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Posts Tagged ‘Iron Bonehead Productions’

DAKHMA – HAMKAR ATONEMENT 2LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Dakhma - Hamkar AtonementMore than 70 minutes long, ‘Hamkar Atonement’ is as close to a perfect journey as you could rightfully wish to make, a merging of madness and darkness, hypnotic with human-bone tribal drumming, chants and mantras, Dakhma’s delirious death rituals ushering forth an experience that is the very epitome of esoteric, occult Black / Death, an extraordinary double-LP that flies under the radar while so many others less worthy are hailed and acclaimed by sheepish individuals who know not their arses from their elbows.

Evilometer: 666/666

ADVERSARIAL / PAROXSIHZEM – WARPIT OF COILING ATROCITIES LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Adversarial Paroxsihzem - Warpit of Coiling AtrocitiesIn a pitiful era of fad-following, hype-deepthroating dickheads there is simply no accounting for taste. Iron Bonehead released this short but spectacular split on vinyl format in January (the CD having emerged via Vault Of Dried Bones four years ago) and it is still widely available for a mere pittance while the lemmings get their needy knickers all twisted and stained over the latest strictly limited record that virtually everybody missed and probably isn’t that good anyhow and even if it is we will never fucking know.

Between them, Canadian cousins Adversarial and Paroxsihzem deliver 30 minutes or so of utterly stupendous Black / Death Metal on ‘Warpit Of Coiling Atrocities’ and it’s a release that I cannot recommend highly enough. If the usual suspects blighting the underground with their dubious presence were limiting and toying with access to music of this quality, then we really would have something to be crying about.

Evilometer: 666/666

EMBRACE OF THORNS – SCORN AESTHETICS LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Embrace Of Thorns - Scorn AestheticsEmbrace Of Thorns’ fifth full-length is a pummelling maelstrom of Blackened Death Metal that largely eschews variety, embellishment and beautification in favour of all-out aggression.

While sparse classic Black Metal parts, atmospheric Death Metal nods and gear changes are reluctantly dispersed across ‘Scorn Aesthetics’, for the most part the record focuses primarily on battering and bludgeoning in a relentless, merciless and decidedly violent fashion.

Ferocious vocals, machine-gun drumming and razor-sharp riffs jockey for pole position as a cacophonous torrent of rage steams through the speakers, leading one to wonder if restraint, balance and variation have any place in music designed to celebrate darkness and disgust.

Whatever the fuck that means.

Evilometer: 666/666

SUMMON – PARAZV IL ZILITTV LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Summon - Parazv Il Zilittv LPSummon’s debut album, ‘Parazv Il Zilittv’, is a pitch-black, disturbing ode to death and demise, a swirling, deranged cacophony of prime Black / Death Metal that is as captivating and uplifting as it is bleak and harrowing.

The Portuguese trio duly deliver 41 minutes of oftentimes slow-to-mid-paced ultra death worship that sounds like it was recorded in an asylum, prison, torture chamber, crematorium or perhaps the train station at the end of the world.

The bleak messages are powerfully conveyed over the course of nine brilliantly-composed and –executed ritualistic homilies (two without words) and it’s all as professionally and perfectly presented as we have come to expect from a meticulous, trailblazing label. Incredibly, this sublime slice of subterranean suffering can be yours for just €15.

Evilometer: 666/666

ORDER OF DARKNESS – UNTITLED LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Order Of Darkness - UntitledThis first surfaced in 2016 on a cassette limited to just 50 units and was disinterred in December by IBP and given the vinyl treatment. Instead of acting the cunt, the label opted to make the record widely available – with a generous limitation of 300, crystal clear vinyl – and, for good measure, a self-titled demo LP (including the tracks from the sold-out ‘Cosmic Tyranny’ tape on Side B), was released at the same time, in conjunction with Amor Fati.

Thus, two utterly fantastic Order Of Darkness LPs emerged at the same time and both are still available to buy for just €15 each. Grabbing one or both of these records makes sense for anybody who wants to own some exceptional raw BM on vinyl without having to chase their tail, jump through hoops, blow their father, engage a page monitor, blow themselves or whatever it is the kids of today are doing to get their hands on the blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em treasures being half-bestowed upon us.

Yes, I’ve got a bee in my hoodie. I’m fucking sick of it. You have to commend a label like Iron Bonehead, which releases records and keeps them released. Look what he did with the fourth Black Cilice album, for example, to satisfy demand … I lost count of the represses, three or four anyway, delivered with a minimum of fuss, catering to consumers. Other labels should take note. Release the fucking thing properly or fuck off.

Evilometer: 666/666

POSSESSION – EXORKIZEIN LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Possession - ExorkizeinRemarkably, it’s almost a year already since Possession dropped their mighty debut full-length. I never got around to writing nearly as many reviews last year as I’d ideally have liked and ‘Exorkizein’ is one of the many worthy records that slipped through the net while I was on the doss.

