Posts Tagged ‘Vinyl’

Tyrants Blood - Into the Kingdom of Graves

Canadian black/death/thrash metallers Tyrants Blood have been going for over a decade now, and their crictically acclaimed third full length ‘Into the Kingdom of Graves’ is getting the rerelease treatment from Tridroid Records. This time it’ll be available on vinyl, after a CD release from the band themselves the first time round. What an untamed beast of a record this one is…

Opener ‘Spiral Sea’ explodes with furious blasting, a chaotic maelstrom of early Possessed and Death clashing with the fury of violent black metal aesthetics. Think Anaal Nathrakh without all the vast, epic clean sections, and you’re getting there. A howling tornado of blackened rage sweeps across the Midwest of your mind, destroying everything in its path with poisoned riffs and an unstoppable blasting battery. Unbridled ferocity is the name of the game here, and Tyrants Blood bring it.

At points, there’s some technical riffing, at times there’s galloping guitarwork that would make the finest of black metal bands take notice. But it always seems to return to their nationality. Canadian Metal (which thanks to Fenriz is totally a genre) is full of bands that take well-trod paths and yet pull out stunning replications of the style. Tyrants Blood are another example, with the pinnacle of extremity being the juddering behemoth of ‘Decree of the Dead’. But you could try any moment here, from ‘Conjure the Watcher’ to ‘Within Outer Scars’, and you would never be let down for brutality. Awesome.

Enlighten - Illvmantithesis

Portugese black metallers Enlighten are a band building a reputation for ‘black death metal chaos’, through last year’s ‘Phösphorvs Paramovnt’ but their newest EP, ‘Illvmantithesis’ gives them a much more eerie and unsettling feel than the fury of the previous release. The EP is limited to 250, and is out in June on Signal Rex.

Opener ‘Pallor’ opens with uneasy guitar melodies and a harsh, atonal tone. Building upon the foundations set by Blut Aus Nord and Deathspell Omega, Enlighten’s black metal is obtuse, harsh and very dark. ‘Shroud’ is similar, with the distorted calm and haunting melody building into a righteous fury. Exploring the band’s more esoteric and expansive song writing abilities is what makes this release so essential.

I like black metal that explores the limits of tone and sound the way Enlighten do. They truly create that feeling of unease that is prevalent in all great, dark music. ‘Illvmantithesis’ is a short but satisfying release that will required multiple playthroughs to grasp the dark concepts behind the blackness.

Ice War - Battle Zone

There’s something incredibly satisfying about pure, unadulterated heavy metal. You know the kind; stuff from before death/thrash/black etc became a thing, when it was all just about the spirit and the fucking joy of music. Canadians Ice War bring that on their debut EP ‘Battle Zone’, out now on vinyl through Iron Bonehead.

‘Battle Zone’ itself is a slab of proto metal goodness, bringing back that early 80s vibe and the spirit of NWOBHM. There’s a little bit of Sabbath creeping in there too, but it feels like something from an ancient Angel Witch or Jaguar demo. They’ve nailed that sound, and follow it up with the speedier ‘This Was Our Home’, which has a bit of an early Motorhead vibe about it almost. Mix that with dashes of pre-Dickinson Iron Maiden and early Priest, and you’ve got the idea.

‘Battle Zone’ may be short, but its very sweet. The title track has been a multi time spinner for me, and it channels the purest heavy metal from back in the day! Awesome!

Resuscitation - Eviscerated Divinity

Resuscitation are a Belgian trio who have been going for almost twenty years, yet have a very sparse discography. Only three demos and a single full length have come before ‘Eviscerated Divinity’, but what they don’t have in productivity, they certainly make up for behind the blackened wall of death conjured up on this 7″ vinyl from Iron Bonehead.

This is heavy stuff, oppressive death metal that has this choking atmosphere, this unholy murk that pervades each riff, each gurgling vocal emanation. There’s a dense Swedish influence here, with a guitar tone that brings to mind early Dismember or Grave. The title track has some properly brutal vocals, and ‘Putrescent Summoning’ is more of the same; a bleak pounding of your skull into ash and dust. There’s a definite black metal feel about the primal hatred that oozes from each riff.

‘Eviscerated Divinity’ comes from a place where the chainsaw violence of Swedish death metal combines with the filthy black metal rawness of Gorgoroth or early Satyricon. Resuscitation may not produce much music, but if it is all as good as this 7″, they are worth waiting for. Murky blackened death awaits you….

Sacrocurse - Destroying Chapels

Mexican/Turkish blackened death trio Sacrocurse follow up their debut full length ‘Unholier Master’ with a 7″ EP with three new tracks and a Bathory cover. It’s due out on Iron Bonehead Productions now!

Opening with ear piercing shrieks, and then a brutal relentless assault on the senses ‘Total Devastation’ is a razorblade whirlwind, with howling dark vocals and a raging black/death maelstorm of vicious guitars. It’s seriously intense, and even the slower sections have this malevolence about them, this barely chained rage struggling to be free. ‘Sacrocurse Temple’ is more of the same; bestial black metal atmosphere drowning a rabid, raw death metal riff. Sacrocurse have got some serious darkness flailing around under their cloak of murk. The savagery of the title track is the highlight here.

Closing with a suitably raw approach to the Bathory classic ‘Total Destruction’, Sacrocurse have made ‘Destroying Chapels’ into a great example of what can be done with with four songs, a shitload of hatred and some excellent riffs. If you can get this, get this!