Bandcamp Misanthropy – Volume 18

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 eighteenth installment for your vulgar delectation. Enjoy.

~

Artist: Bovary

Year: 2017 / 2018

Does starting off with an all-female depressive trio from the French Alps sounds good? Good. ‘Mes Racines dans le Désert’ (‘My Roots in the Desert’) is the debut demo from Bovary, and a ridiculously promising debut it is. Queen Thrash‘s hateful, impassioned vocals virtually bleed over Petri Ravn and Gwen de Bovary‘s raw, black misery; which itself is perfectly and liberally adorned with somber acoustic melodies and passages of ambient melancholia they also show a wonderful knack for. The overall effect is one of haunting atmospheres and violent desolation, and there truly are some fascinating moments to be found within. The band are also rather fittingly named after the central heroine of Gustave Flaubert‘s famous work of literary realism ‘Madame Bovary’ (the reasons of which are too numerous to dive into here, but are worth looking into if you have the time and inclination).

This probably deserves more space and attention than I can give in these few short paragraphs. So, let your ears do the work: these women are on to something very good already and I for one can’t wait to see what they do next. Originally released on CD last year from Nar Production (available here), it’s also up for name-your-price download and reissued on gorgeous limited “Edelweiss” cassette edition (containing traditional incense, textile pouch and dried Edelweiss flowers) from the always astonishing Solar Aescetisists Productions.

~

Artist: Snorlax

Year: 2018

Next up: nihilistic black death by a member of Australia’s Siberian Hell Sounds. For a project named after a Pokémon this goes hard as shit; Snorlax‘s debut, unmastered demo wants nothing more than to rip your arms off and beat you to a twitching pulp with ’em, possibly while vomiting blood on you for good measure. The intensity and punishment levels are through the roof with a blatant (and probably intentional) disregard for human safety, while some utterly savage throatwork caps it all off deliciously. And just listen to that drum sound… Ugh.

I really enjoyed this, hope he whips up something else post-haste. Up for one dollar download. What else are you gonna do with that dollar?

~

Artist: Skognatt

Year: 2018

Next up, some mystical atmo-black from Germany’s Skognatt. A one man project seething with mystery and dramatic darkness, debut album ‘Ancient Wisdom’ sounds like exactly that: You’ve stumbled across a hidden room deep in the bowels of the ancient earth where gnarled, hooded figures beckon with crooked fingers, ready to impart the esoteric and long forgotten knowledge of the ages.

There’s a feeling that main man DZ has attempted to pull off something unique here, and for the most part, he achieves it. Unlike the majority of atmospheric releases these days he goes the slow and eerie/menacing melodic approach, peppered with flashes of mid-paced strength and even some solid grooves provided by assistant drum beast Gerileme (of Asche der Welten) creeping in.

The production suits the album well, everything sounds great. Lush eastern instrumentation and melodies lend a mystical vibe and are utilised far more effectively than I’ve heard in a while. I’m not entirely sure of this man’s musical background but he brings some good ideas to the table and has executed his vision convincingly; this is an entertaining and adventurous debut and you’d do a lot worse than to cop this at name-your-price download. Oh, and throwing in a little spoken word of 19th century romantic poet Lord Byron‘s work is a plus for me too. Nicely done.

~

Artist: Woeful Echo

Year: 2018

Howling back at you from the darkness inside, Woeful Echo is one man DSBM from the USA and ‘Dreaming In Eternal Sleep’ is his sophomore EP. Now when you see the DSBM tag and that cover art, for better or worse you automatically have a rough idea of the sound in mind, right? Wrong. Hurl that right out the window.

Opener ‘Sounds of Despair’ begins innocuously enough with fairly familiar sombre melodies and a hefty dose of melancholy. However, you’ll soon notice things start to switch up. There’s a symphonic leaning to proceedings and the layered guitars have a satisfying crunch to them, slightly unusual and very welcome; although still raw-ish it’s apparent a relatively fair amount of production work has gone into this. The vox are also varied, often layered and with a range far from the archetypal howls or shrieks.

