Death Worship – Extermination Mass MLP/MCD 5/5 (1)

Nuclear War Now! Productions

Release: 15 March 2017

Back in 2013, when the imposing specter of Death Worship first surreptitiously announced its impending presence, the collective response from those who witnessed its blasphemous annunciation was one of sheer anticipation. During the ensuing three years in which the band has meticulously crafted the final touches on its debut recording, that well-deserved anticipation slowly morphed to a palpable degree into impatience and even disbelief in the project’s eventual outcome. Now, with the long-awaited release of its Extermination Mass MLP, Death Worship is certain to silence the Johnny-come-latelies who have not endured long enough to recognize that the most worthy monuments are those that were not conceived of and erected overnight.

Invoked by the “Deathlord of Abomination and War Apocalypse” (AKA R. Förster of Conqueror/Blasphemy), performing all six- and four-stringed strangulations and lead vocals, and joined by “Nocturnal Grave Desecrater and Black Winds” (Blasphemy) on additional vocals and J. Read (Conqueror/Revenge) on session percussion, the collective pedigree of Death Worship’s members is second to none. Naturally, the initial anticipation of and later impatience for this release are a direct result of the legacies that these musicians have established through their current and former bands, and those who had hoped for a comparable result are not to be dissatisfied.

Combining the utter violence of Conqueror and Revenge with the songwriting insensibilities of Blasphemy, Extermination Mass achieves a perfect balance among the three bands with whom its members are most closely associated. R. Förster’s songwriting is very much aligned with that of Blasphemy, and it is characterized by more discernible riffs than many newer bestial black metal bands who often rely, to varying degrees of success, on a more obfuscated wall of noise to achieve their effect. Additionally, Förster’s knack for dropping in a well-placed and executed guitar lead is readily apparent on this recording. The Conqueror/Revenge influence is obviously most appreciable in J. Read’s signature, militarily-precise and violent percussion, which shifts tempo with less subtlety and more frequency than Blasphemy is prone to do.

Perhaps as noteworthy as the songwriting and musicianship of Death Worship is the high level of attention paid to the depth of production on the recording, a trait which closely mimics that of Blasphemy’s infamous Blood Upon the Altar demo and one which owes itself to the experience of Fiasco Bros. Recording Studios, who recorded said demo along with several other recordings attributed to the Ross Bay Cult.

With Extermination Mass, Death Worship affirms that the Superion once again has arisen, and the Cult is alive and well.

 

New Release: Sacrificio – Guerra Eterna, add this to your wishlist! 5/5 (1)

Artist: Sacrificio Album: Guerra Eterna Genre: Black Metal Origin: Spain Year: 2016 Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
Artist: Sacrificio
Album: Guerra Eterna
Genre: Black Metal
Origin: Spain
Year: 2016
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions

sacrificio-logoBlack Metal, a dynamic genre that has a depth greater than the ocean itself. There are bands that create something new, yet it is boring. There are bands that arrive that are just regurgitations of the past. There are bands that made a sound in this genre that are the staple, the epitome, the pinnacle. This is a genre that very rarely has something new, original, unique, fresh, and heavy as fuck in the traditional sense. Then comes Sacrificio‘s Guerra Eterna, I will cut my fucking tongue out right now for ever saying that black metal cannot surprise me any more.

Sacrificio‘s Guerra Eterna is an amazingly original throw back to proto-black metal without being any type of retro garbage. This is pure fucking black metal. You can feel the stagnant evil lingering in the air while this album spins… it’s fucking amazing. This is a piece of art that you do not come across every day, and it makes you tread lightly as this album will fuck you up!

This album is a giant fuck you to the second wave of black metal and all its clones that exist. Fuck off nowaday’s black metal and listen to fucking Sacrificio‘s Guerra Eterna. You better get this sick album when it drops December 9TH.
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IRON BONEHEAD PRODUCTIONS, in conspiracy with NUCLEAR WAR NOW! PRODUCTIONS, is proud to present SACRIFICO‘s highly anticipated debut album, Guerra Eterna. Hailing from Spain, SACRIFICIO caused a stir in the underground with the release of their self-titled mini-album in 2014, which was also jointly released by IRON BONEHEAD and NUCLEAR WAR NOW! Chained in conservationism as a strict principle, the trio raised the banner of black metal’s first generation and reinvigorated its standards with Sacrificio. But now, with Guerra Eterna, these true warriors of the occult have eclipsed that feat by creating a humid mass of idiosyncratic, eldritch energy: a soundfield/headspace fully unified, a statement of steely, blood-drenched intent.

Like its debut short-length predecessor, SACRIFICIO‘s Guerra Eterna bristles and brims with the same strange intensity that earmarked the most unexpected and darkest latitudes of Columbia, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary in ancient times. Verily, it is BLACK METAL, vociferously and vigorously, without parentheticals or qualifiers or other weakening aspects of nowadays “black metal.” And yet, throughout its staunch songwriting and more strident execution, Guerra Eterna finds SACRIFICIO in an advanced state of evolution, even if that “evolution” is inversely a sort of devolution, shackled as they are to the swirling scuzz that equally nods to the pioneering works of early deathrash legends and the contemporaneous bestiality of elder South American climes. Further, the production on the album is even more rounded and robust than the mini-album: as ever utilizing supposedly “arcane” methods of tube distortion and tape compression, it reveals aggression and mystery equally in a more pronounced manner.

