review: grave spirit – the beast unburdened by flesh


Grave SpiritThe Beast Unburdened by Flesh. Iron Bonehead Productions.
Release date: 9 February 2018.

Seven inches were made for music like this. Short and sweet for rude and crude music. I love these two songs but I’m not sure my love last through a full length.

Primitive black witching metal. At times almost evoking the primordial magic Ildjarn possessed and the primeval death metal of the old Singapore scene ala Itnos.

With The Beast Unburdened by Flesh Grave Spirit offers you a nice alternative to the old gods. It might not be legendary but it is good enough to rest the old ones for a bit and try something “new”.

december 19: slægt

Denmark’s Slægt! What to say? I haven’t heard black metal this good from Denmark in a while. Not since Denial of God released Death and the Beyond. Domus Mysterium, which Ván Records released half a year ago, is one of this year’s best black n’ roll albums.

review: shambles – primitive death trance

ShamblesPrimitive Death Trance. Blood Harvest.
Release date: 30 December 2017 (digital + cd) & 16 February (vinyl).

Shambles has been around for a long time. The band started as a grindcore outfit in 1997, before venturing into black metal and finally settling down in the death/doom neighbourhood.

Now, the real question here is; does the title hold? Does the music here create a “primitive death trance”? I guess the short answer is “no, it does not”. What it does is create a fine album that has most of what you are probably looking for when it comes to death/doom, without creating that feeling of complete and utter darkness you should feel while listening to it.

There’s no feeling of a pulling from the abyss in this release. There is no darkness. No Satanic Panic. Just one more death/doom mini album destined to be forgotten.

december 18 – enslaved

I can’t say I’ve been a big fan of their more recent work, so it surprised me how well I took to E. Enslaved finally made an album just for me and for that I am very thankful! Proggier than Frost, more atmospheric than Eld. Job well done!

december 15: taphos nomos + urðun

Yeah, I know, I forgot to post anything yesterday so today it’s a 2in1 deal! Taphos Nomos & Urðun.

I read on the Interwebz today that Icelandic Black Metal is overrated. Apparently all the bands sound the same. Yeah, I mean, I can understand people saying that. In a way. I mean, Svartidauði, Auðn, Wormlust and Misþyrming… It’s a slam dunk!

It’s a good thing, then, that this year is The Year of Death Metal. I heard that on the Interwebz. And, to represent Iceland is Urðun with foul and rotting old fashioned death metal!