Lashblood     

Philosophy of Self-Flagellation: Being and Nothing
Daemon Worship Productions
2012

Taking a nod from the eccentric Norwegian act, Ved Buens Ende, this Russian band takes those enigmatic musical flourishes and then stretches them across a wholly darker vein of black metal.  Lash Blood's debut album is truly dark art.  Noticeable from the outset of the album's first song, Lash, you can hear a bass driven riff that is dream-like and then it drops into nebulous landscapes of rolling drums and dancing guitar lines.  The captivating clean sung vocals add to the ethereal atmosphere of the song.  Screechy vocals and nightmarish riffs rise from this tapestry to create a deep abyss of black metal especially when the pace quickens to unforeseen speeds.  It's a blinding flurry of frigid aggression.  A slow, bouncy riff, once again heavy on the bass guitar sets the scene on Notes On Water.  Then without warning you are swept under by a blizzard of traditional black metal intensity.  Melodic trilling drifts in like snowfall before being washed away again.  A short interlude of acoustic guitar flows like a stream into synth-driven midtempo black metal.  A rhythmic main riff drives the opening segment of Nausea.  Epic melodies drift across the song like beams of sunlight. The final song, Echo Of the Void, begins in the album's most barbaric fashion with a blackened Motorhead riff and trilling melodic overtones.  Beefier riffs with dissonant accents surge against blasting black metal passages.  Acoustic guitar and a battering drum provide a stark backdrop for the shrieking vocals as the song progresses.  If you like the surreal black metal art of bands like Ved Buens Ende, early In The Woods, etc, then you will certainly be captivated by Lashblood.  They are however darker, more hate-filled artists whose black blood soaks the listener before ultimately drowning them in a sea of illusory visions.