MOSS UPON THE SKULL - In Vengeful Reverence DIGIPAK
October 19, 2018
Quote from official press release:Belgium's MOSS UPON THE SKULL emerged in 2010 from the same swamps on which Brussels was founded, with the intent of playing unconventional, progressive death metal with a strong focus on philosophy, spiritualism, decay, and the mysteries of nature and the after-life.
After two promising EP's, the band is back with a revelatory first full-length, “In Vengeful Reverence”, heavily influenced by esoteric, alchemical principles and alternative history, as put forward by luminaries like Michael Tsarion, Terrence McKenna, Aleister Crowley, or John Dee. “The album title refers to dealing with frustration, hardship or threat, not in an emotional way but with serene rationality, in order to overcome the adversity and remove the cause of the challenge,” explains singer/guitarist Jef Van de Weghe. “The blue flame concept informing the album represents the release of anger and frustration in a constructive and creative way. It makes sense to channel these energies into manipulating the world around us to serve our purpose, call it magick or willpower.”
Music-wise, MOSS UPON THE SKULL's dissident death metal takes inspiration from the works of GORGUTS, PESTILENCE and MORBID ANGEL, among the others, but the Belgians enrich the intricate structures of their music with black metal nuances and unique melodic flourishes, while a superlative and overtly technical rhythm section works in unison with inventive guitars, aggressive growls and sporadic dark synths.
A perfect equilibrium of brutality, elegance and creativity within a death metal context, “In Vengeful Reverence” is surely going to put MOSS UPON THE SKULL on the map of today's most original metal bands.
PRECARIA / D.I.S. / DOMINUS IRA - Metamorphosphoros Split CD
March 30, 2018
PRECARIA, DEATHSPIRAL OF INHERITED SUFFERING, DOMINUS IRA - Metamorphosphoros
Quote from official press release:Spawn in the second half of 2017 from the visions of three underground black metal bands – Mexicos's PRECARIA, DEATHSPIRAL OF INHERITED SUFFERING from USA, and the Russian act DOMINUS IRA – “Metamorphosphoros is a split album dealing with the concept of Theion, the divine fire that burns but never consumes, like the one seen by Moses in the desert, when he heard the voice of YHWH. It's also about the descent to the abyss, and the consequent ascent, in order to attain a state of purification. Something which will ultimately be achieved through death.
Within the grooves of “Metamorphosphoros”, PRECARIA, DEATHSPIRAL OF INHERITED SUFFERING and DOMINUS IRA peels back the skin of extreme black metal to reveal the intricate occult currents running through it, and they do that with an urgent pace, unbridled aggressiveness, and occasional atmospheric interludes which serve as pauses between their violent assaults on the senses.
PRECARIA let the death dance begin with 4 ferocious and convulsing tracks, extravagant in sharp and dark riffs; DEATHSPIRAL OF INHERITED SUFFERING carry on with a likewise formula by adding a touch of death metal to complex structures pierced by sulfurous melodies, while DOMINUS IRA fiercely end the journey in the unmerciful embrace of some of the coldest and most majstic black metal ever.
The three bands have worked in complete synergy to offer high quality, dark and cathartic black metal art, and from their ideas and concepts the virtuous artist Elijah Tamu (PANEGYRIST) has carefully developed the amazing cover painting and the sigil which adorn the release. “Metamorphosphoros” has some real philosophical meat at its heart, and its esoteric theme speaks directly to all those who have proudly sworn endless devotion to the unholy flame of underground black metal.