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Abrasive Audio – The Year in Review

Part the Second
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Boy, he looks pissed! There I was thinking Easter bunnies were jovial fluffy felllows

The first three months have run their course and the last vestiges of winter are hanging around like a horde of pesky flies. The Easter Bunny has been busy and so have those who chose to take part in Beltane festivities (there’s no cumbersome hiding any eggs here. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Summer is about to start. Did you remember where you stored the winter coats and shovels? Metal however, is in full swing, in fact much like the weather it seems as though it’s just “warming” up. I honestly don’t think it ever takes a rest. (My favorites are again marked with a *) Onward…

April

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Allegaeon – Apoptosis

https://allegaeon.bandcamp.com/

It’s extremely hard to pick a favorite track here as this is akin to sinking the ‘8 Ball’ on the break again and again and again (for those not familiar with ‘pool’ analogies it’s highly satisfying, indeed!) Suffice it to say if tech death with a progressive nature in the vein of Blotted Science, Alkaloid, Hannes Grossmann’s other output, Inanimate Existence and Opeth is your thing then your ears need this within them, the pleasure of which your entire being will thank you for later.

Archaic Decapitator – The Apothecary

https://archaicdecapitator.bandcamp.com/

Tech death rhythms flaunt with symphonic additions and occasionally the merest hint of a black as well a folk influence resulting in a release which is varied in tone, laden with atmosphere, depth and melancholy. Keep an ear out for these guys as if this is any indication of what’s to follow this an applaudable omen indeed.

Belezebubs – Pantheon of the Nightside Gods*

https://www.deezer.com/us/album/87796612?autoplay=true

A damn sight better than one might think with the comic book imagery in mind. A first listen is all it took for me to become a fan! This offers a stunning mix of black metal, symphonic elements and an overall aura which brings to mind the finest the genre has to offer (insert your favorite band here). And their videos are worth looking into also; blending humor and exquisite animation there’s really nothing which doesn’t tickle the pleasure sensors. In short, if you have yet to look into this band you’re missing out!

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Black Sites – Exile*

https://blacksites.bandcamp.com/album/exile

With a style that’s a hearty mixture of doom, ala Paradise Lost, Black Sabbath and even Old Man Wizard, alongside progressive elements which bring to mind Dream Theatre, the occasional nod to greats within the NWOBHM scene (Iron Maiden) and rhythms straddling the hard rock arena and occasionally alternative (think Therapy?)with a splash of blues which make this most certainly far beyond merely an intriguing release. However, it’s the delivery, composition, strong vocal style, invocative melodies and infectious nature which makes this album instantly worthy of attention.

Gruesome Stuff Relish /Choked by own Vomits SPLIT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRhZ8_II2uY

Gruesome Stuff Relish – plentiful groove breakdowns amidst synth atmosphere, cult movie homage, soundbites, melodic grindcore, groove and a gutteriffic vocal accompaniment, what’s not to like?

Choked by Own Vomits – Brutal death with a slower tempo boasting infectious riffs bordering on grindcore and lots of groove and a vocal style which will carve a smirk on any fan of the scenes face.

A fantastic introduction to both bands involved for those even curious about the genre this is a great place to dive in!

Hath – Of Rot and Ruin

https://hathnj.bandcamp.com/album/of-rot-and-ruin

Technical, majestic black, bludgeoning rhythms, classical interludes and Amorphis esque progressive passages. This is overflowing with brilliance, take your pick of where and when to find them, this embodies everything a fan could wish for. Brutality and technicality in equal measures slathered in pitch values against a supremely effective atmosphere. And the occasional suffocating presence to add to the overall stunning epic audio experience.

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Hellripper – Black Arts and Alchemy

https://reapermetalproductions.bandcamp.com/album/black-arts-alchemy

Imagine if you will Bathory, Motorhead, Venom and vintage Metallica (‘Kill-em’ All’ era) waking from a month-long drinking, drug-fueled debauchery binge (complete with a NWOBHM soundtrack) only to find out they had an offspring. Hellripper is likely the result of such. This woefully short Ep is, in short, utter brilliance which is sure to leave a craterous indentation in the scene. And to think this is merely an appetizer for things to come.

Inculter – Fatal Visions

https://edgedcircleproductions.bandcamp.com/album/fatal-visions

So goddamn fast this’ll make your head spin, but in a good way. Exquisite pace variations (yes, this isn’t flesh-meltingly fast all the time!) and atmosphere combine to form an album that leaves a huge impact. An album that reeks of raw South American influence yet undeniably shines with a style all its own.

