Monday, November 29, 2010

Sign of Fear - demo I (2010)

(sorry, no cover)


Year: 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Russia (?)

Track List:
  1. Intro
  2. Black Forest
  3. We Are The Road Crew (Motorhead cover)

I can't remember where I found this demo (most probably in our vkontakte.ru RABM group). There's almost no infourmation about the band, but they're definitely from ex-USSR (most likely from Russia), and very simular to Mania and Peregrine in terms of ideology. Leaving aside the intro and the Motorhead cover (it sounds just as expected - like old school 80's blackened heavy/thrash metal), their only original song sounds really good, even though it's just a first demo. There are even some elements of symphonic black metal, which is a rare thing in the RABM scene.

Petnaesti Čeh - promo (2010)


Year: 2010
Genre: Hardcore/Crust
Country: Croatia

Track List:
  1. Danijelova Mržnja
  2. Potpuno Nijem
  3. Tragična

This 3-song promo release was posted in our "Blackened Crust" last.fm group, and I really liked it, though it's relatively far from blackened crust - it's more like hardcore/crust in the vein of Tragedy and From Ashes Rise. It also reminds me of some Eastern European female-fronted hardcore bands like Devil Shoot Devil - maybe because Petnaesti Čeh use more or less clean female vocals too.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vessel I - "V#I# Infinity (Demo)" (2010)


Year: 2010
Genre: Post-Black Metal
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Finality
  2. Resonance Cascade
  3. From Dust To Astral Void

Vessel I is a new post-black metal project from Southern California. I had a little conversation with their guitarist/vocalist in our last.fm group few months ago, but in that time their records had sub-demo quality, so I decided to wait for a proper release. Now, their sound is way better, incorporating elements of neocrust and post-rock, and obviously influenced by Cascadian black metal scene. The name of the demo is pure post-rock satire (compare it F#A#∞ by GY!BE, who also are anarcho-friendly), and Vessel I have ironically referred to themselves as "hipster black metal" band. Obviously, they have a sense of self-humour, but I'm not sure if I understand their doctrine of "anarcho-nihilism" correctly. To me, their ideology looks very simular to the ideas of Stirner and Nietzsche.

official blog

Political Terror (aka Meus Luctus) - "Bastard Beings" (2010)


Year: 2010
Genre: Raw USBM
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Born Into This
  2. Clouded Actions
  3. Death Cycle
  4. Meus Luctus
  5. Our Existence

Political Terror (previously known as Meus Luctus), a duo from Miami (Florida), consisting of Anthony Garcia (vocals/drums) and Peter Hernandez (guitar), plays pro-environmentalist, non-militant straight edge, anarcho black metal. It's their first release, and their sound is very raw, but I guess many fans of US black metal would enjoy it anyway. And of course, it's good to see another BM band being open about their anti-authoritarian beliefs.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Chambre Froide - "La Mort des Cultes" (2010)

CHAMBRE FROIDE "La Mort des Cultes"

Year: 2010
Genre: DBSM
Country: France

Track List:
  1. 63645
  2. La mort des cultes
  3. La nausée le dégoût
  4. Azazel
  5. Until victory

One more release from my wishlist. This is a cassette rip, and there are only two files - "side A" and "side B", though the tracklist has 5 tracks. Enough for today, next time I'll post some American stuff (Political Terror, Panopticon, etc.)

The Dead Musician - "Resist" (2007)


Year: 2007
Genre: Blackened Punk
Country: France
Label: Smell the Stench

Track List:
  1. A Lesson of WIllpower (DIY, die why?)
  2. Kill Yourself ( DIY or die)
  3. Like a Civil War (DIY, The world is mine)
  4. Resist (DIY and die)
  5. A Lesson of Liberty (DIY Open your eyes)

Thanks to Evrom for posting this release! Now I can delete it from my wishlist. Of course it's a raw home-made demo with not so good quality of sound, but I still like it. Just keep in mind it's blackened punk rather than black metal.

