Iron Bonehead Productions sets September 6th as the international release date for Black Cilice's highly anticipated fifth album, Transfixion of Spirits, on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats.
By now, Black Cilice should need no introduction. For at least a decade (or perhaps longer), this ever-shadowy Portuguese enigma has built a monolithic body of work that has come to define and also defy the modern raw black metal idiom. And while he's gained a surprising amount of traction with a wide variety of listeners thanks to his most recent two albums with Iron Bonehead, 2015's Mysteries and 2017's Banished From Time, Black Cilice's vision has remained forever resolute.
In 2019, that vision - idiosyncratic, insatiable, intractable - is more resolute than ever. Witness the aptly titled Transfixion of Spirits. Once again, Black Cilice wields sound as its own weapon, but in a daresay elegant manner seemingly at odds with the stratifying frequencies that bombard and blanket the listener. Indeed, this is in-the-red rawness to a superlative degree, surging second-wave black metal to the bone, but underneath those layers of filth 'n' fatalism lies a melancholic majesty that's truly a splendour to behold. And whereas the preceding Banished From Time(intentionally) broke from the mould and portrayed a thicker, more strident violence, here on Transfixion of Spirits does Black Cilice fittingly find a more spectral expression: no less hysteric or harrowing, its melodic misery springs forth like a geyser of grey, oppressive in its omnipresence and older than many generations of black metal itself.
Above all, Black Cilice proves once again that "purism" need not be shorthand for a dearth of ideas: he twists the anachronisms of classic black metal into ageless, endlessly spellbinding forms, each undulating wave lapping back against the other to utterly hypnotizing effect. Entrance thyself to this Transifixion of Spirits.
Begin entrancing thyself with the new track "Outerbody Incarnation" HERE at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud.
Harvest of Death, a division of Signal Rex, sets December 25th as the international release date for Vetala's highly anticipated third album, Retarded Necro Demential Hole.
If the raw Portuguese black metal scene has (rightfully) reaped renown or at least reverential infamy, then Vetala's third full-length strike shall be the sonic vomit to ruin everyone's day. For over a decade now, exploring the most depraved and transgressive corners of what black metal can be has marked this duo as nigh-on untouchable. Unrepentantly noisy, accidentally avant-garde, furiously FUCK OFF: although continuing the dark, disgusting work laid down by Black Circle forerunners Irae and Mons Veneris, Vetala have become an idiom unto themselves. And now, with the aptly titled Retarded Necro Demential Hole do the duo abase themselves and bow down before the all-consuming powers of ritual retardation; these four, nameless songs have no reason to exist, if only to rain feces on good taste and any and all conceptions of "black metal." In fact, it's so beyond primitive and artlessly improvisational, so nightmarishly unhinged, one could qualify it as PRE-black metal.
Exquisitely twisted as always, clanging and crazed and amorphously wandering into landscapes far too perverse to grasp, Retarded Necro Demential Hole is the final punctuation, the last severed shred of sanity, for Portuguese black metal. This album REALLY isn't for you!
Find out for yourself the stratifying powers of Vetala's Retarded Necro Demential Hole with the untitled second track HERE at Harvest of Death's Soundcloud
Iron Bonehead Productions sets April 20th as the international release date for the highly anticipated debut album of Portugal's Summon, Parazv Il Zilittv, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
Summon emerged in late 2016 as a gathering between N. and R. in which they decided to follow a sonority that transcends their soul and where they could give it a more cavernous feel, with an intensity of deep agony. Shortly thereafter, N. decides to move forward with composite themes, and then they decide to call J. to seal the covenant of a deadly entity. The lyrics are handled by N. in which he invokes all the blackness and splendour of death, the burden of enduring and wandering in a world of human flesh, and the infinite thirst for mass slaughter converting mankind into a cloak of bones.
What thusly emerged was Summon's debut EP, Aesthetics of Demise, which was released by Iron Bonehead during the summer of 2017 to widespread critical acclaim. A swirling, sulphurous mass of molten death-doom, Aesthetics of Demise was aptly titled, but on the fuller and more fleshed-out Parazv Il Zilittv, the trio both dive deeper into the murk and emerge into clearer dimensions. By no means do Summon here abandon their expertly crafted monolith of death-doom, but they largely (and wisely) leave behind the obfuscating murk which has become so de rigueur (read: TRENDY) in the millennial metal underground. Instead, each passage patiently unfolds and establishes its intended texture, terrorizing the mind and body with oppressive physical/spiritual weight - even (and especially) when stripped back to foggy, tension-inducing mist. The consequently linear songwriting soon works its sepulchral magic, as lurching 'n' lumbering riffs are stretched into hammering trances, sending undulating waves of absolute ritualism deep into the listener's core. Which is all to say nothing of the production on Parazv Il Zilittv, which somehow manages to make Summon sound creepier despite the clearer and more cutting recording style.
With Aesthetics of Demise, Summon proved that their smashed-psyche sorcery transcended the usual "sepulchral death metal" tropes. Now, with Parazv Il Zilittv, they prove that that sorcery is potent enough to simultaneously open and close the crypt of time eternal. How far will you step in/out? Take the first step with the album's title track HERE at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud.
Tracklisting for Candelabrum's "Necrotelepathy"
1. Necrotelepathy Part I - Distant Voices in the Darkest Night
2. Necrotelepathy Part II - Prayers for the Damnation of Man
On June 1st, Altare Productions is proud to present the debut album of Candelabrum, "Necrotelepathy". Hailing from the raw black metal hotbed of Portugal, Candelabrum built a sizeable reputation last year in the underground with a trio of demo tapes. However, whereas those three demos were primarily slow-tempo black metal with a simultaneously majestic / morbid atmosphere, "Necrotelepathy" is something else altogether - and a triumph of total otherworldliness.
Comprising two epic-length, side-long tracks, "Necrotelepathy" brims with a complexity of not just composition, but more so texture. To start, the deliberately blistering, in-the-red rawness imparts both a sense of unorthodox "wrongness" and almost exaggerated nakedness. However, such a sound-field is sincere in its intent, as Candelabrum wield it much like another instrument in a manner similar to cult countrymen Black Cilice: the mesmerizing qualities inherent in the band's black metal are intensified to a literally out-of-this-world extent that severs it completely from normal "metalhead" metal or, most especially, the more social-oriented ends of "black metal."
But at heart, Candelabrum are songwriters. The two twisting journeys that constitute "Necrotelepathy" weave and wind through myriad explosions of emotion - some extended for maximum hypnosis, of course - that are all generously suffused with a yearning, stargazing sort of melodicism. It's the sort comparable to the darker corners of classic Norwegian black metal like Kvist, Hades, and early Manes, but when filtered through such a beyond-harsh recording style, a certain shimmering quality emerges, and hauntingly so. Not surprisingly, the album lyrically deals with out-of-body experiences, contact with the dead, and the vastness of the beyond. Indeed, it's that latter-most subject that forms the wings on which "Necrotelepathy" takes flight - and with it, the listener himself / herself.
The Portuguese raw scene has made great strides in recent years, and justifiably earned its underground acclaim. But with "Necrotelepathy", Candelabrum now have delivered arguably its most defining moment and its most iconoclastic.
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