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SHAARIMOTH – TEMPLE OF THE ADVERSARIAL FIRE LP (World Terror Committee)

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Shaarimoth - Temple Of The Adversarial FireA full dozen years on from their debut, Shaarimoth released sophomore full-length, ‘Temple Of The Adversarial Fire’, in 2017. The vinyl edition subsequently became available to the discerning masses earlier this year and it’s a magnificently-produced effort, housed in a gorgeous gatefold jacket with a 12×12 booklet tidily stapled in, featuring printed lyrics and a generous smattering of suitably occult depictions.

None of this would matter a damn if the 48 minutes of music didn’t hit the spot. Well, as it happens, the brand of atypical (I can’t bring myself to use the term ritualistic) Death Metal contained on this record is intriguing, thought-provoking and for the most part enjoyable so, all in all, this is a decent product.

Closing track, ‘Point Of Egress’, really sucks, however, so I must deduct a bare minimum of 222 devil points.

Evilometer: 444/666

BARSHASKETH – OPHIDIAN HENOSIS LP (Blut & Eisen Productions / World Terror Committee)

Monday, October 17th, 2016

barshasketh-ophidian-henosisThere’s nothing particularly amazing about Barshasketh’s third full-length, ‘Ophidian Henosis’, alas, and I must admit to being somewhat disappointed by how unremarkable and ordinary the album is. Although it’s hardly a terrible record, I find it boring and never feel any desire to give it another spin.

I dug it out again this week, however, as I will be going to see them live on Friday, and it still refuses to click with me. With so much great Black Metal being unleashed these days, this one is something of an also-ran.

Evilometer: 222/666

THY DARKENED SHADE – LIBER LVCIFER I: KHEM SEDJET 2LP (World Terror Committee)

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Thy Darkened Shade - Liber Lvcifer I Khem Sedjet 2LPDon’t think I’ve ever procrastinated over a review for as long as this one. I’ve been listening to Thy Darkened Shade’s sophomore full-length, ‘Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet’, around the clock(-ish) for a week now, waiting for the magic to kick in and grab me by the throat. But it’s not quite happening.

This is an album that I feel I should adore. Technically, it is nothing short of amazing. Considering that this has been spawned in the Black Metal underground, it’s a remarkably accomplished body of work. Acrobatic fretwork; bubbling, audible bass; astonishing stickwork – tick, tick, tick. Strong, versatile vocals with lots of variation, too.

The vinyl edition is exceedingly generous, with 80 minutes of esoteric art spread over two records … gatefold jacket, beautiful booklet. I know in my heart of hearts that Thy Darkened Shade are really, really good at what they do and I can find no fault with them nor any reason to be critical.

But, unfortunately for me, for some reason, I’m not feeling it. Even though it is meticulously conceived and superbly crafted, like Negative Plane on steroids perhaps, this masterpiece just isn’t for me. And I’ll probably never know why.

Evilometer: 333/666

FIDES INVERSA – MYSTERIUM TREMENDUM ET FASCINANS LP (World Terror Committee)

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Fides Inversa - Mysterium Tremendum Et FascinansWith more mysterious nine-letter Latin words than you could shake a big stick at, Fides Inversa’s second full-length, ‘Mysterium Tremendum Et Fascinans’, has been given a majestic vinyl makeover by WTC, housed within a stunning gatefold jacket and featuring a beautiful inner sleeve with lyrics and symbolism confirming that we are once more in the realm of orthodoxy here.

I’m a bit confused by exactly what the obsession with religious themes in Black Metal and Death Metal represents when the bands are so informed on the subject. Why quote empty texts? Why does anybody delve so deeply into religion?

Of course, the purpose is to oppose and discredit it (I think) but … by giving it airtime and obsessing on it? What the fuck! There’s so much passion and insight in the lyrics, how can it be anti? Is it necessary to be an authority on something in order to dismiss it? As far as I’m concerned, there is obviously no man upstairs (anyone who is fully evolved should know this instinctively) so I am not going to waste time reading about him and his myths, and / or quoting or referencing books of lies.

Anyway, despite my suspicions about those who seemingly study these superstitious themes (did they once investigate to see if there might be a God, hahahahahaha?), I must profess to loving this album. ‘Mysterium Tremendum Et Fascinans’ is a great listen. Even if the spiritual aspect of it goes right over my head, there’s no denying that it works. Black Metal about the bogey man, folks, works better than it probably should.

