Monday, October 20, 2014

KHÖI - s/t (2013)

KHÖI "Khöi"

Year: 2013
Genre: Blackened Crust/Sludge
Country: Mexico 

Track List:
  1. Reticula Aurea
  2. Mors Hominum
  3. Disturbio
  4. El Nacimiento de la Oscuridad

An EP from my readers in Mexico, which is a kind of instrumental blackened stoner/post-rock. There's more info on their bandcamp page, but it's mostly in Spanish. Anyway, the stuff presented on this EP is quite good, hope for more releases from them in the future.

møl - s/t (2014)

Year: 2014
Genre: Post-Black Metal, Blackened Hardcore
Country: Denmark 

Track List:
  1. Sundrowned
  2. Airy
  3. Makhachkala


Guitar/composition: Nicolai Hansen
Drums/percussion: Ken Klejs
Bass: Frederik Lippert
Vocals: Steffen Rasmussen

møl are a band from Denmark, formed in late 2012 in Aarhus, and closely linked to Solbrud (whose new album I'll review a little later too). While their lyrics aren't particularly political, they're centered around experiences, life and struggles (the song about Makhachkala is based on the conflict/terrorist attacks in that city, if I understood right). The music is post-black metal/shoegaze, even with some "Cascadian" overtones, but there's a significant hardcore/screamo influence as well.

facebook / bandcamp

Infantile Dissention - demo (2014)


Year: 2014
Genre: Blackened Punk/Hardcore
Country: Canada 

Track List:
  1. Hidden Ploy
  2. Greasy Sludge Vampires
  3. Ignoble Dutch Hell
  4. Always in the Peripheral
  5. Demonized
  6. It's Only Natural
  7. Static Life
  8. Radio Schizo (Rudimentary Peni)


Harry - Drums
Jon - Bass
Callum - Guitar / Vocals
Damian 'The Power' Grind - Cover Art

Infantile Dissention are a self-described "punk, anarchist, and anti-colonial" band from Victoria, BC, Canada. They claim to be influenced by both punk and metal, but, honestly, this demo is much closer to punk and hardcore/powerviolence than to metal. It consists of 7 short and fast tracks, recommended to those who wants something like Iskra, but less heavy.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Endor - "The Angriest Angel" (2014)

ENDOR "The Angriest Angel"

Year: 2014
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Country: Netherlands 

Track List:
  1. Intro: Satan's Return + The Angry One
  2. The Forgotten Son
  3. The Most Evil
  4. Tomorrow Is Dead
  5. Judgement Day
  6. Satan Prevails

One more free release which came into my mail without much additional information. After a little research, I found out that Endor are a quite old band (formed in 1988). This album is said to be originally recorded on a IV Track Recorder in 2001-2004, and released by Torn Flesh Records in July 2014. The label itself is based out of Portland, and seems to be specializing in grindcore. Most of the bands from their roster are unknown to me, although there are at least two bands that appeared on my blog before (Ramlord and Gukurahundi). As for this album, it's pretty good, even though the lyrics seem to be on the level of an average raw black metal band. Recommended if you're into more atmospheric yet brutal kind of death metal.

Aires - s/t (2014)

AIRES "Aires"

Year: 2014
Genre: Dark Ambient / Drone
Country: Portugal 

Track List:
  1. orgânico I - vozes sem corpo
  2. orgânico II - monolítico
  3. isósceles
  4. contraplacado

Finally, another ambient/drone release from my inbox, which probably has no direct relation to the topic of my blog, but it's really good and released under a free license - so why not to post it?

"I've been playing experimental music for a couple of years,most of the times solo, under diferrent aliases, but as Aires I explored drones, samples and field recordings for the first time. On this release I tried to keep things as varied as I could, yet still keeping a distinct mood, somewhere between the mechanical and the animal. Mixed in the drones and noises there is also a distinct black metal influence, most present on the last track, "Contraplacado"..."