Mist of Misery – Unalterable

https://mistofmiseryblacklion.bandcamp.com/album/unalterable

Classic melodies wrapped in black metal shrieks and rhythms (which do so much more than merely make one want to tap their foot) encaptivate, putting one in a trance. The atmosphere is quite unlike what one might expect. The effect is majestic, brutal, uncompromising yet beautiful and undeniably powerful. The album continues to only deepen the effect of the trance like state pulling the listener into an enveloping menacing, melancholic, beauty complete with exquisite ominous atmosphere.

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Teleport – The Expansion

https://teleport1.bandcamp.com/album/the-expansion

Technicality careens headlong into a death/doom shroud making for a release that’s highly pleasing with an appeal which spans a wide radius ranging from atmospheric chaotic black metal through death/doom and also brutal technical progressive death, often elements which are expertly weaved together in the space of a matter of moments. Highly recommended for those who have a penchant for audio spanning a wide radius in the extreme metal arena.

West of Hell – Blood of the Infidel*

https://westofhellmetal.bandcamp.com/album/blood-of-the-infidel-3

Melodic, aggressive, emotional, energetic and dripping with depth. I’m finding it hard to find the words – this is outstanding audio!! Power, epic, heavy, speed, melodic death metal? Take your pick. This has it all, mixed to perfection and vocals of a caliber akin to a force of nature.

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Wormwitch – Heaven that Dwells Within

https://wormwitch.bandcamp.com/

A crushing, inciteful, drum tempo is the back bone of this release balanced by delicate folk elements, symphonic accompaniments, exquisite atmosphere and cresting majestic black metal rhythms the overall effect is a wonder to have betwix the ears. Admittedly my first experience of the band, and I’m left wanting more!

May

Body Harvest – Parasitic Slavery

https://comatosemusic.bandcamp.com/album/parasitic-slavery

Devoid of frilly bits, progressive interludes and moments of reflection this is primal death metal shrouded in technical prowess sporting an intensity which is palpable. Maniacal values, diabolical surges, pummeling salvos and moments of ear screeching (controlled) chaos as well apocalyptic heights. Body Harvest have somehow managed to create an album which is mesmerizing in its undeniable brutality bathed in delicious dirge qualities fellow countrymen Bolt Thrower would be jealous of.

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Evil Angel – Unholy Evil Metal*

https://evilangel.bandcamp.com/album/unholy-evil-metal

Blackened speed and a sense of humor. Sounding like true homage to the South American scene of yore but with an added energy surge only bathing in Red Bull could possibly induce, bestial metal on steroids, and riffs which’ll make you want to slap your Granma and drag a newborn into the pit. This deserves to be shared. And Evil Angel, in all their exemplified raw nature, warrant praise!

Funeral Storm – Arcane Mysteries

https://funeralstormgreece.bandcamp.com/album/arcane-mysteries

Somewhere between early Moonspell and Rotting Christ with applaudable ‘dungeon’ synth tossed in. Elements of folk, doom and synth interludes aided by a commendable production result in this overflowing with atmosphere far from the normal rawness that the typical black metal affair offers. This showcases a great deal for even a casual fan to the scene.

Haunt – If Icarus Could Fly

https://hauntthenation.bandcamp.com/album/if-icarus-could-fly

Blending 80’s and 70’s hard rock with speed and epic metal elements this showcases the power of Trevor William Churches’ (Beastmaker) voice combined with the melodious enchanting rhythms and eye-opening solo mastery which are hard to ignore the criminally infectious nature of. With this one must ponder; with the bar set so high, where does/or can Haunt go from here?

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Idle Hands – Mana

https://idlehandspdx.bandcamp.com/album/mana

Every once in a while, there drops an album which only lands upon the radar because of a myriad of recommendations. A release which is far from the normal listening material. This is one such example. a perfect combination of rock and Gothic metal with the chops to toss me back to the golden age of the scene whilst still offering an identity which is fresh and oh so easy to hit repeat upon again and again. This is dangerously addictive from start to finish! You have been warned!!

Inanimate Existence – Clockwork

https://inanimateexistence.bandcamp.com/

Brutality which straddles a myriad of genre fences without entering into too ‘Brutalsville’ territory. Unbelievable production values boast instruments which are crisp and clear in the mix complementing rhythms which are inhumanely complex, tight and intricate alongside progressive interludes which don’t ‘break the spell’ in the slightest. Encaptivating on account of its awe-inspiring balance and brilliance. An ‘eargasm’ from first to last note. Nuff said!

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Krypts – Cadaver Circulation

https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/cadaver-circulation

Malevolence, menace, grandiose atmosphere, an ominous nature and nuance. All that and a myriad of woven passages of rhythmic intricacy. Overall an album which is guaranteed to offer something new with each listen. Highly recommended for those who prefer atmosphere over outright brutality.

