Monday, May 31, 2010

Nucleus Torn - Knell

Is it probably their most enigmatic album? An answer is not important n here but the word “enigmatic” stuck into my mind by the first time I heard this for a strange and unknown reason. Probably due to the fact that every time I hear the album I discover something new. Probably due to the fact that it is obviously enigmatic to me how they have managed to bring the musical harmony between their sad, deep and emotional acoustic melodies and themes combining them with those electric breakings that are coming almost from nowhere like a storm…

And even in those breakings the music still sounds so natural and smooth but at the same time it hides an unknown wild force. From storm back to calm as the acoustic musical rivers will carry the listener far away, until the next storm. Strange the game that they play but I would be a part of it anytime.

This is the second release by this Swiss musical act. If you are aware of their 2006 debut “Nihil” you could probably form a general idea of what is to follow in here but even in that case you would find extremely difficult to form your feelings in words if you want to describe what you are hearing, yes the same is happening to me now. The fact is that there are negative feelings buried under their classical music oriented acoustic parts, feelings of sadness, sorrow and melancholy. But the question comes straight ahead: “Can we point those fallings as negative?” It depends… but this is another topic out of here… And yes there is a mysterious strength on their electric breakings thanks to the slow riffing and the esoteric electric guitar themes, bringing in my mind the most clever guitar moments of the Scandinavian post Black Metal scene. And the vocals male or female… they are putting their own trademark into the final musical piece of art…

A strange kind of whispering, esoteric and dark musical beauty: this is what it is all about. I have placed the album on my CD player at about 7 o clock in the afternoon and it is five o clock in the morning now that I am writing those lines… and its music still fills the air, it is obvious it has managed to overtake me… And you know something? This happens not quite often…

(from here)
Those who like dark music will love this album. It is covered with beautiful and depressing acoustic melodies and some outbursts you will definitely love. Enjoy it!

Nucleus Torn - Knell

(Prophecy Productions / 2008 / Avantgarde/Progressive Metal/Folk / VBR2 189 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. I 8:05
02. II 14:29
03. III 29:14
04. IV 4:16


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Menace Ruine - Union of Irreconcilables

Menace Ruine came together in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in autumn 2006, when they began composing the songs that would form their debut recording, In Vulva Infernum.

While the debut album Cult Of Ruins, took its starting point in fast and , the follow-up, The Die is Cast stays true to the metal sound. The tempo has been slowed down, and could be described as heavy down-tempo with martial rhythms.

(from Last.fm)
The new Menace Ruine for everyone who's interested in drone, black metal and dark folk or not. Enjoy it!

Menace Ruine - Union of Irreconcilables

(Aurora Borealis / 2010 / Avantgarde Drone/Black Metal/Dark Folk / 256 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. ...Collapse 9:01
02. The Upper Hand 6:22
03. Not Only A Break In The Clouds But A Permanent Clearing Of The Sky 10:48
04. Corrido De Perdition 3:06
05. There Will be Blood 5:55
06. Nothing Above Or Below 8:49
07. Primal Waters In Bed 15:39


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I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - Fear Is On Our Side

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness are an band formed in 2002, based out of Austin, Texas, United States. I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness is often associated with the band Spoon, and Spoon’s lead singer, Britt Daniel, even produced their first album. The resulting EP, I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, was a 5-song EP released under Emperor Jones Records in 2003. This was followed with a 2-song 12” EP in 2005.

The band consists of Ernest Salaz, Christian Goyer, Edward Robert, Tim White, with the addition of guitarist Daniel Del Favero after the release of their debut EP.

In March 2006 the band released their full-length debut Fear Is on Our Side on Secretly Canadian, based out of Bloomington, IN.


(from Last.fm)
Another Indie classic for you. Mixed with post-punk and some post-rock elements. Very dark and melancholic. Enjoy it!

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - Fear Is On Our Side

(Secretly Canadian / 2006 / Indie/Post-Punk / 192 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. The Ghost 4:50
02. According to Plan 4:37
03. Lights 4:08
04. The Owl 2:30
005. Today 2:03
06. We Choose Faces 6:09
07. Last Ride Together 4:30
08. At Last Is All 5:35
09. Long Walk 4:22
10. Fear Is on Our Side 4:05
11. Untitled 2:06
12. If It Was Me 6:38


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Bliss - Quiet Letters

BLISS with founding members DJ Steffen Aaskoven and Marc-George Andersen, and with Alexandra (vocals) and Tchando (vocals) is an international chill out pop music collective from Denmark, Sweden and Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, Since 2001, they have become one of the true chill-out underground acts. releasing material on the Danish label, music for dreams, appearing on more than 60 compilations worldwide and in such tv shows as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

(from Last.fm)
I especially like the trip hop songs on this one like "Sleep Will Come" or "Evening Sun". But in anyway this is a fantastic album with a fantastic atmosphere to zone out to. Enjoy it!

Bliss - Quiet Letters

(Music for Dreams / 2003 / Ambient/Electronic/Downtempo / 192 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01 Sleep Will Come 5:59
02 Breathe 4:48
03 Right Here 5:03
04 Dunia 6:51
05 Song For Olabi 6:18
06 Wish U Were There 1:51
07 Kissing 6:10
08 Evening Sun 4:20
09 Manvantara 11:12
10 Wish U Were Here 6:17
11 Don\'t Look Back 5:25
12 Quiet Letter 4:22


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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Current 93 - Baalstorm, Sing Omega

Current 93 is a British music group, working since the early 1980s in folk-based musical forms. The band was founded in 1982 by David Tibet (né David Michael Bunting, renamed ‘Tibet’ by Genesis P-Orridge) in United Kingdom.

Much of Current 93’s early work was similar to late 1970s and early 1980s industrial music: abrasive tape loops, droning synthesizer noises and Tibet’s distorted, ranting vocals. Later works found Tibet mostly casting off such trappings in favor of a more organic sound, labeled by some as “”, occasionally featuring his sinister nursery rhyme-influenced singing and primarily acoustic folk-styled music. Tibet has been the only constant in the group, though Steven Stapleton (Nurse With Wound) has appeared on nearly every Current 93 release and Michael Cashmore is another frequent collaborator.

Current 93 have released some twenty albums and many singles.

Tibet’s lyrics have been fairly consistent, regardless of delivery: The earlier recordings reflect his preoccupation with death, Christ, mysticism, Aleister Crowley, Tibetan Buddhism, Gnosticism, Weltschmerz, nihilism, Noddy, and a variety of occult notions. The later to present-day period of Current 93’s recordings increasingly reflect Tibet’s interest in Christian mysticism.


(from Last.fm)
The new Current 93 is finally out! What a long waiting time... Enjoy it!

