Hells Headbangers: Vomitor + Denouncement Pyre + Bestial Warlust + Hic Iacet + Children Of Technology + Deceased

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Reviews by Jason Guest

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Vomitor – The Escalation

Spewing out grim and grimy, fast and ferocious, stomach churning blackened death metal since 1999, Brisbane, Australia’s Vomitor has returned with another platter of black death splatter, The Escalation. Out of the mangled sounds that open ‘Pits of Nightmare / Pitch Black’ emerges an album rife with buzzsaw guitars, hammer-smashed drums, and vocals puked faster than a goblet of pig shit diluted in bleach. Emanating from some sewer rich in obnoxious aromas and resplendent in abominable adornments, the rusted razor riffs, the twisted lead work, and the unremitting battery of each track is like barbed wire pulled slowly between the ears. If you like your old school death spiked with black and thrash, Vomitor’s The Escalation is right up yours. Disgusting.

7 out of 10

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Track Listing:

  1. Pits Of Nightmare / Pitch Black
  2. Prayer Of Nightmare
  3. Salem Witches Grave
  4. Hellburst To Fight
  5. The Escalation
  6. Metal Or Die
  7. Horrors Of Black Earth

 

Denouncement Pyre – Almighty Arcanum (Released 22 January 2013)

If, because of Brisbane’s Vomitor, you find Australia’s underground all the more appealing then perhaps Melbourne’s Denouncement Pyre can further entice you deeper down into down under’s down under. The band’s second full length since their arrival in 2003, Almighty Arcanum tears open the abyss to allow their blackened death metal to pour forth with unending barbaric ferocity that is merciless and punishing. Though a little hit and miss – the title track, ‘He Who Conquers All’ and ‘Circle of Serpents’ being the weakest tracks – a tirade of dynamic control, aggressive intensity, inexorable wrath, and fired with dynamic propulsion, the insurmountable might of its forty three minutes is a concentrated, volatile and incendiary slab of nastiness.

6.5 out of 10

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Track Listing:

  1. Intro: Breath Of Tehom
  2. An Extension To The Void
  3. Almighty Arcanum
  4. He Who Conquers All
  5. The Deceiver
  6. Drakon: All Is One
  7. Circle Of Serpents
  8. Darkness Manifest
  9. The Redeemer

 

Bestial Warlust – Satan’s Fist

Lo and behold, it appears that Australia too has its fair share of vaults to be ransacked for “hidden gems”. No longer in existence, Melbourne’s Bestial Warlust made such an impact on the underground down under that they now have their own tribute page on Facebook. Ooh, they must be good. After two full lengths – 1994’s Vengeance War ‘Til Death and 1995’s Blood & Valour – this bunch of blackened death metal bastards released two demos and contributed one track to the 1997 four track Headbangers Against Disco Vol. 1 split release before parting ways. And if this is anything to go by, Bestial Warlust’s war-like sonic assault could have developed into something stronger and fouler than they already were. With plenty of infectious hooks blasted out at consistently rapid tempos and dosed up on equal parts rabid intensity and seething aggression, Satan’s Fist has got plenty to offer, but not enough of it. Had Hells Headbangers cobbled this together with the 1995 demo and the band’s track from the 1997 split release, this would’ve been a much better package.

6.5 out of 10

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Track Listing:

  1. Satan’s Fist
  2. Left For Vultures
  3. Hell’s Militia

 

Hic Iacet – Prophecy of Doom (7inch)

If the Australian underbelly has hitherto proven a little too hot for you, then what about Europe? Spain’s Hic Iacet (latin for “here lies”) colour their death metal with a subterranean black so dark that, even with the lights on, it’s still darker than an evening being entertained by the grim reaper in Count Dracula’s basement. The density of this release is disorienting and disconcerting, the occult black atmosphere and the trem-picked riffs are evil, and what Hic Iacet manage to pack into these two rituals is impressive. Dissonant and discordant, chilling and grim, fiery and ferocious: more please.

7.5 out of 10

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Track Listing:

  1. Ritual I: Elevation of Sun
  2. Ritual II: Prophecy of Doom

 

Children Of Technology – Mayhemic Speed Anarchy (7inch)

There’s no two ways about it, that’s a crap band name. But I get the feeling that Italy’s Children Of Technology really couldn’t care less what I think about their moniker or their music. The title tells you all that you need to know about this release. Chaotic, rapid, unruly, the punk-laced thrash attack is heaving in accelerated riffs, convulsions of lead work, and a bilious vocal performance, yet it somehow doesn’t hit the mark. Yes, it’s fast, yes, it’s loud, and yes, it’s brimming with punk attitude and energy, but other than sounding like every punk/crossover band you’ve already heard, it lacks bite and so is a little too contrived to be convincing.

5 out of 10

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Track Listing:

  1. Mayhemic Speed Anarchy
  2. Computer World Anarchy (Black Uniforms Cover)

 

Deceased – Supernatural Addiction

Okay, so we’ve spent some time down under and we’ve paid a visit to the sunnier climes of Europe so let us delve into the tell-tale heart of the good ol’ U.S. of A to meet with Virginia’s death/thrash mutilators, Deceased. First released in 2000, the brutality of Supernatural Addiction is tinged with many a malevolent melody and lashings of classic metal characteristics. With the psychological and the macabre providing the lyrical themes, the music matches the dark matter in mood and texture. Haunting and supernatural (of course), there’s a chilling edge to the album that is matched by its execution. If you like NWOBHM-laced death from the morbid mind of Edgar Allan Poe trapped in The Twilight Zone, an album that still stands tall today, this is definitely worth giving your time to.

7.5 out of 10

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Track Listing:

  1. The Premonition
  2. Dark Chilling Heartbeat
  3. A Very Familiar Stranger
  4. Frozen Screams
  5. The Doll With The Hideous Spirit
  6. The Hanging Soldier
  7. Chambers Of The Waiting Blind
  8. Elly’s Dementia
  9. Dark Chilling Heartbeat (Bonus Demo Track)
  10. Frozen Screams (Bonus Demo Track)
  11. A Very Familiar Stranger (Bonus Demo Track)
  12. The Premonition (Bonus Demo Track)
  13. The Hanging Soldier (Bonus Demo Track)