Posts Tagged ‘Portugal’

Ruach Raah - Under the Insignia of Baphomet

Unapologetically raw black metallers Ruach Raah have released their second full length, ‘Under the Insignia of Baphomet’ through War Art Productions, and it is a welcome dose of primal rage in a genre that has tended to spread towards the vast and more introspective of late. Ruach Raah have no such pretensions.

‘Hang Humanity Upside Down’ is probably the quintessential track in an album full of raw as fuck, black metal nastiness. The riffs are poisonous, venom is spat in throat shredding rasps, and the downright filthy production coats each track in a miasmic, toxic embrace. These Portuguese monsters tear your throat out on the savage ‘Funeral Fumes’, and refuse to stop this cacophonic battering until the last, maiming note of the awesome ‘Bodysnatchers’. An album that is really set all at one pace, and that pace is bloodthirsty and manic.

‘Under the Insignia of Baphomet’ is an album of uncompromising, nasty black metal that will appeal to the Darkthrone/Blasphemy fans in all of us. There does not need to be another dimension to it, only more hatred, more bile vomited at the state of the world, and more sickness at humanity’s wretched spirit. Ruach Raah are here to remind you of the blackness running through metal’s veins.

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http://war-arts-productions.com/

https://war-arts-productions.bandcamp.com/album/under-the-insignia-of-baphomet

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‘Unsettling Whispers’ is the full length debut from Portuguese black metallers Gaerea, following their self titled debut EP. Transcending Obscurity is handling this, and it isn’t just your average black metal album. Gaerea aren’t afraid to mix in some more sludgy/hardcore elements as well to create something uniquely abrasive.

Opener ‘Svn’ builds with ominous intent, harsh screams and whispers crescendoing behind cold guitar and glacial tones with serious intensity. Black metal has always been at its best when it plays with your comfort level, and ‘Svn’ definitely does that, as a fiery torrent of blasting follows up. There is a lot to like about Gaerea; their sense of melody and space when their black metal soars, like the glacial ‘Lifeless Immortality’ or their ferocious grandiosity in the raging but regal ‘Cycle of Decay’. The closing ‘Catharsis’ is much more toward the sludgy side, but with definite layers of blackened menace.

Gaerea are a band that can capture the imagination with their brutality, abrasive screams and their blackened majesty. ‘Unsettling Whispers’ is epic enough to appeal to windswept black metallers and raw and bleak enough to draw in the less corpsepainted legions. An album that shows how genre splicing can have superb results, Gaerea are awesome.

https://gaerea.bandcamp.com/album/unsettling-whispers-black-metal

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Portuguese death metal titans are unleashing upon this doomed world their new record, ‘The Undivided Wholeness of All Things’, and it is set to be an exercise in pure carnage and destruction. It is due out in a mere couple of days (28th November) from Nice to Eat You Records, and looks to establish Portugal as a underground hotbed.

You can guess exactly what you’re going to be up against with an album cover of such lurid threat; chugging riffs built with the densest guitar tones echoed immediately in the opening ‘M.A.S.S.’, leading into the churning thunder of ‘Universal Dismal Collapse’, which plows the deepest furrows of heaviness. Like a titan beast risen from the depths of the oceanic abyss, Annihilation belch forth brutal death metal that doesn’t quite slam, or widdle, it just crushes. Imagine latter Suffocation with that otherworldly feeling that prime Morbid Angel gave you and you’re almost there.

Brutality is second nature for death metal bands these days, but Annihilation seem a little off centre, which helps their riffing and songwriting remain interesting. The modern classic that is ‘The Illusion of Time and Space’ acts as a tectonic centrepiece to an album that shifts, changes, evolves from mere one dimensional brutality to fourth dimensional destruction. The menacing crawl of ‘Omniverse’ personifies this record perfectly; Annihilation sneak up on you slavering and ready to devour.

https://annihilationband.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/annihilationpt/

http://www.ntey.wz.cz/ntey.html

Hailing from sunny Portugal’s renowned raw black metal scene, Cripta Oculta have unleashed their fourth dose of ravenous, blackened medicine for us to gorge ourselves upon. Out now on Signal Rex, prepare yourselves for ‘Lost Memories’, and the evil which is to come!

The haunting organ that leads ‘Mistérios do Sangue’ out from its blackened altar gives it a more authentic feeling of eldritch occultness than anything else could’ve. It builds the anticipation for what is to come, which is a blazing flow of fearsome rawness and lo-fi hatred. ‘Uma Noite de Trevas’ is harsh, abrasive but bleak and mournful in parts. It isn’t just raw musically; like an emotional wound reopening, ‘Lost Memories’ drags you into an oppressive mire of depression and heartlessness. The hopeless shriek of ‘A Dança do Fado Negro’ personifies everything you can take from this ode to darkness, cold and endless death.

