Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Repressione - "Col Sangue Agli Occhi" (2017)


REPRESIONE "Col sangue agli occhi"

Year: 2017
Genre: Hardcore
Country: Italy
Track List:
  1. Guerra alla città
  2. Huye hombre
  3. Cieli di piombo
  4. The game (INFEST)
  5. I giorni dell'ira
  6. Col sangue agli occhi
  7. Colpo su colpo
  8. Macho free zone
  9. About to crack (VITAMIN X)
  10. Happy time (xLIEx)
Bandcamp / Facebook 

Repressione are very good friends of this blog and a very supportive band with the movement. They are from Bolognia, Italy openly Anti-Fascist. 

Amethyst Falls - "Amethyst Falls" (2017)

AMETHYST FALLS "Amethyst Falls"

Year: 2017
Genre: Black Metal/Shoegaze
Country: USA
Track List:
  1. Awaning
  2. Through halogen eyes
  3. At the edge of the world our shadows singhing
  4. Hintergerdanke
  5. Painted Hands
Bandcamp 

Our friends from Orb Weaver Collective (who define themselves as "wild-seeking artist on the western coast of the United States, unified, living together at the edge of civilization, bout to their craft as musicians, painters, poets and performers") send us the newest ralease by Amethyst Falls (an amazing band from Oakland, USA that plays a mix between Black Metal, Dark Wave and Shoegaze).

Smuteční slavnost - "Zahrada krkavců" (2017)

Smuteční slavnost -  "Zahrada krkavců"

Year: 2017
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Czech Republic
Track List:
  1. Moc sžírá vědomí
  2. Zákonitost střídá chtíč
  3. Když procházíme světem
  4. Jistota na konci řady
Bandcamp / Facebook

"Strictly unorthodox black metal" tag-line was meant as a joke. But we mean it. We are not interested in taking any part in your orthodox, evil, role-playing. We use black metal as a tool, not as an idol."
Smuteční slavnost is back on the road. This is their newest release with very strong lyrics and a very 'solid' sound.

Also, you can take a look into their past releases we have supported here. And stream and download this one in bandcamp. 



Friday, July 21, 2017

Anarchist Wolves - "Kill the Fascist Seed EP" (2017)

ANARCHIST WOLVES - "Kill the Fascist Seed EP"

Year: 2107
Genre: Blackened Crust/Grind/Thrash
Country: USA
Tracklist:
  1. Smash the Fascist
  2. Malignancy
  3. Smoke Out the Rats
  4. Interlachen
  5. No Empires
  6. Post Truth
  7. Plight of Insurrection

Another brilliant solo project, this one from anonymous artist "Wolf Boy" in New Mexico.According to the artist, the album is intended to "fuel your outrage, to soundtrack your organizing and agitating, and to propel you into the streets to stop fascism." Worthy goals all round. 

The album is aggressively lo-fi and anti-commercial in all the finest traditions of the punk and black metal scenes that spawned it, paying homage to the greats of the genre with a clear influence from the Norwegian second wave. The dark tremolo picked intro to "Interlachen", resolving into furious crusty riffing, perfectly enacpsulates the violent mood of the album, along with its wide range of influences. The longest track on the album, "Plight of Insurrection" similarly utilizes mournful minor key ambience before shattering the atmosphere into shards of raw crust punk and militaristic drumming.

What I found particularly interesting was the blend of hardcore elements into the mix, with breakdown-esque sections surrounded by blast beats, punky riffing, gurgling screams, and the kind of tremolo picking in minor keys that is normally found in much more traditional black metal. That being said, this is clearly a black metal release, not a punk one. The warlike aggression in the music, the militant drumming, the incredibly provocative and threatening lyrics, and their vicious delivery all combine to make Anarchist Wolves an expression of not just antifascist rage, but the kind of revolutionary art this genre is so exclusively brilliant at producing.

