Bandcamp Misanthropy – Volume 7

The bottomless wellspring of Bandcamp is overflowing with great shit just waiting to be discovered. This series aims to shine light on the freshest emanations and foulest incantations from its darkest corners, a few artists at a time. Here’s the seventh installment for your vulgar delectation. Enjoy. 

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Artist: Time Lurker

Year: 2017

French one-man atmospheric act Time Lurker has recently released what’s sure to be one of my personal favourite atmospheric albums of the year. Dynamic and pummeling, the eponymous debut is seven tracks of incredible rhythmic drumming and superbly unhinged vocals that bellow and howl with the fury of the ages as the guitars surge and fall underneath it all to create a myriad of mesmerising emotion. It sounds like the ebb and flow of the waves of time itself: violent and constructive, calming and crushing; somber melodies swoop into a grand aggression both bleak and hopeless yet as intrinsic and vital as life. It gets into every fibre of your being and won’t let you go.

Believe it or not, it wasn’t even written as an album. It’s comprised of two EP’s (‘I’ and ‘II’) rolled into one; although you’d never guess as the whole thing flows seamlessly from start to finish. Honestly, not one single track on this is a dud. Available through Les Acteurs de l’ombre Productions you can also snap up a digital copy for a mere €1 from their Bandcamp, which is why I’ve snuck it into this Volume. What are you waiting for? Treat yourself.

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Artist: Grimah

Year: 2017

Spanish three-piece Grimah have their debut full length due out later in the year and to whet the appetite of any interested souls have unleashed their first ever track ‘Serpens’. It apparently won’t be on the album proper and was released as a tribute to a struggling friend, with ‘M’ handling vocal duties as a one-off for this particular track, so expect a different oratory style on the album. The music itself is an impassioned take on the epic, emotive and melodic fury that MGŁA do so well; a hard task to match, but they do an admirable job of rising to the challenge. If this is what they’re capable of the debut could be an absolute hidden gem. Available for name-your-price download; check it out and support.

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Artist: Whitewurm/True Love

Year: 2017

I’ve spoken before about how great splits are where the artists involved complement each other perfectly; well, this is another one that fucking nails it. 

USBM one-man projects Whitewurm and True Love are a match made in a hell you’d never dream could exist. Whitewurm kick off proceedings with ‘Sentenced’, an onslaught of majestic, atmospheric hatred that’s filthy yet refined; sorrowful melodies drape almost elegantly atop the malignant savagery within. Breathtaking stuff that will have you searching up the rest of their discography before the track even hits the halfway mark.

But while you’re doing that, True Love arrive to ruin your mojo/day/life. Some severely creepy oscillations begin to emanate from your speakers, demanding your attention before an absolute torrent of raw atonal scorn and sludging depravity spews forth like an unspeakable leviathanic horror forcing its way into this existential plane. Aptly titled ‘Levitating on the Brainwaves of the Insane’, the harsh assault is offset by slithering grooves and interlaced with twisted scratchings designed to snap your synapses beyond all hope of repair. It’s the perfect foil to the atmospheres of Whitewurms’ side of the split, sonically matching it yet the flipside of a dirty coin you found stomped into the muck out the front of a graveyard. 

At ten minutes apiece each track flies by in what feels like three. Released just two weeks ago some limited tape copies were available, but they’ve already sold out; this release is that good. Luckily it’s also up at name-your-price download from Whitewurms’ Bandcamp, so head over there and get behind it.

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Artist: Demiurge

Year: 2017

US occultist Demiurge is currently working on new material for his eponymous depressive project, however he also released his first ever EP back in January. ‘Sitra Achra’ is solid melancholia; mystical, pained and miserable. Just the way it should be, right? Making good use of sombre repetition to create a mood that sticks throughout the whole EP and with a variety of arcane lyrical themes, I’m keen to see what he comes up with next as the project shows a lot of promise in the great ‘Repose of the Gods’ alone. Up for name-your-price download, he’ll keep perfecting his formula and it will only get better from here.

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Artist: Hyperborean Skies

Year: 2017

US solo artist Ben Stiles brings the feels on Hyperborean Skies atmospheric debut album ‘Empyrean Fracture’. Jam packed with majestic emotion and riffs that want to carry you off soaring and wheeling into the night sky, the songs flawlessly segue into each other creating an enthralling tapestry woven with the utmost care and skill. A well thought out and put together album that’s been three long years in the making; you can feel every drop of sweat and sleepless night he’s put into perfecting it, and it’s paid off.

