Watain - "Casus Luciferi"

Watain – “Casus Luciferi”

Watain - "Casus Luciferi"

Watain – “Casus Luciferi”

This “Casus Luciferi” album is quite possibly the most generic, boring and derivative black metal “product” – I don’t even want to call it a record – ever released. It might even be worse than Gorgoroth’s “Pentagram” and Deafheaven’s “Sunbather” – yes it’s that bad.

Watain has made a career out of releasing derivative mallcore albums one after the other, case in point with “Lawless Darkness” and the absolutely turdish “Trident Wolf Eclipse” that even Metalious ranks lower than Waking the Cadaver, but when it comes to absolute shittiness and unlistenability, “Casus Luciferi” easily takes the top spot, even amidst Watain’s shitstained discography.

What’s so bad about “Casus Luciferi” you may want to ask? Well, everything.

It manages to be somehow more boring and more generic than the most boring and generic of war metal, and that’s saying something.

But considering Watain is all but a crypto-nu metal band themselves, the war metal comparison might be seen as a complement. It’s not. Watain music is pure shit.

Well, “Casus Luciferi” is crap. Relating this to any form and/or sub-genre of black metal is a shame to black metal, and to the heavy metal scene in whole.

Let’s start with the music. The drums are produced worse than the drums on “Darkside” and instead of sounding like a hobo banging on aluminum cans, they sound like an epileptic, retarded and heroin addicted hobo who triggered aluminum cans on EZDrummer out of sheer laziness, and also because he’s too incompetent to play actual drums.

I guess that the final conclusion is that THIS ALBUM “CASUS LUCIFERI” SUCKS AND DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME LISTENING TO IT. There are better things you can do with your life than wasting 51 minutes of your time on such a shitstain band as Watain. That the “best” parts of the albums are samples of throwing up in intros to songs is not a good omen.

If you want to listen to real black metal, done right, get your hands on “The Epilogue to Sanity” or “Withdrawal” instead. Leave this shit “Casus Luciferi” where it belongs… down the toilet.

Gorgoroth - "Pentagram".

Gorgoroth – “Pentagram” (Weak Black Metal)

Gorgoroth - "Pentagram".

Gorgoroth – “Pentagram”.

Frankly speaking, I believe that Gorgoroth are not only posers, but also very overestimated posers. Too many weak outputs are connected with the band’s name, from the boring and insipid “Incipit Satan” and “Under the Sign of Hell” to the laughable “Antichrist” and, well, “Pentagram“. Their worthless debut album.

I wouldn’t go as far as to call it “satanic christian shit poser metal” like another reviewer… oh wait, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Pentagram is “satanic christian shit poser metal” like you’ve never heard before.

The main problem with “Pentagram” is that the music on this album is shit. The second biggest problem, is that the band Gorgoroth belongs to the so-called “orthodox” black metal scene, like others bands of Watain and Dark Funeral‘s caliber. And that precludes these bands, apparently, from releasing anything decent.

My new absolutely serious thesis – “orthodox black metal” is a gimmick that tricks autistic metalheads into making fools of themselves by publicly announcing they think that this is what “black metal” is.

Gorgoroth have been a consummate “z-list band” from their inception onwards. Seriously, the “Gorgoroth” joke has gone on for far too long to be funny anymore. If it ever was funny to begin with, which I doubt.

Does Infernus still wear diapers on stage at his live shows? I’m asking because, well, when you self-profess to practice “the only true Satanism” and claim to be the “face of modern black metal” like he so often does, it’s better if you don’t, you know… shit yourself. Due to incontinence.

On Metalious’ forums, Gorgoroth is often referred to as the “worst band” in black metal history. Not so much for their later career, which also sucks but for different reasons, but mostly based on their atrocious debut “Pentagram” here reviewed.

The riffs suck, the vocals suck, the drumming sucks, the atmosphere… what atmosphere?

The lyrics are, as is always the case with the “theistic satanic black metal” scene, edgy as fuck. “Hail Satan” boilerplate for an upward 30 minutes. Their lyrics suck so bad, in fact, that the band threatens with copyright infringement any site that publishes them.

