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Posts Tagged ‘Rhinocervs’

RHINOCERVS – RH-07 MLP (Final Agony Records)

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Rhinocervs - RH-07This is the third of the much-coveted and hyped Rhinocervs tapes to get the vinyl treatment and I am pretty sure there are more to come. Unleashed at the start of the year, it is limited to a mere 333 units.

Are there 333 suckers out there who want to part with more than the price of most full-length albums for 24 minutes of lethargic, sleep-inducing, spacey, psychedelic Black Metal that’s neither one thing nor another nor another? No doubt. Alas, I am one such fool.

The seventh track is enjoyable but, generally speaking, ‘RH-07’ is a truly boring, painfully lacklustre, somewhat contrived, predominantly-instrumental record that sounds like wallpaper falling off a tree.

Evilometer: 111/666

RHINOCERVS – RH-13 LP (Final Agony Records)

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Rhinocervs - RH-13There’s some impressive raucous and fierce Black Metal contained on ‘RH-13’ but I’m not sure it quite lives up to the hype that’s been generated (albeit within the tiniest of habitats, to be fair) by the obscure, underground, deliberately-hard-to-acquire series of Rhinocervs releases.

While I’m obviously pleased that this recording has been reissued on vinyl (and remastered to boot), it has to be said that the mere 25 minutes of music included does not justify the requisite substantial outlay of cold, hard cash that was needed to gain admission to the party from Europe. Of course, I knew this before purchasing and was still prepared to proceed, which suggests that either I am in a bad mood today and over-protesting or generally have more money than sense.

Bear in mind that only individuals who worship underground Black Metal and all things cult are ever likely to become exposed to Rhinocervs cassettes / records and, therefore, the ‘RH-’ series will as a consequence receive a very high percentage of fawning appraisals (from a small pool of people).

Pretty much everyone who hears this is going to hail it as supreme but the reality is that – apart from the fourth track – ‘RH-13’ (which, looks amazing, by the way) is somewhat underwhelming and certainly disappointing considering that the masterminds behind Odz Manouk and Tukaaria have collaborated to conceive and nurture it.

Having said all of that, if I didn’t have it, I’d buy it again, so perhaps certain things in life are just mandatory by their very nature…

Evilometer: 333/666

VOLAHN / TUKAARIA – SPLIT (Crepúsculo Negro / Rhinocervs)

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Volahn TukaariaThis tape is a total insult and I have returned from semi-retirement to express my disgust. How two labels can come together and still manage to make such a cock of a release is beyond me. However, in the case of Crepúsculo Negro – whose inadequacies I was already all too familiar with due to a previous, almost-interminable delivery delay – it’s hardly a surprise.

The problem is so basic it makes me feel like a complete prick for having purchased the cassette in the first place. I’m listening along to the music and it just ends abruptly midway through the last song, i.e. the tape used isn’t actually long enough to hold all the music. Fucking amateurs. Purchased directly from the label, too, so no disreputable middlemen involved.

When labels display such blatant disregard for quality and integrity and can’t even be bothered to check to make sure that the full album is on the tapes before sending them out, you can but

Evilometer: Fuck Off/666