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Hieros: Triduum

July 5, 2020
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Hieros; Triduum

Three tracks, clocking in at just under seventeen total minutes, and nothing but pure soul ripping, riff driven high tempo black metal executed oh so well is what American black metal band Hieros offers up with their EP Triduum. As mentioned, this release comes equipped with only three tracks, but as it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality. Each of the three tracks here are just as solid and well put together as the last making this to be a well rounded and well executed offering. There are no gimmicks to be heard here an certainly no fluff as what you get is three songs back to back to back of excellent black metal.

Interweaving themselves into the soul cleaving sound of black metal that Hieros exudes are hints of doom and sludge as well. As if the black metal tones weren’t heavy and crushing enough, the doom and sludge elements add even more twists and darkened flavor in the mix. Each of the genres work in blasphemous harmony to create an overall compelling, addictive and highly infectious and memorable sound. Once all is said and done you will be carrying these tracks around with you as they make a burning imprint on your mind for some time to come.

Each of the near seventeen minutes that is brought to you through the three hymns of darkness here are filled to the brim with excellent musicianship driven by ripping riffs and an overall mystical and enchanting atmosphere. There are a lot of elements and folds that Hieros incorporates in to each track and they make everything work seamlessly and make it seem so effortless to do so. From the production, to the musicianship, to the atmosphere to the blood freezing vocals to everything else in between, Triduum is excellent all the way through. Triduum snags your attention from the drop of the first note, holding you captive until the final note plays out only for you to reach back toward the play button to experience the full effects of the release once more.

Overall, Triduum is an outstanding offering. Through just three tracks, Hieros has created something here that is all together memorable, darkly enchanting and highly entertaining and infectious. Triduum is one hell of a debut EP and only marks what is more to come and what more excellent black metal devilry that we can come to expect in the future.

Links To Follow:

Hieros Bandcamp

Hieros Facebook

Putrid: Antichrist Above

March 5, 2020
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Putrid: Antichrist Above

With a gripping and ripping combination of black metal and thrash, Peru’s own Putrid offer up ten blistering tracks all within their upcoming release Antichrist Above. Blackened to the bone and thrashing mad, Putrid unleash a true maelstrom of furious soul cleaving metal. Without so much as a warning, these heathens set in with their brand of devilish, neck twisting thrash never to cease until you are left as nothing more than a hollowed husk. Through and through Antichrist Above is chaos controlled as Putrid rolls through bone cutting offering after bone cutting offering. Forever trapping you in a relentless cyclone of scalding blackened thrash, you are gripped right from the drop of the first note only to be spit out the other side once the tenth and final track has concluded.

Antichrist Above is a pure, visceral and face melting assault that gives you no reprieve or solace among the sheer flesh tearing and soul devouring metal. At your throat as soon as your finger lifts off of the play button, Putrid marches forth with a blitzkrieg attack of nothing but pure unrelenting earth scorching metal. From beginning to end you come under siege by blood boiling riffs that are only to be paired with rapid fire drum work and manic vocals that seem to be screamed from the bowels of hell. All together, Antichrist Above is a great amalgamation of chaos and insanity as it offers up ten straight tracks of vein draining, neck snapping blackened thrash.

Forever tumultuous and relentless, Putrid never pauses for a single moment as they roll from one track to the next completely burying you underneath droves of assaulting metal. Antichrist Above is a down right face melting, brain scrambling effort that you continue to reach for the play button over and over again for. This is a vein exploding, soul cleaving effort that grips you by the throat never to release its grip. As chaotic and flesh shredding as this release is, it is just as addictive. Antichrist Above is an explosive, forever assaulting release in which each of the ten tracks here act less like songs and more like weapons.

Through and through, Antichrist Above is a great release. You really cannot go wrong here as what you get is ten straight offerings of nothing but pure blackened thrash metal. There are no gimmicks here and no filler and as soon as you begin listening, the Putrid experience is in full effect. Diabolical, malicious and down right heavy, Antichrist Above is excellent.

Antichrist Above will be released by Godz Ov War Productions on March 13th.

