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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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In collaboration with Hells Headbangers, Werewolf Records are putting out the debut record from Finnish black metal upstarts White Death. Their self titled debut is somewhat like the Finnish sniper that shared the same name; coming at you from silent, icy places and bringing the terror then sweet release of death. It’s going to be out in February 2017, so keep an eye out.

Suffocating opener ‘Born from the Unholy Fire’ is like a blizzard of blackened riffage and a raging torrent of blasting drums and snarling vocals. A burning ferocity pervades everything within this album, and there is a defiant acceptance and promotion of the traditions of the second wave. In fact, their conjuring of classic black metal alchemies is so spot on, you’d imagine this was a lost album from those heady times. ‘Immortal Hunter of the Moon’ is eeriely melodic in parts, while the negativity in the cold ‘Goat Emperor’ is bleak and enveloping.

The insistent ‘Warpath’ is probably my favourite piece here, although it is rivalled by the subtly entitled ‘Cunt’. Both capture the shrieking rasp, the hypothermic riffing and the gloomy atmospherics that makes ‘White Death’ an album that will rule my black metal horizons next year. Savage yet majestic, these Finns have ensnared the spirit of ‘proper’ black metal and given it a shot in the arm. This is magnificent.

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NNGNN - Forceful Blasphemy

NNGNN used to be called Nolti Nan Gana Nan Nolta, which was a bit of a mouthful to be honest, and so with their second EP release we’ve got the abbreviated version which, quite frankly, as a blogger I very much appreciate. I reviewed their last demo, the superbly entitled ‘Death by the Venomhammer’, and found it to be excellent, so the new material is hotly anticipated!

Opener and title track ‘Forceful Blasphemy’ instantly kicks us off with a scything riff that severs blood vessels with its single minded savagery. There feels like a channeling of classic Venom here; alongside a more traditional black metal assault there is definitely dashes of early Celtic Frost too. The riffs are sharp, relentless blasting provides the underpinning battery for the thrashy ‘Destruction of Ingrained Illusion’ which gallops like prime 80s thrash coated in black metal evilness. Closer ‘Abhorrent Foundations’ has some great dark thrash chugging riffs, and is a perfect example of the great guitarwork on display throughout all three tracks

NNGNN have evolved since their last release, and not just in name. There’s a bit more assurance about them now; a maturing swagger that allows them to straddle thrash, black and heavy metal easily without constricting themselves to one in particular. The EP benefits greatly from that, and steps away from going down the identikit blackened-thrash band road, instead turning them towards genuine, blackened heavy metal Valhalla. An excellent end of year present!

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Eteritus - Following the Ancient Path

Polish death metal eh? I’m in. I’m so in. Poland has such a reputation for high quality brutality that this has to be good surely! Probably best not to jump the gun so quickly, because Eteritus have a big national legacy to live up to. ‘Following the Ancient Path’ is out now on Godz of War Productions.

After a suitably melodic/brutal intro, first track proper ‘Biocentric’ appears with hellish certainty and earth rumbling power. Combining the tectonic groove of Bolt Thrower, the vocal ferocity of Obituary and the buzzing guitars of Grave, Eteritus provide something different from the primal strength of Vader or the surgical devastation of Decapitated. This is important, because it would be too easy for this to disappear into the ether without a different sound. ‘Hellish Imagery’ writhes in a Swedeath frenzy, while the fiery chug of ‘Eye of the Storm’ is a thing of grotesque beauty.

‘Following the Ancient Path’ is a record that could have crawled straight from the primordial death metal years; a filthy ragged tribute to the might of Dismember and Entombed, laced with Bolt Thrower heaviosity. From the scorching ‘End of Line’ to the mighty ‘Incinerator, Eteritus have kept the flame alive for Polish death metal for yet another record. A remarkable mature debut for a band who I can’t wait to hear more from!

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Cadaveric Fumes - Dimensions Obscure

Sickening French death metal is the order of the day here from Cadaveric Fumes, whose new EP ‘Dimensions Obscure’ belches from your speakers like a Lovecraftian horror from the outer galaxies. It’s out now on Blood Harvest Records on 12″ vinyl and as a digital download.

Opener ‘Crepuscular Journey’ leads out with a hanting piano, before a crash of guitar and a churning death metal assault begins. Dark, dense and impenetrable in parts, Cadaveric Fumes create a swirling void of brutality that sucks you into madness. ‘Extatic Exirpation’ is a bit like if Bolt Thrower did a split with Atheist; strange spacey prog moments meet a devastating rumble of death. Cadaveric Fumes take your standard death metal ideas and approach them from a new angle, coming at them from those obscure dimensions and injecting their riffs with tones that are not of this world.

Cadaveric Fumes come from the place evoked in ‘Where Darkness Reigns Supreme’; the swirling void outside time and space, where death metal is pulled and twisted in all directions. The haunting piano returns, bookended by churning miasma. By the time closer ‘Swallowed into Eternity’ comes to a close, your mind will be muddled, thoughts turning to eldritch insanity and fingers reaching towards the play button, eager to delve into this madness once more. Excellent stuff!

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Heathen Beast are one of my favourite discoveries from the overflowing metal well of India. Scathingly antireligious black metal with an intense cultural vibe and socio-political lyrics create something totally unique and yet totally familiar. In a country where such bands function in the knowledge that certain actions may have repercussions, Heathen Beast are a rising voice of protest. Their new EP, the howling ‘Rise of the Saffron Empire’, is out 25th of April on Transcending Obscurity.

The opening title track is unleashed with tribal menace, building with percussion and a hypnotic riff before detonating into brutal blasting and savage shrieking. The ethnic instrumentation that Heathen Beast have employed so expertly in the past is at the forefront, but this is not folk metal, nor pagan black metal. This is black metal filtered through the sweltering heat of India. It’s uncompromising, relentless and savage.

‘Rise of the Saffron Empire’ explores the implications and realities of life under a Hinduist regime that plans to force their religious views on others (hence the use of saffron in the title, a Hindu holy colour). ‘The Systematic Annihilation of Islam’ follows this theme, with some of the record’s more eerie melodies surreptiously seeping through the blackened fury. Heathen Beast challenge their country’s core belief systems and their government, risking their freedom for the right to say what they feel. It gives their black metal a edge of danger that is lacking in a lot of modern black metal. ‘Swachh Bharat’ brings us to a close in a crawling miasma of evil atmosphere, rasping vocals and traditional instrumentation.

Heathen Beast are an essential part of their nation’s culture. In a world where speaking out against injustices, racism or religious intolerance is not as easy as it can be in the West, ‘Rise of the Saffron Empire’ is a frightening look into a world where these beliefs can be a threat to your safety. If anything, this makes what ‘Rise of the Saffron Empire’ represents even more important, and the music behind the message is just as raw and as furious as the message itself. Utterly essential, as always.

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