lördag 17 juni 2017

Bloodlust - At the Devil's Left Hand

The second album is on the horizon (release in the end of August) from this Australian Blackened Thrash metal band, first album "Cultus Diaboli" fro 2015 was great and was my eye opener for the band. So when i got the news that a new full album was on its way i naturally got exicited.


So here we have been given a teaser track which is also the title track, it sounds as great as one could hope for.How it sounds? Like hungry demons riding the brimstone horses down the graveyard path! A pleasure in hell for sure!
Some new musical and vocal ideas is heard in this song besides the solid but classical style... i for one will pick this up anyways when its released from the burning crypt!
 A fast devilry attack!

And also i hope for a vinyl (cd and tape for now) in the future as i dig the cool cover artwork by  César Valladares....i want it biiig! hehe

 released  by Caverna Abismal.
link:
https://www.facebook.com/CavernaAbismalRec/?fref=mentions



oh by the way if you did not read last years interview i did with them here is the link to it:

http://rawwarmusic.blogspot.se/2016/10/bloodlust-interview.html


måndag 12 juni 2017

Solum - Enthrall


Suddenly i got a cd in my snail mailbox, a very kind gesture from a Fb friend (thanks Zunko!) that thought i should give it a listen... and i did and it is actually a pretty good debut release from this Australian band.


....My first impression (before i heard any of the music) was quite low due to the overall aesthetics as it looks like an uninspired average black metal band with a DSBM appreciation....then i look inside on the member photo and i got slightly confused...two of the members have knee long shorts and THAT makes me think of American death metal haha yeah i know i´m being  superficial now but that what came into my mind.

So with a tilted brain i started to listen and the say first minute or two it sounds like a typical start for an DSBM record with the rain effects and calm & moody guitar picking away until some man starts wishpering & talking in autistic way...but then things start to improve drastically! next minute has the cold sharp black metal riffings soo ok so far its blackish metal but the vocals sounds quite intense and just very good!

Suddenly the band blast off into death metal territory! I knew it i said to myself!
Those shorts means death! haha That aside the death here is played very meaty and hard, sounds great i think both the delivery from the members to the production, clean but very crunchy! (yeah their sound is not "old school" as in muddy,dirty lo-fi monster style but a more "proper studio" style but in a nice effective way)  From mid-slow to mid-fast they slay from song to song! It has also some nice bleak atmosphere that complete the package....

They should have no problems to get signed to some label with this kind of release, i could see them fit well into Lavadome Productions rooster for an example.
The only thing i would recommend to change is the confusing visuals of the product, i think the people that like to listen to this the most would not get curious by the way the cover/logo/fonts look now.



If you like to listen to death metal with some slashes of black aura and also being "well produced" give this a go!
 I did not regret it.

Track list:

1.     Purification of Fire     06:02    
2.     Tomb of Black Mist     03:03      
3.     Sex Song     05:04      
4.     Enthrall of Evil     04:55    
      Total: 19:04

...oh! In the start of track three does he sing/scream: Dustbin!!! Dustbin soul!   ?   hehe probably not.


lördag 10 juni 2017

Zine work update!

I have started a while ago on two new zine issues, one is the reborn printed RAW WAR (#4) and the other is #3 of Cloven Hoof which this time will be focusing only on Mexican bands.
Here under are the latest flyers for these to issues.

Click for larger pic.




Ghaisiuan - Neverending Knife in The Mind


Yeah i feel that knife alright! hehe


This is demo compilation from the USA-based artist/artists from the raw/atmospheric band Ghaisiuan. First time for me hearing them so i had no big clue to what to really expect but as it was Hateworks that released this i was quite positive about liking it.

Their sound is raw yes but the songs sound and flow is almost like some harsh spectral filled storm, it almost feels like all tracks is bound together in a great dark flow and not like separate tracks...guitar is steely sharp and dominant and the vocals rasps and screams around in the foggy night sky. It  is a very consuming downward spiral of audial attacks.
 The production is raw and on the verge of over powering...cracks and dust ignite and electricity is not far from popping out from the speakers.

 The overall sound is oppressive and negative.

Some parts is manic like running blind in a corridor filled with broken glass, other parts feels detached and cold. A nice complete package if you are after this type of primitive suffering....dont come here and look for nice empowering grand compositions.


Besides the primitive raw style and sound their style/sound is keept well together which is a good thing....a bit into the tape there is a riff that sound very alike the main theme of Terminator 2 hehe even if it was not on purpose it was a neat touch...ah and also the cardboard tape box was neat!

Track list:

Side A
1.     Untitled     07:14    
2.     Untitled     03:40    
3.     Untitled     05:21    
4.     Untitled     02:23    
5.     I     06:24    
6.     II     04:28    
7.     III     02:34    
8.     IV     04:19    
9.     V     02:02    
10.     VI     01:59    
11.     VII     02:55    
Side B
12.     Untitled     04:59    
13.     Untitled     09:47    
14.     Untitled     03:46    
15.     Untitled        
16.     Untitled        
17.     Untitled        
18.     Untitled        
19.     Untitled        
20.     Untitled        
 Total around 90 minutes

Released by Hateworks
link:
https://www.facebook.com/FacelessArild/




tisdag 30 maj 2017

Wulfheim - Abomination



Some years ago i reviewed Wulfheims (Spain) third album "Alsvart" and liked it pretty much...time went on and suddenly i noticed a new album had been released so naturally i had to check it out!


Funny thing is after the dark sinister intro track here on "Abomination" when the first actual song started i thought there was something wrong with my headphones or that the contact was not really put in....i did not hear any bass...the sound that hit me was like a furious thin dishwasher swirl sound! Once i realized that the sound was sounding like it was meant to (no broken headphones etc) i could settle down and give it a proper listen haha.