Irillion: Fatanyu

November 19, 2019
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Irillion: Fatanyu

In demonic presence and essence, summoned from the crypts of ancient comes darkened horde Irillion. Titled Fatanyu, this offering features three total tracks of blistering, soul ripping, dissonant blackened assaults one right after the next. For what this release lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality. Through Fatanyu, Irillion treats you to three tracks one right after the next of ancient reveries of blackened metal. Each cut that is trapped within this title are just as raw, soul cleaving and blistering as the last making this to be a true bombardment of hellfire soaked blackened metal.

Irillion begins this offering with the title track that starts off leading you in with a false sense of serenity before trapping you within a pure storm of slashing and ever ripping metal. Once the onslaught begins it does not cease as Irillion presses forth with malicious and malevolent intent. Never to relent in their unrepentant sonic assault, these purveyors of all things unholy usher forth track after track of dissonant, gritty and raw black metal that snaps your head back without so much as a warning. With slashing riffs that are paired with tumultuous drumming and hellish, monstrous vocals, Irillion provides you with a well rounded and deadly sound that drags you to your early tomb.

As blistering as this release is and can be, there is an underlying sinister atmosphere that lurks and stalks beneath the more often than not ripping melodies of harsh and sharpened black metal. With the skulking atmosphere that is combined with the overall explosive and ripping nature of each track, you are treated to a sound that is well rounded, fleshed out and well executed. Through the three tracks that are present here, there isn’t one that lacks in any area as each one is just as good as the last.

As mentioned above, for what this release lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality as what you get within Fatanyu is three excellent tracks steeped in malevolence and hellfire. These tracks are very solid and very well performed and written making it an all around good and cohesive effort that you will find yourself coming back to. Overall, Fatanyu is a great release, one that will make you keep your eyes peeled for what Irillion has to offer in the future.

Links To Follow:

Irillion Bandcamp

Hexekration Rites: Desekration Manifesto

November 14, 2019
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Hexekration Rites: Desekration Manifesto

Through the flesh tearing of death metal and the pure madness of black metal, Hexekration Rites offers up their upcoming EP titled Desekration Manifesto. A little over one year since their demo Demo XXMVII, this devilish horde unleashes yet another potent and venomous assault that features five total tracks. Each of the five tracks that are harbored within this title are as savage, blackened and barbaric as you would come to expect. Ever unrelenting and sadistic, Hexekration Rites offers up five truly soul melting and flesh tearing cuts one right after the next.

Filled with sharpened riffs, tumultuous drumming and larynx shredding vocals, Hexekration Rites hit the nail on the head with this release as they press forth with their diabolical and wicked attack never to relent until your soul has been cleaved and your flesh melted. Destructive and unwavering in their hellish assault, Hexekration Rites marches forth with their brand of devilish and blood boiling metal. From track to wicked track you are treated to nothing but flesh peeling and earth scorching metal. From the drop of the first note steeped in hellfire you become trapped in a vortex of flame and wicked evil, only to leave you as nothing more than charred remains.

Untamed, unbridled, wicked and earth scorching, Hexekration Rites offers up something here that is truly savage and terrorizing. Each track is a pure blackened aural assault that leaves you stripped of life. There is no compromise and there is no relent as Hexekration Rites treats you to five tracks steeped in pure madness and fury to provide you with a neck twisting and life expunging listen. Never to cease their terror, Hexekration Rites rumbles forth with great precision and execution to bring you to an early grave and early meeting with your maker.

Unrelenting, soul cleaving, blood draining, menacing and many more descriptors can be used to describe Desekration Manifesto. This release is top notch savagery and barbarity as Hexekration Rites provides you with five unfiltered, raw and ceaseless tracks that rip you to shreds with a terrorizing and menacing combination of death and black metal. Overall, Desekration Manifesto is a very solid release as each of the five tracks that are featured are just as good as the last.

Desekration Manifesto will be unsealed from its crypt November 22 through Atavism Records.

Links To Follow:

You can pre-order here and here.

