Posts Tagged ‘Blackened Thrash’

Members of Rudra have come together again to create The Wandering Ascetic, Singaporean black thrash without the Indian spiritual aesthetics of their other project. Their debut full length ‘Crimson’ is out now through Transcending Obscurity, and if their work in Rudra bleeds over into this, we could be in for something very interesting.

The instant crunch of the guitar in opener ‘Eva Braun’ immediately fills you with confidence that The Wandering Ascetic aren’t going to be your usual tinpot black thrashers. The riffing is convuluted, dissonant and the songwriting is complex while still retaining a certain memorableness, such as in ‘The Gods Bleed!’. It’s an interesting dichotomy; it lacks the speed of more traditional black thrash but the attitude and guitar work is there. There’s also a tasty snarl that fits very well with the likes of the growling ‘The Exorcism of Mrs Doe’ and the chugging glory of ‘Beast of Burden’.

‘Crimson’ is an incredibly mature record, where the obvious songwriting influences of the more labyrinthine Rudra seep into the songs. This gives the Wandering Ascetic a complexity and a sense of pace that a lot of black thrash bands lack. ‘Crimson’ is a thunderous chugging beast that exhibits more than a little experimentation while remaining heavy as fuck!

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Crush the Altar - Abhorrent Oblation

When Redefining Darkness Records puts out a three track demo from a new band on cassette, and said band is ‘blackened thrash meets death metal’, you’ve almost guaranteed yourself a winner. Crush the Altar are that band, and ‘Abhorrent Oblation’ is that record. It is out now!

It isn’t anywhere near as raw and harsh as i expected, but the opener ‘See Mortality’ totally slays in a different way. There is clear definition in the guitar work, not just thrashy necro murk. The altar the band are crushing must be that of prime early Sodom or Kreator, as there is a very Teutonic roughness to it. The riffing is memorable, each song feeling unique and overflowing with lacerating riffing. The chug of ‘Demonizing the Ancient Lore’ is primal death metal gold, while the chunky thrash of closer ‘Discastery Ruin’ is artful in its savagery.

The best demos get in, explain how fucking good they are in 10 riffs or less, and get out. The collaboration between measured pace and breakneck speed push Crush the Altar to stand out, and the fifteen minutes that this demo lasts is not enough. Get ‘Abhorrent Oblation’ as soon as, then start praying for more to come. These guys are excellent.

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Usurper - Lords of the Permafrost

Last seen on 2005’s ‘Cryptobeast’, Chicago legends Usurper have returned from a 14 year hiatus to drop ‘Lords of the Permafrost’, a snarling blackened thrash beast ready to take back their crown as defenders of the faith. It is out on the 22nd of March through Soulseller Records.

Opener ‘Skull Splitter’ is a chugging, ferocious track layered with a classic thrash gallop, coated in a slimy blackened tar that adds a nice dose of savagery. Usurper’s main focus appears to be designed to thrash live pits to death, and their grasp of chunky riffing is unmatched. Imagine Unearth crossed with the rough edge of Skeletonwitch and you’ve about got it. The clattering title track definitely has a touch of Sodom about it, while the weird soloing howls spiralling through ‘Gargoyle’ keeps things interesting.

‘Lords of the Permafrost’ is an album made for those of us who still like to bang our heads with ease and not worry about esoteric concepts or overwrought atmospherics. This is thrashy heavy metal with the appropriate flourishes of darkness and carnage welded in, and it slays hard. Recommended.

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For a blackened thrash band to be reaching their 30th anniversary is impressive, and the 10th full length from Pennsylvanian legends Sathanas is cause for celebration. ‘Necrohymns’ is pretty much everything you have come to expect from these flagbearers, and it will be released in July on Transcending Obscurity Records, proving once again that label head honcho Kunal knows quality metal when he hears it.

After 30 years Sathanas don’t fuck around with pleasantries, diving straight in with the mid paced chug double whammy of ‘At the Left Hand of Satan’ and ‘Of Wrath and Hellfire’. The guitar tone is nasty, the vocals are savage, the streak of melody is epic. Sometimes blackened thrash can be all hundred-miles-an-hour battering with no substance underneath. Not ‘Necrohymns’. This is an album that appreciates the measured approach, where nuanced Immortal/mid-era Darkthrone meets the Bay area chug in a superb clash. The galloping ‘Harbinger of Death’ is magic, while the devastating ‘Sacramentum’ is a reminder that they might be older, but there’s no blunting of the edge.

