Posts Tagged ‘Blackened Death metal’

Kentucky trio Tombstalker are releasing a two track 7” in follow up to their devastating 2015 debut ‘Black Crusades’. The band has had a slew of splits and EPs since their inception in 2008, and ‘Chaotic Devotion’ drops two new tracks of molten, rabid blackened death metal into our laps. Due to be released on the 19th of September by Boris Records.

The first track, ‘Scared to Death’ has a killer opening riff with a nasty as fuck guitar tone. The fretwork is awesome, and there’s a definite Swedeath influence here. Urgent, vibrant and lacking any fucking about, Tombstalker are here to slay you with riffs. Grinding bass kicks off ‘Treads of War’, and the low end on this track is very prevalent. ‘Chaotic Devotion’ is two excellent tracks of chunky death metal with a savage, black edge to them. Short but ultimately very sweet.


South American two man project of black/death metal? Man, it’s such a cliche but with that mere description you just KNOW it’s gonna kick ass. It might be derivative, it might even suck, but that kind of tag line will always make me pay attention. Hades Archer are from Chile, and their ‘Temple of the Impure’ record is a fire breathing explosion of nasty riffs and boiling hatred. Due out in October on Hells Headbangers, it is time for violence.

Unholy incantations lead us into the storming ‘Chaos Teratosis Chimeras’, in which torrents of blastbeats pour from the speakers while the more measuredly vicious ‘The Gods Sold This World from Destruction’ is a swaying, hypnotic second wave black metal classic in modern dressings. There are some delightful moments of pure musical greatness lurking amongst the murk of Temple of the Impure’, where you just break out into a smile at how cool that little melody was (‘Hecate Undressed’) or how visceral some of the riff and vocal combinations feel (‘Apollyon’s Brightness’).

‘Temple of the Impure’ is an album that challenges perception of what South American black/death is supposed to sound like. Not only comfortable at 100mph, it is in fact their more measured and doomier moments that are the highlights, and Hades Archer stand above such one dimensional cliches now. ‘Temple of the Impure’ is a record that everyone should drop before and worship, for in this darkness is greatness.

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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The debut EP of Consummation is something of great note, as these Australian destroyers have crafted a uniquely twisting and serpentine form of black/death that sucks in all light like the gaping jaws of infinity. Thanks to Invictus Productions, we all now have the chance to experience pure, unadulterated madness in musical form.

Opener ‘The Weightless Grip of Fire’ is fearsome in its scope; blending ferocious black metal and an off-kilter sense of rhythm that enhances that otherworldly feeling. You feel uneasy, uncomfortable and cowed with fear as howling madness sweeps through your bones. They don’t quite reach the same levels of nausea created by fellow Aussies Portal, but there’s a definitive ‘wrongness’ about some of the melody lines here. With two ten minute plus songs, Consummation somehow manage to go past too quickly to comprehend, and invite more and more listens to unlock this dark magic.

‘Blighted Ovum’ is more of the same, labyrinthine extremity that we started with. Savage howls, a dense production that really helps the heft of this record come through, and an alien atmosphere that builds the tension to breaking point. ‘Ritual Severance’ is grandiose, malignant and bubbling with cancerous hatred. Consummation are an outfit that have struck upon something new and intensely evil.

Atmospheric blackened death metal from a member of Indian black metallers Diabolus Arcanium is the state of play with Entity of Hate and their new EP ‘Cursed by Eternity’. It’s an intricate and self assured debut, that brings to mind both Cradle of Filth and Wintersun, minus all the associated orchestral burden!

Opener ‘Cursed for Eternity’ has some great, flowing guitar leads and keyboard enhanced riffs are both eerie and catchy as hell. Vocally it is relatively basic, but it works with the kind of gothic vibe that builds with the atmospheres. Wonderful riffs dominate the insanely good ‘Bloody Lovers & Prey’, that at points feels like a horror film soundtrack overdubbed with heavy metal. The virtuoso guitar work is a big draw to this for me, and it is hard to find this kind of music that doesn’t feel overwrought with grandiose redundancy. Even the synthy instrumental of ‘Bloody Tears (Castlevania)’ doesn’t feel too much.

While defiantly mixing symphonic and cold black metal atmospheres with gallping melodeath isn’t the most obvious mix, the likes of ‘Heart Shaped Dagger’ shows how this kind of extremity can easily include oodles of melody. Entity of Hate are my new favourite band of the moment, and ‘Cursed for Eternity’ is a record that, while short, is full of awesome surprises!

These guys are fucking brutal. Vacivus have been drawing power from the blackened voids of the dark realms of chaos for a number of years now, and their latest offering is the two track ‘Nuclear Chaos’ EP. If it can create the same sickening darkness as their ‘Rite of Ascension’ EP from 2015, we’re all going to be in for a treat!

Opener ‘Unchaining the Winds of Uncreation’ crawls from the darkness with dripping water, ominous droning chants becoming a primal snarl, before a dense chainsawing riff drags an inhuman vocal from the void. Attacking like an enveloping fog, smothering each nasty riff with choking murk, Vacivus have excelled themselves once again. ‘Blind Idiot God’ has a bit more urgency about it, a blackened fury that writhes like a cyclone of hate. Challenging the darkest moments of Swedish death, Vacivus have taken that style a step further down into the depths.

I don’t think I’ve come across a Vacivus release I haven’t loved yet, and ‘Nuclear Chaos’ is no exception. This is music for the destruction of the world, sounding like the wrenching of the earth and the crushing of humanity. Ther’s no going back, and there’s no place to hide, for these riffs of ancient evil will find you…

Demonic Resurrection are the Behemoth of Indian metal, and not only in their musical stylings. Around for years and becoming more and more influential with every release, Demonic Resurrection are also getting more and more ambitious with each one. ‘Dashavatar’ is their fifth full length, and is an exploration of all the avatars of Lord Vishnu in Indian mythology. For those of us that are interested in that, it is a fascinating journey. For those of us that are here for just the music, you won’t be disappointed.

I first came across Demonic Resurrection on their stunning ‘Return to Darkness’ record from 2010, and their swelling in popularity goes hand in hand with their evolution as a muscial force. Take the anthemic ferocity of ‘Kurma – The Tortoise’; it matches Behemothian intensity with ethnic instrumentation and an innate sense of the importance of memorable songs. Soaring melodies dominate ‘Varaha – The Boar’, while the atmospheric black/death of ‘Parashurama – The Axe Wielder’ reminds you of their extreme chops. Mainman Demonstealer roars, croons and riffs his way through ten powerful songs, each with their own individual character. In a world where every band strives to be unique and different, Demonic Resurrection stand out from the crowd by being simply fucking excellent at what they do.

The strings and orchestral moments of ‘Vamana – The Dwarf’ brings to mind great European power metal, as does the soaring ‘Narasimha – The Man-Lion’. Every metal fan can deny it, but most of us came to love metal because of anthemic heavy metal greatness, and that’s what Demonic Resurrection have in their core. Coat it in progressive, symphonic and complex blackened textures if you will, but at heart they are a heavy metal band and that shines through.

‘Dashavatar’ is the answer to the question, ‘can anyone do anything that feels new in metal anymore?’ Demonic Resurrection better becoming fucking huge after this, because ‘Dashavatar’ covers all bases, from powerful melodic soloing to cyclonic black/death maelstroms. I’ll be hard pushed to find a better record than this in 2017.