Video: Music Review 001 – Woe – Hope Attrition

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So I’ve completed a new video review for the upcoming album Hope Attrition by New York’s Woe. Let me know what you think in the comments below, or on YouTube.

Video: News Bit 001 – The Projectionist, Saille, and More

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Here’s a new segment, possibly, on YouTube from Crown of Viserys. Comment either here on this post, or on YouTube, and let me know what you think. Any particular news items we should tackle, or any albums coming out? Let me know that stuff too.

Music Review: Barshasketh/Void Ritual Split Tape

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Barshasketh/Void Ritual - Split

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Broken Limbs

Scottish black metal by way of New Zealand, Barshasketh provides two songs on the first side of this split. The first, “Palingenesis” is a slow burning track that reeks of shoegaze for almost three minutes, then just comes in with super fast, blasting black metal. The entirety, from the slow beginning all throughout the rest, is beautifully executed, filled with melodies, harmonies, and ear piercing shrieks. The second track, “Dominion of Ashes” starts off fast, and pretty much stays fast throughout, but it is no less melodic or beautiful. Fans of Winterfylleth, An Autumn for Crippled Children, Desolate Winds, Wolves in the Throne Room, etc., you’ll want to check this out.

Void Ritual comes from New Mexico, USA. Daniel Jackson is from Albuquerque and is the sole member of the band, producing, recording, mixing, and mastering everything on top of writing and performing it all. His side of this split is a but more focused, a bit more raw, and a bit more old school sounding. There is more of a second-wave black metal low-fi sound, but there also seems to be influences of death metal happening as well. In the same amount of time it takes Barshasketh to do two songs, Void Ritual does three. All of them are rather magical, filled with riffs that are super catchy and evil at the same time, while lyrically about cults of recent memory. Heaven’s Gate, Paradise, and the Order of the Solar Temple all get their own songs. Fans of Marduk, Mayhem, and Darkthrone, as well as the same comparisons for Barshasketh, you’ll want to hear these songs.

In all, Barshasketh and Void Ritual have together crafted a split that is beyond easy to listen to over and over again. Truly captivating black metal of the highest order.

Music Review: Horrid – Sacrilegious Fornication

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Horrid - Sacrilegious Fornication

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Dunkelheit Produktionen

Italian oldschoolers Horrid are back with a brand new album, still gleaming wet from the infected womb of the Virgin. These guys have crafted a brutal slab of death metal that exceeds so many recent releases. Catchy, mid-paced to fast, and straight forward, this is mandatory listening for fans of Deicide, Morbid Angel, Death, Entombed, Autopsy, Gorefest, and their fellow countrymen in Faust.

Opening the album with a prayer to Satan while a (sacrifice? participant?) woman moans her lust, the title track “Sacreligious Fornication” is a fast moving freight train of antichristian hate, followed by “Vortex of Primordial Chaos”, which sounds like its title: fast, swirling, and chaotic, but with a good amount of memorable melody that will keep it in your head long after listening to it.

“Necromancy” blasts away with dark magick, followed in suit by “Demonic Sadocarnage”, which also features a smattering of groove death that Jungle Rot fans would like.

“Blood on Satan’s Claw”, my favorite track of the album, is much more brutal in the vocal department and just rippingly fast. No less memorable as far as riffs go, its another track that will lodge itself securely in your hippocampus. It is as if they designed the song to be for destroying people in the mosh pit.

“The Fire of Impenitence” features dual vocalists, with Johan Johannson of Interment guesting. It’s anthemic and vicious, and my second favorite track.

“Diocletianic Persecution” starts off with a nice slow riff and a militaristic drum beat, then quickly picks up pace, and stays at mostly the same fast-ish mid-tempo throughout, where the second-last track, “Goddess of Heretical Perversity” starts fast and ends fast, with no bullshit in the way of headbanging.

