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Helgardh: Mallevs Maleficarvm

December 2, 2018
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A sickening sound brewed in the depths of caverns where tortured souls roam, Helgardh presents their upcoming offering Mallevs Maleficarvm. Through seven flesh tearing offerings, Helgardh tortures you with a sound that is the culmination of black metal with tinges of death. Through this release you come face to face with a truly monstrous and demonic sound that does its best to rip your soul from your being and expunge you from existence. Mallevs Maleficarvm is a stampede of destruction from beginning to end never to give you a breather as it buries you under piles of hopeless cadavers and unfortunate souls.

Mallevs Maleficarvm begins with an intro lasting a minute and a half before it bleeds out and in to the first full length offering that is just as brain blasting and gut bursting as you would imagine. Once the intro recedes in to darkness, Helgardh really shines as they roll from devastating track to devastating track, never to look back at the scorched earth and the piles of bodies strewn about. Each offering that is harbored within the title of this record is a savage and barbaric cut that aims to eviscerate drag you down to the bitter pits of the netherworld. This release is an obliterating tour de force, one that rampages forth from the first note onward, suffocating you under its sheer weight until you are left lifeless.

Through and through you are treated to devilish, malignant and malevolent offerings one right after another. Helgardh greets you with nothing but disease and death laden tracks that rip and tear through your flesh with ease, leaving you maimed and bloodied at the end of it all. From track to track, Helgardh pushes onward propelling forth detrimental blackened tracks that aim for the jugular wishing you nothing but death and demise. With as fluid and well written as this record is, you come under siege immediately until the final note has rang through the halls of the damned. Never are you given reprieve from the onslaught as each track rolls in to the next gifting you with a chaotic and marrow draining listen.

Mallevs Maleficarvm is a solid offering from these heathens. Each track is a technical piece of work that is just as bone splintering as you could want with an underlying devilish ambiance that works well with each track. The musicianship is on point, the vocals are bloody and forceful and the writing is top notch. There isn’t a weak track among the seven as each one works well with the others creating an overall cohesive and fluid sound that is hard to deny. Mallevs Maleficarvm is a hell of a record to kick the new year off and one that should not be passed up on.

NONE: Life Has Gone On Long Enough

November 26, 2018
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Through eight tracks of soul crushing melancholy, NONE creates an ultimately devastating sound that wraps you up in dismal hymns. Life Has Gone On Long Enough is pure depressive black metal in its most raw and powerful form as it provides you with track after track of bone chilling black metal. From beginning to end you are subject to the cold and ever biting atmospheres that NONE provides only for them to wrap you up in a solemn fog to lay you to rest in the damp earth. Each track is a fluid offering as one weaves straight in to the next never giving you a rest from the overall oppressive and incredibly melancholic sounds that pour through your speakers.

Life Has Gone On Long Enough is a slow burning effort from beginning to end never picking the pace up beyond a slow crawl, forever twisting and torturing your mind with their crawling oppressive sound. Each track is lengthy as well with near all of them topping over seven minutes in length which really gives NONE plenty of time to draw you in to their dismal and heart wrenching sounds. Even though these sinister offerings are lengthy you never really feel as though they over stay their welcome as they pass by fluidly like reveries dancing in the shadows.

This release does a great job of drawing you in and keeping you listening throughout until the final ghastly note pours through your speakers. Life Has Gone On Long Enough is a compelling and gripping release from beginning to end that grips you with the cold and clammy hands of death never to release you until you have completely been submerged in depressive darkness. More than just the somber musicianship here, NONE provides you with wicked atmospherics all throughout that supplement each track and propel each offering further in to the forever growing darkness. With melancholic piano, cackling laughter and cries from the grave, NONE offer up some seriously sinister and submersing atmospheres that just cannot be taken lightly or shaken off.

Life Has Gone On Long Enough grips you tightly, forever pulling you deeper in to the grave from beginning to end. This raw and soul reaping record has everything it needs to create an overall excellent depressive black metal offering. The atmospherics are incredible and the dissonant musicianship plays perfectly in to the hands of the powerful ambiance to create a sound that is wholly menacing and hypnotic all the same. Each of the eight dirges of depression that are harbored within the cracked walls of Life Has Gone On Long Enough are really well constructed through and through gifting you with one hell of an intense and gripping listen.

