Sunday, February 28, 2010

Filth Of Mankind - "The Final Chapter" (2001)

FILTH OF MANKIND "The Final Chapter"

Year: 2001
Genre: Apocalyptic Crust/Metal
Country: Poland

Track List:

  1. Upadek
  2. Poszanowanie róznorodnosci
  3. W piekle codziennosci
  4. Obledna rzeczywistosc
  5. Rejs ku zagladzie
  6. Bastard
  7. Cywilizacja jednorazowego uzytku
  8. Zamkniety rozdzial

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The 2nd release by Filth Of Mankind truly became a final chapter in their discography. The band is defunct now, but there's a project called Morne by some former members of FOM, and they're no worse than FOM.

This album is awesome, even better than "Czas Końca Wieku". What else can I say? Amebix and Axegrinder definitely should be proud to have such followers, and both albums by FOM are highly recommended to everyone who like dark, heavy, apocalyptic and politically charged music.

Filth Of Mankind - "Czas Końca Wieku" (1999)


FILTH OF MANKIND "Czas Konca Wieku"

Year: 1999
Genre: Apocalyptic Crust/Metal
Country: Poland

Track List:
  1. Czas Końca Wieku
  2. Na Krawedzi Życia
  3. Meski Świat
  4. Zwiastun
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Filth Of Mankind were a metallic crust band from Poland, who released two albums ~10 years ago. Both of their releases are just amazing, and highly recommended everyone who're into crust or metal. While it's not specifically "blackened crust" (at least I think so - though the atmospheric black metal influence is definitely present), it's still one of the best examples of heavy, dark and gloomy metallic crust, obviously influences by 80's UK crust/stenchcore bands. Now let the members of FOM speak for themselves:


"Filth Of Mankind was formed in early 1996 by: Maciek - vocals, Milosz - guitar, vocals, Pawel - guitar, Lazej - bass and Balon - drums. Some of us played also in a few other bands at that time: Money Drug, Stench Of Death, Noise Grass, Protest And Survive, etc. Forming F.O.M. we wanted to focus on the heavier and darker sound to illustrate the lyrics about subject as old and cliché as still urgent and annoying - such as politicians’ swindles, brutality of their thugs in uniforms, the madness of neverending consumption, poverty of the living as a cog in the capitalist machine or sick moral standards force fed since our birth and leading to lack of tolerance, respect or understanding any forms of diversity. Another important part of our lyrical content are visions of the apocalypse, towards which in our opinion, the humankind unavoidably goes. For such a verbal/musical approach we decided the best fitting name was the title of the Misery song - Filth Of Mankind (one of the other options was The Darkest Hour off the Amebix song - luckily we didn’t choose that, as there’s other band named D.H in the U.S.)"

Black Kronstadt - "The Free Spirit" (1996)


BLACK KRONSTADT "The Free Spirit"

Year: 1996
Genre: Crust/Hardcore, Blackened Crust
Country: Canada
Label: Mind Control

Track List:
  1. Lament For The Makers Of Song (On A Poem By Kenneth Patchen)
  2. Generation Useless
  3. Spoken Interlude 1
  4. Spoken Interlude 2
  5. I.M.F. (International Murder Fund)
  6. News To You
  7. N.A.F.T.A. (North American Slave Trade Agreement)
  8. Everything Is Political War
  9. Atom Nuclei
  10. Arms Change Hands
  11. Scenes From Gustafsen Lake
  12. Paranoid Delusions
  13. Outro
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This LP is the latest release by Black Kronstadt. The band broke up in 1997, and one of their former members formed Iskra in 2002. Obviously their music was way too experimental for the mid-90's crust/hardcore scene, but now we can see them as a founders of a whole "blackened crust" subgenre.

"The Free Spirit" remains highly underrated even for today. Not only it's far from typical 90's crust - it has some industrial overtones due to extensive use of sampling, and song structures which remind me of early industrial rock bands like Godflesh. The lyrical content on this album remains overtly political, of course. This is certainly an underrated album, and not everyone will like it even in our days... but I like it.

