Witchbones – The Seas of Draugen LP/CD (Iron Bonehead)

The evil sea spirit from Portland.

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Formed in 2018, Witchbones started releasing its records throughout 2019, The Seas of Draugen being the 2nd album, amidst EP’s and demos.

The one-man-band is formed by Vardlokker and the sound is pure brutal and bestial black, black death or blackened death metal if you will.

Although being very short (26 minutes) to be called an album, this opus is worth listening for the high doses of brutality it contains.

Nun Collector starts as a dark ambient intro just to burst forth into an ultra-brutal and ignorant music with unintelligible mega guttural vocals sunken into the final mix. Everything here is low pitched, but one can easily understand the riffs that seem to be recorded in a cavern.

But the great highlight is Ghost Ship with its macabre intro from hell, and after one minute a deluge of low-pitched devil’s music, real deal. The sound of ride cymbal makes me wonder if it’s not a programmed drum but I can’t fathom. The song ends as it had begun, with the same macabre keyboard.

The short The Ritual Continues (We Haunt Ourselves), have a insistent iteration concluding in a crazy drumming (that even more contributes to the doubt of a programed drum). But while some purists may see a terrible mistake in it, I just think it is fun as hell.

The Seas of Draugen brings the true war and satanic tradition of American blackened death metal and if you’re a fan of this style you should listen to it.

The Seas of Draugen is out NOW on LP/CD on Iron Bonehead.

Rating 8/10


Roderick Totentanz

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SARTEGOS – O Sangue da Noite (I, Voidhanger Records)

The Spanish/Galician complex Blackened Death Metal of Sartegos.

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Sartegos is a band that hails from a region of Spain called Galicia and they sing in a language that resembles Portuguese very much.

Although they’re a relatively new band, they have quality works behind them including their first demo A Serpe do Escarnio released in 2010.

But while they’ve been so far a good band, O Sangue da Noite , their debut full length, shows an excellent one. Why? Because they did the impossible: an original blackened death metal sound.

Normally this terminology is a little bit confusing: One can be talking about Behemoth/Belphegor, or simply about the war/bestial metal of bands like Blasphemy, Sadomator, Morbosidad and so on. There is a chasm between the two “styles”. Sartegos is at the middle.

That is not to say that they are a mediocre band: NO! They concocted their own music using both death and black. They’re not an imitation, they’re not an act!

For instance, a song like Lajes em Tormento e Decadência shows a complex, fast and heavy form of satanic metal that is not progressive, indeed, I can´t label it. But there’s layers and changes of tempo in a myriad of riffs and passages.

While Solpor dos Mistérios follows suit, the song Arqueiro is the most complete of the album: exploding the speakers, it resounds some Poland bands like Hate but heavier. The main theme is an earworm without compromising the brutality of the opus.

But the best song for sure is As Devesas som dos Lobos that follows a theme while the song dramatically progresses in mid-tempo just to give space to brutality and chasmal bellows from hell. Simply perfect.

The last song is a Burzum-esque piece that serves as an outro and is called Águas Negras.

The complexity of this album will get the fans of heaviest black metal by the balls for it is a surprise. Yes, this is original to the bone. Ye,s this is difficult to assimilate at first. Yes, that’s the way I like it.

O Sangue da Noite  will be out on  I, Voidhanger Records on November 29th

Rating 10/10


Roderick Totentanz

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Unaussprechlichen Kulten – Teufelsbücher (Iron Bonehead )

The unspeakable cults of the devil’s books.

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This album is an absurd flood of aggressive noise into death metal empire: Unaussprechlichen Kulten (one of the infernal cast of Never Surrender Festival which takes place this weekend, read more here) is about to premiere its 5th full length. With a nod to blackened death metal this band is not pure blood fancy war metal but rather the self-made South-American cult that the world was missing.

The Evil Out of Control is the opener: packed with absurd noisome riffs and flak drumming, this song is a strange assertion of what this new cult album is capable of: change of tempos and occasional theme-riffs makes the happiness of the true headbanger. No solace you will find with this hellish massacre.