‘Necrohymns’ is an old school extreme metal record, nothing fancy, nothing ‘trendy’, just a commitment to great songwriting, great riffs and a palpable authenticity that flows like lightning through each song. Sathanas are legends, but it is a truly justified tag. Time for some real recognition

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As you can tell by the album cover, Krossfyre’s ‘Burning Torches’ is a celebration of rabid, hyperspeed thrashy metal that is all about bullet belts, Satan and playing as fast as possible. Full of members of some of the Spanish underground’s most memorable bands (Graveyard, K√∂rgull the Exterminator, Morbid Flesh for example) ‘Burning Torches’ is a rampant debut from these Spaniards and thanks to Hells Headbangers we all get to hear it!

You’ve heard it all before but who gives a fuck, right? Metal is metal, and sometimes you just need that familiar boost of aggression and rage. When Krossfyre kick into ‘Fire Solution’, horns flail and heads bang with gusto. The grimy production helps to add an extra dose of nastiness into the tracks, while howling screams play over maddening solos. When a band draws back to classic Nifelheim and Bestial Mockery, you know that you’re going to be in for a treat, but Krossfyre have an undeniable METAL streak running through them, and that gives the melodies a little more pep. The infectious title track show exactly what I mean with its glorious solo.

Galloping thrash meets proto black metal aggression in an electric debut, full of energy and memorable hooks. Let Krossfyre into your life as this is a poison you’ll be glad to be infected by. Krossfyre are the black/thrash combo we’ve been looking for; a band that can actually inject melody without losing the fury within. ‘Burning Torches’ is fucking ace.

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A new band from an old hand, Affliktor is the work of Toby Knapp whose guitar work you’ll have heard spread across classic records like Onward’s ‘Evermoving’ or ‘Reawaken’. Affliktor is all about the old school blackened thrash riffs, and the simple fact that ‘Affliktor’ is the work of only one man is even more mindblowing. Transcending Obscurity are due to release this on the 20th of October.

The matching of a neoclassical guitar player and the traditionally one dimensional blackened thrash genre feels, at first, like it’ll never work. But Knapp’s fretwork is nothing short of mindblowing, and in fact imbues this record and style with a new impetus to be fresh and exciting. The blasting ‘Storm of Demogorgon’ is a defining moment for the record, and the following songs strive for the same excellence every time. Parts of the croaking ‘Born to the Breeder’ remind me very much of early Immortal, while the chunky ‘Burn the Earth’ is prime Sodom riffs coupled with an early Bathory attitude. The most exciting part of the whole record is how the essence of blackened thrash is captured within songs that are easily identifiable from each other.

This record is a blasting half hour of joyous, nasty as fuck thrash metal. Galloping like classic Exodus or Kreator, but delivered with a Venom sneer and scowl, ‘Affliktor’ is a record that is not to be trifled with. The snarling rage of ‘Planet Rogue’ is the highlight of a record full of high points; riffs galore and glorious thrashing sections are what Affliktor is all about!

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Hellripper - Coagulating Darkness

New Hellripper is front page news for me these days, and a brand new debut album is CAPITAL LETTERS news. This band have been kicking my ass for years now, and their debut is now upon us. More of the same catchy as hell blackened thrash chaos? Let’s hope so.

Opener ‘Bastard of Hades’ is that same, venomous Motorhead vibe that you’ve come to expect from Hellripper. Full throttle, energetic and raw but without losing any of that potent rock and roll base. ‘Annelise’ is more of the same, with lightning lead guitar lines flying from the frets while a propulsive drumming performance is frenetic. Rarely breaking a whipstrike speed, Hellripper tear through these eight tracks in no time, and the infectious melodies and awesome riffing demands you press repeat.

