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Posts Tagged ‘Blood Harvest’

TOMB MOLD – THE BOTTOMLESS PERDITION / THE MOULTING LP (Blood Harvest)

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Tomb Mold - The Bottomless Perdition The MoultingCanadian Death Metal upstarts Tomb Mold have been busy. Hot on the hacked-off heels of stellar debut full-length, ‘Primordial Malignity’, which surfaced last year, this record collates the band’s two EPs from 2016 – namely ‘The Bottomless Perdition’ and ‘The Moulting’, of course – onto one prime slab of black wax.

Even though it’s a fairly short killing spree at just past the half-hour mark, this is still a relevant release, worthy of attention. Tomb Mold’s underground take on Death Metal is thoroughly enjoyable and they are cranking out material like there’s no tomorrow, aptly, with a second full-length, ‘Manor of Infinite Forms’, already upon us, too.

Evilometer: 666/666

SHAMBLES – PRIMITIVE DEATH TRANCE MLP (Blood Harvest)

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Shambles - Primitive Death TranceAlthough Shambles from Thailand of all places have been making music for 20 years, ‘Primitive Death Trance’ is the first time they’ve registered on my radar, the long-overdue discovery down to the fact that Blood Harvest decided to release this excellent 25-minute, four-track EP on vinyl.

Apparently the band used to play Gore and Brutal Death Metal and some Black Metal and Grind too but the sound on ‘Primitive Death Trance’ is purely Death / Doom, similar in many respects to Anatomia and Coffins. How’s that for a lazy bit of pigeon-holing?

The record spins best at 33rpm (even though it’s erroneously marked as 45rpm on the centre label) and comes with an insert, including lyrics. Super stuff musically, especially the title track. There is an annoying glitch on my copy evident in irritating detail at the start of both sides, but I suppose it doesn’t diminish my enjoyment of the music thereon (too much). Okay, it drives me nuts.

Evilometer: 666/666

TOMB MOLD – PRIMORDIAL MALIGNITY LP (Blood Harvest)

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Tomb Mold - Primordial MalignityCanadian duo Tomb Mold have crafted a seriously crushing and impressive debut full-length in ‘Primordial Malignity’. While the album is undeniably grisly, grim and grotesque, it possesses an organic, almost-catchy dimension as well as overt aggression, rendering it somewhat enigmatic and anomalous by Death Metal standards.

The songs are superbly written and executed (pummeling, precise, potent) and they are afforded a magical production that allows everything to shine through (drums, vocals, guitars all prominent and pleasing). So this is strangulating rather than murky.

To an extent, it’s really just exeptional Canadian Death Metal with a distinctly Finnish vibe (yet jangly and chuggy – for want of better words (or real words, even) like compatriots Gorguts and Cryptopsy), managing to sound fresh and clean and pristine.

Sharp, glistening blades bring little or nothing new to the sacrificial table but they sure are effective for gutting people with.

Evilometer: 666/666

SHROUD OF THE HERETIC – BOILED TO DEATH MLP (Blood Harvest)

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Sometime in January, Blood Harvest unleashed the 12” vinyl edition of this debut EP from American band Shroud Of The Heretic. What we have here is six tracks of guttural, chugging and at times doom-laden slow-to-mid-paced Death Metal which sounds a little like Incantation in slow motion.

The label namedrops five bands as reference points – Aethyrvorous, Cruciamentum, Encoffination, Vasaeleth and Undergang. Of these five, Encoffination is the only one I’m properly acquainted with and I do detect certain similarities, especially in spirit and tone and also the use of samples, particularly at the start of the excellent fifth track ‘Ageless Shadow’.

While I don’t think ‘Boiled To Death’ is as essential as anything the magnificent Encoffination has released to date, it is nonetheless a worthwhile record, with a generous running time (for an EP) of 35 minutes. The record is well packaged and presented, too, which is always an added bonus.

There’s no real gamble involved, either, as you can listen to the entire album / LP / MLP / EP or whatever you want to call it on the label’s Bandcamp page prior to investing. What more do you want?

Evilometer: 444/666

BLACK VUL DESTRUKTOR – BEYOND TIME AND PORTALS OF DEATH LP (Blood Harvest)

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Beyond Time And Portals Of Death’ brings together the tracks from Black Vul Destruktor’s 2008 demo (‘Volition+Invocation+Destruction’) and 2012 EP (‘Bestial Obscure Metal Kaos’) on one limited-edition 12” vinyl. For those who possess a turntable, purchasing this represents a convenient way of catching up on the Argentinians’ entire back catalogue in one fell swoop.

I would describe BVD’s music as primal and intense bestial Black / Death with some slight tribal undertones. There is a distinct South American vibe to proceedings, which reminds me of those great days when extreme metal was just starting to rear its ugly head. While I’d classify ‘Beyond Time And Portals Of Death’ more as Death Metal than Black Metal, there’s certainly plenty of variety and versatility here to please fans of both subgenres.

Don’t be fooled by my use of the word ‘variety’, though. For the most part – notwithstanding occasional soothing interludes – this record just rips along with fierce, venomous intent. It reminds me a lot of somebody else but I can’t for the life of me figure out who – fucking hate when that happens!

The production is surprisingly great and Blood Harvest has done the band justice with a professional vinyl presentation, including 12”x12” inlay with all lyrics included. This record just oozes classic, old-school underground appeal. If you want to try out some exotic Black / Death from the swamps / jungle of South America, look no further.

Evilometer: 555/666