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HAIL THE RETURN:ARKHON INFAUSTUS – PASSING THE NEKROMANTEION

A triumphant end or exciting new beginning?

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French Blackened Death asylum Arkhon Infaustus, whose career entered an agonisingly long hiatus following one 2007’s finest releases “Orthodoxyn”, have risen from the ashes of their original incarnation (DK Deviant being the only remaining member) and unleashed “Passing the Nekromanteion”.  With songs varying in length from 7 to over 10 minutes these are not only the longest Arkhon Infaustus have ever committed to tape, but also the most complex.

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Tracks (there are 4 in total) are tortuous and deranged. Brimming with dissonant riffs, violent Blackened Death Metal and oozing with confidence. And while “Passing the Nekromanteion” is being marketed as an EP it can be easily viewed as a natural and worthy successor to the bands classics “Perdition Insanabilis” and “Orthodoxyn”.

As mentioned above DK Diavant (Osculum Infame, Bekhira) is the sole returning member, handling guitar, bass and vocals with Skvm (Temple of Baal, The Order of Apollyon) on drums.  Fans alarmed by this “stripped down” version of the group’s core line-up need not worry as song writing and musicianship has been taken to even further extremes.

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“Passing the Nekromanteion” is 34 minutes of uncompromising Blackened Death Metal fury that leaves the listener enthusiastically reaching for the reply button.  And while Arkhon Infaustus’ future may still be in doubt, they are touring but a full length LP may or may not materialize, this could very well be a magnificent swan song to an already flawless career

(I, for one, hope it isn’t)

———–By: Shane Bermingham———

 

Label:Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions

FACEBOOK:BANDCAMP

ARKHON INFAUSTUS

Line-up:

DK Deviant: Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Song-writing

Skvm: Drums

Passing the Nekromanteion

Release Date: October 6th, 2017

Catalog ID:AO-064

Format:DIGITAL/CD/VINYL

Genre: Blackened Death Metal

 

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Review: Crurifragium — Beasts of the Temple of Satan

Apparently Crurifragium entails being crucified and dying slowly as a result from forced tension of the limbs that produces rigidity of the whole body and increasing difficulties in breathing. If this sounds like an unpleasant experience, then consider that Crurifragium from Seattle ensures that their music lives up to their name, as “Beasts of Temple of Satan” is some of the vilest black filth I’ve heard in a while.   Continue reading Review: Crurifragium — Beasts of the Temple of Satan

Review with Exclusive Album Premiere: NAZGHOR — Infernal Aphorism

Hailing from Sweden, Nazghor is a black metal entity exhibiting influences from death and thrash metal with an inclination towards the melodic side. If you have heard of there Swede predecessors Midvinter, Mork Gryning and such, then you have an idea on what to expect from their 5th full length titled “Infernal Aphorism”. Today, we are reviewing the release along with an advance streaming of the full album — exclusive for the Asian zone.
Continue reading Review with Exclusive Album Premiere: NAZGHOR — Infernal Aphorism

THE THIRD EYE RAPISTS FUCK THE WORLD WITH: HETS MOT ALLT

Sweden’s The Third Eye Rapists play a brand of viscerally raw Black Metal that is manically frantic, nihilistically cold and entirely uncompromising.

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“Hets Mot Allt” originally appeared in 2014 as an independently released, limited run cassette demo but now through the pairing of Shadow Records & Regain Records “Hets Mot Allt” has gone through a re-imagining of sorts and is poised to be one 2017’s heaviest underground hitters.

Consisting of 5 tracks and with a run of time of just over 25 minutes The Third Eye Rapists manage to pack Black, Death, some nice lead work and even some Hammer Horror style organ into the mix. Vocals are tortured and as one was bereft of a lyric sheet at the time of writing, what they seem to convey is a type of narcotic fuelled hatred that accentuates this already cacophonous brew.

 

 

“Worshiper of the Ultimate Funeral” appears twice on “Hets Mot Allt”, first as a 9 minute juggernaut that showcases the more visceral side of The Rapists, and then again as “(MMXII)” version, which opens with the aforementioned Hammer Horror style organ before descending into arguably the most demented 3 minutes to be found anywhere throughout this already impressive EP.  Having already released “Magicians of the Holocaust ” and the mind-bending “Deathtrip Transcendence” earlier this year, The Third Eye Rapists are a group most definitely not to missed and will surely appeal to fans of  Darkthrone, Secht Inconcessus Lux Lucis and even “Karjalan Sissit” or “Stalaggh

“Hets Mot Allt” is available now on CD/LP and through Bandcamp.

