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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Kluizenaer - "Radbraak" (2015)


Year: 2015
Genre: Dark Ambient, Drone/Noise
Country: Netherlands

Track List:
  1. Ik, De Duvelmakere
  2. Raaskalk
  3. Verpest en Vervloekt
  4. De Zwijgende Profeet

Kluizenaer ("Hermit") is an one-man project from a place with a strange name "'s Hertogenbosch", colloqually known as just "Den Bosch".  The music is mostly "blackened" ambient drone/noise. It isn't directly political, more medieval/occult-themed, but the person behind the project is definitely into the red/anarchist thought. More stuff is coming soon.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Metallic crust/hardcore/punk/BM demos - a brief roundup, part 2

While I just can't review all the not-quite-political and/or not-quite-BM stuff that I continue to receive in large amounts, I found some time to give at least a one-line mention to a lot of such releases that were sent to me over the last year. See the 1st part here.
  • Ohmu - a quite good drone/doom/post-rock band from Sweden with at least one member that's an avid reader of my blog... and yes, they're all anarchists!
  • Wrists Grow Cold - a neocrust band from Florida, influenced by Fall Of Efrafa, From Ashes Rise, Tragedy and Martyrdod, with an overall depressing sound;
  • theyeattheirowngod - described as just "anarcho-punk", but their sound turned out to be much heavier than I expected. For the fans of metallic crust and sludge;
  • They Leapt From Burning Windows - lo-fi USBM from Anchorage, Alaska. Their lyrics are said to be about "social downfall and the effects of modern life on the inner beast of man", but I don't have much info beyond that;
  • Sphere Eternal - a 2-piece DIY black metal project by my readers in Salt Lake City, UT. Currently released only one track - which is pretty good for a DIY home-recorded stuff, though;
  • Ritual Misery - hardcore/grind from South Florida, with a lot of sludge influence as well;
  • Fatal Return - raw blackened punk from Glasgow, released only one short demo so far;
  • Dræbsmanden - one-man hardcore/punk/grind/PV/whatever project from southern Norway, filled with "political meta-jokes" (which I and most of my readers probably won't be able to get due to the lack of proficiency in Norwegian language);
  • .leaves - self-described "animal liberation antifascist melancholic hardcore punk" from Jena(Germany). Some BM influence is present on their EP as well;
  • Banana Wakbar - one-man lo-fi grindcore/crust/noise project from France, influenced by  Magrudergrind, Spazz, Dropdead, etc.;
  • EU E OS MEUS ONANISMOS - pretty much the same as above, but from Portugal. Surely you shouldn't expect much from a project called "Me & My Onanism" or something like that, but it's up for you to decide;
  • Animalesco, o Método - another pretty strange death metal/crust project from Portugal whose first demo was sent to me by a member of AoM and a longtime follower of my blog more than year ago. Members of AoM also play in a band called Sem Talento ("No Talent");
  • Orgy Of Carrion - raw black metal/crust from my reader in Massachusetts;
  • Travels / Siberian Hell Sounds - another new track from SHS fetured on a with Travels, "Australia's best melodic hardcore band" as described on SHS' bandcamp page;
  • a new demo from Infantile Dissention (again, mostly anarcho-punk/hardcore, not much metal there);
  • Habemus Papam - a new project from my readers in Nantes, France; sounds like standard anarcho-punk/oi to me;
  • Uncle Grasha's Flying Circus - this surrealistic anarcho-noise project is back with a new release;
  • VIDAGUERRILLA - self-described "raunchy/sloppy d-beat punk from southern Spain, land of mental death, with lyrics about detachment, poli-ticks, and perfect for the dancing to the pagan Sun";
  • "Lost Songs" - Zirt's fourth album, which is "in fact a cover album that includes songs from another artists revised under the perspective of Zirt";
  • Alban Arthan - Sonoran black metal/crust, not many tracks or additional info so far;
  • american  (spelled all lowercase) - another obscure blackened crust band that's very worthy of being checked out, brought to me by Sentient Ruin Laboratories;
  • "The Droves"- the last up-to-date EP from Capa, a very good post(-black) metal band which was featured on my blog before;
  • Yazata - a band from New Mexico that was brought to my attention by one of my readers from that area long time ago: "It's black metalish, post-rockish for a sec, and characteristic of our New Mexico desert sound..." Sorry for taking such a long time to check it out, it's indeed very good;
  • Antarcht - a pretty good 2-piece black metal project from Eugene, Oregon. nice to know thay're readers of my blog;
  • Afgud - a new BM/funeral doom project from the Danish undergound. Not much info beyond that, unfortunately.
There are some videos as well. Let's start with a new track from Aggrenation, a Swedish crust band whose full-length release is expected to be out later this year. This track is based on the topic of post-colonial critique of the western world:

