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Maledictum – Sempiterno (2021)

Maledictum
Released: January 13, 2021
Label: Minche Mapu Records

A very interesting release by these Black Metal maniacs as this goes right into it as Abyecto comes at you like a storm of demons as its chaotic as hell as the vocals are pure insanity and the music as well as this has all these insane breaks in it, it took me a few listens to actually get the feeling, but it sunk in after few listens.

It gets better on Yo Sin Ojos as this is completely different but very catchy, the way the vocals are sung on this whole thing might not be for everybody but just listen to the music its fucking insane so many drives as this is all over the place but its really good, a whole new vibe to black metal and the production is perfect as you can hear all the instruments just right.

Roja Demencia is a long track and more laid back in a way but the sound is still there some really wild riffage going on here as this has some breaks that just keep your mind pinned to it as you wait to here what is next and it goes into Sangre del Cosmos a really strong instrumental and the way it was recorded it sounds like it came straight from hell.

And I will mention these guys really write some interesting lyrics as they show on Disyuntiva which is more on the individualism side of things, and this track has more feeling compared to what I heard to this point, lots of breaks that drive this in all kind of ways, more on Océano, the drums on here where the first thing that stuck out but the whole band shines on here as well, its heavy in its own righteous way and the ocean part added in really took this to another level.

The title track Sempiterno is another instrumental that has a great absorbing vibe to it, the bass really shines here as this hypnotic feel is written all over it as we go into the closer, Sé Quién Soy and a really good way to end this as the lyrics are deep as well a solid closer.

Like I mentioned earlier this might not be for everybody as the way the vocals are laid down here but believe me the music is something you have to hear, it really opened my ears, as its insane as it can get, give them a listen.

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Best 20 of 2020

Well after a shit year the only good thing was there was plenty of great releases put out and here are my picks and it wasn’t easy, but Orion for me took the honor just a classic album of pure death thrash but this list has black metal, death metal, death/thrash black/thrash all that good shit!

I basically gathered the best full lengths, EP, Splits and demos, you may ask why I praised some demos in my reviews but didn’t make the list, well maybe how many tracks featured or it was the bands first effort but if you get mentioned here take it as a compliment as I only list bands that I see potential in and get an honorable mention like Hell Possession, Ashakk Xul, Deconsekrated, To Death, etc. and some stuff I can’t even get like the full length from Ares Kult and even contacted the band but told me the label has the rights to the release and can’t even buy a digital copy, pretty fucking sad if that’s the case.

This list was made from what bands sent me and what I could gather on my own as there is a wave of bands out there and I just can’t get to it all, if you have something you think I should listen to just let me know its that simple.
At the bottom is a video of a track from each release so 21 as a split made the cut, cheers!

The List:

Orion – Mysterivm Cosmographicvm
(Iron, Blood and Death Corporation)

Invocation  -Attunement to Death
(Iron Bonehead Productions)

Funeralis – Gateways to Esoteric Light
(Schattenkult Produktionen)

Antagonyze – Echoes from Soul
(Independent/Infernal South Productions)

Oldeath – Rise from Majestic Darkness
(Oratorivm Records/Black Legion Records)

Attacker Bloody Axe – The Axe of Evil Shall Prevail!!!
(Electric Eyes Records)

Thirsty Demon – Unconscious Suicide
(Dissonant Death Records)

1879 – Sangre Barbarie y Honor
(Independent)

Violent Scum – Ornaments of Bloodshed
(Melipulli)

Cortejo Fúnebre – Profano
(Infernal Death Productions)

Hostile Faith – Last Remnants of Life
(Neptunian Records/Life After Death)

Hexerei/Cold Darkness – Hexed Winds of Darkness (Split)
(Infernal Death Productions)

Detest – Sacred Revelation
(Independent)

Darkspell – Into the Darkness
(ThreeMetal Forces Distro)

Invincible Force – Decomposed Sacramentum
(Dark Descent Records)

Gates of Tyrant – Vortex Towards Death
(Putrid Cult/Apocalyptic Productions)

Xalpen – Sawken Xo’on
(Morbid Skull Records/Nigredo Records)

Ominovs – Demo MMXX
(Putrid Prods.)

