Saturday, December 7, 2019

Teitanblood - The Baneful Choir (2019)

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I've been waiting a long time for Teitanblood to unearth another full-length album. I don't know, is 5 years a long time? I guess so.

Whenever the conversation of bestial death metal should come up, Teitanblood should be one of the first bands uttered, along with a choice few. Purging Tongues still might be one of my favourite EP's of all time (I put some words to it back in 2012) and everything else that has been put forth by the band has gallivanted with ferocious cadence over anything else riding under the same banner. There is a certain gravitational immensity behind the atmosphere, an elemental force that churns its way through each track with such barbarity that it invokes something palpable – I'm not talking the same animality that a band like Revenge or Irkallian Oracle emit – but something cut from the same cloth  with a similar signal stretching upward, it's all together crushing and it's energy is a necessary force in this world of polarities. It's no mistake as to why Fenriz and Nocturno put a Teitanblood patch on the album cover of Darkthrone's Circle The Wagons.

The Baneful Choir has solidified it's spot as one of the albums to be reckoned with this year, all whirlwind heat and spiralling death metal. This album will appear somewhere on my albums of the year.

Teitanblood - The Baneful Choir (bandcamp)

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Kringa - Feast Upon The Gleam (2019)

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I've posted Kringa on here before and I'll continue to do so so long as they keep making forward thinking second-wave black metal like this. Severely underrated, underrepresented, understand? Probably not, but that's okay, because you're here now reading this and within a few choice and overused adjectives I'll force your hand into looking into Austria's underbelly gemstone, Kringa and their debut LP Feast Upon The Gleam.

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Okay so now for those choice adjectives. Cold as a witch tit.
That's one.

Secondly, despite each chord, snare pop, and shrill bellowed being coated in Austrian frost, the overall feeling is one of ennui and pandemonium which is only in emphasis by the raw way in which this was recorded and mastered, which we (I) here appreciate accordingly. It's raw but not at all flat in its dynamics, I don't know man, I didn't goto music class, but it sounds like a rock n' roll gas station! Listen to the middle of the track 'Eroding Passage' for the summated experience, riffs haphazardly clanging together while the most simple drum pattern somehow is more fitting than a typical blast beat, and Kringa knew that and so did Neil Young. The split vocal deliveries from Spectres and Teeth standout in that they run the gamut from a frail and flimsy howl to orator of an underground sewer cult. This album is full breadth and creativity within the arena of black metal.

Go forth and listen.

Kringa - Feast Upon The Gleam (bandcamp)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Regional Justice Center - Institution EP (2019)

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Here's a blazing quick EP for you to flash through in less time than it takes for one of those office fucks to place an overcomplicated Starbucks order. (Hint; Throw it on repeat a handful of times and it will play out like a short full-length.) Straight for the throat hardcore in the vain of Mind Eraser and early Harms Way, etc etc. It's easy to sink your teeth into and is 100% guaranteed to help you crank out a few extra reps the next time you're at the gym. Get into it, or don't. I won't ever care. Thanks!

Regional Justice Center - Institution (bandcamp)

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Jorge Elbrecht - Coral Cross 002 (2019)

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Congratulations to August for being a month in where I didn't make a single contribution to SHOM. Evidentially all that August brings - The sun is singing, the birds are shining, the people are filled with sidewalks and parks are marinating in cheap lager - doesn't bode well for my writing commitments. But cut me some slack, I'm a one-man team, a single mother in the arena of bedroom bloggers and this whole things is and will always be a thankless gig. But I love it like a son (or daughter) and will carry on as best as I know how. I don't know how.

Starting September off will be the enigmatic Jorge Elbrecht and his newest offering to reverb-soaked black metal in all of its warm, lo-fi angular glory. Coral Cross 002 is something to be consumed slowly, with no distractions, probably with lots of cancer inducing incense burning so the nuances can be appreciated as a whole. Blink your ears and you just might miss it…

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I was turned onto Jorge Elbrecht by Harassor/Vorpal Sword/Moonknight/Pray For Snow music machine James Brown III aka Horus aka Roach (and mind behind the infallible Rising Beast label) during a slow burn interview him and I had over the course of July/August - The dude is well versed in the underground musical scene and we're all forever in his debt for his contribution to the international reverb society. * I'll be posting up that interview soon as well as digging a bit deeper into his other projects

Coral Cross 002 paints unknown landscapes, of worlds ethereal and dripping with a weird colourful muck, and a undecipherable stench pervades amidst the wonky wall of music. I am hard-pressed to pinpoint this to any specific genre nor would I like to. It sounds the way it sounds and you will either like it or hate it. As for me, I'm lapping up this weird soup.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Void Eater - IIII (2019)

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There's absolutely no surprise that Void Eater's EP IIII is right up my alley, as it's putrid to the bone black/death metal to the point of mummifying in it's own reverb and calcifying under the weight of itself. Too often adjectives are haphazardly thrown around and I am certainly not above it myself, but one would be out of their fucking skull if they were to try and describe Void Eater without using words like; Primeval war-stomp, barbaric body-slam, bestial blood-doner, antediluvian head-kick, troglodytic beat-down, etc, etc.