Current 93 - Baalstorm, Sing Omega

(Coptic Cat / 2010 / Dark Folk/Apocalyptic Folk/Neofolk/Experimental/Psychedelic / 320 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. I Dreamt I Was Aeon 6:52
02. With Flowers in the Garden of Fires 4:08
03. December 1971 4:35
04. Baalstorm ! Baalstorm ! 6:27
05. Passenger Aleph in Name 4:40
06. Tanks of Flies 3:18
07. The Nudes Lift Shields for War 5:31
08. Night ! Death ! Storm ! Omega ! 3:49
09. I Dance Narcoleptic 10:36


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Arms And Sleepers - Arms And Sleepers

Arms and Sleepers began one night in the back of an ambulance in Cambridge. In an alleyway a man was bleeding with a cassette player in hand, the play button still on. What sounded like recordings of a gospel choir blared from the tin speaker, while down the street a jazz band could be heard.

The man was dying. He dropped the cassette player on the cement and closed his eyes, the sound carrying through the air into his ears for one last time. Though this moment in time died with him, his cassette lived on — and Arms and Sleepers were born.

Persistent international touring and constant dissemination of their sounds makes Arms and Sleepers a worthy opponent for the typical temporal constraints that can befall a band. Having issued a series of limited edition releases and the well-received Bliss Was it in That Dawn to be Alive EP (Fake Chapter) in 2007, Black Paris 86 is their debut full-length on Expect Candy Records (DE).

A tight and intense record, listening to it feels like sitting in a cinema, watching landscapes, beauty and tragedy - feeling warm and safe while a hint of mystery seems to whisper that not everything is ok out there.


(from Last.fm)

Arms And Sleepers - Arms And Sleepers

(Milkweed Records / 2007 / Trip Hop/Post-Rock/Ambient / VBR2 268 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. We’re All Paris Now (Pt. 1) 2:52
02. Runner Misplaced 4:54
03. By My Bones 2:10
04. Red Light Pipe Dreams 3:50
05. Winter Is Coming 2:12
06. Lights & Alarms 7:24


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Arms And Sleepers - Lautlos

Arms and Sleepers began one night in the back of an ambulance in Cambridge. In an alleyway a man was bleeding with a cassette player in hand, the play button still on. What sounded like recordings of a gospel choir blared from the tin speaker, while down the street a jazz band could be heard.

The man was dying. He dropped the cassette player on the cement and closed his eyes, the sound carrying through the air into his ears for one last time. Though this moment in time died with him, his cassette lived on — and Arms and Sleepers were born.

Persistent international touring and constant dissemination of their sounds makes Arms and Sleepers a worthy opponent for the typical temporal constraints that can befall a band. Having issued a series of limited edition releases and the well-received Bliss Was it in That Dawn to be Alive EP (Fake Chapter) in 2007, Black Paris 86 is their debut full-length on Expect Candy Records (DE).

A tight and intense record, listening to it feels like sitting in a cinema, watching landscapes, beauty and tragedy - feeling warm and safe while a hint of mystery seems to whisper that not everything is ok out there.


(from Last.fm)
Lautlos means "silent" or "noiseless" in English.

Arms And Sleepers - Lautlos

(Self Released / 2007 / Trip Hop/Post-Rock/Ambient / VBR2 254 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Lautlos 4:22
02. Cinemas For Marseille 2:09
03. From Under The Floor Boards 2:43
04. Se Vende Limber 4:08
05. Found In Manhattan 3:05


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Arms And Sleepers - Cinématique

Arms and Sleepers began one night in the back of an ambulance in Cambridge. In an alleyway a man was bleeding with a cassette player in hand, the play button still on. What sounded like recordings of a gospel choir blared from the tin speaker, while down the street a jazz band could be heard.

The man was dying. He dropped the cassette player on the cement and closed his eyes, the sound carrying through the air into his ears for one last time. Though this moment in time died with him, his cassette lived on — and Arms and Sleepers were born.

Persistent international touring and constant dissemination of their sounds makes Arms and Sleepers a worthy opponent for the typical temporal constraints that can befall a band. Having issued a series of limited edition releases and the well-received Bliss Was it in That Dawn to be Alive EP (Fake Chapter) in 2007, Black Paris 86 is their debut full-length on Expect Candy Records (DE).

A tight and intense record, listening to it feels like sitting in a cinema, watching landscapes, beauty and tragedy - feeling warm and safe while a hint of mystery seems to whisper that not everything is ok out there.


(from Last.fm)
This release is a bit outstanding in the discography of Arms and Sleepers. It's more electronic/ambient based than on trip hop, but anyway outstanding and great to hear. Enjoy it!

Arms And Sleepers - Cinématique

(Self Released / 2007 / Electronic/Post-Rock/Ambient / VBR2 249 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Mimema 4:10
02. Embassy Theme 1:43
03. By The Harbor 3:07
04. Ankara (A Memory) 1:18
05. Potsdam Voltaire 3:48
06. Guests & Ghosts 1:28
07. Embassy Theme II 4:09
08. Tram 11 2:13
09. Pfarrstrasse 1:25
10. This Place Was My Home… 2:28
11. So Why Pause 4:34


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Arms And Sleepers - The Motorist

Arms and Sleepers began one night in the back of an ambulance in Cambridge. In an alleyway a man was bleeding with a cassette player in hand, the play button still on. What sounded like recordings of a gospel choir blared from the tin speaker, while down the street a jazz band could be heard.

The man was dying. He dropped the cassette player on the cement and closed his eyes, the sound carrying through the air into his ears for one last time. Though this moment in time died with him, his cassette lived on — and Arms and Sleepers were born.

Persistent international touring and constant dissemination of their sounds makes Arms and Sleepers a worthy opponent for the typical temporal constraints that can befall a band. Having issued a series of limited edition releases and the well-received Bliss Was it in That Dawn to be Alive EP (Fake Chapter) in 2007, Black Paris 86 is their debut full-length on Expect Candy Records (DE).

A tight and intense record, listening to it feels like sitting in a cinema, watching landscapes, beauty and tragedy - feeling warm and safe while a hint of mystery seems to whisper that not everything is ok out there.


(from Last.fm)

Arms And Sleepers - The Motorist

(Self Released / 2009 / Trip Hop/Post-Rock/Ambient / VBR2 186 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Dear Charles, My Muse, Asleep or Dead 2:11
02. The Motorist 4:48
03. Jetty 4:22
04. Algiers Point 1:28
05. In The Empire of Builders 2:30


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Arms And Sleepers - Matador Alternate Versions/B-Sides

Arms and Sleepers began one night in the back of an ambulance in Cambridge. In an alleyway a man was bleeding with a cassette player in hand, the play button still on. What sounded like recordings of a gospel choir blared from the tin speaker, while down the street a jazz band could be heard.

The man was dying. He dropped the cassette player on the cement and closed his eyes, the sound carrying through the air into his ears for one last time. Though this moment in time died with him, his cassette lived on — and Arms and Sleepers were born.

