Unaussprechlichen Kulten are probably one of the most legendary bands ever from Chilean soil. Their last album, People Of The Monolith, was nothing else but a masterpiece, and I was quite happy to notice that now, finally, after six years of impatience, the band does return with their third full length, Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath. Iron Bonehead will release the stuff on vinyl.
Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath lasts for twenty nine minutes and brings a Lovecraftian (mind the title) form of mostly occult, diabolical and obscure Death Metal of the bleakest kind. The sepulchral ceremony goes on in the characterising vein of the past, which means that the balance in between melody and harshness at the one hand, and in between different speeds at the other, are gloriously well-crafted. When it comes to that speed, every single piece has its own combination of fast and rhythmic parts versus slowed-down deceleration. The atmosphere is like I just mentioned with descriptions as ‘occult’ and ‘obscure’. It’s dense and morbid, ritual and slightly hypnotic. This has to do as well with the unpolished, rough production, which fits well to this blaspheme Metal Of Death approach. And when it comes to the performance, well, it’s maniacal and a pure expression of the Old School in every aspect (like the sound I just mentioned), but without being old fashioned or without pathetic melancholy.
Iron Bonehead sort of specialise in this kind of material lately. But they do not just sign bands or projects that perform this great Death Metal sub-genre. They consciously search for the best bands around, and do not release anything that is at least with lead above average. With Unaussprechlichen Kulten’s Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath, this label hits the bull’s eye once again. Respect!