Monday, December 30, 2013

Moonknight - Senmorta




Artist: Moonknight
Album: Senmorta
Label: Rising Beast Recordings (RBR-019)
Limitation: 100 Hand-numbered Copies
Country: US
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal/Thrash
Year: 2013

Demo number three from Harassor member James Brown III's highly regarded atmospheric black metal project. While there is a noticeable thrash influence this time around, the Moonknight sound thankfully remains intact. Featuring live drums from Andorkappen, aka Lord Time. Recommended.

L'Acephale - Decollate




Artist: L'Acephale
Album: Decollate
Label: Black Horizons (BH-75)
Limitation: 200 Copies
Country: US
Genre: Experimental Black Metal/Ambient
Year: 2013

The latest beautifully packaged demo from Set Sothis Nox La's mighty L'Acephale project, containing two original compositions and three covers. An excellent introduction to one of the Pacific Northwest's best-kept secrets. Full stream and review at the mandatory Inarguable blog.

Sejr - Demo





Artist: Sejr
Album: Sejr
Label: Posh Isolation (Posh Isolation 112)
Limitation: 125 Copies
Country: Denmark
Genre: Raw Black Metal/Punk
Year: 2013

Seven songs. Nine minutes. Concise and driving punk-influenced black metal on the great Posh Isolation imprint. Summoned by members of the post-punk phenomenon, Iceage.

Urzeit - Demo




Artist: Urzeit
Album: Urzeit
Label: Psychic Violence (PV-XI)
Limitation: 125 Hand-numbered Copies
Country: US
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2013

One of the year's best debuts. Stomping, aggressive and primal black metal from the Pacific Northwest, featuring members of Mizmor and Ash Borer. Currently sold out from the label but there are a few remaining copies available at Caligari Records.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Inquisition - Magnificent Glorification Of Lucifer


Artist: Inquisition
Limitation: Unknown
Country: Columbia
Genre: Orthodox Black Metal
Year: 2004

Licensed from No Colours Records, Inquisition's 3rd album is a masterpiece of the form, and predates their move to the US. Nothing short of masters of the genre doing what they do best. As with all Inquisition records, this comes highly recommended.

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Svartrit - I



Artist: Svartrit
Album: I
Label: Bubonic Productions (BBP-030)
Limitation: 100 Hand-numbered Copies
Country: Sweden
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2010

Swedish for 'Black Rite,' Svartrit is one of the leading names in Scandinavian black metal today. The two men behind this epic horde are deeply entrenched in the underground, playing in many stellar bands highly worth seeking out (Grav, Grifteskymfning, Hadanfard, Kaos Sacramentum, Urkaos, Beketh Nexehmu, etc.), and also involved in running the mighty Ancient Records. This is their first full length and one of THE best albums of 2010. Long sold out vinyl version on Ancient. Ignore at your own risk.

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Lake Of Blood - Omnipotens Tyrannus



Artist: Lake Of Blood
Limitation: Unknown
Country: US
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2013

With seven songs reaching nearly eighty minutes, the long awaited Omnipotens Tyrannus finds Lake Of Blood coming into their own in grand style. Where previous album As Time And Tide Erodes Stone was a serviceable, if ultimately forgettable piece of west coast black metal, this new album is another beast completely. Ambitious, labyrinthine and progressive (in the good way), this tape-only LP will make many year end lists, mine included. Bonus points for featuring a guest appearance from Wrest on vokills. Pick this up while it's still available from Cult Of Melancholia.

Forgotten Spell - Opening The Skies Of Sulphuric Paradise



Label: Parasyte Curse (PC-17)
Limitation: 150 Hand-numbered Copies
Country: Germany
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2011

One of THE most underrated bands recording on one of THE most underrated labels (Parasyte Curse, home of Durazis), Forgotten Spell is one of a very few young Germanic bands that can do no wrong. Off kilter and chaotic, but strangely beautiful tremolo riffs coupled with amazingly unique song structures and an obviously high level of musicianship have made this album/band one of my favorites of the last few years. Also worth tracking down is their previous album, Desecrated, Decayed And Still Holy. Highest Possible Recommendation. 

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Roman Cross - Make Graves The Home Of Men



Artist: Roman Cross
Limitation: Unknown
Country: US
Genre: Raw Black Metal
Year: 2009

Perhaps best known for their splits with Circle Of Ouroborus, this slab of hypnotic, driving and repetitive black metal is brought to us from from the mighty Roman Cross out of NYC. Featuring one half of the highly touted Asymmetry, and boasting connections to the exponentially rising Cosmic Church, this one is definitely worth tracking down. Tape edition on the elusive Yoke Of Christ imprint. These roots run deep...

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Oubliette - Nadezda



Artist: Oubliette
Album: Nadezda
Label: Self-released
Limitation: Unknown
Country: UK
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2006

Second demo of soul-wrenching one man black metal from the UK. This recording completely blindsided me. Highest possible recommendation.

