Monday, November 30, 2009

Arghoslent/Martial Barrage - Send Forth The Best Ye Breed

2009, Drakkar Productions

1.Fodder for the Shoah04:56
2.Converts at the Tents of Grace05:12
3.Tar-Skinned Pygmoids of the Dense Bush05:08
4.The Ghosts of Flossenburg05:57
Martial Barrage
5.The Arctic Seat04:16
6.Murus Strictus03:27
7.To Topple the Dragon Throne03:34
8.Rising Sun Cremation04:22
9.Mantle of Strength04:19

After a long wait, we finally get the split between the American Arghoslent and the Canadian Martial Barrage. The Arghoslent tracks were recorded during the same session as their latest full length, and feature similar production. The songs seem somewhat like the b-sides of "Hornets of the Pogrom" but are still quite enjoyable. The Martial Barrage side is the first material we've heard since their debut album 4 years ago, and it proves to be really crushing, although the production could be significantly improved. The lead guitar playing has really improved in this band as well, with the addition of a new member.


Nuclearhammer - Obliteration Ritual

2009, Morbid Moon Records

1.Intro / Obliteration Ritual03:30
2.Impalement (Of The Wretched)04:34
4.Dementia (A Black Void) Part II03:46
5.Slave State03:46
6.The Ancient One03:28
7.Sacramental Pestilence02:49
8.I Am The Serpent Lord02:57
9.Prologue To Murder04:23
10.Whirlwinds Of Toxic Perdition01:45
11.Winters Profane Acrimony16:03

After a string of demos and other small releases, Ontario's Nuclearhammer finally unleashes their first full length of atomic goat black metal. Take the war qualities of Revenge and mix in the obscure madness of Lust, and that should give you a fairly decent idea of what Nuclearhammer has to offer. This is really fucking harsh, and will make any Canadian metal head proud to see yet another amazing band added to our country's already growing roster of worthwhile metal bands. Blast beats, delayed vocals, and brutal riffs - what else do you fucking want?


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Witch - Self Titled LP

2006, Tee Pee Records

1. Seer (7:57)
2. Soul of Fire (3:37)
3. Black Saint (6:02)
4. Changing (6:42)
5. Rip Van Winkle (4:43)
6. Hand of Glory (5:28)
7. Isadora (6:00)

Witch is an American doom metal band whose members are from Vermont and Massachusetts that was formed in 2005 by Dinosaur Jr guitarist J Mascis and long time friend Dave Sweetapple. However, Mascis does not play guitar for the band; he plays his first instrument, the drums. To complete the band's lineup, Mascis and Sweetapple recruited the guitarist and vocalist, Kyle Thomas, from avant-folk group Feathers. Their eponymous debut album was released on March 7, 2006. They also contributed an alternate version of the song "Rip Van Winkle" to the Invaders compilation, which was released by Kemado Records later that year.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Time To Burn - Is.Land

2007, Basement Apes Industries

1. Is (2:26)
2. Nayeli (5:17)
3. Emma Peel (7:15)
4. Tormenta (4:42)
5. . (2:25)
6. Isle Of Men (2:51)
7. Tsering Lhamo (6:40)
8. Sang (2:44)
9. Gream (4:18)
10. Land (5:20)

Thus the backbone of their music is to be found in major out-standing noise hardcore bands such as Botch, Shora, Shovel, Cult of Luna, Neurosis and Breach, thus incorporating further elements of punk, hardcore and rock n’ roll, so that they could stick firmly to the post-hardcore scene. Time to burn brings their own menace to their songs, partly parting ways with math structures to incorporate crushing waves of metallic heavyness which can foresee a bright future on this ground. And if so Time to burn would provoke an immense crush on their music with an overwhelming doom sludge. Next compositions will tell us. 'Is.Land', wide and deprived of all influences, will hit the underground in october 2007 after being captured at Geneva's TVO studios where Time to Burn feels affiliated with.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Revenant - Prophecies of a Dying World

1991, Nuclear Blast

1.Prophecy of a Dying World06:14
3.Ancestral Shadows06:51
4.The Unearthly (A Quest)04:45
5.Asphyxiated Time07:55
6.Distant Eyes07:16

Hailing from New Jersey, Revenant started up in 86 and were quite active in the formative years of death metal. John McEntee and Paul Ledney met in this band and left it to form Incantation. This is pretty different from what both McEntee and Ledney did later, but rules just as much. The riffs are thrashy but have a nice sense of brutality in addition to being fluently phrased. The guitar tone is dry and odd, but damn, is this a good listen. The lyrics are easy to understand, which is great because much of it is based off of Lovecraft. Another lost gem of many in the death metal scene, be sure to check this.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions

2009, Southern Lord Records

1. Aghartha (17:34)
2. Big Church (megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért) (9:43)
3. Hunting & Gathering (Cydonia) (10:02)
4. Alice (16:21)

Monoliths & Dimensions is the seventh studio album by drone doom band Sunn O))). The album was created and recorded over a period of 2 years and features the collaborations of composer Eyvind Kang, Australian guitar player Oren Ambarchi, Hungarian vocalist Attila Csihar, Dylan Carlson from the drone band Earth, and trombonists Julian Priester and Stuart Dempster. There's also an upright bass trio, French and English horns, harp and flute duo, piano, brass, reed and strings ensembles, and a Viennese woman's choir led by Persian vocal savant Jessika Kenney.

