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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Unearthly Trance - V

NY doomsters, Unearthly Trance have announced their fifth studio album, V. The previous full-length effort, Electrocution presented a slightly different direction from earlier albums while retaining that hardcore edge they've become celebrated for, so who knows what this release will bring. After reading Relapse's brief description it sounds like a more than worthy addition to an already awesome discography.


"UNEARTHLY TRANCE summons forth V; an electric, urban funeral drone and their most epic full-length to date. With V the trio has come full circle; combining the expansive leanings of ‘Electrocution’ and ‘The Trident’ with the sparing, brooding doom of their earliest works. UNEARTHLY TRANCE’s unwavering dedication to their principle’s and craft has yielded some of America’s best metal with V."

A brand new song, The Horsemen Arrive in the Night, can be streamed here. A short and sweet dose of despair. Released on the September 28th on CD and 2xLP. A cassette version is being overseen by Humanless Recordings with artwork by Irish artist, Glyn Scrawled.

Jason Byron to handle lyrics for new Kayo Dot EP

Photo by Gemma Fleming

Ever the genius, Toby Driver has recently revealed that ex-maudlin of the Well vocalist, Jason Byron will be contributing lyrics for Kayo Dot's new EP, Stained Glass. This may well prove a move forward for fans who have missed Byron's presence since the first two Kayo Dot albums. I think I can count myself among them, the lyrics on Choirs of the Eye and Dowsing... are my all time favourites in their wistful mystery and as standalone poetry.

"Our eyelashes weaken with a weight that is sweet and fine, 
And this feels like frogs and spiders in the sweet outside. 
Tell me why world, unfathomable and good, 
The beauty of everything is infinite and cruel. 

An airplane, a puppet, an orange, a spoon, 
A window, and outside 
Stars and the moon."

From the end of Kayo Dot's Marathon.
I get a shiver down my spine every time without fail.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Murmurs from the Disembowelment camp...

It seems that ex-members of Disembowelment are stirring once more following a blog post out of the blue on their myspace page a couple of weeks ago. They're looking for a versatile and experienced extreme metal vocalist to join a project that combines aspects of the infinitely influential death/doom pioneers with its equally excellent ambient counterpart, Trial of the Bow:

"Ex-band members of diSEMBOWELMENT looking for someone to assist with vocal needs for a new project combining elements of diSEMBOWELMENT, Trial of the Bow and contemporary Death/Doom. We are looking for someone who can sing a blend of death and black metal styles. Experience and versatility most important. If you play bass/guitar, this would be an advantage too. Locality must be within Melbourne (at this stage) as we are in the process of writing and recreating. We will be jamming some old diSEMBOWELMENT material as well. Preferred age 25+. Jamming on a weekly basis. 

Can you handle this? Contact us for further details ....."

Rumours are abound that if this comes to fruition, the band could be touring with Autopsy in the future. Do you fit the bill? Contact the band! I want to see this happen. The prospect of new music from these guys is almost too good to be true.



Anhedonist demo


Anhedonist was conceived in the gloomy north-western reaches of Seattle with a moniker that reveals an all-encompassing celebration of the melancholic. Anhedonia is a psychologist's term that describes a lack of pleasure or the capacity to feel it. Brilliant band name aside, Anhedonist's ability to summon atmospheres of hopelessness and resignation prevent light of any form escaping its surface. The only 'pleasure' you'll find in this release is the recognition of how damned depressed it can make you feel.

Taking heavy cues from the infallible Asunder and Evoken, Anhedonist operate exclusively within the realms of death/doom with two tracks, Despond and Ouranophobia, both exceeding the ten minute mark. Woeful guitars meander around minor key scales in an inescapably depressive manner that at times seems to lack the will to carry itself forward under its own weight. A lot of death/doom and funeral doom is sparse and minimal, but Anhedonist paint a vivid albeit pallid scene through intuitive guitar arrangements. Despite the dirge-like qualities of the overall sound, riffs are melodic and instantly memorable; the dual guitars compliment each other pefectly, weaving between intricate harmonies and down-tuned power chord destruction.

