The Aztec Cultists of Tezcatlipoca stream their whole album!

Mesoamerican Darkness and Evil!

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The black metallers of Tezcatlipoca present their whole new album in streaming for everyone to hear and binge in the real Aztec-speaking eviler album Tlayohualtlapelani.

This is the second album under these Mexican cultists’ belts, presenting a crocked kind of “folk” metal that makes it sounds really strange and infernal.

Not the European kind of black metal, Tezcatlipoca is yet capable of bringing the evil spirits from the dead cultures to life and possess one soul with necromancy and evil arts!

You can hear the ENTIRE opus here on Iron Bonehead‘s Bandcamp.

Tracklisting and cover as it follows:

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  1. Notlacahcahualiz Ica Yetztli, Cipactli
  2. Huey Tlatoani
  3. In Tlilihtec Tzompantli
  4. Macuil Xochitl Icic
  5. Chichimeca, Yaotecatl Ayamictlan
  6. In Tzinacan Itlayohualpatlaniliz
  7. Tlacatl Tlein In Mimiqueh Icah Tlahtoa
  8. Mictlan Itemouh

 


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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Rodent Epoch – Rodentlord – (Saturnal)

Dirty and mean!

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The filthy band Rodent Epoch is back with their debut full length after they’ve released a demo and an EP.

This time around the band goes fully into the dirty with extreme metal punk hymns and black metal attitude.

The production is a mess, and that’s that. Either you love or leave it. There’s no middle ground.

That said, the first song High On Hades implodes eardrums but it’s just the presentation of things to come.

Both Cult of Mission and Mayhem In the Courtyard Of God present a noisy form of black metal, with layers of guitar effects working as a feedback, covering the riffs, but that’s the deal. The more you go into the muck, the more you like it and decipher what’s in the backdrop. Although it may seem like a lazy way of doing things, the sound is pure metal, one just has to pass the wall of noise.  Needless to say that sometimes the vocals resounds Darkthrone.

Then comes the best song of the album called Red Heavens: it has a sort of old Satyricon riff (in a repetitive mode), bringing to the fore their full black metal side, a must hear for true metal heads.

The closer Funeral Master is another great song: imagine Venom but much, much more strident. Arrrgghh

The body count amounts to plenty of metal going through different directions but simply played for extreme and satanic rockers and headbangers. A binge in the hog pen. You might need a long shower after that!

Rodentlord  is out NOW on Saturnal.


 

(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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ELEGIAC – Pagan Storm – De Tenebrarum Principio

A storm of black laden riffs.. but is it really necessary?

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Elegiac is a product of a modern world. As the music goes unbridled in these days of internet, bands start their own discographies and they produce as long as they want. Some call them prolific.

The fact is that with less time to appreciate whole albums back to back, Elegiac goes against the grain and Pagan Storm (honestly, the only album I’ve ever heard from Zane Young, the only member of Elegiac) can be considerate a good album or a really pain in the ass, depending on one’s mood.

Sure, production-wise, it’s perfect, really, the sound is like a Graveland mixed with Iuvenes, really good mastering, long songs, repetitive riffs and all the brouhaha.

The only different song of the album is the title track that is like a blackened thrash metal statement, but the rest of the album is mid-tempo laden music, monotonous and obscure.

The problem is, in the haste to create a biography/discography and the name for itself, the band forgets they are not Burzum or any other band I cited here. It’s always cool to listen to new bands, but in the case of Elegiac, the band has released countless stuff since 2014! (And YES, I’ve got the word a new album is coming in January!). Who is the fan who’s asking desperately for so many Elegiac releases?

The album clocks in at one hour and I imagine that I should have at least one entire day to stay inside my home listening to the entire Elegiac catalog, non-stop mode.

It’s not that bad, really, but thank you, I have some work to do…

Pagan Storm is out now on De Tenebrarum Principio and can be found as a Limited Digipak on ATFM’s site (the parent label of De Tenebrarum Principio) or in digital sound on Bandcamp


 

(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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Vreid – Lifehunger (Season of Mist)

This a masterpiece. And masterpieces are hard to describe.

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Vreid started from the ashes of Windir, started as a pure Black Metal statement, and on each album they’ve been becoming better and better. I believe Lifehunger is their zenith so far!

This album is what I want in an album: aggressive, soulful, metal, creative!

One the best bands that hail from Norway nowadays (hands down!) along with Enslaved, Borknagar, Iskald and Solefald, this album just proves that they deserve even more for their approach on Black Metal.

After the acoustic starter Flowers and Blood, the band goes on a black metal binge in the song One Hundres Years, with excellent musicianship, although not so fancy, but heck, they play so full of energy that it’s impossible to stay put. The band goes to some clean vocals, just to return to a pure Nordic Black Metal attack, varying tempos and nuances.

The thrasher Lifehunger is aggressive and calls quickly for a black metal blast beat, and as the song veers to the dark side, out of the blue they give a nod to Metallica’s Enter Sandman (or Excel if you know what I REALLY mean), this musical piece a variation of that music with raspy vocals spewing blasphemies just to return to the killer riff and black metal mode. Man, this is one of the best things I’ve heard this year!

The party continues on the Dead White with a dramatic riff, and heavy metal mid-tempo, a must for those who just want to headbang. Over again the song changes, but this time, it’s a beautiful acoustic guitar that takes place… well shortly, just to explode again in a lethal metal.

The strange track here is Hello Darkness, maybe because the black metal growls are abandoned in favor of a more post-punk approach. Clean vocals all the way and simpler riffs don’t prevent the song of being extremely heavy in this strange concept.

