Posts Tagged ‘Hell’s Headbangers’

As you can tell by the album cover, Krossfyre’s ‘Burning Torches’ is a celebration of rabid, hyperspeed thrashy metal that is all about bullet belts, Satan and playing as fast as possible. Full of members of some of the Spanish underground’s most memorable bands (Graveyard, Körgull the Exterminator, Morbid Flesh for example) ‘Burning Torches’ is a rampant debut from these Spaniards and thanks to Hells Headbangers we all get to hear it!

You’ve heard it all before but who gives a fuck, right? Metal is metal, and sometimes you just need that familiar boost of aggression and rage. When Krossfyre kick into ‘Fire Solution’, horns flail and heads bang with gusto. The grimy production helps to add an extra dose of nastiness into the tracks, while howling screams play over maddening solos. When a band draws back to classic Nifelheim and Bestial Mockery, you know that you’re going to be in for a treat, but Krossfyre have an undeniable METAL streak running through them, and that gives the melodies a little more pep. The infectious title track show exactly what I mean with its glorious solo.

Galloping thrash meets proto black metal aggression in an electric debut, full of energy and memorable hooks. Let Krossfyre into your life as this is a poison you’ll be glad to be infected by. Krossfyre are the black/thrash combo we’ve been looking for; a band that can actually inject melody without losing the fury within. ‘Burning Torches’ is fucking ace.

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South American two man project of black/death metal? Man, it’s such a cliche but with that mere description you just KNOW it’s gonna kick ass. It might be derivative, it might even suck, but that kind of tag line will always make me pay attention. Hades Archer are from Chile, and their ‘Temple of the Impure’ record is a fire breathing explosion of nasty riffs and boiling hatred. Due out in October on Hells Headbangers, it is time for violence.

Unholy incantations lead us into the storming ‘Chaos Teratosis Chimeras’, in which torrents of blastbeats pour from the speakers while the more measuredly vicious ‘The Gods Sold This World from Destruction’ is a swaying, hypnotic second wave black metal classic in modern dressings. There are some delightful moments of pure musical greatness lurking amongst the murk of Temple of the Impure’, where you just break out into a smile at how cool that little melody was (‘Hecate Undressed’) or how visceral some of the riff and vocal combinations feel (‘Apollyon’s Brightness’).

‘Temple of the Impure’ is an album that challenges perception of what South American black/death is supposed to sound like. Not only comfortable at 100mph, it is in fact their more measured and doomier moments that are the highlights, and Hades Archer stand above such one dimensional cliches now. ‘Temple of the Impure’ is a record that everyone should drop before and worship, for in this darkness is greatness.

https://hadesarcher.bandcamp.com/

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One of the very first American black metal bands, Summon’s classic debut ‘Dark Descent of Fallen Souls’ is being released on vinyl for the first time by Werewolf Records in collaboration with Hells Headbangers. Originally released in 1997 into a world sodden in American death metal, Summon’s stride towards the blacker world was brave yet done with foresight. Due out at the start of September, it is time to be reacquainted with an old friend…

After the suitably medieval synth intro, the savagery and primal 90s feeling is immediately in place with the title track. You can feel the influence of the likes of Mayhem, Marduk and the like on the fuzzy, burning riffs and the manic rasping screams. ‘Eve of Anti-Creation’ is a beautifully blasphemous ode to the black metal of old, of the frozen North, and it feels like a welcoming embrace. An embrace of studded leather and inverted crosses, but you get my meaning. A feeling of cold familiarity smothers you during the harsh ‘Under the Midnight Shadows’, and the olden black magicks arise once more in the haunting ‘Beyond the Gates of Storm’.

Summon are a band I’ve been familiar with but never had a chance to fully embrace. The rerelease of this allows me, and more like me to really reconnect with a USBM legend, whose legacy should never be forgotten. ‘Dark Descent of Fallen Souls’ is a ghostly, traditional masterpiece of purest black fucking metal, and it is glorious to behold.

https://werewolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dark-descent-of-fallen-souls

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Cultes des Ghoules - Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Love

Cultes Des Ghoules are one of those bands that come along but once in a lifetime, and these Polish black metallers have stepped up their game on their magnum opus ‘Coven’. A massive, double disc album running over an hour and a half of supreme evil and oddness, Cultes Des Ghoules are changing black metal as we know it, creating unsettling and ritualistic black magic that is hypnotising.

Massive opener ‘The Prophecy (Prologue) / Devell, the Devell He Is, I Swear God… (Scene I) ‘ (catchy!) runs a massive 22 minutes, and yet is NOT the longest track here. Yes folks, this is an endurance test but one made up of some fine black metal and occult teachings. It is carved into 5 ‘scenes’, like some macabre play with a cast of characters that exist in some hellish, otherworldly void of Sabbathian groove and shrieking black metal madness. Each scene is musically dynamic, shifting from blasting to more midpaced riffing and even some rumbling doomy parts. You get latter period Darkthrone, stifling Deathspell Omega moments and creepy, Ruins of Beverast style darkness, particularly the latter in ‘Strange Day, See the Clash of Heart and Reason… (Scene III)’.

