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"

V/A - "Crushing Intolerance vol.1" (2014)

V/A "Crushing Intolerance (vol.1)"

Year: 2014
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Earth

Track List:
  1. Corvid Canine - Pallid Lands
  2. Ancst - Seasons of Separation
  3. Anti-Freeze - Vision II
  4. Cara Neir - Cradled by Apathy
  5. Koldscov (ft. Ravenwood) - The Birthplace
  6. Schattenlicht - Niemals Vergessen
  7. Deafest - Almagre
  8. Unru - Von der Flüchtigkeit des Todes
  9. Twilight Fauna - The Old Forest Road
  10. Saus - Intro & II
  11. Smuteční Slavnost - Úsvit lidstva
  12. Crown of Asteria - First, Man of the Earth Terrestrial. Second, Man of the Sky, Celestial.
  13. Hunter-Gatherer - Hunter-Gatherer
  14. Stellar Descent - Cycles of Life (excerpt)
  15. Cuscuta - Trapped in the Beast, Tearing from Within...
  16. Wild's Reprisal - A Few Too Many

An anti-NSBM compilation which was announced by Chase (from Deafest) not so long ago, is finally out! It features a lot of the bands which you're already familiar with - Ancst, Schattenlicht, Deafest, Unru, Smuteční Slavnost, Hunter-Gatherer, Wild's Reprisal, and Twilight Fauna (though I can't remember if I posted anything from TF on here or not). Interesting new discoveries include Crown Of Asteria (an one-woman atmospheric BM project from Michigan) and Stellar Descent (Cascadian BM). "Almagre" by Deafest is an especially good track, one of the best on the whole compilation (which is quite lengthy, and features 16 different projects).


Black Clothes - "Lygophilia" (2014)

BLACK CLOTHES "Lygophilia"

Year: 2014
Genre: Post-Black Metal
Country: Canada

Track List:
  1. The Great Leap
  2. Memories
  3. Ocean

One more demo from Canada, this time from Vancouver BC. There's very little information about the project, and the demo itself is quite short (about five and a half minutes). I'm not sure if it can be classified as "cascadian black metal" in terms of sound, although it definitely was influenced by atmospheric BM and post-rock.

bandcamp / facebook

Sinding - "Fog Reach" (2014)

SINDING "Fog Reach"

Year: 2014
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Country: Canada


Release notes:

all instruments and vocals written and performed by e.v.
recorded, mixed and mastered by noah michael

aspect of wolf
aspect of bear
aspect of fawn

The demo was put out on July 7th, 2014, with the Sinding project being formalized in June 2014. Everything is written and performed by Ethan Vilu.

"I am a huge fan of the RABM movement, and absolutely consider Sinding to be an anarchist band. While the lyrics to the demo track are not explicitly anarchist in nature, the overall project is definitely an anarchist one, with ecological overtones and so on. Future Sinding material will continue in this vein, and I look forward to pursuing an anarchist/eco anarchist band to the fullest extent." - Ethan

While it's only an one-track debut demo, and the sound quality is a bit rough, I definitely enjoyed it. I was listening to it with a founding member of one of the projects which I posted here before (won't tell which one), and we both agreed that there's something to it that suggests a lot of potential. Looking forward for a full-length release.

SBTDOH - "Hatred" (2014)

SBTDOH "Hatred"

Year: 2014
Genre: Harsh Noise / Power Electronics
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. imgonnastabyouinthethroatysmf
  2. the degradation of humankindness

A new 2-track CD-R EP from SBTDOH which is a follow-up to "Simple Death" and features a similar kind of sound:

"hatred of being an employee or wage slave. hostile work for hostile times; limited run of 15 copies of a cdr; all handmade by sbtdoh collective"

"Isolation and discontent with the work-centric world we live in are the basis of this release by SBTDOH. HATRED is comprised of two lengthy tracks that share stylistic similarities to HNW, but break the usual monotony with bursts of dynamic noise. It's an interesting combination of styles and sounds and definitely worth checking out" (Fucked By Noise)


African / Polynesian metal & whatever-"core" (pt. IV)

This is the next post in my series about African metal, and now I'll try to give more coverage to the "-core" aspect of this scene. Let's start with Katingation, an obscure death metal/grindcore/crust trio from somewhere in the far south-east of Angola:

It's the first African band I know to incorporate the elements of crust into their music. Angola also has Before Crush from Benguela, who play a kind of melodic metalcore - but honestly it's nothing special. What's more insteresting is a phenomenon of "Kenyacore" mentioned in this interview of Last Year's Tragedy. According to it, there's a small but thriving scene of "-core" bands in Kenya. Of all the bands mentioned there, I liked Mortal Soul the most:

And do you remember me saying that Polynesian/Pacific Islander metal is one of the very few things that's even more hard to find than African metal? (apart from the obvious metal scenes of Australia and NZ, of course) Turned out there was a thriving metal scene in Tahiti (French Polynesia) during the 90's, but the only release I could find is "Scum" by Varua Ino (1997). The band name means "evil spirit" or "devil", and they were playing heavy/thrash metal with political lyrics both in English and in their native language:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Grindsuffering - "Dogma Berhala" (2014)


Year: 2014
Genre: Deathgrind
Country: Indonesia


Some more death metal/grindcore for you, this time from Indonesia. I don't have much information about this band, but they certainly are readers of my blog, and here's their newest single they sent me. A full-length album is expected to come out by the end of this year.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Disact - "Statecrusher" (2014)

DISACT "Statecrusher"

Year: 2014
Genre: Deathgrind
Country: Russia

Track List:
  1. Intro
  2. Deadfolk Only Knows (Colt’s )
  3. Happskeytr
  4. New Hate Shape
  5. Travelling Bullet Syndrome (Desert Eagle)
  6. Weapon To Working Class (ТТ)
  7. Shadows
  8. Puppets On Leading Roles
  9. Social Skill Conduct
  10. They Can't Read But They Can Shoot
  11. W.A.T.W
  12. This Police
  13. Democracy
  14. Drop the Cop
  15. Song For Underground
  16. Freedom
  17. Demons
  18. Defend or Defeat
  19. Deeds Of State
  20. Sense Of Destruction
  21. Meat Reality
  22. Liberal Pigs
  23. Sinistrality
  24. Hopeless Angry Confused
  25. Police State (Agnostic Front cover)
  26. Freezing Moon (Mayhem cover)

Another new release that makes me think that 2014 wouldn't be such a bad year for our scene after all. Disact were formed in 2010 in Togliatti,  and they're playing death metal/grindcore despite having "dis-" in the name. This is their second album, consisting of 24 short and brutal tracks, and 2 covers, including a cover of Mayhem's "Freezing Moon" (covering this song wasn't a very original choice, I admit).