Sunday, September 21, 2014

Aether - "Metamorphosis I" (2013)

AETHER "Metamorphosis I"

Year:  2013
Genre:  Ambient Black Metal
Country:  Germany

Track List:
  1. Beginning
  2. Shifting
  3. Perception
Aether is a new one-man project from Munich, Germany.  Though still raw in terms of production and composition, Ravachol is very much opposed to racism, fascism, etc as well as being anarchist in belief.  There will apparently be a Metamorphosis II coming soon.  He writes, "AETHER is meant to be something changing, shifting, evolving. It tells questions like "can I change something in the world in principle?" and philosophical stff like that. There are no lyrics so AETHER leaves it open what the listener wants to hear or associates. Yes, it is very metaphorical and somekind of transcendental."

bandcamp / facebook

FaceOfAnother - "The Crows Will Accompany Us To The End Of Time" (2014)

FACEOFANOTHER "The Crows Will Accompany Us To The End Of Time"

Year:  2014
Genre:  Blackened Crust
Country:  UK

Track List:

  1. A Hymn for the Dead (From Political Violence)
  2. Casualties of the "Master Race"
  3. Domination's Initiatives
  4. Federalize!
  5. The Crows Will Accompany Us to the End of Time
  6. When They Say...
  7. Embrace the Eternal Winter
  8. An Effigy in a Forlorn Land
  9. Ideological Confusion
I have reviewed this band on here before.  Here is there latest effort released back in March.  They are originally from Greece, but currently living in Scotland.  Openly anti-fascist, FaceOfAnother is making raw crust music with the occasional black metal element.  They are in the early stages of development for a band, but make up for in earnest passion what they haven't developed musically yet.

Aurea - "irracional" 2014

AUREA "irracional"

Year:  2014
Genre:  Blackened Crust
Country:  Venezuela

Track List:
  1. I
  2. II

Aurea is a three piece band from Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela playing no-nonsense, aggressive, slightly blackened crust.  This is face melting music recorded live and released on 150 cassettes.  According to the band, "Our lyrics destroy misconception of human as the center of the universe."  This is a very solid and distinctive short crust demo, especially for a live recording.

Hexer - "Hexer" (2013)

HEXER "Hexer"

Year:  2013
Genre:  Black Metal
Country:  USA

Track List:

  1. I:I
  2. I:II
  3. I:III
  4. II:I
  5. II:II
  6. II:III
The self-titled debut of the shadowy Philadelphia black metal project Hexer features a misanthropic, anti-Christian tale of the son of God joining forces with Satan to annihilate the human world.  I had the opportunity to interview Phlegethon and Ansgar this summer while at the Gilead Fest and feal this project is a good fit here.  The interview will run later on my radio show.  Musically, this is stripped down black metal with a lot of thrash influence and a lo-fi aesthetic.  Originally it was recorded individually onto cassette, but is now available on vinyl through Gilead Media.  I'll post the Bandcamp link for digital download as well.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Yidak - "ཡི་དྭགས་" (2013)

YIDAK "ཡི་དྭགས་"

Year: 2013
Genre: Lo-Fi Depressive Black Metal
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. The Creeps
  2. Twerpfuck
  3. Sobriety
  4. Yoruda
  5. The Bitch
  6. 苦しい (Kurushii)
  7. The Thinking Forest
  8. Unkind

Here's one of the demos that I promised to post a couple of weeks ago. Right now I'm mostly "resurrecting" the dead download links in my older posts, as well as doing some cleanup of my blog, but I have a time for posting some newer material too. Looks like Hayduke X. is back here too, so I hope all these demos will be reviewed soon with the help of my co-editors.