Indoctrinate – Antilogos: Arcane Transmutation in the Temple of Flesh
(Unholy Prophecies)

Sempiternal – Legiones del Sepulcro
(Messiah of Evil Records/Thanatology Productions)

Funeralis – Gateways to Esoteric Light (2020)

Funeralis
Release date: December 1st, 2020
Label: Schattenkult Produktionen

The bands second full length and an album that black metal enthusiasts should give a listen to.

From the beginning of this ritual you get this eerie feeling as the haunting organ leads us into The Key of Salvation and with this real heart pounding flow to it as this has a lot of feeling and is heavy as well and some great breaks in here that add depth to the track, a superb opener.

I will mention this is a long album that is over an hour long and this next one From the Ashes the Phoenix Flames Rises is over 10 minutes long but this is one of the best as the guitar tone on here puts you in a trance, its a crushing number that the whole band is just going off and the vocals are as good as they get, this just grabs you I really dug this one.

Esoteric has a more dark feeling to it as its more of a change as its slow at the beginning but gets heavy as hell later as it has its driving moments but later comes back down but still has the power behind it and the way it closes really grabs you, as we go into Campanis ov Liberatio and this from the start has a gripping sound to it and a break comes in which brought more light to the track as well as the vocals here really stand out.

As we get further in I am well here we start out heavy as hell, the production is top notch with killer blast beats this track roars from the start but then there is a more slow part comes in but hell breaks loose after as a lead comes in with this heavy part in the background and the band really goes off after as the pace is killer so much in this track, one that needs to be heard to be truly appreciated.

Through the Silence Mystery is the track that’s for those who want their ass kicked! this just goes full throttle as blast beats galore are all over this and even with the minor break that guitar just grabs you then as the rest of the band comes in and it just smokes, one of the best to my ears on here.

And it gets better as Nigredo is strong as fuck! this killer and intense feel here this track has such a gripping sound to it, it might be long but so much is going on here that it sent chills up my spine, as it gives you a feel of a deep dark depressive trip that takes you somewhere.

To end the ritual Portal of Life & Death and it comes out blazing and well done as you can hear the drums bashing like there is no tomorrow and a slight break that will crush you as it goes off even more and hell what did you expect this is a killer closer!

For me this is a stamp on what the Chilean Black Metal scene is all about and this band proves it with this fantastic release even their label knew what they were getting by releasing this, cheers to them and the band.

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Xalpen – Sawken Xo’on (2020)

Xalpen
Release date: September 13th, 2020
Label: Morbid Skull Records

So the band finally releases their first full length and if you never heard of them the are one of the extremist black metal acts around these guys have gotten better with each release, if you like it as mean and dirty as it gets this is something you should put an ear to.

From the opening of Devourer of Light (Ya’alwe Kar-t’en) the sense of pure mayhem is there this comes out pounding with no mercy as the track has this really grabbing force in it the lead thrown in adds to the force of it, a powerful opener.

1340, now here this one grabs you quick as it has a very catching feel to it, the riffage is excellent as it drives on as the lyrics are good as they flow perfect and its one of those tracks that stand out just because the groove it brings and it continues on Dark Nights of Winter (On Stekenjhio’ joshckek) as the beginning has a slower tempo but its good as it gets heavier and then it really gets good, the production on here is very good as it really makes these tracks get a hold of you as its on this one and the bashing here is pure perfection.

And it continues on Han K’win Saik (For Those Who Have Departed), this is one of the best tracks on here as it has this really dark feeling to it as it makes you feel your in a tunnel of madness some really catchy hooks in here that leave you floored, the bass is thunderous and the vocals are pure insanity! a killer!

