Sunday, December 22, 2013

Krawwl - "Nihil MMXIII" (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Ireland


Cassette Demo, No. 1. Released August, 2013.
20mins (presented on one side of a 40min tape)

Very interesting release (consisting of an intro and 4 unnamed tracks), but I have nearly no info about the band. The only thing they've provided me is the contact address: krawwl.mmxiii(at)gmail(dot)com. They also participated in the "Endless Torment" compilation by Cvlt Nation.


P.S. There's still a lot more demos in my incoming mail, many of which similarly lacking info about the bands/artists themselves. I'll probably take a rest until the new year, and then look into all these demos (with help of my co-editors) when I'll have free time. Stay tuned.

Nostalgique - "Veil" (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Post-Black Metal
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Blackness of the Eternal Curtain
  2. Dark Night of the Soul
  3. Recollection
  4. Reflective Paradox of Monotony
  5. Veil

A release by one of my Baltimore-based readers. After looking at the album cover and track names, you might this it's just yet another atmospheric/depressive BM project. It isn't quite true; while it's indeed based on atmospheric BM/DSBM, it actually incorporates elements of different BM subgenres.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Ancient Oak - "Никто не вернет, никто не вспомнит" (2013)

ANCIENT OAK "Никто не вернет, никто не вспомнит"

Year: 2013
Genre: Instrumental Black/Pagan Metal, Blackened Crust
Country: Russia

Track List:
  1. Никто не вернет
  2. Никто не вспомнит

This single was released because the upcoming full-length album (titled "Huldufólk") is still in the works and not going to be released anytime soon. However, a preview of "Huldufólk" is already available here. As for this single, it's good as always, and fortunately there's no vocals (which were the weakest part of "Den Siste Bastion").

Nidra - "Кома" (2013)

NIDRA "Кома"

Year: 2013
Genre: Doom Metal
Country: Russia

Track List:
  1. Серная скорбь
  2. Внутренняя вечность
  3. Ушедшим прежде
  4. Мор
  5. Забвение
  6. Скитание
  7. Отчуждённость
  8. Рассвет
  9. Блуждающие / Procession of the Dead Clowns (Blut Aus Nord cover)

We have a long history of mutual support with निद्रा (aka Nidra), so I decided to post their newest LP here, even though they're neither an openly political band, nor a black metal band by now. This album is more or less pure doom metal, not much reminds of their BM roots. That said, it's a great album, probably one of the best releases by the ex-USSR doom metal scene. The vocal work could be better, though, but otherwise it's very good and definitely recommended to everyone, especially to those who liked their early releases (btw, they got their foreign audience mostly because of my blog; hope this post will help too).

Friday, December 20, 2013

Redneck Warmachine - "Cryptic Basement Terror" (2011)

REDNECK WARMACHINE "Cryptic Basement Terror"

Year: 2011
Genre: Grindcore, Crustgrind
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Guard Bears
  2. A.C.B.H.G.S.
  3. The Darkness That Sweeps From The North
  4. The Reeking Horde
  5. The Weed Experience
  6. Pedal

After I mentioned Redneck Warmachine in my Radagast post, people started to ask me where to download their demo, as it turned out to be quite hard to find. Well, here it is. I also received a message from one of the members of RD. According to him, the band is on hiatus right now, but hopefully there will be more releases in the future. The one and only RD demo was recorded two years ago.

Project Dekadenz - "D-Day Apocalypse" (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Metallic Crust
Country: Estonia

bandcamp / facebook

Intense metallic crust/d-beat from Estonia, aggressive, fast (definitely breaking the stereotype of "Estonian slowness"!), and primitive. PD were formed in 2010 in Tartu. They've discovered my blog not so long ago and thought that their newest album "D-Day..." (released 1st of September 2013) would fit in well. I think so too. ;)

Negative Standards -split w/ Whitehorse (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Blackened Crust/Doom/Sludge
Country: USA


Another band that mixes blackened crust with doom/sludge, and whose releases already were featured on my blog before. Here's 2 tracks from their newest split 12'' w/ Melbourne-based band Whitehorse. There's more blackened crust and less doom/sludge, if compared with their earlier stuff. Whitehorse's side of the split can be found here.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Act of Impalement - "Hyperborean Altar" (2013)

