Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Beast of 2014

I've really let this blog go to seed but thought it only good, right and salutary to at least post a list of the beast of 2014. After all, I might slack off but heavy metal never does...and boy have there been some rippers this year.

10. Stargazer - A Merging to the Boundless

Stargazer may not release albums with the greatest of regularity, but when they do it is sure to be an event worth remembering. I think Merging to the Boundless may be their best so far taking the Mesopotamian veneration of classic Morbid Angel even further East and, pardon the pun, merging it with the boundless guitar yowls of their countrymen Destroyer 666 and some unhinged tech patterns worthy of Unquestionable Presence or Piece of Time Atheist. I love the feel of this album and as usual the bass heroics of the Great Righteous Destroyer are noteworthy.

9. Old Wainds - Nordraum

If you don't know Old Wainds by now do yourself a favor, listen to this one. Have a good friend beat the shit out of you for not listening to it sooner, then listen to every single album they've ever made till you want to beat the shit out of yourself for the same reason. These Russians continue to be the unheralded masters of scalding cold black metal fury. What Immortal would sound like if they went less Manowar and more Blizzard Beasts.

8. Voices - London

Voices makes their second consecutive trip to the Beast of List and for good reason. London is a beautifully brutal, terrifyingly frenzied piece of work.

7. Mortuary Drape - Spiritual Independence

A lot of the big boys reappeared this year after a long hiatus and MD was definitely one that I was most excited about. I've had a love affair with these Italians ever since I heard Secret Sudaria waaay back when (that snare!) The Drape's ability to combine classic heavy black metal with historical occult themes gave them a mystique, and an otherworldly atmosphere that was uniquely theirs. The last album 2004's Buried In Time was quite good, but lost a little bit of that occult feel in favor of a thrash heavy attack and more modern production mode. I'm happy to say that Spiritual Independence has them dropping the modern tropes and concentrating on the things that made Tolling 13 Knell and Secret Sudaria so successful, mainly the dual bass attack, (occasional bass as a lead instrument!), and the mid-tempo buoyantly bouncing throughout the crypt groove that really defines this band and defines Mediterranean Black Metal as a spectrally sinister macabre entity. 30 years on and this crew continues to develop the sound that they obviously love...it does my blackened heart good. 

6. Sammath - Godless Arrogance

Powerful, scathing and unrelenting black metal from these Dutch masters. Amazing that Sammath retain a level of catchiness even as their onslaught reaches a feral pitch.

5. Varathron - Untrodden Corridors of Hades

Another black metal big boy returns this year with an absolute triumph. 2014 era Varathron is much more Alexander the Great galloping through the colonnades than their swampy ritualistic beginnings, but the change in sound suits them well. If you want a metal album with a grand, powerful atmosphere this is the one.

4. Stíny Plamenů - Propadlé Vody

Blasting Czech black metal from the sewers, some of the quirkiest and most interesting riff-writing you're likely to hear this year.

3. Dimesland - Psychogenic Atrophy

This is hitting me right in that sweet spot between Voivodian futuristic cyber-trash, clinical sci-fi death metal and no-wave industrialized hell-scapes. 

2. Arnold Veeman - Nait Meer

To me Arnold Veeman represents one of the most underrated, obscure progressive death metal bands of all time...Mon'strum.  The fact that he is still putting out incredible music, but twisted classical chamber pop instead of twisted classical death metal, speaks volumes to his incredible talent! The voice, the atmosphere, RIO instrumentation, interesting arrangements, its all here in spades. More people need to know about this man and his visionary work.

1. Kenn Nardi Dancing With The Past

Nardi does a hometown St. Louis boy proud. Even though I would have loved the hell out of a new Anacrusis album, I think this double album of Nardi's personal recordings is even better. Some songs hit on the symphonic tech-thrash that Anacrusis was nailing on Screams & Whispers, other tunes dip into goth, post-punk and all manners of introspection. I haven't stopped listening to this for over a month and with so much incredible material presented on this double album, there is no danger of growing tired of it. An essential and monumental release from one of the finest songwriters out there.

Most Honorable Mentions
Gargoyle - GeshikiPest - BurialSurvival Knife - Loose PowerMaster's Hammer - Vagus Vetus, Satanic Warmaster - Fimbulwinter, Old Pagan - MaledictusS, Primordial - Where Greater Men Have FallenEnthroned - SovereignsAbigor - Leitmotif Luzifer, Manimalism - ManimalismMysticum - Planet SatanIncantation - Dirges of ElysiumLabyrinthine - Ancient Obscurity, Ingurgitating Oblivion - Continuum of Absence, Dub Buk - UBRX, Animus Mortis - TestimoniaKayo Dot - Coffins On Io1349 - Massive Cauldrons of Chaos, Falconer - Black Moon Rising, Prong - Ruining Lives, Sinister - The Post-Apocalyptic Servant, Neneh Cherry - Neneh Cherry, Waxen - Agios Holokauston, Howls of Ebb - Vigils of the 3rd Eye, Hashe - El Espiritu del Arbol MuertoKriegsmachine - Enemy of Man, Jumalhämärä - Songless Shores 

Vestiges Among the Weirdcong
Doctor - The Doctor is In, Aastraal - Tuba Mirum Spargens Sonum Per Sepulcra Regionum, Coget Omnes Ante Thronum, Totale Vernichtung - Ritualmordlegenden, Microburst - Occulting

Monday, June 16, 2014

Beast of 2014 thus far

Being halfway through the year I thought it'd be a good time to take a look back and see what the standouts have been so far...and a spottily playlist for the albums they got on there.

