Shambles – Primitive 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.
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!
One of this years best albums comes from Inferno. Classic black metal, with a slight scent of Master’s Hammer, laced with psychadelia.
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!
Malokarpatan. Excellent old fashioned black metal. Released by Invictus Productions and The Ajna Offensive.
Layers upon layers. Recordings upon recordings. Thought after thought. Rebirth of Nefast. Black Metal.
There are no safe spaces in black metal anymore. Black Anvil has seen to that.