Album Review :~ Necrowretch - Welcome to Your Funeral (Live)

Live albums have become such a redundant format in recent times. Either cynical stopgap releases or lazily pumped-out contractual obligations, they generally serve little artistic purpose and are destined to gather dust on the shelves of only the most devoted fans. When you talk about death metal bands that have survived more than 10 years and continue to play their trade till date, you often come across many of them celebrating landmark anniversaries whether it be the inception of the band itself or the release of a marquee album from their discography. The trend is to embark on a world tour to perform a “greatest hits” set or a particular album in its entirety. Let’s be honest live albums can be risky, they are usually terrible or brilliant.
France itself is known for producing blackened acts with an aptitude for dark atmospheres and a mild pompous flair. Among all of them another French purveyors of chaos and wrath,bringer of darkness putrid death metal horde Necrowretch unleashed their live incantation entitled “Welcome to Your Funeral” in the starting week of this month with 29:27 min running time along with hellish,skin-ripping ,blood-chilling, raven black and deeply evil death metal artistry. Necrowretch have ended the trilogy with a bang. Mixing death metal with some black and thrash aesthetic was always their forte. Necrowretch serve hellish,satanic,fully blistering, devastatingly sacrilegious, old school death metal. There has been a big push by Necrowretch for this release. This live album is filled with more unearthly, astounding,critical acclaimed,heavy, claustrophobic misery ,enigmatic melodies . This album is consist with 6 tracks. Now I’m straight diving to the point about this live album .

This live albums whole compositions are extremely filthy and unsettling piece of sinister euphoria and unearthly ambiance .Blasting through 6 tracks recorded live Necrowretch delivers an enjoyable black/death album with some thrashy accoutrements. French giants prove not only that they are setting the bar in the world of Black/Death Metal, they also bring their amazing music to the live stage with all the dramatics you would expect from the predecessor work preparing the general Metal world for the upcoming black crusade. This bands each and every members are excellent musician appreciate their unsurpassed quality,ability and skill even on stage. All of their tremendous effort portrayed in this album in radiant way with excellent diligence and nailed it.Their undeniably destructive death metal assault, full to the brim with gnarly black metal and grindcore fringes makes for a record that is deeply unsettling and touches on demented themes with little care for the sanity of its listener.Their musical style ,vocals and other parts of the riffing is straight forward furious simultaneously . The band’s modern day incarnation, which is undoubtedly one of the best live metal acts going around today.
This whole live album consist with all brilliant track reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this album . Despite the often fast ,furious,cacophonous ,heavy and barbarous form of black/death metal assaults  laced with dark eerie,gloomy  and occult,arcane atmosphere with a lots of segments of slower,mid-paced tempo too where Necrowretch combines cavernous drum thrashes, evil,devilish guitars ,previously mentioned all  aspects  enriched this album that is very powerful,strong and excellent all at the same time along with a good  balance  of black/death metal music, melody and brutality with strangulated ,filthy,thick,doomy riffs work and those effective rasps simultaneously borrow blackened,gloomy,sinister vibe. "Welcome to Your Funeral"fueled by an immediately magnetic riff and an equally gripping, bubbling bass line, the song is vibrant and fiery. This kind of music dedicated to total aural subversion you need to steel yourself, yet no matter how you gird your loins there is rarely a true escape from the pummelling magic of death metal. The kind of music that swells the heart even as it rips with a fury and speaking of fury, the song eventually ignites in a conflagration of seething riffs and blasting percussion, only then to segue into yet further bounding and barbarous variations, becoming even more dark and predatory by the end. I highly appreciate and embrace this album because of their distinct style . 

well, this live albums opening track “Sprawl of Sin” starts with sonic assailment,obtuse,grotesque,atmospheric sound followed by an onslaught of tremulous ,dark eerie, savage, dense swarm of pestilential riffing  and a wall of blast beating ,spectacular, jolting thunder of attacking  drums laced with aggression,deliberate cadence and easily the song throws open the gates to black chaos . "Welcome to Your Funeral" is replacing gothic imagery and symbolism with satanic and occult references and themes,brutal and nostalgic as the horror. Their whole composition and musical style is impeccable also borrow great atmosphere. They have injected some thrash metal riffs into furious black/death metal style. There’s true savagery in Vlad's growls, and there’s also a morphing of the sensations conveyed by the music as the song progresses, with the seething riffs reaching heights of incendiary ecstasy and the melody turning from grim and ominous to elevating and inspirational.Their musical representation evolves into souls wandering vicious, crushing and ominous wasteland . This whole album gives u pitch-black feel from beginning to the end and I warn you this is a gloomy,blasphemous,vile, infernal journey in live.

