lördag 18 november 2017

Fidelis / Gormanudr split

The latest 7" from Hateworks is a split with Gormanudr (Germany/Romania/USA) and Fidelis (USA), both serve up here a ugly meal of death & suffering!


First off is Gormanudrs track "Kältetod"(means something like freeze to death) and it has a good sense of raw pessimistic/melancholic melody that is topped with Arilds harsh unwelcoming vocals, drums has a solid beat and the whole song i feel is one of the bands best track to date.
Cold festering misanthropy! Solid!

On side B comes Fidelis with their "Morning Mists in Blood" and it fits well on this split as they have similar main vibes as the previous band but also includes a bit more militant compositions(and rythm) and aggression, like if you look at the cover, first track is the icy heavy wandering up the mountain and this second one is a battle that follows. Sums up the release in a satisfying maner. like a short but mean story has been told.

7" releases can have a problem of not giving enough (not so long running time) to really make a mark in your memory but i feel this will be spun many more times.



And dont miss out on other coming releases thats out now and will come soon on Hateworks!

Tracklist:
Side A
1.     Gormanudr - Kältetod         
Side B
2.     Fidelis - Morning Mists in Blood 



label link:
https://www.facebook.com/FacelessArild/

torsdag 16 november 2017

Deathcrush -Evoke the Ancient Curse

Here is a band from Libya but they seem to have done some migrant wanderings like the way through  Ukraine then to Germany/Netherlands.... either way last year they released their debut album (looks like the only release also) called Evoke the Ancient Curse, and by the sound of it Deathcrush  has its aim to drag up the 90´s Scandinavian BM curse! because here you get a mouthful of music with early Darkthrone, Mayhem (and the rest) worshipping!


The Cold winter winds blows again!

Yes of course there is some major worshipping here but all is tastefully done and with good sense of compositions and atmosphere....besides this the overall pace is in murky mid-speed (with some exceptions) and its has a more somber and dusty satanic vibe rather then aggression or whiplash attacks. Personally i think one or two more up-tempo tracks could enhance the experience but not that i think its a must to make it good, the songs blend after all well together and the room fills with that old icy Fenriz fog...and that is nothing to complain about.

Besides the Nordic BM inspirations here and there some old school death metal that sneaks into the musical constructions, like what happened quite a lot back in the days when the lines was not drawn so clear.

 
Production is balanced and solid, nice organic tune overall. Nothing really to complain about hehe

For me i like the last three songs the best  but all tracks hold similar sound and standard.

All in all a good start for these dudes, will be interesting what they come up with in the future! Also i would be extra curious to see what they would found if they crawled deeper into the Luciferian path...i mean to loose themselves more inside their own creative output.



Track list:

1.     Evoke the Ancient Curse     05:55      
2.     Lucifer's Rites     04:05    
3.     Night Fog     04:31      
4.     Prayer of Blasphemy     07:13      
5.     On the Northern Mountain     07:40      
6.     As the Vulture Moan     05:55      
7.     Morbid Cult     04:27      
                      Total:39:46

Tape released by: Worship Tapes
CD released by: Off the Record Label


onsdag 1 november 2017

Abominablood - P Z Z U

Abominablood from Argentina unleashes their latest hell-wind to the glory of demon Pazuzu! (yes the one also thats in the Exorcist movie)

(tape that i got is red not grey)


Actually this is probably my first encounter with this one man band but after enjoying this 5-track EP (i guess its an EP?) i will also hunt down the full album "The Rotten Smell of the Entities that Murmur" thats also got released this year.

One of the main things i take away from experience this music is its thick smelly occult smog that encapsulates you totally! It has a great wall of noise but with enough of bells and whistles that shine through it to make the greater impact. I get a feeling like it could be Hellvetrons bastard brother hehe somehow .... i get similar vibrations from both at least.

besides the pummeling black hate spells there is some organic and very effective interludes and i feel they rounds up this demonic celebration into a neat package.

For me this was an interesting new find even if there is many more or less similar blackened death occult metal that has popped up these recent years i feel Abominablood delivers the necessary evil goods to stay put in once Psyche.

Nice t-shirt to the release also it seems.


Released by Worship tapes
label link:
https://www.facebook.com/worshiptapes/

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

Occelensbrigg - Old Winters Yet to Come

From the Aldebaran circle comes here a new beast offspring!


What we get here is a mix of raw black metal and a kind of doom metal, first time i listened to it it did not stick to my ears really (i was probably too restless & wild haha) but from the second round and forward this release started to grow on me!