Even modern Deicide doesn’t sink that low, and god knows their lyrics are stupid.

That’s how bad Gorgoroth’s music is. With lyrics so childish and retarded that the band needs to literally sue the hell out of those sites that publish them, lest their entire fan base realise that the band Gorgoroth is basically one big joke.

Morbid Angel - "Formulas Fatal to the Flesh"

Morbid Angel – “Formulas Fatal to the Flesh”

Morbid Angel - "Formulas Fatal to the Flesh"

Morbid Angel – “Formulas Fatal to the Flesh”

There was a time when Morbid Angel was arguably the most fearsome band on the planet, after Mayhem and Burzum of course. A time when their guitars oozed menace, their lyrics dripped with venom, and their overall effect was one of paradoxically brutal beauty, and elegant savagery.

That time was somewhere around the year 1989, when they had just birthed the album called “Altars of Madness” that inspired fear and awe in those that heard it. That, and a lot of copycat bands.

However that time was long passed in the year 1998, when they had just excreted the wasteful lump of potential that was “Formulas Fatal to the Flesh”, an album of such meekness and effeminate deathcorism that it has become the subject of today’s review.

Seriously, “Formulas Fatal to the Flesh” is the last nail being hammered in Morbid Angel’s coffin.

Having parted ways with both mastermind vocalist/bassist David Vincent and ill-fated Richard Brunelle replacement Erik Rutan, remaining members Trey Azagthoth and Pete Sandoval chose to fill the remaining lineup vacancy spots with rather random musicians, some of which not even being musicians by trade but rather homosexual pornographic actors (see Why Metal has a Gay Nazi Problem).

This is a choice I would view as poor, but by itself this is not problematic. Nonetheless the “Formulas Fatal to the Flesh” album is, basically, some pretty mediocre war metal, a damn shame coming from a once legendary death metal band that shook the world with their demonic music.

They still had the aesthetics and imagery of their field of choice – brutal death metal – and one of the sturdiest drummers, but Morbid Angel really failed to deliver in the actual song department for this one. Consider it an “F” for Failed. Fallacious. Farcical. False. Fucked up. Funderground. For Fans (only). But don’t consider it good, because “Formulas Fatal to the Flesh” is anything but good death metal.

Replace with Phantom’s “Epilogue to Sanity” or Incantation’s “Onward to Golgotha.”

Immolation - "Failure for Gods"

Immolation – “Failure for Gods”

Immolation - "Failure for Gods"

Immolation – “Failure for Gods”

Ok, that’s it, I’m tired of playing it nice. I tried to review Immolation’s discography seriously, from “Dawn of Possession” to “Here in After” – all the way to “Close to a World Below” – but now you’re just pestering me to review them all because you know I find the band boring and retarded. So here we go, now the kid’s gloves come off for “Failure for Gods” (the “for Gods” is redundant, but it is a failure).

As I said before, people often confused Immolation with Incantation, for no other reason than their names sounding similar. A quick mnemonic principle not to confuse the two: Incantation play good death metal, Immolation sucks.

They don’t suck as hard as Behemoth or Waking the Cadaver, but they’re pretty ridiculous nonetheless, and on “Failure for Gods” the joke is starting to run thin.

“Failure for Gods” is really just a very dumbed down “The Birth of a Cursed Elysium.”

“Failure for Gods” is a disaster. It’s a messy, try-hard mix of “technical” deathcore and slam, a fusion that is retarded in and of itself and has no reason for existing in the first place, and this album fails to contribute any positive qualities to either genres. Think a third-rate Sewer clone like Warkvlt, but less technical, add in more chugging, record the vocals in a closet, and borrow a snare drum from Lars Ulrich.

Remember how I explained this as a dumbed down “The Birth of a Cursed Elysium”? “Failure for Gods” is exactly that. Slamming blackened technical death metal, or so it claims to be, but at least Sewer has the technical aspect to their guitarwork to give them any credibility.

