QRIXKUOR – Incantations from the Abyss CD
Creeping with a sinister vibe of the occult, Head of the Demon deliver a slow, brooding darkness that stirs some sense of ‘this isn’t quite right’ in the back of the brain (…) Sweden’s Head of the Demon is super-weird, super-interesting, super-dark doom that stands apart by dint of a ritualistic edge, black heavy metal influences, and an enduring obsession with Lovecraft. They’ve got that creepy, not-quite-human vibe that bands like MORTUARY DRAPE and NEGATIVE PLANE harness so effectively, but slow it all down to a staid pace-think a de-fuzzed but just as eerie SATURNALIA TEMPLE. Their new album, Sathanas Trismegistos, is already one of the strangest black metal-adjacent recordings I’ve heard this year, and it’s proving impossible to stop listening. It’s music that gets inside your head, just like the slithering horror of the band’s spiritual guide has done to generations of readers and acolytes.
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