Lividity – Perverseverance (album review)

Lividity. One of the longest standing bands from Illinois, thanks to Dave Kibler, a mainstay in our shithole of an area.

There are bands that deny being from central Illinois, and then there are bands that capture the feeling of central Illinois despite not being from central Illinois. Both types of bands aren’t my particular cup of blood, but…

If you come to Illinois and follow the muddy trail to the porta-potty, take a hard right through the woods to the half-destroyed, roof-less, torn-up shack – you’re probably going to find that this shack is now acting as a top-o’-the-line Illinois whorehouse… and hanging around that shack, you’re going to find bands that are proudly from central fucking Illinois.

Lividity is a band that is PROUD to be from a little shithole called Decatur, Illinois. Now most people don’t know much about Decatur, and half the wannabe musicians from Decatur tell people they’re from fucking Chicago – an even bigger shithole – but the fact is: Decatur sums up Illinois better than any other god damn place in the entire fucking STATE.

I grew up in an extremely small town, and I gotta tell ya: Decatur was our Merle Haggard “Big City” shit. You could get anything there. Booze! Drugs! Whores! Guns! You name it, Decatur had it.

But you know what else Decatur had? Fuckin’ heavy metal, man. And I found that heavy metal at the local record store, G-B’s.

It came in the form of “Show Us Your Tits!” by Lividity, which wasn’t the first time I had heard OF Lividity – it was just the first time I picked up a CD.

I was late to the party. You didn’t buy local shit back in the mid to late 90s. I was afraid to buy any music from Decatur. I was under the impression it would suck.

You see… all the bands I ever saw live from the city were rockers and rappers doing the same rap and rock n roller stage moves… doing the same wookie wickety wack fucking wiffy white boy garbage – and if they weren’t doing that shit, they were trying to be Nirvana or Nine Inch Nails or some other dorky poser punk rock hardcore wannabe shit I didn’t care about.

I looked up to Impetigo. They weren’t from Decatur but they were close enough! I was playing heavy music in a band already, but we weren’t fucking getting anywhere. Everyone was strung out, or retarded, but I still had a dream. That dangling “Horror of the Zombies” carrot. The dream that told me I could get signed if I just kept doing what I did.

Lividity’s legend was already growing by then, and they offered us local Death Metal instead of garbage-ass rap-core which is what still permeates the entire local scene like a pile of smelly fuck-turds.

Enough. On to the music…

Kill Then Fuck – “No means yes, and yes means anal.” That’s how the album starts off and BANG! You’re getting shot right in the face by a barrage.

I imagine this song is about killing and then fucking – and I’m pretty sure that’s 40% of Lividity’s lyrical output over the past 25 years. I haven’t read the lyrics. I never read the lyrics to anything. I think the last time I really got into lyrics was with “Under A Funeral Moon” and that would pre-date the entire career of Lividity, so if you’re looking for someone to marvel at all the stuff being said in this review – it ain’t gonna happen. I don’t know what the fuck Dave or Von are saying in this shit. Who cares? This is all about the music. I am going to call it: this is the most crushing, monstrous, terrorizing, destructive death metal album of 2019. It came out in November of 2018, so technically it’s a 2018 album, but fuck you I don’t care.

Other death metal bands please take note, and I’m talking to all of you out there: I know you think you’re “brutal.” I know you think you got the best death metal music chops of any players out there. I know, man. I know, you are totally out for blood. You’re so sadistic. Listen to me, kid. These guys are veterans. They’re older than you. And their opening song, on their (I think) FIFTH fucking album after (probably a little more than) 25 years is better than anything you will ever do in your entire careers. You are challenged to top this as an opener. I’ve been listening to alot of new death metal groups. They’re really good, but they aren’t this good.

You read that right. A song called “Kill Then Fuck” by a Decatur, Illinois, based band is better than any song any of you people are going to ever put out (or hear) in your entire lifetimes.