However, the band has expressed that:
“The album is not "SUNN O))) with strings" or "metal meets orchestra" material. The band took an approach concentrating on more of allusion toward the timbre of feedback and the instruments involved, so the piece is really illusory, beautiful and not entirely linear, stating that the end product is "the most musical piece we’ve done, and also the heaviest, powerful and most abstract set of chords we’ve laid to tape".

The cover art is "out-of-round X" done by Richard Serra in 1999.



Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cruciamentum - Convocation of Crawling Chaos (Demo)

Independent, 2009

1.Intromantical Scream00:59
2.Deathless Ascension05:45
3.Convocation of Crawling Chaos04:42
4.Rotten Flesh Crucifix06:33

Second demo from British death metal blasphemers Cruciamentum. Featuring members of Grave Miasma, Imindain, and Dark Forest, this band will certainly deliver some dark death metal for your twisted ears.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Eagle Twin - The Unkindness Of Crows

2009, Southern Lord Records

1. In the Beginning was the Scream (9:13)
2. Murder of... (12:12)
3. Birds of Black Hot Fire (9:03)
4. Storytelling of Ravens (6:24)
5. Crow Hymn(15:01)
6. Carry on, King of Carrion (6:26)
7. And it came to pass that birds rain down as black snakes (6:34)

Behold the debut album from Eagle Twin. Although Eagle Twin is a very new entity its helmsman: Gentry Densley is no stranger to innovative, heavy music. Densley was the musical visionary and leader of the legendary Jazz, Prog, Rock, Metal, Hardcore group Iceburn from 1991-2001.

Iceburn has been called the greatest and most important musical offering from Salt Lake City since the Osmonds! Gentrys' playing has been very influential to alot of successful modern music groups such as: Isis, Pelican, sunn 0))) etc..

In order to disseminate his majestic and mountainous riffs in the present day he enlisted massively behemoth skinsman Tyler Smith. The drums are not only a driving force that efficiently steam rolls over you they conjure a repetitious mantra that is eerily infectious.
Although Iceburn was primarily a instrumental force with Eagle Twin Gentry is much more vocal and the depth of his lyrics is endless. His vocal evocations bring to mind the hoarse rasp of Tom Waits and Howlin Wolf but possibly channeled through Tuvan throat singers! His voice, is used much like an instrument and often times creates a unique drone of its own. The riffs and music definitely have familiar reference points (Caspar Brotzmann Massaker,Earth, sunn 0))), Melvins etc..) but are crafted in a way that stands miles beyond the others.

"The Unkindness of Crows" was recorded to tape in Seattle by Randall Dunn (earth, sunn 0))), Kinski, Ascend).


Eating Glass - Feed Them To The Vultures

2008, High Anxiety Records

1. Cannibals (0:35)
2. Amongst The Wolves (0:34)
3. My Own Hell / Watching The World Burn (2:22)
4. King Of Frauds (1:21)
5. Beating Myself Up (1:04)
6. Feed Them... (1:56)
7. ...To The Vultures (1:50)
8. Coming Clean (2:07)

Eating Glass was a thrashy hardcore punk band from southern Ontario, Canada, influenced heavily by bands like Cut The Shit, Left For Dead and Wolfbrigade. The "Feed Them To The Vultures" 7” was released on High Anxiety Records (ex-Cursed frontman Chris Colohan) and is available worldwide through No Idea Records.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Saint Vitus - Born Too Late

1987, SST Records

1. Born Too Late (6:58)
2. Clear Windowpane (3:19)
3. Dying Inside (7:27)
4. H.A.A.G. (5:04)
5. The Lost Feeling (5:25)
6. The War Starter (6:46)
7. Thirsty And Miserable (Black Flag Cover) (3:55)
8. Look Behind You (3:22)
9. The End Of The End (5:50)

Saint Vitus are a highly influential American doom metal band from Los Angeles. They have been regarded as one of the first bands of the genre, starting out as early as the late 1970s, along with Pentagram and Trouble. For most of their career, the band comprised vocalist Scott Weinrich, bassist Mark Adams, guitarist Dave Chandler and drummer Armando Acosta. After breaking up in 1996, Saint Vitus briefly reunited for a tour in 2003, and are back together again as of 2008.

Born Too Late is the third album by Saint Vitus. This was the first Saint Vitus album featuring former Obsessed singer Scott "Wino" Weinrich. All the songs except "The War Starter" are featured on the compilation album Heavier Than Thou.

In 1990, SST released Born Too Late on CD and included the Thirsty and Miserable EP tracks. "Thirsty and Miserable" is a Black Flag cover.



