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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: Diocletian – Gesundrian

Diocletian - Gesundrian

Diocletian [New Zealand]
Gesundrian
2014
Full Length
Osmose Productions
Black/Death Metal

My introduction to Diocletian came with their 2010 full length release, War of All Against All, which left me rather overwhelmed, being one of the first few war metal bands that was discovered outside the usual Blasphemy and Conqueror. The band particularly left their mark with their epic, ambient closing track Fortress of the Unconquerable on the album, which was a unique yet suitable touch to the apocalyptic themes that were on the album. This year sees the band releasing their third full length album, Gesundrian under new home, Osmose Productions, and seeing the run of quality releases so far (from both the band and the label), this was certainly a release worth waiting for.

The band’s hunger and intent for war and destruction is immediately presented on opening track Cleaved Asunder, continuing the doom pace that Fortress of the Unconquerable ended War of All Against All complete with the crushing riffs of Atrociter and J. Baldwin. The apocalyptic soundscape that the band has created quickly reminds one of the recent Heresiarch release, Waelwulf or even Witchrist‘s dark style of death metal, leaving the listener devoid of any form of redemption. But as soon a Wolf Against Serpent begins, the band goes into full speed, and over here one is quickly reminded of classic war metal bands such as Blasphemy or Proclamation, with a more updated sound. The focus on the riffs in the playing style of Diocletian also brings about some resemblance to bands such as Conqueror, though there are also some of the chaotic moments, what with the pick-scratches and formless guitar solos, that are more akin to Revenge‘s grindish works.

Sound samples are also cleverly used throughout the album, fitting to the themes that Diocletian sought to propagate. For instance, opening track Cleaved Asunder makes full use of sounds of galloping war horses and the sounds a lone flag flapping to create that war-like backdrop of Diocletian‘s music.

Gesundrian: the causing of severance, harmony or disunity. Diocletian‘s quality violent and belligerent latest work has ensured that war has stirred, and any form of peace or calm has been torn asunder.

[xrr rating=5/5]

Diocletian on the internet:
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Osmose Productions

Album Review: Infernal Curse – The End Upon Us

Infernal Curse - The End Upon Us

Infernal Curse [Argentina]
The End Upon Us
2014
EP
Iron Bonehead Productions
Black/Death Metal

South America proves their barbarism again, as this year sees Argentina spits forth the new Infernal Curse EP, The End Upon Us. 2 years after their highly acclaimed debut full length, Awakening of the Damned, the war and chaos-hungry trio finally release more new material to satisfy the hunger for more bestial black/death metal.

The band hardly wastes any time in unleashing their terror upon the listener, and after a short intro on the title track The End Upon Us, things get ugly pretty quickly. Those expecting a nice traditional death metal release can expect otherwise, as the band quickly goes into war metal mode as the combination of the riffs of Nocturnal and the relentless, bestial drumming of Bestial Offensor quickly brings Ross Bay Cult legends Blasphemy to mind, along with similar acts such as Proclamation. There are even some Conqueror and Revenge resemblances, particularly in the chaotic and formless leads that Nocturnal throws in. The high amounts of echo placed upon his vocals also help to provide much of the mayhem on the album, not unlike that of the early works of Deiphago or Nyogthaeblisz.

One who knows the barbaric and filthy style of Ross Bay Cult will already know where this is going, but on The End Upon usInfernal Curse includes some slower moments to further reinforce the unease and tension in the air, bringing in some proto-black metal elements of Celtic Frost and the likes with that sense of impending doom.

The thing that made The End Upon Us such an enjoyable album as well is in the rather high mix of the bass of Deicidal Abominator, providing that aggressive and sinister low-end growl throughout the album. With the material that is on this release, Infernal Curse once again proves why they are one of the leading bestial black/death metal acts out of South America, and The End Upon Us will definitely leave fans of war metal craving for more after its short 4 track onslaught.