Yidak is an one-man project from Austin, TX, whose only member apparently doesn't approve of all the nationalism that's widespread in black metal, and definitely considers himself a part of our cause and movement. Unfortunately the quality of recording on this album is quite low, but he promises to put out more material in the not-so-distant future, hopefully recorded in higher quality:

"...An album I recorded by myself in my room on an Tascam 8-track. It's a compilation of sorts, being that half the album was recorded in one 1-week session, and the other half recorded about half a year+ later in about a month-long session. I would describe the genre as depressive/experimental black metal, with an emphasis on anger, sadness and storytelling. Some songs contain a great deal of melody, while others play off of more metallic riffing..."

bandcamp / facebook 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Protestant - "In Thy Name" (2014)


Year: 2014
Genre: Blackened Hardcore
Country:  USA

Track List:
  1. Vengeance
  2. Carrion
  3. Never Forget
  4. Vultures
  5. Blood
  6. In Thy Name / Hell's Insanity
  7. Forfeit
  8. Delusion
Protestant is another band I had the opportunity to experience live this summer at the Gilead Media Fest.  They are a hardcore band at their core, but this time ended up making basically a black metal album.  The exception to this is that the vocals are still pretty much hardcore style vocals, but it doesn't really take anything away from the record to me.  I won't go into too much detail here, but I plan to write a more complete review for my Rage and Frustration site.  Also, stay tuned to the Rage and Frustration radio show as I'll be running an interview I did with vocalist/guitarist Cory Von Bohlen in a couple of weeks.  

In terms of being a good fit for this site, lyrics like the following lead me to believe that they share many of the general sentiments found here:

Rapacious pigs come to control / All that has worth / The savage and the stupid / The inappropriate and unnecessary / Humorless bloodsuckers committing crimes / Flippant rotten beasts / Flattened cheap / Unfettered and rank / Fetid vile cheats / Tactless bigots swing / Reckless their necks / And if no rope / Then by hand - from Vultures

Cory is also the guy who runs Halo of Flies (a label in Wisconsin, USA well worth checking out) and says the following on his website for the label:

I maintain that diy punk/hc/etc is the best thing going right now.  Support the network of friends that keeps it going.  I will keep going until I can't anymore.  Halo of Flies website

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Anagnorisis - "Beyond All Light" (2013)

ANAGNORISIS "Beyond All Light"

Year: 2013
Genre: Black Metal
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Eulerian Path
  2. This Cursed Blood
  3. Death Mimics Life
  4. Abyss
  5. Bountiful Godless Life
  6. Forever Night
With this masterpiece, USBM band Anagnorisis has reset the bar for what black metal should sound like in America.  The music is features aggressive, thundering riffing, driving percussion, and the vocals of Zachary Kerr (which feel like they are shredding your soul) who became almost instantly one of my favorite black metal vocalists.  I was first introduced to this band this summer at the Gilead Media Fest where they filled a last minute opening left by another band dropping out.  Their live set was intense.  It felt uncomfortable in the best kind of way.  Though I haven't been able to confirm their political leanings (they may not identify specifically as leftist), I feel that their two key themes of anti-civilization and anti-theism make them a good fit here.  As an interesting side note, on their first release Austin Lunn (of Panopticon) was a part of this project.  Check them out at their Bandcamp page below.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Profecium - "En Los Albores de la Extinción Humana" (2014)

PROFECIUM "En Los Albores de la Extinción Humana"

Year: 2014
Genre: Old School Black/Death Metal
Country: Argentina

Track List:
  1. Armagedon Nuclear (Intro)
  2. En lo Peor
  3. Esteros de Sangre
  4. El momento de tu Muerte
  5. Suprimirles
  6. Desde el Interregno
  7. Infierno Inevitable
  8. Guerra Civil en las Puertas del Zar (Adelanto)

At least some good news for today: Profecium, the pioneers of RABM in South America, are alive and well, and have released a full-length album just a couple of months ago, after more than 15 years of inactivity. While I'm not particularly big on their Trotskyist ideology, their music remains an excellent example of raw old school Latin American BM. Highly recommended!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hello again

As you see, I haven't made many posts during the recent few weeks, and probably won't in the next few weeks either. I could made a lot of political posts, but I won't because I don't want to make the political section of my blog even more overly pessimistic than it already is. However, there are some things I definitely ought to note.

First off, my disappointment in certain self-proclaimed "anarchists" and "anti-fascists" of ex-USSR has reached a new level when I found out that there are ultras of FC Arsenal Kiev (which always positioned themselves as "anti-fascists") who've voluntarily joined the Azov Battalion. For those who don't know: Azov isn't a regular military unit, but a volunteer battalion consisting mostly of outright neo-nazis from Ukraine and elsewhere (the most internationally well-known member of Azov, Mikael Skillt, is a Swede and a supporter of Svenskarnas Parti), which are very open about their ideology. This info was confirmed by, who apparently haven't even tried to condemn them. Great "anti-fascists" we have here, just "great"...