This album is filled with a slew of cadence, apocalyptic, squalid, ominous,hellish,filthy, crawling, powerful riffs work .In each track breathtaking,morbidly delicious, scalding,macabre,soaring riffs,bass lineups matched in well manner with hellish,devilish chords and horror sounds are rightly used as an additional uncanny harmonic layer. This whole albums sound  deliver a dissonant,grim feeling,sinister,gruesome,ghastly black/death metal with pure energy . This album indulge strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship .The lyrical segment is lending a somewhat more esoteric and philosophical aesthetic to the entire mysticism of Satanic beliefs. Vocals large, inhuman voice that does well for Necrowretch . Vocals howling  hideous screams, hoarse , reverb-soaked, deep rasps , deep lung-burning roars, immense voice emerged on this album in a well manner and intertwined perfectly with their utterly  spellbinding,obtuse,bizarrely arrogant, mysterious,fully blistering, grandiose,blasphemous  black/death  metal,distant musical style with a lots of thrash metal riffs accompaniment  and  embedded perfectly .The vocals are also a match for the boiling intensity of the music, ranging dynamically through savage growls and lung-bursting cries to make this electrifying song even more intense. Overall you will get  sinister,gloomy,desolate,mysterious ambient from this whole album . I really worship this band . 

Each songs are utterly bloodthirsty,fast, savage and blasphemous odes to early extreme metal .They have incinerate with horrid power.These tracks are designed to fit the mold of manic death metal taking large cues from the black metal aesthetic and hammering out an unholy concoction like thus. Every track is superbly performed and brilliantly captured for the live experience, not just living up to the hype, surpassing all expectations and serving us their unholy communion for our extreme enjoyment. The quality of the recording and mastering is almost as if it was recorded in a studio, although the crowd interaction gives it that extra live feel. Stand out tracks are all of them. The production gives the music a powerful clarity, the blood-rushing drum propulsion and vibrant bass performance producing a non-stop surge of adrenaline. The rocketing rhythmic drive subsides past the mid-point, making way for a new and electrifying riff accompanied by the boom and tumble of percussion before Necrowretch return to the grim ferocity and tumultuous explosiveness of the song’s main course, with the vocals reaching a crescendo of wild barbarity just before this expression of draconic fury comes to an end. "Welcome to Your Funeral" becoming ever more extreme and challenging. Subsequently, performing the live album in its entirety made perfect sense.Overall “Welcome to Your Funeral” whole album is fiendish,infernal,vile, nefarious,primordial, Spectacular,engrossing ,significant,rich.The old school approach to death metal here is almost ancestral in its atavism. Chances are the song structures themselves won’t captivate, but the unholy bedlam spewed out of “Welcome to Your Funeral” will more than do the trick. When it comes to records like this one, the ability to maintain that old-school feel is key, and they for sure stick to old tradition in live. If you are looking for  something different, epic this pure unadulterated,elegantly and savagely decomposed live black/death metal album then it is perfect. Indeed it is incredibly refreshing, riff-dense monster of an album embedded with crust, rust and cadaverous unmentionables.

Album Review done by – Souvik Basu . 
My Rating – 5/5 , Published on 30.09.2018

Album Review :~ Sadistik Forest - Morbid Majesties

Death metal is always appreciated and preferred for metal heads there is no doubt about it . In the matter of metal music today the underground is full of newcomers who bring enthusiasm and fresh ideas but you have to admit that which bands are putting furious,evil,blasphemous music since late 80’s/early 90’s era their musical style,composition,lyrics structures everything’s are full of reverence . Nowadays a lots of modern death metal is shiny, flashy, and in addition, purely cutthroat and fully influenced by late 80’s/early 90’s musical era and borrow the vibe which is really appreciable. Death metal does not stagnate in a constant form. Some challengers exist, such as Sadistik Forest, their new album is brilliant addition to the death metal roster.

