Review Source Blackened Slugs, written by Nick
I first heard of Thantifaxath quite awhile ago via my friend Mike, and now, under his label Media Tree Recordings he has released this demo properly to vinyl. He did a screen-printed version as well as a red version, they’re both amazing. Originally this was released through Dark Descent on tape and I was lucky enough to pick it up while it was still available. Get the vinyl while you still can, it’s in very limited quantities.
From the intro track I could tell this was going to be something unique and powerful. Swooning chants and seductive choral singing bring forth the feeling but fail to set the pace of this intense album. When Violently Expanding Nothing sets in, you can tell what you’re in for, and it feels great. Every bloodthirsty riff expands on its predecessor and carries the weight of something immensely dark and disquieting. Their music truly is a connection to something otherworldly.
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This tome of black metal. I think it deserves to be known. For those unfamiliar with the murky depths of the black metal underground, one comes upon certain prolific individuals and circles of information wherein a wellspring of black energy comes out from. Infamroth ov Throne of Katarsis is one of these individuals. He is also a prominent member of Myrkraverk, and operates a small label entitled Daudings Gjenklang. This is the zine crafted for the latter’s bands, as well as some other sinistral sects dispersed across Europe. Contained within the photocopied and handwritten pages are the black speech ov; Tomhet, Prest, Frostskogr, Hinsides, Vemod & Aetergap Prod. dispersed with grainy photographs that don’t resemble the bands in person at all. (a sign of quality), and a compilation of reviews ov Mare, Dodsengel, Cultes Des Ghoules, Prest, Vemod, Panphage and other initiates. This is completely done by him, and was a heavy inspiration for my own zine, Die Hard, in concept and aesthetics. If you are an avid reader, or lust for knowledge of these elusive acts, this would be worth your money, your time, and probably some other things. The essence of Daudings Skript is bare bones, the questions are straight forward and insightful, something lacking for zine quality. I have enclosed photos of some of the pages, if you can’t read them and are still inclined with interest, there is a reason, maybe this is for you.
Look at them through here
Die Hard Zine Issue 1 does not technically exist yet, but even in its ether form, it is one of the most thorough and fascinating looks into the music and members of the black metal community out there right now. Conceptualized and actualized by Braydon Lajeunesse, Herr Grimm, Die Hard Zine features in-depth interviews with bands like Portal, Otargos, Abomino Aetas, Svarttjern and so many more, including an interview with the infamous Metalographer. Lajeunesse shares his passion for black metal with many poignant reviews and a beautifully laid out zine, full of quality content that he has spent years compiling. So this post is to show you what you could get your hands on, when Lajeunesse connects with the right publisher. Any inquiries about publishing Die Hard should be directed HERE. Lajeunesse has included incentive for any would-be publishers – he has been corresponding with Angelfukk Witchhammer, one member of A.M.S.G. (Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam) from Calgary, who is currently in prison, and he wants to include Witchhammer’s description of his life in the hole in the first issue of Die Hard. Below, listen to the ambience of Die Hard with some of the featured bands in Issue 1, and check out some preview pages after the jump…
CVLT Nation, Century Media & Stumptown Coffee are proud to present a SXSW showcase featuring Enabler, Vestiges, Young and in the Way, Bruce Lamont, The Atlas Moth, Nachtmystium and Andrew WK on Friday, March 16th, 2012, from noon to 6pm. We are also super stoked that Mike IX of Eyehategod will be hosting our free event at The Longbranch Inn! Mike IX will also reading some of his short stories, like this one we published a few months back during Eyehategod week here at CVLT Nation. The poster artwork was created by Rainbath Visual and it captures the ominous fun of this show. Stay tuned for specially curated mixtapes by all of our SXSW bands, as well as Artist to Artist Interviews, over the next couple of weeks leading up to the event. Check out the lineup and details after the jump, and the poster below.
Sometime I hear the most fucked up music, I can’t help myself, I get fucking hyped! This is just the case with WHORELORD from Madison, WI, who released an ultra gnarly demo last year via Lurk Sleep Kill. I don’t know what to call this music, besides ear garbage that I don’t mind ingesting! WHORELORD serves up four tasty maggot-filled gems that ooze death and speed. You can hear an apocalyptic vibe happening in their riffs, and their primeval drumming will wake the dead. What turns my blood black is the vocals’ they are delivered in a nasty, diseased way that kills brain activity with each listen. WHORELORD also has a sinister melodic grove that’s catchy in it’s own demented way. When you hear the intro to “Dreamreaper,” you will realize that this band is on their own planet of rotten weirdness, and then one of their madman riffs kicks in! If every death scene had a soundtrack to it, these songs would fit perfectly. When I listen to this demo, I have visions of the end of the world, and honestly, it looks pretty fucking awesome. WHORELORD have the right balance of black metal, death metal and punk all working together to create perfect moments of mayhem. Check out their tune “Grindstormer,” and there is no way that you will not be a fucking convert: if the vocals don’t kill you, the chaotic grooves will! This band picked the kind of production that only amplifies their madness – lo-fi to the max – which makes this demo black gold. WHORELORD went into the studio on a mission to create a collection of songs that were like no others, and they did just that. These humans put out four songs that are ugly, gritty, filthy and otherworldly all at the same time. You can tell this band enjoyed making this demo, and all they wanted to do was to be themselves. The word on the street is that thid band has broken up, but I really hope this is not true, because I want to hear more! Check it out, since we are fans, we have decided to stream the whole demo below. Bang your fucking head until it falls OFF!
