July 15th, 2010

Draconis Blackthorne, shadowgram, Dracomet

DETHKLOK: Dethalbum II {Malefick Musick review}

'Brutal' hard-driving permutations demonstrate the true essence of Metal in this albeit fictional band, which ultimately seems irrelevant considering some of the surprisingly impressive materializations, ironically demonstrating many of the amusing stereotypical characteristics attributed to this genre. The music is actually very well done, as good as any professional band, pulling all those sonic strings with memorable melodies, sometimes complex arrangements, accentuating sound effects, accompanied by Nathan Explosion's rather versatile voice.

The DVD contains no less than 14 videos which transport one into a darkly imaginative hellish world of blood, gore, & mutilation, creating abysmal animated spectacles, which can be viewed individually or all at once in a stream of abominations from the 'Metalocalypse' show, punctuated by the band's lokian mascot "Face Bones", a disembodied spiked skull with strands of flesh attached, elucidating the viewer to some of the inner workings of the band, 'private outtakes', and the physics of "moshing" of all things, among other subjects.

The Deluxe edition features a platinum presentation akin to KISS' Double platinum album, in a tri-fold format with lyric booklet & art.

The crossover from parody show to album is a remarkable one, accomplished with flawless expertise. As the sequel to the mighty Dethalbum I, this release compliments it absolutely. Those who appreciate this genre will be pleasantly surprised with the humorous "decomposition", as it were, along with all the added perspective-lending comedic elements to boot.

Draconis Blackthorne, shadowgram, Dracomet

ACHERON: The Final Conflict (The Last Days of God)

ACHERON: The Final Conflict (The Last Days of God)
Ibex Moon Records; 2009 c.e. / 'Anno Armageddon'

Air sirens ring out across dark spotlighted skies, sonic battalions serve as a rallying call to those who would purge the earth of the white-light plague in all forms! ACHERON have not stinted one bit in ferocity or diabolical force. Songs range from a grinding doom-laden impression, to a double-bass intensity at times, driven by Crowley's misanthropic indignation (from the demonic to the spoken) Certain darkly stimulating sound effects are also implemented to accentuate the songs here and there; those familiar with the groups characteristic heavy style will be well pleased with this unleashing.

The theme for The Final Conflict is that of The Apocalypse, reminiscent of the film Omen 3. Songs progress from the rise of rebellion, to constructing the pact for infernal liberation, the realization of auto-deism, and finally onto a new age of Lex Talionis.

Cover art features a snarling Cerberus mounted upon a legion of corpses & skulls, to be released in all his bestial rage. His spiked collar displays the sigils of the enslavers soon to meet their doom. Complimenting the lyrics, the booklet features a hypothetical nefarious diatribe detailing the exploits of a secretive order named The Wolfen Society*, a proposed cadre of diabolists tilting the societal fulcrum serving as a historical balancing factor towards the preservation of mans primal nature.

The logo has been modified to display the appropriately militant iron cross. Along with Vincent Crowley on vocals & bass guitar, & Kyle Severn on war drums, TFC newly includes Maximus Otworth on Lead / Rhythm guitar, and Ash Thomas also on rhythm guitar, with instrumental guests participating from various bands.

As an added bonus, attached is a DVD directly from the band featuring the videos for I Am Heathen, the making of the album, and live footage from two Brazilian performances, along with the Satanic Supremacy demo.

Overall, another Strong, and ironically 'final?' chapter in the Acheron saga.

* Also the name of a previous musical project by the same name.