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Thulsa Doom - Realms of Hatred

As almost cliche as it has become by 2018, I love the idea that bands are still getting their sound out through cassette. Italy death metallers Thulsa Doom have released their debut EP, ‘Realms of Hatred’ on cassette through Invictus Productions, and it is out now.

Opener ‘The Final Scourge’ has a nice, grimy atmosphere to it; a rough production adds a bit of filth to the nasty riffs and snarling vocal bile. The guitar work is similar to early Celtic Frost, Hellhammer and the rough demos of the Florida scene. It lacks the labyrinthine fretwork of early Morbid Angel, but the tone and style are spot on. ‘The Gates of Niniveh’ has a killer gloomy intro that bursts into frantic thrashy death, drawing deep from the well of 80s death metal. The two interludes set the tone perfectly, providing a eerie base from which the old school metal of death can project. The riffs that course through the diseased veins of the title track is testament to the talent on show here.

Wrapped in awesome cover art, Thulsa Doom’s debut is a piece of old school joy. Nostalgic yet not derivative, ‘Realms of Hatred’ sucks from the mangled teat of the past, but conjures their own particular black magick upon it. This is the real deal.

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https://invictusproductions.net/

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Due to come out at the end of September, the dark, dense death metal of Ireland’s Malthusian is something evil to behold. Their debut full length is ‘Across Deaths’, and this is the highly anticipated follow up to their stunning EP ‘Below the Hengiform’, and its release is coming through an Invictus Productions and Dark Descent joint effort

Huge, driving forces power the opening track ‘Remnant Fauna’, which hits immediately with hurricane force. A wall of punishing death metal, taking great swathes of Immolation-esque riffing and cranking up the layering to the max. Cavernous roars growl from the raging maelstrom, while atonal melodies flit into view. The band merge the relentlessness of black metal into ‘Across the Expanse of Nothing’ where torrents of riffs flow like a raging river of blood, while the doomy crush of ‘Primal Attunement – The Gloom Epoch’ sways and almost topples into obscure depths. The otherworldly instrumentation in this, coupled with harrowing shrieks, is particularly affecting.

‘Across Deaths’ is a record of unbelievable heaviness, and almost Portal like density. Not quite as labyrinthine as those Australians but Malthusian plow deep furrows to draw riffs from. Suffocatingly heavy, overflowing with complex riffing and drumming, and capped with an unholy vocal performance, ‘Across Deaths’ is one of the best death metal records this year.

https://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/album/across-deaths

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A one man project from Portland, Oregon, Adzalaan are dropping their debut record ‘Into Vermilion Mirrors’ in April through a joint effort by Invictus Productions and Vrasubatlat. This is a record that weaves its way through the black/death genre, realising new progressive ideas within the core ideals while still keeping the atmospheric pressure on.

Opening track ‘Haven to Flesh (Intro)’ is a thrumming, eerie piece of music that hums with a dark intensity. When ‘Succumb and Vanquish’ kicks in, blastbeats torrent through the cavernous vocals and a gloriously traditional guitar tone. This is the blackest of the black, fierce and bleak. ‘False Cleansing’ is more of the chaotic, murky same; oily, thick deathly black metal that is relentless and venomous. The haunting ‘Wretched Oaths Fall from Wicked Tongues’ is my favourite however, a miasmic threatening blackness crawling from the abyss to take terrifying revenge on us all.

‘Into Vermilion Mirrors’ is a twisting, writhing serpent of a record. Black through and though, Adzalaan’s embrace of dark death metal passages really helps to enhance the evil intent possessed within each riff, in each ragged howl, and this gives us a record that is simply great. Never staying still, Adzalaan move within dark tides, and ‘Into Vermilion Mirrors’ is their anchor to this world.

https://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/album/into-vermilion-mirrors

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Originally created as an outlet for JB of Spain’s Graveyard to try out some new ideas that wouldn’t fit in there, Apologoethia have blossomed into an outfit whose debut release, ‘Pillars’, is a cohesive and vibrant statement of intent of black metal ruthlessness. Due out on the 24th of November through Invictus Productions, ‘Pillars’ is going to be an essential journey.

‘Pillar I: De fundamenta spiritus’ is a howling torrent of black metal, spiralling tremolo riffing spraying across the speakers while scowling vocals rasp blasphemies. This is a magnificent dose of blackened metal steeped in the traditions of the second wave. The slower sections of ‘Pillar II: De humanae natura’ have a great, doomy atmosphere but surrounded by the kind of single mindedness that we all find so pleasing in latter day Behemoth. Apologoethia are more than capable of being both visceral, savage and yet thrashy in the ways of early Celtic Frost or Venom. Riffs are both razor sharp and laced with venomous, eastern melodies that enhance the majesty of this filthy racket.