 

Malleus: Night Raids

November 15, 2018
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Coming off of a ripper of a release off of Blood Harvest Records titled Storm of Witchcraft, Malleus graces us with yet another cross burning and hellish offering in the form of an EP titled Night Raids. Within this EP you are sure to find two devilish tracks that fuse black metal with elements of thrash to create an unholy and flesh peeling sound that is not to be denied. Barely topping over seventeen minutes, the two tracks that are attached to the title are nothing short of blasphemous and malignant offerings that are sure to boil your blood and twist your spine.

Both tracks are addictive onslaughts of the blackest of metals, leaving you shredded and maimed at the end of it all. Each track is played at a wicked pace, only relenting when they cease only to have you reach for the play button once more for more sonic blasphemy. Malleus begin with the title track which leads you in with a haunting and foreboding intro complete with sounds of war and flesh being sliced and torn before really trudging deep in to the malevolent darkness with their ever blood boiling style of metal. Once the nightmarish atmospherics fade, scythe like riffs and ever blasting drumming tears through the air and your flesh. The title track is a gripping and ripping offering that never relents until the final note has called out from the caves of hell. Complete with screeching gravel filled vocals, the opening track presents you with an overall hellish and dehumanizing sound that aims to rip and tear at your soul all while letting your blood drain down to the bowels of the netherworld.

The second offering The Wretched plays much the same way. At first you are greeted with yet another slow burning haunting intro that buzzes in your ear while the high pitched sounds of cymbals echo through the halls of the damned before a wraith like doom centric riff begins. Once the opening riff fades and the atmospherics crawl back in to the ever growing darkness, Malleus displays their wretched blunt force assault once more. The Wretched is just as up tempo as the opener is as it provides you with even more cutting riffs and even more hellish screams from the abyss to gift you with yet another skin shredding and flesh peeling offering. If the first track didn’t already, the one that follows is sure to bleed you dry as it is just as relentless and raw.

Night Raids is a sinister and unholy offering that gifts you with two blackened offerings that are purely malevolent and wicked. Overall the musicianship is incredible, the vocals are on point and to wrap everything up the production is raw and gritty. Night Raids is an exceptional follow up to Storm of Witchcraft as you are treated to two more tracks of superb black metal.

Lifelost: Dialogues From Beyond

September 30, 2018
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Howling through the void to infect and contort your mind is Lifelost with their new record Dialogues From Beyond. This record is a gritty and intense offering packed all within only five tracks. Through its relatively short run time, Dialogues From Beyond drags you through dimensions yet unexplored and darkness yet to be traversed. From beginning to end you are greeted with sinister and harrowing atmospheres as well as pure blistering black metal that just cannot be denied. Each track is a soul cleaving effort that charges forth with great intensity and malevolence granting you with a truly terrifying and twisted listen.

Dialogues From Beyond is a gripping and spellbinding offering from beginning to end, and once all is said and done you come crawling back for more. Lifelost wastes no time to greet you with their mind altering sound as they set in immediately with their ripping opening track never to relent, forever dragging you further in to a cosmic darkness. This record grips you tightly never to release you as it drags your fragile psyche through darkened corridors yet unexplored. Each track is a juggernaut of blackened malevolence providing you with nothing but top notch, harrowing, suspenseful and life harvesting black metal.

Lifelost moves with great fluidity from track to track never granting you reprieve from the overall sonic onslaught. This darkened record is five complete tracks of frightening metal that gives you little rest, forever twisting your mind and ever plunging you deeper in to the recesses of the abyss. As short as this release is, it is still captivating and mesmerizing as it holds your attention for its entirety only to break the spell once the final track has concluded. Each of the five offerings that are harbored within this title are exceptional tracks as they are crafted perfectly and executed with great precision to present you with one hell of damning and entertaining listen.

The quality of Dialogues From Beyond is not to be denied as it is top notch all the way around. From the musicianship, to the otherworldly vocals to the sinister atmosphere and to the production, Dialogues From Beyond is a record to behold. This blackened masterpiece really is a monolith even with its short run time. It has you under its spell immediately and always has you coming back and begging for more. This is a masterfully crafted record, one that will more than likely stand near the  top of some of the best black metal releases this year.

Dialogues From Beyond will be released October 28, 2018 through Transcending Obscurity Records.

Check out the official video for Malign Emanatio from the upcoming record below!

