Thursday, March 23, 2017

Diabolique - Wedding the Grotesque (1997)

Swedish gothic metal. Wedding the Grotesque is definitely on the heavier, less melodic, more doom-oriented side of gothic metal, but the miserable-sounding baritone vocals and plenty of dramatic keyboard/organ make it potentially appealing to those whose enjoyment of the subgenre begins and ends with Type O Negative.

Track listing:
1. Dark Man
2. Shaven Angel Forms
3. Blood of Summer
4. Sacrificial Highway
5. The Unchaste Bittersweet
6. Sorrows Piercing Art
7. The Smiling Black
8. Beggar Whipped in Wine
9. The Diabolique


You will probably also like:
Beyond Dawn -
Pity Love (1995)
Cryptal Darkness -
They Whispered You Had Risen (1999)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Osculum Infame - Sadomatic, Impure Artgoat (1994)

French raw black metal. Esoteric, lo-fi black metal filth. LLN, fans: rejoice.

Track listing:
1. Overture
2. Vicarius Filii Dei... 666
3. Satanaëlic Shameful Act
4. Scorn the Mortified Deceiver
5. Final

Inferno of tortures

More like this:
Azaxul - And Heaven Is
Crying Tears of Fire
Total Genocide -
Worship Humanicide (2006)

The Essence - Ecstasy (1988)

Lush, atmospheric, synth-fueled Dutch goth rock. The Essence clearly were big fans of Faith-era The Cure, especially vocalist Hans Diener, but that's probably my favorite Cure record, and they do a bang-up job with it, so I'm not complaining.

Track listing:
1. Burned in Heaven
2. Only for You
3. Sleeping
4. Like Christ
5. Angelic
6. Jump and Fall
7. Ice
8. The Afterworld
9. So Gorgeously
10. Despair
11. Understand Why
12. One More Wasted Night


Also listen to:
Visage -
Visage (1980)
Frazier Chorus -
Sue (1989)

Yen Pox - Yen Pox (1993)

Cavernous, dissonant, lightless drone/dark ambient. Follow my lead: make a nest of blankets and pillows on the floor, play this at a roommate's-sleep-disrupting-ly high volume, slam narcotics, and disappear.

Track listing:
1. Dervish
2. Suction
3. Thin
4. Head Shot
5. Empty
6. Virus

We know only of fear

If you like this, listen to:
Valefor -
Death Magick (1996)
Daniel Menche - Together We Shall
Melt Mountains with Out Blood

Insane Vesper - Abomination of Death (2011)

French black metal. Insane Vesper generate the kind of dramatic, occult atmosphere that we've come to expect from contemporary French BM, but there's still with a trace of their more traditional roots.

Track listing:
1. Suscipiat Daemone
2. Impious Ceremonies
3. Tearing the Veil
4. Thousand Plagues
5. Cult of Darkness
6. Atonement of the Deceiver
7. ... Of Maggots Born
8. The Black Radiance

The grand key of uncreation lying in the heart of every one of your children

You'll also like:
Kozeljnik -
Deeper the Fall (2010)
Avichi -
The Devil's Fractal (2011)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Deele - Eyes of a Stranger (1987)

Smooth, synth-y, slow-burning R&B from a group that included Babyface. Def some Prince influence at work here. "Two Occasions" is one of the all-time great slow jams, and the rest of the album isn't far behind.

Track listing:
1. Two Occasions
2. Shoot 'Em Up Movies
3. Let No One Separate Us
4. Eyes of a Stranger
5. Can-U-Dance
6. She Wanted
7. Hip Chic
8. So Many Thangz
9. Eyes of a Stranger (Reprise)

I only think of you on two occasions
That's day and night

Also listen to:
Roger -
The Saga Continues (1984)
Mazarati -
Mazarati (1987)

Destruktor - Brutal Desecration (2002) + Nuclear Storm (2004)

Two EPs of ass-annihilating Australian war metal. For fans of: the extermination of all human life, the total decimation of heaven, and the sexual assault of Jesus.

Track listing:
-Brutal Desecration-
1. Final Vengeance
2. The Holy Trinity... Denied
3. Day of Slaughter
4. Brutal Desecration
-Nuclear Storm-
1. Intro
2. Fight Like the Devil
3. Nuclear Storm
4. Strive to Conquer
5. Justice Unleashed

Final strike, fatal blow
Forever the blood shall flow

Monday, March 20, 2017

Richard Thomas - Shoes and Radios Attract Paint (1998)

Abstract, jazz-informed electronic music from London-based producer Richard Thomas. Been on a major Squarepusher kick of late, and was reminded of Shoes and Radios Attract Paint while listening to the still-amazing Music Is Rotted One Note -- they're similar in spirit, if not necessarily sound.

Track listing:
1. The Horla / Occupying the Distance Shredder
2. Echo-Locator2
3. Darbytuff (Tempered)
4. Sumo Groupies / Antelope Valley High
5. Stanton Ductile Warrior
6. Valley of the Interlocking Spurs
7. Return to Pow-7
8. Gurl Trivia
9. Ordure Rechauffe
10. Waxy Flexibility (Part Three)

I am carnal and I know that you approve

You might also enjoy:
Meat Beat Manifesto -
Subliminal Sandwich (1996)
Plat -
Compulsion (2005)

Hocico - Autoagresión Persistente (1994)

Vicious, raw electro industrial from Mexico's most prominent industrial band. Machine gun synths, blown-out drums, and pissed-off screams. Fucking ACE. If you like hardcore/punk but never got into industrial, this could be the one that does it.

