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Posts Tagged ‘Vilkacis’

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

VILKACIS – THE FEVER OF WAR EP (Dead Section Records)

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Vilkacis - The Fever Of WarThis is a 12” edition of the 33-minute long Vilkacis debut EP originally released by Psychic Violence Records on cassette last year, Vilkacis being the one-man vehicle of Fell Voices drummer / vocalist Michael Rekeviks (so I had a fair idea what to expect here). Musically, there are no real surprises.

It’s like a stripped down, more minimal version of FV (doh!); very simplistic, quite repetitive, reasonably enjoyable.

Out of curiosity alone, this was worth buying and it is well worth owning as a collectible item. It’s not amazing, but ‘The Fever Of War’ is still pretty damn good. An okay purchase but hardly an essential one.

I’m not sure any more about these cheap-looking, flimsy single-sheet (card) gatefold jackets popularised by the underground, either. It’s not a proper record sleeve but consumers are still asked to pay proper prices. Feels and looks cheap (especially when the back cover is printed on sideways). Also, apparently all copies come with a free digital download. Except mine, obviously…

Evilometer: 444/666