It’s been a little while since I made a Kvlt Albvm post and so in honour of my outrageous laxness I bring two Albvms for your consideration this time around. Hailing from Forth Worth, Indiana, PTAHIL deal in some of the most disgustingly filthy black metal there is. It’s gross and weird and dirty and great and their last two releases – For His Satanic Majesty’s Glory and The Almighty Propagator of Doom and Despair – are enough to make you want to vomit everywhere. It’s cool though, that’s what we want from black metal, right?
The trio are due to enter the studio to record a new full length this summer, so let’s take a step back into their history and have a look at why you should be interested in this group.
PTAHIL – D. Luathca (Vocals, Guitar), J. Lokison (Bass – a new addition to the fold and therefore not present on the recordings discussed), J. Mhághnuís (Battery, Spells)
For His Satanic Majesty’s Glory
PTAHIL channel their destruction through Satanic Gnosticism and their lyrical content is as much worship as it is hailing the Dark Lord with the band conveying a powerful knowledge and a deadly force through words of darkness. For His Satanic Majesty’s Glory is an impure and blackened collection of hymns and PTAHIL wrap layers of hazed out guitar over doomed and warped vocal lines that seethe with hatred and spite and a deep understanding of the essential forces of Satan in our world. It’s heavy stuff, make no mistake, and PTAHIL’s music is a heady trip that contains odes to Satan whilst also having plenty of terrific headbanging moments – “Deathwish” is a particularly catchy number (don’t tell Him I said that, eh?) and “The Gate To The Qliphotic Anti-World” is delightfully obscure with its backwards speaking incantations and dirty progressions.
The Almighty Propagator of Doom and Despair continues in the vein of it’s predecessor and brings a little more in the way of, dare I say it, tradition heavy metal elements into the fold. “Possessed By Death” rages on in a curiously old school manner and whilst those filters were present on For His Satanic Majesty’s Glory, they’re a tad more obvious in the 2012 release. “Semen, Blood and Shit” then goes ahead and ruins it all with Beherit-esque vocal lines and guitar sounds that have been dredged up from the very gates of Hell before “Mors aut Libertas” falls into some kind of horrific abyss with clashing guitars, more backwards ran vocals and a sickening atmospheric grunge. “Pact With the Devil” is a fairly straightforward tune until the spaced out trip that pushes through the blackness suddenly takes a hold of the entire song and more weird as heck backwards intonations flow into the psychedelic voyage to the heart of darkness. It’s really fucking strange. Cool, but very, weird – which is something that can be said for their output in general. PTHAIL are a band that know how to drag you to hell and back again, kicking and screaming and praying for the end. Get involved, eh?
Check out Wraith Productions for information regarding PTAHIL happenings and other good shit.