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Nigredo - Flesh Torn - Spirit Pierced (2018) - Review

Band: Nigredo
Album title: Flesh Torn - Spirit Pierced
Release date: 15 April 2018
Label: Transcending Obscurity Records

Tracklist:
01. Ten Repellent Antiforces
02. Necrolatry
03. Choronzon Possession
04. Mental Glimpses At Cosmic Horrors
05. Saturnian Death Cult
06. Sons Of Worthlessness
07. Towards The Monolith
08. Raging Tides Of Time

Nigredo emerges from the depths of Greece and has now engraved its name into the monument of already rich Hellenic black metal tradition with just released debut album, Flesh Torn - Spirit Pierced, out via fast rising Indian label Transcending Obscurity Records. The band with this album built a very rich thematic duality and a combination of thrash metal with very strong and characteristic black metal influences. Even though Flesh Torn - Spirit Pierced is a debut album, the members already have their names very well carved in stone, after all we are talking about entities that have collaborated in Ravencult and are still present in scene in Deposphorus and Embrance Of Thorns.

What makes this album so appealing is the ability of these guys to merge influences from every corner of the black metal spectrum. The core of the songs is based on violent thrash metal, to this base are added other elements, such as lines of icy and tremulous guitars, stifling beats and strident and abrasive vocals with nihilistic lyrics. This mixture is still intertwined with astonishing avant-garde flavors. We can also find some sections of black'n'roll scattered here and there.

The vocals stand sharply above the instrumental allowing the threatening grunts and distressing moans to get the listener's due attention. The production that Nigredo offers is clean and compact, the guitar riffs have plenty of dissonant chords and are elaborated in every detail. My attention goes to Maelstrom who does not let the battery disappear in the middle of the restless riffs. My favorite tracks include "Choronzon Possession" which features a rather attractive black'n'roll vibe with irresistible grooves and supernatural chords.
 
A point worth noting and important for me is that the tracks intertwine and never become distinct and truncated, there is a very interesting continuity throughout the entire album. My other favorite track is "Mental Glimpses At Cosmic Horrors", the melodies are atonal and stab your ears without mercy and reveal a certain influence of avantgarde black metallers Blut Aus Nord and Deathspell Omega, but yet if feels that the band grew up listening a lot to Motörhead and to 80s metal titans like Venom or Celtic Frost. Finally in "Ranging Tides Of Time", the band offers some quick atmospheric passages between the dirty aggressive riffs and the accelerated rhythmic characteristic of this album.

Flesh Torn - Spirit Pierced is a very good debut album presented by Nigredo when it comes to wedding textures. With its wild riffs permeating all the tracks, its atonal melodies and the somber and sometimes supernatural atmosphere, this album is undoubtedly a perfect and very rich violent audition. This is a must for fans of - Bolzer, Norse, Portal, Deathspell Omega, Svartidaudi, Blut Aus Nord, The Furor, Impiety,...

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 8,5/10

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Band: Ahab
Album title: The Boats Of The Glen Carrig
Release date: 28 August 2015
Label: Napalm Records

With The Boats Of The Glen Carrig, the band seems to leave their typical funeral doom metal style behind them. There's much more emphasis on the atmosphere, driving metal lines and let's say the band discovered its progressive side, which nicely complements with heavy slow crushing riffs, punishing drums, wretched bass and guttural death vocals, maybe one of the best in this genre. There's often present a certain dose of humour in Ahab's output, even though being well hidden behind the explicit use of psychedelic, sludge and horror elements, but yet you can sense it anyway. Ahab this time composed their boldest album to date, it's not the darkest one they ever made but still there are almost no light moments. The Boats Of The Glen Carrig is not an easy album to consume, it's a complex work, more than anything else these Germans ever did. They used a much larger palette of different elements and they put those together with perfection. Ahab's obsession with depths of the ocean and sea, with epic adventures, with anything drenched and salty, this time got a truly monolithic form and is the pitch perfect mood setting.

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