All of which will make the astute listener’s ears prick up already, but something small I also noticed while idly researching: on the band Facebook page, the only bands listed in the ‘artists we also like’ section are Ukrainian project Bezmir and Finns Ajattara. Now, this strange (although they’re both great) combination could at first seem inconsequential, but with more thought it’s possibly quite informative as by the time we get to third track ‘Hymns of Sorrows’ he has eschewed completely the traditional trappings of the genre and goes for the throat with Bezmir-like intensity. In a word (or three): It’s fucking excellent. This definitely isn’t your typical ‘tortured wailing into the abyss’ raw misery, this is a furious hurt, lashing out with rage and strength and if he has indeed taken inspiration from the likes of the violent space project then I completely applaud him, he’s pulled it off in spectacular fashion.

The last two tracks then go off on their own equally great tangents but I’ll let you discover that on your own (especially the final/title track). I really dig this, it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. Physical copies are available from Share Your Pain Records or support with name-your-price download. You may just be surprised.

Side note – He also now has a much better logo courtesy of the “Lord of the Logos” himself, Christophe Szpajdel.

~

Artist: Turia / Vilkacis

Year: 2018

Finally unleashing their long awaited split, US werewolf Vilkacis and mysterious Dutch act Turia have generously thrown their respective tracks up on Bandcamp at name-your-price, and PSA: you need to jump on this shit without hesitation.

Vilkacis (the solo project of Michael Rekevics of Yellow Eyes) has already released one of the records of the year with the killer ‘Beyond the Mortal Gate’ and he continues that stellar form here with two absolutely essential tracks. Sorrow-filled and powerful, opening track ‘Into the Night’s Grip’ is worth paying any price for alone before ‘Final March Into Flame’ only becomes even more majestic and agonized. At this rate this is fast becoming one of my favourite projects, I could honestly listen to this all day.

Now for Turia. Are their two tracks any good? If you’ve checked out any of their past work you’ll already suspect the emphatic answer to this: Fuck. Yes. They’re part of the Haeresis Noviomagi collective, who along with many others in the Dutch scene are riding the forefront of the modern metamorphosis in experimental black metal sound. A core of subtle, transcendent rock-influenced melody shimmers within the black fury; this band is much more than appears at first glance and if you’ve never experienced them, then what better place to start than here?

CS and LP are also available through Psychic Violence Records and Altare Productions. Top notch stuff. Do not miss this.

~

Artist: Revelation None

Year: 2018

When Myrdin Cerphas of US cosmologists Synodic isn’t blasting through the vastness of space and hailing Sagan, he’s plundering the depths of hell and throwing infernal hails at Satan with solo project Revelation None. ‘Feasting Upon The Cosmos’ is his irresistible new single and this time around some fresh blood has been injected directly into the black vein via the capable throat of Harslingoth from Maeskyyrn, who proves himself a great fit for the Rev None sound and seems to understand well what Myrdin has been trying to achieve. Good phrasing accentuates the riffs and he has a surprisingly solid clean voice to boot; the two men appear to work well together so here’s hoping this is the merely the genesis of a long and heretical partnership.

Some good news too, for those who like their black metal a little more vivid: when compared to previous album ‘Blasphemy & Pain’ a bolder production style has also come into play. This is thanks to Noctis of Nachteule/Alkymist/Maeskyyrn fame, who has done some killer mixing and mastering work on this particular track. The tremolo leads are clearer for example and shimmer almost crystalline over a more physical bottom end. The whole thing ‘pops’; less kvlt, more power and it works well. There’s an irrepressible rhythmic/almost industrialised pulse to the track that’s catchy as fuck too, so be prepared to find yourself humming this one for hours after, which seems to be a phenomenon attached to much of Myrdin‘s work.

