I always wondered what I liked better. Brutal, harsh Death Metal, or just vile and terrible Black Metal. And the answer is, it depends. After all, both genres hunt in the same or similar corners of the metal’s smelly underbelly. Yet, quite often, Death Metal gives a songwriter much better traction for all sorts of debaucheries. And whilst the blackened folks are steeped in tradition and self-inflicted rules,1) the deathly ones can let loose any which way they choose. Yet again, some of them forgot that just brutalizing the audience like some abominable monstrosity may not necessarily lead to … [...] Click to raid more!
Authenticity speaks. And that’s a true statement for extreme metal music, the same as it is for everything else. And that’s how the folks over at Gort seriously got on our good side back in 2017 with their EP A Morte Ad Mortem. Traditional fare right from the fiery pit, their style spoke to us. And mind you, there was nothing new to see there. Just, sturdy, vile blackened fare straight out of Scandinavia’s church-burning school.
But since then, the silence of the lambs befell the murky depths whence the band dwells. A devilish quiet with not a peep … [...] Click to raid more!
Sometimes I yearn for that basic, barebone sound. Rough-hewn, deathly rhythms unspoiled by modern tropes. Downturned, scratchy guitar riffs, drum work to beat you senseless, and growls that seem to emanate from one of the special corners of the Lightbringer’s abode. Olden times revived through metal-fused nostalgia? Yeah, kind of.
It’s during one of those discovery sessions, rummaging through the vilest dregs of that blackened soul, that Ensanguinate plunged into the review pipe. But it’s not only the intriguing band name that kinda stopped us in our tracks but also Eldritch Anatomy‘s album cover. Made by none other than … [...] Click to raid more!
I thought long and hard if Belphegor should become part of our long list of Extreme metal bands on the ‘zine. After all, they sold their blackened souls for the better part of some 30 years of unholy service. And they kept true to their credo pretty much throughout their impressive career. “Gloriam Satanas”, anyone? And we had our share of trve black metallers on the RMR beat. So, where would all those doubts suddenly emerge from?
First, there is the age-old discussion about Belphegor and right-wing involvement. And I know, that argument is a bit hypocritical at best … [...] Click to raid more!