Exceptional melodic guitar layers engage and enthrall while the driving (programmed) drums leap out and power the songs. It’s a varied and dynamic listen that’s adept at shifting moods; by the time the frankly gorgeous synth interlude ‘Mists of Memories’ (that would make Vangelis turn green and ends all too soon) ends you’re totally immersed in the sobering, yearning feel before the thrash-tastic ‘Betrayed by the Stars’ arrives, slaps you around the head and sends you packing on a whole new journey.

You know those releases that are almost fun to listen to? This is one of those. Highly enjoyable for a debut album, head on over to his Bandcamp and support. Oh, and check out the cover he dropped earlier in the year of Burzum’s ‘Dunkelheit’ while you’re there too. Hails.

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Artist: Faunus

Year: 2015/17

Nature inspired atmosphere abounds in this release from Faunus; one man project of Admetos from Elegos, the Hellenic duo I reviewed back in Volume 4. Based on the four Seasons and the cycle of death and Rebirth, ‘Where Everything Begins With An End’ kicks off with Autumn, its raw blasts and solid riffing settling you in for the ride nicely. Winter is up next; this is where the EP really comes in to its own. Epic and sombre, it reaches grand emotive heights before dissolving into eerie menace and is really the centrepiece of the album. Which isn’t to say the quality drops from here on in; the excellent Autumn is ponderous and introspective with evocative guitar work and vocals that almost turn guttural where necessary to add weight, before Summer closes out the album with alternating doom-y vibes and blasting fury.

Originally only self released on Bandcamp a couple of years ago, it’s finally scored an extremely limited run on CD and Tape through Apesxintipotapotis. Only 44 copies will be made of each; so if you dig the digital, snap one up while you can.

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Artist: Winterkyla

Year: 2017

I wasn’t sure if I was going to include this, but I’m throwing it in last minute because I find it quite interesting. Swede Requiem’s one-man project Winterkyla released its debut EP ‘Uppland’ about four or five months ago and for whatever reason I’m just hearing it now. What we have here is a great piece of varied and melodic black metal with some truly excellent, emotive guitar work perfectly in synergy with the bright cover image. Also notable is the vivid production that really leaps out at you… except for the drums, which sound oddly muffled in comparison. A small complaint I guess and one that I’m hoping will grow on me during further listens; it does give the guitars ample room to shine. The rest of the album is far above average and does more than enough to make me keen to hear what comes next (favourite moments: the Enslaved vibes that creep in at the end of ‘Frystad’ and the raucous Kvelertak-esque punk energy of ‘Winter In Bloom’) and at name-your-price download it’s well worth a listen. 

Edit: I’m several listens in and the drums are working more for me now. Definitely check this one out!

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Bandcamp Misanthropy – Volume 6

The bottomless wellspring of Bandcamp is overflowing with great shit just waiting to be discovered. This series aims to shine light on the freshest emanations and foulest incantations from its darkest corners, a few artists at a time. Here’s the sixth installment for your vulgar delectation. Enjoy. 

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Artist: Baphometic Deathslaught

Year: 2017

What better way to kick things off than some bestial hellfire from Poland/USA? Baphometic Deathslaught is a side project of Grief from the also-excellent Nyctophilia, but on this self-titled debut instead of the grand depression of his main outlet he’s gone straight for the jugular of Christianity in the most unholy and primitive way possible. Six profane hymns of raw satanic assault and death worship prefaced by a suitably evil introduction, the sound of wolves howling over a grim Satanic ritual greets us before the absolutely lethal ‘Smog Obscures the Megalithic Temple of Arcane Fires’ comes slavering forth from the abyss swathed in savage black thunder and you can almost feel the Dark Lord entering your body. From there the aggression and loathing is relentless, rasping hatred and guttural exhortations driving the fury all the way to the somehow-even-more-unclean-than-the-original cover of Profanatica‘s ‘A Fallen God, Dethroned in Heaven’ that closes out the blasphemic proceedings. Kvlt stuff, support with a name-your-price download and contribute to the downfall of Christ.

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Artist: Ungesehen

Year: 2017

If you’ve ever found yourself wanting some classic raw black metal without the pesky vocals, Ungesehen is the band for you. The German’s instrumental compositions are quite good; ‘Unaussprechliches Entsetzen’ reminds me of listening to the old vocal-less Burzum demos if the production was slightly better with more baleful tremolo melodies packed in. At nine tracks long their debut manages to remain interesting throughout, the tunes hold their own and definitely don’t lack in atmosphere or variety. Up for name-your-price download it’s well worth a listen; if you dig it pick up a tape release through Fallen Empire Records, which comes with a bonus cover of Armagedda‘s ‘At the Edge of Negative Existence’.