‘Pillar III: De absentiae vitae’ is a virtuoso lead guitar performance, with spiralling leads and galloping rhythms creating something that is both macabre and memorable in one fell swoop, and closing with the triumphant, grandiose ‘Pillar IV: De aeterno praesentia’ that marches upon the thrones of kings, banner in hand and challenge raised. Apologoethia come with the regal and terrible wrath of conquering kings; savage yet graceful in their war.

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https://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/album/apologoethia

Malokarpatan - Nordkarpatenland

A joint release from The Ajna Offensive and Invictus Productions sees ‘Nordkarpatenland’, from Slovakia’s Malokarpaten, released on both sides of the Atlantic this Halloween. Following from their acclaimed debut in 2015, Malokarpaten have steeped their second record deep into Eastern European folklore to bring us black metal of a truly esoteric and pagan nature, infested by the dark spirit of heavy metal.

‘V okresném rybníku hastrman už po stáročá vyčína’ is the first proper track, and it features some killer lead guitar work that is very classic heavy metal, while the rougher vocals keeps us firmly planted in proto-black metal territory. When you think of Eastern European black metal you’re going to go more towards the Drudkh style, but Malokarpatan are more on your Master’s Hammer side of things. The band also like to sneak in strange samples from Slovakian movies just to keep everything a little odd. ‘Ked gazdovi upeleší sa v chyži ne’ has some Iron Maiden-esque leads in it that would make most cry with jealousy!

This is definitely the kind of black metal that takes as much from King Diamond as from Mayhem, and while there is a defiant icy streak of pure northern blasphemy about them, Malokarpatan have got a flair for the theatrical at times, and possess many vintage metal riffs lurking away in their collection. ‘Nedlho po púlnoci opacha sa dopla’ is gloriously old school, and done with no hint of fashion or irony. ‘Nordkarpatenland’ exists as an album that captures the raw filth of early black metal and retains the indomitable spirit of heavy metal within.

https://malokarpatan.bandcamp.com/album/nordkarpatenland

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Irish death metallers Coscradh’s debut demo last year gained international acclaim (including me:  https://thoseonceloyal.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/review-coscradh-coscradh/) and Invictus have brought us yet more of this devastation with their latest EP, ‘Of Death and Delirium’. This takes everything the band achieved on ‘Coscradh’ and cranks everything up. Prepare to be brutalised…

Opener ‘Disappeared’ is a horrifying, miasmic hurricane of sound; tar thick riffing splattering everywhere while inhuman vocals spew forth wretched bile and filth. It’s exactly what Coscradh needed to do, dive headfirst into improving everything from their previous work (which would be a challenge given the quality of their output) and this is surely an auspicious start. The scalding ‘Hangwoman’ is next, grinding riffs suffocating underneath oppression and hatred. Nothing matches the ambitious darkness of ‘Saor sa hAnbháis’ however; waves of ugly, dissonant death metal crash upon you while hands of dread claw at your, determined to drag you under. Torturous, gloom death metal of the highest order here at the end.

‘Of Death and Delirium’ is hellacious, murky death metal that continues to showcase the steps towards Hell that Coscradh are taking. Their music gets deeper in the abyss, and where they will go from here I don’t know. But I’m looking forward to finding out.

https://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/track/hangwoman

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Don’t tell me Invictus Productions have found another stunning band lurking in the underground to unleash upon the world? I’ve enjoyed a lot from this label recently, and Antiversum’s cosmos destroying debut full length ‘Cosmos Comedenti’ looks to be another fine addition. You fancy some warped death metal that looms straight from the jaws of infinity? Come with me…

It almost makes sense that Antiversum are Swiss, as they come from a place where the works of the mighty Giger are possibly spawned, and the hellish riffworld of Tom G Warrior. Opener ‘Antinova’ is immense, vast, challenging you to observe its scale. A crushing monolith to death, infinite death, not just mere physical mortality. ‘Cosmos Comedenti’ is beyond what we can conceive as the end. Dissonant, disturbing, a shape shifting piece that suffocates under disjointed belchs of vocals, the almost ritualistic tribalism in the gloomy ‘Chao E Orta Est’ is terrifying.