Cult Ritual LP

2009, Youth Attack Records

1. Holiday (2:40)
2. Horror Sale (1:29)
3. Ugly Years (1:21)
4. Lude (0:42)
5. Nailed (1:00)
6. Failed (1:27)
7. Saturday's Blood (5:20)
8. Last Time (5:31)
9. Cancer Money (12:10)

Bulldozing over a breadth of classic influences, Florida's CULT RITUAL embodies everything a band should be: Motivated, Uncompromising, and Lethal. Anyone fortunate enough to have lived through their live performances will attest to the band's unparalleled standard of ferocity. Their debut full length LP captures the band at their most daring, most fully-realized apex.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

High On Fire - The Art Of Self Defense

2000, Man's Ruin Records

1. Baghdad (5:15)
2. 10,000 Years (7:53)
3. Blood from Zion (4:55)
4. Last (6:36)
5. Fireface (8:35)
6. Master of Fists (10:03)

High On Fire is a stoner metal band originally formed from the remnants of the legendary stoner band Sleep. Matt Pike, from Sleep, sings and plays guitar in High on Fire and founded the band with George Rice (bass) and Des Kensel (drums). The remaining members of Sleep, bassist Al Cisneros and drummer Chris Hakius, went on to form the duo OM, which retains more of the original Sleep vibe of crushingly slow repeated riffing.

High on Fire’s sound is extremely heavy, drawing influences on the aforementioned Sleep, Motörhead, and even hardcore punk.

The Oakland, California band formed in 1998 and released ‘The Art of Self Defense’ on Man’s Ruin Records, in March 2000.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Khanate - Clean Hands Go Foul

2009, Hydra Head Records

1. Wings from Spine (6:47)
2. In That Corner (9:13)
3. Clean My Heart (11:05)
4. Every God Damn Thing (32:52)

Khanate was an extreme doom metal supergroup that brought together James Plotkin and Alan Dubin, two members of the defunct band OLD, as well as Tim Wyskida (of Blind Idiot God and Manbyrd) and Stephen O'Malley (of Burning Witch and Sunn O))) fame).

It was certainly sad to see Khanate go, as they really were one of the most talented modern doom bands around. Lots of bands try going the “play as slow as possible” route, but few manage to pull it off with any sense of conviction, and in the end just make it sound like they’re playing slow for the sake of playing slow. Khanate never fell into this trap, no matter how sparse some of their songs would get, and always had some sort of purpose for what was happening (or wasn’t happening, depending on how you look at it). While the self-titled debut was skin-slashing, ear-splitting, torturous DOOM, they later developed a sound less focused on heaviness and more on texture and tension, as seen on ‘Things Viral’ and the ‘Capture & Release’ EP. With that sound also came a more freeform type of approach to song structure and rhythm, and at times was taken to the point where it seemed to be completely void of both. ‘Clean Hands Go Foul’ takes this approach and pushes it to even greater extremes.

Pretty much the entire album seems to be complete absent of any form of coherency, rhythm, melody, structure, or anything else that could possibly deem this “proper music”. Some will undoubtedly see this as a bad thing, which is perfectly understandable. Then there are those who see this as a beneficial decision on the band’s part, as it gives them a whole other world to explore. Not only are they now able to tread new ground, but the seemingly improvised nature of the music just adds even more to the overall psychotic, twisted aura that made this band so good. No one else could create as much of an unsettling atmosphere as Khanate could, and this album just proves that statement even further.

-Wikipedia /


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Black Sabbath - Vol.4

1972, Vertigo Records

1. Wheels of Confusion/The Straightener (8:01)
2. Tomorrow's Dream(3:11)
3. Changes (4:44)
4. FX (1:43)
5. Supernaut (4:49)
6. Snowblind (5:33)
7. Cornucopia (3:54)
8. Laguna Sunrise (2:55)
9. St. Vitus Dance (2:29)
10. Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes (5:52)

Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968 by Ozzy Osbourne (lead vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums and percussion). The band has since experienced multiple lineup changes, with a total of twenty-two former members. Originally formed as a heavy blues-rock band named Earth, the band began incorporating occult- and horror-inspired lyrics with tuned-down guitars, changing their name to Black Sabbath and achieving multiple gold and platinum records in the 1970s. As one of the first and most influential heavy metal bands of all time, Black Sabbath helped define the genre with releases such as 1970's Vol. 4

Volume 4 demonstrates Black Sabbath beginning to experiment with the heavy sound they had become known for. Although some songs are in their trademark style, others demonstrate a soft, orchestral approach. This is exemplified by the song "Changes". Written by Tony Iommi, it is entirely in the form of a piano ballad with mellotron. Although the band had used piano on some songs previously, it had played only a minor role in the songs.

At least two songs on the album reference the use of cocaine. The lyrics and title of "Snowblind" is an example of this. The song "Snowblind" also had to be re-recorded because the original version features Osbourne yelling the word "cocaine!" after each verse. On the officially released version, "cocaine" is whispered quite audibly after the first verse, approximately 41 seconds into the song (During live performances Osbourne would again scream the word at the top of his lungs).



Thursday, November 5, 2009

Begrime Exemious - Demo 2007

2007/2009, Independent/Maltkross

1.Crooked Serpent05:24
2.Assemblage of Witches04:16
3.Pronouncement of the Glorious End03:25
4.Asphyxiation Via Viscera Noose03:30
5.Devil Fist Infernal03:54
6.Electric Funeral (Black Sabbath cover)04:37

Originally recorded as a 3 piece in 2007, this demo remained unreleased until 2009 on cassette with the "Set Ablaze the Kingdom of Abraham" EP. 5 original songs of dark, twisted death metal assault, with a Black Sabbath cover to round it off.