Anhedonist display a surprising level of maturity for a band who are about to release their first demo. This isn't a standard play-really-slow affair, the band can make the leap from cumbersome doom to rowdy death metal without the listener even noticing how they got there, such is the level of compositional skill involved here. Vocals range from the cookie-cutter death metal growls we all love to angst-ridden shrieks that simply reek of the adversity of being. These moans and groans confront themes of insanity, death worship, depression and hatred; in other words, all the trappings and failings of a modern existence.

This is a seriously impressive demo from a band destined for great things if they keep up the quality evident on this demo. The tape is hoping for release around late July/early August, so message the guys at the Anhedonist myspace to reserve a copy. You can also hear rough mixes of the tracks up there, but I'm told the final mix totally destroys those versions. Even though what I've been given sounds great, you should maybe hold off judgement until the cassette sits in your hands.


Adversarial + Antediluvian + Nuclearhammer live in Toronto, July 16th


A triumvirate of filthy and bestial black/death should provide a treat for some of our Canadian readers:
 Adversarial, Antediluvian and Nuclearhammer provide the frontline assault for the July 16th show, with militant support from Abyssal Throne, Crucifixxx Sodomy and Freedom Denied. I recently came into contact with Antediluvian after Stephen of Black Uroborus recommended me them; ugly and primordial death metal that some have rather inaccurately compared to Portal. Expect more on Antediluvian soon. Nuclearhammer recently released their first full-length, Obliteration Ritual, through Morbid Moon records and are well-versed in the long line of Archgoat worship, as preserved by bands like Teitanblood, Wrathprayer and Proclamation.

The others I'm not familiar with but it looks to shape up as a great night.
July 16th, Duffy's Tavern, Toronto.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Proclamation: North America Under The Sempiternal Abhorrence II


August 6th, 2010, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - HISTERIA BAR - [with OBEISANCE & MORBOSIDAD] 
August 7th, 2010, Houston, Texas - WALTER'S - [with THORNSPAWN, NYOGTHAEBLISZ, OBEISANCE, MORBOSIDAD & BLACK WITCHERY]
August 10th, 2010, Los Angeles, California - OASIS BAR IN COMPTON - [with OBEISANCE & NOCTURNAL BLOOD] 
August 11th, 2010, San Francisco, California - THE PARKSIDE - [with OBEISANCE & NOCTURNAL BLOOD] 
August 13th, 2010, Portland, Oregon - SATYRICON - [with OBEISANCE & NOCTURNAL BLOOD] 
August 14th, 2010, Seattle, Washington - STUDIO SEVEN - [with OBEISANCE, NOCTURNAL BLOOD & NECROHOLOCAUST] 
August 15th, 2010, Chicago, Illinois - REGGIE'S ROCK HOUSE - [with OBEISANCE & BLACK WITCHERY]
August 17th, 2010, Cleveland, Ohio - TBA
August 19th, 2010, Boston, Massachusets - GREAT SCOTTS IN ALLSTON - [with OBEISANCE, WITCHTOMB & BLACK WITCHERY]
August 20th, 2010, Brooklyn, New York - TBA - [with OBEISANCE & BLACK WITCHERY]
August 21th, 2010, Philadelphia, Pensilvania - TBA
August 22th, 2010, Charlotte, North Carolina - TBA

Dopefight finish recording new LP: BUDS


It's swell when there's a band from your town that you can get behind and support full throttle. Dopefight are exactly this. The heaviest thing to come out of Brighton since forever, these guys dick all over the local competition and, in my eyes, are serious contenders for the international stoner/sludge/doom metal scene.

The debut LP, Buds, was completed earlier today and will see a limited run of 1000 on CD for release at the end of July. Even more exciting though is the trichome-encrusted green vinyl pressing of 500 that is expected to drop before the year is over. Keep an eye on Dopefight's bigcartel page to order yours!

If you have no idea who Dopefight are, amend your ways and read the Lurker interview. Brand new track, Baby Goat Sick is streaming at the Dopefight myspace.

Venowl - [::] (2010)


I've never been good with 'noise' and have no idea why people continue to make this stuff, nor why it has a following in any form. My tentative steps into the pseudo-genre have covered all the entry level requirements and I still struggle to glean much enjoyment from it.

Riffs are my bread and butter, which is why Venowl probably shouldn't have sent us their 2010 debut, [::]. I understand brutality and aggression in art (hell, I probably wouldn't be here without it) but these abstracts can be communicated far more poetically in MUSIC rather than a creaking, atonal guitar and the incessant screaming of a madman. All this communicates is that you're a talentless hack.

