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Cosmic Void Ritual - The Excreted Remains of the Sabatier System
American death spouter Cosmic Void Ritual are here to drain you of your life energy with their new cassette ‘The Excreted Remains of the Sabatier System’. The work of one mysterious individual, Cosmic Void Ritual have got a very early 90s sound, combined with labyrinthine song structures and unusual timings, creating something dark and disturbing. It’s out 6th October via Blood Harvest Records.
The savage ‘Leaking Alien Sacrelige’ opens this tape with chainsawing riffs and an incomprehensible grunting roar. Death metal is heading more and more into this dark path, where odd atmospherics pervade the space behind riffs. Production values sound worse, but are actually better at conveying the nastiness in each song. A magma like flow of dissonant death riffs spill over through the relentless ‘The Fall…Relic Death Spells…’, and while the underpinning riffs bring to mind Autopsy, Dismember and the like, the strange notes lurking in the background are a little more Gorguts.
I’m not sure what the Sabatier System is, but if this tape is a record of a dying planetary system somewhere in the voids of the universe, then I can see that. Otherwordly, violent and manic, Cosmic Void Ritual sound cavernous, and their rituals are conjuring up something quite, quite mad. Excellent stuff, grab it when it comes out!

From the home of rock and roll Memphis, Tennessee, comes Namazu, whose debut album ‘Works Cited’ is a blistering combination of hardcore and heavy metal, in the style of Black Tusk or Red Fang. Typhoon Killer Records is dropping the record at the end of September, and it definitely seems to be worth your hard earned cash.

Immediately infectious, Namazu come across as a hybrid of Mastodon and Clutch, with a soulful heavy metal riffing style encased in rough guitar tone. Songs like ‘Gunwhale’ drive onwards, like a melodic river under a sun scorched sky, and the chunky ‘Bright Boys’ kicks like old Torche. It is immensely satisfying when you read that a band sounds a bit like a lot of your favourite bands, and then not only does it turn out to be true but that they are more than just your average copycats. Namazu take bits and pieces from all their influences and carve their own sound from them. Tracks like spiralling, Kylesa-esque ‘The Sportswriter’, or the progressive leanings of ‘Waterwalkers’ are a little off kilter, and it just makes them all the better.

Namazu are a welcome addition to that subgenre of sludgey hardcore that is full of infectious melodies. They’re here to kick your head in and make you sing along at the same time. I can imagine their live shows are awesome, as ‘Works Cited’ possesses a thrilling energy about it.

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Ah California. Home to Death Valley, which is where this ghastly duo must’ve have emerged from, as only a place with such ominous connotations could have birthed this rabid, slavering beast of a release. ‘No Sanctity in Death’ is a short, sharp shock to the system, as Ensepulcher pounce with sharpened blade towards the jugular. The cassette is due out on Blood Harvest Records in October.

Full disclosure, this review took more time to write than the length of this tape. At a speedy 7 and a half minutes, ‘No Sanctity in Death’ is just getting great when it’s over. Thankfully though, the repeat button is in constant use. The opening intro/title track is a chunky, ripping Swedeath worshipping beast, and the followup ‘Perishing in Morbidity’ is more of the same. The riffs summon prime Dismember, but with a rawer, rougher edge to them. Cavernous vocals emanate from the brutal ‘Death and Decay’, while the closing ‘Funeral Cessation’ careers towards hell with gleeful abandon.

Ensepulcher don’t give you much here, but it is more than enough to know that, come time for a full length release, ‘No Sanctity in Death’ was merely the gurgling appetiser. Assured in their blood spattered assault, Ensepulcher are going to be fucking great for a long time to come.

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Shrine of the Serpent first lurked upon my radar with their awesome self titled EP in 2015. They’ve returned with a new split cassette with Black Urn, a band I have had no prior knowledge of but will definitely be tracking after this. The split is over 30 minutes of harrowing death/doom, with each band contributing two tracks each. It is available now through Bandcamp.

Opening with Shrine of the Serpent’s ‘Desecrated Tomb’, which is brutally heavy and slow. Like the heaving of tectonic plates, Shrine of the Serpent immediately reintroduce themselves as one of the heaviest outfits on the planet. Guttural roars compliment dragging riffs, all suffocating under a leaden atmosphere. ‘Catacombs of Flesh’ is just about as unbearably heavy, pushing down upon you with terrible, devastating darkness.

