Sunday, December 4, 2016

Najma - Qareeb (1987)


First LP from Indian vocalist Najma Akhtar. A lush, evocative instrumental base of tabla, fretless bass, violin, sax, and synth, with Najma's effortlessly commanding voice front-and-center.

Track listing:
1. Neend Koyi
2. Jane Kis Tarha
3. Dil Laga Ya Tha
4. Apne Hathon
5. Zikar Hai Anna Mehfil Mehfil
6. Karoon Na Yad Magar
7. Har Sitam Aap Ka

End of fever

If you like this, try:
Al Gromer Khan - Divan I Khas
(Visions of a Mogul Prince
(1987)
Robert Rich & Lisa Moskow -
Yearning (1995)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Bile - TeknoWhore (1996)


Filthy, sleazy, noise-ridden industrial metal. Got into this band when I was like 12 via the surprisingly solid Mortal Kombat soundtrack, which also introduced me to KMFDM and Napalm Death, and needless to say, when I finally got my hands on it, TeknoWhore blew my innocent little mind. It was heavier than "Creature of the Wheel", more disturbingly, violently sexual than "Big Man with a Gun", more futuristic than "Juke Joint Jezebel", and more twisted than "Misery Machine". Nothing against any of those songs or artists, but for a hormone-addled, budding misanthrope stuck in suburban Maryland, these were the true tests of artistic merit, and Bile quickly became my go-to band for impressing my fellow angsty suburbanites.

Track listing:
1. Intro
2. TeknoWhore
3. Weather Control
4. No One I Call My Friend
5. Habitual Sphere
6. Compound Pressure
7. Interstate Hate Song
8. Green Day
9. No I Don't No
10. Suckers
11. Lowest Form
12. You Can't Love This (Pt. 1)
13. You Can't Love This (Pt. 2)
14. You Can't Love This (Pt. 3)
15. You Can't Love This (Pt. 4)
16. Solitude Is Bliss

I'll do anything to make you piss all over me

You should also stuff these into your earholes:
Pitch Shifter -
Industrial (1991)
Lard -
Pure Chewing Satisfaction (1997)

Friday, December 2, 2016

VoLt - Star Compass (2004)


Propulsive, lushly layered, 100% synth sound-worlds.

Track listing:
1. Escape Velocity
2. Hyperspace Drift
3. Star Compass
4. First Contact

Soaring beneath the surface

You should also check out:
Patrick Gleeson -
Rainbow Delta (1982)
David Van Tieghem -
Safety in Numbers (1987)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Countess - The Shining Swords of Hate (2000)


Dutch raw black metal. The Shining Swords of Hate finds Countess constructing expansive, droning, viking metal-like monoliths while maintaining the fuzzy, lo-fi sound and primitive approach for which they're known. Of their many, many albums, I like this one best.

Track listing:
1. Children of the North Star
2. Total War
3. Hate from Hell
4. Te Vuur en Te Zwaard
5. Totenkopf (Satan's Soldaten)
6. When the Raven Flies
7. The Return of Darkness and Evil [Bathory cover]

A sorcery written in blood

If you like this, you should listen to:
Folkvang -
On the Wings of Destiny (2005)
Obscure Lupine Quietus -
Bathing in the Blood of the Moon (2011)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Spaces - Border Station (1981)


It's been nothing but black metal around here, right? That's cause, aside from stuff that's too new to post (like the new Adrian Younge -- get it!) that's pretty much all I've been listening to. But here's some perfect, easy-going but energetic, space-brained instrumental fusion to help carry you to the better half of the week.

Track listing:
1. Outer Drive
2. Four of Those
3. Don't Get Any on Ya
4. Sperm Race
5. Got a Light
6. Ninety to Nothin'
7. Aerplane Glue
8. Border Station

Hear my love

You will also like:
Charles Earland -
Leaving This Planet (1974)
Grover Washington, Jr. -
Mister Magic (1975)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Unclean - Ten, Který Se Vyhýbá Svetlu (1997)


Czech black metal. Cult ritualistic evil.

Track listing:
1. Moudré oko Jasnozrení
2. Ten, který se vyhýbá svetlu
3. Ó Duse, Bdís?
4. Hadí Sfinga
5. U Bran Apokalypsy
6. Princ Temnot

Only silver fullmoon illuminates their path

You should also hear:
Nåstrond -
Toteslaught (1995)
Necromass -
Abyss Calls Life (1996)

Black Omen - When Pure Darkness Covers False World of Light (2005)


Turkish symphonic black metal. Dark, Satanic drama and gothic cheese interspersed with raging, thrash-y riffs, and bolstered by full, heavy production.

Track listing:
1. Nocturnal Tears (Intro)
2. Elegy of Infernal Angels
3. Under the Armageddon's Sky
4. Fall Season
5. Black Candle
6. Revenge of Vampire
7. Gothic Ceremony
8. Gate of Darkness
9. When the Sun Rises
10. Love Is Lost (Outro)

Sun risen on two embracing corpses

You'll also like:
Siebenbürgen ‎-
Loreia (1997)
Graveworm - As the Angels
Reach the Beauty
(1999)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Rundagor - Stronghold of Ruin (1996)


Extremely lo-fi Russian black metal. A distorted, tinny wash of guitars, blastbeats, and lupine howls. Rundagor were members of NSBM collective Blazebirth Hall, so they're probably racist boneheads, and at the very least, they're friends with racist boneheads, so listen at your own risk.

