Album Review: Demonic Obedience – “Fatalistic Uprisal Of Abhorrent Creation”

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The notion Edinburgh, Scotland’s Demonic Obedience is hardly the band it once was is more than a talking point. In truth, that’s because this is now a bonafide group in the first place. Demonic Obedience debuted in 2013 as a one-man operation by George Ntavelas. After producing 2014’s Morbid Supremacy of Evil and 2016’s Nocturnal Hymns to the Fallen, Ntavelas returns with some backup, in the form of a vocalist and bassist. While the band is seemingly still very much his brainchild, there is a new dimension to what Ntavelas does that’s indubitably entrancing.

On Fatalistic Uprisal Of Abhorrent Creation, the new album by Demonic Obedience, the trio presents an arresting, elemental return to the music scene. With industrial flourishes obfuscating the death metal pastiche it has presented before, over these eight new songs, the fresh dimensions prove to be affecting, and addictive. Continue reading

Unholy Trinity: Vrasubatlat Spring Releases

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Portland, OR’s premiere boutique metal label Vrasubatlat has been an unstoppable machine since the label opened its doors in 2015.  Gaining almost instant regard for its projects and commitment to a cohesive aesthetic, the label has attracted followers in high places in the short amount of time it has been releasing music, cementing relationships with fellow local hotshots Fallen Empire Records and one of my favorite noise labels Unseen Force.  I’ve been riding this particular hype train since the first batch of releases dropped, and today it is my pleasure to be able to share my thoughts on not one, not two, but three new full-length albums that span across all the styles of music that make Vrasubatlat the diverse treasure trove it is.

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Album Review: Grave Upheaval – “Untitled”

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Anonymity has been one of extreme music’s time-honored, though shopworn, traditions since even before the first wave of black metal. It has endured through a succession of major and far-lesser-known acts spanning continents and decades, in part, because anonymity taps that fearful part of the imagination in which these walls of haunting sound flourish. Furthermore, this tactic subtly returns to the music snob in all of us, by letting the music speak for itself. However, so common is anonymity that it has become an officious self-parody in instances like Ghost, where estranged bandmates battle it out in court over money, intellectual property and identity.

The Australian group Grave Upheaval seemingly pursues obscurity intentionally. About five years ago, the band released an album titled simply Untitled. It conveys no lineup information and its tracks are titled in a fashion that is as bland as one can get, e.g. Roman numeral titles. Now, roughly five years after Untitled, Grave Upheaval is back.

With what, you ask? Untitled, of course. Not Untitled II. Just Untitled. Not a good sign, perhaps. Continue reading

Album Review: Dreamfire – “Atlantean Symphony”

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Originally released in 2012, Atlantean Symphony is now being reissued under Minotauro Records. Complete with remastered music and two bonus tracks, Dreamfire brings their brand of neoclassical ambience with gorgeous soundscapes, chanting vocals, and an atmosphere that inspires both fascination and awe. Interestingly enough, Atlantean Symphony is not a metal record, and Dreamfire is not a metal band. Rather, Dreamfire is the one-man project of Osirion, who did the entire album on his own, and what you get is an expanse of music that is easy to get lost in. The album has no lyrics, so all you can do is listen and be captivated by the ambiance, the instruments, and the mood the album sets. Continue reading

Album Review: Møl – “Jord”

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Three notes in and you’ll be forgiven for thinking this is Angelo Badalamenti turning his Twin Peaks theme toward the blackgaze spectrum.  In truth that would be kind of awesome, but just as awesome is that Møl is back, and their debut full length Jord is a fresh injection to the genre, masking melody and emotion in an expansive wall of sound and aggression that shows a continued ascent from their previous (excellent) outings and hints at a fearlessness when it comes to embracing the beauty in metal.   Continue reading