However, that’s not really the point here… the point is that another sample reiterating “No means yes and yes means anal” leads directly into…

The Pussy Horde – The CD doesn’t stop. It just goes directly into this, and rightfully so. You see, you’re being violently violated by a large death penis and it isn’t going to stop any time soon. I don’t know what a “pussy horde” is, though. I can’t remember if the lyrics are in the cd booklet. The jewelcase is in the other room. I’m writing a review. I’m not going to get up and get it! I ain’t moving from this spot. I’m being fucked by a large death penis.

This guy Garrett Scanlan (ex-Corpsevomit!) on the drums… he’s an absolute master. You know back in the day, we called Lividity “Decatur’s version of Cannibal Corpse” but their musicianship, especially in the drumming department, passes Cannibal up. This is an Illinois super-group: You got Dave – the main Superman – of course. Then you got Von Young (ex-DEADEN!!) on vocals and guitar, an Illinois veteran known by every one of us ’round here. Rounding out this legendary grouping of complete pure metal pervs, you have Jake Lahniers (Dead Shore, Vile Impurity) who is a beast of a bassist (and vocalist – and drummer-in other bands) himself.

This song is one minute and thirty-three seconds of assault to your senses. It’s over before you can think “What the hell is a pussy horde?” I am probably completely wrong in thinking that it’s a big group of nu-metal rap-rockers wearing JNCO jeans and NIKES and shit, all gathered together, listening to ICP while doing low grade PCP from some junkie’s garage on Johnson Street. That’s a real “pussy horde” to me. One of the grossest, scariest things in existence. White trash!

Knowing the musical history of Lividity, though, I’m almost positive that the word “pussy” here refers to the vagina. Maybe I’m wrong, though. Maybe Dave wrote a song about all the pussy ass guys and their reject ass girlfriends from Decatur who act tough while being the worst lamest weakest dumbest representations of humanity? This makes me want to get the fuck up and fetch the CD Booklet and see… but I don’t always get to do what I want to do. Therefore I’m not going to get up and look. I’m enjoying listening to the album anyway. Man this review is long. I listened to that fucking song repeatedly while typing this up and I still have no idea what Von’s saying. Is it Von doing all the vocals here? Which vocals are Dave’s? Perhaps that’s in the booklet. Nah. Gonna just sit here. I’m getting raped anyway. Gonna just sit and take it.

Speaking of the CD Booklet, the artwork (by Daemorph Art) is some of the best I’ve ever seen since I don’t know. Sinister’s “Diabolical Summoning” or Hypocrisy’s “Osculum…” Ah shut up. I like those album covers. I know I’m supposed to think guys in the woods with makeup on is like this ultra-cool art worthy of being on an album cover, but I just don’t. And I don’t like the 1987 Thrash Metal style of cartoony art with my brutal fuckin’ metal either. That’s thrash art, and it’s only for 80s thrash bands. I’m talkin motherfucking brutal art.

Meat for the Beast – “A beast is a sentient creature that represents the highest form of…” blah blah blah blah blah. Whatever the sample said, and we go right into fucking slow mosh groove territory but it picks up immediately. This blasting is more of a Satanic Florida style, and not a Gore Florida Style, if that makes any sense. It probably only does to me. There’s a riff in here that reminds me of old Hypocrisy and that’s a good thing. Melodic amidst a barrage of hatred and violence. Cool guitar solo too. This is one of the best songs on the album, and features a really cool bass breakdown. A bass breakdown in the proper sense, and not a shitty slow “let’s mosh bro” sense. “You are meat for the beast” indeed. I’m not, but you are. You reading this.

Cumming with Lateral Pulp – I am not going to ruin this stupid fucking sample for anyone by typing it. Is this a clip of that dumbass old lady that does the stupid talk show about sex? I always hated that bitch. This is again Peter Tagtren territory. Not the sex bullshit but the riff. This is like if he did cocaine. He probably does cocaine, but shitty coke from Sweden, you know? The kind of cocaine they have in Chicago. God, Chicago sucks. This guitar is Tagtren country. Peter territory. I guess it’s literally “peter territory” if you know what I mean. This song is too fucking short. The sample seems as long as the song. I hate that shit. Just play the song again and call it “another part of the song” so I can get into it without having to utilize my arm and hand to push a button so it plays again. Every fucking time it plays again, I hear that dumb lady’s fucking horrendous voice in the sample.