The above sums up the output of this nihilistic US duo to a tee. The vocals are so distorted and fudge-packed with high frequencies that it has the same effect as standing on top of a mountain while galeforce winds batter your eardrums. There's no variety either, just the same ear-piercing shrieks for the duration of the tape. I suppose that sometimes the distortion is so excessive that vocals spiral upwards into further echelons of pain and feedback... but it's still white noise.

There's a guitar somewhere under the maelstrom of inane babble but any chance to appreciate what's being done there is swiped away by the overpowering vocals. What I managed to decipher between the searing blasts of vokills was similar to my guitar experiments as a six-year-old.

And there isn't much more to say on the subject. Venowl try to go for a 'black noise' angle but I couldn't give a shit; this isn't black metal and any tenuous connections with it should be ignored. If Venowl still sounds like your bag, the tape can be ordered from Moribund Tree. Surely someone will love it for all the reasons I hated it.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dethroned Emperor - Bullshit In, Bullshit Out



Completely belligerent, violent, all-encompassing-aesthetic-of-murder grindcore/death metal from NJ right here. Combines all the elements I find so appetizing about grindcore and throws in elements from the more bestial cannon of Death Metal projects. As if Necros Christos were brought up on a totalitarian diet of meat and potatoes grindcore. Everyone's aware just about how stale grindcore and death metal can be but here the balance is perfect and definitely stands out as one of the more enjoyable death/grindcore demo's I've heard in recent years. Rolling low end guitar rumbles, isolated riffs that set the tone before drums thunder in (THIS, I fucking love it when bands do this), unholy vocal attacks. Perfect little demo.
Well this 2 piece just got a completely-DIY cassette release together entitled 'Bullshit In, Bullshit Out'. Limited to 100 copies with nothing but black and white covers, handwritten cassette numberings and 16 minutes of complete annihilation. I know, if any LURKER is like me, they'll completely lap this kind of stuff right up.

Take a trip over to their Tindeck to give some tracks a spin before making mandatory contact with the band here to get yourself a copy.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Blasphemy Confirmed for NWN Fest!



Like your metal as degrading, regressive and bestial as possible? Blasphemy just confirmed for what is looking to be one of the strongest bestial black/death fests in recent years. Seriously, lets talk about flights. BOOK!!

Blasphemy (Can) Black Metal Skinheads. Ross Bay Cult Eternal.
Mystifier (Brazil) Brazilian black cult’s first ritual in Europe. The performance will only focus on early material.
Order From Chaos (USA) Undeniably superior metal from the US. Beyond genre categorization. Their only performance in Europe for 2010.
Von Goat (USA) Goat, the mastermind behind Von’s new project of primitive and schizophrenic black metal.
Xibalba (Mexico) Mexican black metal legends with their first appearance in Europe.
Ares Kingdom (USA) Expanding the limits of deathrash.
Bone Awl (USA) Existential anxiety put to music.
Dead Congregation (Greece) Darkest death metal
Blasphemophagher (Italy) Nuclear bestial desecration metal.
Embrace of Thorns (Greece) Ritualistic and occult bestial black metal.
Proclamation (Spain) Tyrants of the Black Omen.
Vanhelgd (Sweden) Dark Swedish death metal
Miasmal (Sweden) Ancient death metal from the grave.
Faustcoven (Norway) Norwegian black doom metal.
Black Witchery (USA) Black Witching Metal

Vredehammer - 4.September



This came out back in April through Obscure Abhorrence Productions but I have only just got my hands on it. Blasting Black Metal of the highest calibre with the kind of beats, guitar textures and vocal commands I haven't heard since early Darkthrone. Yes, more of the Norweigan elite - just what I needed during these summer months. Pick it up.

Murmur - Mainlining The Lugubrious



Great sounding, fuzzed out, trebled up Black Metal from the USA. Check out some samples over at the myspace and email your orders to: info@inferna-profundus.net

MURMUR’s (USA) debut album "Mainling the Lugubrious" has been collecting dust underneath piles of empty beer cans, dirty needles, and cigarette butts for over 2 years. Now finally is to be released upon the world. This debut represents the starting point for a band which has been mutating and festering over the last few years. This beginning draws heavy influence from bands such as Lurker of Chalice, and Ved Buens Ende. Available June 2010 through Inferna Profundus Records. CD released as a regular jewel case with 8 pages booklet with UV spot varnish.

