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Short Sharp Shock #21: Hold on to Your Hats

Let’s go! Long overdue, but it’s time for another roundup of the shorter metal releases that have seen the light of day of late, (very late…). Hold on to your hats…

Siete LagunasBand(s): Siete Lagunas

Title: I & II

Style(s): Black Metal

Duration: 23 minutes

Release date: July 11, 2018

This release from Colombian black metallers Siete Lagunas brings together the band’s first two demos. This is Hellishly raw and underground stuff, sounding as if it’s going to collapse in on itself at any moment. Rickety and hastily thrown together it may sound, but there’s no denying the obvious passion that’s gone into these dangerously frosted tracks. The music is utterly raw and old-school, and has a wild edge to it that makes you wonder what the band might do next. The singer in particular sounds possessed by some form of unhinged daemon. Mixing raw and abrasive black metal with moments of experimental noise, ambience, and blackened melody, this is a promising start for this grim, underground band, and hopefully bodes well for their future.

Void RotBand(s): Void Rot

Title: Consumed by Oblivion

Style(s): Death Metal

Duration: 16 minutes

Release date: August 3, 2018

So how about some hideous, menacing, cosmic death metal to float your boat? This is malevolent, dark death metal with a good helping of dismal doom. Listening to this is like catching a glimpse of the foulest of eternities, lost and abandoned in the outer reaches of some Hell dimension, with only darkness and despair as your companions. This is malignant, nasty stuff, where the guitars threaten to swamp you with blackness and the vocals swim deep in the music like semi-sentient predators. This is music for a decaying cosmos; Void Rot are aptly named.

NordkvädeBand(s): Nordkväde

Title: Demo Ett

Style(s): Black Metal

Duration: 16 minutes

Release date: August 28, 2018

This Swedish band’s first demo is quite notable for its high quality levels despite it being their first release. Confidently portraying an obvious love for old-school black metal, this is a band that clearly know what they’re doing with the style. Assuredly delivered with zeal and fanatical presence, these two songs slice and cut their way through their playing time with the ease of sharpened blades through warm flesh. The vocalist has character, the guitars personality, and the drums a pounding life. What’s not to like? Check this out.

EriphionBand(s): Eriphion

Title: Hossana

Style(s): Black Metal

Duration: 25 minutes

Release date: June 23, 2018

More black metal for you now in the form of this one-man Greek outfit. This is (mostly) classic black metal with an atmospheric component. Fast, raw, and with decent melodies, this project mixes traditional and modern black metal to pleasing effect. Sure, it favours the former rather than the latter, but overall Hossana takes somewhat of a bridging approach from the 90s to the present day, at least to my ears. Either way, this is good stuff.

NottBand(s): Nott

Title: Vestigium Mortis

Style(s): Black Metal

Duration: 26 minutes

Release date: September 15, 2018

Pure second wave darkness and filth is what we get with Vestigium Mortis. Bookended with an intro and outro that were written in 2018, the middle 5 black metal songs were apparently composed over a decade ago. If you’re a fan of the orthodox style then there is plenty to like here. I particularly enjoy the blackened melodies that are used, which add a layer of colour and depth to the music when they appear.

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