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, 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,

quinta-feira, 22 de Maio de 2014

Woman Is The Earth "Depths"

In this year so far, we have been gifted with a great amount of awesome releases. Within the black metal spectrum, we were gifted with great offerings from bands like Woods Of Desolation, Thantifaxath, The Great Old Ones and Sun Worship, just to name a few of my favorites so far.

However, among this hall of releases coming from widely known bands, there's always room for one more gem coming from the underground to shine. And that gem is precisely the band that I'll talk about next: Woman Is The Earth. Presenting us, this year with their second full-length entitled "Depths".

Woman Is The Earth is a black metal band formed by brothers Jon (drums), Andy (vocals, guitar,bass ) and Jarrod (guitar). This project, based out of the Black Hills of South Dakota, started back in 2007 and since then, the band has put out three releases: "Of Dirt" demo in 2009, their first full-length "This Place That Contains My Spirit" in 2012 and this year’s "Depths". Woman Is The Earth has always kept a low profile, playing live occasionally in their hometown and in the surrounding areas. Another aspect of Woman Is The Earth is the solid DIY atittude they put out in everything they create. Whether by masterizing or producing their own music, these boys put all of their blood, sweat and tears on everything they do. “Depths” is no exception. It was entirely produced and mastererd by the band itself. Featuring three tracks only, it delivers roughly 24 minutes of great atmospheric and passionate black metal.

The band caught my attention through their first full-length "This Place That Contains My Spirit" that although, soundwise speaking, had some rough edges that needed to be trimmed, the quality presented back then already reflected great talent, both in song-writing as in the performance itself. But here, the major factor that stands out in "Depths" is really this new sound presented. We witness a huge leap from what the band has made before. I assume that “Depths” is the band’s shout-out from the underground, where they have been lurking all these years, proving that they deserve a spotlight within the actual USBM scene.

However beware all trve fans of black metal. Do not expect to find here and 666 inverted crosses drenched in goat’s blood and unlimited devotion to the Great Horned One... no. Woman Is the Earth is one of those black metal bands in a totally different strain which separates them from the rest of the black herd. The atmosphere felt here leads us to a complete devotion to Nature and all living elements surrounding it, fauna and flora framed in a more esoteric almost surreal scenario.

"Crown & Bone / Dreamer" begins with a short atmospheric intro and it doesn’t take long until we are blasted by the black metal barriage lead by the harsh vocals of Andy followed by his crew, completely ripping off the whole atmosphere in the most powerful way as the continuously progressive riffs give shape to this whole melancholic and bleak atmosphere.

Soundwise, I can’t help noticing this brutal evolution that, in conjunction with the production, result in a very professional sound quality, having in mind that this was all created under a very tight DIY ethic by the band. Not being picky (but I am) I just wished that the drums could be a little bit higher but at the same time, it appeals to me as it is , the guitars and bass are perfect and the vocal treatment is the icing on the top of this cake. If you seek some comparisons, after a first audition it immedeatly reminded me the last Woods Of Desolation, although it’s clear that Wolves In The Throne Room is a strong reference in WITE’s sound.

But back to the track.

Intentionally or not, I find this track to be divided in two acts (the title of the track ends up by suggesting that too). In the first part we have "Crown & Bone", that progresses to the 6:47 mark and from there the darkness strikes down upon us in "Dreamer", creating a daunting atmosphere filled with those beautiful mesmerizing details created by the guitar.

Right in the middle of "Depths" we are gifted with the beautiful instrumental "Lifted". It’s one of those kind of instrumental songs that leads in our head to the deepest and ancient woods where we take refuge in complete solitude. In search of an insight or simply admire nature and their children.

The album closes with "Child of Sky", another colossal track where it opens with a chorus of voices setting the tone for the voracious guitars and relentless drums. Once again , we are carried away by this wonderful melancholy soaked with atmospheric black metal, blasting furious blastbeats through layers of melodic and progressive riffs.

In overall, "Depths" it is an excellent record that marks a notable evolution from Woman Is The Earth. Specially when the entire album was created from scratch by the band and what they have achieved here is in fact a brilliant record to be taken into account within the albums released this year. Undoubtedly one of the best kept secrets within the current USBM, that are now seeking a place in the Sun. Great songs, impeccably played, excellent production. Negative aspects of this one? To me, I just have to point out the little amount of tracks presented. I just wanted more, more, more from these guys.

If you’d like to order the CD, just throw an email to the band directly at: although you can also get it from Init Records.

A vinyl release of "Depths" is also planned to be released in a near future through Init Records, so if you're a vinyl lover, keep an eye open. In the meantime you can buy/stream "Depths" on the link below.

domingo, 11 de Maio de 2014

Cursed Altar "The Light Shall Die"

"The Light Shall Die" is probably Cursed Altar's most angry, pissed, heavy material to date. The band seems to try something new from time to time, they took a giant leap from what we've heard on their Demo back in 2011. I'm all into favor of evolution and progression in music, as long as the band keeps putting the stake up high, delivering new and interesting music. In "The Light Shall Die"we face new aspects in sound. It's way more raw, capturing that almost "live" sound and the vocals are simply brutal, just listen to "Broken Backs and Crippled Words" for example, there's black metal of course but I also feel some doom or I dare say, some death metal vibes here. On the other hand, "Once Again I am Defeated" drinks up from the influences of punk and crusty hardcore (I'm fine with that). I really enjoyed this new turn on Cursed Altar, and my advice is for them to keep up along this path. The negative aspects on this release? The tracks are way too short. More please.