ACT OF IMPALEMENT "Hyperborean Altar"

Year: 2013
Genre: Blackened Doom Metal
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Necromancer's Theme
  2. Teutoburg Forest
  3. Upon the Hyperborean Altar of the Triad Gods
  4. No Viking Funeral for Betrayers
  5. Inquisition (of the Innocent)
  6. Northumbrian King
  7. Rise, Ancient Pantheon
bandcamp / facebook

A new EP from this Nashville-based "war doom from Hell" band, definitely better than their debut demo: much heavier, more BM- and old school death metal-influenced. The band members adhere to the DIY punk ethos.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Napalm Christ - demo (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Blackened Death Metal, Deathgrind
Country: USA
Label: A389 Recordings / Goatprayer Records

Track List:
  1. Idols of Evil
  2. Life is Dimming
  3. Reclaimed by the Earth
  4. Nuclear Holy War
  5. Despoilment of Will
  6. Burning Away the Scourge
bandcamp / facebook

One more demo submitted for possible inclusion on my blog, on which I'd agree with this review: it's definitely one of the best demos I heard in the last few months. Despite black metal imagery, the music itself is much closer to death metal/grindcore and (at times) doom/sludge. Very powerful release, highly recommended!

Kiffin Rogers - Guitar, Vocals 
Michael Lawrence - Guitar 
Alan Wells - Bass, Vocals 
David Sroczynski - Drums 

Recorded by Alan Wells with assistance from Keith Bracy (Little Rock, AR)

Mastered by Collin Jordan at Boiler Room Mastering (Chicago, IL)
Artwork by Dennis Lee Hughes

Almanac - split w/ SNB (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: USBM, Blackened Punk
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Sacrifice
  2. Seance
  3. Emersion
  4. Harvest

4 new tracks from Almanac (whose debut release was posted on my blog this spring), soon to be released on a split tape w/ Malaysian noisecore band Shitnoise Bastards.

"Almanac return with four blistering, yet refined tracks of their scathing black metal-punk attack. A slightly cleaner and more atmospheric sound for this recording demonstrates the matured and evolving sound of the one man project. The four incantations that follow conjure forth the power of the seasons only truly attainable on the date of its manifestation- Halloween.  
Tape SOON available on Total Shit Productions, Malaysia.

The Dead Process - "Truth=Nightmare" (2013)

THE DEAD PROCESS "Truth=Nightmare"

Year: 2013
Genre: Dark Ambient, Industrial Noise, Power Electronics
Country: Russia

Track List:
  1. Truth=Nightmare
  2. The Dead Process (HighWay17 Perversion Version)
  3. Distorted Perception (Requisitio Sensus Aeternum Remix)

Political noise/industrial/ambient project from Murom (~400km from Moscow), started in 2010 by Vladimir "Dissonance" (as of now, The Dead Process is a duo consisting of Vladimir and Xenia). Maybe not exactly anarchist, but definitely left wing. Honestly, this EP is nothing special in terms of sound, but I think they deserve respect for their social awareness, as well as for being a live project which is touring even small provincial towns where most people don't even know what "industrial" or "noise" music is.

facebook / twitter / soundcloud

Iprit - "Stagnation" (2013)

IPRIT "Stagnation"

Year: 2013
Genre: Black Metal, Blackened Punk
Country: Russia

Track List:
  1. Свидетелей не будет
  2. Последний поезд
  3. Stagnation

 A new EP from Siberian black metal punks. If you liked their earlier recordings, you probably will enjoy this one too.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

WÖLVEFRÖST - "Barbarian Hellstorm" (2013)

WÖLVEFRÖST "Barbarian Hellstorm"

Year: 2013
Genre: Blackened Crust
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Drums of War
  2. Iron Fist of the Orc
  3. Barbarian Hellstorm
  4. Gravelord
  5. Burning a Troll
  6. Amongst the Mist
facebook / bandcamp

Very intense blackened crust from Seattle, somewhat monotonous yet very brutal and powerful. A short review of  "Barbarian Hellstorm" can also be found here.

