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Label: Black Sun Records – BS07LP
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Red Splatter
Label: Grievantee Productions – none
Format: Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition
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WEREWOLF RECORDS is proud to present the second album of Finland's AZAZEL, Witches Deny Holy Trinity, on vinyl LP format.
Formed in that fateful year of 1992, AZAZEL are among the first black metal bands to hail from Finland - and undoubtedly, one of the most cult. The band released a demo in 1993 and a mini-album in '96, but then receded into the shadows and misery for many years. Following a split album with GOATMOON in 2011, however, the black flame of AZAZEL was burning brightly once again.
Originally released in 2015 on CD format only, Witches Deny Holy Trinity followed swiftly - and smoothly, if such can enter into AZAZEL's world of chaos and ruin - from the band's long-awaited debut album, Jesus Perversions, just two years prior. Compared to that record's ramshackle run through filth, fury, and most things bestial, Witches Deny Holy Trinity portrayed a more haunting and daresay "accomplished" version of AZAZEL. And the transition proved fortuitous, as the Finns continued to fine-tune their ancient vision of black metal and, if anything, delivered an album that's as classically 1990s as anything around. Step back into AZAZEL's still-ugly world with Witches Deny Holy Trinity on vinyl for the first time ever!
SADOKIST formed in 2007 and have lurked deep in the fertile Finnish underground since 2007, brewing up demos that pronounced its foremost aims: the telltale Evil Sado Fuckin' Metal in 2008 and 2010's Horrors From Hell, with a split tape in between with comrades Black Angel fittingly titled Sadomatik Angel Attack. A couple more demos followed in 2012, and all this hard graft eventually culminated in the opus of obscurity now known as Thy Saviour's Halo, Held by Horns, the band'scult-classic debt album from 2014. Deeply and reverently committed to their classic forebears - from the early Big Three of Teutonic thrash to the first explosions of filth from the '80s South American underground, not to mention the almighty Bathory and Necrovore - SADOKIST nevertheless exude an effervescent elan and caustic, careening charm that immediately put them well beyond mere "retro" retread. In fact, their youthful vibrancy put Thy Saviour's Halo, Held by Horns over the hump of over-familiarity and into a realm populated by the likes of Nifelheim, Desaster, and Aura Noir, such is the strength of SADOKIST's songwriting.
Now allied with longtime fans HELLS HEADBANGERS, SADOKIST are prepared to unleash their second full-length nuclear detonation: Necrodual Dimension Funeral Storms. An intensification of Saviour's Halo, Held by Horns in every way - more violence, more finesse, more speed, more ominousness, more of MORE - Necrodual Dimension Funeral Storms is a crude 'n' rude plunge deep into the depths of Satanic speed metal HELL. The album was recorded at the band's rehearsal space and then finished at Megahammer's home studio during 2017-2018; as such, it retains a touch of the caustic rawness of their debut album whilst exhibiting more clarity that thankfully doesn't dampen their ever-burning fires. In fact, the pronounced up-ratcheting of execution brings their effervescent furiousness into greater focus, allowing these anthems to bring bountiful diabolism and a perverse joy to any listener infected with SADOKIST's salacious charm. Or, put another way: mandatory headbanging shall spill over into total and utter possession, and the effect shall be instantaneous as well as long-lasting.
WEREWOLF RECORDS is proud to present a long-overdue collection of GOATVULVA's entire discography,
Pressed on white/milky clear swirl vinyl. All copies come with a fold-open insert, a large 2-sided poster and full color print on the inside of the jacket pocket.
Long an infamous name in underground circles, GOATVULVA formed in Finland in 1989 as a solo-project/side-distraction. With the band's creations booze-fueled and spur-of-the-moment, many recordings are rumored to exist, and dates of release are entirely speculative. However, it is with absolute authority that the legendary Blasphemous Sexfago demo came first, in 1990 - and fittingly so, its title furthering the inspiration/influence of Sarcofago's earliest (and best) works, and in effect serving as a secondary inspiration/influence for later legions delving into the deepest recesses of the bestial arts. That same year next brought Rehearsal '90, with a flurry of demos following the next few years: chronologically Baphometal, Capella, Crucifixus, and Erotic Worship, the first- and last-named also serving as unwitting influences many years later for those wishing to explore the gutter of bestial/experimental black-noise morbidity.
"GOATVULVA isn't a satanic group, but an XXX rated porno speed noise today," the band said in interview back in the early '90s, and indeed is that the weird 'n' wild world they inhabited for a preciously short time. Little to no deeper meaning existed across the entirety of their recordings: this was pure, puerile sonic desecration, the ultimate goal being utter oblivion and obnoxiousness. Of course, GOATVULVA were deadly serious in their unseriousness, and that can be fully felt across the 31 tracks and 53 minutes that comprise the long-overdue Goatvulva discography. References can certainly be made to other Finnish contemporaries at the dawn of the '90s, but then most of those can be circled back to GOATVULVA anyway. But with the proliferation of bestial metal in the past couple decades as well as still-thriving goregrind and noisecore scenes - as well as all the outsider/avant-garde connections that can be threaded through all three, such as the various recordings of Nandor Nevi - the arrival of these collected works is all too timely, and more relevant than ever.
This is the fifth studio album of these Colombian Power Trio thrashers, where one can find the continuity of their style; strength, speed, groove and loyalty to their metal sound roots. As few old but still active bands have been loyal to their early compositions, feeling and groove, Witchtrap shows the perfect example of how Heavy Metal must be, despite the different tendencies and epochs that come and go; relying on the true old school metal power creativity and developing on the simple and on the catchiest sound structure.
This new studio album has not too much for the seeker of experimentation who doesn't care too much when it comes to make changes to the essence of the Heavy Metal to a point of even ruining it; on the contrary, this is serious stuff for the radical hard thrashing maniac who is addict to the power of the galloping and crashing guitars, the bombing bass lines and the smashing drum sounds with the addition of over the top fiery screaming vocals.
"Evil Strikes Again" is not only the perfect follow-up for the Witchtrap's "Trap The Witch" album, but the new vindication of a legacy that was first born in the early 80's with bands that stunned the hard rock scene such as Venom, Hellhammer, Slayer and Destruction among many.
So dear metal head, turn on your sound system and put this record on it, hit play and let it rip! You won't be disappointed as this is not just a compilation of songs, but a direct and clear new metal onslaught!