I know I’m going to be coming back to this album a lot over the next while, and if I was a list-making man (I am a list-making man) this will probably be a contender for my top of the year. This is one disgustingly and beautifully blasphemous album, and needs to be in the hands of everyone who loves their death metal executed with individual style and loaded with hate.

Music Review: Imperial Savagery – Imperial Savagery

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Imperial Savagery - Imperial Savagery

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Independent

Chicago natives Imperial Savagery got in touch with me and mailed me a copy of their album for review. I looked at the cover, nodded my head, and opened it up. Into the car’s CD player it went, and very quickly my brain was being battered against the insides of my skull. The band’s name is also the band’s sound; old school, fast, and brutal, and not without a somewhat militaristic feel to it.

It is like listening to an army marching toward the building where you are hiding with all the women and children of the city, and the army is carrying swords and chainsaws. It’s inevitable that they are going to find you, and they are getting closer, and when they uncover your hiding spot, it’s going to get fucking messy.

One of my honestly favourite things about this album is that all the songs are pretty short. The longest song, “Thy Kingdom Crumbling” isn’t even four minutes long. The average length is pretty much 2:30, 2:45 range. This disc is ten songs, but not even a half hour. It’s like listening to a death metal band write punk songs. No frills, just kills. In itself, this is slightly strange because their bassist used to be in technical death metal royals Gigan, as well as currently in Sons of Famine with the drummer. Looking deeper into the pedigree of Imperial Savagery results in a mess of unrelenting death metal heritage. From brutal death, slamming death, blackened death, and technical death, these guys bring some serious fucking history to this band.

Fans of Gravehill, Crepitus, Deicide, underground hardcore punk, and violent mosh pits, get it here. This shit is so good.

Music Review: Vilifier – Ritual Obscuration

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Vilifier - Ritual Obscuration

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Forgotten Wisdom Productions

This is one disgusting EP. Laying waste with four songs in twenty-two minutes, Vilifier are definitely disciples of old school rotten death metal.

Simplistic, catchy riffs with an absolutely vile sound mark the Ritual Obscuration EP by Australia’s Vilifier. These four songs bring together an obvious love for death metal, obscure black metal, and the songs even show a slightly death/doom approach at times. The production on the EP is nice and lo-fi, with guitars and bass being absolutely dirty; more of an apocalyptic desert dirt than grave dirt, however. The drums are savage, like the footsteps of a giant–or an advancing army–and cymbals crash like steel breaking glass.

The vocalist, Daniel Stone (aka N.B./Nekrobogan), terrifyingly invokes death, destruction, and disorder to earth, heavens, and cosmos alike. As much as I enjoy the music to this EP, I honestly like the vocals even a bit more. They are just so fucking raw!

Sadly, this EP came out back in 2013, and it is the last thing that Vilifier have released. This is pretty much perfect for fans of early Darkthrone, Gravehill, Corpsessed, early Gorefest, Asphyx, etc., and highly recommended by myself.

Video: Live Show Review 001 – Falsifier/Protosequence/Filth/Negation

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Falsifier/Protosequence/Filth/Negation - Feb 28, 2017

On top of the video above, there are a couple things I’d like to say that didn’t really come to mind when filming, primarily about the band Filth. Despite enjoying their music, and most of their stage show, I have come to really hate it when bands turn their backs to the crowd. It’s one thing when they start the show or even a song turned, bring the lights up, and start the riffs, but to be fully in the show, during mid-song, it bugs the hell out of me. And that’s the only thing I can think of that I didn’t like about Filth. I can’t wait to see them come through Edmonton again, and hopefully be able to chat and drink mead with their singer Dustin again.

Filth's Dustin Mitchell
Filth’s Dustin Mitchell
Protosequence's Joseph McKee
Protosequence’s Joseph McKee
Negation's Ayden Haggarty
Negation’s Ayden Haggarty
Falsifier's Aiden Versteegh
Falsifier’s Aiden Versteegh