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Infera Bruo-In Conjuration

July 31, 2015
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a0061979512_10 Boston is a good place for black metal, especially in the winter. It’s cold, snowy and there is just no escape from the harsh winter. If you didn’t catch on Infera Bruo is from Boston and they do play some intriguing black metal.

In Conjuration is their fourth release since 2011, so they’ve been pretty busy. Intriguing is a mild way to put it I suppose. They mix different things in with black metal to create a sound that is unique and was foreign to me at least. They still have the typical black metal vocals, and the ripping sonic style of play, but they know how to slow it down, create some ambiance and let the blackness wash over you like a tidal wave of darkness.

Balancing melody with chaos isn’t always easy, especially in black metal because black metal is generally all over the place. Infera Bruo does a great job of not crossing any line, balancing the two very well. On songs like Formless,  the song is relentlessly black metal for the most part, but offers melodic touches to it as well. Around half way through or just beyond, the song breaks down into a nice melodic guitar solo that transforms into some nice clean singing to compliment the screams of the vocalist.

More than the screams, you need the musicianship to go along with it. In Conjuration serves up some spicy riffs, tight drumming, some hellish vocals and just great music to listen to in general. Infera Bruo plays fast and technical never crossing the line into the insane. With black metal it’s about atmosphere as well. With songs as long as there are on In Conjuration you need some really captivating, memorable songs and Infera Bruo provide that for you.

With everything that is happening in this album, they keep it nice and tidy with the production, as well as the just the music itself. Very well put together album. It is a long album with the songs being upwards of five plus minutes-with the longest being over ten-but that doesn’t make you want to push play again any less. The album is inviting, entices you to listen to it and convert over to the side of evil. In Conjuration is a full work of art, taking your ears on a blasphemous journey through the mist and black fog that is black metal.

Featured Interview: Urdun

July 31, 2015
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a3899042440_10I’m very excited to present to you my very first interview. Urdun was kind enough to answer my questions I shot there way. So without further ado I present to you my interview with these Icelandic metallers. 

Thank you for taking the time out to answer a couple of questions. First let me start by asking, Can you tell me a little bit about the bands origin? How it all came together and how you chose the name for your band?

The band’s origin stretches out a few years further than its official start, I wanted to start a death metal band in the end of 2011 but there were a lot of issues finding members that could commit. Eventually in the autumn of 2013 I invited an old friend to play bass and he suggested a childhood friend of his to join the battering rams. A year later the second guitarist was added since we wanted to beef up the sound and he had previously been affiliated in a music project with me.
The name of the band came from a label on the lid of a trash-bin where it said “Óflokkað sorp til urðunar” which translates to “Unrecycled garbage for disposal/burial” hence the name Urðun, which means burial in Icelandic.

Is the death metal scene big in Iceland?

I can’t say the death metal “scene” is big, there is just a tendency to calling it “the metal scene” around here, despite black metal having such a huge rise lately, which is all good though. There are some decent somewhat active death metal bands around. We will be playing a couple of shows in Reykjavík and Hafnafjörður with the band Narthraal on the 14th and 15th of August! They play good old HM-2 worshipping buzz saw death metal.

When writing the demo Horror and Gore, were you trying to go for an old school sound, or did it happen naturally?

When I started writing the songs, I was never sure on a sound and I felt like I was being influenced too much by too different bands and I wanted to narrow it down to what I perceive as death metal, filth, gore and shit. Well, not shit, but you get what I mean, a double emphasis on filth factor. The “old school sound” just happened to come naturally since I’m a fanatic for Autopsy, Impetigo and wanting to capture the crispy rawness of gory b-movie horror flicks, cheaply made and sounds disgusting but enjoyable!

Can you tell me a little bit about the writing process that takes place in order to make your music.

Haha funny you should ask about “writing progress”… I don’t really have an idea how I do it, it just happens, really. I try to come up with some fun riffs to play I guess and then later on puzzle them together in some fashion so it sounds nice. I’m however very prone to changing riffs, variations and song structures throughout that progress so I can start with one thing and end up with something completely different! It can be hard to make a song that way, but it happens eventually, it comes around.

