lördag 16 september 2017

Antzaat - The Black Hand of the Father


This Belgian black metal release was something i enjoyed from the get-go!


One simple reason for that is: My first imminent thought was when i put this on was
 -Damn! This sounds soo much like Sargeists "Let the Devil in" ! and i love (well most of the songs) that album!

All from the guitar tone and notes played, vocal style and the overall atmosphere and delivery comes close to Sargeists  LtDi (not reaching the same soaring peaks of that album but that is a bit unfair to demand also)...so yeah total worship here but as i said i really cant stop to enjoy something that sounds like this hehe.Good satanic melodic flow!

But after some more spins their own more personal touches comes out and especially the last track i feel like Antzaat has hit its own mark. The last minute or so is really strong and epic, the more spoken/screamed and a bit darker vocals here gives it the final blazing star in the night sky! (Vocals here reminds me of the magical ending of Mephorashs latest album)

Production is ok & works well with no part drowning the other really but vocals and guitars sometimes could have been a bit higher in the mix but thats nit picking plus their logo is nice but i would not gotten interested in the band just seeing that...it does not give of much personality. The actual cover art is good though.



So in the end this is a well crafted debut Ep (5 songs) that is easy to listen to many times without losing any strength  even if its quite heavy on the Finnish worshipping (i am a sucker for that Country so...) it has its own merrits.
 Look forward to their coming releases, could become very interesting.

Very easy to recommend for me.

Released by: Immortal Frost Productions
link:
https://www.facebook.com/Immortalfrostproductions/

Band link:
https://www.facebook.com/Antzaat/


lördag 9 september 2017

Immatura Morte - Principium et Finis

This fourth album from Immatura Morte that is ruled by the Mexican demented wizard Besharth  lashes out right away with a both melodic and raw black metal attack!


I have followed this band for awhile now (from the second demo "Perditricem Sui Possessionem" to be more precise from 2015) and i am intoxicated and already knee-deep in enjoying  their sick journeys. If you are not to familiar with them(him and two others) its sounds has of course inspiration from the 90´s european darkness but has a lot of personal touches and soul, one of the main aspects of IM style besides the raw (medium raw i saw) and hatefull/melancholic melodic compositions is its vocals that ranges from the classic wretched screams and rasps but also has the deep gurgly demented mutterings and chantings...
it´s like you are wandering inside the halls of  a twisted mind and can never get out...so yeah it has sometimes that claustrophobic feeling to it also....and quite thunderous and grand. Enchanting black void!

Compare this new album with their other stuff i say this album leans more to the  energetic and aggresive, solid song constructions that is inspiring and wont leave your "system" after it ends.

The straightjacket is broke and the mad man is out hunting in a rage!

 As of now i see this fourth album as their crowning satanic jewel!

...And if you are new to the band i think this is the good way to get into them.
Top release!

Released by: Hatework
link:
https://www.facebook.com/FacelessArild/


Track list:
Side A
1. Ruiam
 
2. Principium et Finis
 
3. Maledictus Sigilum Quintum
 
4. Facidem Dementiae
 
5. Cinis Corpus Meum
 
6. Exesus per Nigrum Ignis
 
7. Saturnus Devoratur Mea Essentia 

Side B  -same as side A-                               

lördag 2 september 2017

Putrid Torso - Grave Desecrating Ritual

This is old school Death metal just as it says on the cd cover!


The intro puts you in the right frame of mind with the sounds of someone digging (in a cemetery one can imagine) then some nice keys flow out then the moaning of the rising undead!

Tight production and instrumentalization hit you right away and it is chuggy and bloody, drooling and grand in its own deadly way. It has a quite European death metal sound with some clear Swedish influences (not that i am the biggest expert though) The compositions has a head banger friendly  & engaging rythms but also has a big chunk of danger in them (the spider alarm goes off! hehe). The dead ones is closing in, they hunger blindly after your warm flesh! Guitar is fat and nice sounding just as all of the other instruments and vocals is ugly and medium dark & bloody(growly.).

