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Posts Tagged ‘Turia’

VILKACIS / TURIA – VILKACIS / TURIA LP (Altare Productions)

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

Vilkacis TuriaBoth Turia full-lengths are fantastic, so it was exciting to learn that they had recorded a split with Vilkacis, the one-man entity fronted by Michael Rekevics of Fell Voices, Vanum, Vorde and Yellow Eyes.

The record is half an hour long and features two songs from each act – a triumph for quality over quantity. The in-form Dutch trio are up second with trademark skeletal, ethereal, raw, lo-fi, anaemic, howling, minimalistic Black Metal, setting the tone for a very enjoyable 30 minutes of underground art.

On Side A, which is slightly longer, the Vilkacis offerings are also great – harsh yet melodic, distant and sombre yet engaging and uplifting, swirling, swashbuckling almost. Rumbling and tinny. Soaring and triumphant. Lyrics are included on the insert and this is a splendid release all around, showcasing two murky subterranean denizens who complement one another superbly.

Evilometer: 666/666

TURIA – DEDE KONDRE LP (Altare Productions)

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Turia - Dede KondreWith its jangling, uplifting, almost triumphant tones complemented by pained shrieks and forlorn lamentations, Turia’s second full-length, ‘Dede Kondre’, is every bit as captivating and refreshing as ‘Dor’ was. This is ambient, atmospheric, spirited Black Metal very much of the underground.

Reminiscent of those well-known Cascadian trailblazers but still quite unique and original to my battered ear. Great stuff again.

Evilometer: 666/666

TURIA – DOR LP (Altare Productions)

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Turia - Dor LPThe accompanying brouhaha was conspicuous by its absence when Turia unleashed their debut full-length last year but that doesn’t really mean anything. One of the truly mystifying anomalies of the Black Metal underground is how some virgin albums receive inexplicable amounts of hype while other equally-worthy, fledgling releases seem by comparison to slip beneath the radar and disappear almost into oblivion.

As it happens, this Dutch three-piece deliver some truly absorbing minimalist, repetitive, ambient Black Metal in the vein of a Fell Voices, Ash Borer or Vanum and ‘Dor’ is a top-notch release, with four lengthy tracks that flow into one another seamlessly (38 minutes in all) and fly by due to their innate catchiness and undeniably high quality.

Evilometer: 666/666