There’s a decidedly black metal tint to this edition of Short Sharp Shock, but in a few different varieties. This is one of the great things about black metal; I love how versatile it can be, whether it’s employed directly, as in some of the bands below, or whether it’s used as an enhancement to some other style. Does adding black metal into the mix make everything better? A case can certainly be made it seems…
Band(s): Black Mass Pervertor
Title: Life Beyond the Walls of Flesh
Style(s): Blackened Crust
Duration: 19 minutes
Release date: April 13, 2018
I always like a bit of Finnish filth, so what a great way to start off this edition of Short Sharp Shock. Do you yearn for black metal, but want something that’s been strangled and brutalised by punk and crust? Do you? Well, Black Mass Pervertor are here for you. Short and nasty, these tracks blur by in cascading waves of filth and excrement, wallowing in their depravity as they coat you in blackened vomit and unspeakable excretions. This is old-school, Satanic and blasphemous blackened crust that’s more than enough to kick-start you in the morning. Or maybe just kick you…
Band(s): Three Eyes of the Void
Title: The Moment of Storm
Style(s): Melodic Black Metal
Duration: 28 minutes
Release date: December 4, 2017
Keeping with the theme, I rather unsurprisingly have some more black metal for you now, albeit of a different variety. Three Eyes of the Void have produced a relatively lengthy EP of sharp, cold, melodic black metal. The songs take an atmospheric approach to their aggression, and the tracks on this release are well-written and full of frosted might. For such an obscure out-of-nowhere release this EP is ridiculously strong. There’s some great songwriting here, and it’s all presented, performed, and delivered in such a strong manner that you really wouldn’t be surprised if this was something that a label like Season of Mist had put out. Very, very impressive. I can’t wait to hear what this band does next.
Band(s): The Negative Bias/Golden Dawn
Style(s): Atmospheric/Symphonic Black Metal
Duration: 23 minutes
Release date: April 6, 2018
Some atmospheric black metal for you now. Both of these bands play an atmospheric/symphonic version of black metal, although each with a different emphasis. The Negative Bias’ music is more forward-leaning and modern, whereas Golden Dawn’s music is more traditional and nostalgic. Each band offer up a single epic track to this split, and I can honestly say I’m not sure which I prefer. Both have their selling points.
The Negative Bias’ song – “The Temple of Cruel Empathy” – gives us a more complex, modern take on black metal. It reaches for the cosmos in no uncertain terms and is intent on forging its own path. This can be contrasted against “Lunar Serpent” by Golden Dawn, which has essentially been birthed out of the second wave era and resolutely embodies this. Both approaches work massively in favour of each of the bands, however, and they each have their own strengths to recommend them. Ultimately they complement each other perfectly, and this is a top quality black metal split that should have any fan of the blackened underground salivating in anticipation.