Black Urn’s side of the split crushes with the morbid crawl of ‘My Strength Lies on Heavenless Plains’, which builds from murky depths into a black metal influenced tremolo roar. Thunderous, molten riffs pour from aching speakers while tortured screams yearn for freedom. It is staggeringly heavy, and sets a new watermark for the music here. They close us down with the AIC Cover, ‘Junkhead’, which injects an entirely new menace into the grunge classic.

Probably one of the best splits I’ve come across in recent memory, both Shrine of the Serpent and Black Urn have really hit it out of the park on this one. Find a copy of it soon before they all disappear!

https://shrineoftheserpent.bandcamp.com/album/shrine-of-the-serpent-black-urn-split

https://caligarirecords.bandcamp.com/album/split-2

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Contra - Deny Everything

A formerly instrumental stoner sludge outfit, Contra (classic video game reference has sold me already) have dropped their debut record ‘Deny Everything’ on Robustfellow Productions/Shifty Records, and despite the relatively uninspired album cover is a badass record full of heavy blues and cathartic sludge roars that will delight even the most jaded of metal fans.

Squalls of feedback lead into a groovy slab of stoner metal, where ‘Human Buzzsaw’ takes the wheel for a trip down some sickeningly catchy groovy roads. The slamming ‘Altered Beast’ feels like Clutch jamming some old Kyuss riffs, while ‘The Gorgon’ hits hard before the spacious ‘Humanoid Therapy’ adds a little bit of slow, desert rock doom in there. Contra don’t stick to a simple template, they throw in little bits of everything within the stoner/sludge/doom sphere and come out with something that rocks hard and seeps into your mind.

The rumbling intro to ‘One Hundred Hand Slap’ could be my favourite moment here; stinking of NOLA blues and soul. ‘Deny Everything’ may not be the most original slab of hard rocking stoner sludge, but when you have riffs like these who cares?! Contra are a new guilty pleasure I keep coming back to, and ‘Deny Everything’ is built for jamming.

https://contracleveland.bandcamp.com/album/deny-everything

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Decrepit Throne are a studio black metal project duo from North Carolina and New Jersey, whose debut full length ‘Traitor’s Grave’ is a thrill ride of vicious and eeriely melodic black metal in the vein of Dissection, Emperor and Drudkh. Self released, it is out now through the Bandcamp site.

Opener ‘Lands of Ash’ builds like the dark forces gathering before the storm, from which dark riffs and atmospheres flood your ears. Bleak melodies wrap around croaking rasps, while the languid evil of ‘Lucifer’s Descent’ is a welcome respite from black metal bands who cannot understand the benefits of playing slowly every so often. It really helps to differentiate them, as well as allowing the listener to absorb the little nuances.

The burning ‘Your Death My Solitude’ is a cold hearted belch from darkness, while the ravaging ‘A Defiant Flame Burning’ is another choice cut from a record that reins in the speed and ferocity for good old fashioned evil and darkness. Capturing that crawling black metal vibe perfectly, ‘Traitor’s Grave’ is a record that will haunt your record player for time to come, because sometimes you need something deep, dark and absorbing to sate your desires.

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A deathly power trio from Indiana, Desekryptor’s follow up to their 2016 demo is the ugly and barbaric ‘Chasm of Rot’. Blood Harvest has spat this 18 minute fireball of ugliness out on cassette, and it drives a tattered, bloodied flag into the ground to proclaim Desekryptor as the latest pretenders to the throne of true, nasty, death metal. It is out now!

Opener ‘Serpentine Scourge’ is some relentless, nasty shit. Like being worked on by a surgeon with rusty tools and a sadistic streak, Desekryptor slash and rip at your senses leaving blood and foul rot behind. Crushing doomy underpins the brutality of the title track, which is rivalling the best songs I’ve heard all year so far. It is sludgy, savage and devastatingly heavy. Organismacide’ features the same ragged, raging fury; Desekryptor really grasping the blade and getting straight to the heart of death metal’s magic.

Closing with the rumbling ‘Apocalyptic Funeral Trance’, ‘Chasm of Rot’ is a precursor of terrible things to come from this band. Like a warped beast rising from the murk, Desekryptor are going to be the end of this world as we know it. ‘Chasm of Rot’ is merely a manifesto for the damned souls left behind.

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/chasm-of-rot-tape

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