Posts Tagged ‘Blood Harvest Records’

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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/

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LA death/thrashers Transcendence are due to release their debut full length later this year through Blood Harvest, so the label has released their late 2017 digital release ‘Hour of the Summoning’ on cassette in preparation. Hopefully the grimness rearing its head here bodes well for their full length!

As the title track hits you square in the face, you get a very proto-death metal feel like Possessed or very early Death. The gurgling vocals and double kicks drive this deep into death metal territory, but the killer solos betray that thrashy influence. ‘The Nocturnal Dwelling’ is a clattering death rattle, where blastbeats reign as a triumphant backdrop to some truly superb guitar work. If you don’t find yourself immediately air guitaring to the awesome start to ‘Mutilating Accursed Souls’, before banging your head in appreciation of the crushing primal death that follows, then frankly you are probably dead inside.

Transcendence have found and worshipped at the old altars of early death metal, where thrash was the main ingredient. Their death metal credentials are enhanced by the sheer raw brutality of some of these tracks, and ‘Hour of the Summoning’ is a tasty appetiser for what is to come. I look forward to more from these guys, as this is great stuff.

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https://www.facebook.com/transcendencedeathmetalofficial

http://www.bloodharvest.se/

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/hour-of-the-summoning

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Lurking deep in the Finnish underground, Black Mass Pervertor have a new record out at the moment through Blood Harvest Records called ‘Life Beyond the Walls of Flesh’, and it is another example of how vital and exhilarating digging into the obscure underground music scene can be. This is really old school black metal stuff!

‘Life Beyond the Walls of Flesh’ takes much influence from early Impaled Nazarene and Behexen, and opener ‘Imbibing the Seas of Darkness’ has a bestial, crawling rawness about it. The guitar tone is prime black metal, a buzzing drone coated in an oily atmosphere of dread that gets kicked up into high gear in the grinding ‘The Golden Spears’. Black Mass Pervertor don’t hang around; the seven songs here barely make up twenty minutes, but none of it is wasted movement. Their brand of black metal is fiery, bestial and ‘Unorthodox Methods of Magick’ summons a gloomy occultism too.

Ancient, traditional black metal magics rise from ‘Life Beyond the Walls of Flesh’, mixing Celtic Frost (complete with ‘uhhs’) and early Venom with a colder, more Finnish black metal attitude. Black Mass Pervertor are almost, well, fun, in a Satanic and evil sort of way. ‘Life Beyond the Walls of Flesh’ is grand, and you should make an effort to listen to this.

https://www.facebook.com/blackmassperv

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/life-beyond-the-walls-of-flesh

https://blackmasspervertor.bandcamp.com/

http://www.bloodharvest.se/

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Thai death metallers Shambles first appeared on my radar at the end of 2016 with their terrifying ‘Realm of Darkness Shrine’ full length (reviewed here), and now they have vomited forth more aural devastation in the form of their new record, ‘Primitive Death Trance’. Released in February on Blood Harvest, it is four more tracks of cacophonous carnage.

Opener ‘Daemon’ crawls forth from the sewage with a lumbering, sludgey evilness before kicking it up a gear. Layering the devastation with absolutely morbid vocals, Shambles are unbearably heavy and disgusting. Their music is about as DEATH/DOOM as there can be, rumbling primitive riffs and inhuman growls. ‘Dismal Pantheons’ is a wind tunnel of shambling, Autopsy worshipping, churning misery. Just when you feel that the riffs are scraping the bottom of the abyssal depths, they go deeper. This is the kind of metal that is birthed in the deepest recesses of the earth, where frothing magma meets the inexorable pressure of the ocean.

‘Primitive Death Trance’ is the kind of music that can define a genre. You won’t hear much this year that is heavier, more crushingly doom nor something that is so virulently savage and violent. This is no illusion of the void, you are staring directly into the black abyss and you are hearing the voices on what lies beneath. Unbelievably great stuff here, cannot recommend it enough.