Sammath - Godless Arrogance
Face ripping-arse raping Dutch Black Arrogance. The years have not toned down the fury, and thats a good thing.

Sinister - The Post-Apocalyptic Devotion
One of the most underrated death metal bands ever

Cloak of Altering - Plague Beasts
Dutch madness...poles apart from Sammath but just as fucked

Impure Wilhelmina - Black Honey
Beautiful Swiss post-metal, really digging the guy's voice.

Aastraal - Tuba Mirum Spargens Sonum Per Sepulcra Regionum, Coget Omnes Ante Thronum 
Hermetically leering Space Blores Oblumberating Cosmos Black Metal...For fans of benighted Leams and everything Dutch

Dub Buk - Öâÿõ
I haven't paid much attention to these Ukranian pagan metallers since 2002's "Taking You On!" but now I'm wishing I had cuz this is a top-notch ripper.

Janvs - Nigredo
Finally! A new Janvs album and I am just soaking in the Mediterranean flavor!

Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly
Incapable of putting out a bad album, Prog metal par excellence!

Agalloch - The Serpent & the Sphere
Haugh & crew deliver on all fronts with this atmosphere laden behemoth. The rightful successor to Ashes Against the Grain.

Neneh Cherry - Blank Project
Hip & Smooth. Eccentric Perfection from Ms. Cherry.

Trust - Joyland
As far as gloomy get your goth ass on the dance floor bands go Trust is hands down the best. Hell, this even gets my old curmudgeonly ass up and grooving!

Laibach - Spectre
Boy this is a surprise, never been a huge Laibach fan but this album is scratching an itch...The Whistleblowers is a perfect gym-rat song.

Master's Hammer - Vagus Vetus
MH most exotic sounding album yet.

Old Wainds - Nordraum
Totally was not expecting a new Old Wainds this year & totally am not disappointed.

Enthroned - Sovereigns
The last few albums from these Belgian mainstays have really ratcheted up and perfected their personal brand of lethally orthodox black metal, well-done.

The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-Li
Epic Lovecraftian at their core, The Great Old Ones keep the tradition of great French black metal alive.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May the 4th Be with You

Happy 4th to pencil-necked geeks everywhere!!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Godkiller - The End of the World

An absolute monster of an album....Monaco's finest...after that fine ass Princess Grace of course.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blood Storm - Ancient Wraith of KU

Just what is a KU and what stirs it's ancient wrath you may ask??

"The Ku are those entities that have died violent deaths. The Ku's hieroglyphs have many meanings, the foremost of which is Black Magick. As an ideograph, the Ku is at least 3,000 years old, and the cult enshrines a system analogous to the voodoo mysteries of the 256 venoms used obstensively for acquiring great wealth and for vengeance. The basic concept is preserved in the Yi king where it appears as the 18th hexagram. Now the two elemental trigrams that comprise the hexagram are those of Earth and Air. Now the superpositioning of the Earth trigram above that of the Air suggests suffocation or choking, and the spirit/entity of the Ku are the vehicles of the Ophidian venoms which devour or suffocate the living on Earth in violent deaths. That whole thing of Ophidian venoms devouring is the 256 venoms, that's their virus, yo see its another stage of virus through occultism. In popular belief the Ku is a malignant honer of the dark and snatches souls from the dead. The Ku is in connection to the cult of the black snake, also known as the mystery of zombieism, which is like Haitian voodoo. Hence the sorcerer extracts the venoms from the Ophidian current and manifests from its extraterrestrial origin to descend and eat the brains of men. So that's the virus it's transmitting. That's a basic structure of what the Ku actually is."

So there

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Belated 420/Easter et al

damn I missed posting this on 4/20 but was preoccupied with gettin highwith Jesus and the easter bunny and that whole crew and eating those damn delicious peeps and sucking the marrow out a cadbury egg

Friday, April 18, 2014

Merlin - Jižní džin

A little piece of Czech heavy metal madness...never a bad thing

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Doctor Is In

The Doctor came to be after the Hospital Wars of 2004. The Doctor plays Surgical Black Metal exclusively.

