September 2013 National Music Reviews

Reviews: Void Meditation Cult/Sperm of Antichrist – Sulfurous Prayers of Blight and Darkness

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Void Meditation Cult/Sperm of Antichrist
Sulfurous Prayers of Blight and Darkness
Hell’s Headbangers
Street Date: 06.05
Void Meditation Cult/Sperm of Antichrist = Bestial Mockery + Beherit + Cultes des Ghoules
It’s releases such as this that make me wish I could submit a review that simply states: “Buy this album. Now.” What essentially amounts to a split release by the same band (Void Meditation Cult was previously called Sperm of Antichrist), the first side of Sulfurous Prayers of Blight and Darkness is Void Meditation Cult and the second side is Sperm of Antichrist—confused yet? Regardless, this release is everything I love about black metal—it’s extremely raw, dark, cold and unrelenting. The instruments swirl together with the vocals to create a single sonic mass, and the dissonant guitars and straight-forward drumming simply ooze evil. For anyone who has been displeased by the current lull in decent black metal releases, this may be exactly what you’ve been waiting for. –Gavin Hoffman
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