torsdag 2 juli 2015

Slaktare - Journey into Darkness

This Bavarian maniac has here composed his first full length album! After 2 demos 1 Ep and one compilation this journey into Darkness has begun!

As this is my really first thorough listen to a release by Slaktare (means Butcher in Swedish) i cant compare to old stuff from him but now i feel inclined to do so more then ever...

Anyway this is a great versatile album with a mix of Nordic second wave BM but also the Germanic blood is evident here in both sound, structure and vocals. It is quite melodic and dramatic from start to finish with much effects and stuff besides regular instruments that makes the experience very demonically grand & a strong stable production that back it up is a plus.

One could get the idea from the song titles that this music would be some kind of DSBM but its not this is more offensive & defensive rather the crying defenseless, the songs rolls over you and does not look back...

Each song escpecially in the start of the record has much stuffed inside them, inspiration & energy seems to be quite expansive & intensive for these butchers. some clean vocals that i will always have some issues with is found here and there but not so much it would ruin my day. hehe

I would say the first song and last songs is far the best ones here but no song feels like a filler either so thats nice, track 6 is one and only "slow" song that is the one that could reminiscent most as a DSBM but it has a nice build up to it and grows after some spins.

Production design and art is also good looking and rounds of the whole album nicely. The new logo is great as well.

A good blasting beast album in other words!

Track list:

1.     Journey into Darkness        
2.     Satanic Insanity         
3.     Psychotic and Fucked Up        
4.     Souldestruction         
5.     The Mystic Fog of the Soulless Being        
6.     Laubfall II        
7.     Built on Ruins

Released by Misanthropic Art Productions

onsdag 1 juli 2015

Wendigo - Anthropophagist

A new spasmatic corps has come out of the Norwegian wood(worm)work called Wendigo!

This cannibalistic spirit has finally gotten a good album with its name on it... i mean just google Wendigo and check its musical projects attached to it and you see (...puke) so this is more then welcomed!

First that hit you is the fat rock sound, this is like Entombed dipped in some blues founded horror rock then digested inside a big foots unruly stomach the pooped out into a trashy psych ward... or in their own words    -  Blackened Horror Thrash Metal -
Back to Entombed inspiration i would say its from around the Uprising time but scraps away some of the more extreme rock & roll swings that record has and infuses more raspy ugly sound, even some of the earlier tracks here makes me think of some Hardcore"ish" sounds both from vocals and compositions, not much but something like Cancer Bats. hehe

Yeah so those whom only wanted more black metal from Kvalvaag can look elsewhere.
Songs themes dissects things such as...well look at the song titles and you´ll see.

A nice debut album that is easy to get into and works well with booze or whatever your choice of mind alternations is.

Best songs is: 1,4 & 8

Track list:

01.Gore Infested Basement
02.Cannibal Ritual
03.The Anthropophagist
04.Serpent Master
05.Wendigo Psychosis
06.Fear (is big business)
07.Human Flesh
08.Live Lobotomy

Released by Fallen-Angels Productions

söndag 28 juni 2015

Putrid Christ - Burning Temples of the Holy

Damn this is so much better release then their debut demo!
...even if some songs is from the demo but they are sounding much better in this  incarnation for sure.

Things must have changed quite big from their start regarding either members or just plain satanic focus!
Either way this first full length throws a slab of rocking blasphemies right in your face!

It is like an unholy mix of the obvious European Nordic cold second wave of black metal but also an equally large bit of American old school diabolic heavy metal and also i hear some Polish blood here and there also especially in the drum department (digital and/or human?), vocals has a good crisp evil rasp & gurgle to them and upholds this fortress just right. some heavy deathis parts intermingles with the other speedy hell rhythms for some nice dramatic changes and all in all the songs in themselves have enough variations to them to make the whole package an pleasant surprise, also production is clear but punchy.

Sounds like this could work great on stage as well!

Best tracks: 2, 4, 7

Track list:

1.     The Walls That Surround You        
2.     I Am Your Angel of Death         
3.     Grab the Nail         
4.     Putrid Christ         
5.     Queen of the Wolves         
6.     Raped in the Ruins of the Woods         
7.     Birth of the Damned        
8.     To Your God You Are Dead

Released by Times End Records

Deeper Vileness - Of Darker Realms

It all starts of with a nice moody organ composition that sets the tone just right for some...

The classification of this band would be something like dungeon raw black metal noise with a mental twist.
The tracks consists of both what it sounds like more or less improvised guitars, synths, pounding drums and echoing screams and witchy gnarls that floats in and out of a void, i feel it has enough of strangeness and disturbed fits to become an own entity and not someone that just fucking around.

