Töxik Death – Sepulchral Demons [Norway, Thrash / Death / Punk] (2020)

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Self Released | 8-22-20

The tags for this record are black / thrash / death / punk and to what percentage is anyone’s guess. Töxik Death care little for being balanced or even correct as the band’s second full length does more for their thesis of destruction than any previous release. Reviewing a band with a larger history is unique on this site as most bands are new or have a few releases before the one being reviewed. Töxik Death is approaching nearly 20 years of being formed and Sepulchral Demons feels like a fiery debut that is setting the stage for a whole career of madness. Sepulchral Demons sharpness the band’s focus from their earlier work and presents a future of old school heavy underground metal worship in a sound that doesn’t feel costumed rather galvanized by the the decades old quest for disorder. Come on and come all for the festival of the ruined.

Avdypet – Kapittel I [Norway, Dungeon Synth] (2020)

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Self Released | 4-22-20

Hello, this is wonderful. Avdypet is brand new but but the sounds of the first release, this act has sidestepped, and maybe leaped, over the acceptable bog of lo-fi experimentation and now is trotting through the woods of deep production. Kapittel I sounds established and from its cover to the track lengths and just air of authority, could be a record from one of the modern luminaries of the genre. If you are new to this whole DS thing and wonder what the big deal is, give Kapittel I a moment to spirit you away to a lush firest still wet with the morning dew and outlines of castles in the distance.

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Dekagram – Through The Dark [Norway, Atmospheric Raw Black] (2020)

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Poisonous Sorcery | 4-13-20

Raw atmospheric black or atmospheric raw black could both fit into this aesthetic. While Dekagram sounds ominous and cryptic, it is a unit of measurement equal to 10 grams. That in of itself may have significance but this is perhaps the first black metal act to embrace units of measurement to project their aura. Through the Dark is a compilation of two demos, one of them being a 2018 release and the other, I believe, being new. Whatever the case, the listener is given the experience of 43 minutes of atmospheric freefall not into the soft embrace of pine trees but rather an belfry on top of the most desolate looking church. This compilation is icy, moody, and above all else effective in its efforts to cast the world in darkness.

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Kvesta – Ibex Arrival [Norway, Black / Thrash] (2016)

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Polypus Records | 8-20-16

Polypus Records | 8-20-16

Fuck yeah! Black / Thrash! Fuck Yeah! There are few things which would deter this record from being great once the image and sound was locked in place. Even though the band and album title are not lock step with an immediate sinister image, the members which make up Kvesta have everything they need with a blazing full length which sounds like the dark one peeling away on a loud motorcycle. If you want an album which will make you stand a few feet taller, It is time to worship the Ibex.

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Nachash – Conjuring The Red Death Eclipse [Norway, Black] (2015)

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Unborn Productions | 2-10-15

Unborn Productions | 2-10-15

Oh man. This is not the Norwegian black you are thinking of. This is something so much cooler. This is atmospheric but not in the way normally attributed to this genre. This is something which is dark but with a completely different attitude. Conjuring The Red Death Eclipse maybe the first release from a band who has still yet time to spread its horrible wings but good goddamn will it be amazing when its fully grown.

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Execration – Morbid Dimensions [Norway, Death] (2014)

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Duplicate Records | 10-9-14

Duplicate Records | 10-9-14

While I am sure experimental death has existed outside of 2014, this year in general seems more fertile with music that not only evokes horror but is capable of twisting tentacles in odd directions. Though any band deserves to be evaluated on their own merits, Execration’s slides in nicely alongside similar trouble makers Morbus Chron, Horrendous, and Tribulation. Morbid Dimensions may not know which style to run with but the frantic indecisiveness is something which gives the album a charming appeal.

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Black Magic – Wizard’s Spell [NWOBHM / Traditional] (2014)

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High Roller Records | 1-17-14

High Roller Records | 1-17-14

Alright, so before we begin, Black Magic is a total throwback act. There is no mistaking the band’s love fore early 80’s occult based traditional metal which gestated in the period before extreme metal. With that said, the “black/thrash” tag which this band has been filed makes sense but only in historical context. This is what music sounded like when speed mixed with heavy metal and people started to get turned on to darkness. I am stopping everything as Black Magic has currently gone unnoticed for a few months. This is an injustice as it is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable records of the year. Quick, grab your denim jackets and high top sneakers, we have a time trip to get to.

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