Black Kronstadt - "A World To Win" (1995)


BLACK KRONSTADT "A World To Win"

Year: 1995
Genre: Crust/Hardcore, Blackened Crust
Country: Canada
Label: Consensus Reality

Track List:
  1. Last Supper
  2. All Cyst'ms Down
  3. Antifa
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The second release by Black Kronstadt, despite being almost as raw and chaotic as the previous one, presents much more "metallic" sound (remember that in the mid-90's, crust and metal scenes were much diverged from each other). This EP, being obviously influenced by black metal and grindcore, is one of the first examples (if not the very first) of what would later evolve into Red & Anarchist Black Metal. A definitely must-listen release, even though not everyone may like it.

Black Kronstadt - "Crimes of Capital, Crimes of the State" (1992)


BLACK KRONSTADT "Crimes of Capital, Crimes of the State"]

Year: 1992
Genre: Crust/Hardcore
Country: Canada

Track List:
  1. Tragedy
  2. Law Of The Land
  3. Turning Point
  4. Power Lies
  5. Low Intensity Conflict
  6. Cyber
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This band MUST be on my blog, for obvious reasons ;) However, back in 1992 they were playing just very raw and noisy anarcho-punk/crustcore. Though some of the tracks ("Low Intensity Conflict", for ex.) already had some metal and grindcore overtones.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Amebix - "Monolith" (1987)

AMEBIX "Monolith"

Year: 1987
Genre: Crust/Thrash Metal
Country: UK
Label: Heavy Metal Records

Track List:

  1. Monolith
  2. Nobody's Driving
  3. The Power Remains
  4. Time Bomb
  5. Last Will and Testament
  6. I.C.B.M.
  7. Chain Reaction
  8. Fallen From Grace
  9. Coming Home

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This album is the last classic release by Amebix, and it's also their most gloomy and depressive one. This is partly because it was influenced by bands like Black Sabbath, Bauhaus, Joy Division and Killing Joke, and the album itself became a source of inspiration for not only crust and metal bands, but for some industrial rock bands as well (Godflesh, for ex.) The lyrics on this album are just perfect, so it's strongly recommended to read them (all the lyrics are included in the archive). Along with portraying a dark and gloomy image of post-apocalyptic world, they bear a strong revolutionary anti-authoritarian message. As for music... well, it's Amebix, enough said. BTW, the voice of the singer reminds the those of Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) a bit. Check out the last track, "Coming Home" - it's kind of a ballad, and it's really beautiful!

Amebix - "Arise!" (1985)

AMEBIX "Arise!"

Year: 1985
Genre: Crust/Thrash Metal
Country: UK
Label: Alternative Tentacles

Track List:

  1. The Moor
  2. Axeman
  3. Fear of God
  4. Largactyl
  5. Drink and Be Merry
  6. Spoils of Victory
  7. Arise!
  8. Slave
  9. The Darkest Hour
  10. Right to Ride
  11. Beyond the Sun

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NB: The song "Largactyl" was written in response and somewhat in honor to Martin (previous drummer) for being diagnosed with "paranoid schizophrenia" and being institutionalized without choice by his parents.

It's always hard to write about such well-known releases, so I'll make it as short as possible. This album is widely regarded as a classic example of 80's metallic crust punk, and it has became a source of inspiration for many well-known bands, including Sepultura, Neurosis, Deviated Instinct... and of course, for a lot of RABM bands! "Arise!" is more "metallic" than any of their previous releases, and the lyrics contain an explicit political message. While being absolutely not "soft" and "easy to listen", this album does contain a lot of slow acoustic parts, and the influence of post-punk and gothic rock is also evident.

Amebix - "No Sanctuary" (1984)


AMEBIX "No Sanctuary"

Year: 1984
Genre: Crust/Thrash Metal
Country: UK
Label: Spiderleg Records

Track List:
  1. Battery Humans
  2. Control
  3. Progress?
  4. Sanctuary
  5. The Church Is For Sinners
  6. Sunshine Ward (Glad To Be Dead)
  7. Moscow Madness (No Gods Part 2)
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NB: The cover is a photograph of Polish mothers looking for their dead sons during the 2nd World War.


When being compared with previous two 7''s, this 12'' EP features slighty better quality of production, and more "metallic" sound. Of course it's not comparable to their full-length releases, but it's a precursor for what was to come in 1985.

