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Black Metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal. It often employs fast tempos, shrieked vocals, highly distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, double-kick drumming, and unconventional song structure.

During the 1980s, certain thrash metal bands established a prototype for black metal. This so-called "first wave" included bands such as Venom, Bathory, Hellhammer and Celtic Frost. A "second wave" emerged in the early 1990s, which consisted primarily of Norwegian bands such as Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone, Immortal and Emperor. This scene developed the black metal style into a distinct genre.

Black metal has been met with considerable hostility from mainstream culture, mainly due to the misanthropic and anti-Christian ideology of many artists. Additionally, some musicians have been associated with church burnings, murder or National Socialism. For these reasons and others, black metal is often viewed as an underground form of music.

Black Metal Sub-Genres

Atmospheric Black Metal

Depressive Black Metal

Melodic Black Metal

Pagan Black Metal

Symphonic Black Metal

War Metal

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_metal

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CRAFTEON Cosmic Reawakening

Album · 2017 · Melodic Black Metal
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I have no idea where this 2017 album came from, but somehow it has made its way from Denver, Colorado all the way to Oxford, New Zealand. From what I have been able to discover, this is the only release to date, although according to their FB site they have been working on the next album. Their music is based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, while the name ‘Crafteon’ itself is a play on words of "Lovecraftian" and "aeon”. The band have a suitably unusual logo, interesting artwork, all wear corpse paint and have given themselves suitable names, so we have Lord Mordiggian (vocals, guitar), Fthaggua (lead guitar, backing vocals), Ithaqua (bass, backing vocals) and Rhagorthua (drums). It all adds up to one thing, right? Black metal. Well, yeah, but…

Although their music is based within the black metal genre, it is way more melodic than one would normally expect and incorporates elements of power metal and bring in early Metallica and even Amon Amarth. Some of the guitar solos are straight out of the “normal” heavy metal area, while the bass is deep and raw enough to sound as if Ithaqua has been studying the works of Chris Squire. Lyrically, Mordiggian (or Josh Mortensen to his mum) has an interesting approach that initially he wanted to write lyrics based on Lovecraft, but felt he was unable to do this justice. So he used what was in the public domain and turned Lovecraft’s words into lyrics, amending where there was no other choice. Overall this is an incredibly accessible album, and one I can imagine people coming to even if they are not normally interested in the genre. Melodic at all times, yet still keeping true to certain elements of black metal, with vocals which have been influenced by Darkthone, and plenty of riffing, it is certainly interesting. I do think the drumming could have been more powerful and provide more balance and dynamics instead of relying so much on double bass drum pedals, but I am somewhat surprised they have yet to be signed as they have a powerful image to go with the music so it will be interesting to see how they progress with the next one.

SXUPERION Satanic Idol Whoreship

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Occult black metal is a wily beast with an unpredictability tantamount to Madonna’s ever morphing hair color and it is futile to prognosticate as to where it will spring up on the far reaches of planet Earth. Like summoned demons rising up from the thermal geological hot springs that surround it, SXUPERION has risen in the small town of Mammoth Lakes, CA which exists as the epicenter for the bestial war metal that has gestated in this madman’s mind since this debut EP entered out dimension in 2011. The Sierra Nevada mountain range that separates California’s Central Valley from the high elevations of the Great Basin in Nevada will never be the same.

SATANIC IDOL WORSHIP sprang forth in 2011 to haunt the world with seven tracks of lo-fi inter-dimensional sonic outbursts of bestial wrath created solely by Lord SXUPERION himself. Fortified for the love of all things science fiction based and even more for all things occult, SATANIC IDOL WOSHIP bows to the alter of the dark forces with six darkened hymns followed by the title track. Following in the footsteps of the war mongers of yore such as Blasphemy, Archgoat and the legion of war metal soldiers who have come and gone, SXUPERION distinguishes himself with a knack for embedding a number of field samples, avant-garde musical scales and experimental themes of transcendence into the darkened dimensions behind the scenes.

