Monthly Archive:: September 2013

Rotten Liver – Purification by Debauchery

From what I gather, the members of French newcomers Rotten Liver are not involved in other projects or bands, somewhat of a rarity in the extreme music community. However, don’t let oddity fool you; Rotten Liver are quite competent musicians and the four tracks from ‘Purification by Debauchery’ make for a solid debut release. Opening [&hellip

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Germ Bomb – Sound of Horns (Area Death/Heavy Steel/Doomentia)

Sweden’s Germ Bomb are a refreshing assault of politically incorrect classic thrash with some death metal muscle in some of the riffs as is immediately felt from the very beginning with the thunderous opening riff of “Broken Bones”. But even that early on germ Bomb shows a lot more than just any one influence taking [&hellip

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TOBC – What It’s Like to be Undead (Darker Than Black Records)

I sure seem to be covering a lot of DTB releases these days, but with all of the stuff on my review list DTB seems to have the more memorable releases for me for some reason and this static saturated post punk/death rock/goth and black metal hybrid really just works exceptionally well at grabbing my [&hellip

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Galdr – Ancient Lights From the Stars (WOHRT/Darker Than Black)

Galdr is USBM recently released on CD by DTB  and is now seeing its cassette version courtesy of Wohrt records. Galdr is straight ahead no bullshit atmospheric black metal with all of the misty archaic heathenism of the old Norse and Slavic reigns with a melodic edge that manages to tear through the clammy funereal [&hellip

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Veligore – Veligore

Brooklyn, New York’s quartet Veligore has made their presence felt with their self titled debut. 11 dark rituals, some instrumental and some with lyrical indignity, offer no mercy to those who cower before their malevolent energy. Wasting no time, Veligore opens the ceremony with ‘Gloomy Winter’, a rather cliche title for an otherwise unique and [&hellip

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Opponents – Telepathic Times LP (Prison Tatt Records)

NYC abstract electronic/industrial collective Opponents delivers yet another cranial bending ménage of glitchy and simplistic beat-box rhythm driven, eerie synth soundscapes of reverberated loops and shrieks which altogether compile a late night “made for TV” horror nightmare soundtrack heard as a sleep-wake sensory confusion. To give an example of the hallucinatory effect this album can [&hellip

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Creeplings – Scritch/Aycayia , one-sided LP (Prison Tatt Records)

 I’ve been anticipating this pressing, like most things stamped with the PT moniker, but aside from remembering an interesting lengthy “back-and-forth” email session between the PT warden, Wm. Berger, and myself about random ass kraut/psyche/experimental shit one afternoon where he’d mentioned finishing up the work on this recording the whole thing became a fast blur [&hellip

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Bilskirnir – Wotans Redividus (Darker Than Black Records)

The majority of Bilskirnir output tends to be a swirling vortex of raw and archaic black metal: clunky drum machine rhythm patterns; gusts of treble distortion; shrieking vocals muddied within the sinkhole of hissing static and clanking pulses; a crackling, sometimes flattened sound… In other words, many of the elements that are the beating block [&hellip

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Helllight – No God Above, No Devil Below (Solitude Productions)

With a band that has such a dominating and profound presence as HellLight does it can be  a bit of a daunting task to attempt to capture  that in mere words. There’s just something unique to their intricate combinations of heaviness, melody, bludgeoning riff assaults, and cascading moods of pure majesty and drudging sorrow that [&hellip

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