Persistent international touring and constant dissemination of their sounds makes Arms and Sleepers a worthy opponent for the typical temporal constraints that can befall a band. Having issued a series of limited edition releases and the well-received Bliss Was it in That Dawn to be Alive EP (Fake Chapter) in 2007, Black Paris 86 is their debut full-length on Expect Candy Records (DE).

A tight and intense record, listening to it feels like sitting in a cinema, watching landscapes, beauty and tragedy - feeling warm and safe while a hint of mystery seems to whisper that not everything is ok out there.


(from Last.fm)
Another release of this band, alternate versions and b-sides of their greatest album "Matador". Highly recommended!

Arms And Sleepers - Matador Alternate Versions/B-Sides

(Self Released / 2009 / Trip Hop/Post-Rock/Ambient / v0)

Tracklist
01. Matador (Bedside Version) 5:14
02. Armes 2:58
03. Leon (Instrumental Version) 5:44
04. Still 4:38
05. Kino (PV Version) 2:24
06. Simone (Alternate Version) 3:50
07. Kino (Airport Mix) 3:52


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Arms And Sleepers - Bliss Was It In That Dawn To Be Alive

Arms and Sleepers began one night in the back of an ambulance in Cambridge. In an alleyway a man was bleeding with a cassette player in hand, the play button still on. What sounded like recordings of a gospel choir blared from the tin speaker, while down the street a jazz band could be heard.

The man was dying. He dropped the cassette player on the cement and closed his eyes, the sound carrying through the air into his ears for one last time. Though this moment in time died with him, his cassette lived on — and Arms and Sleepers were born.

Persistent international touring and constant dissemination of their sounds makes Arms and Sleepers a worthy opponent for the typical temporal constraints that can befall a band. Having issued a series of limited edition releases and the well-received Bliss Was it in That Dawn to be Alive EP (Fake Chapter) in 2007, Black Paris 86 is their debut full-length on Expect Candy Records (DE).

A tight and intense record, listening to it feels like sitting in a cinema, watching landscapes, beauty and tragedy - feeling warm and safe while a hint of mystery seems to whisper that not everything is ok out there.


(from Last.fm)
The debut release of one of my most favorite bands out there. Enjoy it!

Arms And Sleepers - Bliss Was It In That Dawn To Be Alive

(Fake Chapter Records / 2006 / Trip Hop/Post-Rock/Ambient / 128 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Beneath Bricks And Books 3:05
02. A Mission To Prague 5:49
03. Arms/Sleepers 5:10
04. Warm 4:07
05. A Girl Named Clive 3:37
06. Moscow Pop 4:38
07. (Untitled)
6:47

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Trentemøller - Into The Great Wide Yonder

Anders Trentemøller is a Danish electronic musician from Copenhagen.

Trentemøller made his debut in 1997 together with DJ T.O.M. when they formed the first live-house act in Denmark, Trigbag, and started playing concerts all over the globe. Trigbag’s single “Showtime” was played by international DJs such as Alex Gopher, Laurent Garnier and Etienne de Crécy. Trigbag dissolved in 2000.

Trentemøller returned on Naked Music in 2003 with his The Trentemøller EP including the tracks “Le Champagne” and “Work in Progress”. Trentemøller received the award “Up Front Release of the Year” at the Danish DJ Awards in February 2004 for the Track “Le Champagne”.

In late 2004 he and his friend and partner, DJ Buda, issued a white label remix of Aphex Twin’s “Windowlicker”, under the name “Run Jeremy”. Together they’ve also made other great tracks such as “Gamma” and “25 Timer”. Furthermore, Trentemøller has worked together with DJ Buda and DJ T.O.M. on another track on the upcoming and much anticipated Lulu Rouge album entitled “Bless You” which was released in May 2008.

In February 2005 Steve Bug released the renowned Trentemøller EP “Physical Fraction” on his label Audiomatique. This release put Trentemøller on the map of internationally successful producers, and was followed by three releases on Bug’s main label Poker Flat: Polar Shift, Sunstroke and the Nam Nam EP. Many reader polls awarded him as the Best Newcomer of the year 2005.


(from Last.fm)
The brand new Trentemøller for you! Enjoy it!


Trentemøller - Into The Great Wide Yonder

(In My Room / 2010 / Electronic/Minimal / VBR2 190kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. The Mash And The Fury 7:00
02. Sycamore Feeling 6:06
03. Past The Beginning Of The End 6:19
04. Shades Of Marble 5:53
05. ... Even Though You‘re With Another Girl 4:52
06. Häxan 5:11
07. Metamorphosis 2:05
08. Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!! 4:23
09. Neverglade 4:33
10. Tide 7:45


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Leger Des Heils - ... Über Liebe, Leben und Tod ...

Leger Des Heils takes their moniker from the Dutch Salvation Army. They are a mysterious project which is closely connected to classical music for well over a decade.

Although Leger Des Heils started off as a purely electronic project, they are including more guitars and other acoustic instruments in later recordings.

Many of the lyrics are taken from poems by renown German poets, such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Ernst Moritz Arndt.

Founded in 2000 by Mario Ansinn, Leger Des Heils released quite a number of released, mostly on the German label Eis & Licht.


(from Last.fm)
Time for some new neofolk/neoclassic stuff for you. 4 new songs of this band and some rare songs/other versions. Enjoy it.


Leger Des Heils - ... Über Liebe, Leben und Tod ...

(Eis & Licht / 2010 / Neofolk/Neoclassic / VBR2 171kbp/s)

Tracklist
01 Dies Ist Der Tag 4:46
02 Verbrannte Erde 4:28
03 Geweihte Einigkeit 3:58
04 Über Liebe, Leben, Tod 4:30
05 Sängerfahrt (Placatio Version) 5:07
06 The Strength Of Will (Vividus Version) 3:16
07 Wie Am Ersten Tag (Gratia Version) 4:08
08 Voran! 3:17
09 Geistesmahnung (Gloria Version) 4:00
10 Ewige Gegenwart (Instrumental) 3:33


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Kakophonus - Ater


Hailing from the dark bavarian forest, Kakophonus was formed in ca. 2002 and released some highly acclaimed and lofi underground releases on their own. It is not easy to construate a fluid band biography, due to the fact that there is little known about this black metal outfit.
They startet with orthodox black metal, nowadays their sound is forged with influences from funeral doom and even drone and dark ambient found their way into the hateful sound.
Their songs deal with predominantly martial topics, death, roman history.

Discography:

Demo I Cassette (Lost), 2002
Demo II Cassette (lost), 2003
Pure War, 2005
Ater, 2007

Members:

Count K.: Bass, Drum Programming, Vocals
H. Moerser: Vocals, Lyrics, Bass

(Taken from Last.fm)

This is true underground doomish black metal from the dark forests of bavaria. 23 minutes full of raw produced and recorded material. We bring you the album Ater. Maybe there will be more. Digg it folks!