Kull (formerly Bal Sagoth) – Exile

https://kullblacklion.bandcamp.com/album/exile

Grandiose in tone and scope Exile offers that which many have tried, in vain, to capture. Exquisite rhythms, thundering riffs as well passages of beauty complement a symphonic backdrop, epic in scale. Hardly traditional of any one genre this overflows with menace, majesty and at times a certain viciousness, even a narration of sorts, a fantastical concept unfolds if you will. This might at first make heads spin. As it progresses, however, confusion is sure to translate into admiration and appreciation.

Misþyrming – Algleymi

https://misthyrming.bandcamp.com/album/algleymi

This sports exquisite atmosphere, rhythms which incite movement and an edge which is decidedly arcane in nature though far from the raw production which, again, many might expect. Melodious yet majestic, triumphant yet atmospheric, and epic in tone, think doom laden black metal, think black metal with production values which doesn’t sacrifice what the genre stands for, think a release you shouldn’t ignore… seriously.

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Monasterium – Church of Bones

https://monasterium.bandcamp.com/

Channeling traditional doom in a similar style to Dio fronted Black Sabbath, Candlemass and (strangely, ha!) Dio’s solo output and complemented by grandiose vocals, laden with melodies, exquisite lead work and epic rhythms there’s a lot here to be excited about.

Nihility – Thus Spoke the Antichrist

https://nihilityblacklion.bandcamp.com/

Listening to this makes me wonder if this might have been Bolt Thrower if they’d developed a darkened edge, as this is dirge laden and often laced with black majesty.

Paladin – Ascender

https://paladinatl.bandcamp.com/album/ascension

This picked me up, jaw agape, and threw me back a few years to the sensation I had when first experiencing Wolfsbane (their first) and Black Guard. Similarly styled this assaults the senses like a ravenous beast and even sports occasional growling vox to please those who demand throat emission diversity. The production gives it the required punch and the rhythms are encaptivating, energetic and then some. Suffice it to say this delivers from start to finish is and is an absolute stunning debut full length.

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Possessed – Revelations of Oblivion*

https://open.spotify.com/album/0gNBSnkiibRqyFzCJJ5fka

How is it that I haven’t jumped on the Possessed ‘train’ before now? This shreds! Blazing riffs, impressive drums, vocals which are hardly traditional but fit just the same and high-energy rhythms which bear malicious intent. With the brilliance of this in mind it’s well worth diggin into the bands discography in order to discover the earlier works of one of the pioneers of the thrash/death style itself. An amazing ‘comeback’ album which is worthy of the praise its garnering.

Sathamel – Horror Vacui*

https://sathamel.bandcamp.com/

An infernal majesty permeates the albums rhythms, a cresting riff assault combined with a blackened death formula and a homage that’s sure to carve a crescent upon the face of blackened death and old school fans alike. But it hardly stops there, spoken word passages add a certain indescribable something to the album

Vale of Pnath – Accursed

https://valeofpnath.bandcamp.com/

Marrying the finer aspects of the tech and blackened death realms Vale of Pnath have somehow managed to create a slab of audio balanced with perfection. A composition that’s delicate yet seething with fury, might and a presence that’s undeniable.

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Varaha – A Passage for Lost Years

https://varaha.bandcamp.com/album/a-passage-for-lost-years

A crushing evocative mix of haunting doom and DSBM with drone elements (a smidgen of Avant Garde) and the expert utilization of orchestral instruments makes this an album one consumes in a single sitting, not in parts. Be prepared to run the gamut of emotions with this multi-headed beast.

War Curse – Eradication

https://open.spotify.com/album/1skwO7PHb2Jx3oSM1mkwAL

This burns with a tone which screams instant acceptance for fans of aggressive, high energy thrash. A fantastic introduction to the band and their brand of top notch, dynamic, riff heavy, thrash.

Widower – Cataclysmic Sorcery

https://widoweratx.bandcamp.com/

Widower have injected this with enough of their own uniqueness and rhythmic technicality to separate it from the amassed hordes. a fantastic example of aggressive thrash that borders on blackened death realms. Riffs are fast and furious and delivered with exquisite precision. The production is spot on, every instrument can be appreciated for its addition to the sound and the vocal style fits like a tailor-made glove which both complements and adds to the overall appeal.

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Witch Ritual – Death: Beyond

https://witchritual.bandcamp.com/album/death-beyond

Mid-tempo and often lazy paced, mesmerizing, invocative, traditional, occult doom (far from death and funeral realms) with just the right amount of “fuzz”. Excellent vocals with a range that includes smoldering, sultry and a little something close to frustrated howling make this a fantastic palette cleanser.

