onsdag 27 juli 2016

Unsalvation - Swansong of Zion


This Finnish band has been active since around 2011 and has before this released one demo "Fall of the Tetragrammaton" and one split "Psalms of Chaotic Darkness" with Deathcraft from Spain, what i fell for first with Unsalvation was their mix of quite doomy death metal parts and noisy war metal that is a bit like  if you take GoatPenises "Biochemterrorism"(but turn the groove into doom) and any Nyogthaeblisz release and melt them together with a blowtorch you will get something like this "Swansong of Zion" ep!


Yeah its is great in other words... or that is if you like to either ruin your good mood or if you are about to go out and bring death & chaos to "insert preferred target here".

The is ep from start to finish murders and even if it has a wall of noise the drums and guitars come through nicely and is effective and sinister, vocals is a type of low growl but often with echoes or similar effects on so it spaces out and blows around the soundscape.
The production really fits and pump up the thick disgusting heavy atmosphere so it almost becomes claustrophobic which is really fitting this type of hell music.

First i was about to moan about that no label had snatched up this creation but now i just read that it will be out on Deathcamp Rex.
Keep an eye out for it! (It will come in handy soon as the war is closing in here in Europe)

Track list:
1.     Jerusalem     01:45    
2.     Wolves of the Iron Forest     02:50    
3.     Vehement Chants Invoke the Abysmal Spirits     06:06    
4.     Behead the Subhumans     06:05    
5.     Omnipresence Eradicated by Impetuous Holocaust     08:21    
6.     Swansong of Zion     01:34    
                                              Total:26:41    


lördag 23 juli 2016

LASTER - De verste verte is hier


Atmospheric Black Metal nowadays seems to more then often be stained with shoegazing/post black core bullshit (sure it can be done great but i rather have them more separated in their own playfields) and so too is Laster...BUT it is done great and those inspirations is not too obnoxious, often these mixtures becomes very hipster pretentious...very much the "emperor's new soo avantgarde clothes syndrome" that i rather eat my own shoe then listen to.

Laster plays rather in a convincing & emotive and harsh style (but the production have a kind cloudy filter to it so the harshness is to a extent buried) with long songs that builds up tension great with inclusions of effective outros (with piano/organ etc) that binds together it all to a neat little shady package... but on the last song they shit in their pants...they should not included that one i think. it breaks off to much from the other music in both genre and style...sounds more like some New order song dipped in washed out sulphur.


The themes is not seemingly satanic (i am no good at Dutch) but rather negative and existentialistic and that is fine and fits the music.

So all in all (excluding track 4) this is a competent modernistic atmospheric release, sure it can feel a bit pretentious but not too much for me this time.


Tracklist:

1.     Alles wat mij bevalt, ontvalt me     13:37    
2.     Tot de tocht ons verlicht     10:03      
3.     Ik - mijn masker     15:03      
4.     De verste verte is hier     06:05    
                                    Total:44:48

Released by:
  Dunkelheit Production
link:
http://www.dunkelheit-produktionen.de/

Band link:
https://www.facebook.com/lasterspraak/?fref=ts

fredag 22 juli 2016

Lethal Infection Interview

From the devil caves of Chile comes a new deadly virus from which you get a...



Greetings and welcome into Swedens very own RAW WAR!
How is your day?


-R:  well thanks, here with a lot of activities in relation to the band

2. Let us start off with how this band got started, when, how and why did you guys meet and start this
hellish band? Was there something personally that you felt needed to be created?


-R:  The band started in 2013, what inspired us to start was bands like Celtic Frost, Bathory and the love of music and collecting records that is where the idea started to create a band and also that was important was to try to recreate the old sound but with better production.

3. What would you say is the main focus in the lyrics and feel? What is your view on religion like
Islam,Judaism, Christianity and do you have some problems where you live from these?


-our ideas based on religion is a clear view about their total hypocrisy in the world, all in the band share that view  from the beginning as a band and hate all aberrations committed under the Inquisition and the time of the Catholic monarchs, we maintained and maintain a deep rejection of religions and similar acts in the world.

4. Is "Dark Prophecies of the end times" the coming Ep you are working on? Tell me all about it!
I heard the "Holy Pervertor" track which was nasty & great (which got me to do this interview also), nice touch with the Norwegian news report about the burning church hehe!



-exactly, we are working on an EP, which autoproductos us, we have no label behind us, because here in Chile everything related to extreme metal does not have much support so all is very much self produced, we had a good reception on the national circuit Underground bands, so we are active playing this outstanding work but we have the idea to conclude it as soon as possible

5. Is it correct also that a split with Putrid is in the works? What can you say about these songs
and what can you say about Putrid?



-in relation to putrid, we contacted travez another zine (Absit Omen web-zine), which he questions us like you now and we came up with the idea of creating this split with both sides to make a tour in the countries of Chile and Peru, we are still in talks about it, but we're excited to realize it.

6. Looks like there is some nice gigs next month! What can you say about them and what are your
personal feeling about metal fests in general?