Well how bout that then?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Egaheer - Templum Umbrae

Obscure and forgotten Polish Black metal with that enviable "inside the dungeon" sound. Reverbed to hell vocals and guitar jangle to boot.

North - Thorns On The Black Rose

Sometimes you just need some rustic in your face black metal and North undoubtedly deliver with their debut that uncertain gallop of Immortal DFM, that rural tremeloed upliftingness of early In the Woods, hell even that warm rich bass tone of Kvist fuck yeah....Go North young man

Friday, March 21, 2014

Marhoth - Szkarlatna Kropla Rosy

Mystical Polish black metal with an otherworldly atmosphere, put a mental image of Forgotten Woods slam dancing with Mortuary Drape in your minds eye and let that marinate for a while. Beautimous and Bewitching.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Gontyna Kry - Welowie

Since I'm in the Polish Black Metal Mode let me turn y'alls attention to the fine Poles of Gontyna Kry...practitioners of a certain Polish style that involves grim vampyric keyboards, obscure production, and obfuscated nigh on technical guitar riffing to construct songs that pull you into a perverse mindwarp of gothic torture. Spidery, grandiloquent and flat out fucking cool.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ecclesia Satani - NS Satan

In a major Polish black/pagan metal mood lately...lots of Graveland, lots of Gontyna Kry, lots of Profanum....so my memory was jogged to this early 2000's artifact, NS Satan. An album title thats so anti-pc that when I first saw it I automatically thought that it was ridiculous and awesome and I must have it. Basically NS Satan is the very definition of obscure, cruel (but sophisticated), misanthropic black metal, and my mood prohibits me from having it any other way!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Glorious Grimmett

Been in a major Grim Reaper mode lately...and this is why

Monday, March 3, 2014

Dan Swanö - Rarities

The one and only Swanö, Sweden's most celebrated autodidact culls a motley collection of covers outages intakes and bloopers worthy of any zippo reel...worth it for the Asia covers (theres 3 of them!) alone.

helpful hint open that gif with rar expander app

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Stone - Emotional Playground

One of the ultimate thrashterpieces of all time. Stone's last but boy oh boy what a high note....the best prog thrash you'll hear difting in your ears this side of Wolf Spider's Sullen Sea!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Its A MANs World

...and for good measure

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Arakain - Thrash the Trash

Booootiful Czeck speed thrash par excellance for trash Headbanging and air-guitar approved
I am I, I hate pop and I hate disco
stupid styles for empty heads
they don’t bother me
We are we
so come on and yell on this tone
Daddies said that we’d been bad
forgetting times of rock’n'roll
Dan’t be sad, try wings to spread
and live your life out of control
Thrash the trash …

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


An absolutely incredible Finnish death metal band that is as unique as they are underrated...if they're rated at all! This blog would be a worthwhile endeavor if for nothing else than introducing Paraxism to eager young ears...link for everything I got Demo #1, Promo '97, Selected Works and Xism Excursion.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cacodemon - Cacodemonic Incantation

Damn good fapping metal as in the bass drum keeps perfect time and timbre to your most pleasurable evening escapade down any and all pawg tumblrs...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Drohm - The Oracles of Darkend Time

Here's a re-up of some good old-fashioned blackened death metal from Maine's Drohm...also featuring a member of the excellent Cold Northern Vengeance.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Bizarre Embalming - Necrosadistic Surgery

A bit of Czech grinding goodness to perk you up on this Blue Monday...the so called most depressing day of the year.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Beast Musik Vids '13

Some lean mean and beastly clean music vids from 2_13...as you can tell it was the year of Femme, coincidentally the first 3 songs are also the best done all year.

that little slimer guy kills me

best band ever

a spacy sexy sychedelic haze
this vid from last year I guess but didn't see it till recently, I love it cuz David Byrne looks like a cross between Jimmy Stewart and Matlock, good stuff.

I do believe this new album is going to be awesome...the first time I've said that about a Behemoth album in a long time. Some damn fine blasts by Inferno in this tune.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Vinterland - Welcome My Last Chapter

Another great one for this cold, frigid weather 5 out of 5 snowflakes

Caïman Nain - Cassette

from google translate:

  where c is pavel (Death to pigs, Race, gel etc. ..)
  alone that make the super grind nag fun 
  c is the rééditon of a cassette 
  output to 
a dozen copies 
  c is crazy to be as straight forward 
so as ligther

Monday, January 6, 2014

Cold Northern Vengeance - Domination & Servitude

Enjoy a little extra bitterness on this the coldest goddamn day of the brand new year courtesy of the always excellent Bindrune Recordings.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Deadly Blessing - Ascend From The Cauldron

Kickin' this new years off with an outrageously awesome, underrated thrashing gem from '88. Progressiveness, technicality, wailing John Arch-esqe caterwauling from vocalist Ski and an overall sense of theatricality make these Jersey boys' debut and lone full-length a definitive classic of power-trash.

A Blessing in Disguise