I recently turned 35 and I’ve been finding with my aging that my ability to put up with people is rapidly diminishing, which is why when I see an album called In Contempt of All Life I nod my head in agreement, even though nobody can see me, perhaps except my coworkers, but they’ll never know what I’m silently agreeing with.

Shared with me by my buddy Ben, the Swedish (awesome) band Azelisassath is actually two people, one of which is the main member of Bekëth Nexëhmü, a band who has recently been gaining a lot of notoriety, and a band that should be featured on this blog. Like Bekëth Nexëhmü, Azelisassath is raw, dissonant black metal. Unlike Bekëth Nexëhmü, the production is a bit warmer, more atmospheric/symphonic, and more straightforward nasty, orthodox, Swedish black metal. Also unlike Bekëth Nexëhmü, Azelisassath has released three distinct full-lengths, where Bekëth Nexëhmü has only released one and a whole throng of similarly titled EPs and demos, threatening to possibly one day release another full-length.

It’s hard to really separate the two bands considering how much of a hand Azelisassath (or Swartadauþuz when he’s in Bekëth Nexëhmü) has in both but I think there’s distinct differences. Azelisassath is seething fury and hatred. It’s uncompromising in it’s rage, and it’s a nasty little scorcher of black metal for 33 minutes. Feel the hate with this one. Also check out Bekëth Nexëhmü.

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