Bandcamp Misanthropy – Volume 24

The bottomless wellspring of Bandcamp is overflowing with great shit just waiting to be discovered. This series aims to shine light on the freshest emanations and foulest incantations from its darkest corners, a few artists at a time. Here’s the twenty-fourth installment for your vulgar delectation – and it’s a doozy, with more music and less words than ever before so we can fit in even more fetid recommendations. Enjoy.

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Artist: Revenant Marquis

Year: 2019

Kicking off this Volume in the most correct of forms we have Polterngeyst, the sophomore collection of wretched ritualism from mysterious Welsh solo practitioner Revenant Marquis. Blown out raw madness that’s as psychologically disturbing as it is suffocating, this will drain your very essence and leave you a hollow shell. Unfortunately, this originally dropped at the end of March so the vinyl that was issued through Death Kvlt Productions is loooooong sold out – but you can still pick up a digital at name-your-price from their Bandcamp and a tape has just dropped through Les Fleurs Du Mal too, so snap that up here. Harrowing shit.

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Artist: Light Dweller

Year: 2019

Monstrous, technical, world-eating black death from a member of Nullingroots. The solo project of Cameron Boesch is a formidable beast of great muscle, but surprisingly nuanced textures, too – there are many layers to its dissonant madness and you can lose yourself in it for hours. Incandescent Crucifix dropped back in January but I’m throwing it in here in case you missed it – name-your-price download. Get it. And then…

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Artist: Nullingroots

Year: 2019

…then you should also grab Malady’s Black Maw, the just released fifth album from Cameron‘s long-running main post-atmoblack project, Nullingroots. While it certainly sports similarly dazzling and dynamic compositional textures as Light Dweller, instead of aiming to almost solely destroy this is more of a fantastic journey through myriad atmospheres and musical landscapes – this isn’t the sort of thing I find myself reaching for often I was captivated for the duration, Cameron is a seriously talented individual. Name-your-price download… but also available on CD via Casus Belli Musica, which you can pick up here.

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Artist: Ashen Chalice

Year: 2019

Moving on, we have even more nightmare fuel from Croatian raw black entity Ashen Chalice. Everything this project emits is excellent, and Ljubiš li i dalje istinski? is no different as its waves of hypnotic corrosion wash over your brain, leaving indelible scars. Interspersed with wretched ambient/noise pieces and with guest vocals from Marcos of Ühtceare, Offenbarung and Huszar, this dropped at the death of April and copped a limited release through The Throat. Pretty damn sure it’s sold out, but you can still grab the thing at name-your-price download.

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Artist: Satanic Abortion

Year: 2019

“If you do look into the, ahh, really dark areas of the occult, the ‘magical world’… it’s just a bunch of losers“.

So begins probably the most fucked-up release in this article, the latest EP from primitive black/death/noise/punk weirdos Satanic Abortion. Attacking their sound with total abandon, the percussion will blow out your eardrums while everything else will amuse, disgust and terrify in equal measure. This one dropped back in Feb at name-your-price and also reared it’s ugly head on tape via Moonworshipper Records, but is now sold out, of course. Oh and it also features a cover of country outlaw Johnny Paycheck‘s ‘It Won’t Be Long And I’ll Be Hating You’. Nice.

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Artist: Toadeater

Year: 2019

Okay, so I didn’t expect much from a band called Toadeater, maybe some doom or something. Boy, was I fucking wrong. This German triumvirate originate from the hardcore scene, and as a result debut album Codex has the fingerprints of crust and hardcore all over it as it propels itself with force through seven ferocious modern-tinged atmospheric black metal tracks and a haunting interlude. I like everything about this; so I’m very pleased it’s been picked up on wax through Fucking Kill Records and tape via Kellerassel Records. Both are still available, or at the very least cop it at name-your-price digital and be pleasantly surprised.

