Unaussprechlichen Kulten – Keziah Lilith Medea (Chapter X) (Review)

Unaussprechlichen KultenUnaussprechlichen Kulten are a death metal band from Chile and this is their fourth album.

This is dark, Lovecraft-inspired death metal from a band we’ve met before with 2014’s wickedly enjoyable Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath.

I was wondering how they could top such a monstrosity of an album, but it seems that they have managed to do this with ease. Continue reading

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Interview with Unaussprechlichen Kulten

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Unaussprechlichen Kulten have recently released their third album Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath and it’s a veritable feast of occult Death Metal. Between bouts of blasting it out at high volume I quizzed guitarist/vocalist Joseph Curwen about the album hoping he could shed some light on the dark depths within…

For those who are unfamiliar with your band – introduce yourself!

To the readers of Wonderbox! Of course all of you are unfamiliar with our band! We come from the end of the world: Chile, so the” third world” sends his curses to the “first world”!

Give us a bit of history to Unaussprechlichen Kulten

We start in early 2000 in Santiago, Chile with a couple of demos, inspired at Lovecraft’s “literary”. Our style: OCCULT DEATH METAL, taking inspiration from old and new metal.

Until now, we have 3 albums, some 7 inches and some splits, this year 2014 (September) we will do our second European tour.

Unaussprechlichen Kulten BandWhat are your influences?

The “Olds Ones” are our spiritual influences! About Metal influences, you know from classics like SLAYER (old), MERCYFUL FATE, INFERNAL MAJESTY until INCANTATION, MORTEM (Peru), NECRODEATH, INCUBUS (USA), GORGUTS, SHUB NIGGURATH, IMMOLATION, PENTAGRAM (Chile), MORTA SKULD, DISMEMBER, NOCTURNUS and of course The Almighty SADISTIC INTENT.

We have a foot in Swedish/Finnish, and the other in American and South American DEATH METAL (80-90s) and a bit of influence (guitars) from some new bands like Deathspell Omega.

What are you listening to at the moment that you would like to recommend?

From Chile: GODLESS (maybe the best Chilean band!), DEMONIC RAGE, FORCE OF DARKNESS, MAGNANIMVS, ATOMICIDE, HADES ARCHER, DIABOLICAL MESSIAH, ANCIENT CRYPTS, SLAUGHTBBATH, INVICIBLE FORCE, HORRIFYING, ATHANATOS… Pure feeling!

Foreign: POISONUS, DAEMONIC, ATARXYS (Arrrg the last album rulezzz), VOIDS OF VOMIT, ZOMBIFICATION, SWALLOWED, TOMBSTONE (Italy), IMPOSER,ABYSS (Canada), ECTOVOID, BLESSED OFAL, INCARCERATION, NECROHOLOCAUST, EVOKED TERROR, HATESPAWN, LATERN, AFTER DEATH, MASADA, ORDO INFERNUS SKELETHAL, SULPHUR AEON, GOREPHILIA, HAEMOPHAGUS among many others.

Tell us about your new album

The concept background of this new Chapter it is a consolidation of mythology in relation with the “Goat Worship”, the Eliphas Levi´s Baphomet, the God Pan and Lovecraft´s Shub Niggurath, mixed with universal mythology and even Chilean legends.

Was recorded in one month at DM6 studio, at home, this year 2014. We have recorded all of our albums there and also our rehearsal room is there. The owner of this studio (Pablo Clares) knows how Death Metal must be recording.

The cover art was painted by Daniel Corcuera in a fuckin awesome way!

Unaussprechlichen Kulten Band 2Are you happy with how it turned out?

I’m pretty satisfied, until now the album have good promotion from both labels: IRON BONEHEAD and DARK DESCENT. Talking about music, to me is our better work, but the best, will come in the future.

What can you tell us about the lyrics/themes of the songs?

As you may know, mainly the Lovecraft’s myths and their relation with the “Mysteries of Death” are the core of our lyrics. The deities of Lovecraft represent archetypes present in different cultures and every culture has something that we called “The Memory of the Blood”, that’s what creates “worships”, myths and religions in relation with “common” monsters like Hydras or Sea Serpents, so we take the Lovecraft terminology to explain with “his words” spiritual concepts that otherwise we would be forced to use “christians” or “common” terms.

How do you go about writing your songs?

About Metal, first I do the riffs, arrangements and disharmonies of guitars, in accordance to what lyrics need, like faster, slower or thicker parts, thinking in the “concept” under the lyrics all the time. After “a-melodic” line are ok, I show guitars to Butcher, drum is 100% his responsibility. Then we adjust the structure and cuts, together in the rehearsal room.

How do you see your songs/direction developing in the future?

The most twisted, morbid and creepy that our capabilities allow. Special techniques or sound??? Who cares?…..

What’s next for Unaussprechlichen Kulten?

In September of this year 2014 we will be in Europe in our second tour with INCARCERATION and ZOMBIFICATION in Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Holland and Belgium, and finally with DECAPITATED CHRIST! In Spain, France and Portugal.

Thanks!

Unaussprechlichen Kulten – Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath (Review)

Unaussprechlichen KultenUnaussprechlichen Kulten are from Chile and this is their third album of Death Metal.

HP Lovecraft-themed Death Metal is never going to be completely run-of-the-mill and Unaussprechlichen Kulten are no exception. This is Death Metal with an evil, occult feel to it.

They superficially draw comparisons with Incantation/Immolation, (only with shorter songs), as well as the odd bit of Morbid Angel. They have the kind of interesting songwriting that seems to be more related to the Old-School than a lot of current Death Metal, which gives them a Classic Death Metal sheen to their gloriously nefarious sound.

The relatively short songs add up to a relatively short album, so Unaussprechlichen Kulten definitely don’t outstay their welcome. What is here, however, is a very enjoyable collection of tracks that mix the aforementioned bands/styles into a melting pot that’s probably to be used as the basis of a potion or concoction that will end up summoning some long lost god or other. Until that time of our ultimate demise, however, we are free to enjoy the Death Metal that these Chileans have unleashed on the world.

The dark, heavy riffs and eerie leads are propelled by solid drumming and a singer who is doing his best Incantation impression. The songs have a darkly dynamic feel to them and the malevolent aura they exude is toxic to the touch. I also like that the bass is actually audible and provides a useful backdrop to the rest of the music.

If you’re bored of the same old generic Death Metal then have a good listen to Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath; for fans of well-played, interesting Death Metal that’s far too wicked and corrupt to be normal.

Highly recommended.