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Artist: Ljuska 

Year: 2017

Serbian Sifr Shraddha’s one man project Ljuska has just released its debut EP ‘Husks of Light’, and if this one track and an intro is anything go by, it’ll be one to watch. The atmospheric introduction does its job with a suitably evil vibe before the first eerie riffs slither and smash out of your speakers; I say smash because they literally do, this is some great tone and production for a first demo. The intro is almost rendered unnecessary because the song itself is genuinely that good, twists and headbanging turns keep it more than interesting the whole way through as menacing blasts and thrilling, almost catchy melodies ensure it’ll be stuck in your head for days.

A cut above the rest simply by way of solid songwriting and good fucking riffs, keep an eye on this project, it’ll be worth it. Name-your-price download below.

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Artist: Malphas

Year: 2017

Uk duo Malphas have just released their very first demo ‘Brimstone’, describing it as “raw black/doom metal for fans of Blut Aus Nord, Behemoth and Paradise Lost”. Although the project is barely past embryonic stage, this is fucking great, straight off the bat. Crushing blackened doom that splits open to release atonal wails calling forth the misery of the ages; the oppressive production only fuelling the ancient horrors within. Third track ‘Burning in the Shadow of God’ is where it gets blackest; the suffocating swarm and clattering drums eventually collapsing into a solitary guitar that tries to soar like a golden bird from the cavernous maw of the earth caving in on itself around it, struggling to escape its pull before the song ends abruptly, leaving the image hanging and you wanting more.

Support with a name-your-price download, this is epic stuff. More please fellas!

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Artist: Himelvaruwe 

Year: 2017

You may recall the name Himelvaruwe from back in Volume 3, this is the second time we’ve covered the Dutch one man project and now he’s back with an EP just as fascinating as the first.

‘CCIII’ is apparently two tracks that deviated from the theme of other material he’s working on and this time the project drags us in a more Black Cilice styled direction. Bleak and raw, the vocals become barely discernable howls; hypnotic, pulsing drum patterns weave in and out lost in the waves of distortion. The second track ‘II’ is slightly lighter in tone with the whole thing still infused with the projects innate sense of creativity; the continued unique use of unexpected samples popping out and taking the style to fresh new dimensions.

Mesmerising, harsh stuff; this is still one of the more interesting underground artists I’ve stumbled across. One day soon this guy will nail his coherent theme, make an album, release it on tape and it’ll be hailed everywhere. Keep watching until he does, and grab this and the previous EP ‘Gewrocht’ for name-your-price download in the meantime.

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Artist: Chiral

Year: 2016

Italian one man atmospheric project Chiral makes “Music for the Loners”. I’ve just discovered the artist with this release, but it certainly seems to be the case: the warm, organic, folky tones of ‘Gazing Light Eternity’ just invite you to get comfortable and drink in its particular brand of misery. A concept album about time, the vibe is great; the plaintive Cascadian melodies of ‘Part I – The Gazer’ giving a depressive feel, noticeably blackened folk influenced but more aggressive and depressive than that suggests. Soulful guitar solos splash amongst the pallette while other instrumentation like flutes and ponderous keys sit delicately over or amidst everything, giving it an otherworldly feel. ‘Part II – The Haze’ turns introspective, nature sounds and vocal samples like “the moment seizes us” flutter over acoustic guitars. To be honest I can often find these parts unnecessary and distracting, but this goes well with the flow and feels rich and vibrant. 

‘Part III – The Crown’ plunges more into the depressive vibe; which I should note is fairly unique due to the album’s raw yet warm nature, not often does melancholy music have such an immediate and lush sound overall. It’s a great point of difference and is quite enjoyable. As is this track, my personal favourite; repetition can become boring but here it’s quite successful and becomes transcendental, layered with gentle chanting towards the end. And now we come to my only minor qualm, which is frankly nitpicking but I’ll mention it anyway: Part III, after spending so long successfully lulling you into a trance state, decides to abruptly switch to an (admittedly epic) blasting and solo section to finish up. It’s a little jarring; would it be better served to fade out to the then epic short section, or use it as the intro to the water sounds and peaceful vibe of ‘Part IV – The Hourglass’ that close out the album? Who knows. It’s a minor quibble and still sounds ace the way it is, if slightly odd. All in all it’s a great, enjoyable, strangely comforting release well suited to solitary ruminations, that never overstays its welcome and leaves you wanting more. Which is handy as not only is it getting a tape re-release any day now through the excellent Fólkvangr Records, but the entire Chiral discography of 11 releases is available for download from his Bamdcamp at only €1.50, so pick up a bargain and check the rest of them out. I know I will be.

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Artist: Chambre Froide

Year: 2016/17

And to close out proceedings, an orthodox kvlt smasher. French wraiths Chambre Froide’s debut orthodox ritual ‘Rouges Chapelles’ was originally only self-released on 100 tapes last year but is now getting a digi/vinyl run through Fallen Empire Records, with the digital copies available at name-your-price download from their Bandcamp.

