Sarcófago albums, ranked from worst to best!

An introductory discography to these Brazilian demons.sarcófago

The fantastic and timeless band Sarcófago, that came from Brazil and had a span of time from circa 1986 to 2000, influencing underground death and black metal acts all across the world, including Behemoth, Impaled Nazarene, Satyricon, Blasphemy, Deiphago, Beherit, Nargaroth, between others, recorded 6 official releases along with demos and compilations. Those latter will be left out. Welcome to the ultimate guide to the most extreme band of the world!

  1. Rotting (1989)folder2

The least cool Sarcófago album (that MA lists it as an EP and in my time it was an album, go figure) was a tentative to return from a brief hiatus and try to sound contemporary at the same time. The result is not quite cohesive, although fans dig this album until today. Songs like Sex, Drinks, & Metal and Alcoholic Coma don’t save fillers as the re-recording of Nightmare (from INRI), Tracy or Rotting.

  1. The Worst (1996)

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This was the second “electronic” album of Sarcófago, meaning they used programmed drums. Maybe people would complain exactly about that, but the problem here are songs like God Bless The Whores and the Worst which are not the best moments in their career. On the other side, Army of the Damned (The Prozac’s Generation), Plunged in Blood, Shave your Head and mainly Purification Process are absolute underrated classics of Death/Black Metal.

  1. Hate (1994)

Before The Worst, there was Hate… This album, with flagrant electronic folder4drums, is still destructive to these days. Varying between humorous and disgraceful death metal, classics like Anal Vomit (you need to scream with me, put out your uprising, free yourself from conformity, spell your ANAL VOMIT), Orgy Of Flies, Satanic Terrorism (a nod to the church burnings in Norway) and the absolute hilarious Hate (with the sounds of Pentecostals having theirs instruments destroyed by Sarcófago) and the absurd The Beggar’s Uprising are sure guarantee of true metal binge.

  1. Crust (2000)

folder6On the turning of the century, Sarcófago was no heavier than bands like Krisiun or Nile. But it’s my sole opinion that two albums gave them a run for their money: Panzer Division Marduk (well by Marduk) and Molesting the Decapitated by Devourment. Both bands in Black and Brutal Death respectively made Wagner and Gerald think: no one can be more putrid than us. The result is arguably the most aggressive recordings of all time: an EP with only four tracks and 12 minutes. The reason for this is that it was intended as a full length but they changed their minds, thus folding the band.

  1. The Laws Of Scourge (1991)

folder3Back to the beginning of the 90’s, Sarcófago decided to go full band and they released the extremely well produced The Laws Of Scourge. While Not the most brutal album of their career, quite the contrary, they’d found the perfect sound they were looking for in Rotting. This album is flawless and gave a band like Sepultura a run for their money. The cd version also comes with the EP Crush, Kill, Destroy

  1. I.N.R.I. (1987)

folderThe first, the legendary, the putrid, the offensive INRI was released by the end of the decade and it was not meant for common rockers to appreciate it. It’s well documented that this album is ahead of its time. A lot, I daresay. Songs like Satanic Lust, Desecration Of Virgin, INRI and Satanas are politically incorrect, alluding to rape, desecration of jesus Christ, sodomy and other disgraceful vomits against Christianity and other pillars of society. No one is spared. An album for the first wave of Black Metal when Black Metal has balls and dignity! Essential in any headbangers collection. If you don’t know this album, it’s time to return to school.


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Ehlder – Nordabetraktelse – Nordvis Produktion

New band, old wolf.

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Ehlder is formed by Villehard (Drums) and Graavehlder (vocals and everything else.). Maybe the latter guy isn’t ringing any bells but he’s Graav (the guy behind LIK and the defunct Armagedda (the other part of the duo, Andreas Petterson, is the owner of Nordvis).

This is just Graav’s new band, so the veteran is getting a new and more primitive approach on his Black Metal. Forget the atmospheric Black Metal that the label is known for. This is very coarse in comparison. The repetitive, hypnotic and strident riffs are there, but with a high level of irritability, crudeness and trueness.

Although the songs have the same MO of iteration, variations can be perceived, but as one can tell one song for another, between this scheme, the riffs are quite the same, which for me (at least in the idea) repeats the old days of a band like Enslaved (pre-prog days, of course). There’s nothing prog in songs like Stridskall and Ändlös.

What’s is admirable though is that, while the instrumentation and capture of them are quite philistine, the quality of mix makes them no ordinary low-fi, bedroom project. The choice to sound intensively raw is no synonym of inaudible Black Metal. It’s quite the opposite: this album is extremely addictive for those who seek no sophistication and are whiling to spent almost 53 minutes in the world of the real Black Metal Empire with (absolutely) no frills.

Notwithstanding, the most extreme track is no metal whatsoever: Varerytm I Varganord has a tribal unremitting drumming and nothing else. Atavistic as fuck.

