DENIAL OF GOD – The Shapeless Mass – Osmose Productions / Hells Headbangers

The comeback of Black Horror Metal.

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Denial of God is a name that has gained some relevance as of late. Black metal acts as they are, they are getting better and better, albeit this doesn’t translate in a better sound (like in the big guns as Dark Funeral or Watain for exemple). They remain organic and true to the underground.

That said this is an EP (they seem to have a fetish for EP’s) comprising of 4 tracks

The title track opens the opus: an epic track of some 9 minutes or so, this song has lots of variations of phrases and/or tempos. It takes sometime to fully understand it, and that is what it makes the song charming. Only one phrase repeats itself (with variations in between) and the final is a continuous binge of crescendo: first a bass, than a guitar riff over, than explosive drumming and finally vocals, those added to the end of the track.

Second track called The Statues are Watching is the fastest and best track of all EP: the attack here is relentless and put one’s hears on notice. Variating between what I call a back metal blastbeat (you know, the Norwegian kind) and syncopated drumming through a dramatic sound a la Bathory’s Twilight of the Gods (yes the track is THAT CRAZY), this track can reach all senses in less than 6 minutes of perfect sound. Wow!

Third track is a Bathory cover, Call from The Grave which is very alike to the original. Great thing is that in this musical context is doesn’t sound like a filler.

Last track Mama Loi, papa Loi, is an Exuma cover, very dark metal rather than outright black metal. Good thing is that it doesn’t lose its relevance to the opus.

The Shapeless Mass as all other DOG works, counts as a full length. Maybe because they don’t have that amount of full lengths so anything new should be treated as such. Another great release.

The Shapeless Mass  IS OUT next Friday on Osmose Productions / Hells Headbangers  

Rating: 8/10


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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ROTTING CHRIST / VARATHRON – Duality of the Unholy Existence (split 7″ EP) – Hells Headbangers

The perfect split.

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No reason, no rhyme, Hells headbangers throws this bomb onto us: this very hateful split of the best black metal bands from Hellas.

Although none of the tracks show anything really new, I think that’s the point. Together they clock in at nine minutes.

Rotting Christ track is called Spiritus Sancti: it could be easily taken from the session records of the last album. The riffs are pure RC, as are the vocals and the drums. The evil spirit makes itself present while the track is spinning. A must-hear.

Varathron track is called Shaytan and very same can be said, except that Varathron haven’t changed that lot since the beginning of their career as RC have. So, although less famous, is instantly recognizable. The sound here being more organic than the Rotting Christ track.

It really can’t be said that one track is better than the other because they are the best that  each band can offer, and they are hell of songs.

But more than being a release that is deemed to be essential, it’s more like a gift for die hards of the classic Hellenic scene. One can’t really go wrong with that.

Duality of the Unholy Existence (split 7″ EP) will be ou on July 28 on Hells Headbangers limited in 999 copies.

Rating: 8,5/10


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KAT – Without Looking Back – PURE STEEL PROMOTION

Polish metal Masters are back!

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A new-born classic has arrived. Kat is one of the most traditional bands in the history of metal. Period.

But forget their “black metal” phase, this is PURE Heavy metal. 10 songs that clocks in at 60 minutes, maybe some moments are not so monumental, but hell, it’s not everyday we hear a sing along album like that!

The opener, Black Night in my chair is a helluva warmer, it sets up the MO of the entire album, although I have to confess that the second track Poker is not my fave, but that kind of accident happens more often than not.

Great songs follow like in Medieval Fire with guitars heavy than hell, The Race for Life that has the best chorus of the album.

But my absolute favorites are the sequence: Wild and Walls Of Whispers. If I had to choose I’d pick the latter, but for different reasons: the former is a hell of rocker, epic as epic can be, however there’s a extended final with synths. The latter is more direct, and what a song man, what a song. Impossible to not sing by heart!

The other tunes are bonuses (not really bonuses, but they add more fun to the bill.)

The closer The Promised Land is the different one: it’s a ballad in its core, but by the end of the song it becomes a pure metal heavier than a tractor.

The bottom line is that we are talking about one of the most classic heavy metal bands in history. Can you give me more please?

Without Looking Back is out now on PURE STEEL PROMOTION.

Rating: 9/10.


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Thule in no perspective; Varg Vikernes has lost his Youtube channel.

Thulian Perspective is no more due to new Youtube regulations.

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DISCLAIMER: THIS BLOG IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS, IT’S ABOUT MUSIC. IF POLITICS (AND POLICIES) MESS UP WITH MUSIC, SO IT IS A MUSICAL PROBLEM AND SHOULD BE ASSERTED.

As Frank Zappa once said: who are the brain police? Algorithms are! As internet started to rely heavily on algorithms in order to take down several videos that alleged broke copyright (the infamous article 13), now they are using the same tactic to control hate speech. You know, nazis, white supremacists and whatnot.

What those dudes have anything to do with heavy metal? LET’S FIND OUT:

As you may know (if you may not, google it) Louis Cachet aka Varg Vikernes aka Count Grishnackh aka the guy of Burzum espoused some extreme ideologies in the past and let’s not be hypocrites that he may or may not be right (pun intended) about the things he says nowadays. Or had said. Because one accusation in the past about him being a “nazi” his channel Thulean Perspective has been just banned from Youtube.

The thing is: as we live in the world Politically Correct, SWJ’s (Social Justice Warriors, just  as in “METAL SUCKS”) feel good to accuse bands like Inquisition, Watain, Marduk and Burzum to be NAZIS. As I said, let’s NOT BE HYPOCRITES about the existence of NSBM, but do you really think that the aforementioned bands deserve the label? C’mon. Okay you’re from RABM, so the idiocy makes sense.

Hate speech is not cool. But who are the others to tell me or you what you can watch or read? I don’t like Marxism, but I want to be able to read Das Kapital. I don’t like Nazism, but I want to have the right to read Mein Kampf. Period.

That’s exactly the fallacy on Youtube new rules: the text says: We recognize some of this content has value to researchers and NGOs looking to understand hate in order to combat it, and we are exploring options to make it available to them in the future. (the entire text can be read here). In the subsequent phrase they say “context matters”. I really thought about that. For hours and I concluded: IT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL.

Some of these days I saw (in the same Youtube, where else?) a comedian who said: I want to know who is a racist so I can have a chance to NOT BE(ING) FRIENDS WITH THAT GUY.

Let’s go to the point: if you think (or not) that Varg is a white supremacist is up to you, but to call off a channel like Thulean Perpective is to hush the artist himself, it is to take out the benefit of doubt. All of these seems beautiful but what’s the intention?

To limit the scope of you or me (or your BAND) can or cannot say is to give a power to one group only. Commies or American New-Left or Jewish People don’t have THAT KIND OF POWER. But they are consumers, Youtube gains its money by advertisement, advertisement is associated with a brand, a brand wants to be cool, being cool is to be the good guy in a word of intolerance. Let’s make a fast exercise: If nazis (I’m not saying Varg is one, that’s the WHOLE POINT of these illations) were greater in number and they could pay for the revenue of the companies who put their ads on Youtube, don’t you think the history would be totally different?

Which makes a comeback to the original question: who are the brain police? Youtube delegates to its algorithms what is good and what is bad. Given that Varg Vikernes is SUPPOSEDLY a white supremacist (a lie said one thousand times becomes a truth, a phrase by Joseph Goebbels, the infamous Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945, a tactic that is used gladly by “anti-nazis”), the algorithm simply says: this can, this cannot. This kind of selection is literally brainless. Okay, you don’t like neo-nazis, white supremacists streaming their massacres on Christchurch (New Zealand), I get that. I hate to see animals being mistreated; I opt out always. But to accuse someone from another group simply  because this group doesn’t like a guy by saying: nazi, commie, fascist, is to negate the fact the Youtube opened a precedent to censor you, who want to talk about dolls. Yeah, a stupid example. Until some algorithm decided that a doll is not good for kids because some zealots decided that the said doll promotes hate, violence, political propaganda and pedophilia. That’s until somebody decides that the doll is old fashioned, now it’s time to persecute black metal artists. Until someone decides that black metal isn’t enough and heavy Metal and Rock should be banned. Until you can’t even read an opinion like this anymore. The Big Bother is bigger than ever. Heads up.

 

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