Saturday, 22 July 2017

Hatespawn / Charon - Mass Celebration for the Seven Blood-Bounding Rituals of Misery, Death and Abomination

HATESPAWN / CHARON - Mass Celebration for the Seven Blood-Bounding Rituals of Misery, Death and Abomination (SEPULCHRAL VOICE split 7"EP 2011)
Damn, this split 7"EP was waiting two years I think, until I finally played it haha! Shame, but shit happens sometimes. I bought it because I wanted to check these two bands. I knew them by the names, but never had a chance to hear any of their recordings. This was a good opportunity to finally check them out. The split 7" titled "Mass Celebration for the Seven Blood-Bounding Rituals of Misery, Death and Abomination" is a blasphemous onslaught of two German death metal legions that go under the names Hatespawn and Charon. 
So, when Hatespawn's "The Invocated Awakening" started I knew right away that this is my sort of shit. This band performs very obscure, harsh and evil sounding death metal done the old school, primeval way, which is just pure feast for my ears. It may sound too primitive or raw for some, but not for me. Hatespawn evokes great dark atmosphere, their riffs are really fantastic, with a strong old school, almost slightly thrashy feeling, great abominations of the vocalist A. Deathmonger... and finally a suitable production, which I am surprised is quite clean, yet vicious and harsh. The way "The Invocated Awakening" has been composed and performed leaves do doubts that we deal with exceptional band and I am just disappointed that I have not heard anything else from Hatespawn yet. I buy so many records every month and not even once I had obtained their stuff. I'm about to change that! 
A. Deathmonger is also a vocalist in Charon, so both projects are connected in many ways. Their anthem "Spell & Revelation" is also truly fuckin killer! Musically I can hear there more black metal influences, with its viciousness and obscure, blasphemous feeling combined with death metal aggression. The music has quite ritualistic aura, it's also slightly more chaotic and definitely faster. But again I am very impressed and I cannot believe that my knowledge about Charon is so small. They have a full length titled "Sulphur Seraph (The Archon Principle)" released and I already purchased a CD copy of it! 
This split 7" was Sepulchral Voice's only third release, but what a fine and impressive single it is. I love the packaging, the whole layout and artwork... I love the music of both bands (Hatespawn's my favourite!) and everything else. Absolutely recommended.  
Final rate: 90 / 100 

Au-Dessus - End of Chapter

AU-DESSUS - End of Chapter (Les Acteurs de l’ombre Productions CD 2017)
Another great album came from French label Les Acteurs de l’ombre Productions. I have to say that so far most of the stuff, which I have heard from them was excellent. There were maybe two or three releases, which I didn't like at all, but most of the stuff was killer. This label specialized in rather specific genres, for example in the more experimental and progressive (post) black metal, so it's not necessarily thing for everyone, especially not for more orthodox listeners. But I like such music! This time the label delivered an album from Au-Dessus titled "End of Chapter". And it's been a great pleasure to listen to this CD, I have to say that the music of this Lithuanian band truly grasped my attention and I played it with enormous pleasure. It's one of those experiences, when the music with its feeling and sound will drown you. You will let it devour you fully when the atmosphere is almost hypnotizing. You should play it on headphones, it is the best way to experience it all and then nothing else will matter, but the music. 
I wouldn't call Au-Dessus music black metal, even if it has some blackish influences. That post metal tag may be annoying for some, but you can't help but admit it fits such bands and such albums perfectly. Through its 45 minutes "End of Chapter" takes us for an interesting journey, where the tension will grow with each of the seven parts of the album. From strict musical point of view Au-Dessus delivers a fantastic variety on their full length. You'll find many different styles and sounds here. Obviously that post metal tag means that a lot of riffs are dissonant, creating very specific sludgy atmosphere. Such passages of post metal instrumental parts are always truly intriguing and they never fail to impress me. I have to say that I love their riffs. A lot of the guitar parts are fantastic, whether they're more melodic or progressive or when the band slashes through with razor sharp riffage. They create great atmosphere and with that variety like for example in song "VI" I am sure you will find it also as truly special. 
The band takes a lot effort to make sure though that the balance between that progressive and slow paced part of their music and more aggressive and ferocious one is done the right way. So, if you want to hear more black metal parts then I believe that "End of Chapter" should not disappoint you. Almost every song has to offer a blasting and aggressive, insanely vicious and pissed off fragments, which should satisfy your hunger. Mantas' vocals sound like possessed then, he screams like maniac, bringing even more ferocity to the sound of Au-DessusOccasionally he also uses some clean vocals, but mainly he uses sort of hardcore'ish screams, which to my surprise doesn't disturb me at all. I am actually really blown away how well such genres as sludge and post metal can merge with black metal elements and create such a monster of an album like "End of Chapter". Genres, which normally I don't listen to so much, when played in more extreme and vicious, darker way turn into such jewel... Fantastic thing and so fuckin well done Au-Dessus! Song called "VIII" is definitely the best one, I think, it sound insanely well but is also a fine representative for the whole album. Check it out! "X" is also one of these special songs for me, it's more progressive and filled with some beautiful passages; absolutely masterpiece. 
Summing it all up then, "End of Chapter" is very good album. I had not much expectations for it, maybe because Au-Dessus are Lithuanian and to be honest, this country isn't a place that would have a great and worthy scene. But the result is very good. Poland may have their own great acts like Thaw or Outre, but Lithuania has Au-Dessus and they should be proud for that! I also like such Inquisitor and Dissimulation, Crypts of Despair is also damn good... so, it looks like Lithuanian scene is going stronger! 
Standout tracks: "VI", "VIII", "X" 
Final rate: 80/100 

