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Runespell - Order of Vengeance

Australian black metallers Runespell don’t fuck around, with less than a year since their debut full length ‘Unhallowed Blood Oath’ came out we have a new full length, ‘Order of Vengeance’. It is out at the start of July through Iron Bonehead Productions, and it never fails to amaze that this is the work of one man.

‘Retribution in Iron’ builds slowly into a cacophonous, cavernous black metal landscape; vast and bleak. The production is dense and murky, adding a sense of morbid ferocity to the miasmic evil within. Ghostly acoustics plague the instrumental ‘Night’s Gate’, while the crawling monstrosity of ‘Wolf.Axis’ is pure, churning darkness. Runespell also layer their darkness with a smothering melancholy, embodying each track with a haunting misery. Their approach is mesmerising, the music is nuanced, layered expertly to build a multi faceted album.

This is black metal that burns with a oily, choking nastiness, and leaves you feeling emotionally drained. ‘Order of Vengeance’ is a record that enschews the more tinpot, icy clatter of many black metal records, and smears each riff with a filthy, murky atmosphere. The sickly yellow moon is in the sky, the claws of fate have us, and Runespell are only here to guide us to our abysmal end in the voids.

http://www.ironbonehead.de/

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The rerelease of the 2016 debut demo ‘Contra Mundum in Aeternum’ by Swedish black/death/thrashers Flame Acausal is a thing to be celebreated. Originally out on a limited tape and then vinyl run, Blood Harvest Records are bringing us a CD version and it is out now!

Possessed by the most sinister and violent of dark deities, Flame Acausal bring you chainsawing riffs in spades, as ‘Inwards Damnation’ spits forth vile blasphemic metal of death through some truly toxic riffing. The vocals are cavernous sermons of hatred, and the thin production emphasises the rawness of what you are feeling. This is a record that you feel, from the riffing of ‘Shunned Wolves’ like blades up your arms to the severe, hair raising fear instilled by the vicious ‘Thus I Invoke Thee’.

A writhing, thrashing beast of a record that contorts Swedish death and rabid black metal into twisted forms, ‘Contra Mundum in Aeternum’ is savage and unhinged. An atmosphere of morbid dread fill each track, stabbing at you like a rusted blade. Flame Acausal have brought a primal fear back to this genre, something that can be missing these days. This is terrifying music, for horrifying people.

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/contra-mundum-in-aeternum

http://www.bloodharvest.se/

New England death thrashers Rancorous have only recently dropped their ‘Into the Nuclear Fire’ debut on their Bandcamp page, but it is already becoming one of my more spun records this year. If you can’t spare a mere six minutes for these tracks, then frankly you’re doing too many things that aren’t important!

Holy shit does that title track rip? Rapid fire, raw as fuck blackened speed metal thrash chaos, ‘Into the Nuclear Fire’ is instant, blinding death in song form. Wild soloing punctures the rapid riffing, and ‘Death Incarnate’ continues this hellacious pace with dare I say a little dose of melody too. The rapacious speed of ‘Perverse Subvertor’ is a fitting close to a demo that is over far too quickly.

Frankly, this is a killer debut and only makes me salivate for more. Repeated spins will never lessen the enjoyment, and if anything you can notice even more. Actually, that’s not true as there is nothing subtle about Rancorous at all, and that’s probably what makes ‘Into the Nuclear Fire’ so fucking great!

https://rancorous.bandcamp.com/releases

 

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The rotting, deathly thrash of Finland’s Axegressor is another example of how there is always something a little darker and a little morbid about music from the land of a thousand lakes. ‘Bannerless’ is out now through Brutal Records, and it is the fourth record in a slowly building discography of quality.

The opening ‘In Safe Space No One Can Hear Your Scream’ is a statement of bloodied intent, with a gripping collection of riffs and some throat shredding vocals. ‘Bannerless’ is an album full of songs that you could describe like that, each threading Bay Area riffing through a nastier filter. That’s not to say that the music is boring or samey, the opposite is more factual. There’s a little Voivod weirdness in ‘Terminal Ignition’, some galloping Slayerisms in ‘Human Travesty’ and the particularly fearsome chug of ‘Barren Bloodline Worship’ is guaranteed to set pits alight.

