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Imperathron – Mercy for the Despicable (2021)

Imperathron
Release date: September 26th, 2021
Label: Independent

The first demo from this Blackened Death Metal band, one familiar note, the bass player from Degotten handles all the vocal duties on here.

And four tracks of right down old school death metal comes to mind as I listened to this, as its all over the first track Mercy for the Despicable as it has its fast and slow parts and should keep the listener pinned to what is being offered here, a very good start to this.

Demons of Steel is more on the dark hard pounding side and the drums really stand out as this goes on and it kills to the end. The Human Must Be Overcome, well here we have what to me is the highlight to my ears this track is just over the top its a crusher with different fills pact to an extreme effect, this smokes even the vocals are sick as hell on this one, a superb piece of chaos.

Ophidism of the Gods closes this out in high form, total onslaught to the senses, it rips from start to finish even with the break near the end that then goes in for the kill.

A mighty good first effort from the band that you should hear, lets hope for more real soon.

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Apokryphus – Apokryphus VII (2021)

Apokryphus
Release date: September 12th, 2021
Label: Independent

Here we have an instrumental EP by this band that has had some releases, I never really put an ear to them until this release and it got my attention.

It opens up with the track Battle and it comes out with a great drive but then you hear that squeaking guitar tone that I’m not a fan of but the good thing is it doesn’t last long but this is a great opener to be honest these guys know what they are doing, as we go into Blessed Death and here the energy keeps flowing with a short tempo change thrown in this is just killer to the ear but that tone I referred to shows up even more on here but at this point I can accept it as I never heard it put to a more battering as it comes across here.

Interlude, is wicked sounding piece thrown in with church bells and even the cries of a baby but the thunder behind it really gave it a chilling feel as it lead the way into Winter, which is a full onslaught as this goes for the throat from the start and has a really cutting edge to it, another dagger on the plate, as the closer Tenebris packs the same punch the band has given us through this whole opus, more crunchy riffage is displayed here but still at full volume you could say and a strange outro to end the madness, good release.

The band left me wanting to explore what they have released prior to this, I can appreciate what they are delivering from what I heard here, so definitely give them an ear.

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Llankazo – Llankazo (2021)

Llankazo
Release date: May 26th, 2021
Label: Suicide Records Chile

Here we have Llankazo and their debut full length, and I remember hearing their “Demo Rehearsal” from a few years ago and was what ever happened to them and this slab comes out, if you never heard them they are a chaotic trio that spews out some heavy Black/Death Metal so I was glad to hear of this.

And from the get go we get those first three tracks from the rehearsal demo and here they been upgraded since they first appeared, so a great start to this slab, Solo existes en el presente, the first new track on here is a deep dark filled number with this very slow hard driven pace but the way it is sung a very emotional message comes across, not in the vein as the previous tracks but still a worthy cut.

Will mention this is sung in Spanish but the band translated the lyrics to English for those who are just curious, as we go into Perdición and here we go into a harder fast pace and this has that same personnel attitude of things when it comes to the lyrics and you got to love the way it is sung as the feeling is there, a lot for a short track.

Caos, this is an interesting one as it carries itself as if a tale is being told to you as it gets heavier as it goes on with some speed changes this will grab you once you hear it, not bad in addition here. Malditos, well this is one of my favs on here as the drums are pounding at the beginning but then there is a break that takes us into another dimension but it the ending is absolutely chaotic and topped this to my ears, good shit!

Enferma razón brings this to a close and a very good one to finish this off as its pounding and has a great message inserted in it so it brought good vibes to my ears in the end.

This album was like a ride for me as we got to here which way the band is headed these days and not bad as the lyrics really add to the flavor of the whole thing and the way they are sung as well, something for everybody in their music, so I would give them a listen you might like what you hear.

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Sacred Veil – Mirad lo que ha engendrado nuestro círculo…….primer paso a la destrucción (2021)

Sacred Veil
Release date: June 30th, 2021
Label: Oratorivm Records

Some Black Metal and this was actually released last year but it got a better distribution through Oratorivm Records, so now this will head out to more dark souls out there.

And this band has been around a few years now this being the bands second ritual and my first taste of the band and with this weird sounding intro Apotheosis for missa nigra, which is actually catchy after you hear it a few times we go into Bajo el río del mundo privado and the mighty presence of these keyboards come in giving it a haunting sound as this raw sounding guitar comes in and the vocals are in Spanish but have that raw vibe to them, this isn’t an all out blast beat outing as it has more feeling to it as it goes on, Insepultor has a message to bring and it shows on his vocal style, really dark and evil.

El oculto & siniestro acto, even more darkness on this one with a slower crushing pace but half way in the force comes in and the aggression is there to rip at your soul as it goes back into the original sound at the beginning. No hay más esperanza is more on the fast side as this goes for the throat right from the start, probably the fastest track on here to this point and doesn’t disappoint one bit, a crusher!