Their name means ‘cold room’, but this room is not unoccupied. The stench of death lies thick in the air, their aggressive raw onslaught akin to a decaying corpse screaming in your face through the dark, flecks of fetid flesh spattering you in feral rage. Six tracks with enough variety in their buzzsaw attack to keep you coming back for more, you can even hear some welcome punk elements creeping in, which only increases the danger. A great release, snap one up while you can and support. Hails.

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Bandcamp Misanthropy – Vol. 5

The bottomless wellspring of Bandcamp is overflowing with great shit just waiting to be discovered. This series aims to shine light on the freshest emanations and foulest incantations from its darkest corners, a few artists at a time. Here’s the fifth installment for your vulgar delectation. Enjoy. 

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Artist: Caput Mortuum

Year: 2017

Another project from the unstoppable Mories of Gnaw Their Tongues. Caput Mortuum’s third release ‘Cold Winds on the Bare Mountain’ has just been unleashed and on this occasion we find the Dutch mentalist playing relatively within the realms of straight black metal. However, as you’d expect from a Mories release, all is not so simple: its cold heart is generously swathed in odd electronic and industrial influences. The drums vary wildly at times from standard black metal blasts to electronic skittering and driving industrial pulses, with the occasional sub-bass drone and noise squeals also popping up. All of which only serves to drive the morbid intent of the album home further as tracks lurch unexpectedly from sorrowful ambience to grim, menacing majesty and then uncomfortable headfuckery at the drop of a hat; make no mistake, one of the less weird weapons in his armory it may be, but this is still out to fuck you up. A fantastically strange listen at times due to the juxtaposition of straight/odd styles, at name-your-price download it’s more than worth your time to check out. Keep creating, Mories, and we’ll keep listening.

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Artist: Sertraline

Year: 2017

US post-black crew Sertraline are named after a medication used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and anxiety; fittingly, their soothing and heartfelt debut EP ‘Shade’ does exactly that.
A baleful, melodic drone perfectly sets the mood before the EP launches into the first of its two proper tracks. ‘Azalea’ is a wonderful concoction of calming and sorrowful post black metal; its pensive chord progressions and tremolo melancholia slides on like a favourite pair of worn out old slippers on a miserable, rainy day.
Following this another short interlude leads into the title track, ‘Shade’, which somehow lifts the depressive post-rock infused black excellence to even greater heights. For me personally the whole start of the EP is almost an extended intro to this glorious beast. Wonderfully dynamic and progressive, the band’s three guitarists create some great textures and I’m a particular fan of the effective drumming that really drives the song; its eight and a half minutes build and crash into an extended outro that is, quite frankly, gorgeous. The whole EP is so chill, bleak and forlorn; highly recommended. Cop a name-your-price download at the below link and take as needed for pain.

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Artist: ColdWorld

Year: 2017

After taking eight years between his last two releases, German Georg Börner has surprised us all by releasing a new Coldworld single so soon after last year’s superb long player, ‘Autumn’. Only available digitally on Bandcamp with no plans to be released elsewhere as yet, ‘Wolves and Sheep’ finds the project returning to a slightly more archetypal black metal sound: Not as polished as its predecessor, everything from the vocals to the guitar tone is a just a touch rawer, colder and darker. Which is always welcome. Agonizing pick slides over Latin choral hymns open proceedings before everything descends into trance-like depressive waves washing over and over; balanced out artfully with an air of reverence and hope, something this project always does so well. Also worth noting are the unsettling vocal samples fuelling the religious vibe. Excellent stuff.

Apparently takings from the sales of this are being used as funding for his next album too, so grab this quality teaser and help make it happen.

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Artist: Effess

Year: 2017

Bursting from the gates with sinister intent, Effess play no-bullshit black metal like it’s going out of fashion. Formed in 2016 with all members living in different countries yet hailing from the same small town of Potenza in Italy, all lyrics are in the local dialect and are in some way inspired by their hometown. My Italian is a little rusty but the band say they cover themes like emptiness in everyday life, the void of the human condition and wrongdoings of the church with some local rituals and traditions also featuring.
Not taking themselves too seriously thematically (the title of track one literally translates to ‘The Altar of Sausage’ and the song itself is a paean to a local delicacy), the music takes care of that and then some: five tracks of blistering second wave style flame-grilled just the way you like it. With an energetic raw vibe captured on tape it’s a shame distance makes shows a logistical nightmare, this material would be a hell of a good time live. Track three is also an epic Italian cover of Moonspell’s ‘Alama Mater’, a nice touch to the EP that more than does the original justice; I think I actually prefer the vocals on this version. The band are currently searching for a label and recording their first full-length, in the meantime snap up the debut EP at name-your-price download and give them some well-deserved support.