The good thing is that after some tracks (which all has a similar type of production sound and delivery) when you get used to this peculiar type of sound-mix  you find some nice maniac blistering black metal! It is really a over-the-top attack!

Yeah i actually even like this album better then the last one (which has a similar digital high pitch swishing style, programmed drum?) as it take this style a step further both in intensity and in compositions, in other words he has honed his skills.
I like all the little musical stuff he puts in here and there through the steely storms as they enriches the whole experience.
First you will think WTF! haha but give it some songs and you´ll hear whats really in store.  I cant really compare Wulfheims sound to any other acts out there (soundwise)... i guess there is some bands similar but i must have missed them. Either way if you are looking for a medieval thunderstorm this can do the trick!

The only thing i would have done considering its relentless speed and attack on all tracks (not counting the outro/intro/interludes which helps though the albums structure) i would have picked off 2-3 tracks to keep the running time shorter, for me at least it would helped my brain not to boil over hehe. It is a bit of an over kill.

What ever you think after reading this review i feel its totally worth checking this album out.



Tracklist:

1.     Overture - Cult of Blood     01:27       instrumental
2.     The Order of Scars     04:05    
3.     The Hollowman     03:54      
4.     Aegrus Umbra     04:33      
5.     Crown of Upheaval     05:32      
6.     Peccatum Vermes     04:13      
7.     Overture - Magnus     01:04      
8.     Heresy of Pestilence     03:35      
9.     The Psalm of Rats     04:14      
10.     The Subhuman     05:00      
11.     The Scarecrows Ceremony     03:53    
12.     Trolle Corpus     03:39    
13.     Epilogue - A Funeral in Nowhere     00:57       instrumental
      Total:46:06

Released by: Damnatio ad Bestias



link:
https://www.damnatioadbestias.com/

måndag 29 maj 2017

Varulv - Sagenlieder

Last time i heard something from this Austrian horde was their great second album "Wolfszorn" so coming from from that release i had pretty high expectations for this third full length.


I was not dissapointed luckily!
The band (which is only 2 members now?) continues to play in their traditional way combining icy middle fast - middle slow second wave black metal (with a clear early Norwegian influence with some hints of pagan here and there) but this time around compared to the previous one they have toned down the aggression (both in speed and production) and have a more heavy focus on cold sombre landscapes.

For me one of the high points of last album was just their aggressive attack mixed with their grand but bleak guitar compositions so first i was a little put back listening to this new record....but after the third and forth spin it was no longer a problem for me as the actual music popped up & became clear for me, as i said this album has a more subdued tone and it almost feels like the members has some extra weight on their shoulders in real life...i might be wrong but that is the feeling i get....either way it is a positive thing to me as it feels more real, more flesh and bones to gnaw on.

Even though it has an overall a downbeat atmosphear their old grand and ancient tunes comes through and in the end the experience here is a worthwhile one to take, the cold forest and mountains on the cover (and through the whole production design) resonates exactly what you hear so thats perfect.

As i cant speak or read any of their language i cant really comment on lyrics but from the little i got out from some research i think at least some of the songs is based on old poetic texts etc which is nice and fits Varulvs image greatly.

My personal favorite tracks is 5,6,7, first two is in the long and slower epic style but with some nice and extra effective guitar compositions and the third one is the best up tempo attack song on this release, good bloody stuff! ah and the production is well rounded evenly mixed but not too polished.

 (bone not included)

So all in all it is a solid album (that builds up through repeated listenings) that is worth checking out! And for the already fans of Varulv there should be no stopping you to buy it!

track list:
1.     Knochenkult     05:02    
2.     Der Teufel nahm sich eine Dirn     04:31    
3.     Vom schwarzen Flößer     06:03    
4.     Irrlichter     05:21    
5.     Der Wassermann     06:13    
6.     Die Trud     08:02    
7.     Festmahl der Hobagoaß     03:13    
8.     Im Graben     04:44    
      Total: 43:09   

Released by : Talheim Records
link:
https://webstore.talheim-records.at/

lördag 20 maj 2017

Megalith Grave - The Endless Cycle of Repugnant Omens


I have in recent time (1-2 years) been getting more and more interested in this band so getting the latest Megalith Grave release is always a great moment for me.

If you have not heard MG he (Gamol) plays a very raw and obscure black metal, but as he has been active in around 6 years now he have evolved his sound i think and he has a quite nice spectrum of diversity (inside this genre) in what he releases, besides the BM he throws in some good dark ambient from time to time. Tasty vile art for the underground rats !


So the tape here in question is a two-track tape (Ominous Sickness & Decomposing Tranquility) and even if that seems short the songs are not too short in of themselves, for me these songs are some of my favorite tracks i heard also from MG. The buzzing melancholic guitar parts takes you quite slowly over the damp grounds of the scared landscape of a mind, the vocals here is very shrieking and emotional and it almost sounds like Gamol is sinking down into a deep cold stone well. Desperate feelings enshourds the air. Second track continues with similar bleak compositions and completes this tape just nicely....and one thing i love is that the tape length is fittind for the songs length...not slapping two songs on a 90 tape etc.



Another reason this tape was made is to make these two songs justice, they was released before on the split with Angelcide... here is a statement from Gamol himself about this matter:

" I made the mistake of actually cutting them to make it fit the 7" and rushing the mix to get the work out on time. I hated the outcome and regretted doing this ever since. This release was created to justify those tracks to actually show the listener of their true form."

band link:
https://www.facebook.com/MegalithGrave/

Tape released by Hateworks
label link:
https://www.facebook.com/FacelessArild/