Amebix - "Winter" (1983)

AMEBIX "Winter"

Year: 1983
Genre: Crust Punk
Country: UK
Label: Spiderleg Records

Track List:

  1. Winter
  2. Beginning of the End

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NB: The painting on the cover is called The Second Coming (of which it was their second release) from the Czech painter and graphic artist Frantisek Kupka.

The 2nd 7'' by Amebix doesn't offer much better quality of production than the 1st one, but the song structures became more complex. The lyrics are gloomy and depressive (as expected from Amebix, though). It's certainly not recommended for anyone who have never listened to Amebix before, but it's still a classic release.

Amebix - "Who's The Enemy" (1982)

AMEBIX "Who's The Enemy"

Year: 1982
Genre: Crust Punk
Country: UK
Label: Spiderleg Records

Track List:

  1. Carnage
  2. Curfew
  3. Belief
  4. No Gods No Masters

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It is the first 7'' of one of the first (if not the first) crust punk bands - Amebix. Of course, "Who's The Enemy" is definitely not their best release, and it's even not an album for everyday listening. The sound is raw as hell, comparable with those of early black metal bands... but it's the true sound of early 80's underground punk!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Aztra - "Memoria" (2008)


AZTRA "Memoria"

Year: 2008
Genre: Heavy/Folk Metal
Country: Ecuador

Track List:
  1. Gritos del Sur
  2. Jatarishun
  3. Carula
  4. Forjando Libertad
  5. Alturas (Inti-Illimani)
  6. Combatir
  7. El Mañana
  8. Tierra Libre
  9. Sin Opcion
  10. Insurreccion
  11. Amor bajo el Sol
  12. Grito de Pilaga (Malon cover)
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The 4th and the latest up-to-date album by the Ecuadorian revolutionary metal band Aztra consists mostly of the new versions of their old songs. Even if you didn't like some of these songs on their earlier albums, it's certainly worth listening. There are some ballads, and the vocals are male (just line on "Raices"). If you're new to Aztra, feel free to start from this album.


myspace / official site

Aztra - "Raices" (2007)


AZTRA "Raices"

Year: 2007
Genre: Heavy/Folk Metal
Country: Ecuador

Track List:
  1. Prólogo
  2. El Camino del Sol
  3. Las Cuatro Partes de Este Mundo
  4. Dinastía Entre las Nubes
  5. Lamento
  6. Gritos de Guerra
  7. Amor Bajo el Sol
  8. Un Largo Andar
  9. Lago de Sangre
  10. Alma de Jaguar
  11. Sin Empezar
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An epic heavy/folk metal band Aztra is here again, with their 3rd album "Raices" (which means "Roots", I believe). This album, in my opinion, is significantly better than "Insurgente". Maybe it's not an excellent release, but it's definitely very good for any fan of melodic heavy metal. Check out the track "Lago de Sangre", one of the best songs by Aztra. I can't understand much of the lyrics, but they're apparently based on the folklore of indigenous American people, and they're encouraging to fight for freedom. The vocals on this album are male, and their current singer is a good one.

Aztra - "Insurgente" (2006)


AZTRA "Insurgente"

Year: 2006
Genre: Heavy/Folk Metal
Country: Ecuador

Track List:
  1. Intro
  2. Insurrección
  3. Gritos del Sur
  4. Combatir
  5. Atik Capari
  6. Octubre 18
  7. Sol Rojo
  8. Relato Original de Víctor Jara (Speech)
  9. Manifiesto
  10. Sangre Obrera
  11. Forjando Libertad
  12. Sin Opción (New Version)
  13. Tierra Libre (New Version) + La Internacional
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Looks like the lyrics on this album are much more explicitly political, when compared to previous album. But to be honest, musically it's my least favourite album by Aztra. Just like on "Tierra Libre", vocals are female, the songs are melodic but generally not too catchy. As far as I can understand, most of the lyrics are about revolution, socialism and the rights of native American people. And yes, Victor Jara isn't forgotten!