‘Bannerless’ is a difficult album to review, because essentially each song has the same descriptor; killer riffs, insidious melodies and cool raw vocals. An album that is totally excellent, Axegressor are keeping the thrashy nature of proto death alive, and each poisonous riff is a blade to the bone. Get this and bang your head!

https://www.facebook.com/axegressor/

http://www.axegressor.net/

http://brutalrecords.us/

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International death/doom supergroup Towards Atlantis Lights have gifted to us, the miserable and the melancholic, ‘Dust of Aeons’, which is a culmination of death/doom laden hymns to the abyss from years past. Transcending Obscurity is putting this wondrous, beautiful slab of music out there to remind us all that it could and almost definitely will get worse.

The epic behemoth that is ‘The Bunker of Life’ gives us a massive half hour of atmospheric, crushing doom that is laced with some of the heaviest moments TO Records have released this year. A sensual, miasmic journey through brutality, misery, bleak melody. A true odyssey of heavy music, with dashes of My Dying Bride-laced piano and some old fashioned Finnish-style death completes the piece. It really reminds me of aquatic funeral doom lords Ahab, and to think there are still three more tracks…

‘Babylon’s Hanging Garden’ is guttural death at its lowest possible pace, with a haunting spoken word section breaking the grind. More dragging, ghostly misery comes in the elegiac ‘Alexandria’s Library’, and you are finished off with the visceral pain and crawling morbidity of ‘Greeting Mausolos’ Tomb’. Towards Atlantis Lights have created something incredibly lonely here; an album that teeters at the edge of fragility while retaining this intense and eldritch heaviness. Death/doom often focuses on the death, and the doom is not always truly captured. ‘Dust of Aeons’ may be the most doom-laden epitaph this world will face when it finally crumbles into dust.

https://towardsatlantislights.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TowardsAtl/

https://tometal.com/

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The fifth release in the 20 year history of Lecherous Nocturne is on respected death metal label Willowtip Records, which already lends ‘Occultaclysmic’ a dose of credibility, but Lecherous Nocturne have always been a band that has defined genres, rather than followed them. Willowtip provide the plaform, ‘Occultaclysmic’ has brought the brutality.

‘By Conquest or Consent’ immediately blisters any concerns that Lecherous Nocturne could have mellowed with age. Fury strikes with devastating blasting, rapid fire riffs that scorch the earth and savage growls and screams ravage your ears. An instant shot to the heart, which is then followed for 40 minutes of rock solid, brutal death metal that encompasses technical superiority, horrendous brutality and even melodic flourishes. The likes of the title track and the grand instrumental ‘Remembrance’ betray the melodic sensibilities of a band that seems, on the surface, to be focused entirely on destruction. Relentless in the execution, Lecherous Nocturne hit with an intensity in ‘Tower of Silence’ that put others to shame.

‘Occultaclysmic’ is a record that will sit proudly amongst death metal releases for 2018. An unutterably brutal experience, taking shape gradually as a beast with many heads, Lecherous Nocturne may be a band that is heavy and brutal as fuck, but they are much more subtle than you would expect. This is some seriously great shit.

http://willowtip.com/home.aspx

https://lecherousnocturne666.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/lecherous.nocturne

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Et Moriemur are taking their atmospheric black/doom/death metal to new and uncompromising places with their latest full length, ‘Epigrammata’. Utilising orchestral flourishes, Gregorian chants and choirs to really enhance their exploration of European history, Transcending Obscurity have given us yet another band that is not afraid to push their music to dizzying and mystical heights.

A sweeping, dramatic ‘Introitus’ leads us to the heaving ‘Requiem Aeternum’, a piece of crushing doom that writhes with an almost hymnal vibe. There is a clear orthodox and religious thread that runs through the whole of ‘Epigrammata’, but with that comes the sinister. The delicate piano that accompanies the deathly roars of ‘Offertorium’ is a terrifying juxtaposition, and often you will come across such mixtures. Spoken word, choral voices; brutality and beauty meet in this highly original style. It can definitely be challenging at times (epic closer ‘In Paradisum’ has its moments of overly orchestral issues), but perserverance is the key and soon you will fall in love with what Et Morimur are doing here.

‘Epigrammata’ is one of those albums that you can genuinely compare to nothing else. Sure, there is misery and doomy heaviness aplenty, but the ethereal melodies that linger within, the sepulchral choir of roars, the Gregorian chanting; it is all part of a package that is equally mysterious and enthralling. Et Moriemur are totally different, and it is such a refreshing change.

https://etmoriemurdoom.bandcamp.com/

https://tometal.com/

https://www.facebook.com/etmoriemur/