Keziah Lilith Medea is a storm of menacing riffs and the infernal distorted vocals at the beginning is a prequel to layers of riffage in a deluge of guitar solos and fast-foray sometimes syncopated, sometimes-not death metal. A great quantity and quality of information one shall find while listening to this one while the looming keyboard returns from hell itself to degenerate one eardrums. As the first track (and the rest of the album) this track is organic as fuck, leaving no space for tricks while the mix(ing) is simply perfect.

Cranquiluria is not as earworm as the other tracks but here come the influences in this long track: Autopsy and mainly Morbid Angel, but this is NOT, I repeat, THIS IS NOT a fucking ridiculous new wave of old school death metal. The comparisons end here! Somewhat constant in its own universe of phrases, starting as a pseudo-doom this song stands out for what it is: a blunt force trauma kinda metal of death! A vortex of bludgeons.

A Search and an Evocation, howbeit, has a more profound nexus, an infrastructure with a rhythmic session that holds the entire song, making way to development of the extremely guttural vocals and somewhat that confusion of riffs, here, is interchangeable without losing its belligerency. Helluva tune indeed.

Up to the end of the album, the penultimate track Flapping Membraneous Wings showcases an adamant and assertive sound: the changes don’t hide themselves in a wall of noise. It clearly presents itself with lots of solos and different parts, making a trip to the abysm even more dangerous. The great solos are what keep this album even more interesting. By the final, the track gets a more intimist tone, not much heavy, but demoniac as fuck.

To pack it all, the longest track of the opvs: Necromancy and Torment. Unapologetic as the other tracks, it’s not a subpar bet. The best track of the album is a travel to the realms of chasmal vocals, extremely heavy artillery of riffs and rhythmic session, basilar guitar commanding the utter chaos, this closer is the perfect assumption of what a true heavy death metal band should be. The sudden change by the middle to end of the track adds more insult to injury.

The point here is simpler than one can infer: this album had everything to be done wrongly. The apparent sameness is the perfect formula to disaster. But somehow, they managed to get these very same elements and make a perfect deal with them. That’s the magic behind Teufelsbücher. This album cemented definitely the importance of this Chilean band to the worldwide satanic metal of death scenario. If you look for brutality look no further.

Teufelsbücher is going to be OFFIALLY released on Iron Bonehead on next Friday, October 18th in LP and CD formats.

Rating: 10/10


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Sarcófago albums, ranked from worst to best!

An introductory discography to these Brazilian demons.sarcófago

The fantastic and timeless band Sarcófago, that came from Brazil and had a span of time from circa 1986 to 2000, influencing underground death and black metal acts all across the world, including Behemoth, Impaled Nazarene, Satyricon, Blasphemy, Deiphago, Beherit, Nargaroth, between others, recorded 6 official releases along with demos and compilations. Those latter will be left out. Welcome to the ultimate guide to the most extreme band of the world!

  1. Rotting (1989)folder2

The least cool Sarcófago album (that MA lists it as an EP and in my time it was an album, go figure) was a tentative to return from a brief hiatus and try to sound contemporary at the same time. The result is not quite cohesive, although fans dig this album until today. Songs like Sex, Drinks, & Metal and Alcoholic Coma don’t save fillers as the re-recording of Nightmare (from INRI), Tracy or Rotting.

  1. The Worst (1996)

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This was the second “electronic” album of Sarcófago, meaning they used programmed drums. Maybe people would complain exactly about that, but the problem here are songs like God Bless The Whores and the Worst which are not the best moments in their career. On the other side, Army of the Damned (The Prozac’s Generation), Plunged in Blood, Shave your Head and mainly Purification Process are absolute underrated classics of Death/Black Metal.

  1. Hate (1994)

Before The Worst, there was Hate… This album, with flagrant electronic folder4drums, is still destructive to these days. Varying between humorous and disgraceful death metal, classics like Anal Vomit (you need to scream with me, put out your uprising, free yourself from conformity, spell your ANAL VOMIT), Orgy Of Flies, Satanic Terrorism (a nod to the church burnings in Norway) and the absolute hilarious Hate (with the sounds of Pentecostals having theirs instruments destroyed by Sarcófago) and the absurd The Beggar’s Uprising are sure guarantee of true metal binge.