Sunn O))) & Boris - Altar

2007, Daymare Records

(Daymare 3LP version)
1. Etna (9:51)
2. N.L.T. (3:50)
3. The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep) (7:38)
4. Akuma No Kuma (7:53)
5. Fried Eagle Mind (9:47)
6. The Sinking Belle (Black Sheep) (5:05)
7. The Sinking Belle (White Sheep) (4:28)
8. Blood Swamp (14:46)
9. Her Lips Were Wet With Venom (28:14)

Altar is a collaboration album between Japanese doom band Boris and American drone doom duo Sunn O))), released on October 31, 2006 through Southern Lord Records. A limited two-CD edition was released on October 23rd via Southern Lord with a 28 minute bonus track with Sunn O))), Boris, and Dylan Carlson, titled "Her Lips Were Wet with Venom". Inoxia Records released their own two-CD version in 2006 which features a bonus track on the first disc, "The Sinking Belle (Black Sheep)," and also features "Her Lips Were Wet with Venom" on disc 2. The triple-vinyl edition by Southern Lord contains all of the songs from their two-CD edition, additional pictures, and liner notes by Kim Thayil. The Daymare 3LP version was released March 23, 2007 and features a bonus track not found on any other version of this release: "The Sinking Belle (White Sheep)."

In addition to major players Sunn O))) and Boris, Altar also boasts an extensive roster of guest musicians/collaborators such as Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Joe Preston (Earth, Thrones, Melvins, High on Fire), Phil Wandscher and Jesse Sykes (both of Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) as well as long time Sunn O))) collaborators TOS Niewenhuizen and Rex Ritter.



Earth - Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars

2001, No Quarter Records

1. Ripped on Fascist Ideas (31:19)
2. Geometry of Murder (7:22)
3. German Dental Work (5:20)
4. Divine and Bright (3:02)
5. Dissolution 1 (7:11)
6. Bureaucratic Desire For Revenge (13:36)
7. Orouboros (9:16)

Earth is an American musical group based in Seattle, Washington, formed in 1990 and led by guitarist Dylan Carlson.

Earth's early work is recognized as pioneering the genre of drone doom — an experimental offshoot of doom metal, characterized by droning, minimalist, lengthy, and repetitive structures. Earth's early albums could be seen as a variation of the experimental doom-influenced metal of The Melvins.

Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars is a live album by Earth, originally released in 1995 by Blast First Records. It contained the track "Ripped on Fascist Ideas" (recorded in London, May 1995). It was re-released in 2001 by No Quarter Records with four bonus tracks taken from a 1990 demo. Kurt Cobain and Kelly Canary contribute guest vocals on the track "Divine and Bright".

Four-piece instrumental band, Pelican, covered the song "Geometry of Murder" on their "Ephemeral" EP.



Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Boris - Amplifier Worship

2003, Southern Lord Records

1. Huge (9:14)
2. Ganbou-Ki (15:44)
3. Hama (7:30)
4. Kuruimizu (14:27)
5. Vomitself (16:57)

Boris are known to regularly switch musical genres between albums. Drawing from a wide variety of musical styles including psychedelic rock, punk, sludge, doom, minimalism, drone and more. Boris takes its name from a song on Bullhead by Melvins.

Amplifier Worship came out on the Mangrove label in 1998 and was also unavailable in the U.S. for several years; San Francisco’s Man’s Ruin had planned to reissue it in the fall of 2001, but the label folded before that could happen. Excluding the "one-long-song" albums, this is one of only two Boris full-lengths to have vocals on every song (the other being 2008's Smile). "Vomitself" was written and laid down in a different session from the other four songs. / Wikipedia


Cremation - Welcome (Demo)

1992, Independent

1.Laborious Funeral04:06
2.Welcome to the Crematorium04:04
4.Child Meat03:40

Cremation was a band from Edmonton, Canada featuring J. Read (who went on to Conqueror, Revenge, and Axis of Advance) on drums. Recently, a compilation of the last three demos the band did was released, and this one was left out. The material here is much more in the death metal vein, as the songwriting was in different hands at this point. Hart from Disciples Of Power does guest vocals on one track as well. Don't miss this, as this is some real quality death metal with some real violent drumming.


Womb/Disciples of Mockery - Split

2001, Necroharmonic

1.Bound, Fucked, Humiliated05:39
Disciples of Mockery
6.Rotting Immaculate Like You05:53
7.Sustained In Desolation04:24
8.God Of Love06:42

Here's an interesting split. What we have here is two bands that feature 3 ex-Incantation members, being Ronnie Deo, Jim Roe and of course Craig Pillard. With that being said, one can almost know what to expect from this split release.

The album starts off with the Womb side. Womb was a project formed after these 3 members left Incantation, and continues in somewhat of the same fashion but with out the John McEntee riffs. What we do have here is really doom laden death metal that fans old and new can appreciate. The womb side is actually their one and only demo, and it's a shame they never released more material.