Black Rites in the Black Nights has a punctuate way of singing, (the black vocals are back here), the song is extremely heavy but not fast and it’s the longest song of the album, 6+ minutes. It’s the more progressive among the others.

Ha, now they are back in the terrorist mode with the Sokrates Must Die. Fast as fuck, a mix between black and thrash (interestingly enough not blackened thrash metal) it goes to some uncharted territory, maybe with something of Sarke, but so much faster.

Heimatt closes the album with a melancholic note, but the tune has a crescendo of riffs and the final solo is inspiring. It’s a instrumental song, where they bet everything and they WIN!

Lifehunger is not an experimental album though. Vreid, although the accented difference from the previous albums, continues to be a black metal band, not some avant-garde venture. But they simply use the black metal as their basis and put what they want inside, over and between. That’s not a salad. It’s the most incredible form of music!

Lifehunger is out NOW on Season of Mist.


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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All My Sins – Pra Sila – Vukov Totem – Saturnal

Songs to celebrate the EQUINOX!

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I always knew that Slavic Black Metal was the thing, but of course, there are layers of it in different eras. Serbian band All My Sins represents the “original” second wave of Black Metal or something in between.

Granted, it’s very difficult to find a black metal band with this “something in between” Either the bands are extremely aggressive like in Blackened War Black Metal, or more delicate like in DSBM, post-black metal and nonsenses like that.

All My Sins started a long time ago, but just after some problems with lineup that the band was able to record their first album called Lunar-Sonar one year ago, and now Pra Sila – Vukov Totem comes with pure excellency!

First of all, one ought to bear in mind that the album has 8 tracks, while some of them are pretty long.

The sound has repetitive phrases, rare changes of tempo, and an excellent mixing and mastering.

The songs are extremely exciting, going to the frontier of blackened thrash metal, but never passing the boundaries, just like in the first song called Vukov Totem (that clocks in at 9+ minutes)

While Zov iz Magle and Vetrovo Kolo maintain the chaos, the track called U Mlazevima Krvi is highly fast and evil.

Opsena is the interesting one: although not the longest tune of the album, it brings three distinct parts, from brutal to atmospheric, shamelessly! I dug this one.

Konačna Ravnodnevica (Čin Prvi) is the lengthiest song of the album, not bringing too much creativity, but none less, being mega fun for die-hards of the old school style.

The exception to the rule is the track Konačna Ravnodnevica (Čin Drugi) (yes, I’ve got confused with the alike names as well), which brings to the fold exactly what I said the band negated: the sad and somewhat delicate sound in a sequence of repetitive riffs, but that doesn’t mar the rest of this wonderful album.

All My SinsPra Sila – Vukov Totem will be out on September 23rd via Saturnal to celebrate the last equinox of the year!


 

(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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Order of the Nameless Ones unveils the date of album. Art and tracking list here!

Iron Bonehead sets the date for the killer release.

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After one demo under their belts, American destroyers Order of the Nameless Ones is doomed to unleashed their debut album called Utter to Me the Word of Wrath under the sing of Iron Bonehead on December 7th (save the date), so expect quality here!

Containing 8 tracks of blackened death metal, and one them (Runes of Cosmic Blasphemy) can be listened to on Soundcloud. Click on this link and feel the pure evil of the upcoming album.

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Tracklisting for Order of the Nameless OnesUtter to Me the Word of Wrath:

1. Aura of Malignancy

2. Runes of Cosmic Blasphemy

3. Look into the Abyss of Dread

4. The Stone that Begs for Blood

5. Depraved Covenant

6. Praise Your Sinister Form

7. Swarming Death Unleashed

8. Utter to Me the Word of Wrath


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KOMMANDANT – Blood Eel – ATMF

When hell breaks loose.

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Kommandant is a band that takes no prisoners: their attack is rabid and intransigent. But this time around the American band is working on a new level. A better one.

The first albums, although seem a musical progression of the band, showed a brutal form of war metal championed by bands like Blasphemy and the likes. Now they upgraded their production to a more understandable production: don’t get me wrong, there are more noxious than ever, but instead of sound like of an Ampütator of sorts, they reached a Marduk level.

Of course, nothing here is aping the Swedish band because Kommandant has enough fuel to create their own brand of Black Metal and man, they destroy!

Absolutum is a large intro, while the menace continues on the second track Blood Eel, where nothing happens at first minutes, just to explode in a brutal Black Metal with blasts all over one’s face!

What is the most important thing about this album? The riffs, of course. They get you in the title track and also in the third one called The Struggle: the extended repetition of them makes it easy to understand and to learn the riffs by heart with a few spins, which make this one the best song of the album. It isn’t just simple black metal, the intricacies are there, the difference are in the iterations.

The same happens with the fourth track called Ice Giant that unfortunately is not so cool as The Struggle, but the long phrases are there: clocking in at almost 10 minutes, it’s impossible to not learn the hopes of this song in particular.

Cimmerian Thrust takes a more dramatic turn, of course maintaining the cohesive factor of the album, but with some spoken words in between. The beginning and the final part of the songs preserves the killer riffage.

Aeon Generator with its metaphysic feelings, it’s just like a black hole of madness and extermination: without any doubt, the heavier tune of the album. The blatant and fierce drum attack causes confusion and are indicated only for die-hards of the style. Perfection in destruction.

Finally, the 8-minute long Moon… The Last Man packs the album with a torrent of violent music, the riffs with the drums being the stars over again here.

Maybe it’s difficult to fathom music by just reading about it, and in this particular case I couldn’t agree more. Blood Eel is an album that deserves to be truly listened and it will make the joy of those who can’t get enough of brutal music in their lives.

Bloody Eel is available NOW via ATMF on a 300-unit A5 edition and on 4-panel digipak!


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