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.