torsdag 23 februari 2017

Arkhaeon - Beyond


Ooook...here we have the second album from the Switzerland based band Arkhaeon.... they like to call their music Black metal but it is quite far from it, well the lyrics is at least more or less from an satanic existentialistic occult point of view but the music is a mix of some generic black metal riffs but mixed in a cavernous sound and the vocals in some parts is in a dramatic wailing/screaming that is ok but also a bit annoying after awhile....but then it starts to put in compositions more in a 80´s dark synth style or something and some parts even sounds like some damn musical (mostly in the vocals), they play around with quite long ambient parts with inclusen of some  tame guitar pickings and whisperings etc to try to sounds as "spiritual" as they can. 
 
And the whole 33 minutes album is in one long track so one cant skip over some tracks which is more tedious then interesting.

 I dont know what to say but first time i heard it i almost blushed from embarrassment, yeah it is pretty awful all together.

They know their instruments and sound mixing and all so it sounds professionally done but nothing can help this missguided mess, for the record i have nothing against experimentation in music but sometimes it goes soo wrong!

The best thing about this release is the first few minutes and the last 3 minutes (expect the absolutely last 30 seconds which sounds like a musical again) & its layout and production design which feels classy and neat.



This was released by BergStolz, regarding this label they have put out some good stuff so dont make this album turn you off from its other releases, check out the releases from bands like Enoid, Freitod, Menegroth, Forbidden eye.
 Many good things to dig up!

label link:
http://www.bergstolz.ch/

tisdag 7 februari 2017

Malleficarum - Shadows from the Walls of Death

Evil spectral night skies decent unto our scorched earth.

The Mexican great underground label Caligo Arcanum Productions brings forth here a new (plus one old) opus from the 2-member band Malleficarum!


The first thing that got me going was that the vocalist Besharth from Immature Morte was one half of this duo, his vocals is really great and totally mental and hateful blown through a utter cruel dist! Love it!
So with that part secured i just hoped the other member Lugubrum Malleficarum (dont know any former band activities) could suit up and match Besharths performance.... and he does!

Their sound is firmly based on the second wave black metal with quite long wandering compositions that drip of cold vast landscapes, remembrance of the old and negativity. If you have been into BM for awhile you will feel quite easy at home here as it is very traditional in its construction and melodies but that being said Malleficarum does not sound like a tired copycat... no it has more then enough of its own scarred soul and purpose.
As i said the vocals kills in Besharths personal brutal way and infuse and melts into the great musical score and the production is both raw and clear and nicely fronted. Good delivery from start to finish!


Now the text above is directed to the first 4 tracks which is the new Ep the text under here is for the extra bonus material which is the Ep "Chalice of Obscure Conjurations" that came before this in 2015.

First thing you hear is that the production is not as good and is quite muffled and low, not that nice satanic fack punch as in the first 4 songs. The music is good though but not really reaches the standard of the new stuff, the taste of compositions is as before and it is enjoyable to to listen to and i am glad they included it as i guess the original release is not easy to get hold of anymore... if this was the first Ep i would had review on Malleficarum i would said that this is an interesting start (even if there is an even earlier demo from2006  but i have not heard it) but it would need a bit more memorable riffs and melodies....


All in all this is a top release thanks much to the new Ep! 

Track list:

1.     Shadows from the Walls of Death     06:22    
2.     Sacred Carrier Of Chaos     06:43    
3.     Remains Of Ashen Light     04:10    
4.     The Curse has Come     10:09    

5.     L.F.O.W     03:58    
6.     Possession of Hate     04:29    
7.     Bring the Sacrifice     03:57    
8.     Covenant of the Black Flame     07:00    
        Total46:48  

This is how the first demo from 2006 looks like, like the look a lot! wonder how it sounds...
 





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


söndag 5 februari 2017

Funerary Temple - Lerderderg

The Australian label Australibus Tenebris have since its birth in and around 2013 been very active and prolific and with bands like Mardraum, Rattenkönig & Goatblood they did not go unnoticed...

So here we have another hell-horse from the stable and it is a really pest-filled tomb, as one that knows the other bands mentioned it comes to no surprise that this is of a high standard, ultra raw and brings vibes of  a foul wind. Hateful crackling vocals spire up into the engulfing dreadful compositions and brings a sharp smile unto my face.  It is a very nice witch soup this!


