Sunday, 16 April 2017

Inferit / Blutsturm - Doublepenetration

INFERIT / BLUTSTURM - Doublepenetration (SCHATTENKULT Produktionen CD 2017)
Time for another split release and this one was quite a mystery for me, because there are two bands featured and both are absolutely unknown. So, you just have no idea whether it's gonna by anything worthy or not. First we have Inferit, who're German black metal band and this is their debut release. And then there's also German Blutsturm, who only did a couple of demos before. Both bands perform very obscure and filthy black metal, in traditional, raw, primitive form. It won't sound exceptional and timeless, let's be honest about that. This is not a release, which is necessary to be in your collection and both bands won't get cult status. But I think it's solid and fairly listenable effort for sure. It's been recorded live in Bunker Niedersedlitz in few hours in April 20th, 2015 (I wonder if this date was accidental or not haha!). The sound is not polished and powerful, but raw and ugly as hellTheir music doesn't include any lovely harmonies and keyboard interludes. So, it's one nasty black metal here. 
Of the two, I think I liked Blutsturm music more, because it has better riffs, some great arrangements and basically it just sounds more interesting, especially in "Worship the Blasphemous Cunt", which do remind me (old) Carpathian Forest a little, but which is a great song. I especially like its ending part, which has a little melancholic atmosphere and definitely differs from the rest of their material. They also have fast song "Diagnose Mensch", so Blutsturm music is quite varied. And I like it, it's well performed, the sound quality is also quite good... and more so, Blutsturm has this sick, perverse atmosphere in their music also, just listen to "Satanic Scum"So yeah, it's very good part of the split. 
As for Inferit (who has two Blutsturm members in the line up), they come with three songs of pure fuckin rawness and black metal filthiness. They have almost punkish simplicity and this "fuck off" attitude within their riffs, it all sounds really obscure and vicious, more primitive and uglier than Blutsturm . It's not my favourite sound and style of black metal, but I do like it anyway and song like "Ritual Death" is very OK. But as I wrote above; this may be a solid release, but I don't think it will get many followers and the number of people, who will enjoy it is very limited. If you search for any primitive black metal, then you can probably give this split a try. 
Final rate: 65/100

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Incinerator - Stench of Distress

INCINERATOR - Stench of Distress (Raw Skull Rekordz CD 2017)
Another fantastic release is coming from Raw Skull Rekordz. This label quickly became one of my favourite of last year and so far I loved everything they putted out. Incinerator's debut album "Stench of Distress" is no different and this fuckin crusher really caused some serious damage to my hearing, because such albums couldn't be played silently. It has to be loud and fuckin brutal! Yeah! I already knew Incinerator from their debut seven inch single "Human Garbage", which was released a couple of years ago through Wolfsbane Records. This EP was very good, but the album is even better. They surely improved everything in fine way and came up with bunch of super fantastic songs, which every old school worshipper should love. It doesn't matter if it's unoriginal or too standard. These songs kill and have such a powerful sound and riffs that your ears will bleed. 
First though, I have to say that I cannot agree with label's description of this album, which says about some similarities to bands like Possessed, BathoryTerrorizerKreator and so on. I know that everybody will hear it differently and the band probably don't care at all who you compare their music to. If you like it, then it's good. Hmm, I can maybe agree about certain thrash influences, which can be spotted in the faster parts. But when played in slower tempo, Incinerator music surely has a strong Bolt Thrower, Asphyx, Pestilence (second LP) or Obituary influence. And Unleashed and Grave probably also. The trick is that Incinerator music is slightly faster., more up-tempo And I mean it's old school fast, not Nile or Krisiun fast, if you know what I mean. There's similar heaviness and brutality in the music of all these bands I mentioned earlier, similar feeling and utterly fantastic riffs, which crush every bone in your weak body. Incinerator has that as well! More so, the vocalist sound a lot like a threesome between van DrunenMameli and Hedlund haha! Would you believe what creature would be born from such trio? Haha! 
Anyway, Incinerator did a great job for this album. It's one of those easily listenable and gorgeously infective records, which you like immediately and from the first listen to have your favourite songs, riffs, fragments, etc. For example the first song "At the Gates" has truly fantastic melodic part that comes together with massive slow riff. Instant boner! The last song "Swiersettiche riten" could have been picked up from albums like "Death... the Brutal Way" - it's great doomy death metal piece with fantastic harmonic parts spread all over it. What an epic ending to the whole album, really great stuff. Basically I think that Incinerator sounds the best in the slower or mid paced, moshable parts. They're really hooky and aggressive as fuck. But I cannot say anything bad about the entire album, as it’s been a pure pleasure to listen to. Check this band out then please and make sure you find all other Raw Skull Rekordz releases as well, I can assure you it's a damn perfect feast for OSDM worshippers. 
Standout tracks: "Swiersettiche riten", "Slaughter", "At the Gates", "Feed the Soul", "Traumatic" 
Final rate: 80/100 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Warkult - Decay of the Gods

