Thursday, 16 November 2017

Anatomia / Surgikill split

ANATOMIA / SURGIKILL Split 7" (SELFMADEGOD Records 2017)
This 7"split from Selfmadegod Records caught my attention immediately. All in all, it features new song from almighty Anatomia!!!!!!! We're in the eve of the release of their new, so long awaited, album "Cranial Obsession", so anything – even one song – makes the torment of inpatient waiting for it less painful and shorter. And damn, I believe that "Creeps from Beneath" is truly fantastic and impressive track. It may even belong to Anatomia's best songs, who knows. Anyway, that sick, vicious and massive riffage in "Creeps from Beneath" is super awesome, I love how easily Anatomia creates the most eerie, horror aura, how heavy their sound is and how repulsive, but so killer the vocals are. I love that creepy, doomy slow tempo, I love that brutal sick music!!! And yes, it's Autopsy worship, but Anatomia – after all these years – has created their own sound and they're very fuckin good at it. The production is great, the artwork for their part of the split – by the mighty Putrid Matt - is exceptional... Do I need anything more? Yes, I need "Cranial Obsession" right now. In the meantime, "Creeps from Beneath" works perfectly as an appetizer. Another perfect song from Anatomia. Gods! 
I don't know Surgikill's debut album "Sanguinary Revelations" from last year (2016), but seeing who's in this band – and they are people from bands like Crucified Mortals, Estuary, Skeletal Spectre, WoodenstakeScaremaker and many more, involved – I believe that this can be another treat for my taste of filthy, vicious death metal. And "Cursed Nightgraves" doesn't disappoint, but also doesn't surprise me, because it sounds exactly as I would expect from the Noceras and the others. Filthy, raw and ugly death metal, not exceptionally brutal, everything is rather focused on the feeling and the horrorish atmosphere. The riffage is rather simplistic, but I could hear some great riffs. And I like that mix of all different sort of sick vokills (all in all there are four people doing the vocals in Surgikill!). So, I'm definitely interested to hear more from this project, so I put "Sanguinary Revelations" on my wantlist. 
This seven inch comes on 368 copies on black and 90 copies on red vinyl, get a copy, believe me it's very good release!!! 
Verdict: 80/100 

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Sadistic Intent - Reawakening Horrid Thoughts

SADISTIC INTENT - Reawakening Horrid Thoughts (IRON PEGASUS Records MLP 2014)
If you call yourself Sadistic Intent fan, then you must be very patient person. We all know that this band has never managed to record a full-length album, despite their unstoppable 30 years long existence. More so, last thing they've released was "Morbid Faith" EP in 2002, recorded in 1998! Luckily last couple of years were more active for this now legendary band and finally some new recordings were unleashed. First "Reawakening Horrid Thoughts" MLP came out through Iron Pegasus!! Only two songs and a cover, but it's better than nothing, I say! And it's just great to hear some new stuff from this band for sure. 
But... hmm, I have read some pretty harsh reviews for this new MLP and I need to agree with few of themWhen I compare "Reawakening Horrid Thoughts" to some of the band's older material, then I am just slightly disappointed. Production wise it could have been better, to be honest, with more massive and powerful sound. Of course, it all is soaked in the old school death metal filth and harshness, but it wouldn't harm to get sound even close to "Ancient Black Earth". Secondly, the cover, which Sadistic Intent prepared for this MLP is Darkthrone's "Fuck Off and Die" (very surprising choice!). I don't like it. I don't like any of Darkthrone's past "Sardonic Wrath" records, I don't like also this song, I hate when Darkthrone plays punky metal and so I don't like this cover. I can understand the choice, but just because it's Darkthrone and Sadistic Intent doesn't mean I have to jump in excitement and enjoy it. I can stand it, but you won't see smile on my face when I listen to it. 
Luckily the other two songs are pretty damn good, although if I can be honest again – and I always am – I may miss that primeval morbid intensity, which characterised earlier Sadistic Intent recordings. "Malignant Spirits", which supposedly was written for Possessed, at time when both Cortez brothers were members of this band, is very good. It has that strong "Seven Churches" feel, no doubt about that!!! I love these razor sharp, aggressive riffs and that very old school aura. Great song for sure. The second song is "Horrid Thoughts". I just read that it's an old song from 1988 rehearsal recording, I suppose you can hear it, because some of these riffs do sound archaic a lot. But I like it a lot and that melodic part in the middle of the song is truly phenomenal and it's my favourite fragment of the whole MLP!! Third track is the mentioned Darkthrone cover... which I don't like so much, so I even skip it sometimes. I am not bothered about it. 
And that's all, not so much for almost twenty years of waiting, but damn, it's better this little than nothing. I enjoyed this MLP, but at the same time I did expect a bit more from Sadistic Intent. Recently they also unleashed split LP with Pentacle "Invocations of the Death-ridden" in 2016 also, so grab a copy of that one also. 
Standout track: "Horrid Thought" 
Verdict: 70/100 

