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Posts Tagged ‘Purity Through Fire’

ANCIENT RECORDS – DEMO COMPILATION PART II 2LP (Purity Through Fire)

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Ancient Records - Demo Compilation IIIt’s almost five years since I reviewed the lucky dip that was ‘Demo Compilation Part 1’ and a lot of piss has steamed beneath the Ancient Records bridge since then, most notably the public spat between Sir N., who is credited with all the material on that particular release, and Swartadauþuz, who wrote and performed the music – in conjunction with lyricist / vocalist Likpredikaren (Demonomantic / Summum) – on the substantially-better follow-up being contemplated right now.

This massive double-LP – housed in a classy gatefold jacket, with all the lyrics included – is essentially a collection of unused and “mostly unreleased” material written and recorded between 2007 and 2016; subsequently remixed and remastered at Afgrundsmysticism Studios in 2017.

Swartadauþuz could certainly never be accused of over-selling himself. Considering that he regards many of his best albums as mere demos and that the tracks on this release are off-cuts that just about saw the dark of night, it’s hard not to admire his dedication to the black arts.

There’s a real mixed bag of material on ‘Demo Compilation Part II’ that hints at most of the best bands associated with this inimitable Swedish madman. Nineteen songs in total and, surprisingly in this age of cunts, still widely available at the original asking price.

Evilometer: 666/666

SARKRISTA – SUMMONERS OF THE SERPENTS WRATH LP (Purity Through Fire)

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Sarkrista - Summoners Of The Serpent's WrathAs well as being apostropheless, ‘Summoners Of The Serpents Wrath’ is a glorious and majestic 50-minute homily to the horned one that should bring one big, nasty, evil smile to the face of both the devout and those who just like menacing music.

Yet again Sarkrista deliver rasping, timeless Satanic Black Metal of the very highest calibre, perhaps best demonstrated by the captivating sixth sermon, ‘He, Who Liveth and Reigneth Forevermore’ … the undoubted highlight of a wondrous LP.

This time, the record comes with an insert and lyrics, which make for an entertaining read. Exceptional.

Evilometer: 666/666

KALMANKANTAJA – VIIMEINEN VIRSI LP (Purity Through Fire / Hammerbund)

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Kalmankantaja - Viimeinen VirsiEpic, sad, melodic and full of longing, ‘Viimeinen Virsi’ is one of four full-lengths that were released by Kalmankantaja during a very productive 2014 calendar year.

These Finns have recorded and released a lot of music within a relatively short period of time and I’ve noticed quite a bit of it surfacing on vinyl of late.

Atmospheric, depressive, heartbroken, lush and uplifting / downcast, pitiful, poor-me Black Metal is very one-dimensional, though, and essentially dull, so I can’t imagine why anybody would want more than one or two records in this style.

Which makes me wonder why I jumped in, like a drunken blind man at a pool party. My money is gone and this is a fitting soundtrack to my ensuing sadness and self pity.

Evilometer: 111/666

SARKRISTA – THE ACHERONIAN WORSHIP LP (Purity Through Fire)

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Sarkrista - The Acheronian WorshipSarkrista’s debut album first emerged on CD early in 2013 but ‘The Acheronian Worship’ only received its vinyl makeover a few months ago. With seven blasts of impressive, raw-ish yet melodic, mostly mid-paced, icy cold Black Metal on offer (plus an intro), there’s no denying that Sarkrista are a class act capable of delivering stunning BM of the frozen variety.

I don’t think the artwork quite does justice to how good this full-length is (nor does it capture the chilling feel of the record) and I believe the whole experience would have been enhanced by the inclusion of an insert and lyrics (again, to complete the package and improve the listener-artist interaction) … but these are just minor quibbles and overall this is a great buy, widely available at a very fair price.

Evilometer: 555/666