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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Album review for: 'Xalpen - Black Rites' (2016) | Black Metal

'Black Rites' is the first album from 'Xalpen'; an unlikely and unholy congregation of both German and Chilean influences that mercilessly expand on the cult of brvtality that is 'Black Metal'.  Short but not sweet, this album seeks to destroy right from the start as the sound of a blade being sharpened creates tension before heavy guitars and explosive blast beats hit you right where it counts. 

Black Metal is a genre that has been used and abused by all manner of mediocre minstrel and relentlessly recycled by oblivious 'posers' and clueless 'hipsters' ad infinitum; even some of the old greats are now walking memes of hilarity, garden variety generic shit and self-mockery. Others have disowned their roots and scoffed at the hoards of weaklings and oxygen thieves that have dared to call their music 'Black Metal'. Despite all this nonsense and Metal sacrilege, the black light still shines through as it did in the beginning, like a black rose growing out of a pile of putrid human waste and excrement.

'Xalpen' is the "Goddess of the Primordial Waters of the Underworld. Bringer of the infernal hosts from the depths of the abyss and opener of the gateways to the spiritual chaos." 


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