The B-side of the single is ‘The Mirror’s Pale Reflection’. An atmospheric instrumental number, it’s a solid, almost melancholy piece and I kinda hope to hear it complete with vocals on a future album. Those who have purchased the single also get two additional versions of it in a solely acoustic run-through and the original 2015 demo recording of the track. Both are interesting inclusions, with the original recording especially giving you a good idea of the evolution of a composition before it ends up the final product. I actually strangely dig the beefy, raw sound on this one myself; definitely a nice little bonus for paying supporters who sling them the required $1.50 and help them get the next album done. Support.

~

Artist: Maeskyyrn

Year: 2018

“Thoughts of Shattered Dreams is about sight, blindness, self-elevation and denunciation of modern society.”

…And following on from Revelation None, it would be remiss of us to not check out ‘Thoughts of Shattered Dreams’, the debut three track EP from Harslingoth‘s main project Maeskyyrn.

Kicking off with ‘Tainted Shores’, you’re immediately struck by the sound: this is some heavy stuff from the Canadian trio. Despite still semi-adhering to traditional black metal ideals the riffs have some meat to them, low tuning and a few palm muted chugs creating a memorable point of difference while thankfully keeping just the right side of the border to deathcore-town. It’s a good track, but the following ‘My Path (No Longer Linked)’ is where it’s at for me and contains both my favourite and least favourite moments of the EP; my least favourite being the first couple of minutes (it isn’t bad, however something about that early mournful guitar noodling just doesn’t sit quite right for me and the track could easily start at 1:50 or so and still be equally as impactful) and my favourite being Harslingoth‘s clean harmonizing with himself over the acoustic break. It’s exactly what the song needs and ties the whole composition together, providing both brilliant contrast and startling emotional connection to the fury and melancholia that permeates the rest of the track.

Aptly-named final piece ‘Wretched Sounds from Below’ takes us out on an ambient/noise inspired note, disembodied screams echoing from planes unknown and capping off a neat first offering that leaves you suitably intrigued to hear more.

Worth the $3 asking price. Anti-human, anti-life, anti-innocence. Hails.

~

Artist: Himelvaruwe

Year: 2018

Warped, ancient and almost tribal vibes waft fuzzily from your speakers as this offering from enigmatic Dutch (see what I mean about the Dutch scene?) maestro T begins its 16 minute journey. But Zwaluwenvesting doesn’t stay there; before you know it everything has descended into a beautiful, washed out and trancelike rhythmic drone that reaches in and caresses your deepest soul. As always, the devil is in the details as each subtle movement in the immersive piece is stunning, the overall intended effect less cosmic than his main project Kaffaljidhma but not an ounce less devastating.

I know it seems I spurt effusive praise all over the place whenever this man so much as sneezes, but he really does take black metal to wonderful places and if you have any interest at all in how far the boundaries of this incredible genre can go, you need to give this project (and his many others) your attention.

EDIT: Because I am extremely slow at wading through submissions and compiling these things the prolific genius released another great track while I was writing this; listen to the equally as compelling ‘Het Onkenbarehere.

Both releases at name-your-price.

~

Artist: No Lower Place To Fall

Year: 2018

Tasty fresh post black/blackgaze from the talented Tasmanian Sam Dishington of Départe. Inspired by seeing a news report on a little girl named Malak who was orphaned in the Syrian conflict, he picked up a guitar and thus the solo project No Lower Place to Fall was born. Written and recorded over the space of four cold evenings, debut single ‘Lost in Sinai’ is a beautiful, sincere piece filled with heart and spirit. Everything about this is sublime; if he can knock something out at this level in just four days I really hope he continues with it and there’s a full-length somewhere on the horizon. Or new Départe. Or both, I wouldn’t complain.

Up for name-your-price and because he is a genuinely great guy proceeds from all paid downloads will also be donated to the Preemptive Love Coalition to aid in their work providing emergency food, water, and medical care on the frontlines of conflict and disaster. A wonderful and much needed cause. Support.

~

Artist: SVRM

Year: 2018

Another favourite here at BMD, Ukrainian S. Tkachenko has done it again with his latest release ‘Лихиї вітри стогнуть без упину’ (‘The Wicked Winds Moan Without Incline’). Longer than his usual efforts at five tracks and an intro, few artists do this type of melancholic autumnal fury as effortlessly well and songs like the title track are simply exquisite, demanding replay after replay. You’ve heard me bang on about this project more than enough already, so if you’re even remotely a fan of the elemental Ukrainian atmospheric style… Why the fuck are you still reading this? Hit that name-your-price download below. Total support.

~

Artist: My Deathbed

Year: 2018

And finally, a new/old offering from Greek raw depressive artist My Deathbed. You may remember I covered the project’s last self-titled album ‘My Deathbed’ a short time ago and gave particular praise to the album’s mesmerising final piece ‘Sleep Paralysis’, which was a unique and powerul journey achieved with only one guitar. Well the shadowed creature behind it all (known only as Void) has just released ‘Disease’, a two-track preview of sorts for that piece; he originally recorded these tracks at the same time as his first demo ‘Sickness’ and they’re more of the same harrowing, experimental, single-guitar horror.

I asked him about his inspirations for the tracks: “There is only one inspiration behind My Deathbed, and this is my own struggle with my demons. The demos are how I feel at the moment I am recording.” he says.

“Have you ever been lost in your own thoughts? When you get lost, you don’t hear good sounds. I mean, you get drowned in your thoughts. You can’t stop thinking about things. That’s why My Deathbed is Monotonous Black Metal. It’s like a stucked head.”

Listening to the two tracks on offer here, this makes perfect sense. Both are a challenging and rewarding listen, one that it’s easy to spiral down into if you’re of the right (or wrong) state of mind… But be careful, you might not know where you’ll end up. Name-your-price download and as always, check out the rest of his superb output while you’re there. Hails.

~

Submissions for possible inclusion in future Volumes are welcome.

Like Black Metal Daily on Facebook for more kvlt sounds and tonal blasphemy.

Email: blackmetaldaily@outlook.com

Advertisements

LISTCRUSH – Part One: Splits and EPs

It’s that wonderful time of year: The time when every man and his dog has been splattering their ‘best of’ lists all over every available surface with joyous abandon. It’s also handy to find out if you’ve missed anything outstanding, as perusing lists from like-minded souls with similar tastes often yields overlooked gems. Last year I probably listened to more music than ever before and I still definitely would have missed plenty of gold standard releases; so, far from being comprehensive ‘best of’ lists here are BMD’s humble lists of superb black/blackened splits, EPs and albums that more people should hear and you should hunt down if you slept on. Some big names, some clandestine arts; my favourite shit from one of the most stacked years in recent memory, and every single one of these artists/releases I wholeheartedly recommend for your full attention. Part one: Splits and EPs. Enjoy.

~

~~ TOP 10 SPLITS ~~

10: GRAVEIR / MAR MORTUUM (Impure Sounds)

The first of three (!) all-Australian splits to make my top 10. An uneasy journey from Graveir knocks you around a bit before Mar Mortuum come through with absolute strength and astonishing quality. How neither of these bands are bigger than they are is beyond the limits of my comprehension. 

~

9: PAYSAGE D’HIVER / DRUDKH (Season Of Mist)

A single lengthy piece of windswept hypnotic atmosphere from Paysage D’Hiver that’s still absolutely essential; the only thing that prevents this being higher up the list is Drudkh not meeting their usual lofty standards. Which means by average plebian standards, it’s still fucking great. Even sub-par Drudkh is excellent music.

~

8: INTRINSIC LIGHT / EXPURGATORY (YNTPM)

Zen transcendence and blackened noise-rock experimentalism from the bowels of Melbourne, Australia. No other split intrigued me like this did; an almost indescribable experience. Those scared to stray far from the black metal blueprint need not apply.

