After something of a lull in recent months, the North Devon black metal outfit HermaphroChrist have unleashed a new wave of musical terror upon the unsuspecting masses.
The two-piece consists of ‘Necrophist’ on vocal duties, and ‘Morbius Crave’ providing a mixture of chunky, downtuned guitar riffs, church organ, and blast beats reaching speeds as high as 2000bpm!
Influenced by a range of wholly unholy sounds such as Burzum, Satyricon and Emperor, HermaphroChrist combine raw, back-to-basics black metal with a penchant for theatrics. Currently limited to their studio work, the band are yet to make a live appearance. However, plans are in motion, and the duo of doom-mongers hope to be taking their hell-bound fury to a live audience before long.
The band’s first EP, ‘Father, Son & Holy Goat’ is currently in its final production stages. For now the title track and one other are currently available to listen to on their website, with more tracks to follow in the coming months.
The two-piece boast a range of original ideas, combined with the kind of refined aggression which is liable to give you an aneurysm. If you like your music ugly, then HermaphroChrist is definitely one to watch…
In other news, the musical oddity known as Ludwig Hiscariot has crossed the boundaries into the YouTube dimension, with his misanthropic take on the main theme from ‘Beetlejuice’.
The orchestral soundtrack to the classic eighties film was originally composed by Danny Elfman, and performed by a full orchestra. In this version the clarinet is replaced for theremin, string section for scorching lead guitar, and the role of the brass is filled by a range of rich synth leads, and retro video game sounds! This is then paired with a driving, drum 'n’ bass influenced break beat, jumping seamlessly between time signatures of 4/4 and 5/4.
And the result? It’s hard to describe - probably best you just have a listen for yourself.
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