Délétère – Theovorator : Babelis Testamentum – Sepulchral Productions

Perfection Through industriousness.

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Délétère is the perfect name of the celebrated Quebecois scene.

This is an EP (three songs only clocking in at 20 minutes) to celebrate the success of their 2018 release De Horae Leprae. Honestly, I found the concept a little bit complicated so I must concentrate on their exquisite form of black metal.

First song called Theovoratoris Aduentus although not the longest song in history (8:53) is epic as fuck with variating forms and phrases (although not so perceptible in tempos) , the song goes from brutal black metal to something more “intimist”. Don’t get me fucking wrong, this is not progressive black metal although it may be complicated to play but not to understand, and that’s the real trick here.

Second song Babel Insanifusor follows suit: shorter than the previous one, it continues the saga (I think that’s the point) showcasing dexterity and played with gusto, macabre as real black metal can be.

Third and final track Milites Pestilentiae III – Babylonia Magnis… is no different: it is complementary!  At this point one can clearly see (or hear for that sake, duh) that the songs are interdependent but they don’t follow (over again this is not progressive black metal per se) any segue.

But the lesson that this almost promotional EP leaves is that: black metal, when done by people with competence, never ceases to amuse me. Ever. Being creative without relenting to mixtures is the most difficult thing an artist can reach and Délétère has it. If I didn’t know better (from all their excellent catalog) I’d say it is a beginner’s lucky. It is certainly not. Although this EP suffices for the grandiosity that is Délétère.

Theovorator : Babelis Testamentum by Délétère is out now on Sepulchral Productions.

Rating 9/10


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Malediction 666 – We, Demons. – Voz da Morte

When Brazil and Hellas collide!

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Yes, this band is from Brazil but with a great Greek vibe!

Factor number one is that the guy behind Malediction 666 (Iser, who by the way plays EVERYTHING and produces the album) is a huge fan of Greek scene since forever.

Factor number two: Necroabyssious (Varathron) and Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) make very special appearances in the album.

The songs are earworms: they have a repetitive factor, but at the end of the day it’s still excellent extreme music: A powerful mix of death and black metal, but forget “war metal” or Behemoth/Belphegor: Malediction 666 has a UNIQUE sound. How exciting is that in world where the music itself is dying?

His creativity goes beyond borders: for example, in the track Portal, the cosmic trips appear in a blend of brutal blast beats and a shy expression of Greek folk song. Of course, no “typical” instruments are used here but the sound is the very epitome of the Greek black metal from the beginning of the 1990’s. If the intention was that, well, mission accomplished. The best solo in the album is in this track: strident, metal, occult!

Unmasked Savior is another natural born classic, and it’s the song where Sakis Tolis appears; expects waves of negative energy when the gates of Hades opens. Pure Rotting Chist collaboration, it’s not every day we hear that.

The tortuous ways of Forgotten Rage with a myriad of climatic experience leads to another great song which is Cursed Penumbra. Maybe the best song in the album where the riffs and vocals clash, this one for this etherial experience may be recorded in 1990’s and Iser is guarding this secret for this very long. Well I’m kidding it was obviously not, but hell, this one deserves all the kudos. This is the track where Necroabyssious appears in all his satanic splendor.

All in all, this is not your average extreme metal album. The effort led to a spectacular result. I’m totally bitten.

We, Demons is available on Voz da Morte via Bandcamp (click hear to stream and buy) only in digital version. The physical edition is coming soon but no date was announced as of now.

Rating: 8/10


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Udo Dirkschneider with health problems. Tour continues anyway.

It’s not clear if he’ll be able to complete the whole tour though.

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The iconic Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O. ex-Accept) has presented some health problems but the band has decided to not postpone the whole tour. The (rather confusing) announcement was made by the band via Facebook. It says he’s not in good health but even so confirming that he’ll be on stages:

“Dear UDO fans,

Unfortunately, we have to tell you that Udo has a serious health problem since early January. He has pain in his left knee and couldn´t walk at all for a longer period. He has been to different specialists in Russia, Ibiza and Germany and now he is on a good way to recover. But he is still handicapped and can´t move that much without having pain. Against all advises of the doctors he has decided to play the tour and not postponing it since he hates to let his fans down. But this means that he is a bit handicapped on stage and can´t move that much. We are very sorry for this but we still have the opinion that this is better than postponing the complete tour.
Thanks and see you all on tour!”

We seriously wish that this is not a BAD DECISION by the part of organization, because we all want to see U.D.O. rocking around the world for a long time.

