If you read my last installment of this ‘column’ if you want to call it that, or whatever, then you know what’s up. Here’s another batch of recent new album listens and my thoughts on them. Enjoy!
Anaal Nathrakh: The Whole of the Law
If you know what Anaal Nathrakh is known for, then you already know what you’re in for with this one. Grindy Industrial Black Metal that will turn your ear drums to mush. Now the thing with this one is though, is that it’s really just more of the same. The same formula as again, what they’re known for, but nothing that really stands out. If you’re expecting something along the lines of their more creative outputs like Vanitas or Eschaton, then you may be disappointed with this one. That doesn’t however count out how vicious and evil these guys can be. Even in their lesser of unique moments. So even if you don’t find anything too ground-breaking with this one, if you like Anaal Nathrakh, you might still be at least moderately pleased with this one. Give a listen!
Furia: Księżyc Milczy Luty
Oh boy, this one was unexpected. I’ve known about Furia for a few years now and know what they’re about, but this one takes things in a totally different direction, and a good direction at that! This album is much more experimental or ‘Avant Garde’ if you want to call it that. A mid-paced tempo with interesting grooves that resembles something Emptiness or Hail Spirit Noir would do on one end and a very old school Black Metal styles harshness a la Under a Funeral Moon era Darkthrone or Under the Sign of Hell era Gorgoroth on the other. Very unique and very well done! Highly recommended.
Ravencult: Force of Profanation
Fast, heavy, thrashy (but not too thrashy) really fucking good straight-up Black Metal! The third album by these already awesome Greeks who’s last 2 outputs are equally as vicious, dirty and fucking great. A quick and easy listen (clocking in at 32:52) and just right if you’re just looking for something fast and tight to just headbang or air-drum to or whatever. Similar to the likes of Urgehal, Carpathian Forest & Tsjuder. Highly recommended!
Now on to the more experimental side of the spectrum. Bölzer with their debut album. After 2 really damn good EPs, how do these guys follow it up? With this stellar offering! This album is an ‘Avant Garde’, outside the box, melodic, chaotic, psychotic damn-near masterpiece. Raspy, yelled harsh vocals, dramatic, kinda folky (and kinda Danzig-ish) clean vocals, odd but at times very old school style riff work and a little Death Metal flavoring all blended together to create this very weird and experimental, but phenomenal offering that would definitely be on my year-end list had it come out earlier, but fuck it. An honorable mention will do. Definitely recommended!
That’s all for now. More to come!