Aosoth / Order of Orias – Split 12″MLP – W.T.C.Productions

When France and Australia collide… OR When two big countries join SATANIC FORCES!

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Aosoth, the PURE cult from France is releasing a split album with the excellent Order of Orias from Oz, and the final cut couldn’t be more superb!

Appendix B, I suppose, is the continuation of Appendix A from the split with American band Kommandant. Everything leads to the conclusion that the Appendix C is going to be released yet this month. I’m freaking genius, ain’t I?

Each band contributes with one track and each track is more than 10-minutes long.

The Aosoth track is a chaotic song from nihil to create a musical atmosphere of lawlessness and destruction: guitars are tuned and recorded in a way that the listener gets total and brutal nauseous feelings of infinite vortex. As the track is lengthy and the listener, inferring that Aosoth makes iterations throughout the track, gets surprised to discover that this is a kind of Progressive Black Metal, now why labels suck: it’s simple: because I have to explain myself every single time and here I go again… No, Aosoth didn’t appeal to the last resort of Opeth-ness. They really accelerate their Black Metal, de-accelerate by the middle of the song and turbo-charge it again in order to power up the side effects of the work. Rich and opulent over again Aosoth wins over the minds and souls of the metal slaves.

Order of Orias in its turn, presents something a little less intense in velocity but equally intense in thickness: this is Black Metal, period! But it is a middle tempo onslaught, leaving the atmosphere very “heavy” and I’m not talking about metal. The feeling of darkness-over-human inside the room is so severe that this is capable to alter the mood of the listener from happiness to suicide. The song starts very snail-paced to a brutal lament of satanic ratio then it suddenly stops and starts over again… It’s like a twofold nightmare. Great, great band and I’m sure that they are the winner in the contest of unknown bands in my book.

You must listen to this split for two simple reasons apart of the two bands being great: the first is that the two songs don’t sound like studio leftovers used simply to be released to promote the group, as in the time being the ensemble is not releasing something proper… each band treats this release as a “normal” release. The second one is that the very length of the split (clocking in at 24 minutes) makes it a proper “mini album” to be degusted while one is in a dark room full of despair and hate for mankind.

Aosoth / Order of Orias Split 12″MLP will be released T.O.M.O.R.R.O.W. on  W.T.C.Productions


(Daniel “Roderick” Death)

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Nashorn – Echoes Of War – Morbid Syndicate

Mid-tempo old school death metal from where? No, not Sweden, it’s from Finland!

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This Finnish band are unknowns to my person and the first contact always generates some strangeness: Nashhorn.

They have, under their belt, two demos released and now this EP.

Echoes of War is notably an old-school death metal release. Does it have some Black spice? Yes, it does, but in order to not generate confusion let’s say by convention they are Death Metal.

But I digress: their sound is not seasoned and it’s clear it’s a new band trying to do something old. Kind of boring sound at first sight, never getting fast as the speed of light, no song has any high BPM: but beware: what can be considered a disqualified sound, it’s indeed their true power: there are not Entombed imitators. Okay supposing that nobody’s perfect, there are SOME resemblance here and there. But that’s all.

Mixing a new attitude with an old approach creates an original phenomenon: a new musical algorithm, doom-laden music, but not funeral, it’s more animated than that.

There’s no real high spot in this release, but the collective is what it makes it good: returning to the assertion of the beginning and concluding it: if it generates some strangeness in the first track you’ll be taken by the balls at the last.

 Echoes of War  is out on October 15th on Morbid Syndicate.


 

(Daniel “Roderick” Death)

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Blitzkrieg Baby – Cannibal Commando – Beläten

There is no hope in Ultra Negative Industrial World of BB.

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Welcome to the uncompromising world of Cannibal Commando, the third release of Blitzkrieg Baby, the intransigent martial band from Norway.

This is the third release of Blitzkrieg Baby and the third that I have the honor to write about.  Yeah I’m becoming the number one specialist in their music.

Following the credo of old Laibach, SPK, Arditi, Blood Axis and the likes, this short release will blow the minds of those who are after the sound of despair, the reverse of hope, but this is not sadness: this is agony, cutting throat affliction, disgraceful hardship of the anima. Big words, you might be thinking: I’d reply that there’s no other way to translate in words their sound, and their sound is the very translation of these words.

First song Cannibal Commando, is pure warlike, soldier-of-fortune post-apocalyptic rape of mankind with atrocities being whispered one-by-one into one’s ears, billions of them, the description of the disgraceful world of the miserable souls reaching you in your safe reality. Rhythmically enticing, with the beats sounding like a masked army of psychotic paratroopers marching, searching for you and your kin, to rape, eliminate, rape again and them eating it. Almost like the guy who called you last night saying that he would do the same things with you by telephone or Whatsapp. Poor you, you thought it was a joke…

After the leftovers of unrecognized corpses were left there to rot under the toxic sun, the second song There Will be Casulties is like a DEFCON 2 (the state where may occur a nuclear war) sounding the alarm, and although the voices are deeply muddied in the backdrop, the sonic sensation is an advice for you to seek shelter or you may die. Well you ARE GOING TO die anyway, but you know, people like to be comforted even when they are being abused.

