PATRONYMICON – Ushered Forth By Cloven Tongue – Osmose Productions

Under the sign of the cloven tongue

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Patronymicon is a Swedish evil manifestation that came to life in 2009 in Sandviken and they have 3 albums so far including this upcoming Ushered Forth By Cloven Tongue.

Traditional Swedish Black Metal (in the vein of Marduk, Dark Funeral), they demonstrate (as the majority of the bands from that country) a dexterity between heaviness and some level of melody (this is NOT atmospheric Black Metal).

This is not really original stuff, but who cares? If you’re loyal, this is not an issue at the end of the day.

The Funeral Of A Passive God, the second track of the cd, presents a wall of noise with one million riffs made to destroy the listener, while the song ranges from the absolute blast beat to mid-tempo while the vocal is well marked in the mix.

XI Kings XI Curses is pure velocity and satanic hate. Riffs that are aimed to get the fan of Swedish black metal, this track lives up to expectations, extremely violent by the way, it deserves several spins. Bullseye!

Another great track is the penultimate A Star That Shineth Not with its dramatic feeling and over the top density.

All in all, as I said before, it’s not the most original made in Swedish lands and in black in total. Normally I’d say for one to hear the original stuff. But this opvs is made with too great dedication to the traditional stuff that I’m not going to be the grumpy guy who’ll tell you to hear something else. Grab your copy and binge in the uncompromising black metal.

Ushered Forth By Cloven Tongue is going to be out on September 27th on Osmose Productions.

Rating 7/10


(Roderick Totentanz)

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Wolcensmen – Fire In The White Stone – Indie Recordings

A trip to the auld lang syne!

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Wolcensmen is the alter ego of the guy from Winterfylleth, Sir Dan Capp (who have worked on logos and made all the layouts of Burzum since Varg Vikernes got out the jail) comprising of a style that is the cousin of black metal which in his case is a mix of Ambient, Etherial and Folk music in the runic Anglisc heathen tradition.

This sophomore album presents 11 songs clocking in at almost 50 minutes of a trip to the forests unknown.

Making an intelligent variation of acoustic, electronic, sung and/or instrumental Fire In The White Stone is a step ahead in the style.

The two first songs Foreboden followed by A gainsaying are segues (which means that one is continuation of another, roughly speaking). Putting up masculine and feminine vocalizations, this seriously sounds like real music from the forest. Forefathers are really surprised by this homage.

The instrumental and marvelous Maidens of the Rimeland with its repetitive oneiric sound it’s perfection.

By its turn the sung part of Sprig to Spear hurls one to the traditional British songs we use to hear in films, but with a sad vibe. Second to none. The song also resounds like a mix of Bathory’s Man of Iron, Song to Hall up High and The lake. At the same time. Crazy!

Of course there are a lot of good songs in this album. For die-hards of Storm, Bathory (non-metal songs), Burzum (non-metal songs), Hagalaz Runedance, Wardruna, Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik.

Fire In The White Stone is going to be released by Indie Recordings on September 20th.

Rating: 8/10


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Asagraum – Dawn of Infinite Fire – Edged Circle Productions

The unapologetic expression of purest Black Metal

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Definitely, Asagraum is the new phenomenon of black metal and one of the bands that is getting a lot of attention with just one album released. But the sophomore one is coming and those who aren’t in the bandwagon will surely be (I know black metal and bandwagon are two words that combined don’t make sense, but let’s talk reality here, this band is going to be BIG!)

In the beginning this band was a Norwegian-Dutch expression but on this second take it became a totally Dutch one.

Dawn of the Infinite Empire is an album that attaches past to the present, sometimes a strange balance between blackened death metal and melodic black metal, something almost IMPOSSIBLE to get, but they’ve got and perfected it.

They Crawl from the Broken Circle shows all the sound and fury with heaviness and direct attack much like mid-Marduk and something of Immortal but never changing tempos with NO “progressive” approach. They charge at kinda 4/4 onslaught. At the very same time there is no lo-fi sound (if you’re looking to this kind of material go look somewhere else).

The solos of abysmal Guahaihoque are pure perfection, it got me and threw me against the walls.

Dawn of Infinite Fire has the earworm riff though. It’s impossible to forget it and I deem it the best track of the cd. (of course, opinions will differ in this one, since the album is full of gems)

Beyond the Black Vortex is another highlight with its doom-laden intro that blasts itself in a remorseless black metal destruction. Just to come back (at the same tempo, mind you) to doom and vice versa.

The last song Waar ik ben komt de dood has different kind of vocals making another highlight.

To add insult to injury, the perfect art of the Indonesian maestro Bahrull Marta is simply marvelous.

This is an album that should not be consumed piecemeal. Take it all and die poisoned. This is black fucking metal.

Dawn of Infinite Fire -is going to be out on Edged Circle Productions on two different dates: HEADS UP: September 13th in Europe and September 27th in United States.

Rating: 9/10


(Roderick Totentanz)

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The Glorious Dead – Imperator of the Desiccated 7″ – Bindrune/Eihwaz Recordings

The unknown death metal masters.

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The Glorious Dead was formed back in 2007 and released an EP that made no success. Back in this decade the band released a demo and now this 7” EP.

It’s normal for a band to change and they changed a lot and for the best.

