"Slave Grinder" 2000 Split 12" EP

(Self Released)


These 2 bands are new to me. Dale went out on a limb & picked this up for me from an overseas distro. Good fucking call bro! The Pulveriser side contains the "Slave Grinder" ep & it kills in an ultra brutal death style that reminds me of early Vomitory quite a bit. The band look young and I'm sure they'll be spreading filth for years to come. The Cremation side is definitely more blasting death metal with some bm touches that make them sound undeniably sinister. This vinyl split is a must for ug fanatics.  - Jeffrey Kusbel




“Vallis Ex Umbra De Mortuus” 2007 LP

(Paragon Records)


My thanks is extended to the mighty Paragon Records for honouring me with a copy of this album with the vinyl version. It is much appreciated – thank you to Mike. Rigor Sardonicus do not play or in their case a better word might be encompass your traditional doom metal. You will not hear the classic Sabbath sounds or the slick synth infusion of later day My Dying Bride for one example. No the Sardonic ones possess a style that does not really sound a lot like anyone else, yet it is slow and suffocating and it is immense doom in every sense of the word. It is plodding, apocalyptic and the dark snails pace actually manages to accentuate and make you forget that they use a drum machine (as drum machines generally sound awful in fast bands IMO). They have done a masterful job utilizing this instrument. The vocals are extremely obscure, so much so they almost melt into the background like they are part of the scenery rather than meant to be a focal point of the musical whole. I guess my only complaint and it is a minor one would be the recording could be a little fuller and richer to take full effect of their suffocating and permeating style. The warmth of sound on vinyl does compensate for this some. A lot of bands claim the title graveyard metal but Rigor Sardonicous actually achieve it in their very unique doom-y way. It is not often you get a release that sticks out from the rest and sounds original like Vallis Ex Umbra De Mortuus does. I loved the etching in the vinyl just above the center label that says “The dead body of your enemy always smells good!” You have to love that ha ha.  – Dale

http://www.smilingdeath.com/RigorSardonicous/  http://www.themetalunderground.com/ 




“Hellish Mercenary” 2013 7" EP

(Boris Records)


Sadistic Ritual pair nicely with label mates Death Of Kings, with thrash being the common denominator. Not to mention, explosive high octane energy, which drips off the two songs on this black as night vinyl. Sadistic rely a little heavier on the brutal end of the thrash spectrum, reminding me of the time in the late 80s, early 90s, when thrash bands were getting heavily influenced by death metal. I mean make no mistake, this is a thrash band first and foremost, but there is also plenty of rough death metal edge to please fans of that genre as well. Sadistic remind me a lot of the intensity and insanity of extreme thrash bands like Whiplash, Forced Entry, early Exodus, old Destruction, Kreator “Pleasure To Kill” and that sort of glorious sound. It is great, to hear more bands keeping this glorious past style of frenetic, brutal, blitzkrieg thrash metal alive and well. I am telling you, some of the riffs on this thing will wreck your head, as well as your neck. These boys do not slow down for solos, the solos have to jump in attacking full force to keep up! Damn I bet these guys would be fun to watch live, a tour of Boris records bands would be intense as all hell! I am afraid to say, this vinyl is limited to only 300 copies, which I am sure are going fast. If you happen to miss out on it, they do sell the downloadable version. The artwork, on this thing, just screams old school too. I probably drew a shitty version of this cool cover artwork on some my binders in school haha. It is just so old school vibe. Another very recommended release from Boris.  - Dale

http://www.reverbnation.com/sadisticritual1   http://www.boris-records.com   




Split 7” EP 2002

(Hellflame Records)


What a perfect pairing of bands!

Stargazer – Stargazer are like an occult dream of high caliber deathrash with intelligent structuring & epic atmosphere which equals a memorable addictive listen through the most extreme of art.

Arghoslent – Anyone who reads C.A. regularly know how much I respect this bands music! They sound like no other. Extremely unique deathrash with hints of power metal background here & there. Supreme piece of vinyl is this!!  - Dale

Stargazer, Box 182, Ingle Farm, 5098 South AUSTRALIA




“Souls To Slaughter / Castella De La Rotta” 2001 Split 10” EP

(Apparition Entertainment)


Strychnine – I’ve been really enjoying & reveling in this first rate piece of see thru blood-red vinyl. They are not terribly prolific (2 demos, 1 album and this split), in their 9 years of audio blasphemic existence. Strychnine are a seasoned and confident band who come across to myself as more than a little original & in strong contrast to most of what is making the rounds these days. I would describe Strychnine as late 80s style deathtrash (you know that period when many thrash bands were incorporating death elements) with a slight but note able early 90s black/death metal feel (mainly due to the riffing). Vocalist Don has an 80s speed / thrash clean but still dense lightly graveled delivery which is both unique and personally pleasing. Strychnine are fucking supreme!

