Release date: April 27th, 2019
Label: Grim Records
This two piece raw black metal act pretty much impressed me with their debut album from last year so I knew what to expect what was coming with this new EP.
And from the opening track Absorbed by the Pentacle you get that same vibe this band is known for by now so no disappointment a crushing sound that got the mood ready for the next one and Mirrored Silver Moon to me is the gem of a track with the opening yell it goes into a chaotic fizzle of lunacy as the band just goes off on this one and the normal voice yelling adds to the song and the ending is an acoustic guitar that fits in well with the sounds of hell in the background,fucking excellent!
Saturnian Confinement is another all out bashing track as it gots these killer riffs that stick to your mind and just gets you right into it a true headbanger and to close this out Sea of the Horned Serpent and what a way to end this,this track smokes as it’s a bit different the rest as it starts with this dark bass and guitar intro before going off in it’s usual with many different tempos but very enjoyable til the end.
From hearing this it’s about time some label picks this band up as they have proven they got there sound and it’s something more people out there will like as everything I read about this band is positive so good luck to them.
Well this being the first time I ever attended this festival I was pretty much floored by the whole experience, I got there early on day 1 knowing Invocation Spells was the second band and I didn’t want to miss them so everything went well as I got to see Venereal Baptism from Texas and was impressed by the bands set and then I went to the front of the stage to catch Invocation Spells and man did they kill it! A blistering set with old and new tracks that left the crowd pretty floored, after they played I went and hungout with the band and was amazed on how they made a new bunch of fans that night and their merchandise was selling which was a good thing.
For me that first night was the best as I hungout with both the bands from Chile and had a few drinks and talked about all kinds of metal and other shit and yeah all the bands that night were amazing Goatpenis and Sadistic Intent just killed, as their sets set the crowd going wild! so it was a fantastic start to this 3 day event.
Day 2 was a more of a relax day and you could tell from the debauchery of the night before and I noticed not as many people came out as the first and the sound for some reason wasn’t as loud as the first night and it was hot in the place but Nunslaughter and The Chasm were the highlights for me, Master was good but Paul Speckmann was out of it that night as he was complaining between songs about the sound and just rambling shit which the crowd pretty much got fed up with as I seen people leaving and others yelling at them to play and stop the bullshit so day 2 kind of ended fucked up.
Day 3 was excellent! As soon as I arrived I go in and turn to the stage and Diabolical Messiah start their set and I went right to the front and they had a few technical difficulties but were fixed quick and they crushed! I was amazed on how brutal their set was and they even gave them time to do another song as the crowd was yelling for more which was a good thing because I read earlier they were only given 35 min to play, I was in disbelief when I read that fuck all the way from Chile and that much time to be honest they should of played later.
And the next band on Sabbath Assembly was one thing I wondered why they even were put on the fest as they are Psychedelic Rock, Doom Metal but nothing extreme compared to the rest,I went an drank a few beers while they played and caught them on their last song and kinda felt bad for them as the crowd was never really into them so they didn’t even say nothing as they left the stage. Then it got good again but I was waiting for Massacre the most, I had a chat with Kam Lee earlier and try to tell him about the old days when we used chat by letters but he forgot who I was even mentioned the gig back in 1990 and he didn’t remember the venue, I also asked this to Rick Rozz on a different occasion that night he didn’t remember either which blew my mind but anyhow they came out and did their set and the highlight was when they did a few Mantas tracks but it ended too quick as Kam said they didn’t have anymore material to play that they didn’t think it was gonna go down this good so that was it, the to close out Nocturnas A.D. came on, to be honest I was never into this band so I stayed and only watched half their set and called it a day.
To end this I’d like to say it was a great fest lots of underground merchandise being sold, I could of taken a lot of pics with band members but I passed on that cause it just ain’t my thing anymore.but a big Hail goes out to Elio and Diabolical Messiah, Camilo and Invocation Spells for the good talk and all oh and one more to the two female comrades I met at the hotel that showed me a bit of the town while there Andy and Lily, hope I got that right, if you read this get a hold of me and if things go well will see each other next year.
Release date: May 1st, 2019
Label: Burning Coffin Records
A three song demo from the drummer of Atomic Aggressor and the bass player from Perversor who does the guitar work on here as well.
All I can say is this is some pretty brutal and catchy death thrash metal as all the tracks will kick your ass! my favorite being Red Ripper as this totally rips, I highly recommend checking this out but the only downfall is this was only pressed to 50 tapes that have sold out.
