Posts Tagged ‘Germany’

The second record from German sludge/doom band Turin Horse, ‘Prohodna’, follows last’s year’s debut ‘Uncleared’ with more thunderous riffing, oily atmospheres and a powerful vocal performance, but has it got what it takes to take Turin Horse out of the shadows? It is out now through the band’s Bandcamp page.

The churning, sludgey horrors of the title track immediately comes grinding forward, with shredded vocals roaring over a tar thick riff. Hypnotic dirges of nasty, blackened doom loom and lurch from the darkness, while ghostly clean guitar floats amongst the miasma, creating brief interludes of light and space. The majestic heave of ‘Every Seed Every Stone’ is glorious, while the dissonant ‘I Am the Pain’ adds a new, uncomfortable edge. The thick low end helps with the aural density and the visceral roars that accompany tracks like ‘A Hunger’ really add to the nastiness.

‘Prohodna’ is a thunderous, constant barrage of harsh vocals, churning EyeHateGod riffs and a poisonous, smoggy atmosphere. Turin Horse are violent, smothering and raw, and this record does everything to hit that home hard. There are a few moments of respite (the title track), but they are as dark and mesmerising as the brutality. I love this.

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This Dutch/German death metal squad contains members of the likes of Dimaeon and Fleshcrawl, and therefore their debut on Transcending Obscurity ‘Trinity of Deception’ is likely to savagely rip some heads off. It is due out in July, and is a ferocious addition to 2019’s death metal lists.

Churning carnage kicks this record off immediately with ‘Crucifixion of the Vanquished’, powered with the sounds of bloodthirsty crowds thunders from the speakers in a torrent of chainsawing death riffs. An example of a record that gets all its shit in then gets out before you could be tired of it, ‘Trinity of Deception’ is only twenty five minutes long but what a blast it is. The title track slips in some eerie samples, and the more said about the neck snapping ‘Days of Dread’ the better. But the whole album is best experienced in one go, rendering you numb with its fury. By the time ‘Tormentor’ drags you back to your grave, you’ll be sated.

There is always a fear that these records will become a bit samey. Burial Remains avoid that simply due to their riff variety. Be it crushing Autopsian death/doom or ravaging Dismember gallops, you’ll be hard pressed to not bang your head frequently. ‘Trinity of Deception’ is a clawing, visceral journey through the primal and focused world of modern old school death metal. Burial Remains leave no survivors, and while their work has plenty of subtle moments, it is mostly death of the most ancient kind. Excellent.

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The embryonic utterances from Germany’s Flame, Dear Flame have coalesced into their debut EP, ‘The Millennial Heartbeat’, coming out in early April as a self released piece. Under the smoke shrouded cover art you will find some epic, misted doom at work.

‘Part I’ oozes gloomily from your speakers, all groaning clean guitar melodies and fuzzed riffs, and a electrifying female lead vocal that will send shivers through you. A definite child of the occult rock influence upon doom in recent years, Flame, Dear Flame keep a grasp upon lumbering doom riffs as the anchor for their more esoteric moments. The ancient fingers of old Candlemass slither into sections of ‘Part II’, but there is a more morose element playing its part in the background here. A cold melancholy swept from the likes of My Dying Bride seeps in, condensing in the miserable triumph of ‘Part III’, which merges crushing riffs with haunting vocals to create a true sense of gloom.

‘The Millennial Heartbeat’ creaks and groans under the potential lurking here. The grasp of melody, the sweep of heft and delicate touches and the mesmerising vocal performance will leave you breathless. Flame, Dear Flame are a triumphant revelation, and I can’t recommend this more. Seriously. They made me not mind having to spell millennial wrong half a dozen times. GET THIS IMMEDIATELY!

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Vorga - Radiant Gloom

The debut EP of multinational melodic black metallers Vorga, ‘Radiant Gloom’ is a four track blast of warming black metal for these frigid winter nights. It has just been released independently, and is available through Bandcamp.

Opening track ‘The Black Age’ is a thick, chunky slab of blood-drenched black metal fury. Enschewing the standard feelings of ice and bleak coldness, Vorga attack with blood running from their mouths, fiery and primal in their assault. The production is rich, the musicianship is great and the riffing, while slightly derivative in places, has enough oomph behind it to put it above your carbon copy, cut and paste black metal band. ‘Argil’ has a thread of melody, running like a vein up a shredded arm, while the howl of ‘Divine’ has an intense gallop to it.

Closing with the vibrant thunder of ‘Hunger’, Vorga’s debut supplies you with plenty to be excited about. A black metal band not trying too hard to be kvlt and instead creating some great songs with a superb tone to them. This is hopefully going to lead to a bright future for them, and I look forward to more.

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Rising from the potent German black metal underground, Ysbryd keep flames of traditional black metal burning brightly with their debut full length, ‘Kraft’. Originally released last year in a limited cassette run, Purity Through Fire Records were so impressed they’ve given us a wider release, and it is out now.

After the cold opener ‘Diafol’, a gloom-sodden clean guitar melody, ‘Schmach und Schande’ is a miserable, ancient form of primal black metal that would please Bathory and Venom, while still oozing with frigid, black melodies. The haunting calm of ‘Im Kriege’ contrasts wonderfully with the crashing rattle of the blackened riffs cascading from ‘Ritual der Befreiung’, and there is no doubt that the sense of bleakness permeates every element of ‘Kraft’. This is a one man black metal record that isn’t a mere copy and paste black metal effort. The mind bending start to ‘Glanz und Gloria’ shows you how the paradigm can be contorted into new forms.

