Forming in 1992 in Germany, BAXAXAXA swiftly released a demo titled Hellfire, only to return in 2002 to release a split with Ungod, and then after that, nothing. They receded into darkness where nothing had been heard from them for nearly two decades, up until this point. This year we see the return of Germany’s finest, BAXAXAXA as they unleash the aptly named Devoted To HIM. This ghoulish EP features two tracks of no fucking around, no frills black metal that drags you asunder into an ever reaching darkness from which you cannot crawl out of.
The ghoulish, straight forward soul stealing sound that the two tracks here provide is chilling. BAXAXAXA picks up right where they left off in 1992 sounding as though that is the era that they had been hiding out in up until now. Devoted To HIM is pure, blistering, raw blackened metal and nothing but. This EP offers up two tracks that are soul freezing and hellish and even so you can’t help put to want to listen to it over and over again until you are completely submerged in haunting darkness.
BAXAXAXA seems to have kept the blackened flame that fueled them back in the early nineties lit as they have kept the same intensity and the same ancient black metal values. Like an disappeared, but not forgotten god, BAXAXAXA has come back to grace us with their wicked presence once again and hopefully this time they are here to stay. This is what black metal is about. It is unapologetic, raw, blistering, ancient and down right haunting and chilling and all of that and more is what these black metal behemoths offer up within Devoted To HIM.
Overall, this is a fantastic return into the blackened foray that is the modern day metal and black metal scope. As short as this release is and for what it lacks in length it more than makes up in superb content. Both of the tracks that are present here are wonderfully well written and performed. This is a great return for this black metal cult.
Devoted To HIM is out now through Iron Bonehead Productions.
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