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Reviews Week 15 - 2018

14.04.18

AUTOKRATOR - HAMMER OF HERETICS

Autokrator - Hammer of Heretics Dice 5

Krucyator Productions, 10.04.18
French Autokrator is back with more thundering intensity.
It's been two years since we were last sonically raped by the French. That was with The Obedience To Authority, which despite its droning noise from hell was less cacophonous than the debut.
With Hammer of Heretics, the band takes another step in an “easily digestible” direction. The sulphur vapour remains dense and suffocating, and the flames of the hell-fire roars. So don't expect any fucking civilized mannerism from Autokrator.

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13.04.18

ASCENSION - UNDER ETHER

Ascension - Under Ether Dice 6

W.T.C.Productions, 30.03.18
I had nothing but extol and praise to offer The Dead of the World, which followed the appetizer EP Deathless Light as 2014 limped toward its bitter end.

Under Ether is the German's third album, being released eleven years after the band's inception.

I still haven't heard the band's debut album Consolamentum (2010), but I can confirm, on the other hand, that Ascension delivers very respectable quality on the present side of the time-line.

barbed wire
12.04.18

UNTERVOID - UNTERVOID (EP)

Untervoid - Untervoid Very Good

Osmose Productions, 26.01.18
In 2015, two experienced musicians came together to create a new project. The result of their first endeavours is four songs totalling 24.5 minutes.
The two are A. and Destroyer. Drummer A. also plays in Armagedon, in addition to having played in amongst other Lost Soul, and having worked with amongst other Behemoth. Vocalist and guitarist Destroyer has his permanent workplace in Kriegsmaschine, as well as a past in Hate.
Without hesitation, the duo steer clear of the demo stage, and deliver professionally from the first second.

piggtråd
11.04.18

OBSCENE - SERMON TO THE SNAKE (EP)

Obscene - Sermon to the Snake Approved

Horror Pain Gore Death Prod. & Blood Harvest
Personally, I believe bands would basically be better off if they defined their first, short releases as demo rather than EP. After all, it's easier to show a little goodwill and cut them some slack regarding debris when the format itself is short for demonstration, and not a release meant for marketing to the masses.
This four tracks and 17 minutes long first sign of life is in a quite different league, though.
The quintet from Indianapolis, USA, plays death metal with horrifying moods, and use unconventional means to lower the temperature of the blood circulation.

barbed wire
08.04.18

MAUSOLEUM OF DEATH - ECSTATIC VIOLENCE & HATRED (EP)

Mausoleum Of Death - Ecstatic Violence & Hatred Approved

Independent, 15.01.18
“Secondary-releases” like EPs, splits et al. has to a large extent ended up at the back of the queue recently. One of them is called Ecstatic Violence & Hatred, and was released as an EP in January. Looking at all circumstances, it's tempting to define the release as a demo. In addition to being the band's first sign of life, it's produced and released without interference from outsiders.
Thus, Ecstatic Violence & Hatred becomes more of a demonstration of Mausoleum Of Death's expression than a standalone musical product. So, does this rarity have more than “sentimental value” to show for?

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