Well, six years since their last studio effort “Death, Doom, Radiation” Oulu based Finnish death metal quartet Sadistik Forest unveiled their third full length album entitled “Morbid Majesties” via Transcending Obscurity Records. This new album is consist with total 8 tracks with 34:50 min running time. Basically Sadistik Forest was formed in 2007. In before they had released Two full length album entitled “Sadistik Forest” in 2010 and “Death, Doom, Radiation” in 2012. Already they are experienced and well renowned in underground music because of their astounding,critical acclaimed,heavy, darkened,old school death metal musical style, hard work,well skilled performance and flawless efforts. Now I am straight diving into one of my anticipated death metal release of this year. 
This new albums whole composition,production is extremely filthy and relentlessly unforgiving . At first listen "Morbid Majesties”  floored me with their dreaded amalgamation which leads to a hammerin  old School blunt force trauma with heavy,twisted riffs, hyped pedal thrusts.Always I lookin for this type of harshest slabs of death metal.This whole album enthralled me with  their Unrelenting ,powerful,blasting ,overarching,chromatic, chaotic,rugged, critical acclaimed death metal sound  and dense  musical style and this new album rekindle my affection,obsession for proper old school death metal. This bands each and every musician exudes tremendous effort in radiant way on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it. They have injected technical riffs works, dark and dirge vibes into aural bashing,furious,fast death metal with strangulated riffs work simultaneously that burns with oppressive fervor. I applaud this new addition and cite them.
Their heavy,ultra-fast sounds and disparate styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity. Despite the often fast ,furious,cacophonous, heavy and barbarous form of death metal assaults  laced with a lots of segments of mid-paced,fast tempo too where Sadistik Forest combines intricate,tricky riffs work,vicious,dirge vibes with cavernous drum thrashes,aforementioned all  aspects  enriched this album that is very powerful,strong and excellent all at the same time along with a good  balance  of death metal music, melody and brutality with strangulated ,filthy,thick,groovy riffs work and those effective rasps,relentless growls simultaneously.

I personally appreciate their new albums songs framing style.well, this albums tracks are slow,groovy,dense,traditional,old school death metal music with some grandoise growls and a wall of spectacular drums with aggression,deliberate cadence . From this new album we get ultra-fast, oppressive death metal. This album is filled with a slew of twisted , traversed ,chugging, groovy,intricate, blitzkrieg,menacing ,complex riffs line ups. As well bass line up is shifting, chaotic,distorted,rumbled and punchy . Drumming,percussion line up is pummeling,dodgy,punishing,frantic,blast beating  and rabidly insane . There are a slew of individual breathtaking ,subtle nuance,cadence,morbidly delicious, ominous  riffs,solo and drumming  sections which sound briefly something exotic . In each track intricate,spectacular  riffs,bass lineups matched in fantastic way. This album indulge strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship . Every instrument is clearly differentiated & represented excellently in each and every single track .Tempo changes are excellent and complicated . Vocals deep rasps, gruff growls , vigorous, crucial, immense , aggressive voice intertwined in a good manner with their utterly savage,merciless,onslaught,violent, vitriol ,uncanny deeply rooted old school death metal sound with a lots of dark,dirge  accompaniment and embedded perfectly . I really worship and embrace this new album.

Their latest efforts each song have an energy ,fluency and dominating power. Stand out tracks are all of em . album artwork is mystique,atrocious,indelible. overall “Morbid Majesties” whole album is undeniable,precise,Spectacular,engrossing ,significant, elegant.This album is epitome of death metal. Sadistik Forest have the misfortune of inheriting a genre that peaked, attracted infiltrators and imitators. This pure unadulterated death metal album is one of the best release of this year so far.From now on I’ll Keep my eyes and ears peeled for more excellent news from the Sadistik Forest camp in the near future. This whole album is tight,straightforward with aggressive sound that carries Sadistik Forest signature style and unique composition. I am pleased to say that Sadistik Forest latest addition strides infinitely higher due to it’s strong increase in quality within literally every characteristic latest album. I am pretty damn sure Sadistik Forest can continue their stride in the future. Sadistik Forest provide another unblemished addition to this collection with this complete masterpiece, and thus can be accredited with the contribution to this intriguing and thriving, if not overlooked movement within extreme metal music.

