There is a stoner metal band called Black Pussy. No, the name has nothing to do with black cats. It's a reference to a Rolling Stones song called "Brown Sugar", which is an anti-slavery song. Given how politically incorrect the metal scene is, a band calling themselves Black Pussy seems pretty tame. You wouldn't think it would rustle any jimmies. But you'd be wrong.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
I'm sure most of you have already heard about this, but I'm going to write about it anyway. Scott Clendenin performed bass on Death's final album The Sound of Perseverance, which if you ask me is one of the greatest metal albums ever made. He also played on Control Denied's only album The Fragile Art of Existence. On March 24, he died. The following was posted on Death's facebook page:
With a sense of shock I'm letting all of you know of the passing today of former DEATH bassist Scott Clendenin. Scott had some health challenges in the last few years but was optimistic about his prospects. Of course he was the skilled player on The Sound of Perseverance DEATH album, and recently participated in two DTA live runs, in 2012 and 2013, including the highlight of his acoustic guitar in a poignant rendition of Voice of the Soul. Our thoughts go out to Scott's family at this difficult time. ERIC
The cause of death has not yet been disclosed as of the time of this writing, but this still comes as quite a shock. 47 isn't all that old. I know metal musicians tend to die rather young, but his death is still a great loss given that he performed on two legendary metal albums. I'm now gonna spend the rest of my day listening to The Sound of Perseverance.
In 2012, Indonesian brutal death metal bands Disinfected and Motordeath released a split album. This was the first album either band had ever recorded in fucking ages. Since both bands had gone so long without recording anything, I was afraid this EP was going to suck. Luckily, it was worth the wait.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Eisflammen is a new atmospheric black metal band from Russia. They formed in 2013 and released their full-length debut В стихии... at the end of February this year.
This album is essentially American atmospheric black metal as played in the heart of Russian winter. I also hear a bit of Australian influence in there. The drums are played by Valery Kuznetsov. He mainly plays a lot of slow to mid-paced rhythms that sometimes feature double bass. Once in a while he'll switch into blast beat mode. Sure, the cymbals don't sound very strong and the double bass has this clicking sound to it, but the performance is still great. The bass is performed by Maxim Lomonosov. He mainly follows the guitars but his performance helps enhance the atmosphere of the album.
The vocalist is Sergey Andrievskih. He mainly performs a pained howl that reminds me of bands like Nontinuum. They perfectly reflect the harshness of the Russian cold. The best part is the guitar work of Eugene Yarutin and Vyacheslav Oboskalov. They play a lot of chilling tremolo riffs that cut right to the bone. They also play a few mid-paced riffs. Some of them have a bit of an old school sound while others sound a bit like depressive black metal. They also play some melodic riffs that sound grand and sweeping. American atmospheric black metal bands use melody to reflect the majesty of nature. Eisflammen does the same.
Once again, Russia has produced some amazing black metal. Eisflammen's music is harsh and cold yet powerful and vibrant. If you're interested in basking in their chilling atmosphere, then you can listen to this album on their bandcamp page.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Homophobic Fecalpheliac is a band with a provocative name who make awesome provocative slam. I loved their first EP Suffocation Through Intestinal Constriction. I loved it so much that I wanted to know more about them.
Doom Architect is a doom/death band from Russia. It consists of just two people. A woman named Marina Kuznetsova plays the keyboards and a man named Alexandr Mikhaylov plays everything else. Both of them play in a power metal band called Волновой Фронт. Doom Architect released their first album, Loca Tacentia, at the beginning of this year. I initially had doubts given their power metal connections, but I was surprised by what I heard.
Let's start off by talking about Marina. I could talk about how pretty she is, but instead I'll talk about her keyboard work. Her performance helps to create a cold and somber atmosphere. The keyboards sound nice, but personally, I wish she stuck to performing on the piano, such as on “Death in Emptiness” and “Foreside of Loss”. Pianos feel a lot more emotional than synthesizers, but that's just me.
We now focus on Alexandr's performance. He's a talented individual who is skilled in many musical areas. The drums play a lot of slow and plodding beats that feature a powerful snare. I don't know if the drums are programmed or not, but they sound quite real. The pace stays slow throughout most of the album, but there are moments where they speed up and throw in some double bass. He even plays a few blast beats on “Madness”.
His vocal performance is quite diverse. One minute he's performing hoarse growls, the next he's performing sickly rasps. There are even a few moments where he performs clean vocals. The guitars are the best part. He plays a lot of slow and simple chords that sometimes showcase a powerful sense of melody. He also plays a few harsh and chilling tremolo riffs. What I really like about the guitars is that they throw in plenty of solos. Solos are rarely seen in death metal nowadays, so I'm glad he adds that extra touch.
This was a really nice album. The Russians really know how to make evocative metal. I especially liked the piano and guitar work.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Motordeath is one of Indonesia's oldest brutal death metal bands. They formed in Bandung all the way back in 1993 and released their debut EP, Despair, in 1998.
The production is kinda muddy. That's to be expected of Indonesian brutal death metal from the 90s. Luckily, the music makes up for it. It sounds like a mix of Suffocation and Deicide. The drums are played by Hendra Grinder. He starts off the album with some sweet tricks before launching into a shitload of rampaging blast beats. These blast beats sound similar to what most modern Indonesian brutal death metal bands would play, which gives me the impression that Motordeath had a profound influence when it came to Indonesian drum technique. The bass is played by Ratno Suprapto. Although he spends most of this time following the guitars, there are moments where he pulls off some neat tricks.
The vocals are performed by Yadi Behom. He also performed vocals on Jasad's debut EP C'est La Vie. His performance consists of both a deranged impish scream and a harsh Glen Benton-type growl. His performance is primitive yet excellent. The guitars are played by a guy named Yana. He plays a lot of vicious shredding riffs that sound utterly raw. He also plays some chugging riffs that sound menacing and chunky.
This EP is really grimy and sounds a bit off in places, but it's still great. It's a brutal display of primal fury.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
A friend of mine just informed me that he and his friend have formed a new band called Olzirtox. I'm a fan of his previous works, so I decided to check it out. Once again, I was amazed by what they had produced.
Be warned: Olzirtox sounds nothing like his previous band. Whereas his previous band was atmospheric black metal, Olzirtox is violent raw black metal. In fact, it sounds quite similar to war metal bands like Blasphemy and Revenge. The production has this distortion that sounds like a fiery storm of thorns, razor blades, and sulfuric acid, just the way I like it. The drums play constant blast beat assaults that are broken up by mid-paced war marches. The kick drums have this mechanical sound to them, but I feel they help amplify the chaotic atmosphere.
The vocals consist of both a ghastly growl and a spiteful rasp. Both styles are performed really well and radiate vicious primal fury. As for the guitars, they're a diabolical tornado of utter destruction. They spend most of the album playing shredding riffs that tear apart the flesh with reckless abandon. They also break up the pace with some dark chugging riffs. They then throw us a curve ball by playing some riffs that feature skewering melodies, such as those on “Total Destruction of the Jewish Christ ”. (I love the song titles by the way.)
The only part of this album I didn't like were the parts that consisted of demonic talking. I'm guessing the band recorded those chants in order to enhance the demonic nature of the album, but if you ask me, they felt too much like padding. Other than that, I loved this album. It's spectacularly violent. If you wish to have your ear drums torn asunder, then go to their bandcamp page. Their album is currently available for the low low price of $6.66.