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Paroxsihzem - Abyss of Excruciating Vexes

Canadian black/death chaoticians Paroxsihzem (I’m so glad I only have to type that and not try to say it out loud…) have returned on Hellthrasher Records with their new 12″, the ravaging ‘Abyss of Excruciating Vexes’. Billed as some of the most violent music the band has created, this promises to be PROPERLY nasty…

‘Dillanties Torture’ opens with one of the most sickening riffs I’ve heard in a while, a cacophonous raging blitzkrieg of heaving chaos, with unholy vocals and an atonal weirdness. This is heavy, mind melting shit, the kind of death metal that opens doors in space and time to call through fell beasts of madness. It smacks of Portal or Mitochondrian, and the intensity of tracks like ‘Isolation’ or the suffocating ‘BZ Experiment’ weighs upon your mind, straining to snap it.

Closing with the excellent Arkhon Infaustus cover, ‘Dead Cunt Maniac’, Paroxsihzem are as incomprehensible as their name, and as omnipotently crushing as is humanly possible. Unbearably brutal in parts and suffocatingly dense, ‘Abyss of Excruciating Vexes’ is an essential release for those who like music that takes you to that mental brink, before catapulting you over the edge.

The demo of Denmark’s black metal dissonance peddlers Serpent’s Lair, ‘Demo MMXIV’, was very well received in the underground, and here at the Killchain too. Serpent’s Lair have returned with a debut full length, the scathing rage of ‘Circumambulating the Stillborn’, out now on Hellthrasher Productions in CD form, and Fallen Empire/Duplicate on vinyl.

After the intro track ‘Epiphaniea’, the winding, almost psychedelic black metal journey of ‘Epistemology of Death’ begins. A raging piece of dissonant black metal, the sheer fury of this blackened torrent is impressive. What works even more convincingly is when Serpent’s Lair slow things down a bit, and the atonal menace really begins to shine through. The title track’s malevolence is stronger during the slower sections, while a bloodgargling vocal brings to mind the scornful power of Watain.

‘Mortui Vivos Docent’ starts with eerie clean guitar, building towards an inevitable explosion of tremolo riffing, furious blasting and a tortured, rasping howl that just screams vintage Deathspell Omega. When the riffs slow, you begin the slow, inexorably descent towards hellfire and brimstone. ‘Circumambulating the Stillborn’ is a black metal album full of dark corners and unsettling tones. Serpent’s Lair are a masterful proposition, full of intrigue, menace, and most importantly, damn fine music. Hail to darkness!


A one man death/doom project from Belgium you say? Well then, colour me intrigued. ‘Gateway’ is the debut full length from Robin Van Oyen, and it is forty odd minutes of punishing dirges, dragging murky influences from the greats like Winter or Evoken.

After a short intro, we are hit by the rumbling behemoth of ‘Vox Occultus’, where a grinding guitar tone is met with a guttural belch from Satan’s darkest pits. Gateway has decided that slow and steady doesn’t win the race but it leaves plenty of bodies left in its wake. Check out that earth cracking riff at the start of ‘Khalaam’ to see exactly what I mean or the opening to ‘Impaled.’ This is torturously slow and horribly dense, with an inhuman vocal performance.

‘Impaled’ combines the guttural density of brutal death metal with the slow motion devastation of doom, coating everything in a sludgy atmosphere. Any respite sought from the sheer weight of this album is never to be found. Each song is an exercise in utter bleakness and an exploration of heaviness. Even the almost catchy ‘Vile Temptress’ descends into hellish rumbling madness.

‘Gateway’ is the sound of the Earth’s crust cracking under the weight of humanity’s filth and decaying away, letting us all fall into the void. Winter would be proud that there are bands like Gateway to carry on their tectonic legacy. ‘Gateway’ is this year’s apocalyptic collapse album; it sounds like heavy riffs and planet smashing to me!