It has been nine long years since Rebirth of Nefast‘s last record, Ex Nihilio, a split album with fellow Irish black metal group Slidhr. A lot has changed since then. The black metal project’s mastermind, Irish-born Wann (aka Stephen Lockhart), has since moved to Reykjavik, Iceland and set up the Studio Emissary recording studio, founded the Oration Records label, and put on two successive and successful extreme metal festivals in the heart of Iceland’s capital. He’s been responsible for producing, mixing, and mastering some of the most exciting names in contemporary black metal: Svartidauði, Sinmara, Zhrine, Abominor, Almyrkvi, Mannveira, and Draugsól, as well as Mortuus Umbra, Dysangelium, and Slidhr. He’s also recorded and performed live with Sinmara and Slidhr. The resplendent full-length album Tabernaculum is the culmination of nine years of hard graft; of writing, recording, and producing some of the best extreme metal around, and learning and growing as a writer and a musician. Continue reading “Review: Rebirth of Nefast – “Tabernaculum””
ZOM are a blackened death metal group from Dublin, Ireland. With their debut full-length album ‘Flesh Assimilatiion’ they join bands like their fellow Irish compatriots Malthusian in the fight to create the most cacophonous, cavernous death metal out there, and do a marvellous job of it, blending catchy, punishing riffs, with brutal vocals that demolish everything put before them, all amplified by rough, raw, loud production that sounds primitive and heavy as hell.
While ZOM don’t necessarily do much to reinvent the entire genre of death metal, one simply cannot deny the compelling nature of their sound. There is something totally honest about the rough nature of their sound: Sabbac hammers and smash away furiously behind his drumkit while guitarist Sodomaniac produces some of the heaviest, catchiest riffs heard this year. While some are a conventional (but still enjoyable) blackened death metal affair, other moments (particularly the last three tracks of this album) bring in influences from bands like Death and Slayer and make for some really memorable tracks.