Saturday, August 1, 2015

Belegost - "Life Ephemeral" (2011)

BELEGOST "Life Ephemeral"

Year: 2011
Genre: USBM
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Cataclysm
  2. Staring into the Cosmic Abyss
  3. Ode
  4. Dalliance
  5. Tale of Solitude and Longing
  6. As the Veil between Night and Day Disperses
  7. Entropy
  8. Civilizational Downfall
  9. Khyldrid's Lair
  10. Moonlight Shining on Ashy Remnants
  11. Conflagration of Dogma
  12. Red Dawn

Belegost, formed in 2005 in Gaithersburg, Maryland, were probably one of the first vegan straight edge BM bands in existence. "Life Ephemeral" is their only release, complied in 2011 out of sporadic recordings they made during 2005-2011. It was sent to me by their member Kyle, who no longer identifies himself with green anarchism, but mentions "flirting" with such stuff (collecting zines, books by Zerzan, Jensen, Green Anarchy periodicals etc.) when they were recorded these tracks. The sound is raw, quite demo-quality,  yet there are some interesting elements and melodies. According to Kyle, the lyrics were focused on issues like man's treatment of animals, existentialism, depression, feeling apart from society, nuclear war, etc.

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