Lethal Prayer – Didn’t this band go under a different moniker in the early 90s?! I may have them confused with someone else. Anyway, Lethal Prayer play excellently riffed guttural death metal albeit a bit typical. I really like the dark and suffocating atmosphere their music possesses. The vocals are indecipherable, garbled & obscured sounding which I dug a lot.  - Dale

$10 USA/$12 US CAN/MEX/$17 US Rest of World to: A. Rec., Box 173, Keyport, NJ. 07735 pete@apparitiondistro.com




“La Bas” 2013 12” Mini LP

(Negativity Records)


I am honoured that Negativity Records chose to grace me with the actual vinyl itself of this release! It is not often you get vinyl for review period, but especially these days with the way costs are with pressing and postage. This is a great looking record as well, now I see some places where this is listed as an EP, but if you ask me when you start getting over say the 21, 22 minute mark you are talking mini-album territory. Back to the packaging, which is very nice, the vinyl itself looks beautiful; it is white with grey, black, brown splatter streaks, almost like an explosion across the white. I love it - now on to the music. To my ears the music sounds like a mix of early 90s black metal, with the Scandinavian influence, and a decided very early Impaled Nazerene influence. I worship early Impaled Nazerene, so with that comparison you know this is some really gloomy, vile and sick metal. Even some of the vocal accents remind me to the inhuman, demonic yells on the amazing 1991 “Goat Perversion” seven Inch. As I mentioned though that sound is mixed with cryptic early 90s black metal ala Darkthrone, Immortal etc.. And it sounds fantastic, very harsh, very atmospheric, but always horrific and dark as night. They end the release with a great, ritualistic feeling to their cover of Black Widow’s “Come To The Sabbat”. Teratism continues to prove that the USBM (and Texas) is strong and producing some of the best black metal on the planet right now. Did I mention you get a beautifully done magazine size glossy 12 page booklet with lyrics, awesome artwork, pics? Yes this is one of the best inserts in a vinyl I have ever seen. That is not all though, you also get a large fold-out poster of superb Mark Riddick artwork, this is truly deluxe packaging, my hat is tipped in Negativity’s direction. Highly recommended!  - Dale

http://www.reverbnation.com/teratism  http://www.negativityrecords.com/   




“Split” 2002 7” EP

(Paragon International / Smiling Death Records)


A split between band & labels – now that is fucking underground!

The Forgotten – I’ve been into these hellhounds for a long time and every release that they put out slaps me in the face, letting me know this one is better than the last. Cryptic harsh black metal for all your suicide fiends. Vocalist “M” is a monster screamer, he sounds better than before and his vocals really push everything over the top. Hail The Forgotten (Dimentianon!).

Rigor Sardonicus – Play original sounding and vile snails pace head crushing doom. Kind of like if you took that old band Entety on their “Cadaveric Necrogrind” 7” and put them in slow motion mixed with after shocks of a nuclear bomb! This release is limited to 500 copies and mine is #54 – just try and pry it from my death grip!!  - Dale

Label # 1 = paragonsnuff@aol.com  # 2 = deadseason@yahoo.com




"Invoking the Aeon of Satan" 2000 LP

(Hellflame Productions)


I've read about this band and I've been wanting to check them out. Finally this LP came out on Hellflame run by Solieri Nicola of the zine of the same name. The first song has an awesome opening which very much took me back to the Celtic Frost inspired days of late 90's Darkthrone material. Each song on this record contains a lot of good songwriting and while not too many dynamic moments materialize, most of the songs are still memorable. The vocals are a bit quiet in the mix but this doesn't hinder anything. I highly recommend this to the ug black metal hordes and urge you to play it fukkin loud!  - Jeffrey Kusbel

c/o Solieri Nicola - Via India 73 - 41100 Modena - ITALY http://come.to/hellflame  




“Split 7” EP” 2002

(Self Release)


Toxic Holocaust – Darkened black metal with slight punk leanings. Better than you would think actually.

Oprichnicki – Punk / hardcore style music with some metal riffs. Okay. This vinyl is cheap as shit ($3 US) so give it a chance.

