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    Perverted Ceremony – “Sabbat of Behezael” – [Nuclear War Now! Productions]

    Belgian duo of ‘Morbid Messiah’ and ‘Baron Cimiterre’ allegedly founded in 2011. Since their 2016 recording debut, their take on Bestial Black / War / Goat Metal has made a big splash in the underground, like some kind of unholy cave diver.

    Hype can be pretty deadly to extreme metal bands but not in this case. Proving there’s more to my least favourite Western European country than Muslim terrorist safehouses, ‘Man Bites Dog,’ Jean-Claude Juncker’s resort for retired bureaucrats, terrifying deep-state pedophilia rings, and those fried potato stick things, P.C. deliver an oozing effluent of exultant (and on a few occasions, oddly banjo-like) tremolo riffing, animalistic growls, and precisely pugilistic percussion. For psychedelic spice (and to go with their vintage logo) they add 70s-style guitar riffing and analog-sounding keyboards to the stew on many tracks.

    Their most obvious influence is Beherit, though their sound is more studied; there are elements too of Archgoat, Blasphemy, Mystifier, Hellvetron, Goatlord, Nocturnal Blood, maybe Varathron. Good company to be in all around. My point is that their sound actually does manage to come across as fairly original, and unlike so many of their influences there is a certain tautness to the playing.

    I asked Rat King what they were doing on the cover. “Obviously they are having a perverted ceremony,” came her reply. Indeed.

    Also included on this CD version: the tracks from the NWN! 12” LP we added 4 months ago.

    T.s 1 + 10 are dungin’ synth intros.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on June 5, 2018 at 10:17 pm
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  • Injekting Khaos – “Injekting Khaos” – [Blast Beat Mailmurder/Productions]

    Progressive Black Metal from Athens, active 2002-13. They only put out three recordings, of which this 2013 EP is the last. It really is great stuff, its angular and aggressive mid-length bursts balancing atonality and melody skilfully with a slight Grind influence perhaps. Included within the appealing all-paper packaging is a wordy interview—conducted by Temple of Flesh, the Cypriot label that co-released this with BBMM— with I.K. guitarist ‘MyLastBreatH.’ The following excerpts, presented in their original sequence, may help you decide whether you will like this LP:

    “[W]e formed I.K. with the sole purpose to play Black Metal that departs from the Black Metal rules… Our name is a tribute to Antaeus, a very special and original band; that is telling of where we came from… A.V. of Dead Congregation appeared with us on stage… some riffs are nods to other bands that the listener can name… I cannot pick between Deathspell Omega and Black Witchery… [drummer] Syrinx blasted with the astrogrind camp of Dephosphorus before focusing on his classical music studies…”

    This is not the most ‘authentic’ Black Metal in the world, but this is not a surprise as the band openly disdain the orthodox sound. There is plenty of bite here all the same.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on June 5, 2018 at 9:20 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Eine Dunkle Symbiose Aus Tod & Ewiger Finsternis [coll] – [Eclipse of Live Promulgation]

    ‘A Dark Symbiosis of Dead and Eternal Darkness’ split 2005.

    Side A ‘Death’ – Elisabetha- Elisabetha (split 2008) were from Germany. They used to be Black Metal, but then they went full Neoclassical retard. It seems that this split has been released twice with the same Nachtmahr material on the other side— on the CD version it’s a bizarre black metal track on Elisabetha’s side but on this 7” version you get keyboards… is it “Dungeon Synth,” Renfield? Derision apart, the take on Darkwave, dedicated to E.A. Poe, is actually fairly apt.  There’s a heartbeat in there too, and some spoken word in Deutsch. Are any of the instruments real?

