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Mastery - Barbaric Usurpation Of The Hypereonic Black Metal [tUMULt - 2011]

Mastery is a one man Black metal project from the Bay Area  USA  who mixed together punked & pounding grim lo-fi  Blacked metal with elements of creative & twisted guitar texturing, off kilter 80ís movie or dark industrial synth scapes/ electronics and odd dips into grim/ creepy ambience. ďBarbaric Usurpation Of The Hypereonic Black Metal ThroneĒ is a two disc collection that brings together the projects first five demos and on the whole itís a great ride into blasting bleak blacked metal thatís weaved with all manner of creative, surprising & wonky edges.

The two discs are laid in a chronically order with demoís five to three,which were release between 2009 & 2006, taking up disc one. And demos one to two, which were released between 2005 to 2006, taking up disc two.

The first disc finds the  projects sound a bit more polished; though itís still very lo-fi/ noisy, quirky & off-kilter. Where as the second disc is much more lo-fi, clamouring, primitive and frenzied in itís more straight forward black metal attack, though saying that the second discs has itís creative and oddly twisted moments too there just a bit more buried into the raging & frantic blacked metal attack

On the whole both discs are rewarding & consistent, but I guess I find the more recent demos the most satisfying & more distinctive of this two disc set. The first disc goes from early Coil like 80ís horror synth scaping, onto rapid & raging prime-evil guitar riff harmonics meeting chugging punked black metal, through to bucking & wavering 80ís speediness thatís lined with grim riff edges. Onto the wonderfully lengthy last track which starts out with a brooding & noise mix of warbling church organs, black feed back churn and buried vocals, then moves onto sliding & descending blacked riff battering, through to weird, grim,  & almost slight jazzy/70ís clean electric guitar texturing thatís a swim with stretched & noise-up vocals, through to punk-up blacked mats of chugging yet wavering riff matter.


All told this  is a rather splendid two disc collection that highlights the grim, frenzied yet slight off-kilter & creative talents of this one man Bay area project. It's another great & distinctive black metal release from tUMULt label which is of course  run and curated by Andee Connors who is one of the co-owners of the world renowned  experimental record shop & mail order company Aquarius Records.

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Roger Batty
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