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Artist: Ecatonia

Year: 2019

Here’s something different than our usual fare; old-school Italian black doom. The duo of Ecatonia released their first demo back in the heady days of 1996 (!!!) and now all these years later have returned with a follow up EP, Tales From The Old Graveyard. Despite initial appearances (and I don’t mean because they’re a shitload older than they were in 1996) this is a solid listen, these gentlemen know what they’re doing with some great riffs/playing and good songs – you can tell they’re doing it out of passion. I hope they keep at it and possibly get a human drummer for their next record. Support them with a name-your-price download.

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Artist: Erythrite Throne

Year: 2019

Denizen of Canadian darkness Wyrm has only been summoning his compelling blend of dungeon synth and vampyric black metal in Erythrite Throne for just over a year now, but Mortuary Sword is his eleventh full-length album. I shit you not. And that’s not counting EPs and splits, either. Anyway it’s lucky that the sanguine spell conjured by this madness suffers not from a lack of quality; this is a great album to have burbling away in the background as you wander lost in forgotten austere tombs and crumbling graveyards. Name-your-price, and check the rest of his discography too – he’s also just released a special Halloween dungeon synth EP entitled Ghost Stories, if that’s your jam.

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Artist: Abkehr

Year: 2019

In Asche, the debut of German force of nature Abkehr, still gets regular plays at my house. I fucking love that record and like many others had been waiting with bated breath for the follow up… well now shit your pants, all hail the dark lord and throw some claws at the sky in grim celebration, for the highly worthy In Feuer has arrived.

Four tracks of their crushing brand of pitch-black wizardry that’s equal parts irrepressible Scandinavian melody and suffocating depressive negativity, this surpassed any expectations I might have had and the fact that it (like their debut) is up for name-your-price download is amazing. Also available on LP from Acid Tears Records, which you can pick up here. In a word: stunning.

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Artist: Peasant

Year: 2019

Next, a devilish demo of UK misanthropy from a duo forged of members from Old Corpse Road, White Medal and a billion more. Peasant‘s Demo MMXIX is pure misanthropic black metal straight from times of old; these three tracks will leave you salivating and howling for more. My personal favourite is the centrepiece ‘Impoverished And Broken’, however be sure to check the whole grim triptych out at name-your-price download or on CDR and cassette through Blackwood Productions… but there’s only a handful left, so don’t fuck around.

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Artist: Vessel of Iniquity

Year: 2019

In a surprise move that took place on 3rd November 2019, UK blackdeathnoise annihilator A. White launched a sonic missile that destroyed the Earth as we know it. That missile was the project’s second full-length album Star of the Morning. We are now merely the remains of our collective consciousness living in a simulation created by this master of terror; playthings for his amusement, experiencing only the reality that he allows us to see. Which is why you can download the record of this cataclysmic moment at name-your-price download from the Vessel Of Iniquity Bandcamp – this cruel master wants us to be able to relive our agonized demise again… and again… and again… ad infinitum.

Which you definitely should do. Superb as always.

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Artist: Moon And Azure Shadow

Year: 2019

Formed in 2012, the solo project Moon and Azure Shadow seeks to combine influences from Japanese Sountracks and Atmospheric Black Metal to create an immersive, dark and ethereal sound.”

…when I read that description on the Bandcamp it definitely activated my curiosity glands. Anime black metal, perhaps? Well, what results from this interesting intention is not nearly as cheesy as that sounds and instead sole practitioner Sean Yokiosha manages to knock out a pretty damned rich, Summoning-esque experience that has more in common with the grandeur and emotion of Japanese RPG video game sountracks than Anime. There’s a bit of epic black (with cool riffs, check about seven minutes in to ‘Abyssic Lunar Tower’ for proof), a touch of dungeon synth, a solid helping of lush, cinematic ambience… overall this is a decent listen with some very nice compositions and is definitely worth it at name-your-price download. Or, snap up a CD while he still has a few left.

