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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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Album Review: Sxuperion – Through Cosmic Corridors

Sxuperion - Through Cosmic Corridors

Sxuperion [USA]
Through Cosmic Corridors
Full Length
Bloody Mountain Records
Black/Death Metal

After more than 15 years, and numerous EP and demo releases, American black/death metal band Sxuperion this year finally drops its debut full length album, Through Cosmic Corridors. The description of the album as atmospheric death metal immediately got my interest, and left me to wonder if this was going to be another Fallujah or Septicflesh onslaught.

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Album Review: Dire Omen – Wresting the Revelation of Futility

Dire Omen - Wresting the Revelation of Futility

Dire Omen [Canada]
Wresting the Revelation of Futility
Full Length
Dark Descent Records
Black/Death Metal

It has been quite a long while since the last bestial black/death metal release that I really enjoyed, and it is quite fitting that the first one to once again hook me back into this filthy abyss is a Canadian band and their Dark Descent Records debut. Since 2008, Dire Omen has been honing their craft, and almost 6 years on, the band finally releases their first ever full length album, Wresting the Revelation of Futility.

The first thing that caught my attention on Wresting the Revelation of Futility were the drums of Kevin on Here and Hereafter (Overture), reminding me of the entire reason behind my initial love with the genre: the primitive yet relentless and aggressive style that bands like Dire Omen tend to portray. And along with the chaotic riffs of Rolando, one quickly starts to draw comparisons with bands such as AntediluvianMitochondrion or Heresiarch. The playing style of Rolando, alternating between crushing chugs and trem-picking add to the delight of fans of Grave Miasma or Incantation, leaving one constantly at the edge. On moments where the band decides to take things down a notch in terms of speed and heaviness, they replace it with haunting atmospherics, most obvious on songs like Hemotically Possessed.

The production of Wresting the Revelation of Futility is raw and filthy as fuck, and that resulting cavernous sound of the record reminds one of those atmospheric releases of bands like Pseudogod or even Grave Miasma, with the playing style of Dire Omen. Furthermore, the nice thing is that the bass of Connor is mixed rather high on the record, and his booming bass certainly adds to the already ominous ambient, leaving one feel even more at unease.

Dire Omen‘s Wresting the Revelation of Futility is everything that a record from a genre as such should be – filthy, brutal and unapologetically bestial.

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Dark Descent Records

Top 10 Albums of 2012

Unlike previous years, 2012 was quite a lull, with numerous (high profile) releases that were disappointing, many that were mediocre and extremely few that created a lasting impression. That said though, below I have attempted to list down 10 albums that have stood out from the sea of average releases this year. In no particular order:

Kreator – Phantom Antichrist [Nuclear Blast]

Kreator - Phantom Antichrist

Phantom Antichrist managed to capture my attention like no other recent Kreator releases, with albums like Enemy of God being rather monotonous. This album saw the band taking a more melodic approach, and while there are some inconsistencies on the album, this has been one album that has been particularly memorable, helping me tide through some challenges that I have faced over the year. [Full review here]

Galneryus – Angel of Salvation [VAP]

Galneryus - Angel of Salvation

Galneryus was one of the first neoclassical power metal bands out of Japan that I encountered years ago, and with their new singer Masatoshi they faded into obscurity on my playlist. But Angel of Salvation was a nice surprise, and the things that made me fall in love with Japanese neoclassical power metal in the first place are still present, what with the big melodic hooks of band mastermind Syu, and Masatoshi’s tight fit with the band. [Full review here]

Pseudogod – Deathwomb Catechesis [Kvlt/Hells Headbangers]

Pseudogod - Deathwomb Catechesis

Pseudogod‘s debut full length release Deathwomb Catechesis has already made it to quite a number of 2012 top 10 lists, and it is not difficult to see why. 8 years after their formation the band finally drops this album, and they have indeed left quite a deep impact with their atmospheric yet crushing form of death metal, drawing influences from the old school death metal of Incantation to the the bestial black metal pioneered by bands like Blasphemy.

Albatross/Vestal Claret – The Kissing Flies/Black Priest [Roadcrew Records]

Albatross is easily one of my current favourite band out of India, and this split features American doom metal band Vestal Claret on the other side. While Albatross presents a more mature sound compared to their debut EP and all the energy on the split, Vestal Claret balances things out with an epic, 17 minute doom track. [Full review here]

Impiety – Ravage & Conquer [Pulverised Records]

Impiety - Ravage & Conquer

After the rather progressive effort Worshippers of the Seventh TyrannyImpiety goes back to their usual blasting style of black metal with their eighth full length album, Ravage & Conquer. But rather than that thrashy attack that the band is known for on classics like Skullfucking ArmageddonImpiety has a more death metal touch this time, with the aggressive riff work of guitarist Nizam and the relentless drumming of Dizazter (also of Mhorgl and The Furor fame). Certainly an easier album to get into than Worshippers… [Full review here]

Binah – Hallucinating in Resurrecture [Dark Descent Records]

Binah - Halllucinating in Resurrecture

This is probably the third or fourth time I’m mentioning this release this year, but Binah‘s debut Hallucinating in Resurrecture definitely lives up to the hype. Influences from a whole range of old school death metal bands can be heard over here, from Dutch legends such as Asphyx to Autopsy to Incantation, and is sure to please old school death metal heads. [Full review here]

Witchrist – The Grand Tormentor [Osmose Productions]

Witchrist - The Grand Tormentor

Witchrist perfects their craft with their sophomore full length album The Grand Tormentor. The dark, crushing atmosphere that they are known for is now more suffocating than ever, and the huge riffs that are unleashed makes the music sound fucking majestic. Add to that the Eastern occultism-inspired themes and concepts, The Grand Tormentor is one hell of a ritualistic journey, pleasing fans of bands such as DiocletianAntediluvian and the likes.

Endezzma – Erotik Nekrosis [Agonia Records]

Endezzma - Erotik Nekrosis

5 years in the making, Norwegians Endezzma finally release their debut full length album, which probably happens to be one of the last works of late Urgehal/Beastcraft guitarist Trondr. Erotik Nekrosis is an extremely satisfying listen, ranging from straightforward black metal with a tinge of thrash and punk influences to bordering upon depressive black metal. Trondr’s guitar works here are stellar as he masterfully steers the mood of the listener throughout. [Full review here]

Father Befouled – Revulsion of Seraphic Grace [Dark Descent Records]

Father Befouled - Revulsion of Serpahic Grace

Before Incantation released their long-awaited follow up to 2006’s Primordial DominationFather Befouled some release for all the built up tension from the waiting. The suffocating atmosphere and crushing riffs, along with that doomish mood that lingers throughout the album all point towards Onward to Golgotha, causing Revulsion of Seraphic Grace to be a classic in the making. [Full review here]

Ignivomous – Contragenesis [Nuclear War Now! Productions]

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Ignivomous‘ debut Death Transmutation showed the world what the band was capable of, with their Incantation-brand of death metal crushing the masses. Contragenesis sees the band polishing up the style that they have presented thus far, making for a record that is even more impressive, with a more well-defined sound, making them one of the contenders for best old school death metal band along with bands such as Father Befouled and Dead Congregation.

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And there are the releases that come in/discovered too late for 2012 for proper dissection…

Weregoat/Diocletian – Disciples of War
Destruction – Spiritual Genocide
Acrimonious – Sunyata
Incantation – Vanquish in Vengeance
The Secret – Agnus Dei
Nominon – The Cleansing
God Seed – I Begin
Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas
The Royal Arch Blaspheme – II
The Sword – Apocryphon
Vassafor – Obsidian Codex