-well actually we are determined to show our work in these long years starting from 2013
and we want to realize them at this time we have already fixed within the circuit underground bands.


7. Any band merch on its way?
-obviously when we finish our album we think of doing some, but now nothing.

8. How does rest of this year look like?

-we hope to realize recordings in relation to Ep and do more dates to tour in that we are focusing

9. Thanks for your time answering this, last word is yours!

-Thank you for taking the trouble to meet and be interested in our material from the distant lands
of Sweden, greetings and long live Satan!



*Take a listen to their Holy Pervertor here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DKGqVl0Y9Q&feature=share

Band link:
https://www.facebook.com/Lethal-Infection-1570960863179827/?fref=ts

torsdag 21 juli 2016

Arcada - Serpent's Void

If this second demo from Arcada is something to go by then there is quite some promise in this band.



Sure nothing original or "new" here but they serve up a solid sincere stab of second wave black metal,
no fun, no mosh only grim reaping here!

All songs goes in a mid-fast tempo and the overall atmosphere is bleak and quite melancholic. The guitars
 parts is pretty simple but they use the chords with good taste and it provokes a semi melodious (but
 far from pretty) and effective dark reverbance, drums do their job well and dont take over or disappears.
Vocals is a raspy gloomy classic bm vocals (some spoken passages also) & works great, the music reminds me to some extent to Drowning the Light which is very nice in my book.

These for songs is all good through out (and all visuals is neat & fits well together with music) but i think the
last two gives the strongest impact, if there where something i could wish for to the coming releases is that they find their own expression even more, that combined with their already proven musical talent they could become a new shining morning star!

By all means hunt down this release you wont regret it, get the Promo MMXV if can also



Track list:
1.     Prophet        
2.     Luciferi Reditu        
3.     Lux ov Eternity        
4.     Serpent's Void



Released by Destruktor Records
link:
http://www.destruktor-records.com/

Band link:
https://www.facebook.com/arcadablackmetal/?fref=ts

onsdag 29 juni 2016

Korgonthurus - Vuohen siunaus

After 7 bleak years this Finnish hordes second full album sees the moon light of the night.


Last album "Marras" was one of my first listens i had with Korgonthurus and it was really good in a really
unwelcoming way with its choking harrowing sound, repeating compositions that sucked your life out.... an album that not is not for everyone but that is just as it shall be i think...music that is against its listener is one part that is very suitable for Black metal.

Now under these many years the three members have increased into five and with that a new explosive sound has evolved through the cold veins of the band, this album release as a whole feels like that they really went out to lay waste with their new power! It feels like a pretty big production with all from the high caliber artwork from Daniel Corcuera(and the sweet booklet design, but i like their original logo better) to the grand mixing that both retains the raw misanthropic old sound with a new epic war machine assault sound.

Straight from the bat you get attacked with great flesh tearing compositions that contains both heavy head banging parts as icy sorrowful strings, Corvus extremely harsh vocals is great as always and leads this genocide horde with a firm hand. You will really be run over!

No fillers here just top notch Finnish black metal from start to end..sure it is a bit easier to get into this then Marras but that wont take any quality away from Vuohen siunaus!
This album is also i feel like a crystallization of the many strong parts from Finlands great satanic musical climate and having said that this is a no brainer to go out and get this beast!



Tracklist:

1.     Kaaos     04:58    
2.     Puhdistuksen tulet     05:55    
3.     I.K.P.N     06:45    
4.     Vuohen siunaus     05:10    
5.     Inho     04:33    
6.     Ihmisyyden raunioilla     06:48    
7.     L.U.X.     14:19    
                        Total:48:28   

Band link:

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

label link:

http://www.woodcutrecords.com/main.html


måndag 13 juni 2016

INVOCATION Interview!

Ritualistic & Hypnotic Black/Death Metal from Chile!


1. Hailz & welcome into the Swedish realm of RAW WAR!

-Ave!, thanks to RAW WAR and all the readers for the interest in the band...

2. As INVOCATION came into the light this year i guess you started this entity last year or earlier? What was your ideas and thoughts behind INVOCATIONs existence? And  how did the members meet?

-INVOCATION is born in 2015 composed by 3 black entities, very old friends with clear ideas…
in our first rehearsal we downtune our guitars/bass and the first track “Devout Effusions” born immediately...

3. First you released the single "Emanations" with the extra track Hypnosis(is this the same song as on the demo?), was this self released and can you speak about why you choose this tracks and what the lyrics is about?
I guess the name speaks for its self...



-You're right it's the same recording and it was distributed "for free" around all the interested people
(obviously financed by us), we sent packages to Germany, Greece, Poland, France, Italy, Mexico, Canada,
Brasil, Perú, Bolivia and almost all Chilean cities, as our first advance tracks we wanted to show our
deep and morbid sound, "Emanations" it's a simple Black/Death track with an excellent atmosphere and
chorus with lyrics about the gates of the deep abyss and the despair in which we are, for other side
 "Hypnosis" is more complex in terms of composition with a lot of changes and slow/fast parts with
nice vocals and lyrics about a possession through a médium in a spiritual ceremony "Face to face,
across the knees, unoccupied, Bring the sign, through the night, mystifying, ... Indicate your presence..."


