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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: Sturmtiger – World at War 1914-1918

Sturmtiger - World at War 1914-1918

Sturmtiger [Denmark]
World at War 1914-1918
2014
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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Album Review: Sacrocurse – Unholier Master

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Sacrocurse [International]
Unholier Master
2014
Full Length
Iron Bonehead Productions
Black/Death Metal

South American black/death metal horde Sacrocurse returns this year after their highly acclaimed demo Sulphur Blessing with their debut full length album, Unholier Master. With the band boasting former member of such acts as Morbosidad and Unholier, fans of the bestial style of extreme metal will instantly know what they are in for with Unholier Master.

Without wasting any time at all, Sacrocurse kicks off the album with Sepulchral Desolation, and the speed and barbarism that is evident on the track quickly reminds one of the thrashy black/death endeavours of bands such as Impiety and the likes. The chaotic onslaught that the band presents on the album through that wall of noise that hits the listener and that chaotic lead guitars of ZK also instantly brings to mind the filthy style that bands such as Morbosidad and Blasphemophagher have created and popularised. The relentless blasting of LZ throughout the record also bear some James Read resemblance, sure to please fans of his works, along with Black Witchery or Deiphago.

On top of the speed fest that is already present on Unholier Master, the band also includes some moments of heavy, crushing intensity that leans closer to the style that band such as Teitanblood and Antediluvian indulge in, preventing Unholier Master from being a one-dimensional blast-fest, at the same time giving the listener a sense of doom and unease throughout the album.

For fans of extreme metal looking for a nice fusion of Canadian belligerence, along with South American bestiality, Sacrocurse‘s debut album Unholier Master will definitely be a pleaser.

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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: 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.

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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.

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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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