Ævangelist – Enthrall to the Void of Bliss (2015)

Author: Arvind

Band: Ævangelist

Album: Enthrall to the Void of Bliss

Label: 20 Buck Spin

The first semblance of organized structure on Aevangelist’s latest offering, “Enthrall to the Void of Bliss”, comes nearly 8 minutes into the opening track. Up until then, “Arcanae Manifestia” plods along, a sprawling mass of creaking industrial sounds, buried cymbals, and swirling chaos. It’s impressive just how many disparate sounds Aevangelist are able to cram into their sonic space. For every solid death metal chug, there are industrial scrapes, vocal wrenches, angular riffs, and even a church bell or two. As you might imagine, there’s a lot going on here. Consequently, “Enthrall to the Void of Bliss” comes across as a messy, chaotic affair, but it’s clear that chaos is exactly what they were going for. Continue reading

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The Antichrist Imperium – The Antichrist Imperium (2015)

Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: The Antichrist Imperium

Album: The Antichrist Imperium

Label: Apocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings

I first heard Akercocke in 2005, with the release of their album “Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone”. I was not instantly converted, but it was still one of my first experiences with death metal, and as being one of the few albums I owned, the tracks gained familiarity with me until I grew a solid appreciation for the music and eagerly anticipated “The Antichrist”. Continue reading

Howls of Ebb – The Marrow Veil (2015)

Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Howls of Ebb

Album: The Marrow Veil

Label: I, Voidhanger Records

A metal fan in 2015 is faced with a true embarrassment of riches. There is far more metal being released every year than I’ll ever be able to listen to. Even if I restricted myself to the albums I expect to really enjoy, I doubt I would ever be able to get through it all. This scenario makes album art an invaluable tool in finding new music. Over the course of over 20 years of metal exploration, I’ve cultivated what I believe to be a very accurate sense of what an album will sound like based on the name and album art, and that helps me hone on the music that I find most interesting. It’s not a perfect system, because while I might be able to make a good guess of what a band sounds like, I still have no idea whether it will actually be any good until I get it into my ears. And that brings us to Howls of Ebb. Continue reading

Possession – 1585 – 1646 (2015)

Author: Goldensundown

Band: Possession

Album: 1585 – 1646

Label: Iron Bonehead Productions

Possession’s EP, 1585 – 1646 is a primitive, 4 track EP of straight forward but still chaotic black/death metal, harkening from Belgium. While Chris Moyan’s extremely recognisable art might be a staple of the visceral black/thrash bands, both Possession’s logo design and the album art done by him help solidify the primitive and dark tone of the album. The album follows the life, accusation and eventual burning of a French woman, Adrienne d’Heur, who was accused of sorcery. Continue reading

Demo Roundup #2

Author: Goldensundown

Bands: Cloak, Kult of the Wizard

Releases: Succumb, The White Wizard

Labels: Transylvanian Tapes, Independent

The second instalment of my nifty demo roundup is going up a bit sooner than I was expecting. Need to wrap my ears around a couple of albums a few more times before dropping some reviews for them. This time, being featured is Cloak and Kult of the Wizard. Continue reading

Archgoat – The Apocalyptic Triumphator (2015)

Band: Archgoat

Release: The Apocalyptic Triumphator

Label: Debemur Morti Productions

Reviewer: Andrew “Poopthrash”

Before taking an eleven year hiatus beginning in ’93, Archgoat was considered to be one of those underground, demo gems, never releasing a full-length. Whore of Bethlehem, their highly anticipated 2006 comeback/debut full-length divided the fans. While it was met with high praise and cult worship (albeit, generally in retrospect), many thought Archgoat generically cloned other acts of the same black/death variety such as Blasphemy, Black Witchery, Bestial Warlust, Proclamation, etc. Belonging to a niche genre cult of blasphemous black/death, the evil and demonic motifs are all but demanded. However, Archgoat failed to distinguish themselves as unique in comparison, worthy of praise but not quite worship.That is, until now. Continue reading

Genocide Shrines – Manipura Imperial Deathevokovil: Scriptures of Reversed Puraana Dharmurder (2015)

Genocide Shrines - 2015 release

Artist: Genocide Shrines

Album: Manipura Imperial Deathevokovil: Scriptures of Reversed Puraana Dharmurder

Label: Vault Of Dried Bones

“Ritual” has become something of a buzzword in black and death metal these days. It’s difficult to imbue a real sense of metaphysical connection into music that often uses offerings (whether to Satan, or some Lovecraftian entity). Enter Genocide Shrines. In the realm of abyssic, cavernous death metal, Genocide Shrines invoke and subvert scripture to create a truly blasphemic offering of sonic force. This record owes a great debt to the Incantation school of death metal, and it checks all of the requisite boxes – a smattering of blastbeats, downtuned guitars, and vocals that scrape the bottom of the deepest trenches. Continue reading