Archive for May, 2017

Decrepit Throne are a studio black metal project duo from North Carolina and New Jersey, whose debut full length ‘Traitor’s Grave’ is a thrill ride of vicious and eeriely melodic black metal in the vein of Dissection, Emperor and Drudkh. Self released, it is out now through the Bandcamp site.

Opener ‘Lands of Ash’ builds like the dark forces gathering before the storm, from which dark riffs and atmospheres flood your ears. Bleak melodies wrap around croaking rasps, while the languid evil of ‘Lucifer’s Descent’ is a welcome respite from black metal bands who cannot understand the benefits of playing slowly every so often. It really helps to differentiate them, as well as allowing the listener to absorb the little nuances.

The burning ‘Your Death My Solitude’ is a cold hearted belch from darkness, while the ravaging ‘A Defiant Flame Burning’ is another choice cut from a record that reins in the speed and ferocity for good old fashioned evil and darkness. Capturing that crawling black metal vibe perfectly, ‘Traitor’s Grave’ is a record that will haunt your record player for time to come, because sometimes you need something deep, dark and absorbing to sate your desires.

https://decrepitthrone.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/DecrepitThrone/

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A deathly power trio from Indiana, Desekryptor’s follow up to their 2016 demo is the ugly and barbaric ‘Chasm of Rot’. Blood Harvest has spat this 18 minute fireball of ugliness out on cassette, and it drives a tattered, bloodied flag into the ground to proclaim Desekryptor as the latest pretenders to the throne of true, nasty, death metal. It is out now!

Opener ‘Serpentine Scourge’ is some relentless, nasty shit. Like being worked on by a surgeon with rusty tools and a sadistic streak, Desekryptor slash and rip at your senses leaving blood and foul rot behind. Crushing doomy underpins the brutality of the title track, which is rivalling the best songs I’ve heard all year so far. It is sludgy, savage and devastatingly heavy. Organismacide’ features the same ragged, raging fury; Desekryptor really grasping the blade and getting straight to the heart of death metal’s magic.

Closing with the rumbling ‘Apocalyptic Funeral Trance’, ‘Chasm of Rot’ is a precursor of terrible things to come from this band. Like a warped beast rising from the murk, Desekryptor are going to be the end of this world as we know it. ‘Chasm of Rot’ is merely a manifesto for the damned souls left behind.

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/chasm-of-rot-tape

https://desekryptor.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/desekryptor/

Kafirun - Eschaton

Kafirun hail from Canada, and their highly anticipated debut record ‘Eschaton’ is a deep and winding journey throughout the mysterious and stifling occult. After their previous, highly regarded work like ‘Glorification of Holy Death’, Kafirun look to be taking the first step towards usurping the crown of dense and murky black metal. Seance Records will unleash ‘Eschaton’ on 26th of June.

Opener ‘Lord of Blessed Murder’ is a suffocating, labyrinthine slab of black metal fury, laced with esoteric ambience and gloomy atmospheres. Some black metal howls like the wolf, solid and definable. Kafirun is more like the fog; shifting into miasmic shapes of darkness before reforming as yet another nightmarish vision. It is difficult to describe the way songs like ‘Divine Providence’ seep beneath your skin and provoke shivers of joy. But this is no mere ‘weird/occult’ black metal album. The razor riffing and blasting drums keep it firmly tethered to the traditions bred from Norway’s finest, but it reaches for more.

Kafirun have been a band to keep an eye on for a while, and ‘Eschaton’ moves them beyond a mere new hope into the realms of a new BIG THING. Their grasp of black metal dogma and dynamic experimentalism is perfect, with songs swinging wildly from savage and raw to fucking epic with barely a flicker. This could be the best black metal you will hear all year, and that is no exaggeration.

http://www.seancerecords.com/

https://kafirun.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/KafirunBand

Chilean duo Crime have exploded out of the rock and roll underground in South America with their debut tape ‘First Crime’, out now on Shadow Kingdom Records. Three tracks of energetic, punkish heavy metal invade your ears, inspiring the raising of horns and the thrashing of necks.

Opener ‘Highway Robbery’ takes a while to get going thanks to a lengthy and creepy intro, but once it kicks into high gear it provides delightful Venomisms with some killer hooks. Galloping leads mesh with a squealing solo that invokes fond memories of early German thrash, while raspy vocals match up perfectly. Same with the infectious ‘Give Your Life to the Ruin’, where the urge to air guitar furiously increases with every minute.

Closing with the rampant ‘We Shall Destroy’, it is amazing how a short sharp burst of raucous energy can really reinvigorate your love of heavy music. Crime may steal every trick in the book, but ‘First Crime’ is a love note to the genuine roots of the genre and therefore you can be forgiven all of your sins when you make us all remember how fun metal used to be.

https://shadowkingdomrecords.bandcamp.com/album/first-crime-2

https://crimesofheavymetal.bandcamp.com/

Akerbeltz - Satanic

Spanish black metaller Akerbeltz have been ploughing an evil furrow since 1996, and you would struggle to find a poor effort in amongst the six full lengths and numerous splits they have put out. The newest record, ‘Satanic’ is coming out in June on BlackSeed Productions and is another fury laden romp through dark and bleak places.

Opener ‘The Red Dragon’ draws much inspiration from the endless blasting of Marduk, and the croaking Abbath. Crafted from the most traditional of black metal riffs, songs like ‘A Deed Without a Name’ or the harsh ‘The Crypt’ are glorious to the ears of cold hearted traditionalists. Blasting drums help to enforce that blizzard like assault, while the raspy vocals invike the demons of the north.It seems cliche to claim surprise at the fact that Akerbeltz come from warmer climes, yet are capable of invoking such bleak frozen music but that doesn’t make it any less accurate. Feel the flames of ‘Opus Satanic’ wash over you and cleanse this place of non believers, and you will have faith.

Foreboding atmospheres complete a record that shies away from experimenting and rest comfortably within its traditional cocoon. Akerbeltz are great at what they do, and ‘Satanic’ sits proudly amongst some of the best and most fire breathing black metal in my collection. For that, tradition must be respected.

https://blackseedprod.bandcamp.com/album/satanic-2

https://akerbeltz.bandcamp.com/