June

Atlas Entity – Beneath the Cosmic Silence*

https://atlasentity.bandcamp.com/

A fluid, precise and intricate marriage of progressive elements, technical rhythms and death metal. Think the beauty and classic nature of Opeth entangled with the often, flowing like a river, mesmerizing rhythmic brutality of Inanimate Existence, Add solos which are blistering, a nature which has more facets than my infants personality and elements which are often associated with atmospheric blackened affairs and you have a release which is unpredictable, surprisingly agile and altogether fathomless in its depth.

Beheaded – Only Death can Save You

https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/only-death-can-save-you

This is guarantees to send fans of Misery Index into a frenzy. Grinding, unrelenting, rhythms with inhuman drums topped off with top notch production values and a style that’s perilously close to grindcore yet has whispers of death/doom. Did I mention the drums?

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Concilivm– The Veiled Enigma (EP)

https://concilivm.bandcamp.com/album/the-veiled-enigma

Showcasing a mid-pace with death doom sensibilities, groove and enough menace to incite nightmares for an entire kindergarten class (including the unsuspecting teacher) coupled with dirge and a diabolical nature with often intriguing rhythms. Give this a moment of your time and I believe you’ll be impressed also.

Consecration – Fragilium

https://consecration666.bandcamp.com/album/fragilium-album-2019

Funeral doom cavorts with rhythms that nod to 90’s Gothic rock and the earliest incarnation of doom with heavy metal undertones, even at times showcasing an aura which hints at experimental black metal realms. This seethes with a myriad of styles one might not initially expect whilst still holding firm to doom foundations one would. Go into this with an open mind and no assumptions and you’ll find yourself sinking into the unhurried epic nature on offer.

Gravefields – Embrace the Void

https://redefiningdarknessrecords.bandcamp.com/album/gravefields-embrace-the-void

For a debut this shows stellar promise, offering a vibe which brings to mind Abysmal Dawn mixed with Nile and Black Dahlia Murder toss in a sprinkle of hardcore and the mix is complete. A phenomenal talent appearing as if from nowhere, play this loud and level the neighborhood!

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Memoriam – A Requiem for Mankind *

https://willettsio.bandcamp.com/

A genius creation of dirge/crust/grindcore now, this is a beast of many facets, a creation to influence a whole new breed of musicians. The logical progression from “Those Once Loyal” for fans of the legendary Bolt Thrower. This shows Memoriam taking the style to another level, leaps and bounds from their last effort. An upgrade (as if the style and band members have been whisked away to a secret facility for a full body advancement ‘comic book style’) which leaves a definite impression. With an album of a quality such as this the metal community is left stunned and probably pondering where do Karl and crew take us next?

Ov Lustra – Tempestas

https://ovlustrablacklion.bandcamp.com/album/tempestas

Showcasing exquisite musicianship, a powerful symphonic backdrop, rhythms which constantly shift and a vocal accompaniment which fits the style Ov Lustra have managed to capture the delicate balance needed to keep the listener intrigued and the audio far from being overwhelming in its intensity. The overall audio is fluid, seamless in its approach and bears unmistakable cinematic scope which only aids in its appeal and invokes vivid imagery along with the sinuous fantastical narrative.

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Pestis Inferos – Beyond the Veil of Light

https://pestisinferos.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-the-veil-of-light

Chock full of majesty, fury and an overall style which borders on black metal meets punk meets death meets speed metal (what a mouthful) with oodles of atmosphere tossed in for effect this is sure to drum up some attention. On a personal note it’s the drum sound and style in the mix which makes me a salivating fool who hits the repeat button like a hopeless addict. Don’t miss out on this!

Superstition – The Anatomy of Unholy Transformation *

https://listen.20buckspin.com/album/the-anatomy-of-unholy-transformation

It’s the arrangements, the aura, the supreme coalescing of maniacal, diabolical, old school and cavernous elements which makes the (“no time to slow down, this is gonna hurt”) impact. Riffs are furious, fierce and tumble over each other. Relentless, often harrowing and part nostalgic with undeniable and unmistakable homage to celluloid boasting invocative synth accompaniment from decades previous. This crosses all the right boxes without veering too far into over the top realms, in short, a delicious combination of filthy tone, unholy rhythms, sinister riffs which combined superimpose Underworld menace over that which is everyday familiar.

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The Odious – Vesica Piscis

https://theodious.bandcamp.com/album/vesica-piscis

Impulsive and unpredictable is the name of the arena in which this release resides and it has a great deal to offer those who are willing to step outside of traditional audio realms. Borrowing heavily from the most impressive elements from a slew of genres The Odious have somehow managed to expertly fuse audio in a way which brings forth a myriad of emotion as it passes through the senses, incorporating rock and extreme metal elements, brutal face-crushing riffs, melodic passages and a slew of rhythms which have the listener pondering in which direction they should turn next.