Undulating waves of bestial black metal bombast, tremolo guitar passages accented by blastbeats and zigzagging musical motifs lay waste to hope, extinguish light and foster the ultimate fear, dread and despair with the power of funeral doom metal only amplified by the bestial brutality of a black metal deviancy. Crushing and torturous sonic demons resonate from the open pits of hell to haunt and slay the angelic guardians that stand between salvation and the ultimate surrender to the dark forces that attack from every conceivable angle. That which has not only been lost in the fiery pits of hell but are here to incinerate every microcosm of illumination and your soul will be digested and incorporated into the building blocks of the darkest masters awaiting. Dramatic flares of black metal fury banter and wane into ethereal surrealism where choirs chant the unchantable and Satanic portals are punctured into the fabric of space-time.

After six terrifying hymns of utter bleakness that exercise the careful constructs that walk the thin line between unbridled beastial brutality and darkened ritual ambience, this eerily effective EP that will sear your soul closes with one of the most darkened atmospheric conclusions that i’ve encountered on a black metal album. As the sun rises and the dark forces retreat to the ethers that surround as the album ends, nigh are the forces that unexpectedly devour the energies of ascension and consume the carcasses of care. SXUPERION’s mission has only begun and yet the forces of evil have grown strong. This is the soundtrack to the demonic plagues that have usurped control, a world where the dark magus waves one magic wand and the army of the soulless behave as one. Welcome to the world of SXUPERION.

DEATHSPELL OMEGA The Furnaces of Palingenesia

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Palingenesis or PALINGENESIA is the concept of rebirth which is used in disparate subjects such as philosophy, theology, politics and biology but also appropriately applies to one of the metal universe’s most mysterious avant-garde blackened bands that lurks in the shadows somewhere in Poitiers, France, namely DEATHSPELL OMEGA. Having begun as a mere Darkthrone inspired clone, the first rebirth found this band taking the world by storm with the lauded trilogy of albums that not only created some of the most technical and adventurously progressive black metal workouts in the known universe but single-handedly advanced the Satanic metaphysical principles of the black metal paradigm to an advanced occult theology that relied heavily on the themes of French surrealist Georges Bataille and the German idealist Georg Wilhem Friedrich Hegel but nonetheless reanimated them in extreme metal grandeur. The results were simultaneously eerily frightening and deviously delicious.

Having released six albums, several EPs and splits that pretty much found DOS sticking to their established paradigm, the band returns for their seventh official full-length album THE FURNACES OF PALINGENESIA which finds the power trio of vocalist Mikko Aspa, bassist Khaos and guitarist Hasjari emerging from the scenes in order to provide yet another bantering boisterous assault of unadulterated evil. While no drummer is credited, this anonymous entity returns to the pummelation power throne for another round of jazzy progressive blastbeats as well as the standard laissez-faire percussive drive that finds THE FURNACES OF PALINGENESIA revisiting the DOS playbook as well as integrating new unexpected sources of inspiration into its ever expanding liturgy of the darkened metaphysical tomes of the esoteric underworld.

Opening with the by now familiarity of spidery jangled guitar dissonance on “Neither Meaning Nor Justice,” the album begins much like “Paracletus” as it gets right down to business with the raspy vocal utterances emerging from the post-metal cyclically looped riffs in a mid-tempo prowl. Right off the bat, the subtleties are apparent as to how this album slightly differs from the previous releases. While the shock and uniqueness of DOS has long worn off and the avant-garde bombast and stylistic idiosyncrasies have become inured to the hardened musical masochists, the band constantly seeks new methods to infuse clever new twists and turns into the overwrought orotundity which loses none of its frenetic and soul searing prowess. Heavier atmospheric murkiness lurks over the compositions in opposition to previous albums. While ambience and mood enhancing electronica have always served the dark side well, on this album they work in tandem to steer the pearlescent obliqueness into more dynamic chunks of the blackened expressionisms.