"This is a blackened D-beat project, but rather than lyrical themes of nuclear warfare it focuses on fantasy realms of tolkien/d&d etc. Hope it can find a place on RABM although it is not a political band"

Radagast - "An Earthly Sacrament" (2012)

RADAGAST "An Earthly Sacrament"

Year: 2012
Genre: Cascadian Black Metal
Country: USA


"Amazing green, apocalyptic, cascadian, epic, folk-black metal. Radagast began with Mark Tierney(the talent behind the project, and drummer of blackened crust-grind band Redneck Warmachine)..."

Well... can't say it's that amazing, but it's certainly a good debut which shows a lot of potential. Definitely recommended for everyone who's into Cascadian scene. And for those who's into crustgrind, Redneck Warmachine album  "Cryptic Basement Terror" is highly recommended too.

Irony - "Sheitan Kommando" (2011-2013)

IRONY "Sheitan Kommando"

Year: 2013
Genre: Blackened Crust/Thrash Metal
Country: Belgium

Track List:
  1. Wolves Will Eat You
  2. Boring Town
  3. Family
  4. Ironic Bastard
  5. Satanic Penis
  6. Fashion Warfare
  7. Sheitan Kommando
  8. The Quest
  9. Satanic Penix (bonus)
  10. Wolves Will Eat You (bonus)
  11. Fucking Hipster (bonus)
bandcamp / facebook

"Irony was born at the end of 2009 in Brussels (Belgium) by Belial and Saami as a crossover project, they were soon joined by Cezary on drums and started to mix up them influences to made something between the 80's hardcore, thrash metal, crust punk and some kidding lyrics to protest against serious bands that are talking about stuff they don't even understand to look "trve"...

Influences: Bathory, Black Uniforms, Broken Bones, Descendents, Discharge, Sacrilege, Slayer, Sodom, Venom, ..."

Human Bodies - demo MMXIII (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: USBM, Blackened Punk
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Segments, Nevermore
  2. Stygian Reverie
  3. Dregs
  4. While the Others Wait

A 2-piece, raw, punk-infused anarchist black metal band from Boston, MA. Human Bodies are a very new project (formed just about 2 months ago), and released only one short demo so far.

Smuteční slavnost - "Nářky věčného zatracení" (2013)

SMUTECNI SLAVNOST "Nářky věčného zatracení"

Year: 2013
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Czech Republic

Track List:
  1. Štěkot obrovské smečky psů a kvílení duševně nemocných
  2. ...a pátý jezdec je Strach
  3. Ansuz
  4. Hození boha do propasti
  5. Národ věčného Podzimu
bandcamp / blog

"Strictly unorthodox black metal from Praha", finally released their first cassette titled "Nářky věčného zatracení". The music is indeed unorthodox, and sounds more like industrial than metal at times (track #4 for example), but overall it's black metal (albeit avant-garde). The cover image is a still from Béla Tarr's experimental movie "The Turin Horse".

All the tapes are soul out by now, but you still can visit their bandcamp page and buy their mp3 for whatever price you want, if you wish to support the Czech antifascist BM compilation they would be part of.

Monday, December 9, 2013

JØTNARR - demo (2013)

JØTNARR "demo"

Year: 2013
Genre: Black Metal, Blackened Crust
Country: UK

JØTNARR are a new 3-piece blackened crust band whose first 2-track rehearsal demo is available off their bandcamp page. According to the band, they've found my blog while searching for Orhorho. A short review of their demo can be found here.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Burnt X Cross - s/t (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Metallic Hardcore
Country: Russia

Track List:
  1. Архистратиг  
  2. Прокаженный
  3. Триумф Рабов
  4. Четыре Всадника
  5. Люцифер
bandcamp / facebook

Hardcore/metal from the heart for Siberia (Novosibirsk). Definitely recommended to those who are into Holy Terror HC (I think it'd go without saying, though; the cover art speaks for itself). I've listened to this EP right after it was released (a month and a half ago), but I didn't knew that they read my blog.

Fifteen Dead & Wolfe - Humanity Is Ending (2012)

FIFTEEN DEAD / WOLFE "Humanity is Ending"

Year: 2012
Genre: Blackened Crust, Blackened Grind
Country: UK / Australia

Track List:

  1. XIV
  2. VII
Fifteen Dead
  1. Antitheist
bandcamp / bandcamp
Both Fifteen Dead and Wölfe already were featured on my blog before, so I think they need no introduction. It's strange, though, that I didn't knew about this spit until last week, even though it was released in 2012. P.S. It's also funny that the album poster is an 11Mb file, while all the mp3's altogether are only 8.5Mb.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Entfremdung - demo II (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Raw Black Metal, Ambient
Country: UK 

Track List:
  1. Intro + Our March
  2. Hymn
  3. Kallt Krig

The second demo from Entfremdung, also available at Red Shambhala. 3 tracks, released as limited CD-R.