Circle of Ouroborus - Cast To The Pits LP



Infinite Wisdom return with some Circle of Ouroborus material, limited to 300. Go get it!

Kvelertak Album Available & LP Pre-Order



After a massive hype surrounding a band who had artwork done for them by Justin Bartlett and John Baizley before they even released an album, their much anticipated S/T is now available. Do not hesitate to stream the album in its entirety on the Kvelertak site. Pick up a pre-order for the delicious vinyl over at their Big Cartel site. Order the album here, there and everywhere. You have to hear this.

"Alright, finally our debut album is out! This is our first release EVER, so you can imagine it's quite a big deal for us! We had the most amazing release-party on Friday, in our home-town of Stavanger, here's a clip from the show: http://www.youtube.com/kvelertak
The album should be available on CD and MP3 around all of Europe today, so check with your local music shop or web-shop. For worldwide, we recommend http://play.com, and in Scandinavia http://cdon.com.
The 180g double gatefold vinyl edition has been delayed, so that won't be available until July 5th, unfortunatly. You can pre-order on our recently updated merch-store: http://kvelertak.bigcartel.com along with new shirts. Keep an eye on the merch-store, more cool stuff coming up!
You can listen to the whole album for free with fairly good quality, on our brand new mini-site: http://kvelertak.com
The US release is slated for the fall some time, more news to come.
We kick off our European tour July 10th in Brighton, UK, hope to see a lot of you there!'

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ludicra photo prints


This is probably old news for some but after mentioning Ludicra in passing below, it only felt fair to mention it. I'm sure I don't have to recite the disastrous tale of Ludicra's touring woes this year and guitarist, John Cobbett continues to face appalling medical bills. The awesome heavy metal blog ümlaut has teamed up with Sensory Abuse to produce some very nice looking photo prints of Ludicra at their blistering best. Proceeds go towards helping ease Cobbett's financial burden a bit so, y'know, "help a brother out."

The dude throwing up some claw at the front is doing it right.


Fall Into Darkness DVD trailer



Portland, Oregon's Fall Into Darkness festival has boasted a fine ensemble of bands over the two years it's been running. A DVD was released last week in an effort to immortalise the 2009 festival's crowning achievements, featuring performances from acts as varied and disparate as Earth, YOB, Agalloch, Ludicra, Kawabata Makoto, Amber Asylum, Saviours, Soriah, Witch Mountain and Atriarch. It's limited to 300 copies, so if you missed it or just want to see some of your favourite bands documented in the live setting, consider ordering your copy here.

2010's line-up will be announced at the official myspace in due course. Gnarly. America gets all the best festivals...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sunwheel - Industry of Death



Anyone versed in the more obscure sections and cults of Polish black metal will already be well acquainted with Sunwheel, whose 2004 'Monuments of the Elder Faith' EP showcased a uniquely aggressive take on the styling of Ukranian brothers Drudkh. Featuring members of the mighty and boisterous Kataxu, synths play a much larger part in the albums orchestration than the 2004 EP. This is more great, solid and relevant work from an underground band pedalling their wares without care, remorse or concern for the outside world. And not a single fuck was given that day.

Order here.

Bosse-de-Nage S/T available from Flenser Records

Another release from Flenser Records continues to mark them out as a label to watch. Previous efforts include Panopticon's second album, Collapse (with an exclusive to Flenser appearance from The Baron of Amebix), and the aforementioned Ghast. Now for those of you who have been waiting with baited breath for San Francisco's cryptic Bosse-de-Nage to resurface, their self-titled debut is also available in either a package with Ghast or as a standalone order. Head over to the Flenser Store to secure your copy:

"Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, the black metal act known as Bosse-de-Nage, is equal parts Slint, Darkthrone and Alcest. Flenser Records is gleefully proud to present the release of Bosse-de-Nage’s long delayed self-titled full-length album.


