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Posts Tagged ‘Wulkanaz’

WULKANAZ – PARALYS LP (Helter Skelter)

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Wulkanaz - ParalysWulkanaz is one of those artists I can’t get enough of, so ‘Paralys’ was inevitably going to find a place in the devil’s collection.  The third full length is a fairly natural and organic progression from its rather excellent predecessors, ‘HaglaNaudizEisaz’ and ‘Paúrpura Fræovíbôkôs’ – another 31 minutes of magical mayhem from one of the Black Metal underground’s most unique and beguiling voices.

The music on this record is manic and demented. I can (very clearly) picture people in straitjackets jumping around merrily in an asylum listening to it, wondering if they are truly mad or if perhaps it’s the ones who put them there who are insane.

Evilometer: 666/666

WULKANAZ – KAOSNÅJD LP (Altare Productions)

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Wulkanaz - KaosnåjdThe initial twang of disappointment encountered upon learning that ‘Kaosnåjd’ wasn’t in fact a new full-length proper dissipated as soon as I unpacked the record and gave it its first spin. For all intents and purposes, it’s as good as a new album – and as essential as the other great 12” vinyls in Wulkanaz’s dazzling discography.

This release collates material culled largely from two cassette EPs and one 7” recorded in and around the same time as the excellent ‘HaglaNaudizEisaz’ and ‘Paúrpura Fræovíbôkôs’ full-lengths, so we are not talking about odds and ends here. It’s a little inconsistent for obvious reasons but, overall, ‘Kaosnåjd’ represents another stellar release from an artist who should not be ignored.

Personally, I have pretty much lost all interest in the cassette format due to its frustratingly-erratic quality, so this was a great way of gathering some superb material that I’d otherwise have missed. For the time being at least, Wulcanaz can do no wrong.

Evilometer: 666/666

WULKANAZ – HAGLANAUDIZEISAZ LP (Altare Productions)

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Wulkanaz - HaglaNaudizEisazWulkanaz’s debut album was originally released on cassette – limited to 147 units – last November and ‘HaglaNaudizEisaz’ now re-emerges on vinyl, this edition with a more generous limitation of 300. Altare is likely to have no difficulty shifting these for a number of reasons, not least of which is the quality of the music contained hereon. Short it may be – at just over 31 minutes – but ‘HaglaNaudizEisaz’ is still a fascinating volume of work with some splendid, adventurous, unpredictable analogue Black Metal magic on display.

To be overly-critical, I find that the eclecticism and eccentricity drops off towards the end of Side B as inspiration levels seem to wane (there is also a really shitty bad-sound episode in the middle of the second side) and, as a consequence, things almost threaten to become monotonous and / or tedious … but not quite!

By and large, disappointing finale notwithstanding, this is a thoroughly-commendable effort from one of the most obscure acts operating in the underground right now. Mid- to fast-paced, off-the-wall and refreshingly different, Wulcanaz is an individual deserving of attention.

He appears to be quite prolific, too, so I’m looking forward to hearing more from him soon! The record looks stunning, with a sumptuous gatefold card cover and a twelve-page booklet included. Although probably not as mandatory as its successor, ‘Paúrpura Fræovíbôkôs’, ‘HaglaNaudizEisaz’ is still a record that should be hunted down at all costs.

Evilometer: 666/666

WULKANAZ – PAURPURA FRAEOVIBOKOS LP (Seedstock Records)

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Paúrpura Fræovíbôkôs’ is Wulkanaz’s second full-length album and has been released in a limited vinyl edition, which I’m predicting will sell out very quickly and will prove extremely difficult to acquire – and much sought-after – in the future. I wouldn’t be surprised if this doesn’t resurface, either as a tape or a CD. That’s how the underground tends to operate and Wulkanaz is very much of the deepest, deepest underground.

The eponymous project of Tomhet’s driving force, this one-man vehicle from Sweden has been spewing out splits and EPs for a few years now, as well as the debut full-length (cassette) ‘HaglaNaudizEisaz’ last year. I hadn’t heard any of the material prior to now but my curiosity was aroused enough to tempt me to hunt ‘Paúrpura Fræovíbôkôs’ down. I’m delighted I did because this truly is a fabulous slab of occult Black Metal.

Not as psychedelic as I was expecting (thankfully), this is still trippy but essentially evil, erratic, indifferent, pacey and almost punk-y (at times), genuinely-esoteric Black Metal that’s so simple and uncomplicated that it’s bordering on genius. The record also looks absolutely incredible, housed in a sumptuous gatefold sleeve with 12-page booklet glued on.

A fresh and exciting new voice is always most welcome. Make room in your collection for ‘Paúrpura Fræovíbôkôs’ (if you can manage to get your grubby paws on a copy).

Evilometer: 666/666