Another band from Sweden, their full-length is going to be released this year as well:

A track from my readers in France (no info about the band, unfortunately):

and from the United States (not much further info as well):

Hopefully this post covers almost everything that I didn't get to review during the last year. There probably still are some demo submissions that I've overlooked, but right now I don't feel like searching for them through my inbox. I'll post them in the same format if I find any, and I hope I'll never have to do that much work at a time again...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GaAsp - demo (2015)

GAASP "demo CS"

Year: 2015
Genre: Stenchcore, Metal/Punk
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Intro
  2. Walls
  3. Waking The Witch
  4. Skin Like Snakes
  5. True Story
  6. Valkyries
  7. Highest Peak

A short cassette demo released June 13th in Portland, OR, influenced by punk-metal, crust and 80's hardcore (including such bands as Sacrilege, Celtic Frost, Amebix and Deviated Instinct). Lyrical themes include life struggles, social politics, religion and mysticism. While not a directly political band, everyone in GaAsp holds radical/leftist beliefs and some members have had involvement in Portland radical communities.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Frostland Tales - "Nostalgie, melancholie, smrt" (2015)

FROSTLAND TALES "Nostalgie, melancholie, smrt"

Year: 2015
Genre: Lo-Fi DSBM
Country: Czech Republic

Track List:
  1. Nostalgie (Nostalgy)
  2. Melancholie (Melancholy)
  3. Smrt (Death)

Here's the final release from Frostland Tales. According to the person who sent me this, the suicide story of FT's only member wasn't a bad joke - he actually did this. Don't know really what else to say... probably should just note it contains 3 tracks of pretty much the same lo-fi "melancholic monotonous black metal" which can be found on his earlier releases which all were featured on here before. R.I.P.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

V/A - "Jdi a dívej se" (2015)

V/A "Jdi a dívej se"

Year: 2015
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Czech Republic

Track List:
  1. Kruh - V břízách
  2. Pustina - Tuk v okenních tabulkách
  3. Marnost - Mstivá kantiléna
  4. sgra - veiled
  5. Doppelgänger of Death - Lost
  6. Lichens - Podlehnutí
  7. Lichens - Odloučení
  8. Smuteční slavnost - Plátno moře

One of my readers recently made a good observation that the Czech underground scene is quicky becoming  a new major RABM powerhouse. Taking in account how many good Czech bands I've posted on here, especially in the last couple of years, it's hard not to agree with him. This compilation, featuring 7 Czech anarcho-friendly BM bands, is yet another good proof to this.

Its name, "Jdi a dívej se", is a reference to a well-known ant-fascist movie "Come and See" by Elem Klimov. It's going to be released as double vinyl LP on 1st of July, and will be distributed by Day After Records. More info (in English and Czech) can be found on its bandcamp page.

SATAN - "L'odeur du Sang" (2015)

SATAN "L'odeur du Sang"

Year: 2015
Genre: Blackened Punk/Grind
Country: France

Track List:

  1. Der amokläufer
  2. Industrielle
  3. L'odeur du sang
  4. La chute de Rome vue par Lucrèce
  5. L'Amour me hait
  6. Ero guro kommando
  7. Louise Vernet, femme de l'artiste, sur son lit de mort
  8. Pierre François Lacenaire
  9. Devenir aveugle
  10. La femme écarlate
  11. Tout me fait rire
  12. La rose de fer

There are numerous bands under the name "Satan", some of which are playing black metal, some aren't. Fun fact: there even was an obscure Russian pop band called "Satana" formed in early 1990s. Beside the probably most well-known NWOBHM Satan, S.A.T.A.N. from Poland, and many other bands under this name, there are "possessed punks" from Grenoble (France) who started playing together in 2009 and released their debut full-length album not so long ago.

