Review: Black Knife / Lustrum – Split

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Label: Husk Records

Look at that artwork! No, seriously, look at it. Your first impressions will probably be similar to mine – that it’s crude, violent, and wonderfully over-the-top. But look closer, and there’s something more to it; it’s clear that the overall effect is completely intentional, with small aspects that demonstrate subtle talent. The same is true of the music contained within. Both Black Knife and Lustrum make music that, on the surface, is every bit as lurid as the cover to this split, all 80’s extreme thrash riffs, punk violence, and snarling, proto-black metal vocals. But such is the conviction and talent of the bands that there’s no mistaking this for anything other than the real deal, and it’s bloody brilliant fun.

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Album of the Day Recap: 24/09/18 – 28/09/18

At the start of the week, I had the idea that I would try and focus on more beautiful, hopeful music this week. Yet, as you’ll see, by Tuesday that idea was long gone – and by Thursday, and the way the American government seemed to be treating survivors of sexual assault, nothing felt appropriate save absolute rage. Fuck the patriarchy. Burn it all down.

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Review: Sathanas – Necrohymns

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Label: Transcending Obscurity Records 

There’s something to be said for consistency. Now on to album number ten,  Sathanas are the kind of band who have probably passed under your radar; their discography is one of solid black-thrash, that has – for whatever reason – largely been unheralded beyond their section of the underground. Latest record Necrohymns may be unlikely to change that, but it does serve as a demonstration of what the uninitiated have been missing out on. This is the sound of experience, of old hands who are utterly confident in their chosen style, and are seemingly content to keep doing what they do, regardless of whether anyone else pays attention or not.

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Review: Witchgöat – Umbra Regit

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Label: Morbid Skull Records

A lesson that’s often overlooked in extreme metal is the importance of melody. You can blast away at 666 BPM, and your riffs can be as crude and violent as an army of rampaging demons, but without even a hint of melody odds are that it won’t half the desired impact. There are exceptions, of course, but these are few and far between. This lesson is one that Witchgöat have well learned, with their Umbra Regit demo demonstrating a band who appreciate the importance of melody in creating something vicious. Sitting somewhere between 90’s Dissection and 80’s German thrash, this is old-school through and through, and highly effective.

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Review: Dungeon – Purifying Fire

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Label: Dying Victims Productions / Me Saco un Ojo Records

The trouble with modern records that so clearly recall the glory days of old is that it can be hard for them to stand on their own; to succeed on merits other than reminding you of whichever records or bands you consider to be classics. By whatever metric you care to judge though, the debut record from London’s Dungeon is a victory, with Purifying Fire being an electrifying onslaught of old-school speed metal, with a few dashes of heavy and death metal thrown in to keep things interesting. But more than anything else, throughout its duration, Purifying Fire excites because it sounds so vital, energetic, and untamed, with Dungeon standing out amongst the masses simply because of the quality of their material.

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Review: Lustrum – Plays With Madness

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Label: Eternal Death

A live recording, Plays with Madness captures Lustrum at their most savage and unhinged. The band’s brand of black metal is crude, raw, and drenched in “fuck you!” spirit. This is as if your favourite first-wave black metal record was recorded in an alcoholic haze, powered by the spirits of the most blasphemous metal, determined not so much to get heads banging but instead to split skulls and consume the grey matter within. And yet, for all its roughness, Plays with Madness demonstrates a band who know how to really play, and to write some killer tunes that blend black-thrash violence with something even more primitive.

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Review: Corpsehammer – Pervsión

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Label: Morbid Skull Records

The third EP from Corpsehammer sounds like it could have been unearthed from some decaying tomb, buried in a nuclear wasteland at some point in the 80’s and only recently discovered. Perversión is a celebration of the days when black and death metal were one and the same, with more than a hint of old-school South American madness to it. This is extreme metal for those who like their music to be utterly uncompromising in its blasphemous ways, drenched in bloodsoaked riffs and possessed of demonic spirit.

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