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Tales from Bandcamp: The Morningstar E.P. by The Apache Revolver


a2213951369_10This one caught my attention by claiming to be a mix of surf rock and black metal, and a combo like that you don’t not jump on the opportunity to see if it’s something revolutionary or an absolute train wreck.  To my disappointment a combo of Dick Dale and Emperor didn’t come to fruition (with the exception of a minute at the end of the record).  What I consider surf rock, really wasn’t strongly present in the 4 songs.  However, what I did here was a really interesting proggy atmospheric black metal record with a sunny, nautical feel.  Like a combo of Rush, BtBaM, and Deafheaven.

Another thing that really caught me about the record is the positivity of the lyrical content, which fits the ‘happy’ black metal it coincides with.  Songs about loving life, beauty, etc.  It’s always nice when there is a break from the norm and The Apache Revolver pull it off quite well.  This being the bands first substantial offering, it’s very well done and the potential these guys have is astounding.  I am quite interested to see what they can do with a full length.  Anyhoo, give The Morningstar E.P. a listen and let us know what you think.  As always, if you like what you here, grab yourself a copy of the album and force your metal minded friends to listen to it.  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Thanks to the great FB Page Hipster Black Metal for turning me onto this one (as well as many other cool records).

Roundtable Review: Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise


unnamed-2Label: Dark Descent Records

Release Date:  April 15th, 2014

Tracks:  6

Length: 44 minutes

Genre:  Unconventional, mysterious, anonymous black metal

Studio Albums: Thantifaxath EP 2011

Location:  possibly from Toronto, Canada

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Tales from Bandcamp: The Light that Dwells in Rotten Wood by Falls of Rauros


a4030008080_10While The Light that Dwells in Rotten Wood has been out for some time, yet I only stumbled upon it not to long ago after catching a recommendation of it from Panopticon’s FB page.  I guess I got to get that first feeling of amazement that went through many long time fans of the band when this record first dropped in 2011.  This record is one hell of a shattering work of art.  Needless to say, 2 tracks into my first listen, it was an insta-buy.

A huge canvas gets covered with moods, imagery, and  colors that would come from Bob Ross if he happened to be a black metal fan.  Well pronounced melodies collide with goosebumps-inducing atmospheres and well thought out songwriting guarantees that you will be hooked into the music as it takes you on a journey through verdant mountain ranges and shimmering lakes.  And while the misanthropic lyrics work to warn what our incessant negativity and lack of respect for nature will do to humanity, there is genuine love and optimism tucked away in them.

Lucky for me, Falls of Rauros have a new album releasing shortly this year, so expect for me to drool all over that the moment I get my hands on it.  I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out and when you can get it in the near future.  Until then, if you fancy yourself a fan of bands like Agalloch, Panopticon, Windir, and Saor, do yourself a huge biggun’ and give this record a spin.  This linked remaster is the version I bought and while I can’t speak for the original master, the quality of the sound and production is out standing as it pours from my headphones.  Enjoy!!! And as always, if you like what you hear be a chap and toss the artist a few shells and give the record a download.  Peace Love and Metal!!!!!

Tales from Bandcamp: VI: Flora by Botanist


a3582904927_10While it’s been quite a long time since black metal has evolved from its anarchistic, church burning beginnings, it still amazes me how far the genre has come.  Bands like Deafheaven, Agalloch, Moonsorrow, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Septicflesh have taken the genre in such wildly different directions and opened up what was a very closed community to many more fans.  And to be completely honest, I would have never learned to appreciate tr00 kvlt black metal if it weren’t for those bands (and Emperor) easing me into the insane harshness of the genre.

Now taking the genre down a different path is Botanist.  Utilizing major keys, a love of Sonic Youth, and a dulcimer (it’s an instrument in case you’re wondering) Botonist have crafted ‘happy black metal’.  Flowers, plants, love for nature, all that lovely stuff personified in the music really make their new record, VI: Flora, pop.  Thematically, the record is very black metal. It recounts a tale of a man becoming a hermit to escape all the hate and pain of the world and to surround himself with the beauty of nature and await the day when humanity eradicates its self and Mother Earth can reclaim and begin to regrow.  Anyhoo, environmentalist warnings aside, this is a beautiful record filled with sounds and themes yet to be explored in black metal.

This is one of the more unique records I’ve heard this year and it’s well worth your time, if only to hear how far black metal has come since the days of Mayhem and Darkthrone.  Give a listen and let us know what you think.  And as always, if you like what you hear, toss the artist a few bucks and grab a download of the record.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Tales from Bandcamp: Aura by Saor


a1739750011_10Rolling hills, mystical lakes, breathtaking valleys, etc.  All those wonderful things you think of when you think of the Hinterlands of Scotland are magnificently personified through the music of one man band Saor.  Heavy on the awe and wonder of nature this atmospheric blend of folk and black metal simply awes.  The folksy layers build a shamanistic sense of wonder while the flurries of the black metal make you feel as if you are a fallen leaf being carried along gusts of wind down and out of the majestic Scottish landscapes.

To say Saor’s recently released album Aura is anything less than a masterpiece would be a gross understatement.  With production that sounds both sharp yet maintains that warm tone I look for in my ‘nature metal’ and songs that are as engaging as they are epic this is one record that you can not miss this year.  If bands like Moonsorrow, Panopticon, Vintersorg, or Wolves in the Throne Room do wonders to your ear drums, I implore you to click the play button of the Bandcamp stream below.  And, as always if you like what you hear, which I’m sure you will, click that buy button.  Let us know how much you loved the album in the comments!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

For more Saor give ‘em a ‘like’ on Facebook, check out the equally awesome debut record Roots on Bandcamp, and get tons of other info on the official site.

New videos for metal lunatics


HeadacheThere are two common factors in this selection of new videos. One, they are all hard ‘n’ heavy. Two, they are all the sort of music that makes non-metal people splutter: “You must be crazy to listen to that stuff.”

So, tighten your strait jackets, tell all your hippie friends to leave the room, and crank the volume up to 11 to satisfy your insanity.

Here, chew on this packet of ball-bearings while you listen.

 

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Album Review: Hail Death by Black Anvil


GD30OB2-N.cdrIf there’s one thing I’ve noticed about the majority of bands hailing from New York, it’s that they have a penchant for being uncompromising, direct, to the point, and pull absolutely no punches.  It must come from the non-stop pedal to the metal lifestyle of its denizens as the hustle and bustle throughout one of the worlds most bat shit crazy cities.  Just look at the city’s storied hard-core scene and you’ll soon realize that none of those band take no shit from anyone.  New Yorkers also know how to party, and that also shines through in the East Coasts style of thrash.  Now, when we take the uncompromising side of NYC and mix it with its happy-go-lucky party side and jack it up on a base of black metal, you get a nice unique mix resulting in a little gem of a band called Black Anvil.

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