Everything about this downward spiral of black/death is impressive and far more oppressive than lesser forms mascaraing under the banner of bestial death metal.

Void Eater - IIII (bandcamp)

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Heaume Mortal - Solstices (2019)

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Heaume Mortal release a debut record that as from as I have seen has been slapped with the tag of (second wave), and though it delves into this territory the many hands (only 3 pairs total) grab at many genres. Black metal? Sure alright, but there's a whole roundup of sludge abound on here and nuances of doom, death, and maybe even a thin veneer of the darker side of hardcore floating about – Which all makes sense as the guitarist comes from the really great French sludge band Eibon and the singer cut his teeth in the blackened sludge band, Cowards.

There's many ways to cut a watermelon so I'll save the boring details for the refrigerator repair man (not an actual adage) but simply to the point; What we have here on Solstices is a brooding atmosphere swaying to and fro through some really great riffs, really great sounding drums, vocals and all that other stuff that makes noise sound like music.

Heaume Mortal - Solstices (bandcamp)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Combust - The Void (2019)

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Very good tough guy New York hardcore. Heavyweight riffs and a kick drum that sounds like a 44 caliber round hitting a church bell all while neanderthal vocal incantations call the majority out for being kitten soft sheep. This is an easy listen if you're in the mood for a stomp or dumbbells are around.

Combust - The Void (bandcamp)

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Krypts - Cadaver Circulation (2019)

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Krypts has been consistently releasing good records since their inception in mid 2000, but the latest, Cadaver Circulation might be them at their best, full stride death metal married with the plodding gait of doom, giving their songs a more thought-out heaviness over the atypical smash and grab heaviness that is standard fare for typical death metal. There's nothing typical about Krypts and no real missteps to take note of on Cadaver Circulation, and there's definitely nothing subjective about how good this is, if you don't like it for whatever reason, just know that you're wrong and your life is probably boring and you might be a dummy idiot. Finland remains relevant.

Krypts - Cadaver Circulation (bandcamp)

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Contaminated / Kutabare Split (2019)

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I've been listening to Contaminated's debut album Final Man more than anything else in the last couple months, and though its release was in 2017 I can't find any reason that I missed it when it came out. I'm remiss. Everything within the wall of cavernous death metal is right where I want it, layers of begrimed tones stacked over a guttural churn that is often a troglodytic bellow cutting through super crunchy guitar tones, bloated and fetid while the drumming ranges from plodding dirges to a mirky standard death metal grooves with cymbals that somehow manage to sound really good cutting through the blanket of mire conjured on this begrimed beast from down under. Up there with my favourite death metal albums right now.

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Contaminated have also released a one-song split with Kutabare this year worth mentioning, even though it's only mere minutes both songs are worth a listen as they both managed to pack unequivocal ferocity into each track, respectively. I'm in.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Vulture - Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves (2019)

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If you're familiar with Vulture's denim dad past you'll know that they are the musical equivalent to microwaveable burritos, The Creep Show and stud laden leather vests all moving at the blurring speed of Satan. This amalgamation of heavy/speed metal with minces of old school thrash and hardcore are right up my alley, especially when it's executed with such Bavarian zeal as Vulture. I wish I went to house parties where the walls dripped sweat of cheap lager, the carpets stunk of cigarettes and Vulture's filth and sleaze was blasting through haggard speakers, and you should too.

Vulture - Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves (bandcamp)

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Funereal Presence - Achatius (2019)

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A magnificently articulated sophomore album from the dude behind the skin kit in Negative Plan, aptly self-monikered Bestial Devotion, and he hit the hammer on the fucking nail one-hundred times over, in a musical pool that most don't wade in without drowning in their own shit. Achatius is going to stand out as one of those albums that should blow everyone away but probably won't because it won't reach most people, and I'm oddly at peace with that as a result.

Funereal Presence has managed to nail down a marriage between a myriad of genres; black, speed, heavy, occult, death, avant-garde, etc without coming off as contrived slop, which is often times the case when something tries to be too many things at once – Especially within the elitist walls of black metal – It's a fools errand to try and pigeon-hole this, so don't even try, or you'd sure as shit isn't always solid sound like a dick.

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There's nothing on Achatius I can find fault in, the production is spot on, which is big time important for something of this nature; the drums sound primitive, the guitar tones sound like the gurgling digestive tract of a primordial beast within cathedral walls and the vocals necrotic and have that old-school mix to them. The songs are monolithic both in length and experimentation, cruising through each obscurity with the speed of satan at its back, and not for one fucking second is it dull or tiresome, and those willing to wade through each fetid nuance will be rewarded with one of 2019's most successfully ambitious releases so far, absolutely keeping the underground lit with this blast from the past!

Funereal Presence - Achatius (bandcamp)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Inculter - Fatal Visions (2019)

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There's a lot to like about Inculter's 'Fatal Visions', predominantly among them being, it rips hell. No questions asked. Bridging the gap between thrash, speed, black metal and metal punk. Stop asking questions and just get behind this already or forever be a whore. So get into it.

Inculter - Fatal Visions (bandcamp)