One of the first Black Metal formations from New Zealand was (is) Vassafor, a band that has a limited curriculum vitae during the nineties. At the very end of last century, they broke up, but in 2004 Phil Kusabs decided to resurrect his main project. The guy, FYI, is involved with quite some other bands and projects too, but this review deals with higher aforementioned Vassafor, so I’ll stick to this one.
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Death Karma are a duo that were formed in Slovakia in 2012, but currently they reside in the Czech Republic. Both members, also involved with e.g.
Hailing from New Zealand, and with current and former members of e.g. The House Of Capricorn, Abystic Ritual and Ulcerate, Creeping return with their third full length, after almost five years of silence. Revenant gets released on both vinyl via Iron Bonehead Productions (they will release the stuff as well the digital way) and on compact disc via Daemon Worship Productions.
After one full album and several split-contributions, Volahn, one of the many projects by Eduardo Ramirez, returns with a second full studio album, called Aq’ab’al. This six-tracker ‘symbolizes the earthly dark spaces & those within our own consciousness’. The title stands for the place of rebirth and transformation, a re-generating power, based on the Mayan mythology and beliefs, a returning source of inspiration in many of Eduardo’s projects.
This split-album, Void Asceticism, joins two great acts in order to illustrate ‘moral collapse, soul sacrifice, eternal oblivion’. I know, it makes me happy too…
The 12” vinyl stuff was released in an edition of 500 copies on ‘regular’ black vinyl (140g, you know), and each band present three tracks, clocking the whole experience to half an hour.
Chilean power-combo Atomicide return with their second full length, a year and a half after the former one, Spreading The Cult Of Death. In more than a decade of existence, they gained quite some ‘popularity’ in their home country, and the intervention of Iron Bonehead Productions will promote this band’s name on an international scale for sure.
Since Iron Bonehead Productions are one of those labels that bring nothing but quality when it comes to the sound of the True Underground (the most morbid way!), I am always enthralled when receiving new stuff. Just check out one of the several reviews I did for this Berlin-based label to share my passion and appreciation.Last year, the label released a split-LP with Vassafor, but unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to hear it.
Most Black Metal releases that refer to ‘tradition’ are inspired and / or influenced by the so-called Second Wave. Nothing wrong with that, I think, because that early nineties’ current created hundreds of marvellous acts all over the globe, with truly thousands of excellent recordings, back then and still now. But the First Wave isn’t as ‘big’ as the second one. That’s a pity, because without that first wave there wouldn’t be a second one, would it?... However, once in a while my eardrums get satisfied by stuff that just breathes the purest essence of the eighties’ scene.
Cemetery Fog are a very young band from Finland, originally consisting of V. Kettunen (d), J. Filppu (v, g), and J. Rantala (g). After the demo tapes Journey To Hell and Sepulchral Full Moon, the trio (J. Rantala left in mean time, and the band recently recruited bass player J. Peltonen) returned with a third demonstrational cassette recording, Shadows from The Cemetery, which has a total running time of about twenty three minutes.