Sunday, 25 December 2016

#146 Zettilmeyer - Frozen Sea

Moving on from the bit rate abortion that was #145, here's something I've had on my personal wants list since 2007. It wasn't the easiest thing to find, and I've done somethings I'm not proud of (What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right?). But here, in glorious 320, is the only release by Zettilmeyer.

I'll be quite blunt - this was worth hearing and i'm  happy to have finally crossed it off, but it's nothing special, and I can't say I'm disappointed that there's not more material. With that in mind however, this is one to chronicle under "time immemorial", and If I'm honest; there's much worse out there currently posing as "mainstream black metal".

Give it a go. At least it's not Deafhaven.

#145 Templum - Pu Llawfen Ellkawi

Apparently I lost track of time and didn't realise quite how long it's been since the last post - oops! Let's get the wheels back onto the wagon; but before we do - time for a few observations.

Firstly, this week marks 1 year of Yesteryear's existence - so hurray, or something. What better time to resurface then on a time of the year dedicated to the birth of the bastard yeshua that we all love to hate. On that note, I wish everyone reading this a successful and prosperous festive period.

Secondly, without any due warning, one of the scenes biggest and arguably most valuable blogs has disappeared from the internet without a trace, including all associated email addresses - leaving 9 years and thousands of releases lost forever into the void. I'll say no more on the matter in case I somehow tempt the same fate from our new Googolian overlords. (Is that even a word? - who cares, this Whiskey is good *Hic!*)

Now, onto this contribution itself. This is the first demo from one of Brazil's finest hordes. Released way back in 1995, it wasn't until 2003 that any further material from Templum surfaced. Listening to this, I find it hard to understand why.

As with all things Brazil, it's best to listen with no preconceptions and see what you think. I'd be a little surprised if this offering was met with anything less than lukewarm appreciation and rejuvenation.

Sorry about the terrible bitrate. I'll have myself flogged as is usual policy; rules are rules. I'll return later after the self-flagellation for a few more contributions.


Sunday, 27 November 2016

#144 Nathicana - The Redolent Herald of Midnight

Bitrate : 320

Occasionally, I see it fit to repost something rare that made it onto other blogs and sites, but to little fanfare. This is unarguably one such release. Featuring members of Basiliskk, Horn ov Valere, Othendara, and similar, Nathicana is heavily influenced by the lore of HP Lovecraft.

What makes this exceptional (and I really believe that this is the most outstanding band I've discovered since the blog went live - quote me on that!) is how evil it sounds.
The three proper tracks are pure hypnotic black metal, saturated with some very unsettling feelings to them, and if anything ever sounds like R'lyeh put to music, it's this opus.

A tragic shame that this was the only demo, as it's absolutely phenomenal and majestic.


#143 Suicidal Despair - Atrophie

Bit rate : 128

I tend to err on the side of caution with DSBM as I'm not a massive fan of it; however this EP has been surprisingly elusive for quite some time and for completionists - a genuine thorn in the side.

Go ahead and complete the discography. Also, it's Canadian, which gives it immediate credibility.


Sunday, 13 November 2016

#142 Tryskellion - Sur Le Passage de L'ankou

I'm far too tired, cold, and grumpy to perform the usual write-up, but as I was heading to sleep, I was reminded of this classic from my good friend Borderline1991.

I'd classify this as medieval/pagan black metal - it basically sounds like the album cover looks. It's dedicated to walking the passage of death (Ankou, as most of you will know is the Breton / Norman / Kernow personification of death itself).

Extremely primeval sounding, and extremely good!

Saturday, 12 November 2016

#141 Trist Vintry Vandre - Demo '02

It appears that the "Demo 2003" material I posted on the previous blog was an unofficial release, with some of the same tracks as on here. This is the only official release by the group, and it comes with a few pieces not previously posted.

This is a rip from the tape that I had a while back, and is in glorious 320 vbr. NS warning for those of you requiring safe spaces.

The tracks on here missing from the earlier rip are "Intro", "Sevfyr" - which is glorious, and "Oath in Wolves Blood".

#140 Sacrilium - Winds of Sacrilium

I'm going to do something different today; and post this without ever hearing a single note of it. Here's why :

1) I've been looking for this for about 7 years and it finally showed up today randomly on Soulseek. As I'm a little busy right now to do a write up, I wanted to post it immediately as I'm about to go over my budgeted time to spend on the blog today. (Yes, I have to budget to make time... the joys of working a 55 hour week...)

2) Last time I posted something from Chile on the blog (Hammer of Revenge), it was utterly shite. I don't want that disappointment again just now.

3) It's a cool little blog first to let you guys hear it before I do. Let me know in the comments if it's any good!.