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Artist: Heidnir

Year: 2017

Hailing from the USA is Heidnir, the Slavic themed pagan/folk project of Svjatoslav the Black Wolf. His obscure third release ‘Thunder and Lightning, the Ancient Prediction” is dedicated to the memory of the late Tony ‘It’ Särkkä and therein lies a clue as to what awaits the listener: this is epic black folk with influences in the vein of Opthalamia, Falkenbach and Nokturnal Mortum being run through a filter of Abruptum’s brand of raw auditory evil and cacophonic abrasiveness. However even that doesn’t really do it justice; this is truly a unique and experimental melting pot of styles, and it does it very well. Check the eerie spoken word section exploding into a ripping guitar solo at the end of ‘…I Long for the Winter Frost’, which then heads straight into the staggered groove of ‘Under the Glare of The Eternal Flame’ to see what I mean. Sonically challenging though this album may be for the uninitiated, spend some time with it and all will be revealed. I’ll hand over to Svjatoslav the Black Wolf for some inspiring last words:

“The Abrahamic faiths are antiquated, archaic, and obsolescent. Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and their respective sects… all weeds of the same seeds. 
All deserve antipathy, equally. Dogma rules with an iron fist through the mouths of shepherds with hordes of sheep that live in submission to nonexistent powers conceived by the minds of puppet-masters, swindlers, con artists. To give false hope and reward, through blood that has spread by the sword in the name of mere anthological pieces disjointed and contradictory with each other. 
It’s time the zeitgeist be slain and every atom of it annihilated.” -Свјатослав Црни Вук, 14 November, Anno 2016 CE. 

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Artist: Mizmor

Year: 2017

I’m a bit late with this one, so jump on it quick. Here’s the deal, copy/pasted from the Bandcamp: 

“This Unabating Wakefulness” is a bonus track included on the digital download card of “The Psalter MMXVII – Five Year Commemorative Discography.” It is temporarily available for free download as a single to the public.

Now, down to brass tacks: Mizmor is a one man black-doom-drone project from the USA that plays some of the most punishing, exquisite audio hell that you’ve ever heard in your life. Last album ‘Yodh’ was almost pure agony to listen to, and this will pull your soul out through the very pores in your skin. Fifteen minutes containing every facet of their sound that makes them great and it’s only up for name-your-price download for a very limited time… Which I’ve already burned two weeks of by being so slow off the mark to share it. You know what to do, link below; check out the limited cassette box set discography while you’re there. Absolutely astonishing.

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Artist: Atramentum

Year: 2016/17

And finally to finish off in a blaze of sticky satanic glory: Do you ever find your mind wandering to the thought that black metal needs more dick jokes? Well, Atramentum are the fucking band for you. Hailing from the Phillipines, sole member +Kai,ckul+ has awarded his project the title of “the unsoberest and most perverted as fuck metal band in the world”. Impressive. However, the man can write a tune; this is fortunately much more than just a running gag with some music donkey-slapped around it. His debut album ‘Phallosophy’ is a ripping ride of grim melodies and aggressive rawness with some truly great moments that more than rise to the occasion. Recorded a year ago it’s finally copped a limited CD and tape ejaculation through Erektrifying Produktionz; go pick that or a name-your-price download up from his Bandcamp, whip it out and hail the Atramentum.

Oh and he’s already named his next release: ‘De Clitoriis Cum Sluthanas’.

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Bandcamp Misanthropy – Vol. 4

The bottomless wellspring of Bandcamp is overflowing with great shit just waiting to be discovered. This series aims to shine light on the freshest emanations and foulest incantations from its darkest corners, a few artists at a time. Here’s the fourth installment for your vulgar delectation. Enjoy. 

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Artist: Elegos

Year: 2016

Kicking off with an excellent melodic debut: The Hellenic duo of Admetos and Mantitheos have arrived to take you back to the days of battle and heroism with their masterful first full-length ‘Laments to the Fallen’, self-released amidst the dying embers of last year. Beginning with an air of solemn majesty and spoken word, we’re taken on an epic journey through legends of old before a sublime instrumental break leads to an explosion of yearning melodies of monolithic proportions… And that’s just the opening double track, ‘Ancestral Betrayal (PT. I and II)’. The rest of the album continues in this vein and that is by far its strength, it possesses a gripping dynamism and innate skill of storytelling-through-music that surpasses others of its ilk. Songs run the full gamut of emotion through sorrowful remembrance to galloping triumph to an uplifting sense of hope, power and peace and it works to fantastic effect; the best art is an immersive experience, and this is the case here. Just try listening to ‘Path of Immortality’ without feeling like you were right there in the blood and dust, living these elegies and defending your homeland with steel and honour.