We, the Flenser, feel that we have no choice but to finally give this masterpiece its proper release. Finally, the self-titled full-length debut by Bosse-de-Nage is available in its finest form to date. This CD release is the first time that these tracks are available in the sound quality that they were intended to be and is housed in artwork created by the band and printed on quality linen paper stock."

Plus, Flenser Records are also holding a sale at the moment so you really have no excuse. Unless you're dirt poor like me of course.

Ghast double LP, May the Curse Bind now available

Flenser Records have announced the release of Ghast's towering monument to blackened doom, May the Curse Bind on double LP. 100 copies on red splattered vinyl are only available from Flenser, the other 400 are on straight red; either way, a worthy addition to your record collection. If you didn't shoot straight for the pre-order you can order a copy at the Flenser Store. UK black metal has stood on the edge for far too long now and it's bands like these that demand your attention of our shitty little island. So wake up!


“With crushing intensity and ominous fervor the United Kingdom’s Ghast unleash their debut album May the Curse Bind on wax. For those familiar with the British trio, you know to expect nothing but unrelenting monolithic doom encrusted with ashy black metal majesty. On their debut album, Ghast have crafted some of the most sinister and terrifying audio terror around. Furthermore May the Curse Bind’s pressing to wax is indisputably a harbinger of mankind’s ever nearing end. Having formed in 2004 as Souldust, it is unthinkable that in four years the outfit developed such a profoundly mature and cohesive sound, a sound that could result from none other than absolute dedication to misanthropy and grimness. This release is one more step toward eradicating the trendy weaklings plaguing the supreme black arts in these harrowing times. Needless to say, it is absolutely mandatory for anyone who claims dedication to the supreme legacy of Black Metal as well as Doom Metal. May the Curse Bind is pure fucking black doom.”

Godflesh added to Supersonic line-up


Justin K. Broadrick's seminal industrial metal band, Godflesh, is the latest act to be added to this year's Supersonic line-up. Orignally disbanded in 2002, it seems Broadrick's first project to break from his grindcore past as guitarist and vocalist on Napalm Death's Scum has reunited with the sole intent to play Birmingham's finest festival:

"Following the news that the 2010 edition of Birmingham’s acclaimed annual Supersonic Festival will be headlined by SWANS, Capsule are hugely excited to announce the second headlining act, GODFLESH. Acclaimed by many as founders of the industrial metal movement, Godflesh will be returning to their Birmingham roots to play the band’s first UK show in over 10 years."
Grab your ticket from ticketsellers and seetickets.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Portal footage from Maryland Deathfest


So if these photos didn't see you go green with envy, maybe this disorientating footage of Portal's MDF set will. Found at No Gods No Vegetables among literal heaps of MDF footage for your viewing pleasure. Here's what the cameraman had to say:
"This is the end of metal. I have no fucking clue where you can go from here. This set was one of the most unreal, heavy, disconcerting, disjointing, unbelieveable performances I've ever seen. Atmospheric, massively loud, totally unpredictable, the performance became the environment.
Also, what the fuck?"

The 'end of metal'? This is just the beginning my friend!

Arckanum signs to Regain Records: new album on the way


Arckanum, one of Sweden's finest examples of black metal and Shamaatae's conduit for his chaos-gnostic ideals, recently made the transition from Debemur Morti Productions to Sweden's Regain Records. The latest band to join the venerable line of Regain's roster, Arckanum is in good company with acts such as Marduk, Gorgoroth, Grave and Enthroned. No doubt fans of Arckanum's early raw and lo-fi sound that was abandoned on 2009's ÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞ will have something to say about the label change, but Shamaatae has announced a new full-length is already on its way:

"The new Arckanum album ”Sviga Læ” is now being recorded. The album is a dedication to Surtr; Giant and Ruler of the world of flames Múspellzheimr, and Loki; the Flaming Giant and Archenemy of the worlds. ”Sviga Læ” is a manifestation of the blazing Chaos and the burning of the gods."

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Godspeed You! Black Emperor announce additional tour dates


12-03-05 Minehead, England - ATP Nightmare Before Christmas
12-07 Manchester, England - Academy
12-08 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands
12-12 Bristol, England - Ansom Rooms
12-13 London, England - Troxy

Wormlust - Svarthol (2010)

Waves lap at distant shores. Delayed guitars wash over sparse ambient drones. A heartbeat hums its rhythm in solidarity... and is abruptly stopped. So begins the wild trip into Wormlust's world of brilliant, melancholic and atmospheric black metal.