Evilometer: 555/666

ACHERONTAS – MA-ION (FORMULAS OF REPTILIAN UNIFICATION) 2LP (World Terror Committee)

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Acherontas - Ma-IoN (Formulas Of Reptilian Unification)The wait for Acherontas’ fifth full-length, ‘Ma-IoN (Formulas Of Reptilian Unification)’, to appear on vinyl was a long but ultimately fruitful one. Yet another glorious gatefold double-LP from the shamanic Greeks (containing a lovely full-sized booklet stapled to the jacket), this immense tome of tunes collates some 70-odd minutes of occult, esoteric, ritualistic Black Metal.

In many ways, this is Acherontas’ masterpiece to date as it contains a great mixture of raw aggression and more tribal trancelike parts. They have honed their ambitious craft to near perfection to deliver an album that constitutes one of the most rewarding and enchanting listening experiences to fall under the BM banner.

Even though ‘Therionic Transformation’ makes me cringe and would have me lambasting a lesser band, all in all ‘Ma-IoN (Formulas Of Reptilian Unification)’ is a stunning success, elevated to an even higher level on black wax.

(By the way, I noticed on the record cover that the album might actually be called ‘Ma-IoN (Formulæs Of Reptilian Unification), not that it makes much difference).

Evilometer: 666/666

SARGEIST – FEEDING THE CRAWLING SHADOWS LP (World Terror Committee)

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Sargeist - Feedling The Crawling ShadowsThere was a playfulness (for want of a better word) about ‘Let The Devil In’ that I didn’t much appreciate but I never lost faith in Sargeist and that faith has been rewarded with an astonishing fifth full-length in the form of ‘Feeding The Crawling Shadows’. Everything about this record reeks of class – most especially, and most importantly, the ten great songs of offer.

Interesting, dark and entertaining lyrics are printed on the inside of the sumptuous gatefold cover and I truly love the artwork, especially the cover pic and the superb image on ‘Page Two’ of the sleeve. The tracks themselves are superb, decadent, with the dual vocal delivery of growls and shrieks working an absolute treat.

Everything is extremely lo-fi and dull (much more underground than I expected and a clear step back from the comparative accessibility of its predecessor, at least how I remember it, especially the title track) and this record as a whole is a resounding success. A slow burner, though, which takes time to weave its dungeon-born magic.

Evilometer: 666/666

FLAGELLANT – MALEDICTVM LP (World Terror Committee)

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Flagellant - MaledictvmOn ‘Maledictvm’, Flagellant continue pretty much where they left off three years ago with their debut LP, ‘Monuments’. What we get is eight slow-to-mid-paced tracks of good but not particularly great Black Metal; Swedish but in the vein of Poles Mgla or Finland’s Clandestine Blaze. Quite melodic and catchy. If you like those bands, then it is a safe enough bet that you will also enjoy ‘Maledictvm’.

This isn’t a record I’ll be waking up early in the morning thinking about and tearing down the stairs with an erection filling my boxers, but it is one that I’d still prefer to take rather than leave.

Gatefold cover and booklet included, with lyrics. All in all, even though it’s not going to greatly enhance the quality of your life, I still think you might be better off with this record than without it. Because reasonably good Black Metal is still way better than most things in life…

Evilometer: 444/666

ENTARTUNG – PECCATA MORTALIA LP (World Terror Committee)

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Entartung - Peccata MortaliaI wasn’t exactly jumping out of my skin with excitement upon exposure to Entartung’s rather ordinary debut LP ‘Krypteia’, which I reviewed in a rather downbeat manner on this day last week, but ‘Peccata Mortalia’ has thankfully forged a much more favourable impression upon me. (I say ‘thankfully’ not out of any misguided sense of loyalty or sympathy towards the Germans but simply because when you invest in a band’s music then you automatically develop a vested interest in their ability to craft meaningful art.)

Tellingly, this record includes a nice A5 booklet which features lyrics and an insight into the meaning of those words as well as some choice quotes from historical figures, which offer a glimpse of Entartung’s philosophies. Suffice to say, you won’t be meeting these guys in a church any time soon. Unless they are spreading some gasoline…

I’m not sure exactly to what extent the music is actually better than the debut (feels like a lot) but the listening experience of the follow-up has certainly been enhanced greatly by the inclusion of this booklet and the opportunity to see where the band is coming from philosophically. Overall, this is a really good product and one that even tempts me to give its predecessor another spin.

Decent melodic Black Metal delivered by a deep-thinking and thereby interesting band.

Evilometer: 555/666

ENTARTUNG – KRYPTEIA LP (World Terror Committee)

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Entartung - KrypteiaKrypteia’ is Entartung’s debut full-length from two years ago and it has just been granted a vinyl incarnation by WTC (last month, I think) to coincide with the release of their follow-up album ‘Peccata Mortalia’. On this record, the German duo delivers six invocations (46 minutes) of melodic and somehow sorrowful Black Metal that might qualify as raw were the LP not so pristinely produced.

