Here at the Lair of Filth we’re committed to bringing you information on some of the best music the underground has to offer from far flung corners of the globe. To this end I (Trevor) have just reviewed two recent 7” split releases from four bands that may have slipped under your radar yet thoroughly warrant at least a listen by your good selves.
Haemophagus / Mausoleum – Slime / Intense Mortification (Equinox Discos, Signature Riff and Eyes of the Dead.)
Pennsylvanian band Mausoleum was formed in 2001 by Robert Yench who also currently plays with Morpheus Descends and has in the past performed with, amongst others, bands like Incantation and Brimstone. The other members of the band also have extensive experience in other bands, including Gehenna and Goreaphobia. Their music is death Metal that lyrically centres on themes of gore, death and zombies. To date they have brought us two studio albums, a split release with Offal and a live album “Eating Your Fucking Brains” which was their most recent output, out on digital formats last year. Their occupancy of side B makes for a change in pace in comparison to Haemophagus and features a cover of Impetigo’s Intense Mortification that plays fairly true to the original albeit with a bit of a chunkier, heavier edge due to a more prominent guitar tone and at just less than three minutes it serves its purpose in being a good introduction to the band, what you’ve got here is a group of very experienced individuals playing some excellent death metal.
Blasphmachine/Goatlusting Chaos - Infernal Gathering ov Blasphegoat Elites (Witchery Records)
Goatlusting Chaos plays blasphemous, anarchic, thrash-infused black metal that doesn’t fuck about. Between 2011 and 2013 they released two demos and a split which they shared with fellow Malaysian band Reficul Esruc which is Lucifer Curse spelt backwards.
Goatlusting Chaos has two tracks, Thy Souls for Iblyssi and Annihilate the Jewish Whores. Thy Souls for Iblyssi is a three minute track released in June last year as a digital single. It’s a track that fully deserves this physical release and to be fair a much wider audience as well. Annihilate the Jewish Whores is a previously unreleased track and was recorded during a band rehearsal so as you’d expect the sound quality is extremely ropey but there’s enough audibility to show it’s a solid enough track and one they should definitely give the studio treatment in the future. To be honest I hadn’t heard of Goatlusting Chaos prior to this release, but as is the case with Haemophagus I’m glad to have heard their music and will be keeping a watch out for future releases. You can access a sample from Thy Soul for Iblyssi HERE to give them a listen yourself….
This split was released in a very limited quantity of thirty and came in the form of a box set containing a t-shirt, 7” lathe cut vinyl, cassette and two candles, all for a mere $25 – it’s a very impressive package and I was lucky enough to track down one of the remaining copies and am patiently awaiting its arrival. Unfortunately the bad news is the box sets have long sold out but the band will hopefully re-issue either the cassette or 7” vinyl version when there is demand for it, which I’d say is a sure bet as it’s a tidy enough release from two talented bands.
To a certain extent I tend to view split releases as samplers as they often bring new music to you and for me this was the case with two of these bands – Haemophagus and Goatlusting Chaos, though the music from all four bands across both these releases is top notch. Two brilliant 7” vinyl both of which are well worth the few dollars their labels are asking for them. Four bands well worth a listen and a few minutes of your time….both releases get a solid 8 out of 10.
The Haemophagus / Mausoleum split is available from Equinox Discos, Eyes of the Dead Productions and Signature Riff Productions.
The Blasphmachine / Goatlusting Chaos split was released by Witchery Records.