Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cerebral Extinction - ''Necro Parasyte Anomaly'' (LP, 2017)

Cerebral Extinction is a Brutal Death Metal band from Italy formed in the year of 2013, and ''Necro Parasyte Anomaly'' is their second full length album. It shall be released by the Japanese label Amputated Vein Records on the 5th of May.

''Induced Transition'' opens up the jaws of this monstrous LP with bestial disharmones, followed by a sharp growl vocals that are sometimes deep grunts, sometimes sounding like Glen Benton, sometimes periodically replaced or racing with scream vocals, like in the beginning of ''Necro Parasite Anomaly''. Barking scream vocals somewhere in the mid  of ''Collision Identity'' lead us into slamming  groove riff, and at the end of ''Face to Face'' singer sounds inhuman as demonic beast-like roaring maniacally evolves into screams that end the song.

Melodic riff that ends ''Logic and Conspiracy'' is quite striking, as well as the end of ''Nemesis The City Of Madness (Part I)'', which ends with melodic tremolo in the manner of Deeds Of Flesh. In the 'Nemesis The City Of Madness (Part II)'' , at one point a monolithic slow riff is formed, and later tremolo melodies feel like a rollercoaster ride through the halls of insanity. ''The End of All Worlds'' has a striking slower riff, ''Obscure portal'' has a crushing massive riff too, and in '' Necro Parasite Anomaly'' and ''Face to Face'' grinding riffs is intertwined with tremolo melodies, bursting one from another.

Brutal Death Metal release solid as concrete, where furiously elusive tremolos are accompanied by wild drum nailings. Blast beats shift with massive slow segments in this ruthless, chaotic and quite schizoid maelstrom of potent melodies that demonstrate excellent technical background and synchronicity.

Hereza - ''I Become Death'' (LP, 2017)

Hereza is a band from Beli Manastir, Croatia, founded in 2014 and ''I become death'' is their second full length album,  released on 13 of February, 2017 via Godz ov War Productions.

Title song, ''I become death'' begins with Oppenheimer's famous quote of Shiva from Bhagavad Gita,  "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." It perfectly suits this album. The Openheimer is known as the father of nuclear weapons, the man behind the Manhattan Project and the creation of the atomic bomb, and this LP is just like nuclear bomb - extremely fast, efficient and absolutely devastating. Incredible whipping power of these guys amazed me. In the first, above mentioned song we have a striking tremolo melody that stays stuck in mind. Tremolos are constantly intersected with amazing groove, death, thrash and HC passages, not allowing monotony. Growl vocals are deep and sharp, reminding me of Brutality, usually paired up with the roars, especially on a chaotic chorus on the first song and ''Unisti Pali Ruši'', while ''Jebem vas u usta 'ladna'' has mighty twin growl vocals on the chorus, crushing everything in their way with the most powerful impact. Solo melody that is joined in one segment is great, and ''Homo Homini Lupus Est'' solo passage that swirls with the chorus leaves a strong impression. ''In the Name of God '' has a nice solo that leads to Black Metal inferno, ending the song, and the dark and obscure solo on ''Tombcrawler'' has gloomy oriental overtones. Hereza sometimes sounds like a Swedish old school death, but on steroids, and it is most noticeable in the ''Full Moon Slaughter'', a song that has incredible vibe of Dismember, especially with beautiful terzas in the chorus. ''Torn from the death's bed'' begins with groove of potent HC riff, ''Uništi Pali Rusi'' starts with military command for  attack. Thrash riff in this song leaves no one indifferent. Above mentioned ''Tombcrawler'' begins with sound of waves and dark sinister chord decomposition on clean guitar and this song is a great ending to an excellent album.

Furious, energetic and devastating blackened crust is tastefully combined with thrashing death elements, not allowing even a second of rest. Like we say in our language, ''Ko preživi, pričaće''.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Scath Na Déithe - ''Pledge Nothing But Flesh'' (LP, 2016)

Scath Na Déithe is a band from Dublin, Ireland, founded by Cathal Hughes and Stephen Todd. ''Pledge Nothing But Flesh'' is their first full length album independently published 13 January 2017, which will be released in cassette format for Metal Defiance Productions.