The musical dearth is no equivalent to bad music. Wherein one sees no qualities, the radical black metaller is going to realize a master stroke.

Nordabetraktelse is out now on Nordvis.

Rating: 8/10


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Abbath, Obituary, Midnight and Devil Master joining forces for North American Tour.

Another video made by Balázs Gróf announces the Obituary North American Tour with Abbath!

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Obituary announced in a better manner possible the union of Black and Death Metal acts touring throughout United States and Canada this Fall.

The event has the support of Hells Headbangers, Relapse and Season of Mist.

For those who don’t know: Midnight is extreme Black Speed Metal from Ohio and Devil Master is a Horror Black Metal band from Philly, Pennsylvania.

The classic Norwegian Black Metal act Abbath appears in the crazy world of Obituary. a member of Obituary (Kenny Andrews) seems to be confusing Abbath with the Swedish pop from seventies Abba. The director of the video is Balázs Gróf who have worked on previous animated Obituary videos before… 

See the video below:

 

The dates are as it follows (heads up, some are SOLD OUT!)

Oct 03 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
Oct 04 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Oct 05 Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
Oct 06 Queens, NY @ Thrasher Magazine x Vans Death Match
Oct 08 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
Oct 09 Denver, CO @ Sumit
Oct 10 Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
Oct 11 St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
Oct 12 Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Oct 13 Madison, WI @ Sylveee
Oct 15 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
Oct 17 Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
Oct 18 Montreal, QC @ The Corona Theatre
Oct 19 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Oct 20 Providence, RI @ The Strand
Oct 21 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Oct 23 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Oct 24 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Oct 25 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre

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https://www.facebook.com/events/549763572226371/

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California: ARE YOU READ FOR NEVER SURRENDER FEST VOL. II?

The brutality is reaching Oakland this October.

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So you think you like and enjoy the most brutal metal available… okey dokey but let me tell ya, if you don’t know any band from the Never Surrender fest Vol II that is going to take place in Oakland/CA on October 19-20, 2019 at Oakland Metro Operahouse you are none the wiser.

The most aggressive bands from planet earth like MORBOSIDAD, GRAVE UPHEAVAL, BLACK WITCHERY, UNAUSSPRECHLICHEN KULTEN will be present destroying every inch of decibels and leaving only a vacuum of senseless noise in their wake.

Formerly known as Nuclear war Now! Fest and held in Berlin, this year NWN! joined forces with Iron Bonehead (a force to be reckoned with) and each label will present 8 bands, 16 in total, plus an extra day on October 18th.

Information about the time of each band and links to buy your ticket are available below!

***SATURDAY OCT 19TH***

Doors: 3:00 PM

EOSPHOROS (USA): 04:00 PM – 04:40 PM
BYYRTH (USA): 05:10 PM – 05:50 PM
MORBOSIDAD (USA): 06:20 PM – 07:00 PM
BLUE HUMMINGBIRD ON THE LEFT (USA): 07:30 PM – 08:15 PM
BONE AWL (USA): 08:45 PM – 09:30 PM
TEMPLE NIGHTSIDE (AUSTRALIA): 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM
UNAUSSPRECHLICHEN KULTEN (CHILE): 11:15 PM – 12:00 AM
BLACK WITCHERY (USA): 12:30 AM – 01:30 AM

 

***SUNDAY OCT 20TH***

Doors: 3:00 PM

ORDER OF THE NAMELESS ONES (USA): 04:00 PM – 04:40 PM
CEMETERY LIGHTS (USA): 05:10 PM – 05:50 PM
HOUSE OF ATREUS (USA): 06:20 PM – 07:00 PM
SIEGE COLUMN (USA): 07:30 PM – 08:15 PM

VOLAHN (USA): 08:45 PM – 09:30 PM
GRAVE UPHEAVAL (AUSTRALIA): 10:00 PM – 10-45 PM
ANTEDILUVIAN (CANADA): 11:15 PM – 12:00 AM
BLACK CILICE (PORTUGAL): 12:30 AM – 01:30 AM

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www.ironbonehead.de
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Aegrus – In Manus Satanas – Saturnal

The underrated cult!

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Finnish Black Metal still thrives better and better, and this new album from Aegrus (the third full length amongst demos and Ep’s) is the proof of that.

They are slowly rising from the deep underground to show their bona fide satanic black metal (a mix of raw and melodic sounds). But the big question I want to pose is: why in the fucking hell this band hasn’t got the attention they deserve? I mean, this is the real deal, no shit infernal stuff, yet other bands with less interesting sounds take all for themselves.

First song Hymn To The Firewinged One cannot be truer to Satan’s cause, fast drums, earworm riffs, everything blended with care to make the aural experience the better possible, while the second track Nightspirit Theosis with its imponent massacre of traditional sound rips the eardrums with gusto for disgrace.

