Black Funeral – Ankou and the Death Fire CD/LP – Iron Bonehead / Dark Adversary

Staying true to traditional Black Metal.


Old is cool and every fucking body knows that. But Black Funeral never betrayed the essence of pure black metal, a thing that is rare in the era of PC shoegaze pseudo-depressive fad. No melodies, no cool production, only the traditional sound from the deep abyss of lo-fi destruction.

With all technology available is impossible to imagine a band that can record something that remembers the old days, but somewhat Black Funeral, the original USBM band managed to do that.

The opener Shadows of Obour is an ode to the atonal rifferama, sunken guitars, no audible bass (if there’s any) and yet it’s an extremely interesting track that develops with gusto for Darkthrone-like style, never-changing tempo and repetitive phrases a là A Blaze in the Northern Sky. A chef d’oeuvre lemme say.

The title track is more like an earworm, but don’t get me wrong, this is as primitive as one can get. The work is a pure destructive invocation from netherworld, with compassed drums, with a puny yet audible ride cymbals.

Another highlight is The Morrigan (Battle Crow) that starts as mid-tempo black metal and explodes itself into a brutal form of primeval black metal.

Black Funeral is alive and kicking, which is rare nowadays, but heck that’s the real deal: amongst one thousand bands claiming they play “black metal” is good to separate the wheat from the chaff. Black Funeral is a premiere band for premiere die-hards, any doubt about that?

Ankou and the Death Fire will be available in LP and CD with different covers on September 9th  on Iron Bonehead / Dark Adversary 

(Daniel “Roderick” Death)

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ARKONA / ILLNESS – Klucz Do Istnienia / Zaraza – Godz Ov War Productions

Split with cult bands from Europe.

Arkona and Illness are releasing this great split. Note: The Arkona here is the Polish one and not to be confused with the more famous Russian band Аркона.

Arkona side contains the track Klucz Do Istnienia that is the embodiment of the Polish Black Metal! Traditional and vicious, the attack is fast with old school black metal riffs! The drumming is as fast as the speed of light, great number. It’s a pity that it is only one track!

But the band Illness don’t let us down: formed by guys of Masachist, this track Zaraza starts with a Slayer-like approach just to  explode into an all-out war of brutal black metal with changes of tempo that makes this track very interesting, merging death and black metal schools. The final part though, has a bit of melodic black metal in the vein of Limbonic Art.

A truly great split of special bands, this release is a portal to the other works of both acts. Try and get it!

Klucz Do Istnienia / Zaraza  is out now on Godz Ov War Productions


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Necuratul – Sanguine Lupus Graves – Forever Plagued

Blurred Black Metal from Columbus/ Ohio…

This demo tape is being released in cassette and it’s the epitome of the cult sound for die-hards of TRUE BLACK METAL elsewhere.

I don’t have plenty information about this supposedly one-man-band besides that it’s composed by Jake Kohn, the guy behind bands like Prosanctus Inferi, Black Funeral, and Father Befouled, hence the great quality of the music.

This demo has 5 tracks clocking in at 22 minutes of pure satanic music!

The first song brings a somewhat sad black metal, nonetheless with rapid parts and a sinister keyboard on the background, showcasing the ability to sound haunted like no one else. The sound is “blurred” on the final cut, giving it a gritty sensation and turning the tracks rustic.

Other fave is Pale Eyes Of The Hunger with its primitive form of destructive sound with midtempo nuances and a satanic vocal! Riffs evoke the heyday of black metal with the heaviness of death metal!

Last song Softly With Hatred is another sample of how true music must be done: traditional, but not claiming to be “old-school” as everyone else, this tune brings the darkness of old to the fold but with new ideas (hark!!! Not so new that it sounds modern, screw it!!!)

Sanguine Lupus Graves is an underrated work that has to figure out in every true headbanger collection!!! Soon it will become a rarity, be sure of that!

Sanguine Lupus Graves is out now Forever Plagued.

(Daniel Death)

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