While 2016’s “The Synarchy of Molten Bones” sounded more like a summary of the most aggressive attributes of the DOS stylistic approach, THE FURNACES OF PALINGENESIA engages the post-rock and psychedelic softer aspects and the extremes of “Fas-Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum.” Dare i even say that many of the compositions on PALINGENESIA are slightly less demanding at least in the frenetic display of zigzagging through various angularities and tend to focus on the post-rock / cyclical riffing loops that display variations through dynamics and instrumental interactions that ratchet up the tension to pyroclastic explosive bouts of bombastic bravado. While the standard DOS expectations are the status quo, “Standing on the Work of Slaves” comes off as distinct in that it has a nonchalant military march sort of percussive drive as well as a more standard tremolo display of black metal guitar fury.

With 11 songs that clock in near the 45 minute mark, DOS recorded this album live in the studio and mixed it all on analog gear which continues the band’s fascination with classic 70s progressive rock only expressed through the lens of the Satanic underbelly of the black metal exemplar that brings forth the demonic dementia of the philosophical underpinnings. For those well steeped in the sonic psychic attacks of the DEATHSPELL OMEGA idiosyncrasies, THE FURNACES OF PALINGENESIA will continue the journey into the belly of the beast for another well established display of black metal magic performed through the menacing skull-crushing antics of one of black metal’s most ambitious and consistently terrifying underground realities and while THE FURNACES OF PALINGENESIA may not usurp the majesty of the impacts made by the Satnaic trilogy albums, it certainly does not disappoint in keeping the DOS ferocity alive and well. This band is in no danger of selling out or becoming a parody of themselves and while i find this album less compelling than those that preceded, it certainly warrants the essential status within the band’s ever expanding continual canon.

ANAL VOMIT Demoniac Flagellations

Album · 2004 · Black Metal
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Sometimes a metal band just doesn’t give a flying fuck and simply wants to crank some seriously evil shit. Take a little of the origins of Venom, the filthy proto-death metal of early Sepultura and Slayer as well as the incessant rage of early Morbid Angel and add a little war metal of Blasphemy and just making some fucking noise. The Lima, Peru based ANAL VOMIT did just that and as the band’s name suggests, this is a no nonsense evil as fuck monster of a metal band that just wants to flip the word a million middle fingers.

The band formed in 1992 but didn’t release this debut album DEMONIAC FLAGELLATIONS until 2004 but successfully and staunchly retained an old school death metal sound that kept some thrash elements such as the rhythmic pummelations as well as the evil grit of black metal. Lyrics are both in English and Spanish. The band conjures up a true blast from the past when Slayer was still considered the most evil band in metal and naked virgins about to be sacrificed by a goat head Satan donned in blood red album cover ink was da bomb!

While i was expected some generic crap with a name like ANAL VOMIT i’m actually pleasantly surprised with this one! The riffs are ferociously angry as they gallop at the speed of light and sound like a blend of grindcore and a more blackened form of early Morbid Angel. Noizer’s vocal style is off the chart evilly demented and comes off as a bestial ravenous garbled subdued scream and the bass and drums are in almost permanent blastbeat mode. There are a few samples for sound effects and squealing guitar solos that definitely reminisce of the early death metal squalor of Morbid Angel but the overall feel is much faster and far more evil than anything from the early 90s. Once in a while Noizer sounds like a mutant castrato!

After twelve years of depravity and record deals gone wrong, the band managed to release a few splits as well as even more lineup changes but once this spawn from the fiery pits of hell finally dropped this bomb on the word in 2004 and has been on a rampage ever since. These guys really made it sound like a depraved drug induced cult that joined the Mayhem fan club and were ready to commit mass murder. This is a brutal death metal experience in a bleak blackened war march to the death. While i can’t say this is ridiculously original, it is a ferociously fun little beast of incessant metal bombast. ANAL VOMIT, who’da thunk it?