More Links To Follow: 

Lifelost Facebook

Transcending Obscurity Official Site

Lifelost Bandcamp

Trollheims Grott: Aligned With The True Death

September 25, 2018
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Since their inception in 1997, Trollheims Grott has released as slew of demos, a live album and two full lengths in the early thousands up until this point. Now, fifteen years after their sophomore effort Bloodsoaked and Ill-Fated, Trollheims Grott is back with Aligned With the True Death. Even though plenty of time has elapsed between records it doesn’t seem as though they have skipped a beat whatsoever. Aligned With the True Death is soaked in malevolence and filled with seven blasphemous tracks that are sure to riddle you with holes. Each track is devastating and purely destructive leaving nothing but a war torn path behind them. This is a blood thirsty release and one hell of a come back record for these heathens.

Trollheims Grott takes little time to greet you face to face with their overall punishing and unrelenting assault as they nearly set in immediately with their opening salvo which is also the title track. The opener is a ceaseless bulldozer of death and disease, presenting you with nothing short of an aural and brutalizing assault of the likes that leave you shell shocked and maimed. The blitzkrieg never ends though as six more unrelenting tracks follow the same path as the opener. Each track is a blistering and blackened offering that leaves earth scorched and devastated.

Blood soaked riffs paired with ever machine gun fire drumming and hellish vocals make for a punishing life expunging listen. Each track is technical, precise and razor sharp making this to be a tightly knit and incredibly cohesive record. There is no bullshit here, no gimmick as what you get is pure blasphemy in incredibly lethal dosses. Aligned With the True Death is a tour de force as it is an incredibly potent and powerful record that is out for blood from the very onset. This is black metal executed to a tee.

More than the technicality and the precision, Trollheims Grott soak each track in haunting atmospheres as well that are brought on by the implementation of industrial noises and even more sinister electronic sounds. Not only is Aligned With the True Death pulverizing with straight up technicality, but that overall aural assault is supplemented by the ever oppressive and haunting atmospheres that are provided throughout each track as well creating a wholly concussive and soul cleaving sound.

Overall, Aligned With the True Death is one hell of a record. After fifteen years it is very apparent that Trollheims Grott has certainly not missed a beat. This release is damn near perfectly crafted that will surely please your scarred ears.

Aligned With the True Death will be released October 31, 2018 through W.T.C Productions.

Links To Follow: 

Trollheims Grott Facebook

W.T.C Productions Facebook

 

Apatheia: Konstelacja Dziur

September 22, 2018
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Calling out from the dank and dark depths of the netherworld with their debut record Konstelacja Dziur is Apatheia. These heathens have brewed and summoned eight wonderfully wicked black metal tracks for your sickening consumption. There is nothing here but blackened malevolence and malignancy as each track plays like a complete blitzkrieg, harvesting your soul before you realize it. With an overall relentless assault, Apatheia soak that in an oppressive atmosphere making each track undeniably potent and venomous. From beginning to end you are treated to a completely ruthless assault that does not stop for eight straight tracks as Apatheia rolls from one light stealing track to the next without hesitation.

It does not take Apatheia long before they confront you with their dissonant and hellish sound as they set off with the first track Odmetnia on their conquest for scorched earth. This pummeling and ever ceaseless track sets you up for what is left to come from the remaining seven tracks which is even more blackened savagery that cannot be denied. Each of the eight tracks that are harbored within the title Konstelacja Dziur are razor sharp and incredibly wicked as they lash out with malevolence. These tracks are wonderfully crafted blasphemies that grip you from the get go never to release your attention until the final track concludes.

Not only are each of the eight tracks pure onslaughts of death and despair, but they also grow more and more expansive as Konstelacja Dziur runs on. With lengthier run times attached to each track it allows Apatheia to capture your attention and captivate even more so. These longer tracks are lined even more so with a cynical and oppressive atmosphere than the shorter tracks and are even filled with even more soul impaling dissonant charges. The two lengthier tracks that top over ten minutes are more unique and dynamic than their counterparts making them even more engaging and intoxicating.

Konstelacja Dziur is an incredibly well done record especially for a debut release. Each of the eight tracks here are unique, incredibly heavy and riddled with underlying atmospheres that are sinister and entirely blackened. Through each track you are greeted with great diversity and variety never to hear the same thing twice as well as great musicianship and hellish vocals that are not to be forgotten. Konstelacja Dziur is one hell of a record placing near the top of my favorite black metal releases this year.