Larva ov Cum - "IRA" (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Industrial Black Metal
Country: Italy 

Track List:
  1. La supplica dell'IRA
  2. Calcolando l'equazione della schiavitù
  3. Imploro fiumi di IRA Sociale
  4. La perfezione del numero Sette
  5. La teoria del Lacrimogeno Angry Birds
  6. Alti inni al tempio bancario
  7. La congettura dell'ardimento del ruffiano
  8. Invocazione finale

The 3rd release from Larva ov Cum, with all the hallmarks of LoC - mainly, clean vocals and political/satirical lyrics. As far as I can understand, the lyrics are mostly a satire of the current political situation in Italy, and the album title is an apparent homage to the Irish Republicanism. Personally I was never a big fan of the IRA; moreover, I think the prayer of IRA (a predominantly Catholic organization) isn't the best choice for an intro of a black metal album. (as it turned out, "ira" is just Italian for "anger", so I probably wasn't right in my guess. Well, nevermind) However, if you liked two previous LoC albums, I think you'll like this one as well.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Abnabak - "Under The Mask Of Humanity" (2013)

ABNABAK "Under The Mask Of Humanity"

Year: 2013
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Morocco 

Track List:
  1. From War
  2. Hate
  3. Misanthrope
  4. There Is A Period To Everything

This is the first time when I receive an album from my Moroccan readers. Abnabak was formed in 2009 in Agadir as an one-man project of Aggor, "influenced by the dark abyss of philosophy and the differents faces of deep schizophrenia". The bandname means "anonymous" in Amazigh (Berber) language. Musically it's just standard early 90's-style black metal... but I definitely know which of my readers is interested in stuff like that. For more Amazigh metal, see here.

facebook / youtube

Dusk - s/t (2013)

DUSK "Dusk EP"

Year: 2013
Genre: Drone/Doom
Country: USA 


Dusk are from Minneapolis, two of their members were formerly in Toil. According to them, all of them identify themselves as anarchists. Here's their debut EP, consisting of 4 unnamed instrumental tracks:

"I wouldn't call our music blackened in any way. It is haunting and sorrowful drone metal, with heavy influences from Earth. And while there are no lyrics (hence hard to interpret as political), we certainly hold that making DIY music is a political act and I view this music as de-alienated creative labor"

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Граница - "Знамя цвета ночи" (2012)

ГРАНИЦА "Знамя цвета ночи"

Year: 2012
Genre: Folk-Rock
Country: Ukraine 

Track List:
  1. Лютая погодка
  2. Знамя цвета ночи
  3. Кони вёрсты рвут намётом
  4. Ой, по коням сіли хлопці
  5. Ехали козаки домой
  6. Любо
  7. Батьку степ
  8. Чёрная шляпа
  9. Я в бой бросался с головой
  10. У полі жито

In the wake of ongoing protests in Ukraine, it's time to remind that the history of protest movements in Ukraine isn't limited to "orange-ism". Since I already have posted a lot of non-metal folk albums, this folk-rock release would fit in too.

"Знамя цвета ночи" is a concept work about the story of Nestor Makhno's army. Some of the lyrics (tracks #1, #2, #7 and #9, for example) are actualy poetry of Makhno and his close associates. Tracks #4, #5, #6, #8, #10 are authentic folk, anarchist, & cossack songs (of course I mean real cossacks with their traditions of independence and self-governance, and not Putin-loving clowns in ridiculous pseudo-historical outfits that call themselves "cossacks" nowadays). The lyrics for track #3 were written by a modern anarchist author, V.Platonenko.

The band members themselves are from Donetsk (Donbass, Easten Ukraine - which isn't that far from Gulay-Pole, historical Makhno's headquarters). The music is very rich and interesting, definitely recommended to those who are interested in more "punk-ish" side of folk rock... and of course to everyone who's interested in the history of one of the greatest attempts of struggle for human liberation, which is Russian civil war in general, and the story of Makhno's Black Army in particular (the second greatest example of such struggle being Spanish civil war, and the third one is currently ongoing in Syrian Kurdistan).

