Posts Tagged ‘Blood Harvest Records’

The physical release of the debut recording by California duo Draghkar is a monstrous slice of death metal with more than a dash of suffocating doom about it. Blood Harvest is bringing us this cassette, and despite there only being three tracks leaves you no doubt of what horrendous violence is yet to come. Miasmic, murky and magical, due to drop on the 6th of October.

Opener ‘Wings Over Malkier’ has a demonic, driving quality about it that revives ancient spirits of Autopsy and gurgling Finnish death metal and soaking it in one of the murkiest guitar tones I’ve ever heard. It is devastating, ugly greatness and instantly sets a high bar for the rest. The rest, of course, meets that expectation without issue, with the rabid savagery of ‘Cowering in the Town of Blinded Eyes’ piling bodies in its wake and the cavernous crush of the title track dragging us to our inexorable end.

God this tape is fucking astounding. No more than 10 minutes of some of the greatest, nastiest death metal you’ll hear this year. Keeping death metal ugly, underground and disgustingly brutal, Draghkar will become your new favourite band. As they fucking should.

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/world-unraveled-mc-2

https://www.facebook.com/DraghkarBand/

http://www.bloodharvest.se/

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Cosmic Void Ritual - The Excreted Remains of the Sabatier System

American death spouter Cosmic Void Ritual are here to drain you of your life energy with their new cassette ‘The Excreted Remains of the Sabatier System’. The work of one mysterious individual, Cosmic Void Ritual have got a very early 90s sound, combined with labyrinthine song structures and unusual timings, creating something dark and disturbing. It’s out 6th October via Blood Harvest Records.

The savage ‘Leaking Alien Sacrelige’ opens this tape with chainsawing riffs and an incomprehensible grunting roar. Death metal is heading more and more into this dark path, where odd atmospherics pervade the space behind riffs. Production values sound worse, but are actually better at conveying the nastiness in each song. A magma like flow of dissonant death riffs spill over through the relentless ‘The Fall…Relic Death Spells…’, and while the underpinning riffs bring to mind Autopsy, Dismember and the like, the strange notes lurking in the background are a little more Gorguts.

I’m not sure what the Sabatier System is, but if this tape is a record of a dying planetary system somewhere in the voids of the universe, then I can see that. Otherwordly, violent and manic, Cosmic Void Ritual sound cavernous, and their rituals are conjuring up something quite, quite mad. Excellent stuff, grab it when it comes out!

https://cosmicvoidritual.bandcamp.com/

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-excreted-remains-of-the-sabatier-system-mc

http://www.bloodharvest.se/

A deathly power trio from Indiana, Desekryptor’s follow up to their 2016 demo is the ugly and barbaric ‘Chasm of Rot’. Blood Harvest has spat this 18 minute fireball of ugliness out on cassette, and it drives a tattered, bloodied flag into the ground to proclaim Desekryptor as the latest pretenders to the throne of true, nasty, death metal. It is out now!

Opener ‘Serpentine Scourge’ is some relentless, nasty shit. Like being worked on by a surgeon with rusty tools and a sadistic streak, Desekryptor slash and rip at your senses leaving blood and foul rot behind. Crushing doomy underpins the brutality of the title track, which is rivalling the best songs I’ve heard all year so far. It is sludgy, savage and devastatingly heavy. Organismacide’ features the same ragged, raging fury; Desekryptor really grasping the blade and getting straight to the heart of death metal’s magic.

Closing with the rumbling ‘Apocalyptic Funeral Trance’, ‘Chasm of Rot’ is a precursor of terrible things to come from this band. Like a warped beast rising from the murk, Desekryptor are going to be the end of this world as we know it. ‘Chasm of Rot’ is merely a manifesto for the damned souls left behind.

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/chasm-of-rot-tape

https://desekryptor.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/desekryptor/

Porta Daemonium - Serpent of Chaos

Chilean blackened death metallers Porta Daemonium have long been hidden away from us through self released digital recordings but no longer! Blood Harvest are bringing us their debut full length ‘Serpent of Chaos’ on vinyl, and what a fearsome slab of South American extremity it is…

Opener ‘Zazas Zazas Nasatanada Zazas’ (a phrase meant to open the gates of Hell) certainly does, with haunting growls lurking within hellish murk, before the howling frenzy of ‘Via Sinistra’ comes roaring behind. A molten beast of darkness and rage, Porta Daemonium have an impressive density to their music, and a threatening buzz to their guitar tone as well that reminds me of old Swedish death metal. Unstoppable percussive force powers the visceral ‘The Blood of the Dark Madness’, while ancient Immolation-isms weave their way through the brutal ‘To the Left of God’.

