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Sepulchral Rites – Death and Bloody Ritual (2021)

Sepulchral Rites
Released: January 18, 2021
Label: Dunkelheit Produktionen

Been waiting for this and its finally arrived, this female trio and there death metal attack in form of a 5 track EP and on a German label which is always good.

But lets get into it as the Intro comes in with a spoken word of which I have no clue what it is then the bass comes in as the rest of the band follows as this has a really mean and dirty vibe to it and gets faster as it goes, a really good opener.

As we go into Hidden Among Roots, and the pounding continues and after these two tracks I would call this more on the death thrash side as its got some good speed to it and the vocals are pretty good (Hellwitch) as she calls herself has a great set of pipes on her, excellent growls that up there with the big boys and the track is blazing as well with a break that adds more to the depth as it storms out with all guns cranked to the maximum.

And man does it get better, Possession has a different feel on the vocals as they seem even lower at the beginning but this comes right at you and all of a sudden this part a lead comes in, and its an all out war as the band rips up a storm and then breaks down to crushing but ignites again to the end.

Sacrifice, this sounds just right as its has crunchy beginning and then goes into a faster gear as the band is taking us to the ritual, some really grabbing riffs on here and the heavy slow breakdown puts more effect on the whole thing, heavy stuff!

It ends with Demented Rites and with a more doomy feeling at the start but then goes off with this really whirlwind of a riff that grabs before breaking down again as it fades off and that spoken word comes in again as it fades out.

A really strong release that I plan on getting as only the digital format is out, the label has set March 20th as the release date for vinyl and cd formats and pre sales are up already so get a copy.

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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)

Invocationย  -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 Fรบnebre – 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)

Trimegisto – Hanged in Blissful Torture (2020)

Trimegisto
Release date: November 30th, 2020
Label: Independent

Time for some old and killer Death Metal from these old favorites as Trimegisto was featured in the original version of this site and this new EP shows the band still has never let down after all these years.

There are two studio tracks on here which I will mostly look into on this review and they kill!

As The Hanged Man shows the band has not lost their edge, this goes back to the old ways they have done in the past, it has a powerful punch really old school the band did in the past, really good shit!

Iridescent Vapours is more on the crunchy side as its evil and mean as you hear it, no letting down as it has this evil feel to it and as it goes even gets better, it crushes believe me the way it comes off really hits the spot.

The rest is live tracks and they all kill! some really good shit that they ain’t going away, which is good as Trimegisto delivers Death Metal in a righteous way.

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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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Ashakk Xul – Demo I (2020)

Ashakk Xul
Release date: May 31st, 2020
Label: Putrid Prods.

Some Death Metal from Valdivia, this is the bands first demo, a four track opus to pound into your skull.

As I first gave this a listen and from this first track Abandoned Race Floating in the Abyss the first thing I noticed was the tone of the guitar and it hits you right from the start and the vocals as well as they are a mix of high and lows which fit in well here, and it gets more interesting when the break comes in as it gets more dark and dwelling as the pounding double bass drums kick in and the growls are just right before it assaults you to the end.

So we go on to Ashakk Xul which bursts right out to this hard driving pulse and then a break that goes off the drums on here are just pounding! and some great brakes on here as this will smother your ass, a total neck breaking track.

And more intense shit on Decadent Empire as this comes out to drill a new one in you from the start as all cylinders are a blaze here the vocals are killer! hard driving and to the point as they have this killing feel to them the way it should be and the track just obliviates at full tilt, fucking good shit here.

And to the closer Imminent Conquest well this one has all the goods we heard previously and more grinding here as a killer riff with the drums pounding the hell out of everything but with a weird ending as just when you are losing it the fucker ends haha! but no bad feelings good shit my friends.

My take good Chilean Death Metal these fuckers know the deal and we need more so give them a shot, cheers!

Indoctrinate – Antilogos: Arcane Transmutation in the Temple of Flesh (2020)

Indoctrinate
Release date: September 25th, 2020
Label: Unholy Prophecies

Indoctrinate rises from the ashes of Sadistik Goathammer and this debut is a crusher.

I was pretty much floored from the first take I heard this, N.A.G.I.T.H.A. opens it up and you knew you where in for treat as if you like old school shit this takes you back to that time, as it gave me that old Grave feeling from when I first heard it.

And it continues through the whole album, with some smashing heavy slow parts that will melt your face off just listen to Antediluvian Experiencia (Celebrate in Profane Exaltation) this will annihilate your ass.

Every track on here kills, well written tracks not a bad moment through the whole thing, great production, excellent vocals, one of the best albums of the year, this is a must have. Get it while you can only 1000 copies available.

Hexerei / Cold Darkness – Hexed Winds of Darkness (2020) Split

Hexerei/Cold Darkness
Release date: April 9th, 2020
Label: Infernal Death Productions

Here is an interesting split of two new bands on the scene, this was my first time hearing these two with Hexerei (Black/Death) compared to Cold Darkeness (Black), four tracks from each band.

