Coming Soon from I, Voidhanger: The Wakedead Gathering, Ecferus, Voidcraeft

Any time we get a promo from I, Voidhanger records, we very grimly giggle in frostbitten excitement. Mark February 5th in your calendars now, because we have excellent releases from The Wakedead Gathering, Ecferus, and Voidcraeft coming.

WDGThe Wakedead GatheringFuscus: Strings of the Black Lyre

Before hearing a second of music, the artwork alone (courtesy of the immensely talented Karmazid) had me sold. The Great Grey Witch haunts an unforgiving swamp, extending her horrifying reach to the pathetic creatures in her capture. The Wakedead Gathering’s thick, ponderous style of death metal brings the artwork to life, telling the tale of “a witch hunt that turns hunter into prey and the children of those so-called “righteous” perpetrators into something… not entirely human!” While death metal may be the root of the band’s sound, its branches spread boldly into black metal and sludge, weaving through a swampy mix of the styles beneath a hazy atmosphere. Everything from cavernous growls to garish shrieks follow the music as it twists through the murk.

Sole member Andrew Lampe does a magnificent job handling all aspect of the band, to the point that I wouldn’t know how to begin guessing what his primary instrument is. I was woefully unfamiliar with The Wakedead Gathering before this, their third full-length. Catch up with me at his Bandcamp and Facebook pages, and keep your eye on I, Voidhanger’s website for a preorder before the February 5th release date. In the meantime, stream “Lungwort” over at No Clean Singing.

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IVR052_ECFERUS_Pangaea_front_1500pxEcferusPangaea

In case you wanted something else to make you feel bad about your productivity, here’s another one-man band releasing a magnificent album. Rather than coasting for a bit on last February’s debut full-length Prehistory, August’s excellent split with Sea Witch (not to be confused with Sea Bastard or Old Witch, who did splits with Keeper), or September’s impressive solo EP The Tourniquet Hemisphere, the lone member Alp decided to push forward with his most ambitious material by a long shot. Pangaea powers through a sprawling narrative that I’m not going to explain better than the promo:

Pangaea uses a mythological point-of-view to tell the story of a planet at war with its occupants. The tortured main character, Pangaea, is ripped apart into separate continents by Earth so as to prevent the begetting of creatures with potential too powerful to be trusted. Acting out of spite, Pangaea nurtures humanity’s rise to power until their passive occupation mutates into indefensible planetary malice. Using wide dynamic shifts and changes in meter, with “Pangaea” ECFERUS creates the musical equivalent of an accelerated planetary evolution, depicting the fury o the elements and an Earth painfully coming to life.”

Musically, Ecferus fitfully resides in black metal territory. The swirling, miasmic depictions of a planet developing a seething hatred for its occupants bring a distinct progressive and dissonant edge to the band’s sound. This isn’t a “progressive” tag that’s synonymous with “prog,” but a distinction that’s true to the meaning of the word. It’s forward thinking, outside the box, and unconcerned with anything but its own vision. “Creation of a Planet” writhes in primordial chaos, slowly coming to order over the 10-minute track to life on Pangaea. Swirling, furious riffs and dramatic changes in pace continue masterfully through the next three tracks to the declaration of war in “Storms Continue On.” There is never a moment in this expansive chronicle that lacks tense, genuine drama, and the cover art by Luciana Nedelea perfectly suits the scope of the album. February 5th will be here in a hurry, so keep tabs on Ecferus’s Facebook, their Bandcamp, and I, Voidhanger’s website for preorders and forthcoming singles.

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IVR053_VOIDCRAEFT_Ebel_front_1500pxVoidcraeft – Ἕβελ

We’re probably all feeling bad about never getting that solo black metal project off the ground by now, so here’s another one-man band to really drive our failures home. Voidcraeft is a helmed by an enigmatic individual from Germany specializing in dissonant, angular, relentless black metal. I use the term “enigmatic” a touch loosely here, as he’s actually very candid in speaking about his music and even his own odd life. I would highly recommend spending some time on his website for more information. However, it seems that the more you learn about this individual, the more densely layered the world of Voidcraeft becomes.

This album is sung entirely in Biblical Hebrew and Greek, as evidenced by the title, and recounts the struggles of Job as Satan tests his faith in God. I am not a good writer who can paraphrase well and I want to avoid copying/pasting a massive amount of text, so I would strongly urge you to read his explanation of the impetus behind the album. Musically speaking, I can tell you that this will greatly please fans of Deathspell Omega, Portal, Nightbringer (three bands he cites as influence), and Thantifaxath. The tense rawness of the compositions adds an undeniable weight to the album. It’s dense and ponderous, and can slip by in a blur if you’re not paying attention. However, for listeners with a penchant for layered, furious complexity and anxious chromaticism, this album delivers in every way. While he self-released it in August, it’s due for a physical release on February 5th. In the meantime, jam a couple tracks off the album below. Oh, and one more thing to make you feel bad: he started playing drums in 2014 for the first time because he was sick of using a drum machine.

  • Dubs

    I’ve been following Voidcraeft for a while now. Fascinating project. You can download most of his music for free on his website in Flac format. It’s pretty interesting to not how his life circumstances affected the kind of music he was writing and how his style evolved over time.

  • Celtic Frosty

    I’ll listen to anything I, Voidhanger puts out at least once.

  • EsusMoose

    I thought Pangaea was gonna be power metal, guess my stereotypes of certain genres failed me today.

    • Dubs

      That’s it, you’re getting crated.