Among the Pillars of Death (Han on Outeken Chesk) is the first of the two long tracks on here this has a lot of tempo changes as it goes but they are all heavy as if you know the band really gets into their lyrics and it shows pretty much on here as the track has a lot of feel to it, a bit different from the previous but still packs a powerful punch that adds to the glare of the album, Tres Chamanes (Sawken Xo’on) is the only track sung in Spanish and its back to crushing again as it storms in without no mercy with these killer guitar drives and then this really pounding drive that just kills as it bashes you and gets even heavier after, this is some brutal shit here this is pure chaos a hell of a driver to torture people to.

To close it out The Formidable Fumes of Hell-Fire (On Tohown Tahner on Kár Xawqekyen) a long one with a bit of a slower pace at the beginning as the band makes you feel like your taking a trip as this goes along and it gets heavier as it goes as the drums start pounding more and the bass goes off as well but it calms down as it leads to the end, its heavy no doubt but in its own way, a good closer with feel.

A great piece of raw black metal, the band sounds great on here, a very powerful first full length.

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Serpent Throne – Beyond the Chains of Decadence (2020)

Serpent Throne
Release date: December 15th, 2020
Label: Australis Records

Well its been awhile since Serpent Throne put out something and now here we have their first full length and these guys have elements of black and death and even more if you listen to it.

Starts out with an interesting Intro before we go into Beyond the Chains of Decadence and out of the gate these guys come at you like a storm, the track is heavy and to the point, the vocals are really good and come across well there are some breaks and a real slow downed part that’s heavy as fuck at the end, impressive opener.

Blessed by Fire has a more slower pace but deep in presence to start but it gets faster and with some really catchy hooks that kept me tuned in, and the drumming on here is really killer some heavy pounding like it should be, and we go onto Anointed in Evil which has an even more deep slower feel but it builds up as it gets faster paced and some really ripping riffage is heard here as the track goes off at the end with ripping lead to blow your head off.

And Where Evil Prevails has this more black feel to it as far as the riffage presented as the start but this has a break where it takes on a whole new life as it takes you on another road you could say and a dark one as it fades away and it kind of seems like the journey doesn’t end as we go into A Vision of Abominations and Death which is an instrumental that just fits the mood and is really good has a lot of feeling to it.

A Wolf Between Lambs, well here we have my favorite track on here the title is in English but sung in Spanish, this just a crusher of a track with this riff that really sticks to you and the aggression on here is full tilt!
and Ancient Sorcery is another strong number with the drums pounding in the beginning and with a great vibe as this one grabs you and the vocalic chorus that ads dimension to track this is pretty blistering stuff.

It continues on Black Flames of Darkness as this has a superb drive with a break and later this hypnotic guitar comes in that really took this to another level and as it got more slower and darker as it closed out, a fantastic composition, to the closer Serpent Throne which is more on a slower pace and has feeling to it, the guitar parts are really good this has emotion written all over it, so a good closer as the Outro ends this.

I was impressed by this release lots of good material on here that should be checked out.

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Emanations – Omiero (2020)

Emanations
Release date: September 23rd, 2020
Label: Qalmana

Here we have this one man Black Metal bands first and only full length release and nothing else is known about the band just this release.

Only four tracks on here and I was pretty much tuned in from the beginning as from the start of Semita Ignis Spinosa, I could hear this wasn’t your typical Black Metal as it had a different vibe as the vocals I really liked nothing new but they went perfect with the music and it got better and more intense as these insane roars came in and the track grew even more as it went on, the tracks on here are long but it has a powerful punch to them and the production is as good as it gets, this is a superb opener.

And it even gets better on Nodis Iter as this has a more darker vibe to it as flows with this tremendous feel to it and the music just speaks for its self, very catchy that grabs a hold of you. Qayin Coronatus, Scriptumst! is up next and with a more toned down riff behind it this one has a whole different vibe to it and in a good way and I must say the drumming on here is excellent through this whole release and on this track they really shine but here we have so many tempo changes but this is something you should listen to to get the real feeling of it.

Sancte Qalmana closes this out and I got more of a traditional sound on the start but then it came down a bit but raised up again on what the band was producing through out the release, so it closes out strong.

