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This striking French black metal debut from Infernal Blast is  a torrent of violent, dark war metal. ‘Wolves Elitism Speech’ has no agenda other than to tear you apart from the ears down, and is another example of how far one man bands have come from badly produced bedroom acts. The cassette is out on 17th November through War Arts Productions.

Opener ‘Destruction Process’ is a vicious, barrelling nightmare of a track, with an eruption of blastbeats peppering a murky and dense guitar attack. This style continues undaunted throughout, from the carnage of the short ‘No Redemption No Remorse’ to the unremitted barbarism of ‘Wolf Hunting’. There isn’t a lot of room for variation but in a seventeen minute release you don’t need it. The creepy samples provide respite enough between the kind of metal that personifies how life is going; bleak, barbaric and dehumanising. ‘Wolves Elitism Speech’ has no care for you, it merely provides a dirty window into our future.

Infernal Blast have a bright future. Well, bright like a nuclear holocaust bright, as their music is apocalyptic, visceral and comes from the primal instincts of man for violence and savagery. ‘Wolves Elitism Speech’ claws and slavers at you, and it is ready to be unleashed on the wider world.

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French black metallers Abduction have returned after a long absence from the scene with their debut full length ‘Une Ombre Régit Les Ombres’. First coming on the scene in 2006, their debut demo in 2010 garnered a lot of interest, and finally the Dissection-inspired monster is ready to strike. It’s out now on Finisterian Dead End Records.

After the ghostly, acoustic intro, first track proper ‘Naphtalia’ hits instantly with sharp, savage riffing that oozes an insistent, dark energy. Melancholic atmospherics soak within each barbed riff and it shifts dynamically from gloomy clean sections to howling black metal rage. The shift is effortless; feeling like a natural transformation rather than forced. The songwriting is complex, mature and creates a free flowing record full of delicacy and feral rage. It is a balance that many bands strive for these days in black metal but few achieve.

Abduction paint with deft strokes, a thrilling nihilistic pallete full of powerful double kicks and savage riffing, but also trembling serenity. Eerie clean guitar sections haunt the serpentine closer ‘L’Enlèvement D’Automne’, and the likes of ‘Les Frissons Des Cimes’ is gloriously dark, but the title track takes my pick for top track here. Abduction soar with this record, delicate acoustics drifting like snowflakes in between blizzarding hails of scalding black metal fury. Stunning record

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French underground death metallers Ritualization have deigned us worthy to receive their debut record in early February next year, courtesy of the good folks over at Iron Bonehead. They’ve been honing their skills for a decade now, so let us open the crypt and see what crawls out!

After the threatening ‘Conjuring of the Howling Depths’, the crunching brutality of ‘Last Rites to the Damned’ strikes with lethal force, drawing influence from the flailing chaos of Angelcorpse, or the fiery rumble of Immolation. ‘Sacraments…’ is a relentless, savage beating, with an almost blackened tone to parts of it. Blasphemous riffs cut ‘The Graveyard Coven’ to pieces like a rusty machete, with a ferocity and single minded intent that I particularly enjoy. If you like what Belphegor have done with death metal, you’re gonna really dig this record.

The menacing assault of ‘The Herald of Betrayal’ is my own highlight, with a kind of Asphyx groove meeting a rampant Deicide battering. Ritualization’s death metal is utterly unstoppable, and they aren’t afraid to throw in some tech death fretwork wizardry. The frenetic pace and constant barrage of riffing is, at times, overwhelming, and you’ll need to get a mop after listening to ‘Morbid Magick Stigmata’, becuase your brain will melt out your ears.

This is, simply put, an excellent record. Ritualization barely let up for the full forty plus minutes, and when they do it is merely to let you catch your breath before this death metal juggernaut kicks in again. Brutally heavy and punishingly fast, ‘Sacraments for the Sons of the Abyss’ is a mighty statement of intent.

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Cadaveric Fumes - Dimensions Obscure

Sickening French death metal is the order of the day here from Cadaveric Fumes, whose new EP ‘Dimensions Obscure’ belches from your speakers like a Lovecraftian horror from the outer galaxies. It’s out now on Blood Harvest Records on 12″ vinyl and as a digital download.

Opener ‘Crepuscular Journey’ leads out with a hanting piano, before a crash of guitar and a churning death metal assault begins. Dark, dense and impenetrable in parts, Cadaveric Fumes create a swirling void of brutality that sucks you into madness. ‘Extatic Exirpation’ is a bit like if Bolt Thrower did a split with Atheist; strange spacey prog moments meet a devastating rumble of death. Cadaveric Fumes take your standard death metal ideas and approach them from a new angle, coming at them from those obscure dimensions and injecting their riffs with tones that are not of this world.