I guess it was the doomish slowness that needed to be relived to really come alive for me (and to hear it in appropriate state of mind) and it did as i feel right now its a great dark meditative/ritualistic release that works more as a soundtrack to a "real" ritual/inner dive....if you need a little push...
...and for me more then often these states comes when i sit and draw/paint for hours and it was under this type of session i grasped "Old Winters Yet to Come" the best, new dimensions visited my mind and it helped me to create better.

A funny thing is that on the tapes card it says nowere that on the B-side there is a another song, first time when i was finished with side A i hoped for the same material to on B also but there was just silence for minutes so i stopped there...now last listen before i wrote this review i tested again and suddenly i started to hear some faint sounds tuning up! This long track is also great and in the same style but it is much more ambient styled one could say.... a longer trip.

As a whole it is raw & gritty and trance inducing release, i like it much but i guess it is not for everyone.
And i might be wrong but i thought i saw something on a coming split with the band and some other...


Track list:
Side A
1.     Old Winters Yet to Come     02:57    
2.     Century Age Trees Enthroned in the Night Sky     03:08    
3.     The Path of the Star Mountain     04:04    
4.     Glacial Kingdom Stands Still     04:15    
Side B
5.     Untitled     14:58    
      Total:29:22



Released by: Harvest of Death
label link:
https://soundcloud.com/hrvstfdth
http://www.signalrex.com/

tisdag 17 oktober 2017

Norrhem - Voima ja kunnia

From Turku (not Turkey as someone thought!) in the cold and great Finland comes this new duo under the banner of Norrhem!


This demo (i would call it rather an EP) is from this year and so far the only release...quite naturally.
As some of you that have followed me on this place knows my affection for black metal from this country and this band does not falter, it follows the glorious path of grand, raw, dark music with strong melodic compositions.

It starts off hard and reminds me a bit of Förgjord which for me is something of a pure delight.
some slower heavy parts comes later in and sets the mood perfect. It is just 4 tracks but they deliver just enough to make a mark and i hope it wont gets lost in the tidal waves of black metal releases...
I cant read finnish but the info says that its focused on War, Nature, Folklore and thats what i would have guessed also as the music itself has that mix of aggression, a bit esoteric vibes in the way of nature etc etc so you get it even if you cant understand a word... if its good stuff all the way with strong melodies and no filler shit it works in any language.
 
Production is solid and let the guitars and harsh vocals lead and the drums is a bit lower in the mix whitch is just like it should be. Nothing gets lost.

I look forward to their next release for sure!
Solid traditional Finnish black metal.

Track list:
1.     Prelude - instrumental
2.     Sota    
3.     Pohjan tulet    
4.     Voima ja kunnia    
        Total: 16:28

Released by the great Worship Tapes!



label link:
http://worshiptapes.de.tl/

söndag 15 oktober 2017

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tisdag 3 oktober 2017

Verdugo - Altar del rencor

With an omnious drooling intro we are kicked into this first full album from these Chilean maniacs!

Few days ago i reviewed their compilation cd and enjoyed its filthy demonic death/Thrash-metal so it felt just logical to do this one close after.


They have been around for soon 10 years so this first album saw a long time coming but i think it was worth the wait as its totally swell! (in its specific old school genre)
The biggest difference i say compared to their older stuff is that they have a much more serious tone and approace and is more slicker/tighter played (not there was any problem before), gone is much of their older groovy Thrash parts and jumps straight for your throat and try to strangle you with death and disorder haha.

Yeah one of the things i really liked with the older material was their intensive headbanging grooves but they handle this new more straight faced direction well and there is no sortage of killer riffs and sweaty compositions.
Sometimes bit more cavernous (but in a sharply cut cave and not a damp and moisty one) but just slight....and i bit more war"ish" attack here! Hats fly out of the window! haha
Some nice guitar solos and drum fills etc, they all feel at home with their instruments (and in the Devils livingroom) so in the end i would say this is a solid hellraizing release that burns all the way!

The only thing would have done is taken out 1-2 tracks for a split or a 7" to be released sometime close around this album release, it is a bit long as it is now (just my restless soul here itching haha) but all songs are good  so they deserve my whole attencion...


If you like this type of music or already enjoy their previous releases try Altar del rencor!