T.G.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Kosmogyr - "Quiescent" (2017)

KOSMOGYR - "Quiescent"

Year: 2017
Genre: Black Metal
Country: China/ Czech Republic
Track List:
  1. Quiescent
Bandcamp / Facebook

Kosmogyr is a black metal project made collaboratively by two people from Shanghai and Prague.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Blight - "Basidium" (2017)

BLIGHT  "Basidium"

Year: 2017
Genre: Black Metal
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Side A - Theocratic Mujahidin, blight
  2. Side B - Goodbye horses
Bandcamp 

Blight is an 'anarchist black metal' band from Chico, California with primitivism related lyrics and a blasphemous and political context in their background. Their music has a raw with a lot of rage in it. I don't really have more information about this project, but it has definitely a space in our blog...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Abkehr - "In Asche" (2017)

ABKEHR  "In Asche"

Year: 2017
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Germany

Track List:
  1. I
  2. II
  3. III
  4. IV
Bandcamp / Facebook 

"From the most remote crevices of the German extreme metal underworld come Abkehr, a new black metal entity from Northern Germany who’s genesis appears to have been sparked by unprecedented emotional and mental collapse and by an unfathomable pull toward absolute, devouring darkness. Abkehr were formed in 2015 in Northern Germany by sole masterminds Raash and H. with the intent of unifying under the black looming star of self-disintegration the raw misanthropic grimness of the most praised Norwegian black metal tradition with the atmosphere and desperation of depressive black metal, and the swarming majesty of US atmospheric black metal."

Fuatha - "Oblivion" (2017)


FUATHA  "Oblivion"

Year: 2017
Genre: Black Metal
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Abandoned
  2. Cataclysm
  3. Ashes
  4. Prophetic dreams
  5. Oblivion
Bandcamp / Facebook 

Fuatha is an atmospheric black metal band from Chino Hills, California. This band focuses its thematic in the existence of the human being and the nature that survives around the progress.

Secreto público - "Demo" (2017)


SECRETO PÚBLICO  "Demo"

Year: 2017
Genre: Punk
Country: México

Track List:
  1. La masacre del cuerpo (The massacre of the body)
  2. Hora de enfrentar (Time to face)
  3. Condenadxs (Condemned)
  4. Cara de culpable (Guilty face)
  5. Paranoia inducida (Induced paranoia)
  6. Premio al mejor actor (Best actor award)
Bandcamp

"Secreto Público" is a punk band from Mexico City. Among the violent times that are surrounding this place, this band talks about feminist postures between all this constant struggle; they also talk about life in the city (polution, overpopulation...) 

This is their first demo and it's free in bandcamp.

Domini Canes - "Ethereal Flesh Conduit" (2017)

DOMINI CANES "Ethereal Flesh Conduit"

Year: 2017
Genre: Blackened Punk
Country: UK

Track List:
  1. Mortality
  2. Part I
  3. Part II
  4. Veil
  5. Part III
  6. Obsidian Temple Liturgy
  7. Shackles
Bandcamp

"Domini Canes is a one man project from the UK playing crust influenced black metal that deals with mans place within existence and the individuals place within society while taking influence from observing everyday life and the institutions which dictate life such as religion, government and popular (and not so popular) culture, hoping all the while for a time when people can be truly responsible for governing themselves"

We have already shared two of it's demos, and you can check them out here


Friday, May 19, 2017

Kremator - "Return" (2017)

KREMATOR "Return"

Year: 2017
Genre: Atavistic Mulchcore
Country: USA

Track list:

  1. Decrepit
  2. Agency
  3. Wander
  4. Permeated
  5. Thirst
  6. Together
  7. Sustenance
  8. Return
  9. Espere

Kremator is an undeniably unique project, and is almost entirely unlike anything I've heard before. Aiming to create nature-inspired atmospheric grindcore (christened "atavistic mulchcore" by the band's solo member), the highly experimental music makes heavy use of drums and guttural vocals in a style reminiscent of traditional grindcore, but differs in that generally no other instrumentation is used, save the recorded sounds of the artist breathing into a microphone. The only instance of traditional instrumentation in "Return" is acoustic guitar on the final track. 

