Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Depravation - "II:MALEDICTVM" (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Blackened Hardcore
Country: Germany 

Track List:
  1. Intro
  2. Wrath
  3. Opaque
  4. Filth
  5. Pestilence
  6. Instrumental
  7. Malfunction
  8. Ruins
  9. Outro

"II:MALEDICTVM" is the first full-length release of Depravation. Intense metallic hardcore which is apparently enough "blackened" to be posted on the "E:\music\Black_Metal" trackblog. It's available on vinyl via Life And Death Recs. and Dark Omen Recs. (100x black vinyl, 100x dark transparent red / black marbled vinyl, 100x grey / black marbled vinyl), or @ bandcamp as a name-your-price (aka free) download.

facebook / official site

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

As Light Dies - "Ars Subtilior From Within The Cage" (2012)

AS LIGHT DIES "Ars Subtilior From Within The Cage"

Year: 2012
Genre: Progressive/Symphonic Metal
Country: Spain 

Track List:
  1. The Very End
  2. The Disinherited
  3. Le Nebuleux Sentier
  4. Die Letze Fuge Vor Der Flucht
  5. Trapped In Flesh
  6. Yearning For Blissful Moments While Standing Upon The Ruins
  7. Sombra Y Silencio
  8. Insignificant Among Insignificance
  9. When Everything Fades Away

I've never heard about this band before one of their members sent a message to me, but it appears like they're a long-standing (founded in 1999) and relatively well-known band. The material on this album is hard to classify, so I'll go with the official description: "The band fuses death metal, dark metal, folk and gothic metal in their music combining growl with clean male and female vocals and adorning it with enchanting violin solos. The result would become a discovery for fans of heavy and beautiful music". + it isn't "post-black metal", despite it was described as such at some blogs. The music is very well played and produced, but it isn't really my favourite genre to be honest. Other projects related to ALD are Garth Arum (atmospheric black metal) and Aegri Somnia (avant-garde/neofolk), both of which I'm going to check out when I'll have more free time.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Automuro - "Demo 2013" (2013)

Automuro - "Demo 2013"

Year:  2013
Genre:  Blackened Crust
Country:  Spain

Track List
  1. End is Near
  2. Wolves Skulls
  3. Enemy Inside
  4. Grievance
  5. The One
  6. Victims of a Bombraid (Anti-Cimex Cover)
Automuro is a blackened crust band formed in 2011 from Valencia, Spain.  They just released their demo on Bandcamp in early June.  Though the lyrics are apolitical, the band claims to be leftist.  I found the demo to be pretty solid work, though I thought the cover was the best track.  The sound is good, but I think they have room to grow as song writers.  Given that this is a debut demo, I would expect that growth to happen.  I look forward to hearing more from them.  You can download the demo free from their Bandcamp page here.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sick To The Back Teeth - "Let The Grass Grow Back Until It Swallows The Cities" [2009]

SICK TO THE BACK TEETH "Let The Grass Grow Back Until It Swallows The Cities"

Year: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Country: USA 

Track List:
  1. Burn Down The Vatican
  2. Bleeding To Death On A Tehran Street
  3. Bruises 

Sick To The Back Teeth is an one-man project started by Chris M in 2002. Its vast discography has albums in many different genres, mostly drone and noise - but this particular release is black metal. According to Chris M., he was pleasantly surprised by the amount of anarcho-BM bands on my blog, and decided to send me some of his music (in particular this EP, in his opinion, fits in with the theme of my blog).

official site

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Kata Sarka - split w/ Boddicker (2012)

KATA SARKA "split w/ Boddicker"

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

Track List:
  1. Poaching The Boar
  2. Mired In Spleen

These two tracks were originally released on a split cassette w/ Boddicker (limited to 100 HQ cassette copies, sold out) about an year ago, now available as a free download. The most recent release by Kata Sarka, "Crucible of Misanthropy" (released October 31st, 2012), still isn't, though. There's no other news from the band (which is definitely one of the best American blackened crust bands), and their official site doesn't seem to be working for me. Maybe I should try to contact them via email...

Friday, July 12, 2013

Derrumbando Defensas - "En días de egoísmo y gritos de dolor" (2010)

DERRUMBANDO DEFENSAS "En días de egoísmo y gritos de dolor"

Year: 2010
Genre: Metallic Hardcore
Country: Chile 

Track List:
  1. Sentido de Orgullo
  2. Un Paso Adelante
  3. Deslealtad
  4. Tu Vida se Desplomó
  5. Liberación

Thanks to Panda for reminding me of this band, which may be the only all-female hardcore band in Chile. Unlike most Chilean hardcore bands, they're not from Santiago, but Temuco, and the while scene there seems to be interesting (albeit very small). The music on this demo is quite intense metallic hardcore, almost comparable to their compatriots La Miseria de tu Rostro; honestly I haven't expected it to be that good (especially for a first demo...)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fifteen Dead - "XV0" (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Black/Death Metal, Blackened Crust
Country: Scotland 

Track List:
  1. Will to Power
  2. Wealth of Nations

Two tracks from a newly released Fifteen Dead / Population Zero split. Population Zero's side can be found here. Available on 12" vinyl via Chaos Records, NecroSound & Broken Liberty Records; cassette release via NecroSound & Snotty Cassettes. Digital download available on bandcamp. Recorded / Mixed / Mastered DiY by Jason Rees @ home. Artwork by Jack Peppiette.