[ Self-Released / 2007 / Black Metal / CBR ]

Tracklist
01. Black Frost (04:41)
02. Black Iron (01:54)
03. Black Chaos (03:52)
04. Black Blood (02:38)
05. Black Maximum (04:13)
06. Black Stone (05:42)
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23:02

Camerata Mediolanense - Pankration

The project Camerata Mediolanense took concrete form in 1994. It gathered some friends in Milan, Italy (Mediolanense = from Mediolanum, the ancient name for Milan), who were all involved in the underground music scene. It was conceived as a real musical “camerata,” which casts a look at the Italian past and at the same time is deeply rooted in today’s European reality. In fact, the main feature of Camerata Mediolanense’s musical language is a percussive background, particularly evident during their live performances, which comes out thanks to the use of an unconventional set of instruments. In parallel, the band is researching pure melody, in part thanks to the academic studies of some of its members.

The female members of Camerata Mediolanense are performing live under the name Dame Mediolanense.

(Taken from Last.fm)

This is my favorite album by the Italians from Camerata Mediolanense. Classical chamber music with neofolkish parts. The mixture just fits perfectly. Enjoy!



[ Twilight / 2006 / Neofolk/Classical / VBR ]
Tracklist
01. Salve, mundi Domine, Caesar noster, Ave (04:58)
02. L'homme arme (04:36)
03. Balcani in Fiamme (04:41)
04. Rappresentazione (06:15)
05. La magnifica Aurora (02:59)
06. La madre Cattiva (05:13)
07. Madrigale (04:22)
08. La grande Corsa (03:47)
09. Il Trionfo de Bacco e Arianna (02:54)
10. Der Tod (03:48)
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43:39


Friday, May 28, 2010

Cobalt - War Metal

Ever since their inception in the late nineties, Colorado’s (sometimes controversial) Cobalt have slowly, and slyly, made a reputation within the underground black metal scene, more or less amongst the “war metal” sphere of the scene…

Their debut album (which followed their awesome “Hammerfight” EP), aptly titled “War Metal” (released on Displeased Records) showed Cobalt’s creative prowess within the genre by offering a shape-shifting dose of war metal brutality and black metal rawness that made them one of the more unique and underrated acts within the scene.

With the band’s surging new epic, “Eater of Birds”, Cobalt are pretty much destined to set a new standard as Cobalt have taken an immense leap forward, tenfold, from their debut. But that’s just only scratching the surface…

Recorded at Flatline Audio and produced by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage) “Eater of Birds” not only embraces the band’s vicious take on chaotic brutal avant-garde black/war metal and blackthrash, but take things to a new artistic level in every possible manner. By incorporating the epic crushing monolithicism of Neurosis and Swans, and taking blackened war metal to new unconventional brutally warped levels, amongst ritualistic shaman-like rhythms and pulsations, through its 70-plus minute pillage, “Eater of Birds” is an unforgettable audial scourge through vast bizarre landscapes and ocean-like terrain.

And speaking of Swans, “Eater of Birds” features a guest appearance by none other than Jarboe on the tracks “Invincible Sun” and a moving appearance on “Androids, Automatons, And Nihilists”, her first official foray into extreme metal.

(Taken from Last.fm)

We're missing some black metal here these days so I thought I'm going to put up the first album from Cobalt, some war metal never sucks! Enjoy.



[ Displeased Records / 2005 / Black Metal / CBR@320 ]

Tracklist
01. Hammerfight (04:44)
02. Angelfangs (06:25)
03. Raise the Hammer of War (04:56)
04. World on its Knees (04:34)
05. Summoning of Napalm Mists (05:23)
06. Lunar Warface (05:10)
07. Empire of the Moth (08:39)
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39:54



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Atheist - Unquestionable Presence

Atheist is a progressive death metal band from Sarasota, Florida, USA and regarded as one of the main developers of Floridian death metal. Their music is highly technical and sometimes reminiscent of jazz, combining brutal riffs with subtle latin music arrangements. They were founded in 1984 under the name Oblivion by guitarist (and later vocalist) Kelly Shaefer and drummer Mark. Mark was later replaced by drummer Steve Flynn because Kelly and Steve had similar musical tastes. Roger Patterson would later join as their bassist.

They released a couple of demos, Hell Hath No Mercy in 1987 and Beyond in 1988. They recorded their debut album, Piece of Time, in 1988 and it was to be released on the label Mean Machine, but the record label later went bankrupt. Piece of Time thus not released until 1990 on Active. In 1989, another demo was released. In 1991, bassist Roger Patterson died in a car accident and Atheist recruited Tony Choy to record their second album, the now classic Unquestionable Presence. Atheist disbanded for the first time in 1992, reuniting in 1993 and recording their last album Elements before disbanding for the second time.

(taken from last.fm)



[ Death Records | 1991 | Progressive Death Metal | VBR | 32:25 ]

Tracklist
1. Mother Man - 4:33
2. Unquestionable Presence - 4:06
3. Retribution - 3:17
4. Enthralled In Essence - 3:37
5. An Incarnations Dream - 4:52
6. The Formative Years - 3:30
7. Brains - 3:41
8. And The Psychic Saw - 4:49

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Death - Human

Death is widely considered one of the most influential bands in death metal. The band’s debut, “Scream Bloody Gore”, has been described as “death metal’s first archetypal document,” and Schuldiner himself as the “father of death metal”. However, Schuldiner dismissed such attributions in an interview with Metal-Rules.com, stating, “I don’t think I should take the credit for this death metal stuff. I’m just a guy from a band, and I think Death is a metal band.”

As of 2008, Death has sold over 1.5 million albums worldwide, with 368,184 albums having been sold in the US alone (not counting sales prior to the Soundscan era), making them one of the top-selling death metal bands of all time. Their best-selling album, “Human”, was released in 1991 and is considered by many to be the band in top-form. Their last album, “The Sound of Perseverance”, was released in 1998.

(taken from last.fm)



[ Relativity | 1991 | Progressive Death Metal | 320kbps | 34:01 ]

Tracklist
1. Flattening Of Emotions - 4:30
2. Suicide Machine - 4:22
3. Together As One - 4:09
4. Secret Face - 4:36
5. Lack Of Comprehension - 3:43
6. See Through Dreams - 4:25
7. Cosmic Sea - 4:27
8. Vacant Planets - 3:49

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Oliver Koletzki - Großstadtmärchen

Oliver Koletzki first started producing music in the eighties with a Commodore 64. At aged 13, he started taking guitar and piano lessons. His inspirations were breakdance and hip hop music of the early nineties.
Since passing his A-levels, he has been studying music at the Berlin Humboldt University. Occasionally he also does sound design for films for the University of Arts in Berlin.

