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Posts Tagged ‘Daemon Worship Productions’

ARFSYND – HESYCHIA LP (Daemon Worship Productions)

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Arfsynd - HesychiaArfsynd’s monstrous second full-length, ‘Hesychia’, was at the pressing plant waiting patiently to be born into the world in 2013 when the guy who ran Daemon Worship just disappeared.

Eventually, Perditor, the creative force behind this exceptional Swedish one-man entity, took up an offer from the plant – sensing an opportunity to negate their losses – to buy up all 300 copies of the record and distribute them himself.

Thus, despite nevertheless managing to fly well beneath the radar, these six magnificent tracks of exalted orthodox Black Metal are available through select distros and also directly from the Arfsynd Bandcamp page. Just as well because this record was far too great to slip through the net. It both sounds and looks fantastic, with great artwork and a printed inner sleeve including lyrics.

Not sure if it’s officially a DWP release or a self-released album but it hardly matters either way. And it’s cool that the revenue-generating self-interest of a commercial enterprise has resulted in a superb underground album becoming available to tramps like us.

Evilometer: 666/666

DEVOURING STAR – THROUGH LUNG AND HEART LP (Daemon Worship Productions)

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Devouring Star - Through Lung And HeartDissonance is very much the name of the Devouring Star game. And it would definitely be an oversight to review this record without mentioning Deathspell Omega, whose influence is blatantly obvious on the five anti-tunes presented on this debut full-length; suffice to say, the sound honed here was largely pioneered elsewhere.

Having said that, ‘Through Lung And Heart’ is still a fabulous album – a heady brew of dissonant black and subterranean death that smashes through the speakers but leaves just enough breathing space to keep things bearable and interesting throughout. A tough journey but not quite overwhelming.

Comes with a classy gatefold jacket, including printed lyrics. Nice.

Evilometer: 555/666

NIGHTBRINGER – EGO DOMINUS TUUS 2LP (Daemon Worship Productions)

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Nightbringer - Ego Dominus TuusWow!: seventy-two minutes of prime esoteric Black Metal spread across two slabs of black wax encased in a spectacular, heavy-duty gatefold jacket which also houses a huge booklet / tome with occult lyrics and beautiful artwork included to complete a stunning package / product.

It was an almost unbearably lengthy wait for Nightbringer’s fourth full-length to materialise on vinyl and, alas, this double-LP is also fairly expensive to purchase. But the downsides begin and end there…

Whomsoeverthefuck said that the best things in life are free deserves a firm, unrestrained knee to the bollocks – with ample follow-through. You have to pay for good stuff and I don’t require a degree in economics to reach this conclusion.

All you need to know about the sprawling and expansive ‘Ego Dominus Tuus’ is that it is utterly amazing; an exhibition of fierce, grandiose, labyrinthine, symphonic, perfectly-produced-yet-still-raw-and-aggressive Black Metal reminiscent in many ways of Emperor at their absolute peak or like a BM cousin of Nile. It’s also a very difficult record to fully digest.

But I will leave the hyperbole and needless thesis-writing to others. A handful of adjectives is more than enough! I prefer listening to Nightbringer than writing about them. Although I have written about them quite a few times, it would appear. What are you waiting for?

Evilometer: 666/666

NIGHTBRINGER – EMANATION LP (Daemon Worship Productions)

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Nightbringer - EmanationInitially conceived on humble CD five years ago, ‘Emanation’ collates six rare / demo tracks from the earliest incarnation of Nightbringer onto one potentially-lethal disc of black wax. While the music on this record is not as essential as any of the band’s full-length’s proper – or, indeed, the two most-recent splits – it’s still really good stuff and is well worth investigating (and not just for completists, either).

Although lacking flow and focus for obvious reasons, and decidedly rawer than the sophisticated beast that has just unleashed the sensational ‘Ego Dominus Tuus’, ‘Emanation’ is an interesting historical document that also stands alone as a genuinely worthy release from one of the most relevant Black Metal bands of our time.

I for one am pleased that this compilation has seen the light of day on vinyl.

