Tag Archives: Bestial Raids

Triumvir Foul – Triumvir Foul

Triumvir Foul - Triumvir Foul

Triumvir Foul [USA]
Triumvir Foul
Full Length
Blood Harvest
Black/Death Metal

Triumvir Foul‘s debut offering last year in the form of their demo An Oath of Blood and Fire couldn’t come at a worse time, with my interest in the black/death metal genre, in particularly the barbaric, filthy style declining rapidly. For some reason though, their self-titled full length this year held certain promise, and listening to the 42 minute onslaught on Triumvir Foul, it would have been a mistake to give this release a miss as well.

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Valdur – Pathetic Scum

Valdur - Pathetic Scum

Valdur [USA]
Pathetic Scum
Full Length
Bloody Mountain Records
Black/Death Metal

With all my attention focused on the stoner, doom and psychedelic genres, I have overlooked the filthy, bestial black and death metal that I used to love so much, with the new Archgoat being the only record to really catch my attention so far. That was until I caught wind of American black/death metal horde Valdur releasing their fourth full length album Pathetic Scum, two years after the triumphant release that was At War With.

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Behold! The Monolith – Architects of the Void

Behold! The Monolith - Architects of the Void

Behold! The Monolith [USA]
Architects of the Void
Full Length
Stoner/Doom Metal

Architects of the Void may be American stoner/doom metal outfit Behold! The Monolith‘s third full length release to date, yet it is only on this album that I finally encounter the band. Initially expecting a thrash record with the band’s futuristic, thrash-inspired logo (think Havok, Bonded by Blood et. al), Behold! The Monolith instead presents a crushing and heavy tone on Architects of the Void, and the band couldn’t be further from the first impression one may get from the visual aesthetics.

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Album Review: Witchrist – Vritra

Witchrist - Vritra

Witchrist [New Zealand]
Iron Bonehead Productions
Black/Death Metal

Towards the end of 2014, New Zealand death horde Witchrist announced the end of the band, along with two final releases; one of which being the EP Vritra. Along with the final two releases, Witchrist ropes in KzR of Bölzer to handle vocals of the band’s swan song.

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Album Review: Sturmtiger – World at War 1914-1918

Sturmtiger - World at War 1914-1918

Sturmtiger [Denmark]
World at War 1914-1918
Full Length
Black Plague Records
Black/Death Metal

I thought that the name Sturmtiger rang a bell, but it turned out that I was really thinking of another war metal outfit, Truppensturm. No matter, as a band with such a moniker, along with the apocalyptic, post-war painting that is presented on their cover artwork, one almost instantly knows what to expect on this Danish outfit’s debut full length album, World at War 1914-1918.

Unsurprisingly, World at War kicks off with the sounds of celebration which slowly goes into the unease and impending doom with The Assassination of Franz FerdinandFor your Fatherland then hits the listener hard, and instantly one is thrown into Sturmtiger‘s brand of war metal. The riffs of VJ are relentless, and he brings in a wide range of influences, from the bestial, primitive style of bands like Morbosidad and Blasphemophagher down to the more Polish sounding style of Infernal War or Azarath. His frantic solos, along with that urgent and frantic drumming of BL add to that overall sense of chaos that one feels while listening to World at War.

The entire production of the album ensures that one constantly feels this sense of suffocation and oppression, with the bass of PB adding lots of heaviness to the overall sound of World at War.

The last 2 tracks present a surprise to the listener though, as Knivdrab and Mordet | Hammer Bakker sound remarkably different from what was presented before. Instead of the aggressive black/death metal, the 2 bonus tracks show a more traditional form of black metal, and one can’t help but think of the early works of Norwegian bands such as Mayhem or Darkthrone.

At 8 tracks (inclusive of 2 bonus tracks) and clocking in at about 40 minutes, I wouldn’t really consider this a full length release. But semantics and categorisation aside, Sturmtiger‘s debut has shown the whole range of influences that the band has put into their songwriting.

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Sturmtiger on the internet:
Black Plague Records

Album Review: Bestial Raids – Prime Evil Damnation

Bestial Raids [Poland]
Prime Evil Damnation
Full Length
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Black/Death Metal

Ever since my first encounter with raw black/death metal in the veins of bands such as Archgoat, I have been fascinated in seeking out bands that play in similar styles. Bestial Raids and Embrace of Thorns come close, but the former’s 2007 release Reversed Black Trinity somehow failed to have the charm to really captivate me despite being an awesome release in itself. 2011 sees the release of the band’s sophomore full length album, Prime Evil Damnation, and now under the banner of Nuclear War Now! Productions, this promises to be an album well worth the 4 year wait.

The ominous sound on the intro of Virginborn of Depravation sets the mood right, placing the listener straight into a haunting atmosphere, and without warning a whole cacophony of instruments hit the listener relentlessly. The atmosphere is further held up by the echoey vocals of Sadist, sounding like a cross between Archgoat‘s Lord Angelslayer and Black Witchery‘s Impurath, making this the most perfect vocal styling personally. This is backed by the chainsaw-buzz tone of the guitars of Niecron. Desolator punishes the drums relentlessly and hints of influences from drummers of other such bestial bands like Revenge‘s J. Read and Black Witchery‘s Vaz surface from time to time.

This dark atmosphere, shrouded in darkness and heaviness is what I have been looking for ever since the first encounters with Archgoat. The inclusion of sound samples such as the tolling of the bells further bring about this resemblance, making this record all the more enjoyable. The samples of troops marching on Ceremonial Bloodshed further emphasises the destructive mood in the music, giving the song a martial feel. Bestial Raids, though, pushes the limits even further with the incorporation of different ideas throughout the album instead of simply providing a continuous blast-fest, with slower moments like on the intro of Debauchery Enthroned (Elixir Rubeus) seeing the band attempt to create and maintain the atmosphere further, and leaving the listener with a feeling of dread about the impeding doom that is about to descend. Throughout the album as well, there is an uncanny resemblance between this album and Antediluvian‘s latest, Through the Cervix of Hawaah, especially in terms of the bass heavy mix of the album.

If you thought that 2007’s Reversed Black Trinity was a good effort, then Prime Evil Damnation will not be a disappointment, with this release seeing the band further grow as musicians and as a unit, unleashing even more blasphemous hate than before.

Bestial Raids on the internet:
Nuclear War Now! Productions

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