Lyrically, the aim was to create "a mixture I would call atavistic anarcho-communism. The idea was to "Return" to a forest to get away from the destruction of life in a capitalistic hellhole of a post-industrial city." It charts the flight from civilisation at a personal level, escaping from "this decrepit city" in the first track, and slowly exploring and discussing the artist's ideology through the rest of the album. Most of the music was inspired by trips to the Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, and it reads as an acutely intimate piece of art, with a tangible sense of, to use his own word, "atavistic" longing, a desperate desire for simpler life in a rain-shrouded forest, away from the choking filth we are surrounded with by modern society.

The final two tracks present, in very different ways, an impassioned and profound cry directed at those of us who cling to civilisation - in "Return", the lyrics provide the call directly; "The fires shall burn for you /Won’t you come and be with us /To be back in the wild". Once the echoes of "Return" fade away, the final track, "Espere", (a name which, I discovered after extensive Googling, is a first-person form of an old French verb meaning "to wait", "to hope", or "to expect") holds not only the lovely allusions in the title, conveying layers of meaning plain English couldn't hope to accomplish, but also the song itself is the only instrumental track on the album, 40 seconds of gentle acoustic guitar closing the album in a soft kind of melancholic hope for a greener future.

The music is extremely experimental, and is a long way from stereotypical easy listening, but despite the challenging sound the message beneath is heartfelt, deeply personal, and beautiful. Definitely worth a listen if you're looking to broaden your horizons.

T.G.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Nidstang - "Retribution Will Come" (2017)

NIDSTANG "Retribution Will Come"

Year: 2017
Genre: Raw Black Metal / Crust
Country: USA

Track list:

  1. Bind
  2. Ergi
  3. Nidstang
  4. Without
  5. Infans Solaris
  6. Envenomation
  7. Alucinari
  8. Cloaked in Emerald
  9. Abstruse Existence
  10. Bound

The impressive debut of this solo project, created by one of the members of Huldrekall and influenced by the ideals of DIY punk, opens softly with "Bind", an ambient soundscape of synthesisers grinding through slow changes and gritty texture, before tearing into raw black metal aggression and hardcore riffing in "Ergi", and the shorter track "Nidstang". The album builds in speed, becoming a juggernaut fast, heavy, raw black metal, the kind of lo-fi staticky goodness any crust punk worth their patches will be left swooning over.

Vocally it's uncompromising stuff, with pure ferocity howling through the mix in a boiling overflow of ruthless aggression directed at a corrupt and complacent status quo. At times the pace varies from blistering aggression to slower and heavier, more reminiscent of particularly rough metallic hardcore than crust or black metal. This is particularly developed on the fourth track, "Without". These pace changes allow the album a kind of freshness to each track, rather than stagnating in an identical format; it hits hard and fast, and leaves you reeling.

The album closes with another ambient track, this one with a subtly different mood and feeling to "Bind", more sorrowful and final, and called "Bound", a simple and direct end to an interesting and well-developed album. Overall it's an extremely impressive first effort, and there are few similarities to the artist's main band, Huldrekall - Nidstang is most definitely its own project, not a pale copy. Can't wait to see where this debut leads.

T.G.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Amethyst Falls - "Amethyst Falls EP" (2017)


AMETHYST FALLS "Amethyst Falls"

Year: 2017
Genre: Post-Black Metal / Shoegaze
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Reflections in the fog
  2. Exposure
Bandcamp / Facebook

Amethyst Falls, a band from Oakland, USA. They play a mix between Black Metal, Dark Wave and Shoegaze. Personally i found this very interesting and it's an impressive project.
This came from "Orb Weaver Collective" who define themselves as "wild-seeking artist on the western coast of the United States, unified, living together at the edge of civilization, bout to their craft as musicians, painters, poets and performers" You can follow this collective here.

