That's right 2018 I'm back with 6 new reviews ... Suck it ......
Untervoid- S/T- CD/ Digital /LP ( Osmose Productions)
We have some Disguistingly wonderful progressive Post Black metal going on here under the banner of Osmose . Untervoid have a very strong Industrial element to what is circling around the sounds of this band . With the vocals we have some more nightmarish and sinister like DHG, CODE and Mayhem in presentation . I would even say that Untervoid has something in common with band like Mysticum and Aosoth as well. I think we are seeing eye to eye on what we have here. This is a fringe Black metal force. This at time even sounds like Borknagar and Actrurus. That all I really have to say and if you like what I'm putting out then this is going to be an amazing 4 song journey for you listening pleasure .
Ataraxy -when all hope fades - cd/ digital ( Dark descent records)
This album is like a slithering snake twisting and turning into different style with every change of the riff. I here a mix of Progressive Black Doom and some very avantgarde post metal movements going on . There is a grim side to this . If you a fan of Deinonychus, Bethlehem and Shining (Sweden) you will begin to understand as there are full on Black and Doom sides to this album . You can actually feel the pain and torment through out this release of Metallic Depression, You can listen to one sanity being lost through out the tracks of "When all hope fades". The production is massive on this it has moments of even bands like Dolorian, Evoken and Esoteric with the way the Doom elements are presented to the listener. Ataraxy is really a stunning band and more need to witness this ...
THE PARASITE PARADISE - "His Only Begotten Son (A.D. MMXVII)- CD/ Digital ( The Cursed Order)
Why is it always Finland that gives us the truly fucked up Metal forces in the world . With "The Parasite Paradise ".. We have Blues Low fi Black and Roll going on here in something at is mixed elements of Impaled Nazarine, Current Dark Throne bands like Mule and John Spencers Blues Explosion and Mudhoney to this reviewer. Yes I know this sound like a fucked up combo but it works so well. I know this but a one name creation and very little info have about him ( ARI XIII). The Bluesy side of these two tracks are really what makes the album stand out and have that left of center Black and Roll sound. With that this demo ep is well worth checking out goto Bandcamp site below for now..
Hammr- Unholy Destruction- CD/ Tape/LP/Digital ( Hell's Headbangers)
Thrashing raw barbaric Black Death is all we really need to say for Hammr and you can be on your way to listen to the what sounds like Demo turned into full proper album and the raw and retro sounding metal that of Mercyful Fate, Hellhammer and Venom .. What else would you like me to say about this the cover all in black and whit and primitive art on it tells you what you are getting with a band like Hammr. Loud , Blast, reverbed vocals and that black punk thrash crossover that make labels like Osmose and Moribund a staple of the underground for years. Ok I'm out ....
Tralineate- Ike Antz Leap- CD/ Digital (Self-Release )
Death metal takes on many shapes and forms in 2018 and with Tralineate we have a guttural force that love to had Tech and Prog element into a very tight and over compressed sound to make it all the more suffocating and intense for the listener. The triggered drums are really over the top and the way synths and electronics are layered over the guitars and vocals really makes this a dense feeling release. There are even some blackened Death movements on the album that take it into a more unsettling overtone for Tralineate . All I can say is I wish the drums were not so triggered and drum machine other then that. If has a very interesting sound and style. Disincarnate, Fear Factory & Fleshgod Apocalypse are bands that you can hear through out the album... Keep up the impressive over all release..
Lurker of Chalice- S/T- CD, Digital, DLP ( Nuclear war now ! ) Reissue
What we have is a long out of print album now reissues for the world to witness once again and if you don't know who Lurker of Chalice is . It's the other project of Wrest of Leviathan. With Lurker of Chalice we get a much dark doomier more hypnotic kind of release with a very much occult and pagan over tone. I also hear alot of Black noise elements in this it's not so atmospheric Black that Levuathan are. As I listen to this massive undertaking for the 1st time really. I find it a crime that this was not a major underground success when 1st released and this is some of the strongest material Mr Whitehead has ever created . I'm closing there are some many styles, arrangements and elements going on here Black, Death, Thrash, Doom, Prog, Noise and Post Rock ... I just want to listen to this over and over again.. Stellar album that the 2nd time around needs much fan fare...