Witching Metal Webzine

Witching Metal Webzine

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fetid Zombie/Battlestorm - Defiling the Altar of Gods SPLIT

The release reviewed here is a split collaboration between the putrid mess that is FETID ZOMBIE, and Singaporean hellraisers, BATTLESTORM.

This split kicks off with FETID ZOMBIE, a one-man project displaying illustrious artist Mark Riddick behind all armaments of fire, as well as drum-programming. Exhibited here are three tracks conveying a sound that seems to characterize a very straight forward, and rather catchy old-school Death Metal. Nevertheless, a few odd arrangements tinged with Black and Thrash infused in their own bloody vomit definitely distinguish their tone. They certainly have a cool distinct vibe going, and owe more than a few nods to the likes of AUTOPSY, MASSACRA and MASSACRE. Summary: a good aural enticement for consuming fecal turds.

Hitting you next on the split is BATTLESTORM, presenting the remaining three tracks, succeeding splendidly at mangling your skull with a noxious attack of pure old-skull Death/thrash with vibrations akin to the likes of IMPIETY, ANGELCORPSE and ANAL VOMIT. Its cool shit, no doubt. I've been following the band as far back as 2009, and they seem to just keep getting better and better with each release.

It is to my understanding that the split in question has a limitation of 500 copies, so be quick or miss out on a killer split.  

Review by James Goatfukk: mdisintegrator@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Oltretomba - The Death - SchierĂ ti con la morte

Genre: Black Metal
Country: Italy
Year of Release: 2014
Label: Fistbang Records

Oltretomba arises from the shadowy depths of Italy's underground and reveals their first full-length to the world, released through Fistbang Records (Greece). The album in question consists of eleven tracks of stomping old-school Black/Death in the vein of the old masters.

After subduing you with an eerie intro, the band gets straight down to business with Crash the Disincarnated, opening with tribal-ish percussions and a brooding build-up riff before all madness breaks lose and before you know it, you will find yourself completely submerged in morbid blackness. A very evident murky and occult-like feel manifests itself throughout this album, which reminds us of older Mortuary Drape, along with straight-up vicious guitar riffing reminiscent of earlier works from Morbid Angel and Necrodeath. Musically, Oltretomba keeps things fairly simple, with a few technical arrangements hither and thither. Without ever sounding too flashy, they deliver an abundance of crushing, yet intensely catchy riffs, some sharp enough to slice your brain in two. The vocalist has an excessively deep and coarse grunt, which brings to mind the vocals of Wildness Perversion. The drums are implemented with skill and creativity, shifting from mid-pace to more rapid speeds with ease. Oltretomba's style, I would say, is predominantly old-school Black Metal, although not without a good dose of Death and Thrash elements, which is prominently displayed throughout the album.

The Death SchierĂ ti Con La Morte is an excellent example of songs that are infectious and melodious, yet somehow still manage to be menacing as fuck. This is not retro metal. This is a celebration of metals roots a portal to the realm of 80's Occult Metal. No keyboards; no sweet melodies; no flashy musicianship just pure balls to the wall, skullfucking Metal of Death. Check them out if you enjoy bands such as Mortuary Drape, Bunker 66, Morbid Insulter and Blood Storm.

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Written by James Goatfukk: mdisintegrator@gmail.com