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Gnarly doom trio Tood are one of those bands that, when you first hear them, you wonder how they haven’t exploded already. Their debut self titled EP has all the fuzzed out rumbling groove that any self respecting Sabbath worshipper could want. If you are lucky enough to grab one of the cassette copies that Carvetii Productions have got, it adds to the gloriously old school vibe oozing from your speakers.

Opener ‘Gaffer Tape’ is like the soundtrack to some ancient, murky horror movie. The fuzzed guitar tone takes you into dark occult territories while a touch of early Cathedral in the vocals and psychedelic vibes loom throughout. ‘Discordant Method’ drives us onward towards the endtimes, aching riffs soak you in darkness and a mysterious bloodlust rises. The twisting, enchanting ‘The Bastard’ provides the most graceful of psychedelic freakouts before the churning ‘Schweinhacker’ brings us to a close.

If Tood were around when the first evolutionary steps of heavy metal were taken, they would be revered as legends by now. Their sound is vintage, enthralling and insistent. ‘Tood’ is a new favourite of mine; a deceptively heavy, simple journey to the dark mystical heart of heavy metal. Lead us to our doom, for doom this is

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Greek death metallers Gravewards have dropped their debut EP ‘Subconscious Lobotomy’ on cassette tape, and it is four tracks of brutality conjuring the spirits of Morbid Angel, Obituary and even little dashes of Scandinavian nastiness too. If rabid darkness is your thing, then you’ll find a lot to enjoy here.

‘Casket Entrapment’ opens with a gloriously old school riff before a pained roar shattered the air guitaring calm. The chugging riffs are particularly good, but the real highlights are the mounrful melodies tucked behind the ferocity. There’s something a little dark, a little sad looming behind the towering ‘Crawling Chaos’, while the scathing title track draws inspiration from the void of Floridian death strongly. Vocally there’s a lot going on, with more standard growls interchanging with gurgling belches in places.

By the time the frantic ‘Deathwomb Incubation’ brings us to a juddering halt, it is clear that Gravewards are going to be a fun prospect for the future. Their brand of death metal has all kinds of nuances to look for but most importantly it is heavy as fuck, and will leave you broken but demanding more!

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This is the second full length from Catalonian crushers Morbid Flesh, and you could be forgiven for suggesting that their lack of subtlety in band name, cover art or style means a lack of originality too. Not so, for ‘Rites of the Mangled’ is a hard hitting death metal album that doesn’t need to hide behind a facade of ‘OLD SKOOL’ nonsense. Their death metal is pure, brutal and straight to the point.

Opener ‘The Circle Cursed’ is a steamroller of a song, with massive riffs flattening everyone in reach. Like Bolt Thrower, but wider! Waves of brutal death metal cascade over you on ‘Rites of the Mangled’; aiming directly at your temple with a deadly accuracy. ‘Heretic’s Hammer’ slides some good Entombed moments in, with a swaying groove highlighted by howling leads. Vocally it is relatively straightforward, but the deep growls match the music perfectly. As the cold melodies about 4 minutes into ‘Feeding Mallows’ strikes you, it’ll send shivers through you.

Unholy Prophecies has a burgeoning reputation for finding excellent bands to release, and Morbid Flesh are proving to be another. A band not be held back by notions of ‘progression’, or ‘experimentation’, ‘Rites of the Mangled’ is a gauntlet thrown down to others as if to say ‘Let’s see what you can do’. Most will crumbleunder the pressure. Buy this now!

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https://unholyprophecies.bandcamp.com/track/circle-cursed

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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.

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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

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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

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Scars of Sodom - Retribution of the Wicked

Australia is somewhat of a hotspot for some truly fiery and fearsome extreme metal, and blackened death metallers Scars of Sodom are no different. Their 2014 record, ‘Retribution for the Wicked’, has been released by my good friend Luke at the always excellent Carvetii Productions on cassette, and it hopefully allows a whole new group of people to experience this carnage.

Scars of Sodom are consistently visceral and savage, and opener ‘A Pale Horse’ looms from the darkness before arseholes are torn asunder by barbed riffing and killer blasting. Drawing influences from the likes of Dissection, Sodom and Bathory, tracks like ‘Bound by Death’s Chains’ or the howling ‘Demon Nemesis’ are possessed with rich veins of riffing magic but never come across as more one dimensional averageness. In fact, the brutal ‘Eyes of the Dead’ is a rumbling monster of a track that could take on some of the best more traditional death metal bands.

‘Retribution of the Wicked’ is a revelation, sounding even more nasty on cassette. Scars of Sodom are one of these gems from the underground that you need to keep an eye on, because if they can follow this up with something even half as good, it’ll be a cracker.

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