Posts Tagged ‘black metal’

Hailing from sunny Portugal’s renowned raw black metal scene, Cripta Oculta have unleashed their fourth dose of ravenous, blackened medicine for us to gorge ourselves upon. Out now on Signal Rex, prepare yourselves for ‘Lost Memories’, and the evil which is to come!

The haunting organ that leads ‘Mistérios do Sangue’ out from its blackened altar gives it a more authentic feeling of eldritch occultness than anything else could’ve. It builds the anticipation for what is to come, which is a blazing flow of fearsome rawness and lo-fi hatred. ‘Uma Noite de Trevas’ is harsh, abrasive but bleak and mournful in parts. It isn’t just raw musically; like an emotional wound reopening, ‘Lost Memories’ drags you into an oppressive mire of depression and heartlessness. The hopeless shriek of ‘A Dança do Fado Negro’ personifies everything you can take from this ode to darkness, cold and endless death.

Drawing deep from pagan wells of raw pain and suffering, Cripta Oculta’s black metal is a lonely, feral beast that snarls from abysses unknown. Signal Rex have brought Cripta Oculta to the surface of the shifting, murky underground and allowed their particular sound to be heard. Cold, harsh and utterly enthralling.

https://signalrex.bandcamp.com/album/s-t

http://www.signalrex.com/

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/

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

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/

Atmospheric black metallers Wiegedood return with the follow-up to their debut ‘De Doden Hebben het Goed’ with the cunningly titled ‘De Doden Hebben het Goed II’. These Belgians are crafting some of the most exciting black metal within the atmospheric lexicon, and ‘…II’ looks to continue that reputation. It is out already on Consouling Sounds.

Opener ‘Ontzielling’ tears from the speakers, with an intense fury that hides a deft melodic touch within. It soon opens up into a bleak, vast landscape, with the howling riffs a scything wind, cutting through the air. The haunting guitar work at the start of ‘Cataract’ begins what is my highlight of the entire album; a monstrous ghostly beast that builds from a shimmering height to blast down upon us like icy hail. The dynamic shifts are phenomenal, when gloomy tones are blown away by flames of black metal proper.

The winding, labyrinthine title track leads onto raging closer ‘Smeerkble’ that takes the album to it’s logical conclusion. Spacious, yet playing suitable tributes to the blackness of old, Wiegedood have hit upon a perfect formula for modern black metal. Savage, yet measured, bleak yet uplifting. Cold yet blazing with glory. ‘De Doden Hebben het Goed II’ is a triumph of black metal!

https://wiegedood.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/wiegedood

http://consouling.be/

The delightfully dissonant ‘Pest’ was a highlight of 2015 in black metal, and Norse’s new full length has been a release I’ve been looking forward to for a while. ‘The Divine Light of a New Sun’ is due out at the end of May, and looks to continue the burgeoning reputation of these Australians in the bleak world of black metal.

Opener ‘Supreme Vertical Ascent’ throbs with otherworldly menace, with bursts of double bass meshing into atonal riffs and snarling vocals. Imagine the hurricane of sound that you get from Portal, but strip it down to a less distorted form, losing none of the fear instilled within. ‘Drowned by Hope’ flails wildly, and the crawling menace of ‘Telum Vitae’ is my personal highlight. You would be pushed to find another band on the planet that is taking black metal to such unique, twisted and dark places. ‘The Divine Light of a New Sun’ is some revolutionary stuff.

The storm of ‘Exitus’ tears through the labyrinthine darkness that Norse find themselves mired within. They are ugly, dissonant and thoroughly brutal, when atonal death metal riffs impose themselves throughout ‘Synapses Spun as Silk’. ‘The Divine Light of a New Sun’ looks to be one of this year’s most interesting and most challenging records. Norse have written something inhuman, suffocating and rabd here, and it is simply stunning.

https://norsemetal.bandcamp.com/album/the-divine-light-of-a-new-sun-dissonant-black-metal

https://www.facebook.com/norse.official/

http://tometal.com

Nargaroth - Era of Threnody

If you don’t know Nargaroth, then your black metal knowledge is FALSE! The long running German black metal legend has returned with the first new full length since 2009, ‘Era of Threnody’, and it’s out on Inter Arma Productions on the 16th May. It is everything you can want from a Nargaroth record and more, channelling mainman Ash’s vision of black metal in its purest forms.

Opener ‘Dawn of Epiphany’ clambers from the mists with cold acoustic guitar before a snarling tremolo riff slices through the miasma and leads us onwards and hellbound. Ash’s cold snarl penetrates each bleak melody with savage intent, but the dynamics of this record are staggering. ‘Whither Goest Thou’ has a great mix of quieter, reflective moments and fiery black metal traditions. There are moments that soar on blackened wings where almost symphonic elements intrude, like the vast scope of ‘…As Orphans Drifting in a Desert Night’. There are also harrowing moments of black violence, like the scathing ‘Love is a Dog from Hell’ and the miserable gloom of ‘My Eternal Grief, Anguish Neverending’.

‘Era of Threnody’ is an album that encapsulates everything pure about the horrors of black metal; the cold bleakness, the snarling rage and the icy delicacies that play out upon heartless acoustic guitar. A thick production brings a warmth to the sound that previous releases have lacked, and it almost feels like ‘Era of Threnody’ has moved beyond mere lo-fi black metal hate into something a bit more rounded and sophisticated. ‘Era of Threnody’ is a triumph of black metal, and a re-establishment of Nargaroth as the underground force that they are.

https://www.facebook.com/officialnargaroth/

http://www.interarmaproductions.com/