Wierd Truth/Cosmic Garden Production, 2000
A compilation of 8 new and promising black metal band from Japan. A great
effort from these labels. All band are new to me except for GORUGOTH. I've seen their flyer some years ago. The sound of the song depends on the band but overall, it is quite okay and reasonable considering that this is a tape, not a CD. Some bands are good and some are not really my type but still quite interesting. Each band perform 1 track. THE UNDER starts the tape with Emperor-like song and quite okay. HURUSOMA, raw Bathory-like black metal, sounds boring at first but in the middle the music start to sound different. Plucking/solo with folk-like string instrument which is quite original and then the blasphemy continues. INFERNAL NECROMANCY present 2 song of black/doom. Depressive allright but their vocal are in the worse style ever. HOLOKAUST WINDS is melodic/vampiric black metal. OLD SERPENT, a synth-base band perform a calm music created by only synth and accoustic guitar. The 'calmness' does not last long. Just before the song end, the vocal (like Helheim) comes in and wake you up from your dream. GORUGOTH, one-man black metal present a special version of the song "Burg Don". Wasn't sure how the original version sounds like but in this one is like a mixture of Profanatica and Blaspemy. Really primitive black metal. INSANITY OF SLAUGHTER plays melodic black metal and lastly C.SATANARDA (sorry, I have shorten the band's name) plays thrash/black. Equivalent to GOSPEL OF THE HORNS but the trumpet-like sound and male choir vocal making the song more interesting. Every band perform 1 track except for INFERNAL NECROMANCY. Buy this one if you want to know more about Japanese underground black metal scene and also witness the uniquely designed cover sleeve.