Barshasketh - Unicorn 12-1-2014

Barshasketh and Haar Live This Saturday in Edinburgh

5 April
8pm, £11
Bannerman’s Bar
212 Cowgate, EH1 1NQ Edinburgh

After a busy year of touring and recording in 2013, Negură Bunget return to Scotland to unleash their unique take on black metal, promoting their musical and spiritual vision and, as always… The Transilvanian Spirituality!

Joining Negura Bunget are their fellow countrymen, Grimegod, who will be bringing their own brand of death-doom to the UK for the first time.

Local support comes from progressive black metallers; Haar

And Barshasketh


Barshasketh Album & T-Shirt Arriving February 2013! Invoking the Negative!

We progress towards the Illumination of the Great Emptiness… Of Nihilism and Hatred, Of Cosmic Superiority and Defiance!

Barshasketh’s new album Sitra Achra will arrive as we enter אֲדָר. This time of Spiritual ascension shall be met by a work of Great Opposing Force, an embrace of the Negative! An audial and lyrical negation of purity!

Venerate the emptiness within and indulge in our offering of Chaos in its shining glory!

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Barshasketh - Sitra AchraBarshasketh – Sitra Achra (Digipack – 2013)

I have chosen black and abhorrent truth, over the radiant lie!



Sitra Achra is the other side. Sitra D’Kedushah’s mirror negative. The ecumenical embrace of impurity and unholiness. Barshasketh’s second album embraces and is immersed in negativity, nihilism, chaos and alienation from humanity.

This Barshasketh evocation of the universal destructive forces is communicated with bleak and complex atmospheres and technical creativity that has already been compared to Peste Noire and Wolves in the Throne Room. Pure Black Metal of the Highest Order!


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Barshasketh will be performing live throughout 2013, the first date will be:

23 February: Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh with Haar, Funeral Throne and Burial


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A full preview of the debut Barshasketh album, which will be reissued on CD later this year!


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Sitra Achra is already gaining strong support and praise with comparisons being made to Peste Noire and Agalloch:

Barshasketh are deeply rooted in texts of old and their sound writhes with both agony and occtultic vibrations without sounding overdone or trite in the process. Nods to peers such as Peste Noire come thick and fast, particularly in the title track ‘Sitra Achra’ and the atmosphere it creates. Swirling mists of madness rise from the ashes of the harsh terrain Barshasketh inhabit, Krigeist intoning with growls of great power over sublimely melodic guitar progressions before it heads into pure Peste Noire worship. Which is not to say this is a bad thing in the slightest; it’s clear that Barshasketh hold the French band in high regard and wish only to pay tribute rather than rip them off entirely.
‘Sonnets to Orpheus’ roils in a fiery pit of riff-based hell; climbing solos give way to stripped back chords which allow the song to breathe a sigh of relief when the torment finally ends as “Sitra Achra” coils towards it’s closing stages of doom. Barshasketh continue their bitter and bleak black metal attack with final track ‘Schlußstück’ and it’s unnerving sense of destruction that perpetuates the moodiness heard throughout the record via doomed structures and the often soaring sound of the guitar (Guillaume – also of Haar and Acatalepsy) off-setting the coarse voice of Krigeist. Frenetic passages of terror infiltrate the latter stages of the song with a classic nuance that recalls the heady days of the second wave acts we all know and love. Drums are pertinent and wildly obvious and Cnoc An Tursa’s Bryan Hamilton does much to bring about a sense of pure aggression in his playing.
Barshasketh may owe a debt to their forefathers but this band are by no means content to tread in their footsteps and consistently outclass other advocates of their genre, and even themselves throughout the blissfully desolate nature of “Sitra Achra.” Engrossing.
This is not a Scene 8/10

