Sunday, July 5, 2015


Adversarial (Canada): Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of Nihilism (Dark Descent Records)
The infernal amalgamation of war metal, death, black metal seems as strong as ever in the underground, and Adversarial is an excellent exponent of this extreme metal of nihilism that bands from Canada are taking to the end of the line.
Bands from Canada are known for brain metal like Voivod and Rush, low IQ metal like Anvil, cult thrash like Razor, Sacrifice, Exciter, Infernal Majesty, so on and so forth. Then, there’s the most extreme sounds of Blasphemy, Conqueror, Revenge, Axis of Advance, Dire Omen, Begrime Exemious …
If it’s misanthropy and nihilism, don’t count out Adversarial because it is more than just song titles like “Old Ruins Slumber in a Crushing Hatred of Man” or “Cursed Blades Cast Upon the Slavescum of C…”; it is the construction of chaos of alienating and cold bestial metal made exclusively to express cacophony and sadism through guitars, bass, drums and vocals. This new album, which comes out August 21, extends the abhorrent sounds that they began in 2008 with their demo and in 2010 with the album “All Idols Fall Before the Hammer,” and other splits and EPs since then.
The album won’t be released for a little while, but you don’t have to wait for a long time to hear a bit of this album. Dark Descent Records has a sample with a new Adversarial song called “Eonik Spiritual Warfare.”
If you like what you hear, I can tell you now that this new song represents the album’s horrid sounds accurately.

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