T.H., Box 628, Delaware City, DE. 19706 www.geocities.com/toxicholocaust/nuclearhell




“Cold Breath Of Apocalypse” 2011 LP

(Paragon Records)


I have to send out an extreme thank you to the might Paragon Records for sending me a vinyl for review! It will never ever go unappreciated if any label or band honours me with sending in vinyl for review. A sweet piece of vinyl here with some nice liner notes on the sleeve of the record. The music on this album is cold and cryptic, middle paced, epic ancient style black metal glorifying the greatness of early to mid 90s black metal. These epic songs threaten to carry you away with their shadowy gallop, but the necro headbang atmosphere keeps from being swept away. I could really see this dark bands sound going over very well in a live setting, it is sure to bring the evil aura but also satisfy those that wreck their necks at gigs. The production on here is clear enough, yet also has this obscure creepy air to it which supports the music perfectly. I can hear some influences in here like earlier Root, early Masters Hammer, Ungod and the like. The vocals are great and again bring to mind Root with some definite Big Boss influence and you know I worship that mans vocals! I read online that this is limited to only 250 copies, it is not hand numbered but I wish you luck attempting to find a copy of this great album. You may have to settle for a copy of the cd through the German label Fog Of The Apocalypse Records.  - Dale

http://youtu.be/9KkZiHEW47w   http://www.paragonrecords.org  



"Wyqm" 2009 12" vinyl

(Death Agonies And Screams Records)


This was a great surprise to receive. It is not often labels send vinyl for review (and with good reason as that shit is more expensive to press and mail out than the average record buyer would ever expect). So it is something I truly appreciate and respect dedicated labels such as DAS records that believe in their band and message so thoroughly. The packaging on the vinyl is nice (though black print on black jackets never stands out very well, but apparently that is what they were going for) and my copy is yellow with black splatter. There is also a green version with black mist – the whole thing is limited to 500 copies (200 yellow & 300 green). So now on to the music itself. This is some exceptionally harsh and raw black metal. The recording is low-fi and coarse as far as sound quality goes. But when it comes to blitzkrieg, cold as a crypt black metal, then I rarely have a problem with it. In fact, the energy is so primal and dark that it often only enhances the overall ambiance. This is the sort of thing that makes weak kneed christians tremble and quake under it’s blasphemy. Wyqm is not adverse to injecting some more somber and emotional passages. Yet, never forgetting it’s bleak reverence towards encompassing darkness and Satanic majesty. The songs are solidly crafted and backed with some excellent riffs. If you worship early 90s black metal yet mixed with modern touches & cloaked in an ambient tapestry. Then, look no farther than Wyqm, who are a fine example. My copy is #063/500.  – Dale

www.myspace.com/deathagoniesscreams   http://deathagoniesscreams.blogspot.com/ 



Portrait Of Spectre" 2010 12" LP

(Death Agonies And Screams Records)


I am extremely pleased to receive this record. This is the second time DAS has been gracious to send a Wyqm release in this format. As I mentioned previous, only dedicated labels are willing to sacrifice the costs and believe in their band and message so much, they are willing to send vinyl for review. That is not even taking into the account the presentation on this long player. The label has out done themselves once again with the superb packaging and presentation of this piece of art. I received a copy on transparent red vinyl with black splatter and it looks sick, I love the colour mixes and transparent releases. The cover artwork as you can see above is extremely awesome and sets a tone for the music. There is also a black with grey swirl version and that is combination I do not recall having seen before the way it is done in the pics of it. That is saying something for a guy that has been collecting vinyl for close to 30 years. The sound on here fits extremely well for a band that plays that classic (and reverently worshipped by yours truly) early 90s Scandinavian black metal. I am getting the chills as the needle rolls along. The atmosphere created by the music of Wyqm is cold and evil in a way few bands are capable of capturing and channeling through their hymns. I mean the hate and the misery you can feel coming out of your speakers and seeping into your skin like the venom of a snake strike, and is almost palpable. The vocals match the supremacy of the music, and also are the traditional cruel rasping that is an integral part of this hallowed style. When black metal is done like this it is not an album it is more of an encompassing emotion filled experience. I honestly can not recommend this enough. Now I must wish you luck in actually locating a copy as there are only 500 in existence (my copy is not for sale so do not ask). My apologies go out to DAS records for taking so long with this review. Yes I know I fucking suck, this sweet piece of wax however does not.  – Dale

www.myspace.com/deathagoniesscreams  http://deathagoniesscreams.wordpress.com/