Track list:

1.     Génesis de la ejecución     01:52    
2.     Revelaciones nihilistas     03:03    
3.     Colapso existencial     02:50    
4.     Patrones inmundos de hipocresia     07:02    
5.     Proselitismo abominable     05:13      
6.     Maléfica e insana adoración     04:32      
7.     Profanaciones     04:23      
8.     Altar del rencor     03:54      
9.     Tormento siniestro     05:47    
10.     Abismo de decadencia     04:53      
11.     Repulsión espiritual     05:45      
      Total:49:14

Released by: No Mercy Reks

fredag 29 september 2017

Verdugo - Blasfemia y perversión

Time for some barbaric Death/Thrash metal from Chile!



This cd i review is a 2012 compilation of the 2010 demo "Perversión y destrucción" and the 2011 Ep "Vómito de blasfemia".
The band has been at it for around almost ten years now...and i found them 1-2 years ago so yeah i am slow as an snail on heroin...or something haha! Well one has to wade through a lot of shit to find good stuff also... so i blame it on the shit.


I really enjoy Verdugos manic devil music, they have a nice dirty flair to them and they dont shy away from getting their groove on as well as killing with steel riffs. One could say there is a portion of beastial-style here with their goatish perverted vocals and overall  sound (they are like a good cross-over band from the old 80´s Satanic Thrash era into some 90´s war/beast metal) but a heavy dose of effective Thrash is of course here to kick up the heat!
I feel all the members get their respective space to shine as the production is totally fine & balanced  and no one is drowned out....dont know if this cd has remastered the tracks compared to the original releases but here they sound in a proper way.

My top 3 tracks here would be 1,2 & 6 but i dont feel no track is a filler! Speed to the grave!

I get visions of cellar dwellers getting heads chopped off by the great unclean one...the executioner!
Nun bodies getting split in two by deformed officers so on & so on.
A great time in hell!!

This collection is a good start to get into Verdugos demonic head-banger world (traditional but no copy cat).

Track list:

1.     Genocidio y destrucción    
2.     Verdugo    
3.     Putrefacta morbosidad    
4.     Vómito de blasfemia    
5.     Summoned to Hell (Mortem cover)    
6.     Comandos del metal         
7.     Thrash infernal         
8.     Sexo pútrido         
9.     Huracán         
      Total:32:51    

* A review of this years first full album from the band will be posted soon here
* Also stay tuned to next years printed fourth issue of RAW WAR (out on Darker then Black) which includes an interview with Verdugo

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


söndag 13 augusti 2017

Moras - Manifest Death

There is always a good reason to linger forever in the shadows...

From Finland this entity Moras comes and with it harrowing skies that succumbs all light, ancient  dark woods are surrounding the sight and the only way left is to embrace it.


To be more technical in my description i would say it is a very melancholic raw mid to slow-temp black metal, a bit like early Drowning the Light. The actual compositions has a nice atmospheric melodic touch to them which is mixed just right in the raw production, vocals are shreiking around like a distressed spectre and underlines the message of death well. These 5 songs that are on this debut demo makes up for a good firm picture of this band has to offer and what its purpose is.


As a whole it has a great sinking feeling to it....like you are deep under the surface of common "normal" life. It is misanthropic and hateful but at the same time it has an almost "romatic" feel (not sound) to the darkness...like "yes i am dead to this world but i also know that this is my true place and therefore i feel at home."  And i can totally hang from that tree myself too so...hehe


Great debut demo that ticks my boxes and i look forward to future material from Moras.

The great Mexican label Svart Hat has the honor to release this tape so head on over there to snap up a copy for your self!

label link:
https://www.facebook.com/SvartHatProds/?ref=br_rs



tisdag 8 augusti 2017

Waldschrat - Metropolis wird fallen

Finally the second full album from this Austrian horde is here! ...well i guess it was already out in May...whatever it is great to take a bite of fallen fruit.

Previous and first album came in 2013 and i remember i liked much and put the band on the Austrian BM-mapp for me, i also did an interview with them back then.


If you dont know about this band they play in a melancholic but grand black metal, the roots from their part of Europe is there as well inspiration from the Norwegian vein is found. What i like most about this release and well the bands musical style in general is their  rich compositions, the atmosphere and feelings run on more then one or two levels which gives it a deeper experience. They mixes cold black metal hate attacks and parts from the DSBM genre without falling into the traps that that genre has an abundance of. All sounds sincere (and quite intimate) and solid.

One thing that is worth mentioning is their intro which sets the focus clarely on todays society...and how it is rotting and decaying. The many reasons for this "state" is evident if you have open/critical eyes and ears. (sidenote but also connected rant: dont buy into this "false news" propaganda that the mainstream media is pooping out, sure be critical towards all "news" and use your own reasoning but  more real truth is found in the alternative media we all know that the mainstream is scripted to mold the people into brainless sheep.)