Warriors summon to the bugle sound of death marches and bloodshed, intoning anthems of a timeless black metal apocalypse. Fierceness of colossal might unbounded, throughout barbarous aeons of atrocious warfare. Devastation and misery overrule for eternity. Only the dead will see the end of war…this is the sound of SACRIFICIO‘s Guerra Eterna.

Abigail – The Final Damnation 5/5 (1)

Artist: Abigail Album: The Final Damnation Genre: Black Thrash Origin: Japan Year: 2016 Label: NWN!
Artist: Abigail
Album: The Final Damnation
Genre: Black Thrash
Origin: Japan
Year: 2016
Label: NWN!

Firstly, I would like to express that Abigail is the band that introduced me to the extreme metal scene of Japan. From there I found many other bands of varying extreme genres of music including black metal, death metal, grind, hardcore and crust from the land of the rising sun. I personally own every full length release of Abigail‘s, including an original CD pressing of Forever Street Metal Bitch from Drakkar Productions, a few splits and a demo. There is not a single bad thing that Abigail or associated acts (Tiger Junkies, Barbatos, Cut-Throat) have released. I have been waiting to hear some Bulldozing Black Thrash from Abigail since Barbatos‘s Straight Metal War album released last year. HERE IT FUCKING IS BITCHES AND DICKS THE FINAL DAMNATION!

I got a sample of this album and man does it fucking kick ass! This is the best I have heard Abigail and that is saying a lot. The Final Damnation is an onslaught of bulldozing bass, shredding guitars, and cut-throat vo-kills. I will definitely be adding The Final Damnation to the Abigail collection

Abigail and Nuclear War Now! have been the closest of allies since they first agreed to release the band’s seminal debut album, Intercourse and Lust, on vinyl in 2002, which was shortly thereafter followed by the band’s first mini-tour of the U.S., also under the sponsorship of NWN! Over the next nine years, the label released two subsequent Abigail full-lengths as well as several EPs and, most recently, the Lord of Satan compilation of some of the band’s earliest recordings. During this time, Abigail’’s sound and themes have morphed to some degree, but their ability to successfully incorporate a consistent core of different influences has always remained. Whereas their earliest output afforded them status as one of the archetypal Japanese black metal bands, along with others like Sabbat and Sigh, later recordings exhibited a greater degree of speed metal, gritty street punk, and lyrics littered with sleazy sexual depravity.

With their fifth studio album, The Final Damnation, hereby released once again under the banner of Nuclear War Now!, Abigail has returned to a noticeable extent to the evil sound of their earliest recordings by increasing the black metal dosage in their Satanic vaginal worship cocktail, all the while managing to maintain the rawness of later recordings that has endeared them to a new legion of gutter-dwelling deviants. Recorded at Ikebukuro Studio PENTA Tokyo between November 2015 and May 2016, The Final Damnation reintroduces mastermind Yasuyuki’s songwriting, throttling bass assault, trademark vocal braying, and morally corrupt lyrics, which alternate between the primal evil of songs like “Open the Gates of Hell” and the crude debauchery of others like “Whisky Coke and Bitch.” As always, Abigail’‘s rhythmic foundation is cemented by Youhei’s unrelenting percussive onslaught, and it is accompanied by guitarist Jero’s venomous riffs and searing leads. The decision to commission veteran black metal artist Chris Moyen for the album’s cover art further exemplifies the band’s shift back to its roots, successfully conjuring the spirit of Bulldozer in the process and confirming that the original Black Metal Yakuza have not lost a step.

PLEASE NOTE: the CD version will be out earlier, approximately on August 15th.

For a taste of what to expect from this amazing band check out this link for samples of their earlier albums!

Procreation – Incantations of Demonic Lust for Corpses of the Fallen 5/5 (2)

Procreation
Artist: Procreation
Album: Incantations of Demonic Lust for Corpses of the Fallen
Genre: Death Metal
Origin: Canada
Year: ORG 2004/ REISSUE 2015
Label: Nuclear War Now!
Sounds Like: Vancouver Cult Death Metal!

Before I obtained a copy of this promo, which hits the streets.. or interwebz I guess.. on October 1st, I never heard of Procreation but I know the scene and the time. In the late 80’s into the early 90’s, Vancouver was the spot for Black and Death metal. It may or may not of had something to do with an album called Fallen Angel of Doom by Blasphemy. During this era, I don’t know why I keep referring to it like it’s a dead scene, Vancouver was like the new Tampa Bay, just way more extreme. Procreation was a part of this scene.

Procreation released only a couple demos before their untimely demise and they never got a proper full-length album. NWN! Productions released a compilation of their two demos, Rebirth Into Evil and Coming of Hate,  in 2004 entitled Incantations of Demonic Lust for Corpses of the Fallen. This compilation is being reissued and let me tell you, if you even care what I have to say, YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO FUCKING PROCREATION! (fucking procreation? That’s kinda redundant.. Of the wicked! Two jokes!)

For being just a demo band, Procreation was something else. Their demos had a very unique sound and originality. The vocals were short spasmic growls, not gutteral like later death metal and not thrashy like early death metal. The riffs are sick as hell, basslines are tight, but its the drumming that is most impressive. Drumming like this on a death metal album is few and far between. It matches up with the band and doesn’t just have  blasting section. The drums are like a tight, thrashy, Obituary’s The End Complete feeling.

This is the part where I piss people off. I know Blasphemy has a huge cult following but how the fuck did they get signed to a record label and Procreation didn’t? Blasphemy is very one dimensional, were Procreation had so much more creativity. That’s just my opinion though. Check out Incantations of Demonic Lust for Corpses of the Fallen!