Blood Harvest Records: Ascended Dead + Energumen + Ghoulgotha + Kurnugia


More sloppy, slobbering, and seething death metal…

Once again, Blood Harvest LogoMR’s investigator of all things foul and fetid, Jason Guest punishes his ears with four 7” releases from Swedish vinyl-specialist label, Blood Harvest Records:

Bringing unto us many a slab of sloppy, slobbering, and seething death metal, Blood Harvest Records have featured in these pages many a time before and you can click here for a list.

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In the meantime, you can read the lot or click the band name above to go to their review. Let’s get messy…

Ascended Dead – Arcane Malevolence 7” EP

Release date: 8 September 2014

Formed in San Diego in 2011, Ascended Dead’s first demo appeared in 2012. Sounding like it was straight out of the 90s, leaning more toward the band’s European more than their American influences, it was old school par excellence, as rabid as it was raw and as pummelling and destructive as it was primitive and degenerate. Two years later and the band’s first EP, Arcane Malevolence, has arrived and the potential demonstrated two years ago has been fulfilled. This time around, the band’s sound remains the same yet both their technical and song-writing skills are much more refined. The quality in the sound does of course make a significant difference, but the riffs and the lead breaks, the structures, and the performance across all four tracks mean that Ascended Dead sound much more concentrated as a unit. With weaponry such as this in their arsenal, Ascended Dead pose a serious threat.

Ascended Dead - 20148 out of 10

Track listing:

  1. Arcane Malevolence
  2. Emanation From Below
  3. Ensnared For Eternity
  4. Blood Consecration


Energumen – Void Spiritualism 7”

Release date: 22 September 2014

Three tracks of death metal dripping in the saliva of a rabid dog with a bone to pick, Void Spiritualism, the debut demo from Switzerland’s Energumen, is grotesque. With murky and abrasive riffs colliding with the ominous crash and clatter of hammer-slammed drums, a demonic vocal drenched in a swampy echo gargles, gurgles and burps its bestial rancour. Driven by dark forces, each track drags you mercilessly through its slurry of ruthless and remorseless battery only to leave you face down in its filth at the bloody, broken-boned end.

Energumen - Void Spiritualism7 out of 10     

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Track listing:

  1. Self Abortion Ritual
  2. Invisible Spears Of Abomination
  3. Ekliptik Manifestation Of Dominance


Ghoulgotha – Prophetic Oration of Self 7”

Release date: 8 September 2014

Mainman W. Sarantopoulos (aka Elektrokutioner) is a busy man. With Ghoulgotha’s Prophetic Oration of Self, you’d think that spreading oneself so broadly across the DM scene would have a significantly detrimental effect on the quality of music he puts out. But for Sarantopoulos, it seems that feasting on the putrescent feculence of the underground’s coarsest cloaca has provided sufficient fuel for this ugly and abrasive death/doom hybrid. Disfigured atonal discord cemented into deformed death metal riffing and diabolical doom splattered by his inhuman glass-gargling gurgle spewing eternal sickness, the two tracks here would make a gorgeously perverted addition to any death metal aficionado’s playlist.

Ghoulgotha - 20147 out of 10

Track listing:

  1. Prophetic Oration Of Self
  2. Disintegration Paradox


Kurnugia – Tribulations Of The Abyss 7”

Release date: 8 September 2014

Ugly. Brutally so. Only a face beset with boils, lesions, and pus-seeping warts could love this. Were this to walk through the streets, angry, close-minded mobs brandishing home-made weapons would chase it down and club it to death only to leave it prettier than it was in the first place. Though Kurnugia have a proclivity for patterns and passages redolent of Autopsy, Asphyx, Obituary and the like, the visceral and primal fire that burns beneath the surface is enough to convince you that Kurnugia mean it. Yeah, we’ve heard ‘em before, but it’s still pretty good.

Kurnugia - 20146 out of 10

Track listing:

  1. Plague Winds
  2. Diseased Angels