‘Kraft’ is a record that sticks to the traditional black metal tropes but executes them in a way that incorporates an otherworldly vibe at times and a wistful melancholy at others. A great debut record, and I look forward to see how the Ysbryd sound matures through their next release.

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Eremit - Carrier of Weight

If there’s one thing that challenges you as a music reviewer, it is seriously long tracks. How do you explain why a thirty minute track is great, or it isn’t, without waffling on for literally half an hour. Well, German sludge doom lords Eremit have challenged me here, with ‘Carrier of Weight’, three tracks of massive atmospheric doom clocking in at over an hour. It is out through Transcending Obscurity in February.

The best way to approach this for me is to imagine it as a soundtrack to a film I can’t see. Opener ‘Dry Land’ is 22 minutes, building from quiet contemplative notes and whispered vocals into vast, groaning riffs of doom. Funereal in its atmosphere, an oppressive heft pushes down upon you, while abyssal growls summon you to the depths. When the riffs vanish, the quiet is almost as weighty. Whatever film I’m imagining is suffocatingly dark, miserable and nihilistic. The shortest track is the second, ‘Froth is Beckoning’, and it has a much more traditional chug to it; almost fast paced compared with the glacial crush of closer ‘Cocoon of Soul’.

That is the pièce de résistance; a vast world of rain, earth quaking riffs and foreboding dark atmospheres. The fact that this is a debut record is absolutely brain melting, and as for my complaint at the top of this review, well frankly I could write a thesis on the majesty of this track. From the creaking wood at the start and the gentle ominousness of the acoustics it takes a full eight minutes before the heaviness appears and then wow. The roiling riffs are mesmerising, crashing off you the way waves crash against cliffs. This is enhanced even further by a droning, humming background swell that increases the scope even further. By the time it fades away to nothing, there’s not much of you left to enjoy it.

Wrapped in a stunning piece of artwork from artist Mariusz Lewandowski, Eremit’s work is a staggering paean to gloom. Misery engulfs you like pitiless rain, leaving you sodden with sadness and doom. Bands that have been doing this years can’t come up with stuff this good, and Eremit are just debuting their primordial crush here. ‘Carrier of Weight’ is glorious.

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The Malice - Lamashtu

Swedish/German death metal project The Malice’s second EP, ‘Lamashtu’ is named for a Mesopotamian demon of great malice (see what I did there?) and this four track EP is possessed of some pretty demonic death metal. It has been self released by the band through their Bandcamp, and is available now!

Opener ‘In the Light of Asag’ is a writhing beast of brutal blasting and chaotic riffing power. The Malice are very much a modern death metal band; where rawness has been replaced with a cacophonous and devastating heaviness. There are riffs spilling out like lava from the core of these tracks, from the crippling blasting of ‘The Pestilence of Ibra’ to the ravaging display of power in ‘The Nimrud Assignment’. Breaking up the carnage with subtle dashes of eastern instrumentation can only act as a distraction from the powerful death metal within.

‘Lamashtu’ summons the darkened powers of the elder gods and displays it all for us to see. The Malice are a killer band with some serious musical chops, and their modern death metal assault is music to the ears of anyone who loves the Black Dahlia Murder, or actually anyone who just really loves death metal.

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‘Beneath Ancient Portals’ is the full length debut of Abythic, and it follows the stunning ‘A Full Negation of Existence’, a demo that staggered me a few years ago. Blood Harvest are dropping this in May, and it fulfils the morbid promises of doom, death and destruction that the demo showcased.

The ‘Prelude to Obscurity’ is a grinding, crawling introduction to the tone of what Abythic bring to the fore. Howling solos slot into crushing riffs, before the devastation wrought by the intense ‘Purulent Phantom’ becomes apparent. Massive, old school death metal clashing with lumbering, doomy heaviness is a recipe for headbanging and invisible oranges! The title track is cavernous, mighty and vast with an oppressive darkness about it, summoning the eldritch murkiness of prime Autopsy or Grave to the surface. The vocals are appropriately brutal but don’t lack clarity, which almost adds a humanising touch to the miasmic rumble. There’s something human in this beast, crushing you for their own terrible purposes.

The focus of ‘Beneath Ancient Portals’ is the sheer heaviness of Abythic’s songwriting. It is intense, concentrating on an almost suffocating weight upon you as the likes of ‘T.H.O.N’ inexorably crushes you under its looming, groaning abyssal pressure. Abythic have probably made the heaviest record of 2018, and it is simply magical.

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‘The Secret Art’ is the sixth full length from Metamorphosis, a long running German atmospheric black/death metal band that has been going since 1994. ‘The Secret Art’ is the latest in a series of solid records by this one man set up, and they take much influence from Marduk, early Amorphis and even some early Paradise Lost. It is out now through Devil’s Ground Productions.

The opening title track builds with cold melody, while rough tremolo riffing cascades over harsh vocals and a more mid paced drumming. This isn’t your standard one man bedroom black metal set up; a beefy production injects body into the clattering carnage, but not so much as to lose that ‘kvlt’ edge that this genre so highly praises. Entwining ambient, instrumental passages in songs helps to set Metamorphosis apart, but the glorious savagery help them stand out. ‘Night on Bare Mountain’ is a striding icon of blackness, capturing a very early 90s European feel that continues throughout. The spoken word occultisms are also very cool, giving it a truly old school blackened death feeling.

The eerie tinkling chimes running through ‘God of the Dead’ is enough to make even the hardest of us feel uneasy and it is a trait that Metamorphosis keep running all the way through. Instrumentation and sounds appear and disappear, flickering throughout a black metal album of great songs and riffs. Simply doing these little cool things helps to make sure you won’t forget ‘The Secret Art’ any time soon.

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