Have you sought anyone out to help distribute your demo/future albums? How difficult is it to find someone willing to help distribute the music?

We did release the demo first and foremost ourselves on CD-R format, all DIY. Then we didn’t think the CD-R gave it enough justice and we had contemplated releasing it on cassette and Signal Rex from Portugal so happened to contact us to release the demo on that beloved stinky format! It’s fairly easy to find someone if you just take your time to spot some underground labels/distros serving bands with a similar approach. We have a few vague plans for a second demo release which will be a split, but nothing more on that for now!

Just a couple questions left. What are some good bands in Iceland you would recommend for people check out?

There are a few bands worth checking out: Angist, Narthraal, Sinmara, Svartidauði, Misþyrming, Lucy In Blue, Sororicide (disbanded) and Drýsill (disbanded) to name a few. There are more but these were just on the top of my head.

Who are your biggest influences?

My biggest influences are of course, Autopsy, Obituary, Impetigo, Sororicide, early Death and much more, including the danish death metal band Undergang. They’ve been inspiring me a lot lately, it’s a monster of a band. Heavy as shit!!

Do you have any future plans for an EP or maybe a full length in the works?

As I said earlier, there are plans for a demo split hopefully by the end of this year. As for a full length, I’m quite uncertain.

Is there any news or anything at all you would like to tell your fans and the readers?

I don’t have anything much more to say as it is other than keep on rotting you sick fucks!

Helde-Suaren Gerizpea

July 30, 2015
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a0171743315_10 Suaren Gerizpea was recently released by Helde, a band from Spain who play black metal in the traditional strain. They formed in 2006 but did not record their debut until 2012 which was a split with Somberlain. This is their full length and it is six tracks of black metal played in the strain of the black metal of old.

Helde right off the bat try to paint a picture of darkness and gloom with their album cover. Inside is more darkness and gloom, but they’re more upfront about it. The music never stops once it’s rolling, like one massive wave of hate. The songs are relatively short, keeping you off balance with their sensory assault. The music comes at you in all directions, but one thing remains the same, and that is the intensity and fury in which it is played.

If the guitarist didn’t break a few strings while recording this album I’d truly be surprised. The sharp riffs whip around like a hurricane, the drums are unhinged and the lead singer cries at the top of his lungs as if he was getting dragged to hell at the very moment when they were recording. The vocals are rapid fire at times adding to the full on metallic attack, and at certain points he belts out a hellish war cry.

The feeling is meant to make you feel dark and cold. Wherever you are sitting, you are suppose to be shrouded in blankets of darkness and misery.  The entire album isn’t just assault after assault they do have some melodic parts thrown in as well to keep it interesting so you don’t get too overwhelmed.

The album is short however, but it is packed with sordid black metal. Suaren Gerizpea will be over before you know it, and you’ll have to press play again to listen and get a grip on what is happening. But with each listen, the album doesn’t get any less enjoyable. The album is enjoyable and they’re doing exactly what they set out to do and that is to play old school black metal. And after the first replay, you will find yourself wanting to hit replay over again to listen to some good black metal. Listen to some Helde, sneak back in to the darkness and head bang until you get whip lash.

Ye Goat-Herd Gods-Becoming Flesh

July 30, 2015
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a3857294101_10 Ye Goat-Herd Gods is a black metal band from Alberta, Calgary. Just by looking at the album cover and and the band’s logo, you can kind of guess what you will be hearing inside the record. If you thought of the tried and true black metal approach, you’d be as wrong as I was. With the new wave of black metal upon us, black metal is no longer just straight forward, hyper chaotic riffs, banshee screeches, and the use-or over use-of Satan. While Satan is still a prominent fixture in black metal still it is not the primary focus. Bands of the new era of black metal have been mixing in different genres of metal taking it to new heights.

Ye Goat-Herd Gods mixes in some thrash with the black metal making the riffs tighter, adding in some tricky guitar work and peppering in some guitar solos. The vocals are still of the black metal variety, gravely at a mid vocal level. The songs are not completely in your face harsh, but more groove laden black metal.

