Posts Tagged ‘Cassette’

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/

The beautiful stark red of this cassette cover is instantly striking, and Atra Mors do the same with their music. A part of the blackened hordes of Cumbria, in Northern England, ‘Cloaked in Shadow’ marks their debut full length, and the cassette I have got from Carvetii Productions is simply awesome. I cannot say it enough times, this is a tape label that never fails to impress.

Opener ‘Fog of Ruin’ pulses with a dark energy, writhing in tremelo riffing and harsh screams. ‘Cloaked in Shadow’ is just that; layered with a shadowy atmosphere that enhances the gloomy chords within. The haunting ‘Spirits of the Darkwood’ and the menacing ‘Undead Lust’ conjure the spirits of Mayhem and Xasthur, while the shrieking ‘Vomit Black Blood’ is enough to run shivers though your body. Black metal feels alive and kicking when in the hands of this band. There’s hints of Satanic Warmaster lurking in here too, particularly in the ghostly ‘Snow Falls Upon a Wretched Tomb’, with the moody synths lurking in the background.

I sit listening to this album while rain beats against my window. This feels like a record enshrouded by miserable, cold rain that incessantly grasps you in its cold embrace. Personified by the bleak cold hatred of ‘Amidst Rotting Wood I Reach My End’, Atra Mors weave savage black magic throughout ‘Cloaked in Shadow’, drawing much inspiration from raw black metal legends but becoming something more. Something visceral, thrilling and inherently black.

https://www.facebook.com/legionsovdarkness/

https://legionsovdarkness.bandcamp.com/album/cloaked-in-shadow

http://carvetiiproductions.bigcartel.com/

https://carvetiiproductions.bandcamp.com/album/cloaked-in-shadow

UK black metallers Pale Mist have come from out of nowhere for me, but their new release on cassette, ‘Spreading My Wings into the Abyss that Calls’, is a proud new member of my collection thanks to the good folks at Heidenwut Productions. This is an archetypal black metal release, but one that balances the atmospheric requirements with an almost lunatic delivery at times. Atmospheric as fuck, Pale Mist deliver.

The aching tremolo of ‘Through the Thick Fog of Misery and Woe’ drifts from your speaker, leaving a trail of frost behind it. Pale Mist are definitively bleak and ghostly. Building anticipation for inevitable blizzard conditions is something that black metal thrives upon, and Pale Mist have nailed it as the torrent of blackened majesty that is ‘Spreading My Wings into the Abyss that Calls’ begins. Maddening shrieks spill from icy riffs and gloomy walls of sound.

But the centrepiece is the epic caldera of ‘Embraced by the Pale Mist’, that spews volcanic riffage upon us all before the wistful gaze of ‘Gazing, Opening the Barriers’ provides a welcome calm spot, laced with melancholic clean guitar. Closing with the bleak ‘The Welcoming Glow of the Moon’ that spirals into the wilderness, Pale Mist are seriously impressive, and this release is an opening into a world of ice and darkness.

https://palemist.bandcamp.com/album/spreading-my-wings-into-the-abyss-that-calls

https://www.facebook.com/palemistofficial/

https://www.facebook.com/heidenwutproductions/

Shrine of the Serpent first lurked upon my radar with their awesome self titled EP in 2015. They’ve returned with a new split cassette with Black Urn, a band I have had no prior knowledge of but will definitely be tracking after this. The split is over 30 minutes of harrowing death/doom, with each band contributing two tracks each. It is available now through Bandcamp.

Opening with Shrine of the Serpent’s ‘Desecrated Tomb’, which is brutally heavy and slow. Like the heaving of tectonic plates, Shrine of the Serpent immediately reintroduce themselves as one of the heaviest outfits on the planet. Guttural roars compliment dragging riffs, all suffocating under a leaden atmosphere. ‘Catacombs of Flesh’ is just about as unbearably heavy, pushing down upon you with terrible, devastating darkness.

Black Urn’s side of the split crushes with the morbid crawl of ‘My Strength Lies on Heavenless Plains’, which builds from murky depths into a black metal influenced tremolo roar. Thunderous, molten riffs pour from aching speakers while tortured screams yearn for freedom. It is staggeringly heavy, and sets a new watermark for the music here. They close us down with the AIC Cover, ‘Junkhead’, which injects an entirely new menace into the grunge classic.

Probably one of the best splits I’ve come across in recent memory, both Shrine of the Serpent and Black Urn have really hit it out of the park on this one. Find a copy of it soon before they all disappear!

https://shrineoftheserpent.bandcamp.com/album/shrine-of-the-serpent-black-urn-split

https://caligarirecords.bandcamp.com/album/split-2

https://www.facebook.com/blackurn/

https://www.facebook.com/ShrineoftheSerpent/

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Greek death metallers Gravewards have dropped their debut EP ‘Subconscious Lobotomy’ on cassette tape, and it is four tracks of brutality conjuring the spirits of Morbid Angel, Obituary and even little dashes of Scandinavian nastiness too. If rabid darkness is your thing, then you’ll find a lot to enjoy here.

‘Casket Entrapment’ opens with a gloriously old school riff before a pained roar shattered the air guitaring calm. The chugging riffs are particularly good, but the real highlights are the mounrful melodies tucked behind the ferocity. There’s something a little dark, a little sad looming behind the towering ‘Crawling Chaos’, while the scathing title track draws inspiration from the void of Floridian death strongly. Vocally there’s a lot going on, with more standard growls interchanging with gurgling belches in places.

By the time the frantic ‘Deathwomb Incubation’ brings us to a juddering halt, it is clear that Gravewards are going to be a fun prospect for the future. Their brand of death metal has all kinds of nuances to look for but most importantly it is heavy as fuck, and will leave you broken but demanding more!

https://www.facebook.com/Gravewards/

 

Sadly the death of Acid Goat has come before I really even discovered them, but thankfully Carvetii Productions have dropped both of their releases as a compilation cassette and what a fine piece of merchandise it is. Almost an hour of sublime, stoner doom is about to bulldoze you here, so sit back and enjoy the punishment.

It opens with the four tracks from their ‘Acid Goat’ debut, and the thunderous ‘Demonstash’ which groans and lumbers its way under the stress of awesome Sabbathian riffs. There’s an inherent menace lurking within the thick basslines of ‘Nosferatu’, which sways with malicious intent. That insatiably evil groove is a common theme within the entirety of this release; a rumbling highlight being the visceral Pink Floyd cover ‘Another Brick in the Wall Part 2’. The second part of the tape is Acid Goat ‘II’, a more self assured evolution of the dense groove of the first demo but with a more raw edge.

There’s a little Sabbath, a little EyeHateGod, a healthy dose of Electric Wizard darkness (especially in the mourning melody of ‘Sacrament’) and no lack of herbal influence all the way through this release. I’m glad, even if they’re gone, that I got to experience the groove, the soul and the heaviness of Acid Goat. If you’ve ever enjoyed a slow and heavy as fuck riff storm, then this is for you. Highlights for me are the tectonic opener and the moody closer ‘Brazen Bull’, which drags us off into the sunset perfectly. Get it as soon as possible!

https://www.facebook.com/acidgoatband/

https://acidgoat.bandcamp.com/

http://carvetiiproductions.bigcartel.com/store