Also, if any of you are interested they gave me two downloading codes for this EP, so, write me in case you want to oiseau@riseup.net 


From this collective you should also check this bands:
Latona Odola 
( Dark Ambient / Folk)
Leadeater (Black Metal)
Loam (Dark ambient)

Ruinas/Raíces - "Untitled" (2017)


RUINAS/RAÍCES - "Untitled"

Year: 2017
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Country: Argentina

Track List:
  1. Dos colores fundiéndose (two colors merging)
  2. Mis ríos abiertos, cayendo en tu abismo (my open rivers, falling into your abyss)
  3. Creciente (growing)

Ruinas/Raices is an atmospheric black metal project from Argentina, with very strong and poetic lyrics about our feelings and our human condition, even though the band doesn't reflect their politics in the project, they are into DIY, and strongly against right-wing politics, racism and every kind of intollerance, so I'm sure they have a place in this blog.

In their facebook I've found a very beautiful text that can summarize what the hole band means, it's originally in spanish but I'm translating it: "We constantly look among the rubble we've covered ourselves with; in the void that surrounds us, between all that has been lost and is no longer spoken. The distance grows with each step. We do not have certainty, we don't do anything but ask ourselves"  


Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Well-Wisher - "The colours fade" (2017)


THE WELL-WISHER "The colours fade"

Year: 2017
Genre: Depressive Black Metal
Country: Finland

Track List:
  1. Desperation is the beginning
  2. A never-ending day
  3. The ghosts of past mistakes
  4. The colours fade
  5. I don't need hope, I need death
  6. You're never prepared
  7. Time-distorting hatred
  8. The great grey
  9. Goodbye

The Well-Wisher is a one man band from Finland. We featured his EP before, because even though this project is not strictly political TR is our reader and has been very supportive with the movement, and with left-wing ideas.
I find this album very nostalgic and with a good sound, so I hope you can give it a chance.
The album is free for streaming and download in bandcamp, and here's a music video for one of the songs:



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

BVDK - "Architecture Of Future Tribes" (2017)



BVDK "Architecture of future tribes"

Year: 2017
Genre: Post-Black Metal / Electronic
Country: France

Track List:
  1. Snatcher
  2. Surreptitious cluster
  3. Nana buluku
  4. La langue sanglante
  5. Bahir dar
  6. Jericho's pride
  7. Dar es salaam
  8. Psalm 32
Ok, BVDK, is an experimental post-black metal band from France, the last year we featured their EP here. Now they came with this interesting mix between black metal and Ethnic music paying tribute to africanvoodoo, haitan voodoo and oriental culture in this record. Even if they don't speak about politics in their lyrics, they are supporters of the RABM
movement and causes like Decolonization, Feminism, LGBTQ+ rights, Vegetarism,
etc...

You can stream and download the album for free in bandcamp.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Blackend Horizon - "Nerhegeb" (2016)


BLACKEND HORIZON "Nerhegeb"

Year: 2016
Genre: Raw Atmospheric Blackened Crust
Country: Germany

Tracklist:

  1. As Shadows Among Nephilim
  2. 56°30'09.3"N, 14°42'45.7"E
  3. The Third Week of Autumn
  4. A Parhelions Last Descending
  5. Now, I Am Become Death, The Destroyer of Worlds

Blackend Horizon, to some extent, defies genre labels. Moments of pure noise rear through waves of mournful ambience, crushingly crusty aggression mellows with atmospheric DSBM-esque melodies, and "Raw Atmospheric Blackened Crust" seems to fall short of complete accuracy when trying to encompass the real span and depth of this strongly anti-racist German solo project.

