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Posts Tagged ‘Werewolf Records’

HUNOK – MEGRENDÍTHETETLENSÉG LP (Werewolf Records)

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Hunok - MegrendíthetetlenségIt was a long time coming but Hunok’s unpronounceable debut full-length got the vinyl treatment during the summer. Suffice to say, if you like early Graveland, then you should find plenty here to grab your attention.

Bookended by a keyboard intro and outro, ‘Megrendíthetetlenség’ delivers raw, shrill, mid-paced, old-style (pagany) Black Metal with triumphant melodies and an ominous atmosphere. It’s about as far from groundbreaking as you could get and that’s part of the appeal.

An enjoyable piece of Carpathian nostalgia housed within a gatefold jacket and adorned with one of my favourite cover photos of recent times.

Evilometer: 666/666

WHITE DEATH – WHITE DEATH LP (Werewolf Records)

Monday, February 13th, 2017

White Death - White DeathFor the most part, this is extremely nasty stuff. Vritrahn’s vocals are particularly venomous and the album is blistering and skin-shredding, apart from the occasional soaring, melodious moment and an unnecessary (but fun) outbreak of Heavy Metal towards the end of ‘White Death’s Power’.

Generally speaking (and what other way is there to converse?), ‘White Death’ is excellent and my only (admittedly puerile) regret is that there are no lyrics included as the song titles are interesting and I’d like to see what these patently Satanic Finns are raging about.

I suspect it’s probably your run-of-the-mill anti-christian, anti-human, anti-all-things diatribe – a fist in the throat of the priests and a boot to the face of the believers. For which there’s a lot to be said. Nothing original here really but one could contend that this is how Black Metal was always supposed to be. Ugly and coarse and full of hate. With devilish, mischievous melodies at play to magnify the mockery.

Let the churches burn and the flock inside roast like lambs on a spit, the dumb fucks.

Evilometer: 666/666

AZAZEL – JESUS PERVERSIONS (Werewolf Records)

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Having enjoyed Azazel’s contribution to the split with Goatmoon, I was always going to check out their debut album – which appears almost 20 years after the formation of the band. Nothing is done conventionally in Finland, it would appear. And why should it be? Anyway, the album is a success.

Azazel’s Black Metal is very much of the blasphemous variety (‘Rotting Nazarene’, ‘Raping The Virgin Mary’, ‘Satan’s Little Cunts’, anybody?) and the image on the inside of the inlay leaves nothing to the imagination. This album could easily have been recorded in the early ‘90s. It has a decrepit, analogue sound and reminds me of a time when the glorious stench of burning pews filled the air of Northern Europe.

If you enjoyed raw, dirty, rough and ready BM back in those seminal days, then chances are you will also like Azazel. ‘Jesus Perversions’ would almost make you believe that the last two decades were just a dream.

Evilometer: 444/666

THE TRUE WERWOLF – DEATH MUSIC (Werewolf Records)

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Now we’re talking! This might not be a proper full-length (Technically, The True Werwolf has yet to release a debut album), but it serves a similar purpose, offering forth a grand total of ten songs from the band’s various vinyl EPs, clocking in at a very impressive 60 minutes. ‘Death Music’ isn’t consistently brilliant the whole way through, but it’s still a fantastic journey that for the most part showcases superb chamber Black Metal of the very highest calibre.

I absolutely love the two insane tunes on the ‘Weeping Lord of the Majestic Plagues’ 7” and – for all the giving out I do about the digital age – I must say it was cool to get these on CD, finishing off this particular collection in considerable style. The tracks are dished out in reverse chronological order, starting with the as-yet-unreleased ‘Vampyric Magick’ EP, then the relatively-new ‘Battlemoon’ EP and, penultimately, TTW’s contribution to the ‘A Shadow Of All Evil’ split – plus a bonus track.

Some lyrics are included, along with cool pics and an impressive underground layout. All in all, this is fucking awesome in every way.

Evilometer: 666/666

CHARNEL WINDS – DER TEUFELSBUND (Werewolf Records)

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Der Teufelsbund’ was released in 2011 and I made a mental note to myself at the time to check it out. Then – true to form – I completely forgot about it. A month back, I spotted the Charnel Winds debut full-length for sale in an online distro (is there any other kind?) for just €7, so I decided to include it as part of my order. Well-connected Finns, Werewolf Records … smugly, I thought I couldn’t go wrong. Turns out, however, that I did go wrong…

As it transpires, ‘Der Teufelsbund’ is mediocre at best. I feel indifferent to most of it but there are some really sickening parts of this album – searing leads and melodies, clean vocals – that simply nauseate me. Two songs are particularly offensive – ‘Chained Kûmara’ and ‘Die Extase’. Abominations and a total insult to anyone who purchases an album expecting to hear Black Metal as opposed to Eurovision Song Contest outtakes. Total shit.

