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.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

MINDKULT - Witch's Oath - Out Now On CD & Tape

Four songs in the subliminal key of Lucifer. Drink deeply this potion. Follow incandesce and levitate. The tendrils of your existence spiral away into indecipherable tenebrosity. There is only the buzz inside your skull now. There is only the riff. The power of the chord. What at first appears as catchy, fuzzed-out doomgaze reveals itself over a series of repeated listens to be truly sinister and subversive: the alluring voice of a suicide cult leader. A man who sings the people’s blues, but for damnation’s sake. Call it Witch’s Oath, Mindkult's first opus. 

All songs written and produced by MINDKULT, the sole creation of Fowst. Recorded at Monticello Studios in 2016. Art/Design by Elias Kontogiannis (www.surrealsoreal.com). 

No Clean Singing: But whoever is behind “Witch’s Oath” includes a guitarist whose soloing is both soulful and trippy and a drummer who’s not flashy but knows how to get heads moving. The coating of fuzzy distortion on the guitars and bass is also a welcome touch. Get ready to rock the fuck out. 

The Obelisk: …“Whatever Fowst‘s real name, whoever produced the album, whatever bands he or they’ve worked with before, it’s the songwriting coming through most of all on Witch’s Oath and the sense of stylistic accomplishment that songwriting showcases. It’s early in Mindkult‘s tenure to make a guess as to directions the band might go, but this initial EP makes a compelling argument in favor of finding out.”

Sunday, July 31, 2016

MINDKULT - Witch's Oath - Out Soon On CD & Tape

All songs written and produced by MINDKULT, the sole creation of Fowst. Recorded at Monticello Studios in 2016.
No Clean Singing: But whoever is behind “Witch’s Oath” includes a guitarist whose soloing is both soulful and trippy and a drummer who’s not flashy but knows how to get heads moving. The coating of fuzzy distortion on the guitars and bass is also a welcome touch. Get ready to rock the fuck out.

The Obelisk: …“Whatever Fowst‘s real name, whoever produced the album, whatever bands he or they’ve worked with before, it’s the songwriting coming through most of all on Witch’s Oath and the sense of stylistic accomplishment that songwriting showcases. It’s early in Mindkult‘s tenure to make a guess as to directions the band might go, but this initial EP makes a compelling argument in favor of finding out.”

Monday, July 25, 2016

EVIL PRIEST - Self-Titled Demo - Out Now On Tape

Anachronistic and completely unmitigated by aught save their own selfish desires, Evil Priest arrive from Lima, Peru. The three songs that comprise their self-titled debut call to mind some recording washed up on the shore of the beaches of that pandemonium, Lima. Like the virgin copy of a sound that our dimension has since rendered a palimpsest. An alien artifact studied and transcribed without having first been deciphered. Offering a peek into another dimension where society collapsed in 1989 and jungles have usurped the cities as primitive and ancients fear have reclaimed the preoccupation of humans. A time and place in which death metal is played to ward off predators and bad spirits. Performed as it is, here and now by Evil Priest, the demo would appear to have the opposite effect. Haunted by vocals like hypnotic proclamations of unlocked malign spirits; stormy with drums that hold your pulse hostage; riffs like shadow archetypes that leap out from a deeply ingrained collective death-anxiety. Caligari Records presents Evil Priest and their first recording to date. 


150 Copies / Pro Tape / Pro Covers

Sunday, July 10, 2016

SONIC POISON - Harsh Demonstration... - Out On Tape Now

Sonic Poison’s Harsh Demonstration... is seven tracks of blown-out primitive grindcore dispatched with the reckless abandon indicative of a young band eager for blood. Approximately ten minutes of Finnish-style seizure-inducing, organ-grinding mayhem in which gnarly feedback prevents anything like reprieve, solos flare up like caustic acid reflux, and the drums leave psychological welts.

150 Copies
Pro Tapes / Pro Covers

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

INCULCATOR - Void Abecedary - Out Now On Tape


Inculcator appears in the sky over Liverpool, UK. Shielded in occult mysticism, the outlandish entity (rumored to be a solo effort) first broadcast its signal with “Voces Mysticae,” February 2015. Propelled by the satanic forces of early Slayer and Venom, bending time and space like a pinch harmonic, and bearing knowledge of the abyss from whence it came and toward which it will now usher us all, “Voces Mysticae” is only ⅕ of Inculcator’s debut of dimension-ripping tech thrash “void exploration.” Caligari Records is proud to bring you Void Abecedary, the world’s first lesson in the language of the great beyond. 


