Posts tagged black metal
Posts tagged black metal
Very interesting mail day. Akitsa/Ash Pool split + New Found Glory Ramones cover EP. They sent me the Record Store Day color of yellow/orange!
Locrian - “Greyfield Shrines” (Diophantine Discs 2008)
I forgot I even had this record, I bought it during the flurry of record purchasing that was A389’s 9th anniversary bash weekend and just threw it into the to be listened to pile. This morning I happened upon it and realized it was in the mood for some black drone soundscapes, and hooo boy, this is hitting the spot right now. Basically this is one track spread out across two sides of this 12”, and its a spastic meditation of frenzied, delay-soaked guitar freakouts, and lush, thick droning synths. The two play off each other like they aren’t in the same room, but at the same time it all works. I’m pretty sure this is almost totally improvised, but it has a feeling of weeks of preparation. I’m in love with this right now.
Aluk Todolo - “Occult Rock” (Norma Evangelium Diaboli/Ajna Offensive 2012)
So tonight there is supposed to be Aurora Borealis aka The Northern Lights, visible in my part of the world. In anticipation for such an amazing phenomena, I put on this record, something I’ve been putting off for some time now, waiting for the perfect opportunity, and northern lights in my part of the world is quite the opportunity.
Of course no lights have yet to be seen, but this record is totally filling the void in my mind with what I would call sonic metal northern lights. Aluk Tolodo summon henceforth a bleak instrumental epic spread out over for sides of black vinyl. Concepts and phrases of different metal and psychedelic rock influences repeats and gradually shift for a constant brain melting listen. There are many peaks and or valleys, but my favorite has to be the sick doom riff at the end of side four, that closes out the song, making any hope for a happy ending pounded into oblivion.
Happy mail day to me!
Reviews again soon. Me so busy.
Horders - “Fimbulvetr” (Prairie Fire Tapes 2012)
As I continue to thin out my pile of tapes to listen to, I happened upon this gem, after I forgot I had bought it. That’s been happening a lot lately, My to be listened to pile is so big that I’ll flip through it and forget that I own something. Unless record fairies are sneaking into my house and depositing records in my pile, perfectly alphabetized. Or I just have a serious problem.
Anyway, this little plastic machine contains magnetized tape. That tape has audio information written onto it by a band called Horders. Horders produce a large mixture of sounds, creating evil and foreboding soundscapes, using the evil and foreboding sounds of black metal as a starting point. Hell there are even some black metal tracks on here, but most of the record is sample heavy, dark ambience. I assume what Horders what you to experience while listening is a major bum out; and if I’m correct, then they did their job. Wonderfully. This is a depressing listen, complementing this late March upstate New York weather perfectly. I bet you are expecting me to say shit like, “this is the perfect soundtrack for suicide” or some other bullshit like that. No way. If I was going to kill myself to music, it would be something really dumb, like OMC’s “How Bizarre” on loop at an Earth shattering volume as I hung myself.
Anyway, this record is so fucking good that while I was listening to it, I sought out, and purchased this album on vinyl, as well as Horders split 7” with Rot In Hell. Go me.
Uranus - “Disaster By Design” (The Great American Steak Religion 1995)
Spinning this for the first time tonight. All I can say is, where have you been all my life? For those not in the know, this is a pre-His Hero Is Gone/Tragedy band, and for official record, this shit is bonkers. Like I hear black metal, screamo, and of course hardcore, on these two little slabs of plastic. Music boner right now.
Anonymous Artist (Rhinocervs 2012)
For those of you unfamiliar with the Rinocervs label, they are a primarily tape label that specializes in obscure and new black metal acts. When I say obscure, I fucking mean it. More than half of their releases have been by anonymous artists usually going by some sort of symbol. See that round thing above the reels on the tape? That is this bands “name.” So rather than referring to a release by the band name, people have just been going by what release it is. This is Rhinocervs’s seventh release or Rhinocervs 7 or RH7 whatever.
For the most part, the Rhinocervs catalogue is quite impressive musically. It’s all top notch black metal that’s well written, played and delivered. Number 7 here, kind of missed the boat.