Besides the nice bitter atmosphere this demo brings also a fair enough of  bleak melodies, it has some really strong parts really and i would not be surprised that their (hopefully) coming album will be a ice breaker from this 2-member band.

A strong second demo that does the underground black metal justice. Seek it up!


All is good but i think track 2 and 3 is the best.

Track list:

1.     Odious Vermin     04:16    
2.     Lerderderg     06:53    
3.     Forgotten and Left to Rot in a Shallow Grave     04:55    
4.     Path to Decay     05:51    
      Total:21:55    

lördag 4 februari 2017

Megalith Grave / Entsetzlich - Beyond Morbid Fascinations of Cryptic Spirits


Hatework crawls up on the corps filled shore once again and presents us a  7" split with two very raw & macabre entities from the deep underground...



 Megalith Grave gets the first cut and if you have not heard MG music before it is the sound track to a dungeon filled with rats and limbs! All is primitive and negative to its core both in the compositions, vocals and production. It is obviously not for the casual black metal listener as it tries not to be welcoming in the slightest....i get some vibes of early Drowning the Light in the song and that can never be a bad thing.
It has a nice suffocating atmosphere and let you have no hope for tomorrow.

Next up we have Entsetzlich, this act has been around some time and it is more then great to see material on wax for the first time from him. Entsetzlich has always been a interesting satanic cacophony with much music improvised and looking outside the frameworks of "normal" song compositions...so if first song on the split is the "way" to your death this song is where your puny soul stumble its last steps and falls into the ravine of despair. Bleak drumming and buzzing loops with screams and cries from inside the damp cellar.



All in all this is an demented, introverted ghost symphony in 2 acts, with two bands that dont care in the slightest what you think of them.

Worth getting of course but dont come expecting any fancy pants!
And also worth getting any previous material from these two artists if you can find some.




label link:
http://hateworkpropaganda.bigcartel.com/




fredag 3 februari 2017

Heaving Earth - Denouncing the Holy Throne

Here we have another black gem from Lavadome Productions!

This is the blistering second full album by the Czech Republican band Heaving Earth from 2015!


This is my first experience with them but after hearing this one i will try to hunt down some more from them as this is a death fest in the realm of Morbid Angle, Immolation and similar.

Besides the heavy and dark death metal vibes there is a great dose of murdering technicality infused into each track, and no i would not label it as "tech-death" as they retain their heritage of old monstrous death metal gods plus they dont just hyper masturbate for the sake of it... all works to each other benefits and just heightens the atmosphere and pushes tension to max! The guitars are perhaps the biggest thing that makes my blood boil here but all the members are top of the death-chain!
They deliver the deadly goods all around!

Hard hitting and swirling tornado of utter destruction!

Production is strong and lets both the low and dirty vocals to rumble in dirt as the instruments is tight and clean, i myself like all kind of productions all from the rawest shit to the cleanest sword as long as it is fitted for the actual music and this album is just right in those aspects.



You can go no wrong with this album if you are after some high quality death metal, just get it!

Best songs for me is 1, 7 & 11 but there is no weak point here so...

Track list:

1.     The Final Crowning     06:07      
2.     Nailed to Perpetual Anguish     04:45    
3.     Doomed Before Inception     03:40      
4.     And the Mighty Shall Fall     01:41       instrumental
5.     Worms of Rusted Congregation     05:31    
6.     ...into the Sea of Fire     00:40       instrumental
7.     Forging Arcane Heresy     04:38      
8.     I Am Nothing     05:57    
9.     Into the Depths of Abomination     06:17      
10.     ...Where the Purified Essence Descends Ablaze     01:50       instrumental
11.     Jesus Died     07:35       Show lyrics
12.     Endless Procession of the Holy Martyrs / Final Termination     02:26       instrumental
      Total:51:07     


**Label link:
http://www.lavadome.org/


tisdag 17 januari 2017

Forgotten Soul Interview!


1. Greetings!
 Let start from the start, when and where did you start this project and do you have any
prior band experiences?


Hails to you. I, Wraith, started Forgotten Soul in January 2016, with my bassist Plague in Staten Island New York. I have not been in any other bands, and neither has Plague to my knowledge.

2.Your music sounds harsh, negative and minimalistic in terms of melodies and structures,
the riffings feel like its wanderings, searching almost... for something else... how do you see and
feel about what you create and what is important for you when you create?


