December 4, 2016

Filthy Music Review - Master of Cruelty - Archaic Visions of the Underworld.





Review by Trevor Proctor.

Swedish label Blood Harvest Records has just released the second full length album from Paraguayan Black/Death/Thrash band Master of Cruelty on LP along with Japanese label Deathrash Armageddon who released a CD version. During 2012 Blood Harvest Records released Master of Cruelty’s debut album, ‘Spit on the Holy Grail,’ on vinyl – a debut album that brought the band a lot of praise and attention and to date has been issued on CD, vinyl and cassette. ‘Spit on the Holy Grail’ was a furious attack of bestial, death influenced black thrash and an album that put the band on the road to underground notoriety. 

November 26, 2016

Filthy Music Review - Bölzer - Hero.





Review by Trevor Proctor.

From Zurich in Switzerland Bölzer has been creating and building extremely strong support within the underground since their inception in 2008. They are undoubtedly one of the most unique, and most important, bands to grace our underground in recent years; a duo that uses the simplest ingredients of voice, guitar and drums yet somehow manage to craft one of the most destructive and dense sounds out there.

November 20, 2016

N.K.V.D. - Totalitarian Industrial Oppression - Release information and triple track stream.



Created in 2005 by L.F., the genius behind industrial band Autokrator N.K.V.D. is a French Industrial Black Metal project that plays harsh, dark and oppressive Black Metal laced with Industrial influences, with themes based on history, power and dictatorship. 

November 13, 2016

BÖLZER - Album Release Information and track stream.



BÖLZER - Hero


Press Release Information.

Iron Bonehead Productions is proud to present BÖLZER's massively anticipated debut album, Hero. Hailing from Switzerland, BÖLZER are one of the most unique entities the metal underground has birthed in years. For one, BÖLZER are proudly and resolutely a duo, using the barest essentials of voice, guitar, and drums and yet creating one of the densest, most world-eating sounds around. For another, the duo have wisely and patiently parceled out their recordings, with a lone nine songs to date across three records - 2012's Roman Acupuncture demo, 2013's Iron Bonehead released Aura EP, and 2014's Soma EP - judiciously chronicling the band's evolution into one of the most critically acclaimed metal bands in recent memory. And yet, "critical acclaim" has never been a part of BÖLZER's agenda: their commitment is to their art alone, but it just so happens that word-of-mouth built organically (and feverishly), especially on the strength of their devastating, soul-draining live performances, where they can recreate every aspect of their records in the flesh. 






And at long last, flesh is given to a full-length album, and it bears the characteristically idiosyncratic title Hero. Here, in many ways, BÖLZER break from their past. Rich 'n' resonant clean vocals often take center stage, lending an alternately mournful/majestic quality to the duo's earth-juddering bulldoze. Likewise, the production across Hero is categorically cleaner than their grime-coated EPs, which dynamically enhances the spiraling melodicism that explodes into being here. Suitably, the songwriting itself takes on dazzling new contours, wending 'n' winding with even more fluidity - and certainly more daring - than the band's epic-yet-effortless EPs. And yet, for however seemingly radical these developments are - ultimately, they shouldn't be that "radical" in the hands of capable and sincere artisans - it all sounds like BÖLZER, both what they were, what they can be, and most especially, what they currently are. Every aesthetic suggestion, every subtle nuance, every thing left unsaid in the past: here on Hero, it's all harnessed into a molten maelstrom that's ever more unique (and alien) because it's unshackled itself from expectation. It is, in a word, heroic. But what is the meaning of Hero? Discover for yourself, plunge into that maelstrom, and let BÖLZER be your guide.




Hero by BÖLZER will most definitely be one of the year's finest albums and will be available via Iron Bonehead Productions from the end of November.

November 7, 2016

Press Release Information: Black Witchery - Evil Shall Prevail.



Black Witchery - Evil Shall Prevail DLP.


Full Press Release Information. (C. Conrad)

During its nearly 20-year history, Black Witchery has appropriately earned recognition as one of the most important cults of bestial black metal, and black metal in general, ever to have emerged from North America. Under its original moniker, Witchery, the band released two demos before changing its name and then went on to produce an EP and two split recordings before unleashing its masterpiece full-length debut, Desecration of the Holy Kingdom, in 2001.

October 31, 2016

Filthy Music Review - Spectral Voice + Phrenelith Split 7” EP.

 


Spectral Voice + Phrenelith  7” Split EP.


Review by Trevor Proctor.

With 2016 proving to be even more productive than 2015 in terms of releases it’s very easy for some titles to slip under the radar, especially when we also consider a lot of the underground media is focusing on some very high profile and highly anticipated releases. One such underground gem recently released that should not slip our attention is a 7” split featuring two very promising bands that are relatively new to the underground. The split is a co-release from two of the underground’s finest labels, Iron Bonehead Productions and Dark Descent Records, and features two excellent up-coming bands, both of whom have yet to release a full length album – Spectral Voice and Phrenelith

October 23, 2016

Filthy Music Review - Death Fetishist - Clandestine Sacrament.



Death Fetishist - Clandestine Sacrament.


Review by Trevor Proctor.

Since inception in 2010 Ævangelist has been a leading creative force in extreme underground music and since the release of their debut EP ‘Oracle of Infinite Despair’ in 2011 they have also been one of the most prolific bands around, releasing four Eps, two split releases, a live album and four full length albums – aside from their debut EP and debut album all of these were released since June 2013.

October 16, 2016

Filthy Music Review - Verberis - Vexamen.



Verberis - Vexamen


Review by Trevor Proctor.

The standard of underground bands originating in New Zealand is exemplary with Heresiarch, Vassafor, Diocletian, and Ulcerate being just a few examples that spring to mind, and that’s before we even consider bands that originated in New Zealand and have since split up or relocated to other countries. Just as exemplary is the standard of music released by Iron Bonehead Productions whose release roster is competed with by very few and bettered by none. It was Iron Bonehead Productions who first brought New Zealand band, Verberis, to our attention in 2014 when they released Verberis’ demo, Vasitas, on digital formats in April and on cassette in June of the same year.