Arxi Tou Telous - "Ptosi" (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Post-Punk, Noise Rock
Country: Greece 

Track List:
  1. Πόλεις (Cities) 
  2. Μονάδα μέτρησης άγχους (Stress counting unit) 
  3. Ξυπνάω στο σκοτάδι (Wake up in the dark) 
  4. Λαβύρινθος (Labyrinth) 
  5. Άφιξη (Arrival) 
  6. Οδύσσεια (Odyssey) 
  7. Θεοί και αφέντες (Gods and masters) 
  8. Πόλεμος Α.Ε. (War Inc.) 
  9. Χωρίς πρόσωπο (Without face)

ATT is a non-metal project of the members of  Kil.Disneyland and Mother Disobedience, formed in 2000 in Athens and released several albums so far. Here's their newest full-length album called "Ptosi" ("Downfall"). To be honest, I don't fully understand this kind of music: it's pretty far from both punk and metal, rather no-wave/post-punk with darkwave/industrial elements, with (mostly) spoken word lyrics. However, if you like DIY experimental post-punk sound from the 80's (Swans etc.), you may find this album interesting.


Friday, November 29, 2013

Sparrowhawk - "Harvest" (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Neofolk
Country: USA 

Track List:
  1. Siskiyou Malaise
  2. Starlit Fires, Surrender the Equinox

 One more Cascadian acoustic folk project, maybe not as good as Disemballerina, but still very decent. Sparrowhawk is a 3-piece project of Rowan, Zacharias and Ursula (members of Nuwisha and Plantrae), started in the autumn of 2013.

Disemballerina - s/t (2010)

DISEMBALLERINA "Disemballerina"

Year: 2010
Genre: Neofolk, Outsider Classical
Country: USA 

Track List:
  1. Saturn Return
  2. Thieves' Oil
  3. The Walking Dead
  4. Drown
  5. Hex

"Disemballerina’s core commiserated and lit their first floor candles in 2009 with a friendship sparked between guitarist Ayla Holland and violist/harpist Myles Donovan. Veterans of many louder bands over the years in the D.I.Y. Metal scene on both coasts, the two bonded over a shared love of chamber music, funereal doom and ritualistic ceremony as well as a mutual estrangement in their participating subcultures due to being out, freakish and queer. Originally a 3 piece joined by cellist Melissa Collins, the band has gone through a number of other string players over the years, most recently last collaborating with Lost Lockets violinist Fiona Petra and currently Marit Schmidt of Vradiazei"

Even though it isn't metal at all, I think it should be here, as it's very beautiful music from Cascadia (namely Portland, OR) whose performers apparently share a lot of our views. As mentioned above, Disemballerina started as a 3-piece band, but now they have 4 members in their lineup:
  • Ayla Holland - guitar, bajo quinto, bandola
  • Myles Donovan - viola, harp, mandola
  • Jennifer Christensen (Møllehøj) - cello
  • Marit Schmidt - viola
They describe their style as "outsider classical / acoustic doom-metal / goth chamber music". While it's certainly not metal, they're definitely influenced by atmospheric BM and funeral doom (just like in case with another similar project, Hex Pertners). Anyway, this album is great, and I strongly recommend it for everyone.

Rintrah - "Messages from the Deep" (2011)

RINTRAH "Messages from the Deep"

Year: 2007-2011
Genre: Experimental
Country: USA 

Track List:
  1. Death Rattles
  2. Plum Creek Warning
  3. Into the Depths
  4. Revenge of the Beasts
"The Dark Wizard Rintrah has recorded one message each year since 2001. Sent to human beings from his cave home deep within the earth, the recordings seem to serve as warnings that humanity must cease its abuse and exploitation of the earth and its creatures or risk imminent extinction. The Message retrieval team has come to believe that the Dark Wizard Rintrah is himself a former human being"

Now, are you prepared for some really unusual stuff? Even though Rintrah's music is mostly influenced by black metal, it defies any genre categorization:  it has acoustic guitar, microtonal organ, and electronics/drum machine. Definitely not for everyone's liking, and even a lot of "unorthodox" metal fans may find this EP way too strange, but if you aren't sure whether to download it or not, you can listen to it first on bandcamp. Rintrah is from Maine / New England, and "Messages from the Deep" is a collection of four single-song demos from 2007-2011. Ideologically, Rintrah can be roughly described as anarcho-primitivist.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Haven't posted anything here for a long time due to serious problems with my internet connection. Right now the only option for me is to post via 3g modem, which is pretty slow, so I doubt I'd be able to upload much. Hope my co-editors will help me, though.