Whore Destroyer – Jesus Christ, where’s the #MeToo movement when you need ’em? I’m so offended by this song title, even more than I was with “Kill Then Fuck.” I mean it’s just offensive. It makes me feel unsafe in my own home! Wahhhhhhhhh! Wahhhhhhhh!

Seriously, though: That song title is pretty fucking funny. Reminds me of The Green River guy or some other prostitute murdering serial killer guy. I think that’s what the lyrics are about! Either that or they’re about something else!

Musically, I think the riff which opens this song is the highest point on the album (so far.) I like the little lead accent on it for the bridge point. This is really masterful stuff. It’s very, VERY melodic. Not unsettling in the least, so I wonder why this one’s called “Whore Destroyer” and not the absolute true whore destroyer that was “Pussy Horde.” I love the little bass slide, beeeeerrrrrennnnnnng.

Gene Simmons wants his gimmick back, Jake. I mean this in all seriousness: I saw Kiss before they had their makeup back on and I think Gene did that same bass slide 48 times before the mid-point of the concert. Drumming really shines here.

I forgot to mention the production on this album. Recorded at Iron Hand by Dan Klein, and it’s really, really good. This is one of the best sounding death albums that I have heard, sonically, since the glory days of Swedish death.

Bitch Cunt Fuck – Me too.

Violated In The Vatican – Holy shit! Good song here. This is firmly rooted in the old style… I mean the whole album is, but this song, this one’s pretty fucking special. I want to know the lyrics to this one. Pretty sure it has to do with how the Vatican and its ruling status in the world, not only morally but politically, is now being violated by the billionaire Muslim status quo of the Middle East. I am not usually one to take sides, but I’m with the band on this. I’ve gotta stand up and say “I’m with you, Pope.” Let’s fight these fuckers off. I mean at least the Vatican has a god damn multi-million dollar telescope. What’s the other side got? A Nintendo collection and a Lambourghini? Fuck the fuck off bitches.

Parasitic Infestation – I like the song. But the song is short. Which gets me thinking about something. Lividity has quite a few short songs. Para-sit-ic… I think if I were to show someone what Lividity sounds like, I’d give them this song. It kind of sums them up, in a perverted way, which is good because, you know, perversion.

Something’s Dead – Good Hoffman Brothers’ style riffs in this song. This song touches me because a long time ago we couldn’t figure out what this disgusting smell coming from under our house was. It got really pungent and then I knew. I just fucking knew. “Something’s dead” I said. And I was right. The mid-song sample throws me off because it absolutely ruins the fucking riff being played. I get it, I took science class! We dissected stuff and hey, you ever pluck a dead pigeon? Try it sometime. It ain’t like chicken. Different feel.

Tampered Flesh – Upon first glance, I thought this song was “Tampon Slash.” That’s what my eyes saw. I think this album is getting to me. I kept repeating the early songs and kept writing and I think it’s taken control of my faculties. I am seeing period blood and buttholes everywhere. Another short fast beating, this song. The drums. The drums are so fucking good.

Pussy-Lover Salivation – Me three! This fucking sample. Holy fuck, shut up, you taut wenches! Double-bass grinding bulldozer of FUCK right here, bud. This is the real diarrhea that you take after a night of heavy drinking. You know when you drank PBR all night and you shouldn’t have because PBR sucks. Most of this song is the sound your stomach makes while you’re on the toilet. I mean that in the most loving way possible. I really love this album.

The intertwining vocals here – I assume Dave and Von are trading off – are really fucking cool. I’m going to say now that I usually hate albums produced this well, but it works here. I can’t stand good production in metal. It goes against everything metal ever stood for. I turned to Black Metal in the 90s because everything was so god damn overproduced. That said, it REALLY WORKS HERE, in addition to being NEEDED in this day and age. We have a lot of bands recording on their cellphones (literally) and yeah, commit suicide please. Why do cool people kill themselves, but these kids recording music with phones are up here on the planet, jamming away? The production here is killer. It’s good and it fits. The band should be proud of this shit.

