All files prior to 5th April of 2012, are fucking dead. Some of them might work due being allocated in another servers.
I decided not to reanimate any of those dead files. What's dead, is dead. Just google it or better.. buy it! Good luck. For submissions, hatemail, whatever:

terça-feira, 2 de Setembro de 2014

Void Wraith "Ø"

Another cool and very worthy of your attention is this release from Seattle's Void Wraith. A brand new and unsigned act, releasing this year their first EP simply entitled "Ø". Void Wraith play a mix of black and death metal all cloaked in a very obscure kind of production. Almost as if it was recorded live in one take. And that's what I really enjoy the most here: the whole sound. Although the music isn't groundbreaking or bring anything new to what we already know, the quality tracks are quite good and acceptable. One one hand, these guys can throw some really catchy riffs while on the other they absolutely shred everything with powerful blastbeats and those vocals... really gnarly! Although at some points it seems to get a little bit muffled in the whole mix. But screw that detail. Void Wraith's sound really brings to my mind bands like Barghest or Mutillation Rites. In the end, "Ø", is a very good bestial assault performed by this new band. 

"Ø" is available as "name your price" although it's also available on cassette, just contact the band via Bandcamp or go to one of their shows if interested. Check them out.

Qualm "Passive"

"Passive" is the full-length debut of dutch band Qualm. Qualm play this sloppy, filthy and drunken kind of punk/hardcore (can we call it mongo-core?) that will please for sure, fans of that demented faction of punk/hardcore bands like Hoax, Bleak Bulge (whom I've talked about also here on FC), Hoarders or the majority of bands featured on the Youth Attack catalog. Qualm don't follow any kind of guidelines. Expect those classic and basic punk drum beats, chomping bass lines, lots of feedback as some crude and catchy riffs from the guitars and the gnarly growls from Kevin (the mind behind Svarvit, a harsh noise/electronics project that some of you out there may know). The recording is quite good, not as harsh or inaudible unlike many other releases of gender that consist on one huge wall of feedback with a voice growling from behind. Here we can distinguish ever single instrument perfectly. "Passive" will not let you passive at all, instead it will make you want to move like a fucking mongoloid across the dance-floor, mosh or start a fight. No pain, just fun. Very cool release. You can buy tape here. Follow them on Facebook

terça-feira, 12 de Agosto de 2014

Moon "Clavicula Nox"

To my surprise, today I discovered this release brought by one of my favorite black metal acts, the australian one man band, Moon. Don't know if there's going to be a physical edition of this yet, there isn't much information about it floating around. I only know that the last three tracks featured here, are the same tracks that appear on the Moon/Xerbitter split. On "Clavicula Nox" Miasmyr gifts us with it's mystical and unique atmospheric black metal, filled with mesmerizing notes that intoxicate the air like, for example, "Oration As Vessel Of The Void", one of Moon's most amazing tracks featured here. It's on the Bandcamp as "name your price" but as you know, the continuous support for great artists like Moon is never enough. Highly recommended.

domingo, 10 de Agosto de 2014

Vuimago "Vurahva"

Raw and primitive black metal coming from the Netherlands. Vuimago's "Vurahva" introduces a very abrasive and thick wall of noise coming out from the harsh guitar sound, that cuts through a very primitive and DIY kind of production. The vocals are just out of this world as the drum makes its appearance in a very camouflaged way in the midst of the recording. According to the info on Bandcamp, "Vurahva" was recorded on the 29th of January 2011 and mixed and mastered during August 2014. All material improvised and recorded in one take. "Vurahva" will be released on cassette at the end of 2014 by Nebular Carcoma Records. Powerful and good stuff.

sexta-feira, 4 de Julho de 2014

Vermin Womb "Permanence"

Vermin Womb, a name that will be on everyone's mouthes very, very soon. This is the brand new project formed by Ethan Lee McCarthy (you may know him from Primitive Man and formerly of Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire).

Soundwise, Vermin Womb isn't very different from Primitive Man, we have the same chaotic sludgy grind metal covered with layers and layers of filth. It's almost as if Vermin Womb was that little brother from Primitive Man. While Primitive man is big, dirty and mean beast that before destroying anything, likes to torture it first. Vermin Womb is that sick, demented and impatient little brother that blasts us into thousand pieces with just one blow. This is that type of sound that, for those who grew up listening to the whole Debello Recordings bands (remember that??) will definitely love.

The whole album has over 17 minutes length with just a total of 6 tracks. It grabs you by the neck and gives us no rest. When I thought that nothing could ever sound as hateful as Primitive Man, boom! I get this. Pure fucking evil. All of you interested in getting the handsome milky clear vinyl, you can buy it here. In the meantime, feel the apocalypse right here.

A download link of the album is also available, courtesy of the unstoppable Throatruiner Records. Support these guys.

quinta-feira, 3 de Julho de 2014

Bleak update: Batilda, Rudjevit and Milumet

Time for just a quick update. Here are some new discoveries I made through one of the music related forums I visit and that I want to share with you guys.

First is Batilda, a very low-fi, very raw black metal project that, according to the info on Bandcamp, comes from Texas, USA. His offering consists of three tracks (all separated through Bandcamp) that I found to be quite interesting. Although Batilda's sound isn't reinventing the wheel here, I truly love this kind of sound. And honestly, Batilda's tracks are very, very good. Harsh, raw black metal filled with melancholy with that kind of very DIY kind of recording. Very, very good. 

