Körgull The Exterminator – “Reborn From The Ashes” (Ván Records)
Formed by the affectionately named Joe Bastard, Körgull The Exterminator play ultra-violent black / thrash straight from the dark alleys that spawned Whiplash, Acid, Nifelheim, and even a odd bit of Voi Vod in there too judging by their name! Despite early struggles to get the perfect line up in his native Spain, Mr Bastard finally succeeded in 2008, attracting the aptly named Mark Wild on guitar, Javi Bastard (Graveyard, Lux Divina) on bass and the screaming, rasping femme ferocity of Lilith on vocals! Since then, they have been virtually unstoppable, releasing 3 prior albums, a live album and featuring on plenty of split releases. Essentially resurrecting an old school sound now brought into modernity and honed to perfection, expect plenty of raw but catchy black / thrash riffs with some off the wall punk melodies and crazy soloing, heavily strummed bass and artillery barrage drums on songs like ‘Traitor’s Gate’, the made for war ‘Hellish Onslaught’ and a ripping cover of Razor’s ‘Take This Torch’. With Lilith bringing it all home through her excellent vocals effectively synthesizing all these extreme styles, being haunting sometimes, screaming raw the next, and spitting it out with plenty of death grunts the rest of the time, all I can say is – what a lady – indeed, what a band! Honored by Darkthrone’s Fenriz, it’s easy to see why Körgull The Exterminator are one of the few bands still keeping the black flame alive in Spain’s underground and damn straight they’re here to stay!!!