P.S. Check out also their EP "Born to Never Understand" (if you didn't yet).

Black Table - "Sentinel" (2012)

BLACK TABLE "Sentinel"

Year: 2012
Genre: Post-Black Metal
Country: USA 

Track List:
  1. Heist
  2. Sentinel
  3. To Tear Down
  4. 1942
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This band definitely knows about my blog, since I received a message  from them containing their tour dates not so long ago (unfortunately I've deleted it by accident, but if you need these dates, you can find them on bandcamp). Although I don't remember if they asked me to post this EP or not, I think it'd be OK, because it feaures some really great stuff which many of my readers might be interested in (especially those who are into unorthodox BM/post-metal with female vocals).

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Deafest/Evergreen Refuge - "Grey Rock, Red Earth" (2013)

Deafest/Evergreen Refuge - "Grey Rock, Red Earth"

Year:  2013
Genre:  Instrumental Black Metal
Country:  USA

Track List:
  1. Deafest - 14,000 Feet
  2. Deafest - Snowmelt and the Buds of Spring
  3. Deafest - Rising From the Ridgeline
  4. Evergreen Refuge - Taking Refuge Among River Valleys
  5. Evergreen Refuge - Beyond the Mountains
  6. Evergreen Refuge - And It Begins Anew...

From Chase of Deafest:  "Deafest and Evergreen Refuge are two instrumental black metal bands from Colorado, USA.  Both play songs that worship the beauty of nature, especially the Rocky Mountains, and reject the ugliness of man-made/urban world.  Though they are influenced by the Cascadian Black Metal style, they seek to define Rocky Mountain Black Metal as a scene in itself.  Since day one, I have tried to keep Deafest music free as a small resistance to the Capitalist world we live in."

I'm not sure I'm able to fully distinguish what makes these two bands musically distinct from Cascadian Black Metal, or at least not distinct enough to warrant another subgenre.  That said, I enjoy both sides of the split.  I think the Deafest side has more cohesiveness and better transistions.  The Evergreen Refuge side seems a little more raw and less polished.  The transitions seem choppy sometimes.  I do think that track 5 is my favorite on the album though.  Fans of Skagos should enjoy this offering, but be aware that it is entirely instrumental.  You can download the entire album in a pay-what-you-want format from either Deafest here or Evergreen Refuge here.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

AwAy - "Somewhere" (2013)

AWAY "Somewhere"

Year: 2013
Genre: Blackgaze
Country: Germany 

Track List:
  1. A Line
  2. Somewhere
  3. Gone
  4. Wucherungen
  5. Chaosraum
  6. Massenmensch
  7. Ahimsa
  8. Rituals
  9. Homunculus

I personally don't think it counts as black metal; rather it is instrumental post-rock with some elements of BM and crust/stenchcore. However, ideologically AwAy seems to be quite close to a lot of the green anarchist bands which I've posted here before, so I think many of my readers will find this demo interesting. 

Entfremdung - demo (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Raw Black Metal
Country: UK 

Track List:
  1. Intro (I am Lucifer)
  2. Oulenem
  3. Invocation of One in Despair
  4. Interlude (Anthem)
  5. The Fiery Angel
  6. Outro (Partisanenlied)

Very raw "occult communist black metal", whose creator insists on maintaining complete anonymity. For more info on how to purchase this demo tape, visit the blog of Red Shambala Productions.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tormentium - "Cursed Beyond Flesh" (2011)

TORMENTIUM "Cursed Beyond Flesh"

Year: 2013
Genre: Black/Death Metal
Country: USA 

Track List:
  1. Word of Calling
  2. Dominion of Sin
  3. They
  4. Beyond Flesh
  5. Upon Hate's Altar

Like in case with Mortal Plague, I won't call Tormentium a "cascadian black metal" band, even though they're from Oregon and support RABM, as their music is more or less standard melodic black/death metal. However, they're acquainted with some of the most well known players in Cascadian BM and anarcho USBM.

"Cursed Beyond Flesh" was released in 2011 on CD-R (100 copies, which all are now sold out). The first track is a kind of a spoken word intro, which you can safely skip if you want. More info on this EP from the band:

"Features the first material written as a 4 piece, it focused its high energy to share insight to the blessings of damnation, destruction, and things that lurk beyond the dark. Shrink wrapped jewel case with a full color insert featuring original paintings by Scotlin Duncan. Original cover art by Sharalyn Sentinella. Recorded by Dan Rabago of Wolfclan Recordings"

Monday, July 1, 2013

Teenage Suicide - "Volume II" (2013)


Year: 2013
Genre: Blackened Grindcore/Sludge/Noise
Country: Brazil 

Track List:
  1. Dogma
  2. Choices I
  3. Broken ouroborus
  4. Heartbreaker
  5. New brutalism I
  6. (Anti)Social
  7. Through grime
  8. New brutalism II
  9. Believers
  10. Binarism
  11. Choices II
  12. Suicide
facebook / bandcamp

Second release from Teenage Suicide, again featuring a weird mix of blackened hardcore/grind, sludge, and industrial noise. A lot of my readers found the 1st demo interesting, so I hope this one won't leave them disappointed too. Recorded between February and March MMXIII, front cover art by MizEnScen.