As for Azov and other similar battalions, they're currently in an encirclement and their days are most likely numbered. No compassion to them whatsoever, but now I'm seriously afraid that a lot of the people calling themselves "anarchists" or "anti-fascists" here aren't trustworthy at all, and will switch sides just as easily in a hypothetical case of similar neoliberal/fascist "revolution" (which is quite unprobable any time soon, but better be prepared for the worst).

Another news that might be of interest for you: the founder of a Kharkiv-based neo-nazi group "Misanthropic Division", known as "Fuhrer", was killed on 26th of August near Novoazovsk. MD are known for their strong ties with the Kharkiv NSBM scene (which is one of the biggest in Europe, as you probably know). One less.

As for the overall situation, I suggest you to read this article, which is quite lengthy yet worth reading. It's written from an orthodox Marxist position, which I don't fully agree which, but now I have to admit that orthodox Marxists and even Stalinists have a far better analysis of the situation than anarchists. For example, I used to support a Kiev-based group called AWU because one of their founding members, A.Volodarsky, was an interesting publicist back then, and they didn't seem to be yet another "national anarchist" group which are abundant in Ukraine. Now I see they're just another impotent "left"-liberal group (see "Ukraine: The collapse of “Left” liberalism") which isn't much better than FEMEN (whom they rightfully criticised back in time). Now they've finally admitted that their hopes for Euromaidan to become a "social" movement were futile, there's no direct democracy in Kiev whatsoever, and nowadays Ukraine is more of a police state than it was under Yanukovich. However, they didn't even attempt to analyse their own mistakes; everything they do now is denouncing other anarchist and leftist groups in Ukraine and elsewhere. It's sectarianism in its pure form, which will lead them nowhere.

While that's all quite demoralising, I'm not going to abandon this blog entirely (it's an unique resource, after all, and closing it would be ungrateful to my supporters all over the world). In the next few days, I plan to take a look at the demos which I've received during the last month (can't guarantee all of them to be posted at a time, though). I'll probably set up a new mediafire account, since all the other filelockers are way too unstable, and I'm receiving quite a lot of reupload requests. Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

V/A - "The Blackened Dust" (2012)

V/A "The Blackened Dust"

Year: 2014
Genre: Dark Ambient, Black Metal, Blackened Crust
Country: Indonesia

Track List:
  1. WINTERNIGHT - When The Winter Cries
  2. HATELORD - Long Suicidal Dream
  3. WORLD TO BE ASHES - Ashes
  4. JENATH - Armageddon War
  5. WINTERNIGHT - Poisoned Tears

And before I'm gone, here's one more compilation that deserves your attention. It features 4 projects from Indonesia, which all consist of pretty much the same people. Of them, Winternight (dark ambient) and World To Be Ashes (blackened crust) already were featured on my blog before.

Release notes:

"This compilation comes from an idea one among us, until we agreed to make it happen. When something sacred become commonplace, and when things are banal regarded as something special, or when the world offers something all too familiar to be the daily consumption, because the music for us is nothing more than change the form of an idea into an infinite rebellion the values of life that is now offered with no moderation, so that each of us well aware of the life that we live individually or in community. Although we basically did not have a great community, and also as proof that no matter how small communities can produce a creation if the community really wants, without having to rely on the larger community, we also want to emphasize that this is not always the kind of music identical with certain revolutionary ideas in order to escape the life torn by capitalist-consumerist system of the world today, so with any kind of construction we were still able to represent our imaginative dreams about life and its realization. So for us our little community that makes us realize that when a civilization of music here today experiencing a prolonged period of boredom, so we keep our own adventure with a desire to create something that might mean so much to us to provide us with a modest anyway. Enjoy!

All tracks recorded & mixed at Freezing Dust Room, Bandung (2009-2012).
Except vocals on “Long Suicidal Dream” and drum/vocals on “Armageddon War” recorded in a different studio"