Here we go again; digging deep into the underground to find you the murkiest of the murk, brought to the light of day in the latest edition of Dave’s Demo Roundup. Today, the theme is black metal.
Originally finding limited release on cassette, Black Rust is the second album from raw Swedish black metal outfit Orcultus. Although not particularly original, Orcultus hark back to the glory days of low-fi black metal so prevalent in the ‘90s and early ‘00s. Atmospheric and varied in pace, the seven songs presented on Black Rust are quite good with a dreamy, low-fi vibe. Orcultus, however, are definitely at their best when the music has a tendency to drone on and on, such as on “Filled With Flies,” a standout track.
Bullet belts and spikes from Finland. Violent Hammer are just that; a crushing hammer of violence in your face. Think a dirtier version of Impaled Nazarene (if there is such a thing), and you’re in the neighborhood. Blackened war metal with a huge dose of loud, abrasive guitars and pounding percussion, More Victims - Demo 2014 is the third demo from Violent Hammer, but their first since 2007. Someone sign these guys quick!
Speaking of murky, Pneuma Hagion, a one man act, is a recent discovery of Nuclear War Now! Productions, but we get a dose of what’s to come on Bandcamp with the outfit’s first three song demo. Recorded just few months ago, Trinity I sits right alongside the best of the murky blackened death metal pantheon. Bands such as Teitanblood, early Vasaeleth and Diocletian definitely come to mind as Trinity I is crushingly heavy with a hugely cavernous, suffocating sound. Deep seated, growled vocals, gigantic riffs, pounding drums, and a pace that varies from an all out blast to a glacial dirge, Pneuma Hagion is definitely a project to watch. The production on this demo is excellent with a density that has to be heard to be believed.