Sunday, April 16, 2017

ROPE SECT - Personae Ingratae - Out On Tape Now

Revel in its driving pulse and its suicidal choruses; Rope Sect feeds upon your lifeforce. Hum along, nod in time, elated for the eschaton. Personae Ingratae is Rope Sect’s debut statement. Six tracks of sustained diminuendo. Something like gothic post-punk; something like erotic schadenfreude. Angular, inward, self-mutilating . . . this is Rope Sect’s sardonic petition for a final curtain call. Personae Ingratae is a dark and lonely heaven.

Monday, March 27, 2017

TAPHOS NOMOS / URðUN - RIP - Split Cassette Out Now

Behold. Evidence of a vile collusion between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s doom-death eidolons, Taphos Nomos, and Akureyri, Iceland’s most malign murkslingers, Urðun. Eight tracks of brain-liquefying horror, with Taphos Nomos offering up three brand new songs of vulgar schadenfreude praising humanity’s ever-nearing extinction, and Urðun anteing up with four new tracks of their own warped minds’ devising, plus an Autopsy cover. Deemed R.I.P. (Rarely Investigated Phenomena by Taphos Nomos & Rigorously Intensified Putrefaction by Urðun), this split proves that even over a quarter of a century later, death metal—at least in the gorey hands of these two young bands—is as putrid, harmful, and dead-alive as ever.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

URðUN - Split With TAPHOS NOMOS Coming Soon

Have a taste of the upcoming 8-track split tape that will be unleashed in the upcoming days. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

K.L.L.K. - Le Brasier des Mondes - Out On Tape & CD

French atmospheric black metal band KLLK have been around since 2010 and with this second EP display impressive compositional growth and astonishing capacity to balance out muddy cavernous black metal with gorgeous abstract passages of pure translucent ambiance. Le Brasiers des Mondes is comprised of seven transitional cuts that show the band more like craftmen than musicians.

No Clean Singing: 'haunting, hallucinatory, ritualistic, grief-stricken, fiery, and ultimately slow, stately, and majestic — though even then, the shadow of death hangs over it.'

Friday, February 3, 2017


Two-prong raw primitive no frills death metal attack. Germany. 

200 copies / pro tapes / pro covers

Friday, January 13, 2017

CIORAN - Bestiale Battito Divino - Out Now On Tape

Chaotic Italian black metal punk with 'Italian esoteric-folkloristic themes and lyrics.' A conceptual recording of sorts, in the words of the band, 'The nature of a creature stuck halfway between bestial and divine ,carrying inside these two poles and leaning toward one direction or the other. The coexistence of submission to animal instinct and the seek of something higher than mere reality. A walking paradox that uses eternal inner conflict as an engine, like a star uses nucleo synthesis to explode and shine; Oscillating and writhing to dominate and break this duality.'

150 copies / Pro Tapes / Pro Covers

Metal Recursants: They jam with primitive but highly enjoyable staunch rage, and come out the gate ready to move the moshpit. Caligari Records has scored another great release with Cioran’s latest, and Bestiale Battito Divino isn’t your typical blackened punk a la Aksumite. They don’t sound like the very stellar Human Bodies either. They carve a niche of their own by fielding plenty of mid-tempo banging, plenty of blasts and punk/grind riffs, then slow down intermittently, and cymbal crash, downpick ’til the world falls down.

Pure of heart, metal in spirit, punk in terms of aggression and three-chord progressions, Cioran blaze through six highly enjoyable tracks destined for analog audio bliss for fans of blackened punk. Or for that matter, for fans of any aggressive metal. The occasional opera samples are also a nice touch, and the use of samples is tasteful, without overdoing the gore-metal horror movie style that has become so blasse.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

OBSCURE EVIL - Void Fumes - Out On Tape Now

To think that all along those young, corrupt minds harbored yet a darker, more awesome secret. Six songs of cryptic black thrash bearing as much in common with early Morbid Angel as with Mercyful Fate, unfathomably recorded at the same time as their debut, Midnight Forces. With scarring riffs like endless barrages of satanically-possessed daggers, vocals like demonic calls to action, and an atmosphere choked with beating bat wings, chilly drafts, and the stench of burning, Void Fumes is proof enough that this Peruvian trio are in possession of something otherworldly and truly evil. This then is the genuine article, in its intended arcane configuration. 

Tape Wyrm: A couple of friends and I have contests to see who can mine the best music out of the field of brand new releases. I feel that checking back to Caligari records every so often is cheating since this label has been known to already have a good system which finds the most vile and fiery bands from across the globe. Enter Obscure Evil whose previous 2016 demo was enough to take notice but the band’s new EP is something to behold.