#139 Summon the Spirits - Summon the Spirits

On today's earlier post, I touched upon my dislike of Swedish black metal, and mentioned very few exceptions. This is one of those exceptions that I alluded too.

Probably much closer to melodic bm than anything else, both of the demos by this band were sent to me by the vocalist (thank you), as a personal request. I wasn't really expecting to be captivated as much as I was.

This demo in particular consists of song structures that weave and thunder along - melodic and romantic sections lead into clean vocals. In particular, the entire song "The Revenge..." (complete with the beautiful chord progression leading into its main melody) surprised me like very few songs really do these days.

I cannot stress enough just how much this demo shocked me, and although you may not like it as much as I do, I can safely say it's one of my 3 favourite things I've ever posted on here.

#138 Dimhöljd - Erase Mankind

Sorry about the sub-par 192 or so bitrate. This isn't my rip, and it's the only version of this I've ever been able to get my hands on. Truth be told, I've never been a fan of Swedish black metal (with very few obscure exceptions - more on that later this month).

It's odd really as my background was rooted firmly in the fast paced, solo-laden bludgeoning Death Metal genre. I guess the over-polished sheen of bands such as Dissection, Marduk and such just did nothing for me (I am a devout believer that black metal shouldn't have extremely polished studio-quality production). Again, there's always exceptions...

That being said, one of the few aggressive proto-nihilistic bands I've always liked is Dimhöljd. The concept is nothing new, but this particular EP just has enough going for it to suck me in time and time again (just like the vortex on the cover art seems to suggest).

This particular tome of destruction carries me through many a cold and miserable night. I'm comfortable that you'll find the exact same thing. Results may vary.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

#137 Corneus - Des Gehörnten Saat

Format : 320
Source - Own Rip.

Here's the second demo by Corneus - one of the most popular and sought-after Grausamkeit side projects. I'm trying something a little different with this and passwording it, to nudge people towards interaction with me via email, comments, Soulseek, and such. Don't worry - it's not going to be a regular occurrence, although there will be the occasional upload that will be encrypted as such.

In a sense, without wanting to rob anyone of anything, I'd like to try and encourage old school trading, and I'm hoping this technique might just make some sort of difference.

Anyway, if you've heard Corneus, you know what to expect. No dog barking on this record, fortunately.

Password : doublebananas99

Saturday, 29 October 2016

#136 Cernunnos - The Forgotten Age of Heathenism

Bit rate : 250 (variable)

Source : I've had this a few years, and recall trading it via a series of CD-R exchanges, maybe circa 2006? Either way, I understand this is still somewhat of a lost recording, on numerous "wants lists".

I think it's been worth the re-discovery. I won't spoil the mystery of this release too much by harping on about how it sounds, but it has a sheen and finesse to it that I think will greatly appeal to many of you.

Monday, 24 October 2016

#135 Via Dolorosa - S.S Vir Alle

Bit rate : 320
Source : Own Rip

I've sat on this one for a while, as I don't want this one band to outweigh anything else on the archives of BMYY. There's quite an ask for early / rare VD material however, and this is probably the best candidate I'll ever supply.

This is the second ever demo, going back to 2001, and until now, the rarest of the 130 or so releases (allegedly). This is an odd tape - early versions of band classics such as "Absolutely Krieg" are mixed in with some rather surreal and utterly bizarre moments. Track 5 is an interview of the band talking in Italian, much like a famous Iron Maiden b-side, however most of you won't understand a word of it, and for a totally obscure pro-fascist band on their second cassette demo, rather pointless and narcissistic. Enjoyable though, if nothing else, for the sense of fun they're having.

The outro is a recording of Sieg Heil Viktoria - one of the SS' most infamous anthems. Yawn.

#134 Malesanctus - Emen Hetan Sargatanas

Bit rate : 192
Source : Unknown.

Generally, when a French black metal band has released a demo, full-length, and/or live recording, there's some semblance of familiarity to said project. Not so much with Malesanctus, who seem to have managed to escape the murky, yet rewarding depths of file-sharing.

This is the first demo from 1998, and will cater nicely to anyone with a penchant for raw, hypnotic black metal. I'll lump this somewhere between Deathspell Omega, Horna, Behexen and Kristallnacht.

I recall getting this on Soulseek some years ago, but the person who supplied it is long forgotten in the annals of time. Let's honor them with some pure black aggression.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

#133 Scatofago - Demo '99

Bitrate : 320
Source : Own rip

I thought it was about time we got back to the spirit of the blog, so this is my rip of the unusual demo tape by French blasphemers Scatofago. The cover art is titled "The fate of three Homosexuals", and the entire release seems to to condemn perversion and erotica, while featuring a few choice nuggets of eye candy in the liner notes (scans are on Discogs).

