Switzerland’s two piece Bölzer have been sharpening their ruinous war tools to a much finer edge since their debut. Engraved with the art of Alexander L. Brown, fellow Witchrist warrior, their latest tincture Aura materializes as unique among it’s ilk and impressive in it’s own right: a dark and entrancing beauty in a genre where this is uncommon, and is still permeated by the stench of supernatural death and chaos.
For those who haven’t heard of them Bolzer are a newer (2008) death metal two piece imbibing the mythos of ancient Europe, and while they both reside in Switzerland, it is KzR (originally from Switzerland but grew up in New Zealand, ex-member of Aphelon) who some may recognize as the most recent addition to the Witchrist line-up on vocals (2013).
Straight up, I’m counting the days until the new Katechon album Man, God, Giant hits the fucking streets, because it’s going to destroy everything! Check out this new video they did for “Beautiful Desolation,” featuring footage from Mehrige’s Din Of Celestial Birds. Also stay tuned for another exclusive Katechon stream on June 6th, the day their record is released on Nuclear War Now!
Canadian duo Gevurah deal in the kind of filthy, dark and dank death metal that the likes of Mitochondrion, Grave Miasma and Cruciamentum have pushed for in recent times. Both deeply unholy and gloriously dirty, Necheshirion is the band’s debut EP and it follows a demo so well received that it sold out almost immediately. Their route into the darkness is one that treads the path of Satanic majesty and as such the two minds behind this project allow the Dark Lord to work through their music with a savage and sly grace.
Irish scourge ZOM present us two cosmological atrocities on a wicked 7” EP that lights the altar of Blasphemy, Morbid Angel, and Slayer aflame in it’s worship. While these tracks did appear on their 2012 “Hells Pleasure” demo I unfortunately did not get a hold of that so these are new to me, and also rip really hard.
ZOM’s assault is not new however. Their self-titled demo was certainly promising, making heads turn despite the perceived ordinariness outside of the locale they hail from, largely because the worship they display is flat out enjoyable with subtle additions that the newer revivals are bringing with them that seem to have naturally leeched into their classic sound. Just enough to refresh things at least because they were getting a lot of attention, and I still managed to miss their second demo last year containing these two tracks.
Though, as it was a demo, I assume they were rougher which is either a plus or a minus depending on your attitude. There are two tracks, virtually the same length but with different approaches to their thrash formula, the first “Multiversal Holocaust” dips into the slower realms near the end while “Terror of the Cosmos” really is a relentless and blistering offensive.
Deep, deep in the filthy caves of death and doom exists a band called COFFINS! Their debut album on Relapse Records is entitled The Fleshland and is forty five minutes of cryptic low-end dirge that will have you head banging! This audio beast will be unleashed on to the world on July 9th. In the meantime, CVLT Nation is streaming the just released COFFINS lyric video for “The Vacant Pale Vessel” – also check out their kick ass Sonic Cathedral Mixtape for CVLT Nation HERE!
Have you ever felt old for one reason or another? Maybe you’re out running adult-type errands and everywhere you turn, there’s someone living life to the fullest while you wait in line at the post office. Perhaps you go to a show and a band that still has yet to reach high school blows your ass out of the water. If this terrifies you, maybe it’s best that you avoid Baltimore death metal band Noisem. With the age of its members ranging from 15 to 20 years old, Noisem (initially signed to A389 Records under the name Necropsy) comes right out of the gate with the debut LP, Agony Defined.
This record moves with such a sense of urgency that it seems to be on the downside of modern metal. There’s no occasional slow song that chugs along or despair-ridden ballad about being born just to die. Noisem rips through these nine tracks and aims to fuck you up. The first track, “Voices In The Morgue,” sets the siege off right, with circle pit-inducing fast parts that endure the majority of the track, paired with gnarly vocals and wailing solos driven more by the whammy bar than actual notes (a good thing for a metal band, indeed). The song actually slows down after about two minutes of pummeling into submission, but kicks right back in with a blistering solo that would make Kerry King weep. Noisem keeps the album going at full speed with “Birthing The Bestial,” which keeps up the intense tornado of noise-drenched metal. “Desire And Disgust” changes it up a bit, leaning on a heavy Cannibal Corpse influence, especially in the drums. The song goes for quality instead of quantity, ending the track at 77 seconds, the shortest of the album. The fourth song on Agony Defined, “Mortuary,” calls to memory the lyrical content of metal legends Death, spinning a tale of the title’s creepy atmosphere. “Mortuary” also features the first slower passage on the album so far which fits nicely with the lyrical content. Thrash heads take note: it took Noisem four tracks to play one slow part!
DIE DIE AT THE HANDS OF DEAD MAN…This Bay Area band is all that and a bag of bones! They performed last Saturday at the Ghost Town Barn, and their gnarly set was captured by our comrade Kevin Hobbs. To read how much we dig DEAD MAN, go here! Vandals and Thieves Records are selling their demo tape “The All Too Well Known” HERE!
My flesh is being sliced into cubes of of pain & torment, or maybe these are the effects that the new KATECHON has on my being. These Norwagian death dealers are on the verge of releasing an unreal album entitled Man, God, Giant via Nuclear War Now Productions on June 6th. I was impressed with KATECHON when I heard their demo last year, and and after hearing Man, God, Giant I’m an even bigger fan! This band is able to manifest huge black holes of sonic filth that suck you in and will not let you go. CVLT Nation is ultra stoked to be streaming three songs from Man, God, Giant below…So tune into KATECHON’s compositions of death: “Black Rain,” “Ungodly Rituals” and “Man God Giant”!
Its been over 20 years in the making, but New Zealand death metal machines Sinistrous Diabolus have finally unleashed their full length debut upon the hapless ears of humankind. Formed with ties to infamous occult acts Witchrist and Diocletian, Sinistrous Diabolus pay homage to a soundscape invoked in 1993 that pushed forth with the idealism of absolute soul crushing blasphemy. Total Doom // Desecration is 40-minutes of ritualized misery spanning across scathing constructs that push an atmosphere wrought with trepidation, and utter decay. Within, Sinistrous Diabolus reinvent older tracks, shaping them into a form that become a mesmerizing void, drawing all into its monolithic gaze.
Defined by the abhorrence of divine doctrine, Total Doom // Desecration maintains an aura of intense dispair that negate luminescent drones, and bury them in filth. Personified by torturous harmonies that dwell in the recesses of the mind, stagnating within putrid noise screeching amidst torrential waves of endless torment. Barbaric by design, this is an album that is enveloped by creeping movements that bore themselves into the chasms of your most desperate pleas, inexorably building towards a swirling downfall littered with apprehensive dread. Perverse passages give way to further doom that punishes throughout, offset by somber lachrymose undertones that hold no reverence for comfort.