Drawing deep from pagan wells of raw pain and suffering, Cripta Oculta’s black metal is a lonely, feral beast that snarls from abysses unknown. Signal Rex have brought Cripta Oculta to the surface of the shifting, murky underground and allowed their particular sound to be heard. Cold, harsh and utterly enthralling.

https://signalrex.bandcamp.com/album/s-t

http://www.signalrex.com/

Primal Attack - Heartless Oppressor

Portuguese groove/thrashers Primal Attack are a pretty hefty proposition. Their second full length ‘Heartless Oppressor’ throws a vast number of chunky thrash riffs at you, leaving you a bit battered and bruised. It is out now on Rastilho Records, and looks to be a mosh pit wet dream for 2017.

This is a potent follow up to 2013’s ‘Humans’, with a sound that draws from the finest points of Unearth and Machine Head, while slamming in great swathes of off kilter breakdowns, almost like a more straightforward Meshuggah. Opener ‘Red Silence’ is a great example of that, with the waspish ‘Halfborn’ following.  Taking cues from the likes of The Haunted and Dew-Scented, and the aforementioned Unearth seem to be a big influence, tracks like ‘Strike Back’ hit with considerable force, but the soloing and fluid melodies take this above the more meatheaded approach that you tend to find in this subgenre. Take ‘Truth and Consequence’ for example, that kicks off with an almost Melechesh-esque approach; all shimmering esoteric black metally riffing before descending back to the more straightforward.

If fat, modern thrash riffs is your bag, then Primal Attack is for you. The band wield some massive groove, and their songs are surprisingly memorable for a genre that can become stale very quickly when not done right. Primal Attack sidestep those issues by channelling their energies into something vibrant and engaging, with plenty of stylistic departures to keep things interesting. ‘Heartless Oppressor’ is here to crush with big riffing and big melodies, and succeed with that it certainly shall.

https://www.facebook.com/primalattack

http://www.rastilhorecords.com/en/

https://primalattack.bandcamp.com/

onefntdemo

How kvlt are you? You’ll never be this cult; a demo by an unnamed band of Portuguese black metal, possibly recorded between 2012 and 2013. That’s it, all that is known. I was sent this pomo and immediately intrigued. It’s going to be released as part of a three way project from Signal Rex, Óreiða and Harvest of Death, releasing obscure cassette discoveries. So, that’s where we are…

‘Ónefnt I’ is barebones, raw as fuck black metal with an insatiable buzz. A lonely vocal hides in the background, a mourning plainitive voice. Bleak and miserable, yet strangely alluring, ‘Ónefnt II’ is more of the same, except a shade more propulsive, more hypnotising. This demo casts blackened magic upon you, drawing you into its web, leaving you lost and alone. It exudes a feeling of being lost, of being afraid of something intangible, without form or substance. ‘Ónefnt III’ raises the intensity, seemingly building towards something just out of reach.

Well, I don’t know if we’ll ever find out who made this, but this demo is brimming with potential. Black metal at its bleakest and rawest is always a cathartic experience, and the Ónefnt demo is both. Grim as fuck.

https://www.facebook.com/signalrec

https://signalrex.bandcamp.com/

http://www.signalrex.com/

Black Cilice - Nocturnal Mysticism

This mysterious Portuguese entity known as Black Cilice are dropping a brand new 7″ EP on the 16th of December, and are bringing out the darkest and most melancholic pieces of ancient Iberia. Out on Iron Bonehead, ‘Nocturnal Mysticism’ is looking like the perfect accompaniment to the band’s first ever live performance, on the same day in the Netherlands.

The first part of ‘Nocturnal Mysticism’ openers with a mournful melody encompassed by a cold wind, before a savagely raw riff cuts thrugh the gloom and begins to claw raggedly at your mind. Like a broken scream towards a frozen wasteland, Black Cilice create their own little space of loneliness and darkness. A clashing cymbal follows the dark riff to its inevitable conclusion. The second part is no less eerie; dissonant and nightmarish in its execution.

Black Cilice are a gloomy and violent entity that should remain mysterious for the good of mankind. If this type of blackness should ever get beyond the select few, it could be dangerous! Murky, dense and horribly dark, ‘Nocturnal Mysticism’ is blackness incarnate. Are we chosen few blessed or cursed…?

http://www.ironbonehead.de/

https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Black-cilice-180165665369041/