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The hounds of war have been unleashed in the form of The Black Sorcery, a Canadian black/death machine of destruction whose debut record ‘And the Beast Spake Death from Above’ is another barrage in the unending war for extremity. It is out now on Krucyator Productions.

The opener ‘Ancient Dialects of Wind’ is one of the densest, nastiest sounding tracks I’ve had the pleasure of listening to this year. The vocals are bowel rattling, the riffing is ragged and raw and the atmosphere is one of dread and darkness. Add a maddening solo and some brutal drumming and this is an instant watermark. Guttural, brutal death metal vocals continue to stalk the whole record, through the pulsing ‘Frost Veined’ and the sadistic ‘Incursion’. In fact, ‘And the Beast Spake Death from Above’ is definitely one of the most intense records you’ll come across in 2018.

The Black Sorcery have delved deep into the darkest recesses of black/death metal to mine this particular seam, but the results are visceral; ravening like some monstrous beast, this is a record of malicious ideas and sickening brutality. So, pretty fucking excellent!

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Canada’s North Hammer are a one man project focusing on bringing us tales of mighty Vikings and northern battles through folk inspired melodic death metal. ‘Stormcaller’ is their debut record, and it is due out in just a few weeks on March 16th. If you like some epic, charging Amon Amarthisms, you’re going to have a field day with ‘Stormcaller’.

Opener ‘Avatar’ is exactly that; massive chugging riffs with killer melodies and throaty roars launch from their longboats, ready to cleanse the heathen lands in blood. North Hammer clearly know exactly which side their bread is buttered on, and make no apologies for the huge riffs that rain blows down upon us mere mortals. The anthemic ‘Magic Mead’ is reminiscient of Ensiferum at their most singalong, and the clattering swords of ‘Tip of the Spear’ makes for a fine battle hymn. The acoustic shades of the drizzly ‘Black Forest Rain’ is washed away by the glorious ‘Spellbinder’, weaving epic leads into a galloping brute of a track.

North Hammer hit all the right notes with ‘Stormcaller’, a strong and swift record full of great tracks and it leaves you invigorating and ready for anything. A record for axe swinging, mead swilling and blood spilling, ‘Stormcaller’ is one of the most fun and fist pumping records you’ll hear this year.

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‘Void Masquerading as Matter’ is mysterious Canadian trio Thantifaxath’s first release since 2014, and is another slab of bleak and dissonant black metal. Dark Descent Records are bringing this EP to us, and you can catch Thantifaxath on tour in Canada with Cruciamentum this month which sounds like a hellacious live apocalypse.

Opener, and superbly titled, ‘Ocean of Screaming Spheres’ is a burning torrent of black metal fire; relentless guitar work sprays dissonant riffs upon a scorched, heaving earth while blastbeats rain down. Eerie piano-led atmospherics provides respite, but not comfort from the onslaught and you’re left with a palpable sense of dread. ‘Self Devouring Womb’ opens with waves of dissonant guitar, building gradually under tortured screams into a hypnotic, throbbing beast. It builds and builds, never quite reaching the crescendo that you’re expecting, before the bottom drops out and quiet acoustica takes over in a jarring change of pace.

‘Void Masquerading as Matter’ is a disturbing record; dissonant black metal that never quite keeps to your expectations. It is that oddness, that otherworldly evil that pervades each track that keeps bringing me back to Thantifaxath. There’s a blackness about them that isn’t of this world, or even this space time. It makes their black metal both mentally jarring and terrifyingly dark at the same time. ‘Void Masquerading as Matter’ is one of the best and weirdest black metal records you’ll hear all year.

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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.

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Made up of current and former members of Revenge, Conqueror and Blasphemy, Death Worship are a terrifying proposition. Their ‘Extermination Mass’ EP is coming out on Nuclear War Now and looks to be probably one of the most savage releases of 2017.

The dust cloud rage of opener ‘Abomination Storm’ is oppressively dense, with brutally fast drumming and savage riffing layered with vomitous vocals, interspersed with a soulless, machine like thud. The waspish thrust of ‘Evocation Chamber’ and the groaning madness of ‘Holocaust Altar’ are new levels of darkness brought to life by this bestial, black metal horde. A relentless, all consuming aura of primal anger consumes each track; frenetic and violent is the path trod here.

Death Worship’s blackened rituals at the altars of chaos have conjured some excellent tunes here, from the brutal ‘Superion Rising’ to the hellacious maelstrom of ‘Desolation Summoning’. Without subjecting us to a tuneless wall of sound, Death Worship manage to squeeze the odd glimpse of melody into the carnage, and it really works. I look forward to more of this; submit to the chaos!

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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…

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Nova Scotia, Canada is one of the more remote parts of this world, and with the caveat of Canadian black metal firmly entrenched in the expectations of the new EP from Versifist, you cannot help but have high hopes for ‘Cypher’, brought to us by the unholy duo of Vault of Dried Bones and Iron Bonehead. A scathing pair of songs awaits us…

Swarms of riffage roar from first track ‘Bring Back the Dark’, while an uneasy atmosphere settles in. Punishing black metal blasting writhes within a deathly cocoon, showering your ears with molten fury. A cold, merciless attitude brings to mind Watain, while a decrepit aura shrouds each shriek. Second track ‘…In Tongues’ rises from its grave with insistent acoustic guitar; building the anticipation and the gloom. It morphes into this twisting, soaring slice of esoteric black metal that has this distorted, ugly beauty about it.

If you can find the time to drop the funds, get a hold of this 7” and support this band. Whatever is yet to come from them is going to be excellent if ‘Cypher’ is any indication. Raise thy horns.

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