Indie Recordings, 20.10.17
In anticipation of the next full length from Vredehammer, the band has released the single Suffocate All Light. Vredehammer started out as a one-man band in 2009, but quickly became a full band, sticking to the format since the third EP, Mintaka (2013).
After the albums Vinteroffer (2014) and Violator, though, our protagonist Per Valla decided that he wanted to return to the roots as sole ruler, holding the hammer of wrath.
On Suffocate All Light he's gotten assistance on drums by Kevin Foley. These two have previously played together when Per played live for Abbath* in 2015.
Suffocate All Light don't wast no time building up tension. Here you get hit by the freight train before you even react. In many ways, this fits Valla's intentions very well:
“They say music is all about emotions, so a while back I was thinking about trains, then I started thinking about what it would feel like being hit by one. Then I wrote Suffocate All Light”, explains Per.
After a sequence with fierce rhythmic drive, heavy, fast riffing and diabolical vocals, malicious synthetic elements from acid techno or there about sneak in. This gives the song a distinctive, but also suitably unpleasant mood.
But why spoon-feed you when you might as well set aside the next four minutes to laying mutilated on the railroad track while thousand tons of train crush and maim you further.
Cause let's face it, it's not as if you've got anything better to do!
Signal Rex&Harvest Of Death, 27.10.17
Some bands and labels are more obscure than others. Portuguese Holocausto Em Chamas, for instance, is a band that it proves difficult to find relevant info about, while the label Harvest Of Death (with the exception of a SoundCloude profile) seems to be conspicuously absent on the web.
We still venture forth as usual, and let the music speak for itself.
Icelandic Óreiða gets the honour of opening the 20-minute split with its 10 minute long song Blindur.
Óreiða is a band that also operates as a record company. Therefore, there's more than one demo located on Bandcamp. Óreiða is also something of a shady entity. Fuck knowns who plays in this band.
The song Blindur is dissonant, monotonous, intense and relatively bland. The attempt to create hypnotic moods doesn't do anything for me when noise/avant-garde background sounds and staccato, repetitive rhythms persist throughout the track and threaten to give me a migraine.
Where Óreiða released its first demo last year, Holocausto Em Chamas is completely novel. The three songs they offer, doesn't testify to long experience either. The Portuguese also bring forth dirty, disharmonious black metal. Not because they offer atonal claustrophobia, but because both sound and vocal are generally rotten and grating, while the songs lack all the structure, moods and optional melody lines to generate any form of interest.
In my ears this split consists of a rather amateurish rubbish. But by all means, do check it out for yourself.
Helter Skelter&Regain Records, 27.10.17
Meet Infidel Reich, a deadly constellation consisting of members from Asphyx and Acheron, among others. American Vincent Crowley, former pastor of the Church of Satan, takes care of the vocal in the band that was formed last year, while all the other three are Dutchmen.
The band stands outside of all political correct and extreme groupings, beholding the madness. The only thing the band wants to shove down the throat of the masses is reality and a request for everyone to start thinking for themselves.
The quartet claims to fight for everyone's freedom by attacking institutions such as political and religious power-holders, that the band claims seeks to manipulate the population to control them. The band calls for people to wake the fuck up, observe and reflect. As well as cutting out that pathetic offended victim role. The band wish to stress that they don't support any extremes, such as Antifa or racial supremacy movements, regardless of shape and colour. Infidel Reich nevertheless wishes to provoke, as art might tend to do.
Infidel Reich is the self-centred title of the band's first sign of life, or rather sign of death; an EP consisting of 5 songs and close to 20 minutes. The band is inspired by veterans within variable genres, yet still plays what I would define as nothing but death metal. It primarily sounds old and Swedish, although proto-black vibes also come to the surface. The guys music marches stompingly and heavily like armoured vehicles. Their stubborn and violent behaviour is characterized by anger and rigorous lack of compromise.
How it sounds, is something you can hear for yourselves below. It sounds alright to me, albeit not remarkably striking.
I assign Infidel Reich with a somewhat weak approval.
Heathen Tribes, Autumn 2017
The Greek Quartet Supreme Dominion dropped its first release, the EP Triptolemus a bit more than half a year ago.
Approximately around this time, its being re-launched via Heathen Tribes.
I don't know exactly when this goes down, for it isn't specified any closer than “Autumn”.
I figure it's autumn right about now. I think it's safe to say that fall has arrived. Thus I scribble down these relatively impulsive words.
Supreme Dominion serves relatively alright black metal on the first attempt. The band offers nifty drive, melody-based moods and tendencies for stylish instrumentation. Triptolemus is a 25-minute EP which admittedly does not excel greatly, but that definitely doesn't hurt to listen to.
Triptolemus is also the name of the first song. It warms up the audience adequately before Rat Is Dead offers a little more atmosphere. The bar is raises another notch with Where Is Your God? and abundant amounts of pedal to the metal. Then only Blood Communion remains, which blends the rabid with the moody.
The EP is quite okay when viewed isolated, though the vocal is of a somewhat strange kind. The originality, however, is so-so, and Supreme Dominion doesn't manage to stand out too much. The EP wobbles between middling and good, but I give the Greek the benefit of the doubt.