Thursday, June 28, 2018

"Endémique" by Emprise

Emprise, a new low-profile underground entity that emerged this year, released in April their first debut EP titled "Endémique". A duo from Quebec that shares the guitarist, bassist and lyric writer artist of Mort aux Gueux and Cardinal covering the vocals and drums. This is a new and promising band that has a visceral and catchy raw sound with a slight punk influence and far from the generic and traditional  black metal. Their lyrics are deeply rooted with the Québécois culture and covers poems by Émile Nelligan.

"Endémique" is available both digitally and on cassette format through Corde Raide Productions. 

Excellent Black Metal from Quebec!

Monday, May 28, 2018

"Abeloth" by Snøgg

We've added to our playlist Snøgg, a two member act from Slovenia that plays a very peculiar style of experimental black metal, with a very distinctive dark and powerful sound that stands out from the generic traditional bands. They inject lots of different elements with and orthodox feel and improvised dynamic composition style that captivates the listener with their dissonant and harrowing sound.  Great obscure mid tempo atmospheres accompanied by violin, guitar solos and narrations. The album is based on Star Wars legend and later mixed with the dark poetry of Georg Trakl.

The Creation and recording of Abeloth is comprised by a series of performances at Brno and in Ljubljana in October 2016, and in Maribor in November of the same year. Originally performed without drums as Mørk could not make it but it was the first performance that included guests on stage.

Aninø Üfo Letherbee, a renowned classical orchestral and solo violinist joined Ulv (guitars, vocals, keyboards), Køzhl (bass) and Neo-Cymex formerly known as Ampulex Dementor (noisescapes, special fx) for the experiment. On the second and third performances, Mørke returned and Azbuka (noise, field recordings) joined the team. As expected, each edition of Abeloth sounded different and after November, the band never played the whole song again, rather played some kind of derivatives of the song, little pieces or a song with no name, unofficially called Abeloth 2. Vrag (vocals) also joined in on many of those implementations.

In May 2017, the team went to the studio and recorded the tracks for the EP. It was done in the same way as the concerts, a total improvisation. The latest addition to the roster was Zeench, who recorded guitar solos for The Servant – The Mother, and after months of editing and mixing, the Abeloth EP was born and available for purchase through Bandcamp. 

Ulv - guitars, Keyboards, Vocals, Rituals
Mørke - Drumms, Spells

Additional Musicians:
Aninø Üfo Letherbee - Violin
Køzhl - Bass 
Vrag - Vocals
Azbuka - Noise, field Recordings
Neo-Cymex formerly known as Ampulex Dementor - Narration
Zeench - Guitar Solo 

Friday, May 11, 2018

"Occulta religiO" by Abhor (Italy)

Abhor are a veritable institution of Italian occult and esoteric black metal with an unmistakable ritual feel.

Formed in 1995 by Domine Saevum Graven and Ulfhedhnir in the northeast of Italy, the band began with a passion for black metal music and the study of esoteric arts. Less like a band and more like a congregation, they represent a form of global art that embraces all its elements (musical, visual and literal art).

Their first release came in 1998, with the first demo tape "In Tuo Honori Prepartum". From there on, Abhor released six full length albums with a number of labels, doing honorable underground work.

Their new offering "Occulta religiO",  is available through Iron Bonehead Productions, releasing this month Abhor's highly anticipated seventh album on CD, vinyl LP and cassette format.

'Occulta religiO" conjures the usual stylistic brand of sinister melodies, heavy and very dark riffing, demonic screams, keyboard notes and recitations in clean vocals alongside concepts of occult, esotericism, alchemy, witchcraft, Satanism and dark folklore.



Sunday, April 29, 2018

“Gaqtaqaiaq” by Ifernach

When it comes to the Québécois Black Metal scene, Ifernach is a strong new solo project that shouldn’t go amiss. I first heard and listened Ifernach thanks to Corde Raide Productions when in 2016 it released a batch of 50 tapes of  the first EP Laments of Ériu and I was sold at first hearing.

The brain and soul behind Ifernach, is Finian Patraic who writes all lyrics in French covering subjects and tales of native ancestry, forgotten ancient souls, cults and old rituals from the Gaspé Peninsula in Canada (a province of Quebec). And hence, he describes his music as Gaspesian black metal.

Soundwise, expect a rough and raw production with fierce fast riffing and chaotic black metal with some thrash and punk influence, interwoven with traditional mid paced and additional atmospheric elements of ambient and acoustic to channel your mind into lands of ancient Gaspesian native past. 

Gaqtaqaiaq is his new (3rd) EP released this spring via Nekrart on CD format, containing a beautiful booklet with lyrics and images in full colour and also in tape format via Les Productions Heretiques.

I believe there are still a few tapes available for Vestige Gaspesien, the Ifernach/Victime Quelconque Split by the way via Corde Raide Productions.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

"Lurker of Chalice" - New Edition (2018)

If you are familiar with Leviathan then you will also know Lurker of Chalice, one of the many projects by visual artist and multi-instrumentalist Jef Whitehead, also known as Wrest. 

This self-titled album was originally released in 2005 after the releases of two previous demos, one of our all time USBM favourites. The good news is that NWN! Productions has released early in the year a new edition, a double LP which include a bonus track featured on a previous vinyl edition.

Lurker of Chalice is a stirring Black Metal Ambient masterpiece with a strong oppressive and reverberated visceral feel. This album will genuinely transport you to entrancing lands of profound bleak despair. A very unique rare gem! 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

"Perversión" by Corpsehammer

We’ve just added the Swedish black/death metal horde Corpsehammer to our playlist. They’ve unleashed the third chapter of their EP trilogy, via Morbid Skull Records (started with "Sacrilegio" in March last year and followed with "Posesión" last September).

Based in Dalarna (Sweden), and founded in 2016, Corpsehammer is a four member band from Chile and Sweden (including Gaddur from Omnizide). Their raw production and ferocious sounding force and influence is inspired by the first wave of black metal, plus elements of late ‘80s and early ‘90s Latin American/Australian extreme scenes, combined with primitive, malicious and sacrilegious black/death metal.

The lyrics of this EP seem to be abstract, with no specific story or theme and the words are not necessarily connected to each other, yet in some bizarre way the connection exists and the result is sheer madness and chaos facing the devil, perversion and death.

Morbid Skull Records is stocking a limited edition of 99 copies on blood inked tapes, in 3 different colours, black, gold and silver.

HIGHLY REOMMENDED TO THE FANS OF: Darkthrone, Sadistik Exekution, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Katharsis, Slaughter Lord, Vulcano, Sarcofago and the likes.

Midnight Horror – Vocals 
Nekromonger – Guitar 
Gaddur – Drums 
Draug – Bass 



Saturday, April 21, 2018

You Shall Be There..." by Cryptic Wanderings



From the depths of the Spanish Underground Black Metal scene "You Shall Be There..." is the new debut album of Spanish horde CRYPTIC WANDERINGS. A band from Zaragoza formed out of the ashes of AMNION, taking the name of this band's full length album as their band name and continuing the worship of old black metal. Drizzt of Spanish black metallers Empty is one of the main writers behind the band with member Santi of Ataraxy, as well as Nemac (Empty) on the bass and Gionata Potenti a.k.a. Omega and Thorns (Fides Inversa, Darvaza, Chaos Invocation) on the drums.
A grim and sinister fast paced album that take their own tormented style into a darkened journey that gives praise to the old ways yet with more modern overtones and great production. Highly recommended!


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