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.

Monday, 6 February 2017

#156 Malesanctus - Live in Bullion

I'd promised this one to a couple of you at Yule last year when I posted "Emen Hetan Sargatanas".

I'm not going to type up the usual blurb - reason being that I dislike live albums - there's never been one that's stood out to me, and I don't really see the point of them. (Feel free to flame me below). However, this one seems to be relatively obscure (20 copies, apparently) and in demand.

Hopefully, the collective audience that reads this will be far more entertained than I am with this demo.

Sorry about the 128 bit rate. Best copy I could trade - I don't sadly know anyone with the original.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

#155 Taranis - Forgotten Thunder

Here is the only release from California's Taranis. It appears to be quite a luxurious release to come across, as I've had 6 requests for it over the last 13 months. (Not including my own).

Musically, it's four lengthy tracks, with a much higher quality of production than I expected. It's almost Atmospheric, almost NS - but what makes this a real hit is the clear drum fills and patterns (They sound so rich and alive), the guitar melodies which are extremely easy to hear and quite technical at times, and the vocals are delightfully hateful. The Bass is audible too, which is quite rare these days, although it's quiet at times (Maybe that's what they were referring to when they said "Forgotten Thunder...").

Bon appetit. Or something.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

#154 Abstavzürulezt / Legion Drakuul - Goatkvlte Epidémie

I thought it was about time to re-jump on the LLN Worship bandwagon. Mainly because this is my own rip, and I haven't posted one of those in a while.

Limited to 33 copies, this is as inspired a release as any you'll hear for a while. Abstavzürulezt went on to become Herxsebet, and I believe Legion Drakuul was a non-metal project by the same guys.

Tracklist :

1. Abstavzürulezt - Ah Tvz Wej Nekgromogme? 04:20
2. Abstavzürulezt - Carjamakab Sükuhuktem 10:01
3. Legion Drakuul - Devastated Realms Whispre to My Spirit 04:34
4. Legion Drakuul - Undre the Darkmoon My Kurse Is Woven 09:50
5. Legion Drakuul - Assemblies of Goatkvlte Gathre 03:37


#153 Nekrovoid - Kill the Local Priest

Too many good releases are mentioned on the internet without cover art. It shouldn't be an issue, but I am anal to these things and want to know what the fuck it looked like.

Nekrovoid is an excellent case study for this. I have long considered this demo to be one of the Top 20 Danish demos - an accolade sadly wasted by the tragic death of High Priest Apollus in 2011. Nekrovoid was already done and dusted by then, but feeding us this short demo only? Fuck you, guys.

On a postive note, what an excellent demo title - I think it describes the sound of this demo far better than I ever could, and remains a complete genre cliché while somehow impressing at the same time.

As for the 35% review on M-A? Ignore the shit out of it.


#152 Daemon - Ignis Fatuus

I really wish I had some information on this band to provide you all with, other than the skeletal Metal-Archives blurb. Unfortunately, the 25 years since this demo was released haven't been terribly kind, and Daemon is a long-forgotten group.

Listening to this demo, I'd be happy to file Daemon under ""Melodic Doom", with a touch of Gothic, and a small bit of Black metal". It starts off a little bit more akin to how Scandinavian BM sounded in 1992, but quickly segues into something more Sludgy and Romanesque - the penultimate track features an appealing female lead vocal, and the Outro is certainly appreciated.

This reminds me quite highly of the material by peninsula neighbours, Summon the Spirits, although I hold StS in huge regard.

This is a classic case of a demo showing, and sounding like its age. There's clearly appeal here, and although mileage and results may vary heavily, there's no doubt in my mind that this release will be appreciated by all of you, if nothing else, at least for the effort and time taken to post it.

I enjoy doing this, I really do.