      • EsusMoose

        DOWN WITH TYRANNY LET THE CORGIS THAT GET BOXED RISE UP FROM THEIR CARDBOARD PRISONS TO TAKE DOWN THEIR BALD HOVEROUNDED CAPTORS!

    • Stockhausen

      I would not give Pangaea such high praise were that the case.

  • Can’t get on board with I, Voidhanger.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Not even The Wakedead gathering?

      • Listening to a track from a previous album now. It’s alright. Surprised that there is a death metal band on I, Voidhanger. I thought it was more of a progressive clean sounding black metal label.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          I suppose it is for the most part. Something of the kind at least.

          • Sounded more death than black to me. I didn’t check out the new track though. Perhaps that’s more black.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            This new one is death-y too. I meant the label mostly sings clean-ish, prog-ish black metal bands and The Wakedead gathering is a sort of an oddbird in their catalog.

          • Ah, my bad. Listening now. It’s alright. Can’t tell if that’s a drum machine or not. Drums sound sort of fake.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            They do sound fake-ish, now that you mention it.
            But, likewise, I can’ be sure.

          • Yeah, can’t be certain. It’s a one man band so it’s possible that they are indeed programmed.

          • Stockhausen

            They’re definitely rooted in death metal, but this new album combines black/sludgy stuff in some great swampy ways.

        • I, Voidhanger Records

          Well, actually it is the 3rd release from The Wakedead Gathering that we put out, and not the only death metal band on the label! We released albums from Nar Mattaru (Chilean death metal) and Serpent Ascending (Finnish death), not to mention Howls Of Ebb (too original to be classified, but with deep roots in death metal) and the modern death/black metal hybrid of AEvangelist.
          We like to deal with different metal sub-genres (and non): orthodox black (Absconditus, Malhkebre), old school black (Ysengrin), classic doom (Blizaro, John Gallow), blackened heavy metal (Inconcessus Lux Lucis), hard rock (The Order Of The Solar Temple), death/black (Sartegos, Tongues), ambient/prog/atmospheric black (Midnight Odyssey, Spectral Lore, Mare Cognitum, Chaos Moon, Tome Of The Unreplenished), avantgarde (Antagoniste), drone doom (Malsangre), funeral doom (Woebegone Obscured, Urna), experimental black (Todesstoss), solo piano (Goatcraft)… and so on. Sorry for the long spot!

          • Right, that’s cool and all. A lot of people dig your label. Most of what is on your label doesn’t do much for me is all. I’ve gone through many bands on your bandcamp page. Just not for my tastes is all.

          • I, Voidhanger Records

            Sure, no prob, I just felt like pointing out that mine is not at all a ‘progressive clean sounding black metal label’… I would say I’m more interested in what sounds original and unusual.

          • No doubt! Definitely some interesting stuff you have on your label. I’m just a grumpy lame guy that prefers raw traditional black metal.

          • I, Voidhanger Records

            Haha, nothing bad with traditional black metal! That’s where all the bm bands on my label come from, after all. At some point I hope to release some traditional black metal, I just need to find the right band.

          • Killer! I still check your label frequently so I’ll keep an eye out for sure. Cheers!

    • how about the band Voidhanger? m/

  • RustyShackleford

    That dissonance in Voidcraft is super tight. Cool projects here, I, Voidhanger is pretty fucking boss. Yup.

    • Dubs

      One of my favorite labels right now.

      • RustyShackleford

        I owe you guys, never would’ve found them if it wasn’t for the toilet!

    • Bosse de Hosse Rosse

      Mmhmm.

  • Spear

    I’m getting a little bit of a Portal vibe from The Wakedead Gathering (listening to The Gate and the Key). Like if they wrote actual riffs instead of making sounds of choking blackness.

    • Stockhausen

      I could dig that. They definitely have a touch of that oppressive atmosphere.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Voidcraeft sounds sick so far.

    • why is there an “e” in their name? hmmmmmmmmmmmm

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Because dum-dum’s don’t know how to use an Ä

      • Capra Hircus Hubertus

        voidcrèèft.

        • void)))))crepes

          • I dont know what I was trying to achieve with this.

          • Dubs

            Maybe try VO)))ID Creeps

          • nott enuff )))))))))))))))))’s 5me

          • this was even dumber than the crepes joke. way to go GL

    • Dubs

      Been meaning to write a Porcelain Throne article about his stuff, but there’s SO MUCH of it on his site.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Seems to be quite a few. And within a very small timeframe.

  • Seen a black SUV driving down the highway today, the license read “TheVoid”. Couldnt get a pictures cuz dank phone/driving/eating an apple. Damnit!

    Voidcraft is yummy

    • RustyShackleford

      Should’ve rear ended it so that both of you could stop and get out and take some pictures COME ON GL

      • THERE I GO AGAIN, NOT THINKING ABOUT MYSELF ENOUGH. DAMNIT!

    • tertius_decimus

      Black Honda Civic 3-door with big red pentagram on the hood, small one on either side and 666 registration number is being parked every day near my home. Its exhaust system produces some outworldingly sounds too. Hail Satan!

      • convert that to a diesel and we’ve got something!

        • tertius_decimus

          Coal roll.

  • Capra Hircus Hubertus

    Voidcreaft sounds like a delicious black SKRONK.

  • Dubs

    Lungwort is a good.

  • BobLoblaw
  • Soundcloud is evil incarnate

    • RustyShackleford

      This is true.

  • Stockhausen

    I dearly wish they had more tracks from these new albums streaming. They rule hard.

    • STOCKY, long time no see, buddy!

      • