Bandcamp Misanthropy: Volume 25 (AUSTRALIAN EDITION – Part 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… and this twenty-fifth installment is a special one. I’ve been receiving a heap of submissions from purely Australian artists lately, with even more of my own discoveries being banked from earlier Volumes that I juuuust couldn’t squeeze in at the time. Might as well compile them all together for a New Years Eve special, hey? It ended up being too large for one piece so enjoy Part One of the first ever all-Australian Bandcamp Misanthropy – with more music and less words than ever before, so we can fit in even more fetid name-your-price recommendations of the best / most underground releases exhumed from the broiling subterranean caverns down under. You ready for some antipodean filth? Dive in. See you filthy fucks next year. Hails.

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Artist: Altar Defectation

Year: 2019

Who could kick off this celebration of Aussie blasphemy in perfect impious form? None other than Adelaidians Altar Defecation, of course. As filthy as their name sounds, debut EP Anno Domini Luciferum is exactly the type of black metal you’d expect to be excreted from the “city of churches” – a savage, anti-religious tirade of blasting, thrashing carnage with an impressive dual vocal assault (courtesy of Demoness Blackheart and guitarist Vile) with a bit of Cradle-esque over-the-topness thrown in for good measure (“smoke crack and hail satan”, anyone?). Great debut, great Aussie black metal. Name-your-price.

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Artist: Förfalla

Year: 2019

Next up, a black/doom/drone/ambient mire from Melbourne’s Förfalla, the solo project of Tom Void from Thrall. Only three singles have been released to date, of which June’s Plaguethereal is the latest – another one that sounds like the title suggests as its ethereal yet pestilent soundscapes crash and expand through turgid chords and an excellent use of negative space. All three tracks are at name-your-price, check this one out below and then grab the rest while you’re there. Very good stuff – give us a full-length album soon, hey Tom?

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Artist: Lament In Winter’s Night

Year: 2019

I’ve long said there’s some incredible raw black metal coming from these shores, and the first demo from mysterious Australian entity Lament In Winter’s Night is yet another that proves my statement correct. Their eponymous debut was released on cassette through Atrocity Altar in October and is a total throwback to the second wave demo tape days, with fantastic sound, howling reverberating vocals and riffs dripping in cold melancholia. Exquisite dungeon-synth and folkish elements, too. Four tracks that are over far too soon… but in great news, he’s just released another demo. Claws to the sky and go grab both of ’em at name-your-price.

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Artist: Úkryt

Year: 2019

Úkryt is what happens when two longtime friends from various established, top quality acts finally take some time to lose themselves in nature with the sole purpose of creating something together. Debut EP Ŕeka is Sam Dishington of Départe and Mares Refalæða of Rise Of Avernus carefully crafting remarkable, instrumental post-black metal that holds true beauty and will resonate to the deepest core of your being. Written in Lower Portland NSW, released at the death of May, available to you for free – I really hope they find the time to do more of this soon, but in other good news there’s apparently new Départe baking in the oven and Mares has some amazing stuff on the way with her solo project Erresire, so keep an ear out for that.

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Artist: Vacant Body

Year: 2019

The inclusion of this little three track demo is kinda cheating – it was recorded during a period of the Australian artist living in the UK. But hey, in the great Australian tradition of claiming any related stuff as our own, here’s the eponymous debut of Vacant Body.

After a brief intro track, ‘Spiralling Altar’ kicks in and takes us on a compelling trip through a blend of black metal, dissonance and groove elements (some of the bendy riffs and grooves are only a few steps removed from some early-2000’s metalcore like A Life Once Lost or some shit, but it works). ‘Light That Never Prevails’ continues this with more venom, and then… it’s over. You’re left wanting more. Which is lucky because there’s a full-length on the way in 2020. Great, huh? Notably mastered by Magnus of Marduk, released on physical formats through Total Därkness Propaganda, name-your-price download.

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Artist: Kommodus

Year: 2019

I forgot to put this in my Top EPs and Demos of 2019 list, so here it is – if you follow this site/blog/zine/abomination at all and haven’t yet checked out Kommodus, what the fuck are you even doing? One of my favourite raw acts of recent times released its excellent fourth demo An Imperial Sun Rises back in June and this time main man Lepidus Plague finds inspiration in the life of Yukio Mishima, the Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, model, film director, nationalist, and founder of the Tatenokai (civilian militia). He lived a remarkable life before his death-by-seppuku in the Mishima Incident, and this is a remarkable recording in his honour – just go listen, alright? Name-your-price.

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Artist: Serpentum

Year: 2019

Probably the earliest one from this article to rear its hideous head in 2019, this one-man Queensland DSBM act released its second album Harmony Of The Paradox on the 3rd of January. Despite a simple-yet-serviceable production his thing has great negative atmosphere and a thoroughly misanthropic venom at its core, plus some cool spoken word/dialogue samples dropped in too – worth your time to check out at name-your-price download if you think your day is going too well.

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Artist: Drugoth

Year: 2019

This Tolkien-inspired black crust project keeps knocking EPs out in the deep reeking underground, and every one of ’em is great. I’ve linked September’s offering Lutaum here but they’ve also done recent splits with fellow Aussie carnage artists Snorlax and Odinsgoat and both of them also rule, so go bust a suss at all of them for name-your-price.

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Artist: Calacorm

Year: 2019

Right off the bat this gets major points from me for being named after a Fighting Fantasy creature (I used to fucking love those books as a kid) and lifting the image straight from the book as cover art. Excuse me while I drown in a nostalgia trip. Anyway, this Melbourne blackened death demo is as brawny as the two-headed lizard dude it’s named after, but with surprising tweaks in the sound like some inspiring dungeon-crawling symphonic elements that pop up every now and again. For the most part however, this just wants to rip off your head and shit down your neck. Check it out at name-your-price or grab a tape here.

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Artist: Obed Marsh

Year: 2019

Lovecraftian blackened funeral doom from Perth. Released their debut Innsmouth through Breathe Plastic Records back in ’17; second album Dunwich is self released but no less skin-crawling. Lumbers and mutates, riff-heavy with seriously harrowing vocals… a third album is on the way too, so grab this for a dollar and get to know before the next unspeakable abomination arrives.

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Artist: Internal Purgatory

Year: 2019

A “more personal recording” regarding the artist’s “experience with mental illness”, on second effort A Decade of Psychiatric Deterioration Melbourne solitary soul Internal Purgatory hints at the self-loathing excreted by old Xasthur, just more delicate and undeveloped. Second track Psychiatric Deterioration – Part II is excellent for what it is and shows where it could all go if he keeps at it; there’s a lot of promise here that will crumble into a glorious, inescapable vortex of death and devastation one day. Check it at name-your-price, worth it.

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Artist: Ceremonial Crypt Desecration

Year: 2019

Incredible subterranean raw black project that you can almost literally hear crumbling away as you listen. I could spout superlatives to tempt you to listen but if you want the best feedback, Vardlokker from Witchbones has written on the Bandcamp: “I listen to this when I jerk off all over gravestones. Cryptastic”. Now if that don’t make you wanna check this out, I don’t know what to say to you, son.

Available on CD here, tapes or name-your-price download.

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Artist: Vrörsaath

Year: 2019

Recorded on a 4-track, the magniloquent darkness emitted by demon Vrörsaath is something to behold – if you’ve ever wished your raw black had even MORE dungeon synth in it than ever before, this is what you need. He’s done a couple of great splits with Lipitoare and Kaznaxtheth but start here with Moonlights Wrath for the deepest immersion and drift away… Cold, crystalline transcendence. Name-your-price, tapes long sold out from Atrocity Altar.

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Artist: Burier

Year: 2019

More raw black… but with a surprising amount of nuance. Over the course of its five expulsions Burier‘s eponymous demo travels through a variety of wretched moods; from the expansive three-part malodorous malady of ‘Beneath The World’ to the crescendoing cacophony of ‘Disease _ Deluge’ (the kind of wall-of-sound onslaught where the drums almost become negative space) this thing is riveting, with many a trick up its moldering sleeve. Sold out via Goatowarex, still available for you to ruin your day with at name-your-price.

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Artist: Convulsing

Year: 2016 / 2019

Hah, you thought this was gonna be new Convulsing? I wish, but I can’t miss an opportunity to push this outstanding album again – especially seeing as it’s had an updated remaster and put back up at name-your-price. If you haven’t heard this dissonant slab of blackened death emotional devastation (or its equally ace follow up Grievous) yet you are SEVERELY fucking up. Download Errata now, or grab one of the very few remaining LP’s from Impure Sounds here… New record 2020, perhaps?

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Artist: Dispossessed

Year: 2019

“We are not here to heal your white guilt. We are here to destroy all those who stand in our path. We are vessels carrying our ancestor’s wrath, sorrow and vengeance.”

The grinding, crusted black death contained in this remarkable record is not just a statement- it’s a war. It’s an unfortunate fact that Australia was colonized on the slaughter of indigenous people, and Dispossessed are the deadly weapon firing right back at it. Strong themes, furious and powerful album. Sovereignty was never ceded.

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Artist: Irreparable

Year: 2019

Darkwave industrial black metal containing a member of Greytomb and Adamus Exul. For those wondering what darkwave industrial black metal might sound like, influences from a multitude of eras and genres make their way into this delicious concoction that is their debut EP Transfixion, but there’s one act readers of this site will surely know and understand – varying hints of Ulver‘s wide-ranging pallette waft through these songs, not least of all in Nick’s clean vocals, who sounds not a million miles from the dulcet yet insistent intonations of a younger Garm. There’s plenty more to it than that though, and it’s all great stuff. Check it and support at name-your-price.

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Artist: Mornedhel

Year: 2019

Aaaaaaand to take us out, some weird-ass synthetic/symphonic/psychedelic black metal curiosness from Mornedhel, a side project of synthwave metal oddity Hyper Lightning Hydra. Equal parts dazzling, confusing and terrifying, it has no lyrics or vocals yet is thematically based upon Tolkien‘s elves, is utterly frenzied, and… yeah, I don’t even really know what else to say about it other than this guy is some kind of turbocharged maniac. Check it out the projects second EP Immonehtar yourself at name-your-price download below… if your head doesn’t explode. We do some batshit things down under.

Stay tuned for part two… coming soon. Hails.

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Bandcamp Misanthropy – Volume 16

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 sixteenth installment for your vulgar delectation. Enjoy.

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Artist: Karcist

Year: 2018

Kicking open the gates, we begin with some weaponized modern black death from the USA. Savage trio Karcist dropped their debut EP ‘Inner Sanctum Immolation’ in a burst of flame and sulphur at the end of January, and it’s pretty damn solid.

Whether they’re in death mode (‘The Leech’), black mode (‘Absent Muses’) or a menacing blend of both (the demoniacal final track ‘Incursion of Christ’), they do a great job of it and they’ll only get better from here. I personally hope subsequent releases see them either adding a touch more guttural filth to their sound, or honing it even further to where it could slice through bone with lazer precision. As it is however, it’s an impressive debut and you’d be remiss to not throw them some infernal hails on their Bandcamp for a name-your-price download. Neat cover art/logo too.

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Artist: Olxane

Year: 2018

Yet another excellent project from Netherlands-based maestro T, the shadowed mastermind behind Kaffaljidhma, Himelvaruwe and a multitude of others. The debut Olxane release ‘Primitive Casket’ sees him in fine form, although whilst he still taps the rich vein of transcendent raw black that he does so well this may have an even stranger subversive feel than anything I’ve heard from him yet. The melodies are almost uplifiting; while everything still retains a bleakness, both tracks on offer have a certain odd warmth to them and call to my mind images of sunlight glinting off dust motes as it streams hazily through an old, paint-peeled window in an otherwise darkened room. Weird to describe a raw black metal album like that, I know; but just have a listen and you’ll see what I mean.

The dissonance between the hum of the layered guitars is fascinating and I love the beautiful little outros to both tracks. Few artists are able to intrigue me like this; a truly unique vibe. Up for name-your-price download with a cassette release coming later this year. I’ll be buying it.

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Artist: Heir

Year: 2017

“Man does not deserve this earth he inherited

We accept it and spread this word”

The Frenchmen in Heir know we are fucked. They also inject ‘Au Peuple De L’abîme’ (“To The People Of The Abyss”), their debut album of intense post-black sludge, with a tasty progressive approach resulting in an engaging and kinetic debut album that’s heavy and unpredictable, suitably nihilistic and altogether thoroughly enjoyable music for us to listen to as the ship we have built for humanity is sinking inexorably down into the irretrievable depths, with us chained to it. Hey, how thoughtful of them.

Thrilling, sinister, creepy and furious; they can transition seamlessly between moods at the drop of a hat. The whole thing just gets better the further you travel on its winding roads, to the point where final track ‘Cendres’ is frankly spectacular. If these were the men that stayed and played as the Titanic sank, I’d stand there and listen. Do yourself a favour and hit up a name-your-price download available from the link below. Top notch.

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Artist: Zeit

Year: 2017

Heading off on a different tangent: some blackened drone sludge from Zeit (‘Time’). I can’t find much info on this, but it is the second part of a two part EP series titled ‘I’ and ‘II’ and has a slightly clearer production than you may be expecting, giving it an almost relaxing feel like laying listening to rain fall at night. Which, incidentally, is how I’ve been listening to it; the hypnotic properties of the recurring riff-mantras have lulled me off to sleep more than a few times now.

With no drums and no pesky vocals there are no distractions from the drone, so cop this at name-your-price download and drift away on swathes of distortion.

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Artist: Bloodbark

Year: 2018

“…We still remain anonymous for now. We want the music to speak for itself – we wish the art and the nature to represent Bloodbark. The nature portrayed is our home and we want it to be yours as well.”

It may not surprise you after reading the above quote that there is precious little information available about this project. Luckily ‘Bonebranches’, the debut album from Bloodbark, speaks far more eloquently than mere words would convey. This is a beautiful, cold and awe inspiring creation; you don’t so much listen to it as experience its harmonious winds caressing your ear drums, whispering to you everything you could ever need to know.

“Majestic” is a term that gets flogged to death in atmospheric/epic black metal reviews by any idiot who pretends he can write about music (ahem), but the music these mysterious folk create is the very definition of the word. See the picture on the front cover? Each of the three lengthy compositions here are the perfect musical counterpart to it. The grand sweeping songs, mostly mid-paced and tinted with sorrow and wonder, are just so damned majestic and will make you yearn for places you’ve never been.

The performances are wonderful, but even they play second fiddle to the overwhelming atmosphere conveyed by this release. Seriously, if this music portrays their home, I want to move there. Available at name-your-price download and in even better news has been picked up for an extremely well-deserved vinyl release by Northern Silence Productions.

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Artist: Drugoth

Year: 2018

Tolkien themed blackened crust from Australia? Alright. Solo berzerker Drugoth has spurted out his second EP ‘Legions of the Great Eye’ like ichor from a dying orc. With most tracks around a minute or less in length plus some great knuckle-dragging ignorant riffs that will make you want to throw down and club someone’s skull in with a spiked mace, your average Summoning fan may not find much to like here, but in my opinion this is fun as all fuck.

Solid vocals, great tone for what it is; there’s nothing I can say is wrong here. If you dig it and want more bone crunching black punishment you’re in luck too, his debut EP is also killer and both are up for name-your-price download. Hail the Drugoth. More please.

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Artist: The Projectionist / Féretro

Year: 2018

A split borne of pure savagery. Canada’s The Projectionist open proceedings and lull you into a false sense of security with a dungeon-synth-esque intro, before the most hellish and pulverising sound they’ve ever conjured explodes from your speakers. Lord Matzigkeitus is in fucking stellar form with some almost unbelievable sounds vomiting forth from his inhuman vocal chords while every one of their tracks is diabolical fire; almost primitive brutality melded with spiteful speed and hate-filled cold melodic riffs. Good shit, but it isn’t over yet: Brazil’s Féretro are here to continue bludgeoning you to death in the name of Satan, stripping further back to riff-heavy levels of blasphemy. With a great no-nonsense sound they hammer the final nails in this impure coffin with ease; your death is complete.

One of the best splits I’ve heard so far this year; grab a name-your-price download below or hit up Appalachian Noise Records to grab the limited tape. If there’s any left.

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Artist: Nightgrave

Year: 2018

Up next, an excellent blend of ambient atmospheric post-black from India. Formed in 2016 Nightgrave is the work of one man, the mysterious R; which is somewhat unbelievable given the variety and depth of textures on display here and proves to be even more impressive when you realise he drops an album every couple of months.

And all of those albums are great. I’d not yet heard any of his previous work before pressing play on latest offering ‘Nascent’, a grave oversight on my behalf that has since been rectified; but for the purpose of this article we’ll stick to this release.

The lush tones and yearning tremolo of charming opener ‘Forbidden Truth’ lull you into a placid state before he brings the hammer down harder for the second half of the track; a few intriguing and unusual melodies are at play here too, something which carries on for the rest of the album. Second movement ‘Darklight’ continues and as you listen to its raw, driving blackness it’s now that you realise this is going to be one dynamic journey; especially when the song turns seamlessly on a dime into transcendent Isis-like post-sludge. Superb, and completely unexpected.

I also need to make mention of the vocals, as I found them quite versatile. Whatever style/mood he is creating R has a delivery to suit, from depressive rasps and howls to distant, echoing spoken word, they do more than get the job done. The crushing savagery of ‘In Extremis’ is another particular highlight and how it then manages to perfectly flow into the introspective ‘Cold Hands’ is gorgeous, while the switch-up towards the end of ‘Purification by Fire’, where he trips from whimsy and melancholy post rock into the most furious black metal on the album and back again is impeccably executed, and a spectacular note to finish on.

How does one man constantly churn out songs this compelling, you ask? I’ve no idea, and it’s not even his only project: have a listen to the similar-yet-different Raat EP ‘Selfless’ here, and trek back through his name-your-price Nightgrave discography via the link below.

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Artist: S U T U R E

Year: 2018

People are pollution

Death is the solution.

This savage little French black crust/powerviolence EP was originally set off on its destructive mission digitally 12 months ago, and is finally dropping physically any day now through Black Pandemie Prod’. Featuring members of recent BMD favourites Karne and Névrose yet more vicious than either, S U T U R E‘s debut only exists for two reasons: to fuck you up, and to see the total eradication of the human race.

The track titles are a dead giveaway of their intent: ‘Miserable Insect’, ‘Human Slaughterhouse’ and ‘Wrong Life’. No, there will be no mercy here; each one is a pure hate-filled blow to the face, bloody teeth scattering on the floor. The grinding ‘Human Slaughterhouse’ is a personal favourite, and after all the carnage the trio have one final surprise in store in the form of a fucking killer Urgehal cover. Their more powerviolence infused version of ‘Goatcraft Torment’ is an inspired and worthy interpretation.

At name-your-price download you’ve got absolutely nothing to lose picking up this slice of vitriol and giving it a shot. If you survive, keep an eye on Black Pandemie Prod’ for more info on CD’s and merch.

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Artists: UtenHåp / 000 / Apothecary

Year: 2018

And to bring proceedings to a suitably morose close we have a triple one-man-project split by UtenHåp of Norway, OOO of NZ, and Apothecary of USA. Entitled ‘Through the Fog of Endless Desolation’, desolation proves to be just one of the feelings that will wash over you once you submit to the waves of this split, drowning in its hopeless waters.

UtenHåp opens rather aptly with first track ‘Desolation’, and it truly is the very embodiment of the word. Depressive, solitary but also transcendent and with hints of an at-times uplifting breath hidden deep in its black lungs, it’s an excellent start, but it’s what comes next that is the real surprise: ‘Affliction’. A stunning piano composition, it somehow seems so right amidst the carnage… Until the song erupts into a surge of raw euphoric black metal, soaring into the heavens on burning wings and obliterating your soul. Simply breathtaking, perfectly beautiful. Third track ‘Torment’ follows suit, and UtenHåp has effortlessly seared its name into your memory as a project to watch extremely closely.

Then 000 arrives to push things in an altogether stranger direction. The atmosphere conveyed here is hard to describe; imagine a hundred haunted toys and other random objects clicking and whirring autonomously, creating a ponderous, mechanical and solemn ode to the miseries of the world, moving inexorably closer and suffocating your sanity as the bleak cacophony becomes all you can hear, all you can feel; all you are. Intriguing stuff with creative guitar work, I’ve never heard anything quite like it. Listener beware: you may find yourself consumed by this beyond all hope of return.

Closing out by delicately unraveling the fabric of time through madness and despair is US artist Apothecary. Already featured on BMD once before with his excellent EP ‘Heims Ventis’, his two lengthy pieces presented here are more of the same, just refined and expanded to even more mind-altering states. Truly tortured vocals reverberate through twisted, dismal and ethereal soundscapes that expand and constrict like the breath of a great beast; pouring everything he has into each composition, I thoroughly enjoy what this man does. Mesmerising.

Three unique and gifted artists from the deepest subterranean catacombs and furthest most inhospitable reaches, combining talents that perfectly complement each other’s particular darkness to create an esoteric triptych of immeasurable worth and power. If you want music that will affect you profoundly, look no further. Available at name-your-price download, so do yourself a service and grab one now. Total support.

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