Womb is quite destructive but has a lot of open, evil sounding doom sections. Craig Pillards voice thunders overtop of the crushing music. The second track, "Thong" displays some of the best doom sections on the album, and really shows how well these guys can play together. Actually, some of these doom sections wouldn't feel out of place on a Methadrone album, a later doom project of Craig Pillard. The lyrics are destructive as they deal with degrading women, and the likes.

The next half of the split belongs to Disciples of Mockery, which features the same members except with an extra guitarist. The transition to this side is not very noticeable unless you play close attention, as both bands sound quite similar and have the same overall vision. DoM is however, leans towards the more violent side of things in terms of music, once again comparable to Incantation's violent parts, especially the second Incantation LP.

One thing I noticed from the DoM side is there are some pretty black metal sounding riffs, where a chord is played and a shifting melody is hidden within it. These three songs are from the first DoM promo, and are a bit more primitive than the DoM full length. However, although some people feel this side isn't near as good as the Dom LP, I feel they are still strong songs and flow very well with the split.

This split is highly recommended, especially to Incantation fans, fans of Craig Pillard, and fans of doom/death metal. There is some truly well done song writing here, and it's a shame both bands (especially Womb) didn't release more material.


Teitanblood - Seven Chalices

2009, Norma Evangelium Diaboli/Ajna Offensive/Dauthus

1.Whore Mass03:10
2.Domains of Darkness and Ancient Evil06:36
3.Interlude (Arabian title)01:55
4.Morbid Devil of Pestilence06:50
5.Interlude (Cuneiform title)03:32
6.Infernal Dance of the Wicked04:51
7.Interlude (Sanskrit title)02:01
8.Seven Chalices of Vomit and Blood05:53
9.Qliphotic Necromancy02:31
10.The Abomination of Desolation12:10
11.The Origin of Death09:26

Teitanblood is a band that has really surprised me. Initially, I thought this band wasn't worth much. Granted, I had only heard some low fidelity analog rips from the internet, but I couldn't really get into it. After hearing the earlier material on the "Black Putrescence of Evil" compilation, I began to suspect that there might be a bit more to this band that I first thought. This album, however, out shadows anything that Teitanblood has done yet, and has turned out to be one of my favourites this year.

The production here is rather fitting - it's quite filthy. The guitar tone is dirty and bassy, but nothing really gets buried. All the instruments sound like a horrific machine working together to create some really dark death metal. Top that off with a really killer vocal performance with some cool reverb and delay, and you have yourself a winning combination.

Musically, "Seven Chalices" falls somewhere under the influence of Autopsy, Blasphemy, and Celtic Frost. The riffs are pretty primitive and brutal, and never really get technical. They are fairly memorable and will make any true death metal fan move their head. There's some riffs with more defined grooves, like in "Whore Mass", then there are some much faster riffs in the next track, "Domains of Darkness and Ancient Evil". The lead work is noisy and full of dive-bombs and runs, similar to Blasphemy. The track "Morbid Devil of Pestilence" has some absolutely deadly riffing, sounding like Celtic Frost's "Into Crypt Of Rays" with more muscle.

The songs get pretty involved on this album, especially by the end with 12 and 9 minute songs taking up the end. I've listened to this album over and over and not found myself thinking any tracks drag or sound redundant. The flow of this record is really quite nice, much in thanks to the alternation of songs and interludes.

There are several interludes to be found on this album, all with varying techniques and sounds. They all are eerie in their own ways, with usage of different stringed instruments. As it should, these interludes provide more of an overall atmosphere to "Seven Chalices".

The difference between Teitanblood and their comrades in Proclamation is simple: originality. Teitanblood's first full length offers a different twist, where as Proclamation just does what's already been done. I always thought Teitanblood was falling in that trap, but they certainly proved me wrong with "Seven Chalices". It's proved to be a ripping and really evil sounding record. The album's artwork and booklet are really pleasing due to its rather bizarre aesthetic. An album like this is definitely worth the purchase.


Begrime Exemious - Demo 2006

2006, Independent

1.Lest Our Tongues Be Torn From Their Roots03:22
2.Of Cloven Hoof02:33
3.Path Of The Goat04:19
4.Astonishing Consequence03:33

This is the first offering from Edmonton death/black metal maniacs Begrime Exemious. The lineup here is slightly different than more recent material, with more bizarre riffs thrown into the mix. Tracks like "Path of the Goat" have been fan favourites ever since the release of this demo. The 2006 demo has been sold out for a while, so grab it here without shame.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Celeste - Nihiliste(s)

2008, Denovali Records

1. On Pendra Les Femmes et Les Enfants En Premier (3:01)
2. Au Feu Le Savoir (4:45)
3. Mais Va Vendre Ton Dédain (3:49)
4. Abandonner Tout Espoir à Vingt Ans (2:51)
5. Pour Maintenir Encore Une Fois La Distance (8:07)
6. A Jamais Dénudée (2:54)
7. Tu Regardes Trop Fort, Tu Penses Trop Fort, Tu Parles Trop Fort (6:02)
8. Mais encore faut-il pouvoir renier tout un programme (3:53)
9. De Sévices En Amitiés (3:26)
10. Comme S'il Suffisait De Lever Le Doigt Pour Refaire (6:06)

Celeste is a French hardcore band with ex-Mihai Edrisch members. They released their first EP, “Pessimiste(s)”, at the end of November 2006, an album in 2007 entitled “Nihiliste(s)”, and their latest release ,their second full-length, “Misanthrope(s)” was out in in February 2009.