Release date: May 20th, 2019
Label: No Mercy Reks
Well the long long awaited Necroripper release has finally come and as soon as I heard I had to check it out, for those that are not familiar with the band they play death/thrash and their debut left quite a mark back in 2012 so it’s been awhile.
This is up on Spotify just in case you wanna hear the whole thing as I did the review from listening there,but anyhow we get 8 tracks on here and this from the opening track Alwe Ulkantun you can tell the band is back with a vengeance! I was pretty much pleased from this opener and I wanna mention all the track titles are in the Mapuche language as you can see by the title of the album but sung in english from what I can hear and did some research and seen the 2 track promo had the lyrics in english so you will probably have to get a physical copy to see them.
But back to the album the next track Witxanalwe will crush you a full out attack on your senses and the production on here is superb as everything is heard the bass cracking,guitars,drums full in your face sound and it never lets down as you can here on Kollellaullin Weichafe things get even more intense as the vocals of Morbid Van Necroripper really stand out here and the bass guitar goes off a really smoking track.
The intro to Kütral Newen sounds like a horde of wolves coming at you then it breaks into an all out guitar fest of ripping leads is the best way I can describe it and short and sweet, and to the title track and here we get a little change in the vocal style but fits in perfect as it takes nothing away from the whole concept actually it fits in perfect even the slight break with a more pounding sound brings more light to the whole thing and the vocal style continues on to the next one Pewma which was a bit different in the beginning but gets going later on but has its own feel compared to the rest of the tracks on here,still brutal though and a nice fade away ending.
Nüyün Epew a heavy instrumental that has a very old school thrash vibe to it as the riffing catches the feel of the good old days and once again that crackling bass adds a more in depth sound and to the final nail in the coffin Kimün, a pure shredder as everything the album did from the start comes to a crashing end and I mean that in a good way just listen to the drums going off on here, fucking brilliant!
Was the wait worth it? hell yeah it was,it couldn’t of been much better so now I need a physical copy,the label No Mercy Reks put this out so an email is all I could find so here it is email@example.com
Release date: April 23rd, 2019
Label: Schattenkult Produktionen/Throats Productions
The third full length from this killer black/death band and this one only contains four tracks but they are long but when I first heard this I was blown away as this is a brilliant release, the wait for this was well worth it as there isn’t a dull moment here at all.
From the start of Kai Klóketen the band comes right at you and it instantly grabs you, as the songs have all have their own killer instinct and there is plenty of good old caos spread out beyond these tracks, even the closer Caspi Káxen Thejin has it’s very special ending.
I highly recommend this as it’s one of the best releases this year,production is awesome you can hear this perfectly,only thing that bothers me is why this bands name hasn’t been more exposed as this is truly one of the undergrounds best kept secrets so hopefully this takes them to another level.
Release date: July 17th, 2018
Well I finally got around to reviewing this, as a few readers have sent me messages to look into this band and believe me I should of gotten around to it earlier as this is a superb release from last year.
So if you never heard of them they are a progressive death metal band and a excellent one! if you like later Pestilence this might be your cup of tea.
But to the album the first track Crystal Palace really gets things rolling as this is pretty much a heavy track that just sets the mood of this trip this album will take you on and a whole new approach as the lyrics are based on Existentialism which brings a new flavor to things, it continues on The Exanimate and the Movement and the leads on here are a delight to the ears.
Things change a bit on Dreaming Beyond the Darkness, this one a bit more on the prog side of things but still a good one as the lyrics really go well here.Introspection takes us on to another phase as it’s a instrumental with a deep feeling to it then we get back into it as Awakening from Deep has a pounding drive to it and the way it’s composed really shines as it has some great moments here especially near the end as it just takes you away.Enfleshed Vitality is probably one of my favorite tracks on here as it has so many breaks that it kept me focused on what was going on has a lot of feeling to it.The Voice of Silence is a long opus that you will have to hear as there is a bit of everything in it, as this is a long album that runs over an hour I listened to the rest and it’s a solid release if your into this kind of stuff.
Abstraction, the title and final track is a superb gem to close this out, I would tell you to give it a listen and have an open mind as this could be huge if only the world would know who they are, since this was released it has been put on tape and cd so if you want a physical copy check the band’s Facebook page.
Release date: May 4th, 2019
Here we have the first self titled full length from this death metal band from south Santiago, with only a few EP’s released previously I never really heard this until I stumbled across this release and it has some good vibes here throughout the release.
