Chaos Invocation is one of those bands that never fails to amuse me. I remember discovering the band back in 2011 from YouTube suggestion while I was checking their Polish counterpart Oremus. It was a song from the album In bloodline With Snake. The album’s sound was heavily influenced by Watain’s Casus Luciferi, but I was more attracted towards their concept behind the album and the dark, evil atmosphere which made the album very appealing. As I checked their second album Black Mirror Hours, I became a die-hard fan and yes, it’s logical. Since the mid to late 2000’s, many black metal Continue reading Review: Chaos Invocation – Reaping Season, Bloodshed Beyond
It’s a pity, neither Hordes of the Black Cross nor Funeral Moon are active at the moment, but two of the chaotic blackened forces from Australia offered a brilliant split release before dissolving their activities. Our contributor from South Africa, MONGREL might be late to praise this with his diabolical scripture but he has not limited himself to provide the accolade this formidable release deserves. Continue reading Split Review: Hordes of the Black Cross / Funeral Moon
A triumphant end or exciting new beginning?
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.
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.
“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———
DK Deviant: Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Song-writing
Passing the Nekromanteion
Release Date: October 6th, 2017
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
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
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
Sweden’s The Third Eye Rapists play a brand of viscerally raw Black Metal that is manically frantic, nihilistically cold and entirely uncompromising.
“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———-
The Third Eye Rapists
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
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
Recently, I had the extreme pleasure of reviewing NORSE and their phenomenally bleak and twisted new record “The Divine Light of a New Sun” Below, group founder Forge and I discuss inspiration, the “scene” and how creating such disturbing music keeps Forge sane.
S.B: Greetings FORGE. First off I’d like to thank you for taking the time to speak with me today.
FORGE: Thanks for the opportunity!
S.B: I recently had the extreme pleasuring of reviewing “The Divine Light of a New Sun“ To say I was blown away would be an understatement. Congratulations.
FORGE: cheers! I appreciate you taking the time to check it out. Compared to earlier albums, this one came together quite quick, which was a nice change. ADR and I set a few deadlines for this release, and having clear ideas of where we wanted to take this album helped make it smooth sailing.
S.B: This is album number three for NORSE. How has the group’s and especially your attitude changed since the early days?
FORGE: Hmm, quite significantly I’d say. When we started 10+ years ago, Norse was a ball of energy, with no real focus, taking a hundred ideas and throwing them together and hoping for the best. Over the years as members have come and gone, the band has distilled down from 5 to just 2 creative contributors, both with a definite vision and goal for the band. Our intent is to push the bleakest of boundaries (to the point of alienating of nearly all of the bands original fan-base.)
S.B: What’s your song writing process? Do you write individually or as a group?
FORGE: Never as a group any more. Writing as a group means compromise or tolerance of others input that waters down the original intent. It just doesn’t work. Unless you are lucky enough to meet 5 people with EXACTLY the same goal in mind, there’s always going to be some straying from the path. That and i just don’t have the patience to put up with bullshit politics any more! If I don’t like something, I don’t need to carefully word my thoughts or suggest another idea. It just gets deleted.
…That being said, I did extend the olive branch and got some bassists in to write bass for this album and I really wanted to get a bit of a different approach to some parts of the songs. The people i chose were highly talented and complemented what I had written.
With this new album i wrote all of the guitars first, and arranged the songs with guitars only. I figure if I can make a song flow and be exciting with just guitars, it can only be improved with other instruments.
I was getting up at 2 am every morning and writing until 7, then off to work for 8 hours. Once home and kids were in bed I’d go back to the studio to write drum parts till 10. Repeat that for 3 months and it wears you out! But it was the only way i could find time to get it all done.
S.B: Something that struck me while listening to the new record was the atmosphere. A sense of claustrophobic madness seems to permeate the entire album. What inspired you to create such an ominous and foreboding record? Is there an overall theme or concept weaving “The Divine Light of a New Sun” together?
FORGE: Yes, that is always my goal to strive for. I just love the idea of bleak, dark music that creates an atmosphere of suppression. It seems to be my outlet for frustrations in life. Which in turn allows me to be a highly positive person day to day!
S.B: The video you made for “Cyclic” is almost like a trailer for a horror movie and indeed works as a teaser for the album. Does horror, be it film or literature, inspire you?
FORGE: I am a fan of certain antique horror and fantasy authors, but the video clip was mainly inspired by the music. It was just a really simple idea I came up with while in the final mixing stages of our last release PEST, but we never got around to completing it for that release, so I kept the idea for the song ‘cyclic’.
It’s the first real video clip Norse has done, and it took all of 2 hours to shoot. All in one take. No CG or digital touch-ups, raw and dark to suit the album production.
S.B: You hail from the Southern Highlands of New South Wales – a far cry from sunny beaches and the Sydney Opera House – When I look at photographs of the band I can’t help but think the remoteness and isolation of the Australian countryside has influenced you not just musically but also visually?
FORGE: Totally 100% everyone thinks of Australia and thinks sunny beaches or desert. I’ve never even seen the desert! I live in the highlands where we get snow, rain, minus 0 degree temperatures as well as scorching heat in summer. It’s a country of extremes.
I’ve also worked for many years in isolation on farms and in pine forest plantations. I could go weeks at a time and only see the same 3 people. Only ever going into big cities to play shows. The isolation is a big part in my inspiration.
S.B: Expanding on my previous question. Why do you think Australia is producing such extreme and avant-garde metal these days?
FORGE: We are so far away from every other scene in the world; we are not influenced by current trends and movements. We make music that resonates with us on a personal level and don’t try and shamelessly copy every other band.
That being said, there are TONNES of terrible bands in Australia hopelessly copying everyone else and destined for nothing. Just the same as anywhere…
S.B: Is there a sense of camaraderie amongst today’s Australian groups? Also, could you tell us a little about the “scene” down under?
FORGE: I know a few people and a few bands that I love and get along with, but other than that I couldn’t tell you. I write music, record it, perform it and then disappear back into my own world. I’m just not a social person and being part of a ‘scene’ doesn’t interest me.
S.B: Do you have much experience playing outside of Australia? Might there be plans for upcoming Europe/US tour dates?
FORGE: I personally do a tonne of session work and have played all over the globe, but never with Norse. Norse is my band. I take it out and play with it for a while, and then when it starts being stressful or expensive or a pain, it goes back on the shelf. Unless we get invited to play some overseas festivals where the $30k expenses are covered, there’s not a hope in hell that I’ll bother to take Norse on the international stage.
S.B: Well Forge, I just have to say it’s been a joy to speak with you and I will leave the final words to you,
FORGE: Many thanks for your support and great questions!
“The Divine Light of a New Sun” is available now through Transcending Obscurity Records
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
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.
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———-
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
Genre: Dissonant Black Metal