Tuesday, 28 March 2017

GAME : Pick the next release (Visual clues only)



I thought i'd try something different. I've already decided what the next 9 releases for the blog are going to be, and for some time I'd toyed with resurrecting the old "Vote!" system.

This time, I'll be doing the same - however I won't be listing any information. Because I am deeply bored and slightly insane, I've cropped out a very curious part of the album / demo cover for each prospective release.

This is the only clue you'll get to the identity of each of the next Nine uploads. I've made it so you can't easily figure them out by reverse image searching, either.

I've ensured that all corners of the Earth are representing, and there's a good mix of quality and obscurity, with the grand aim of at least 1-2 of the releases appealing to someone.

Next to each image is a number. Vote by commenting the number of the image that you like the look of / want to see posted the most.

Also, serious internet points to anyone able to identify any of the releases.



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Sunday, 26 March 2017

#161 Nekrodrone - To Walk as Lifeless Husks



I've had a pretty intense torrent of real-life bullshit entrenching me the last few weeks, but I decided to make time in between yet enough inconvenient (unexpected, and deeply unappreciated) house move to give the Yesteryear a bit of a seeing-to.

On request of a couple of you, here's one from my own personal wishlist that I came across recently. Ripping this was a complete cunt. Nekrodrone is an Aussie based outlet that was released through The Throat later on in it's gestation period.

This is the first demo, and the one that seemed to escape any kind of rip or conversion. It's not lacking in substance or merit, for those that like this kind of tinny and aggressive cacophony. I'd advise staying away if you like a polished, Watain-esque sheen to your black metal. If you do, you probably shouldn't be reading this blog anyway. There's nothing for you here!

"To Walk as Lifeless Husks" sums up our futile existence - any walk through a crowded area will instantly generate hopelessness - millions of slack-jawed luddites pawing away at any digital device they possibly can, desperate to further drown in useless information. It's nice to put this every-day shit to music.

 Also bonus points for naming the last track after my favourite place on Earth. If you close your eyes and imagine it just right, you're standing between the mile after mile of Beech and Oak, touching one of thousands of noose-caressed bodies. Mount Fuji roars in approval of this sacrifice, and the pure nihilism and despair is at its thickest. You can breathe it in, blow it out, almost like a cigarette lovingly rolled with the most toxic and sorrowful chemical known to mankind - dread.

A very powerful release.


Monday, 13 March 2017

#160 Fekete Fagy - Átokhold



Write-up originally posted for Metal-Archives; February 18th, 2017.

On paper, this tape should be very compelling. The art is fantastic and the band logo one of the best I've seen in some time. After 75 seconds of an acoustic intro, Fekete Fagy leads immediately into a soundscape far superior to that rendered by any of my expectations.

Hypnotic guitar riffs repeat and sound deeply, deeply cold. The drums are full, and jump from aggressive to slow and ritual-like. It'd be fair of me to compare this to Hunok's latest release, or perhaps some of the more contemporary classics from Scandinavia. There's a great deal of aesthetic here that can be claimed as relatively identifiable, if not totally unique. Most of the tracks start with beautifully executed acoustic parts. The black metal itself has a trademark sound that would nestle the band into a list of modern leaders - yet infuriatingly there's nothing here so unique that people are clamouring for more.

In all fairness to this release, it's an excellent listen - this isn't realised recklessly, as it took me a couple of plays to really gel with it - and it's the final track "Álom" that's the clincher here. It has the most coherent bass on the record , and the entire track is deeply woven around a clearly sorrowful mindset - It's reminiscent of the early days of Xasthur, when Scott was innovative (if he ever was - this will no doubt be a talking point for the 5 or so people that are ever likely to read this).

I've been remiss on really discussing the vocals on here - that's pretty much intentional as I can't put a finger on the right vernacular to use. They're not original, or a clone of anything - just generic but well rehearsed; effectively like the rest of this release. However, it's far above any preconceptions, and I'd be surprised if the group didn't record a second demo and make a name for themselves as one of Hungary's break-out bands. It'd be nothing short of deserved.



Sunday, 12 March 2017

#159 Grimwod - Humanities Last Judgement




This is a tape I purchased and ripped a while ago but forgot about, as you do. I picked this up as it was the only release on Putrescence Noire that I couldn't find anywhere. Was I disappointed? Hell-fucking-no.

Starting with a 10 minute long metal track that invokes punk and metal, this tape segues into an archaic-sounding ambient number that reminds me VERY strongly of the first Mortiis tape "A Song of a Long Forgotten Ghost". Not only does it have the same tonality and feel to it, it even has a crackling effect from the tape rip (sorry about that) which I was unable to reduce - however, it adds charm to the ancient sound of it, so bonus, I guess.

I'll apologise for the quality of the later tracks. The rip almost sounds slightly warped, like a REALLY old cassette, but when the music is this good, who the hell really cares?

Highly recommended.


Monday, 27 February 2017

#158 Illapa - Blood and Coca for our Warmaster


Another rip of mine for the patient among you. This is an EP by one of the more obscure acts from Peru. This oddly-titled release is a nod back to Incan (citation needed) cultures, reference tributes to gods and deities alike.

It's also quite a metal title, which is interesting. Although over here in the "cultivated" worlds, Coca makes me think of a hot beverage to send one to sleep - highly doubtful that this is what Illapa intended...

...Unless you really find the music boring and then it's a double whammy of accuracy! Last time I posted something from Peru, it was widely panned as one of the worst articles on the blog. Hopefully this will fare better, or I give up for now. (I have a lot more Peruvian stuff...).

Anyway, worth a listen, right?

#157 Enfer Kommander - Hellish Torments


For as long as I can remember, one of my routines has been to order curious and obscure metal from Japanese distros. This particular one is one of the most obscure things out there.

I won't dither with details and the like - if you like your black metal extremely raw and hateful, you've got it with this release. It comes with a warning though - if you don't like your vocals high-pitched, don't download this. The term "Shrieks" has never been so apt. Fuck. I sold it as soon as I got it. Mistake? You tell me.