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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: Kratherion – Mantra Lucifer Flagelantes

Kratherion - Mantra Lucifer Flagelantes

Kratherion [Chile]
Mantra Lucifer Flagelantes
2013
Full Length
Exhumed from the Grave
Black Metal

Coming from the same record label that released material from compatriots Ammit, it is no surprise the style of music that Chile’s Kratherion plays on their sophomore full length album, Mantra Lucifer Flagelantes, with three quarters of the band being formed by members of the aforementioned. Which leaves one wondering how far apart – musically – is Kratherion from Ammit?

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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.

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Album Review: Eskhaton – Worship Death

Eskhaton - Worship Death

Eskhaton [Australia]
Worship Death
2014
Full Length
Chaos Records
Black/Death Metal

Oceania has had it’s fair share of bestial black/death metal, with not only legends such as Bestial Warlust, but also bands like DiocletianWitchrist and Heresiarch bearing the torch of the belligerent and destructive genre. As though the brutality that these bands weren’t sufficient to cause major head trauma, Melbourne spits forth yet another band of similar veins in the form of Eskhaton, with their sophomore full length album Worship Death.

Eskhaton certainly doesn’t hold back when it comes to dishing out death, and the chaos begins right from opening track Nekrochant, with the formless chaos sounding rather senseless and meaningless to the untrained ear. But instead this mindless destruction got me extremely excited, knowing that this is gonna be one hell of a war metal experience. The intensity that is on the album quickly reminds one of Canadian war metal horde such as Revenge and Conqueror, though the resemblance with the former is stronger what with the chaotic lead guitars that are thrown about throughout the album and that somewhat grindcore violence that is prevalent from start to end.

The cavernous atmosphere, conjured by the vocals of Invokocide even reminds one of the exploits of Heresiarch or Diocletian, complete with the battery of drummer Hammerkill and his James Read-style of drumming. The bestiality and somewhat ritualistic moments on the album such as the droning riffs also brings about comparisons to Archgoat or Mitochondrion, with that enchanting and entrancing style that is incorporated into Eskhaton‘s songwriting.

There hasn’t been much buzz in the war metal arena in the past few months, save for the recent Nechbeyth and Heresiarch EPs, but Eskhaton‘s Worship Death has managed to once again reignited that flame and passion for war metal. Worship Death is just 45 minutes of non-stop lambasting aural assault, and one that will perhaps fill the insatiable appetites of war metal maniacs.

[xrr rating=5/5]

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Chaos Records

Album Review: Heresiarch – Wælwulf

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Heresiarch [New Zealand]
Wælwulf
2014
EP
Dark Descent Records
Black/Death Metal

When New Zealand’s Heresiarch first released their debut EP, Hammer of Intransigence in 2011, I was completely blown away, with that EP easily being one of my all time favourite war metal releases. The announcement of the band’s release of another EP in the form of Wælwulf this year got me extremely excited, and once again reignited the flame for bestial black/death metal.

With the high octane energy that was presented on Hammer of Intransigence, I almost expected yet another dosage of such relentless brutality on Wælwulf. But Heresiarch proves themselves to be a band that is much more versatile than that, and while that filthy atmosphere that was present on Hammer of Intransigence is still obvious right from the start with Waewulf, the band seems to take a slightly different approach this time round. For starters, things are much heavier this time round, with the riffs unleashed being crushing as fuck, backed by relentless drums.

The chaos, and heavy focus on the riffs on this release are still rather characteristic of pioneering bands such as Conqueror or Revenge. But the band seems to take a slightly doomier approach this time round, with Abrecan and moments on Endethraest being rather uncharacteristically slow by Heresiarch standard, though the disturbance and uneasiness that the band manages to evoke is still evident. Throw in the heavy atmosphere that that shrouds the entire EP, one is easily reminded of fellow countrymen Witchrist, with the dissonance on the album bringing in some resemblance to Australia’s Portal as well,  often pushing the limits of the listener’s sanity.

While Heresiarch has taken a different approach this time round, resulting in Wælwulf being a very different sounding release from Hammer of Intransigence, the brutality and bestiality that is emanated is still very much present, ensuring that fans of the band won’t be left disappointed.

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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.

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