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Artist: Vampyric Bvrial

Year: 2019

More vampires – and these ones are here to fuck you up. Released back in May, Rites Ov Gloriovs Heretical Exhvmation was recorded in parts, on a broken tape recorder, in a desolate cabin in the woods, far from civilisation, at midnight. If I remember correctly, that is. Either way; this is raw as raw gets (they’re clearly inspired by obscure second wave demo tapes) and absolutely reeks of blood and death – most people these days will probably hate it but this is not for most people, or for these days. Name-your-price, tape also available through Apo Kosmos Khaos Productions. Real black metal.

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Artist: Fallen Forest

Year: 2019

Speaking of real black metal – here’s some real, nature-inspired atmospheric raw black, slow and mesmerizing. The Finnish duo of Fallen Forest are a real hidden gem with deep, droning melody and fantastic dungeon synth interludes courtesy of one of the members being none other than analogue DS artist Coniferous Myst, who records all his work outside in nature during the winter months. Demo II is their second resonation but their first from earlier this year is just as good – check both out at name your price. Superb.

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Artist: Blattaria

Year: 2019

If there’s an artist in this Volume (his second appearance on these pages) that seriously loathes humanity, it’s Manuel García of startling US solo project Blattaria. With track names like ‘Disgusting Planet’, ‘Life Is A Disease’, ‘Visions Of My Corpse’ and ‘Swarm’ you can tell that his fresh sophomore album Life Is A Disease comes from a place of love… just kidding, he wants you dead. Feel free to panic as discombobulating and dissonant swirls invade your brain and revert you to a de-evolved state of being; feel free to be totally confused and a little queasy as the record regresses into some totally bizarre shit with zero regard for anything resembling a genre norm. This guy is one of the most inventive going around in the deep underground, plus it was all mixed and mastered by Jacob Buczarski of Mare Cognitum too so you know it’s going to destroy/spit/step on you in vivid clarity. And let’s be honest – we deserve the hatred.

We are all cockroaches. Name-your-price.

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Artist: Disfavor

Year: 2019

And to aaaaaaalmost take us out, some black, noisy carnage from mysterious gang Disfavor. If you want an approximation of their sound, the Bandcamp helpfully nails it with these three short words – “FFO LLN & Godflesh“. The four piece apparently only release an EP every seven years, but it’s worth the wait – their sound is akin to a clattering, droning and cacophonic raw black vacuum, inhaling all and spitting out the bones. Released on tape through DIY lo-fi black/HNW label Shrouded Recordings (check out their whole roster too, there’s some gems in there) and digitally at name-your-price. Bleak and violent.

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Artist: Pierre Noir

Year: 2019

And finally, an artist that’s no stranger to the scrawlings of Bandcamp Misanthropy – the mysterious techno/black metal hybrid of Pierre Noir is back with another pounding two track EP of danceable blackness entitled The Wolf Is At Home. Bleak beats and tremolo riffs are the order of the day as he blends the grim with the gaudy, and this might just be my favorite of his works yet; the negative feeling that pours from the title track like blood from a slit vein is tasty as hell, while ‘Walking Between Black Sands’ then becomes a demonic, frenzied and almost Dionysian celebration. I dunno who this guy is, but I hope he doesn’t stop and keeps developing this sound further, descending into total blackness. Name-your-price download with tapes available from his label Grabaciones Autobombo. Hails.

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No Tears Please – A Review of Vessel Of Iniquity’s ‘Void Of Infinite Horror’

I’ve figured it out. Cracked the code. Come to a conclusion. Alexander White, the sole member of extreme black/death/noise entity Vessel Of Iniquity, is a Cenobite.

Yes. A Cenobite. One of extra-dimensional beings that first appeared in Clive Barker‘s novella The Hellbound Heart and continued to wreak havoc across the Hellraiser film series. It’s the only possible explanation for how his self-titled 2018 EP and upcoming full-length Void Of Infinite Horror even exist: they are the devices that create the schism in time and space necessary for Mr. White to reach out from his labyrinthine lair and into our reality, to show us the face of pain through his absurd, transcendently violent compositions.