Groove laden doesn’t mean it doesn’t hit hard at all. Becoming Flesh takes you to new places in the black metal world. It just isn’t hell anymore, but off shoots of hell perhaps. Ye Goat-Herd Gods tell a story with each of their songs making the journey through this album that much more enjoyable. The album is riff heavy and focuses on more of the melodic side of the spectrum instead of the chaotic car crash sounding side. Everything is tight, well focused and well produced.

From the good production and drive of the band, Becoming flesh is melodic as well as pounding. The nine songs offered on this album take a hold of you never letting go, making you want to listen over and over again. It is head banging goodness, supercharged by the ever pounding drum kicks, melodious guitars, and the gripping vocals.

These lads from Calgary made an album more accessible to every metal fan out there instead of being pigeon holed into one single category. Being black metal doesn’t have to mean that you have to sacrifice goats on a daily basis, or draw pentagrams on everything. Now it is infused with much more melody and atmosphere creating something all of its own. This is a very good album. So do yourself a favor. Treat your ear holes with Becoming Flesh.

Camel Heavy-Self Titled Debut

July 30, 2015
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a1186171818_10 Bands have been popping up in Chicago like wildfire lately. Someone has clearly started a heavy metal fire in Chicago. It is a hot bed, a breeding ground for some damn good heavy metal of all kinds, but mainly the stoner rock/doom variety. Camel Heavy is from Chicago if you did not notice just yet, and the piqued my interest simply because of their name. It is an unusual name, but in the world of metal, unusual is pretty normal.

The other norm as of late, has been Chicago bands playing a style of stoner metal, doom, or a combination of the two. Camel Heavy play the latter. In fact the doom is more sprinkled on instead of being a main fixture. The stoner metal part however is very prominent. There are no vocals on this album it is all instrumental. With instrumental albums, you have to captivate the audience with something truly different and ear pleasing. Everything really needs to be pleasing to the ear even with a vocalist. But with a vocalist, he is the main focus for the most part, so just taking an instrumental approach can be a little tricky at times.

As tricky as being just a straight up instrumental band can be, Camel Heavy really make the listen fun. The five track album is groove heavy and gets your head nodding right from the get go. It is all together a smooth piece of music, with the guitars being at the forefront leading the charge into the fuzzy stoner metal riffage. Paired with the heavy melodic riffs are the drums that are just soothing to listen to.

The whole album as a matter of fact is soothing to listen to. Everything is easy to digest. Easy to digest doesn’t mean its simple by any means, it just simply means it is a piece of music where you don’t feel assaulted when you listen to it. Heavy metal doesn’t have to make you feel like you’ve been mauled by a giant bear in the middle of the woods with no one to call for help. It can make you feel soothed and relaxed as you nod along to it.

Camel Heavy is certainly as heavy as a camel, if not more so. They’re enjoyable, fun, and they rock. The fuzzed out memorable riffs will have you thinking about them for a while. The songs are relatively long as stoner/doom metal songs should be, so you have a lot to chew on here. In short, this album is good, it is captivating, it certainly is as heavy as a camel.

Bloodlust-Cultus Diaboli

July 29, 2015
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a2504245357_10 To start I’m going to just say  that Australia has just an army of great bands coming out. So with that being said, I’ve found some great black metal as of late and Bloodlust is no exception. This is the first full length album by these black metal savages. They tether thrash to their brand of darkness much like Venom, Deathhammer and the like. It’s fast, relentless and completely about Satan. From front to back Bloodlust is a sonic maelstrom of black metal.

From the first blast of the drums and the demonic cry, you understand a couple of things. You understand that Bloodlust came here to fuck shit up, and to also take your soul with them back to hell. It is also the little things as well that make this album enjoyable; like the demonic growls you hear on the opener Apocalyptic War Command, and the intro to the following song Sworn Servant of the Devil.

The eight track full length offers some tight riffing of the thrash variety, and the occasional spicy guitar solo. The tumultuous drums add to the chaos, the bass puts a nice accent on the songs, and the mid range gravel like vocals from hell put wrap the songs together in a neat hellish bow. The vocals sound like Disaster-the vocalist-is drinking the blood of his enemies as he screams. Another small touch that makes the album truly enjoyable is the occasional maniacal laugh Disaster gives out, such as on the track Black Blood of Satan.

