Unholy Deathcunt – Dying in Fucking Agony

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Review by Jason Guest

Unholy Deathcunt – Dying in Fucking Agony 2012UKEM Records

Where to begin with this? Well, the band name pretty much sums it up, as does the album title. And the artwork must be a photograph of the recording studio (I swear that’s the vocalist strapped to that table). Formed in early 2010, mainman and multi-instrumentalist Asphyxiator put together this project to transform every ounce of mankind’s hatred into the merciless barrage that became the band’s 2011 demo, Fuck You (included here as bonus tracks 7 to 11). Dark, chaotic, and bestial, this is unremitting and unrepentant and at no point does it show even the vaguest hint of abating.

Following twenty three seconds of a vicious and distorted vocal spewing its venom over the sounds of marching, the evil, tremolo-picked riffs of ‘Suffer’ quickly settles into a fast-paced galloping black metal groove for vocalist Filthgrinder’s blood-ridden regurgitations to spill into. The mood is set: bleak, barren, vicious, and futile as painfully discordant and chaotic lead breaks and disfigured guitar harmonies fuel the unending torrent of black metal venom. As the album proceeds, the tracks get better. Where the beckoning bellow of ‘Warlust Battlecry’ summons the hellish from beneath the earth to destroy every aspect of humanity’s pitiful existence, it’s ‘The Ignorance Of Man’, the last of the new tracks, that stands out the most, its savagery and uncompromising brutality is war itself.

With the evil-as-fuck ‘Bestial Devastation’, the tracks from the band’s 2011 demo begin and the essence of the band becomes more pronounced. Staying true to the old school anti-values of black metal, the production is about as lo-fi as you can get. The budget must have been tighter than the proverbial Nun’s redundant bits. But the production is a sure fire guarantee that only the truest of devotees will take the time to unearth its grim delights. Elitism? Nah, surely not… Asphyxiator’s harsh, serrated vocals being swamped in distortion and tinny reverb mean the nasal voice squeezed through a walkie talkie low on batteries becomes a percussive and rhythmically lacerating instrument that compounds the sonic effect of the already bleak climate of the tracks. And though Asphyxiator’s performance is fine, bringing in Filthgrinder was a wise move, his venomous delivery and his dynamic range seems to suit the tracks and bring to them a deeper dimension.

One salvo after another, Dying In Fucking Agony is filthy and raw black metal at its most primitive. Shitty production aside, this may not be original, but fuck, is it good! Having a bad day? A very bad day? Put this on and tell the neighbours they’ve got ten minutes to run for their lives.

7 out of 10

Yes, Unholy Deathcunt has a page on Facebook, where all the cool bands hangout!

Track listing:

  1. Intro
  2. Suffer
  3. The Unborn
  4. Straight Through The Skull
  5. Warlust Battlecry
  6. The Ignorance Of Man
  7. Bestial Devastation
  8. Satanic Massacre
  9. Armies Of Hell
  10. Dying In Fucking Agony
  11. Funeral Fog (Mayhem Cover)

And you salivating beasties can buy the album here