The production is pretty evil and in your face and does not take the back seat like some raw stuff which is nice, you don´t have to concentrate like a hell-ear to hear whats going on in other words.

Like a unrestful morbid soul it slithers around, no rest or home for it exists or perhaps this very chaotic limbo is just that...home.

Both ritualistic and primitive this is and it fits perfect for a tape release as you see here.
Lets see how the next offering will sound like, if  Kadesh Le Morte & Lord Havoc will evolve this vile ideas that birthed here and put even more meat on the bat wings....time will tell.

Track list:

1.(Intro) The Necromancer
2.Of Darker Realms
3.At The Gates of Sodom
5.Screams Of Perdition
6.Where Evil Dwells
7.Death Mimic
8.(Outro) Corpse Rot

Released by Austrian Label Schwarz Klang Produktionen


tisdag 23 juni 2015

Aek gwi - Forest & Ghost

The title describes the content very accurate!

What you get here is partly beautiful and partly chilling forest ambient music and partly chantings
 from morbid ghosts, some distorted guitar chuggings surfaces that forms like an armor for the vengeful ghosts. All flows naturaly from part to part and the experience feels good, this type of  musical genre can sometimes fall into the realm of boredom and dont give enough to the listener to grasp but here i feel it works well and sometimes it feels somewhat of a movie...without humans.

The promo i got is divided in two long tracks and each track is
dramatized enough and is a bit  meditative despite and spiteful acts of the past. 

As you see this release graces Korean letters and thats because its a South Korean one-man band and just as logical that is the music here has a strong Oriental touch to it.

One could say it is the sounds of  the remnants of a lost Korean world where the energies and souls wont forget or forgive this new hollow modern world that is more or less blind to everything.

Track list:

1.     靈樹林 (Forest of Ghost) - Part 1
2.     靈樹林 (Forest of Ghost) - Part 2

måndag 15 juni 2015

Gurthang - I Will Not Serve

This Polish horde have here served up a mighty & heavy fourth album here both in sound and length...

This mid to slow tempo blasphemy is in both attitude and lyrical wise (pretty intricate lyrics i must say) clear
with its themes and a clue lies in the title... well its not directly subtle hehe.

But aside from the misanthropic and life devouring themes also here one finds some kind of soul searching and pondering, as the songs is pretty long (Black/Funeral Doom Metal) there is much time also for personal reflecting and dissecting the emotions.
It is a bit on the long side as a whole album (could work better as 2 Ep´s but thats just me) for my ADHD personality sure get value for your cash.

As i first listen to it i could not really settle down and float into this album but after a few spins i gradually "got it" especially when i draw or paint this music can easily find their way into my consciousness...

The production is somber & firm and quite big but not soulless and the wandering chugging guitars sounds good as do the drums and the fitting vocals brings the message as it should.

Gurthang play a style that is not new in any way but its done with a competent hand and goal but in coming creations it would not hurt throwing in some twist & turns to make it come alive more... but then again death is a closer subject to hand here so....

Best songs, 1,3,12

Track list:

1.     Nemesis        
2.     Decaying Tombs         
3.     Visions         
4.     Non Serviam         
5.     The Unconquered Sun         
6.     Levant du Serpent Noir         
7.     The Scarlet Whore        
8.     Beauty of Misconception         
9.     Devouring the Echo         
10.     Equilibrium Pathology        
11.     O Ye, the Sons of Sion        
12.     Szklany Okruch

*Released by Immortal Frost Productions

*Band FB:

Monstraat - The one eternal

After the debut full length i was curious how Monstraats future works would sound like considering
that albums different types of ingredients, its was a rocking & enjoyable album but it felt also like the "first strong but shattered step"....well now on this new Ep they have cut off some fat and have a more focused and coherent material at hand not perhaps as much "fun" (but fun is not a necessity in black metal hehe) as their debut but more of a firm grim creation that´s screaming through the mist!

I would say one hear both Swedish & Norwegian sounds from the early 90´s but with a more up to date production, sure its has a clear storm of raw pounding tracks but all parts come out just enough without overpowering each other.Vocals ones again has a nice mix of traditional raspy utterings to maniacally screams...Psychotic dreams of/from the void...

Besides from the Nordic cold forest void songs they bring back some rocking segments but that is foremost in the drumming department and  it works nice all in all.
If these four songs is a correct indication for the bands future sound it sure will be something to look forward to.

...If i should pick one song i think the third one is best.

Track list:

1.     The One Eternal        
2.     Unchained         
3.     Voidlike Sky         
4.     Dead Eyes See

Released by Fallen Temple