Blitz reviews 44: AIHOS, SIGIL, SERPENTS ATHIRST / GENOCIDE SHRINES / TREPANATION / HERESIARCH, ABYSMAL GRIEF, MALUM

44th part of short reviews.

AIHOS – Hävityksen maa
Year of release: 2019
Released by: Helter Skelter Productions
Rating: 6,7 / 10

Unpretentious melodic metal from Finland, sounding like it was made in Germany. If it weren’t for the language of the songs, it’s generally impossible to distinguish this album from half of Purity Through Fire releases, for example. Quite secondarily, but atmospheric and inspired work. Sometimes you can meet truly killer riffs, like in "Verikruunu" song.

 

SIGIL – Demonstration MMXIX
Year of release: 2019
Released by: Funeral Trance
Rating: 6 / 10

A viscous, technical and slightly dissonant metal that combines elements of various styles. Can be described as a greatly simplified late GORGUTS. As you might guess, this demo is a hint of a future album. Judging by what he heard, it will be very good.

 

SERPENTS ATHIRST / GENOCIDE SHRINES / TREPANATION / HERESIARCH – Scorn Coalescence
Year of release: 2019
Released by: Cyclopean Eye Productions
Rating: 7,7 / 10

22 minutes 22 seconds spilt album, containing one track from each band. SERPENTS ATHIRST - peppy high-speed metal in the vein of IMPIETY. GENOCIDE SHRINES is a brutal tantric audio violence made according to TEITANBLOOD and TETRAGRAMMACIDE patterns. TREPANATION - creeping chaos from the black underworld, accompanied by painful screams and necrotic noise. ERESIARCH - crazy and hellishly heavy shit, where the influence of BLASPHEMY, REVENGE, DIOCLETIAN is felt. As a result - a very powerful and malicious modern Black Metal split, where everything is in it's place.

 

ABYSMAL GRIEF – Mors Eleison
Year of release: 2006 / 2019 (this version)
Released by: Sun & Moon Records (this version)
Rating: 7 / 10

The first ever CD-edition of the mini-album of old-school Italian doomers, originally released on vinyl in 2006 (by the Swedish I Hate Records). They did not add bonuses to the CD - these are all the same 4 tracks. ABYSMAL GRIEF perform a dark retro-doom with a bias in horror aesthetics, where a synthesizer, impudently disguised as a church organ, plays a big role. Fans of DENIAL OF GOD and MERCYFUL FATE, despite the noticeable musical differences, should be delighted. I like it. The music is really dark, devoid of frivolous bullshit.

MALUM – Legion
Year of release: 2019
Released by: Purity Through Fire
Rating: 7,5 / 10

"The perfect embodiment of Finnish Black Metal" is perhaps all I can say about this album. Proper sound, melancholic melodies and satanic ideology simply cannot fail to appeal to the fanatics of HORNA, SARGEIST, BEHEXEN, SATANIC WARMASTER and other guardians of the traditions of the Finnish branch of the genre. Very good! And the layout is also cool.

 

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