Konstelacja Dziur will be released October 1, 2018 through Godz Ov War Productions.

Ardormort: Exist for Nothing

September 16, 2018
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With the convergence of gothic tendencies and black metal, new comers to the sonic soundscape Ardormort provide a lo-fi, darkened and melancholic sound to sink in to. Exist for Nothing is the debut EP by these black metal wielders which sports four tracks of blackened ambiance and an overall atmosphere of listlessness. Each track is steeped in a melancholic haze that has a knack for drawing you in and getting your mind lost in the fog.

The opener Carved in Silence opens slowly with an overall forlorn atmosphere that builds and builds until around the two and a half minute mark before Ardormort kicks things in to gear presenting you with an up tempo blackened assault. Carved in Silence hits you with fuzzed out lo-fi riffs that are paired with raspy gravel filled vocals as well as ever pulsing drumming and the ever prominent keys and synths that set an overall melancholic atmosphere. Carved in Silence is a great opener to this offering as it sets the pace and the mood for the remaining three tracks and gives you a nice six minute taste as to what is to come.

Each of the four tracks within this release combine both gothic, black metal and ambient elements together well to create an overall cohesive and full sound. Through each of the four tracks here within Exist for Nothing you get unique sounds throughout. Never once do you hear the same sound running through the veins of any one of these tracks as Ardormort does a great job of keeping things fresh and varied. Each track is a solid mix of gothic, ambient and black metal that works well creating an overall nice sound that is easy to sink your teeth in to.

The keys and synths are a very prominent feature that runs throughout each track as it provides you with the foggy and murky atmosphere that courses through the veins of this EP. The atmosphere provided by the keys is one that is melancholic and has an ability to draw you in, but not enough. If there is a new release to come about, I wish for the atmosphere to be more dense and prominent.

Overall, Exist for Nothing is a solid debut outing that could use some fine tuning here and there but is overall solid nonetheless. Each track is varied and diverse making this to be an entertaining release overall.

Sathanas: Necrohymns

September 10, 2018
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Since their inception in 1988, Sathanas has been scorching the earth with their brand of blackened thrash with release after release. These hellions have been consistently putting out hellfire baptized metal for thirty years with no signs of slowing down or letting up what so ever, and they show that here with their newest record Necrohymns. This offering is filled with eight tracks of ripping and face melting metal that is sure to get your neck twisted and your flesh melting from your bone. From beginning to end Necrohymns is a ripper and without so much as a pause, Sathanas set in never to relent until the eighth and final track has rang through the halls of hell.

Sathanas begin this record with no warning as they shoot straight out of the gate with a flesh peeling offering that sets the tone for the remainder of the record. From At The Left Hand of Satan onward, Necrohymns is a demonic earth scorching offering. In no time you will notice that your neck is twisting and that you just can’t sit still as that just is not an option when listening. Necrohymns does a great job of infecting your mind and getting your head to bang uncontrollably whether you want it to or not. Necrohymns is a furious and relentless record from beginning to end as you are granted no reprieve from the demonic offerings of Sathanas.

This release is grim, gritty and purely hellish. From the drop of the first note Sathanas sets off on a torrid rampage from track to track gifting you with one hell of a listen. There are no frills and no filler here as what you get is eight straight tracks of demonic reckoning. From wicked sharp riffs that are combined with ever pummeling drumming and hellish ripping vocals, Sathanas offers up a sound that is as catchy as it is barbaric and savage. Each track is a well written rampage of metal that is ceaseless on its warpath, trampling over everything that dare stand before it.

Necrohymns is one hell of a release as it provides you with nothing but pure blackened metal for your twisted enjoyment. This offering is as heavy as can be and just as entertaining and deserves quite a lot of recognition.

Majestic Mass: Savage Empire of Death

September 7, 2018
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In all of their glory and filth, Majestic Mass come storming out of hell cloaked in midnight black to present you with a sound that is so wonderfully filthy and grimy that you cannot possibly deny it. Savage Empire of Death is the name of their new record and it sports seven total tracks of nothing but blackened rock for your sinister and twisted enjoyment. As grimy and filth riddled as this release is, it is just as addicting, catchy and memorable as you will be nodding your head along with each track as you roll along from one listen straight in to the next. Once the intro Triumphos Manifestum recedes back in to the ever bitter darkness, Majestic Mass kicks into high gear filling your gnarled ear drums with ever buzzing riffs, pounding drumming and savage raspy vocals that are not to be forgotten.