All in all, this is immaculate, highly-charged, emotional BM no doubt summoning the ancient spirit of the subgenre. There are no frills (to either the music or the actual record itself ((no lyrics or inlay but nice artwork…)), but there are also very few thrills to be had here.

Ultimately, ‘Krypteia’ is worthy of a listen (not least because you surely have different taste to me!) but at the same time it is unremarkable, harmless and a little too crisp, clean and accessible for my personal liking. Check it out and see what you think yourself…

Evilometer: 222/666

CHAOS INVOCATION – BLACK MIRROR HOURS 2LP (World Terror Committee)

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Chaos Invocation - Black Mirror HoursThere’s almost 68 minutes of Satanic Black Metal on ‘Black Mirror Hours’, so Chaos Invocation’s sophomore full-length is ideal for the double-vinyl format. Not sure, therefore, why the eleven songs are squeezed onto three sides of the record instead of using up the fourth. I guess it’s one of those inexplicable imponderables in life that are of little real consequence but bug the hell out of me for no rightful reason.

In Bloodline With The Snake’ was an excellent debut – was that really five years ago? – and the follow-up is also an impressive piece of work. While I don’t believe this is quite as great as Chaos Invocation’s previous album (it’s definitely marred rather than enhanced by the presence of clean vocals and melodic parts), ‘Black Mirror Hours’ is nonetheless a commendable offering of underground Black Metal that should appeal to fans of Dødsengel, for example.

This 2LP edition features two 180g records and comes in a gatefold sleeve complete with a lovely 28-page A5 booklet. Fabulous presentation; better-than-average album.

Evilometer: 444/666

ACHERONTAS – AMENTI 2LP (World Terror Committee)

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Acherontas - AmentiPresented in a luxurious gatefold jacket and boasting a fuck-off booklet that’s almost the equivalent of a novel (astonishing attention to detail; think Nile), the double-vinyl edition of Acherontas’ fourth full-length album is a joy to behold. Certainly, ‘Amenti – Ψαλμοί Αίματος και Αστρικά Οράματα’ (to give it its full title) is getting an unreserved ten out of ten for looks!

Musically, Acherontas is an intriguing entity. Unmistakably eastern European in general hue, they deliver a very mystical and esoteric strain of Black Metal that is admittedly bland and inoffensive enough in parts but at the same time is elevated above the norm / mundane by some sublime atmospheric, ambient and ritualistic passages.

With these very clever touches, music that would otherwise be quite boring and tedious becomes exceptionally beautiful and captivating. A good trick!

Make no mistake, ‘Amenti – Ψαλμοί Αίματος και Αστρικά Οράματα’ is a damned fine album even if it does fall victim to the dreaded blank-Side-D syndrome which is plaguing 2LPs of late (and pissing me off no end – take a bow both Grave Upheaval and Grave Miasma).

Evilometer: 555/666

HORNA – ASKEL LAHEMPANA SAATANAA LP (World Terror Committee)

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Thank Satan for Horna. The Finns are one of those bands you can always depend upon to consistently deliver solid albums and eighth full-length ‘Askel Lähempänä Saatanaa’ is yet another worthy effort from Shatraug and his unblessed partners in grime. The integration of new vocalist Spellgoth into the camp is a possible talking point but let it be known that there is no radical departure from the tried-and-trusted Horna formula (well, not as far as I can detect, anyway).

Horna have kept the bar remarkably high for the last decade-and-a-half, releasing one quality LP after another. My own personal favourites have been ‘Envaatnags Eflos Solf Esgantaavne’ and ‘Ääniä Yössä’ but I can honestly say I’ve never stuck on a Horna record or CD and thought ‘this blows’ (although, to be fair, ‘Sotahuuto’ was far from a classic).

Five years on from the monstrous clearing of the decks that was ‘Sanojesi Äärelle’, the Finns have returned with a typically brilliant slab of grim Black Metal that sears through the speakers like Lucifer’s cum and takes no prisoners along the way. Creepy intro ‘Alku’ sets the tone and some 48 minutes and nine subsequent tracks later we know we are truly in the presence of evil.

An excellent production lets every note blaze through from the netherworld and a tasty inlay on the vinyl edition supplements an already-fantastic release.