Hexekration Rites Facebook

Atavism Records Official Site

Ancient Flame: Tyrant Blood

October 7, 2019
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Ancient Flame: Tyrant Blood

In mystical black metal majesty comes Ancient Flame with their offering titled Tyrant Blood. This gem of miasmal blackened hellfire is over flowing with seven atmospheric, raw and punishing slabs of blackened majesty for you to lose your soul to. With epic and ever sharpened battle ready riffs that come paired with blasting tumultuous drumming and a shrieking hellish vocal performance, Ancient Flame offers up a truly gritty and soul stealing offering here with Tyrant Blood. Each track is just as filled with majesty and potent atmosphere as the last making each offering an ever unfolding labyrinth of blackened excellence.

With each track delving in to realms of ancient warriors, druids, giants and more, Ancient Flame unfolds tale after tale in front of you in epic, powerful and potent fashion. Ancient Flame weaves tale after tale, unfolding labyrinths before you as you forever wander them as Ancient Flame gets you lost among them. Ever twisting and turning, each cut provides you with a blistering onslaught of black metal that comes to claim your soul and your mind.

As potent and as much blackened sonic hellfire as Ancient Flame spits out at you, they also pack each track with droves of atmosphere as well. With each track steeped in mystical atmosphere, they truly take your mind and have you wander through each tale that is told. As blistering and assaulting as these seven tracks are, they are just as captivating all the same. From beginning to end, Ancient Flame sweeps you into their atmosphere laden sound only to grip you tightly never for you to leave until the final gnarled note has rang through.

There isn’t a track here that outshines any other as each and ever single one of the seven offerings harbored within Tyrant Blood is excellent. This is black metal done pretty damn perfectly making this entire release in to one well rounded and executed effort. From beginning to end you are treated to stellar black metal that grabs your attention never to let it waver, and only for you to press play again and again once all is said and done. Through and through, Tyrant Blood is a great offering and nothing else really needs to be said other than that.

Links To Follow:

Morbid Chapel Records Bandcamp

Sykelig Englen: This Hollow Land

September 2, 2019
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Sykelig Englen: This Hollow Land

In blackened malevolence and morbidity comes Sykelig Englen summoned up from the crypts with them comes their newest offering titled This Hollow Land. This EP features three tracks plus one bonus offering totaling four tracks of nothing but raw, dissonant and hauntingly atmospheric black metal. This Hollow Land overall has a raw and organic sound to it making it overall dissonant and gritty. There are no gimmicks or tricks utilized here within this release as what you get is pure atmospheric blackened metal that tears your soul asunder. You are not given a moment of reprieve as This Hollow Land does not offer intros, outros, interludes or anything of the like as you become enveloped from beginning to end in harrowing, chilling black metal.

This release is biting, bitter and cold as it provides you with icy atmospherics that are underlying beneath the ritualistic sonic pourings of metallic darkness. Darkened and ever ceaseless, each of the four offerings that are present here are straight forward black metal assaults that are summoned from their tombs to gift you with a gritty and malevolent listen. Through and through you become treated to slashing riffs with the occasional guitar solo, dissonant drum work and horrifying haunting screams that pierce through the ever winding sonic abyss. As mentioned before, through all of the sonic darkness is an underlying atmosphere that is as haunting and chilling as you would come to expect.

The added atmospheric elements tie in nicely bringing each track together making them full bodied and cohesive. Each of the four tracks that represent this EP are well rounded and well executed making the entire EP comprehensive and well thought out. From the musicianship to the raw production to the hellish vocals to the ever present swirling atmosphere, Sykelig Englen creates something here that is pure blasphemy. This Hollow Land is a solid release through and through as it offers up four solid tracks one right after the next of nothing but blasphemous and chilling black metal.

This Hollow Land treats you to frigid, dark, twisting and morbid offerings that keep you coming back for more haunting blasphemy. If you are a fan of black metal, atmospheric black metal or anything akin to those, This Hollow Land certainly is the EP for you to check out.

Idolatry: In Normine Mortis

August 18, 2019
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Idolatry: In Normine Mortis

In great malevolence and death comes black metal wraiths Idolatry with their sophomore effort titled In Normine Mortis. Released in May, this record features ten blackened, ever venomous and potent offerings that drag you asunder to a place where only death and suffering lie. Pestilent and life expunging, Idolatry offer up nothing but tightly knit blackened hymns that are ceaseless and unrepentant. Never to slow their wicked march, Idolatry ushers forth track after track of ripping black metal. Once you press play you become trapped in the vortex of malicious sonic blackened metal never to escape as once one track fades the next storm of chaos begins.

