Baxaxaxa - Catacomb Cult (2021)


Unleashing a 47 minute dose of foul, raw, and old-school sounding Black Metal, today we have Germany’s Baxaxaxa and their debut full-length release “Catacomb Cult”. Interestingly enough, the band originally formed in 1999 and 20+ years later finally unraveled their piercing debut. Perfectly crafted for those nostalgic BM fans, this release delivers a good mixture of old-school elements alongside crafty tempo changes and eerie atmospherics.

The band set a very cavernous atmosphere with the album title track, instantly transporting the listener to the mid 90’s BM years. The release continues its devastating path with the incisive “As The Moon Inhaled All Sunrays” and the punk-ish edge of “Flame Of Redemption”. While stylistically very different from how the genre evolved, tracks like “Kingdom Ablaze” and “The Great Malicious Tongue” feel eerily frozen in time.

Our personal favorite tracks have to be the more atmospheric “Walpurgis Dancers” and the headbanging oriented “Ghosts Of Törzburg”. Perfectly crafted for fans of old-school and raw Black Metal, “Catacomb Cult” is one of those albums that completely feels from a different era. Baxaxaxa is certainly a force to be reckoned with and this release finally unleashes their filthy sound to a larger audience and in larger doses.

Band: Baxaxaxa Album: Catacomb Cult

Label: Purity Through Fire

Release: August 6th, 2021

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Genre: Black Metal

Country: Germany

Rating: 90/100

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