‘Serpent of Chaos’ is as cutting edge an old fashioned death metal record as you can get. The musicianship is amazing, the atmosphere is nasty and the authenticity is spot on. Ferocious in execution, yet barely derivative and packed with insane moments of brutality, Porta Daemonium may have become my new favourite death metal band of 2017, and ‘The Apep’s Chaotic Dreams’ takes heaviness to new lows. Worship the ancient ground this beast walks upon, for you are not worthy of their gifts.

https://www.facebook.com/portadaemonium666/

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/serpent-of-chaos-12lp

http://www.bloodharvest.se/

Contaminated - Final Man

The twisted, Lovecraftian nightmare that graces the cover of the debut record by sickening Australian death metallers Contaminated pretty much sums up the music to be found within. Contaminated have been a force on the Australian underground for a few years now, with some brutal demo tapes appearing but Blood Harvest have brought us the culmination of those early efforts, ‘Final Man’, out in June.
Opening with a wall of death metal fury that wouldn’t sound out of place on an early Suffocation album, ‘Squalid Survival’ sets the stage nicely for the carnage to come. The guitar tone is dense, the riffs hard, sludgy and non technical and the vocals are the belchings of the void. ‘No Time to Rot’ channels the ancient, dying spirits of 90s Finland, and ‘Boneless Mass’ slays with ragged weaponry. Contaminated play to all the strengths of old school death metal, and avoid the pitfalls of repetitiveness. ‘Co-opted into Worthless Sludge’ is one of the nastiest, heaviest things I’ve heard all year.
It isn’t difficult to find bands that play this kind of death metal these days, but it is difficult to sort through the sludge to find the good ones. Contaminated are dynamic, vibrant in their execution and downright ugly in their tone. ‘Final Man’ is an energetic, riff filled monster that chews most bands up in its wake, standing high atop the mangled corpse to reign supreme.

I reviewed Tomb Mold’s demo ‘The Bottomless Perdition’ last year, and it left me positively salivating for their upcoming debut full length on Blood Harvest Records. Their demo was an ancient, moss covered tribute to 90s Finnish death metal, and ‘Primordial Malignity’ takes this Canadian duo down deeper and darker paths towards to the eldritch core of a morbid earth.

From the gloomy hum of the intro to the first track, an earth rumbling roar of primitive death metal sends tremors along the faultlines of your brain. Cavernous vocals belch mighty roars intot he void, while the sickening guitar tone takes cues from Dismember, Demigod, Convulse and the likes. An ancient evil stalks the melody lines of these songs, like the eerie ‘Bereavement of Flesh’, scouring for victims. Like the inexorable crawl of death itself, Tomb Mold lurch towards you with claws outstretched, ready to tear you apart.

The title track is a foul frenzy of skull fracturing chaos, while the apocalytic crush of ‘Merciless Watcher’ takes my favourite track award. Tomb Mold’s death metal is at once both a tribute to the classic Scandinavian scenes and a modern ‘old school death metal’ classic. There’s nothing ‘bandwagon jumping’ about it. There’s nothing even remotely phoned in. ‘Primordial Malignity’ FEELS real, it FEELS like an ancient evil waiting to be unleashed. Tomb Mold have an authenticity about them that is addictive and horrifying. ‘Primordial Malignity’ is the future of death metal; heavy as fuck and dark as night…

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/primordial-malignity-12lp-cd

http://www.bloodharvest.se/

Tomb Mold - The Bottomless Perdition

Tomb Mold are another Canadian death metal band that have both a lot of potential and a lot of love for the Finnish classics. ‘The Bottomless Perdition’ is a mere taste of what is to come from this duo, with a full length due out from Blood Harvest Records hopefully soon. Never has death felt so alive…

‘(Regions of Sorrow) Intro/Demon’ opens with an ominous drone, a primal vibration of the bones before a nasty riff slashes into your consciousness. A guttural riff that instantly conjures up the bloodstained crawl of Autopsy, which flails and rumbles with primitive fury. Like a force of nature, the deathly howl flows like a fell wind through a dark valley. Corpses line that valley, victims of Tomb Mold’s awesome assault. The skull rattling ‘Gates of Bereavement’ and the furious ‘Valley of Defilement’ is no frills, no bullshit death metal carnage, unhinged and with the sickest of guitar tones.

The thudding closing title track has some of the best, cavernous vocals on the whole release. Blood Harvest have found a raw gem here, and I’d suggest only the merest of polishing is required, because Tomb Mold’s ancient, morbid frenzy is simply fucking great.

http://tombmold.bandcamp.com/releases

http://www.bloodharvest.se/

http://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-bottomless-perdition-tape