Limited to 150 copies

Thursday, April 28, 2016

HOWLS OF EBB - Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows - Out Now On Tape

Out Now On Tape - 200 Copies

Sputnik Music: Howls of Ebb cannot be given enough praise for what they've manage to accomplish in only a few short years. Topping themselves with a perfect concoction of their first two releases, the band has made an immense and incredibly work of death metal with their sophomore album. It's a bold and winding masterwork of metal that shows how keenly aware the band is to every little facet of the genre. Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows is an album that needs to be heard.

No Clean Singing: Howls of Ebb refuse to fit neatly into any of the death metal sub-genres and continue to cement their own weird and wonderful sound.

Nine Circles: should provide more than enough genre-bending and blending to appease the most sadistic and pessimistic fan of black metal. Howls of Ebb provide a journey through global rhythms by way of black metal. It’s one tour that you must take.

Soundscape Magazine: A shoddy mix isn’t enough to eclipse the horrors Howls of Ebb conjure and their songs are too good to stay hidden. Coming with a grotesque helping of dolore la doppio makes each lick of the fret board like water to thirst. Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows is a vile sounding album, but bring the pain. It works better that way.

Metal Ireland: A weird and absolutely wonderful mind-melter of an album. Have it.

Infernal Masquerade: Being one the weirdest and most sick sounding bands, Howls of Ebb is delivers a unique experience with this 42-minute long release. If you liked any of their previous music, or retro sounding Black/Death Metal bands with Indonesian influences, this is one hell of a release you don’t want to miss.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

INTO COFFIN - Into a Pyramid of Doom - Out Now On Tape

Channeling a darkness deeper than that perversion borne in all men and exclusive to him--that is his fascination with death--Germany’s Into Coffin bear the colossal weight of a death-doom wrought not of flesh and perishable things, but of earth and stone. The follow up to last year’s nebular demo, Into Coffin’s debut full length, at five tracks and fifty-five minutes, is a bewildering journey through the hallucinatory penumbrae of those staggering monuments raised by an elder race whose mocking laughter yet trembles the earth. Between Paul Chain’s monomaniacal genius and Necros Christos’ pedantic exaltation stands this German trio known as Into Coffin. And now Caligari Records is proud to invite you Into a Pyramid of Doom. 


Limited to 150 copies 

Pro tapes/Pro covers


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

HOWLS OF EBB - Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows - Soon On Tape

Caligari Records invites you to inhale a horrifying drug as you gaze into the nauseous work of Italian master Agostino Arrivabene. Sully your mind attempting to explain away the sounds of The Sour Bogs of Mars spilling upon vapid flesh; helpless but to succumb to the psychic cadence bombing your deep synapse. For Howls Of Ebb's Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows is one more step beyond Vigils of the 3rd Eye and The Marrow Veil. All hail the master pendulum of transgressive osmotic reign! 

The release of “Cursus Impasse” is a joint venture by I, Voidhanger Records (CD), NWN! (LP), and Caligari (MC). 

Limited to 200 copies 
Pro Tapes / Pro Covers

Thursday, March 24, 2016

CEMETERY - Wind and Shadows - Out On Tape Now


Limited to 200 copies


Pro Tapes / Pro Covers

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Friday, March 18, 2016

OBSCURE EVIL - Midnight Forces - Out On Tape Now

No Clean Singing: Obscure Evil have tapped into a rich vein of raw, venomous thrash, tinged with the obsidian gleam of first-wave black metal. The riffs in these songs are electrifying — there’s no better word for it. And while the riffs and superheated soloing are the fast-beating aheart of the music, the rhythm section is just as attention-grabbing, with organic-sounding drum bursts and the clash and crash of cymbals amping the music’s energy. To add a further layer of ferocity to this boiling cauldron of poison, the reverberating vocal howls conjure hallucinations of a red-eyed demon exhorting this horde to further extremes of blood-lusting mayhem.

Limited to 150 copies
Pro Tapes / Pro Covers

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