In 2005, Oliver scored a huge hit with his track "Der Mückenschwarm" which was signed to Sven Väth’s Cocoon label, remixed by Dominik Eulberg and appeared on Pete Tong’s ‘Essential Selection’ compilation. The track was subsequently voted Best Track in Germany’s Groove Magazine’s Readers Poll 2005.

(taken from last.fm)


Großstadtmärchen ("city tales") is some very nice, laid-back minimal techno with mostly German vocals - city music to the core. Enjoy!


[ Stil vor Talent | 2009 | Minimal Techno | VBR | 51:38 ]

Tracklist
1. This Is Leisure (ft. Mieze Katz) - 3:65
2. Zuckerwatte (ft. Juli Holz) - 5:43
3. U-Bahn (ft. Axel Bosse) - 4:43
4. Kusskompatibel - 5:52
5. Warschauer Strasse - 6:12
6. Hypnotized (ft. Fran) - 5:42
7. Kleines Zwischenspiel - 3:19
8. Headshaped Box (ft. Kate Mosh) - 6:47
9. These Habbits (ft. Pyur) - 4:15
10. Nimm Mich Mit (Oliver Koletzki Remix) - 5:09

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Arms and Sleepers & The American Dollar - From The Inland Sea

Arms and Sleepers is Max Lewis (Boston, MA) and Mirza Ramic (Portland, ME). The band was formed in 2006 and has since released a handful of albums and EPs. Arms and Sleepers have extensively toured North America, Europe, and the UK. Upcoming releases include “Matador” (2nd full-length) and “From The Inland Sea” (split with The American Dollar)

(from Last.fm)
Started by high school friends John Emanuele and Richard Cupolo from Queens, NY in 2005, The American Dollar creates cinematic, electronica-tinged instrumental rock. The duo fuses processed drums, spacious keyboards and powerful organ swells with electric guitar and bass, creating deep sonic textures while maintaining the passion and energy of a live band. The swirling soundscapes build and swell, punctuated by glitchy beats, breathing and expanding into crashing guitars and soaring leads: precisely constructed symphonies for a new era.

(from Last.fm)

This is my favorite Arms and Sleepers release, a split with The American Dollar. Delicious Trip Hop with Ambient and Post-Rock influence and some nice Instrumental Post-Rock for you. Enjoy it!

Arms and Sleepers & The American Dollar - From The Inland Sea

(Self Released / 2009 / Ambient Trip Hop/Post-Rock/Instrumental Post-Rock / 320 kbp/s)

Tracklist
The American Dollar
01. Landing 3:33
02. Schipol 3:54
03. Where We Are 4:21

Arms & Sleepers
04. The Catcher Elsewhere 4:56
05. Van Buren 5:06
06. The Inland Sea 6:56


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Clubroot - II - MMX

A St. Alban’s resident, Dan Richmond cut his teeth in the early part of this decade with material bearing a likeness to the futurist ideals of drum and bass producers like Optical, Ed Rush, and Nico. As dubstep began to develop its own musical language, its emerging low end sonic tropes and freedom from rhythmic clutter acted as the catalyst for Clubroot.

(taken from last.fm)
Probably the best dubstep record since Untrue, at least out of the ones I've listened to. Highly recommended.


[ Lo Dubs | 2010 | Dubstep | VBR | 53:06 ]

Tracklist
1. Orbiting - 5:03
2. Waterways - 5:02
3. Dry Cured - 5:21
4. Sjambok - 1:47
5. Toe To Toe - 4:40
6. Whistles & Horns - 4:41
7. Running On Empty - 5:01
8. Physically - 5:21
9. Dust Storm - 3:47
10. Closure - 7:08
11. Cherubs Cry - 5:15

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Hooded Menace & Anima Morte - Split EP

Hooded Menace is a Doom/Death Metal band formed in Finland (Joensuu) in 2007.

It all started in June of 2007 when three doom/death -loving freaks got together to jam some Candlemass cover songs but using old school death metal style vocals instead. They were having so much fun that they decided to start writing their own material, very much influenced by the first Cathedral album, Winter, and Asphyx. They wanted to do play really doom-laden death metal that combined crushing and somber riffs with just a slight hint of melody that comes from their love for the early Candlemass albums from the 80’s.

The band continued to jam but still didn’t have a band name yet. The guitarist and vocalist Lasse (also known from the cult Finnish death metal band Phlegethon and death/grinders Vacant Coffin) was a big fan of the Blind Dead zombies from the classic 70’s Spanish horror series that included the films “Tombs of the Blind Dead”, “Return of the Evil Dead”, “Horror of the Zombies”, and “Night of the Seagulls”. The rotting, eyeless Templar knights who rode on horses and drank the blood of their victims had a big influence on the music. The name HOODED MENACE was chosen by Billy Nocera of Razorback Records and the band was now officially born!

(more on Last.fm)

Anima Morte is a progressive rock band coming from Sweden. It is a collaboration of four musicians: Fredrik Klingwall (a member of progressive metal act Loch Vostok, thrash/heavy-metal act Machinery and death metal band Flagellation), Daniel Cannerfelt (a member of death metal band Flagellation), Stefan Granberg and Teddy Mцller (the frontman of progressive metal band Loch Vostok, drummer of defunct progressive metal band Mayadome, a member of death metal act Flagellation, horror-thrashers F.K.Ь. and Danish power metal band Wuthering Heights). The band has a discography that apart from “Face the Sea of Darkness” includes one promo-CD and 7” vinyl both titled “Viva Morte!”. “Face the Sea of Darkness” is the first CD issued on American label Dead Beat Media, a sublabel of Razorback Records, focused on metal releases, inspired by horror and 70s.

(more on Last.fm)

Time for some new delicious Death Doom! Hooded Menace covered the instrumental rock band Anima Morte and Anima Morte covered Hooded Menace. You all surely know, what it sounds like... fucking great! Enjoy it!

Hooded Menace & Anima Morte - Split EP

(Doomentia / 2010 / Doom Death/Instrumental Rock / VBR2 206 kbp/s)

Tracklist
Hooded Menace
01. A Decay Of Mind And Flesh (Anima Morte Cover) 5:11
Anima Morte
02. Grasp of the Beastwoman (Hooded Menace Cover) 6:5
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Omega Massif - Kalt

Omega Massif is an instrumental post-metal band from Würzburg, Germany and were formed in 2005 by Andreas Schmittfull (guitar), Michael Melchers (guitar), Boris Bilic (bass) and Christof Rath (drums). They recorded their demo “Kalt” in 2005 and began playing shows with bands like Knut, Taint and Tephra among others.