Cenobites are artists of sensory overload, pushing human flesh to the threshold of agony through incomprehensible means… the exact same as Mr. White, and the nightmarish assault has been ramped up to all new levels of torment on his first full-length puzzle box album. His co-conspirators this time around are two more bastions of punishment and dehumanizing wretchedness – Sentient Ruin Laboratories and Xenoglossy Productions. How they can knowingly take part in such horrors I’ll never fathom with my sanity intact; perhaps they’re also run by gibbering demons, a part of the hell-clique run by the High Priest Of Pain himself.

Anyway, so you pressed play on the album – he came, and now you must taste his pleasures. Opener ‘Invocation of the Heart Girt with a Serpent’ immediately shreds all living things into their composite severed parts, suspending them into crazed patterns of supernaturally animated wailing agonies on an insane spiderweb of taut, quivering chains. And when I said immediately, I mean IMMEDIATELY – no time is wasted at all in hitting almost illogical levels of speed and grinding black brutality. There are other artists achieving close to this level of intensity that also couldn’t care less for your safety and personal wellbeing, but theirs is a reckless carnage that sounds like it could fly off the rails at any time. This is not that type of amateurish fumbling. Every single note, every blistering drum hit has been carefully placed through years of practice to cause maximum, instantaneous and lasting psychological and physical trauma. A. White is truly a master of his craft.

And a master in such savage arts knows when to let his victim breathe, to allow a glimmer of false hope. Babalon slows things up for a couple of minutes; although I guess it’s unclear whether this is really intended as a brief respite or he simply wants to savour your sobs and prayers that the suffering will somehow end. Does he seem like someone who cares about what God thinks? Not one iota, and soon enough the convulsion-inducing, coruscating onslaught begins anew.

I could go a track by track breakdown, but I’ll just pick a couple more key moments so I don’t spoil the fun too much. One thing I find particularly fascinating about this whole ordeal is that there’s an constant, almost sub-audial noise seething throughout every track that sounds like a million souls constantly being torn apart and reassembled wrong, only to be rent limb from limb again – it’s fucking terrifying to listen to once you pick it out and quite anxiety inducing overall. The heaving, twisting, mutant madness of Mother of Abomination (which could even be a warped cover of that one COF song, who the fuck knows at this point) sounds like nothing else on this Earth, while the subtle transition from the seeming aftermath of your ordeal into the inexorably creeping return of the miasmic maelstrom that occurs in Once More Into The Abyss lets you know that it isn’t the end… and it will never be the end.

So what do you think? Is the mysterious A.W. an extra-dimensional lord of agony, or just a reclusive genius capable of conjuring mind-blowing audial carnage on an almost biblical scale? Demon to some, angel to others – either way, Void Of Infinite Horror will tear your soul apart.

He has eternity to know your flesh… and he has such sights to show you.

25th January. The torture begins.

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Pre-order Vessel Of Iniquity‘s Void Of Infinite Horror on LP, cassette or digital from Sentient Ruin Laboratories here or from Xenoglossy Productions here.

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LISTCRUSH 2018: THE EPS

Still propping up what remains of 2018 for everyone to stare/point/laugh at as it decomposes in the summer heat – the next segment of Black Metal Daily‘s favorite releases of the year, LISTCRUSH 2018: THE EPS.

For a quick recap: Last year we had the all-too-short lists for splits and EP’s crammed into the same article, this time I’ve decided to give them a little breathing room as there were far too many excellent releases in both of those categories to not give enough of them the proper attention they deserve. Hails to all of the artists involved for bestowing such incredible music upon us once again, I listened to all of these far more than I can remember and I’ll no doubt continue to for years to come. If you missed any of these check them out; if I missed any other great EPs then by all means, feel free to let me know.

