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Posts Tagged ‘Balmog’

BALMOG – VACVVM LP (BlackSeed Productions)

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Balmog - VacvvmSvmma Fide’ was an immense record and I’m amazed that I didn’t review it. In fact, I’m convinced I did but it’s not here on the site (anymore) so I must be losing my marbles.

Anyhow, Balmog returned early this year with their third full-length, ‘Vacvvm’, and the criminally-underrated Spanish, Sinmara-sounding wrecking ball just keeps on getting better.

There are eight songs on this album with a 40-minute duration. The music soars confidently and throbs with intent, vertebrated by sensational stickwork (in true Iberian fashion), embellished by ambient flourishes.

I enjoy how the vehicles of expression shift seamlessly from the background to the forefront, the sheer dynamism of a potent and genuinely spectacular, wondrous slab of Black Metal.

Stock clichés like occult and esoteric and mystical and ritualistic could be used freely here. Or fucking great. The world is on fire.

Evilometer: 666/666

BALMOG – TESTIMONY OF THE ABOMINABLE LP (Bloody Productions)

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Balmog - Testimony Of The AbominableOn their stellar debut full-length, ‘Testimony Of The Abominable’, which first saw the light of day on CD two summers ago, Balmog churns out an exhibition of Norwegian, occult Black Metal. Death, darkness and tombstones abound on this little-known masterpiece of Norwegian BM brilliance, the curveball being that Balmog are in fact Galician, hailing from the north west of Spain (above Portugal).

Of course, the geographical origins of this album should be of little consequence but it is interesting the different perspectives people tend to foster of various Black Metal acts depending on the creators’ homeland. I’m convinced that – though inevitably remaining firmly ensconced in the underground – Balmog would be somewhat more heralded if they hailed from Trondheim.

As it is, fuck-all know about them but this is a stunning record and it comes complete with a tasty black-and-white A5 booklet containing lyrics and some artwork. A hidden gem.

Evilometer: 666/666