The opening track, "As Shadows Above Nephilim", is the second longest on the album, and uses the fourteen-plus minutes allotted to it to build a slow, ominous atmosphere, interspersed with ethereal shrieks, distortion-heavy riffing and keyboard work reminiscent of early Burzum (although in this case we can all be grateful the artist behind Blackend Horizon isn't a racist douchebag). Lyrically I read it as dealing with the insane willingness to poison and destroy the future out of misguided stupidity in the present - the lines "We gathered the children/We killed our future/We killed ourselves" best conveyed this sense for me. "56°30'09.3"N, 14°42'45.7"E" is much shorter, using a stronger mix of keyboards thrown through the harshness and melancholy of the guitar and vocal work to build a true sense of mournful loss, and the building of slow, depressive madness.

"The Third Week of Autumn" begins with sonorous bass plucking, static- distortion slowly building behind it before launching into a surprisingly gentle melody. Far and away the most depressive and atmospheric track on the album, the lyrics seem to deal with lost love, and a sense of hopelessness toward a future without that love in it. It was listening to this track that really impressed me with the vocals and how they were mixed in, with a hard-struck balance between raw intensity and emotion in the more black metal or crusty sections, without overbearing the ephemeral, ethereal softness the electronic elements lend some of the tracks, such as on the instrumental ambient track "A Parhelions Last Descending".

The final - and longest - song on the album, "Now, I Am Become Death, The Destroyer Of Worlds" opens with similar electronic softness, before making a rough transition to raw, ponderous riffing, and slow, heartrending howls echoing through the mix. The song flows through softer and harder passages, building to a sample of Robert Oppenheimer's comment on the use of atomic bombs in the Trinity tests, where he references the Bhagavad-Gita. The final slow, synthesized notes trail gradually to nothing, a fittingly mournful and understated end to a complex and engaging album. Overall I strongly recommend this and the artist's prior works as fascinating and intriguing pieces of underground artwork.

T.G.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Disacusia - "Tripalium" (2017)


DISACUSIA "Tripalium"

Year: 2017
Genre: Crust
Country: Brazil

Track List:
  1. Pronto para cair
  2. A retomada
  3. Deturpaçao Midiática
  4. Apelo
  5. Tripalium
Bandcamp

Coming from João Pessoa, Brazil, forming in 2009, Disacusia  are a crust band and in his first official studio work entitled "Tripalium", the band presents its indignation about the actions of domination and social control by the institutional power: Work as a mechanism of torture and imprisonment of the body and mind, criminalization of poverty, banalization of violence by the media, selectivity in punitive actions as a means of preserving and maintaining power over the means of production and capital. Crustcore / grind is the dominant sonority in the band, a style also characterized by opposing the oppressive practices of the system.

Download in bandcamp
-M

Ammophilia - "Forgotten death of miserable world" (2017)


AMMOPHILIA "Forgotten death of miserable world (demo)"

Year: 2017
Genre: Raw Black Metal
Country: Slovakia
Track List:
  1. Soaken blood
  2. Desecrated pride
  3. Curse this world
Bandcamp

Ammophilia, a raw black metal band from Slovakia. Even though they are a leftist band in their demo the lyrics are more misanthropic and depressing. In bandcamp you can download their music, and also, here is the link for their last song: "Away the Carpathians", that is about jews deported from Slovakia at world war 2. 

-M

Monday, March 20, 2017

Misanthropic Forest - "demo" (2017)

Misanthropic Forest - "demo"

Year: 2017
Genre: Depressive Black Metal
Country: Finland

Tracklist:
  1. Nothing but Whores
  2. Purging Fires of Mars
  3. Before Men There Were Others
  4. Victories over a Time There Was

As long nights close in, and winter's teeth are slowly bared by a snarling autumn, you could easily imagine the raw, visceral howls of this Finnish DSBM project carrying through a darkened forest in the blackest reaches of the night. A harsh, uncompromising paragon of underground black metal spirit, the debut release of Misanthropic Forest is challenging and grim. As part of their demo submission, they sent me a statement, as follows: "political issues are irrelevant in our context. Misanthropic Forest is about hatred towards human life and we refuse to be categorized as red, anarchist or any other politically motivated music." They explained their lyrical themes as being "about nature and misanthropy how humans are destroying world and how this planet will be better place without mankind". 