It’s not bad per se, it’s just kind of uneven. At some points it wants to be doom metal, and some points there is melodic viking metal parts, and then black ambience. The individual tracks are well done, but the pacing overall is quite uneven, and the songs don’t seem like they are from the same band. Normally variety in genres is a great thing, but when you are an anonymous band, how the fuck do I know this isn’t just a compilation or something? I don’t know.
This isn’t bad, but I’d go for some of the other anonymous Rhinocervs tapes before this one.
Altars - “Live On Pure Hate” (King Of The Monsters/How Much Art Can You Take 2011)
I really wanted to dislike this coming into it. Like it all seemed so typical. Obscure art, lots of black, photo copied cover etc. But fuck (hee hee butfuck), this record is awesome.
Altars mix a lot of out there styles of music into one palatable blend of fury. Like if I was going to get the laymen into harsh black noise metal, this would be the record I would use to do so. The record opens with a desolate black noise soundscape which is kind of a reoccurring theme on the record. Then a sweet ass lead riff kicks in and we are treated to three brutal noisy black metal jams in a row, in the vein of Ildjarn and like Leviathan mixed together. All the tracks are dripping with feedback and are totally blown out. My favorite way of enjoying black metal. Then as a final fuck you to anything typical, the noise soundscape comes back and then we have a super depressing (and crystal clear recorded) acoustic song played over it. It’s totally genius in this humble reviewers opinion. Dig it.
So as a dude who listens to a lot of music, and generally surrounds myself with people that listen to a lot of music, most conversations I have revolve around music in some way. Of course the idea of starting bands also always comes up with friends. I don’t know if my friends and I are the only people that do this, but we always come up with insane band ideas and gimmicks, 99.9999% of which never come to fruition. I’ve been thinking of compiling a list of them forever. I’m doing it. Right now.
I’ll try to keep them in order of how they were thought up (as best as I can) so you can see how my thought process has “matured.” Enjoy. Also, if you want to start one of these bands with me, feel free to contact me. Don’t, however, steal my ideas. Keep in mind my lack of abilities in songwriting and most instrument playing is why most of these groups never came to be.
-Doorknob And The Safeties - Never meant to be an actual band, just a hypothetical concept to weed out posers. Like we were going to make fake merch (shirts, stickers, patches, buttons), put the name on flyers, and spread the word about them to see if anyone would say they were a fan of the band.
-Nordic Track - Okay, follow my logic here. Cavemen don’t believe in christ or any of that bullshit. The cavemen from the Flintstones ran around in cars, and the sound of their feet is like double bass kick drums. If they ran on a track in Norway, iconic “home” of black metal, it would be a Nordic Track. So Nordic Track was to be a blasphemous, caveman black metal band.
-Aggro Crag - This came about from a day of watching old school Nickelodeon shows. All the titles and songs were going to be about the golden days of that network. Musically I think it was supposed to be some kind of true screamo (skramz) like Anton Bordman, so just bass/drums/vocals.
-xAutobahnx - Posi, straight edge, youth crew style covers of Kraftwerk songs. No other explanations needed; but just try and imagine a huge pile on of “WE ARE THE ROBOTS!!” or “WE’RE FAHR’N FAHR’N FAHR’N AUF DER AUTOBAHN!” and not get chills.
-An unnamed band where I would record babies screaming and children throwing tantrums and put it to metal or grind or hardcore. I thought about doing this before Caninus or Hatebeak ever existed by the way.
-Vermicious Knids - I don’t think we ever got past the idea of the name. But the name is awesome.
-Tipsy McSwagger’s Olde Tyme Hardcore Pile On Band - Tipsy McSwagger is a Simpsons reference, and Old Tyme Hardcore is a Slapshot song. The idea for this band was to just do covers of “hit” hardcore songs; basically a band to just hype up a crowd. Possible additional gimmicks is the band either dresses up as various hardcore stereotypes or they dress like people from the 1800’s.
-Logan Maiden - My Anton Maiden tribute band. You know Anton Maiden, the Swedish guy who can’t sing that sings along to Iron Maiden midi tracks. I would cover his songs.
-An unnamed band that would do cover songs only in the style of the B-52’s.