Witnessing this band twice in a live environment has given me a good appreciation of what Possession are all about. They’re powerful in that setting and equally great on record. For a debut album, ‘Exorkizein’ is quite remarkable, but we almost take such achievements for granted in the wondrous Black / Death Metal underground.

There’s been a seamless change of vocalist since the ‘1585-1646’ MLP and it’s noticeable that the full-length is only eleven minutes than longer said mini-effort but there’s more than enough here to get your (d)evil-worshipping, horror-loving fangs into. The songs are like little stories of nastiness and depravity; the hammering house of Black Metal horrors.

Evilometer: 666/666

VASSAFOR – MALEDICTION LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Vassafor - MaledictionThis is one heavy record. Literally. It’s listed as 180g but feels more like 280 in my bony hands. Chunky as all fuck. Maybe it’s the oppressive, all-consuming chaos painstakingly pressed into the grooves of the deep black wax that weighs it down.

Either way, Vassafor’s aptly-titled second full-length, ‘Malediction’, is another monster from this stellar band, undoubtedly one of the finest dwelling in the decayed Black / Death underground. Considering that the New Zealand duo have been releasing high-quality music for more than two decades and have a sizeable canon of incredible material to their credit, it’s difficult to fathom that there are just two albums proper…

And even though there are only three new songs contained on here (‘Servitude’ and ‘Black Winds Victoryant’ are re-recorded versions of cuts that were included on the amazing ‘Elegy of the Archeonaut’ 2LP), ‘Malediction’ is nevertheless an outstanding exhibit of murky, cavernous, rumbling black doom that kicks off with the sensationally-disturbing 16-minute-plus ‘Devourer Of A Thousand Worlds’ and never lets up.

Everything about this album is magnificent, apart from the fact that I dropped my copy onto the platter (Although from no great height, it plummeted forcefully downwards, like an angry hippo’s stool) and etched a multitude of unwanted clicks into Side A. Too much weight for my feeble limbs.

Heavy gatefold jacket, inner sleeve and poster further bolster the gross weight, so you might want to visit the gym a few times before picking this substantial unit up.

Evilometer: 666/666

TETRAGRAMMACIDE – PRIMAL INCINERATORS OF MORAL MATRIX LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Tetragrammacide - Primal Incinerators Of Moral MatrixThe vinyl edition of Tetragrammacide’s debut full-length is a thing of true pummeling beauty. Buttressed by a strong gatefold jacket including bountiful booklet and the obligatory poster, ‘Primal Incinerators Of Moral Matrix’ is certainly a record that merits a place in any self-disrespecting collection. It looks supreme and sounds even better.

As solid a hybrid of crushing, chaotic Black / Death Metal (complete with batshit lyrics and delightfully odd interludes) as you could wish to witness, this album is subtly more accessible than ‘Typhonian Wormholes: Indecipherable Anti-Structural Formulæ’; twice as long; and thrice as nice. Crushing.

Evilometer: 666/666

NECROBLOOD – COLLAPSE OF THE HUMAN RACE LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Necroblood - Collapse Of The Human RaceIf you pitched Diocletian, Revenge, Antaeus, Archgoat, ZOM and Portal into a super-Satanic blender and pulverised the contents together to create a novel yet strangely familiar monster, then you might just end up with something like Necroblood.

Although there is nothing particularly new here and a lot of the influences shine through clearly, debut full-length ‘Collapse Of The Human Race’ manages to sound fresh, rather than lazily cloned. This is a very difficult album to describe or pigeonhole as it fuses so many subtly different styles of barbaric Black and Death Metal into its vicious, virulent, obnoxious and ominous attack. Suppose I can just describe it as killer?

Three-quarters of an hour of punishing, pummeling poison with a big, bass-friendly production to maximise impact. Devastating, really, and with a cool intro to boot. You won’t go wrong with this monstrosity.

Evilometer: 666/666

CHHINNAMASTA VAJRA-SARPA MLP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Chhinnamasta - Vajra-SarpaChhinnamasta’s debut release, the one-sided MLP, “Vajra-Sarpa”, is quite a short shock – featuring just over 20 minutes of raw-ish / ambient Black Metal … from India of all places. There’s really just one actual song on here – ‘In Search Of A Primal Light’ – buttressed between two ambient pieces – ‘Nexion I – Ritual Of Illumination And Consumption’ and ‘Nexion II – Reawakening Primeval Spells From The Farthest Cosmic Night’.

It’s very good stuff and, to make up for the brevity of the record, I tend to listen to it more than once at a time (and no need to even turn it over). Obviously, I’d prefer a full-length but, alas, there’s a lot of quality material emerging on the mini-album format these days and I’m finding myself buying more and more of them. Insert included.