With the thrashing riffs, maniacal laughing, Bloodlust really does make it feel like they are really out for blood. Cultus Diaboli is a sonic assault, a storm of metal, Satanic imagery and they’re here to get in your face about it. It’s Satan or nothing, or Satan or die basically. There’s no depressive anything here on this record. It’s geared more toward the old school black metal stylings of Lucifer first and kill everyone second. Be a part of the Satanic War they are waging. These gents from Down Under know a thing or two about thrash/black metal, give them a listen, or fear for your soul.

Urdun-Demo

July 29, 2015
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a3899042440_10 While surfing the death metal channels of Bandcamp looking for something to whet my appetite for death, gore, filth and horror I found Urdun from Iceland. The “d” is suppose to be different, but I don’t have the key for that on my computer. So if you’re reading this Urdun I apologize. Regardless, I found what I needed to quench my thirst for gore. Urdun’s demo just put out last month is exactly what I needed to hear; unfiltered, roaring death metal.

The demo features three songs from these Icelandic lads, ranging from four to six minutes. What really caught my eye at first was the name of the demo. The name of the demo as you can see above is titled Horror and Gore, and that right there pretty much sums up what you will be hearing for the entirety of this demo. Morbid Funeral Ritual starts off with a dissonant guitar, but soon jumps quickly into the grinding horror fest you would expect.

Horror and Gore is fueled by the forefathers of old, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. Urdun does a good job of keeping the crunchy riffs, and not being over technical keeping this old school vibe throughout. Nothing on this is too terribly fast, but it isn’t an Origin or Pig Destroyer album. If Urdun were not so new you would think that it was recorded in the 80’s-90’s.

Urdun are a throw back for sure. With the fiery riffs, the spastic drumming, the ever prominent bass, and the vocals that sound as if a zombie were recording them. The lyrics are as gore soaked as you would like them, with the last song-and longest-Mortuary sounding like it is necrophiliac’s wet dream. It’s a grimy filth that will make you want to bathe straight away after hearing this album. The bath will not be warm water. No, the water will be replaced with the slushiest slime mixed with human chunks. It’s a filthy album, wrapped in a bile tortilla, covered in cadaver sauce. And of course filthy is a good thing. With an ode to their predecessors Autopsy, Obituary, and Coffins among many more, you want this to feel like you’ve been beaten and sliced open.

Urdun deliver a great demo. They’re an ode to old school style death metal. Horror and Gore is a throw back to fans that were around to witness Autopsy and Obituary get their start. And here we are, looking forward to the new wave of old school death metal so to speak. Urdun deserves a listen from you. Give them a try, take a bile shower while you’re at it.

Antarcht Self Titled Debut

July 28, 2015
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a4041045427_10 New comers to the black metal game are Eugene,Oregon natives Antarcht. Antarcht are a two piece black metal band, their self titled debut features six soul crushing songs. They are of course a part of the second wave, or new wave of black metal. Some may enjoy the older stylings of black metal, but don’t let the new wave fool you or make you pass up on some good black metal.

Antarcht start out with an intro letting you know that they’re about to rip your putrid soul out and feed it to their hell hounds. While the hell hounds are feasting on your soul, you have no choice but to listen to what comes next. The intro slips into the second song-an eight minute spirit shredder-titled Godless Epoch. The song is of course anti-religion, much like the rest of black metal. The lyrics are dark screaming for a Godless Age, the vocals to back the lyrics are equally dark utilizing the gravely screech that we’ve all become accustomed to.

After Godless Epoch the album doesn’t slow its decent into complete and utter darkness, shrouding itself in misery and anger until you yourself feel like you’ve been dragged to hell. There is nothing wrong with hell, that’s where are the good music is from according to every parent in the world that are not a metal head themselves. The hellish vocals, the furious riffs, the tumultuous drums, the ambiance and the bleak darkness you get to feel after listening to such an album is what you listen to black metal for.