 The band originally recorded these tracks in 2014, but errors made in drum tracking led them to decide they could do better and that the songs needed reworking, and they hope to have a new album out, including improved renditions of the songs on this demo, within a year. That being said, their spokesperson made it clear they're in no rush, and want to really do the music justice. This demo was released so that the original recording would be available, to not let the session go to waste. They also declined to make their lyrics public at this time, as part of a conscious effort to allow the final album release to define the songs, as they plan to reveal some of the lyrics then.

Musically, the guitar work is fast, ferociously so in places, but carrying undeniable melody. The drumming is hard and aggressive (although I understand why they thought the recording quality let down the songs a little, even on a lo-fi underground release it needs improvement), and the vocals are desperate, lower and rougher than on some black metal releases, more in the vein of Hate Forest than Wolves in the Throne Room. The opening track of the demo, "Nothing but Whores", is tempered with a sorrowful ambiance, less outright harsh and confrontational than the other songs, surprisingly beautiful even in the midst of misanthropic melancholy. "Purging Fires of Mars" steps up the pace, allowing frenetic and aggressive guitars to the fore to build an atmosphere of violence and hatred. 

"Before Men There Were Others" is a harsh continuation of their establishing sound, with fast guitar and blast beats hammering through your ears, which drops off suddenly into the gentler, slower lead-in to "Victories over a Time There Was", which has the feel of "Nothing but Whores" far more than either of the tracks between. For all they are gentler bookends to the middle songs, offering a subtle contrast to the nihilistic ferocity that comes across unbridled elsewhere on the album, they are by no means gentle songs - they carry much of the same depression, rage, and sorrow of the rest of the album, only a little more restrained. Hopefully their full-length will be out before too long, so we can appreciate their music unhampered by technical issues. I'm looking forward to it.

T.G.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Through Chaos & Solitude - "The Thawing Winds Of The Morning Sun" (2017)

THROUGH CHAOS & SOLITUDE "The Thawing Winds Of The Morning Sun"

Year: 2017
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Country: Germany
Tracklist:

  1. The Intransigence Of The Soul
  2. A Heart Of Eternal Winter (And The Longing For Your Warmth)
  3. If This Is The Best We Can Get Then I Am Disappointed

As I'm writing this, autumn is beginning to set in. It's been raining all day, and the dark pines lining the valley where I live are stark against a close, grey sky, wreathed in mist. It's the perfect backdrop for the gradual unfolding of this brilliant demo from Through Chaos & Solitude. From the project's solo member, Tim Rule - "The thawing winds of the morning sun is us. Mankind. We are our own blessing and our own curse. We are the stroke of wing which causes these winds to blow. We try to become god ourselves while declaring him for dead and still we deny our nature. We subdue the earth and it's children and still we strive for more. By now we already realized our purpose and we willingly choose to neglect it. We're flying directly into the sun and still we're accelerating..." 

The album opens with sampled winter winds and gentle guitar work, a soft lead in to one of the best albums I've heard all year. The guitar advances into a faster, tremolo-picked melody, and the vocals hit. The pace and sound of the first two minutes, and the mournful atmosphere they evoke, are to me the perfect example of the real beauty of black metal - sweeping, cold, building a vision of nature in all her bleak glory. 

