Season of Mist Underground Activists, 26.10.18
The rabid deathmongers in Festerday have taken their name from a Carcass song. That's just one source of inspiration, however, and the similarities ain't that distinct.
The band was started in 1989 and has, in a sense, been active since. Not to worry if you can't recall the name, though. The band has operated under five other names in the meantime.
In 2013, they returned to their original name, after amongst other having spread more alternative tones under the moniker ...and Oceans. And if you're still wondering about nationality, take a closer look at the cover art.
The band's return to their old name, marks a return to the roots. Back to death and putrification.
Cadaveric Virginity is a short EP, preparing the listener for the band's first full-length release under the Festerday name. This will be released next year.
About four minutes long The Ones Who Strangle Stars and Suns, make up the majority of this release, and resounding buzzsaw guitars with oodles of distortion make up the main ingredient. Deadly riffs and heavy but rapid rhythms, are fronted by guttural grunts and death rattling.
I became rather quizzical when stumbling across the censorship that takes place at 2:00 and 3:36 respectively in the video below. It turns out to be the words “the holy one” and “god” that obviously becomes too indecent for our sensitive skaldic poets.
The thick soundscape was created in Wolfthrone Studios, with Owe Inborr (who also produced the debut album of Ars Veneficium*) behind the controls. Rich and dynamic sound makes the music a feast to the ear.
Let the Sun Vomit Its Beams Upon Your Cold Swollen Skin thereafter rounds off short and brutally in just over a minute - consisting of fast and aggressive death metal, where the text lines are practically vomited out. The death-fanatics have something to look forward to when Festerday give birth to their forthcoming stillborn offspring.
The music is currently not available on Bandcamp, but details of acquisition can be found there.
Blood Harvest, 02.03.18
The Israeli duo Ziggurat has only existed for a couple of years. Their first release, the Ritual Miasma EP, nevertheless reeks of seasoned quality.
The band dropped this release on cassette just over a year ago, via Caligari Records.
In March, however, Blood Harvest made sure to launch it in all the other formats.
The Israelites play flaming extreme metal where death and black putrefaction intersect.
The EP contains 5 songs of just over 20 minutes all in all. Entirely by the book. What's not entirely by the book is the professional appearance the guys showcase, in both music and sound.
With just two members, the cover art could almost have been consider misleading, but guitarist and vocalist Mørk and guitarist/bassist Tohu have hired Portuguese Menthor, a drummer known for his work with Nightbringer* and a bunch of other bands.
Thundering drums and heavy riffs, reeling of diabolical moods, are wrapped in flattering, resounding sound. Sound courtesy of Stephen Lockhart in Studio Emissary in Reykjavík, Iceland. Dark growls echo, and testify to nothing but malicious intentions.
You can examine the ragingly cruel, hard and heavy hymns of hell the band reels of, for yourself, without superlatives en masse on my part. The release is worth it. I suspect that Ritual Miasma will appeal if my brief words above have aroused your curiosity.