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Vale of Pnath - Accursed

Technical death shredders Vale of Pnath are releasing their new EP, ‘Accursed’, through the iconic Willowtip Records, and even though it is an EP it still manages to cram 27 minutes of serious mind melting music into it. It is due to come out in May.

Like the valley of Lovecraftian horror they are named for, Vale of Pnath’s intro, ‘Shadow and Agony’ is suitably dark and horrifying. It leads directly into the maelstorm of ‘The Darkest Gate’, which couples the maddening technical death metal for which the band are known, with an undeniably miasmic black metal atmosphere. There is so much collaboration between black and death metal now that it is sometimes difficult to see where each genre splits, but Vale of Pnath manage to keep their riffing deathly and their atmospherics blackened. There’s moments in ‘Skin Turned Soil’ that bring to mind ‘Deathcult’-era Dimmu, while ‘Audient Void’ sounds like an echo chamber for the vale of Pnath itself.

The cascading death metal riffing of ‘Obsidian Realm’, that begins to drown in the blackened waters is a perfect example of why ‘Accursed’ is a record that is a joy to write about. The overall atmosphere is menacing, horrendous filth that seethes with untold terror, while the musicianship is equally jaw dropping. Vale of Pnath’s work is carved from molten rock, and burnished into an alien hue, both unknown and mesmerising.


The fifth release in the 20 year history of Lecherous Nocturne is on respected death metal label Willowtip Records, which already lends ‘Occultaclysmic’ a dose of credibility, but Lecherous Nocturne have always been a band that has defined genres, rather than followed them. Willowtip provide the plaform, ‘Occultaclysmic’ has brought the brutality.

‘By Conquest or Consent’ immediately blisters any concerns that Lecherous Nocturne could have mellowed with age. Fury strikes with devastating blasting, rapid fire riffs that scorch the earth and savage growls and screams ravage your ears. An instant shot to the heart, which is then followed for 40 minutes of rock solid, brutal death metal that encompasses technical superiority, horrendous brutality and even melodic flourishes. The likes of the title track and the grand instrumental ‘Remembrance’ betray the melodic sensibilities of a band that seems, on the surface, to be focused entirely on destruction. Relentless in the execution, Lecherous Nocturne hit with an intensity in ‘Tower of Silence’ that put others to shame.

‘Occultaclysmic’ is a record that will sit proudly amongst death metal releases for 2018. An unutterably brutal experience, taking shape gradually as a beast with many heads, Lecherous Nocturne may be a band that is heavy and brutal as fuck, but they are much more subtle than you would expect. This is some seriously great shit.