And right now I want to post this song, which is dedicated to various Kurdish resistance movements - including the YPG, which currently the last hope for Syria and the only significant armed group in the modern world that's heavily influenced by anarchist ideas (namely Murray Bookchin's anarcho-federalism):

Most people in this video aren't members of YPG, though - mostly HPG and other groups related to the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK). Personally I don't know much about PKK, but the opinion of Kurdish anarchists on them (judging from the interviews I've read) is pretty low. YPG, on the other side, are a completely legit rebel group that has a lot of anarchist qualities, and they're doing very good in the recent few months - for example, they have completely defeated the al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq & Levant in the whole region of Ras al-Ayn (northern Syria) with very little losses, and also took over the strategic town of Tel-Kojar (al-Yarubiya) near the border crossing with Iraq. With more than 40000 militants on their side (not only Kurds, but also Arabs, Armenians, Assyrians), YPG is currently one of the most powerful rebel armies in Syria.

Of course Cihan Kilic's song is hardly metal, but unfortunately there's not much Kurdish rock & metal at all - most of their political music is folk and rap. Check out this band from Turkish Kurdistan, though:

That'll be enough for today, I think. Hope I'd be able to post at least some more music in the next few weeks (I have a lot of submissions, but i definitely don't think I'd be able to post all of it on my own...)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Negativvm - "HVNGERKVNST" (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Germany 

Track List:
  1. Schneeblinder Bruder
  2. Wie man einen Kopf macht
  3. Ohne Trost
  4. Aus Bunkerwelten
  5. Schreiende Leiber

"As a statement against ("distrust for") man and all "his norms and values and the society based on them (first and foremost money and consumer culture)", all the band's music is available for free download. Nevertheless, they also offer physical copies on request.

Negativvm stated in their official website the following words: "We strongly disagrees with any racist, sexist and other fascist opinions. We will not share stages, recordings or any form of organizational structure with bands and persons promoting this kind of worldview""

This statement sounds pretty good, and their music is top notch too. Haven't checked out their debut album ("Tronie", 2011) yet, but I hope it's no worse than this one.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Orhorho - demo (2013)

ORHORHO "demo"

Year: 2013
Genre: Black Metal, Blackened Crust
Country: Italy 


Orhorho are a duo playing crusty black metal, featuring one of Gottesmorder's members on guitar & vocals. It's their first demo, recorded live ~2 weeks ago and consisting of three untitled tracks.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

With The End In Mind - "Thresholder" (2013)

WITH THE END IN MIND "Thresholder"

Year: 2013
Genre: Cascadian Black Metal
Country: USA 

Track List:
  1. Thresholder
  2. The Pantheon Arches In All Directions; Endless
  3. True Weight Of The Things We Must Carry

The second release by WTEIM, following the s/t debut:

"All music composed and recorded by AF. Thresholder features Alex Mody on drums, Emily Metcalf with additional vocals and cello, and Jason Leher on flute. Drums were recorded by Jon Lervold at Big Name Studio. Artwork by James Hauptman. Thanks to Willy Walker, Jon Lervold, and Tommy Thompson for their help and advice. All donations for the download of this album will go directly towards the physical release"

Friday, September 20, 2013

Forced - "Volume II" (2013)

FORCED "Volume II"

Year: 2013
Genre: Blackened Death Metal/Sludge/Hardcore
Country: USA 

Track List:
  1. Sovereign
  2. The Black Blood of Aeons
  3. Spirals
  4. The Nightmare Continues (Discharge Cover)

The second EP by Forced, released just two weeks ago. Highly recoomended for everyone who liked their debut, "Accursed Share".