When I was very young, my grandfather built me a tiny cabin at the back of his heavily forested block of land. Recently I've not had many occasions to visit it, but the last time I made the trek it was a fight through trees suddenly overgrowing the path, brambles snarling out in the light rain, until I reached the cabin. It was nestled back into a forest that seemed more imposing than it had when I was younger, and the blank windows conveyed a strange sense of nostalgia, loss, and somehow the end of innocence. The lyrics of that first track, "The Intransigence Of The Soul", read as a conflict born out of the same feeling - seeing your innocence disappear as you grow and learn, and suddenly the world is more complex than you can understand, everything makes you afraid and confused, and your mind has snarled itself beyond hope of escape in seemingly impossible contradictions. "Intransigence" deals in this way with a sense of existential dread, both a fear of and longing for death, a struggle building intensity through the song, and ending with a desperate series of unanswered questions, screamed out at the universe, the gods, nature, whoever, in fact, might be listening to souls lost in the winter. 

The next track, "A Heart Of Eternal Winter (And The Longing For Your Warmth)", opens peacefully, again, with gentle guitars, before my only minor sticking point with the album appears, in the form of the sung vocals.While the screaming is harsh, imposing, but somehow ethereal, and the spoken passages perfectly underscore lyrical points of importance, for me the clean singing was slightly too muddy to really add to the music. That being said, I'm a bit puritanical when it comes to clean singing in black metal. Strong lyrics, revolving around Norse mythology, delivered through a layered mix of harsh vocals to excellent effect, weave through the guitars and double kick hammering, to build a wonderfully cold and sorrowful picture of a banished god, stalking the forests of Midgard as the three winters close in. 

The final song on the album is where the really heavy central themes of the "The Thawing Winds Of The Morning Sun" come into play. The guitar eases off, taking on a softer, more ambient feeling, and allowing the lyrics to really come across early in the song, before building back up to an intense finale. "If This Is The Best We Can Get Then I Am Disappointed" considers, as the title suggests, the miserable state of human affairs, the contradictory nature of our philosophies, our ideals, even our existence, in a piece of music that really conveys the tormented and conflicted existence we are privy to. The short section of spoken vocals which close the track, and the album, to me perfectly express the feeling of the whole artwork; 

"I am disappointed in us, I am disappointed in me 
If we’re not here for a reason, what is the existence that shall be? 
Is this really the best that we can be? 
Then please have mercy and let it end with me" 

I look forward to seeing what's next from this excellent black metal project.

T.G.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Svordom - "För dom som är ensamma" (2017)

SVORDOM "För dom som är ensamma" (For those who are lonely)

Year: 2017
Genre: Hardcore Punk
Country: Finland.
Track List:
  1. Vräker mig själv
  2. Snabb död
  3. En dag i homs
  4. Ovän
  5. Snutjävel
  6. Blodet kokar
  7. All you fascist are bound to lose (cover)

Svordom is a hardcore punk band from Turku, Finland. Formed in 2014.
This is their newest EP called "För dom som är ensamma" (For those who are lonely) and can be dowloaded directly in bandcamp, just like the rest of their material. 

Dödläge - "Ritual Slaughter" (2017)



DÖDLÄGE "Ritual Slaughter"

Year: 2017
Genre: Metallic Crust
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Sanctuary rites
  2. Internal crisis
  3. Victims of drug war
  4. Draconian law
  5. Starving for change
  6. Overdose of reality
  7. Pride of manipulation
  8. Architects of pression
  9. Hidden graves
  10. Enslaved profit
  11. Neohumanity
  12. Passive observers in a violent world
  13. Bloodsport
  14. Merciless onslaught
  15. Ritual slaughter
  16. This is bliss

Dödläge is a band from Portland, OR. That has been featured on our blog before and you can check it here.
This is their newest album with a very agressive sound, take the time to listen.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Siechtum - "...durch die Augen einer gequälten Seele"


SIECHTUM "...durch die Augen einer gequälten Seele" (through the eyes of a tormented soul)

Year: 2017
Genre: Depressive Black Metal
Country: Germany

Track List:
  1. Eine grausame Geburt (a cruel birth)
  2. Trauma
  3. Und kein Weg hinaus (and no way out)
  4. Macht sie euch unternan (make them under you)
  5. ... durch die Augen einer gequälten Seele (...through the eyes of a tormented soul)

Siechtum's "...durch die Augen einer gequälten Seele" explores real suffer and despair showing the "life" of a pig in food production. This album is a journey of a tortured soul, as it happens to countless of cursed individuals in the mills of meat machinery every day.