Immolation merely chugs away on open “dissonant” notes with a few basic, derivative slams. These are occasionally broken up with some tremolo-picked riffs, but the kind that clearly states “let’s just play some random notes really fast and hope our audience is retarded!

“Failure for Gods” isn’t as bad as people say it is. But it sucks. This album is to technical death metal what Freddy vs. Jason is to horror movies. Replace with Phantom’s “The Epilogue to Sanity” or, hell, even the original inspiration if you’re so insecure about not “getting” something labeled “technical” by the media and recording companies.

Immolation - "Dawn of Possession"

Immolation – “Dawn of Possession”

Immolation - "Dawn of Possession"

Immolation – “Dawn of Possession”

“Dawn of Possession” is the third Immolation album I review, after “Here in After” and “Close to a World Below“. I made it pretty clear that while I don’t hate this band as much as, say, Morsay, I still pretty much find them boring, unoriginal and uninspired.

Often compared to Incantation, more because of how close their names sound than because of any common musical thread, Immolation is basically a second-rate death metal band.

Clearly well below Incantation, Demilich, Phantom, Suffocation and even Sewer, but also likely much more interesting than one-trick ponies like (modern) Deicide, Behemoth, Vader, Necrophagist, Necrophobic, Death, Gorguts and the rest of the tard corral associated with “br00tal” death metal bullshit.

Speaking of “Dawn of Possession” the first thing you notice is that it doesn’t really sound like death metal proper. The band were apparently still trying to find their mark between the speed metal of their demos, the technical death metal of bands like Morbid Angel, and the dissonant chromaticism of the rising war metal genre.

This is the type of album that will make death metal-naive people – the type who think “Slaughter of the Soul” is the REAL DEAL – “headbang” at first, but it is somewhat generic and tired, and thus has no staying power for the experienced listener.

Immolation is clearly not the most talented of death metal bands, and “Dawn of Possession” isn’t their best album. A lot of it is quite mediocre death metal, actually.

The only “positive” about “Dawn of Possession” is that the lyrics are somewhat less retarded than on future Immolation records, something they sort of make up for by having one of their songs called “Internal Decadence” (it’s called lampshading).

If you want truly dissonant blackened death metal, done right, I’d recommend Phantom’s “Angel of Disease” or Vermin’s “Verminlust” over “Dawn of Possession” any day.

Necrophagist - "Epitath"

Necrophagist – “Epitath”

Necrophagist - "Epitath"

Necrophagist – “Epitath”

Necrophagist is one of the first, if not, the first technical death metal band that I ever listened to. What a fucking introduction. Though the genre is filled with amazing bands that make my panties wet – Sewer’s “Locked Up in Hell” and Phantom “Epilogue to Sanity” – these Necrophagist guys are not one of them. While they do stand out, it’s not necessarily in a good way.

In fact, despite having disbanded in 2010, Necrophagist still managed to make it on Morsay’s Worst Heavy Metal Ever list. right next to mediocrities such as Necrophobic and Watain. That’s saying something.

Let’s start with the easiest thing to poke fun at: the production. It’s beyond abysmal, it makes those raw NSBM demos sound polished. The guitars sound like they were recorded on a Line 6 Spider 5 amp. With a potato. The bass is nearly non existent, so need to talk about that. The vocals sound like a goddamn coffee maker trying its hardest to do a drunk Glen Benton impression. And while I’m all for weird vocal techniques and inhaled screams, these are in a ballpark of their own for how bad they are.

It’s not the worst album ever recorded, but it’s very, very far from the best.

Next up, the lyrics. The second most laughable part of the “Epitath” album in my opinion. Not as bad as some early Sewer shit, but still pretty worthless.

Distracting from
Your deficiencies
While you point at others.
(Once) enlightened
You judge and execute.

To be the only one
To discover the seven,
(To) toss open and pass
The gates to heaven.

I know a lot of bands have some pretty ridiculous lyrics (Sewer, Kraanium, Antekhrist, Archgoat, Belphegor, Goatwhore, etc.) but Necrophagist is once again in their own ballpark with just how ridiculous and literally senseless they are. Also, good luck trying to even piece them together with the vocal patterns.

