Sunday, 4 June 2017

#173 Dark Virgin - Promo '93

Here's some more from the fabled wants list talked about previously. This is the only release from the French act known as Dark Virgin. They broke up shortly after this, and in all honesty I am not too surprised.

I had really high hopes for this release - considering it's age, it precedes all of the well known French stuff, and is even dated before the LLN material (Except Moevot - but I doubt this group knew of them back in 1993...)

It's all irrelevant as to be honest, this is nothing  more than interesting and fills a great niche. It's a good job this wasn't a reflection of the zeitgeist of the time, otherwise the French circles as we know them would have been utter shit.

Scans included.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

#172 Ghaltra - Nocturnal Obsession

It appears that antiquities from our wishlist are like buses here in the UK - you can wait ages for one, then several all surface at the same time. This period of gestation is undoubtedly the heralding of exciting times for the Yesteryear however - as this week alone, I've managed to unearth, shine, and prepare no less than 4 items from our decades-long list of rarities.

The first of which comes from Sweden, at the turn of the millennium. Ghaltra was a curious five-piece that released this demo in their childhood years (more on that to come), before bigger and brighter things transpired and they moved on.

Through a chance meeting with ex-guitarist Olof (for this demo, tack sa myket - I can't show gratitude enough), I was finally able to lay eyes and ears on this piece. "Nocturnal Obsession" is a collection of tracks worthy of entering the speakers of any serious metal home. What really makes it excel is the lengthy closing track "Civitas Diaboli".

Drawn-out, ambitious noodly guitars chafe in and out of your sense over an eight minute duration, interwoven with beautiful acoustics and a feeling of majesty not unlike the noisy neighbours next door produced not 8 years prior.

Easily comparible to anything from Norway during the mid 90s, this demo is primitive but deeply talented. Consider that the band were 14 and 15 years old when this was recorded... an age at which I could barely even boil Rice...

Anyway, I digress. Here it is, and what a listen.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

#171 Rattenkönig - Blood Perversions

After a hiatus, here's another reveal from the mystery demos post. This was the one I was hoping would win, as Rattenkonig are an essential part of perhaps one of the coolest labels out there right now, from one of the greatest bm scenes.

It's quite obvious why - this band is in extremely high demand, alongside label mates Mardraum, Blood Ritual, Salvation and many more. Raw BM as it was meant to be - and I can't get enough of it.

They might be the Rat King, but I'd happily be the Pied Piper.

#170 Zadögoat - IntraveInöuz Goat Kömmand

Fourth and final demo by this perverted, aggressive German duo. If you like noisy, disgusting and rather unethical bm, proceed.

Nö further dezcrIptIön needed, az the band wöuld say. (I swear, Umlauts and S/Z switches are becoming to metal what ASCII was to the internet in 2005.)


#169 Gudlos - Flames of Freedom

Don't ask me anything about this demo - I simply haven't got a clue. M-A yields nothing more than the updates I made, and the lineup of this band is unknown. I can't remember where or how I even found this demo; but I guess that makes it a worthy candidate for the library here.

The Czech scene has never been one I've really gotten into - but if any band has a shot of breaking my resistance, Gudlos isn't a bad try. Nice Acoustic intro, raw and aggressive bm - schizophrenic production - all the usual tropes.

Annoyingly, despite the intro being crisp, the rest of the demo is quieter and rawer, despite me boosting sound the best I can to keep it at a listenable quality.

Bear with it, there's gold in these here hills.

#168 Zijl - Bloodbath in Heathens Land

This effort was on my wants list for years, and was finally obtained recently from a former band member of Allan (Duke Zijl) - thank you.

Hailing from Perth, WA, Zijl is a professional assault of polished black metal with a blistering pace and aggression, and you know what? It's fucking great. Fans of Darklord and Atomizer will enjoy this.

I never expect too much from a release, but it's fair to say this really impressed me, and I sincerely doubt any of you will dislike it.

HIGHLY essential.