Track listing:
1. Unimalicious Satan Son
2. Taking Wings Away to Silence
3. Stained by Torture
4. Stronghold of Ruin
5. Reflection Through Eternal Battles
6. In Wrath of Rewarding
7. Woundprink's
8. Sowing with Sparks

Black night covers him

You'll also probably like:
Spitehowling -
Born to Die for Evil (2002)
Saatkrähe -
Of Ravens and Graves... (2009)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Nåstrond - Toteslaught (1995)


Swedish black metal. Out-of-tune guitars that often aren't quite synced up with the drums, creepy synths, and a dude rasping and moaning about how he's going to slice you up and eat you in the name of Satan.

Track listing:
1. Xolotl
2. En Sång Från en Pestbesmittad Grav
3. Lord of the Woods
4. Akhkhauru (The Grave Dweller)
5. Neuntöter (Yo Soy El Roy!)
6. May the Rotten Bones Absorb Life Again
7. A Black Hearse Clad in Human Bones and Skulls
8. Jai Ma Kali
9. Gravestench
10. Toteslaut

I sacrifice the infant mummy soul

These are good, too:
Diabolical Masquerade -
Ravendusk in My Heart (1996)
Nocturnes Mist -
As Flames Burn (2009)

Shudder to Think - Get Your Goat (1992)


My favorite record by one of the all-time great post-hardcore bands. Angular, deceivingly melodic guitars, constantly shifting time signatures, and high-pitched, sweetly idiosyncratic, slightly unhinged vocals. Extremely underrated band.

Track listing:
1. Love Catastrophe
2. Shake Your Halo Down
3. White Page
4. Goat
5. Pebbles
6. Baby Drop
7. The Hair Pillow
8. She Swears He-Harem
9. Rain Covered Cat
10. Funny

Dip a cloth in a bowl of blood, lean your horses hide with it
Stick a fish in a tattoo gun, watch what color ink comes out


You'll also like:
Hot Snakes -
Automatic Midnight (2000)
U.S. Maple -
Purple on Time (2003)

Nathan Youngblood - Asunder (2007)


Yawning chasms of ambient drone. Like dark winds sweeping across an astral void.

Track listing:
1. Vesper Nest
2. Kanashibari
3. Umbrasphere
4. Shearwave
5. Flume
6. Underland

Realm of refraction

More like this:
Ptarkh -
Alamah (2009)
Steve Roach -
This Place to Be (2016)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Woebegone Obscured - Deathstination (2007)


Danish atmospheric blackened funeral doom. Cavernous production and haunting clean guitar lines chiming over crushingly heavy dissonance -- Woebegone Obscured, to be reductive, are blackened diSEMBOWELMENT.

Track listing:
1. A Gust of Demention
2. Maestitia
3. Coils of Inane Comatose
4. Stalactites
5. Deathscape

Mourning the loss of context
Silhouettes and figures are forming a wall


More along these lines:
Profetus - Coronation
of the Black Sun
(2009)
Bosque -
Nowhere (2013)

Killah Priest - Heavy Mental (1998)


First solo album by Wu Tang affiliate/Sunz of Man member Killah Priest. As far as Wu-related releases go, Heavy Mental is on the darker, more politically and socially conscious side, but you could still put it on at a party and no one would be bummed.

Track listing:
1. Intro
2. One Step
3. Blessed Are Those
4. From Then 'Til Now
5. Cross My Heart
6. Fake MC's
7. It's Over
8. Crusaids
9. Tai Chi
10. Heavy Mental
11. If You Don't Know
12. Atoms to Adam
13. High Explosives
14. Wisdom
15. B.I.B.L.E.
16. Mystic City
17. Information
18. Science Project
19. Almost There
20. The Professional

The heaviest chains cannot bind

You'll also wanna hear:
Inspectah Deck -
Uncontrolled Substance (1999)
Nujabes -
Metaphorical Music (2003)

SleepResearch_Facility - Nostromo (2001)


Deep, nocturnal drones by Scottish musician Kevin Doherty. I'll be asleep really soon, and this is going to soundtrack my dreams. Goodnight shit world.

Track listing:
1. A-Deck
2. B-Deck
3. C-Deck
4. D-Deck
5. E-Deck
6. Narcissus

I whisper in the ear of the dead

More like this:
Mirror - I Paint for the
Love of Color
(2001)
Halo Manash -
Am Kha Astrie (2008)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Necrofeast - Necrofeast (1996)


Disgusting, reprehensible, doom-inflected Dutch black metal. Happy Thanksgiving, you make me puke.

Track listing:
1. Hymn of the Hordes
2. Time for Revenge
3. The Return of Darkness and Evil [Bathory cover]
4. The Blessing
5. Doomed Christ
6. Northern Wrath
7. Outro

Gore death triumphs

If you like this, you'll like:
Acheron -
Rites of the Black Mass
(1991)
Anal Vomit -
Demoniac Flagellations (2004)