Next is Rudjevit, another project coming also from Texas. My guts tell me that this project is somehow connected with Batilda, maybe same member(s), the sound is very similar in all of its aspects. I don't know, I'm just shooting in the dark here. Neverhless, Rudjevit is another great surprise. Once again, I really enjoyed the tracks (although they're few) the whole raw atmosphere around it.

And finally, the third and last bleak offering: Milumet. Delivering a good, yet short, dose of old school black metal in a very raw, low-fi kind of production. Fans of the genre will specially love this band as well, I hope.

Three unknown and underground bands with a thing in common: their sound. Raw and uncompromised black metal. Get into them.

sexta-feira, 20 de Junho de 2014

Klikk "Klikk"

Furious, deranged, nervous crust punk fueled hardcore. Klikk are a young quintent from Reykjavik, Iceland introducing this self-titled EP that contains four incendiary tracks that will please fans of bands like Trash Talk, Ceremony, Enabler, etc. This EP barely lasts less than 10 minutes but that's more than enough for us to see the amount of damage that this band can create. Another great act bursting out of the Icelandic hardcore/punk scene along with other great acts like Logn or even World Narcosis that share some members between them. Look forward to hear more from these boys. Until then... keep on shredding! 

quinta-feira, 19 de Junho de 2014

Prison of Mirrors "Until We Find The Hive"

Prison of Mirrors, a U.S one man black metal project by Nick Brandt, left some good impressions with the release of his self titled album back in 2011. This year he's back with "Until We Find The Hive", a remarkable work that reflects a huge evolution from what we've heard before in Prison of Mirrors. This new album shows us a more intense and consistent sound that we can hear on tracks like "Staring Into The Middle Distance" and "To Keep Away The Vultures" that have that black metal ferocity of bands like Ash Borer, while tracks like "Until We Find The Hive" and "Spilled By Savages" are way more atmospheric and seem to fit into a style pretty much à la Wolves in The Throne Room. A very cohesive, and at the same time, eclectic album that will definitely surprise the most skeptical of black metal aficionados. An album not to be missed by fans of the genre.

quarta-feira, 18 de Junho de 2014

Arakk "Self & Distance"

From time to time, from all the requests I get in my inbox, few really have that power to surprise and overwhelm me at a first audition. One of those cases is precisely the band I'm going to talk about next. Arakk, a funeral doom band from Copenhagen, Denmark. Arakk is Jesper Christoffersen (guitars/vocals), Kasper Ralsted Jensen, ex-Hexis, founded Hexis along with Filip (the singer) and Simon (the drummer) back in 2010, (guitars/vocals), Nicholas R. Tesla (bass), Johan Trærup (drums), Aske Øland Kjærgaard (synth/programming) and featuring guest vocal by the beautiful Ayo Krohn Mikkelsen.

Arakk initially formed back in 2012 and have been playing a handful of shows in the Copenhagen underground scene since then. The band has finished recording, mixing and mastering some of their material and now have put out one of their songs called "Self & Distance" recorded last fall. According to them, they have been working on that specific song and some other material for almost 1.5 years now - because it takes a lot of time and patience to make a long, powerful and honest doom metal song. Well, the result is a sight: a majestic track with almost 25 minutes length that leads us into a beautiful introspective journey into the most bleak and sorrowful landscapes of funeral doom.

"Self & Distance" is a monster that awakes in a very slow, soft and calm atmosphere, and as the heavy mournful riffs are thrown almost in slow motion, we begin our journey through this desolate land. If you think that when facing a funeral doom song with nearly half an hour length, that it becomes monotonous, you are mistaken. There are times when the pace seems to deviate from that most funereal pace, progressing a bit more toward its peak, until it suddenly stagnates and calm the waters. We are in the center of this storm and suddenly we start getting surrounded by this mystical fog that seems to be brought by the magical voice of Ayo Mikkelsen. Her appearance delivers a total magical aura to the song, until we are pulled out to the final minutes that curiously, seem to suggest a sequel to this track.

I can only imagine that if the band had another two or three tracks with the same quality as "Self & Distance", then we are about to face the rise of one of the best contemporary doom acts coming from Europe. Amazing track from this band, extremely well executed in every aspect of it. Absolutely recommended for fans of Evoken, Mournful Congregation, Esoteric, Faal, Monads, etc.

For new updates, follow the band through their Facebook page here

Schönesende "Escape from Evil"

Schönesende, although the name suggests it might come from Germany, Austria or another german-speaking country, is a one man black metal act hailing from the UK. "Escape from Evil" is his first Demo although (from what I've read in the band's Facebook wall) it seems that a full-length album is coming out very soon. Featuring one track only, that clocks almost 12 minutes length, "Escape from Evil" is a very solid track, well played, well produced, with a very solid concept around it, introducing that polished post black metal sound that fits in the same bag of the new contemporary breed of european black metal acts such as Unru, Sun Worship or Paramnesia. If you're familiar to all of these bands, then I must strongly suggest you to check Schönesende out. And keep your eyes open for what the future will bring, hopefully, soon. Follow the band here for updates and check the Demo below,