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25: Cult Of ExtinctionBlack Nuclear Magic Attack

(Sentient Ruin Laboratories)

Thirteen minutes of sonic carnage and destruction at borderline megaton levels. Sheer bestial fucking violence.

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24: LampirBeneath The Flesh Of Dawn

(Black Gangrene Productions)

I don’t think I’ve disliked any of the foul excretions from this project yet. Oppressive, hate-filled majesty. Like your entire body is filled with burning ash.

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23: Serpents LairPerpetual Hunger

(Fallen Empire Records / Amor Fati Productions)

Ominous torment from the Danish horde, swarming from the abyss and devouring with lethal, arcane accuracy. Ravenous.

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22: WindsweptVisionaire

(Ván Records)

Drudkh mastermind does good again. New album drops in February, will undoubtedly be incredible.

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21: UrarvArgentum

(Svart Records)

Opens with a didgeridoo, never gets any less off-the-wall than that. After all these years there’s still nobody doing it like Bjørn ‘Aldrahn’ Dencker.

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20: SarkristaUnder Sentence Of Death

(Purity Through Fire)

Another exemplary pair of songs from the Germans, who never let me down. Rocking, ripping, melodic and morose all in one.

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19: Aparthiva RaktadharaAgyat Ishvar

(Iron Bonehead Productions)

What the hell is this, I thought – and then my head was blown off my shoulders with the force of a thousand suns. Keen for more from these Indian annihilators.

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18: Ill Omen The Grand Usurper

(Iron Bonehead Productions)

Returning to blistering, esoteric black metal rot after the black-doom miasma of Æ.Thy.Rift was a stellar move for these Australians. Sounds like the creature on the front cover, with added solos.

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17: Gevurah Sulphur Soul

(Profound Lore Records)

After the Canadians’ astounding debut album Hallelujah! they strip back, condense their energies and focus on their more ferocious side… and it fucking works a treat. Devastating.

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16: Human Agony Goring Christ

(Invictus Productions)

Ravenous vocals? Check. World-ending riffs? Check. The best damned war-metal release of 2018? Quite possibly.

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15: Nächtlich Second Ritual of Night Worship

(Knife Vision)

One of my favourite raw projects I discovered last year. Consistency and excellence from mysterious Canadian U.E.

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14: Faceless Burial Multiversal Abbatoir

(Blood Harvest Records / Me Saco Un Ojo Records)

Absolutely brutal Australian blackened death with its own unique twist. To quote a friend of mine: “Totally original… kings of Aussie metal.”

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13: Cénotaphe Horizons

(Kuunpalvelus)

This French duo are on a roll, nailing everything they put out. Their split with Circle of Oroborous was great, this EP/MLP is wonderful and the teaser track from their next EP Empyrée is also top notch (listen to that here). Why I haven’t seen more hype around this band is beyond the limits of my comprehension.

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12: Alruna Relieving The Altar

(Tour de Garde / Voidland Shelter)

Incredible, hypnotic and dust-laden atmospheres are conjured with ease by this shadowed Austrian cult on their first release in five years. Spells Cast Unto The Silver Gleam Of The Mountains is immense.

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11: SVRMЗгарище

(Trismus Records)

The unsung Ukrainian master does it again. I could have just as easily put his also-amazing previous EP Лихиї вітри стогнуть без упину, so check that out too. Forever flying under far too many radars.

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10: Khandra There Is No Division Outside Existence

(Redefining Darkness Records)

“The concept of the release is the flaw and inability of consciousness to reflect the boundlessness of the nothingness in the frames of reality that (reality) only exists within and in the sanity. It is a sort of an attempt of exceeding the limits of imagination, which makes the lyrics unavailable for criticism from the point of view of logical thinking. The musical vessel here is a result of expression that has no bonds with any personal emotion of social nature.” Fitting, because the debut EP from this Belarusian duo will blow your mind.