Evilometer: 555/666

NEFANDUS – REALITY CLEAVER LP (Daemon Worship Productions)

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Nefandus - Reality CleaverThe true reality cleaver here is the embarrassing, despicable, abominable eighth and final track, ‘Scorn Of The All-Mind’, which renders everything else Nefandus have done on their third full-length – and probably throughout their entire career – redundant by association.

Any band that is willing to put its name to such a horrendous piece of Eurovision-quality shite is not worthy of a second of your time. In one fell, four-minute swoop, Nefandus are consigned to the same dung heap as Watain and Ofermod. ‘Reality Cleaver’ is a stain on my record collection.

Evilometer: 000/666

NEFANDUS – REALITY CLEAVER (Daemon Worship Productions)

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Nefandus - Reality CleaverThe eighth song on this so-called Black Metal album, ‘Scorn Of The All-Mind’ is a total fucking abomination, one of those embarrassing offerings that shows the band up for the mainstream whores they really are. An aberration. Considering how pathetic it is, there is no point in me saying anything more about ‘Reality Cleaver’, except that you should avoid this one like the plague. Shocking and horrendous stuff; even worse than Watain.

Shame on the band and shame on the label. What the fuck were they thinking?  Fuck me.

Evilometer: 000/666

SVARTIÐAUDI – FLESH CATHEDRAL 2LP (Terratur Possessions / Daemon Worship Productions)

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Svartidauði - Flesh CathedralSvartidauði’s ‘Flesh Cathedral’ ranks as one of my most eagerly-awaited vinyl releases of all time. It seemed to take an eternity to arrive in the vinyl format, but finally the grand double-record edition is upon us. And the postsnail has delivered my copy at last… Needless to say, this is an essential release and I would unconditionally advise Black Metal fans to go out and acquire same at the earliest possible opportunity.

It’s been a full nine months since this spectacular debut album was unleashed on CD and I’m going to take a bold leap of faith here and assume that most of you already know all about the Icelandic magic contained herein.

In other words: here comes a(nother) very short review! For the uninitiated, suffice to say that ‘Flesh Cathedral’ – ferocious, menacing, eerie, infectious, supreme, unapologetically heavy – is a monumental, suffocating, claustrophobic journey, with four epic, underground Black / Death Metal anthems spread out across 56 captivating minutes that represent one of the most wholesome extreme music listening experiences you are likely to encounter. Ever.

This truly awesome album is tailor-made for the 2LP format as one track sits uncontaminated on each side and, all in all, this is one of the most magical buys you will make this year or any other. One gripe, though: the records come in a sublime gatefold sleeve but for some reason the band / labels haven’t bothered to include any lyrics, which – seeing as they are already out there – would surely be more welcome than the really, really dumb poster?

Evilometer: 666/666

NIGHTBRINGER / DØDSENGEL – CIRCUMAMBULATIONS OF THE SOLAR INFERNO LP (Daemon Worship Productions)

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Nightbringer DødsengelThere are some records you simply cannot go wrong with and ‘Circumambulations Of The Solar Inferno’ is one such effort. Featuring two of the more interesting bands around at the moment, this split LP comprises the most glorious racket to have reached my ears in many’s the long year.

I assume from the song titles that this is a concept album of sorts. Either way, we get four songs of occult, esoteric Black Metal of the very highest calibre.

Nightbringer specialise in split vinyls – this is the fourth one to make its way into my collection! – but ‘Circumambulations Of The Solar Inferno’ represents a first collaborative effort from Norway’s finest, Dødsengel. I think any band should be happy to share some black-wax space with them!

The Americans deliver two trademark chaotic swirlfests on Side A, which are fantastic offerings in their own right but not quite as magnificent as what occurs on Side B. Both tracks from Dødsengel demonstrate a remarkable appreciation and manipulation of dynamic; stellar song-writing and execution resulting in a resounding confirmation that Dødsengel  have lost none of the magic that typified ‘Mirium Occultum’ and ‘Imperator’ (as well as practically everything else they have put their name to).

In the near-thirteen-minute closer, ‘Watchtower Of The South: Drunk Upon Inmost Fire’, we are treated to an absolutely monstrous cocktail of fury and panache. Cathartic stuff, indeed. (The record looks amazing, too, with great artwork and all lyrics included.)

Evilometer: 666/ 666