Savage Empire of Death is as filthy as you could imagine and sordid as you would want any record to be. From front to back, Majestic Mass put on a display that is beautifully dark and sinister as they roll from one unapologetic track to the next. The raw just crawled up from the crypt sound is a welcome one as it gives Majestic Mass that air of stagnant blackened stench that works so well. Through and through, Savage Empire of Death is a head nodding and soul stealing listen as each track is just as unkempt and devilish as the last. There are no breaks between sordid romps as Majestic Mass keeps on rolling supplying you with droves of blackened noise to sit and lose your soul to.

Not a single track on this record is a weak one as each of the seven within this offering are well performed and executed providing you with an overall well rounded and well formed sound that infects your mind whether you want it to or not. Once you begin listening you cannot escape the devilish magic that Majestic Mass supplies. Savage Empire of Death has a great ability to draw you in and keep you listening over and over again, and before you know it you are continually reaching for that play button. Savage Empire of Death is an infectious and addicting record, one that wriggles its way under your skin to make a nice fleshy home for some time to come.

This release took me by surprise in the best way possible. Not knowing what to expect, Majestic Mass outdid themselves and then some as they supply you with nothing but top notch blackened rock for seven straight tracks. Savage Empire of Death is highly entertaining, highly addictive, highly memorable and certainly not a record that should be skipped out on. In all of its madness and devilry, Savage Empire of Death is a wonderful record, one that surprised the shit out of me and hopefully will do the same for you. Caligari does it yet again with another entirely unique and incredible release.

Bonehunter: Children of the Atom

August 25, 2018
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Flying the flag of their very own “devil metal punk” genre, Bonehunter unleash chaos and pure madness through their third full length titled Children of the Atom. This ten track release is a savage and rampaging one that takes what Bonehunter did best in their first two releases to create an unholy and overall triumphant release. Children of the Atom is a devilishly crafted offering that aims to smear you across the pavement before you know what happened. From beginning to end, Children of the Atom is a neck breaking, vertebrae inverting sonic assault that mashes the pedal through the floor never to relent until you are nothing but remnants of what you once were.

Children of the Atom begins with Initiate the Sequence, a one minute intro that quite literally is the only reprieve that you get before the pure blackened onslaught begins. Right after Initiate the Sequence fades in to the never ending abyss, Children of the Atom really kicks off for the remaining nine tracks never to stop its torrid pace until the final gnarled note has rang out through the halls of hell. The nine tracks that follow the opening track are chaotic and blasphemous offerings that are riddled with scythe like riffs, ever tumultuous drumming and frantic screamed larynx shredding vocals. Right after Initiate the Sequence you are jettisoned in to the never ending cyclone of terror that is Children of the Atom, and from then on you are treated to nine pure whiplash inducing tracks grind your skull down in to dust.

This is a nuclear assault that rampages forth, tearing everything and everyone apart that dares press play. Each track is a well constructed, unrelenting blitzkrieg that peels your face from your skull and skin from bone. Children of the Atom hits hard, hits often and relentlessly, creating a storm of scalding flesh searing metal that is not to be forgotten. Bonehunter has truly created a sound and style all their own, truly making their “devil metal punk” genre their own. Children of the Atom is unlike anything else as it is its own devilish entity. As brain bruising and chaotic as this release is, it is just as addictive and hard to stop listening to. Children of the Atom is a record to behold as it helps Bonehunter carve their own piece of history and slice in to the heavy metal echelon.

Children of the Atom proves once again that Bonehunter isn’t a band to be trifled with or forgotten. This release is filthy, raw, grimy and just simply incredible. As mentioned above, Bonehunter took what they did best between their two previous releases and combined them to create a cohesive and even more well rounded sound than they had before. Not enough can be said about this offering as this certainly is one of the best records to be released this year and Children of the Atom is not a record to pass up.

Children of the Atom will be released September 28, 2018 through Hells Headbangers.

Check out the track Sex Messiah Android from the upcoming release below!

Links To Follow: 

Hells Headbangers Bandcamp

Hells Headbangers Official Site

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