''Sí Gaoithe'' is ghostly and eerie instrumental, which introduces us to a quite atmospheric metal release, characterized by poetic and nihilistic lyrics, guitars in a lower tuning, beautiful and somehow melancholic ethereal tremolo passages. Songs are extended, with the drum arrangement that's changing from fast ''aces'' and blast beats to slow and heavy doom metal-vibed courses. The listener is lost in dense fog of atmospheric  features that constantly give birth to remarkable and epic tremolo melodies. Vocal is resounding and quite striking growl combined with scream, and its directness is a great contrast to the mystifying arrangement of guitar passages, growing one from another like hydra heads. The band sounds like a clash of Fen  and Ruins Of Beverast, having unique and original sound.

Prominent tremolo melodies followed by smooth doom drum rhythm begin my favorite track, ''Bloodless'', staying stuck in the memory. A melody somewhere after the third minute is personally the most beautiful moment of the album. Old school Death metal tremolo like the ones in the second half of ''This Unrecognized Desease '' and the death doom tunes in the first half ''Search Unending'' are great way to avoid monotony of decomposing chords and long atmo-trem passages. The motif in '' The Shackled Mind '' reminded me of the early death metal period of  Darkthrone. Both ''Search Unending'' and '' The Shackled Mind '' end with stunning atmospheric passages on clean / acoustic guitars, and '' At Marbh Fáilte'' is a beautiful instrumental where the acoustic guitar is accompanied by eerie keyboards.'' The Shackled Mind'' ends with slow chords with the howling wind in the background, similar to the way the album was started through intro.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mindful of Pripyat/Stench of Profit - New Doomsday Orchestration (split)

Band: Mindful of Pripyat/Stench of Profit
Album:  New Doomsday Orchestration split
Year: 2017
Label:  Everlasting Spew Records (

Mindful Of Pripyat:

2.Statement of Dominion
4.Shrapnel Rain
5.Behind the Judgement
8.Civilization Comes, Civilization Goes
9.Mutant Genoma

Stench of Profit:
11.Forced Control
12.Fuck You! You are nothing
13.Mental Depravation
14.Pathological Bastard
15.Daily Hatred
16.Know Your Shit or Live in Ignorance
17.Calve Fast
18.Divine Education
19.The Small Minded
20.World’s Human Rudeness
21.No Sense
22.Torture Bliss
23.How Will You Talk After I Cut Your Tongue?
24.The Dance of Deceit
25.Regression Index
26.Passive State

Being one of the most exciting bands of 2015, MINDFUL OF PRIPYAT have released their debut self-released EP on January the 6th the same year, entitled ‘’…and Deeper I Drown in Doom’’. I saw the EP instantly online, and started blasting it, and I instantly fell in love with it. The aggression, the power, the raw force this Italian band has is simply incredible. Their EP consisted of 16 tracks, and now they’re back, after 2 years of silence, with a brand new split entitled ‘’New Doomsday Orchestration’’, released via Everlasting Spew Records, on March 1’st, 2017. The split contains 27 tracks, 18 done by STENCH OF PROFIT, and 9 done by MINDFUL OF PRIPYAT. The constantly radiation and death inspired band never ceases to impress me with their brilliant lyrical themes, and the new one is just about the same on my excitement level. The EP sounds brutally aggressive, much better than their previous material, which did sound pretty aggressive, too, but this is something completely different. I can feel that the signing to this label did only good to them. The first side of the EP where the previously mentioned band is, is more of a raw, brutal, and nasty grind core/death metal oriented side, while the other side is more of a crust, punk, and a bit metal influenced side. If you’re a fan of NASUM, PHOBIA, or ASSÜCK, give both of these bands a well worth spin on their newest split, and support the shit out of them!

Review done by Andrej Romić of Nekrst/Morbid Future fanzine & Metal Temple, exclusively for Bog Otac Reviews.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Nazghor - Death's withered chants (2016)

Nazghor is a band from Sweden founded in 2012, and ''Death's withered chants'' is their fifth full length album. Beautiful melodies submerged in dense and obscurely melancholic atmosphere of this band are impressive. The album was released via Satanath Records in 2016.

