Posts Tagged ‘Consouling Sounds’

Atmospheric black metallers Wiegedood return with the follow-up to their debut ‘De Doden Hebben het Goed’ with the cunningly titled ‘De Doden Hebben het Goed II’. These Belgians are crafting some of the most exciting black metal within the atmospheric lexicon, and ‘…II’ looks to continue that reputation. It is out already on Consouling Sounds.

Opener ‘Ontzielling’ tears from the speakers, with an intense fury that hides a deft melodic touch within. It soon opens up into a bleak, vast landscape, with the howling riffs a scything wind, cutting through the air. The haunting guitar work at the start of ‘Cataract’ begins what is my highlight of the entire album; a monstrous ghostly beast that builds from a shimmering height to blast down upon us like icy hail. The dynamic shifts are phenomenal, when gloomy tones are blown away by flames of black metal proper.

The winding, labyrinthine title track leads onto raging closer ‘Smeerkble’ that takes the album to it’s logical conclusion. Spacious, yet playing suitable tributes to the blackness of old, Wiegedood have hit upon a perfect formula for modern black metal. Savage, yet measured, bleak yet uplifting. Cold yet blazing with glory. ‘De Doden Hebben het Goed II’ is a triumph of black metal!



Belgian noise terrorists Deuil, bringers of doom in the form of blackened sludge ritual, have released ‘Shock/Deny’, their new two track, 30 minute sonic annihilation. A dark amalgamation of black, doom and sludge, ‘Shock/Deny’ is a beast to be reckoned with.

First track, ‘Shock’, lurches from the gate with a menacing hiss and a crawling riff. Rasping shrieks accompany the atonal rumble, underpinned by powerful, dense drumming. There’s forays into blasting black metal fury, reminscient of some of Wolves in the Throne Room’s more savage moments. Icy tremolo scythes through the thick atmosphere, making the transition back to creeping sludge even more jarring when it comes. This is dark, twisted stuff that is just excellent.

Final track ‘Deny’ continues this heritage, an intensely bleak delivery that will please fans of both sludge and black metal. A true hybrid, Deuil work the crushing nihilistic bent of sludge with the primal viciousness of cold black metal, leaving a charred husk. A thing of ugly beauty, ‘Shock/Deny’ should be on anybody’s list who enjoys dark music. Unforgiving, bleak and undeniably evil, Deuil hit the coffin nail on the head right here.