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Primary Stress - demo (2013)


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

Track List:
  1. To Whatever End
  2. Dyatlov Pass
  3. Corridor
  4. Isolated Existence

"we are a dual female fronted black metal/crust two piece from halifax, nova scotia, canada. although we aren't anarchists, we are against all forms of oppression.
we're influenced by darkthrone, ecocide, dystopia but don't try & replicate them.
we channel our anxieties & fears into this band..."

As for me, I noticed this band for the first time when this demo was posted on this trackblog few months ago. Both members of Primary Stress have side projects: Ryley plays guitar in Hex Partners (mostly acoustic/neofolk project, but strongly influenced by atmospheric doom metal, atmospheric BM, post-punk, queercore, etc.), and Julia plays bass in Life Chain (noisy d-beat).


Ab Eterno - "Forever Black Metal, Possessed My Heart" (2013)

AB ETERNO "Forever Black Metal, Possessed My Heart"

Year: 2013
Genre: Noisy Black Metal
Country: Guatemala 

Track List:
  1. Angst
  2. Blasphemy
  3. I'll continue playing this song
  4. Gray Autumn
  5. Forever Black Metal (Possessed my heart)
  6. Lunatic
  7. Fear

It's the first time when I receive a demo from Guatemala. Of course, "Forever Black Metal..." sounds VERY amateur-ish in terms of both production and songwriting, but that was expected. There isn't much info about Ab Eterno, except that they're a duo from Guatemala City, and one of their source of inspiration were WWII songs, particularly the Red Army Choir (track #3; the other tracks are just standard black metal stuff). Somewhat reminding me of Voland; and just like Voland's only EP, "Forever Black Metal..." was released under the terms of Creative Commons license.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Govor - "Lucifer (demo)" (2013)

GOVOR "Lucifer (demo)"

Year: 2013
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Croatia 

Track List:
  1. Mit o noći
  2. Bitka na nebu
  3. Gospodar tame
  4. Četvrti element
  5. Žrtva paljenica
  6. Samozapaljenje
  7. Prosvijetljenje

"It is about materialist concept of Satan. It is all about RABM" (c)

There's not much further info about this project, but I found the music to be very good. You can also read an essay that comes along with the music, if you wish.

official site

P.S. I have several more demos from the projects of which I don't have much info. Right now I don't have much time to review them, plus I probably won't be able to update this blog for the next couple of weeks at least, so have some patience. There's also some info that Profecium are back, and their new album is going to be released in 2014 (after more than 15 years of silence). This would be great news if it's true; but then again, I don't have much futher info.

Contraktor - "Private Contractor" (2013)

CONTRAKTOR "Private Contractor"

Year: 2013
Genre: Anarchist Harsh Noise
Country: USA 


 Contraktor is an anonymous noise/PE project from the Kansas City. It's a solo project by "Jonny Antibiotic" (this pseudonym has nothing to do with his real name), who also tried to start an experimental hardcore/grind project with another local anarchist in 2011. It never went anywhere, yet they did manage to record one very raw instrumental demo, inspired by the events of the Arab Spring. This project is entirely  instrumental too, but feautes a different kind of music... or anti-music? "Private Contractor" is his first DIY album, released as a spray-painted CDr in a handmade paper sleeve with a folding paper insert. Initially is was meant to be recorded by analog means onto tape; instead it was recorded cheaply and electronically (according to the release notes, which also suggest to play it "loud at a loud volume"). Right now J.A. is working on his second release. 

Ancst & Hiveburner - split (2013)


Year: 2012
Genre: Black Metal, Blackened Crust
Country: Germany

Track List:
  1. ANCST - The Faceless
  2. ANCST - Patterns and Dreamers
  3. ANCST - Seasons of Separation
  4. HIVEBURNER - Destroyer of Worlds

The newest release of Ancst, which is probably their best work so far. It was already reviewed here, to which I have not much to add to, except that this split is very good, but a bit short. Looking forward for even beteer material from them in the future!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Widerwertig - "Sinepmaskok" (2012)

WIDERWERTIG "Sinepmaskok"

Year: 2013
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Germany 

Track List:
  1. Intro
  2. Quallenhybris
  3. The Abvention Of The Goats
  4. Hieroglyph
  5. Kofmans Tod
  6. Tiefe Tannen
  7. Mnemosyne
  8. Trichter
  9. TraumA*
  10. Vespera
  11. Outro
  12. Cutting Ouroborus (bonus)

This album, recorded in 2012 and physically released in 2013, was recommended to me by Negation Records as suitable for my blog. You can order it on tape here, along with Flagellant's "Apotheosis", if you wish. Musically, it's somewhat unorthodox black metal (I think it's closer to DSBM than to any other subgenre). I don't expect everyone to like "Sinepmaskok", but personally I found it to be quite interesting.