Release notes:

"The Aires project is only a couple of months old yet it represents years of experimentation with sources as diverse as digital sounds, samples and field recordings. The self-titled debut album, just released by netlabel Enough Records, shows this sonic evolution in 30 minutes, divided by three tracks and an interlude. Dark, machine-driven yet emotional and ambitious, "Aires" is a firm first step into the world of experimental music"

bandcamp / facebook

Emerson Dracon - "La Capital De Todos Los Males" (2014)

EMERSON DRACON "La Capital De Todos Los Males"

Year: 2014
Genre: Darkwave / Neololk / Martial
Country: Argentina

Track List:
  1. Pésame
  2. Credo
  3. Sanctum Poterentur
  4. All Mine (Portishead)
  5. Dirtnap Stories (Lee Hazlewood)
  6. Vencedores Vencidos (Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota)

After some 3 years of waiting, here's a new release from Emerson Dracon. It's titled "La Capital De Todos Los Males" ("The Capital Of All Evils"), and if I'm not mistaken, conceptually it's mostly against organized religion. Like the debut EP, it also includes a lot of covers.

bandcamp / facebook / reverbnation / soundcloud

Cervidae & Mother Of Toads - "Mercian Cosmic Alliance" (2014)

CERVIDAE / MOTHER OF TOADS "Mercian Cosmic Alliance"

Year: 2014
Genre: Experimental, Dark Ambient / Drone
Country: UK 

Track List:

Mother Of Toads
  1. Princess Tinymeate
  2. Wuthoqquan
  3. IV
  1. Sermon Of The Seven Suns
  2. Consolamentum

A new release from Cervidae, which is a split with a fellow psychedelic/drone/improvisation project Mother Of Toads. Both sides of the split are quite experimental stuff, here's one track for example:

Cervidae / Mother Of Toads

Frostland Tales - "Paths Of Life" (2014)


Year: 2014
Genre: DSBM, Death/Doom Metal
Country: Czech Republic 

Track List:
  1. Paths Of Life Pt.I
  2. Paths Of Life Pt.II
  3. Paths Of Life Pt.III
  4. (666.) Don't Want To Live Anymore

For those who became interested in Frostland Tales after I posted that split w/ Forgotten Dawn - here's the first demo EP of this project, recorded in 2013 and released in 2014. It consists of 3 untitled tracks, and a bonus one which originally was intended for a second EP (which was going to be named "Soul Cuts", but most of the material for it was lost due to a PC crash).

The author thinks it's rather DSBM than blackened doom or something like that, but for me it sounds a lot like 90's death/doom metal. The main sources of inspiration were the Czech band Trist (R.I.P.), and the  Swedish one Hypothermia. The low quality of recording and the absence of vocals were intended to make the release more atmospheric. The sole member of Frostland Tales is also active in several other bands, some of which may be more RABM-themed than this one (anarcho-grindcore, oldschool raw BM, etc.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Solitary Depression - "Her Lament" (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Dark Ambient / Drone
Country: Sri Lanka 

Track List:
  1. Into the Void
  2. Her Lament
  3. Dead Dream
  4. Her Demise

As promised in my previous entry, here's another release coming from Sri Lanka. Solitary Depression is an one-man band started in 2009 as a DSBM project, but this EP seems to be pure ambient/drone to me.

Another Sri Lankan band that's certainly aware about the existence of my blog is Forlorn Hope, one of the first BM bands from there (formed in 2002, even before Funeral In Heaven). Their new album "Diabolism" is going to be out in mid-2015, but I'm not sure if it should be on here, since their lyrics are mostly about standard misanthropic stuff.

Funeral In Heaven - "Shaanthikarma" (2010)

FUNERAL IN HEAVEN "Shaanthikarma"

Year: 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Sri Lanka 

Track List:
  1. Colors of Bhimpalaasri
  2. The Origins of Evil (Abhaawaya)
  3. The Winds of Uva (Wellasse Satana)
  4. Blashyrkh (Mighty Ravendark) Immortal tribute

Recently I started to receive demos from a quite unexpected place: Sri Lanka. Before I started to post them, I'll introduce you one more band from there, which I got familiar with in 2010. Funeral In Heaven seem to be one of the oldest and best known metal bands in Sri Lanka. Started in 2003, they've released several demos and EPs, but no full-length releases so far. "Shaanthikarma" is a live EP that was recorded in 2010, and it's their latest release up to date (if their participation in some split in 2011 doesn't count). Of course the quality of sound is on the level of amateur live recording, but the material itself is very interesting, more so than a lot of Western black metal. What makes it even more interesting, apart from that it comes from a war-torn country with a quite small metal scene, is the fact that it's strongly influenced by pagan myths and spiritual practices, which apparently are alive and well in modern day Sri Lanka. I'm pretty sure they know about the existence of the RABM movement (I think I've seen them posting in our facebook group), so I think this EP would fit in here.