This Is Where Empathy Comes To Die is the intermission: after the nuking of your country the machines are searching for heat in order to eliminate the rest of the population. Forget about Skynet, this is much more efficient.

Spit sonically speaking (over again you might be thinking that the words are escaping me, but in this point I cannot comprehend the lyrical content, so I’m describing solely the song), is a tune that represents the very fabric of the vultures, not circling around the bodies of you and your beloved ones, but actually devouring the burnt flesh of them.

Cut. Slash. Maim. Kill returns to rhythmical 4/4 soldier-like steps in earnest, the texture resembling a kind of organized, looping white noise, very interesting and well made.

Cannibal Commando managed to do the impossible. It surpassed the demented turf of Kids’ World (the second Blitzkrieg Baby offer) and went to another stage of magnificent anarchy. Feel the lashings onto your back. Feel the suffering. Let death touches you with its blistering toes. After all I know you are begging for it.

Cannibal Commando is out NOW on Beläten.


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Jim Konya Dies After A Stroke

Konya taken off life support on 10/07/2015

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I’m devastated to say here in these pages that another warrior of HEAVY METAL pantheon has gone from this Earth to the other side. Jim Konya (aka Jim Sadist), the drummer of the death/black metal outfit Nunslaughter was taken off life support this morning, allegedly at 7:10 (local time)  from a stroke suffered several weeks ago. 

Nunslaughter is one of my favorite death metal outfits from US and Konya had a vital role in the development of the band. 

More details will be posted in the Nunslaughter page on Facebook, so keep checking for more details. https://www.facebook.com/NUNSLAUGHTER

Dark Souls United wishes comfort to Konya’s family, and hoping that this is not the end for Nunslaughter, but a new beginning anytime soon…


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Corpspazm – Corpspazm – Broken Limbs

The Universe in Disarray.

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Corpspazm is here to make some black noise for you, and sweet Satan, they are good at it.

Their black metal is a mix of Darkthrone and Napalm Death, something akin to Blasphemy but that’s no Ross Bay Cult. This sounds like as if they had the same influences but in a different zeitgeist.

Anyway everything here is a contaminated pool of maggots:  screamed chaos, desperate entropy, malevolent topsy-turviness. This is what I call BM.

Rapid fire and some groove are buried underneath the muddy waters of rumpus; the soundscape is utterly foul, a Dadaistic sonic canvas on the wall.

All the more the punk rock attitude is also under a thick skin of discord, flummoxing the listener to death.

Corpspazm is noisy and nidorous. It’s perfect to send undesirable visitors away.

Corpspazm  will be out on October 13th on Broken Limbs 


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Ad Nauseum – Ad Nauseum – Broken Limbs

Raw Black Noise

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Americans and their labels. This band from central Florida says in their press release that they play  “a volatile combination of hardcore and sludge metal as well as elements of harsh noise.” I can only concur with the harsh noise statement.

This band is indeed an experimental harsh black noise that utilizes white noises and funeral doom metal, trespassed by fastest parts to make their point.

The strangeness is very akin to Circle of Ouroborus from Finland.

The harsh noise parts are what I would call a genius work. They play between one song and another (there are four of them) always linking the unimaginable world of occult terror with a distorted reality.

But calling themselves a “volatile” group opens up other possibilities of experimental. I’m not against that. I against the very fact that a band that can be the forerunners and pathfinders of a new style, wind up being an extension of ISIS, Cult of Luna and Sun o))). Even if they have this influences is good, but they MUST remain as influences.

Their sound is perfectly tuned and it is, I do hope that more and more strange and outrageous experimentation comes in the near future. Some bands hold the key to another philosophical stage of the sonic future of mankind. Don’t lose the fucking key, for fuck sake!

Ad Nauseum will be released next October 13th on Broken Limbs .


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Cape of Bats – Violent Occultism – Broken Limbs

The street punk anarchy of Satanas.

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The vampyric metal-punk ensemble Cape of Bats is a band that blends occult rock with black metal and a punk laden cadence. To be more exact: they make punk, but with mega high pitched guitars and harsh vocalizations and a raw mix.

The occultism is for the sake of shock rock, and I find this approach salutary since what is Black Metal than an evolution of Sex Pistols and Alice Cooper, wearing Venom and Bathory outfits?

The “violent occultism” delivers, although the anarchic sound and I’m not talking about politics here: it’s everything kind of messy, but hell, they have a charming approach in their nonsensical theatre: it’s not d-beat, it’s raw and noisy, akin to noise-core and terrible noise-grind bands, a stodgy mix for ones and an innovative and intelligent music for others.

Of course there are no focal points since all the sounds are alike but I’d say that the guitars of Ultimate Evil got me, just because they are cranky.

You know the crankier the better. Violent Occultism will take the scene by storm; brace yourself for the coming of the bats of evil. Hitchcock would be afraid!

Violent Occultism  will be released on October 13 on  Broken Limbs 


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