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Time for me to start compiling Part the Third, until then feel free to comment, share and laugh at the horrid grammar

There’s a little something more to dig your teeth and ravenous senses into until I drop get around to compiling, sorting and posting Part the Third, which promises to be even more epic yet. My apologies again for dropping this well into the New Year, life got in the way as it often does. I’m determined, however, to journey to quests end. In short there’s a great deal more on the way.

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Abrasive Audio Part Twenty – Five

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A quarter of a century and still ticking. The world of metal is ever giving, what can I say? Prepare for an international array of diverse audio offerings in this installment. Without further ado let’s get this under way, shall we? As always, I’ve included Bandcamp links (or links from another format if not available) so that one might be able to listen as the atrocious grammar which flows from my fingertips washes before the retinas. Onward…

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Alcoholocaust – Necro Apocalipse Bestial
(Portugal)
Release – September/5/2019
HellDProd
Against PR
https://brigadantiposers.bandcamp.com/releases
ARTWORK – 81

A possessed bulldozer on the rampage in glorious black and white. Lovin’ the primitive vibe.

FIRST TRACK – 82

A somewhat diabolical introduction transforms into wicked riffage and addictive galloping riffs. Heavily accented vocals add a blackened edge and I’m eager for more.

INITIAL LISTEN – 85

Aggressive speed metal with the occasional splash of punk accompanied by maniacal and archaic heavily accented vocals (lyrics are in Portuguese mostly and the tracks titles are strangely a 50-50 split) This could well be the foreign long-lost twin to Whiplash’s “Power and Pain” release. It’s obviously nothing ground-breaking but it is criminally addictive and requires limbering up before hitting the play button. Prepare to have this reside in your audio equipment for an extended duration of time.

Favorite Tracks; Solucao Abysmal, Bulldozer Infernal, Necro Ritual, Patrulha Thrash, Assalto Metalico.

FFO; Whiplash, Exciter, Hellripper, Bastardizer, vintage Slayer.

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Thrashfire – Into the Armageddon
(Turkey)
Release – October/10/2019
Xtreem Music
https://xtreemmusic.bandcamp.com/album/into-the-armageddon
ARTWORK – 80

A crimson shrouded sky in an altogether menacing comic book-esque image.

A dastardly looking fellow complete with a Reapers scythe appears to be collecting the souls of the children within the immediate radius. I can hear the teachers chant in jubilation “At last, a day off!”

FIRST TRACK – 80

Opens with an Arraya- esque scream, frantic, maniacal, guitar riffs and a style which is part early Slayer and part later Exodus accompany this for an adrenaline-fueled start to the proceedings which leaves me sweaty, sore and very much intrigued.

INITIAL LISTEN – 82

Takes a little while to get going but once it does, shit…you might wanna’ add badass metal talent to the list of things Turkey is known for (other than being named after a delicious flightless bird which has the odd effect if making he/she who eats it tired, an odd defense mechanism that!) Bordering on thrash/death this boasts rarely a boring non- nuclear fueled moment. A South American styled vocal assault adds significant “black” to the albums tone. Slayer nods are frequent enough to be noticed. Overall a fantastic introduction to an act who demand respect with a release which will garner the attention of a significant number of ears for good reason.

Favorite Tracks; Katacomb (The Kingdom of Resurrection), Supreme Command. Through the Crimson Darkness, Post-Apocalyptic Holy Terror.

FFO; Vintage Slayer, Nuclear Assault, Exodus, Malevolent Creation, Toxic Holocaust.

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Stortregn – Evocation of Light
(Switzerland)
(Re)release -September/20/2019 on a vinyl format (originally released in 2013)
Non Serviam Records
https://non-serviam-records.bandcamp.com/album/evocation-of-light
ARTWORK – 85

Something foreboding is on the horizon (has the sun turned it a blender?) The mountains care not as they are timeless. Humanity on the other hand could well be fuked!

FIRST TRACK – 85

A Dissection esque symphonic backdrop bursting with classical Gothic elements against a Stockholm melodic death assault add to that exquisite blackened touches rasped vocals, the occasional “Storm of the Lights Bane” nod, an excellent flow and you have a fantastic start.

INITIAL LISTEN – 87

Channeling the nature of early Dissection and adding to it with varied yet somewhat stylistic similar influences (Amon Amarth, Necrophobic and Emperor) Stortregn have fashioned an album which is able to be appreciated immediately. Classical acoustic, melancholic, interludes add depth and serve to break up the album nicely. Some may find the similarities to the above-mentioned album at times over-powering. However, I’m of the other collective who believes this is a solid slab of melodic blackened metal showcasing an act who are finding their path whilst giving obvious homage to those who have laid the groundwork, making waves in the scene while doing so.