Wormlust is the vehicle of Iceland's H.G. Lyngdal and one of contemporary black metal's truly underrated talents. With only a smattering of demos and a split with Ireland's Haud Mundis under his belt thus far, 2010's offering, Svarthol continues to promise of more genius to come.

Svarthol is 16 minutes and 37 seconds of mind-bending and nauseating experimentation. The peaceful introduction gives insight into the moments of beauty that Wormlust are all too capable of creating, but the quiet is soon shattered by waves of atonal and warped distortion, while an eerie slide guitar slices through the cacophony. Wormlust weaves between full on assaults and oppressive ambience with ease, often descending into complete silence.

These moments of respite place a narrative of sorts over the proceedings, guiding the listener through different stages of Lyngdal's personal hell. That's almost exactly how it feels to behold Svarthol; this is not an uplifting experience at any rate. The whispered murmurings of a madman scrape over a composition that musters bewilderment, frustration and pure malevolence. While this is by no means a 'depressive black metal' release, it does want to drag you into the depths of melancholy. But moments of fleeting anthemic beauty do rear out of Wormlust's vortex of sound, all the more exciting when your ears catch hold of one.

This has to be heard to be believed. A fucking brilliant release, I am all aboard the hype train and hope that we are treated to more of Lyngdal's aural insanity VERY SOON.

The cover is a work of art in itself as well.

Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole (1801 - 1848) was an English-born American artist. He founded the Hudson River School, an artistic movement that became known for realistic and detailed depictions of American landscapes. His own work also features many fantastical environments. A western Ivan Shishkin if you will.

Expulsion From the Garden of Eden

Il Penseroso (based on the poem by John Milton)

Il Allegro (also a counterpart to the Milton poem)

The Garden of Eden

The Oxbow

The Past

The Present

The Return

Home in the Woods

The Course of Empire: Consummation

The Course of Empire: Savagery

Desolation

The Departure

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Oskoreien - Demo 2009

Oskoreien. The Wilde Jagt, Woden's Hunt or Åsgårdsreia, this band actually inspired me to do a post on Peter Nicolai Arbo at the end of last week. I can't really turn away when black metal bands make nods to mythology in any form. Oskoreien consists of sole member, Jay Valena from California and despite his young age, Valena  gives some established bands a run for their money. Obviously indebted to the Cascadian sound that's recently sprung forth in the far west, a clear comparison can be made with Wolves In The Throne Room.

The guitar sound and style is effectively a direct emulation of Washington's finest, but Oskoreien really manage to hold their own. For such a comparatively young disciple of black metal, Valena composes with confidence and aptitude. There's a strong folk element to the music that WITTR only vaguely touch upon, giving Oskoreien a viking/pagan upper hand that I've really enjoyed. The first track, Transcendence opens with mournfully e-bowed guitars that form a back drop for an acoustic introduction that betrays Valena's knowledge of traditional European folk.

Instead of ditching this frill when the distorion pedal is stomped, Oskoreien continues to ride atop the folk influence for the duration of the demo like a longship rides the waves. It becomes all the more compelling when you realise that WITTR could have sounded like this. To be honest, I'm not even a huge fan of them; Oskoreien's take on the Cascadian sound is far more melodic and majestic than many of the scene's big hitters. Guitar parts are colourfully drenched in gorgeous harmonies and not once do the tracks seem to drag or stale. The epic riffs and leads only set the scene up for what will inevitably become a dramatic climax.

Being a one man project, Oskoreien is another band to feature on LURKER that is forced to employ a drum machine. Unlike with last week'Mἄrsh entry, percussion is really well done. The only thing that gives it away as artificial is its inhuman ability to keep time, but it's barely noticeable. It just goes to show that some decent equipment and skill goes a long way.