Black/thrash is a genre which can be as grim or as wild as you want it to be. From the very dissonant to the very entertaining, the level of raucous can be from a mild jaunt to full out chaos. Obscure falls between a mob stampede and a bar fight with enough broken glass coursing through the crowd to make things bloody and hilariously fun.

Void Fumes reminds us all of a few things. First of all that Caligari Records is winning at this whole contest of finding great unknown bands that sound like demons riding loud motorcycles. Secondly that Obscure Evil has made a scorched mark on this earth in 2016 with two releases that give hope and dread for the future.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

EVOCACIÓN - Self-Titled - Out Now On Tape

Languid, putrid and decomposed death doom from Spain. Limited to 200 copies. Pro Tapes / Pro Covers 

No Clean Singing: Prepare yourselves for an atmospherically oppressive and unnerving concoction of skull-splintering death-doom and pestilential black metal, because that’s what we’re about to bring you through our premiere of the debut, self-titled demo by a young band from Murcia, Spain, named Evocación. 

In a word, the music is horrifying — the stuff of hallucinations and nightmares, or perhaps smoke-shrouded rituals in which incantations are uttered, blood is spilled, and lives are lost. 

Evocación convincingly create a vision of being pulled down into a quagmire of death and decay by deploying slow, lumbering, pavement-splitting riffs and bass lines dripping with distortion, combined with ritualistic drum rhythms that hammer with bone-cracking force and destructive hostility. Against this utterly dismal backdrop of ponderous demolition, Evocación spew a haze of toxic guitar noise and high, slithering, skin-crawling leads that can boil over into a seething derangement. 

There’s certainly no reprieve from this arcane form of murder in the vocal department, as the vocalist delivers a mix of agonizing moans, deep echoing roars, mastiff-like barking, and shrieking spews of goblin bile. 

When the band do depart from their normal strategy of slowly choking the life out of the listener while resolutely fragmenting skulls through titanic pounding, they do so in ways that are equally terrifying — through eruptions of chaotic rampaging that are, if anything, even more viciously ruinous. 

There’s an unearthly aura surrounding the music, but the band tell us that they recorded the music using analog technology from the ’70s and used a mixing and mastering process that was subtle, and intended to keep the sound “as real as possible”.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

NECROMORBID - El Dia de la Bestia - Out Now On Tape

Necromorbid’s debut full length El Dia de la Bestia is ten blasphemies of scorched-black, bristling and blasted death metal performed in devout opposition to that bastioned and corrupt enclave that yet stands in the trio’s homeland, Italy. Having forged a sound so caustic and perverse that it borders on terroristic threat, the trio known as Necromorbid have thus declared oper war against Christianity, and its dogmatic values. For guitarist/vocalist Dysangelium, drummer Bestial Desecrator, and bassist Arch Commander Equinox, it is better to raise hell on earth than live a life of servitude founded on a false promise. El Dia de la Bestia is mandatory for devotees of Morbosidad, Black Witchery, Archgoat, and the great adversary, Lucifer.

Monday, October 10, 2016

NECROMORBID - El Dia de la Bestia - Coming Soon On Tape

Necromorbid hail from Italy and like glorious acts such as Mortuary Drape, Bulldozer and Necromass play a bestial blend of death and black metal. In the vein of Archgoat, Black Witchery, Morbosidad and the likes. The band consists of Dysangelium (vox/guitar), Bestial Desecrator (drums) and Arch Commander Equinox (bass). "El Dia De La Bestia" is their debut full-length album, 10 tracks of unholy desecration and perverse abomination against Christ and Christianity.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

OKSENNUS - Sokea Idiootti - Out Now On Tape

One of the strangest bands to emerge from Finland, ever, Oksennus play their death metal like the gods are said to play at being human. And on Sokea Idiootti, their second proper full length, but their seventh release overall, they’ve reached a level where KK, OK, and VP can now actively torment their listener, while simultaneously, and surreptitiously rewarding him—without his even realizing it. He only knows that he cannot stop listening. The bass guitar is like a gadfly not so much buzzing in your ear as reciting Kafka. Meanwhile, the vocals never abandon their monstrous depths, no matter where the instruments find themselves. So, too, the guitars and drums stay locked in like the cranial screws of halo traction. As strange and ayahuasca-visionary as Sokea Idiootti gets, it remains death metal. And that alone is remarkable.