Album Review Done by Souvik Basu.

My Rating : 4.7/5 Published on 12.09.2018

Album Review :~ Gaerea - Unsettling Whispers

The obsession with anything outre is not exactly a novelty in the metal scene, but occasionally it will assume a much more complex and nuanced dimension owing to musicians who insist on addressing such topics with utmost maturity and profundity. Numerous bands have created albums based around their own ideas that take insight from creative writing, but few bands will dedicate the entire span of an album to relevant interpretation of the belief With the emergence and escalation of the novel and notorious tendency. While some excellent ,unique band attempting to sell their flavor of the month band to potential listeners, there are some that simply exist outside of pre-existing molds and take a few years to realize their full potential and thusly grasp the imaginations of many who are fortunate enough to witness their evolve talent. Shadowy, worshipping Portuguese quintet Gaerea's debut offering is cut above the rest. Spawning from the depths of Occultism, Chaos, Knowledge, Esoteric Literature is the newest record from orthodox, nihilistic black metal Gaerea- Unsettling Whispers. Gaerea this Oporto, Portuguese group married the ritualistic fury of esoteric,occult black metal with a creeping dose of mystical,ominous,sinister madness. The atmosphere and tightly plotted albums were based on mystical, occult, incantation while still employing their own take on black metal.
On this year Oporto based Portuguese black metallers Gaerea Unveiled their debut full length opus on this year entitled “Unsettling Whispers” via Transcending Obscurity Records with 41:45 min assault along with hellish,skin-ripping artistry. This new album consist with 7 tracks . Gaerea was formed in 2016. They have developed into an independent mystical, occult and grand entity with their release Self Titled EP in 2016. Now I am straight going to the point about this new album . 

When at first checked out their manifestation I was overwhelmed and infused by the track because of authentic sound ,ferocious,mature and from then I was clinched  that I have to check this whole material for sure and this would be savage beast. Gaerea delivers distinctly experimental, atmospherically evil,vivid,horrifying form of black metal. They Playing the type of scathing, otherworldly black metal. This bands each and every musician did fantastic job on this album in radiant way and It’s really great when your high hopes are not misplaced. Gaerea manage to strike the right balance between raw, atavistic aggression and a more sophisticated, occult approach.This whole album reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this album . Gaerea create a constantly shapeshifting maelstrom of crushing chaos and disorder. A natural synthesis of dissonant sounds and disparate styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity Despite the often crushing,fast ,furious,cacophonous black metal assaults with a lots of segments of slower tempo too where Gaerea combines a atmospheric, mysterious, introspective passages with cavernous drum thrashes, whirlwind guitars and those effective rasps.

well,their latest incantations opening track is “Lord of Blessed Murder” .This track starts with atmospheric slow build and eerie chanting vocal followed by an onslaught of tremulous ,dark eerie riffs and a wall of sober,slow drums and then the song returns to the sonic assailment and the musical style transformed into a whirlwind of guitar noise laced with aggression,deliberate cadence and massive,fast paced black metal. The layered tapestry of slightly trebly and heavily laden with reverb, duo-tonal whirlwind of guitar noise supporting the likewise crooning, almost moaning deeply in the throat, high-pitched , vocals drown a bit in the almost unhuman-like furiously fast though muffled drumming with ripping and snorting bass, although this evolves to a more dynamic sound on the rest of the album. Their whole composition and musical style is impeccable also borrow great atmosphere with sour ,dissonant riffs work . All instruments are dynamic, clearly discerned, yet none stand out amidst the cacophony and indeed they have far surpassed it. 
This new albums whole compositions are extremely filthy and unsettling piece of sinister,grim euphoria and unearthly ambiance . “Unsettling Whispers”  commences chronologically invigorating and destructive. Their distinct entity infused me by a lot . Their musical style have a quite soft and smooth edge which adds to the more atmospheric,unique kind of black metal but at the same time the vocals and other parts of the riffing is straight forward brutal,ferocious simultaneously . Honestly, after a multiple listen this album just blew me away with their ethereal abyss,multi-dimensional,the multi-layered,ominous musical style . Gaerea perversely brims with an illuminating light, devouring the cosmic light of life and scurrying through the sort of black metal whose radiance is so obsidian as to consume energy as austerely as it expends it. Each musicians have exudes tremendous,cohesive effort on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it . In this moment which is eternal yet transitory, a new and pure energy grows within the womb of chaos, and which ignites the source of a new aeon, a flame needless of air to exist. Gaerea really does the trick for the atmosphere is the overall murky,mysterious, Juxtapositions of darkness and light, misty sound that comes from the music. A new true god that breeds its new self, purified and sanctified in chaos without an end nor a beginning. I highly cite and embrace this album . 