''Hymnum Mortis'' is an intro with organs magically intertwined with female voice, like a gate to the storm of beautiful and melodic tremolo melodies, characterizing each song and making them easily memorable. A variety of motives is noted, ranging from the gloomy chord decompositions, slow black metal riffs that are alternating and shifting with with the faster ones, and all of it is decorated with discreet smoothness of keyboards, ranging from organs that I've mentioned, strings, piano, choirs, and even harpsichord in the background of a doom riff  in '' Death's withered chants ''. The song is having the Summoning-like atmosphere, and clean vocals mixed with chanting in the background leave a great impression. It ends with the sound of heartbeats, beating weaker and just stopping, leaving an eerie silence completing the album. Excellent motive of which really gave me chills. Thrash riff in the middle of the ''Requiem black mass'' is a great way to avoid the monotony of repeating the previous parts of the tremolo based arrangements, and the '' Empire of graves'  also has excellent thrash riff, born isolated in a sudden break ''Under a venomous Spell'' begins with smooth soloing on clean guitars, and ''Complete unholiness '' has a clean guitar part, from which the solo twirls like a flame. ''Inheritance of the cross'' has an intro taken from some movie, introducing us to the Khold-like crushing mid tempo riff. '' Aeternum Regno Diaboli'' is an instrumental based on melancholic piano melody giving birth to  dreadful sounds that sound like awakening an ancient demonic creature.

Recommended for fans of Angantyr, Sorhin and some DSBM bands that craft and nourish epic, majestic and most memorable melodies.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Oracle - Beyond Omega (2016)

Oracle is a melodic black death band from Alabama, United States. The band was created in 2016 and '' Beyond Omega'' is their first release. The album was self-released.

Churning arpeggio themes are being born from epic keyboards that start '' Aeons of Madness '', and Lovecraft's famous quote may be heard. ''There Will Be Blood '' and ''The cleansing'' begin aggressively and ''Beyond Omega'' begins with shifting echoing motif.  ''Tomb of Serpents '' starts with chord decomposition on clean guitar, and, finally, ''Blood stained Epitaph '' begins with a growling recitation, with keyboards as its backround. But they all tend to lead to the memorable groove of crushing modern middle tempo riffs. The vocals are mostly harsh growls, going deep if required. Solos are beautiful. For example, ''By the hand of Astrea '' has two solos, with the other one being longer and more intense. ''Tomb of Serpents'' has got the rhythmic riff reminding me of slow groove of Immortal's ''Beyond the North Waves''. The chorus of ''The cleansing'' is a black metal inferno, and somewhere in the middle of the song really amazing thrash riff that got me nodding like insane in its rhythm. The chorus of the song is both epic and somehow melancholic. The song ends with guitar arpeggios (similar to the guitars first introduction on the first song), which leave room for the main keyboard tune, carried gently with the sound of the freezing wind. Beautiful ending passage that got me shudder. 

''Beyond Omega'' is abounded with groovy death riffs, swirling black-death tremolos and beautiful keyboard passages in their background, creating the majestic epic atmosphere. Highly recommended for the fans of Ex Deo, Gloria Morti and Fleshgod Apocalypse.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SICKRITES - Irrelevant Death Megaliths (LP, 2013)

Sickrites is the band from Russia and their release '' Irrelevant Megaliths Death '' was published in 2013 under the label Cryptic Arts Records (on Vynil), and in the form of CD for Osmose Records in 2014. 

One of the most unique death metal bands in every sense, especially because of extremely unique and original implementation creepy keyboards on the gloomiest death metal background, which create exceptionaly obscure and both leaden-heavy and ethereal atmosphere. The album is embroidered with  spooky echoed vocals and keyboards, like a mist of spectres hovering over certain segments, never being monotonous and always in a different manner. The dark and isolated tremolo theme in deeper scale which begins '' Pillars Of The Fallen Light "opens the gate to chaos in its purest form, with furious whipping drums, demonic screaming guitar squeals, and extremely massive and deep growl vocals from the deepest cosmic catacombs that are crushing everything in their way. ''Procession to Belial '' begins a spellbinding keyboard intro, '' Deathstorms '' has a dramatic and apocalyptic motif, and melting and enchanting string shades on '' Pillars Of The Fallen Light '' are absolutely mesmerizing. '' The Dweller In The Fleshtombs '' in its own turn begins with unusual and almost electro sci-fi motif, while impressive and creepy keyboard theme in the background of slower riff on '' Necrogenesis Void '' brings atmosphere of the purest cosmic horror. '' The Temple '' with dark motives  has implemented Bells that echo eerily, and that motive ends the next track, '' New World Hosanna '. '' The Rite'' begins with mantra that sounds absolutely shaman, and implemented Jaw's Harp sounds (a lot of Russian bands like Jassa use it too) give the quite Siberian charm .