~

7: WHITEWURM / TRUE LOVE (Les Fleurs Du Mal Productions)

Two solo USBM artists combine for one of the most caustic double stabs of hate you’ll have heard last year. Everything starts off disgustingly well with Whiteworm (featuring guest vocals from Eric Baker, who I daresay will also pop up somewhere in part two) then descends even further into new depths of hell with True Love. This was actually how I discovered True Love, so I like this split even more for that. 

~

6:  SUTEKH HEXEN / BLSPHM (Sentient Ruin Laboratories)

Yeah I’m cheating throwing a vinyl reissue in here, but the original release from years ago was ridiculously limited and barely anyone heard it, so fuck you, this counts in my book. Like listening to the destruction (Sutekh Hexen) and aftermath (BLSPHM) of the end of the world; strangely calming and terrifying all at once.

~

5: SINMARA / MISÞYRMING (Terratur Posessions, Vánagandr)

The Icelandic masters knock it out of the park on both sides. Sinmara‘s track ‘Ivory Stone’ is somehow even better than anything on ‘Within the Weaves of Infinity’, which is saying something.

~

4: HOWLS OF EBB / KHTHONIIK CERVIIKS (I, Voidhanger Records, Iron Bonehead Productions)

Khthoniik Cerviiks and Howls of Ebb try to outdo each other for pure black death avant-garde psychic obliteration. Utterly batshit.

~

3: ABIGOR / NIGHTBRINGER / THY DARKENED SHADE / MORTUUS (Self Released)

Four great artists, four tracks that blend seamlessly into a mesmerising and magickal whole, one stunning split. Reverential. Immerse thyself.

~

2: CONVULSING / SIBERIAN HELL SOUNDS (Art As Catharsis, WOOAAARGH)

Sheer masterful carnage. I still haven’t wrapped my head completely around these twin Australian black holes, and it’s been out for a month. It’s also another one that introduced me to one of the artists; I fucking love Convulsing and am forever grateful to Brendan for finally making me check out Siberian Hell Sounds through this release. Be warned: this will consume you from the inside out.

~

1: BLOOD TYRANT / DEPARTURE CHANDELIER (Nuclear War Now! Productions)

Unequivocal and irrefutable split of the year. Raw vampyric elitist art from Dutch duo Blood Tyrant, and the triumphant return after six years of Canadians Departure Chandelier. It may only be a single track from each (and a short intro) but I can easily flip the 7″ over and over and listen on repeat for hours, and have done so many times. Near perfection.

~

Near Misses: Sutekh Hexen / Hissing, Funeral Moon / Hordes of the Black Cross, Thy Darkened Shade / Chaos Invocation.

~

~~ TOP 10 EP’S ~~

10: HEXIS – XII (Self Released)

The unstoppable Dutch blackened hardcore pulverisers somehow topped ‘Tando Ashanti’ from earlier in the year with this. I’m still mightily pissed I missed them when they came through my area last year too. Brutal.

~

9: HIMELVARUWE – ‘Gewrocht’ (The Throat)

I could have easily put Dutch enigma T‘s  other raw demo for this project (‘CCIII’) up here, or his release from the also-stunning Kaffaljidhma; but this captivated me from the minute I heard it. How does he do it? Beats me, but I hope he never stops.

~

8: MALEFIC LEVITATION – ‘The Ancient Plague’ (Sentient Ruin Laboratories, Dawnbreed Records)

This came in relatively late but I’ve been playing the shit out of it. In a great year for war metal, these US berzerkers blew me away. Ultimate destruction; more please, stat.

~

7: AVERSIO HUMANITATIS – ‘Longing For The Untold’ (Sentient Ruin Laboratories, BlackSeed Productions)

“This is an EP that will pull your skin off slowly to force you to see what’s underneath, directing your gaze both inwards and outwards.” 

I said that in the intro piece for when I interviewed them earlier in the year and it’s still a perfect description of their nihilistic, transcendent black/death assault to me. Need a new full-length from these demons. 