In 2007, Omega Massif released their first full-length album “Geisterstadt” (which means “Ghost Town” in German). The album weaves a tale of ancient abandoned silver mines, treks through deep mountain tunnels, and forsaken boom towns illustrated through Omega Massif’s massive instrumental post-metal. The vocaless nature of the music turns the focus on pure atmosphere, and Omega Massif deliver, layering the pulverizing repetitive metalchug with a sense of gloom and longing that becomes near-suffocating at times, but there are also lots of gorgeous ethereal melodies throughout.

(Taken from Last.fm)

Omega Massif - Kalt

(Self-Released / 2005 / Instrumental Sludge/Post-Rock / 192kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Unter Null 8:05
02. Murgang 14:50
03. Eiswüste 9:28
04. Schacht 13:00

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Omega Massif - Geisterstadt

Omega Massif is an instrumental post-metal band from Würzburg, Germany and were formed in 2005 by Andreas Schmittfull (guitar), Michael Melchers (guitar), Boris Bilic (bass) and Christof Rath (drums). They recorded their demo “Kalt” in 2005 and began playing shows with bands like Knut, Taint and Tephra among others.

In 2007, Omega Massif released their first full-length album “Geisterstadt” (which means “Ghost Town” in German). The album weaves a tale of ancient abandoned silver mines, treks through deep mountain tunnels, and forsaken boom towns illustrated through Omega Massif’s massive instrumental post-metal. The vocaless nature of the music turns the focus on pure atmosphere, and Omega Massif deliver, layering the pulverizing repetitive metalchug with a sense of gloom and longing that becomes near-suffocating at times, but there are also lots of gorgeous ethereal melodies throughout.

(Taken from Last.fm)

You all know it, you all love it (i hope so!) Here it is, Geisterstadt from Omega Massif to those who don't have it.


Omega Massif - Geisterstadt

(Radar Swarm / 2007 / Instrumental Sludge/Post-Rock / 320kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. In der Mine 8:39
02. Geisterstadt 2:26
03. Nebelwand 10:10
04. Unter Null 8:00
05. Arcanum 9:09
06. Exodus 5:37

Before the Rain - ...And With the Day Dying Light

Before The Rain was first shaped in 1997 in Setúbal, Portugal, when vocalist Carlos D’Agua and guitar player Valter Cunha began to share musical ideas that ended as acoustic songs. As time passed by, the acoustic sounds weren’t enough to express the emotions and feelings unleashed by Valter and Carlos, and in 1998 they decided to seek the remaining members for the band. But it wasn’t until 2001 that a stable line-up was found: Carlos: voice; Valter: guitar; Tiago Ferreira: guitar; Andre Vasconcelos: bass; Goncalo Brito: drums.

With this line-up, the band recorded two songs in December 2001: “Be Mine” and “You … My Ruin”. This recording was entitled “…and with the day dying light”, and was never properly distributed, except for a strict number of individuals, somehow close to the band.

In August 2003 the band records a new song called “The Swansong”. At this stage, Tiago and Andre are no longer in the line-up and Hugo Santos joins the fold as new guitar player. Shortly after “The Swansong” studio session, the band parts ways with drummer Goncalo Brito. Then came long time friend and gifted bass player Pedro Daniel and drummer Goncalo Correia to complete what’s the strongest line-up to date. The band then enters studio to record what will turn out to be their debut album, entitled “One Day Less”.

The album “One Day Less” is out on July 30th 2007 through Major Label Industries

(more on Last.fm)

This is the 2002 demo of this nice band. It wasn't released through a label and only some individuals got it on tape. Enjoy it. Sorry for the bad cover quality.


Before The Rain - ...And With The Day Dying Light

(n/a / 2002 / Death Doom / 152 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Be Mine 12:48
02. You... My Ruin 06:02
03. The Swansong 06:39


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The Field - Yesterday And Today

The Field is a minimal techno artist, based in Stockholm, Sweden.

His music comes from tiny loops of pop history. It might actually be an older brother to the Cologne movement Pop Ambient - the sentimental brother who is never content with being in the background, the one with the heart on his sleeve. To clarify: The Field makes dance music. The edges are soft, the mood often romantic, the sounds moving up, up from the ground. As ”minimal” as a sunset, as ”banging” as a pillow.

In 2005, Willner submitted a demo tape to the German indie label Kompakt and was subsequently signed. He released his first 12”, a demo mixtape of Norwegian singer Annie’s “Heartbeat”, as well as the track “Things Keep Falling Down”.

In 2006, “Sun & Ice” 12” was released. Later in 2007, Wilner became the first musician to take part in the Nordic Light Hotel’s “Sound of Light” concept. After staying at the hotel, Wilner used the experience as the basis for his EP of the same name. His 2007 album “From Here We Go Sublime” has met high critical acclaim.


(more on Last.fm)



The Field - Yesterday and Today

(Kompakt / 2009 / Minimal Techno/Electronic / 320 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. I Have the Moon, You Have the Internet 8:00
02. Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime 6:47
03. Leave It 11:34
04. Yesterday and Today 10:04
05. The More That I Do 8:32
06. Sequenced 15:41



The Field - From Here We Go Sublime

The Field is a minimal techno artist, based in Stockholm, Sweden.

His music comes from tiny loops of pop history. It might actually be an older brother to the Cologne movement Pop Ambient - the sentimental brother who is never content with being in the background, the one with the heart on his sleeve. To clarify: The Field makes dance music. The edges are soft, the mood often romantic, the sounds moving up, up from the ground. As ”minimal” as a sunset, as ”banging” as a pillow.

In 2005, Willner submitted a demo tape to the German indie label Kompakt and was subsequently signed. He released his first 12”, a demo mixtape of Norwegian singer Annie’s “Heartbeat”, as well as the track “Things Keep Falling Down”.

In 2006, “Sun & Ice” 12” was released. Later in 2007, Wilner became the first musician to take part in the Nordic Light Hotel’s “Sound of Light” concept. After staying at the hotel, Wilner used the experience as the basis for his EP of the same name. His 2007 album “From Here We Go Sublime” has met high critical acclaim.


(more on Last.fm)


Just stumbled across this really nice Ambient-based Minimal Techno, you surely have to check it out if you're into electronic music.


The Field - From Here We Go Sublime

(Kompakt / 2007 / Minimal Techno/Electronic / VBR2 168 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Over the Ice 6:56
02. A Paw in My Face 5:25
03. Good Things End 6:09
04. The Little Heart Beats So Fast 5:26
05. Everyday 6:59
06. Silent 7:35
07. The Deal 10:03
08. Sun & Ice 6:34
09. Mobilia 6:28
10. From Here We Go Sublime
4:10

Worship - Last CD Before Doomsday

One of the best known bands in the underground. Founded by “Fucked Up Mad” Max Varnier from France and Daniel “The Doommonger” from Germany in the late 1990’s, Worship entered the scene with their Last Tape Before Doomsday (MC 1999).

That album contained four songs of minimalistic slow doom metal, driven by the tortured vocals of Mad Max and the mournful guitar solo’s by The Doommonger. Several splits were released on vinyl after that.