  1. Crust (2000)

folder6On the turning of the century, Sarcófago was no heavier than bands like Krisiun or Nile. But it’s my sole opinion that two albums gave them a run for their money: Panzer Division Marduk (well by Marduk) and Molesting the Decapitated by Devourment. Both bands in Black and Brutal Death respectively made Wagner and Gerald think: no one can be more putrid than us. The result is arguably the most aggressive recordings of all time: an EP with only four tracks and 12 minutes. The reason for this is that it was intended as a full length but they changed their minds, thus folding the band.

  1. The Laws Of Scourge (1991)

folder3Back to the beginning of the 90’s, Sarcófago decided to go full band and they released the extremely well produced The Laws Of Scourge. While Not the most brutal album of their career, quite the contrary, they’d found the perfect sound they were looking for in Rotting. This album is flawless and gave a band like Sepultura a run for their money. The cd version also comes with the EP Crush, Kill, Destroy

  1. I.N.R.I. (1987)

folderThe first, the legendary, the putrid, the offensive INRI was released by the end of the decade and it was not meant for common rockers to appreciate it. It’s well documented that this album is ahead of its time. A lot, I daresay. Songs like Satanic Lust, Desecration Of Virgin, INRI and Satanas are politically incorrect, alluding to rape, desecration of jesus Christ, sodomy and other disgraceful vomits against Christianity and other pillars of society. No one is spared. An album for the first wave of Black Metal when Black Metal has balls and dignity! Essential in any headbangers collection. If you don’t know this album, it’s time to return to school.


(Roderick Totentanz)

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Abbath, Obituary, Midnight and Devil Master joining forces for North American Tour.

Another video made by Balázs Gróf announces the Obituary North American Tour with Abbath!

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Obituary announced in a better manner possible the union of Black and Death Metal acts touring throughout United States and Canada this Fall.

The event has the support of Hells Headbangers, Relapse and Season of Mist.

For those who don’t know: Midnight is extreme Black Speed Metal from Ohio and Devil Master is a Horror Black Metal band from Philly, Pennsylvania.

The classic Norwegian Black Metal act Abbath appears in the crazy world of Obituary. a member of Obituary (Kenny Andrews) seems to be confusing Abbath with the Swedish pop from seventies Abba. The director of the video is Balázs Gróf who have worked on previous animated Obituary videos before… 

See the video below:

 

The dates are as it follows (heads up, some are SOLD OUT!)

Oct 03 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
Oct 04 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Oct 05 Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
Oct 06 Queens, NY @ Thrasher Magazine x Vans Death Match
Oct 08 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
Oct 09 Denver, CO @ Sumit
Oct 10 Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
Oct 11 St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
Oct 12 Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Oct 13 Madison, WI @ Sylveee
Oct 15 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
Oct 17 Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
Oct 18 Montreal, QC @ The Corona Theatre
Oct 19 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Oct 20 Providence, RI @ The Strand
Oct 21 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Oct 23 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Oct 24 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Oct 25 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre

Complete information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/549763572226371/

Pages on Facebook:

Obituary
Abbath
Midnight
Devil Master


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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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old school Death metal Genocídio to announce new line-up.

They gave thanks to old members and are annoucing new ones.

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Rafael Orsi and Gil Oliveira “Necromesis” parted ways with Brazilian Traditional Death metal band Genocídio

In note W. Perna and Murillo Leite talked about the invaluable contribution of the old guys to the work of Genocídio and are promising to announce the new guys by tomorrow.

Rafael Orsi joined the band as a guitarist in 2012 and recorded two albums with the band: the 2013 sonic destructive opus In love with hatred and the subsequent Under Heaven None from 2017, their more recent work to date.

Gil Oliveira from Necronemesis joined as a drummer but he haven’t recorded any album with the band. 

Genocídio premiered in 1988 with the self titled EP and later with the seminal full length Depression in 1990. The album influenced bands such as Rotting Christ. 

They have 7 albums and 2 EP’s under their belt.

The only reminiscent member of the original formation is Perna. Murillo Leite joined later on 1993 and sang on the sophomore album Hoctaedrom in the same year.

They were deemed Death/Doom metal in the past but nowadays they play full on death/thrash metal. 

Read the note (in Portuguese) on their official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/genocidiobr/


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