Perverseverance – Feedback swells as a lo-fi sounding riff plays… mid-tempo double bass begins to rise in the distance… This is the absolute best song on the album. This is what central Illinois sounds like. This song represents Decatur more than a million Nu-Core bands ever could. It feels, and sounds like, growing up in Hell.

https://lividity-map.bandcamp.com/

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Drowning: Lost City Riders (a 2008 TV movie review)

Lost City Riders, well, its title, has caught my attention almost immediately. I admit, I am a sucker for “lost city” stuff.

I’ve watched the movie once before, but I don’t remember anything of it, which is usually a bad sign, however, with the plethora of movies (and other spare-time-killing activities) available, that’s not really something to go along with – and you probably agree, you remember movies from your childhood, but hardly something you’ve watched a month ago on Netflix.

That might have to do something with the overall quality of the modern cinema, but I guess I am digressing here a bit..so let’s get back to our flick.

The movie was directed by Jean de Segonzac, mostly known for directing episodes of various TV series, and starring James Brolin, Ian Somerhalder, Bettina Zimmermann, Jamie Thomas King, Elodie Frenck, Michael Mendl, Jeremy Crutchley and Benn Cross,

Well, Lost City Riders is not a movie you’re gonna remember. A co-production between German TV channel ProSieben and Sci-fi Channel (before its rebranding to SyFy Channel), you’ve seen the plot rehashed a million times before (and couple hundreds after 🙂 ).

The global warming caused the flooding of the Earth, only 10 % of the surface is habitable, and we’re encountering our – you’ve guessed it – Lost City Riders, a family unit (a guy with two adopted sons), raiding the submerged buildings for profit.

Our family unit planning the entering and escaping.

Unbeknownst to his two adopted sons Jack (Ian Somerhalder) and Thomas (Jamie Thomas King), their stepfather John Kubiak (James Brolin) is on the mission of finding the legendary scepter of Sobek, Egyptian god of Nile, who – according to legend – controlled by it the rising and falling down the waters of the great river.

And as it’s usually the case, he’s not alone! Enters Nicholas Filiminov (Ben Cross) as a nefarious businessman trying to claim the scepter for himself to – well, you’ve guessed it again – make money!

Our villain Nicholas Filiminov (Ben Cross) confronting Giovanna Becker (Bettina Zimmermann)

To complete the picture, we have Bettina Zimmermann as Giovanna Becker, Jack’s old love, and because it would be bad to leave the other boy alone, here comes the rescue in the form of Elodie Frenck (Cara Cahill).

You know how it plays, right? Yes, it’s pretty straightforward, with a bad underwater CGI effects, the story doesn’t allow for any twists or surprises, but the scenes in the Chinese cave (yes, we are all over the world, from Vatican to Dresden to Chinese cave system) with the secret room built in it got me in stitches. The acting there was on the level I’ve expected it turning to a scene from a adult video movie any second! Anyway, don’t shoot at the pianist for the piano not being in tune, as they say.

Putting the rod into the hole…or something like that.

I am not sure if it’s me getting old and more tolerant of everything, but I myself was surprised to actually watch the whole movie without any interruptions. I think I can safely state it was due to the level of watchable silliness on the TV screen, quite certainly unintentional by the creators of the movie.

But it’s about entertainment, right? In that case, they’ve succeeded.

Not that I’m gonna re-watch it any time soon (if ever).

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Fragment Soul – Axiom of Choice (a review)

The link for these Greek doom melancholics arrived to my mailbox a long time ago, and I’ve almost forgotten about it. Yes, I know. Im am irresponsible sometimes.

However, I’ve started my spring cleaning also in my accounts and so I’ve come across Axiom of Choice – and what a beautiful album it is.