Goatsnake Vol. 1

1999, Man's Ruin Records/Rise Above Records

1. Slippin The Stealth (3:15)
2. Innocent (3:32)
3. What Love Remains (6:50)
4. IV (4:31)
5. Mower (6:05)
6. Dog Catcher (2:32)
7. Lord of Los Feliz (5:06)
8. Trower (4:57)

Goatsnake was formed in 1996 after the disbanding of The Obsessed. After The Obsessed's disbanding, the rhythm section consisting of Guy Pinhas (former bassist of the Dutch stoner band Beaver) on bass and Greg Rogers on drums began jamming with guitarist Greg Anderson (Thorr's Hammer, Burning Witch, Sunn O)))). They soon found a vocalist in Pete Stahl (Scream, Wool, Earthlings?, Desert Sessions). Goatsnake recorded and released two 7" EPs in 1998 and were featured on several metal compilations. They released their debut full-length, 1, in 1999 on Man's Ruin Records/Rise Above Records.



Mare - Self Titled EP

Hydra Head Records, 2004

1. Anisette (4:41)
2. They Sent You (5:51)
3. Tropics (2:57)
4. Palaces (6:55)
5. Sun For Miles (4:22)

Mare, from Oakville/Burlington Canada, was a band orchestrated primarily by frontman Tyler Semrick-Palmateer, previously on vocal duty for tech-metal outfit The End. Mare mixes sludge, doom metal, avant-garde, and other textures that defy immediate genres or categorizations. They released one self titled EP in 2004 before breaking up.

Melvins - Bullhead

1991, Boner Records

1. Boris (8:34)
2. Anaconda (2:23)
3. Ligature (3:49)
4. It's Shoved (2:35)
5. Zodiac (4:14)
6. If I Had An Exorcism (3:07)
7. Your Blessed (5:39)
8. Cow (4:31)

The Melvins are an American sludge metal band that formed in 1982. They are considered one of the godfathers of grunge music and sludge metal. The band was named after a supervisor at a Thriftway in Montesano, Washington where singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne also worked as a clerk. "Melvin" was greatly despised by other employees, and the band's members felt it to be an appropriately ridiculous name.

Bullhead was released in 1991 through Boner Records. This album is notable for having longer song lengths than previous Melvins albums. Before this, most of their songs were under 2 or 3 minutes. The Japanese experimental rock/drone/metal band Boris took their name from the first track on this album.


Timeghoul Demos

Timeghoul - Tumultuous Travelings

1992, Independent

1.Rain Wound06:14
2.The Siege06:54
4.Infinity Coda06:06

Timeghoul - Panaramic Twilight

1994, Independent

1.Boiling in the Hourglass08:29
2.Occurence On Mimas10:41

Timeghoul were a band from Missouri that played a bizarre and very twisted brand of death metal. Imagine Craig Pillard era Incantation's low end, Gorguts' technical bizareness, and Order From Chaos' occult feel, and Timeghoul sits somewhere in there. Both of their demos are included in this download.


Sunn O))) - The Grimmrobe Demos

2005, Southern Lord Records

1. Black Wedding (19:17)
2. Defeating: Earths' Gravity (14:59)
3. Dylan Carlson (21:30)
4. Grimm & Bear It (16:40)

Sunn O))) is an American drone doom band that consists of Stephen O'Malley (also of Khanate and Burning Witch) and Greg Anderson (of Goatsnake). Their sound image is extremely slow and heavy, using electric guitars, in low tunings such as drop A, enriched by resonant feedback creating their soundscapes. There is very little drumming and a lack of any discernible beat. When performing live the band wear 'grim robes', fill the air with fog, and play at a high volume. Their collaboration and direction continues to exist through expanded constellations and various forms with maximum loyalty to the power of electric amplified sound. Sunn O))) produce explorations in drone, psychedelic and experimental minimalism/maximalism as well as fusions with such underground metal cultures as Black, Death and Doom Metal - the former defined by its encompassing guitar sounds, uniquely musical stylings and dark, dramatic and contemplative content, Life & death defined by excessive adhesion to the heaviest guitar sounds possible, and the latter often characterized by low and slowly played tones and meditative conceptual and ceremonial content.

The Grimmrobe Demos is Sunn O)))'s first recorded album, and is the most direct representation of their self-proclaimed Earth-worship. It was originally limited to 500 copies by Hydra Head Records, but in 2005 Southern Lord Records reissued it on CD with a bonus live track, "Grimm & Bear It". The title for the album's third track was named after frontman Dylan Carlson of Earth, the band that inspired this album. / Wikipedia


Antediluvian - Under Wing of Asael (Demo)

2008, Independent

2.Indomitable Time Eater05:49
3.Hemipenes Eversion04:11
4.Under Wing of Asael10:39

Starting off in a much more raw and black metal direction, Canada's Antediluvian has certainly shown much growth over a series of demos in the past couple years. The band's third demo, "Under Wing Of Asael", pushes the band into death metal territory, as well as some unexplored area as well.