Aztra - "Tierra Libre" (2004)


AZTRA "Tierra Libre"

Year: 2004
Genre: Heavy/Folk Metal
Country: Ecuador

Track List:
  1. Intro
  2. Jatarishum
  3. Sangre Fiel
  4. Justicia y Libertad
  5. Alturas (Inti Illimani Cover)
  6. Aztra
  7. Compañera
  8. Puca Parari
  9. Plegaria
  10. Tierra Libre
  11. Carula
  12. Sin Opción
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And finally, here comes one of the best leftist metal bands from Latin America - Aztra. As far as I know, they're relatively well known in Ecuador and even in Spain, but not so well known outside the Spanish-speaking world. They're also one of a few bands who incorporate elements of Native American folk in their music. All the vocals on this album are female, and the music is very melodic.

Subvertor - "Transgreso-Evolucion" (1999)


SUBVERTOR "Transgreso-Evolucion"

Year: 1999
Genre: Death Metal / Grindcore
Country: Bolivia
Label: Wild Rags Records

Track List:
  1. Intro
  2. Vivisection
  3. XX
  4. Justicia (Che Guevara)
  5. Anoxibiosis
  6. Compulsion
  7. Nutricion-Cero
  8. Hecatombe
  9. Lacra
  10. Terrorista
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One more album by Subvertor, and it's their latest release up to date (if the promo CD from the Death Fest-2007 doesn't count). Musically it's more brutal than "Cryptobiosis", though the sound became more generic - it's just brutal death metal / grindcore, nothing really surprising.


myspace

Subvertor - "Cryptobiosis" (1997)


SUBVERTOR "Cryptobiosis"

Year: 1997
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Country: Bolivia
Label: Wild Rags Records

Track List:
  1. Creacion Mundana
  2. Justicia (Che Guevara)
  3. Posthumo Insania
  4. Lagrimas De Extincion
  5. Anoxibiosis
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This evening is definitely going to be an evening of latinoamerican metal in my blog. Well... why not to post some, if it's good? Subvertor are a Bolivian death metal band which hold socialist beliefs, formed in 1990 and still active today. They apparently are paying much homage to Che Guevara (remember that he was executed right there in Bolivia...) Enjoy!

A Punto - "Popular Poder" (1994)

A PUNTO "Popular Poder"

Year: 1994
Genre: Thrash Metal
Country: Argentina
Label: Art Beat Rec.

Track List:
  1. Revolution Permanente
  2. Guerrilla Death
  3. De Balín a Botón
  4. Necesitados Unidos
  5. Saqueos
  6. El Laburante
  7. Omar Carrasco
  8. Inocentes Con Fe
  9. Raya-Dura (Genocidio-Indulto)
  10. A Punto Che (live)
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One more band from Argentina, now it's anarcho-communist thrash metal. The band is still active today, though they haven't released any more albums. Here's their myspace.


BTW, where have gone all these Argentinian leftist metal bands? Today's Argentinian political metal scene seem to be predominately right wing, with only exception of female fronted punk/thrash metal band Espartako (but they're much more punk than metal)...

Terrorist - "Mata O Muere" (2003)


TERRORIST "Mata O Muere"

Year: 2003
Genre: Death Metal
Country: Argentina
Label: Deus Mortuus Prod.

Track List:
  1. Mundo En Llamas
  2. Estado Brutal
  3. Himno Del Odio
  4. Mata O Muere
  5. 100% Terroristas
  6. Enemigo
  7. Malditas Partes En Mi Mente
  8. Ossama
  9. Cadenas Sangrientas
  10. Enfermo De Mierda
  11. Desprecio
  12. Un Minuto De Silencio
  13. Disturbios
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One more death metal band, and they seem to be somehow related to Profecium (at least, according to Metal-Archives, the lead singer of Profecium was also in Terrorist). Musically it's just typical death metal, nothing really outstanding, but if you like good death metal or grindcore (Terrorizer, Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, etc.), you probably will like "Mata O Muere". They have at least one more album (called "Collision" and released in 2002). 


myspace

By the way, I've found an article about history of Profecium (in Spanish). Don't know how accurate are the facts in it, but here it is:

