War Metal

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War Metal, also known as Bestial Black Metal, is a style of metal music that fuses elements of black metal and death metal, but is considered district from more traditional black/death metal fusions and blackened death metal sounds. Though considered a sub-genre of black metal, the genre does draw extensively from death metal as well, with death metal style growling being a prominent feature of the style, compared to other types of black metal which favour a more raspy style. This can often lead to misidentification of war metal bands, especially since the style also eschews many of the black metal genre's other typical traits, such as trebly tremolo picked guitar playing, which is often replaced by fast, down-tuned power crowds. The production sound of war metal tends to come across as muddy and chaotic, rather than cold and atmospheric.

Canada's Blasphemy are commonly considered to be the first band to truly play the genre known as war metal. Other reasonably known names in the field include Archgoat and Morbosidad. The genre remains, however, a very niche style that few play and even fewer can claim familiarity with.

War metal can also draw on grindcore, especially in regard to playing speed and the tendency for artists to write short songs, with many war metal albums clocking in at under forty or even thirty minutes. Though not as associated with grindcore as it is death metal, some artists have been credited for fusing war metal and grindcore together, such as Revenge from Canada.

The name of the genre comes from the prevalent themes of war and nuclear holocaust that artists of the genre use, though like with any style of metal war metal bands can cover any kind of subject matter and in this respect the more accurate name for the style is actually Bestial Black Metal. However War Metal is the name more commonly used and as such is the name displayed on Metal Music Archives.

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WEREGOAT Pestilential Rites Of Infernal Fornification

Album · 2017 · War Metal
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Formed in 2009 in Portland, Oregon, the war metal masters WEREGOAT followed in the footsteps of other war metal pioneers such as Teitanblood, Blasphemy, Archgoat and Beherit. In accord with their influences, the bestial black metal band WEREGOAT continued the depravation by releasing two EPs in 2011 and 2013 with a split with Diocletian appearing in between. Finally in 2017 they release their first full-length release PESTILENTIAL RITES OF INFERNAL FORNICATION and prove that they have what it takes to summon the attention of the darkened gutter world with a extraordinarily strong bestial debut release. Very much in the vein of Blasphemy or any of the aforementioned bands WEREGOAT practice a darkened ritual of heavy aggressive and fast downtuned power chords, grindcore bursts of frenetic energy and traces of death metal never too far behind. While the chords have that staunch black metal wall of sound buzz saw effect, the riffs have more of a death metal edge to them as do the growled lower register vocals that don’t have that famous black metal shrieked rasp.

PESTILENTIAL RITES OF INFERNAL FORNICATION is an wickedly perverse venture into the world of musical degeneracy with relentless musical fortitude forging new ways into every taboo subject possible. The album cover pretty much sums up what you’ll experience on this one and the music does feel like a horror film to a forced spawning session of Satan while the dark priests gaze in admiration of their master as he violently gestates his bloodline in the most unthinkable ways possible. Musically this has a very strong relation to early second wave black metal with some of the more energetic bands like Gorgoroth and Marduk coming to mind but delivered with a hybridization of that early death metal sound that Morbid Angel was known for with those pummeling heavily distorted riffs and the sudden unexpected squealing guitar solos. There are even some nice guitar tricks that make the squeals sound like a horse in the midst of an infernal battle as the war frenzy commences.

Vile and repugnant as fuck, WEREGOAT prove that there is a fiercely staunch underground splinter of the black metal world that refuses to add symphonic elements, cute cuddly melodies or even one tiny element of compromise. While many a war metal band can sound pretty monotonous after experiencing a 38 minute time run, WEREGOAT find ways to deliver dynamic shifts despite the unrelenting brutality and hellish overtones blasted out in every note. Even the slower parts are pure evil and exude the whiff of sacrificial blood and semen stained corpses. I find this debut by WEREGOAT to be an excellent example of taking all the most extreme elements of both the black and death metal universes and fusing them together like a Satanic centaur roaming the caverns of Hades. The album titles say it all. You will truly feel “Molested By Evil” as you observe how the “Forked Tongue Lashes Between The Virgin’s Thighs”. This album will keep you “Under The Whip” as “Malediction Command” evokes the “Goatlust Invocation” until one can’t cease from “Screaming Forth Endless Blasphemies and Emitting Foul Seed upon the Pitiful Face of Benevolence.”

