Loathfinder – The Great Tired Ones Review | Planet Caravan

Godz Ov War Productions are about to release the debut EP of a band called Loathfinder in April. They are a blackened doom act from Poland, and we just received an advanced promotional copy of ‘The Great Tired Ones’ from the label to review.

Before I go into the tracks of this EP, the first thing that I liked about this album is the fascinating cover art which has been done by Robert A. von Ritter (Outre, Diabolizer, Witchmaster) with the design and colours being the creations of Maciej Kamuda (Nekrofilth, Kingdom, Ectovoid). The mixing and mastering on this has been done by Haldor Grunberg of Satanic Audio (Azarath, Thaw, Blaze Of Perdition).
The very first track itself establishes the slow morbid death/doom metal sound of the EP. The gainy riff has a bit of stoner doom influences of the likes of Sleep and Electric Wizard and the vocals sound along the lines of Obituary’s Tardy. The melodies and the melancholy guitar interludes add a different flavor to the song. The next track “Feast On My Entrails” goes a bit more aggressive and the tempo changes are really good.

“Scents Of Regression” begins with a pounding bass intro and has a oppressive atmoshphere throughtout the riffs. The vocals are also tighter in this one and needless to say this one’s my favourite track from this record. The EP ends with the title track which has a very eerie intro and has melodic guitar interludes like the first song. The guitar works reach a new level here and the melodies have been perfectly placed alongside the riffs.


Overall this is a typical blackened doom sound with the band not going into any ‘experiments’ at all. But they have done a very decent job with the music and the mixing. This is likely to appeal a lot to the old school crowd.

Written by – Spirit Crusher

Serpent Spells – Mantras within Ascending Fire

Serpent Spell” is a three piece blackened death metal band hailing from the country of Bangladesh. “Mantras with Ascending Fire” is the band’s newly released E.P. via Godz Ov War, released in 30th May, 2016.
A cool breeze, rainfall, ritualistic chants and a woman moaning- that’s how the “Mantras within Ascending Fire” begins, before quickly escalating into the chaos of blackened death metal riffs, drum blasts and voice- “Piercing the Cervix of Nehemah”. The band’s depth is not only about composition of some hate spurred riffs and blasts but also writing deep and intricate lyrics. The listener can quickly infer that the moaning of the woman was indeed due to the birth of an evil creature through her womb.

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A slow, dark and gloomy riff begins the next song of the E.P. – “Scourge Heretic Consecration”, before the E.P. finally comes to an end with the title track.
The cover is as evil as it can get: A crow/ raven is roaming above a demented and horrified looking figure (woman or old hag?) and fires and skulls are lit all across her black robe. The logo of the band is pretty neatly (pun intended) done.
“Godz Ov War Productions” deserves much of the credit in discovering/ reaching out to these underrated and cult bands and bringing them to the hardcore flag (of hate) bearers (read supporters) of extreme metal fans. Spread the cult and spread the chaos by supporting the E.P.

 

 

Written By: Draconus