4 long compositions in 3 seconds over 42 minutes, that’s the progressive doom dessert from Greece. No feta cheese, though, that’s for sure.

You might know already that my musical tastes are all over the place, and although some might argue it won’t allow me to concentrate fully on a particular genre, I think it gives me an opportunity to enjoy music without too much of a comparison.

And therefore I can enjoy Fragment Soul and their work of art for what it is. And it’s a beautiful, melancholic, gloomy collection – however, not a depressive one, I’d say. It’s something you would play during the rainy day, laying alone in your bed and just floating in space of your thoughts and memories. For the fans of Draconian it might be pointed out, that Heike Langhans collaborated on this album, and there’s also a guest person – Egan O’Rourke from Daylight Dies.

I like it a lot. For a seasoned fans of the doom genre it might not be earth-shattering, and I’m not gonna argue it is. But if you want to spend 42:03 minutes of your life with an aural balsam for your ears and soul, this might be something you might like to check.

Album stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQupuFFlbOo

Malauriu – Malauriu (a 2022 album review)

Recently I’ve lent my ear to some nice black metal releases, so when I’ve got this promo from Italy for a review, it’s been only a matter of time when it will attack both my ears.

…and the day has come.

Malauriu are certainly no new-comers, haling from the Italian underground since 2013. I am not familiar with their previous output, but with the opening track, “Morto Era L’oro”, it is clear what they meant by “a new chapter of experimentation between dark ambient and Mediterranean sound”, which was the description they’ve used in the promo e-mail. Well, they haven’t lied.

The album contains 4 long compositions, the shortest one clocks in 10:52 (“Corpo Tempio), the longest will stay in your aural orifices for almost 12 minutes (11:50 long “Specula”).

A mix between ritualistic darkwave and a poetry reading, lyrics in Italian, along with the music itself, evoke the best moments of watching Italian horror/occult/supernatural movies – minus the video segment, of course.

Not much of a black metal per se, nevertheless, this is right in my comfort zone, as I’ll never say no to the atmosphere inducing soundscape.

The album will be released on April 1st, 2022, in a CD and digital format via the Italian label Nero Corvino, so if that’s your kind of music, you definitely won’t go wrong getting it.

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Costectomy/Nyctophagia – “Drone Hunting Missionaries For Sport” (a 2021 split review)

After some time spent checking not so usual music with my other webpage Indokult, dedicated to the Indonesian music , I’ve started craving some more unhinged underground music again. To be precise, good old goregrind and gorenoise. No, I won’t call it a “fix”, haha, but truth is – sometimes it’s just what the doctor has ordered. You know…going full circle and so forth…

Now, with the genre selected, the next important question was – with so much to choose from, what to play? For that, I’ve checked a Olga Lazarus’ new label Strangulation Furrow on Bandcamp. You might remember Olga from the interview I did with her for the Rubber Axe webzine here. Since then she’s relocated to the USA and started a new label, it’s only logical to show her some support! Yes, freaks, some support!!!

Olga is a busy bee and so far she has released some nice releases (mostly tapes, but also a CD and a 7” EP), plus she’s printing the t-shirts herself. Talk about some dedication here!

So, with that being said, I’ve chosen to review a split between Costectomy and Nyctophagia titled “Drone Hunting Missionaries For Sport”. 14 groovy tracks in total.

A tape version from Strangulation Furrow label

First to offer the putrid sonic fruits is Costectomy, which is Chud’s (Ulcerated Offal, Cystoblastosis, ex-Hit-Run Drivers etc.) project based in Eliot (Maine, USA). 6 tracks in total of great sounding goregrind (yes, the aforementioned groovy kind), enriched by the samples from the horror/gore movies, exactly the way I like it. You know, I love intros/outros! Damn, thinking about that, I am pretty much easily pleased, haha! Well, it’s true. However, when you are faced with stuff like this, that’s not so hard. Great stuff here. Oh, not to forget, the last song is a cover of Dysmenorrheic Hemmorage, “Affliction”.