Evilometer: 555/666

BLACK CILICE – BANISHED FROM TIME LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Black Cilice - Banished From TimeEvery new Black Cilice record represents a truly seismic event in my living room and ‘Banished From Time’ is no different to its predecessors in this regard. Even though the previous three full-lengths were mandatory purchases and pretty much perfect in execution and tone, the Portuguese cellar-dweller does – rather remarkably – appear to be getting better with each passing emission.

It’s like he’s honing his craft, mastering the technique of hammering home his unique strain of depraved raw Black Metal pestilence and depravity in the most concise, potent and engaging manner possible. On ‘Banished From Time’, I hear an artist at the absolute peak of his creative power. While the music remains incredibly bleak, strained, nasty and deathly, the delivery is somehow more measured, more calculated, just better composed, constructed and (dare I say?) premeditated.

It still sounds essentially like a spontaneous outburst of violence and madness; and it remains patently of the underground, but the walls of the dank dungeon have been insulated a little better – perhaps with the bones of a thousand fools – and the unsettling chaos seeps through in a clearer and more accurate manner than ever before. A harrowing, repetitive, hypnotic mantra of death and surrender to the darkness, this album will take your pointless breath away.

Right now, Black Cilice is utterly lethal, more addictive than heroin, and catchier than the most contagious contagion.

Evilometer: 666/666

SPIRE – ENTROPY LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Spire - EntropySpire’s debut album features six intriguing offerings of doomy, ambient Black Metal ranging in length from three to 14 minutes. Mostly slow-to-mid paced, it took a little time to work its charm on me. Eventually, however, I deduced that ‘Entropy’ is a terrific record that’s melodic yet genuinely foreboding and manages to collate its different influences into a very commendable (w)hole.

Give it a listen or three on Bandcamp and see what you think. Some nice guitar tones in there and the vinyl edition looks fantastic.

Evilometer: 666/666

BLOOD TYRANT – ARISTOCRACY OF TWILIGHT LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Blood Tyrant - Aristocracy Of TwilightI’m not sure how twilight can qualify as being aristocratic but anyhow Blood Tyrant’s debut full-length is worthy of close investigation. Delivered are 30 minutes of venomous, raw razorblade Black Metal, blistering and ravenous enough to leave you breathless but still imbued with a delightful authentic charm that is no doubt indebted in part to the accompanying artwork and packaging plus the beguiling intro and outro as well as the main body of mesmerising music itself.

Twilight Of Aristocracy’ is a really good record and there’s no need to say any more.

Evilometer: 666/666

BLACK FUNERAL – ANKOU AND THE DEATH FIRE LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

black-funeral-ankou-and-the-death-fireCeltic mythology / folklore doesn’t interest me much and I don’t generally appreciate (m)any bands that dwell upon it (or even visit it), so I’d have been pretty wary of Black Funeral’s latest full-length offering, ‘Ankou And The Death Fire’, had I been aware of the prevailing theme – something along the lines of opening the gates to the Celtic netherworld – prior to purchase. Indeed, I might even have given it a wide berth altogether.

However, I invested blindly on the strength of my searing admiration for BF’s previous work, not realising either that Drowning The Light mastermind Azgorh was now on board. Anyhow, I’ve lucked out, to an extent, as this doesn’t sound Celticy, pagany, epicy or Primordialy in any way, shape or form.

Rather, what we get is a thoroughly enjoyable 46 minutes of atmospheric, spooky, occult Black Metal with insidious melodies and a haunting aura. It’s also an album that undeniably gets better as it progresses, building to a fantastic climax which leaves the listener yearning for more.

Decent lyrics to read through on the insert along with some liner notes, a gatefold jacket (nice cover art) and a download card so you can also grab some MP3s if that’s your thing. And a poster, too.

Evilometer: 555/666

SHATAAN – WEIGH OF THE WOLF LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

shataan-weigh-of-the-wolfIt would be fair to say that Shataan channel a unique and distinct sound all of their own. As soon as I started listening to their rather outrageous debut LP, ‘Weigh Of The Wolf’, the music sounded familiar to me straight away.

Probably because I’d previously encountered a few of their songs on the excellent ‘Desert Dances And Serpent Sermons’ compilation album and another one on the equally-sensational ‘Tlilitic Tlapoyauak’ 3LP.

To be fair, it’s the exact same formula again. It’s a winning formula, however, so I’m not complaining. Featuring the duo behind more-infamous Black Twilight Circle hordes Volahn and Arizmenda, this sounds nothing like Black Metal, really.

It’s more trippy, shamanic, occult, ritualistic cleansing. With flute included. And spaghetti western whistling. And a closing track that is uncannily like Social Distortion. Bad, bad Mexican medicine.

Evilometer: 666/666