Заводь - "В Клочья Да В Ямы" (2010)

ЗАВОДЬ "В Клочья Да В Ямы"

Year: 2010
Genre: Raw Black Metal / Grindcore
Country: Ukraine

Track List:
  1. Черновесть
  2. Превращение мертвого в живое. И наоборот
  3. В клочья да в ямы
  4. Крылья над клёном
  5. Славься, Русь

A new EP by this well-known Kharkiv-based chaotic blackened crust project (and of course, it's available for free by the band's permission). Fun fact: it was posted even on 88music (but quickly deleted) - they thought it's right wing because of the name of last track (which is named "Glory to Rus'" strictly for satirical purpose).

Corubo & Tremor - "Ancestral Metal" (split, 2009)

CORUBO / TREMOR "The End of Sorrow / Guarani Oporonhenói Gueteri"

Year: 2009
Genre: Black Metal, Native American Folk Metal
Country: Brazil / Colombia

Track List:

  1. Pakal
  2. Denial
  3. The Hunting
  4. Wisdom
  5. Manifest
  1. Guarani Oporonhenói Gueteri
  2. Oñembyesaráiva
  3. Hosãva
  4. Kuarahy Osemba Rire
  5. Amana

I already have introduced Corubo to you, and here's their split album w/ the Colombian band named Tremor. Looks like Tremor shares a simular ideology with Corubo, but they play very different type of BM.

Corubo - "Ãngy Mbya Kueíry Hachypáma, Opa Mba'e Achy Avei" (2009)

CORUBO "Ãngy Mbya Kueíry Hachypáma, Opa Mba'e Achy Avei"

Year: 2009
Genre: Black Metal, Native American Folk Metal
Country: Brazil

Track List:
  1. Oheja Ñandéve, Ñanderekópeguarã, Mba'e Ivaíva
  2. Ãngy Mbya Kueíry Hachypáma, Opa Mba'e Achy Avei
  3. Esperança Obscura
  4. Sapy'ánte Pyharevove
  5. Ñorairô Rekorekávo
  6. As Coisas Recomeçam Por Seu Fim
  7. Mombyryeterei Che Rendarãgui
  8. Yma Guaré Ñe'ê

"INDIGENOUS BLACK METAL, an idea that began between 1999 and 2000, it's not a Viking metal, not Nordic, not Satanic, not Nazi (anti), not NS (anti), but something with own origin and culture, something new and personal. The indigenous culture is almost extinct, many people see the indigenous peoples as something negative, or see with proud the real people from the country, the same country as almost exterminated them. But many people resist, as Corubo. The fact of living in an self environment, without laws, freedom, alone, in cooperation and respect, while in action against anything that destroys this ideal, brings us identification. We don't have nothing against cultures of other regions, but many, as the European culture that is highly exploited, its people are giving up their freedom by name or honor of a king, of a flag, of a law, of a race (even though exist only one: the human).

This is a self-description of Corubo, a band from Brazil who sings in Guarani (if I correctly identified the language). Yes, not only Aztra are playing left-leaning indigenous metal! Corubo's sound is really original and innovative, I haven't heard anything like that before. By the way... it's only me, or the middle part of 2nd track on this album is really simular to "The Sacred War"?

I found this band due to Critical Rupture blog. It was made by an Australian who's interested in all kinds of environmentalist, eco-anarchist and nature-inspired black metal. You can find a lot more of indigenous metal on his blog, and I'd agree with him that the message of Corubo is obviously anti-colonial, ecological, and anarchistic.

Neverchrist - "Infernal Possession" (2010)

NEVERCHRIST "Infernal Possession"

Year: 2010
Genre: Raw Black Metal
Country: Brazil

Track List:
  1. Infernal Possession
  2. Century XXI (The Masks Fall)
  3. Massacre to Christianity

This is the most recent release by Neverchrist, also sent to me by Thiago "Baphomet". Despite its year of production, it sounds very like the 1st-wave black/thrash metal of 80s (Bulldozer, Sarcofago, early Bathory...). Same for lyrical content: "In this infernal possession all is with the evil; sex, pleasure and death – our only way", etc. - sounds like typical early BM band's lyrics.