Solos on most songs are schizoid screams of tortured guitar squeals, sometimes accelerating in Azagthoth-like fast or weeping passages. As for the riffs, slow doomy riffs with sneaking ghostly keyboards are constantly alternating with rapid tremolos. The songs  arrangements are constantly evolving, not allowing even a moment of monotony. Tremolo passages are generally played with open-string principle, with occasional palm-muted riff segments, such as thrashy jerk somewhere in the middle of '' Procession to Belial '. '' Moloch Ascending '' begins with melodic and somehow epic BM tremolo, and '' Darkness Tremendous '' also has a beautiful melodious tremolo too.

(Originally written for Morbid Future Fanzine in Serbian, translated and edited by Srđan Mišović)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

La Casta - Encyclia (EP)

Tremendously obscure chord decomposition emerges from confusing '' sci-fi '' noise, joined by a slow drum beat as the background and it is the intro to this solid crust-black edition. Slower parts are constantly alternating with fast and harsh ones, not allowing a moment of boredom. This stone-solid and whipping Italian Crust-Black EP has been self released.

'' No Hope '' begins with massive slower riff, which spontaneously evolves, gets faster with howling vocals that keep whipping and grind-like scream vocals in the 2nd round of vocal arrangement. ''The reaction will never come'' begins with black metal tremolo riff, and the  motif of vocals shifting from yelling to screams rather easily is also notable. '' You are nothing '' begins quickly and aggressively. Break with isolated bass guitar leads us to the formation of concrete-hard HC riff. '' Rejection of life '' begins with empowering and lifting drum section, having some interesting tremolo riffs entwined with chord decompositions. '' Godess '' is the outro, with a similar interpretation as the beginning of EP, isolated decomposition which spontaneously  starts to be  followed by the drum, turning more aggressive and having a lovable chorus.

Naga - Inanimate (EP)

Naga is a black doom metal trio from Naples, Italy, and 'Inanimate' ' is their EP from 2016. Originally released only on vinul via Lay Bare Recordings from Netherlands, it's being re-released in CD format via the Italian label Everlasting Spew Records. In addition to four original songs, the track '' Worm '' (recorded in 2017) has been added, exclusively for CD edition.

'' Inanimate '' is dark and leadden-heavy release, characterized by extremely harsh, razor sharp guitar distortion sound being combined with also sharp howling vocals that perfectly fit to the background.
Monolithic riffs are combined with obscure black metal decompositions, whipped by furious scream that carries us like typhoon wind to a striking and quite obscure chorus parts, that almost sound like bellowing mantras.

''Thrives'' has black metal distorted decompositions entwined like thorns upon crushing several-tonned riffs. Black Sabbath-like riff in the middle of song, is sounding like Electric Wizard in black metal edition. '' Hzele '' is filled with innovative tremolos, melancholic and atmospheric at the same time, sounding simultaneously horrifying and sad. Intensification of all the choruses is amazing, outburst of sincere despair, nihilistic rage and aggression, especially on the 2nd track. '' TMWR '' is cover of Fang's'' The Money Will Roll Right In '' from 1983, and in its chorus we can hear singing, screaming, yelling and shouting atr the same time, all entwined in a outstanding level.  '' Loner '' is sounding as a much darker Kyuss, with nailing snare and relentless vocals and wild and unrestrained chorus. '' Worm '' is an exclusive new track added to the 4 songs of the previous vinyl editions, beginning with chord decompositions on clean guitars that slowly evolve, with a dark black metal-rock'n'roll background for vocals. Each song (but the last one) is ended with the sonic attacks, screams of guitar-distortion echoing and lingering like a darkest shadow of despair until the next song is started.

Realy great realease, monolithic outburst of agony, rage and despair.

The CD shall be released on 23rd of March 2017.