bold title but it walks the walk –  a thundering piece of unprocessed, uncomplicated Black Metal spewed out with utter contempt – before ‘Werewolf Howling’ completes Azazel’s magnificent contribution in soaring, barrel-chested fashion. Brilliant stuff. You’d be mad not to hunt this down.

Evilometer: 555/666