lördag 20 maj 2017

Megalith Grave - The Endless Cycle of Repugnant Omens


I have in recent time (1-2 years) been getting more and more interested in this band so getting the latest Megalith Grave release is always a great moment for me.

If you have not heard MG he (Gamol) plays a very raw and obscure black metal, but as he has been active in around 6 years now he have evolved his sound i think and he has a quite nice spectrum of diversity (inside this genre) in what he releases, besides the BM he throws in some good dark ambient from time to time. Tasty vile art for the underground rats !


So the tape here in question is a two-track tape (Ominous Sickness & Decomposing Tranquility) and even if that seems short the songs are not too short in of themselves, for me these songs are some of my favorite tracks i heard also from MG. The buzzing melancholic guitar parts takes you quite slowly over the damp grounds of the scared landscape of a mind, the vocals here is very shrieking and emotional and it almost sounds like Gamol is sinking down into a deep cold stone well. Desperate feelings enshourds the air. Second track continues with similar bleak compositions and completes this tape just nicely....and one thing i love is that the tape length is fittind for the songs length...not slapping two songs on a 90 tape etc.



Another reason this tape was made is to make these two songs justice, they was released before on the split with Angelcide... here is a statement from Gamol himself about this matter:

" I made the mistake of actually cutting them to make it fit the 7" and rushing the mix to get the work out on time. I hated the outcome and regretted doing this ever since. This release was created to justify those tracks to actually show the listener of their true form."

band link:
https://www.facebook.com/MegalithGrave/

Tape released by Hateworks
label link:
https://www.facebook.com/FacelessArild/

 
 

måndag 8 maj 2017

Kryptus / Funerary Temple - Vile Decrepit Stench: A Plague of Filth


Down in the forgotten dry hollows of Australia you can find these two rabid dogs gnawing on their own bones....it is such an undelightful sight!

This offering (split) is called "Vile Decrepit Stench: A Plague of Filth" and it is a valid title for the content for sure!

As this tape is hurled through the chaos hole there is no side A or B so it is up to the cruel fate to decide which band you hear first haha!

For me it was Funerary Temples track that became the opener, for those who have not heard this band before i can say they play in a ultra raw fashion, vile and chaotic but the actual tempos is quite slow and i get a strong depressive feeling coming out between the noise, both in a desperate way and also a drowning way. The track is pretty long but it evolvs in a subtle and powerful  style.
One thing that i think i should mention is that even if i described this as chaotic, nois and ultra raw you will find a composed red thread through it all, it is not pure noise. it is pure hate!

Be sure to dig up this bands earlier 3 demos also, good evil stuff all the way!



Next we have Kryptus (side project from a member from  Entsetzlich, Ethereal Mist)
As this was the band i heard after Funerary Temples hard puke for me this became like an aftermath soundscape, as Kryptus has an ambient loose structure to it and dont rely on compositions rather then impulsive ghostly raw landscapes i felt like walking around among dead bodies....flies buzz around my head and the world has ended.
The three tracks from Kryptus play out more or less like this and it feels almost nice... like walking in an old tranquil cemetary after you slaughtered your own family...to chill out in other words hehe.



Another good  harsh Black metal release from Hatework Propaganda! ...As long you dont like your food cooked, only raw dishes here!

66 tape copies
33 green color & 33 black color
undisclosed number of copies comes with Miniposter and extra jcard
 
Label Link:
https://www.facebook.com/FacelessArild/




söndag 7 maj 2017

Latest Caligo Arcanum releases slay!

If you like your black metal raw and obscured to hell look no further then to this Mexican witch crypt! Caligo Arcanum Production has been around some years now and their releases has always intrigued me with their total under-the-grid existence and utter foul aura!


I here present to you the three latest (more or less) releases!

First off we have Orlok! Yes this label got the honor to do the official release of this "only-to-close-friends-demo" from the Finnish goat-guru (you know who he is!), so this very first demo(Black Souls) to this Orlok project sounds great which is no big surprise, to be more precise it sounds like if you would have mixed the albums longer hypnotic and cold Dracula-riff structures with the more ugly and almost destroyed soundscapes of the 7" but recorded inside a small damp cave .(or a moldy sauna.)

I have not heard the tape split so i dont know if this first demo is similar to this or whatever...
All in all it is a very dimly lit & unwelcoming raw debut demo that i am glad that finally  is released out from the shadows into our greedy little human hands.(6 tracks, i really like this first Orlok logo also, print it on a t-shirt please!)