This is some very good for a one man band, I just wish there were some lyrics to it and a physical version as this is only available in digital format at this point, so the future only knows.

Oldeath – Rise from Majestic Darkness (2020)

Oldeath
Release date: November 11th, 2020
Label: Oratorivm Records

After last years very impressive debut demo (Born Between All Death) the band is back with its debut full length with all new material, so lets get into this ritual.

As from the opening with this macabreish sounding organ on Misanthropic Faith, this goes off right from the start, the vocals are old school without a question but what really stands out here is the music this is heavy with class well arranged with some great catchy leads so very impressive start.

And one thing I will point out is this has all kinds of tempo changes through out as you can hear on the next track Winds of Funeral, this the perfect example of what your going to get for the rest of the album but whats good is that it all blends in just perfect.

As this went along it gets even better as the flow of the whole thing is something that needs to be heard the musicianship on here is top notch! as all the tracks have there own special appeal to them, to me its one of those albums you can play over and over and always find something new.

In closing I will this is an excellent debut! this band kills! a superb debut that will destroy the masses, not a dull moment from start to finish, good work lads.

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Negative Or Nothing – Drowned (2020)

Negative Or Nothing
Release date: October 28th, 2020
Label: Careless Records

Here is an interesting piece of Black Metal the band sent me, this being the bands second full length, I dug into it and this isn’t bad at all.

From the opening track VMBRA you can hear these chaotic vocals that go with this fast dark vibe and as the pace slows it gets even more dark but it builds up as it goes as the track has a lot of great points in it as it keeps the listener tuned in, a strong opener.

One thing that really caught my ear to this point is there is some killer riffage on here, Animadversio is a bit more different as it has more of a dark feeling to it but it carries well with the flow of things and shows another side of the band.

And it continues on Insomnvs, this is even more out there with this hypnotic riff that covers most of the track, it takes you on a ride as it has some great hooks to it even as it has this total change at the end it still delivers the punch.

Anomia is just some dark evil sounds that lead up to Mersvs. which is chaotic from the screams of hell that appear and then the band goes full out, but with more feeling as a lot of slow depressive mode comes to light as you listen to it.

The closer Intransitive has a more faster pace to it as what the band has delivered earlier is here, and you can hear all kinds of stuff as this is almost 10 minutes long and a good way to end this ritual.

Something you should give a listen to if this is your cup of tea.

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Lux Nigrum – Ars Nigrum: Aur She-Ain Bo Machshavah (2020)

Lux Nigrum
Release date: September 17th, 2020
Label: Nocturnal Silence

A compilation of some of the bands earlier work, If you never heard this bands excellent take on Black Metal this release should be a good start.

As I been following the band its good to have all the material in one place, a very old school vibe on some of these tracks if you want to know how I feel about it.

The progression is heard no doubt and it still has that fresh sound as it goes and the vocals add more as they stand out.
if you like hard driving music this delivers on all cylinders.

Hearing this just reminds me I hope some new material is in the works in the near future.

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Faustian Spirit – Demo (2020)

Faustian Spirit
Release date: October 11th, 2020
Label: Independent

The first offering from this Black Metal unit, a three track demo with a very interesting sound.

As the first track Dissolution of the I, starts out with this keyboard intro it directly goes into chaos and the vocals are very enjoyable as they ain’t all over the place, with more feeling as it goes with a different tempo thrown in it got more interesting but it gets back into the grit as it goes on, A very enjoyable first track.

For me things really started getting better on Acausal Emanation as this comes in more on a heavier note with mid pace feel but after that a more faster feel drives in and the guitar on here sounds excellent! it has this great vibe to it, and near the end it gets even better as the riffage is so catchy and still insane but in its own special way.

Sinister Path breaks out with that old school feel to it and this one has a lot of flare to it as well the pounding is there for certain, but what I love on here is the guitar technics that are all over the place, and a great closer to this.

This has a lot of promise as you can hear these guys know what they are doing, something to look out for in the future no doubt.