Favorite Tracks; Epitaph; An Evocation of Light, So Much Dust, Throughfares, The Call.

FFO; Dissection, Emperor, At the Gates, Necrophobic.

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lllvilja -Livet
(Sweden)
Release – August/2019
Halvfabrikat Records, Phobia Records, Dark Elk Vinyl
https://phobiarecords.bandcamp.com/album/illvilja-livet-lp
ARTWORK – 72

Blunt and primitive with no frills there’s no doubt who this album is by and what it’s entitled.

FIRST TRACK – 94

Commences with a Bolt Thrower vibe circa the “IVth Crusade” (spoken words and all) then the beat kicks in and is more than successful in knocking one on their arse. Infectious and inciteful of that there’s no doubt but the star however is the vocalist, his pipes the quality of his approach and the level of angst which is through the Fn’ roof.

I am most definitely awake!

INITIAL LISTEN – 91

Although all the lyrics are in a foreign tongue (to me anyway) they sound, at times, almost oddly familiar. The fact that I can’t understand a bloody word doesn’t take me out of the album’s enjoyment at all, but rather, adds to its allure. A primitive, mysterious, spice to heat up that which is already incendiary, both in its nature and infectiousness. Touches of stylistic diversity, and appreciative breaks from the same old, same old (which could well be expected based on this albums categorization, hailed as “Dbeat/Blackened-Crust”) propel this to refreshing heights making this a release set to be the bar which others in the genre will struggle to reach.

This came out of nowhere to catapult me to the nearest medical facility on account of my abrupt skyrocketing excitement levels.

Favorite Tracks; Krossa Spegeln, Offerbalet, Svet,

FFO; Disrupt.

A Break in our Regularly Scheduled Programming to peek at a few “Singles”/Official Track Releases

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Goddess of Fate – Orchard Gardener
(India)
Release – October/26/2019
Self-Release
https://goddessoffate.bandcamp.com/
Dewar PR
ARTWORK – 72

Whoa, this takes a moment to fully (attempt to) digest. There’s a baby in there, a devil, a giving hand, a smiling face, a maze and something which might or might not represent recycling. And it’s all in black and white. Hardly traditional but it does grab the attention and demands closer investigation, and for reason I say that it succeeds.

INITIAL LISTEN – 76

What starts out as tight percussion ala early Iron Maiden although with a splash of folk soon transforms into technical progressive territories with a touch of Avant Garde’. Later, after a brief tumble into groove laden death metal realms (think later Death material though with a more abrasive vocal approach) it slides into dreamy realms leaving the listener all the while wondering where this may head in the next moment. It certainly boasts enough rhythm shifts and tempo changes to keep the most discerning amongst us intrigued though seems to subtly revolve around and return to its initial riff structure as the track reaches its climax. The transitions here are seamless and showcase folk, progressive, traditional heavy metal, groove and death cavorting and frolicking amongst themselves for superiority within an epic arena which gives each their time and never wallows for too long in any one realm. If this is any indication of what’s to be represented upon an upcoming full-length one can expect a wide variety of styles embodied, diversity personified and impressive musicianship. Keep an ear to the ground and an eye out for this creative collective as with quality like this I can well expect their name to grace the pages of respected genre tabloids across the globe soon enough.

FFO; Dream Theater, Atheist, Between the Buried and Me, Opeth.

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Obscure – Curse of my Race
Taken from upcoming full-length “Darkness must Prevail” with a tentative release date of November/5/2019
(Spain)
Xtreem Music
https://xtreemmusic.bandcamp.com/album/darkness-must-prevail
ARTWORK (album) – 83

This image reminds me of the slow progress of ‘uncle Frank’ from the first Hellraiser film (from a franchise which is about to run into double digits). Bones, sinew and musculature and a look as if to say “see, I can do it. Whatcha’ think?”

Its unique tonal effect gives the impression that its origin is a place with minimal light. A great touch rather than the crimson most would expect to see on a cover from this genre.

INITIAL LISTEN – 81

Initial choppy riffs develop into a rhythm which is part Bolt Thrower (dirgey in tone), and part Jungle Rot in feel with a splash of Cannibal Corpse in the vocal department. The track continues breaking down slightly into a slower tempo with a European doom/death edge. The intensity builds both in pace and ferocious nature towards the tracks climax. Rather than rely on straightforward speed or brutality Obscure have chosen to incorporate a style which embodies a myriad of pace and a slight old school feel making for a track with a decidedly death/doom aura which boasts depth and somewhat of a narrative texture. It works and this is a fantastic teaser for what’s to follow.

FFO; Morgoth, Bolt Thrower, Jungle Rot, Abysmal Dawn.