A great debut, these guys will only go from strength to strength. Support at the link below, limited physical copies are also available direct from the band.

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Artist: Cathedral of Light

Year: 2017

Here we have the new EP from Australian artist Sorg’s project Cathedral of Light. Six tracks of raw, minimalist black metal with traces of sludge and noise throughout; the end product is in actuality far more refined than that description suggests. Soon to have a tape release on Narcoleptica Productions, ‘Slaughter the Heretics’ has a grim, venomous black core of diverse moods and shifting tempos slathered in wretched echoing vocals and languid riffs, all of which gives way to grooves that make you bang your head more often than you’ll expect. Neat. This is an interesting one, cop a name-your-price download and check it out.

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Artist: Kömmand

Year: 2017

US black thrash assault Kömmand have just unleashed their debut album ‘Nekrö Kömmand Attack!’, and this thing will rip off your head and shit down your fucking neck. Ten tracks of pure hell done like it used to be, I’d wax lyrical about the band for longer but I’ll let them have the final word as I couldn’t possibly be this eloquent: 

“Conjured from the ashes of various fake/trendy projects, Kömmand reared its ugly umlauts in 2013 to crush the weak and shred eardrums like hymens. There are altogether too many ‘nice’ bands out there killing metal, but… Old ways can’t be killed so easily. Stop triggering drums. This is metal, not a typewriting class.”

Now if that ain’t a sure sign of a good time I don’t know what is. Support the horde. Hails.

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Artist: Negativa

Year: 2017

Spain’s Negativa have a great back catalogue of various releases up for name-your-price download on their Bandcamp, and they’ve recently put two tracks from their freshly minted album ’02’ up as well to entice you to purchase the vinyl edition. The first, called ‘IX’, is enjoyably raw and bleak before second track ‘X’ dives headfirst into waters so sublimely miserable that seeing through the gloom is impossible and breathing becomes a thing of the past. Sample the suffering and check out the rest of their work while you’re there.

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Artist: Noč

Year: 2017

And finally, we have the weirdest demo that’s fallen into my lap for a while: one man post-absurdist black metal from Slovenia’s Noč. Ever wondered what terribly produced casio trap beats and sub-bass mixed with DSBM and a droll vampire rapping over it all sounds like? Neither have I, but here we are. ‘Demo X’ is, as the name suggests, the tenth demo from the project. All his previous demos are along similar lines but slightly less adventurous, more straight-up depressive black metal or electronica with odd poppy ambient/instrumental or melancholy acoustic/piano tracks thrown in; ‘Demo X’ is where main man ‘J.B’ finally lets loose and nails the truly absurd. The first two tracks are almost a study in the inability to find any sort of sense in the fact that this exists whatsoever, before the last track becomes a whole different kettle of fish with beautiful psychedelic folksy melodies whirring by and leaves you more confused at the end of it all than ever before.

Fascinatingly odd, full kudos to the artist for going for it and I’m intrigued to see how far the project will take this direction. All ten demos are up for name-your-price download, check this one out if you feel like a challenge.

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Bandcamp Misanthropy – Vol. 3

The bottomless wellspring of Bandcamp is overflowing with great shit just waiting to be discovered. This series aims to shine light on the freshest emanations and foulest incantations from its darkest corners, a few artists at a time. Here’s the third installment for your vulgar delectation. Enjoy.

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Artist: Himelvaruwe

Year: 2017

“Involving mysticism, the raging war against predestination and the paradox of dualism”, states Himelvaruwe’s freshly minted Facebook page; and a fascinating dualism is indeed what we are dealing with here. Hailing from the Netherlands and being what appears to be a solo project by the enigmatic ‘T.’, ‘Gewrocht’ is a 12 minute EP of raw, heavily atmospheric black metal… With gentle/haunting choral vocals akin to the ghost of an ancient orthodox church choir or monasterial chant echoing through crumbling halls. The result is captivating and approaches transcendental at times; a very intriguing debut that bodes well for the future. Pick it up at name-your-price download.

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Artist: Plagues

Year: 2017

USBM misanthropists Plagues’ debut album ‘The Great Dark Devotion’ is pure second wave worship with hate filled vocals and some inspired riffing in places that touches upon the dark majesty of Mgła and the like. Which is never a bad thing. Furious and grim. They’ve helpfully chucked some download codes up on their page which may or may not be still active, but hit them up regardless to also score a limited tape/check out their last three name-your-price demos while you’re there, and get infected by the Plagues. Hails.

