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Unbegotten - Manifestion

Review by Geary of War

Spanish black metallers Unbegotten might be a newer band on the scene but they capture the heart and soul of what old school black metal is on ‘Manifestion’ which is out on Altare Productions and on cassette through Nebular Carcoma.

Unbegotten have honed a sound which pays homage to the forefathers of the genre. Opening with ‘Unbegotten’, ‘Manifestion’ sounds like the band were playing deep in a cave to capture the atmosphere which the recording staff stayed outside with the equipment. It feels distant, murky and primal. I am reminded of the 1992 to 1995-era Darkthrone. If you were to buy this album on vinyl you would find that side A, tracks 1-3, contains songs which are a lot more straightforward black metal, which is to say classic blasting, buzzing riffs and more delicate guitar work layered in there to allow for a small discovery on each new listen. Side B, tracks 4-7, displays a slightly more progressive side to the band.

All the hallmarks I’ve mentioned about are still there however there is just a bit more on offer with time changes and feel. The vocals through ‘Manifestion’ deliver the rasping snarl and demonic feel which is so iconic with a lot of black metal yet the vocalist (I say this as the band have remained anonymous) knows when to switch up his delivery. Further info on these guy(s) has been hard to find and I really hope they are still making music. ‘If I Fall’ was the highlight track for me.

For a first full length offering the band have created something that will fit into any black metal collection and be right at home. Needing something grim with the feeling of being alone on a winter night up a mountain? Stick this on.

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The lumbering, crushing chug of Spain’s Hex is a joy to behold, and their newest record ‘God Has No Name’ brings the finest Bolt Thrower worship to a doom laden set of riffs. Far from being a one trick pony however, these death/doom titans entrust their work to Transcending Obscurity, who have released it just in the last few days.

Opening with a mesmerising build to the crush of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, you can feel a really old school death metal vibe groaning through each riff. There is a real heft to some of these songs, particularly the thunderous ‘Worshipping Falsehood’, and the titanic ‘All Those Lies That Dwells…’. There is cold, clean guitar that oozes throughout, lending a foggy doom atmosphere to the deathly rumble, and the haunting female vocals in ‘Where Gods Shall Not Reign’ give a good dose of old My Dying Bride vibes too. Hex are both brutal as fuck, and yet play with a gothic delicacy that enhances their ruinous assault.

‘God Has No Name’ is a record that neither skimps on the brutality nor just hamers you with one generic style. A layered, multifacted record, Hex should be proud of their accomplishment here. But hey, a band who cranks out some serious Bolt Thrower riffs leaves the Killchain as putty in their bloodstained hands. Excellent.

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Spanish metallers Crucifucked have just released their debut EP, ‘Four Tracks to Ruin Your Life’, and look to set out a stall for some hard hitting stuff. Download it from their Bandcamp now!

‘Rotten Roots’ erupts like some old school thrashy death, even featuring your typical Tom G. Warrior grunt, and has a really good energy and almost hard rock quality lurking under the grimy outer layer. ‘The Goat of Mendez’ chugs along with some solid riffs, and there is some nice old school heavy metal riffing patterns later on. ‘Crows of Downtown’ is a little one dimensional though though, and I think the band will struggle to put together a compelling full length on just this style. The imperious opening to ‘Love is War’ shows what they can do though, and this is a great closer.

A solid and promising debut EP, but Crucifucked have got some work to build on this and create something a little more original and inventive to stand out. Nothing much to criticise here but there hopefully is more to come.

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Neter - Inferus

Spanish death metallers Neter are back with a new record full of death metal brutality and glory. ‘Inferus’ follows their great debut ‘Idols’ from 2015, and is out now through Satanath Records.

Opening with a delicate piano intro ‘The Cords of Sheol’, the beast is awakened with the ominous thrust of ‘Faceless’, a track of immense weight that takes a measured pace and brings to mind ‘Demigod’-era Behemoth. There is a wonderful depth to the songwriting here; it doesn’t just feel like a collection of cool riffs and brutal vocals, it feels like a coherent journey throughout a cohesive whole. Neter take influence from American and European death, leaving the chainsaw frozen north alone which is a welcome change at the moment. It seems that everyone has gone all Swedish, so this is a great thing! The production is warm and thick, like cloying blood, wrapping the ferocity of songs like ‘Blazing Fallout’ and ‘Galvanize’ in a smothering embrace.

‘Inferus’ is a superb album. It feels like a regal overlord of the more flailing and savage records of this year, carrying gravitas and weight rather than simple minded savagery. Neter’s work is remarkably mature and deep, and this record shows their flair for the grandiose and density. Excellent.

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A harrowing trip through the psyche of fellow Spaniards Wormed’s Phlegethon, Lifelost are releasing ‘Dialogues from Beyond’ through Transcending Obscurity at the end of October, and despite its short running time is a darkly psychedelic black metal trip that is both expansive and violent. Actually, the Xasthur-esque band logo should’ve given it away sooner…

Opener ‘Malign Emanatio’ is dense, travelling along atonal pathways towards a darkened centre. It follows the same kind of style as the likes of Portal, Deathspell, Blut Aus Nord, with that little something that makes you feel uneasy. The sickening ‘Sepuchral Vault’ roils with queasy tremolo riffing, while rasping groans ooze from slippery melodies. A more oppressive, unsettling record you would struggle to find this year, and while the opening tones of ‘Metanoia’ saw through your nerves, you are reminded how black metal is supposed to be uncomfortable and evocative.

