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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Wyatt E. - "Mount Sinai / Aswan" (2015)

WYATT E. "Mount Sinai / Aswan"

Year: 2015
Genre: Instrumental Doom Metal, Post-Metal
Country: Belgium

Track List:
  1. Mount Sinai
  2. Aswan

Wyatt E. are a new metal band from Liege, Belgium, featuring members of Deuil. This EP is a concept release influenced by Middle Eastern culture and the lost civilizations, and it's going to be the first one in a set of 6 tapes to be released soon. You can read a quite detailed review of it here, if you wish. In comparison to other bands posted on here under the "oriental metal" tag, Wyatt E. are somewhat unique, because I haven't posted any doom/post-metal band of this kind before.

facebook / bandcamp

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.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Nightmare Collective - Misery and Terror Demo (2014)

NIGHTMARE COLLECTIVE - Misery and Terror Demo

Year: 2014
Genre: Blackened Crust/d-beat
Country: Canada

Track listing:
  1. Refuse to Relax
  2. Recipe for Madness
  3. Indifferent Society
  4. The Only Escape is a Trap
  5. Sick and Distressed
  6. To Return
Roughly about a year old by this point but I think it fits the vibe so far of this site. Nightmare Collective is a two piece of bass-drums-vocals with the latter duties being traded off throughout the demo. If you like the sound of a crusty bass mixed with d-beats and reverb drenched shouts, you might dig this. NC hail from Montreal which hosts a very active left-wing scene as well as a music scene in general.

Hoping to see more from them in the future! A proper release definitely needs to be put out.

Elurra - "Alles was kommt ist Schnee" (2015)

ELURRA - "Alles was kommt ist Schnee"

Year: 2015
Genre: Black metal
Country: Germany

Track Listing:
  1. Alles was blelbt ist Schnee
  2. Die Jagd
  3. Ragnarok
  4. Ewiger Winter
  5. Akte Gotter
  6. Unser Krieg
A fine album that just got posted on "The Dark Skies Above Us" Collective facebook group. Elurra is a self-described RABM band from Germany which is always an exciting thing to see. Musically this album (so far at least) is very straight forward but well done black metal plain and simple. It's got all sorts of speeds and textures with solid vocals overtop. The colour scheme of their bandcamp and album cover is quite nice as well with it's wintery blue overtones over top the usual black and greys. I might just be picky and weird but I like a good colour scheme. They kind of invoke a specific image for the band and I think that's important.

Anyways, for those who are looking for straight RABM with no strings attached, check this release out! It's currently up for free on their bandcamp and promises of a physical release have also been made.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Seeds In Barren Fields - "Let The Earth Be Silent After Ye" (2015)

SEEDS IN BARREN FIELDS "Let The Earth Be Silent After Ye"

Year: 2015
Genre: Black/Death Metal, Blackened Crust
Country: Sweden

Track List:

  1. A Gospel of the Flesh
  2. Home
  3. Internalize Deir Yassin
  4. Communion
  5. Echoes of a Forgotten Rhythm
  6. The Epitaph of the Vain and the Forgotten
  7. Days of Heaven
  8. Let the Earth be Silent After Ye
  9. Entropy

This album, released just a couple of days ago, was already posted on a number of blogs, and I think it has to be on here as well. I included the official bandcamp link ($7 for download), but if you want it for free, you easily can find it in other blogs. Better to buy it, though, because it's easily one of the best RABM-related albums of 2015, and such work should be rewarded...

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Kanto Arboretum - "The Prosperous Post-apocalyptic World" (2015)

KANTO ARBORETUM "The Prosperous Post-apocalyptic World"

Year: 2015
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Country: Finland

Track List:
  1. Äiti maan äpärä
  2. The Prosperous Post-apocalyptic World
  3. En toivo jälleensyntymää
  4. The Fall of Icaros
  5. Bear Witness to the Process (The Evolution of Death)
  6. Pettymysten Kehä
  7. Dead Serious Generation

"History of a one man band called Kanto Arboretum began in year 2010 in Helsinki, Finland. The music of Kanto Arboretum carries a strong black metal influence as it is simplistic, atmospheric and rawish by the sound. Lyrical themes consists of dystopic, misantrophic images as well as nature and environmental views. Even hints of criticism towards capitalism and consumerism can be found from the texts.  

