NUSQUAMA Horizon Ontheemt vinyl LP
Haeresis Noviomagi = yes. That’s my new guiding principle when it comes to nosing around underground black metal crypts (and also in terms of selecting what to review for E&D). The overlapping crews of Lubbert Das, Iskandr, Solar Temple and Turia have all spawned awesome releases of supremely assured darkly psyched black metal out of the nether gloomy corners of the Netherlands, and Nusquama appears to be a related collection of entities in a new guise (T. and O. from Turia on vocals and guitar, and N. and S. from Laster and Northward on bass and guitar says the press release).
Compared with some of the extensive experiments of some of the earlier bands mentioned, here there’s nothing wildly avant-garde: the songs here are straight up either furious black metal power or powerful black metal fury; the shortest of the six tracks is five and a half minutes, the longest seven and a half. Rather than extensive deconstructions or kosmisch expansions, the band here seem chiefly concerned with how to condense cosmic realms of black metal into monstrous blasts of blackhole density. Each track bursts into evil life with such force you’d be forgiven for forgetting your own name: the opener gives you a few seconds of false security before a single smack of a drumbeat pushes you onto the tracks just before the train comes hurtling over you; next track ‘Wrevel’ flares like a match, the jagged distortion minutely preceded by a microsecond by the pierced initiation of a scream.