The rest of the release belongs to Nyctophagia, currently an 1-man unstoppable grinding machine from Ohio and if you can count on your rotten fingers, you know that means 8 tracks left to enjoy!

Unlike Costectomy, Nyctophagia plays more of a little faster death/grind, more of a bulldozer than a groove, however I can’t complain here neither and so won’t you. Really, what’s here not to enjoy?

The split is over almost in no time – which is probably the only negative I can say about it. For those collectors of the physical release, this was released in 2021 on a pro CD-R by Costectomy Records (but according the info it’s already sold out) and Olga’s label has released it on in a tape version. Go check and grab it while you can!

Bandcamp: https://strangulationfurrowrecords.bandcamp.com/album/costectomy-nyctophagia-split

VA – Gorenoise megasplit vol. 1

It’s been quite a while since I’d reviewed anything gorenoise related. Gorenoise Megasplit volume 1, the compilation I’m going to write a few words about, was sent to me by our friends in the Italian label Nosevomit Records quite a long time ago, and I am ashamed to have waited for so long before reviewing it. Well, time to wait is over, let’s have a look how ugly this boy turned out to be!

Opening the compilation is Italian gorenoise project Bronchospasm with the track “Pneumoconiosis”, the cool 4:05 track and it’s quite interesting, not the typical blasting sh*t I’d expect, it’s more like an experimental noise track, with drums beats here and there, but straight away, I am impressed and I need to check this project little more closer. And, by the way, they are associated with this little record label: https://www.facebook.com/unauthorizedsurgeonsclub/

The second to dissect is another Italian pathology combo – Conforming To Survive – with the three tracks, “Severed Mutation of the Upper Limbs”, “Gnawing the Intestines” and “Cursed Flesh Grimoire”. Rehearsal recording, with a rather goregrind/noise chaos, and again, I am revelling in this! Building from the shortest track to the longest one (which clocks in 3:39), there’s plenty of filth to like here!

But then…it’s a gorenoise proper! American project Hydroencephalocystocele steals the show with its “13 Traxx Untitled” and for all those looking for a really cool gorenoise, now it’s the time. Bubbles and noise, what can go wrong, right? I’d welcome more variability here, but otherwise, can’t complain.

Mucopurulence’s section opens with a cool intro, which intro-duces (lol) us to to f*ckin awesome goregrind track “Copro Corpse Copulation”. This stuff raises the dead! Mucupurulence hails from Finland and because they kick ass, they offer 5 tracks here – Copro Corpse Mutilation, Putrid Bile of Shit, A Collection of Colons and Entrails, Ceaseless Violent Defecating, Choking on Swollen Tongue and Vomit – all the future classicks, I am sure! Not too long, not too short, they are perfect! I really enjoy these, and the song titles remind me of the times we used to come up with the most insane titles too!!!

This nice compilation closes with 5 gorenoise tracks (Adiction, Another Disease; Ear Atrocities, Head Hole, Inhuman Glass and Taenia Solium) from Saccopharynx. This Mexican project offers an interesting mix of blasting drums, bubbling, gurgling vokills…and probably even a kitchen sink thrown in for a good measure, and it works.

The whole compilation can be heard on the Nosevomit’s Bandcamp, and what’s even better, you can get a CD-R of it too!!! What are you waiting for then?

https://nosevomitrecords.bandcamp.com/album/gorenoise-megasplit-vol-i

Where fire burns eternally: Eternal Kingdom of Fire, volume 5 (digital promo review)

Those of you who read the Rubber Axe regularly, will might recall the review I’ve written for a previous release of this compilation series, namely volume 2.

Well, time flies and a few days ago a new batch has arrived to my mailbox, this time it was the latest invocation, namely the volume 5.

10 bands, 10 songs. However…what songs these are!

Opening this compilation tape is Winter Eternal from Greece (lately of Scotland, according to available information) with the song “Crown of Stars” (also on this project’s 2021 full length “Land of Darkness”). F**king brilliant tune, I can hardly think of a better opening. Interesting, well thought of, well played. And a well received here, that’s no doubt about that. I like the use of instruments and the melodies.

