2021, The Penance

#ShortOnes XLIII #UndergroundRecos

Hello there,

Music, in this case, my beloved metal music, helped me to travel a lot and make my mind dreamed of being on gigs seeing the bands… I miss it… A lot to be honest… Anyway, let me stop with that, and move forward…

Band: Black Altar / Vulture Lord
Title: Deathiah Manifesto
Label: Odium Records
Release date: 15 January 2022
Country: Poland / Norway
Format reviewed: High-quality Digital Recording

Bummmmmmm… Oh yeah. Chaos arrived. Amazing split. 4 songs for each band in this split and I can say only one thing… Very good. Black Altar playing the very good Black Metal that they used to do and Vulture Lord with them Black Thrash Metal. Both bands are not having mercy and they devastating with these songs here on this split. Grab it.

Band: Kemerov
Title: Anti-hero
Label: One Two Six Records / Vinylstore.gr
Release date: 14 January 2022
Country: Greece
Format reviewed: High-quality Digital Recording

To start I mention the country as Greece even if the band is located in central Macedonia. The historical struggle in that place has always been a big one and I don’t want to offend anyone. Moving forward…
Good release. Can you imagine the OSSDM playing rock and roll? Can you imagine The Hellacopters or Gluecifer with Dismember or Entombed? Ok, a faster description. Do you like the Uprising album released by Entombed? Not with so much “weight” here. If you can, well you have here a good album to listen to.

Band: Ravenous Death
Title: Visions from the Netherworld
Label: Memento Mori
Release date: 07 January 2022
Country: Mexico
Format reviewed: High-quality Digital Recording

Hmmm… I mention here this band but the taste on my ears is a mix of sweet and bitter, so I’m in a doubt here. It has its highlight but at the same time can be a bit…Hmm… How can I say? Predictable and near the bored. Reminds me a bit of bands like Vomitory, Abhorrence, Krisiun, Centurian, or Diabolic but… Anyway… Even the doubt is inside me, I advise you to check it and let me know what you think about it.

Band: Serpent Noir / Sargeist
Title: Transcendental Black Magic
Label: World Terror Committee
Release date: 23 January 2022
Country: Greece / Finland
Format reviewed: High-quality Digital Recording

7 songs on this split. 4 for Serpent Noir and 3 for Sargeist. It’s a good split but, I was expecting more, to be honest. Especially from Serpent Noir, cause Sargeist the result is always expected. Maybe my expectations were too high. Not saying the songs are not good, no way. Was only about what I mentioned. So I tried to listen to it without knowing both bands past and… That way (I tried my best) I can say that is a very good split release and a must have.

Don’t forget to support the bands and labels.

The Key Keeper 666

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