Kerasphorus "Cloven Hooves at the Holocaust Dawn" CD/10"/12"Posted on Monday, March 29th, 2010 @ 6:04am » permalink
I somehow managed to have no idea that this band existed, but Kerasphorus is the latest outing from Pete Helmkamp (Order From Chaos, Angelcorpse, etc.), and "Cloven Hooves at the Holocaust Dawn" is the band's debut four-song EP (released on various formats over the last two months by Nuclear War Now! Productions). And this is easily his most focused and ferocious post-Angelcorpse work to date – forgoing the industrial/noise experimentation of projects like Terror Organ and Feldgrau for a return to absolutely blistering, "blackened" death metal. Expect Helmkamp's patented sneers and snarls over feverish tremolo picking riffs punctuated by gnashing, discordant note choices and the at times frantic percussive blasts of session drummer J. Read (Conqueror, Revenge, etc.). However, while all four songs blaze through in just about 19 minutes, and intense speed is the primary mode of attack, there are a number of quick breathers tossed around throughout – where hammering rhythms or strangely angular midpaced runs creep into place. Killer recording, too. I don't have a physical copy yet, but I'd of course be curious to see the lyrics (assuming they're included), as Helmkamp's work in that realm is always intriguing (if at times "controversial"). From what portions I can decipher I'm guessing the approach/content hasn't changed a great deal. Since the EP's so short, here's an excerpt to give you an idea of what's in store:
The 12" "die hard" edition comes with a patch and a sticker, and it appears that all three formats have slight variations in cover art, so take your pick… or mix and match if you're a collector!