Dross - II



Artist: Dross
Album: II
Label: Tagobella (TAGO 23)
Limitation: 50 Hand-numbered Copies
Country: US
Genre: Experimental Black Metal
Year: 2013

Excellent experimental black metal from Phoenix, Arizona. A few copies are still available via their label, Tagobella. Recommended.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Stillborn Fawn - Abature



Album: Abature
Label: Bleak Environment (013)
Limitation: Unknown
Country: US
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2012

Second demo of primitive and violent black metal from this Denver, Colorado horde, released on the sorely missed Bleak Environment imprint. Recommended for fans of label-mates Xothist and Vocivus.

Wulkanaz - Kwetwan Jah Dreuzaz



Artist: Wulkanaz
Label: Aetergap Productions (AEP-003)
Limitation: 300 Copies
Country: Sweden
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2010

The first mind-expanding ritual offering from one of the most promising new names in black metal. Wulkanaz is the solo project of Kumulonimbus, member of the mighty Tomhet. Highest possible recommendation. 

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The Haunting Presence



Limitation: Unknown
Country: US
Genre: Death/Black Metal
Year: 2011

Two song offering of Crepusculo Negro affiliated blackened metal of death. Vinyl version pressed by Hells Headbangers Records

"Recorded in smoke and darkness, May 2011."

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Asymmetry - Ashes Into Wood



Artist: Asymmetry
Label: Kuunpalvelus
Limitation: Unknown
Country: US/Finland
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2012

Amazing international collaboration between Sandess of Roman Cross and Vandra of Cosmic Church. Highly recommended.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Leviathan - Demos Two Thousand



Artist: Leviathan
Label: Oaken Throne / Blood, Fire, Death
Limitation: 500 Hand-numbered Copies
Country: US
Genre: Black Metal/Ambient
Year: 2005

A collection of early demos (Shadows Of No Light & Misanthropicnecroblasphemy) from the USBM torch-bearer. Released by Blood, Fire, Death in cooperation with the venerable Oaken Throne zine.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Hail - Blood Revenge Of Death



Artist: Hail
Album: Blood Revenge Of Death (HV 007)
Label: Hyden Venet
Limitation: 100 Hand-numbered Copies
Country: US
Genre: Experimental Black Metal
Year: 2012

One of the Pacific Northwest's most unheard and underrated bands, featuring Set Sothis Nox La of L'Acephale. Copies still available directly from the band. Highest possible recommendation.

***UPDATE*** Copies available now through Grey Sun Records.

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Likfard



Artist: Likfard
Album: Likfard
Label: Aetergap Productions (AEP 008)
Limitation: Unknown
Country: Sweden
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2011

Swedish blasphemy on the always excellent Aetergap Productions, home to Wulkanaz and the mighty Panphage. Recommended. 

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Odz Manouk/Tukaaria



Label: Rhinocervs (RH-06)
Limitation: 100 Copies
Country: US
Genre: Raw Black Metal
Year: 2011

One of the greatest black metal splits of all time. Period. 

***UPDATE*** Vinyl version now available via Final Agony Records.

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Ormgard - Ormblot



Artist: Ormgard
Album: Ormblot
Limitation: 300 Copies
Country: Sweden
Genre: Black Metal/Ambient
Year: 2011

Demo number two of phenomenal anti-cosmic black metal from Scythe Of Death label head, Orm. For fans of Myling, Domgard and the mighty Wod. Vinyl repress available on Final Agony Records.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Xothist



Artist: Xothist
Album: Xothist
Limitation: 46 Copies
Country: US
Genre: Black Metal/Dark Ambient
Year: 2011

Highly sought-after and darkly mechanical black metal from a member of the inimitable Tollund Men. Originally released on the sadly defunct Bleak Environment, now remastered for vinyl by Fallen Empire. Highest possible recommendation.

Raspberry Bulbs - Deformed Worship



Limitation: 250 Copies
Country: US
Genre: Black Metal/Punk
Year: 2013

Latest full-length of steamrolling anthems by He Who Crushes Teeth, formerly one half of the mighty Bone Awl. Also available on LP via Blackest Ever Black.

"What faces cease, when another - not ready - is filling me underneath"

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Hell - Hell III



Artist: Hell
Album: Hell III
Label: Eternal Warfare (322-34)
Limitation: 300 Copies
Country: US
Genre: Doom/Drone Metal
Year: 2012

On tour now. Third album by the undisputed (in my opinion) champions of the current doom scene. Essential listening for anyone who loves heavy music. Vinyl version is in the works from the always excellent Pesanta Urfolk.

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Deseraph - Black Rites Of The Serpent



Artist: Deseraph
Limitation: Unknown
Country: US
Genre: Raw Black Metal
Year: 2012

Second demo of harrowing and raw black metal from West Virginia, summoned on analog tape by Obscuerrot of the elusive Appalachian Winter and one other. Released by the band's own label, Hills of Hate Productions, in the year twelve. No contact.

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