It plays out more or less in mid-tempo and each track has enough hooks and grooves to keep your rotting mind awake.A solid slab of traditional death metal to rangle your dusty bones to so dont come here and expect something new and fresh haha!

A debut album that let you know they mean business and that they are no newborn fetuses (members has been around for some time with different projects)



Also i had the honor to do some extra artworks inside the booklet as you see on the pics here under.





Released byTribulacion Production
link:
https://www.facebook.com/TribulacionProductions/

Band link:
https://www.facebook.com/putridtorsodeath/




Track list:
01. Intro
02. The ghouls of the graveyard
03. A morbid rising
04. The boneless crawlers
05. Collector of zombies
06. A crypt to keep
07. Towards the cemetary
08. Midnight mausoleum


fredag 1 september 2017

Amputacia S/T

From Russia with hate!


Here we have the debut release of Amputacia and it sounds really good! The cover did not say much to me on what to expect so i was pretty blank in my mind going in to this. (which is often a good state to be in when experience something new.)

Their brand of black metal is like a giant sluggish molded corpse dragging itself over the church floor onward to the worthless priest and strangle his head off! it is really dark and doomish but in a gnarly and disgusting way (and sometimes it picks up pace and is quite rockin), the dark harsh vocals and the pretty loud guitar is the main glory here even though the drums do its job just fine, i get a bit Swedish BM vibes here and there but as a whole it is pretty personal and it stands firmly on its two own iron legs.
I also get the feeling like you are clawing through the buried casket further down into the cold earth towards the hellish flames, hatefull and suffocating atmosphere.



Recommended debut!

Released by: Reforestation Records
Link:
https://www.facebook.com/reforestationrecords/

Track list:

1.Червь / Wormslave
   
2.И.Н.Х.И.С. / FOAD
   
3.Тьма / The Darkness
   
4.Зов / The Call
       
5.Возмездие / Vengeance
       
6.За Горизонтом Событий / Beyond The Horizon Of Events

torsdag 31 augusti 2017

Lotus of Darkness - The Naga Disguised as a Human

We all know there is a beauty in the darkness, a shard of black crystal that is so sharp it will slay every being in the most brilliant ways....


From Thailand comes Lotus of Darkness and they (at least on this release) play a beautiful and ethereal black metal. From the start i get strong vibes of early spiritual heavy metal...almost late 70´s style (there is some bands on the tip of my tongue for comparison but i cant seem to remember them now...) but also a rich layer of asian tunes is to be heard through out all three long songs.(between 6 to 14 minutes) So one could say it mixes or flips from the described style here above with the more blasting black metal fury reminiscent of the early European second wave....works like a charm! Vocals reminds also a bit of early Burzum with that complaining howls and screams.


Really enjoyable debut album with strong complete song structures and compositions through out this tape combined with such deep personal atmosphere...exotic is of course a fitting word to use makes this a no brainer to get!

One of this years best releases.

Tracklist:
 1.     Wrath of the Naga    
2.     The Origin of Snakes        
3.     Down by the River



Released by Von Frost Records
link:
https://www.facebook.com/Vonfrostrecords-1589647167970865/?pnref=lhc


Vorus - Chamber of Laments

Time for a new death metal act to crawl into the scorching sunlight!



Vorus play in a mid tempo to a bit faster and it have a atmosphere of horror and dripping sewers, the guitar is headlighting the show with its gnarly and buzzing sound, its riffs are simple but effective and keeps your interest in place. Also quite heavy sometimes besides the death chugging.

 I had a good time slicing through these three tracks over and over and the groove dont lose its appeal fast either which is a good sign.

Drums is a bit lower mixed but but just enough so the backbone rythm is keept intact and the vocals melds great with the overall package with its dry ghastly rasp.

It is just three songs so there is not so much to say besides that it is has an good grab on your neck and after listening to it you get interested for future releases from Vorus! (love the cover art!)

Track list:
1. Chamber of Laments
2. Paradise is Burning
3. Where Misery Crawls