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"Blacken the sky Can't stand to see the sun The truth of light Reveals the hatred that has won" – I Saw The End by Pallbearer

Ardormort: S/T

December 10, 2018
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Ardormort is a newer band with its inception coming about earlier this year and their debut EP Exist For Nothing… only coming about a few months ago. Fast forward to the present and this one man band has unleashed yet another offering that is self titled. Immediately you can tell the difference between the EP and this self titled release as the musicianship is tighter as is the song writing as a whole. Within the seven tracks that are presented within this release you are treated to a menagerie of genres as Ardormort sews black metal, doom, synth, atmospheric tendencies and much more together to create a unique and intriguing sound.

This murky release shape shifts constantly, ever providing you with diversity and variety, never for you to hear the same sound twice. Ardormort does a great job of mixing and matching genres creating an all together fluid and cohesive sound. Never once do other genres trip over each other as each one works together pretty seamlessly. With all of the genres that are within this release listed above, you may seem to think that the sound would be jumbled and chaotic, but it is quite the opposite. This self titled release is a fluid and comprehensive from beginning to end.

There is no denying that the overall sound is odd, that much you cannot fight, but all at the same time it is compelling and unique. More than just black metal and doom, the most interesting aspects of this release are the synth oddities and strange atmospheres that work in coalescence with the black metal and doom genes. The synth elements work well within this offering as it provides you with a dark undertone and atmosphere that is hard to ignore. 

With all of its oddities and with all of the genres that are worked in here, this self titled release is a nice step up from the debut EP. Everything comes together nicely here and nothing feels out of place as each element finds its right place among the blackened noise. 

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.

Haiduk: Exomancer

October 12, 2018
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Steeped in malevolence ever quickening darkness, one man band Haiduk returns this year with Exomancer. Joining the forces of malignant death and ever soul ripping blackened death metal, Haiduk creates a punishing and overall ripping sound that does its best to tear in to your flesh. With ten tracks to its name, Exomancer sports a short run time of only thirty minutes, but within those thirty minutes you are treated to cosmic horror and terror in a pure and straight forward sonic barrage. Each of the ten tracks that are present here are razor sharp and cutting as they provide you with scythe like riffs, ever blasting drumming, occasional demonic growls that appear from the abyss and an overall sinister atmosphere.

The never ending sonic assault begins immediately as Haiduk rips straight in to their opener, assaulting you from all sides with rapid fire drumming and technical and sharp riffs. The opening track Death Portent serves you up a nice dish of sonic malevolence, setting you up for what is left to come. If the opener was a flesh tearing blackened assault you can expect the remaining nine tracks to be as well, and that they are. Each track that follows settles in line with what Death Portent had to offer, and that is straight forward skull sanding blackened death that aims to contort your neck.

These tracks are wicked as they are summoned from darkness and brewed in ever soul lashing malevolence. Each of the ten tracks here that are summoned up from the depths are just as potent and venomous as you would wish as they provide you with nothing but blistering metal. However, as rib spreading as these tracks are they are just as atmospheric. Haiduk does a great job of incorporating a sinister underlying atmosphere within each track as well making each offering even  more fiendish and consuming.

Exomancer is an overall solid listen as you are provided with ten offerings that are as you would expect from a blackened death release. Each track is potent, venomous, steeped in a malicious atmosphere and as shredding as you would imagine. Through and through this is a well done release that will please the ears of black metal and death metal fans alike.

Exomancer will be released October 17, 2018.

Links To Follow:

Haiduk Bandcamp

 

Ye Goat-Herd Gods: Ashes Shall Be Made of Them

October 10, 2018
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Classifying themselves as just metal might be appropriate since Ye Goat-Herd Gods doesn’t quite fit in one single genre or another, and that is what makes them unique, incredibly memorable, diverse and varied. Incorporating numerous genres in to their sound, Ye Goat-Herd Gods creates a sound that is potent and highly addictive as you find yourself coming back for more listens. As punishing and blackened as their tracks can be, they are just as melodic and memorable as they infect your mind like a disease never to leave. From beginning to end, Ye Goat-Herd Gods provides you with ten straight tracks of nothing but melodic, atmospheric and punishing metal that drives you deep in to a seemingly endless darkness.

These purveyors of death don’t wait around to grace you with their blackened metal as they immediately set in with Ribspreader. This sickening track provides you with everything that Ye Goat-Herd Gods has to offer. It is dark, melodic and as heavy as you could want it providing you with the perfect neck twisting opener to an album that will surely make you bruise your brain against your skull many times over. From this opening track you can immediately tell that Ye Goat-Herd Gods has built off of their sound from their debut Becoming Flesh, as they are even more tightly knit and proficient.

From Ribspreader onward, you are treated to nine more tracks that play much the same way. Each of the following tracks are cohesive atmospheric and melodic marches toward death that ultimately burrow themselves deep in your brain never to vacate. Each track on this offering is so well performed and so well crafted that you almost have no other choice but to listen over and over again. Ashes Shall Be Made of Them is a well put together record, one that has great fluidity throughout making you stay for the entirety of the record and then some. From beginning to end you are treated to nothing but top notch metal.

Ashes Shall Be Made of Them has just about everything you could want. It is packed with melody, atmosphere, great musicianship, powerful shredding vocals, solid production and overall well constructed intense tracks one right after another. This is a certain step up from their last effort as this is an overall well rounded offering that just cannot be denied. Fans of black metal, death metal or just metal in general will find something here for them as this is just purely ten tracks of outstanding metal.

Ashes Shall Be Made of Them will be released October 31, 2018.

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.

Teleport: The Expansion

September 20, 2018
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In the short time that Teleport has been around they have been busy to say the least as they have released two demos and one EP up until this point. The Expansion is the title of their newest offering and within this title you will find three new tracks of ever expanding, prog tinged blackened death metal with some thrash flair thrown in the mix for good measure. Each of the three tracks that are present here are adventurous mind warping offerings that are all together gripping and compelling. These tracks that Teleport has so meticulously crafted run on the lengthier side which gives each song time to expand, breathe and ultimately draw you in to the fray of ever warping and mind shifting metal.

Teleport takes no time at all ushering forth their brand of sonic wickedness as they immediately set forth with their opening track thrusting you in to their ever collapsing and expanding sound without so much as a warning. Each track is a well crafted onslaught of black metal mixed with death, progressive tendencies and some thrash elements to create an overall very well sewn together and cohesive sound that is hard to deny. These songs are highly unique and incredibly intoxicating as they pull you in making you stay for the whole release and then some as you continuously reach for the play button.

Everything on this release is done damn near perfect. Each cut has great musicianship, the technicality is outstanding, the production is spot on and ultimately each track is heavy, neck bending and mind bending as they should be. From beginning to end you are treated to a stellar release complete with three incredible tracks that truly are something to behold. This is progressive, heavy, entirely memorable and addictive to be sure. The Expansion is an excellent piece of work as well as Teleport’s most impressive and well put together piece of work to date.

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