    Side B ‘Darkness’ – Nachtmahr- Two tracks from the now-inactive German project, founded 1996. Don’t get them confused with the Electro-Industrial project or the other Black Metal band from Germany! This is primitive symphonic BM with lyrics from Goethe (on the first track) and really cheap synth parts that sound strangely divorced from the other instruments, kind of like hearing two songs at once. A+ for the mindfuck, and perhaps they even meant for this to happen. They shot for Emperor/Enslaved epic Valhallan feels and got something a bit more ‘special.’ I will play this side.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on April 28, 2018 at 5:28 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • BLSPHM – I Can’t Die Here – [Dead Accents]

    BLSPHM is the solo project of Demian Johnston, Sutekh Hexen member and resident of the Pacific Northwest. While the smashed mandibles on the cover, like something recovered from the site of a plane crash, suggest extreme violence and depravity, this is not harsh industrial music but creepy cinematic drone. Slow-bleeding delays smooth out voices, single keyboard notes, strings or ???? into minimalistic soundscapes, soundtrack to torpid evil in desolate places, like the wind whistling through the empty crypts of a long-abandoned castle, or a massive shark drifting on the cold currents of mid-oceanic depths, or a mutilated body decomposing in an unmarked grave. Shuddering low ends and electronic moans. Play with TenHornedBeast, Deathprod or the more subdued utterances of Gog. That kind of effluent malice and impending violence, subtle dissonance anticipating a jump scare that never happens. I’m not sure how many tracks it’s supposed to be but both 15-minute sides feel continuous. Maybe the B side progresses more. Now go to bed.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on April 28, 2018 at 12:26 am
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  • Eroded / Paganizer [coll] — [Imperium Productions]

    2006 split on a German label.

    Eroded- German project from Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia. “Old school DEATH METAL – no fucking compromises.” Indeed, they offer a dark, heavy take that’s tight in all the right places, worshiping at the altar of Incantation — “dulce et decorum est.” Well, I guess they aren’t reinventing the wheel, but who fucking cares, these two tracks make for an enjoyable ten minutes. The second one is called ‘The Goats of Heaven,’ which is pretty humorous.

    Paganizer- more Death Metal, this time from Swedead. This prolific group was founded in 1998. Their sound here takes many cues from the D-Beat Hardcore of bands like Totalitar. No blasts, but it is fast and furious with a thickly Entombed guitar tone. With two songs clocking at about two minutes each, this side is less than half as long as Eroded’s, which by the way I preferred.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on April 22, 2018 at 10:41 am
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  • Wolfsschrei / Isaz [coll] — [Raging Bloodlust Records]

    2006 split on a German label from two German Black Metal bands, limited to 500 copies.

    Formed in Thuringia in 2004, Wolfsshrei is the solo project of ‘Taaken,’ also of the great Odal. Make no mistake- this is the better side, with punishing drums, elegantly depressing riffage, and ferocious delivery. Unfortunately it’s only one track. This band is more Satanic than the one on the reverse. Wolfsshrei means ‘Wolf Scream’ in German.‘Leichentanz’ means corpse-dance.

    Isaz – Germany, founded 1996, this trio didn’t record very much, splitting a few years prior to this split. These two tracks are raw and thrashy with real menace in the vocals at times, somewhat similar to Russia’s Nav’. The second one is perhaps the better of the two. Like a lot of German Pagan BM, they draw inspiration from the Germanic pagan reconstructionists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Isaz is a Proto-Germanic rune meaning ‘’ice.’

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on April 22, 2018 at 10:10 am
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  • Borigor/ Ceremonial Execution [coll] – [Erode Releases]

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    2004 split

    Ceremonial Execution = Swedish Death Metal featuring both guitarists from the mighty Vanhelgd. Riffy and melodic. ‘Dawn of the Dead’ sample on the first song, which is the better one. The better song, I mean. I like all three of the original ‘Dead’ movies (yes, even ‘Day’). I’m not crazy about ‘Land of the Dead,’ though. Anyway, this is reasonably solid Death Metal, so come on in because the bloodbath is nice and warm.

    Borigor = Germans; their guitarist is named Lars Ulbrich, which is one letter away from Lars Ulrich. His brother is in the band too (Ulbrich’s, not Ulrich’s). “Brutal” Death-Grind falling short of the intended Suffocation. This was the band’s only release… Bore-Igor?

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on March 30, 2018 at 6:56 pm
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