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Posts Tagged ‘Dead Section Records’

OSTOTS – HIL ARGI LP (Dead Section Records / Altare Productions)

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Ostots - Hil ArgiHailing from the Basque Country, it’s almost inevitable that Ostots is going to be shit hot. Second full-length ‘Hil Argi’ delivers six cuts of soaring, epic, clean and crisp underground Black Metal with fevered, waspish vocals (plus the obligatory intro and outro).

While the music is majestic, emotive and impassioned, for me it’s those harsh, strangulated, raw shrieks that really serve to elevate this record above mundanity. But for them, this could have been a flaky enough affair because it’s very melodic for the most part.

As it is, ‘Hil Argi’ stands proud as a pretty sublime, near-flawless experience.

Evilometer: 555/666

BLACK CILICE – OLD OATHS LP (Dead Section Records)

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Black Cilice - Old OathsOld Oaths’ gathers nine ceremonies from assorted Black Cilice 7” records – mostly splits – that surfaced over the past five years and it’s a collection that captures the rawest spirit of the Portuguese cellar-dweller.

There are times when the production is so non-existent and the whole thing so entirely unhinged, unbalanced and chaotic that I wonder am I insane for listening.

But the demented, devious charm of Black Cilice never fails to work its insidious spell on me and – even though it’s disjointed and almost unpalatable at first – this is ultimately a superb record that should be acquired not just by completists but by anyone with an appreciation of the deepest underground.

Difficult but rewarding. Nicely presented, too.

Evilometer: 666/666

OWL’S BLOOD – COLD NIGHT OF MEDITATION LP (Altare Productions / Dead Section Records)

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Owl's Blood - Cold Night Of MeditationAs you can deduce from the smudges all over the cover (damn, they show up really clearly in that photograph), I’ve been listening to Owl’s Blood’s debut full-length a lot recently. And I have greasy fingers.

Six blasts of blizzard-y Basque Black Metal – with an average running time of just under seven minutes – howl forth from the Atlantic, threatening to take your breath away.

Seeing as there were two labels involved in bringing this record to fruition, I think it could have benefited from an inner sleeve and some printed lyrics. And, seeing as there are two small children quite literally swinging from my limbs as I type, I’m going to have to cut this review short.

Another cold night of meditation lies ahead; perhaps there’ll be peace tomorrow.

Evilometer: 555/666

BLACK CILICE – OLD CURSES 2LP (Dead Section Records)

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Black Cilice - Old CursesCollating all of Black Cilice’s painfully-limited demo releases onto two slabs of black wax, ‘Old Curses’ delivers a staggering 21 tracks of incredibly difficult-to-absorb underground Black Metal. From start to finish, an almighty racket pervades this double-vinyl offering, which showcases the Portuguese entity in an even rawer and more Satanic state than the already-fuck-off full-lengths ‘A Corpse, A Temple’ and ‘Summoning The Night’.

At the end of the day, these are essentially only demo cuts (which were limited for a reason in the first instance) and, as such, they are rougher than an Armenian scrotum. Noisy fucks. So the question is: are you a hopeless vinyl addict like me who has to have everything limited and unconventional? Are you consumed by the dread of not owning certain records?

Sometimes I believe the fear of missing out motivates me more than the joy of joining in. I needed this and am quite happy to own a copy but I am all too aware that it is probably nothing particularly special as a stand-alone item. However, for indiscriminate, obsessive completists, ‘Old Curses’ is magical gold dust. Could be one of those instances where owning a record is more important than listening to it…

Evilometer: 444/666

VILKACIS – THE FEVER OF WAR EP (Dead Section Records)

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Vilkacis - The Fever Of WarThis is a 12” edition of the 33-minute long Vilkacis debut EP originally released by Psychic Violence Records on cassette last year, Vilkacis being the one-man vehicle of Fell Voices drummer / vocalist Michael Rekeviks (so I had a fair idea what to expect here). Musically, there are no real surprises.

It’s like a stripped down, more minimal version of FV (doh!); very simplistic, quite repetitive, reasonably enjoyable.

Out of curiosity alone, this was worth buying and it is well worth owning as a collectible item. It’s not amazing, but ‘The Fever Of War’ is still pretty damn good. An okay purchase but hardly an essential one.

I’m not sure any more about these cheap-looking, flimsy single-sheet (card) gatefold jackets popularised by the underground, either. It’s not a proper record sleeve but consumers are still asked to pay proper prices. Feels and looks cheap (especially when the back cover is printed on sideways). Also, apparently all copies come with a free digital download. Except mine, obviously…

Evilometer: 444/666

YELLOW EYES – HAMMER OF NIGHT LP (Dead Section Records)

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Yellow Eyes - Hammer Of NightHammer Of Night’ is a fairly difficult album to get in to. Gotta admit, these six songs are much more inaccessible than I was expecting. The sound is dense and shrill and thin and at times the album seems almost like a meaningless, crude racket. However, if you have the time and patience to persevere with this record (which you should have, if you’ve paid for it!), the rewards could be great.

Harsh odes to isolation and desolation fizz through the speakers and it takes a lot of listens before you can detect – and fully appreciate – the myriad of subtle, delectable melodies flitting about beneath the surface. Singing from roughly the same hymn sheet as fellow American underground dwellers Ash Borer and Fell Voices (comparisons with the over-rated Krallice also abound, zzzzzz…), Yellow Eyes have concocted an intriguing slab of USBM that both challenges and enchants.

A decidedly different strain of Black Metal than what we’re used to; check these New Yorkers out if you want to hear something unique, claustrophobic, dismal and nigh on overwhelming.

Evilometer: 666/666

OWL’S BLOOD – LUNAR EQUILIBRIUM MLP (Dead Section Records)

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Owl's Blood - Lunar EquilibriumFeaturing the driving forces behind Ostots and Sentimen Beltza, Owl’s Blood is another blazing, old-school, majestic Black Metal entity out of the Basque region and this is their 2011 demo tape (and only substantial release to date) reissued on vinyl, encased in a silk-screened jacket and limited to a mere 200 units.

With just five songs included, it’s all over in a fuzzy flash but I think this one was well worth the investment of around €18 including postage (Denmark – Ireland) to purchase directly from the label. The lyrics are simply typeset onto a bland white A4 sheet (better to get them than not!) but the cover and the record itself ooze underground appeal while the music – a bit like either Oindurth’s or IA’s main projects covering Darkthrone classics in their own inimitable styles, perhaps – is quite special.

Definitely not the most amazing record you’re ever going to hear – but ‘Lunar Equilibrium’ is still a worthwhile acquisition for any follower of quality underground BM. And, compared to recent efforts from the likes of the aforementioned Darkthrone or fellow letter-day shitemongers Watain, Enslaved or Burzum, this is simply amazing! (Not sure exactly why owls(!) seem to be assuming a more pronounced presence in Black Metal ideology, though.)

Evilometer: 555/666