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

Lord Gravestench   6/5/2018   A Library, CD

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.

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