If you want to buy and support this project you can do it writing directly to Siechtum here: Waheela666@gmx.de

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cowardice - "Without Condolence" 2016

COWARDICE - "Without Condolence"

Year: 2016
Genre: Sludge/Doom/Black
Country: USA

Track List:

  1. No Sovereignty
  2. The Tearing Down
  3. Synthetic Edens in a Crippled Will
  4. I Yield My Prayers
  5. Eroding Ethos
  6. Lower Tiers of Life

The debut album of this New Jersey project opens without pomp or ceremony into a harsh, grinding, distortion-heavy track called "No Sovereignty", which sets the tone for the album - grim, painful, lending a sense of hopeless emotional ache at the morbid wreck of modern society and refusing to apologise for its own bleakness. The second song, "The Tearing Down", seems to be something of a reprieve, with gentler tones, and an almost bluesy riffing, before the twilight descends again, building up into the same cascade of asphalt tones, of dying civilisations and agonising descent into a world of madness.

"Synthetic Edens in a Crippled Will" is back to a heavy blackened sludge, churning through visceral riffs, and an increased sense of desperation in the vocals and arrangements, more intensity building to a sudden drop-off into nothing. The transition to the only instrumental on the album, a surprisingly gentle guitar piece called "I Yield My Prayers", flows well, allowing a softer side of their sorrowful sound into the foreground, and contrasting the dull misery oozing from this album with a gentler, although not painless, track, more restrained than the rest of the album, but employing its relative calm to excellent effect.

"Eroding Ethos" builds slowly and mournfully, allowing a little more of the melody from "I Yield My Prayers" to weep through, but this time in the setting of their more usual sludgy style. The guitar work is intricate and rewarding, and harsh vocals, a little more sparse on this track, rend through the mix beautifully. "Lower Tiers of Life" is an enthralling finale, the longest track on the album at over twelve minutes, atmospheric and moody as it draws through rises and falls, building further with each, perfectly encapsulating the mood and feel of the album in one apocalyptic movement.

"Without Condolence" has a feeling of liveness to it, and I can imagine the intensity and pain of the tracks conveying even better in small-venue concerts - definitely a band to see, if you're in their area. Speaking of which, the guitarist of the band, Julian Cardazone, informed me that they're seeking artists with a similar sound to work on one or more splits with them, so if you enjoyed the album as much as I did, and you want to work with them, either contact the band directly through their bandcamp or Facebook (both of which I've included links to above), or email me and I'll put you in touch. Beyond that I can only reiterate that I really enjoyed the album, and I recommend you give it a listen and support the band. I think we can expect interesting things from them in future.

T.G.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Introduction

Hello all, I'm a new writer on this blog, looking forward to getting started. I live in Aotearoa New Zealand, and I've been a black-metal-loving tree-hugging anarchist for a few years now (and a vegan, had to mention that), and it took a while before I realised there was music I liked out there that aligned with my values - the first time I listened to Wolves in the Throne Room was a brilliant experience. Since then I've got further and further into Cascadian black metal, alongside folk metal, crust, sludge, grind, melodic death, in fact just about anything. My email should be in the "About" section of the blog by now, so please feel free to send demos and albums my way, and don't be shy if it's not within my usual range, I'm looking forward to hearing what's on offer and sharing my thoughts on it. Cheers, T.G.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pradera - "Maldita Ciudad" (2017)

PRADERA "Maldita Ciudad"

Year: 2017
Genre: Punk rock
Country: México

Track List:
  1. Lunes
  2. Caripez
  3. Mala etapa
  4. No quiero morir
  5. Falacias

Pradera is a punk rock project from México City and The port of Saint Mary, Spain.

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