Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Botanist - Paleobotany

 Avantgarde Black Metal / Experimental, United States
Spring 2024, Prophecy Productions

On their twelfth full-length "Paleobotany", BOTANIST take us back more than 70 million years to a time when dinosaurs ruled the planet and early forests began to turn to coal. Before the age of giants ended in flames with the apocalyptic impact of the Chicxulub asteroid, many plants also grew much larger than their descendants that we know today. "Paleobotany" comes with all the trademark characteristics that set BOTANIST apart from all other metal acts on this planet. Lyrically, the band from San Francisco, CA revolves around species of plants – in a clean break from the usual genre stereotypes like Satan, dragons, and booze. 
Their music clearly has its foundation anchored in 'metal', but instead of 6-string guitars the Americans use 110-string hammered dulcimers. To the confused horror of traditionalists, BOTANIST fit these percussion-stringed folk instruments with magnetic pickups and distort them through various perverse means that range from amplifiers via analogue tape to digital manipulation. The resulting sound is as unique as spectacular. BOTANIST's continuing sonic evolution began at an audible Nordic black metal shaped point of entry. The band soon developed a more open, avant-garde style, leading towards a growing complexity. 
On "Paleobotany", the Californians have shed some of the more convoluted progressive elements in favour of more song-oriented arrangements that are still rich in details and surprises, which is enhanced through the album being mixed by renowned Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström (DIMMU BORGIR, OPETH, AT THE GATES) at Studio Fredman. BOTANIST are a unique band. "Paleobotany" expands their dark green sonic range of an avant-garde metal sound into a more accessible and dynamic sonic experience. When quadruped giants walked the earth, plants were already there and they will still be here when mankind has gone back to stardust. BOTANIST win their musical future by travelling millions of years into the past with "Paleobotany"!

Sunday, May 05, 2024

Lidérc - Prof​á​n Myst​é​rium

Black Metal, Hungary
Spring 2024, Sun & Moon Records

Lidérc was formed in 2020 in Veszprém, Hungary by old friends and musicians from bands like Niedergang, Infectus and Lepra. After a successful 2-song promo, the first full-length album of the band is finally ready to unleash. The album consists 6 songs of maniac medieval decadence with poetic Hungarian lyrics and detailed traditional hand drawn layout.

The name Lidérc is coming from the local folklore, where it appears as a malevolent house spirit, and a shapeshifting supernatural power. The music and the lyrics are evoking a rustic medieval-infused world of deranged alchemists, superstitious masses and rural witchcraft practitioners, with a vicious, grotesque and twisted sonic atmosphere. The themes of Lidérc are fast-paced, aggressive and sometimes uplifting, but they also emanate a strong melancholic decadence, which culminates in the symbolist-inspired lyrics as well.

The title of the album ‘Profán Mystérium’ refers to a mystery play, and the tracks can be perceived as stations on the path of damnation, the story of a glorious downfall revolving around the lyrical speaker. It can also be viewed as a kind of profane carnival, in which the participants symbolically destroy the existing moral structures by creating institutionalized confusion and chaos, turning the world upside down, spitting in its face and sell their souls to the Devil.

Friday, April 26, 2024

Exhumation - Master's Personae

 Death Metal, Indonesia
Spring 2024, Pulverised Records

A year of vanquishing darkness is upon the enigmatic Yogyakarta-ferals EXHUMATION as they inaugurate their fourth transcendental full-length “Master’s Personae”!

With a forlorn howl of a meandering beast, the entire record breathes an animosity between atmospheric solace and Death Metal carnage impassioned by a blaze of unending fire; “Master’s Personae” is enshrouded in a sublime traversal of musical perturbance but the megalithic depths which EXHUMATION possess is undoubtedly an immutable stare into the embodiment of supreme sordid verve of Metal of Death.

A celebration for this sonic-debauchery includes a slew of guests featuring members of Possession, Impiety, Obliteration and with recording locations spread out within several countries; “Master’s Personae” was mixed by Bable Sagala at Watchtower Studio and mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door Mastering (Aura Noir, Darkthrone, Bastard Priest, Frozen Soul, etc). Cover artwork by José Gabriel Alegría Sabogal (Cult Of Fire, Dysangelium, Slægt, Whoredom Rife, etc) with additional artwork by Daniele Valeriani (Candlemass, Dark Funeral, Mayhem, etc).

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Karst - Eclipse Beneath Umbral Divine

Death Metal / Crust, United States
Spring 2024, Self-released

... Returning from the polluted shores of Los Angeles, encrusted death outfit Karst bring you their debut full length release. Nine nefarious tracks of blistering death, hypnotic hellscapes, and unearthly doom that drag you through a cerebral apocalypse of self. 

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Heresiarch - Edifice

Black / Death Metal, New Zealand
Spring 2024, Iron Bonehead Productions

I am the lightning that illuminates
A scorched path carved by power

I cast into judgement all theory
Severed, the umbilical cord of dependency

I am the tightening noose
That strangles man stretched above the abyss 

Friday, April 12, 2024

Martikor - Acedia

"Acedia" builds upon Martikor’s blend of atmospheric sludge, post-metal, black metal, and experimental textures. Conceptually, it delves into the intricate process of mourning, exploring both the anticipation and reflection associated with grief. Each track is aiming to confront and navigate the shadowy corners of the psyche, and the dark nature of the music serves as a reflection of the transformative power inherent in the exploration of complex human emotions.

Sunday, April 07, 2024

Thursday, April 04, 2024

Kvadrat - The Horrible Dissonance of Oblivion

Nuclear Winter Records: CD | LP

Monday, April 01, 2024

Verberis - The Apophatic Wilderness

‘Do you not recognise the trials requested of you? Do you not hear the swarms of voracious flies? Do you not smell corruption’s fetid perfume? As moths to candle flame, so compelled and beguiled to be blind to your annihilation in the Devil’s fires.’

With “The Apophatic Wilderness”, Verberis reveals an image of man cast into the house of Abaddon. Three formidable compositions totalling 41 minutes proceed from 2022’s “Adumbration of the Veiled Logos”, recounting an entanglement of hubris, submission, worship, and ruin.

As with the past two releases, “The Apophatic Wilderness” was recorded by the constellation of DA with JSM, NH, and MP. This time, the essence of germanium transistors and magnetic tape imbues the sonic spectrum and provides an aura of vintage viscerality.

While collaborating once more with Ars Alchymiae and Magnus Lindberg, further control was relinquished to achieve a final product reaching beyond the capacities of the band’s core alone. In this respect, mixing was by the hands of Richard Behrens, whereas layout and typography came forth from an open grave.

Take heed in the apophatic wilderness.