Yagow – S/T (2017), The Mess (2021)

Good afternoon! Here’s another highlight from last year, as I continue to work through getting caught up on stuff we missed talking about here: the latest release by this band from Saarland, Germany — located on the Saar river and right near the border with France. And while we’re on the subject, I’ll throw in their debut from four years earlier, for no additional charge!

 

YagowYagow (Crazysane Records, 16 June 2017)

 

YagowThe Mess (Crazysane Records, 18 June 2021)

 

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Krvvla – M, N (2017); Ø, E (2018); T (2019); X (2022)

Last Friday — Bandcamp Friday — I got a notification that this Belarusian band, whom I have been following for quite some time, had just released a brand-new album: their first full-length after a long series of EPs. Realizing that this was now the band’s sixth entry into my music library, it feels long overdue that I should write something about them here, to share the tidings with all you lovely people reading this. And so here we are.

So just to be clear, YES, you are reading the title of this post correctly. Although each of their names are just one letter long, YES that’s a total of six different releases (spanning four and a half years), and YES we’ll be covering all of them today.

So absolutely no time for any bullshit, let’s dive right in!

 

KrvvlaM (self-released, 11 August 2017)

 

KrvvlaN (self-released, 11 August 2017)

 

KrvvlaØ (self-released, 09 February 2018)

 

KrvvlaE (self-released, 01 August 2018)

 

KrvvlaT (self-released, 05 July 2019)

 

KrvvlaX (digital self-released / physical Brucia Records, 04 February 2022)

 

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AAC Anniversary Sale || Trespasser – Suffer Together, Suffer Alone (2017); Turtle Skull – Monoliths (2020)

Australian label Art As Catharsis are celebrating their 10th anniversary — a span during which they have had “more than 150 releases, covering doom, hardcore, prog, post-rock, jazz, experimental pop, noise, ambient music, art folk and beyond.”

As a special thank-you to their loyal followers, the label is currently (now through the 18th of February) offering 20% discounts on all purchases through Bandcamp using code aac10years at checkout!

And to offer you a little bit of guidance wading through such an extensive catalog, I’ve hand-selected two of the label’s numerous releases to share with you today.

 

TrespasserSuffer Alone, Suffer Together (Art As Catharsis, 16 November 2017)

 

Turtle SkullMonoliths (Art As Catharsis / Kozmik Artifactz, 28 August 2020)

 

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High Fighter – Champain (2019), Live at WDR Rockpalast (2021)

Hey, how’s everyone feeling on this delightful February afternoon? Continuing to work my way through some of last year’s (or earlier) releases I didn’t get a chance to write about last year (or earlier)…

Hamburg-based High Fighter has been around for quite a few years now — some of you may recall that I had written about their 2014 debut EP and 2016 debut LP here; now let’s check out their second full-length and first-ever live album!

 

High FighterChampain (Argonauta Records, 26 July 2019)

 

High FighterLive at WDR Rockpalast (Argonauta Records, 26 November 2021)

 

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Kurokuma – Born of Obsidian; Vinterdracul – The Murnau Nocturnes (2022)

Hello, dear readers!

Here we have two brand-new albums you might enjoy — if you do, they’re both scheduled to come out TOMORROW, which also happens to be the first Bandcamp Friday of the year!

 

KurokumaBorn of Obsidian (self-released, 04 February 2022)

 

VinterdraculThe Murnau Nocturnes (Canticle Throe, 04 February 2022)

 

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Fere – Visceral; Daxma – Unmarked Boxes (2021)

Hey there. Here we are, midway through yet another week. And time once again to catch up on a couple releases from late last year. The first comes from a Portuguese instrumental post-rock/ambient/doom quartet, the other from a Californian post-doom/ambient/stoner-doom quartet — and both are absolutely worth checking out (otherwise why would I waste the effort talking about them or expect you to do the same reading about them)!

 

FereVisceral (Raging Planet Records, 15 November 2021)

 

DaxmaUnmarked Boxes (Blues Funeral Recordings / Majestic Mountain Records, 19 November 2021)

 

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Venom Prison – Primeval (2020), Erebos (2022)

Hey! Everywhere I turn, the whole internet is buzzing about Venom Prison.

So let’s talk about Venom Prison.

 

Venom PrisonPrimeval (Prosthetic Records, 09 October 2020)

 

Venom PrisonErebos (Century Media Records, 04 February 2022)

 

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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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