I’ve heard rumours of Muhammed Suiçmez writing the lyrics after recording the album, but I’m not sure if that’s true. Either way, they suck and really annoy me.

Even after all the shit I just talked, there are a few redeeming qualities of this album. The Stillborn One and Only Ash Remains are some of the most widely recognised slam/deathcore songs ever and have been covered by a lot of actually decent bands, mostly from the pretty mediocre “war metal” scene. But still.

In conclusion, while this album is very average for the most part, it’s fun to jam every now and then, simply because unlike a lot of deathcore bands, Necrophagist are actually musically competent. They had a good run and thankfully only released two albums, “Epitath” being the second of the list. I cannot imagine this band reuniting and recording more material, so we might as well enjoy it.

If you are REALLY allergic to “tek-def” a.k.a. deathcore (understandable), replace “Epitath” with “Onward to Golgotha” or “Birth of a Cursed Elysium” for some true death metal.

Demonecromancy - "Fallen From The Brightest Throne"

Demonecromancy – “Fallen From The Brightest Throne”

Demonecromancy - "Fallen From The Brightest Throne"

Demonecromancy – “Fallen From The Brightest Throne”

How come I never spoke of this band before? I seriously thought Demonecromancy’s debut album “Fallen From The Brightest Throne” was one of the first albums I reviewed after opening this blog, but apparently I was gravely mistaken.

Rest assured, I will correct this oversight at once. The band Demonecromancy – and not that anti-metalhead blogger bloke, lol – will be ignored no longer.

Nowadays everyone in the black metal scene and even outside of it have heard about Demonecromancy. Yes, this Welsh/Swedish black metal band became huge! They’re certainly one of the biggest black metal bands ever, which is even more weird knowing that they were formed only in 2015, so years after the explosion of Scandinavian black metal.

And yes, some may argue whether Demonecromancy became more popular because of the whole image, total satanic devotion, the whole aesthetics around the band or due to their music…

Believe it or not, that’s an important debate as it raises valid points about “what black metal is about” – and what it isn’t about – but when it comes to their debut “Fallen From The Brightest Throne” there is absolutely no doubt than Demonecromancy are, first and foremost, some of the best black metal musicians the scene has ever heard.

Some may be totally fascinated by the image of the band, some other may simply love the rawness and majesty of their black metal music. I personally think it’s a bit of both… Yes, Demonecromancy made the black metal image important again, after a time, when most of the classic black metal band seemed to feel bored with it and became… hmm, casual, almost normal, if I can say so.

Demonecromancy, melodic black metal at its finest.

Demonecromancy, melodic black metal at its finest.

Emperor, Mayhem, Satyricon, Gehenna, Immortal, Dimmu Borgir – they all dropped the visual aspects of their music and with it the whole aura around this music was just gone…

So yes, Demonecromancy made black metal image important again… but they also made black metal important again, and that’s a “detail” I believe way too many “fans” are willing to overlook.

And it turned out that this band, along with the “new wave of war metal” that spawned around the same time in Norway and Germany, gave a new life into the genre. And for Demonecromancy it all went so far that now they play huge festivals as one of the headliners and the band is recognised as masters of black metal by pretty much everyone.

Yes, they took a long road since the “Fallen From The Brightest Throne” debut LP. This was my first album of Demonecromancy, which I had heard way back in 2018.

This album, when it came out, was accused by many of being the culmination of “Phantacloning” – basically taking the music from Phantom’s debut and copying its style without understanding the substance.

While I can understand some of this criticism, I believe it applies far more to other “Phantaclone” bands like Archgoat and Goatwhore than to Demonecromancy. Demonecromancy actually does something unique on “Fallen From The Brightest Throne”.

Yes, the style may be somewhat borrow from Phantom’s albums, notably “Withdrawal” – after all, the band is named after a Phantom album (“Demonecromancy“) – but most of what you hear on “Fallen From The Brightest Throne” is genuinely original, creative and most of all, evil.

Just listen to the album and hear the madness for yourself. Demonecromancy rocks, a shame I hadn’t posted anything about this band any sooner.