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/primitive-death-trance

https://www.facebook.com/Shambles-635468059850975/?ref=ts

http://www.bloodharvest.se/

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‘Beneath Ancient Portals’ is the full length debut of Abythic, and it follows the stunning ‘A Full Negation of Existence’, a demo that staggered me a few years ago. Blood Harvest are dropping this in May, and it fulfils the morbid promises of doom, death and destruction that the demo showcased.

The ‘Prelude to Obscurity’ is a grinding, crawling introduction to the tone of what Abythic bring to the fore. Howling solos slot into crushing riffs, before the devastation wrought by the intense ‘Purulent Phantom’ becomes apparent. Massive, old school death metal clashing with lumbering, doomy heaviness is a recipe for headbanging and invisible oranges! The title track is cavernous, mighty and vast with an oppressive darkness about it, summoning the eldritch murkiness of prime Autopsy or Grave to the surface. The vocals are appropriately brutal but don’t lack clarity, which almost adds a humanising touch to the miasmic rumble. There’s something human in this beast, crushing you for their own terrible purposes.

The focus of ‘Beneath Ancient Portals’ is the sheer heaviness of Abythic’s songwriting. It is intense, concentrating on an almost suffocating weight upon you as the likes of ‘T.H.O.N’ inexorably crushes you under its looming, groaning abyssal pressure. Abythic have probably made the heaviest record of 2018, and it is simply magical.

https://www.facebook.com/Abythic/

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/beneath-ancient-portals

http://www.bloodharvest.se/

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Serpentrance have crawled from ancient Russian voids to belch forth their debut EP ‘The Besieged Sanctum’, first released in 2015, and now being rereleased by Blood Harvest Records. It’ll be out on the 10th November, and is probably one of the most devastating releases of 2017.

Opener ‘Sin’ is a growling, lumbering beast of horrendous black/death metal; riffs hewn from the abyss crash upon you while a fell voice utters atrocities that wind around blasting drums and crawling riffs. This trade off between ferocity and slow doomy passages gives way to fears of what these rituals will draw forth, especially with that toll of the bell at the start of the frantic ‘The Aphotic Temple’. Serpentrance are indeed like their name; a snake like entity that moves with dark grace but waits with evil intent to snag you and entrance your mind. Hypnotic dirges leave you little light or air to survive on, and the titanic miasma of ‘Among the Timeless Tombs’ is the high point.

‘The Besieged Sanctum’ is a piece of art; devastating extremity layered with massive low end, brutal vocals and a vibrant yet crushing riff set that will strike fear into the hearts of men. Serpentrance are chaos, death and abyssal evil, and this release is the epitome of those principles.

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-besieged-sanctum

https://www.facebook.com/Serpentrance-243700699154518/

http://www.bloodharvest.se/

A malignant and serpentine debut, ‘Staring Through the Veil’ is the first record from Cryptic Fog, a two man project that twists and melds the grand tradition of death metal from both sides of the Atlantic into new and abhorrent forms. Blood Harvest is releasing this at the end of October, and it looks to stake a place amongst the most uncomfortable records of 2017.

Progressive, twisting black metal with hints of death metal’s low end come through strong on crushing opener ‘The Grand Berator Walks Amongst the Hall of Misery”; you can feel moments of technical wizardry like Atheist meeting the labyrinthine riffing of Morbid Angel, wrapped within dark realms of suffering. Vocals belch from dank pits, while the deadly riffing spirals in multiple directions, never leaving too many breadcrumbs to follow. There are some proper Dismember worship moments in the stunning ‘Cursed Oil Upon the Abhorrent Idols of Men’, the horrendous violence of ‘Eternal Internment of the Prolific Paradigm; Staring Through the Veil of Aberration’ and the crushing, eldritch finale of ‘Cleansed by the Black Flame of Absolution’ are all great.

The ironically simple pleasure in such a complex and technical record is how you never lose interest, that Cryptic Fog are consistently shifting form and keeping your attention. There’s blasting, chugging Swedeath riffs, wailing solos and grinding brutality, all sewn together into a cohesive, virulent mass of death metal. ‘Staring Through the Veil’ is the archetypal look beyond, into worlds where death metal will grow in new ways.

https://www.facebook.com/CrypticFog/

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/staring-through-the-veil-12lp-cd-tape

http://www.bloodharvest.se/