At only 23 minutes, ‘Dialogues from Beyond’ is disappointingly short, as you feel that Lifelost is just getting into its stride when the end of ‘Incorporeal Gate’ comes crashing through. But that will not stop you putting the whole thing right back on again. Like a nasty pharmaceutical addiction, this is a record that feels like you’re being poisoned but yet you cannot stop listening. Essential stuff.

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Dark, noisy sludgelords Vor have dragged themselves from the swampy, Spanish underground to bring us ‘Depravador’, a two man journey of apocalypse through music. Abrasive and violent, we are brought this latest release by Third I Rex Records.

The opening track showcases immediately the potency of this drums and bass combo, with dizzying low end throbbing with filthy, fuzzy tone. Hatred fuelled shrieks leap from behind each horrifying riff but this isn’t merely directionless noise. The grinding grooves of ‘Black Goat’ bring a very EyeHateGod vibe, while the crusty ‘Cudgel’ could sit comfortably on a Black Flag record. Vor’s music is diverse and heavy as fuck, never falling into one trick pony territory. Sludge meets noise meets hardcore punk attitude and the collision is nuclear.

The merciless, face destroying groove that permeates the filth encrusted monolith ‘Daga’ is only rivalled by the shrieking brutality of closer ‘Dark Fraga’. ‘Depravador’ is a record that pulses with a miasmic, tortured soul. It isn’t easy to categorise what Vor do, but it isn’t difficult to describe it. They contort, they disturb, they smother, they fucking rule.

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The debut album from Spanish true metallers Witchfyre is due out through Fighter Records in August, and ‘Grimorium Verum’ looks to follow the likes of Candle and Portrait in bringing a bit of theatrics and King Diamond back into heavy metal thunder. Fighter Records is a new division of Xtreem Records, and their roster is stacked with greatness so I expect a lot of this.

‘Devil’s Child’ sets out the stall rather quickly, with some classic heavy metal licks instantly providing some fist clenching joy. Joy is probably the most frequent feeling listening to this record, with gleeful NWOBHM riffs galloping through the fantastic ‘No Rest for the Witched’, while stupid grins will spread across faces during ‘Night Hunter’. Witchfyre have got this magic about them that just has this joyous, infectious greatness.

In this oversaturated, downturned eyes world of modern metal where everyone needs to be more kvlt or more real or more trve, it is refreshingly invigorating to experience a band like Witchfyre. There’s no fucks given, there’s just classic heavy metal work performed with enthusiasm, heart and passion. Try to keep your horns down with tracks like ‘The Guardian of the Dead’, and you will certainly fail.

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Spanish death metallers Come Back from the Dead’s new EP ‘Caro Data Vermibus’ is probably the quintessential example of what bands aim for when we come to old school death metal. Featuring members of Nashgul and Bokluk, Transcending Obscurity have brought us yet another gem and Kunal rarely misses on these things. It’s out now!

‘Vomits of a Demonic Infestation’ is very aptly titled, sounding like a bloodied, crusted mix of Autopsy and some nasty Swedish stuff like Dismember. Wild soloing punctures the riffs like a violent stab wound, while manic growls roar over the din. It’s all very simple, brutal and thoroughly effective. The production is swampy but there’s no issue with the clarity. Madness stirs in the churning title track, possessed by a malevolent main riff. The horrifying artwork speaks volumes for the music within, as each track is delivered with a keening insanity, whether it is the relentless Endless Bloodshed’ or the miasma of ‘Carnivorous Craving From Beyond’.

Coated in that strangely alluring Iberian darkness, Come Back from the Dead have dredged up some ancient Scandinavian/Floridian death and brought it forth with a gleeful, bloodied smile. Cacophonous, vibrant and desperately filthy, ‘Caro Data Vermibus’ has no filler and will leave you with a taste for more.

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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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As you can tell by the album cover, Krossfyre’s ‘Burning Torches’ is a celebration of rabid, hyperspeed thrashy metal that is all about bullet belts, Satan and playing as fast as possible. Full of members of some of the Spanish underground’s most memorable bands (Graveyard, K├Ârgull the Exterminator, Morbid Flesh for example) ‘Burning Torches’ is a rampant debut from these Spaniards and thanks to Hells Headbangers we all get to hear it!

You’ve heard it all before but who gives a fuck, right? Metal is metal, and sometimes you just need that familiar boost of aggression and rage. When Krossfyre kick into ‘Fire Solution’, horns flail and heads bang with gusto. The grimy production helps to add an extra dose of nastiness into the tracks, while howling screams play over maddening solos. When a band draws back to classic Nifelheim and Bestial Mockery, you know that you’re going to be in for a treat, but Krossfyre have an undeniable METAL streak running through them, and that gives the melodies a little more pep. The infectious title track show exactly what I mean with its glorious solo.

Galloping thrash meets proto black metal aggression in an electric debut, full of energy and memorable hooks. Let Krossfyre into your life as this is a poison you’ll be glad to be infected by. Krossfyre are the black/thrash combo we’ve been looking for; a band that can actually inject melody without losing the fury within. ‘Burning Torches’ is fucking ace.

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