[xrr rating=4.5/5]

Infernal Curse on the internet:
Iron Bonehead Productions

Album Review: Tyrants Blood – Coven

Tyrants Blood - Coven

Tyrants Blood [Canada]
Coven
2014
Compilation
Tridroid Records
Black Metal

My interest in Tyrants Blood has once again been sparked with the recent encounter with their latest album, Into the Kingdom of Graves, perhaps their most polished and technical release to date. In keeping with the hype generated over the band with their new album, Tridroid Records, which handled the vinyl release of Into the Kingdom of Graves, has compiled a release with material from the band’s first two full length records and EP, hand-picked by none other than band mastermind and ex-Blasphemy guitarist, Marco Banco.

The album starts off with tracks off their second full length, Crushing Onward into Oblivion with Slaine: The Berzerker, and a suitable start to an album that traverses the discography of Tyrants Blood it is indeed. The onslaught that Tyrants Blood presents is relentless, and the riffs of Marco and Tom on the track hit the listener like a wall of noise. Along with the chaos that is unfurled by drummer Matt, one is quickly reminded of other bestial, Canadian war metal bands such as Conqueror and to a lesser extent, Revenge, and of course, Blasphemy though Tyrants Blood would obviously take a different path as one would soon come to notice. The black metal aesthetics though, are rather reminiscent of bands like Black Witchery.

However, as one realises soon enough, the songwriting style of Tyrants Blood, especially on material off Crushing Onward into Oblivion, takes a somewhat different approach, and often Marco tends to insert calmer and more melodic segments with his soaring and at times retrospective lead guitars, contrasting the chaos that the band presents, leaving one with some space to breathe in the path of destruction created by the band. While this may not seem to work for fans of the more aggressive Ross Bay style of war metal, the contrast and balance between melody and chaos certainly made Tyrants Blood a more interesting band to me (a style that they further expanded on with Into the Kingdom of Graves).

With the tracks being arranged in a reverse chronological order, things get more bestial towards the end of the record, with Coven ultimately concluding with Deceiver, a fitting way to end the record with a bang.

Of course, with Coven containing songs from the band’s discography being handpicked by Marco himself, things cannot go wrong as there is a nice balance of songs spanning the band’s career, and the whole range of styles that the band has been through since the start.

Tyrants Blood on the internet:
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Tridroid Records

Album Review: Exhumation – Hymn to Your God

Exhumation - Hymn to Your God

Exhumation [Indonesia]
Hymn to Your God
2012/2013 (Reissue)
Full Length
Dunkelheit Produktionen
Death Metal

Of all the extreme metal genres out of Indonesia, death metal in particular has caught my attention, with bands such as Siksakubur unleashing some of the most brutal releases from the region, to bands like Deadsquad and their weird as fuck combination of death metal and jazz. As though being reissued by German label Dunkelheit Produktionen weren’t enough to excite me, Exhumation has now even included a cover of Blasphemy‘s Ritual to their debut full length release, Hymn to Your God to make things even more interesting.

All Seeing Eye greets the listener with a slow riff, and that rather Eastern vibe that the band gives off with the introductory melody easily leads one to think of bands such as Rudra, along with that rather tribal beats that accompany the guitars. But things quickly heat up, and one is treated to a rather Polish style of death metal, with the relentless riffing and the deep growls of Punto reminding one of bands such as Vader or Hate, especially with the rather thrashy passages that are present on Hymns to Your God. At the same time, the band maintains that rather Eastern vibe throughout the album through the riffs that are unleashed by Yoga, and combined with the technicality that is on the album, there are moments where the style of Exhumation can get rather reminiscent of Nile.

On the Dunkelheit reissue, instead of the cover of Venom‘s To Hell and Back as the closing track, the band has included Ross Bay legends Blasphemy‘s Ritual as the bonus track, and as a fan of the bestial style of black/death metal this certainly got me excited, with the track being one of my favourites from the band. Exhumation manages to give a brutal spin to the track, and while the track certainly sounds different from the original, they fortunately manage to retain that overall blood-thirsty vibe of the original.

Exhumation‘s debut album has once again gone to display the quality of the death metal releases out of Indonesia, made even sweeter with the inclusion of some unique elements into death metal, resulting in Hymns to Your God a release with a sound and style that they can proudly call theirs.

Exhumation on the internet:
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Dunkelheit Produktionen