Thursday, January 16, 2014

VA - Rosehip, Scallop, Dancer

Artist: Various
Album: Rosehip, Scallop, Dancer
Label: Posh Isolation
Year: 2013
Genre: Industrial, Post-Punk, Techno
Limitation: 600

Long awaited compilation of newer Posh bands will not disappoint. While it covers most of the genres Posh Isolation is known for, it still flows together well and moves along quick enough that it never drags. New Marching Church and White Void especially stick out, MC's production is miles above all their previous releases and WV moves away from the dark post-punk of their debut tape into more industrial sounding creations.

Rosehip, Scallop, Dancer

Sunday, December 15, 2013


Three recent releases by Sump:

Artists: Sump and Obey
Album: Sump & Obey split
Label: Boiled Brains Bootlegs
Year: 2012
Genre: Black Metal, Punk, Doom Metal
Limitation: ?

Recording of a live set by each band. Sump provides the usual blackened punk stomping songs from previous demos. Obey which I believe is some of the usual participants in bands from the region (I think Lucy Johnson is one of them) plays raw doom metal. It sometimes feels like the set is mostly improvisation. Sound quality is decent for live sets by bands who don't care too much about production. 

Artist: Sump
Album: Live In Yorkshire
Label: Bizarre Intoxication
Year: 2012
Genre: Black Metal, Punk

Another live set from Sump. Could be me but it sounds like the songs are all played a little faster than they were recorded on the demos. Probably my favorite version of Pit To Dust is on here. This was supposedly a one-sided cassette, but when I tried playing the B-side there was some garbled recordings on there. Maybe another live set, it's hard to tell since nothing is discernible. I included it in the rip file in case someone knows more about it.

Artists: Sump & Leather Chalice
Album: Sump & Leather Chalice
Label: Blud Auk Tapes
Year: 2013
Genre: Black Metal, Punk
Limitation: 250

The newest Sump material are rippers again like every release before. Leather Chalice on the other hand were new to me. Still blackened punk but the songs were kind of catchy. Can't wait to get my hands on more of them.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Artists: Black Howling & Nortada Gelada
Album: Por Montes E Vales Sombrios, Pela Memoria Dos Antepassados
Labels: Discipline, Cocainacopia
Year: 2012
Genre: Black Metal
Limitation: 100

Great LP and CS split from two of my favorite Portuguese black metal bands. Raw and melancholic as you'd expect. The Black Howling sides are fairly par for the course but this is definitely my favorite Nortada Gelada material to date. Parte II from the NG side of the split LP is my favorite track.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Mons Veneris - The Last Twilight Of Existence

Artist: Mons Veneris
Album: The Last Twilight Of Existence
Label: Teutonic Satan
Year: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Limitation: ?

Tape version of the first Mons Veneris EP and as such it is fittingly primitive. The drums can be overbearing but when the mid-paced parts kick in you can hear the beginning of what is to become one of the best blackened acts out of Portugal

Esk - Ashdene

Artist: Esk
Album: Ashdene
Label: Legion Blotan
Year: 2012
Genre: Black Metal, Noise
Limitation: 200

The tape starts with usual Legion Blotan black metal, but then morphs into noisy dirges. Finally it finishes with a lone guitar playing over the sounds of an English pier. 
Esk is Lucy Johnson (Rife, Smut, Indian Lady, etc)

Footpaths - Footpaths

Artist: Footpaths
Album: Footpaths
Label: Sol Y Nieve
Year: 2013
Genre: Drone, Folk
Limitation: 100

Hazy acoustic guitar and wintry drones. listen while cold and alone

Obskuritatem - Thronum Mortuorum Mures Inclusi Essent

Band: Obskuritatem
Album: Thronum Mortuorum Mures Inclusi Essent
Year: 2012
Genre: Dark Ambient, Black Metal, Religious
Limitation: 20

Black Plague Circle project

Obskuritatem TMMIE