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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Submissions for possible inclusion in future Volumes are welcome.

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LISTCRUSH 2019: Dex’s Top 21 Splits and Collaborations

The end of the year is always intense, for many reasons. December last year was particularly fucking insane here as we did our first LISTCRUSH extravaganza, inviting artists and label owners from all over the world to contribute their own personal best-of lists… so this year, in the interests of clinging to the final remaining shreds of what passes for our sanity, we’re keeping it simple. All BMD writers will have their own list articles each, and that’s it – as many or as few recommendations as they please, whichever format they chose, sticking to pure and trve black metal or including whatever genres they see fit (I’m already keen for Tom‘s). Easy? Easy. So without further bullshit, kicking off the 2019 edition of Black Metal Daily‘s LISTCRUSH, here’s my selections for the top splits and collaborations of the year that was. Hails.

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21: HÆNESY / MOONDWELLEREarth and Space (Black Mourning Productions)

Sneaking this one in at number 21 (yeah I fucking suck at cutting my lists down), but it’s still superb. I likely wouldn’t have heard Earth and Space all the way back in January if it wasn’t for Hænesy, but I’m glad I did – both sides achieve the atmosphere that I wish the stuff like this that crosses my path always had. Beautiful, monolithic, endless.

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20: POSSESSION / VENEFIXIONPassio Christi Part II / Necrophagous Abandon (Iron Bonehead Productions)

The black death maniacs get religious in the conclusion to their two-part concept split contributions (part one is also great, but this edges it) before Venefixion up the ante and turn absolutely rabid.

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19: SUN OF THE SLEEPLESS / CAVERNOUS GATE: Sun of the Sleepless & Cavernous Gate (Prophecy Productions)

This took me completely by surprise with how damned well it all works. Well, Schwadorf‘s side was always going to be amazing, but Cavernous Gate match it effortlessly with the perfect blend of death-doom, tinted with juuuuust enough blackness. Very good.

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18: BAŠMU / PÉNOMBRE – Bašmu – Pénombre Split (Les Fleurs du Mal Productions, Amor Fati Productions)

Lose yourself in the forest and howl at the moon. Transcendent abrasiveness, and also contains probably my favorite outro to any Bašmu track.

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17: AMESTIGON / HERETIC CULT REDEEMERQVRI OKBISh 718 / In The Depths Of The Nine Chambers Of Fire (World Terror Committee)

Slow-burning mysticism in patient streams and roaring surges from the Austrian mainstays / Grecian heretics. As the blurb says: “A sacred journey to Mauve Zone through the tunnels of Set and the Ninth Arch to the Den of Spider OKBISh! Listen in Darkness! The Deep will respond!” …which pretty much nails it.

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16: LVTHN / HÄXENZIJRKELLLVTHN / Häxenzijrkell (Amor Fati Productions)

Two covens combine their two very different approaches for one night of vicious occultic frenzy – plus, Necrobutcher himself gave his blessing to the ‘Pure Fucking Armageddon‘ cover on here. Neat.

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15: SUTEKH HEXEN / 夢遊病者7″ Split (Sentient Ruin Laboratories)

Half split, half collaboration… all surreal, mind-altering and awe-inspiring experience. Very little else like this out there.

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14: EGGS OF GOMORRH / SARINVOMITEncomium Of Depraved Instincts (Krucyator Productions)

Black death war hell from both outfits, ferocious and unwavering, just the way we need it. The inclusion of live tracks on either side is a nice touch too.

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13: BLACK FUCKING CANCER / GLOAMBoundless Arcane Invocations (Sentient Ruin Laboratories)

More of a collab than a split as both of these ineffable USBM entities forged their sides together in the same studio, around the same concept, and both sides flow together seamlessly as one huge, engrossing diabolical paean to the maleficent and metaphysical.

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12: SLAVEHOUSE / NÄCHTLICHSlavehouse / Nächtlich (GoatowaRex)

Feral, crusted filth from US horde Slavehouse and raw vampyric wails from beyond courtesy of superb Canadian duo Nächtlich. What’s not to like?

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11: GRÓGALDR / KOMMODUS Howling Sanguine Triumph (GoatowaRex)

If anyone missed this in June, the CD and CS now drops on 28th December. Want a review? These US and Australian projects absolutely kill it here. Grógaldr‘s side is virulent, weaponized black hypnosis and Kommodus continue their ascent to the top of the twitching pile of bodies that is the raw black scene with all the punk violence, outstanding riffage and lethal energy we’re fast becoming accustomed to. Buy it now.

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10: THY SERPENT / ASH POOL Thy Serpent / Ash Pool (Kvlt)

US raw bone gnawers Ash Pool return for the first time in six long years with a consummately excellent track, which would be worth the price of admission alone – the fact that long-running (since ’92) Finnish “anti-christian dark metallers” Thy Serpent absolutely kill it with THEIR long awaited return (last released material was back in 2000!) is a very welcome bonus. Great vibe.

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9: AIWĪGAZ UNĐERGANGAZ / MÚSPELLZHEIMRAiwīgaz Unđergangaz / Múspellzheimr (Afgrundsvisioner, Lunar Apparitions / Nebular Carcoma)

Primordial and turbulent black atmospheres, heaving and churning. Múspellzheimr continue to rule and Aiwīgaz Undergangaz are no slouches either.

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8: OCCELENSBRIGG / BLACK TURMOILStorming The Katatonik Transgression (Signal Rex / Harvest Of Death)

The Portuguese / Bosnia and Herzegovinian pair open a portal to the darkest parts of existence, letting whatever the hell they want crawl through to destroy us all.

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7: GNIPAHÅLAN / DEMSTERVOLDSplit (Amor Fati Productions)

Swedes Gnipahålan show once again why they’re one of my favourite Swartadauþuz projects of the last few years. Demstervold thrill with tense, insistent riffs and spooky synth. Put them together and you get one fantastic (and eerily resonant) split.

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6: LIPITOARE / ENSHROUDLiptoare / Enshroud (Black Gangrene Productions)

Yeah, there’s a lot of raw black in this list… my EP and album lists are more schizophrenic, I promise. Anyway – untouchable atmosphere from the cold, crumbling black ambient/noise infused madness of Lipitoare that only dives even deeper into the abyss when Enshroud consumes your soul. Magic.

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5: SERPENTS ATHIRST / GENOCIDE SHRINES / TREPANATION / HERESIARCHScorn Coalescence (Cyclopean Eye Productions)

Holy fucking shit this four-way split is a nuclear bomb. Pure war, pure death, pure carnage. World-ending annihilation. Just die, alright?

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4: TIME LURKER / CEPHEIDESplit (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions, Mallevs Records)

Is there a more underrated project than Time Lurker? I mean probably, but this split with also-eternally-slept-on countrymen Cepheide is exquisite, beautiful agony.

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3: IMMATURA MORTE / SANGUINE RELICImmatura Morte / Sanguine Relic (Perverse Homage)

If you want the raw black metal soundtrack to tearing yourself apart, Mexican master Immatura Morte has you more than covered here… and US entity Sanguine Relic continues to do what he does best. The current lord of rawness for a reason.

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2: TOME OF THE UNREPLENISHED / STARLESS DOMAINEpistolary Of The Fall (Aesthetic Death)

As anyone who’s had the misfortune of reading my ramblings before would know, I’m all about splits where the two artists complement each other and combine to create something bigger than the sum of their respective parts. Opening with Tome Of The Unreplenished‘s 19-minute ride through churning black noise and ambient cosmic hell ‘Proskynesis’ is the perfect setup for Starless Domain‘s ‘CERES’, a near 40-minute transcendent maelstrom of interstellar proportions (and probably the heaviest/harshest sound they’ve had). In a word: immense. Would have been number one if it wasn’t for a certain collaboration…

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1. SKÁPHE + WORMLUSTKosmískur hryllingur (Mystískaos)

…and here it is. Two lengthy tracks from two of the most dazzling acts in modern black metal, combining their powers to forge an intense display of light and shadow weaving together with such impossibly layered intricacy the mind can scarcely comprehend it. H.V. Lyngdal, Alex Poole and Dagur Gislason hurl themselves (and you) deep into a psychedelic abyss of horror, tumbling and spinning… by far and away the best collaboration of the year and deserved number one on this list. Here’s hoping this isn’t the last time they work together. Hails.

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HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Eos / MalebrancheEos / Malebranche

Ordem Satânica / NiterisSepulchral Silence of Satan

Aspergillum / Obscurum TenebrarumObscure Emanations Stretching Callously Across Forlorn Grounds

Uten Håp / ApothecaryWaking In An Eternal Fade

Darkenhöld / GriffonAtra Musica

Nefarious Spirit / Void PrayerSplit EP

Blosse / Aster WreathStranded

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LISTCRUSH 2018: THE EPS

Still propping up what remains of 2018 for everyone to stare/point/laugh at as it decomposes in the summer heat – the next segment of Black Metal Daily‘s favorite releases of the year, LISTCRUSH 2018: THE EPS.

For a quick recap: Last year we had the all-too-short lists for splits and EP’s crammed into the same article, this time I’ve decided to give them a little breathing room as there were far too many excellent releases in both of those categories to not give enough of them the proper attention they deserve. Hails to all of the artists involved for bestowing such incredible music upon us once again, I listened to all of these far more than I can remember and I’ll no doubt continue to for years to come. If you missed any of these check them out; if I missed any other great EPs then by all means, feel free to let me know.

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25: Cult Of ExtinctionBlack Nuclear Magic Attack

(Sentient Ruin Laboratories)

Thirteen minutes of sonic carnage and destruction at borderline megaton levels. Sheer bestial fucking violence.

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24: LampirBeneath The Flesh Of Dawn

(Black Gangrene Productions)

I don’t think I’ve disliked any of the foul excretions from this project yet. Oppressive, hate-filled majesty. Like your entire body is filled with burning ash.

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23: Serpents LairPerpetual Hunger

(Fallen Empire Records / Amor Fati Productions)

Ominous torment from the Danish horde, swarming from the abyss and devouring with lethal, arcane accuracy. Ravenous.

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22: WindsweptVisionaire

(Ván Records)

Drudkh mastermind does good again. New album drops in February, will undoubtedly be incredible.

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21: UrarvArgentum

(Svart Records)

Opens with a didgeridoo, never gets any less off-the-wall than that. After all these years there’s still nobody doing it like Bjørn ‘Aldrahn’ Dencker.

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20: SarkristaUnder Sentence Of Death

(Purity Through Fire)

Another exemplary pair of songs from the Germans, who never let me down. Rocking, ripping, melodic and morose all in one.

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19: Aparthiva RaktadharaAgyat Ishvar

(Iron Bonehead Productions)

What the hell is this, I thought – and then my head was blown off my shoulders with the force of a thousand suns. Keen for more from these Indian annihilators.

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18: Ill Omen The Grand Usurper

(Iron Bonehead Productions)

Returning to blistering, esoteric black metal rot after the black-doom miasma of Æ.Thy.Rift was a stellar move for these Australians. Sounds like the creature on the front cover, with added solos.

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17: Gevurah Sulphur Soul

(Profound Lore Records)

After the Canadians’ astounding debut album Hallelujah! they strip back, condense their energies and focus on their more ferocious side… and it fucking works a treat. Devastating.

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16: Human Agony Goring Christ

(Invictus Productions)

Ravenous vocals? Check. World-ending riffs? Check. The best damned war-metal release of 2018? Quite possibly.

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15: Nächtlich Second Ritual of Night Worship

(Knife Vision)

One of my favourite raw projects I discovered last year. Consistency and excellence from mysterious Canadian U.E.

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14: Faceless Burial Multiversal Abbatoir

(Blood Harvest Records / Me Saco Un Ojo Records)

Absolutely brutal Australian blackened death with its own unique twist. To quote a friend of mine: “Totally original… kings of Aussie metal.”

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13: Cénotaphe Horizons

(Kuunpalvelus)

This French duo are on a roll, nailing everything they put out. Their split with Circle of Oroborous was great, this EP/MLP is wonderful and the teaser track from their next EP Empyrée is also top notch (listen to that here). Why I haven’t seen more hype around this band is beyond the limits of my comprehension.

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12: Alruna Relieving The Altar

(Tour de Garde / Voidland Shelter)

Incredible, hypnotic and dust-laden atmospheres are conjured with ease by this shadowed Austrian cult on their first release in five years. Spells Cast Unto The Silver Gleam Of The Mountains is immense.

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11: SVRMЗгарище

(Trismus Records)

The unsung Ukrainian master does it again. I could have just as easily put his also-amazing previous EP Лихиї вітри стогнуть без упину, so check that out too. Forever flying under far too many radars.

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10: Khandra There Is No Division Outside Existence

(Redefining Darkness Records)

“The concept of the release is the flaw and inability of consciousness to reflect the boundlessness of the nothingness in the frames of reality that (reality) only exists within and in the sanity. It is a sort of an attempt of exceeding the limits of imagination, which makes the lyrics unavailable for criticism from the point of view of logical thinking. The musical vessel here is a result of expression that has no bonds with any personal emotion of social nature.” Fitting, because the debut EP from this Belarusian duo will blow your mind.

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9: Olxane Primitive Casket

(Nebular Carcoma Records)

Another absolute gem from T of Kaffaljidhma. I also loved his Himelvaruwe EPs plus the follow up Olxane EP Vermilion Ruin (and they all could deservedly be in this spot), but this is probably the one I threw in the tape deck the most times this year, so it wins by default. Magical.

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8: The SecretLux Tenebris

(Southern Lord Recordings)

Six years off and these Italians aren’t messing around. Black doom grind for the connoisseurs, probably would have been higher if I’d been able to spend even more time with it than I did. The last track Cupio Dissolvi will dissolve you.

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7: Vessel Of Iniquity Vessel Of Iniquity

(Sentient Ruin Laboratories)

The mysterious A. White may destroy us all. I’ll pull from my review of this insane sensory assault: “…an all-out sonic assailment of inevitable destruction whipping your flesh to dust. It is fucking terrifying. Percussion teeters on the brink of becoming flat-out physical punishment as disembodied howls ride escalating waves of panic-inducing power electronics noise carnage; until it all collapses in on itself and you’re allowed to breathe for a brief, precious moment.”

As an aside – his upcoming new album is equally as good, the man is unstoppable. Review of that coming soon.

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6: Horna Kuolleiden Kuu

(World Terror Committee / Blut & Eisen Prod.)

Some leftover tracks from the 2015 Hengen Tulet sessions, and it’s all just as great as you’d expect. Also contains an excellent and surprising cover of popular song ‘Tähdet Tähdet’ (‘Stars, Stars’) originally released by Rauli Badding Somerjoki in 1983. Dropped on the same day as their split with Pure. That was a good day.

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5: Μνήμα The Remains Of Human Bones

(Harvest of Death / Signal Rex)

“You want hell on Earth? This is hell on Earth. Released quietly back in May, the second demo from Hellenic solo act Μνήμα (or MNHMA) is one of the most vicious, caustic stabs of howling cacophonous bile committed to tape this year – three tracks of rawer-than-raw black carnage that sounds like the audio equivalent of being torn limb from limb on a rack” …is what I said about this savage little EP in Indy Metal Vault‘s Albums You May Have Missed article. Just press play – see for yourself.

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4: AkashaConsuming The Soul

(Grey Matter Productions)

Before the Vibrations Of Blood And Hate split, Akasha‘s sole practitioner Leech was Consuming The Soul. With riffs for days, this excellent debut slice of vampyric hatred cemented him as one to watch and placed him fourth on this list, while the split with Unrest was also fourth on that respective collection of ordered releases… will Akasha also take out that position or higher on the 2019 albums list when the debut full-length drops this year? Time will tell.

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3: Voëmmr Sombr Moebrd

(Harvest Of Death / Signal Rex)

“Blood-curdling, ritualistic old-school crypt-dwelling misfit music of the macabre.” …so says a review on the Bandcamp page of the Aldebaran Circle-ites, and it is rather eloquently spot on. Like summoning ancient spirits and letting them speak through you, Sombr Moebrd is a fantastic follow up to Nox Maledictvs… and perhaps a great lead-in to their next full-length, sometime in the near future?

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2: Kommodus From The Ashes Of Empire

(GoatowaRex)

I’ve only listed the Australian’s third demo here, but please also take this to mean the preceding One Thousand Years Of The Wolf too – both are equally deserving of this position. With a primal kinetic energy like nothing else, surprising and artful interludes scattered throughout and some mighty songwriting chops to boot, both of these demos are beyond astonishing. Easily my favourite raw Australian project. Fucking great.

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1: Pa Vesh En A Ghost

(Iron Bonehead Productions)

As I said when Belarusian enigma Pa Vesh En landed in 8th position during LISTCRUSH 2018: THE SPLITS for his superb offering with Temple Moon, I liked everything he released last year. Perhaps none moreso than his 7″ A Ghost – two tracks of cursed black obscurity that I listened to again and again, and then some. On the surface this might not appear much to many, but with time the raw emanations of this project burrowed their way deep inside my head and nested there, growing deeper roots with every listen and becoming exactly what I wanted when I didn’t know I wanted it. The stale lingering scent of dust from centuries past, an echoing howl through cryptal darkness… Give it a shot and listen deeply. Let A Ghost into your soul.

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HONORABLE MENTIONS:
ObskuritatemNekrofilm
ArchaistCosmogonic Eyes
EnshroudedThe Emergence Of Crawling Shadows That Lurk Within Your Festering Soul
Funerary DescentOv Chasms Beyond
Häxenzjirkell – …von Glut und Wirbelrauch
GraveirCenotaph
CalvaireJe Me Souviens
VonlausVonlaus
Brood In BlackBlasfemas
Soul DissolutionNowhere

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Almost done. Arriving soon (well at this rate I’m just hoping it’s before 2020), the final chapter – LISTCRUSH 2018: THE ALBUMS. Hails.

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Bandcamp Misanthropy – Volume 20

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 twentieth installment for your vulgar delectation. Enjoy.

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Artist: Striborg

Year: 2018

To kick things off, some good news – the Tasmanian demon has returned to black metal. Well, briefly and not entirely to his enjoyment, but anyway: new EP Introverted Transparency is his side of a forthcoming three-way split with Drakonhail and Bosc Hosc, and sees Sin Nanna take a few steps back from the warped shores of his self-created genre ‘blackwave’ (which is better than most people say it is, give it a shot) to altogether more familiar fields.

A two-track offering, opening composition Transparency In An Inverted World is a lengthy journey through varying shades of raw black metal/gaze/wave and even a little goth rock, while closer The Blue Ghost is an almost more traditional Striborg-esque number (but not quite). Both are fantastic; I’ve been a fan of this project for a long time and don’t mind the direction Sin Nanna has forged his path in lately at all, but in my possibly-nostalgia-tainted opinion this could be the strongest material he has released in a while and I’d love to hear more of this hybrid terror. Which is admittedly unlikely considering his less-than-pleasant feelings towards creating black metal, but hey – never say never.

Disconcerting, dysphoric and vaguely lysergic; grab yourself a copy of this great EP at name-your-price download and dive in. After all, “what really is reality?

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Artist: Sørgelig

Year: 2018

If you missed Apostate, the debut full-length of old school Greek wraiths Sørgelig when it dropped back in April, don’t be too hard on yourself. I won’t judge you for it. The album sadly flew under far too many radars and was deserving of a heap more attention than it ended up receiving. However, the good news you can still correct this oversight, and at a perfectly opportune time too – their next album Devoted To Nothingness is being unleashed on 20th January through Iron Bonehead Productions and Les Fleurs Du Mal Productions. See? Great timing.

They’re pretty much the whole package: perfect sound, incredible songs. You could swear you’ve been transported back in time to the best part of the ’90s, and not in a derivative way – everything clicks in magical fashion and sounds fresh as the scent of burning church embers on a brisk winter morning. Pick any track at random and it’ll prick up your ears – Denying Everything is magnificent, soaring raw majesty before Worthless And Dead whips out the sort of black doom-ish riffs that’ll hit you like a revelation, leaving you wondering just why the hell you’ve never listened to these guys before. They’re all great.

So, before the next record drops, get on a CD through Perkun Records, a tape through Goatlordth Records and/or a name-your-price download from their Bandcamp – if you fuck up and miss them this time around, you’ve nobody to blame but yourself. And yes, I will judge you.

(EDIT: Just realised the price is now €2. Buy it anyway.)

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Artist: EmptyLife

Year: 2018

“This is a depressive, suicidal black metal project, with influences from the post punk and goth scenes. Through the lovely melodies I try to cheer up my depression.”

So says main man Dimitris about his project EmptyLife, which recently released its debut album Dark As A Starless Night. The project is not a one man band however, he has help creating this woebegone art from three gentlemen by the names of Sörjande, Apathy L, and SM. For a debut album they’ve done some solid work, the tracks at times have great dynamics while others centre around cyclic repetitions and mild evolutions of frankly quite catchy riffs – you can immediately check the great mid-paced repeater in opener Absence Of Life for proof of this.

There’s a nice little acoustic interlude towards the middle of the album, but one of my favourite moments is The Coward and the Trail beginning with some heart-wrenching dialogue from the 2002 romantic drama film A Walk To Remember, wherein one of the characters tells her boyfriend she’s dying from cancer and is angry at God. The inclusion of that clip kind of sums up the release; tragic, depressing as hell but with the faintest touch of naievety and innocence.

Not bad at all for a first full-length. You will enjoy being miserable to this. Name-your-price download, CD also available through Share Your Pain Records.

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Artist: Kommodus

Year: 2018

Alright, this is definitely shaping up to be one of my favourite raw Australian projects. Lord Lepidus Plague returned back in October with the third Kommodus demo From The Ashes Of Empire and it (like his previous two) utterly fucking slaughters.

If you haven’t discovered this project yet then boy oh boy are you are in for a god-damned treat. A wonderful intro with peaceful melodies and ambient horse sounds give barely a hint of what is to come… then the stirring, glorious filth assails your senses. Kommodus creates something primal, something designed to reach down inside and grip you tight as you scream with a voice you didn’t know you had. Don’t believe me? Sit through this demo from beginning to end. What follows that intro are seven of the most ripping tracks to appear on any demo this year, and I’ll fight you on that.

I’m not going to go through every track (or delightfully surprising and effective interlude) here, that’s a journey you need to take alone. With disgusting production, riffs that could make the dead rise up and bang their heads plus tracks that are a veritable call to arms for the wolf in man – this project really, truly is something else and is borderline mandatory listening if you like the rawer side of black. Oh and the penultimate track is a cover of Emperor‘s Lord Of The Storms. Fucking excellent. Name-your-price. Buy or die.

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Artist: Orphanofkos

Year: 2018

Brutal, primal, savage black death sorcery from the depths below. Canadian occultists Orphanofkos (Bloodborne, anyone?) are here to flay the skin from your face in the name of the old gods with debut demo Arcane Worship, six tracks of pure arcane carnage. I don’t know much about these guys but if you’re a fan of any of that sweet, sweet bestial death you’ll find a lot to like here; with some great, dissonant moments and juuuust enough blackness to warrant inclusion in this column, their first offering shows plenty of promise (and has an ace snare sound too).

So gaze into the abyss, grab this at name-your-price-download, and as the band say themselves: “SACRIFICE YOUR MORTAL COIL TO THE CYCLOPTIC AMORPHOUS GODS AND BE ONE WITH THE MASS OF BEING.”

Hails.

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Artist: Omgeving

Year: 2018

Here’s one I originally wanted to write a full review of but I’m running out of time to get everything done before the end of the year, so alerting you to its presence here will have to do.

Why did I want to write a full review of it, you may ask? Well, here’s an extract from the promo blurb:

Omgeving is an experimental musical project from Dutch musician Franck Johanson (Distillator) where the listener is meant to interpret the sound as auditory landscapes, every texture part of a broader perception that has been created. The first Omgeving album crosses the boundaries of black metal, space rock, ambient, and doom. It is an entirely instrumental work based on conjuring imagery through soundscapes, through tones and frequencies that transport you through inner and outer space.”

…all of which is utterly spot on. Omgeving means “surroundings” in Dutch, and debut album Wijde Wijdte really does force you to look at your musical surroundings as each track places you in a different scenario – that list of genres in the PR extract even sells the record short, from post-punk to all sorts this album is a veritable cornucopia of tones that expertly blend into captivating paintings you can lose yourself in with ease. Far from being a mess, it’s also a remarkably coherent journey to take; everything tied together by an otherworldly bleakness as though you’re viewing each of the creations through the same opaque and slightly distorted lens.

Released both digitally at name your-price and physically in the manifested form of a beautiful digital CD mere days ago through the great Hypnotic Dirge Records, head over there and feast your ears on this wonderful aural tapestry post-haste. Oh and to help with the immersion (if you’re somehow struggling for some reason) there’s a great video clip for the track VI – Eenzaamheid In Exstase that you can zone out to here.

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Artist: Koldyssey

Year: 2018

Yet another solo project of the prolific Australian multi-instrumentalist Baelathvan (also of Byrhtnoth, Altar Defecation, Farrore and Ascensions Fall), come hither if you dare, and enter the frozen darkness of Koldyssey.

Debut album Under The Moonlight Rising is atmospheric black neatly enclosed in a prism of spacey, eerie synthwork. I describe it thusly because the rhythm guitars really are often just tucked away in the background while the keys have all the spotlight and act as the lead; this could all go horribly wrong if it wasn’t for the fact that the synths are, thankfully, very well played. Capable of drawing you in and becoming almost transcendent, they conjure images of otherworldly nightscapes and mist-swathed pathways through forests and mountains unknown. The title track is particularly immersive due to this; throughout the album I find the sections where he switches almost wholly into dungeon-synth mode to be the most effective.

It ain’t perfect, but it is an entrancing listen and you’d do worse than to snap yourself up a copy at name-your-price download.

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Artist: Supplices

Year: 2018

Released back in June, French six-piece(!) Supplices‘ eponymous debut demo landed in my inbox quitea while back. Took me a minute to get to it, but here we are – and it’s an intriguing one.

Opening track La Danse des Martyrs has a simplistic but great raw neofolk vibe that I’d easily listen to an entire album of (I’m serious), before Âmie Impie kicks in to some earnest, raw-ish black with folky, dramatic and melodic blood pumping strong through its veins. I say this is intriguing because I like everything about it except for one thing- the tracks are all solid as hell and they sure know how to play and write a tune, but it does sound like a demo. They recorded and produced it themselves and it isn’t bad by any means, I just believe their compositions would benefit immensely from a fuller/more vivid production so it will be interesting to see where they take things for their next recording. Which, in excellent news, is dropping early 2019 – their first EP, Alogie Funebré. So get off your ass and check this out at name-your-price download in preparation. One to watch.

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Artist: Tractatus

Year: 2018

Supreme, serpentine kinetic dissonance from Greece’s Tractatus. Somewhat astonishingly this four piece (featuring members of Diatrekhon Aster, Nekra, Overcliff, Tartarus Depth and Diablery) only materialised into mystic existence in the year of 2018. Yes, this year; the fact that they have been able to assemble a first offering this fucking good is frankly ridiculous. Or, given the pedigree of their members and the already excellent bands they hail from, I guess it isn’t – their debut album Ὀφιολατρεία certainly pulls some influence from all the members other projects but it becomes it’s own glorious beast.

The production is perfect, retaining just enough murk but with a touch of class as the compositions emanate frantic despondency and desperate, melodic sorrows – not quite as brawny as some of their countrymen, but not entirely without that extra sinewy feel. Fantastic rasped vocals swirl upwards through the mix like acrid smoke from a sulphurous brazier. The dramatic tension conjured is subtly miraculous, skittering drums and a well-placed ritualistic ambient piece heightening the sensation whilst vague symphonic undertones run throughout the peaks and troughs of the album.

This really is a superb debut, and there’s nothing more I should say than you need to hear this thing. Download now – name-your-price.

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Artist: Heresiarch

Year: 2017

This release is really just jammed in here as a public service announcement. If you haven’t yet been burned by the consecrating fire of NZ war machine Heresiarch, now’s your fucking chance – to celebrate ten years of their existence on this pitiful planet they’ve set their entire discography to name-your-price download for the month of December. Blackened death pulverisation of the utmost quality, everything these men do is lethal in the extreme and that includes the rabid, relentless carnage of their apocalyptic-themed 2017 album Death Ordinance, which is worth any price of admission alone.

Remember, for December only… you know what do.

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Artist: Kyrkogård

Year: 2018

I seem to be stumbling across a shitload of black or blackened bands drawing strong inspiration from old doom masters lately, and with their debut demo Empathie Fatale the duo of Gabrihell Blasphodomy and Cheyenne Sparrow have proven emphatically that their project Kyrkogård (“Graveyard”) is one of the most intriguing.

And by “proven emphatically”, I mean “screamed from the rooftops”. With early Katatonia noted as the main influence but by no stretch the only one, this thing is a beautiful, blackened, compositional triumph; captivating layered guitars intricately duel under male and female vocals as the production that tastefully sits just on the right side of murky (mixed and mastered by Bradley Tiffin of Haunter, no less) both calls to mind the glorious scent of early ’90s doom and almost demands of you to give it every iota of your attention. Which is great, because according to the band, the demo’s lengthy single track is “twenty minutes of ritualistic mystical perversion — to be listened with full attention and sincere devotion, exclusively.”

Majestic and expansive yet infinitely affecting at the smallest personal level as well, to say the sheer magnetism of this demo bodes well for the future would be a gargantuan understatement. It’s up at name-your-price download, so there’s no excuse: enter the tomb of insomnia through gateways of bereavement, and experience the sorrow.

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Artist: Ancient Morass

Year: 2018

And because a Bandcamp Misanthropy article is barely complete without a raw black offering from Kaffaljidhma/Himelvaruwe/etcetera’s main man T, here he shows his more visceral side with a quick three tracks on the debut Ancient Morass demo Bog Barrow.

It may be the project’s debut demo, but it has already taken part in two great split tapes over the last couple of years (with Vestibulum Vacüii and Rosicrucianism) so it’s nice to finally hear some stand alone material. Whilst from the droning wash of the guitars and the production in general you can indeed tell that it’s unmistakably T‘s work; where say, Kaffaljidhma may aim for the stars, this stays rooted in flame and earth. Or the bog, perhaps. This dropped back in August but it’s another great release from the prolific Dutch maestro… Name-your-price download. Do it.

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Artist: Pierre Noir

Year: 2018

And finally, to finish off on a strange note as usual with one you’ll either love or hate: Some black techno from anonymous one man project Pierre Noir. If you haven’t already run screaming to the mountains of north at the idea of that, you may be pleasantly surprised as the vibe on Liliths Arrival And The Beginning Of The Dance is quite surreal in atmosphere and deeply immersive. Which is my pick of the three tracks on offer (go and listen directly to that one first if you know what’s good for you), but the entire release is uniquely rapturous. As the tag line says –

“The Sabbat and the Rave come together to create a unique celebration.”

And if that isn’t enough for you, his latest release Mau Mau Blues is another adventurous effort: A trancey chain-gang stomper of heavy experimental electronic black metal blues against colonialism. Yes, you read that correctly. An interesting project, both releases are available digitally and physically through Spanish label Grabaciones Autobombo so grab a super limited DIY tape while you can or pick up a name-your-price download. Techno hails.

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Bandcamp Misanthropy – Volume 19

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 nineteenth installment for your vulgar delectation. Enjoy.

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Artist: Convulsing

Year: 2018

Boy, are we starting off with a fucking monstrous bang this time around. If you’re unaware as yet of the sheer maelstrom created by bleak Australian one man black/death/everything carnage lord Convulsing, drop what you’re doing and get to know: 2016’s ‘Errata was absolute sonic obliteration, his 2017 split with Siberian Hellsounds was immensity personified and now with ‘Grievous‘… Holy shit.

As I type this I haven’t spent nearly enough time with it as it only dropped a few days ago, yet I’m already more than comfortable making the call that it’ll occupy a high spot on a ridiculous amount of end of year lists. Yeah, it’s crushing. It’s dissonant. It’s disgusting. It’s utterly monolithic. But most of all, it feels like the most personal thing he’s ever released.

This time around, more than ever, you can hear main man Brendan splitting himself open and letting all the black bile pour out and splatter on the barren earth at his feet. He speaks of loss, despair, rage and hopelessness while the music matches his every emotion; one minute seething and boiling, the next driving you into the dirt with almost incomprehensible weight (there are some seriously “ugh” moments here, christ) then even ebbing into the kind of introspective, breathtaking stillness where the only thing that disturbs the grey waters is your body as it slips beneath them to drown in the cold, black depths. That killer Jef Whitehead cover art really is a perfect visualisation of the sounds contained within.

Anyway if I don’t shut up this entire article will be about this album, so just head over to his Bandcamp, throw him some hails and grab this at name-your-price, would you? Cheers.

Oh, and just to throw you one final curveball: the final track is a superb Porcupine Tree cover too.

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Artist: Himelvaruwe

Year: 2018

Finally, after four top-notch EP’s/demos, Dutch mastermind T (of Kaffaljidhma and more) drops the debut full-length of his experimental project Himelvaruwe with ‘Hemelpoort‘. Was it worth the wait? You bet. The fully realised evolution of his transcendent, synth-tinted, droning hypnosis; I’ve been listening to this since it arrived at the death of July and it only gets better each time. Gorgeous unseen details ascend through the washed-out black static haze with every spin (another where the cover art is a stunningly accurate depiction of the album itself) and as is the case with much of his work, total immersion yields best results.

There’s not too much out there that sounds or feels like this and it won’t be for everyone, but for those who do already connect with his unique mystical emanations or want to devote the necessary time (read: those who are not scared of progression), it borders on sheer bliss and continues to push raw black metal into barely explored and much needed territory. Name-your-price download. Support.

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Artist: Sanguinary Trance

Year: 2018

Blood spurts toward the ceiling, spattering the severed arm hanging precariously from the chandelier. Maniacal howls of laughter fill the hall as the bacchanalian slaughter reaches feverish levels… Next up, the debut three track EP of demonic revelry from Austrian newcomers Sanguinary Trance.

Showing more promise in their first three tracks than many established acts can manage across several releases, ‘Wine, Song and Sacrifice’ imbues their raw-ish black assault with equal doses dissonant horror, Dionysian madness, vampiric melodrama and rhythmic tribal intoxication. The overall effect is a menacing and overwhelmingly sensual high that can be quite dizzying if it hits you just right; I really don’t know much about this band at all but I do know their full-length will be one to look out for… if they ever release one, that is. In the meantime, sink your teeth into this at name-your-price download (or grab a tape from Caligari Records here) and drink deeply. A great first impression.

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Artist: Euthanized

Year: 2018

Keeping it varied, a quick hit of some raw black crust from Canada. Euthanized spat out their second EP/demo back in March and if you’re a fan of the punkier, newer Darkthrone or maybe stuff like Hellhammer then step right this way, sir; ‘Riches Among Refuse‘ has what you need. Four tracks and an intro of grim, filthy fun with great riffs and garage intensity… What’s not to like? Get your sweaty palms on a name-your-price download now. Top work.

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Artist: Kommodus

Year: 2018

I originally wrote about this in the first edition of ‘The Antipodean Flame‘ column over at Indy Metal Vault, but I’m sharing it here too because it’s just that great:

One Thousand Years of the Wolf‘ is the sophomore demo from Australian one-man act Kommodus. Does ancient Roman themed pestilential black power imbued with a thrilling primal immediacy, liberally scattered with glorious headbanging moments and forays into lo-fi neofolk with tranquil ambient bird noises sound good? This is utterly gripping stuff that main man The Infernal Emperor – Lepidus Plague says is intended to “…ignite a flame deep within, a flame that harkens back to the old world, to establish a connection with your ancestors. To have you feel inspired by the blood in your veins, the blood of those who have conquered with strength and honour, those who have contested the very same conquerors with bravery and resilience, those who have lived and fought and died during a time when our species was true to itself.”

Hails to the ancient Roman Empire I guess. Incredible stuff for connoisseurs of the rawer delicacies that black metal can cough up; available for name-your-price download with tape and vinyl through Goatowarex.

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Artist: Euclidean

Year: 2017

Progressive, sludgy black doom released way back in December. Yes, this one fell into my lap a long time ago and I’m only just getting to it; I hate it when great things get lost or forgotten about in the seething miasma of the BMD inbox. This is compelling stuff that should have been covered much earlier.

Anyway, a little longer may actually not have even mattered too much to these men as the Swiss quintet took all the time they needed to deliver their debut full-length ‘Quod Erat Faciendum‘. Their last demo was released back in 2012, but the long break has only ensured they have delivered an extraordinary album of the utmost quality. Sporting a couple of members of Borgne‘s live band their sound is vaguely reminiscent of Schammasch and the like but much more their own thing, as emotionally affecting blackened post-metal/rock, sludgey doom and a few other tasty surprises swirl together with mathematically charged themes to create a cerebral experience that aims to transcend far more than destroy.

Nice tones, powerful vocals and unhurried, considered songwriting render this quite refreshing or even beautiful to listen to (‘Obstinatio‘ is a personal fave) and instil a feeling akin to slow-burning lava passing through your being, enflaming both mind and body. Seriously, give this a spin as it deserves far more attention than it’s been getting. Name-your-price download; now I just hope we don’t have to wait five years for another one.

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Artist: Heift

Year: 2018

“While you wait for new music from Auðn to surface, expose yourselves to Heift, a new project featuring members of Auðn and Lucy In Blue!”

And with that brief message, a new Icelandic black metal project arrived. Possessing a killer sound with fantastic drums in particular (that snare does it for me, ugh) debut EP ‘Gyðingurinn Gangandi‘ launches Heift as an interesting prospect; rather than the usual psychedelic dissonant stylings often coming from their countrymen the three short songs on offer have an almost post-hardcore feel to them. But don’t let that paint the wrong picture; this thing still rips like an absolute bastard with kinetic, high energy blood running through its black veins.

Different from both Auðn and Lucy In Blue, I personally enjoy this more than either. Bring on more. Available at name-your-price download, but fellas if you’re reading this: a tape of this would go down very nicely.

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Artist: Bones of Ausos

Year: 2018

Getting more traditional now with Bones of Ausos‘ debut demo ‘Manifestation Nocturnal‘, some raw, volatile and frostbitten chaos from Finland.

The grim, physical violence on display here is tasty as hell. It’s easy to tell what school this is from as savage yet often barely discernable vocals rasp and howl along with some fucking great second-wave tremolo work and a hammering percussive assault; this wants to forget anything after the ’90s ever existed and is honestly all the better for it. First track ‘Essence of Gaping Wounds‘ is more ancient groove oriented in its blistering attack while the second ‘Hibernation Under the Ice‘ just hits that glorious, claws-to-the-sky vibe that only the finest of true black metal can instil. And that’s what this is: True black metal.

It’s thrilling stuff, if you crave a quick hit of irrepressible black metal power then these two tracks will scratch that itch and then some. Name-your-price download. Frostbitten hails.

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Artist: Penance Stare

Year: 2018

And finally, something hidden and beautiful to take us out. Penance Stare is the darkwave/ambient black project of a UK based woman known only as ELN, and to make a loose comparison sounds (to my ears, anyway) like the gorgeous, introspective and tormented lovechild of Lycia and Striborg.

I could ramble on about her latest release ‘Scrying‘ for hours too but I’ll try to keep the word count low: Every single track on this is great. Her mesmerising, dysphoric conjurations transport you through the mirror into the darkest recesses of your mind with the utmost of ease. Haunted guitars drone and die slowly under darkwave drum patterns, spectral, miasmic synths and dissociative vocals that resonate from repressed agonies buried so deep in your psyche that they’ve ceased to feel like anything at all except utter numbness. Even with a different approach this is up there with acts like old Xasthur or Moon for sheer bleakness, so if you’re a fan of that sort of thing you really do need to hear this.

Love what she does. Released back in April it’s up for name-your-price download too, so click that link below and immerse thyself… Stare into the abyss, for the abyss is you.

Please listen after dark for best results“.

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