Imperator of the Desiccated contains only two tracks of pure old school death metal, but it’s not a mere imitation of Autopsy and Entombed, forget it. It’s something way more brutal, almost like the blackened death metal that is being made today by countless bands, without Satan in the formula, which, of course, eliminates the “blackened” in the label. Anyway: this thing is a putrid real deal like in the old days.

As the EP contains only two tracks, lets dissect them (pun intended):

Mangled Cerebration is the studio track: well captured and mixed with an organic sound but with that stench of an old corpse in decomposition, the vocal does not follow a run-for-your-lives approach, is well structured the way it should always be.

The second and final track is called Celebrate the Corpse and here is the interesting thing; even being recorded live, it seems that the introduction was the guys speaking something in the studio, hence the studio quality and mastering of the song. A job very well done, since all the Ep’s that include a live track differs a lot from the studio track. With a doomish, mid-tempo approach it doesn’t lose its nexus and it’s very cohesive with the first track.

That is a must-have release. I’m just sorry it’s not a full-length.

Imperator of the Desiccated 7″ is going to be out on Bindrune/Eihwaz Recordings. Digital version already circulating on Bandcamp.

Rating: 8/10


(Roderick Totentanz)

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ABYSMAL LORD – Exaltation of the Infernal Cabal – Hells Headbangers

Nuclear ignition restarted.

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Abysmal Lord is a small band from NOLA that recorded their first demo tape in 2013. Since then their discography after that includes an EP Storms of Unholy Black Mass (2014), a debut album called Disciples of the Inferno (2015) and a split with the cult band Crurifragium.

This sophomore release could simply show more of the same, but it is more of the same brutality with more aggression. This feature doesn’t disqualify their first recordings, of course not, it adds more to the fold instead.

Brutal and unrelating satanic Blackened Death Metal extremely noisy and totally a thing for those who like it primitive and extremely and brutally heavy at the same time.

I could say there’s nobody more extreme than Abysmal Lord, but I’d be lying of course, but they are on par with a lot of excellent bands of the style, and honestly in this bestial black/death case who WANTS originality? Fuck it, show me the wrath of Satan.

10 songs clocking in at 34 minutes with packed belligerence in sonic form, Exaltation of the Infernal Cabal is a cohesive Beherit-esque/Blasphemy-esque opera of occult malevolent metal: songs like Monolith of Vengeance, Holy Incest and so on are so disgraceful that I wondered if the Armageddon was upon mankind. If by chance you end at the middle of the world’s termination, this album will surely be the soundtrack. Believe me, don’t listen to it if you’re not into this style, you will hear fear and see horror, and you may not find it funny. Only for die-hards of Blasphemophagher, Proclamation, Black Witchery, Morbosidad and the likes.

Exaltation of the Infernal Cabal is out TODAY on Hells Headbangers.

Rating: 9/10


(Roderick Totentanz)

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Mayhem announces new album, artwork, date of release and tour.

The inventors of Norwegian Black Metal are coming back with Damon

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The lengendary Mayhem (The True Mayhem for some) is about to release their sixth studio album called Daemon that is set to be released on October 25th 2019. With the incredible artwork by the artist Daniel Valeriani (who made covers for bands such as Dark Funeral, Grafvitnir and Mysticum), production of the Swedish Necromorbus (Tore Gunnar Stjerna), ex-drummer for Funeral Mist and owner of Necromorbus Studio based in Stockholm, and the same line-up that recorded the 2014 Esoteric Warfare and De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive (2016). Necrobutcher (bass), Hellhammer (drums), Attila Csihar (vocals), Teloch (guitars) and Ghul (guitars).

They are promising something really new and different as the previous albums following the purest Mayhem tradition to repeat themselves.

No single was release as of yet. 

The album will have ten songs and it is going be released by Century Media Records.

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The tracking list is as it follows:

  1. The Dying False King
  2. Agenda Ignis
  3. Bad Blood
  4. Malum
  5. Falsified and Hated
  6. Aeon Daemonium
  7. Worthless Abomination Destroyed
  8. Daemon Spawn
  9. Of Worms and Ruins
  10. Invoke the Oath

Mayhem is also going to perform a long tour until the end of the year and the dates are in the flyer below.

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(Roderick Totentanz)

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Halloween real horror: Bestial Warlust is back but for one gig only!

Nothing to do on this Halloween? What about a date with SATAN HIMSELF?

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Arguably one of the most satanic bands of all time, Bestial Warlust is back, but for one gig only in Melbourne, Australia. The support band is none less than the brutalists of Cemetery Urn.

This is what I call a hell on Earth or even an apocalyptic event.

Tickets aren’t for sale as of yet. But heads up: once they are, they aren’t! The search for it will be intense since die-hards for whole world will go down under to see this unique event that (to add insult to injury) will be performed by the original line-up. How primitive a show can get?

Bestial Warlust was formed in 1990 in Victoria under the name of Corpse Molestation and recorded a couple of demos back then. But, three years later they were renamed Bestial Warlust and recorded the seminal satanic war metal opus called Vengeance War ’till Death in the same year.

Along with Blasphemy (who recorded their sophomore album, Gods of war in the same year), Beherit and their countrymen of Sadistik Exekution, they help pioneer the Bestial Black Metal style (when even the boys in Norway were just… eh… boys) propagating chaos and terror worldwide.

They recorded another album (Blood & Valour), and then the band called it quits in 1997.

Their importance proved to be lasting and that’s why, 26 years after, one cannot lose this satanic date which will be on All Hallows Eve, on Croxton Hotel, Thornbury.

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(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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