Evilometer: 000/666

ANU – OPUS FUNAERUM LP (Werewolf Records)

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Another full-length that barely makes it past the half-hour mark. I have to say, this trend is starting to get to me. Surely an ‘album’ should be at least 40 minutes’ long? Is the consumer not entitled to some sort of value for money? Thirty minutes is really just an EP. In the case of Anu, however, I already knew this was a brief journey as I purchased the  CD of ‘Opus Funaerum’ a couple of years back and was adequately impressed to splash out again for the vinyl edition.

The fact that I was prepared to spend €15 plus postage on the vinyl version of a 30-minute album that I already owned in digital format speaks for itself. This is superior Black Metal that is very much at home on the label that brings elite bands like Kadotus and, of course, Satanic Warmaster into our living rooms. There’s a real evil vibe going on throughout and some of the eeriest / nastiest sounds you’ll hear on a record anywhere, any time.

In short (pun intended – let’s keep with the theme, eh?), this is a fantastic example of raw yet atmospheric, cavern-dwelling BM that even contains that rarest of treats – female vocals that won’t make you puke. Despite its unfortunate brevity, ‘Opus Funaerum’ is well worthy of a place in your collection. Wonderful, non-commercial, genuinely-underground stuff.

Evilometer: 555/666

GOATMOON – VARJOT (Werewolf Records)

Friday, August 12th, 2011

This one is pretty disappointing. Having been blown away by the Finns’ stellar contributions to recent split releases in collaboration with Dead Reptile Shrine and Azazel, I was looking forward to their third full-length with a real sense of anticipation. This was one of my most-anticipated albums of 2011, so I suppose it had a lot to live up to, but it hasn’t produced the kind of magic I was expecting.

Maybe I set my sights too high, I don’t know. Maybe I don’t get Goatmoon as well as I thought I did. But for whatever reason, ‘Varjot’ falls way short of the mark. I’m sure many metal fans will love this and it could well be remembered as one of the cult releases of the calendar year but to my ears it’s way too melodic and simple and safe. It’s the kind of pagan Black Metal that might appeal to fans of bands like Nokturnal Mortum, with loads of keyboards and flutes and pleasant sound effects thrown into the mix – as well as sparse use of clean vocals. Black Metal for girls, in other words.

It’s a big, big let-down. Goatmoon should focus more on producing raw and grim BM and forget about the silly melodies. Pity. Aw, well.

Evilometer: 222/666

AZAZEL / GOATMOON – SPLIT LP (Werewolf Records)

Monday, August 8th, 2011

I knew this all-Finnish collaboration was going to be something special so I just had to buy it. The main reason I parted with my hard-earned cash was to get a listen to the Goatmoon tracks, as their contribution to the ‘Winterforest’ split LP with Dead Reptile Shrine pretty much blew me away, but I’m pleasantly surprised to report that Azazel actually steals the show on this release.

That’s not to say Goatmoon doesn’t deliver because we are served up some wonderful true Nordic BM done in the ancient style. After the disappointing opener ‘BlackMetal Winter’, which is cornier than an old hag’s foot and cheesier than a scrap in Pizza Hut, BlackGoat and co. get into their stride in irresistible manner, fashioning some stellar Black Metal magick, no more so than on the super ‘BlackGoatWorship’ – an exhibit of prime underground black majesty – and the stunning closing track ‘Fourth Reich’. These Goatmoon tracks were recorded last summer and there’s enough on here to whet my appetite for the just-released full-length, ‘Varjot’.

On the flip side of the record comes four tracks from the relatively-unknown Azazel, which were recorded three years ago. ‘Praise Hail Satan’ is all murky noise and evil feedback, while ‘Rebellious Angels’ is a grimy, filthy slab of coarse, ugly, raw and primitive Black Metal – like a BM version of Napalm Death, maybe. ‘Evil Spells From The Black Gods’ is a bold title but it walks the walk –  a thundering piece of unprocessed, uncomplicated Black Metal spewed out with utter contempt – before ‘Werewolf Howling’ completes Azazel’s magnificent contribution in soaring, barrel-chested fashion. Brilliant stuff. You’d be mad not to hunt this down.

Evilometer: 555/666