Worship was put on ice after the tragic suicide of Max in 2001. But, in 2003, Daniel decided that Worship would go on, and preparations were made for the finishing of the second full length (DOOOM), which was released in 2007.

In 2004, two new members (Kuolema and Satachrist) joined the band, and new recordings were made, which led to the release of the split with Loss in 2005. Worship has played live several times in the autumn of 2005.

(more on Last.fm)


I think I'll play this one at the 21th December 2012...


Worship - Last CD Before Doomsday

(Weird Truth Productions / 2004 / Extreme Funeral Doom / 256 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Whispering Gloom 11:49
02. Solicide And The Dawning Of The Moonkult 11:00
03. Eclipse Of Sorrow 8:21
04. Worship 15:23
05. Keep On Selling Cocaine To Angels
8:33

Worship - Dooom

One of the best known bands in the underground. Founded by “Fucked Up Mad” Max Varnier from France and Daniel “The Doommonger” from Germany in the late 1990’s, Worship entered the scene with their Last Tape Before Doomsday (MC 1999).

That album contained four songs of minimalistic slow doom metal, driven by the tortured vocals of Mad Max and the mournful guitar solo’s by The Doommonger. Several splits were released on vinyl after that.

Worship was put on ice after the tragic suicide of Max in 2001. But, in 2003, Daniel decided that Worship would go on, and preparations were made for the finishing of the second full length (DOOOM), which was released in 2007.

In 2004, two new members (Kuolema and Satachrist) joined the band, and new recordings were made, which led to the release of the split with Loss in 2005. Worship has played live several times in the autumn of 2005.

(more on Last.fm)


I think, the album name does represent this album best. Fucking extreme dooooom, slow and heavy as it should be.


Worship - Dooom

(Endzeit Elegies / 2007 / Extreme Funeral Doom / 320 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Endzeit Elegy 8:38
02. All I Ever Knew Lie Dead 8:25
03. The Altar and the Choir of the Moonkult 8:12
04. Graveyard Horizon 9:42
05. Zorn A Rust-Red Scythe 8:06
06. Devived 8:17
07. Mirror of Sorrow (Solitude Aeturnus Cover) 9:44
08. I Am the End - Crucifixion Part II 11:51

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Torche - Meanderthal

Torche is a band from Miami, Florida, United States, they play a distinctive style of stoner/ sludge metal. The band categorizes their music as ‘’’‘.

The group was formed in 2004 by Steve Brooks (ex-Floor), Juan Montoya (ex-Floor, ex-Cavity, ex-Ed Matus’ Struggle), Jonathan Nuñez and Rick Smith (who also played in the bands Shitstorm and Tyranny of Shaw, and the band Tunes for Bears to Dance To). According to MTracks.com: “Their music has a unique, hard-hitting sound that provokes a wide range of emotions, and they have a large fan base throughout the world. ” They have toured with Mogwai, Isis, Pelican, Black Cobra, Baroness, Jesu, The Sword, Stinking Lizaveta, Harvey Milk and Boris. Steve Brooks, however, has said that they don’t consider themselves a metal band. In describing the band’s sound, Smith said in an interview: “To me it’s mostly a combination of everything we listen to collectively as a band. We take what we like from what we grew up on and use it as creatively as we can. I think the meshing of different sounds comes naturally just because we all have different musical backgrounds yet have a ton of common interests.” In terms of touring, Brooks said Torche is getting more of a young crowd.

On April 8, 2008, the band released their second full-length, entitled Meanderthal. It was produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Genghis Tron). It was met with critical acclaim, including that from Decibel Magazine who ranked Meanderthal #1 on their list of the Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2008 as well as an 8.2/10 by Pitchfork Media. In an interview, Brooks said the band themselves came up with the album’s concept in terms of artwork and packaging.

(more on Last.fm)

The so-called "Foo Fighters" of Sludge! Check them out if you don't know them.


Torche - Meanderthal

(Hydrahead Records / 2008 / Sludge/Stoner Pop / 192 kbp/s)

Tracklist
01. Triumph of Venus 1.44
02. Grenades 2.53
03. Piranha 1.32
04. Sandstorm 2.19
05. Speed of the Nail 1.41
06. Healer 2.07
07. Across the Shields 3.03
08. Sundown 3.17
09. Little Champion .34
10. Without A Sound 2.06
11. Fat Waves 4.32
12. Amnesian 6.25
13. Meanderthal 4.00

UFO Gestapo - UFO Gestapo / Vatepenor

Man,
I feel spoiled right about now. A matter of months after I reviewed and
was mercilessly savaged by France’s UFO Gestapo and their EP debut, I’m
getting run through the meatgrinder by their second release of sloppy,
grime smattered sludge/crust.



Opting strictly for the vinyl format, Vatependr! lays waste
to mangled crust tempos, lazily drifts through lo-fi psychedelic
texturing, stomps upon the corpses of sludge’s most notorious
troublemakers and occasionally sends infected riffs to rest in an Iommi
infirmary! Even KKK’s vocals are sporting a brand new coat of anguish;
sounding akin to Jon Cox (Seven Foot Spleen, Hanging Rotten) with his
balls stuck in a vice grip. The whole affair is rendered heavier than a
ten ton tub of lard, despite the obvious lack of bass. Don’t really
matter as KKK and Sinapati tune their axes so low, it fills out any
possible empty spaces that could appear sans low-end. Finally, the now
infamous UFO microkorg and the brazen acid trip guitar soloing give
their landfill lumber an unusually, experimental edge. All cut
brilliantly to tape by UFO ally Anders Billion and his self-created
recording compound the Wasting Machine!



Take one gander at the title track and you’ll see that this isn’t your
ordinary set of riff churners. Getting us started on the same note as
the EP with an instrumental, a feeling of Among the Missing covering a
Lucio Fulci soundtrack comes to mind. Hope decayed doom/crust emits its
alien signal from some God forsaken abyss. The stew-y, twin guitar
riffage packs the gooey thickness of a three year neglected septic tank
build-up; leaving drummer Johnny UFO to wade through the stench of
dirty, d-beat pummeling. He brings those unhinged punk chops to the
forefront of the band’s snakelike riffs, as the ominous hum of alien,
microkorg noise catapults this instrumental piece into the realm of a
dingy, doom-oriented, horror film score. If slice n’ dice filmmaking
incorporated UFO Gestapo instrumental pieces into their backgrounds,
audiences would have a whole new reason to jump out of their seats.
Seriously, these dudes should contribute one of their vocal deprived
cuts to some indie filmmakers; guaranteed they’d get a lot of mileage
out of the strategy. Freaky doesn’t even describe this shit;
nightmarish is more like it.