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1349 -Striding the Chasm
Taken from the upcoming full-length “The Infernal Pathway” with a tentative release date of October/18/2019
(Norway)
Season of Mist Records
https://1349som.bandcamp.com/album/the-infernal-pathway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFu2sWn987s
ARTWORK (album) – 82

A decapitated head within a pentagram of sorts with gold inlay hints at mysticism and rather sinister activities. A fantastic image draped in detail and symbology.

INITIAL LISTEN – 87

Better limber up before hitting play on this one. It’s blazing fast both in the riffage and skin pounding departments and takes very little time to get to where it’s headed. Rhythms incite movement and it bears an infectious nature which is damn near criminal. The rasped vocal approach adds a menacing edge which elevates the package to addictive realms to put a smile on any blackened speed demon’s visage. This is the type of no-nonsense blackened death I can subscribe to, suffice it to say I’m awaiting the full length watching the seconds tick by.

FFO; Rotting Christ, early Septic Flesh.

Back to Regularly Scheduled Programming

fateful finality

Fateful Finality – Executor
(Germany)
Release – October/11/2019
Fastball Music
https://fastball-music.bandcamp.com/album/fire-and-brimstone
Against PR
ARTWORK – 77

A comic book-esque representation of the seven deadly sins with a “Reaper” character amongst the Sinners contemplating on whom to “collect” next.

FIRST TRACK – 88

Huge impact with the first riff! Aggressive thrash with South American influence. The high-octane approach does not let up and I’m headbanging like one possessed.

INITIAL LISTEN – 82

A pleasing mixture of styles incorporating a slew of genre trademarks, a smidgen of crossover a sprinkle of djent and aggression from start to finish. Vocal styles are varied pulling from hardcore arenas and traditional thrash realms. The bonus track (Moonchild) seems odd at first but the ‘hidden track’ (Overkill) more than makes up for it. Overall an album fans of early The Haunted material will most likely salivate over. This is my introduction of the band and if this is any indication of their past or future audio theirs is a discography which needs paying close attention to.

Favorite Tracks; Fire and Brimstone, The Raid, Wreckage of the Flesh, Venomous.

FFO; The Haunted, Killswitch Engaged, Lamb of God, Kreator.

consecration fragilium

Consecration – Fragilium
(United Kingdom)
Release – June/28/2019
Solitude Productions
Imperative PR
Grand Sounds PR
https://consecration666.bandcamp.com/album/fragilium-album-2019
ARTWORK – 91

A beatific form arching towards the light as a myriad of tendrils/hands attempt to pull “her” back into the earth. A stunning play on good and evil on the forces they play upon everyday life as one strives to rise above. An intricate, delicate, black and white image which seethes with emotion.

FIRST TRACK – 85

A melancholic though passionate instrumental which overflows with depth and a deep sense of mourning. A wonderful start which places the listener in a state of readiness for what’s to follow, or one could only assume.

INITIAL LISTEN – 84

Traditional yet unfamiliar. This seethes with a myriad of styles one might not initially expect whilst still holding firm to doom foundations one would. Funeral doom cavorts with rhythms that nod to 90’s Gothic rock and the earliest incarnation of doom with heavy metal undertones, even at times showcasing an aura which hints at experimental black metal realms. Accompanied by vocals and often rhythms which tell of definite old school influence and occasional moments of an Avant Garde nature this certainly makes for a listening experience which is familiar, yet pleasingly different. Go into this with an open mind and no assumptions and you’ll find yourself sinking into the unhurried epic nature (long intros included so be warned!) of the audio on offer. Recommended with a side of “green” (if you catch my drift).

Favorite Tracks; A Sentinel for the Fragile, An Elegy for the Departed, To Welcome the Grey.

FFO; Anathema, My Dying Bride, Mourning Beloveth, early Paradise Lost

BN

Byzanthian Neckbeard – Minaton
(Guernsey/Channel Islands/United Kingdom)
Release – November/29/2019
Independent
Dewar PR
https://byzanthianneckbeard.bandcamp.com/
ARTWORK – 82

Why does this remind me of that scene in Time Bandits with a young Sean Connery? Ah yes, it’s the Minotaur’s head dripping in crimson. I’m of the mind that the audio herein is going to also drip in mythological elements, though I have no clue as to the style which will support it. Here goes nothing…

FIRST TRACK – 91

A chilling and poetic Brothers Grimm fairy tale esque narrative drenched in mythology and dipped in a Cradle of Filth Gothic sauce. I’m hooked already, hold my calls!