Once the atmospheric one and a half minute intro Ex Nihilo fades into obscurity, Idolatry kicks things in to high gear with slashing riffs that are backed by ever tumultuous drums and wicked gravel filled cries from the abyss. After Ex Nihilo onward, Idolatry offers up a sinister, raw, blasphemous and blistering brand of black metal that is sure to drag you asunder. Never wavering in their scorching assault, Idolatry march forth from track to track never giving you a moment of reprieve as you become trapped within their vortex of malevolence in which they summon.

As In Normine Mortis marches onward, the void beckons louder and louder, drawing you in to the ever darkened soundscape that Idolatry unveils before you. In a wicked amalgamation of death and the understanding of suffering need to bring about the reaper, you are presented with a truly deadly and sharpened offering that grips you by the throat from the very beginning only to release you once all is said and done. Ever unrepentant, In Normine Mortis storms forth to present you with a sound that is unholy, raw and soul piercing all the way until the end where you get dropped in to the ever beckoning void.

From sharpened riffs to barreling drumming, shrieking blood curdling vocals, an overall bleeding raw sound and an undulating terror, In Normine Mortis has it all. Packed within ten tracks you are to come face to face with top notch black metal that is just as punishing as it is gripping. Each track is a force of blackened blistering metal that cannot be denied or turned away from. From beginning to end, this is an incredibly solid and well executed release providing you with one hell of a venomous yet incredibly captivating and gripping listen. Overall, In Normine Mortis is an excellent release.

Check out the track The Serpentine Possession from the release In Normine Mortis below!

Greve: Nidingsdåd utav det Uråldriga

August 8, 2019
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Greve: Nidingsdåd utav det Uråldriga 

Summoning the sound of the ancients, Greve comes storming out of the bitter abyss with their upcoming offering Nidingsdåd utav det Uråldriga. This release features two tracks that top just over seven minutes in length, which ultimately provides you with fourteen plus minutes of nothing but stellar black metal. Aggressive, yet serene, captivating, atmospheric, darkened yet majestic, Greve supplies you with all of those descriptors and even more all within two very good tracks. Within two tracks, Greve gives off an authentic ancient sound that is raw and inviting. Greve captivates from the very beginning, never having you leave their mystical and hypnotic record as they grab you from the drop of the first note never to relinquish you.

As mentioned above, Greve strikes a great balance between providing you with an aggressive black metal assault with more serene and atmospheric moments. Within the two tracks that are present here you are provided with a great deal of variety and diversity. You are never to hear the same things twice even with as lengthy as each track is. Tempos are consistently shifted as are tones, forever keeping you on your toes and trapped within the labyrinth of sounds that Greve unfolds before you. Each track is an intricate and well written piece of black metal that ultimately grasps your mind only to weave it down harsh blackened corridors at times and at others corridors of floating atmosphere.

Between sharply wielded riffs, tumultuous drumming, vocals that range between piercing yet gravel filled shrieks to unearthly bellows and an atmosphere that is all encompassing and devouring, Greve hooks you right in immediately. Both tracks are expertly crafted and performed providing you with one hell of a listen that gets better and better each time you set foot in to the unfolding soundscapes that Greve offers. Neither track takes any time off as each one presses forth offering up seven minutes of blistering yet mystifying black metal. Forever enchanting, blistering and mystifying, Greve envelopes you in all of it before you are prepared, never letting you escape from their maze of ancient sound.

Nidingsdåd utav det Uråldriga is a very good release. It offers up two lengthy, well put together offerings that you will put on repeat for some time to come. This is an excellent display of black metal through and through as well as a release in general that should not be looked over if you are a fan of the genre.

Nidingsdåd utav det Uråldriga  will be released August 19 through Purity Through Fire.

Check out the track I Svarta Solens Magi below!