The title track being the closer to the ritual brings and has this eerie feeling of being in some mass, but it gets better this goes into a frenzy of chaos only the band could bring and a perfect closer to the ritual.

Great old school vibe on here when it comes to black metal, I enjoyed this more the more I played it so it grew on me, as in writing this, the band has already released their third ritual Incógnitas visiones bajo la Luna but only 30 copies, lets hope Oratorivm Records steps up and gives it a better distribution.

Ecologist – Advance Demo MMXXI (2021)

Ecologist
Release date: February 6th, 2021
Label: Black Spark Records

Well after the first promising EP here we have the latest creation from V and this is a three track demo that you get when you buy the physical copy. and reading the liner notes all this is an upcoming preview of two albums that are in the process of coming out in the future.

And Desierto florido is a really excellent opener on here if you liked Las raíces que decaen on the first release this will take you back to that but here this has a lot of killer hooks, the Atmospheric side of things really shines on here and even when it slows down it grabs you as you can feel on whats being delivered if you know what this band is about.

At the Edge of the Evolutionary Cycle, has this really catching riff that rides for awhile but then the change comes in and this next part is even more interesting as it takes on a whole new course which really brought more pleasure to it and an excellent addition , so that ends these first two, both are instrumentals but might have a new life when they reappear.

On to Human Antimony, which is the bonus track you get if you purchase this, quite long coming in over 15 minutes long, and a whole different side of the band shows here as this is more intense and chaotic at times, really off the wall shit that will sound better when officially released as this is a rough mix compared to the other tracks.

A good preview of whats to come, so its waiting time for me, we might get the first one before the year is over, cheers!

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Vanagandr – Lycanthropic Black Metal (2021)

Vanagandr
Release date: June 24th, 2021
Label: Kaos Regnum Prod

So here we have the full length that follows the demo that was released earlier this year and it is what I expected way better production, all the tracks that where on the demo are on here but the band made a title change to a couple of them plus two new ones and an outro.

So if you got into their first ritual this will be a delight as one of the new ones on here Lord of the Spirit Wolves is a scorcher one of the best, raw and in your face with that branded sound they have come up with total old worship and its lengthy which makes it even better. Somber Omens of Vilkaci the other new one is as good as well which fits in well with the whole thing, off the wall riffage going on here that puts a twist to it.

The (Outro) Under the Enchanted Moon is just a dark sounding piece that ends the ritual just the way it should.

The step up brought this to its full bloom, one of those I love to listen to but most can’t handle as the vocals are out there and stand out but fuck them I dig this and hope to see whats next.

Athanatos – Reditum ut Magic(k) (2021)

Athanatos
Release date: May 7th, 2021
Label: Goat Vomits Productions

The first full length from this satanic trio and an impressive slab of Black/Death Metal and I was amazed at the way this was packaged by Goat Vomits Productions it truly will be a collectors item.

But lets get into it as the title track Reditum ut Magic(k) is basically a wicked acoustic guitar and a spoken poem by Aleister Crowley, and then we go into Sabbat of the Goat and this comes out like a storm from hell as the band is at full throttle but it calms down later to a more torturing feel as by the lyrics this had a really great blasphemous feel to it so it prepared me for the ride.

Eternal Return/Potestas Magnum Universum, for some reason these two tracks were blended together on my copy of the cd but anyhow the first one is a crusher from the start and evil as it comes as the band is taking us down to hell with “Chronos eating his sons”, fantastic stuff! as it has this heavy riffage that rolls you down the path and breaks down as we go into the next track and you feel like your somewhere else and I was pretty much right as the lyrics can relate to what I thought was going on and it gets heavy as it goes on and fades just right.

For perverted fuckers out there we have Bride of (K)haos, a smashing number with some fucked up perverted lyrics about fucking this satanic slut and the way its composed this shit stands out lots of bone crushing pounding on here a solid number to add to this release, the ending is fucking great!

As the closer Sacrilegious Passion is basically another fucking number and with a different vibe as a strong riffage opens it up that rides through and some touching lyrics that most men can relate to, love the yelling on here that adds to the delight of the whole thing and the way it ends makes you feel there is more to come.

A killer release by all means and don’t have any preview as there is none so I respect the band so nothing here but take my word this is worth it, blasphemous chaos for the taking, contact the band on their Facebook page or Oratorium Distro where i got my copy.

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Vanagandr – Demo 1 (2021)

Vanagandr
Release date: May 2021
Label: Independent

A new Black Metal band of two maniacs and this being the bands first it caught my ear and I like the concept behind this as well as it leans towards werewolves.