With this urban-sickness-intro they put their agenda and thoughts in the now which works fine with them..often i am too sick of this modern times i reach for music that lives more in the glorius ancient past but here i dont get turned off....I get engaged.

They describe this releases content like this "Seven stories about the end of Metropolis, the home of decadence and the circle of life and how everything is connected."...so i guess i took it the right way.

Production is clean but organic and well balanced, all the intracte  and well written songs (which has quite much variations in themselves) is brought forward to the listener in a powerfull punch. No doubt a good album.

So if you are looking for something that has both the introspective emotional focus as well as the aggressive extroverte fusion pick this up.



Best song for me is track 5, such a great song!

Released by: Talheim Records
link:
https://www.facebook.com/TalheimRecords

Track list:
1. Intro
 
2. Metropolis
 
3. Augenblick
 
4. Verfall des Seins
 
5. Der Wind hat mir sein Leid geklagt
 
6. Zur letzten Ruh feat. Saruman (Heimdalls Wacht)
 
7. Fährmanns letzte Überfahrt
 
8. Des Sturmes Kind 

lördag 5 augusti 2017

Liturgy of Desecration - And the Goat of Sodomy Commands...

As the great beast open its jaws a even greater ghastly howl is heard around the planet!
Here comes a new powerful beastial black metal band from Greece!


Besides the classical bloodthirsty tropes and tricks from this genere that is in place here this band conjures up some extra effectful dramaturgical atmospheres with its compositions &  intro and outros. Really sucking you in! ...no not a bj from that goat no...

 In other words it has a very complete package and infuses enough personal touches and sentiments.

Its production is swampy & foggy and the guitars are chuggy and crushing like a two handed axe.
Drums is on constant killing mode and the vocals is like it comes from the  demonical goat lord thats on the cover art(art by me hehe)!
The six songs that is presented here is a perfect start for this band as each track shows what they are capable of... devestation that is....but with enough engaging compositions through out... so it wont just become flat and boring that some of bands in this genre can be.



Solid start from Liturgy of Desecration! Get it!

This tape release is released by Von Frost Records. (more reviews on tapes from this label will come soon also!)

Track list:

1. Blapshemous War 03:24
   
2.Integration of the Prophecy 04:03
   
3. The Lament of Virgin Mary 04:13
   
4. Interment of the Abomination Child 01:31
   
5. Sadistic Impalement 07:00
   
6. Outro (Victorious March) 01:55

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

Label link:
https://www.facebook.com/Vonfrostrecords-1589647167970865/

onsdag 19 juli 2017

Totenwache - Ursprung

A new roar is heard in Germanys forests! A new horde is here to keep the ancient flame of black metal heritage burning.


Yes it is totally traditional mid-tempo cold harsh black metal, nothing new here but that is the point also as it flows in line with and continues the alternative dimensional time-line of second wave medieval black metal....yeah one can complain here and there on many bands that they dont have a purpose or push the envelope enough etc etc and sure it is early to see how strong black flame Totenwache has as this is their debut release only but these songs here have enough of solid compositions and correct atmosphere to have their place and spot in the long line of rustic black metal hordes.


The main quality points to speak about here besides the nice old forest wind is their good taste of timing and simple but effective compositions, it all flows well together and even under the 12 minutes song "Denial of Consciousness" they dont fall into boredome traps. Enough of solid guitar parts which leads most of the music as well as the vocals which is raspy and fitting, drums is also good, the band sounds tight playing.
Production is just as it should here, organic and balanced. not directly raw but good.



All in all this debut release is good, perhaps nothing extraordinary but a promising start that gives me hunger for more material.
To top it off the band logo is cool and cover art/layout is good also!

For our masters will!

Tracklist:
1.     Crushing the Impure Crown     06:51    
2.     Tome of Lies     06:12    
3.     Denial of Consciousness     12:18    
4.     The Defiled King     05:30    
        Total:30:51

bandcamp:
https://totenwache.bandcamp.com/releases
band page
https://www.facebook.com/totenwache/?ref=br_rs

måndag 17 juli 2017

Ruins of Unlight / Swine Soul - Two Tyrants of Terror


And down fell a burnt wing from an angel....then came a massive rain of blood and bodies.... the golden throne was empty.

From Narbentage Produktionen comes this split with Swine Soul which is a one man band from USA and  Ruins of Unlight (4 members) from Germany / Austria.