Antiversum feel like they’re searching for a place in our space. In the same way bands like Portal or Mitochondrian are reaching beyond the ‘constraints’ of the genre into spaces unknown, Antiversum are reaching in from the outside, looking for death metal as an anchor to hold themselves steady in the currents of madness. The harrowing closer ‘Nihil Ad Probandum’ groans with black energy, writhing out into the empty void. ‘Cosmos Comedenti’ is a record that will drain you of everything inside. It’s worth every moment.

https://invictusproductions.net/shop/antiversum-cosmos-comedenti-cd-pre-order/

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The debut EP of Consummation is something of great note, as these Australian destroyers have crafted a uniquely twisting and serpentine form of black/death that sucks in all light like the gaping jaws of infinity. Thanks to Invictus Productions, we all now have the chance to experience pure, unadulterated madness in musical form.

Opener ‘The Weightless Grip of Fire’ is fearsome in its scope; blending ferocious black metal and an off-kilter sense of rhythm that enhances that otherworldly feeling. You feel uneasy, uncomfortable and cowed with fear as howling madness sweeps through your bones. They don’t quite reach the same levels of nausea created by fellow Aussies Portal, but there’s a definitive ‘wrongness’ about some of the melody lines here. With two ten minute plus songs, Consummation somehow manage to go past too quickly to comprehend, and invite more and more listens to unlock this dark magic.

‘Blighted Ovum’ is more of the same, labyrinthine extremity that we started with. Savage howls, a dense production that really helps the heft of this record come through, and an alien atmosphere that builds the tension to breaking point. ‘Ritual Severance’ is grandiose, malignant and bubbling with cancerous hatred. Consummation are an outfit that have struck upon something new and intensely evil.

https://www.facebook.com/Consummation-467538346610266/

https://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/album/ritual-severance

Ascended Dead - Abhorrent Manifestation

Ascended Dead prove that not all of the best metal comes from grim or frozen climates, hailing from the sunny city of San Diego in California. But the ugliness of their music belies that location with a vile and sickening death metal sound that goes somewhat back in time but remains relevant in today’s scene. Invictus are handling the European release of ‘Abhorrent Manifestation’, while Dark Descent are doing North America.

Opener ‘The Promised Land’ builds with an ominous guitar line; a dense rumbling is battered by a thundering percussive force while an unholy roar fills your ears. A maddening thrust slices through your consciousness, leaving Autopsy-esque carnage in ‘Perdition’s wake. The thick guitar tone is awesome, and the rabid ferocity that infuses Ascended Dead comes from the same dark places as Deicide and Morbid Angel. An avalanche of death metal cascades upon you, but it isn’t all heavy craziness.

The acoustic interlude in ‘Dormant Souls’ is a welcome respite, and the contrast with the more savage elements comes as a stark reminder that metal doesn’t need to strike hard at all times. Sometimes, where light and dark meet is where music can be truly effective. The ferocious ‘Subconscious Barbarity’ seems even more vicious after the acoustic parts, and it is probably my favourite track here.

‘Abhorrent Manifestation’ is a hellacious album of infected, rampant death metal that is simply stunning. Sickening riffs, mighty roars and drumming that’ll flatten you into mush. Ascended Dead have crawled from beyond the grave to punish us all for listening to death metal that isn’t as good as theirs. Which is most!

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https://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/track/subconscious-barbarity

From the Latin for ‘war cry’, Ululatum Tollunt come from various areas of the US to wreak havoc upon our audial nerves with their debut release, ‘Quantum Noose of Usurpation’. Invictus Records have deemed us worthy to listen to this 20 minute maelstrom of uneasy, whirling death metal of carnage and chaos. We should be honoured, because it feels like something not of this earth…

‘Order of the Morningstars’ feels immediately uncomfortable, a sinister riff dragging relentlessly onward while frantic drumming changes pace and an inhuman vocal swaps from eldritch growl to rabid scream. Not as obscure and downright weird as say Portal or Mitochondrion but almost like their primitive ancestor. ‘Serpentine Despoilers’ smashes through tears in space and time with gut wrenching heaviness while ‘Lupine Aggressors’ is frankly terrifyingly intense. The less that is said and more that is listened to of the swaying, monstrous closer ‘Triumph Continuum’ the better.

Sometimes a band comes along that just makes you sit up and take notice. Ululatum Tollunt do that here, coming across as both densely esoteric and cripplingly heavy without disappearing completely into a black hole of oblivion. There’s just enough accessibility to the music to make ‘Quantum Noose of Usurpation’ appealing to all death metal fans. But I can imagine there are only more unimaginable horrors to come, and I cannot wait. BUY THIS!

https://www.facebook.com/Ululatum-Tollunt-1198691063583898/

https://invictusproductions.net/

https://goatprayerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/quantum-noose-of-usurpation