It’s an emotionally powerful, grindingly sorrowful sound that reminded me instantly of an anomalous gem from Anaal Nathrakh’s demo days by the name of ‘Satanarchist’, in which their rabid Mayhem worship is tempered with a much more tender, melodic feel.
The songs on ‘Sitra Achra’ have that same delicate, winding urgency to them, full of endlessly repetitive, tail-chasing tremolo riffs and ceaselessly clattering drums. There is plenty of energy and force to the songs, but they still tend towards the subdued, the narrow, blazing sections spinning off into depressive, mid-paced marches and dazed meanders. Whilst not particularly long at six or seven minutes, the songs have an epic and drawn-out quality to them on account of their minimalism, and there’s just a hint of the Ukrainian BM sound creeping in in places, adding a churning, windswept stoicism to the classic Nordic blasting. The rasped vocals meanwhile do the job without intruding, complementing the texture of the riffs nicely.
The songs certainly flow well, progressing smoothly from rattling barrages to mournful, doomy laments. Every once in a while a towering, crunchy heavy metal riff will appear from nowhere and start stomping about, sounding a bit out of place and “It’s my turn now, Jurgen”, but great fun precisely because of that. I’d be lying if I said that there was anything really new to be found on the album, but it’s chock-full of rousing moments and there’s an undeniable passion burning away at its heart. Some would no doubt argue that it’s too overproduced for an album with such a raw aesthetic, but it works for me. The physical CD itself seems a bit cheaply manufactured mind, but that’s probably my biggest complaint, and that ain’t bad. ‘Sitra Achra’ is depressive yet dynamic; full of piercing tremolos and somber half-time plunges. A delightfully chaotic dirge.
Ave Noctum 8/10

L’Ange Du Meridien‘s initial intensity segues beautifully into Alcestian territory with haunting clean leads layered over frantic guitar work. Things end on the amazing Schlußstück, proving that they can slow things down to blackened doom tempos with Agallochian passages alternated carefully with break-neck riffing. Inevitable comparisons will be drawn to the likes of WITTR, Peste Noire & Krallice but Barshasketh refused to let myopic fanboyism distract them from their goal of breeding something dark & raw yet technically competent & progressive.
Barshasketh tread the very precarious tightrope of raw black metal production by never straying too far from the biscuit tin for fear of angering Nokturnäl Pissfistör & his Norwegian-by-way-of-Surrey trve khums. Thankfully though they also never sacrifice quality for extra Tesco Kvlt Kard points & slip off into the realms of 56k modem guitar tones & gutpuke vokillz. This balance is most refreshing as I wade through a sea of Borgir vs Darkthrone clones & I struggle to work out side I hate more. Not really, Borgir can fuck off. Distractions aside, Sitra Achra is an intelligent, mature entry into a swamped genre. Stick a “Fenriz approved” sticker on this, it’ll be on Band of the Week any day now.
Leave the Hall 4/5

From ambient beginnings that wade through the thick soupy gloom to a rich tapestry of guitar woven impenetrable darkness, Barshasketh play Black Metal just how I like it to be played, slow, ominous and full of intensity! Track number II ‘Malaise’ sees Barshasketh increase the pace and the animosity created during their music with fast sporadic blast beats as well as the ever present raw guttural vocals that haunt most of the proceedings! Flicking aggressively between raucous Black Metal insanity and a meatier, more methodical style, Barshasketh try and succeed at keeping their sound fresh and interesting.
The bands songs are intricate for the most part, with grinding segments if vitriolic twilight kept to a maximum! At other times they do unleash the beast as it were and let rip with some crushingly depressive fast paced riff-age! At all times though there is a sense of professionalism about the band, one that has seen them rise from a fledgling Black Metal band into a more battle hardened predator, aware of the pit falls of the scene and ready to tackle all on comers!
Destructive Music 7/10

Vocals mostly grim sounding and high pitched black metal screams along with a brief use of deep growls, while the lyrics cover darkness and occult themes, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it with some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Barshaketh are a very great sounding atmospheric, raw and primitive black metal band and if you are a fan of t his musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE “Sitra Achra” “Bitter Sagacity” and “Leaden Horizon”. RECOMMENDED BUY.
Occult Black Metal Zine

Haar Tour 22-24 November! Extra Date Added

Haar are playing four shows from Edinburgh to Leeds, all dates below. New last-minute Nottingham show added! Support the band by showing up, they will have copies of the new CD, patches and pins.

Thu 22, Edinburgh:
Fri 23, Manchester:
Sat 24, Nottingham:
Sun 25, Leeds:

Acatalepsy - Acatalepsy

Free Acatalepsy (Scottish Death Metal) CD with T-Shirt Order

Add a copy of Acatalepsy‘s self-titled CD with an Acatalepsy shirt to your order, the discount will be automatically applied.

T-shirts available in red, black and grey; medium and large sizes.

Complex and challenging Death Metal from Scotland! Blending death and doom metal with a variety of other musical influences and diverse, technical songwriting! Acatalepsy members are also involved in Haar, Barshasketh, Of Spire & Throne, Erowid.