An album like this cannot be taken lightly. It isn’t just a record that can be chucked on while you’re doing other things. It is a record that you need to sit down, ignore everything else and just indulge in the sheer creativeness. Cultes Des Ghoules have taken the concept album, turned it on its head and created a shapeshifting, emotionally distraught record of unsettling music. To be honest, it is almost too difficult to review each part, as the album flows together like one piece. All I would recommend you do is to get it and settle in for a true experience, because for once this is a band that sounds like no one else.

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https://cultesdesghoules.bandcamp.com/album/coven-or-evil-ways-instead-of-love

Long time followers of the metal creed may not know HAXXAN, as this is a new band but featuring Killjoy DeSade from legends Necrophagia. HAXXAN is a black metal offering of tribute and influence to one Aleister Crowley, of whom Killjoy is a great enthusiast. Bringing together musical influences from Candlemass, Beherit and Bathory with more than a dash of Celtic Frost, HAXXAN are an untter joy to behold.

Opener ‘Loch Ness Rising’ is a stomping slab of proto-doom, with Killjoy’s throat shredding vocals scowling over swaying riffs and creepy samples. Possessed of a cold spirit, and an uneasy tension that absorbs through the skin, HAXXAN feels more like a rhythmic ritual conjuring than a simple black metal record. The moody ’93’ is a highlight for me, as is the uncomfortable atonal ‘Babalon’, If the purpose of this record was to invoke those same, mystic darknesses of Crowley then it has been achieved.

The churning ‘Chemical Perversions’ is probably the closest to a ‘perfect’ HAXXAN song; encompasses everything from their mid tempo thrust, their mystic atmospheres and their harsh, evil vocals. The guitarwork is simple yet grindingly effective, hypnotising your brain with swirling riffs. This is an excellent record, showing that speed and blasting is not all black metal can be. It is the feeling that counts, and ‘Loch Ness Rising’ has it in spades.

https://www.facebook.com/Haxxan-174927032567336/

https://haxxan-ohio.bandcamp.com/album/loch-ness-rising

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Finnish black metal legends Goatmoon have been a mainstay of a thriving scene since the start of their prolific journey in 2002. Moving away from their more punkish roots, Goatmoon’s fifth full length ‘Stella Polaris’ is a rabid piece of epic black metal for us all to enjoy. It’s out in February through Werewolf and Hells Headbangers collaboratively.

After the moody acoustic intro, the rasping title track weaves a savage path through gloomy forests and icy lakes. The vocals are rough and raw, but there is more than a dash of the likes of Bal-Sagoth in the spoken word sections, and the melodies are insidiously memorable. The atmosphere isn’t as bleak as a lot of black metal, but the pervading cold infests each track. The beautiful solo that accentuates the title track is a surprise, while the melancholic ‘Kansojen Hävittäjä’ gives body to the vibrant yet snowy album art.

The deft mixture of scathing, blasting black metal and delicate acoustics really bring ‘Stella Polaris’ to life, from the mournful ‘Sonderkommando Nord’ to the dynamic ‘Overlord’. You can see why Goatmoon have been such a crucial element to Finnish black metal over the years, as their material possesses a feral majesty. ‘Stella Polaris’ looks to be a record that will be haunting your mind for the rest of the year. Cold, sad and utterly spellbinding.

https://werewolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/stella-polaris

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https://www.facebook.com/Goatmoon-140464269432330/

In collaboration with Hells Headbangers, Werewolf Records are putting out the debut record from Finnish black metal upstarts White Death. Their self titled debut is somewhat like the Finnish sniper that shared the same name; coming at you from silent, icy places and bringing the terror then sweet release of death. It’s going to be out in February 2017, so keep an eye out.

Suffocating opener ‘Born from the Unholy Fire’ is like a blizzard of blackened riffage and a raging torrent of blasting drums and snarling vocals. A burning ferocity pervades everything within this album, and there is a defiant acceptance and promotion of the traditions of the second wave. In fact, their conjuring of classic black metal alchemies is so spot on, you’d imagine this was a lost album from those heady times. ‘Immortal Hunter of the Moon’ is eeriely melodic in parts, while the negativity in the cold ‘Goat Emperor’ is bleak and enveloping.

The insistent ‘Warpath’ is probably my favourite piece here, although it is rivalled by the subtly entitled ‘Cunt’. Both capture the shrieking rasp, the hypothermic riffing and the gloomy atmospherics that makes ‘White Death’ an album that will rule my black metal horizons next year. Savage yet majestic, these Finns have ensnared the spirit of ‘proper’ black metal and given it a shot in the arm. This is magnificent.

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https://werewolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/white-death

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