DEATHSPELL OMEGA Mass Grave Aesthetics

EP · 2008 · Black Metal
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DEATHSPELL OMEGA are notorious for releasing EPs between their full-length albums, however this band has also released non-album material on multi-band splits starting as far back as the year 2000, the same year as the band’s debut album “Infernal Battles.” The sprawling sonic banter that has been titled MASS GRAVE AESTHETICS made its first debut all the way back in 2005 on the four-way split album “From The Entrails To The Dirt” which was featured as the last track following the bands Malicious Secrets, Antaeus and Mütilation. While this originally was released between the first two installments of the Satanic trilogy albums, the 19 minute 43 second track was released independently as a 2008 EP between the second two episodes of 2007 “Fas-Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum” and 2010’s “Paracletus.”

The track’s epigram was directly taken from the writings of the French satirical poet, anarchist, polemicist, essayist, and translator, Laurent Taihade whose works caused quite a societal stir in 1890s Paris. This excellent track would make Monsieur Taihade proud as it showcases DEATHSPELL OMEGA’s supreme rule over the black metal domain with yet another chilling and crushing mix of dark ambient atmospheric creepiness in unholy cahoots with highly technical buzzsaw pyrotechnics blessed by dark angels and Satan himself. The mid-2000s were DSO’s most innovative time when they found their own calling and the right techniques for breaking through the crowded black metal world. MASS GRAVE AESTHETICS sits comfortably side by side with “Fas-Ite..” as it incorporates all the same diverse masteries of dark psychological warfare via fear porn in the form of sonic intensity.

MASS GRAVE AESTHETICS begins with crackling static as if Satan himself had portaled from the depths of hell to attend the performance. The now-standard jangly dissonant guitar riffs that take a post-metal cyclical loop build the tension until the sudden onslaught of dissonant bombast allows vocalist Mikko Aspa to narrate the darkened Satanic diatribe and ratchet up the tension while the nuclear blasts of distortion and percussive pummelation are dropped like a bomb. Sudden stops allow the ethereal surreality of choirs tucked away in the background to shine through for brief moments but when the black metal frenzy begins again, the intensity is increased exponentially as every possible juggernaut of black metal fury is implemented. The pattern continues throughout this near 20 minute experience as dark ambient interludes allow blood-curdling industrial sounds to terrorize and gestate fear but always lead back to the most technically demanding and bombastic black metal outbursts of the entire metal universe.

DSO are masters of contrast and on this one-shot track that contains a whole album’s worth of intensity, the listener is treated to a series of stylistic shifts with an infinite number of guitar variations, bass grooves and percussive outbursts. The band changes things slowly at first like a slumbering salamander creeping through the dampened forest leaves that have dropped as winter approaches yet can burst into uncontrollable rage at the drop of a hat with impeccable time signature changes finding each musician in tandem and delivering lethal doses of orotundity. This is amongst DSO’s most developed works and sits amongst the very top of their canon in terms of not only intensity and technical wizardry but in sheer compositional prowess unlike any others. Like its counterpart “Fas-Ite,” MASS GRAVE AESTHETICS is one of the most frightening musical experiences that one can possible imagine where the darkness recesses of the human mind are pried open and sonic demons are allowed to impishly play mischievous tricks on the frail human psyche. Of course i looooove it!

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ENSLAVED Live Retaliation

Movie · 2003 · Black Metal
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No reviews yet & only 3 ratings for the great ENSLAVED's 1st video production? To quote Will Smith, "That...is unacceptable." Live Retaliation is a very worthy representation of ENSLAVED live. The concert itself is a bit short, but the band shows its skill in playing their varied and fairly complex music. They play a good mix of their oldest songs and more recent ones; Monumension was the band's most recent album at the time.

The audio tracks are a very nice addition, for folks who don't own a lot of their records. Grutle doesn't interact extensively with the audience in concert, beyond introducing the songs & band members. However, that's a problem I have with the great majority of live concerts. The audio quality could be clearer at times, but I'm quibbling. If you love some progressive rock along with your extreme metal, nobody does it better than ENSLAVED. This is well worth your time and money!

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