The second release here is the split between Vore and Herxsebet called - Of Mist Orchids and Ritual Cave Stench.

 Vore is a new (to me at least) very interesting entity that has a pretty wide mix of sound and ideas in his black metal, sure the main base is raw cryptic black metal hate but its "frames" is quite loose and more then often other stuff sips into the main picture....it sounds a bit wierd but in a good way and also it is more structured and composed then you would think first. Vore is a band to keep an eye open for!
So next after this comes the one and only Herxsebet!
It is a little strange bands to have a split together but whatever i like both sides but i like them for total different reasons, Vore i like from a more traditional musical angle and Herxsebet is perhaps for the opposite way!
If you have not heard Herxsebet i can tell you that it is a total deconstructed ugly ritualistic black metal that is not suited or enjoyed by the random BM fan and it should not be either. Even me that has heard some releases (and Krypthall also) cant just put his music on anytime and go nuts haha! no this "music" requires the right emotional state for it to really be able to melt into your ears/brain/thoughts/feelings.
It can be everything sometimes and nothing other times.
(Vore 3 tracks/ Herxsebet 6 tracks. Nice art and layout here but all the titles  looks great!)


Last but not least we have Byyrth! This is a 2-member band from the States.


This is their debut full album "Saviors of Armageddon", i did not hear the first demo from 2016 but either way this album is both intriguing and pretty solid. It has a quite grand ancient rusty feeling to the atmosphere with some good main riffs that is rotated to good effect in most of the songs, drums hammer like there is tomorrow.... vocals is disted and raw, sounds good and works nice to the music but it could have been a bit less of it so the musical compositions could breath some more but that is a minor critique.
On track 4(and 8) it slows down some and gives the album some good overall dynamic, grim and vampyric atmosphere. Track 6 ambient soundscape is also a nice touch.
After hearing this i feel interested in seeing what they will have in store for the future as i feel good things will come from them.
(8 tracks)




label link:

https://www.facebook.com/CaligoArcanum?fref=ts


torsdag 6 april 2017

Doedsvangr - Satan ov Suns


When i popped in this cd the first time i had actually missed the member info/hype that this three-piece band consisted by Doedsadmiral ( i had no knowlage of before this release and the research i did for this review) AND  the one and only Shatraug (Sargeist, Horna, Behexen etc) and Antichristian (drummer in Tsjuder among others)...

...I think i was lucky to have missed that info because i would been shaped by unhealthy hype mostly due to Shatraugs involvement.


 Ok i take the good news first:
It is a solid and fine album and all members delivers a professional creation of Traditional Norwegian Black Metal (leaning to the more occult & aggressive). Good clean and strong production and the cover artwork is superb and i would not mind haveing it as a big ass poster on my wall....and it is no short album either.

Over to my negative thoughts and feelings then:
 The first thing i had trouble to enjoy was the vocals that for my ears sounds to forced and it is like all his energy is put on to sound-like-he-does and no energy is left for soul and passion into the voice/lyrics (which is very important), one thing that could have helped here would be that he sang in more varied ways and not the same all the way. (Vocal style is in some middle range depth and has a gnarly rasp that reminds me of Dimmu Borgirs Shagrath...)

Then i guess the music it self is so very traditional and common that it would have needed a hell of a lot more killer riffs and drama to it to really shine through the crowd.(as the crowd is very thick!)  the three songs that only stands out for me is 3,4,5 and here Shatraug has some nice riff structures, both dark and sinister and some groovy ones but after that not so much more for me....

...I have no clue about how they recorded this album and how much they met douring the creative process and perhaps this album have gotten more meat and passion unto it if not Doedsadmiral was active with other releases in almost the same time and space. (check Svartelder, Nordjevel, Enepsigos. i have not heard any of them)

Either way i might sound like a jaded ass but one has its own taste of course, i have seen some other online reviews here and there that like this much more then me so you might be like them so do your self a favor and check out this release and then you know for yourself....and that is the only thing that matters!

Tracklist:

1.     Our Lord Cometh!     06:17    
2.     Rituals     02:35    
3.     Doedsvangr     06:02    
4.     Black Dawn     04:14    
5.     Northern Watchtowers     03:50    
6.     Diaboli     04:59    
7.     Gnashing of Teeth     05:37    
8.     Breath of Lucifer     04:51    
9.     Throne of Black Illumination     04:48    
10.     Blood Whores     03:30    
11.     Black Sun Nimbus     07:06    
      Total:53:49

Released by Immortal Frost Productions:
http://www.immortalfrostproductions.com/


fredag 31 mars 2017

VALOR - The coming Of a New Era


From the States comes this one man black metal project VALOR second attack!