"PROFECIUM: Año 1993, Solrak sube a un colectivo que lo llevaria a su casa en La Matanza, zona oeste. alli se encuantra con odnajela, un viejo compañero de la escuela con quien habia (para el pesar de ellos) dado el catesismo. lo que mas les sorprendio a ellos fue que ambos compartian los estandares de vestimentas de heavy metal, cosa que los unio bastante. ordanjela y behemoth (hermano de solrak, guitarrista cantante de sartan)eran fanaticos del doom y comensaron a ensayar, ayudandoles solrak con la bateria. al poco tiempo encuentr a olbap y con el deciden formar a profecium, una de las bandas precursoras del black metal latinoamericano. la formacion fue solrak (guitarras y voces), ordnajela (bajo) y olbap (bateria).con esa formacion comienzan a hacer fechas enrolados por una influencia cruzada entre celtic frost y bathory. una persona en el under tenia un sello discografico independiente llamado dark drumer records. esta persona tenia ganas de firmar con sartan (la otra banda de metal extremo de solrak) pero como sartan ya habia firmado para sick boy racords, solrak decidio mentirle al dueño del sello diciendole que sartan todavia no estab preparado, pero que tenia otra banda para mostrarle, Profecium. y asi fue al dueño del sello le interezo la banda y decidio producirles su disco debut "satanas". los miembros de profecium decidieron festejar el mismo dia de la grabacion. antes de entrar a los estudios, se emborracharon y cuando terminaban sus partes se drogaban y seguian tomando alcohol, cosa que horrorizo a los ingenieros del estudio. para varios temas tuvieron la colavoracion de maimon (el otro guitarrista/vocalista de sartan) quien cuado daba sus gritos desgarrados, solrak lo golpeaba en sus costillas para que suene mas desgarrado. finalisada la grabacion el disco se edita en 1994. para ese mismo año profecium tiene 2 grandes sucesos: 1 - cuando sartan entra a los estudios para grabr "sepultando las lagrimas del señor" se encuentran con los miembros de labanda terrorist, con quien establesen amistad. al poco tiempo esta banda se separa y su vocalista, atar (tambien llamado chukaro), pasa a cantar en profecium 2 - el segundo suceso importante para profecium fue el primer festival de solo black metal en argentina donde tocaron con hermon, windfall y otra banda mas desconocida.. para ese tiempo comenzaron a componer los temas de su segundo disco "socilismo satanico". como se puede imaginar este disco tiene una lirica de tinte politico enraizado con el comunismo, convirtiendolo asi en el primer disco como tal de RABM. en cuanto al satanismo se lo usa de forma simbolica. muchos problemas se le suman a profecium: profanacion de cementerios, palizas varias, linchamientos, incendio del local sick boy records. en el 96 se les une aknalb en teclados. para principios del 97 entran a estudios para grabar "socialismo satanico". el mismo no fue editado "oficialmente", osea no fue dado en istribucion directa a el publico. solo 500 copias se editaron y fueron repartidos entre amgos cercanos a la banda"

Mass Obliteration - "Abrahamithic Curse" (2007)


MASS OBLITERATION "Abrahamithic Curse"

Year: 2007
Genre: Death Metal 
Country: Italy


Track List:
  1. Shrine of the I pt.1
  2. Supremacy
  3. From Beyond
  4. Shrine of the I pt. 2
  5. Balls Torture for Preachers
  6. Aaimonion (Demon of Goddess)
  7. Shrine of the I pt.3
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Well... it isn't black metal, but at least it's extreme metal music charged with anarchist/socialist ideas. I was contacted by A.Lisi (one of the founding members of Mass Obliteration) and he sent me a link to this demo. Lyrics and scans are included (though the lyrics on this demo aren't very political... just anti-religious). Hope you wouldn't be against for some anarchist death metal ;)

myspace

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Katyusha - "demo" (2010)

KATYUSHA "demo"

Year: 2010
Genre: RABM
Country: Canada 

Track List:

  1. Red Circle
  2. Revolutionary Black Metal
  3. Retribution
  4. Reprisal

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(UPD: re-uploaded with better quality)

"Revolutionary Socio-Anarcho Black Metal" from Canada (Quebec). (NB: there are also a R.A.S.H. band with the same name from Lugano, Switzerland, who sing in Italian... and they actually are very good!)