Swine Souls music emanates from a noise perspective but incorporates enough black metal parts to make it appeal to me, i for sure have nothing against bands to mix in all kind of electromagnetic darkness into black metal...it can have a powerful effect.
It sounds like a thick smog of dismay and pain. It is parts like a "wall of noise" but guitars shine through just enough to make you sit up and take notice....SS´s music has a quite wide range of ways to make his point...many layers of insanity molds into a dirty road that takes you to...............your destination.
It has a more surreal dream like state rather then "songs" so it is an acquired taste. It was effective and gave me new internal visions...and that never hurts when i am about to paint or create something.
 Parts of it retains some of the ancient BM world sound but much of it also has an urban nightmare  vibe over it...

Both bands throws in a collaboration track in the midst of this split and it sounds great! It leans more towards pure black metal but i think the best of this song is its raw demonic energy. Could work as a new side project perhaps?


Ruins of Unlight brings forth a more traditional melancholic raw mid-tempo satanic metal, the mix is also quite heavy and choked and disted which work great as a backbone to the compositions, the raspy vocals are great and has some nice variations and it flows nicely together with the guitars, drums are drowned almost but the puls rytm from them  come through and fulfill its reason of existence.
 For me this is the best side but i think both are strong in their own ways.

Winds from the ancient war blows over your soul, grand and strong it wander forward, through fire & ice.... song after song recreates this vision of heavy struggling.
I hope someday i will see a full length from Ruins of Unlight on vinyl.( the Burzum cover was nice also)



This split clocks in slightly over one whole hour so you get much pain and strife for your cash that is for sure!!

A good if a bit genre mixed split tape. (i am happy to have my artwork as the cover for this too hehe)



TTT Track list:

Side A
1.     Swine Soul - Bats Crawl from Thy Lady's Maw (Intro)     03:56       instrumental
2.     Swine Soul - Animalistic Deathcry of Despair     04:52    
3.     Swine Soul - Dying Disharmonies of a Soul's Light     02:56    
4.     Swine Soul - Dead Blossom     09:55    
5.     Swine Soul - Dog Meat     10:57    
Side B
6.     Swine Soul & Ruins of Unlight - Two Tyrants of Terror     06:05    
7.     Ruins of Unlight - Bastion of Chaos     06:28    
8.     Ruins of Unlight - Krampus     04:58    
9.     Ruins of Unlight - Ophiuchus     04:05    
10.     Ruins of Unlight - Ea, Lord of the Depths (Burzum cover)     04:49    
11.     Ruins of Unlight - Driven Shivering Chant (Outro)     05:30       instrumental
      Total:01:04:31

Label link:

http://narbentage.de/


söndag 16 juli 2017

Nyctophilia / Nihil Invocation - Season of the Purest Decay


The putrid chamber doors open once again into Hateworks temple!



This time we are threatened with a split tape from two fairly new bands, the split starts off with  Nihil Invocation which is a one man band from the States and he delivers a bleak and slow paced puke of illness, a bit rough around the edges (technically speaking) but it goes well with the dead atmosphere though, the three songs here takes you to a place where a withering solitude is king and you is its bitch.
Raw and primitive, an interesting start....also NI has another release out this year called "Disease in Solitude"...dont know if it has a physical release though.

On the B-side we have the Polish one man band Nyctophilia.
This music continues with the utter bleakness and, these two bands fit very well together on this split for sure. Besides the similar atmospheres Nyctophilia plays a more solid and concentrated style and for me it is the side i resonate the most with. It has effective friction between vengeful raw  outbursts to the more calmer icy bits,  only two songs but i feel they give you enough of its bleeding persona & damaged soul to make it worthwile.
 Nyctophilia also have released a Ep "Gdzie noc jest najczarniejsza"(dont ask me what that means..) & a full length this year called "Dwelling in the Fullmoon Light".

All in all a solid slab of raw misanthropic black metal. (that also make me want to hear more from both bands)



On a sidenote both the members of these bands have another band together called Baphometic Deathslaught with a fresh debut demo out now...digitally anyways.

Tracklist:
1.     Nihil Invocation - The Ceremonial Chambers of Perpetual Hate (Intro)     01:11       instrumental
2.     Nihil Invocation - A God Amongst Lethargy and Desolation     04:50    
3.     Nihil Invocation - Only the Dissonant Shadows...Cast Upon My Throne     05:14    
4.     Nyctophilia - Beneath Oppression of Sun     06:16    
5.     Nyctophilia - Let My Dark Blood Flow     06:54    
      Total:24:25

Label link:
https://www.facebook.com/FacelessArild/