This album is filled with a slew of cadence, apocalyptic,pummeling, ominous,hellish, powerful riffs work . As well bass line up is whopping,intense,strong ,rumbling, slithering . Drumming,percussion line up is bleak, frantic,solid,clattering and powerful . The guitars are solely focused on creating a grandiose atmosphere, but predominantly rely on walls of sound and swerving rhythms.In each track morbidly delicious,macabre,soaring,dark eerie,ghastly riffs,bass lineups matched in well manner .This whole albums sound deliver a dissonant,grim feeling,sinister,melancholic,gruesome black metal with raw emotion and pure energy . This album indulge strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship .Vocals decently large voice that does well for Gaerea. Especially his menacing and hoarse voice are excellent . Vocals howling scream,immense,deep rasps voice emerged on this album in a well manner adds a thick sound and intertwined perfectly with their utterly spellbinding,obtuse,bizarrely arrogant, mysterious,fully blistering black metal,distant musical style with a lots of melodic,atmospheric accompaniment and embedded perfectly . Their sound,musicianship is absolute prime, with every song unleashing a seething torrent of scalding dissonance and insidious melody, scorching distortion, and barbaric, blasphemous invective, all of which combine to produce an overarching atmosphere of creeping, crippling dread. "Unsettling Whispers" is multi-dimensional and multi-generational black metal at its pinnacle of wonder.Overall you will get sinister,gloomy,desolate,mysterious ambient from this whole album.
Each song have an energy ,fluency and draw a savage landscape .Stand out tracks are all of them .Every song, every hellish, skin-stripping riff and vile vocal incantation, is delivered with the righteous fury and unwavering conviction of the true believer. Vision of the album cover is Pretty neat,solid,atrocious,grisly, macabre, gorgeously hideous. Overall “Unsettling Whispers” whole album is Spectacular,engrossing ,significant and goes all the way through with a relentless rage from the beginning. Each track vehemently coils its tendrils about you and very quickly its immersion becomes breathtaking under its suffocating weight. Gaerea is surely the apotheosis of everything. The sound has a depth to it, that with brief distortion. Gaerea is a elite black metal sophistication in their music without sacrificing the feral, ugly core of the style. Gaerea prove less of a whisper and more of a defiant roar from one’s loathing void.This album sounds so authentic and a truly remarkable sonic journey from beginning to end . Gaerea is a deep and winding journey throughout the mysterious and stifling occult. Indeed this album is such an true gem of this year . The production is absolutely impeccable,capable of handling both the massive atmospheric and gargantuan heft.Outstanding another one release of this year so far .“Unsettling Whispers” is shattering culmination in black metal evolution. Gaerea can effectively capture a pristine essence of bloodthirsty transcendent abandon, disenchanted delirium, or perhaps even a very inhuman strain of mystical experience. The Portuguese bruisers still possess all the necessary skills and hard-won experience to put younger,newcomer challengers in their place.With " Unsettling Whispers", Gaerea writes another chapter in their book of successive masterpieces. This is astral projection through a viscous dense black cosmic ocean. If you looking for something different, epic this album will take you on a sophisticated and weighty black metal journey into another universe where music has the power to transcend the spoken word.

Album Review Done by Souvik Basu.

My Rating : 4.8/5. Published on 12.09.2018

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