Posts Tagged ‘Slaughter Throne’

Available from Sixsixsix Music, there are four non profit CD-Rs available for a measly £2 each. These are sold simply to promote the band involved, which at the current moment are India’s Eyes of the Martyr, the UK’s own Slaughter Throne and Nefarious Dusk and American melodic deathsters Necrocosm. Each comes in a plastic slipcase with artwork and is remarkably professional considering you only pay two pounds for it. Just goes to show that Steve at Sixsixsix gives a fuck about the bands he supports. I’ve reviewed the majority of this music before here at the Killchain, so this is only a brief run down:

Nefarious Dusk is one of the UK’s best hidden secrets, playing raw, atmospheric black metal the way it was supposed to be. Eyes of the Martyr are India’s equivalent of Lamb of God; chunky, heavier than a coffin slab and rifftastic. I’ve already dubbed Slaughter Throne to be the UK’s answer to Behemoth, and Necrocosm play some great, solid melodeath tracks without sounding too repetitive. I’ll review the Necrocosm demo in full sometime soon.

Simply put, this is not only a fantastic bargain at £1 per single, but helps to get these bands to a wider audience which is a must. Steve at SixSixSix is constantly thinking of new ways and ideas to promote the music he loves, and more label bosses should be thinking like this, lest we lose the magic of physical releases all together. Buy them here

Another band on the list of ‘didn’t even get halfway through a song and I was already buying’, Slaughter Throne hail from Leeds and play a slick, thrashy form of black metal. In fact, on ‘Wrath of an Ancient Darkness’, they channel Polish maestros Behemoth with a combination of hard riffage, eastern melodies and tinges of death metal. It’s thick, it’s black, and its undeniably brilliant.

Take opener ‘Black Forest’ for example. It builds with a menacing crescendo, exploding into chunky thrashing riffs, dipped in the blackest of atmospheres and smothered in darkness. There’s a real substance to this; it isn’t thin and tinny like some demo black metal can be. The production values are fantastic, and really help the slower, grander sections feel just that little bit extra epic. ‘Black Forest’ is, perhaps unknowingly, a tribute to the vast imperial style of Immortal. It feels like it should be whistling through the icy valleys of the frozen North.

‘Wrath of an Ancient Darkness’ is more in the style of Behemoth, with subtle eastern melodies creeping in, reminding me particularly of that band’s masterpiece ‘Evangelion’. Slaughter Throne weave that subtle thread of melodies within their assault, and it makes their music memorable. That is not to say they are in any way simplistic, they are infectiously complex. Proof you can write vicious songs that would slit wrists at 50 paces but still be catchy.

‘Baptizo de Sanguis’ is the shortest track here, and probably the most straightforward. It leans more towards a death metal sound in parts, with a heavy chugging riff section that leads into the solo, and some proper death growls. ‘Altar of the Black Goat’ closes strongly with another slab of frosty riffage and blood gurgling vocals, bringing a more ponderous, black metal evilness to the proceedings. One of the strongest debuts I’ve heard in a long time, I can’t believe these guys aren’t signed. It’s an affront to quality music! Support here

Returning to these fair isles after jaunts to Estonia and India, a round up featuring some of my latest and most favourite discoveries in the world of the underground. It amazes me that there are so many bands out there in the UK playing all types of twisted extreme music that are totally unrecognised. Bringing these guys to the attention of the wider metal audience feels almost like an obligation!

First is Edinburgh’s Nolti Nan Gana Nan Nolta, with their four track demo ‘Death by the Venomhammer’, available here. It has been a while since I got only halfway through an opening song and I was already clicking the buy button. This is harsh, raw thrashing black metal at its best, but it possesses some killer riffs and some brilliant songs. The new Aura Noir? Who knows, but I wouldn’t bet against it. Buy here.

Next up is Osiah, a seriously heavy and crushing deathcore band whose ‘Perennial Agony‘ is actually one of the best deathcore songs I’ve heard in ages. I’m normally not a big deathcore fan, I find a lot of it samey and lacking inspiration somewhat. But I fucking love ‘Perennial Agony’. I don’t know why exactly, and maybe thats a good thing. Maybe that means it has that spark that many of their peers lack. Who knows? Anyway, get it downloaded.

Next is black metallers Slaughter Throne from Leeds, who have just released a new EP entitled ‘Wrath of an Ancient Darkness‘. This is four tracks of galloping, icy and majestic black metal. Heavy on atmosphere to begin, but not lacking in the sort of aggression you’d expect. The title track begins with a riff that reminds me of the magic of Melechesh, and I think that really sold me on these guys. An excellent band

Next are Repulsive Vision, who play a nasty style of death metal replete with chainsaw riffing and a relentless battery of drumming. They only have instrumental versions of four tracks available on their Facebook page, but their mix of sludgy Autopsy riffs with dashes of early period Cannibal Corpse aggression makes for good listenings! Listen here.

My final shout is Sheffield’s Nokturnal Ritual, whose ‘Ushering a New Era of Agony’ debut record is one of the harshest and most intense black metal records I’ve heard in years. The rasping, unholy croak of the vocals are seriously necro, and the waspish riffs and battering drums are a non stop assault on the senses. Download here and prepare to have your brain turned to mush.

There we have it, five more bands hiding in the UK’s vibrant underground metal scene. Five bands who deserve to be supported. Bang thy fucking heads.