In the words of Thiago:

"We're are not socialist, communist, neither we are in some movement. But, at the same time, we don't support the NS, because we see this with some ridiculous, most in Latin-America! The name of your Demo was a direct attack to some people that had problems with us at these times, and to see if some said "nazi" was do something that he had said, 'cause as you know, this people only says, but never do nothing! A lot of cowards! So... I don't have no one problem to Neverchrist to be recognized with a band of RABM, but only the song Antinazi Black Metal do references to this, the other lyrics speak about anti-christianity, goetia, death, heresies, etc.. Neverchrist already release other stuffs next, that be: "Corrosive Rivers of Blood" (Tape February 2010 - under Viceral Vomit Records - Costa Rica), and with lyrics speaking about goetia and legends of ancient people natives from Brazil and pre-colombian people, like Aztecs, Mochicas, etc.. and next I release in internet the stuff "Infernal Possession", with a sound more Old School Black Metal, including a song created in join with Hector Corpus (Black Angel - Peru), and I send the link to you download it here, and divulge in your blog, if possible, thanks!"


Neverchrist - rehearsal tape (2002)

NEVERCHRIST "rehearsal demo 2002"

Year: 2002
Genre: Raw Black Metal
Country: Brazil

Track List:
  1. Cavalry Slaughter
  2. Silent Torment
  3. The Graveyard
  4. Tomb Of God

This rare rehearsal tape was sent to me by Thiago "Baphomet", the leader of Neverchrist. Of course the quality of production is terrible, so this record is probably only of a historical interest, but feel free to download it anyway. 


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fell Voices & Ash Borer - split (2010)


Year: 2010
Genre: Cascadian Black Metal
Country: USA

DOWNLOAD (no longer available, use bandcamp instead)

These two bands aren't overtly political, and this split is already posted in a lot of blogs, but I'll post it here as well. This self released split cassette contains two long untitled tracks, one by each band. It's really good stuff, especially the Ash Borer's side - way better than the first demo! Members of Fell Voices and Ash Borer also have a collaboration project called Sleepwalker.

Enough posts for today, 'cause I'm already extremely tired, so I'll continue to post music this weekend (maybe). Expect some stuff from Brazil, including Neverchrist's rare demos, and the new Panopticon.

A Cloud Forest - "Through The Eyes Of The Ambivalent" (2010)

A CLOUD FOREST "Through The Eyes Of The Ambivalent"

Year: 2010 
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Country: USA

Track List: 

  1. The Pangs of Conscience
  2. Blessed With This Curse
  3. Cain (Tiamat cover)
  4. This Dying Heart
  5. The Black Still Of Night
  6. Coronach


A Cloud Forest, an anarchist black metal act from Arizona, finally released their first full-length album on Oct.31! Let me quote Eric from ACF:

"The album is officially released on Oct 31 but there are already a bunch of blogs that have already posted it up this morning so whenever you want to post it is cool. If people are interested in purchasing the album or whatever it will be available off the website, and is currently available for download off of http://acloudforest.bandcamp.com/ for $3. There will also be physical CD copies for sale too but more than anything I just want it to get out there and have people be able to hear/experience it"

The archive contains all the music, inserts, lyrics and everything. Im my opinion, the quality of production was improved greatly since the release of the first demo... the only thing I really don't like about this release are the vocals. No offence, but it's really a huge letdown, so I'd advice Eric to find a better vocalist.

As for the music, it's quite good, with a certain influence of Cascadian BM and gothic metal. Especially the track "Cain" is much closer to gothic metal than to BM (no wonder, because this song was originally performed by Tiamat, and Tiamat is gothic metal... at least in 2000s. They're also pretty much pro-environment and leftist-friendly, judging from the interviews - though it isn't surprising for a band from Sweden).