Five tracks on here and the intro The Call is this haunting slow number with hellish screams in the background and sets the mood for this, Grim of Werewolf opens up with some howls and then the vocals sink in and they are some torturous yells that really add a delight to this, the music isn’t your typical high speed bashing shit this is slow but it works as its dark and catchy.

Things speed up on Lycanthropic Black Metal and I like the guitar tone the band delivers on here with some gripping riffs this shows another side of the band, the chaos is there and some interesting breaks on here as well and it continues on Hymn to the Black Wolf but here it sounds even more heavier as it swirls all the way through with no breaks to slow it down, good shit!

To the closer Sorcery in the Fullmoon Night and with this catchy hook of a riff this one is a topper, even with the raw production this really does kick your ass, a break comes in later that even gives more character to the track as it burst out again towards the end which brought this to a delightful end.

This might not be for everybody but I really suggest you give it a listen, the band just put out their debut and most these tracks are on it so I’m going to look into that cause I really enjoyed this.

Goat Invokation – La deformidad del primigenio caos (2021)

Goat Invokation
Release date: June 15th, 2021
Label: Independent

Take note maniacs of this dark death metal band as this is their first EP and what an opus of insanity we have here as this was released today and I was impressed from the first listen.

Six tracks of glorious head splitting material here, Vórtice abismal opens up with this freaked out intro but hell immediately comes in and does it this track will blow your head off its packed to kill! everything is just perfect the vocals are as good as your going to get them and the band itself is on fire.

As we go into Inveteradas abominaciones and it breaks in just as it should these guys have it down just as it should be, this is crushing, has all that old school feel written all over it so be prepared. Corrompiendo al infame gave this old Morbid Angel feel at the start but then it got heavier as it got sicker and more intense, the guitar work on here hits the spot, excellent!

Valar de la equidad is more on the slower dark path at the start but with a vicious roar to it as it gets intense as it goes and an interesting groove change that’s in here really takes the track to a new level, as Slave Wills delivers as well this is some bashing shit just listen to the drums and a slow break that comes in made this even more enjoyable, lots going on here and well written as we go to the closer Hordas de aniquilación and this tops this release like it should as it comes right at you for the kill, this has so much feel with different tempo changes and you hear the band going off especially near the end, this fucking rules!

Hell this made my day a fantastic release that should put this band on the map, highly recommended as this slays from start to finish, definite topper for this year.

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Slave Spirit – Desconocida Dimensión Espiritual (2021)

Slave Spirit
Release date: April 13th, 2021
Label: Oratorivm Records

Some Black Metal and this being the bands 4th full length and I’m going to keep this review in the old school way as no samples will be posted in the way the band would want it as they have no social media and are against all stupid shit that floods the mind. If old school S.American BM is something you crave I suggest getting this.

Eight tracks on this ritual and the opener Reinos sin retornos has this slow and gut grabbing riff that instantly grabbed me as well as the spoken part which clearly shows what is coming and then it goes off and this is some mean humanity hating material which is fine by me, the snare drum takes a beating here and when this furious lead comes in, well you have to hear it, this is long but straight to the point, an excellent opener.

To a fast and quick one Caerán y nosotros resurgiremos has a great punch to it and the vocals stand out here and will say there is no clean singing here, this is straight in your face yelling that fits this just right as we go onto Desconocida dimensión espiritual which brings us back to the vibe of the first one with that eerie guitar tone and the crushing begins and its intense with this ripping lead that will floor you and how these long tracks end with the opening riff fading out with spoken word, killer shit!

Heredamos el canto de vuestros ancestros is a sweet hateful track, with a catchy riff that opens it up then the bashing begins a bit different to my ears but its really good and a nice break that leads into more mayhem, this one really stood out for me, as Noche bajo los ojos de la mortalidad/Apuñala el perdón de los pecados, just to let you know these two tracks are in one on the cd and the first has this deep down hard feeling to start as this has the spirit of black metal written all over it all the goods are here as it goes into the next track and he yells out the title just to let you know where the hell your at and with a more slower drive at the beginning but no worries all hell breaks loose soon after and concludes in the way the band has showed through out.

A true and nice and dirty number is what Apuñala el perdón de los pecados comes across like, this is some righteous stuff here that should appeal to any maniac out there, short and sweet and then it gets even better on La transición de los sentidos perdidos as the opening riff got me from the start and the brutality delivered here is as good as can get, the band is really going off here as we go to the closer Rumbo hacia nuestra muerte and fuck what a way to end this ritual, one of those hard hitting riffs to start it off but then into full chaos as this should be ended, total head crusher!

In conclusion I will say this is highly recommended, like I mentioned at the start, it took me few listens before I got the full impact as I wanted to give an honest review and this is worth getting, special thanks goes out to Oratorivm Records for sending me this ritual and get your copy here.