So, now the mood has been set. The Gestapo are all about building
tension and heightening suspense before the screaming starts, making it
all the more harrowing when “Abyssopelagic Zone” hurls its bile
spitting sludge straight at your face. It’s a midnight fright fest of
unrivaled magnitude, rendering EHG virtually tame by comparison. Toxic,
slo-mo crust staggers through a landfill of forgotten riffs that have
been weathered by years of buzzing flies and pounding rain. KKK and
Sinapti mine Iommi’s magnificent simplicity, but distance themselves
from anything directly Sabbath related. The riffs are thundering and
doom-smoked for damn certain but the walls of distortion wreak of dank,
moldy basements the world over. If Dystopia were of a much, much slower
doom descent, you’ll have an idea of what to expect with the Gestapo.
KKK’s phlegm-y shrieks are about as evil as it gets for this kind of
music. Record the sound of a bag of kittens getting run over by a semi,
then increase the pitch in the studio and that’s what this motherfucker
sounds like. There’s disease and pain in his delivery unlike anything
I’ve heard in quite sometime. Flying us home on crippled wings, the
Gestapo juggernaut piles on a syrupy ooze of snail riffs and horrendous
sound effects, creating a uniformly creep-out ending.



At this point, it’s time to flip sides. You may be experiencing
symptoms of alien infestation, thus far. A well deserved trip to the
medicine cabinet might be the only break you’re up for. Grabbing a
mixed assortment of pill bottles, you empty the contents into your gut
and take a refreshing slug of your favorite hooch. Disoriented, but
slightly numb you should be ready to approach the second half of this
audio air raid. “Assault 2” is the successor of the almighty “Mercy’s
Hole” from their introductory EP. Succinct, in your fucking mug
doom/punk fills your head with dark, anti-matter particles; erasing
happy memories with an unholy level of unadulterated volume. The
grooving swagger of the riffs lacerates like a finely dulled knife
repeatedly trying to draw blood from flesh; creating just enough of a
hook to keep heads nodding in approval, but keeping far removed from
anything with a traditional boogie. In the end, the result is anything
but a clean cut, instead morphing into a festering wound seeping with
rust shavings and curdled blood! Those who even vaguely remember Seven
Foot Spleen’s Enter Therapy and its “punk on downers blues” will totally have their appetites satiated with this broken down trudge of a track.

(Read all here)

I discovered this french madmen through the last year and had a real blast with their two first records. Waiting for new stuff to come I thought I'm going to introude you to one of the craziest and best sludge bands that we have around Europe for the moment. Enjoy!



UFO Gestapo - UFO Gestapo

[ Calculon Records / 2008 / Sludge / CBR@320 ]

Tracklist
01. Landing Above (03:56)
02. UFO Gestapo (06:29)
03. Fear Weed (05:12)
04. Mercy's Hole (01:50)
05. Peace Crap (03:46)
06. Commander Mindfuck (08:31)
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29:46


UFO Gestapo - Vatepenor

[ Streaks Records / 2008 / Sludge / CBR@320 ]

Tracklist
01. Vatepenor (05:01)
02. Abyssopelagic Zone (09:27)
03. Assault (Phase II) (01:38)
04. USO (05:49)
05. Scavanger of Death (06:15)
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Weakling - Dead as Dreams

Grim, trance-like black metal from San Francisco. Features a member of genius instrumental math-metallers
and Drag City recording artists, The Fucking Champs as well as The Gault and Asunder. - tUMULt Records

The band had one long play, ‘Dead as Dreams’ released by Tumult in 2000 (a year after it was recorded) and two demos, both released in 1998 and (both) with no vocals

(Taken from Last.fm)

As the character of Norwegian black metal continues to metamorphose, many enthusiasts of the image and sound that originated in Scandinavia are turning their disappointed attention to the rapidly growing and improving US scene. Tumult's release of Bay Area group Weakling's debut (and final) opus is undoubtedly leading the charge.

Transcending the image of corpsepaint and empty Satanic rhetoric that has become so banal and quotidian in its overuse, Weakling captures the essence of what black metal was about while simultaneously giving it an original flavor.

The band's musical exercises in never-ending nihilistic hatred (5 songs, 76 minutes) certainly borrow from many pioneering black metal outfits, the most obvious of which are Burzum, Emperor, and Immortal. Despite drawing influence from these oft-copied bands, Weakling is unarguably unique in their style. Track two, "Dead as Dreams," is a perfect example.

The song fades in with a looping guitar tone, leading to a deeply emotive melodic section whose painfully melancholic notes are heavily soaked in scratchy reverb. Then, three minutes later, the dark riffing and vocal agony begins. Throughout the track, Weakling present multi-layered music played by bass, drums, keyboards, and two guitars which play different melodies. The layering takes a pause occasionally to make way for a fuzzy keyboard interlude - a sort of soothing lull - as if you have briefly entered the eye of Weakling's hurricane, only to be launched back in as the buzzsaw guitars kick in again, and the blast beat reaches its most intense point.

After exploring cavernous passages, the song ends with three minutes of guitar feedback, which is looped for the last minute as it slowly fades out, releasing you from the 20 minutes of depressive evil which you have been listening to, leaving you with a crushed yet soothingly sober spirit.

The music tugs at your heart throughout, not in a cheesy doom way, but rather in a melancholically majestic black metal way. At the forefront of the similarity to Burzum are the vocals of (singer/guitarist) J. Gossard, who is one of the worst vocalists of any genre, ever. Imagine what Varg Vikerenes sounds like on the first three Burzum albums, but then think of what it would sound like if he used more range and variety, and if his voice cracked every now and again. Vikernes style conveys strong misanthropic and alien feeling. Gossard's are this but also send forth morbid vibes of self-loathing and utter despair. Whereas the vocals strike you as atrocious even for black metal standards, as you get a feel for the album you realize that in fact they give Weakling so much of their mood altering, demented power, ironically making Gossard's vocals brilliant in the end.

Weakling also draws heavy influence from cult duo The Swans (especially circa Soundtracks for the Blind); the name Weakling itself having been inspired by a Swans' song. If you're at all familiar with this band you'll understand what kind of depressive feel is borrowed on Dead as Dreams.

From the unearthly trance-like drumming to the churning black metal passages peppered with agonizing doom crawls and psychadelic noise, listening to Dead as Dreams is indeed a plunge into the abyss. The best black metal album of the year. Buy or cry.

(Taken from here)

One of the most popular and best usbm bands. They only released this album and some demos in 1998, what is in fact very sad. If you haven't heard of them before just try some. You will like it.



[ tUMULt Records / 2000 / Black Metal / CBR@192 ]

Tracklist
01. Cut their Grain and place Fire therein (10:28)
02. Dead as Dreams (20:39)
03. This Entire Fucking Battlefield (14:47)
04. No one can be called as a Man while he'll die (13:11)
05. Disasters in the Sun (17:04)
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76:11