The complete dates can be seen by clicking on this link: https://udo-online.com/tourdates.html?fbclid=IwAR0smxHcVZuL5d-1-9tQm2ktP_8Q95-CLbaZ7jTs4X2FbuLnOyDAO1rvIII

 

 



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Brazil’s Miasthenia to make a tour in Europe in OCTOBER

Extreme Pagan Metal from Brazil showing their art to European Crowds.

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(From left to right: Nygrom, Susane Hécate and Thormianak)

 

The time is ripe for one of the oldest Black/Pagan metal still in activity since 1990’s in South America to present their sound in European lands. Some places are fully confirmed, while some are not (mainly in Spain).

The tour will cover 5 countries in Western/Southwestern and Central Europe, so if you are nearby don’t lose this opportunity to see the power trio Hécate (voices and keyboard), Thormianak (guitars) and Nygrom (drums)

The countries are: Portugal, Spain, France, Germany and Belgium.

For those who don’t know them, Miasthenia was formed in Brasilia and it has 5 albums, two demos and one classic split with Song D’Enfer.

They are Promoting their last album released last year called Antípodas. (Find it on Spotify before buying it)

Check out the dates below.

For additional information, access: https://www.facebook.com/miasthenia/

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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!


 

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Brazil’s Holocausto recording new album with original line-up

The original purveyors of war metal are back!

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Holocausto is already on the studio recording the follow-up to their EP War Metal Massacre which will be called War Diary with no defined date of release as of yet.

The original line-up is reunited 31 years after the release of their iconic album Campo de Extermínio released by Cogumelo Records in 1987, an album that shocked headbangers all around the world.

The band has 5 albums, one EP and lots of other releases as demos and compilations, always changing their sound, but arguably Campo de Extermínio is their best album do date, putting Holocausto in the pantheon of bands that influenced Black Metal all over the world along with Sarcófago and (old) Sepultura and making them the very first WAR METAL band in the globe with an insane sound that has been praised by die-hards worldwide even today.

The album is being recorded and produced by André Cabelo (aka Andrevil) who produced War Metal Massacre and several other bands like Chakal, Cirrhosis and Wagner Lamounier’s The Evil.


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Holocausto – War Metal Massacre LP/CD – Nuclear War Now! Productions

The intransigence is back.

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For those who still ignore the influence of this band: Holocausto had its beginnings in the Brazilian scene alongside with Sarcófago and Sepultura (among others). Although not commercially successful, the band gained a notorious cult following over the years due to the imagery and lasting influence of their first effort: Campo De Extermínio which dealt a big deal with Nazism although the band always sustained it was for shock values only.

The fact is, after subsequent thrash and experimental albums (1980’s and mid 1990’s) and a coming back effort back in 2000’s, the band is candidly back to their 1987 intolerant war-metal form of Campo de Extermínio.

War Metal Massacre is an EP that carries an even fouler production than the 1980’s, which is, for the war metal standards, always a bonus!

First 3 tracks are re-recordings of obscure tracks: Massacre was originally released on The Lost Tapes of Cogumelo compilation (originally a single demo track from 1985) while Destruição Nuclear and Escarro Napalm were released on the rare metal compilation Warfare Noise. Here the tracks don’t deviate from their original forms, adding more insulting to injury in their new renditions…

The other tracks are originals: Eu Sou a Guerra is hardcore-driven terror black war metal, with inaudible bellows spewed in Portuguese, hissing guitars, and an all-out-war approach.

Corpo Seco follows suit with the political incorrectness that makes this band be so great in the underground cult.

Title track closes this really dissonant release with riffs that are awkward, but repetitive and hard-line at the same time.

Not for the faint of heart their perceptible rhetoric of war and extermination cannot be taken seriously: As aforementioned is all for shock, a sound for obstinate headbangers and not for boneheads.

War Metal Massacre will be out in March 1st in LP/CD formats on Nuclear War Now! Productions 


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Ignis Gehenna – Baleful Scarlet Star – Seance Records

A star exploding over Aussie skies.

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Although not exactly an industrial (as in working) band, having only an EP and a demo prior to this debut, I can honestly attest that Ignis Gehenna is an underrated band.

Baleful Scarlet Star is a rare state of art in Black Metal form: long songs, tens of phrases, creativity at its peak.

Counting with one of the busiest man in Aussie metal Nihilifer (ex- Erebus Enthroned, Shadow Magus, Turmoil, Drowning the Light) Ignis Gehenna makes solid and focused black metal.

The opener, Serpent Oracle, is a showpiece in purest form exhibiting dazzling riffs and changes of tempo and several phrases that are really complicated (it takes some spins to understand the whole picture), but nonetheless inspiring.

