May 1, 2020

Signal Rex

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Ancient Burial

Beyond The Watchtowers

May 1, 2020

Signal Rex

Portugal

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Black Metal

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ANCIENT BURIAL hail from the darkest underbelly of Portugal's forever-thriving raw black metal scene. Although a new entity, with no prior public recordings existing, the band mysteriously may or may not include members of other high-profile hordes. Nevertheless, what they've created with their debut album stands for serious reckoning. Ominously titled Beyond the Watchtowers, ANCIENT BURIAL's first full-length indeed goes BEYOND: a hysteric, hellacious black (w)hole of horrific frequencies, each smothering the senses with hypnotic magick and almost avant-garde crudity. In one sense, the album slots complementarily alongside so much paradigmatic Portuguese black metal, particularly from the Black Circle, instilling a similar sense of possession and otherworldly intent; but in another, more accurate sense, ANCIENT BURIAL bury themselves more deeply into trance states that delicately walk the line between improvisational meltdown and motorik catatonia, carrying over that beyond-obsidian embrace right into the very heart of the listener. Or, more accurately, those who would go Beyond the Watchtowers...