Lys – Silent Woods (2021); Negativa – 04 (2022)

Hey, Happy Monday and Happy Last Day of January to you!

If you’ve got a few moments to spare, I’d like to share a couple albums — the first of which was released near the end of last year (and was the first solo record by a member of Italian ambient black metal band Enisum), while the second was just released at the end of last week by a single-member black metal project from Spain.

 

LysSilent Woods (Avantgarde Music, 29 October 2021)

 

Negativa04 (vinyl Mystískaos / Dissociative Visions, CD Nebular Carcoma, 28 January 2022 – US, 11 February EU)

 

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Cosmic Order – Inner Temple; Mur – Cut the Rivers Vein (2022)

Good afternoon! We’ve reached the middle of another week, and I don’t know about you but I’ve been feeling groggy as hell. Stupid allergies.

My to-do list tells me I’ve got two albums to share with you, which are very different from each other sound-wise, but which are both scheduled to come out this Friday. So let’s dive in.

Describing the advance single from their album, the first band said “The main idea was to suggest a dualism and a complementarity between Eros and Thanatos from the atomic perspective: is the narrator talking about cell fusion or nuclear fission? The radiant and bright chorus opposes and supports the abrasive and obscure verses. This dual osmosis is what everyone has in their own Inner Temple

And then the second musical entity shared the following: “The vision for, and the writing process for this next Mur album has been an absurdist wind. Conquest and transformation. Plotting particle and light into wisdom and thought. Is there real knowledge in flowing water? Can intent organize the stars into action?”

One thing I can say for sure, I am not awake enough for this shit. But let’s give these a listen anyhow…

 

Cosmic OrderInner Temple (Argonauta Records, 28 January 2022)

 

MurCut the Rivers Vein (self-released, 28 January 2022)

 

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Bong-Ra – Antediluvian (2018-21); Murderbait – When the Sun Goes Down, It Goes Down Forever (2019-21)

Moving right along — here are a couple albums that were each released a few years back, but caught my attention when they were given the vinyl reissue treatment in 2021.

One is a drone/doom/free-form jazz thing from the Netherlands and the other is a more goth-oriented troupe from Portlandia. Hopefully you’ll find one of these will be to your liking. Maybe both! Only one way to find out…

 

Bong-RaAntediluvian (digital/CD Svart Lava Records and cassette Tartarus Records, 23 October 2018; vinyl Tartarus Records, 25 June 2021)

 

MurderbaitWhen the Sun Goes Down, It Goes Down Forever (digital self-released 15 November 2019; vinyl Sentient Ruin, 15 October 2021)

 

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Bog Wizard – From the Mire (2020), Miasmic Purple Smoke (2021)

Ok y’all, it’s Monday… time for some nerd shit.

Dungeons & Dragons has been called the most effective introduction to the occult in the history of Man.

It is a fantasy role-playing game that teaches demonology, witchcraft, voodoo, murder, blasphemy, suicide, assassination, insanity, sex, perversion, homosexuality, prostitution, Satan worship, gambling, barbarism, cannibalism, sadism, desecration, demon summoning, necromantics, divination, and many other occultic themes… all in living color.

Ready to get started? Roll for initiative…

 

Bog WizardFrom the Mire (self-released, 03 July 2020)

 

Bog WizardMiasmic Purple Smoke (self-released, 03 December 2021)

 

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The Great Sabatini – Dog Years (2014), Goodbye Audio (2018); Greber – Cemetery Preston (2018)

Today’s Célébration Canadienne continues! Catch up here if you missed the first part, otherwise feel free to keep on reading…

 

The Great SabatiniDog Years (Solar Flare Records / No Why Records / Sludge Hummer, 02 June 2014)

 

The Great SabatiniGoodbye Audio (No Why Records / Ancient Temple Recordings / No List Records / Pink Lemonade Records, 16 November 2018)

 

GreberCemetery Preston (No Why Records / Ancient Temple Recordings / D7i Records / Hibernation Release / Pink Lemonade Records, 02 February 2018)

 

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Swarm of Spheres – Invest in Your Death (2013), Brother Take Five (2021); Cell Press – S/T (2020)

It’s Friday, and we’re firing up the way-back machine. Got a lot of ground to cover, so there’s no time to waste… Here we go!

 

Swarm of SpheresInvest in Your Death (self-released, 18 October 2013)

 

Swarm of SpheresBrother, Take Five (No Why Records, 15 October 2021)

 

Cell PressCell Press (Ancient Temple Recordings / No Funeral, 27 November 2020)

 

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Stone Machine Electric – Inexplicable Vibrations (2020); Mud Spencer – Fuzz Soup (2022)

Happy New Year! As promised, we’re finally starting to dive into some new releases that are coming out. Today I also wanted to catch up on a slightly older release that I missed writing about the first time around, because — well, because 2020. Time to get fuzzy…

 

Stone Machine ElectricThe Inexplicable Vibrations of Frequencies Within the Cosmic Netherworld (Desert Records, 04 December 2020)

 

Mud SpencerFuzz Soup (Argonauta Records, 21 January 2022)

 

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35 Tapes – Home; Ole Teigen – Aske og Jord (2021)

Well, another day, another couple of records I’d like to call your attention to. These both came out during the first half of last year, and both inhabit kind of the mellower end of the sound spectrum, ranging from prog rock to a sort of minimalistic classical/jazz. Here we go!

 

35 TapesHome (Apollon Records, 12 February 2021)

 

Ole TeigenAske og Jord (Apollon Records, 02 June 2021)

 

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Mordred – The Dark Parade (2021)

Good morning, and here comes some more music for you all to start off your week with!

Don’t worry, I know how to operate a calendar, and I realize it’s Tuesday. But yesterday was a federal holiday here in the U.S., as well as a snow day, so we lazily decided to have ourselves a nice extended weekend.

But today we’re back on track, and I would like to call your attention to an album I particularly enjoyed when it came out last summer. Again, I assure you, I do know how calendars work, and I do realize we’re now into the third week of the new year. Within the next few days I promise the first review of a new 2022 release will be coming! But we’ve still got plenty of older ones to cover that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Like this one: the fourth album overall (and the first in 27 years!) by San Franciscan band Mordred — who, by the way, will be playing their first hometown show of the year this coming weekend, alongside fellow local thrashers Death Angel. Details on tickets (both in-person and live-stream) to be found below.

 

MordredThe Dark Parade (M-Theory Audio, 23 July 2021)

 

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Sunyata – The Great Beyond (2020); Sunnata – Burning in Heaven, Melting on Earth (2021)

Hello out there! In the immortal words of the Barenaked Ladies, it’s been…

Seven days since we got together here, at which time I had shared two albums with you by bands who coincidentally had similar-sounding names, but otherwise had little in common.

Today I’ve got another pair of albums by similarly-named artists, which happened to be released in close proximity to each other — just over and just under a year ago. In this case, while both are still fairly disparate, at least they would both be found somewhere on the doom spectrum… or if nothing else, maybe doom-adjacent? Enjoy!

 

SunyataThe Great Beyond (self-released, 11 November 2020)

 

SunnataBurning in Heaven, Melting on Earth (self-released, 26 February 2021)

 

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