Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Aldebaran - Buried Beneath Aeons (2011)

Genre: Doom Metal
Country: United States

Aldebaran is one of the brightest stars in the nighttime sky. It is large, slow, and lumbering, but burns with a radiant luminosity. In a way, Aldebaran's music shares many qualities with its namesake star. They are one of my personal favorite acts in the doom genre, with deep, bellowing growls and massive, celestial movements that serve as riffs. Their 2011 EP Buried Beneath Aeons is a 28-minute lesson in doom metal physics: low velocity and massive.

The incessant motion of the cosmos

Monday, October 22, 2012

Dead River Runs Dry - Winter 2012 (2012)

Genre: Black Metal
Country: Australia

This was an album that was brought to my attention by Byron, a member of the band who emailed me the link back on October 2nd. Yeah I'm a slow bitch at times, what can I say? Anyway, this EP offers up a hearty slab of solid black metal at times incorporating a style similar to Torture Chain and other bands of the like, particularly into the riffage, along with a mixture of burly growls and scratchy rasping on the vocal side of things. Sounds good, right? Find out for yourself.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Monomakh - MMXII (2012)

Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Country: Australia

Sup everyone... holy crap, it's been a long time since I've done this. But getting right down to business, what we have here is some pretty fucking awesome blackened death metal from Australia. These past few years The Land Down Under has been serving up some pretty spectacular underground metal, and Monomakh are no exception. If fact, I would go as far to say that MMXII is probably my favorite black/death release this year. This 3 track EP (demo?) is definitely more in the death metal camp, and when it comes to riffs, these guys provide some absolutely crushing ones. They are the perfect mix of in your face brutality and eerie atmosphere something which I think also lends to replay value of this release. I can never listen to this just once, everytime time it gets played, it gets spun at least 3 times. When it comes to fucking awesome extreme metal from 2012, Monomakh is where it is at.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Genre: Black Metal/Ambient
Country: Switzerland

In the deep void of space, all that can be heard in the vacuum is the swirling, abrasive whir of Darkspace. This Swiss band are about as crushing as a black hole, and are easily one of the most interesting black metal bands in the world, simply because there is no other act quite like them.

Dark Space I

Dark Space II

Dark Space III

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Encoffination - Elegant Funerals for the Unknown Dead (2012)

Genre: Death/Doom Metal
Country: United States

Well here's a grimy little surprise, a brand new five track EP from death/doom stalwarts, Elektrokutioner and Ghoat of other such bands as Father Befouled and Decrepitaph. Everything they have done with this project has been worthwhile listening and this looks to be no different. Prepare yourself to be krvshed.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Backyard Mortuary - Lure of the Occult (2012)

Genre: Death Metal
Country: Australia

Septic as fuck old school death metal worship from Australia, and that description alone should have you getting all over this piece of work as fast as possible. This essentially has everything to make the death metal craving in all of us satisfied, in addition to a nasty production job. The vocals here, in particular, are disgusting, by the way.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Genocide Shrines - Devanation Monumentemples (2012)

Genre: Death Metal
Country: India

I've been waiting for a rip of this MCD to surface ever since i heard the first track a little while ago.  India isn't the first place i think of when someone mentions death metal, but this band just might change that.  Devanation Monumentemples is 4 tracks (and a few interludes) of filthy as fuck, cavernous, Shiva worshiping dark death sorcery that's sure to tingle you're balls in all the right places (i apologize to the ladies out there, i'm not sure exactly what death metal tingles for you).


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sorcery - Bloodchilling Tales (1991)

Genre: Death Metal
Country: Sweden

Sorcery really don't get a lot of attention, despite the fact that their 1991 LP Bloodchilling Tales is a riffing, growling piece of earlier Swedish death metal. Everything that makes the Swedish scene noteworthy is here, from putrid riffs to sepulchral vox to the lyrics and album art, which are all about alchemy, satan, death and sorcery (hur hur). It's far from being the most polished release to come out of Sweden but this was recorded in 1991 in what was most likely a basement. So have at it.

brewing potions and hiding corpses with that wizard on the album art

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Black Metal In the Cafeteria

And with that picture, it is my pleasure to welcome our bud TheIndomitableSpirit to the blog. Also known as the founder of the recently deceased blog Pervert the Church, I look forward to his contributions to the web page. Metal on my friend.