———–By: Shane Bermingham———-

 

Label:Regain Records:Shadow Records

CONTACT:FACEBOOK:BANDCAMP

The Third Eye Rapists

Line-up:

P. Psilocin: Guitar, Vocals

A. AIDS: Drums

“Hets Mot Allt”

01. Black Sphere Messiah

02. Worshiper of the Ultimate Funeral

03. Void Penetration

04. Ecstatic Molestation

05. Worshiper of the Ultimate Funeral (MMXII)

Original Release: April 6th, 2014

Format: LP: Digital

Genre: Black Metal

Review: Satans Carrion — Demo I

The following demo tape was sent to me by the band themselves, thus I took it upon myself to write some words about this abysmal tape and describe the music as best I can. Satans Carrion is a California-based one-man project situated in the luxurious city of Oxnard. However, their music is anything but…  Continue reading Review: Satans Carrion — Demo I

INNOVATIVE EXTREMITY: NORSE — THE DIVINE LIGHT OF A NEW SUN

Australia has been steadily producing some of the best avant-garde metal to be found anywhere in the world today. With bands such as PORTAL, MISERIST and the now disbanded The Berzerker pushing extreme music into frightening and refreshingly original directions.

Hailing from the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, NORSE, who are already 12 years into a career that has spawned two EPs and 2 full lengths, are set to unleash album number three in the form of “The Divine Light of a New Sun” on May 25th

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With jagged riffs, frantic yet precise blast beats, anomalous song structures and a terrifyingly ominous atmosphere  —  “The Divine Light of a New Sun” is violent, uncompromising and almost impossible to categorize. Yes, its foundation is rooted in Black Metal. Yes, there is clearly Death Metal inspired moments, but is also experimental and innovative. Tracks like “Exitus” and “Synapses Spun As Silk” are measured and rhythmic, while “The Divine Light Of A New Sun”, “Sandarkan” and lead single “Cyclic” are swathed in dissonance and bring to mind images of insanity and decay.

Both production and musicianship are impeccable throughout. With moments of rabid aggression and even some very catchy melodies sounding crisp and clear, making “The Divine Light of a New Sun” a painfully enjoyable ,and above all,  thoroughly memorable experience.

BANDPIC

When asked recently by Bruder Des Lichts how he would describe the band to someone who has never heard their music before, founding member FORGE had this to say:
“Don’t even bother listening to it unless you like the sound of large machines falling into a pit of lava.”

With “The Divine Light of a New Sun”  —  NORSE have created a sound that is entirely their own —  but that sound is sure to appeal to fans of Miserist, The Axis of Perdition and Deathspell Omega.

———–By: Shane Bermingham———-

Label:Transcending Obscurity Records

FACEBOOK:BANDCAMP

NORSE

Line-up:

Forge: Drums, Guitars

ADR: Lyrics, Vocals

K Southcott: Bass

PJ: Live Guitars

Marcus: Live Guitars

“The Divine Light of a New Sun” 

Release date: May 25, 2017

Catalog ID:TOR23

Format:DIGITAL/CD/VINYL

Genre: Dissonant Black Metal

Primal Black Metal Hostility “With the Strength of Sin” — Debut Demo of Natum Abortus

Welcome to Sweden 1987! 

Well, not exactly, but you’d be forgiven for thinking so after listening to “With The Strength of Sin”, the debut release by one man Black Metal noise project Natum Abortus. Continue reading Primal Black Metal Hostility “With the Strength of Sin” — Debut Demo of Natum Abortus

What horrors lie within MISERIST – Self-Titled Debut EP

Hailing from Australia, Miserist, formerly known as Headwar, a moniker under which a self-titled demo was released, is a one man Black/Death outfit with heavy industrial, drone and dark ambient influences. Now, through Krucyator Productions, this enigmatic project is slated to release its self-titled debut EP this coming February 13th.    Continue reading What horrors lie within MISERIST – Self-Titled Debut EP

Nihilism, Darkness and Filth: “Missa Defunctorum: Requiem Mass in A minor” by Denigrata

Dirty, frenzied, aggressive,

The industrial Black Metal anomaly Denigrata unleashed their exceptionally deranged “Missa Defunctorum: Requiem Mass in A minor” back in 2015 and now, thanks to fledging UK based label Carvetii Productions, this British quintet’s début finally gets its cassette release. Continue reading Nihilism, Darkness and Filth: “Missa Defunctorum: Requiem Mass in A minor” by Denigrata

Fire,Thunder and the “Hero”, Bölzer break new ground on stunning full length debut

I can think of few bands that have generated quite such excitement in recent years as Bölzer. Formed in 2008, the Zurich based duo is set to unleash their highly anticipated début album “HERO” on November 25th.

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Continue reading Fire,Thunder and the “Hero”, Bölzer break new ground on stunning full length debut