Track listing:
1. Slow Death
2. Sensación de Letargo
3. Euthanasia
4. Laceración
5. El Pecado de las Sombras
6. Existence
7. Sexo Bajo Testosterone
8. Our Death
9. Atrocidad Desnuda
10. Change

Hell on earth

You might also like:
Decoded Feedback -
Overdosing (1996)
Die Sektor -
To Be Fed Upon (2007)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Skáphe - Untitled (2017)

Chaos Moon - Origin of Apparition (2007)
Skáphe - Skáphe² (2016)

The latest masterpiece of cavernous black/death metal from Skáphe, for free/name your price on their bandcamp. Now with more doom! Or are you one of these obnoxious snobs who has decided not to like amazing bands like this because the style they play is currently popular?

One 22-minute track, titled "VII"

Dreams scattered over an infinite mirror

Also listen to:
Wormlust -
The Wormlust Collective (2012)
Taurus -
No/Thing (2014)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Inigo Kenedy - Specific Formal Patterns (1997)

Artful, hypnotic, impeccably produced techno. There are still people making music that sounds like this, and not as well.

Track listing:
1. Slice
2. Mesh
3. Jerk
4. Brutal
5. Idea
6. Pitch
7. Media
8. Rack

Escape to the sea

You should also hear:
Lawrence -
Lawrence (2002)
Shackleton ‎– Blood on My Hands
(Ricardo Villalobos' Apocalypso
Now Mix)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Arkhtinn - IV (2017)

Atmospheric black metal created by unknown entites from parts unknown. A hyperspeed wash of blasts, tremolo picking, reverberating growls, and simple leads, followed by a long, synth-dominated piece of cosmic dark ambient. So yeah, sounds like Darkspace. Free/name your price, along with their three other stellar albums, via bandcamp.

Discovered this via Mortuus Insomnis, which, in case you haven't noticed, is back in black.

Track listing:
1. I
2. II


More cosmic black metal:
Odium -
The Sad Realm of the Stars (1998)
Progenie Terrestre Pura -
U.M.A. (2013)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pestilentia - Rotten (2011)

Belarusian black metal. Straight, pitch-black sorrow, no chaser.

Track listing:
1. Rotting Flesh of God
2. Pestilential Blessings
3. For I Am Death
4. Purification Comes Before Enlightenment

Dead rats in the noose of rotting spell
Calling for black-shining wounds
On arms of the chosen

More like this:
Sorcier des Glaces -
Snowland (1998)
Cornigr -
Relics of Inner War (2011)

Screaming Corpses - A Different State of Consciousness (1987)

Raw industrial sound experiments from a band whose members would go on to form Maeror Tri and Troum. Fragmented, scatterbrained, and unsettling.

Track listing:
1. Sound (Tone X)
2. Aus für Sterne
3. Sound (Going Through Space)
4. I Am Broken
5. Sound (Lymphe)
6. I Kiss the Floor
7. Sound (The Opened Room)
8. The Loss of Mind
9. Sound (Splitting)
10. Lay Down and Die
11. Sound (Soughing of Brains)
12. The End Is Near
13. Sound (Dream of Sense)
14. Sound (Tone Y)
15. The World Breaks Down
16. Sound (Ultra-Perception)
17. Grateful Brains
18. Sound (The Arrival of Jesus)
19. Boundary to Insanity (Shortened Form)
20. Sound (To Petrify)
21. The End Is Near (Another Version)
22. Untitled

A little mad girl cut a cat

If you like this, listen to:
Pain Teens -
Pain Teens (1988)
Frostwinter -
The Hour of Decline (2010)

Shackleton ‎– Blood on My Hands (Ricardo Villalobos' Apocalypso Now Mix) (2007)

Ricardo Villalobos - Alcachofa (2003)

A single, 19-minute piece of hypnotic, nocturnal, minimal techno. Warped loops and dub-like echoes slowly accumulate tension over a subtly shifting, incessantly pulsing beat, as a pitch-shifted voice recites a poetic, fatalistic mantra.

We left a corpse behind

You should also listen to:
bvdub -
Strength in Solitude (2007)
Eleven Tigers -
Clouds Are Mountains (2010)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Armatus - Eternal Flame of Hate (2000)

German raw depressive black metal. Contains some of the sloppiest performances I've ever heard on a studio album, which makes for a painful, strung-out quality that reminds me of Remains of a Ruined, Dead, Cursed Soul -- only less polished, somehow.

Warning: Later Armatus records are racist/anti-Semitic, so steer clear if you're a better person than me.

Track listing:
1. Intro
2. In My Dreams
3. Leichengift & Todesangst
4. Tales of My Memories
5. Hate Everyone
6. My Life Ends Here! No Future
7. Zorn der Unterwelt
8. Black Omen
9. Eternal Flame of Hate
10. Storm Bring the Death
11. Lightnings in the East
12. A Hymn to the Fallen Heroes / Outro

Hating human, hating life

You might also wanna hear:
Brocken Moon -
Mondfinsternis (2005)
Drowning the Light -
A Pact with Madness (2009)