4. The 4-track demo "Seance Part. I" was then released by Godz ov War Productions, how did you come in contact and how is it to work with them? What can you say about this first complete demo? Who did the logo and cover art?
Really great ones!



-Godz ov War did the first contact a couple of months ago, the idea of work with a foreign SERIOUS label was a priority for us, so, we choose this Poland Label for release "Seance Part: I" immediately, we have a very good communication with GoW in all the aspects and we are very thankful for the edition, we had a few setbacks but everything it's OK. I can't say anything bad about this demo, it was sold out very fast, so, right now we're working on our next ritual...
The logo was made by the master "Daniel Corcuera" (Slaughtbbath) from a sketch sent by us, as always, he did a fantastic work... the cover art was made by Mike Lawrence, he is an unknown artist for Death Metal covers, but at that moment, we wanted a simple drawing (with pointillism techniques) and clearly, he did an
excellent work in very short time, AVE!!!!

5. There is pretty much metal activity in Chile but from which background do you come from? Have you been into death all your life or also other music? Is there some good band from your city?

-Sure, the Chilean Metal is in very good position and was a consequence for our true essence and compromise with the underground traditions, we take this very seriously, I'm a fanatic of the traditional metal, specifically the Black and Death Metal sound and all the underground arts, I have 2 fanzines (since 2009), a distro and a lot of more things, so clearly this is not a trend for us... I can recommend some good new bands of the Chilean underground acts like Malignant Asceticism, Scientiam Templum, Black Beast, Verbum, Devotion, Buried, Putrefactio, Violent Scum, Black Ceremonial Kult!, Insurrexion, etc.


6. And how is the general life standard where you live? Is it hard to both stay alive and be active in a band?

-At this moment i am in an obscure trance, i don't care what the people do or say, and considering the actual
socioeconomic status of my country and south America in general, obviously is hard to stay in a band...

7. Have you plans for Seance Part. II?

-Yes, besides the ”South American Version” of Seance Part: I demo, We’re planning a Split and a 7” EP for
early 2017 (probably with 2-3 songs), so we have a lot of work to do… hope this material bring us a lot of
 gigs to show this morbid sound in all the possible places…


8. Please speak about the "South American version" of "Seance Part: I"

-We have an agreement to release ”Seance Part: I” in pro cassette (200 copies) through Destruktor-Records from Perú as a ”South American Version”, this will include two exclusive tracks called ”ZoZo (Instrumental)” and
”Medium”, this will be out the first days of September 2016 a.b.


9. Will it be INVOCATIONs first live ritual when supporting the Black Metal band AMMIT on their "Tour of No Return"?
What can you tell about the other bands playing this night?


-For now, yes, that gig with the legendary AMMIT will be the first live ceremony, so INVOCATION will be the rookie band haha!, about the other bands i can't say much, but i like Invincible Force a lot their last album it's a blast!
Pure Southamerican Death/Black/Thrash Metal!!! and Henosis has a nice live show with chains and black veils, so expect pure hypnotic darkness!!!!

10. Thanks for your time answering these questions!

Thanks for your interest in the band, mors vincit omnia

Band link:
https://www.facebook.com/invocationtemple/?fref=ts

söndag 12 juni 2016

Infernal Diatribe - Videha Mukti

I dont have a big in depth knowledge about the death/black extreme metal scene in India little less Kolkata...the only band that comes to my mind is Tetragrammacide... so i did not really know what to expect from Infernal Diatribe... From the nice cover artwork one can assumed that it would be somewhat serious occult direction which can be true in some aspects.(i dont have access to lyrics so)


The actual musical sound and construction remind me of some of the old classic aggressive black metal bands like Marduk, Gorgoroth, 1349, Dark Funeral and such and so forth, quite heavy leaning towards speedy blast beats (real drummer?No I guess it is Naztaz is the name of the drum programmer) on drums and cold & melancholic guitar compositions . Classic raspy Bm vocals that works well except for the high pitched squeal cries which sounds just funny...i guess that is not the purpose here to laugh... but that one just surfaces sometimes so no big damage.
 Quite long songs also but they work fine from start to finish, both can be violent and a bit hypnotic.

They write in their description that they play Raw Black Metal...nothing really raw here, normal balanced production and i dont think they need real raw sound either so this is just fine.
If i did not know i would believe this band was from Europe which is not bad of course but it would be more exiting with some local mysticism embedded into their sound but besides that they have a competent sound.

The Cry is the best track with a good main guitar composition that brings out sorrow and darkness. Nothing new but quite solid stuff with classic European touch.

Overall this is a focused and nice debut Ep and it is evident that they work on their music so i think they will grow stronger from release to release...depending on how sincere they are with the content...


Out on Transcending Obscurity Distribution