Forgotten Dawn - "Passive Resistance" (2013)

FORGOTTEN DAWN "Passive Resistance"

Year: 2013
Genre: Blackened Doom Metal
Country: Czech Republic 

Track List:
  1. The Second Sun
  2. The Statement
  3. Children of Apocalypse

A new and really promising one-man project from Czech Republic. The person behind it claims to be a fan of my blog and bands like Panopticon, WITTR, Marnost, Anastatica etc. "Passive Resistance" contains 3 tracks of mostly doom metal with some BM elements; the quality of recording is... well, not great (there's some crackle, and the vocal effects sound somewhat cheap), but overall it's pretty decent for a debut recording of an one-man band. Conceptually it deals with the topics of war, devastation, and post-apocalyptic themes in general. Currently, Forgotten Dawn is only a side project whose sole member is active in several other bands (which aren't explicitly anarchist, though, unlike this one).


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Foreign AIDS - demo (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Blackened Crust/Hardcore
Country: Australia 

Track List:
  1. Laos
  2. Colin Barnett
  3. Nuclear Winter
  4. Fast Food
  5. Cantionis Altera
  6. Corporate Cures
  7. Antichrist

"To sum up the band we like to play hard fast and offensive and hate authority weather it be imposed by the state, religious, academic, or scientific institutions or on the basis of sexuality, gender, ethnicity, class or any grounds other than respect. The demo was recorded in a jam room raw with no overdubs or mastering and was quite rushed so it is presented warts and all. We are rarely blessed enough to play live so it would be great to see what people who read your site make of our music. We plan to go in to record more formally in early October with the same engineer who produced the Disease Process album, which is also reviewed on your blog. Members from Disease Process and ForeignAIDS also play in another band who will be recording soon..."

Sinister Moon - "Misanthropic Breeze (The Voice of Lilith)" (2011)

SINISTER MOON "Misanthropic Breeze (The Voice of Lilith)"

Year: 2011
Genre: Gothic Black Metal
Country: Uruguay 

Track List:
  1. Introduction
  2. Misanthropic Breeze (The Voice Of Lilith)
  3. Vampire
  4. To A Flower Of Evil
  5. The Last Invocation (instrumental)
This obscure Montevideo-based band is essentially apolitical, and the lyrical themes on this EP are more or less standard: vampirism, the occult, Charles Baudelaire's poetry, etc.; but at least now I know that my blog has readers in Uruguay too! Like in case with Abbey ov Thelema, I can't say much about the music, because I'm not a big fan of this kind of melodic black / extreme gothic metal, but maybe there are some among my readers who are into it.

reverbnation / soundcloud / facebook / myspace / twitter / youtube

Friday, August 30, 2013

Anniversary - "Transcendencia​.​.​. Destrucción Entero" (2013)

ANNIVERSARY "Transcendencia​.​.​. Destrucción Entero"

Year: 2013
Genre: Blackgaze/Post-Rock/DSBM
Country: USA 

Track List:
  1. Vacío
  2. Transcendencia​.​.​. Destrucción Entero
facebook / bandcamp

This band, whose style is somewhere in between of post-rock, funeral doom and depressive BM, was already mentioned in my "post-rock night" entry, and here's the newest EP from them. It had been already reviewed in our Greek comrades' blog, so I have only to post the links to the band's official pages:

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Funeral of Mankind - "Bloodthirst" (2007)


Year: 2007
Genre: Raw Black Metal
Country: Germany 

Track List:
  1. Age of Chaos
  2. Dekadenz der Seele
  3. Kraft toten Fleisches
  4. Suicide

I've spent the previous week ~1000km away from home and couldn't update my blog, but now I have some time to go through my mail. Let's start from this demo, which doesn't feature anything innovative (as it's said on its cover), just standard raw black metal, but it's worth being posted here - because I do agree with them on "that it is very nice when people speak out against NSBM". More stuff coming soon, stay tuned.