Speaking of sound, it's just black metal, nothing more, nothing less. The only standout track is "Reprisal" - an ambient track played completely on synthesizers. Honestly, you won't lose much, if you wouldn't listen to it at all. The other 3 tracks sound very nice, though - at least it's no worse than Mrakobesie or Jarost Marksa. I can't say much about the lyrics, because I could understand only separate words like "nazi scum" etc., but apparently they have a very strong political charge. Overall a very promising demo, let's wait for more stuff from them!

myspace

Drifter - "Nowhere To Hide" (1989)


DRIFTER "Nowhere To Hide"

Year: 1989
Genre: Technical Thrash Metal
Country: Switzerland
Label: Teldec / Frontrow

Track List:
  1. So Much Blood
  2. Strontium Dog
  3. Concrete Jungle
  4. King Corruption
  5. Forgotten Tower
  6. Principle of Speed
  7. Shame of a Perfect Race
  8. The Elder
  9. We Can't Be Beaten
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"If you wanna be in my gang
Stand up with me
We'll start a revolution
And make the streets free..."



Don't you know that there were a lot of good political metal bands back in the 80s? No, I wouldn't post very well-known stuff like Kreator, but I definitely feel that I should post the whole Amebix discography, and some other 80's bands that made a great influence on today's RABM scene. But I'll do it in the next few days, and now you may enjoy an another metal band from the 80s - Drifter.


Drifter have started in the early 80s as a fantasy-themed metal band, but later they became much more socially/politically conscious. At least "Nowhere To Hide" has only one or two songs with fantasy-based lyrics. All the other tracks are about more serious topics such as nuclear war, environmentalism, corrupt politicians, etc. and their lyrics generally seem to be very left wing. The musicianship is also excellent; if you like old school heavy/thrash metal, you definitely would like "Nowhere To Hide". Check out the track "Strontium Dog", for example...

P.S. Surpisingly enough, the band is still very active and playing concerts (though not releasing anything new). Here's their myspace.

Arsen aka König der Monster - "No Gods... Only Monsters" (2003)


ARSEN aka KOENIG DER MONSTER "No Gods... Only Monsters"

Year: 2003
Genre: Dark Hardcore / Blackened Crust
Country: Germany

Track List:
  1. Erde Meldet Sich Zurück
  2. No Gods...Only Monsters
  3. Rituale AKA Machopisser Stirb
  4. Soziohierachizid
  5. Stillstand
  6. Teil 2 - Zu Schnell
  7. Wichtig
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Thanks to one of my anonymous readers for uploading this album! As you already know, Arsen aka König der Monster were a part of Bremen hardcore scene, and they were one of the first European hardcore bands to incorporate some elements of black metal into their music. It's the one and only LP by them, sadly thay have split up.

Okkultokrati - "Knarkskog" (2009)

OKKULTOKRATI "Knarkskog"

Year: 2009
Genre: Blackened Hardcore
Country: Norway


Track List:
  1. Dopecradle
  2. Hand Of Glory
  3. Neandertime
  4. Dying Mongrel
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"True Norwegian Metaphysical Atheist Black 'n' Roll", as they decribe themselves. Actually, it's just hardcore, but strongly influenced by Norwegian black metal. "Knarkskog" was released in August 2009 and is available online for free. The quality of recording is a bit crappy, though; hope the upcoming LP "No Light For Mass" will be produced better.


official blog

Shikabane - 1st EP + split w/ Agathocles


SHIKABANE (屍) 1st EP + split with Agathocles

Year: 199?
Genre: Japancore/Grindcore
Country: Japan


Track List:
  1. 善悪
  2. 人間に生まるること難し
  3. 独裁者
  4. 現実逃避
  5. 罰すべき世俗の偽善者
  6. 過剰欲
  7. 精神安定剤
  8. 虚栄の過ち
  9. 身心脱落
  10. 無心無念の境界
  11. 所業 + 無
  12. 仏造って魂入れず
  13. 摩訶般若波羅蜜多心経 + 欲にきりなし、地獄に底なし
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I've already posted all releases by Shikabane that I have, expect for the first EP and the 3 tracks from their split EP with Agathocles. Well, here it is! Of course, it's not metallic hardcore / blackened crust, as on their latest releases, but rather fastcore/grindcore with very fast and short tracks. It still resembles Radioskugga a little, though.

It's unknown if they are still active as a band, or if they have any other releases beside those I've already posted. But anyway, they already left their mark in history of Japanese hardcore/crust scene.