Musically, this is atypically French, but focusing slightly more on the old-school side of things, previously mastered by Profanatica and such peerage. Not wholly sold on the release if i'm totally truthful, but this is the kind of old school stuff that begat the entire existence of this blog, and I feel that it's more than worth checking out.

Included in the file is the original master rip, with tracks un-separated, if anybody wants to tinker with the original .wav.

#132 Thoraxembalmer - Darkness Beneath

160 Bitrate (Sorry!)

A rather bizarre submission that I found online many years ago that I actually had backed up onto a flash drive, this is the only full length by England's bizarrely named Thoraxembalmer.

Initial glances at the m-a page don't really promise anything special, so I re-approached this with the trepidation of someone approaching any new material by Marduk. I can't say that this release is great, and i'm even reluctant to say that it's good, but there's some material on here that's at least worth listening to.

For the most part, Thoraxembalmer is generic black metal with really fast drums, and hoarse vocals. It's produced terribly though, and this is really only worth downloading for its obscurity alone. I can't find any trace of this anywhere, and probably for good reason.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

#131 Spira - MCMLXXXIV

Spira proved to be quite popular on the old blog, so here's the latest release (3rd album, although a 4th is nearing completion).

This tape was limited to 50 copies, and has recently been re-issued on CDr - I have the last 4 copies of this tape anywhere in the world, sent to me by the artist as thanks for the promotion - if you want a copy, get in touch.

Raw, fast and rather unorthodox black metal. Not an easy band to describe, so i'll leave it at that.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

#130 Mystica - Sanctae Litanie

Bitrate : 320
Source : Direct contribution by artist.

Time for one of my favourite releases recently. This is the only release by Mystica, a one man project of Marco (also in Obscurum Malum). I came about this after tracking Marco down and getting the OM material - he then sent me this as well, and it really, really impressed me.

Mystica is black ambient, in a similar vein to some LLN stuff, Emit, Endvra, Coph Nia, and more - it's actually deeply eerie and unsettling, and some of the vocal effects can almost rival Moevot at times. When the tracks become more "metally", the material really begins to shine. Quite frankly, this is a perfect contribution for this blog.

Marco is the personification of a true musician - he's happy to help, and talk, and when he realised that there are fans outside of Italy over 10 years since anything was written, he was genuinelly moved and appreciative - it is this appreciation that's led to him giving his direct permission for this to be on here - and I'm certain it won't disappoint.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

#129 Casket Lair - Ancient Curse

Format - 320
Source - Own Rip by me

By my own admission, when it comes to write-ups, I either know what I am talking about, or I don't. This is one where I probably don't, so it's best to say little about it. Maybe I can leave it to Velkaarn who is an expert at all things Finnish.

What I can comfortably say is that this is the only demo by an act from Finland that hasn't really become very well known at all. In fact, in 8 years not a single track of this seems to have made it online. I don't understand why. I think it's time to change that.

#128 Yfel-Dond - Aetlaetnes Aet Abraham

Format : 320
Source : Original rip by me.

A very, very unusual release, that's for certain. This is the only release by utterly bizarre and elusive American duo Yfel-Dond. This is one of those that was on metal-archives, but with no info as to a tracklisting, cover art, or anything other than a mention that this existed.

Having managed to track down a copy via the only distro stocking it on the entire internet, I was a little stunned at the utter failure for this project to have any kind of presence at all.

Granted, it isn't the best thing I've ever heard, but it sums up the m-a description of Pagan Black Metal / Ambient, rather nicely. The titles seem to be in some sort of saxon dialect - possibly Gewissae? (Come to think of it, their dialect is more fluent, using words such as "wisgmidas".) Regardless, this is interesting indeed.


Buy original.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

#127 Black Howling - Wolf Metal

Bit rate : 320
Source : Ripped by me - This is a Dub of an original tape, and therefore despite my best efforts, the sound is VERY quiet. Apologies - if you can boost it to a more acceptable level, please feel free to get in touch, for my eternal appreciation.

This is one of the Black Howling demos that never got out, due to the limited number (33, I think?) and coincidental fact that no one with a copy felt the need to rip it - and why should they?

Hence why I resorted to getting a dub of it. I can't comment too much on it due to the poor quality, but I'm sure one of you out there can assist with that.

#126 Isvind - The Call of the Ice Wind

Format : 320
Source : My Rip

So I've actually had this tape a year or so now, and was toying with posting it on BMYY Version 1 for quite some time, but my own narcissism prevented me from doing so for fear of it falling into the wrong hands - it's not often I get to own a rare demo tape by a cult Norwegian band of the early 90's. But hoarding it won't do anyone any good, and I know there's hundreds of people searching for this, so here it is. It's excellent.

You're very welcome.

