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Posts Tagged ‘Psychic Violence’

VANUM – REALM OF SACRIFICE LP (Psychic Violence Records)

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Vanum - Realm of SacrificeVanum’s debut full-length, ‘Realm Of Sacrifice’, represents one of those occasions where you instinctively know with tremendous confidence that a record is going to be great; one you could buy blindly. It’s pretty expensive to purchase in Europe but the quality of the music outweighs this inconvenience tenfold.

As the two individuals involved have been responsible for some of the best Black Metal to have come out of the United State in the past five years – one in Fell Voices and Vorde (as well as Vilkacis and Yellow Eyes); the other in Ash Borer and Predatory Light – it was abundantly obvious prior to the event that their collaborative effort would be special.

From start to finish, ‘Realm Of Sacrifice’ is utterly superb; emotive, organic Black Metal that reeks of mountains and oceans, pregnant with atmosphere and imbued with a manliness that most acts can only dream of. This vinyl edition of the album also features lyrics to the four epic anthems and some sheets of artwork that capture / embellish the all-pervading cataclysmic mood. Symbolising nature, I assume, the most powerful force of all.

Evilometer: 666/666

VORDE – VORDE LP (Fallen Empire Records / Psychic Violence)

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Vorde - VordeVorde is an interesting new proposition from Brooklyn, emitting a fairly unique-sounding strain of cosmic Black Metal that is hard to pin down. At a push, I would perhaps describe the debut album, ‘Vorde’, as a convergence of classic-era Mayhem and the more modern-sounding Negative Plane.

It’s very difficult (for me, at least) to depict or portray this album with any degree of accuracy and equally difficult to reach a definite verdict on it. I’ve listened to it tons of times and have yet to decide whether it’s great, good or average. At least I’m getting value for money. But I have to reach some sort of verdict and move along…

Ultimately, I really dig some parts and I’m not so keen on other passages – but, all in all, this is well above average and worthy of support. Solid Black Metal record; not-so solid review.

Evilometer: 444/666

ASH BORER – BLOODLANDS EP (Gilead Media / Psychic Violence)

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Ash Borer - BloodlandsThe only downside of Ash Borer (and I’m splitting hairs here, as this is a logistical shortcoming that’s completely out of the band’s hands, I guess) is that their records have no European release which, for me, makes them both difficult and (more importantly) relatively expensive to acquire. It’s always worth the effort, though. Everything this band has put its name to so far has been amazing and ‘Bloodlands’ is no exception.

For a so-called EP, this is exceedingly generous length-wise. At almost 35 minutes, ‘Bloodlands’ is actually longer than many Black Metal albums being released these days and I would classify it as an MLP at least. A great record with one epic, stellar track on each side and a download code included for those who want to legally acquire a digital copy. Super stuff, as usual, from the  Californians.

Evilometer: 666/666