It’s been four long years since OCCULT BURIAL released their widely celebrated debut album for INVICTUS, Hideous Obscure. Trickles of activity have teased the hordes, first with the two-song Skeletal Laughter 7″ and then a two-song digital promo bearing the title Burning Eerie Lore. Lo and behold, between these two releases, those hungry hordes would be able to sample and savor four salacious new songs that would form the foundation of their forthcoming second album, also bearing the title Burning Eerie Lore. Why the repeat of titles? Because it’s BURNING EERIE LORE – and it’s fucking mandatory early ’80s-style Satanic speed metal, just like it was before!
Lest anyone think OCCULT BURIAL are merely repeating themselves on LP#2, think again: Burning Eerie Lore is every inch an upratchet of their no-less-considerable debut album. More evil, more sleaze, more speed, more solos, more headbanging, more atmosphere, more of MORE – there’s simply no stopping this power-trio when alcohol gets in their engine and their cauldron starts bubbling. Whereas Hideous Obscure indeed invoked the more obscure corners of mid ’80s Germany, Brazil, and Canada, here on Burning Eerie Lore is the scuzzy, sepulchral focus squarely on earliest Bathory, Exciter, Venom, and even Iron Angel: black may be the attack still, but OCCULT BURIAL give poisonous nuance to tried-and-true HEAVY METAL above all, now more than ever. And the record just rips from beginning to end, the band banging it out with eight veritable anthems (plus obligatory mood-setting intro) that lodge themselves firmly within the cranium after the first spin…or sooner. OCCULT BURIAL don’t waste time!