Violent and fast is the second offering Baleful Scarlet Star, hectic in its own rights, exploding pure negative energy in atomic proportions, fast as hell, with desperate vocals and strident riffs that abash the senses, the true symphony of bewitched.

Edict of Blood is a ten-minute humungous operetta of rapid fire drumming and riffs, still retaining some melodic factor in the backdrop despite the blatant production. The mental spiral of horror that may or may not repeat itself is a travel to the forests unknown, mowing the senses as it second passes and castigates our capacity to retain the truncate downpour of information.

Melas Oneiroi is not so lengthy, however it condenses inside one music what the album proposes so far. Still it has its own identity with a slightly different approach to the vocals.

Litany unto Thanateros is an infuriated metal, there’s no doubt about it. Over again they reach the mark of ten minutes and the tourbillion of ammo is fired with no remorse, over again baffling the senses with the true material it presents: fast riffs, wall of noise, soloing, bellows from the abyss, intense drumming… the second part of the song is superb giving hints to thrash and even heavy metal with perfect riff/solos; something like a great surprise.

Last track Anamnesis, is a great creative instrumental track, more melodic than the other ones and it’s never a filler…

 Baleful Scarlet Star is an album that deserves to get bigger attention because it’s not every day we hear something so good in the extreme metal.

 Baleful Scarlet Star is out now on Seance Records.


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Ancillotti – Strike Back – Pure Steel Records

Sophomore Heavy Metal attack.

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This second album of the Italian Ancilloti is a mix of heavy metal and hard rock in the vein of the classic bands of the style, sounding more Germanic than Italian, but as a European band I believe that it sounds right.

Ancillotti shows that their potential sometimes is obscured by the production which sounds shabby for the kind of sound they try to do: I mean, the compositions are really good, the musicianship as the soloing are very good as well, I cannot complain, but sometimes it sounds mudded by subpar mixing and mastering.

To Hell with you and Immortal Idol show this kind of approach where the feeling of rock n roll is alive and heavy metal runs rampant with riffs of pure ode to heavy metal, and solos that are screaming to traditional ears.

Fight roars the metalheads to fight in the name of the rock. Hell yeah, I’m totes into that battle. Over again the guitars here are the main course as well as the refrain!

Firestater is more of a hardrocker, good song, forged in the fires of the 1980’s, not impressive really, but the guys have the guts to try their hands on that!

As the album oscillates in this fair balance between rockers and steels, there is one rotten apple called Lonely Road. It remembers Saxon’s worst moments, and the voice of our hero here, Daniele “Bud” Ancillotti (Strana Officina) doesn’t work very well, really and it sounds a little corny.

Life is for living compensates for the aforementioned mistake and is certain hit! Although there is only one problem, it doesn’t sound as heavy as it is intended.

The drumming of Brian Ancillotti is totally correct and hard but, over again it sounds inoffensive in the final mix.

This album needs one thing: a REMASTERING. It’s just been released, but they should consider this kind of approach should they have the opportunity to do so.

Strike Back is a good metal album that will get the old schoolers of trad metal by the balls, I’m certain of that!

Strike Back is being released TODAY via Pure Steel Records.


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SURGIKILL – Sanguinary Revelations LP – HELLS HEADBANGERS

Death Metal onslaught from US

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Released originally in March and now out in vinyl this death metal band is a bulldozer that sees no limits for its own destruction.

Containing 10 tracks of purest noise guided by the old school but with a proper sound, this is a metal salvation.

Opener Sanguiniac is highly toxic metal, so if a poseur you are don’t even get any nearer.

Murderous Thirst has a non-stop drumming with a tremendous wall of noise that is made to torn people apart, it really shows what this band is capable of.

By the third attack Relentless Revenge, the kind of the sound the band nurtures becomes definitely the norm and a nuclear train is no match for the sound they execute here played with magnificent force and hatefulness for the humankind, non-stop death metal madness, no “tech”, only a brutal form of inherited revulsion… from hell!!!

There is no stop and no sympathy for anyone’s eardrums in the track Psychopathic Awakenings which is raw as fuck and certainly the death metal kiddos won’t get such aggressiveness and won’t never understand why a band can be so cruel in their approach of their own music.

The rest of the tracks follow suit and there’s not much to say about it, but certainly some won’t do it until the end of the opus.

Surgikill is a band that totes has my vote and will deserve several spins, totally infernal and relentless that is what I used to call death metal back in the day.

Sanguinary Revelations LP is out TODAY on HELLS HEADBANGERS.


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