WARKULT - Decay of the Gods (Self released demo CDR 2016)
I got this CDR demo of Mexican Warkult a year ago (!!) from a friend, but I completely forgot about it and haven't played it until... yesterday (what a delay haha!). Maybe it's because I didn't think it will be anything good or it's just because I have too much other shit to listen to... I don't know why, but I simply didn't bother myself about it. The bigger surprise it wawhen it turned out that "Decay of the Gods" is really awesome demo and Warkult turned out to be very promising band. 
"Decay of the Gods" contains four killer death metal songs played in the old school, heavy way. The whole demo has probably just one, but minor disadvantage and it's the production, which gives you a feeling of home recording, not a proper studio job. Luckily things like programmed drums or quite primitive feel to everything didn't destroy the effect. More so, I have to say that homemade or not, this demo doesn't sound that bad and it's decently done. More so, Warkult came up with really killer songs and I have to say that I enjoyed this demo a lot. Their style is like a combination of bands like Bolt Thrower, Asphyx, Hail of Bullets, Humiliation, Decaying, Revel in Flesh and so on. Their riffs are heavy and groovy, played mostly in mid tempo, but occasional melodic parts and crushing slow riffs give the music more epic feeling. There's absolutely nothing innovatory or exceptional about Warkult music, but if you like old school death metal and bands, which I mentioned above, then I am sure that you will like "Decay of the Gods" a lot. With songs like "Operation Overlord" and "Decay of the Gods" (yes, they do have IIWW themes in the lyrics) it is really great stuff and as I wrote above, a great surprise and very promising stuff. I know that Warkult is working on a full length at the moment and damn, I cannot wait to hear it. 
Standout tracks: "Operation Overlord", "Decay of the Gods" 
Final rate: 75/100

Monday, 10 April 2017

Nocturnal Graves - ...from the Bloodline of Cain

NOCTURNAL GRAVES - ...from the Bloodline of Cain (Hells Headbangers Records CD 2013)
Australian extreme metal scene doesn't need special recommendation, I suppose, and I am sure that most of you are familiar with some bands from there. I have to admit that I somehow haven't heard anything from Nocturnal Graves until I recently managed to grab a copy of their second album "...from the Bloodline of Cain". And I am so glad that it happened, otherwise I would miss such a brilliant band, which I feel like is second only to Destroyer 666. Wow, just wow. What a great album this is and what a fantastic surprise. I honestly have been playing it a lot last week and will continue listening to this music slaughter, because I have not enough. And now I want to recommend you all "...from the Bloodline of Cain", because this album slays! 
I should probably keep this review brief, because it's not an album, which requires long descriptions. First and foremost, they're fuckin Australian barbaric legion! That should tell you everything, if you know this scene at least a little. Secondly, they play vicious and violent mixture of thrash, black and death metal, this music is as savage and aggressive as it can only get! Hell yeah, from start to finish we deal with attack of eight fantastic anthems of death, where's no time for harmonies or peaceful and relaxing sounds. It kicks off with total savagery and it finishes in the same vein. But what a great stuff it is, I simply love their songs, with so many fantastic razor sharp riffs and neckbreaking old school tempos. It blows my head off with the first seconds of "Promethean War" and I am just impressed until the very end and obviously I have the repeat button pressed on, because this album has to be played more and more. Fast, very intense thrashing riffs are definitely dominating here, there's almost no time to take breath and break from the constant headbanging. This album has the best ingredients of such style of metal and Nocturnal Graves managed to compose the most impressive album possible.  
Great performance, it's also fantastic sounding record, so basically everything about it top notch, in my opinion. I love it. The easiest thing to do would be just to compare "...from the Bloodline of Cain" to Destroyer 666, but that would be just too easy and so fuckin unfair to Nocturnal Graves. These guys are now signed to Seasons of Mist, so I hope new album will come out soon. And in the meantime I'm on a hunt for some other releases from Nocturnal Graves. Total recommendation. 
Standout tracks: "Ascension Through Lucifer's Might", "Slave Annihilation", "Iron Command" 
Final rate: 90/100