If you're ok with your black metal being gloriously melodic, then I can tip Oskoreien as one to watch. The comparisons to WITTR are a damned shame, however unavoidable, but Valena has demonstrated with his 2009 demo that he can and will stand his ground. Oskoreien have also contributed a track to the recent Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer compilation on Prophecy productions. I haven't heard it yet, but can only hope that Valena comes out of his shell a little with each new release.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Gummo (1997)

 
 
Gummo is a somewhat strange film I've known of for a while, but only got round to watching last night. Directed by Harmony Korine, it's set in the town of Xenia, Ohio that was ravaged by a tornado in 1974, killing 35 people and leaving 10,000 homeless. The plot eschews typical narrative but what remains of a storyline follows the day-to-day exploits of Tummler, a boy with "a marvellous persona" who many believe to be "downright evil", and his considerably inbred friend, Solomon. The rest of the film is structured around a series of sketches and vignettes that explore the nihilistic lives of various residents. The characters are hyperrealistic and engaging and I often forgot I was watching a film altogether, convinced I was actually seeing into the darkest depths of America's impoverished underbelly.
 
The soundtrack was also pretty good, featuring songs from acts like Sleep, Burzum, Eyehategod, Absu, Bathory and... Madonna. Intriguing stuff, it's easy to find a good torrent.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Portions of eternity too great for the eye of man

As I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of genius which to angels look like torment and insanity, I collected some of their proverbs thinking that as sayings use the nation markets character. So the proverbs of Hell show the nature of Infernal Wisdom better than any description of buildings or garments.

When I came home on the abyss of the five senses, for a flat-sided steep frowns over the present world, I saw a mighty temple form in the black clouds hovering on the sides of a rock. With groaning fires he wrote the following sentence now percieved by the minds of men and read by them on Earth.


How do you know what every bird that cuts the airy wind is an immense world of the light closed by our senses five? Vrta roars and shakes his fires of the burning air, hungry clouds spying on the deep. One speak, and in a perilous path, but just a man attempt its course alone, the veil of death...


Roses are planted where thorns grow in the barren hate... sing the honeybees and the perilous path is granted. On every cliff and tomb and on the bleached bones Vanclae brought forth.


O, my Dark Brothers, as a new heaven has begun and it is now thirty-three years into tembience, the eternal Hell revise. I cried to the dark angel sleeping in the tomb. His writings in the linen clothes folded up. Now is the winning of Jedom, and the return of Adam into paradise.


Without contraries there is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate are necessary to human existence.


From these contraries bring what the religious call 'good' and 'evil'. Good is the passive that obeys reason, evil is the active springing from energy.


Good is heaven, evil is Hell...


All listen to the voice of the devil, as all bibles and sacred tomes have put their causes in the following heirs: that man has two real existing principles, a body and a soul, and that energy called evil is alone from the body and that reason called good is alone from the soul.


That God will torment man in Eternity for following his energies...


But the following contraries to these are true. Man has no body distinct from his soul. For that called body is a portion of soul discerned by the five senses. The cheap and lesser soul of this age.


Energy is the only life that is from the body, and reason is the bound or the outward circumference of energy.


All behold, our energy is the eternal delights.


Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained, and the restrainor or reasoner userps his place that governs the unwilling. And being restrained into dreams becomes passive, until is only a shadow of desire. And the original archangel, the possesser of the command of the heavenly host is called the devil or Satan, and his children are called sin and death.


It indeed appeared to reason as if desire was cast out. But the true account is the messiah fell, and formed a heaven of what he stole from the Abyss.


This is shown in the gospel, Murray prays to the Father set in the comforner, or desire that reason may have ideas to build on. The Jehova the bible being no other than he who dwells in flaming fire.


All must know that after Christ's death, he became Jehova.


The Father is destiny, the son a ratio of the five senses, and the Holy Ghost nothing more than a vacuum.


Prisons are built with stones of the law, brothels with bricks of religion.


The cry of the peacock is the Glory of God


The lust of the goat is the Bounty of God.


The wrath of the lion is the Wisdom of God.


The nakedness of woman is the work of God


The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea and the destructive sword are portions of eternity too great for the eye of man...



Fuckin' Magnets, How Do They Work?


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Satanic Warmaster New Album and "W.A.T.W.T.C.O.T.B.W.O.A.A."



Available now as a restocked distro item from Northern Heritage; W.A.T.W.T.C.O.T.B.W.O.A.A. is a pro-printed CDR limited to just 200 copies including demo material, pre-next album mixes and some older tracks. New album and 7" also out through NH late on this summer. As usual, no warning, no pre-orders, no compromise.