You also don’t listen to black metal for crisp clean production. You want the music to make you feel isolated, and you want to have that certain sound that makes you think it was recorded in a graveyard. With Antarcht you get all of that and more even. The songs are long with the full album lasting just about forty minutes. That’s forty minutes of wonderfully pitch-black black metal(see what I did there).

With everything this two man band uses at their disposal, they’ve created a great album. To the skeptics of new wave black metal, give it a try, I’m sure that you’ll like what you hear.

Balmog-Svmma Fide

July 28, 2015
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a0394176191_10 Good albums right from the start establish a certain atmosphere, an atmosphere that eludes to what you’ll be hearing for the remainder of the album. It can all begin with a single riff, intoxicating drum beat, or with some evil ambiance. With Balmog’s newest release Svmma Fide they establish very quick that the album is haunting, dark and very sinister. Black metal is suppose to make you feel like you’re conjuring the devil, or sacrificing a goat or walking through catacombs of the damned.

As I mentioned above, good albums establish an atmosphere from the get go. They make a statement saying, “This is what we’re about, take us or leave us”. Svmma Fide is what you would want to hear from a black metal album. It’s immersed in darkness, drenched in evil, and walks in the shadows until it can approach you and stray you from the path of good. The album consists of eight songs that are savage, evil, dark, and atmospheric. It sets a mood that no matter what you’re doing you feel a shroud of blackness over you watching you making sure your day is as bleak as it can get.

To help conjure the bleak evil that comes from within, the musicianship has to be on point, everything has to be up to snuff for black metal “standards”. And well, if you’re asking yourself if it meets the criteria, it completely does ten fold. The riffs are fiery, the drums are chaotic yet controlled, and the vocals are completely hellish. The vocals reach from the darkest depths of hell to grace your ears on these eight positively evil tracks. The backing vocals of what I assume is a choir, are haunting in their own right, providing more depth to the album, more atmosphere and more to digest. Each song itself is quite long, they’re treks to the end of hell with demons chasing you, and then you make your way all the way back around above ground. And when you make it back from the netherworld, you don’t mind making the journey again.

Balmog created an album that you just want to listen to over and over again, even if you conjure yourself up some demons or Satan, they may even like it. So my last words will be this, Hail Satan and listen to some fucking Balmog!

Endless Affliction-Savage Retribution

July 27, 2015
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a0063712110_10 Brutal death metal has been evolving over the last couple of years, and it has been heading in the right direction in my humble opinion. It isn’t just about the ground and pound approach anymore. It still is about ground and pound and beating you until your knocked senseless, but it’s more melodic and is packing more content. Everyone wants content, smart writing, and a well put together album. With Endless Affliction you get all of the above in a ten track thirty-seven minute album titled Savage Retribution.

Endless Affliction hails from Greece, and what I noticed first were the lyrics. I like reading the lyrics first before I really get into the album and listen to the music. The lyrics are well thought out and well crafted, and best of all it’s all about Greek Mythology. The fact that the lyrics are of Greek Mythology is a fresh breath into a genre that normally focuses on death, and despair and the evisceration of corpses. Each song tells a story, and a very compelling one at that. Coupled with these stories and lyrics are the raw, thunderous vocals that would make the Gods shake. There is enough energy in them to bring houses down and shake the streets, making mere mortals quake in fear. The vocals range from guttural, to gravely mids putting forth some variation keeping you on your toes. While vocals are an important part of every style of singing, that is only half the battle however.

The rest of the battle comes from the instrumentation and musicianship. While only on their second album, Endless Affliction baffle the mind with their furious style of play. The guitar work is tight and would set any normal person’s fingers ablaze, the drums are ripping and ever relentless, the bass present and skull rattling. Throughout the ten songs, there are quite a few spicy guitar solos and intricate guitar work that would catch anyone’s attention. The blast beats from the drums hit your chest with a force so driving it ejects your organs right through your back. The music truly is savage. Thunderous, downright punishing, something the Gods would be proud of and head bang to in Olympus.

Check these gents out from Greece on Bandcamp, you will not be disappointed.

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