Limited edition self-released EP, 150 handnumbered copies. Pro-manufactured red CDr discs, 4 page booklet, folded card case and pvc sleeve.

True cognition escapes, enduring lore reigns

“Acatalepsy mix the brutal and the sublime effortlessly throughout the 4 tracks, and show that they have a wide musical vocabulary. With an original and thoughtful approach to the lyrics as well as the music, who knows what they could achieve in the future?” Metal Team

Haar - 2012 EP

Upcoming release: Haar – EP 2012 (Edinburgh based Progressive UK Black Metal)

Todestrieb Records is proud to announce a new release for MMXII

Haar (artist page | merchandise | facebook), named after the North Sea fog that envelops part of Eastern Scotland, are  producing some of the most interesting and avant-garde Black Metal in the UK. Their two releases, EP 2010 and EP 2012 have been deservedly compared to two masters of this field – Norway’s Virus and Ved Buens Ende!

“Haar really are shaft of light in the almost impenetrable murk that is the UK Black Metal scene right now, a statement that is proven by their inclusion in shows with such amazing bands as A Forest of Stars and Old Corpse Road. The UK Metal scene is at a very strong point and Haar are the epitome of this.”

Members of Haar are also involved in other important Edinburgh bands including Barshasketh, death metal band Acatalepsy and blackened bands Erowid and Vostok.

EP 2012 was self-released by the band earlier this year and limited to 100 CDr copies. We will be re-pressing the record on CD in greater quantity, keeping the same design and presentation, in order for this music to reach more people. The EP stands alone as an essential release, this re-print is also intended to serve as an anticipation builder for their debut album which is currently being assembled.

Haar are an active live band, our Gigs page will update with forthcoming dates.

More details to be announced soon. A sample song follows…

Newsletter: September 2012 (Pagan Metal, Folk Metal, Arkona, Subvertio Deus, Haar, Pagan Pendants, Volkolak)

Salute Friends! This is a general update for September, and advance notice of some new arrivals.

We have a huge update ready including CDs, Vinyl and T-Shirts of Slavic Pagan and Folk Metal imported from Rus’ Land. Fans of Аркона (Arkona, RUS), Калевала (Kalevala), Pagan Reign and Грай (Grai) should visit this weekend and next week for both music and merchandise arrivals. Most of these will be very limited and many are unavailable in western Europe.

We also have many new UK Black Metal titles in stock and ready to be added. Subvertio Deus‘ only album (excellent gnostic Black Metal originally on Satanic Propaganda) has just been re-released with new artwork (available here), the band has since morphed into Antinomian. The debut Antinomian full-length is scheduled for later this year, a killer record! We have the newly reissued Subvertio Deus along with t-shirts from both bands, and will add patches by both soon. See all related items here.

One of the most promising Black/Thrash bands from the UK, Holodomor, recently split so be sure to pick up Temoignages de la Gnose Terrestre – their only available recording, self-released earlier this year.

The self-titled EP by the excellent Haar has just been restocked! Haar are producing some of the most interesting avant-garde, progressive Black Metal in the UK and have been deservedly compared to bands like Virus / Ved Buens Ende!

View all available UK Black Metal releasesView all UK music.

All of this will be available over the next week, most in limited numbers. One final teaser for later this month/October and a band, an individual, that can be credited as a foundational influence for most of the above… Bathory limited edition gold vinyl…

Thanks for your support!!

Bands: Contact us at for distribution of your work! We can also distribute your gig/release flyers: TTR, PO BOX 620. IP4 5WX, UK
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New Arrivals:

• High quality antique pendants! Designs include: The Black Sun (Sonnenrad), Celtic Cross, various Inverted Crosses, Thor’s Hammer (Germanic and Nordic variations), German Iron Cross, Irminsul, Teutonic Cross and the Valknut (Wotan’s Knot, or Slain Warriors Knot)
• Aluk Todolo – Occult Rock is available for pre-order, out next week
• Classic US Crossover Thrash: both Wehrmacht albums remastered and reissued as digipacks
• Some of the newer Discharge albums have been added, but don’t forget we still have the recent limited (official) reissues of their essential 7″s!!
• After seven years the great Russian folk act Volkolak have returned! Disappear is available now
• Winterfylleth have just released The Threnody of Triumph. CD available now, LP should be available within a week
• Bestial Summoning’s raw live ritual from June 1992 on 7″ vinyl!
• Brazilian Ain Sof Aur conjure Holy Chaos on their debut full-length Atra Serpens

And more…
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