Be it the contagious ‘Black Invocation’ or the soloing frenzies of ‘Conduit Closing’, Hellripper have songs for the hardcore thrasher, the fan of the raw throat savagery and the hard rocker in us all. ‘Coagulating Darkness’ melts punkish attitude into Venom and Lemmy’s greatest riffs, then cranks the speed up 100% and lets fly. ‘From Hell’ alone is enough to sell this record to me, let alone the rest. This band forever embodies the sheer joy of heavy metal, and Hellripper deserve to get massive.

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There’s very little subtlety about an album called ‘Demonic Satanic’ is there? Swedish death/black/thrashers Mordant are following in the footsteps of some of their more illustrious countrymen by taking the black metal blueprint and increasing the thrash and death metals elements to create a beast of a record that inspires vigorous headbanging. It dropped late last year on To The Death Records!

Opener ‘Vengeance from the Dark’ is a ripping example of savage riffery piling up with a nasty, rusted edge. The production is a little dry and thin, but it gives an edge to the guitarwork, now more piano wire than barbed wire. The exuberance with which these thrashing tracks are spat out of this riff machine is infectious, particularly the inspiringly great ‘Evil Impalers’. When you can feel the Sodom influence creeping into many riffs, you know you’re in for a treat.

‘Demonic Satanic’ shreds with prodigious force, be it the arse tearing ‘Desecration from Hell’, or the gloriously fast ‘Screaming Souls’. Mordant are a band with a great reverence for the history of not only their brethren in Nifelheim etc but also the genre itself. ‘Demonic Satanic’ is full of great nods to the past, but is a record that is as cutting edge as you can get. Melody meets savagery in this awesome record, and you’ll not be disappointed.

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London based metallers Craven Idol have taken a very old school vibe for their second record, ‘The Shackles of Mammon’, where their blackened thrash sound meets the like of Bathory, Mercyful Fate and Venom in a cacophony of catchy as hell savagery. It is out in April through Dark Descent Records.

Opener ‘Pyromancer’ howls with maddening laughter and rapid fire soloing, while a resolutely old school thrash vibe propels us forward towards armageddon. Shrieking and growling in equal, gleeful abandon, vocalist¬† channels Cronos and the King. The gloomy grandeur of ‘A Ripping Strike’ builds with eastern melodies and percussive double kicks, before kicking in with more rapid fire riffing. What I really enjoy about Craven Idol is they don’t just feel like another copycat black/thrasher, but a proper NWOBHM band that filters their riffs through a grimy, tetanus laced filter.

That metaphor explains why their grim credentials are not lost when suddenly you feel totally absorbed in the melody and catchiness of ‘Hunger’, or the fierce gallop of ‘Dashed to Death’. This is a heavy metal band that happens to dabble in the extreme. A modern day Venom, except with better musicians and less originality. Craven Idol steal the crown of old school extremity, and their castle is built with the bones of the 80s. ‘The Shackles of Mammon’ is simply an excellent record full of damn good riffs and infectious songs, and we can all get involved with that.

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Image of BASTARDIZER - 'Enforcers of Evil'. (Australian Blackened Thrash Cassette)

I just got a hold of the rerelease of Australian blackened thrashers Bastardizer’s ‘Enforcers of Evil’ from Carvetii Productions, on a brand new shiny cassette no less! It seems that, outside South America, Australia seem to do the whole Bathory/Venom/Celtic Frost axis worship a great deal of credit, and Bastardizer are no exception.

This is a truly raging slab of blackened thrash metal, with the ethos summed up pretty accurately in the killer opener ‘Bastard, Bullets, Bitches and Beer’. Almost entirely forgetting anything was invented after about 1983, taking the Venom blueprint and dragging it south of Heaven,c ranking up the intensity and increasing the rawness tenfold. The savagely catchy ‘Bathory and Lust’, the rampant title track and the rough and ready ‘WWIII’ are all tremendous tracks and pay tribute to the vibrancy of the Australian scene.

The awesome, early Sodom riffs that populate ‘Eureka’ crop up many times, with a grim Teutonic flair shredding through ‘Pentagram of Pleasure’. Bastardizer strap Motorhead to Sarcofago and see what happens. Turns out what happens is infectious, rabid thrashing black metal that doesn’t rely on gimmicks, controversy or fashion. There’s a shit ton of bands like this out there, but none come close to the filthy fun that you get on this record. I fucking love it, and so should you!

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