Cadaveric Fumes come from the place evoked in ‘Where Darkness Reigns Supreme’; the swirling void outside time and space, where death metal is pulled and twisted in all directions. The haunting piano returns, bookended by churning miasma. By the time closer ‘Swallowed into Eternity’ comes to a close, your mind will be muddled, thoughts turning to eldritch insanity and fingers reaching towards the play button, eager to delve into this madness once more. Excellent stuff!

https://cadavericfumes.bandcamp.com/

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https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dimensions-obscure-12mlp

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French experimentalists Aluk Tolodo dropped their latest release, ‘Voix’, in February this year on Norma Evangelium Diaboli in Europe, and it is one of those albums that explores metal as a concept of sound. Fully instrumental, enigmatic song titles merely telling you their length: it comes across immediately that this isn’t going to be an instant fix.

The opener ‘8:18’ is an urgent piece of almost post rock, with a menacing undertone to it. It is building to something, something you can never quite reach, with insistent melodies reaching, grasping upward. The second part shimmers with a glacial, black metal tremolo riff  before descending into a rumbling, tribal place. ‘Voix’ (ironically French for voices) is a flowing piece, split into six tracks but essentially one long 43 minute track. This helps the music a lot because it feels like one long journey.

It is a trance inducing experience, each listen revealing new sounds, notes, tones behind the octopian drumming performance and malevolent drone. There are quieter moments (two minutes into ‘7:01’), moments of obtuse noise intervals, and no small amount of progressive, psychedelic influence. ‘Voix’ is a record that would be ruined with vocals, as the purely instrumental methods allows you to embrace every sound, every texture. Aluk Tolodo have created a piece of musical art here; difficult to process at first but infinitely rewarding with patience.

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French black metallers Manzer have some big shoes left for them by their fellow countrymen when it comes to black metal. Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord essentially rewrote all those black metal rules, and either Manzer will attempt to follow and fail, or charge their own bloody path for success. ‘Beyond the Iron Portal’ is out now on Legion of Death Records, and brings a dark edge to rampant heavy metal goodness.

Boy do Manzer charge. This is classic first wave black metal mixed with dashes of classic metal showmanship, wrapped within a bloody, barbed wire ferocity. There’s dashes of Mercyful Fate, from the wailing leads of the intro ‘Open the Portal’ straight into the galloping ‘Torment of the Strix’. It’s like we got stuck in 1984 and there’s been nothing since. It’s a fucking awesome trip back in time to when songs were catchy and still necro and true. The insatiable ‘Vesiagal Damnation’ has the most air guitaring solo I’ve heard in ages, and the leads on many of the songs are stunning. I want to single out the intro to ‘890’ as a particular highlight, although the excellently titled ‘Nuclear Necropolis’ pushes it close.

‘Beyond the Iron Portal’ is one of my favourite records this year. The songs are catchy as fuck, the guitar work is awesome and the vintage feel is totally infectious. Fans of early In Solitude, Mercyful Fate and simply great heavy metal with a blackened rawness to it will love this shit. Count me fucking in!

http://www.legionofdeathrecords.com/

If you are French, and you play death metal, you have two huge pinnacles to strain for; Gojira and Gorod. One redefines heaviness every time they write music, and the other is becoming slowly more respected as a technical death metal juggernaut. Post Mortem have been around a long time, since 1995 in fact, but ‘God With Horns’ marks their debut album, and what a revelation it is.

After the swelling, electronic intro track, you are hurled headlong into a brutally heavy maelstrom of dense death metal. ‘Spine Trophy’ is intense, crushing and yet insidiously catchy. The riffing is thick and chunky, with no small thrash influence, and you can also feel dashes of Bolt Thrower or Asphyx’s grinding heaviness (particularly the propulsive ‘Industrial Aborting Process’). That’s not to say that there isn’t dashes of melodies, or even almost clean vocals (like in the excellent ‘Rules of Death’), but your essential notes need to read ‘steam rolling death metal with excellent riffing’.

I think my favourite track here is ‘Eat the Cadaver’. The double kicks are endless, the vocals have this awesome, flesh tearing howl to them, and every riff has this innate headbangability to them. But that same feeling applies to many of the tracks here. Post-Mortem have got a chunky, thrashy sound that retains plenty of melody within the relentless punishment. ‘God With Horns’ is a great record with some of this year’s contenders for death metal song of the year, including the earth shaking title track. An album to be played repeatedly and loud, so that every brick in your house feels the sheer power of French death metal at its most primal.

https://greatdanerecords.bandcamp.com/album/god-with-horns

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