Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Omega Massif - Karpatia (2011)

Full Length, Denovali
September, 2011
































Genre: Atmospheric Sludge/Post-Metal
Region: Germany

Been waiting for this: Omega Massif's new album Karpatia. I find Omega Massif to be the most captivating of the ever growing instrumental bands out there. Geisterstadt was a sludge monolith and continues to leave me speechless with it's massive crushing riffs soaked in reverb, creeping atmospheric clean moments, loads of feedback and pounding bass . Karpatia doesn't differ much in this regard and continues to showcase atmosphere through great writing. Big droning riffs that hypnotize will flood your ears until the closer.

If you want to hear either album Denovali has tracks up for both, order info, etc. Fans of post-metal that have not listened to these German sludge juggernauts should not hesitate here.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Flowers of St. Francis - Volume 1 (2011)

Full Length, Enemies List Home Recordings
August, 2011



Genre: Drone/Noise/Ambient/Folk
Region: USA

"The Flowers of Saint Francis are confessional, spontaneous, and moving compositions by Tim Macuga. They are collections of aphasic, four-track rabbit hole confessionals... home recordings of the home recordist debating the relationship between mysticism and madness.

Tim is the second half of Have a Nice Life, and what we have here is the first of a series of tapes released by ELHR. The excerpt above should tell you what you need to know, there's 2 big tracks here and if you need a genre then this is close to drone/ambient with folk elements as well as the ethereal sound that the boys from ELHR are known for; similar to Natural Snow Buildings if anything. More psychedelic and less depressive than the other projects Tim is involved with.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Amenra - Mass II: Sermons (2005)

EP, Consoling Sounds/Independent
January, 2005



Genre: Atmospheric Sludge
Region: Belgium

Amenra are absolutely amazing and one of my favorite bands. Passion, agony and trudging darkness permeate everything they create. They signed to Neurot Recordings after touring with Neurosis not long ago which makes me smile, and soon their next album "Mass V" is going to be released. Amenra also recently repressed Mass IIII and Mass II: Sermons on vinyl and because of all this I thought I'd throw this up with the track list of the 2008/2011 reissue (with varying quality, unfortunately).

As with all their releases Amenra create a powerful and oppressive atmosphere on this EP. There are five tracks here: two of which that were not originally on the first pressing and one that appears on Mass III (track one, From Birth To Grave). Track two is from a four-way split and is on the short side with a spoken passage. Track five is Ritual II which is ten minutes long and resembles their Afterlives EP in that is largely quiet and acoustic with clean vocals for the first four minutes, and then explodes into extended versions of the final few heavy riffs heard on the original version of Ritual — slower, like they do in truly epic live shows such as this.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Aethyrvorous - Aethyrvorous (2009)

Demo, Self-released/Independent
2009



Genre: Death Metal
Region: Australia

I've heard rumors of this bands demise but I don't know if they're accurate. It would be a shame if true because there's some excellent material to be heard here.

It's clear Aethyrvorous draws influence from the likes of old school monsters of death Incantation, fitting in well with the new wave of giants such as Witchrist, Impetuous Ritual, Ignivomous, Vasaeleth, Antediluvian, Mitochondrion, etc. Of course what this means is large amounts of churning, cavernous, dirty death metal with the stench of the occult permeating every dark riff. A very strong demo and maybe their only release.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

P.H.O.B.O.S. - Tectonics (2005)



Industrial Doom
256 kb/s

The Amenta meets doom, really harsh stuff. A tough nut to crack but it ends up being an enjoyable album in the end.

Atriarch - Forever The End (2011)

Full Length, Seventh Rule Records
August 23, 2011



Genre: Sludge/Doom Metal
Region: USA

"Atriarch is a living entity comprised of four parts, offering catharsis through sonic ritual."

From the west coast of the USA and comprised of members from Graves At Sea, Trees, Final Conflict, and Get Hustle, Atriarch offer up four long tracks on their first release. They're labeled as Doom/Death Rock which would give one the impression of Death 'n Roll — what you hear is quite the opposite. This is slow, negative, lumbering and atmospheric. Atriarch have a sound that reminds me of a much slower A Storm of Light or Thou.

