Thursday 14 July 2016

Persecutory - Perversion Feeds Our Force


1. Obey The Sempiternal Impiety
2. Maelstroms Of Antireligious Chaos
3. Zero-Tolerance For Believers
4. Perversion Feeds Our Force

This year saw the first release from new UKEM Records sister label, Hell's Hammer Music. Hell's Hammer was set up to offer a home for underground extreme metal bands from outside of the UK and this EP by Turkish black metallers Persecutory, was the label's first. It was released back in February so I'm catching up but the lure of unholy black metal is still strong. Persecutory themselves only formed in 2014 in the town of Kadikoy. The band shares members with other hometown extreme metal bands Sarinvomit, Impuration and Horrocious.

I’ve currently got my head buried in a book about the formation and early years of black metal (part of the Cult Never Dies series by Dayal Patterson), which has given me a much better perspective on the scene of today. The fact that extreme music can still reign in such uncertain times like those currently in Turkey is a testament to the genre’s staying power. Persecutory plays an orthodox and rabid form and EP opener Obey The Sempiternal Impiety is definitely powerful with it endless blasts, icy growls walls of guitar. Persecutory isn’t the type of band to stick around for too long and their short bursts are perfectly formed for maximum impact. Maelstroms Of Antireligious Chaos takes the punk attitude of early Darkthrone and mixes it with their hatred of organised religion. The latter sentiment hasn’t felt this real in a long time. They barely stop for breath through these four songs. Zero-Tolerance For Believers is a three-minute whirlwind with musicality to match. The songwriting sees Persecutory stitching together simple textures with technical instrumentation. It’s pretty accessible in black metal terms (not that they’ll thank me for saying that!). The title-track has more ambience and melodic atmosphere thanks to the guitars. There’s still no let up in pace but then there shouldn’t be.Persecutory put in a hell of performance here. One which few bands can replicate with twice any many songs. If you think underground metal is dying, you’re not looking in the right places. It’s alive in Persecutory and indeed in Turkey!

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