Russian strikeforce Ophidian Malice, on the other hand, take no prisoners and relentlessly bash the listener with their furious black metal vibe. “Saviour” is the song from their debut 2021 full-length “Disgusting Ritual” and it definitely shows the band in the good (un)light.

So far, I am really enjoying the comp.

With Skorbvstr, the raw black metal ferocity from Kentucky (USA) we have first exclusivity here, as I think their song “Diskusjonen er avsluttet” is available here only. I might be wrong though. I am little surprised with the use of, what is it Norwegian language?…but the guy might be from Scandinavia, so there’s that. As for the music, I have to admit I am starting to develop a certain liking for the raw BM (which, as many might know, is not one of my favourite subgenres), and there are some elements I really enjoy here.

“Pain Enshrouded Dirge” from Desecration Rites is our very next song, and the second longest offering from this compilation. I’d say there’s a certain inspiration from old Burzum (which is not a bad thing, what do you think?), and even it delivers the goods (so to speak) even with the simplicity of melody, riffs and hypnotic drumbeat. Well, you know…the old school, the good way.

Alpgeist hails from Bavaria (Germany) and presents to you their hymn “Moor in der Todtenau”. Yes, I can definitely say I like this approach a lot more than the raw BM subgenre. Dark, melancholic and melodic, I really like the guitar riffs here…the whole song is one welcoming energy boost in my current depressive mood. Can a black metal song be viewed as a positive booster? I’d say so, so this applies. I am really loving this one.

Zmyrna can be classed as Alpgeist’s neighbour, as guys come from Czech Republic, and their “Pagus Maledictus” offers yet another fascinating look into the black metal subgenre – guys not only sing about mystical stuff and medieval life, their music also evokes the fires of the dark ages and the suffering through the ages. This song is certainly a weird one, very unexpected, but as I’ve said – fascinating (in a good sense). The song itself comes from their only material to date, the 2021 self-titled EP.

And now, ladies and gentlemen – the longest track of this compilation. Necrodes and “Swept Away”, from its 2021 full-length “Isolation”. Wow, what a vocal! Imagine maniacal, hysterical cries with some gurgling and you might start to have an idea. Although, I guess the best bet is to have a listen. However, I think more of DSBM than atmospheric BM here, but that’s just my opinion. Unfortunately, these days I am rarely fond of long compositions and I’ve got a little bored here, sorry.

Necrocarnation hails from Germany now, but from what I could find, they are from Argentina, and on this nice compilation they bring to your attention their black/death metal sacrifice with their song “Antarctic”, which is also the opener of their 2020 EP “Fragments of Dark Eternity”. And I have to say, I like this stuff! Especially vokills, which sound really killer! Kudos to the compiler, as I really welcome the diversity of the subgenres while still being true to the black metal genre as a whole.

Finnish duo Svartheim play strict black metal, which might sound a little generic nowadays, but I think they are aware of that, so they enrich their song “Vaiettu” (which comes from their 2021 full length debut “Black Metal Finland”) with the interesting dual vocals. And it works. Personally, I don’t really give a damn about similarity between songs or bands – if I like it, I like it, period. And Svartheim would be on my playlist. It’s simple, yet effective.

And the last band to enjoy from this compilation is Necro Forest from Croatia, with the song “Hate Divison”. Raw black metal, with little NSBM leaning, I’d guess. I am little disappointed with the sort of a ripping off Mayhem’s “Freezing Moon” in the beginning of the song , because when it starts properly, it’s not bad at all! But I think Norwegian legends have their impact on many bands…it’s not that big of an issue, but I thought it would be good to mention that. Also, likeable song.

So, that’s all, folks. Good, bad? Well, for me, undoubtedly a great compilation. I think I can safely say – I can play this without skipping a song. And that’s quite a feat.

Get it from Ancient Cult Records, while you can. Get in touch with the label via e-mail: aniquilacionsatanicapro@yahoo.com

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