The vocals are impressive and a big part of the sound alternating between ritualistic Josh Graham-esque droning, doomy growls, and raspy and torturous screaming (ala Thou). There's a subtle gothic/symphonic element throughout with perfect use of keyboards that really drive the gloomy atmosphere up, along side solid drumming and big, muddy, droning, psychedelic riffs on bass and guitar. Well written, well paced and heavy in all respects. If you want a taste of Forever The End you can check it out in full here and here.

Fans of A Storm of Light, Dispirit, Thou, Buried At Sea, Trees, Anhedonist, Warning, Thrones, etc. will certainly enjoy this. In 320 (new links).

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Flourishing - The Sum of All Fossils (2011)

Full Length, The Path Less Traveled Records
August 2nd, 2011



Genre: Technical Death Metal
Region: USA

Taking a similar approach that Baring Teeth did with their recent release Atrophy, Flourishing look to From Wisdom To Hate/Obscura era Gorguts (and to some extent Ulcerate) to create a fairly interesting and unique tech death album. Though I've only spun Atrophy a few times this year I'm digging this on first listen a little more. Rather than pure Gorguts worship Flourishing manage to carve their own sound out of that template and create their own path with it (not that pure Gorguts worship isn't awesome when done right).

A lot of dissonant/angular riffs, vocals that shift between hoarse death growls (quite like Luc) and more clean and strained yelling, and fast drumming. Some of the slower moments have hints of Ulcerate with big bendy chords that create an atmospheric wall.

In 320. Definitely give this a listen if you like strange, angular death metal.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Iniquity - The Hidden Lore (1998)

EP, Mighty Music
1998



Genre: Technical Death Metal
Region: Denmark

Two years after recording the painfully underrated monster that is Serenadium and despite a complete line-up change leaving none of the original members that recorded it, these four songs sound as if they came straight off that very record. It's bizarre and fantastic.

Admittedly the low end here isn't as destructive as Serenadium but the writing is still phenomenal. I would say this is better than both Grime and Five Across The Eyes (which are a little bland in comparison) just because it still retains that Serenadium feel and creativity — the doomy elements, strong and impressive writing, technicality with restraint, intense atmosphere. Possibly one of the best death metal EPs ever recorded.

In 320.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Hive Destruction - Secretvm/Veritas (2011)

Full Length, Init Records
2011



Genre: Atmospheric Sludge/Post-Metal
Region: Belgium

Instrumental band formed by the ex-bassist of Amenra along with the current guitarist of Liar, this is their first album after a split with Amenra. The guitar tone is a little too thin at points for me but generally it's some heavy post-metal with electronic influences, lots of sampling, mid-paced heavy riffing, etc. Not necessarily ground-breaking but certainly enjoyable for people who like Lento, Empires, Supercontinent, Dirge, Rosetta, Light Bearer.

320 rip.

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All Pigs Must Die - God Is War (2011)

Full Length, Southern Lord
2011



Genre: Hardcore
Region: USA

This has had a lot of hype around it pending its release. Hardcore that tears the earth up coming from another young band on Southern Lord, a lot of the tracks here run longer than traditional hardcore songs but they're packed to the brim with explosive and heavy riffing , hoarse screaming — all that fantastic shit.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Absu - In the Eyes of Ioldánach (1998)

EP, Osmose Productions
September 9th, 1998



Genre: Blackened Thrash/Black Metal
Region: USA

Absu were one of the first "underground" metal acts I was introduced to and they're still one of my favorite bands despite the fact two main members are gone and their last release was a little on the weak side. While Tara is probably their best record and easily my favorite, this is practically on the same level.

There's four chaotic tracks here and one appears on Tara, all of them are fast-paced and very well written thrashy black metal. Proscriptor's drumming is truly legendary, intricate, fast, and odd as are his twisted and strange vocals. The riffs are blazing, catchy and vicious, lyrics surround occult celtic/sumerian mythology — real killer stuff. There really isn't another band like Absu.