Ewig Frost - "Blue Septime Winters" (2007)


EWIG FROST "Blue Septime Winters"

Year: 2007
Genre: Raw Black Metal
Country: Austria
Label: Ashen Productions

Track List:
  1. Landscapes Of Frost (The Dying Emotion)
  2. Army Of The Beast
  3. Throne Of Slaves
  4. Possessed
  5. Die Brut
  6. Twisted Blood
  7. Visions Of Black
  8. Blue Septime Winters (Blood Of Brothers)
  9. Warlust + Blue Septime Winters (live)
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The first release by Ewig Frost (you already know them). Actually, this album isn't very good when compared to "Rust" EP, and the band themselves admit it. But if you like "Rust", you might find "Blue Septime Winters" worth listening too. And don't forget that Ewig Frost are very short of money after the release of "Rust", so it would be good to support them by purchasing that EP through their myspace...

Friday, February 12, 2010

Black Trinity - "In This Black Thrashing Night Of Infernal Hell" (2010)


BLACK TRINITY "In This Black Thrashing Night Of Infernal Hell"

Year: 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Greece


Track List:
  1. Hate Is Fertile
  2. Total Havoc
  3. Revenge
  4. Throne Of Dark
  5. Everlasting Chaos
  6. Beyond Death
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It's the first full-length release by Black Trinity. Beside this album and "The Blackstorm Is Unfold" EP, they also have a demo called "The Forest of the Lost Souls", but I don't know if it was released to the public.
Yes, punks can play really trve & kvlt black metal! Just listen to this album, and you'll have no doubt about it. Unlike Cascadian BM, it's not very atmospheric - it's just raw and hateful. The whole album is a worship of early 90s-black metal, with clear thrash metal and crust overtones. BTW, you can get it straight from the band - just contact them!

Black Trinity - "The Blackstorm Is Unfold" (2005)


BLACK TRINITY "The Blackstorm Is Unfold"

Year: 2005
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Greece


Track List:
  1. Thy Conquest
  2. Unholy Fire
  3. The Immortal Ones
  4. Under The Fullmoon
  5. Deathcrush (Mayhem cover)
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Black Trinity are an old-school black/thrash metal band from Thessaloniki, Greece (don't confuse them with another BM project from Cleveland under the same name!). Actually they're punks who also play in various D.I.Y. punk and crust bands, like Dyspnea (I have some of their releases, but haven't listened to them yet) and Go Filth Go. They're 100% D.I.Y. and anti-nazi for sure. 

Antichrist & Intensity - split 7'' (2003)


ANTICHRIST & INTENSITY "split 7''"

Year: 2003
Genre: Blackened Crust
Country: Poland / Sweden


Track List:

Antichrist
  1. Pytania
  2. Granice wolnosci
  3. Piach w maszynie
Intensity
  1. Cut and paste
  2. Ingen manniska ar illegal
  3. A life cut short
  4. Burn it down
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Unlike two releases I've posted previously, this split album has very much to do with black metal. Actually, it's very close to Antichrist's 2002 album in terms of sound. Too sad it's their last release... And speaking of Intensity - it's just your typical swedish crust band, enough said.


The archive includes some scans of the booklet, with lyrics printed in Polish and English. Unfortunately the scans are of very low resolution... From what I could read, Antichrist's lyrics seem to be anti-religious (well, no wonder) and anarchistic.

Antichrist & Dysmorfofobia - "Common Rules" (2001)


ANTICHRIST & DYSMORPHOPHOBIA "Common Rules" (split)

Year: 2001
Genre: Crust / Industrial
Country: Poland


Track List:

Antichrist
  1. Millenium
  2. Ludzkie Mrowisko
  3. Gig
Dysmorfofobia 
  1. Common Rules
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Just as on "The Blind" LP, there's not much black metal, it's just crust (but it's good crust!) As for Dysmorfofobia, they're playing rather strange music of sludge/industrial kind (slightly simular to Godflesh). Sorry for too low quality of the cover picture, I don't know where to get better one.

