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Posts Tagged ‘Forbidden Citadel Of Spirits’

CARVED CROSS – CARVED CROSS LP (Overuse)

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Carved Cross - Carved Cross LPSharing a member with Forbidden Citadel of Spirits, Carved Cross is another raw Black Metal entity from the never-to-be-visited-by me Australian outpost of Tasmania – a perfect breeding ground it would seem for obscure despondency and rampant decay.

Although not quite as rough and ragged as FCOS, Carved Cross’ music – which hereon comprises two unnamed dirges, one considerably longer than the other – remains nevertheless fuzzy and primitive and flagrantly under-produced.

Eschewing any notable deployment of speed or aggression, their second full-length is a fine example of harsh, ambient, forlorn Black Metal weighed down by despair, dejection, solitude and emptiness. What more could one want in these utterly pointless, soul-destroying times?

Evilometer: 666/666

FORBIDDEN CITADEL OF SPIRITS – COLLECTION I 2LP (Skjold)

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

forbidden-citadel-of-spirits-%e2%80%8e-collection-iDuring ten years of existence, Forbidden Citadel Of Spirits ‎has yet to unleash a full-length. Probably never will. Instead, in true underground fashion, the Tasmanian duo stick to demos, EPs and splits, improvised and very much in the vein of Portuguese dungeon-dwellers like Black Cilice and Mons Veneris.

Collating material from a host of these off-the-radar releases, ‘Collection I’ is as close as we’ve come to an album proper from the band … on vinyl, at least (a couple of prior compilations also surfaced on cassette).

The music on here is so raw, spontaneous and sloppy that it is almost ludicrous. More Black Metal than Black Metal itself, ‘Collection I’ constitutes a truly insane, warped journey through the depths of some realm that exists beneath the actual underground. Or something.

Great stuff, really. And probably sold out, too, as there were only 150 copies pressed.

Evilometer: 666/666