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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.

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.

Yovel: Hɪðəˈtu

August 23, 2018
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Hailing from Greece comes Yovel, and up from the underworld with them they come dragging their debut full length record Hɪðəˈtu. This release is a seven chapter offering that dives in to oppressiveness and in general is a record about the path from trauma to triumph. Each of the seven slabs of bubbling black metal within this release are harsh, atmospheric, captivating and as razor sharp as you would like them to be. With almost no time to breathe within each track, Yovel provides you with and entirely engaging, atmospheric and ever buzzing assault that captures your mind and takes it through the ever winding record that Yovel presents.

The first track within Hɪðəˈtu is titled Trauma, which is a two and half minute instrumental is filled with spoken word and picked guitar hymns, ultimately setting you up for the sonic assault that you are about to witness. Once Trauma fades back in to obscurity, Hɪðəˈtu really starts as Yovel ushers you in to their madness with dissonant riffs and ever raspy hellish growls. Hɪðəˈtu as a whole is dark and twisting record, one that takes you down harrowing corridors through seven tracks.

Each track is a well crafted offering that transition between full blown blackened assaults, and more near serene atmospheric moments that draw your attention in more and more. The balance that Yovel strikes between the two is great as each track provides you with both moments without lurching from one to another. The transitions are smooth, and with both the ever blasting and blaring sonic deafening and the more calm atmospheric moments, Yovel provides you with plenty of diversity through each track and throughout the entire record.

This is a release that certainly can captivate and have your mind wander through the chapters of its story over and over again. There is a lot of content packed within the seven tracks of this release and even so, Yovel execute to a tee. Hɪðəˈtu as a whole is a very solid debut outing for these Greek metal worshippers as each track is concise and never overstay their welcome, they are constructed and sewn together very well, the instrumentation is on point and the raspy steeped in malevolence vocals are strong and menacing. Packed all within forty minutes, you are provided with seven excellent tracks that are hard to deny.

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