Démonos – ‘From Sacred to Profane’

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Label: Iron Bonehead Productions / Tour De Garde / Dunkelheit Produktionen

Review by JH

Démonos is a new rising entity in the Indian extreme metal underground and From Sacred to Profane is their debut LP. The band plays a minimalistic, yet fairly melodic brand of black metal that includes samples and ambient passages to enrich the atmosphere. Sometimes the music reminds me of early Rotting Christ, other times it brings to mind bands like Krohm and Mystifier. I would say that all of the above bands are relevant reference points.
Listening to this EP …

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Iron Slaught – ‘Crusading Metal Mercenaries’

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Label: Armée de la Mort Records

Review by JH

Iron Slaught is a trio hailing from France that specialize in the craft of traditional heavy/speed metal redolent of bands like Iron Maiden, Grim Reaper and Manilla Road. The debut effort from these Frenchmen, Crusading Metal Mercenaries, offers six tracks of iron-willed heavy metal that would sit right at home with anyone who worships the Gods of yore, as this is pure 80’s worship through and through.
Throughout this release, we can can hear the band explore various styles, ranging …

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Hordes of the Black Cross – ‘Dawn of War, Nights of Chaos’

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Label: N/A

Review by JH

This Melbourne four-piece known as Hordes of the Black Cross kick a big ball of dirt in your face with their debut album, Dawn of War, Nights of Chaos.
Black/thrash has always been a very hit and miss style, with some bands pulling it off to a tee, while others just fail at producing anything worthwhile. Hordes of the Black Cross definitely fall in the first category. The band has a very natural sound; one could easily mistake this as …

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Chinnamasta – ‘Vajra-Sarpa’

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Label: Iron Bonehead Productions / Tour De Garde

Review by Prateek Vamachara

Chinnamasta is a ambient black metal duo from Kolkata, one of the up and coming scenes in India for underground extreme metal. Tantra has been, for a while, a theme that has invited curiosity for bands of extreme music, whether they have cultural connections to them or not. And why not, since the esotericism of the themes have qualitative depth for self-exploration. As can be seen from the name of the band, Chinnamasta delve into topics both in Tantric Hinduism …

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Howls Of Ebb – ‘Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows’

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Label: I, Voidhanger Records / Caligari Records

Review by Prateek Vamachara

Howls of Ebb is one of the most unique extreme metal bands of recent times. ‘Vigils of the 3rd Eye’ was breathtaking, as the obtuse structures left no room for comfort among the insane blackened atmosphere throughout the album. As unconventional as it was, there were quite a few catchy parts in the second half of the record that strainfully held on to familiar tropes. What it did was give hints as to what the band can do if they …

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