Greetings dogs, your standard bearer of filth, Webbtje is quite swamped with keeping himself kvlt and troo this week, so I stepped in to reveal the vile audio that the metal forum wishes you to digest.
Prosanctus Inferi and Peste Noire.
Bio: Pretty nice black metal from Germany. On the somewhat heavier side of black metal rather than the atmospheric stuff ie. Burzum, the band themselves say they're very influenced by bands like Dissection and the like and it shows, there's a lot of dark minor melodies present in their music that succeed in being simply dark as opposed to evil. They succeed in creating a "chilly" atmosphere with lots of tremolo picking and excellent vocals courtesy of Steffen Kummerer. It's not mindblowing, but a pretty nice bit of modern black metal.
Sounds like: Dissection, Sacramentum
Why listen?: Very good entry into black metal, it's almost like if Dissection released a 3rd album that was a continuation of the style of The Somberlain and Storm of the Light's Bane. It's a lot more slickly produced than them, though, which might appeal more to people who don't listen to the genre much. For more seasoned listeners, yeah it sounds a lot like Dissection, not much more to say than that, so if you like them then you'll probably like this as well.
edit: Youtube/myspace/etc. http://www.myspace.com/thulcandrametal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DES939x3Zs&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--rTIJgOm5A
Props to Steve08 for the brilliant write up.
Bio: Now children, sit back and let me describe to you this band. Imagine, if you will, that Black Sabbath and Electric Wizard had a child. This child happened upon a few hits of acid a downtuned guitar and a synth filter, and out came some of the best doom to ever grace the earth. Yeah, find yourself a towel and continue reading. Acid Witch hail from Michigan, USA, and have two full lengths (2007, 2010) and two ep's (2009 and 2010) to their name.
Sounds Like: Acid encrusted doom with a unique touch on death metal vocals. Why listen?: You like doom right? There is a wrong answer to this question.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3S3xxdEAx8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBhnSYb533s&feature=related http://www.myspace.com/acidwitch
Credit to CG_man16 for the great Heavy Metal rec.
Bio: In 2008, 3 former members of DC's now defunct Black/Death/Thrash outfit Time of the Wolf recruited two new metal warriors and formed Ilsa. Since then, these five fine gentleman have been stirring up a storm in the kvltest metal circles having rarely played outside of DC, even attaining Fenriz's prestigious "Band of the Week" spot.
Sounds Like: Crusty, riff-laden death/doom that still manages to appease the stoner rocker in all of us.
Why Listen: Because they ****ing rule. Ilsa are really adding their own spin to classic formulas and squeezing more influences into songs and song structures than you can shake a stick at. And, all their lyrics are spells.
cheers to Zero_Substance
Bio: Formed in 2005 as a two piece band with J. Kohn (also of Father Befouled, among others) on guitar as the only constant member. Two drummers have passed, namely S. Mercer (of Bohemian Grove) and Antichristus (also of Father Befouled), who committed suicide in November of 2009. So far they have released two demos, one of which, Sacrilegious Desecration in Excelsis, may be considered as the first true showcase of their bestial art. A full-length, Pandemonic Ululations of Vesperic Palpitation, was also released just this year.
Sounds Like: Relentless black/death with some flourishes of punk fury. Rhythms vary, not relying entirely on blast beats, as other bands of the same ilk do. Crushing guitar tone, slithery vocals and vitriolic drums. Also, ACTUAL RIFFS!
Why Listen: They offer a fresh take on a genre plagued by uninspired formulaic bands. They also fcking rock.
Recommended material: Sacrilegious Desecration in Excelsis, Pandemonic Ululations...
written by WildChild
Bio: Formed right at the turn of the last decade, Peste Noire is the French Nationlist brainchild of Famine de Valfunde. Even though the French were busy surrending and eating, it didn't stop them from creating quality black metal. This is some filthy, crusty, black metal in the vein of early Darkthrone with some beautiful acoustics and extremely tasty lead guitar solos. Although they sound is a bit lo fi, each musician is clearly audible and Peste Noire is actually one of the better metal bands France has produced.
Sounds like: War, famine, hate, and death all wrapped up in some beautiful French poetry. After listening, I always feel a need to visit a French Renaissance Fair to start wrecking havok all over the place.
Why Listen?: This isn't just another clone following the typical black metal archetypes set by Darkthrone's Under a Funeral Moon and Blaze in the Northern Sky. Famine brings plenty of new twists to the genre such as the wonderfully emotive solos and simply stunning acoustics that are every bit as part of the compositions as the riffs themselves. In all seriousness, the band wouldn't be half as appealing if it wasn't for the solos that actually have a purpose within their compositions.
Where to Start? - The first album, La Sanie des Sicles - Pangyrique de la Dgnrescence is a culmination of what Darkthrone started. Highly recommended.
author -> yours truly
So cretins, have fun discovering new tunes, and be sure to drop by the metal forum and let us know what you think!
Until next week, keep it troo.