Evilometer: 555/666

ORDER OF ORIAS – INVERSE LP (World Terror Committee)

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Inverse’ is the debut full-length from this previously-unknown-to-me Australian ensemble with a weird name. I’ve no idea what Order of Orias means but it matters not because they churn out a very enjoyable concoction that’s filthy and crude yet at the same time melodic and atmospheric. I would describe it as a spirited and crushing album laced with moments of restraint – one minute a cascading avalanche of aggression, the next a pacifying shoulder of reassurance.

Not that it’s schizo or disjointed. No, ‘Inverse’ flows beautifully as a unit, at one with itself, chaos and ire in perfect harmony with acceptance and peace. The poignancy of ‘Irreverence’ makes the hairs stand on the back of my neck, then ‘Offering’ comes along determined to rip me a new asshole. Generally, that’s the lasting impression this 50 minutes of music has on me. It makes me feel sort of sad and alone; then it fills me with a feeling of triumph and good old headbangingness.

Whether this is technically Black Metal or Death Metal is an argument for another day. It’s great stuff and that’s all that matters, really. The album is wonderfully produced and this vinyl edition is handled superbly by WTC, who have gone the extra mile and included a heavy record, gatefold sleeve, lyrics on the inner sleeve and a poster. I never use posters but I suppose it’s better to have one than not to have it. [smiley fucking face inserted here]

Evilometer: 555/666

ETERNITY – PESTIFEROUS HYMNS – REV. I-I-XXXIII (World Terror Committee)

Friday, June 29th, 2012

I find that my reviews are becoming shorter and shorter. In my defence, what of true value to the reader can one really say about a Black Metal album other than that it’s excellent (666 on my Evilometer), very good (555), fine (444), average (333), bland (222) , rubbish (111) or not even worthy of words (000)? Hell, now you know how I determine my scores…

Generally, I only review albums that I really enjoy, so I could practically write the same thing about all of these. But who the fuck in their right mind would want to read that? I bet most of you just skip straight to the mark at the bottom anyway! ‘Pestiferous Hymns – Rev. I-I-XXXIII’ is the third full-length from stellar German horde Eternity and – as you’ve probably already gleaned courtesy of a sneaky glance below – it’s every bit as brilliant as their previous two.

This is a band that Black Metal aficionados hold in high regard for very obvious reasons. Even though they are far from original or inimitable, they are a class apart when it comes to delivering good, solid, old-fashioned, Satan-worshipping, devil-may-care, from-the-gut, passionate, honest-as-the-night-is-long, balls-to-the-wall BM. Holf fuck – I’ve just come up with a new line.

Regardless of my own Bukowski-like compositional struggles, rest assured that this is a magnificent slab of atmospheric yet grim Black Metal majesty, the kind that comes around all too seldom. Roll on the vinyl edition!

Evilometer: 666/666

INFERIUS TORMENT – CEREMONY OF GODSLAYING (World Terror Committee)

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Inferius Torment. Wonder what that means. How can one be tormented inferiusly, with or withoutout an o? I digress; forgive me. ‘Ceremony Of Godslaying’ is the second full-length from this strangely-monikered Russian troop, who emit some impressive form of searing, scorching Black Metal mayhem intent on crushing the skull and testicles of yon Christ fella. Jesus and his minions come in for a lot of abuse in the metal world and they aren’t spared any ill wishes here as track titles like ‘Diablocal Perversity’ (sic) and ‘Funeral Of Christian God’ suggest.

Amid the maelstrom of hatred and violence, there is to be found some ethnic instrumentation but sneeze and you’ll miss it. In short, this is an aggressive, focussed attack, virtually unrelenting, taking no prisoners – a beefy fist in the liver of God, a rallying cry to like-minded, dark forces. The pace might slow down at times but the claustrophobic, crushing sense of doom continues to pervade throughout.

A nice choral passage comprises the aforementioned ‘Funeral…’ but this soon makes way for a further barrage of invective on the closing track, ‘Unbaptized Flames’, driven by the demented drumming of (ex-?)Belphegor member Torturer. The prominent battery is very much the pulse, but the guitar also cuts like barb wire. Vocals are caustic and bitter in the best tradition of Black Metal. As with a lot of BM, I’m not honestly sure if there’s any bass involved or not. I’m guessing it’s lurking in there somewhere, drowned in the chaos.

Ceremony Of Godslaying’ is a strong album. Mostly punishing and primitive, it is elevated above the norm by what I would consider mandatory hints of melody and deviation. By the second minute of the opener, ‘Agnus Dei’, I knew Inferius Torment weren’t afraid to mix things up slightly and this propensity to vary their onslaught pays dividends for the next 35 minutes. (Short album.)

Evilometer: 555/666