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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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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Alcoholic Rites / Lustrum – Drunk And In Charge (split)

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Label: Eternal Death

The second of two new splits out on Eternal Death, Drunk And In Charge sees Ecuadorian band Alcoholic Rites pair up with Lustrum – who also featured on Too Wild For The Crowd – for four tracks of filthy, thrashing black metal. This is a prime example of underground metal at its most belligerent, with a red-raw sound, no shortage of “fuck you!” attitude and absolutely no subtlety. In short, it’s bloody great.

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Abigail / Lustrum -Too Wild For The Crowd (Split)

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Label: Eternal Death

Looking for something to get your head banging, and remind you of just how powerful metal can be? Then Too Wild For The Crowd is sure to satisfy your need. This split sees Japanese greats Abigail – a personal favourite – join up with Lustrum, who feature members of One Master and Moirgrion. From this you’d imagine you can probably expect a merciless, high-tempo, energetic burst of black metal, and you’d be right. It’s another solid release from Eternal Death, who never seem to put a foot wrong with their releases.

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