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9: Olxane Primitive Casket

(Nebular Carcoma Records)

Another absolute gem from T of Kaffaljidhma. I also loved his Himelvaruwe EPs plus the follow up Olxane EP Vermilion Ruin (and they all could deservedly be in this spot), but this is probably the one I threw in the tape deck the most times this year, so it wins by default. Magical.

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8: The SecretLux Tenebris

(Southern Lord Recordings)

Six years off and these Italians aren’t messing around. Black doom grind for the connoisseurs, probably would have been higher if I’d been able to spend even more time with it than I did. The last track Cupio Dissolvi will dissolve you.

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7: Vessel Of Iniquity Vessel Of Iniquity

(Sentient Ruin Laboratories)

The mysterious A. White may destroy us all. I’ll pull from my review of this insane sensory assault: “…an all-out sonic assailment of inevitable destruction whipping your flesh to dust. It is fucking terrifying. Percussion teeters on the brink of becoming flat-out physical punishment as disembodied howls ride escalating waves of panic-inducing power electronics noise carnage; until it all collapses in on itself and you’re allowed to breathe for a brief, precious moment.”

As an aside – his upcoming new album is equally as good, the man is unstoppable. Review of that coming soon.

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6: Horna Kuolleiden Kuu

(World Terror Committee / Blut & Eisen Prod.)

Some leftover tracks from the 2015 Hengen Tulet sessions, and it’s all just as great as you’d expect. Also contains an excellent and surprising cover of popular song ‘Tähdet Tähdet’ (‘Stars, Stars’) originally released by Rauli Badding Somerjoki in 1983. Dropped on the same day as their split with Pure. That was a good day.

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5: Μνήμα The Remains Of Human Bones

(Harvest of Death / Signal Rex)

“You want hell on Earth? This is hell on Earth. Released quietly back in May, the second demo from Hellenic solo act Μνήμα (or MNHMA) is one of the most vicious, caustic stabs of howling cacophonous bile committed to tape this year – three tracks of rawer-than-raw black carnage that sounds like the audio equivalent of being torn limb from limb on a rack” …is what I said about this savage little EP in Indy Metal Vault‘s Albums You May Have Missed article. Just press play – see for yourself.

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4: AkashaConsuming The Soul

(Grey Matter Productions)

Before the Vibrations Of Blood And Hate split, Akasha‘s sole practitioner Leech was Consuming The Soul. With riffs for days, this excellent debut slice of vampyric hatred cemented him as one to watch and placed him fourth on this list, while the split with Unrest was also fourth on that respective collection of ordered releases… will Akasha also take out that position or higher on the 2019 albums list when the debut full-length drops this year? Time will tell.

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3: Voëmmr Sombr Moebrd

(Harvest Of Death / Signal Rex)

“Blood-curdling, ritualistic old-school crypt-dwelling misfit music of the macabre.” …so says a review on the Bandcamp page of the Aldebaran Circle-ites, and it is rather eloquently spot on. Like summoning ancient spirits and letting them speak through you, Sombr Moebrd is a fantastic follow up to Nox Maledictvs… and perhaps a great lead-in to their next full-length, sometime in the near future?

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2: Kommodus From The Ashes Of Empire

(GoatowaRex)

I’ve only listed the Australian’s third demo here, but please also take this to mean the preceding One Thousand Years Of The Wolf too – both are equally deserving of this position. With a primal kinetic energy like nothing else, surprising and artful interludes scattered throughout and some mighty songwriting chops to boot, both of these demos are beyond astonishing. Easily my favourite raw Australian project. Fucking great.