I Shalt Become - Poison Release Through Moribund

Diabolically cheesy description aside; I Shalt Become's newest opus is set for release in less than 2 days through Moribund Records. Click here for your fill.

"One of the original founders of the USBM sound, I SHALT BECOME’s "Wanderings" debut is considered a black metal classic. Second and third masterpieces "Requiem" and "The Pendle Witch Trials" transcended even it in their haunting, ghostly glory and mind-warping majesty. Now ISB return with their most adventurous work to date consisting of one 55 minute concerto divided into 10 movements. Uniting an original orchestrated classical composition with eerie depressive black metal, ISB venture into new and uncharted territory for themselves and the Black Metal scene as a whole. An epic exploration coalescing symphonic suicide and twisted orchestral black psychedelia crafting one of the most unique (black) metal albums to ever emerge … it’s Time to take your Poison!"

Immortal - Blizzard Beasts Vinyl Reissue!



Osmose have reissued the Norse classic in vinyl format, 180gm transparent blue in colour limited to an ultra elite 210 copies. 350gm heavy layout. Pick up your kvlt LP here.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Blut Aus Nord's What Once Was: Liber I now available


Back in April we announced the news that Blut Aus Nord were undertaking a vinyl-only series for the exceptional Debemur Morti Productions. Lurker are very excited to remind you that the first episode of the What Once Was... saga is now available:

"Trailblazing Blut Aus Nord is ready to transmit a deadly new virus, injecting the exposed vein with a potent cocktail of dizzying virulence and urban decay. ‘What Once Was’ constitutes an epitaph for the past; a headstone for the present; and a funeral of the future. With a cheeky sidestep - nodding appreciatively in the direction of old school Death Metal whilst maintaining Blut Aus Nord’s own trademark take on Black Metal - the French mavericks bare a previously-undisclosed visage. This release will be "Liber 1", the first in a series of intriguing, raw and primitive releases running parallel to their main body of work. But it’s still Blut Aus Nord! A turbulent excursion along some crumbling, loathsome highway, where every pale, trembling breath is accompanied by the painful reality of existence: a living daymare. Dynamic, multi-textural, barely-controlled bedlam; man and machine in total disarray. Visionary. Redefining. Transcending all boundaries. The storm before the calm. What once was has ceased to be ... as all things shall come to pass ... forever ... nevermore."

Sounds incredible. Go get!

This Comp Kills Fascists Vol. 2 preorder



Agoraphobic Nosebleed/Pig Destroyer mastermind, Scott Hull is reinvigorating the lost art of compilations with the second installment of the 'This Comp Kills Fascists' series. Showcasing fresh grindcore, hardcore and powerviolence talent from across the world, the compilation is released on the 28th of June and is available for preorder from Relapse Records here:

"The second installment in the Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED) curated series of compilations, ‘This Comp Kills Fascists Vol. 2’ collects the very best from today’s sprawling underground grindcore, hardcore and punk scenes. ‘This Comp Kills Fascists Vol. 2’ features new and exclusive material from legends like DESPISE YOU, LACK OF INTEREST, CROM, and APARTMENT 213 as well as material from NOISEAR, OWEN HART, EXTORTION, and more that must be heard to be believed. ‘This Comp Kills Fascists Vol. 2’ is an indispensable look at the worldwide underground, and fast becoming the crucial compilation series of this generations grind scene."

Peter Nicolai Arbo

Norwegian painter (1831 - 1892) who specialised in motifs of Norse mythology and history. His most celebrated work is the Åsgårdsreien (1872), a depiction of the 'Wild Hunt', a prevalent fixture of ancient European folklore.

Åsgårdsreien - Odin can be seen leading the horde on his 8-legged horse, Sleipnir. Thor is in the centre holding Mjöllnir aloft.

Dagr - The Norse personification of 'day' on the steed, Skinfaxi (shining mane), first appearing in the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda of the 13th century.

Likewise, Nótt is the personification of 'night' and mother of Dagr. She rides Hrímfaxi (frost mane).

Valkyrie - Valkyries were female figures who chose which warriors were to fall during battle.

Håkon the Good - The third king of Norway reigned 934 - 961.

Battle of Stamford Bridge - Where our glorious ancestors slaughtered the Norse horde, only to be conquered by the Normans a month later at Hastings, 1066.