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Posts Tagged ‘Me Saco Un Ojo Records’

FUIL NA SEANCHOILLE – HUNGER LP (Me Saco Un Ojo Records)

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Fuil Na Seanchoille - HungerHaving already expressed my appreciation of Fuil Na Seanchoille’s debut full-length some five years ago, it was great to see ‘Hunger’ getting a vinyl incarnation.

As stated previously, this is a fantastic slab of resilient, defiant, raw Black Metal worthy of a place in any collection.

I’m not mad about the specified luminous green colour of the vinyl but, when the music is this good (eight stunning offerings spread across 51 minutes), who cares?

Evilometer: 666/666

UNDERGANG – MISANTROPOLOGI LP (Me Saco Un Ojo Records)

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Undergang - MisantropologiMisantropologi’ is the fourth rancid full-length from spiteful Danish trio Undergang and it’s a monstrous full-length that’s received countless rotations on the deck of death. Though brief at just 29 minutes (counting the 30 seconds it requires me to flip the record over), this is a catchy, memorable slab of putrid Death Metal that certainly makes a lasting impression.

The lyrics are in a language that’s foreign to me so I’m at a loss as to the precise nature of the unpleasantness to hand, though it’s clearly not nice stuff. Great Death Metal here, performed with style and authority. As good as it gets.

Evilometer: 666/666

SWALLOWED – LUNARTERIAL 2LP (Me Saco Un Ojo Records)

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Swallowed - LunarterialClocking in at almost 54 minutes – including a whopping and utterly monstrous 25-minute sixth and final track, ‘Libations’ (which takes up all of Side C) – Swallowed’s debut full-length really does offer a lot to get one’s teeth into. I’ve had this album for the best part of two months now and have held off on writing a review because – truth be told – I’m not sure what I can say to best sum it up. A lot going on here.

Lunarterial’ is a big and bold album, full of predominantly slow-to-mid-paced, ominous, oppressive, suffocating Death Metal with some hints of doom. At times bordering on drone-y and dreamy-dreary a la Khanate, it doesn’t quite live up to my unreasonably-high expectations, but the Finnish duo have nonetheless delivered a fantastic piece of work that deserves to be heard.

The double-vinyl edition comes in a gatefold jacket, with generous eight-page booklet including basic artwork and some scrawled lyrics as well as the by-now-customary blank Side D (which in this case was obviously preferable to splitting the last song in half…). All in all, this is a fine record that you should listen to rather than read about.

Evilometer: 555/666

ATARAXY – REVELATIONS OF THE ETHEREAL LP (Me Saco Un Ojo Records)

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Ataraxy - Revelations Of The EtherealPerhaps it’s simply because they are completely unknown by comparison (am I really that shallow?), but I find the debut album from Spanish four-piece Ataraxy to be vastly superior to recent contributions from more-revered names like Carcass, Autopsy, Suffocation and Gorguts. Damn, even the latest efforts from the mighty Immolation and Coffins aren’t as enjoyable as ‘Revelations Of The Ethereal’.

The opening instrumental has me thinking of Dexter the TV serial killer for some reason and it’s followed by seven substantial slabs of obscure underground desolation. While there’s nothing particularly innovative going in, we are nonetheless treated to 44 minutes of thoroughly-commendable and cleverly-thought-out Death Metal that’s obviously rooted in the past but somehow manages to sound fresh, vibrant and – crucially – relevant.

Maybe it takes newer bands with enthusiasm and – dare I say it? – youth on their side to pull off this kind of music successfully but, for whatever reason, I’m totally digging listening to this humble and grounded offering. Admittedly, Ataraxy’s debut full-length is pretty straightforward, and arguably even derivative, but it is undoubtedly inspired. I would urge any Death Metal fan with a spare €14 or so in his / her pocket to try out this rumbling, deeply-atmospheric record from an unheralded and interesting newcomer.

The record comes in a classy gatefold cover, with the lyrics included. Read along and enjoy how badly the words are pronounced! Carcass and Suffocation and ________* have all had their day; give the new blood a chance.

Evilometer: 444/666

*[insert name of washed-up, wrinkly Death Metal veterans of your choice here]

KRYPTS – UNENDING DEGRADATION LP (Me Saco Un Ojo Records / Detest Records)

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

The debut full-length from Helsinki-based Krypts comprises almost 40 minutes of great mid-paced, semi-guttural Death Metal with a dark and evil atmosphere. This album is an exercise in simplicity itself, sticking to tried and trusted formulae to spawn a truly fantastic, catchy-as-Leprosy work that sounds spontaneous, organic and downright awesome.

In a way, it’s almost like the last 20 years didn’t happen at all. Certainly no harm in that… There’s no need to overcomplicated Death Metal (or Black Metal, for that matter) and it’s refreshing to listen to some genuine music untainted by post-this and / or avant-that. (Isn’t post-metal the most abominable development ever?)

This is perfectly-produced, excellently-executed DM and – admirably – it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to unravel the lyrical themes. The record includes a neat A5 booklet with lyrics etc. and looks as impressive as it sounds. If you like good, honest Death Metal then you are sure to appreciate what Krypts are doing on ‘Unending Degradation’.

Evilometer: 555/666

FUIL NA SEANCHOILLE – FUIL NA SEANCHOILLE LP (Me Saco Un Ojo Records)

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Fuil Na Seanchoille’ gathers on vinyl the seven tunes from Fuil Na Seanchoille’s two demos, ‘Demo MMVII’ and ‘Bitter Dusk Of Futures Past’, which were shat out on limited-to-100-unit cassettes in 2008 and 2009 respectively. At the time, I was blissfully oblivious to their existence – but I’m thrilled to have discovered them now…

What we have here is fantastic, uncompromising, swirling underground mayhem – indifferent and nonchalantly defiant. But it’s not all balls-to-the-wall carnage. Satyrign also occasionally incorporates some delightful ambience and devilish melody into the equation, in particular during the closing strains of the excellent nine-minute ‘Seancríonnacht’, which brings Side A to an exhilarating end, but also notably at the climax of ‘Dorchadas Agus Foréigean / Deireadh Fómhair MDLXXX’ in the middle of Side B.

Speaking of which, Side B (i.e. Bitter Dusk Of Futures Past’) sounds like it might have been recorded in an abandoned, godless church (aren’t they all?) using a tape recorder; all high-pitched, wobbly guitars, fist-against-the-bark-of-a-tree drums and ghoulish vocals. It’s a total fucking abomination. And I mean that in a positive sense.

This is one of the least-sophisticated records you are ever likely to own. Isn’t that exactly how Black Metal was supposed to be in the first place? Before the goths and the folk fiends and the avant-garde retards and the hipsters came to the party and tried to ruin it…

Invigorating stuff.

Evilometer: 666/666