Insidious Omen – Anointed with the Blood of Chaos
This three epic song EP is a welcome thrashing to my ears as USBM act Insidious Omen take the atmospheric and dark spiritual elements of true black metal and create something loud, aggressive and unholy while remaining methodical and intricate as well. There’s a unique production on this recording that makes it sound raw, but not by poor production; it’s as if it’s live. You can feel every drum skin beating and your heart throbs along with it in fight or flight mode as the wall of sonic blackness and defiant guitar melodies throttle your consciousness. I love EPs, usually on vinyl, but with something as dense and textured as this three song sampler it’d be an easy couple of bucks to shell out as the whole thing clocks in over 30 minutes and the dynamics within each track really submerge you into this abysmal realm.
Opening up with “Serpents Gate (Thus Malkuth be Reborn)”, a 10 minute excursion into angular melodies, ancient tones and atmospheres, but spewing forth negativity and hostility versus nature loving and pagan themes…especially with the wailing and gurgling vocals. I want to say that I’ve heard this before, but I can’t…there’s a lot more here than a standard raw USBM act.
“Feasting at the Trough of Lies” really comes in with this bombing raid siren like lead guitar behind the mix and the guitar distortion suffocates you in its dark melodies and almost engine-like sound. I want to say that its cold, but it’s not, it’s angry and more raw than a gaping genital sore on an overworked whore.
“Through Stone and Steel the Flesh Speaks Deceit” is the climax of the pissed off scowling sentiment as everything is bumped up a notch to really grind the frustration into you. Each track builds on the last as this prophecy of demise is told over a barrage of crisp and precise percussion and sonic assaults to all of yoursenses. Bands like Insidious Omen remind of why I love this stuff when my ears get tired of the same old “same old” and instead of chasing me back to me old reliables, I keep it in play. Fans of cryptic and ancient sonic black metal will find lots to feast on in this EP.
W.A.I.L. – S/T
I’m still riding high on my weird Finnish metal buzz and just after scoring some extra rare copies of early Irritate and a Dead Reptile Shrine, this raging bastard comes stomping and storming to my ears! The best way to describe it is to say that it would be a perfect release on Hells Headbangers as there’s a good mix of Beherit, Ride for Revenge, Profanatica, Horse Lattitudes…it’s a death/black/sludge/gutteral/doom metal cyclone; there’s no way to categorize it as anything aside from electrifying! This thing is heavy, oozing, raw, low-end, bombing, shredding, pummeling, growling, nauseating, groovy, infectious and just completely unavoidably addicting. I put this one on and my skin instantly began to crawl right off my bones. Everything about this band is unique, well executed, filthy, heavy and just incredible! Seriously, if you are a huge HHR label nut like I am you’d have to do everything including kill to get a copy of this release.
There’s this perfect trade off between doom and death stuff like Winter, Autopsy, Coffins and black metal, and it really makes your bowels wrench at times like going down the first psychotic dip in a rollercoaster ride through some vast demonic vortex at light speed. Each track is different in sound and mood but never out of place; some parts are dark and haunting and others thrash and gnarl with angular melodies and that distorted crusty diesel engine riff sound that crumbles everything at the right volume. To say this is essential is as pointless as saying that Charles Manson bears an uncanny resemblance to the bastard Christ!