Tag Archives: Black Witchery

Revenge – Behold.Total.Rejection

Revenge - Behold.Total.Rejection

Revenge [Canada]
2015
Full Length
Behold.Total.Rejection
Season of Mist/Underground Activists
Black/Death Metal

I started the year being jaded with the whole black/death metal thing, but over the course of 2015 there have been some enjoyable releases of the genre, such as Archgoat and more recently, Triumvir Foul‘s debut full length. Unexpectedly, I am also ending the year with the genre, with Canadian chaotic horde Revenge‘s latest opus, Behold.Total.Rejection.

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Album Review: Goat Semen – Ego Svm Satana

Goat Semen - Ego Svm Satana

Goat Semen [Peru]
Ego Svm Satana
2015
Full Length
Hells Headbangers Records
Black/Death Metal

South American fascination with the bestial style of extreme metal isn’t something new, with founding fathers of the genre such as Sarcófago resulting in the spawning of bands such as Infernal Curse and the likes. Peruvian band Goat Semen was formed in 2000, and over the years have released nothing but splits and demos. This year the band finally drops their full length album, Ego Svm Satana and which better label to release it under than Hells Headbangers?

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Album Review: Perdition Temple – The Tempter’s Victorious

Perdition Temple - The Tempters Victorious

Perdition Temple [USA]
The Tempter’s Victorious
2015
Full Length
Hells Headbangers Records
Black/Death Metal

After the teaser that Gene Palubicki and co. dropped on bestial black/death metal fans with last year’s very short EP, Sovereign of the DesolatePerdition Temple finally releases their sophomore full length The Tempter’s Victorious. Almost 5 years in the making, with a refreshed lineup, Perdition Temple ensures that the wait has not been in vain.

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Album Review: Perdition Temple – Sovereign of the Desolate

Perdition Temple - Sovereign of the Desolate

Perdition Temple [USA]
Sovereign of the Desolate
2014
EP
Hells Headbangers Records
Black/Death Metal

With the demise of AngelcorpsePerdition Temple‘s 2010 debut Edict of the Antichrist elect quickly became one of my favourite releases of the year, yet another outlet for Gene Palubicki to unleash his fury. 4 years on, the band returns with a refreshed and expanded lineup with their brand new, 2-track EP Sovereign of the Desolate. Now featuring Impurath of Black Witchery fame and ex-Angelcorpse axe-man Bill Taylor amongst their ranks, Perdition Temple is quickly shaping up to be another exciting black/death metal act.

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Album Review: Archgoat – The Apocalyptic Triumphator

Archgoat - The Apocalyptic Triumphator

Archgoat [Finland]
The Apocalyptic Triumphator
2015
Full Length
Debemur Morti Productions
Black/Death Metal

Less than 2 weeks into the new year, and we are already blessed with the new full length from filthy black/death metallers ArchgoatThe Apocalyptic Triumphator. With the last new studio material being 2011’s rather short EP, Heavenly Vulva, and the last full length being quite a distant 6 year ago, rabid fans of the band are left hungry for more, and The Apocalyptic Triumphator seeks to quench this bloodthirst. To further sweeten the experience, at 42 minutes, this is the longest studio record that Archgoat has put out thus far.

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Album Review: Nechbeyth – Coerce Creed

Nechbeyth - Coerce Creed

Nechbeyth [Singapore]
Coerce Creed
2014
EP
Iron Bonehead Productions
Black/Death Metal

Chancing upon Nechbeyth‘s debut full length album Blood. Axis. Domination in 2011 left me rather surprised (and breathless), not knowing until then that such bestial war metal existed in Singapore. This year marks the band’s return with yet another round of aural onslaught with their brand new EP, Coerce Creed.

The war themes that the band presented on Blood. Axis. Domination are still strongly present, as the intro to Coerce Creed goes to show with the sounds of nuclear warfare going on and a spoken sample detailing the consequences of the nuclear bomb, leaving an image of destruction and apocalypse in the listener’s mind. The first sounds of violence on KSMT Oath that hit the listener quickly reminds one of classic Canadian bands such as Conqueror and Revenge, though the musical style of Nechbeyth leans closer to the latter, especially with the chaotic riffs of guitarist Zavael and the seemingly random pick scratches that pierce through the backdrop. The buildup on KSMT Oath also reminds one of the classic War Cult Supremacy, slowly building the climax before letting all hell break loose on Ruination Conquest.

Unlike the rather formless style that Nechbeyth took on Blood. Axis. Domination which was rather reminiscent of Deiphago‘s older material or Nyogthaeblisz, songs like Ruination Conquest lean more towards the style of bands such as Black Witchery, what with that buzzing tone of guitarist Zavael and the frantic punishing of the drum kit by Narsamum.

Nechbeyth‘s transition between styles has been rather obvious between Blood. Axis. Domination and Coerce Creed, but this has definitely not been something negative, with the band managing to retain that sense of urgency and intensity throughout the entirety of Coerce Creed. Fans of the Ross Bay Cult, or to make a comparison closer to home, bands like Zygoatsis, would certainly enjoy this bestial as fuck release.

Nechbeyth on the internet:
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BandCamp
Iron Bonehead Productions

Album Review: Black Witchery – Inferno of Sacred Destruction

Black Witchery [USA]
Inferno of Sacred Destruction
2010
Full Length
Osmose Productions/Hells Headbangers Records
Black Metal
8.5/10

I have never been particularly fond of “war metal” bands. Black Witchery‘s brand of music has never appealed to me, just like how bands like Conqueror and Revenge never did. Their 2001 and 2005 full length albums were originally considered too “raw” and “bestial” for my liking, and I consciously avoided listening to them even after much recommendation by friends who knew my musical preferences. However, when Black Witchery’s latest album was released, I decided to put aside past experiences with the band’s music and give this a try.

Similar to past albums, Inferno of Sacred Destruction clocks in at less than 30 minutes, and is even the shortest full length released by them to date, with 8 tracks at only 22 minutes. As per Black Witchery style, the band begins their onslaught without any hesitation right from the opening track. Impurath’s vocals are as murderous as ever, with a harsh growl not unlike those of James Read’s . The layering of Impurath’s usual shouts on top of a deep growl certainly added a nice touch to the music overall. While the guitar work on the album is nothing spectacular, it is the usual Black Witchery fare where the band’s point seems to be to get their brand of blasphemy across as straightforward as possible.

The included cover of Conqueror’s Kingdom Against Kingdom is instantly recognisable (unlike many bands that attempt covers and horribly butcher up the songs) and is also performed impeccably, retaining the evil spirit of the original song, yet sounding like a modern update of the track at the same time.

The only thing that could have possibly dragged down this album though was instrumental Sepulchral Witchcraft. While the track certainly reeked of evil, I personally would have preferred it more if Black Witchery had included another of their usual creations instead.

With Inferno of Sacred Destruction, Black Witchery has once again managed to retain the title of one of the most blasphemous band out of America. Just like all other war metal bands, this album is not everyone’s cup of tea and if you hate or can’t stand bands that play war metal in general, then forget about checking Inferno of Sacred Destruction out. Just stick to your Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth then.

Black Witchery on the internet:
Osmose Productions
Hells Headbangers Records

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