Posts Tagged ‘Poland’

Polish thrashers Warfist bring the riffs on their latest full length ‘Grünberger’, and their intoxicating blend of heavy riffing and speed plays right into the Killchain’s wheelhouse. It is out now through Godz ov War Productions.

Drawing deep from the well of The Haunted, ‘Grünberger’ is a massive sounding record, as each riff is thick and chunky. There’s a bit of Dew-Scented in there too, and it is refreshing to hear some thrash that doesn’t just steal from either the Bay Area or Sodom. This is deathly, dense thrash riffs with a rough edged production which gives it a bit of grit. The neck snapping speed of ‘The Burning Flames of Ignorance’ is a delight, as is the thunderous chug of ‘The Punishment’ and the poisonous edge to the title track sneaks some blackened action in there too.

Everything you need in a metal album is right here. Warfist have all the riffs you’d need to make a good night of it, an infectious turn of pace and a guitar tone that’ll inspire many pits from here on. ‘Grünberger’ is a beast of record, full of energy and heaviosity that makes it a must. By the time the rampant ‘Atrocious Saviour’ brings the record to a close, you’ll be broken, battered and thoroughly entertained! Fuck Yeah!

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Gruzja - I iść dalej

The debut record from Polish black metallers Gruzja, ‘I Iść dalej’, is out now through Godz ov War Productions, and immediately faces an uphill task in standing out within the seething cauldron of the Polish black metal legions. But they take an interesting approach…

Gruzja’s approach to black metal is much like the scathing fire of Impaled Nazarene or necropunk Darkthrone. Their forte isn’t the supreme blasphemy, nor the icy introspection, but a kind of filthy, Bathory/Celtic Frost primal racket, layered with an uncomfortable tone. Songs are dosed in a poisonous smog, with a nasty edge to everything they do. The savage ‘Gruzini’ howls from the speakers with venomous rage, while the more midpaced grind of ‘Moja Ratyzbona’ has a rusted, ragged edge to it. Imagine Marduk if they were all junkies, and you can get a rough idea. It isn’t all one dimensional however; the likes of ‘Manam’ does have a bit of space to breathe, and the unsettling, industrial crawl of ‘Ilu nas było?’ brings to mind Anaal Nathrakh.

‘I Iść dalej’ is a record that rips at you with a nasty attitude, but also is capable to unsettling you deeply. Part vicious feral animal, part hypnotising void scraping, Gruzja don’t compete with their countrymen and their ideas of black metal. This is a record that sounds like no one else, and for that there is much commendation.

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Popiół - Zabobony

The debut from Polish pagan black metallers Popiół is out now through Godz ov War Productions, and looks to add itself to the ranks of slightly off-piste black metal albums that melts folk and pagan rituals into the belching cauldron of black metal and creates something furious

A thoroughly deep, dense and absorbing album from the outset, ‘Zabobony’ hurls itself from your speakers with a Drudkh-like style. Opener ‘Wybiło’ twists and writhes through pagan atmospherics, and there is a definitive feel of eerie forests where dark and eldritch rituals are performed. The cold chanting of ‘Gdy słońce zgaśnie’ lends a touch of ancient darkness to the cascading tremolo riffing, and the smatterings of acoustic guitar are as haunting and blackened as the fiery force of distortion scorched riffing. Popiół infuse every piece with a melodic melancholy, and the richness of the textures woven through the songs belie their short career. Popiół are not afraid of the sweeping, majestic song structures that create these vast vistas of black metal; landscapes and environments that creak with an ancient knowledge and wistful remembrance.

‘Zabobony’ is a record that enchants and bewitches, drawing you in with the promise of bestowing a sight of the beyond. I was hooked within two songs, and an hour later I was ready to hear it all again. Intensely melodic and drowning in atmosphere, this is black metal for an ancient age.

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Behemoth - I Loved You at Your Darkest

Behemoth need no introduction for anyone who subscribes to this site, and I recently saw the Polish black/death juggernaut destroy a sold out venue in Glasgow in the most impressive way. In light of that, I decided to revisit their latest opus, ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’, released just last year.

After the ominous chanting of opener ‘Solve’, the fiery assault of ‘Wolves of Siberia’ carries on the legacy of ‘The Satanist’. I read a lot of criticism of this record before I heard it; about how it’s just ‘The Satanist Part 2’, or that Behemoth are creating a more accessible sound to get a bigger audience. Frankly, I don’t see the latter at all, and the first one makes sense as ‘The Satanist’ saw the band drawn into a new sound that works well, so they’re continuing that direction. Their mixing of their black metal heritage with a fearsome dose of death metal ripples through the Rotting Christ-esque ‘God=Dog’, while the anthemic ‘Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica’ maintains their blasphemous grip on melodies. The grandiose ‘Sabbath Mater’ weaves those Middle Eastern melodies round some severe neck snapping riffs.

‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’ is a much more melancholic and layered record than Behemoth’s previous work however, like the gloomy gothic tones of ‘Bartzabel’, and I guess this type of experimentation is where the ‘accessible’ criticisms comes from. But it is far better to attempt different things than to just smash away with songs that are repetitive and one dimensional. And if you crank up the ravaging howl of ‘Rom 5:8’, you can never accuse Behmoth of going soft.

‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’ is a triumphant follow up to one of my favourite records ever, and cements Behemoth as a true giant and icon in extreme music. It rips and tears as heavy as much of their recent back catalogue, but also displays a wonderful grasp of dynamics and melody that you may not have imagined. Behemoth are the best in the business; trailblazers, innovators and definitive legends, and ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’ only serves as an exclamation point on that.

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Apatheia - Konstelacja dziur

Polish black metallers Apatheia have a grand legacy to live up to in their native land, and while it is totally unfair to judge them based on other Polish black metal luminaries, it is sadly inevitable. I will try hard not to. ‘Konstelacja Dziur’ is out now through the excellent Godz of War Productions.

Opener ‘Odmętnia’ hits immediately with a midpaced riff, before blasting takes over. There is an inherent coldness to this song, not in the typical ‘black metal is winter’ type cold, but more of a detached, heartless way. Burning riffs swoop in and out of sight, as scowling vocals rasp over the top. Apatheia have carved themselves a great sound; not too tinpot and rattling nor dense and indistinct. The production lends a thickness to the songs, but there is a clarity that enhances the fury of ‘Raj’ and especially the dark, atonal miasma of ‘Złudzenie Życia’.

‘Konstelacja Dziur’ is an album that provides exactly what you’d expect from a Polish black metal band. There’s great songwriting, dark and bleak atmosphere and a blasphemy that ripples quietly within. Apatheia are a triumphant example of what keeps the black metal flame burning.

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Polish black metallers Ohtar come from a world where black metal is a particularly fearsome beast, and genre standard bearers stride tall amongst the underground of the world. ‘Euthanasia of Existence’ is the fourth record from these guys, and it was released early last year on Deathrune Records. I’ve only recently come across it, and like a lot of these kind of records, I’m sad that I missed it first time round!

Opener ‘Cyanosis of Senility’ is a harrowing, monstrous creature, a gaping wound in reality where darkness is spilling through. Cold and bleak, Ohtar’s dense atmospheres seep through every track, dousing everything in a grey miasma. The misery of ‘Portrayal of Damage’ is enticing, while the gleaming ‘The End is Not Coming, Not Yet’ is a soaring black metal classic, icy and vast. Delicate keyboard moments in th ebackground create a ghostly echo, on which scowling vocals croak their deathly intonations.

Ohtar’s black metal is cold, heartless and full of the infinite darkness you’d hope to find in Polish black metal. ‘Euthanasia of Existence’ holds no hope for us, but once we are become dust and ash it will live on, an icy monument to what is left behind. A hidden gem from las year, and one worth seeking out.

https://deathrunerecords.bandcamp.com/album/ohtar-euthanasia-of-existence

‘Tormented by Faith’ is the debut album from Polish bruisers Uerberos, who follow in a grand tradition of fearsome Polish death metal bands. But can they follow the mighty Decapitated, Vader, Hate and Behemoth into brutal infamy or do they fall short at the first hurdle?

Opener proper ‘…And Finally, I Will Come’ chases the screaming, Satanic coming overtones of the intro away with fiery death metal fury; an immediacy of Deicide influences rise from whirling guitarwork and incessant blasting. There’s a distinctly Floridian vibe here, from the waspish Hate Eternalisms of ‘Destroy the Enemy’ to the complex, Morbid Angel-esque ‘Black Emissary’. Refreshingly different from taking that uber technical eastern European style, Uerberos clearly don’t intend on getting tarred with the ‘Decapitated clones’ brush.

Uerberos batter you with solid brutality, rumbling deathly riffs and subtle melodies that sneak in under the radar. Relentless power flows from dense, Massacre-esque guitars and ‘Tormented by Faith’ becomes almost a bloodstained love note to the old school US death metal scene. Injecting death metal with a fresh impetus, Uerberos are hard hitting, destructive and thoroughly enjoyable.

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