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1: Pa Vesh En A Ghost

(Iron Bonehead Productions)

As I said when Belarusian enigma Pa Vesh En landed in 8th position during LISTCRUSH 2018: THE SPLITS for his superb offering with Temple Moon, I liked everything he released last year. Perhaps none moreso than his 7″ A Ghost – two tracks of cursed black obscurity that I listened to again and again, and then some. On the surface this might not appear much to many, but with time the raw emanations of this project burrowed their way deep inside my head and nested there, growing deeper roots with every listen and becoming exactly what I wanted when I didn’t know I wanted it. The stale lingering scent of dust from centuries past, an echoing howl through cryptal darkness… Give it a shot and listen deeply. Let A Ghost into your soul.

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HONORABLE MENTIONS:
ObskuritatemNekrofilm
ArchaistCosmogonic Eyes
EnshroudedThe Emergence Of Crawling Shadows That Lurk Within Your Festering Soul
Funerary DescentOv Chasms Beyond
Häxenzjirkell – …von Glut und Wirbelrauch
GraveirCenotaph
CalvaireJe Me Souviens
VonlausVonlaus
Brood In BlackBlasfemas
Soul DissolutionNowhere

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Almost done. Arriving soon (well at this rate I’m just hoping it’s before 2020), the final chapter – LISTCRUSH 2018: THE ALBUMS. Hails.

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Abyssic Terror Ritual – A Review of Vessel Of Iniquity

If you’ve been reading this site for a while you’ve probably gathered that I’m a big fan of Sentient Ruin Laboratories. They pump out quality release after quality release, not only black metal but all sorts of harsh or experimental weirdness carefully selected to cater to all manner of wretched tastes. Easily my favourite label of last year and in news that will surprise no-one who’s been following their releases, they’ve started off 2018 in exactly the same fashion: already unleashed are two incredible finds, the previously mentioned on these pages Rotting Sky and the co-released with Xenoglossy Productions debut EP of vicious UK black/death/noise act Vessel Of Iniquity.

This slice of negative energy is the latest project from black noise architect A. White, who has been active since before the turn of the century with Thoraxembalmer and various other subterranean niceties.

This time, he’s harnessed the sheer horrifying power and pull of the void. When you think of the void, do you imagine immense calm, or mind-bending incomprehensible violence lashing you from all sides? Well, Vessel Of Iniquity is definitely the latter. Opener ‘Void of Existential Terror’ is exactly that; an all-out sonic assailment of inevitable destruction whipping your flesh to dust. It is fucking terrifying. Percussion teeters on the brink of becoming flat-out physical punishment as disembodied howls ride escalating waves of panic-inducing power electronics noise carnage; until it all collapses in on itself and you’re allowed to breathe for a brief, precious moment.

EP centrepiece ‘Where Even Nothing Is Something’ seems like it just wants to try out new and more disorienting ways to beat the shit out of you, switching it up for the latter half of the track to descend into chaos and become somehow even more intense than anything that’s come before. It’s the shortest track on offer at 3:40, which is a good thing, as aside from the piece itself never becoming tiresome I seriously doubt the tenuous grip we hold on reality would be able to withstand a longer assault.

The ultimate panel in the hellish triptych finally allows some respite from the torment. Everything slows to a relative crawl; twisted atmospherics, ritualistic drones and hypnotic patterns forming the necessary Thelemic sigils to evoke the Dweller In The Abyss… ‘Choronzon’. Once manifested, however… Well, you’ll see.

I bought this immediately after hearing it for the first time, but I’ll probably never end up receiving it. The way Sentient Ruin keeps digging up black gold I’ll be forever adding to my parcel and it will sit in pre-order limbo forever. Which is meant as the highest praise, and I guess nothing could be more fitting than for this wretched abomination of an EP to languish in stasis, not of this world yet infecting it by its very existence, spitting and howling in the fathomless void forever.

Don’t sleep on this. Out on tape as of three days ago through the Sentient Ruin / Xenoglossy Bandcamp pages, with vinyl pre-orders also available.

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Purchase/pre-order ‘Vessel Of Iniquity’ digitally from Bandcamp HERE and on cassette or vinyl from Sentient Ruin Laboratories HERE or Xenoglossy Productions HERE.

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