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Posts Tagged ‘Skjold’

BLOOD TYRANT – NIGHT OF BLOOD MOON LP (Skjold)

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Blood Tyrant - Night Of Blood MoonThis is Blood Tyrant’s eight-song 2016 demo reissued on vinyl (plus one bonus track). As is often the case with underground emissions, do not be deceived by the term ‘demo’. ‘Night Of Blood Moon’ sounds a little low (Easy fix: turn the volume up) but, generally, has a sound quality befitting an album proper within this subgenre.

It’s also excellent. And generous at over 30 minutes…

Not quite as stellar as ‘Aristocracy Of Twilight’, in my humble opinion, but nevertheless a pretty sensational presentation of prime, raw, organic Black Metal with that oft-elusive distant, ancient, eerie chill factor. Really nails down that authentic mood that so many others strive for but miss entirely.

Skjold out for now but guaranteed to be reissued sooner rather than later. Get it, then, if you haven’t already.

Evilometer: 666/666

OSTOTS – EZER EZAREN ARAZTASUNA LP (Altare Productions / Skjold)

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Ostots - Ezer Ezaren AraztasunaEzer Ezaren Araztasuna’ – another Ostots album title that I will never utter. I used Google Translate to find out what it means but I’ll never be able to pronounce it, remember it or spell it. Copy-and-paste serves me well in these instances. Anyhow, the third full-length from IA under this banner is utterly superb in every conceivable way, proving to me that Ostots just keeps on getting better.

The music and vocals (especially) and the general vibe seems like at least a slight departure from his previous work, although I’m not sure in exactly what way (and am too lazy to contemplate the subtle nuances further; besides it hardly matters).

This album is a really solid, confident, definitive statement – epic and glorious in an almost Slavonic sense but nevertheless suitably evil and raw and undeniably underground. A clear step-up from the first two full-lengths, which were in themselves pretty sensational.

It’s partly because of the quality of artists like Ostots that there appears to be an explosion in the popularity of underground Black Metal at the moment. There are probably other reasons too. I don’t know if this is still available but there is sure to be a repress and it’s certainly a record that is worthy of its place in any collection. Get it when you can.

Evilometer: 666/666

MOON – MELEK TAUS 2LP (Skjold)

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Moon - Melek TausMelek Taus’ collates a slew of demos and EPs recorded by antipodean wraiths Moon during the course of 2008. It was initially issued on cassette in 2012 but was given a painfully-limited vinyl makeover by buzz label of the moment Skjold towards the death rattle / last seeping fart of 2016 anno bastard.

There are more than 90 minutes of ambient, eerie, raw Black Metal to be trawled through here and most of it – apart from a really ropy start to Side C that possibly adds to the underground credo but nonetheless represents utter turtle shit – is superb. Long since s(kj)old out, alas, but there’s bound to be a second pressing.

Good stuff.

Evilometer: 666/666

FORBIDDEN CITADEL OF SPIRITS – COLLECTION I 2LP (Skjold)

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

forbidden-citadel-of-spirits-%e2%80%8e-collection-iDuring ten years of existence, Forbidden Citadel Of Spirits ‎has yet to unleash a full-length. Probably never will. Instead, in true underground fashion, the Tasmanian duo stick to demos, EPs and splits, improvised and very much in the vein of Portuguese dungeon-dwellers like Black Cilice and Mons Veneris.

Collating material from a host of these off-the-radar releases, ‘Collection I’ is as close as we’ve come to an album proper from the band … on vinyl, at least (a couple of prior compilations also surfaced on cassette).

The music on here is so raw, spontaneous and sloppy that it is almost ludicrous. More Black Metal than Black Metal itself, ‘Collection I’ constitutes a truly insane, warped journey through the depths of some realm that exists beneath the actual underground. Or something.

Great stuff, really. And probably sold out, too, as there were only 150 copies pressed.

Evilometer: 666/666