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Gut Instinct - discography 1989-1992 (2006)

GUT INSTINCT "discography 1989-1992"

Year: 2006
Genre: Hardcore, Crossover Thrash Metal
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Every Bit Of Doubt
  2. Off The Deep End
  3. Wishing
  4. Pressure
  5. Rat Bastard
  6. Gut Instinct
  7. Off My Back
  8. Disturbing The Peace
  9. Vicious Circle
  10. No Trust
  11. Your Day Will Come
  12. Victims Of Hate
  13. Gut Instinct (demo version)
  14. Right Wing Hype
  15. Gone Too Far
  16. My Pride
  17. Ego Trip (previously unreleased)

Gut Instinct were an obscure hardcore/metal band with lyrics mostly focused on anti-racism, founded in Baltimore in 1989. Their early songs were more or less plain hardcore, but they became more metal-influenced around 1991-92, and their recordings from that period sound quite ahead of their time. I found out about them while searching for the backstory of this photo:

What I found instead was the full discography of Gut Instinct, released by  A389 Recordings in 2006. It's roughly a hour of music, freely available on youtube. Pretty good stuff even by today's standards, and I think it'd fit in the "retrospective" section of my blog pretty well.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Vorbkt - Tragedy

Vorbkt - "Tragedy"

Year: 2014
Genre: Depressive Black Metal
Country: Canada

Track List
  1. Torn Inside
  2. Then I Began Marching Towards An Extinct Race
  3. Lay Deceased Under a Full Moon
  4. Tragedy

In keeping with my Canadian theme, another cool artist from up here goes by the name of Vorbkt. It's a solo project and produced by someone from out in Newfoundland. It's your usual DSBM music but simply just done well. Vorbkt has more recent releases, including a split with Cult of Mourning but this one is by far my favourite. I spoke to them once via reddit and they seem pretty cool.

For fans of raw DSBM, 'Tragedy' is a great release to add to your collection.


Mad Trapper - Kill Us, Start Anew (2013)

Mad Trapper - "Kill us, Start Anew"

Year: 2013
Genre: Metalcore
Country: Canada

Track List
  1. Born of Hatred
  2. Ego Weendigo
  3. Pyres
  4. Innocent
  5. Fools
  6. Burning Moth
  7. Meaning(less)
  8. Magnum Opus
For those who might see the term 'metalcore' and go "eeeeeegghh", I totally understand. There's a huge influx of metalcore still in a lot of scenes that just does the same open note breakdown. I normally wouldn't post something like that here but these guys are exceptional in that they do metalcore "properly". That being extreme metal influenced by hardcore. This falls more on the metal end of the spectrum in that it has some very thrashy riffs combined alongside death metal/grindcore drumming.

I've played with Mad Trapper a bunch and they're really good guys and while they might not be anarchist or explicitly left-wing, they certainly maintain a decent worldview that sets them apart from the usual macho tough dude band.

They also have a new release coming out soon which has a single currently up for download.


Wounds - In The Valley Of Death (2015)

Wounds - "In the Valley of Death"

Year: 2015
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Country: Canada

Track List:
  1. One Womb
  2. Trailing Hades
  3. Fare the Well
Another band from my area, Wounds is a punishing black metal band with heavy death metal influences. I'm unsure of much of the band's history other than I believe they're new and that the vocalist was the drummer of the band 'Misfortune" whom I had posted on here before. My band Lapsaria also played with them recently alongside Panzerfaust and Vow of Thorns.

I have really dug this release since they put it out earlier this year. Each song is pretty well constructed, with dynamic changes and slick production. Any fan of more atmospheric or mid-tempo'ed black metal will dig this but it will also appeal very much to people across the spectrum.