 The name Kanto Arboretum is derived from an absurd thought: what if there was an arboretum (i.e. botanical collection of trees) where all the wood were cut down, thus allowing to study only tree stumps (Finnish word “kanto” meaning tree stump in English). All in all, Kanto Arboretum makes a perfect name for a band with dystopic music and philosophy. The first demoalbum “Kevyt on murhe kantaa” was finished at the end of October 2011. Second demoalbum “City of Grass” was finished in November 2012"

If I understand it correctly, Kanto Arboretum currently is a duo, since J. Savlo joined in 2014, bringing his other guitar and bass and taking part in songwriting. Their stuff may be not exactly "anarchist" but definitely" green", and probably would appeal to the fans of Cascadian BM bands with the similar worldview.

With this album, I've posted everything I planned (if I haven't forgot anything), so I'll focus on cleaning up the blog and resurrecting dead links in the foreseeable future. Stay tuned.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Sordide - "La France a peur" (2014)

SORDIDE "La France a peur"

Year: 2014
Genre: Black Metal
Country: France

Track List:
  1. Ni nom ni drapeau
  2. Blâme
  3. Gloire
  4. L'innocence
  5. La France a Peur
  6. Pauvre Histoire
  7. Violence

Sordide are a BM power trio formed at the end of 2013 in Normandy (northern France). "La France a peur" is their debut full-length album released on 1st December 2014 through Avantgarde Music. They claim that my activities in the RABM movement seem to fit perfectly with their music and ethic, and mostly agree with the answer in my FAQ regaring the quiestion of misanthropy in RABM. As for the sound, I recommend to check out this review, which is pretty detailed and should give you a good idea of what to expect from this album. With my somethat limited knowledge of French BM scene, I'd agree with the main point of that review - it's a very "French" release, despite the "no name, no flag" rhetoric. According to the band, the follow-up album is already in the works.

bandcamp / facebook / blog

Bonus: a cover version of a popular song by Renaud, a French chanson singer well known for "a volatile temperament, innovative use of French, and edgy, dark, left-wing social and political themes" (Wikipedia):

Thursday, July 9, 2015

In Cauda Venenum - s/t (2015)

IN CAUDA VENENUM "In Cauda Venenum"

Year: 2015
Genre: (Post-)Black Metal
Country: France

Track List:
  1. Ωlpha
  2. Θmega
Not an explicitly political band, but they play good music and claim to discover a lot of great stuff due to my blog, so why not to support them? The Invisible Oranges zine defined their sound as "like a folk-less PANOPTICON", which I can't fully agree with, yet the similarities to Panopticon and a lot of other atmospheric (RA)BM/Cascadian bands are definitely audible on this album. It consists of two long tracks, ~42 minutes total playing time. Recommended for the fans of both atmospheric BM and doom metal.

bandcamp / facebook / blog / youtube

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Escvro - "Os Homens e As Estrelas" (2015)

ESCVRO "Os Homens e As Estrelas"

Year: 2015
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Brazil

Track List:
  1. Entropia
  2. Estupidez
  3. Perante as Estrelas
  4. Silentium Universi (instrumental)

A somewhat unusual one-man project from Brazil which released two EPs so far. Both are absolutely free to download and share, and one of them is presented here. Although Escvro identifies with the RABM movement, the lyrical content isn't political, yet very nihilistic and pessimistic - but not in the DSBM way. There are no guitars in Escvro, just bass. Everything is produced with very low-cost materials (simple CD-Rs and just one xeroxed sheet insert) and distributed freely. Both EPs are also available on 4shared (1, 2) in case if you don't have problems with that file host.

UPD 15 July 2015: here's a so-called "Free Underground Manifesto" sent to me by the only member of Escvro, where his views on non-profit music distribution are explained in detail. Download

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.