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Artist: Pafund

Year: 2017

Danish one-man DSBM project Pafund has crafted something special yet slightly odd here: It’s listed as his second album, but it feels like an incredible EP with a live-sounding recording and short tribute to the band Archgoat tacked on the end. The opening two tracks are pure gold: ambient depressive soundscapes with stunning instrumentation, an atmosphere so oppressive and soul draining punctuated by haunting melodies on pan flutes and acoustic guitars. The first and title track ‘Mørkets Afslag’ is twenty three minutes long and is so mesmerising it honestly feels like it passes by in under five. Beautiful, agonizing stuff; before the second track howls from the black heart of the void itself and annihilates you even further. The third track is an at times chaotic recording that given the title and sound may be a live session from November last year, and the short finale staggers and lurches into muffled blasts before ending quickly and you find yourself returning to the first two songs that are more than worth the price of admission alone. If you even remotely dig DSBM or haunting atmospherics/ambiance, lose yourself in Pafund.

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Artist: Hypnosinosis

Year: 2017

Opening with a three minute track of eerie droning, Hypnosinosis like to get you in the mood before unleashing their scathing riffs to tear off your flesh. But the mood doesn’t fade once the punishment starts; it permeates the remainder of the EP’s sick hybrid of second wave and death metal like blue-black claws pulling at your mind, twisting and scrabbling as a depraved insanity seeps in. Aptly titled ‘Delirium’, it’s a killer debut from the Chilean horde that hits the spot and leaves you reeling. Well executed and memorable, check it out. You won’t regret it.

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Artist: Ovnev

Year: 2016

The debut album ‘Cycle of Survival’ from atmospheric one man USBM project Ovnev has been out for about six months now, but I’ve only recently discovered it and it’s a fantastic listen. A concept album about a man that retreats to live a solitary existence in nature and ultimately meets his demise in the mountains, it’s inspired by the artist West’s own experiences; which really shines through and gives the songs a mature, almost reverential feel. This is a man who knows his craft. Beautiful acoustic passages interspersed throughout add gravitas while epic, majestic riffs stir the blood and make you want to disappear into the forest peaks yourself. Up for name-your-price download, pick it up and whet your appetite for his next release, coming soon on the excellent Naturmacht Productions.

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Artist: Plasmodium

Year: 2016

And finally, to cap it all off we have the debut from Australia’s Plasmodium, ‘Entheognosis’. Released amidst the dying embers of last year, this is some seriously weird shit. Undulating psychedelic darkness that’s at times both frantic and sickly, it’s an intense and often discombobulating experience. I’ll let the band describe it: “Plasmodium exists to haunt the thresholds of outer knowledge. By means of our continuing experiments into auditory hallucinations, we have formed a vortex as a Tetrahemihexahedron. From its ghastly blazing eye the sounds of matter and time weep through the untempered schizm. It is by our will and sinew that the corruptive metageometric viral code is granted earthly form. Amidst the howls of silurian reproductive fever there is but one true sound, the audible doctrines of our photoabysmic sacerdotalism. Know that to accept our existence is to open egress to the oubliette, there can be no return or no explanation.” 

Hails. Cop a digital below, or a limited CD release through Satanath Records and Cimmerian Shade Recordings.

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Bandcamp Misanthropy – Vol. 2

The bottomless wellspring of Bandcamp is overflowing with great shit just waiting to be discovered. This series aims to shine light on the freshest emanations and foulest incantations from its darkest corners, a few artists at a time. Here’s the second installment for your vulgar delectation. Enjoy.

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Artist: Sores

Year: 2017

Released a few weeks ago, the first demo from the Greek duo of N.D and Sacreligious’ project Sores is two tracks of raw storming black metal with tense riffs and tortured vocals that if you’ve ever wondered what sitting in the next room over from an exorcism being performed sounds like, will fill your void nicely. These sores aren’t weeping, they’re more of the crusty scabbed variety that still hurts like fuck when you scatch it but you do it anyway ‘cos it feels good. Pick up both tracks ‘The Cage I Call Life Part I and II’ for 1€, or snap up one of the very limited hand-numbered cd-r/tapes out through Liver Damage Records.

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Artist: Belus

Year: 2016

USBM trio Belus’ two song ‘Demo MMXV’ was birthed back in 2015 but they have a freshly recorded new album just waiting to be released, so while you wait check this name-your-price download out and get keen. The first mystical, serpentine track weaves its way through your brain then bludgeons you with fuzzed out riffs before the second offering lays the groovy doom vibes on even thicker amidst raging black metal thunder. Oh, and there’s a rumour they’re being courted by Vendetta for their debut full-length. Neat.

