Fans of extreme metal and those of us who choose to write about it throw around words like “savage”, “ferocious”, and “bestial” as if they were beads at a Mardi Gras parade. Perhaps we throw them around so often and in so many directions that their currency becomes devalued. But in the case of Hades Archer, those words are really understatements. We need some kind of new terminology.
This Chilean band’s new album Temple of the Impure as been alliteratively described by agents of Hells Headbangers (who will release it in October) as “a fucking firestorm of filth and foulness, a forever-flowing fount of unnervingly hypnotic ultra violence”. That’s some good terminology, vivid and bullseye-accurate. But of course I’d like to try my own hand at describing the truly remarkable slaughtering impact of this music. In fact, I already have.