#125 Self Mutilation - When Satan Fucks God

Format : 224
Source : YouTube

Not wanting to get in the habit of separating full releases from YouTube, this is an exception I'm glad to have made because I couldn't find this demo anywhere else, and it's fucking sublime.

Look at that album title, first of all. Satanic BM at its finest, played very fast, reminiscent of early Marduk. This demo really caught my eye due to some exceptional guitar melodies and solos.

Like many, many demos from that time period and region, this just has an edge to it that makes me sadly wonder what could have been.

#124 Asmodeus - Supreme Surrender

Format : 320
Source : My rip

- (Long story - I bought this a while back as a gift to my good friend Borderline1991, as she'd been looking for it for a long time. I Shared it to a very small number of people, and during my downtime, somebody got a hold of the rip and spread it across a few of the Eastern-European sites). Ultimately, this was never intended to be spread, but as it already has been, I am posting it here now as a homecoming of sorts.

Moving along from that, this is the elusive first demo by Austrian BM prodigies Asmodeus - and IMO, their best demo. You'll see why. Dark Redeemer in particular is as supreme as the title likes to suggest. Fast, almost frenetic guitars, great mood setting, and first-rate craftsmenship? You'll struggle to dislike this.

#123 Ecce Hommo - Mankind was a Project

Bit rate : 320
Limitation : 33 copies (Cassette)
Source : Me (I purchased this tape a while ago and ripped it, but the rip got lost when my drive died, and I since re-sold the item. This is a digital version of the release that I requested with proof of original purchase - hence the clear lack of tape hiss).

Ecce Hommo is an evolution of Hyperborean - a cult Brazilian act featured on the previous blog. This seems to be the only release that hasn't seen light of day, perhaps due to the limitation of the cassette - who knows?

Either way, here it is. Great artwork, great concept. Let's hope the project continues to evolve.

#122 Burial Place - The Majesty of the Ancient Island

Format : 320
Source : Provided by a band member with permission to share here. Thank you.

There's certainly an element of irony to the fact that the first post on the new blog happens to be one of the most sought after on the old blog - a tape in fact, that I've been looking for since 2001.

You can probably thank the Bassist of Burial Place for this blog existing now, as his out of the blue contact with me yesterday kick started me into getting this show back on the road.

Anyway, this is the first demo tape by the group, 19 years ago. It's really something quite intriguing - I'm not a huge fan of Symphonic BM, but the release title dangled an unreachable bone at me for quite some time. 

What will you hear here? Certainly a lot of majesty. Some beautiful riffs and acoustics, reminding me of bands like Draconian, sounding way more progressive and accomplished than an introductory demo tape has any entitlement to actually sound.

Regardless, you'll find out for yourself, no doubt.

Edit : Strangely, each track seems to cut off about 2 seconds before the end. I'll talk to the bassist and see if I can get a better version up. Sorry about that.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

#118 BMYY Compilation - Haunting the Vatican

1. Antartyk - Blizzard Beaks 
2. Arrogance - Carpet Bomb Reality III 
3. Avrégrévartre Méliovérkre - A Lingering Spirit 
4. Beroslef - Pale and Meek 
5. Christophagos - Blizzard Swamp 
6. Crifotoure Satanarda - Off-Shore Battle Front 
7. Etixakkh - True Essence of Death 
8. Fields of the filthy - Holocaust Warriors of the Sunless Domain 
9. Isvind - The Call of the Ice Wind 
10. Jew Atomizer - German Blood 
11. Jours Sombres - Cruaute Paisible 
12. Kelpy's Laugh - The Spirit Of Druid 
13. Magla - Predskazanje 
14. Mind as Mine - Frozen In the Waters of Endless Time (Who Chained the Stars) 
15. Nekrovoid - Kill The Local Priest 
16. Nemesis Ocvlta - Satans Quadruple Semantic 
17. Reek of the Unzen Gas Fumes - Blackened Eyes Of Intolerance 
18. Ruined Sanctuary - Lesson No. 1 - Origin 
19. Spaceboots - Endless Wall of Limbs 
20. Spira - Their Bodies As Mass 
21. Strigoi - Transilvanian Fog Encircles The Blood Red Fullmoon Over A Distant Tower 
22. Sundusk - In The Way Of The Haunting One 
23. Taarma - Dawn of Utter Sadness 
24. The Parents of Oude Pekela - Born to Burn for Satan 
25. The Visions of Burning Saints - Salt of Disease 
26. Thoraxembalmer - Hymn to Pan 
27. Umbakrail - Dome 
28. Urkoros - Beyond the River of Swords 
29. Vampiric Dominium - When Darkness Falls 
30. War of the Roses - Plantagenet Rule 
31. Worm - Weary Years In a Solitary Lair 
32. Xzvlghaloth - Crystal Torture Fuckcult 
33. Yfel-Dond - Geberende Idelgild