For you who has not heard the first release or so this band drags up a dreary corps of a black metal style, it is primitive in both production (not overly raw but enough raw to call it raw ahaha!) and execution (all little misstakes is left in not that there are many though). It plays more or less in mid pace with some exceptions but all is coated in a ugly morbid attitude with vocals that are darker the regular black metal style but not dark as in death metal growling. some guitar compositions reminds me abit of early Satanic Warmaster. (and/or some morbid NSBM band i cant remember the name of...) 

The "No mosh – No core – No trends – No fun" fits quite nice for VALOR but that does not mean you will not enjoy this release... if you have a part of your soul that hunger for zero tolerant retaliation this gritty songs will caress that part.

Lyrics centers around Political subjects, narcissism, nihilism, anti-pc, take for example these song titles: FuckAntifa & PCfuckoff...yeah not so subtle but it does the job hehe!

This tape consists of 8 tracks with one of them an outro, not so long release but i feel it is just as long as it needs to be.

i think i like tracks  MachtUndEhre, Hampelmann& FuckAntifa the best

Released by Hateworks



Label link:
http://hatework418.tictail.com/

torsdag 30 mars 2017

The Projectionist - Exalted Solitude

From the depths of Canadas ancient forests a woefull wind is blowing & rotting the life force away from its frail shell....


Lörd Matzigkeitus (Idolatry, Thy Sepulchral Moon etc) is back with his gang that is now (including Das Lörd) 5 member strong! This is the second full album from them and even if i liked the previous efforts this is easily their best work so far.

If you are not too familiar with this band they play a mix of traditional second wave black metal... very European cold atmosphere but also is personal in a nice way....  Each song is high on darkness and diabolic cocktails and Lörd himself with his possessed varied vocals leads this nightmare through bundles of burned souls and flesh and up finally to the isolated and deranged high castle.

It has both plenty of introspective ponderings and extroverted retaliations that´s going back and forth from start to finish. It has much to be intrigued by here and it is both a chotic ride as well as a poetic one with a good variation of song material.

As you can see from the great cover art (by Sang Ho Moon) this release goes enough its own way and escapes looking cliche or tiresome....so yes the musical content reflects well to this.

My best tracks would be 1,7,8 (and i also liked the acoustic bleak track 5)

Go and get this if you like to get both some solid traditional black metal but at the same time get something new!

This 10 track album will be released by Appalachian Noise Records and The True Plague.

link:
http://www.appalachiannoiserecords.com/product/the-projectionist-exalted-solitude-cd-preorder


tisdag 28 mars 2017

Morte Lune - The Endless Forest

Here we have a new project with two main members from Reffus, Svorg etc. (looke these up here also for reviews i done)


This first demo release is a pretty strong one! Well it is "only" a traditional mix of thin and sharp misanthropic black metal with looped riffs but it has enough hateful hooks and engaging bleak compositions that after only a 3-4 minutes in you are intertwined into this woven pattern of soul sucking music.
Yes the production is borderline sharp and raw (but clear not muddy fuzz) it wont be everybodys cup of black coffee but who cares?
 One other thing that is important here to mention is that the members sincere anti-emotions comes through good (and clinges unto your mood with rusty nails) and that is something you cant buy with a fancy production anyways...

 
...I must say that with every new project that Repktkor and Morths comes out with they have grown from strength to strength, they are very well worth following as you will be  properly rewarded!

Besides the raw black metal tracks you are served some nice dark dungeon/ambient synth songs that pushes this release even higher. Good negative shit in other words!

Well worth hunting down!

The Grey Britain has become Black Britain once again!

My track pics is: 2,5 & 6


Track list:
Side A
1.     The Martyrdom        
2.     The Deliverance of Suffering        
3.     Ritualistic Hatred        
4.     Chaotic Flame        
5.     The Endless Forest        
Side B
6.     Les Morts        
7.     Tristesses de la Lune        
8.     Possessed by the Night        
9.     La Foret Sans Fin
   Dont know the total play time but i guess around 35 minutes

Released by Carvetii Productions
link:
http://carvetii-productions.weebly.com/