Sadistic Intent - Resurrection of the Ancient Black Earth

SADISTIC INTENT - Resurrection of the Ancient Black Earth (IRON PEGASUS - CD 2009)
You don't have to agree with me (I don't care anyway), but I truly think that Sadistic Intent are one of the best death metal bands ever. I love their music and prefer it much, much more than albums from many so called big bands. This compilation CD will tell you exactly why I think so. Released by Iron Pegasus, it offers everything the best this band has ever recorded. To say it shortly, there are songs from three releases and each is just fuckin superb. In total we get real feast of pure, traditional death metal in its most malicious and morbid form! So, we have here "Resurrection" EP from 1994 and "Ancient Black Earth" EP from 1997 plus "Morbid Faith" EP from 2002 as sort of a bonus. For full happiness, I only miss songs from "Impending Doom..." and "A Calm Before the Storm", but what the hell... I love what I got anyway and I truly worship these sounds of obscure death metal. 
Every time I listen to these songs I feel like I'm in a trance and I just can't focus on anything else, but this incredible music. Sadistic Intent music may have been influenced by many old bands, starting with Slayer, Celtic Frost, through Autopsy, Morbid Angel, Necrovore, Incubus, Asphyx or Nihilist - and similarities to each of these bands are obvious. But Sadistic Intent came up with their own style anyway and the music, which these guys have composed belongs to the strongest and best ever. The number of incredible riffs per song is incredible, it's almost beyond belief how good it is. Every aspect of this music is top notch for me - riffage, arrangements, ideas, all these small details like perfectly placed keyboards parts... and of course the killer vocals of Bay Cortez. There are no weak parts or songs, which I would not like. And you know what? For me this is just as good as all the early Morbid Angel recordings - which I always considered as the ultimate and best death metal that ever was unleashed upon the mankind. "Ancient Black Earth" and "Resurrection" are right next to "Altars of Madness" and "Blessed Are the Sick" on the throne, in my opinion. You don't have to agree, I don't care, this is my review, so fuck off hahaha! But really this CD is so damn good that I cannot give it another verdict than 100/100, a perfect score. It ticks every box for what great death metal needs to have in my opinion and even exceeds it. With tracks like "Ancient Black Earth", "Asphyxiation", "Untimely End" or "Dark Predictions" it fuckin rules. I've been listening to these EPs for many years and many times, but they never bore me and I have never enough. I wish I had them on original vinyl pressings, but that is very unlike to happen with the prices they achieve nowadays. Well, at least I have this beautiful compilation. It sounds great also!! 
Soooo.... I cannot imagine that there's someone, who doesn't know Sadistic Intent and their incredible music. If you call yourself old school death metal maniac, but you have never heard them, you better catch up and buy their records. Absolutely fantastic stuff! For me they're along with Coffin Texts are the most underrated, but some of the best bands ever. Eternal worship!!!!!!!! 
Standout tracks: I would say ALL, but especially "Ancient Black Earth", "Dark Predictions" and "Untimely End" 
Verdict: 100/100 

Hyperdontia - Abhorrence Veil

HYPERDONTIA - Abhorrence Veil (NIGHT SHROUD Records 7"EP 2017)
Finally I got a chance to play Hyperdontia! It's been a while since I bought this EP, but I never had time to play it... until today and damn, I'm very excited to spin it! Their first recording, which is "Abhorrence Veil" EP was released in 2017 by Night Shroud Records on seven-inch vinyl and I am very happy to have this small piece of filth in my collection. This band is just fuckin superb. I like the music a lot, I worship this obscure, sepulchral aura of it and heaviness, with which the music crushes every bone in you. Yes, heaviness is a key word here. Almost savage sound, massive riffage and bestial, deep vocals, which match the old Demilich stuff!!! "Abhorrence Veil" sounds like eerie music echoed in the deepest, darkest abyss, giving almost claustrophobic and terrifying effect. And there you hear some inhuman grunts of beast, which never have seen a daylight. Fuck, the result is amazing and I am really impressed. Obviously, I could compare Hyperdontia to many bands from nowadays death metal scene, starting with Chthe'ilist and Abyssal, and finishing with such Phrenelith. It doesn't matter, I love all these bands and Hyperdontia is just equally good. It's only a shame that "Abhorrence Veil" is so short, with two tracks it's closed in eight minutes of music. I want to hear more!!! Both of these songs - "Stapled Down" and "Internal Incineration" - are insanely good, in my opinion. 
It may matter to some that Hyperdontia line up consists people, who're in other well-known underground death metal projects, like Necrowretch (Malik Çamlica), Phrenelith (Tuna and David Torturdod), Undergang (David Torturdod), Engulfed and Diabolizer (Mustafa Gürcalioglu). So, this is like a union of Dannish, Turkish and Polish death metallers. I love all these bands (I have to mention also Sulphurous!!!!)... And Hyperdontia is equally good. It gives very high hopes for another crushing death metal album, which I hope will be recorded soon. 
Verdict: 90/100