A slight ambient build up leads into "Solarburst", and right away, the guitar tone will kill you. Think somewhere in between "Left Hand Path" and "Onward To Golgotha", and that will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect - low end and crunchy. The vocals are also very reminiscent of Incantation, specifically Craig Pillard's inhumanly low vocals. The song starts getting into some slower parts with some eerie sounding notes, and it becomes apparent that Antediluvian is more than just an average death metal band. This is truly creative music, without any limits, and thus the band can allow themselves to create some really fucking morbid metal.

The riffing here is pretty varied, with a variety of odd noises being produced within the riffs. There's some definite "fago" style here, but rather than repeating what all those other bands do, Antediluvian takes the fundamental rhythms from their influences, and phrases them with much more involved ideas. Again, Incantation influence is definitely present in these riffs, and even some newer influences like Portal bleed through. The drums play in similar fashion - lots of blast beasts, double bass, and quicker beats, but there's always little nuances and pummeling fills to break it up. The two members of this band obviously understand how to work with each other really well. About two minutes into "Indomitable Time Eater", they get fucking bizarre, and the drums play some really appropriate tom tom beats, before leading back into even more pummeling madness.

Out of the four songs here, all of them are keepers. Most will be pretty interested in the 10 plus minute title track, which takes the spotlight with some pretty absurd sounding riffs and arrangements. I would advise all extreme metal fans to obtain this demo (which, I may add, has a really bad ass layout), and keep an eye out for upcoming material, because this is only the beginning for Antediluvian.



Sleep - Dopesmoker

2003, Tee Pee Records

1. Dopesmoker (63:31)
2. Sonic Titan (Live) (9:36)

Dopesmoker is the final album by the American stoner doom band Sleep, released in April 22, 2003. Produced by both the band and Billy Anderson, the album went through problems with their label London Records who refused to release the album as the band intended which led to the album being released in a truncated format years later. The album had an official release in its original form by Tee Pee Records long after the band had broken up. Dopesmoker failed to reach any Billboard charts and wasn't reviewed by many popular music critics, although it received very positive reviews from those who did. Eduardo Rivadavia of online music database Allmusic gave the album four and a half stars out of five stating "Dopesmoker is at once an instant doom metal classic — some might even say a masterpiece". In 2003, the British music magazine Mojo gave the album a rating of 5 out of 5 stars stating that Dopesmoker as "A benchmark by which all that dares call itself stoner rock must surely be judged.." Rock musician/musicologist Julian Cope also praised the album declaring it his "Album of the Month" in April 2004.


Paul Chain - Detaching From Satan

1984, Minotauro

2.Voyage To Hell05:55
4.17 Day07:52

After a stint with Italian “horror metal” band Death SS, guitarist Paul Chain decided he wanted to leave the Satanic image he was playing in. This lead him to form Paul Chain Violet Theater, and here is their very first offering, “Detaching From Satan” from 1984. Many newcomers may feel a bit overwhelmed at the size of Paul Chain’s discography, so right away I’m going to recommend starting here. This EP can really sum up Paul Chain’s sound, and contains some of his best material.

The music here sounds very 70’s influenced, not unlike other doom acts at the time such as Pentagram, Witchfinder General, etc. However, this definitely has much more of a psychedelic edge to it (as one can see expand more at times in Paul Chain’s discography), and there are interludes containing chants and keyboards for eerie effect. The vocals are especially stunning, and aren’t the nasal Ozzy Osbourne-esque style that a lot of others were influenced by. Paul Chain’s voice is very elegant yet powerful, and carries much of the melody in the song. In fact, I would compare him to Robert Plant at times (most evident in the song “Occultism”). Leading back to the vocals carrying the melody, there aren’t really lyrics here, it’s just phonetics. Paul Chain can get away with this because his voice just does that much for the song.

It’s pretty apparent that the songs here are pretty simple in terms of structure. But this works very well for Paul Chain Violet Theater, as each song has it’s own voice due to the few riffs involved interacting with each other very well. In other words, although these songs are simple, they’re just well arranged. In addition to this, the guitar solos are astounding, and create a nice juxtaposition with the singing in terms of where the melody is in each song.

Another thing I find a appealing about this recording is the production. It’s not polished up, but it works well enough that every instrument is clearly there. It probably sounds just like if you were standing in a room with them jamming, no bullshit.

This EP alone made me appreciate what Paul Chain can do, and lead me to get into a lot of his other material. As I mentioned, if you don’t know where to start, this is a good place for what this Italian doom master has accomplished. A fantastic blend of 70’s psychedelic rock, heavy metal, and doom metal, “Detaching From Satan” will convince you in a mere 23 minutes that you have to hear more of this.