Hexerei opens up with Black Flame and from the get go this comes out with a rage and the sound reminded me of something like Aura Noir, etc. and even with the slower part as it gets into the chorus this track is a good opener and I was into this from the start.

This next track The Supreme Evil is a bit different with more tempo changes but its very powerful as it has its own character to it and it does kill and will mention the vocals that are heard here are just right, a short to the point track.

Darkened Night of Ritual is a bit longer and breaks out to kill and later a slower tempo comes in to make this quite a bit different but still has a driving end that should please anybody as we go into the closer Legions, and this one is a killer closer as I really like the lyrics on this one and its catchy, as all the ingredients the band has shown are here, so a good closer for this side.

So onto Cold Darkness and with a dark growl to start on Over the South Covered in Blood this you can tell is more on the Black side, the vocals and riffage prove it and not that raw type BM more with catchy hooks thrown in, a good start with lots of anger in the lyrics.

And The Embrace of Satan comes out with a roar with total speed crushing before a mid tempo change and more raging, a short track that has a lot of flare to it, as we go into Cold Darkness and this is the track that really stood out as the drums on here are fucking excellent! and this is just pure evil with a splendid drive that really grabbed me, a top notch track.

Outro closes it out, a short instrumental that ends this on a high note.

I did some research on both these bands and both have previous releases and Cold Darkness has a full length but impossible to find at this point, I dig both bands as this split really has some great tracks that never got dull, I admit nothing ground breaking but what both bands deliver here is something I always liked, so a thumbs up for a good release.

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Deconsekrated – The Hidden Paths (2020)

Deconsekrated
Release date: June 17th, 2020
Label: Burning Coffin Records

A new female fronted Death Metal band from way down south, as the band only consist of two members, this two track demo comes off as strong as you can get it.

The first one Dyatlov is quite long but has all the elements that make this really shine as it has some heavy crunchy pounding riffage to start and quite more life as it rolls on, with plenty of killer hooks thrown in, the drum tracking they did on here is just right, a killer composition in deed.

The Axiom, is more right in your face from the start and the tempo changes ad to the complex of the whole thing and the tone the band has is really in the old vein with out a doubt, some solid stuff.

Not bad for a first demo, the vocals are right on, death metal fans will love this as it goes for the throat right from the start, hope to hear more soon.

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Ominovs – Demo MMXX (2020)

Ominovs
Release date: August 10th, 2020
Label: Putrid Prods.

Well really good to hear something new from this band as the first demo from last year really left and impact on me and it continues here.

For the ones just hearing this band they are pure Death Metal in the old school way and more on the Euro style.

And this opening track Paralysis pretty much sums up the sound the band has to offer and a great opener as this has all the elements really catchy riffing that strings you along, the vocals are superb, a few hooks that keeps this interesting.

More aggression on I Should Be Dead, from the start and some great guitar work on here as the track has some good hooks to it, the drumming is insane as the double bass drums are pounding on here and just the way it flows made this a pure gem.

Pleasure of Torture, the beginning really caught my ear as its catchy as hell and then the track goes into a more faster pace and then a breakdown that gives it even more life as the growls here really stand out and then it goes out in its righteous way, a bit different in all kind of ways but strong as an ox.

To this closer, Etereal Reality which comes out blazing but gets more on the heavier slower pounding vibe to it as it has a break in it and then the track gets even better as it goes, its long so there is a lot going on here through out the whole thing, a good closer.

In the end the band has nothing else to prove these two releases have shown that, I highly recommend this because its solid stuff that needs more attention, I just hope these guys get signed soon they deserve it.

To Death – Perpetual Gloom (2020)

To Death
Release date: Sep 5, 2020
Label: Independent

Here we have this new 2 piece Black/Death band from Santiago and this being the bands debut EP, I looked them up and seen they are a two piece band and one being member of the band Crypter, and that band made my top list last year so I had to check this out.

Tรกnatos opens this up its a short dark guitar intro that sets the mood for the darkness to come and Merciless comes in and this has the typical sound described and it has a good drive, the vocals are pretty sick to boot, if they are using a drum machine you really can’t tell but the lead in here really added to the whole thing, not a bad start.

This next one Invocation has a whole new life and more extreme as its on fire from the start with a midtempo riff thrown in half way through this got even better and then goes off into a chaotic mind crusher for an ending, good shit!

And it gets even better on To Death as this is catchy as the vocals laying the title down will grab you and then it slows down midway and here it got a whole new vibe to it but when it picks up again this is out to kill till the end.

Closing out with In the Pyre and this starts out a bit different than the earlier but its heavy as hell as a full out onslaught is captured here a good ending to this.

For this being the debut there is a lot of promise here for the future as they have what it takes from the sound they deliver, something you might want to check out.

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