Unaussprechlichen Kulten – Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath (Iron Bonehead)Sunday, 15th June 2014
Unaussprechlichen Kulten is a fictional book of Lovecraftian lore (also called the Nameless Cult or Black Book). This Chilean death metal squad has produced two full lengths prior to Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath, though it should be noted that there was a six year lull between People of the Monolith and the present (though, of course some splits/EPs were released along the way). It’s got some interesting cover art as well, with the necessary Lovecraft tentacles slithering about, though why there is a candle on the top of the Baphomet’s head we may never know.
Unaussprechlichen Kulten do seem to wear an number of influences on their sleeves. Upon first listen, it would be hard not to pick up on the Immolation, Incantation, and Vital Remains. There are definitely some Morbid Angel vibes as well but thankfully the band is more than the sum of its effective parts. The overall sound carries enough of a rough production to give it that “evil” and “dangerous” vibe without sounding hokey (check out “Epilogue”) or like they should have shelled out a bit more cash to get the job done right. The guitars are downright heavy and provide the necessary cornerstone to the band’s persona. There are also some subdued melodies throughout (see “Nomen Mysticum”) that allow for some retainability instead of the onslaught of upfront, blasting drums and blurry riffs. The vocals are as ominous as they need be, mostly focusing on a gutteral roar not unlike the bands mentioned above.
Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath is a solid effort in Lovecraftian death metal. As crushingly heavy as it should with the underling melodic tone to make sure you come back to it more than once. It is nothing novel, but certainly recommended for any fans of good ole death metal done right.