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New Lows - Harvest of the Carcass (2011)

Full Length, Deathwish Inc
January, 2011



Genre: Hardcore
Region: USA

Deathwish Inc. always catch some good shit. After a few EPs and a lot of touring this is the result. As one would expect this is some powerful hardcore, it's a crusher without a doubt. Simple, dirty, fast, effective. Much thanks to No Gods, No Masters for bringing them to my attention.

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Krypts - Krypts (2011)

EP, Detest Records
March 23rd, 2011
































Genre: Death Metal
Region: Finland

The new Krypts 7" EP has two great tracks. Slow, chunky riffs that build a great doomy atmosphere. Similar to Vasaeleth's full length in pacing but built less around incantation worship, Hooded Menace comes to mind as well.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Matador - Descent Into the Maelstrom

1. The Matador - Kingdom Of Glass [8:27]
2. The Matador - Parallax Error [3:47]
3. The Matador - Eclipse [5:07]
4. The Matador - The Woman Clothed In The Sun With The Moon Under Her Feet [5:43]
5. The Matador - Vurt [7:12]

Genre: Atmospheric Sludge
Year: 2011

Really dirty atmospheric sludge. Very good. For fans of Buried Inside, Fall of Efrafa, Amenra, Time to Burn, Burst...

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Tree Of Sores - Tree Of Sores (2011)

EP, Witch Hunter Records
February 21st, 2011



Genre: Atmospheric Sludge/Post-Metal
Region: UK

Some heavy shit right here. From Witch Hunter Records:

"Leeds 3 piece, taking influences from the doomy atmospherics of Neurosis, an underbelly of crust care of Amebix, and an air of recklessness favoured by the likes of Eyehategod. The band create a vibe that is heavy, dark and ambient, with tortured male/female vocals, and a mission to take you to a frightening place. "

Definitely has a sound comparable to Amenra and Neurosis at times but with a much more crusty edge. Listen here.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Begrime Exemious - Impending Funeral of Man (2010)

Full Length, Dark Descent Records
April 15th, 2010



Genre: Death Metal
Region: Canada

Dark Descent Records certainly have an impressive stable.

I'm a little late on this one but with their new album "Visions of the Scourge" is on the horizon now is a great time to get this up anyway. Begrime Exemious are from Alberta and like Mitochondrion, Adversarial, Antediluvian and Weapon are at the forefront of the massive and crushing wave of dark, twisted and well written Canadian death and black metal that is turning heads in the community. If you enjoy those aforementioned groups and haven't heard this get on it!

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Ruin Lust - Tour Demo CDr (2011)

Demo, Unsigned
2011



Genre: Black/Death Metal
Region: USA

A project with members of Fell Voices I've been hearing about for the past few months. They toured with Ash Borer this year and released 50 copies of this demo during that time.

This is dark and quite different from Fell Voices, taking a more traditional death metal route with deep beastial growls and yells, dirty riffs, and furious drumming. It's a short taste of what to expect later and boy is it promising. You'll soon be able to snag a copy at Fallen Empire.

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Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip (2011)

Full Length, Club AC30
February 14th, 2011



Genre: Shoegaze/Dream Pop
Region: USA

Some are calling it a Lovless ripoff, others are enjoying it to the fullest. There's no denying where the influence comes from (My Bloody Valentine/The Jesus and Mary Chain) but if you enjoy some fuzzy, warm, noisy dream pop in that vein I see no reason why you shouldn't give this a listen.

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Barghest - Barghest (2011)

Full Length, Big Mountain
March 3rd, 2011



Genre: Black Metal
Region: USA

Several members of Thou making raw black metal. To me it sounds like a mix of Krallice's first album (especially some riffs in the first half, though shorter) with some "As Jerusalem Burns..." era Melechesh. At points it moves into death metal territory.

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Glasses - The Ills of Life (2010)

Full Length, Vendetta Records
November, 2010



Genre: Hardcore
Region: Germany

Coming from Vendetta Records (Men in Search of the Perfect Weapon, Perth Express, Alipinist, and Black Freighter) — Glasses are a great female fronted German hardcore act. This is their second release and a damn good one. Short and sweet.

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