~

6: LORN – ‘Arrayed Claws’ (I, Voidhanger Records)

I’ve been communicating sporadically with Radok of Italians Lorn for almost a year now in regards to an interview; he’s a fascinating person. Perhaps one day it will eventuate, but in the meantime let the intricate, silvery ‘Arrayed Claws’ sink needle-like into your brain. Unique and unsettling; this project just gets better and better with each release.

~

5: SINMARA – ‘Within the Weaves of Infinity’ (Oration, Terratur Possessions)

Intricate, deeply melodic in its bleakness and utterly captivating in the tale it tells, this wrapped its rich tapestries around me and didn’t let go for some time. Bodes extremely well for the upcoming full-length.

~

4: GNIPAHÅLAN – ‘I Blodets Kamp…’ (Ancient Records, Mysticism Productions)

I would have put the Swedes excellent self-titled full length in the top albums list but that originally came out in 2016 despite the ’17 vinyl release, so luckily this EP more than makes up for that omission. Raw black with perfect atmospheric clarity; listen deeply.

~

3: VOIDSPHERE – ‘To Call | To Speak’ (Fallen Empire Records, Amor Fati Productions)

I said in the last Bandcamp Misanthropy this was one of the greatest EPs to drop last year and it easily would have been the greatest if the next two on the list hadn’t been released. The production gets me every time. Pure void worship. I need to pick this up on vinyl.

~

2: THANTIFAXATH – ‘Void Masquerading As Matter’ (Dark Descent Records)

The first time I heard ‘Cursed Numbers’, my reaction was simply: Wow. The Canadian trio could have released that track as a single and I still would have put it somewhere on this list; add the rest of the EP and you’ve almost taken top spot. Follows up ‘Sacred White Noise’ in the best way possible. Stunning. 

~

1: SKÁPHE – ‘Untitled’ (Mystískaos) 

I feel like many have forgotten about this outstanding single track EP, the third release from the duo of Alex Poole (another name that may pop up in part two) and D.G of Martröð, Misþyrming and Naðra. Black metal to me is all about feeling; this makes me feel like I’m trapped in a nightmare hell trip through the worst kind of hallucinatory psychosis. Easily the best of the year. Yeah DMT and LSD are cool, but have you tried Skáphe?

~

Near Misses: Serpent Column – ‘Ornuthi Thalassa’, SVRM – anything he released last year, Kaffaljidhma – ‘IV’, Rür – ‘Rür’, Somnium Nox – ‘Terra Inanis’, Abkehr – ‘In Asche’, Thy Sepulchral Moon – ‘Contemptuous Retaliation Storm’, Nordjevel – ‘Krigsmakt’, Endalok – ‘Úr Draumheimi Viðurstyggðar’, Svartidauði – ‘Untitled’.

~

And that’s Part One wrapped up, hope you found at least one new blackened delight to pleasure/annihilate your ears with. Let me know anything I’ve missed, should have heard, or just how terribly shit you think my listening tastes are in general and stay tuned for Part Two: Albums, coming soon. 

Hails to 2017.

– A.

~

Get in early for 2018. Submissions welcomed.

Email: blackmetaldaily@outlook.com

    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. 

    ~

    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.

    ~

    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’.

    ~

    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.

    ~

    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!

    ~

    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.

    ~

    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.

    ~

    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.

    ~

    Submissions for possible inclusion in future Volumes welcomed.

    Like Black Metal Daily on Facebook for more kvlt sounds and tonal blasphemy.

    Email: blackmetaldaily@outlook.com 

    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.

    ~

    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.

    ~

    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.

    ~

    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.

    ~

    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.

    ~

    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.

    ~

    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.

    ~

    Submissions for possible inclusion in future volumes are welcome.

    Like Black Metal Daily on Facebook for more kvlt sounds and tonal blasphemy.

    Email: blackmetaldaily@outlook.com