Most of the lyrical content on here is based on gore, society, serial killers, b movies which is nothing new but done well and i’ll add this is sung in spanish.
I can’t really pinpoint any lows on here as the band have a great sound that never got boring, the production on here is excellent you can here that distorted bass clearly on the track Andre the Butcher and the guitar tone on here was what really made this for me as it reminded me of something of the past.
As I looked around I could not find anything from this release on the band’s social pages as everything is from the previous releases and those don’t do any justice to this release as they have stepped up the progress here.If the band reads this and wants me to put it on my channel I will do so as this needs to be heard,cheers!
Release date: March 15th, 2019
Here we have some kick ass thrash from this band that has been around since 2013 and on doing my research they actually released this EP last year but they put it out again with 4 bonus live tracks.
But from the beginning this caught my ear as it’s not like the rest of the pack when it comes to the vocals these really stood out as they are brutal but have there own feeling to them and the musicianship on here is superb as these guys know how to shred, the leads on here are just amazing and the production on these studio tracks really have this raw sound to them that even added more pleasure to my ears.
I got into this whole EP as it really shines throughout the whole thing even the live material shows off that these guys can rip, this is some serious thrash that will please most thrashers out there so give them a yell on their pages for more info.I just hope they put out more quality stuff in the near future.
Sins of the Damned
Release date: May 5th 2019
Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
The first full length from these speed metalers from Santiago, I heard of the band’s previous releases and was looking forward on hearing this new full length as here we get some new tracks and only one old one that I’m familiar with out of the seven.
And was surprised that the title track was the intro and that’s what it basically is and a nice one that caught my ear as it has a more heavy metal feel to it but it goes directly into They Fall and Never Rise Again and here you get the sound the band has to offer, if you never heard the band they have a kinda euro feel and heavy dark vocals no wimp shit here and this one is about war as from what I hear in the lyrics and if you like that crunchy kinda picking it’s stands out on this track.
But for me when Take the Weapons comes on this even took this to a higher level as this track smokes in all it’s glory with the mighty yell of “Live Free or Die!” and just the all out attack on here I was stoked, has a great drive to it and it continues as The Lion and the Prey is just as powerful as the lyrics really add to the music as even the breakdown on the track has a nice flare at the end.
Then we come to this interesting track The Outcast (Sign of Cain) which has a strange intro but man does it have a lot to offer, I was so into this one as the drums really caught my ear as much as the vocals a really catchy number once you hear it. Victims of Hate is one of the shorter tracks on here and the guitar work on here is what you will notice the most which really stands out as it comes at you at full force through your speakers, made to be played loud!
So we come to the closer Death’s All Around You and this being the new version of this track you can really hear what good production can bring to a band as this sounds way better than the first version and yes this rips all the way to the end a great way to end this.
It took me a few listens to really get the feeling behind this as I only had an advance copy as it won’t be released til next month on Shadow Kingdom Records but once they do I’ll pick up a copy as hopefully it comes with the lyrics and they have shirts with this killer artwork as well and yes this is a killer release that you should hear and I recommend it.
Release date: April 12,2019
Label: Herejia Prods./ Street Metal Blasphemy
Lux Nigrum has returned with this new EP that has five new rituals with it’s own flare that come across with full vengeance and here Azerate the mastermind behind this chaos has stepped it up a notch as this has a new sound compared to the previous works and it really stands out on this EP.
From the opening track Solvet Cosmos In Favilla this comes straight at you with a pounding crushing sound as all cylinders are at full throttle and if you heard the band before you will notice the vocals sound very clear which was something that was kinda toned down on previous works but here they stand out clearly which makes this even more enjoyable but what really caught my ear is the drumming of D. Holocausto (Morbid Holocaust) this made the band even more brutal on this release.
I will say this is interesting even down to the lyrical content as they describe this as a manifest about the sacrifice of the inner self, the sacrifice of Ouroboros as a tyrannical representation of the eternal circle of life and death, appealing to the destruction of the duality that makes of every act an empty consequence, On which this this whole opus is based around.
By the way this is sung in english and to me has that old school feel to it which even brought more light to it, I highly recommend this to any true underground metal maniac,top tracks for me Burning The Eternal Return and Salve Azerate, this will be a limited release of 100 copies + sticker on tape and you can get it by contacting Herejia Prods at firstname.lastname@example.org or Street Metal Blasphemy email@example.com