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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