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The new EP from Boethiah, ‘Celestial Gateway’, continues their path from their full length debut ‘Invocation of the Xenolith’, which I reviewed a while back, dragging the classic Swedeath sound into science fiction realms. It was released late last year through Camo Pants Records and Rotted Life Records for the CD. The band have also since set up their own label, which they reissued this on cassette earlier this year as well, Desert Wastelands.

The sinister, gurgling intro sets the scene for the cosmic, spectral horror that is about to unfold. First track proper ‘Charting the Unknown’ has all the same Swedeath chugging viciousness that we loved about their debut record, ensorcelled by dreamy spacey weirdness, and it carves out a more unique place for Boethiah in this world of copycat death metal bands. The more midpaced thunder on this EP is a refreshing move away from identikit Swedeath thrashing, and every riff is coated in a darker, oiler tone. ‘Succumbing to the Maelstrom’ is brutally dense and dark, while the stunning melodies of ‘Beneath the Mist’ languish under a steamroller of chainsaw riffing.

‘Celestial Gateway’ is a step up from their last, and Boethiah are carving their own maelstrom of darkness in metal’s galaxy. Far away, ever present and awaiting their time to engulf us all in blackness, ‘Celestial Gateway’ is merely another step on the path to celestial dominance.

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https://boethiah.bandcamp.com/album/celestial-gateway

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Ghost:Hello are a family affair, and the trio of stoner rockers from Ohio are releasing their debut record in September, entitled ‘The Sound of Color in Space’. This is a record that demands repeated listens to unlock its glories, but it is just a little too strange in places?

A mighty slab of synth riddled stoner fuzz is exactly what this record gives you from the start. The driving riffs that open ‘Fingerstache’ are immediately addictive, but what really hooks you in are the surrounding synth lines, weird effects and otherworldly vocals that ensure that you’ve never quite heard anything like this before. The strange gloom of ‘Perfect’, the awesome driving bass of ‘Mouth of the Gift Horse’ coupled with the raw vocal; it is the variety in every song that makes Ghost:Hello such an intriguing prospect. Highlights include the tripped out fuzz of Burnout’ and the closing ‘Poison Swan’, that drifts away in squalling feedback.

Equal parts driving stoner rock and weird darkwave, Ghost:Hello have released one of this year’s most interesting records. The tribal, sleazeblues of ‘Nemesis’ sits right next to the eerie, pulsating ‘Bardo State’ and yet makes total sense. A challenging record, but ultimately a great one.

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https://ghosthello.bandcamp.com/

Fetid - Steeping Corporeal Mess

Oozing from the sodden, ancient Pacific Northwest comes Fetid, a band who is more suited to the bubbling, boiling pits of hell than that grand, tree swept landscape. Their ‘Steeping Corporeal Mess’ record is out now through 20 Buck Spin, and is a journey through the miasma of pure darkness.

The virulent, pulsing chaos of opener ‘Reeking Within’ is reminiscient of the more straightforward bits of Portal; a suffocating tidal wave of crushing death metal that bends and sweeps like prime Immolation. The whole record feels like a rumbling, lava induced death of this world. Everything is consumed in this dark, dense atmosphere that makes songs like ‘Cranial Liquescent’ feel murky and apocalyptic. The low end creaking through this record is ludicrous, with each chugging breakdown sounding like the cracking of the earth’s plates, best felt in the titanic ‘Dripping Sub-Tepidity’

By the time the end comes, through the magnificent pestilence of ‘Draped in What Was’, the poisonous suffocating magma is setting, and you are trapped in the hellacious realm that Fetid have created. A stunning record of the heaviest matter in the universe, highly recommended.

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Crush the Altar - Abhorrent Oblation

When Redefining Darkness Records puts out a three track demo from a new band on cassette, and said band is ‘blackened thrash meets death metal’, you’ve almost guaranteed yourself a winner. Crush the Altar are that band, and ‘Abhorrent Oblation’ is that record. It is out now!

It isn’t anywhere near as raw and harsh as i expected, but the opener ‘See Mortality’ totally slays in a different way. There is clear definition in the guitar work, not just thrashy necro murk. The altar the band are crushing must be that of prime early Sodom or Kreator, as there is a very Teutonic roughness to it. The riffing is memorable, each song feeling unique and overflowing with lacerating riffing. The chug of ‘Demonizing the Ancient Lore’ is primal death metal gold, while the chunky thrash of closer ‘Discastery Ruin’ is artful in its savagery.