Longer tracks like Ascending Shadows and Nemesis are the way to go. The former is a mid-to-slow tempo song, repetitive but it brings something different than the purest flamethrower attack, while the last is a bit more complex, and while the infernal sound is back, this one deserves more spins to be fully recognized.

This is an album that brings nothing new, but that is the deal… No experimental bullshit. This band bets in a great production and if one likes Sargeist, Behexen, Inquisition, Watain and Dark Funeral he cannot lose it.

As if it was nothing enough, another release (an EP) is going to be released yet this month. The more the better.

In Manus Satanas is going to be out on Saturnal and the date of release is October 11th.

Rating: 8/10


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Slutvomit – Copulation of Cloven Hooves – Invictus Productions

Metal Inbreeding!

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No, I’m not calling these cats something like morons. Far from that. They are the finest metal one can find.

Copulation of Cloven Hooves is the sophomore Slutvomit album that will bring happiness to truest headbangers.

But what is curious here is their incestuous mix of old styles under the “old school” umbrella. For example, the great secret to cum with this kind of music is to understand that Slutvomit isn’t just blackened thrash metal like the vast majority of its peers. It’s more than that. They are black, but they can be thrash and even old school death metal depending on the angle one is hearing, depending (of) the song.

That being said Copulation of Cloven Hooves is not a crazy salad, a free-jazz blend of styles… No. They capture the exact moment when these styles started to become separated and each one got its own one way. But it MUST be a point of fusion, when Slayer came to fore bringing Sodom, (old) Sepultura, Sarcófago, Voivod, Possessed, Slaughter (Canada) you name your poison!

Command for Triumph/Genocide Lust (an intro plus the song itself) strikes the chord of the true metal for truest headbangers. The vocals of course are very Bathory-esque, rabid, thrashy to the core, unremitting metal lust for the posers who dare to defy the old order, the ancien régime…

Build your weapons, because the song Endless Graves comes to the fringe of the old and good Death from Screaming Blood Gore. Seriously if you don’t like this one and find it very “simplistic” you should go back to the rule book of metal because yours is missing some pages…

Baphomet’s Call is like a strange mixture of old Slayer (Show no Mercy) and old Sepultura (from the Morbid Visions album), the beginning of everything, although I don’t thing it’s the best song of the album…

Evil Commands You is not understandable if you don’t take the dust off your old Sarcófago’s I.N.R.I. vinyl and listen to the title track. Copycat or an homage? I don’t care, for me it is just marvelous.

But the best song of the album is Acolyte of Death’s Destruction which is the most complex song of the album and by complex, I mean various phrases (hello kiddos, you wouldn’t understand) and over again evokes Chuck’s Death: the song Evil Dead, but over again with that Slayer feeling of satanic might and power. The vocals here are pure Mayhem from Deathcrush for sure. There is a fantastic solo by the mid to end of the song, very metal indeed.

Copulation of Cloven Hooves was not made by pure chance. It shows a well-prepared band to show its influences and to raze the city to the ground. I daresay that in one album they did what Darkthrone has been trying for a lifetime (with all due respect to Fenriz and Nocturno Culto).

Copulation of Cloven Hooves is going to be out on Invictus Productions on October 4th.

Rating 9/10


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Bhleg – Äril – Nordvis Produktion

Burzumic sounds from Sweden.

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Since the inception of Bhleg, Ludvig Andersson and Simon Johansson, along their sophisticated sounds of wintery Scandinavian roots are prone to keep a Burzum-like atmosphere. I mean, they are not an imitation, they have their Swedish approach of their hyperborean origins, but some characteristics were there when they’d released the excellent Draumr ást in 2014 and the exhaustive (yet perfect) Solarmegin.

Äril is a three-track continuation of their proto-european saga.

First song Vittra och dö (Wither and DIE!) is a 14-minute assertion of their notable work in one track with all kinds of atmospheric/ambient nuances but never following on MODERN black metal from their countrymen. It’s culturally laden but without being “Viking metal” or “folk metal”. This is PURE BLACK METAL cult. Always maintaining the tempo, the track is a trip to the immemorial traditions of the first indo-european inhabitants, primitive, but still beautiful.

In a segue style, comes Från eld till aska (From fire to ashes) which has a more impressive musical theme all along the way.

But the final track Skördetid (Harvest Time) is the one with an explicit Burzum influence, but don’t be fooled. It’s seems more like a homage than just a copycat thing, which sums things up. To be more simplistic, this is like Burzum with Bhleg. Yeah it sounds really stupid to say that but there’s no other way to say it.

The only flaw in Äril is that it only clocks in at 28 minutes. I’d listen like 3 hours, non-stop of this kind of material which is really made with heathen heart and true to the original Scandinavian black metal. Second to none!

Äril is going to be released on Nordvis Produktion on September 27th.

Rating 10/10


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