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).