Is possible for one human to have four different musical projects, and all of them are fucking stellar? Well, this is just the case with Patrick Hasson – this Portland, Maine, native is the mastermind of some my favorite bands that span five or more different genres. Let’s get the ball rolling by naming the different projects: Black Chalice (Doom, Death Metal), Avulse (Punk, D-Beat, Black Metal), Auspicium (NoirGaze) and Field of Spears (Neo-Folk). Each of these projects cross-pollinate with one another in a very organic way. Meaning, when you hear Avulse, it will slap you in the lips with it’s charred grooves, but don’t be surprised when it rains down some noirgaze on to your dome! Same goes for Black Chalice, the new record, Submission, is pretty much perfect. This album is heavy as fuck, but it still has huge castle walls of emotion that we all get to climb with each listen. The song “Regret” is a 9 minute audio trek that paints humanity with a brush of doom, but at same time it still lets the sun shine through. When you listen to Patrick’s music, you almost feel like each project is allowing you to view another part of his mind, and music is his way of communicating with the outside world. What words come to mind when hearing his Auspicium project? Majestic & Ethereal; it leaves my thoughts floating in space before coming back down to earth on the wings of time. At CVLT Nation, we have no rules, so today we are going to stream and offer for download three of his different musical dimensions. Make sure to stay tuned for Avulse releasing music via the awesome label Broken Limbs Recordings, but for right now, get your fix here!
Avulse & Auspicium Streams//Download after the jump!
The demo release from mysterious black metal project Obolus made, quite possibly, every year end list going for one of the “best” demos of last year. And rightly so, the mix of pure bleak rage and terribly grim atmosphere was astounding to hear in a tape that was meant as a demonstration of what this outfit could do. Praise the dark lord that new music has followed so quickly. Currently available to download for the grand price of ZERO money over on Flenser Records bandcamp page (for a limited time only) before going to press on vinyl, Lament is a gloriously bleak five track EP.
Artwork by Byran Proteau – Natvres Mortes Illvstration
Punctuated with soft and serene moments, such as the entirely instrumental “Reflection,” Lament is a work of opposing tones. Relentlessly despondent, whether that’s in the harsher tones of “Hatred” or in the beautifully gloom laden “Grievance,” the depths of despair are never far away from the quieter passages. There’s a beautiful theme that is carried throughout this work, the lonely sound of water; either as rainfall or as part of a larger body, that ties the tracks together and truly echoes the sentiments within.
The clash between styles is jarring – when Obolus is harsh, damn, Obolus is harsh. Raw in sound and in vocal style, disparate screams echo over the furious drum work and soaring guitar lines. It hardly seems like the same band that was heard on the sorrow tinged track “Reflection,” but the melancholy beauty is there to be found in the darker refrains of “Desolation” and “Hatred.” It’s in the gorgeous sweeping lines that suddenly burst through the jagged call of guitar, the weight of sadness that sits atop each track individually, growing heavier as the work progresses. Magnificent in scope and subject, Lament is the sound of a band finding a sound, one of desperation and misanthropic tendencies. Obolus is a project to be noticed, the blissed-out dreamlike-gaze sound of Lament is to be completely lost inside. Quite spectacular.
Every so often we are lucky enough to be around for an album that seems absolutely emblematic of a musical movement. With Larvae, Sutekh Hexen have crafted a transcendentally chaotic masterpiece, bound for canonization by metal fans and outsiders alike. With a line up as disparate as their sound, including Dwid Hellion of Integrity, Sutekh Hexen have outlined a blueprint for a new form of black metal. Infused with a murderous surge of noise blended with the frigid brutality of raw black metal, Larvae seems immensely familiar, yet completely new all at once. At three tracks, and weighing it at just over thirty minutes, Larvae covers tremendous ground.
Full review after the jump!
Say it loud, because you are motherfucking proud: FVCK TRVE CVLT! Say it one more time: FVCK TRVE CVLT!! This is the title of the new FIFTEEN DEAD song, and it’s a fucking throat ripper. I reviewed this band’s first EP, Necrocrust, now they are back with this single and a ballistic Darkthrone cover. The concept for this song is to put a rusty blade to the necks of the elitist bastards who pass judgement about what is “true black metal,” or any other sort of music for that matter. FIFTEEN DEAD have my vote on this one – I’m down for the slaying of feeble-minded trolls who sponge off their parents and live in the basement with their dad’s tools. If they spent less time whining about what others are creating, maybe they could contribute something killer to the art form that they regard so highly. Anyway, what really makes FVCK TRVE CVLT a stand up single is that this song is a fucking weapon of gnarly destruction. From the moment you press play, your tongue will be hooked by their sharp riffs, and you will be hauled into their world. FIFTEEN DEAD is a band to watch out for – I respect their songwriting skills to the max. They have this way of combining genres with ease that will make you say, unholy hell, these humans are my kind of filth. I’m not even going to write about how they killed the Darkthrone cover, “The Winds They Call The Dungeon Shaker.” Piss on the graves of the haters – FIFTEEN DEAD have brought the ruckus with this tune! Stand up all Scottish Crusties, CVLT Nation salutes you! Listen to this blackened gem below, and tell me it’s not the shit!
One rad thing about (extreme) music is that it’s not bound to country borders and time. A good song is now a good song as it will be in 5, 10 or 20 years. A gnarly band is a gnarly band no matter what continent, country or state it comes from. So blistering, aggressive and harsh Black Metal can be written and played 2012 in New Jersey as well as 1993 in Norway. The proof: US Black Metal warriors ABAZAGORATH. They have been around for 16 (!) years now, and with their new, self titled EP they easily mark their territory in current USBM – a demonstration you don’t want to miss. Just check the new track Immortals and read the full review: