Review: Omenfilth – Devourer of the Seven Moons

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Label: Eternal Death

Whilst south-east Asian black metal typically leans towards the bestial and war metal scenes, Omenfilth, from the Philippines, instead draw heavily from the Hellenic scene of old. Looking to old Filipino mythology for lyrical inspiration, Devourer of the Seven Moons is an album that captures the same kind of darkness and majesty as the likes of Varathron and old Rotting Christ. Packed full of razor-sharp leads and haunting melodies, it is the sound of a band in fine form, full of ferocity and unholy spirit. There is an incredibly powerful force behind Devourer of the Seven Moons, as if the band were possessed by the spirits of old. This is music of darkness, majesty and sinister in equal measure.

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Review: Death Vanish – Cold Hammer of Melancholy

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Label: Eternal Death

When Death Vanish first made itself known to the world on a split with Misanthropos, the solo project of Valder (of One Master) spewed forth music that was crude, primitive, and very direct – akin to Von, but with an even stronger sense of wrongness. On follow-up EP Cold Hammer of Melancholy, there’s been a bit of a shift, but a slight one. The black metal presented here is even rawer than on that split, somehow taking primitive black metal and making it feel even more prehistoric. This is primal, dirty, violent – and incredibly effective.

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Review: Lustrum – Plays With Madness

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Label: Eternal Death

A live recording, Plays with Madness captures Lustrum at their most savage and unhinged. The band’s brand of black metal is crude, raw, and drenched in “fuck you!” spirit. This is as if your favourite first-wave black metal record was recorded in an alcoholic haze, powered by the spirits of the most blasphemous metal, determined not so much to get heads banging but instead to split skulls and consume the grey matter within. And yet, for all its roughness, Plays with Madness demonstrates a band who know how to really play, and to write some killer tunes that blend black-thrash violence with something even more primitive.

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2017 Favourites – Part II

Following on from the first ten of my A-Z 2017 favourites, here is the second part. As the title says, this is my favourites – not necessarily the best records of the year, but the ones I enjoy or connected with the most. Feel free to tell me what I missed, why I’m wrong, or whatever else. There’s only so many hours in the day, and not all of them can be spent listening to records, sadly.

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One Master / Ninhursag – Split

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Label: Eternal DeathRed River Family Records

Regular readers will know that I hold Eternal Death Records in high regard, considering them to be one of the most consistent and discerning bastions of underground extreme metal in the US. You’ll also know that I consider Eternal Death regulars One Master to be one of the most under-rated bands in modern USBM, with their ferocious brand of black metal being consistently devastating. Following hot on the heels of their excellent full-length, Lycanthropic Burrowing, comes a new split release with Ninhursag, a co-release with Red River Family Records, that sees One Master unleash some of their most ferocious music yet; whilst Ninhursag’s take on black metal is more other-worldly and cold, yet no less effective for it.

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Death Vanish / Misanthropos – Split

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Label: Eternal Death

There’s a lot of black metal out there. It’s a statement so obvious it barely needs saying, but the amount of music being released under what was originally the most inward-looking and hostile of extreme metal sub-genres is, frankly, absurd. And a lot of it is absolute, utter shit, too. It can be depressing, going through hordes of new releases and demos in the hopes of finding something worth your time. But sometimes, you’ll strike gold, and come upon something that makes it all worthwhile. The new split between Death Vanish and Misanthropos is one such example. Put bluntly, this is incredible, and should be mandatory listening for anyone interested in black metal in 2017.

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One Master – Lycanthropic Burrowing

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Label: Eternal Death

Were there any justice, then One Master would be recognised as one of modern black metal’s strongest bands. Now in to their fifteenth year of existence, the US band have, in the form of Reclusive Blasphemy, released one of 2015’s best records; and now follow it up with Lycanthropic Burrowing. It is another fine offering of misanthropic, forceful black metal that treads no path but its own, filled with violence and an aura of confidence that absolutely cannot be faked. This is the sound of a band at the height of their powers.

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