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CoV Stream: Prayer of the Dying Reveal New Album Banished from Death

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Prayer of the Dying - Banished from Death

The Maltese blackened death machine known as Prayer of the Dying is making it’s return to the world after four years. Following up 2013’s God’s Failed Creation is the new album Banished from Death. Bringing a little more of a doomy feel, bands like Woods of Ypres, Paradise Lost, and Pentagram come to mind as well as Darkthrone, Drudkh, and Behemoth.

Banished from Death is led by the single “Suffocate in Hatred”, which can be streamed below, on the Crown of Viserys Soundcloud. The album releases on Sunday, May 14, 2017, and can be ordered directly from the band via Facebook.

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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: 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.