Vomit Angel - Sadomatic Evil

VOMIT ANGEL - Sadomatic Evil (ANCIENT DARKNESS Productions CD 2017)
Vomit Angel is a new band formed by the same demons who are / were also in bands like Ogdru JahadPsychomorphisSadomator and Sadogoat. To be honest, I am not a big fan of these bands. Maybe Ogdru Jahad is OK, but such Psychomorphis is just a pile of crap for me. I truly didn't like their demo tape, it sucks and will be used as coaster rather than ever played again. Musically Vomit Angel stays closer to such Sadogoat, so this music sounds like a total ejaculation of the most primitivebestial riffs and vomits under the fuckin moon. Yes, "Sadomatic Evil", which is the first recording of Vomit Angel, is anything but clean, fancy sounding and memorable metal recording. 
The production is very raw, this shit sounds almost like a better quality rehearsal recording. And I bet that the so called Goatfarm Studios is the rehearsal place for Vomit Angel, not a proper recording studio. But the sound quality is OK, I have to say, the music sounds very brutal and obscure, but at least you can hear all these instruments, vocals and riffs. Oh yeah, the riffs. Vomit Angel - within their black / death metal niche - comes with very primitive and simplistic type of stuff. It's almost like some Neanderthal metal, you know? Three or two accords, simple umpa-umpa drumming... It almost annoys me, to be honest. It's like stupid primitive music, which you can't even treat seriously and song like "Cotard" is the peak of ridiculousness. I see such songs as useless. No, actually I see the whole release like this EP as useless, because it's just shit.
Most of this stuff sounds like the drummer learned just one type of rhythm, so the guitarist plays just one type of riffs. And what can the vocalist do, other than just scream his evil lyrics in the same manner? I get quickly bored. Luckily "Sadomatic Evil" is just 18 minutes short. There are some quite cool riffs, I like when such bestial death / black is slow paced, more doomy, because then the atmosphere gets really malicious and bleakTwo or three tracks have such slow pieces that blow head off, "Time Travel" contains one and it's the best fragment of the whole EP for example. EP also contains two Sadogoat covers, but I don't care. If you like stuff like Blasphemy, Revenge or Archgoat, give Vomit Angel a listen. I hardly ever listen to such stuff, as all these bands sound the same for me and hardly any can truly impress me... Vomit Angel's "Sadomatic Evil" is very mediocre effort I am afraid, I doubt I will be coming back to it that soon. 
"Sadomatic Evil" was released on all formats - there's tape (Headsplit Records), CD (Ancient Darkness) and LP (Iron Bonehead). Get yours, if you like this sort of stuff. 
Final rate: 50/100 
And just look at that band pic. Ain't that a joke? Not funny though.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Hell's Coronation - Antichristian Devotion

HELL'S CORONATION - Antichristian Devotion (GODZ OV WAR Productions MC 2017)
Damn, I didn't think that I would like this release so much. This is only a debut release from Polish Hell's Coronation, a demo titled "Antichristian Devotion", released the good old fashioned cassette way by Godz ov War Productions. And what you can hear here is a very archaic, obscure and doomy black metal, performed the raw and ancient way. Don't expect it to sound nice and too polished. No, it sounds like recorded in fuckin bunker, in the middle of nowhere and in absolute darkness this tape should be played. Hell's Coronation music evokes evil and grim, cold aura immediately and has that old school black metal feel, which so many current black metal releases sadly lack. Yes, such music could have been recorded 20-25 years ago and if it was, then it would be praised. 
I have to say that I like that it's mainly slow paced, almost kind of doomy black metal, like on Samael debut, Rotting Christ or some other cults. Hell's Coronation plays simplistic riffs, but they really are memorable and this is maybe why the music is easier to listen to than you would expect. But I like these riffs, the song structures, all these things like bells, keyboards, ravens, which Hell's Coronation puts into their songs... and which may be a cliché, but which really sound cool and help to create that dark, almost evil atmosphere. It's great also that the band does include some more melodic parts here and there, it only makes the music sound more interesting, especially when combined with the whole obscure aura and great, croaky vocals of Zepar. You'll find just three tracks (plus an intro) on "Antichristian Devotion", but believe me, this is great stuff and I have played this cassette many times in recent days. "Throne of Eternal Perdition" is probably my favourite song, I love its malicious sound. I strongly recommend it then, I know that "Antichristian Devotion" will be also released on CD soon, so if you won't get one of these 100 tapes then another format will be available. Get it! 
Standout track: "Throne of Eternal Perdition" Final rate: 80/100