Celestial Grave is yet another nameless entry into the underground world of black metal. The two-piece act from Finland first made their presence known with their 2016 demo Burial Ground Trance, which was issued by Iron Bonehead Productions, the label handling their follow-up two-track seven-inch EP Pvtrefactio due later this month. But is there anything substantial lurking within that vinyl, or is it just another typical entry you won’t soon remember?
The once mysterious depressive/post-black metal group Ghost Bath is one of those units that has divided the fan base of an entire genre. Their blend of emotionally charged material, crazed wails, and bouts of anime theme song influence have left people on one side or the other with each new release. Their most recent, Moonlover, an independent effort later picked up by Nuclear Blast for distribution upon signing the five-piece from Minot, North Dakota, has actually received a fair amount of negativity across the board. However, loyal fans who appreciate what they are doing have been anxiously awaiting the follow-up album Starmourner, which is finally upon us. But have the group improved their sound to swoon the naysayers, or will the die-hards not even find this one all that engaging?
Did you know pug fronted deathcore existed? Yeah, neither did I until the other day. Pugtopsy joins the ranks of acts like Hatebeak and Caninus, though as more of an April Fools Day gag than anything else. And this is where the follow-up single Snorts of Sorrow (yes, there was one other released back in 2013) comes into play for Artery Recordings. But does the punch-line really live up to the concept?
Belgium’s Perverted Ceremony is a two-piece act that formed back in 2011. However, it wouldn’t be until 2016 that their first two demos Sabbat of Behezaël and Demo 1 would be released in that order, quickly attracting the interest of Nuclear War Now! Productions. For 2017, they have brought together some new compositions alongside the already established from the initial two efforts for a brand new LP and cassette release using the Sabbat of Behezaël title once more. But are these performances as vile and ominous as the underground is building them up to be?
Consummation is an Italian two-piece black metal group that hails from Australia. It’s unclear when the outfit started exactly, but it is known that it shares its members with the four-piece death metal act Impetuous Ritual (though I’m not sure which one or ones it is). This entity’s first effort was a self-titled demo back in December of 2012 that was picked up by Abysmal Sounds for a limited cassette run and free digital download via the label’s Bandcamp page. After just over four years of silence to hone their sound, we are now given their official EP Ritual Severance, which is being handled by Invictus Productions. But what does this two-song offering have in stores for listeners, and is it any good?