BLASPHEMY Blood Upon the Altar

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 1989 · War Metal
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In the 80s when the Satanic bowels of hell were giving birth to deformed fetuses only partially infused with slimy maggoty life, they were endowed with a spark of pure evil which gave them the impetus to create massive quantities of musical mayhem in the name of hate of religion, death, pain and misanthropy. Such creatures became the early nascent forms of black metal such as Celtic Frost, early Bathory and Mayhem. But some were irradiated by melted down nuclear reactors and Satanic sludge that mutated them into maniacal creatures so vile and repugnant that they took pure musical aggression where it had never gone before.

True musical bleakness was born in the fire pits of Vancouver, BC with the help of BLASPHEMY which on their first demo / EP release BLOOD UPON THE ALTER is the first fully developed example of war metal, which is a highly aggressive and chaotic type of metal that sounds a lot like death metal in its musical hostility but incorporates the anti Christian philosophies and misanthropic vile of what black metal would become famous for. On this release we hear a typified war metal sound solidly unleashing pure hostility rather than atmosphere much in the same as early black turned thrash bands like Sepultura or Sarcófago. There is a hardcore crust punk brevity to the tracks with occasional high pitched guitar solos.

Unlike most black metal from the second wave onwards that developed a certain template for the sub genre, war metal does not engage in a trebly lo-fi veneer with lightning fast tremolo picking but rather murky, muddy bleakness with emphasis on the bass with tortured vocals more akin to death than the shrieks more familiar with black. While many a black metal band lays the Satanic imagery and lyrics on a bit thick, war metal bands like BLASPHEMY are known for the outrageous and unrelenting over-the-top approach to their darkness. If you like the loudest, crudest and most obnoxious music ever to assault the ear drums then all roads lead back to BLASHPHEMY and their debut release BLOOD UPON THE ALTER, which boldly adopts the imagery and lyrics of Slayer, Mayhem, Possessed, Bathory and others and injects a healthy dose of Satanic steroids to conjure up one massive mess of sonic assault. Check em out if you dare!

REVENGE Scum.Collapse.Eradication

Album · 2012 · War Metal
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On Scum.Collapse.Eradication Revenge continue the pattern set by previous Revenge albums: crossbreeding the hardest, ugliest, most hateful aspects of black metal and grindcore (the black metal side juuuuust about wins out), the band unleash a lightning-fast assault on the senses. The grunting, pig-like vocals reminiscent of a death metal singer on bath salts complete the picture. In short, this isn't an album which gives much of a toss about accessibility; instead, it declares war on the listener and doesn't let up until the album's done. Not a cheerful album by any means, but worth hitting up if you're in the market for a shot of pure adrenaline.


Demo · 1996 · War Metal
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Genre: black metal

One of Australia's most extreme bands ever, Bestial Warlust were active in the 1990s and must be said to have a cult, nay, a kvlt, status these days. The members have since split up and moved on to other projects, including Destroyer 666 and Vomitor, but Bestial Warlust's violent music remains.

The wonderfully titled "Satans Fist" was a demo released back in 1996, but has now been reissued on Hell's Headbangers. The three tracks on the album are violent blastbeat-filled black metal tracks in the vein of Mayhem and other early second wave black metal bands from the Norwegian scene. Not exactly original, but rich in chaos and evil, the three tracks should appeal to hardcore fans of the genre.

The production is considerably fuzzy, which makes sense, given that this release stems from the 90s. What is interesting is that, rather than your average black metal type of production, the sound has more of a death metal feel to it, while the music is decidedly black metal.

A dark gem in the world of black metal, "Satan's Fist" should appeal to fans of the rawer and more violent type of black metal.

NOCTURNAL BLOOD Devastated Graves - The Morbid Celebration

Album · 2010 · War Metal
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Death calls...

Genre: blackened death metal

Music can be extreme in many ways. Nocturnal Blood's "Devastated Graves - The Morbid Celebration" is extremely raw, opting for a lo-fi production and primitive riffage.

While categorized as a black metal band, Nocturnal Blood's "Devastated Graves - The Morbid Celebration" strikes me as leaning more towards a death metal aesthetic - especially in the riffage which, while primitive, does not display the tense dissonance that characterizes most black metal these days. Moreover, the vocals are growled and do not have the archetypical screechy quality of black metal vocals.

The production is very raw, and the heavy use of reverb on the vocals make the production even more fuzzy and muddy than it already is. While the music itself leans more towards primitive death metal, the production is more inclined towards black metal.

A very raw blend of death metal and black metal, the music on this album is an acquired taste - one which I have admittedly not acquired yet - but if you like raw, dirty, and primitive blackened death metal, then you should- check out the onslaught of evil that is "Devastated Graves - The Morbid Celebration".

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