Late night listening: Everyone’s favorite nautical-whaling-1800s-themed German funeral doom metal band. I count their The Call of the Wretched Sea and The Divinity of Oceans among some of my favorite doom albums. On the latter album their vocalist also has a great variety of singing and guttural vocals, both of which are really good and he uses to great effect. The idea of their Moby Dick theme is cool, too. I need to listen to their new album based on an Edgar Allan Poe novel.
Incredible band, amazing atmosphere. Great balance of being punishingly heavy yet still very melodic and soft at times (great use of piano!). Good use of ambient intros/ interludes. Very emotionally evocative sounding. Really dark and depressing/ melancholy music.
tl;dr Ahab makes great heavy as fuck dark music.
Sunn O))) - Bathory Erzsebet
Love this so much. One of the longest intros ever, but once you get past that it gets a lot more interesting. The twisted tortured vocals are chilling. Recorded in a coffin, I believe, which gives it that level of reverb. Sunn is one of the best at creating atmosphere.
Wild’s Reprisal - A Few Too Many
"As Humanities crushing footstep increases, those of us that love the wild places have a duty to defend those spaces by any means necessary. Actions in defense of the Earth should be rooted in a deeper philosophical understanding of the morality of the intrinsic value of all life. Reflecting on the ecological status of all organisms, it comprehends the Ecosphere as a Being that transcends in importance any one single species, even the self-named sapient one."
Out there somewhere in the black abyss is a version I mixed and mastered… I hope eventually it makes the break of day.
“We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes—something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.”
- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949
Wild’s Reprisal is one man black metal out of the Cascadian Mountains. The music is reflective of deeply held ecocentric beliefs and a commitment to deep ecology. The focus of this music project is to inject a level of intellectualism into a genre rife with bands professing a love and connection with the natural world.
A Fierce Green Fire In Her Dying Eyes is dedicated to Aldo Leopold.
CHARLES BRONSON “Skeletal Festival” 7”
Silkscreened tri-panel sleeve with foil stamped text and inserts. 11 songs from a basement rehearsal in ‘94.
Designed and released by Mike Sutfin ‘03
I AM THE WIZARD
I LIVE IN HELL YOU KNOW
YOU MAY NEVER SEE ME
BUT I EXIST BELOW
Goddamn this band is amazing. The mix of different styles is done so well. They have all kinds of different elements here and there on different songs (like ambient, industrial, etc.), but who knew psychedelia, blues, and black metal could sound so good together?
Skagos - A Night That Ends, As All Nights End, When The Sun Rises
things I listened to in Portland
Hellhammer - The Third of Storms
VUYVR is French black metal but totally unlike the traditional French black metal like Deathspell Omega or Merrimack.More experimental with slight screamo elements thrown in for good measure released by the always excellent French hardcore label Throatruiner.
I wanna give this a listen, but I just have to point out a couple of things that perhaps have already been said by someone. First off, this band is from Switzerland, not France. Secondly, since when is Deathspell Omega a traditional black metal band in any sense? They’re quite progressive and experimental, not traditional. Other than that, I’m curious about this release.
Plaag’s “Somber’s Out’
Not bad. Is black ‘n’ roll still a thing? I mean, I know there are bands that play that style, but I remember when it was really popular in the black metal scene for about five seconds. Is it still popular anymore? I can’t keep up with whatever is the new craze anymore. Last I remember dsbm and the whole black metal post-rock shoegaze (I guess they’re calling it blackgaze now?) thing still reigned supreme. Oh, and the Cascadian black metal scene. Although I keep seeing more and more war metal bands, Blasphemy’s progeny, so-to-speak. Anyways, this band makes me want to listen to Craft.