Links To Follow:

Purity Through Fire Official Site

LSCOD: Cherophobia

July 26, 2019
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LSCOD: Cherophobia

Emerging from the abyssal depths of despair comes one man depressive black metal act LSCOD. Cherophobia is the title of their debut EP, in which it features five total offerings of pure depressive blackened metal. Each track is a dissonant work of art that provides you with a light stealing abyssal atmosphere that hangs over you like a cloud. Once you press play you have no choice but to succumb to the bitter and cold darkness that LSCOD unfolds before you. You are given no reprieve from this melancholic offering as each track suffocates you under its oppressive and damning atmosphere.

LSCOD starts Cherophobia off with an intro appropriately titled Intro (Torture). This near two minute intro provides you a peek in to what you are about to hear. Intro (Torture) offers up a melancholic piano tone that is coupled with horrifying spectral whispers, until it fades in to a dark realm only for the first full track to appear. The track that immediately follows is titled ROOM. This offering starts slowly and hauntingly providing you with the aforementioned chilling and cold atmosphere until it picks the pace up to greet you with rapid fire drumming and scythe like riffs. Along with the dissonant guitar work and ever pounding drumming are pained cries that cut through the sonic blasphemy to provide you with an overall unsettling sound. Throughout this track, LSCOD does a great job of mixing tempos to offer up a varied and diverse track that switches between a glacial slow melancholic sound and a skin blistering tempo. As this seven and half minute track unfolds, you get dragged further and further in to the bleak and ever forlorn soundscapes that materialize before you.

The third full original track titled Sink In Dementia is a much slower track that provides you with a truly chilling atmosphere all throughout. The tempo shift from ROOM isn’t all so drastic, but it is palpable as you feel as though your soul is being dragged in to a never ending darkness once Sink In Dementia begins. This track is incredibly steeped in painful tones and darkness as pained cries can be heard cutting through the slow dirge of depression and anguish. The fifth, final and title track is an even more drastic tempo and tone shift as it is a tried and true blackened assault once it appears. The title offering treats you to a blitzkrieg of rapid fire drumming, slicing riffs and gritty howled vocals over the sonic wall of blackened noise. Cherophobia is a great track to close the release out with as it offers up near five minutes of a true blackened assault that carries depressive and melancholic tones of its own.

Cherophobia is a greatly varied offering as it provides you with plenty of tempo shifts from track to track, keeping you on your toes for the entirety of its run time. Through and through this is a solid release, one that is dark, haunting, depressive, melancholic and even at times completely ripping. This is a release that will offer fans of depressive black metal plenty of diversity and variety, one that will please their gnarled ear drums.

Poroniec: Demo

July 20, 2019
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Poroniec: Demo

Hailing from Krakow, Poland comes black metal wizards Poroniec, and up from the depths with them comes their demo. Released earlier this year, this demo comes complete with three offerings of nothing but blasphemous, soul cutting black metal. This two headed monster of a band provides you with a potent, chilling and venomous sound that is sure to drag your soul asunder. From beginning to end you are treated to a true blackened onslaught, never to relent as you are greeted by vicious riffs, artillery drumming and hellish vocals at every turn. Poroniec does a great job of gripping you by the throat from the very get go, only to submerge you in their miasmal sound never for you to be released.

Poroniec begin their demo with a haunting and chilling intro before having you dive head first in to their sonic maelstrom of blistering blackened blasphemy. Each of the three tracks that are present within this demo are tight, technical, soul reaping efforts that are supported by an undulating atmosphere. Poroniec stay true to the ancient roots of traditional black metal all while adding their own influences to the sound to create an overall cohesive and wonderfully dark and grim sound.

Through and through you are treated to nothing but light stealing black metal one track right after the next that grasps you with the cold hand of death only for you to be lead down darkened corridors of blasphemy. Each track melts straight in to the next offering, never giving you a moment of reprieve as you become under siege by yet another terrorizing offering. Ever charging from the drop of the first note, Poroniec is ceaseless in their malevolent savagery.

Within only three tracks, Poroniec creates an enveloping sound and harrowing soundscapes that are equally engaging and horrifying. This demo is incredibly cohesive and well rounded as you are provided with three excellent blackened tracks that aim to steal your soul. With great musicianship, song writing, production, atmosphere and more, Poroniec creates something here that is sure to please black metal fans all over. If this is only a taste of what is to come, expect more great things from this band in the future.

Links To Follow:

Poroniec Facebook

Poroniec Bandcamp

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