Sacramentary Abolishment - River of Corticone

1996, Catharsis Records

1. Commencement: Quodo's Lamentation Of Stratagem (5:40)
2. A Lull In The Proceedings (6:09)
3. Reassessment Of Preliminary Defensive Procedures (9:06)
4. The Occurence Of The Flashback Seizure (5:51)
5. Atk (6:41)
6. Triple Ley-Line Junction (3:00)
7. Nebulous Receptable (4:11)
8. Eruliaf (5:41)

Formed in the early 90's, Edmonton's Sacramentary Abolishment will go down as one of the most brutal black metal bands in Canada, mixing influences from death metal, war metal, and funeral doom metal. Their debut should not be missed by anyone that is into extreme metal.


Nirvana 2002 - Disembodied Spirits (Demo)

1990, Independent

1. Slumber (4:10)
2. Zombiefication (2:42)
3. The Awakening Of... (3:23)

During the boom of Swedish death metal bands in the late 80's/early 90's, Nirvana 2002 was one band that stood out from the crowd. Their guitar tone and influences may have been in line with many of their peers, but Nirvana 2002 had a unique aura about them that unfortunately was only captured on a few demo tapes. This is the best out of their demo material. Although it will soon be available on a compilation thanks to Relapse, it's worth just checking these 3 songs out.


Incubus - Incubus (Demo)

1987, Independent

1. God Died On His Knees (4:14)
2. Reanimator's Mutilation (1:44)
3. Engulfed In Unspeakable Horror (5:31)

Right after their work with Morbid Angel's 1986 recording, "Abominations of Desolation", Mike Browning and Sterling von Scarborough resurfaced in Incubus. The band basically released this demo and fizzled out, with Browning putting his time into Nocturnus immediately after. The music here is raw, fast, and has a pretty unique sense of riffing to it. The vocals are especially gruff, and just add to the overall power of these songs.


Adversarial - Thralls (Demo)

2008, Independent

1. Scourge of a World Ablaze (5:26)
2. A Hatred Tempered and Trialed (3:42)
3. Thralls (5:30)

Adversarial is a black/death metal band hailing from Toronto. This demo makes it very clear they are one of the best bands coming out of Ontario right now. It's dark, it's evil, and it's fucking tight. Give this demo a listen, and buy it if you can! Ontario has a handful of really great bands hidden among a lot of shitty deathcore bands (accordingly), and I for one love to support fellow Canadians that "get" what metal is all about.


Nepenthe - The Conqueror Worm (Demo)

1993, Independent

1. The Conqueror Worm (4:14)
2. Gleaming Eyes Of Darkness (4:38)
3. On The Cheek Of An Eternity (4:35)
4. Gleaming Eyes Of Darkness (Live) (4:55)

Nepenthe hail from Kansas City, Missouri, and play bizarre and demented death metal. This demo is their first offering in their very limited discography, and features 3 original tracks plus a live track I was able to find as well. Alex Blume (who more recently appears in Ares Kingdom) plays bass in this band. Like fellow Kansas City death metal freaks Order From Chaos, Nepenthe strives on originality, and the maniac vocals here certainly help with that fact.


Cursed - II

2005, Goodfellow Records

1. Intro/Fatalist (3:57)
2. Reparations (2:29)
3. R.I.P. (1:41)
4. Head Of The Baptist (3:16)
5. The Void (4:15)
6. Two (1:21)
7. Old Money (2:09)
8. Clocked In, Punched Out (1:33)
9. Model Home Invasion (6:57)
10. Hell Comes Home (2:59)
11. Outro (3:47)

Cursed was a hardcore punk band featuring former and current members of numerous other Canadian DIY bands spanning from the early 1990s to the present. Formed in 2001 a year after the break-up of The Swarm (three members' previous band), the founding lineup was originally split between different parts of Quebec and Ontario, Canada, but is currently based in Toronto and Hamilton. Known for their trademark nihilistic and dystopian lyrical themes, stark classic horror imagery and loud, abrasive live shows, the band have toured worldwide and released records on Boston's Deathwish Inc, Ontario's Goodfellow Records, Syracuse's Hex Records and Providence's Trash Art Label.


Nucleosynthesis: Parts I to III

I) Introduction
This blog has been created by two musicians in hopes of extending music that we enjoy. Our tastes range from punk, hardcore, extreme metal and doom metal. Our aim is to post out of print underground releases that need to be heard.

II) Begrime Exemious - Set Ablaze The Kingdom of Abraham
This is the band that DO participates in. This is Begrime Exemious' EP from 2009, featuring 3 original songs of harsh black/death metal with an Autopsy cover added.

2009, Independent

1. Archfiend (4:59)
2. He of Wretched Deeds (4:59)
3. All Devourer (5:44)
4. Ridden With Disease (Autopsy cover) (4:58)


III) Cope - Cope EP
DS participates in this metallic hardcore band. Their 2009 self titled EP release displays a strong liking for fellow Canadian hardcore legends Cursed, as well as dynamic and dark songwriting.

2009, Independent

1. You're Not The Same Person You Were When You Were Born... (0:46)
2. Ignis Fatuus (1:21)
3. Human Resources (2:14)
4. I Select Cases 3:1-8 (2:03)
5. Costumes (2:39)
6. Roads Over Graves (2:33)
7. Fight Or Flight (4:41)
8. Dead Body (2:38)
9. ...And You Can't Stay Inside When It Constantly Storms (1:45)