Antichrist - "The Blind" + s/t 7'' (1998)


ANTICHRIST "The Blind" (+ s/t 7'')

Year: 1998
Genre: Crust
Country: Poland


Track List:
  1. "Generation next"
  2. 11.09.98 Bytom
  3. Codziennie na ulicy
  4. Wszyscy odpowiedzialni
  5. Jej prawo
  6. Ślepi
  7. Plastikowe kule
  8. Choroba skуry
  9. Wciąż to samo
  10. Na marginesie
  11. Nie ma ucieczki
  12. Wyjście
  13. Pomyіka
  14. Ten kraj
  15. Deklaracja
  16. System
  17. Bez zіudzeс
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If you're interested in early releases by Antichrist, then these tracks are for you. Of course it's not black metal, it's punk/crust (no wonder, 'cause it was recorded in 90s, when crust wasn't so "blackened"), but it's very decent crust. It's also a relatively rare and hard-to-find release.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ewig Frost - "Rust" (2009)


EWIG FROST "Rust"

Year: 2009
Genre: Old-School Black Metal
Country: Austria
Label: Noise of Dissent

Track List:
  1. Intro
  2. Kid of Chaos
  3. The Anti Nazi Track
  4. The Pirates of Black Metal
  5. Sunken in the Sun
  6. Outro
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Do you like Children of Technology, Nuclear Frost, Wastelander or Ork Bastards, and don't like nazi posers in black metal? Then you'll probably like this EP. Ewig Frost are playing old-school black metal, highly influenced by punk and bands like Venom. They also have a full-length album called "Blue Septime Winters", but I haven't listened to it yet.


Well, enough for today. Hope I'll post everything I want in the next 2-3 days. Keep an eye on the updates!
UPD: myspace (you can buy "Rust" there!)

Agrimonia - "Agrimonia" (2008)

AGRIMONIA "Agrimonia"

Year: 2009
Genre: Sludgecore / Blackened Crust
Country: Sweden
Label: Skuld / IJC / Detesta Records

Track List:

  1. The Unknown Bury Me
  2. The Decay
  3. Scars Make Life
  4. Leaves Fall Rotten
  5. The Plague

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Line-up:

Björn - Drums
Christina - Vocals
Mange - Bass
Per - Guitars (Martyrdöd)
Pontus - Guitars, keys, backing vocals (Martyrdöd, Miasmal)

Agrimonia are a female fronted metal band from Sweden, featuring some members of Martyrdöd. They're described on Metal-Archives as "Melodic Death Metal/Crust", but I think they're doom/sludge than death metal or crust (though they're generally associated with Swedish crust scene). And the vocals are brutal, I must say... BTW, they were playing at Alerta Antifascista festival in Hannover last year, and they'll play there @ 21-22 May this year.

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Arsen aka König der Monster - "Black Sunday" (2002)

ARSEN aka KOENIG DER MONSTER "Black Sunday"

Year: 2002
Genre: Dark Hardcore / Blackened Crust
Country: Germany

Track List:

  1. Wir Haben Es Ja Versucht
  2. Einsam Wenn Man Die Wahrheit Weiss
  3. Verdammte Scheisse
  4. Sie Kriegen Uns Nicht

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Arsen aka König der Monster were a dark hardcore / screamo band who recorded two EPs and one LP in 2002-2003 and then split up. They were a part of Bremen hardcore scene, which was characterised by its distinct sound. This EP definitely has a very strong black metal influence, and the sound is very gloomy, dark and powerful. I don't have any other releases by them, but I think they wouldn't be hard to find.

Sibat - demo (2010)


SIBAT "demo"

Year: 2010
Genre: Raw Blackened Crust
Country: Philippines


Track List:
  1. Pulang Hukbo ng Bayan (People's Red Army)
  2. We'll Fight Them 'Till The End
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Yes, the RABM movement exists even in Philippines! Sibat is an one-man project by Ka Mao, who lives somewhere in the northeast of Philippines, and he's obviously aware of my blog ;) These two tracks are ripped from youtube, but Sibat also have a myspace page.

I've never heard any Philippine punk or metal bands before, so can't compare Sibat with them. But at least this stuff is better than Zudas Krust or any other Malaysian or Indonesian crust band that I've heard. The vocals aren't in black metal way, but maybe it's even for good. Hope to hear more stuff from Sibat soon, and the Eastern Asian RABM scene will grow!