INITIAL LISTEN – 90

I doubt that many amongst us have even heard of Guernsey. I have, but that’s only because I originally hail from the South West of England. All that, however, is about to change. This collective pound out a style which is heavily doom/sludge infused though tainted with an undeniable thrash/death aura courtesy of the blackened vocal approach. But let us not forget the mythology lyric base. Minotaurs, Were-spiders, Devil worms and an occult Gothic vibe which binds the whole together. Blanket the package in irresistible groove, a bluesy black and roll passion and you have a winner. An introduction to the band (for me anyway) which only warrants dropping everything in order to dive into their past work.  Forget the recent connotations which come with the term ‘neckbeard’ and jump in. But be warned, you might not want to leave the catacombs anytime soon. Bring a snack!

(If you’re reading this guys, next time I’m in town (England) I’ll be looking you up in hopes to catch a show. Guernsey is only a ferry and a short road trip away.)

Favorite Tracks; The Tale of Raymond, The Were-spider, Devil Worms, Minaton, Necron 5, Out of the Deep.

FFO; Candlemass, Pungent Stench and mid-tempo death/doom output which bears significant groove.

shadow limb

Shadow Limb – Burn Scar
(USA)
Release – October/11/2019
Seeing Red Records
https://shadowlimb.bandcamp.com/
ARTWORK – 93

Is that a superhero of some kind tangling with a mystical shapeshifting pachyderm?  Or is it a muscled gent in a tight-fitting leotard “tripping balls” at a local zoo? Regardless, the art is eye opening, original, wickedly visualized and far from the everyday album adornment. It only leaves me pondering upon what manner of audio is encapsulated within.

FIRST TRACK – 84

A delicate mixture of styles. Doom, sludge cavorting with progressive elements and aggressive angst-ridden vocals paired with melodic spoken word passages make for an interesting opener which is rather hard to describe if truth be told but leaves an impression, nevertheless.

INITIAL LISTEN – 91

Stoner rock, doom, sludge, progressive and yet there’s so much more on offer. These cats deliver and execute a smorgasbord of styles which combine to form a mesmerizing audio tapestry, a tableau which is familiar while at the same time intriguingly unique. An audio landscape which is unpredictable and exhilarating though on the other hand is also soothing and hypnotic. A contradiction in terms which exemplifies excellence in musical creativity resulting in a release which might well take a few spins to fully soak up though is well worth the investment. Go into this with an open mind and leave with the knowledge that their name is one you will be hearing a great deal of in the future.

Favorite Tracks; Asger Arisen, Watered Down Alby, Cleanse the Ire, Line of Descent.

FFO; early Mastodon, Kyuss, Nuerosis, Acid Bath, Void King.

deathensemble demo

Deathensemble – (3 track) 2019 DEMO
(USA)
Release – July/13/2019
Self-Released
https://deathensemble.bandcamp.com/

Occasionally an act will reach out with hopes that I will ‘cover’ their material. Unfortunately, in most instances it’s difficult to do so. In between a job which demands my exhaustive attention and more than full-time hours, raising an infant and all the random duties associated with owning (whoever really owns…) a house and being part of a loving family unit, I find it hard sometimes to post anything on a regular basis. Thank the Dark Lord I have a supportive wife who understands this is my passion (which I don’t get paid for). In this instance however I’ve found a few moments and it also helps that there’s only three tracks here which don’t run into epic lengths, that and these guys asked so nicely and the fact that this was released on my birthday doesn’t hurt either (hint hint). Onward…

INITIAL LISTEN – 75

This release starts with riffage which is somewhat Dissection in tone. The feel soon transforms into a South American aggressive thrash flavor and then back again. A great opener dripping with blackened thrash values and a rhythm which is head-noddingly infectious. The vocals lean more towards hardcore arenas, a fast-flowing pace, though strangely fit the percussion. The second track flows well, has a doom-esque atmospheric breakdown, bears a Lovecraftian vibe though appears a little rushed. However, it’s still very much palatable with an aura which hints at undeniable crossover influence (M.O.D, D.R.I). The final track bursts with a thrashin’ madness vibe (putting me in mind of earlier Exodus material) boasting riffs which are somewhat repetitive, simplistic though do a fantastic job of hitting the spot. Overall, a solid effort in the going straight for the jugular thrash arena presented by a somewhat raw production (more pronounced in the final track) that doesn’t hinder the music’s effects any. The three tracks on offer are somewhat diverse in tone, show a willingness to explore surrounding genres and creativity in incorporating the research. Ranging from blackened thrash to hardcore/crossover this bodes well for a future effort with a little tightening up.

Give these guys a listen and support the scene.

Favorite Tracks; The Entity Returned.

FFO; Kreator, Dissection, Exodus.

Until our paths of audio interest meet again, don’t be afraid to discover that which may be foreign to your usual listening habits,

Cult