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Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Azelisassath - Total Desecration Of ExistenceAzelisassath’s third full-length, ‘Total Desecration Of Existence’, is more depressive content-wise than I recall the first two offerings (‘In Total Contempt of All Life’ and ‘Evil Manifestations Against Mankind’) being, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The song titles and lyrics rather overtly deal with suicide, nihilism and self-annihilation, nothingness, death and all manner of uplifting eventualities. So much better than Trolldom; hard to believe it’s the same maniac. In fairness, most of Swartadauþuz’ work is exceptionally good.

The music is raw-ish but with an insidious sense of keyboard-driven melody and plenty of upbeat atmosphere. But still dark as the devil’s hole.

Evilometer: 666/666


Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Trolldom - Av Gudablod Röd...This one is from the enigmatic Ancient Records stable although, for some reason, it’s credited as an independent release rather than being attributed to either of the cult Ancient Records / Afgrundsvisioner, Mysticism Productions or Nordisk Kultur imprints.

I think there was some sort of rift in the camp so I’m not sure what the status of the label(s) is but that hardly matters as the music is still surfacing (unfortunately, in the case of this one).

(Since changed to Nordisk Kultur on Metal Archives…)

I’ve noted before how these releases are hit and miss and ‘Av Gudablod Röd’ is very much in the latter department: a cock-eyed, eye-off-the-ball, glaring miss – miles off the target, so far wide it’s gone out for a throw-in – comprising two lengthy offerings of wishy-washy, keyboard-driven, mid-paced, sugary, symphonic, raw-ish, medieval-sounding pomposity that doesn’t qualify as Black Metal (surely?).

Swartadauþuz has delivered a lot of great records across his various guises; this isn’t one of them. Don’t panic if you’ve missed out on Trolldom’s debut release. It’s aimed at fairies. Nothing of interest happening here. Ventures way too far down the atmospheric path for my liking. A shocker, really.

Evilometer: 000/666


Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

beketh-nexehmu-de-glomdas-ursjalarThe latest Bekëth Nexëhmü record (seems I review one of these every couple of years) is a bit of a strange fish in that the LP version of the single track offered, ‘En Förglömd Ursjäl’, runs for 23-and-a-half minutes while the CD version passes the 40-minute mark. There’s nothing on the second side of the record! My first reaction to that hammer blow was one of disgust. Surely I deserve to hear the entire thing?

Once I’d got over the disappointment, however, I came to realise that ‘De Glömdas Ursjälar’ is a truly phenomenal LP even as it is. Okay, some of it is missing … but the music that is presented here possibly represents BN’s finest offering to date

It’s an extraordinary spacey, ambient Black Metal track, which seems to last forever anyhow and – instead of flipping the record over to hear the pretty redundant ambient outro section that has been culled – I can play the meat and bones part of Swartadauþuz’s vision over and over again. I’ve spun this record a hell of a lot and it seems to get better each time.

Despite the lost 17 minutes, I cannot deduce any marks.

Evilometer: 666/666


Saturday, October 1st, 2016

mystik-dunkla-klangorMystik ‎is a mysterious and previously-unknown (to me, at least) entity from the Ancient Records stable, which has just simultaneously unleashed two opening shots. Although both records are listed as compilations for some reason, ‘Dunkla Klangor… (Kapitel I)’ is ostensibly the debut full-length and – like its companion piece,  ‘Af Herrens Mystik… (Kapitel II)’ – it rather surprisingly sold out within minutes of arriving in select distros.

This is ultra-high-quality Black Metal for sure, perhaps too melodic for my liking, running for about 42 minutes, delivered by S., who may or may not be Swartadauþuz, not that it matters. Not that anything matters.

Evilometer: 555/666