Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mur - "Heartworn" (2016)

MUR "Heartworn"

Year: 2016
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal, Funeral Doom
Country: United States

Track List:
  1. Hollow bones in the millstone
  2. Cold Mountain
  3. Wheel of ashen limbs
  4. Migration incantation (as fog, as gold)
  5. Wyeth shroud
  6. Snakeskin on the lake
  7. Limbless frozen monarch
  8. Go beyond the sea and still bright light to the underwood (You overreach star!)
bandcamp / facebook

Mur, was created by Cameron Sather in Minnesota in 2013. The goal of this project, as he says, was to create a dichotomy between the airy, open heaviness of Avant-drone experimentalist, despondent folk, and the austere whirlwinds of atmospheric black metal.

This new album called Heartworn is a concept album based on the ancient ecological rhythms of North American animal migration and related themes. Recorded in the winter of 2015/2016 in an off-grid location in pastoral Minnesota powered with solar electricity and heated only with a wood stove. Mass waterfowl exoduses, desperate fish pawns, and the oldest, earthly symbols of snake life-cycles are among the focus of this work.

Gudsforladt - "Guilt" (2016)


Year: 2016
Genre: Depressive Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal 
Country: United States

Track List:
  1. Untitled
  2. Guilt
  3. Worm
  4. I drowned myself
  5. Behold the consequence
bandcamp / facebook

Guilt is a 33 minutes EP from a one-man project from USA that it's about alcoholism, suicidal thoughts, depersonalization and class struggle. It is streamed on bandcamp, or you can just download it via mediafire.
This EP was recorded during the first two months of 2016, in the extreme cold, at several undisclosed locations.

I, personally, liked it so much so I hope you like it too. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Shyy - "Demo" (2016)

SHYY "Demo 2016"

Year: 2016
Genre: Post Black Metal, Blackgaze
Country: Brazil

Track List:
  1. Desfalecer (Faint)
  2. Afogar-se (Drown)
bandcamp / facebook

After 2 years in silence, Shyy are back again. They have released 2 songs of their upcoming full-length album which can be heard at their bandcamp in high quality and there you can see the cover art for this demo.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Shiv -“V vetru se ziblje” (2016)

SHIV "V vetru se ziblje"

Year: 2016
Genre: Blackened Crust
Country: Slovenia

Track List:
  1. V vetru se ziblje
  2. Epidemia
  3. Postati krik
  4. Brazde casa
bandcamp / facebook

Shiv is a band from Slovenia that started in 2007. They recorded 2 demos and then slept up in 2008. In 2015 the band "resurrected". I found this on their Facebook: "It's been a while, but never say never. After years (7 actually) of pain correspondence, hurling insults, and ironic things out we agreed to give this beast new wings". Well, this is how this powerful EP is out; it it definitely brutal and really worth listening to it.  

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Ancst - "Moloch" (2016)

ANCST "Moloch"

Year: 2016
Genre: Black Metal, Blackened Crust
Country: Germany

Track List:
  1. Moloch
  2. Behold Thy Servants
  3. The Skies Of Our Infancy
  4. In Decline
  5. Strife
  6. Devouring Glass
  7. Turning Point
  8. Human Hive
  9. No More Words
  10. Lys

The newest album from Ancst, whi I think need no introduction to the readers of this blog. Great as always. No official free download so far, but you can listen to it on bandcamp and make your opinion about it. The bandcamp page also has the schedule of their European tour w/ Thränenkind.

PS. I think I've posted enough releases for now, so I pass the initiative to the other contributors in this blog (especially the new ones). Hopefully they'll do a better job than me.

Grimmness​ & Kastchei - split (2016)


Year: 2016
Genre: Black Metal
Country: UK

Track List:
  1. Grimmness - Sun / Burnt Earth / Worthless
  2. Kastchei - Unholy Shitstorm In The Endless Spiralling Thread / Terraforming The Inner World / Orbiting / The Matter

Kastchei is a self-described "weird black metal" one-man project, which was previously featured on this blog among other artists in the "The Death Of A Modernist: Ritual vol.1" compilation. Here's a split EP with another UK-based one-man project, Grimmness. Both bands are left-wing and both of them are fed up of seeing people supporting bands who abuse their position to spout fascistic rhetoric. Grimmness' side takes a heavy blackened crust approach, and to be honest, I like it more than the Kastchei side (which has a more of a punky deathrock feel). The lyrics on the Grimmness' side aren't particularly political, while Kastchei's lyrics deal with "alienation and a lack of self-actualisation, drawing ideas from surrealism and existentialism/absurdism to explore the effects of capitalism on the mental states and social perceptions of human beings".

Book of Sand - "Occult Anarchist Propaganda" (2016)

BOOK OF SAND "Occult Anarchist Propaganda"

Year: 2016
Genre: Black Metal
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. crumbling palaces
  2. the white man's burden
  3. a prayer for darkness
  4. things were not what they used to be
  5. render unto caesar
  6. cowardly acts
  7. the mountains are waking up

The newest album from Minneapolis-based one-man RABM project Book of Sand, which got a short review here. No free downloads available so far, but all the tracks are streamable off bandcamp.

Domini Canes - "Green Lion" (2016)


Year: 2016
Genre: Blackened Punk, Black'n'Roll
Country: UK

Track List:
  1. Through The Wild Woods Of Saturn (Intro)
  2. Now You Have Fallen
  3. Green Lion
  4. Entombed In Forgotten Names
  5. The Pit And The Sky
  6. Fool, Repent
  7. Hope Reversed (Outro)

"Lunatic rock from the sun in the jaws of the green lion". The second demo from Domini Canes, an one-man project playing "intoxicated lunatic rock'n'roll from the lands of ancient Wessex". The vocals on this demo may be not for everyone's liking, but in general it's what I've expected from a "black'n'roll" album. The lyrical content on "Green Lion" is primarily based around alchemical symbolism and the human experience of society and self - even if the lyrics aren't as clearly political as on the first demo.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Discum - "5 track Demo" (2015)

DISCUM "5 Track Demo"

Year: 2015
Genre: Death Metal, Crust Punk
Country: México

Track List:
  1. Genocidal terrorist state
  2. Police brutality
  3. Believe in the democracy
  4. The price of war
  5. Conquest (Disclose cover)
bandcamp facebook

Discum is a one man band from Mexico City created on December 2011 in Nezahualcoyotl, one of the places that has the highest crime rates in Mexico city. Among gray landscapes, insecurity and overpopulation, Old Skull, the man behind this band criticize the world around him with strong lyrics and a very good sound. 

Free download

Thursday, April 7, 2016

St. Bastard - "Daemon" (2015)

ST. BASTARD "Daemon"

Year: 2015
Genre: Doom/Sludge Metal
Country: USA

Track List:

  1. The Light Inverted
  2. Recipe For Disaster
  3. Rift
  4. Leaving It Worse Than You Found It

Seemingly apolitical one-man doom/sludge project of one of my readers in Brooklyn, NY. The author describes his intentions as "to make the heaviest music on earth but with hooks you can hum along to". Well, it's maybe not the heaviest music on Earth, but I liked it nevertheless.