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Artists: Black Candle RitualHowling Ruins

Year: 2017

This was put on my radar by Myrdin of Synodic (featured last week in Vol. 1) and man do I owe him one, this is excellent. The first side of USBM split ‘Death Fathom: The Glorification of Human Suffering’ belongs to Black Candle Ritual, and straight out of the gates the hellish raw atmosphere hits right where you want it to. Primitive riffs cut through the murk where needed and make you bang your head before the soulful claws-to-the-sky grimness kicks back in to incredible effect. Gripping satanic black metal art.

Then side two kicks in, and holy shit the rawness makes Black Candle Ritual seem positively refined by comparison. With little regard for sonic safety, Howling Ruins take you on a journey through pure hatred of life with a harshness bordering on noise and vocals that really are something to behold. You know those splits where the two artists perfectly compliment each other and it lifts the whole thing to a new level? This is one of those. Black Candle Ritual summon hell and Howling Ruins are your mind being lost as your flesh melts away in its flames. Hails. Pick it up from Tiamat Productions, and check out their other releases while you’re there.

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Artist: A Mournful Path

Year: 2016

Australian brothers David and Michael Romeo released their first track as A Mournful Path right at the tail end of last year, and boy what a track it is. Blistering, hypnotic atonal fury of the Deathspell variety but with more than enough points of difference to warrant repeat listens, they also list Sylvia Plath amongst their influences, which is intriguing. Check out ‘From the Wreckage of Humiliation’.

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Artist: Deadwood Lake

Year: 2016

And finally, we have the remarkable debut album by atmospheric UK trio Deadwood Lake, ‘Remembrance’. Remarkable not due to technical proficiency or anything like that, but because the album has transcended itself in a way: Vocalist/bassist Bruce Powell tragically lost his brother in 2015, and he formed this band and recorded this album as a tribute. You don’t feel like you’re listening to another atmospheric black metal album and therefore don’t really treat it as such, what you’re hearing is the sound of a man missing his brother and he’s put music to his pain and memories. Massive respect. Melodic, soulful and emotional, give it a listen at a name-your-price download; all donations will be passed on to Mind.org.uk and Yeovil Hospital.

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Bandcamp Misanthropy – Vol. 1

The bottomless wellspring of Bandcamp is overflowing with great shit just waiting to be discovered. This series aims to shine light on the freshest emanations and foulest incantations from its darkest corners, a few artists at a time. Here’s the first installment for your vulgar delectation. Enjoy.

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Artist: Altars of Ash and Bone

Release: I

Year: 2017

Opening with droning rhythmic tones that go on just long enough to lull your mind into a calm, meditative state; you’d be forgiven for thinking you had a fair idea of what the first track ‘Molten Spheres of Conscience’ has in store for you before the first crashes of distorted drums and the raking claws of rawer-than-hell guitar squall scrape down the inside of your skull and let you know that you were very, very wrong. From then on, it’s all over as twenty five minutes of the harshest audio hate assail your senses and make you wonder if you shouldn’t just end it all now. Five tracks of annihilating noise, black sludge and howls like nails on a chalkboard; it’s up for name-your-price download with a few hand-dubbed tapes still available too.

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Artist: Ergerlig

Release: Ritual 

Year: 2017

Australian one-man project Ergerlig’s first proper release is pulverising. With barely a break from the blast and absolutely no bells or whistles, this is grim, cold, unholy orthodox black metal made to beat you into submission. Cop a name-your-price download and support the ‘Ritual’. Kvlt stuff.

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Artist: Styggdød

Release: Vol 1

Year: 2016

The impressive debut EP from Australian Joseph Bird, ‘Vol 1’ feels like the beginnings of something truly special. From the howling Xasthur-like misery of opener ‘Priests Ov His Sunken Order Beckon’ to the stirring Darkthrone-esque riffs contained in final offering ‘Whispers From The Abyss’, it’s a totally engaging melding of influences and styles into a grim new form that leaves you craving more. Which is ace, because there is more on the way. One to watch for the future, jump on the name-your-price download for these three excellent tracks and get pumped for more Styggdød; you just know this project is only going to get even better.

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Artist: Synodic

Release: Large Magellanic Cloud

Year: 2017

And finally, something for the more astronomically-minded: USBM duo Imber and Myrdin describe their project Synodic as “cosmic black metal portraying the heavy dark elements of the universe through music”, and that’s a fairly apt description. The project has only been active since February and they’ve just dropped their first track: the hefty ‘Large Magellanic Cloud’, a taster for their upcoming debut album ‘Infinite Presence In A Violent Universe’. Ten minutes of epic, sprawling atmosphere and dense instrumentation with lyrics that would make Carl Sagan proud; this definitely leaves you curious as to where the project will go next, as your body probably floats slowly off into the immensity of space.

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