-Syn-Tax - The idea behind the band was that we were going to be a high school garage band that never broke up and/or never improved in talent. The name is supposed to be Sin-Tax like, “everyone needs to pay their SIN TAX” but changing the “i” to “y’ makes you more edgy; but no one in the band would realize that syntax is an actual word. Basically we would do awful, half-assed covers of Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, Sublime, and any other typical songs by bands that your high school band covered. I’m pretty sure I invented a super long mythology around this band too, but I sadly have forgotten it.
-Jack Tunney - pro-wrestling themed power violence and/or power electronics. I will revive this project once I have a DAW again. Vocals will be handled by sampling pro-wrestling promos.
-Ausdauer - Kind of the opposite of xAutobahnx, Ausdauer (German for perseverance) was going to be krautrock renditions of Hatebreed songs.
-Windham Earle - a Twin Peaks themed power violence band.
-G.R.N. - Basically this would be a band doing all kinds of various goregrind/noisecore stereotypes; like The Gerogerigegege meets Gore Beyond Necropsy or something.
-Cidertown -First of all, the name is another Simpsons reference, I’ll let you, the reader, try and figure it out. Anyway, I’m not sure what the plan for this band is/was initially, but somewhere along the line my buddy and myself decided that we had to cover “The Stroke” by Billy Squier. That eventually lead to the idea that we would only cover “The Stroke” and play it in different styles and arrangements.
-Walter Kovacs - a Watchmen themed power violence band.
I can’t think of any more. If I do I’ll add it later. Not that anyone cares.
Abhorer - “Zygotical Sabbatory Anabapt” (Hell’s Headbangers 2012)
I don’t know guys, maybe it’s the acid currently destroying my esophagus, maybe because it’s so cold in my record room that my fingers are numb, maybe it’s because this is a picture disc, but I’m totally not into this record right now. Abhorer, coming to my ears from Singapore, play furious black metal in the vein of bands like Blasphemy and other chaotic acts that that group inspired. This was originally released in 1996, which means its a legit record, not something that is trying to bank on the current popularity of black metal; and don’t get me wrong this isn’t a bad record, it has all the makings of a brutal as fuck record, I’m just completely bored by it.
One day I’ll give it another try, but for tonight, during Snowtorious B.I.G., this will have to take it’s place between my Abattoir and Abigail records.
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SO MANY RECORDS TO LISTEN TO.
So the A389 9th Anniversary Bash was this weekend. I broke my record of most money spent on records over a single event weekend and most money spent at a single record store. These pics are the box I had to bring everything home in. I’ll take pictures of everything tomorrow after I decompress from this life fueled high that I have going right now. My wallet hurts.
I must say the shows were incredible. Catharsis and Left For Dead definitely had the best sets of the weekend, but Integrity, Full Of Hell, Gehenna, Weekend Nachos, Despise You, Nothing, and Sick Fix were excellent too. Fuck; I had the best time.
Rotting Christ - “Apokoathilosis” (Nuclear War Now 2012)
Man, if there is anything I dislike more than double or triple LP’s, it’s any quantity of 7 inches beyond the first (in the same release). Like seriously, it would be cheaper to just do a 1 sided LP. Or a whole LP. I hate having to flip so many fucking records.
I’ll admit it, this is the first time I’ve ever listened to Rotting Christ, but it’s kind of cool, this box set collects their first three releases, so it’s kind of like I’m hearing them as they came out. Or something. Also the fact that this is a 3x7” is cool because it’s each separate release on each 7 inch. So if I wanted to listen to each one about a year apart, it would be like listening to the releases as they were released! But that would be dumb.
So I listened to each of the records, and it’s pretty awesome to hear how the band evolved their style of Greek black metal, in both production quality and song writing. The best tracks are the two from the “Apokoathilosis” EP, probably why they decided to name this compilation after it. That shit is awesome, it’s got all sorts of variation in tempo and arrangement from the normal black metal formula; which they perfected on the earlier EP ” Ade’s Winds.” I don’t know. Now I’m going to have to track down the LP that came out after this stuff, because I’m totally into this.
Crappy review. My mind is elsewhere, particularly on the fact that I’m going to the A389 9th anniversary shows tomorrow.