The best demos get in, explain how fucking good they are in 10 riffs or less, and get out. The collaboration between measured pace and breakneck speed push Crush the Altar to stand out, and the fifteen minutes that this demo lasts is not enough. Get ‘Abhorrent Oblation’ as soon as, then start praying for more to come. These guys are excellent.

https://redefiningdarknessrecords.bandcamp.com/album/crush-the-altar-abhorrent-oblation

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Chalice of Suffering’s last record, ‘For You I Die’ was a monument to pure misery and doom, and their new record ‘Lost Eternally’ looks to build on that work and create something truly emotionally draining. It is out now through Transcending Obscurity and is here to sap you of your lifeforce.

When you go for walks in misted woodlands or on rugged fells as a metalhead, you immediately hear music like this in your brain. There is a primal, Gaian sweep to this record, creaking with the weight of a million generations of life on its shoulders. The opener ‘In the Mist of Once Was’ hits you in that same emotional way that My Dying Bride’s earliest pieces did. The haunting pipes echoing in the background speak of lost kingdoms, of shattered ancestry and of lost loves. You’d think that such a gut punch to start couldn’t be bettered, but the band have more ideas.

The groaning growls of ‘Emancipation of Pain’ echo over tectonic rumbles, while the hypnotic grooves of ‘Forever Winter’ wash over you like miserable waves. Every moent is laced with atmosphere, weaving a tapestry of depressive misery into which we can lose ourselves. Chalice of Suffering’s cup runneth over with moments of guttural death, but their subtler touches are the best. The tinkling keys under the title track’s mammoth sway is a mereĀ  glimpse into their repetoire.

‘Lost Eternally’ is a suitable album title, as you will find yourself lost amongst the huge riffs and the heartrending pain summoned through every song. A titanic offering, that will inject your summer with a heathly dose of rain and sorrow. Buy it now!

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https://chaliceofsuffering.bandcamp.com/

Feral Light - Fear Rides a Shadow

A two man, ferociously black metal machine, Feral Light’s second album ‘Fear Rides a Shadow’ is out now through Pulverised Records, and is another example of the malevolent fury seeping through the USBM scene.

The cold riffs permeating the opener, ‘Wake’, feels like the precursor to oblivion; the oblivion that arrives with the cascading savagery of ‘Arrow/Beast’, that is possessed of a thrilling juxtaposition of almost black and roll still riffing while being infested with a toxic, black metal fury. The production lends the guitar work a rough edge, and the unholy screams and growls accompany this ‘feral’ attitude. It immediately makes songs like ‘Spirit Inanimate’ feel more memorable, and some of the more unusual melody lines, particularly in the introverted rage of ‘Psychic Dirt’ are immediately earworms.

If you don’t feel moved by the type of black metal thrust upon you in album highlight ‘Cold Monochrome’, then your lust for black metal is truly one dimensional. Feral Light bring us the evolution, where the blasting and shrieking ferocity of the past meets the shapeshifting progression of the future. ‘Fear Rides a Shadow’ is an album that shows no fear, and takes no prisoners.

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https://ferallight.bandcamp.com/

https://www.pulverised.net/

Pig's Blood - A Flock Slaughtered

From Milwaukee, Wisconsin comes the second record from death metal destroyers Pig’s Blood. ‘A Flock Slaughtered’ is out now through Godz ov War Productions, and is a half hour assault to the head and neck area.

The rumbling savagery of opener ‘Gates Ripped Open’ lays the groundwork for the aural smackdown about to occur. This is brutally heavy, with a dense chainsawing guitar tone raping and pillaging your senses while a thunderous low end and battery of drums shakes the ground. What I really appreciate about this record is the thickness of the sound. It’s suffocatingly heavy, with barely any chinks of light poking through. Throat shredding growls howl over the churning Obituary worship of ‘Violent Spirit of Decadence’, while there’s a sludgey Autopsy-esque nightmare waiting those who listen to ‘Maniacal Triumph’s Embrace’.

‘A Flock Slaughtered’ is over before you’re really ready for it to be, and I itched to turn it straight back on. Primal evil soaks through each riff, blood gargles in every growl, and the maddening stabbing solos that punctuate the tracks combine to create a great record. Get this asap if you like your death to be a little dark and dense.

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https://godzovwarproductions.bandcamp.com/album/a-flock-slaughtered