Rhinocervs - “Untitled 1 & ” (Rhinocervs 2011)
So Rhinocervs is a tape label that specializes in obscure black metal. Bands that are so obscure that they decide they don’t need names, “art over artist” is what they say. I can appreciate that, but for OCD people like myself, how they fuck am I supposed to keep track of this shit? I had an unnamed black metal band before anyone (my band Seedbed originally went by our last names, kinda like a jazz quartet or something [we have two split 7 inches out, one is with Agathocles, called the Fucked By The State split sometimes, you can get it from Crucial Blast still.]) Its pretty cool and lets the art speak for itself, but i don’t know, I like organization.
Anyway, this tape collects the first two anonymous Rhinocervs releases onto one handy tape. I have no idea which was which project, but fucking shit, this tape is so godamn ace, it’s like a poker hand comprised of five aces, a hand impossible in poker, and that’s why I’m using it to describe this tape. Both bands were their influences on their sleeves, Darkthrone primarily, but I also hear tinges of early Immortal on the first (maybe) side, and like early Satryicon on the other. I really love this shit, listening to it has been one of the most pleasurable 35 minutes of my life. It’s like I’ve been opened up to a whole new world of black metal, and I’m gonna be honest, I’ve been getting kind of sick of all the new shitty bands emerging.
I’m gonna be the old guy for a minute. I miss the days when I was the only person I knew who knew what black metal was, like 14 years ago when I first started listening to metal. Nowadays every douche with an internet connection is a black metal expert. Bleh.
Ok I’m done bitching. I can’t recommend this tape enough to everyone into black metal, and regular metal for that matter. This shit is sooooooo incredible. I just wish the bands weren’t anon so I could brag I was into them before they got huge because they are that good.
PS: I couldn’t for the life of me get a good shot of the cover. This is the best of like 24 different shots.