- When we started we decided we wanted to have the music reflect on who I was. My music is a direct reflection of who I am.
I am a negative and harsh person, so my music sounds the same as I feel...Tortured.

3. What would you say in life have shaped you the most to start making music?
And is it to live in New York, how is your everyday life? What makes you tic?



- Suffering, and hatred. My own introspection, hate, and depression shaped me into what I am, and forced me to make music. I don't make music because I'm happy, or because it's "fun", I make music because I AM SUFFERING. Living in Staten Island New York doesn't help my mood at all. It is a very grim and depressing place to be. 
Most of the people are on heroin, and the ones who aren't are brain dead. I'm surrounded by people all the time, and I feel nothing but hate for them all. People make me tic. I HATE THEM, and I can't get away from them. It's torturous.

4.  From the first demo to the newest, is there any one of them that stood out for you or
is it always the latest you like the best or maybe you dont think/feel like that?


- I feel that with every album we improve. Because with every album I am in a different mind state, and the music fits what I am feeling at that point in time. But if you were to ask me what our best work was I would say the newest demo "Suffering Apparition Suspended Just Above Naught", and "True Necrotic", is our best.

5. As mentioned the newest demo, shed some light about the lyrics and overall direction?
And who did that nice looking logo? And it was released on tape!





- Our last album was focused on the past, depression, and HATE! Lyrically it focused on vampirism on the track "Blood Spell", and the other tracks I feel speak for themselves. My music is always negative, and the lyrics will always be dark, negative, and dismal. It was released on tape, you can buy it on bandcamp, and it will be released on a label in the near future. 
The logo was done by a friend of mine who shall go unnamed.

6. You have done two splits if i am not mistaken? One with Tahazu and one with Abandoned by Light. What can you say about these band and splits? Is there any difference in creating for you
when it is to a split?




- We did three splits, because we did two with Abandoned By Light, and one with Tahazu. I respect both bands, and am a fan of their music. I would never work with a band I do not respect, or dislike. 
I only give my time to those who are worthy of it. No I don't write differently for splits, I write what I feel.

 

7. How does the closest future plans look like for Forgotten Soul? And what about drums?

- Forgotten Soul will wander eternal. We have a number of local shows coming up, and we are working on our ninth album. We will continue to spread the message of evil, and negativity. I will not stop until the world is left broken and rotting, I will work until I can no longer. 
This Forgotten Soul will know no rest until the sun is blotted out from the sky, and the winter is eternal. As far as drums go, I will not add another to the band, as I mentioned earlier, Plague and I HATE people, and adding drums would mean having to associate with a human. But I will add drums, I am currently teaching myself to play, and when the time is right I will add them to my music.

8. Thanks for your time answering this interrogation!

 - Gladly. Thank you for your time.


Bandcamp link:
https://forgottensoulblackmetal.bandcamp.com/
 

fredag 13 januari 2017

SWAMP - Underground Manifesto

Let´s travel back in time to the distant year of....2014!

Ok that is not so far off but this release could just as well been released at least 25 years ago...no that is not a negative statement but rather a hint of its sound.


They roll out the big filthy guns and blast off an album filled with old school war metal! It mixes
a nice dose from the blackened Thrash 80´s (some minor heavy metal bits i hear also)
 with the 90´s war/beastial metal. Besides from this main meat stew of evil assaults many songs includes some nice heavy slower parts that infuse a stronger overall tension, very tasty.
It is warmongery from start to the putrid end i other words but with some extra finess then many other bands in this direction dont have. Good production and all in the band delivers on point.
The negative points is not much but just as some songs could be trimmed down in time as they get a tad repetitive...looking at you "Slow as Death" haha! But its no big thingy.



All in all this is a good barbaric album and is worth getting, extra plus to the great cover art by Riddick!
Best song is easiest track seven "Epileptic Messiah" & the last one.

Track list:

1.     Intro     01:46    
2.     R.I.P. (Rest In Pit)     04:52    
3.     Underground Manifesto     03:57    
4.     Necrosadistic Disorders     04:40    
5.     Slow as Death     05:21    
6.     Wishes of the Upside Down Cross     05:39    
7.     Epileptic Messiah     04:53    
8.     Vision of the Last Judgement     04:36    
9.     Outbreaking the Boundaries of Everlasting     07:32    
      Total:43:16

*This cd is released by Atolinga Records 

And if you find it check out the split with Riddicks band Fetid Zombie, released in 2015 by Morbid Visions Music.