Death Worship – End Times 12″ MLP – Nuclear War Now! Productions

Chaotic Ross Bay Cult


Back in 2016, Deathlord of Abomination and War Apocalypse (Blasphemy, Conqueror, Godless North) joined forces with like minded people aimed to make a statement against the very existence of mankind: his partners were J. Read (Revenge) and Nocturnal Grave Desecrator and Black Winds (Blasphemy, Blasphamagoatachrist).

They’d released an EP called Extermination Mass and now there are back with the very same line-up with End Times.

Of course they are the true Ross Bay Cult, bestial black metal. Others always tried to get to their status, but to no avail.

The difference here is that after years of experience they are on the top of their game:

Painstakingly made, they perfected the “war metal” sound and no, don’t expect to find anything that resounds clearness here: Noisy and satanic, the four tracks of the EP bring TONS of destructive anti-human agenda, in a perfect symbiose of insane solos, vocals and intense drumming.

There are parts like in the song The Poisoned Chalice that they de-accelerate, but just for some moments.

What is in the table is the very existence of the term Ross Bay Cult. Impostors can try, they can try very hard, but they’ll never get to the very extreme perfection of Death Worship and this extreme offensive attack of End Times. The end is nigh and this is the soundtrack! Fuck you (and then some).

Rating: 10/10


Death Worship’s End Times 12″ MLP will be available via Nuclear War Now! On February 15th.

(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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Atmospheric Black Metal Firtan releases new video today!

Finest German Atmospheric/pagan Black Metal puts new video on heavy rotation!


Premiering today, the new video of Firtan, called Nacht Verweil out of their last album Okeanos released last July.

The track is a must for fans of progressive black metal from Teutonic lands.

Having opened to Rotting Christ, Imperium Dekadenz, and Der Weg einer Freiheit and played festivals like Summer Breeze and Metaldays, Firtan has been quite a sensation as of now.

Spread this link to your friends who like autumnal black metal sensations, nature and paganism!


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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The Aztec Cultists of Tezcatlipoca stream their whole album!

Mesoamerican Darkness and Evil!


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:


  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!


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?


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.


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!


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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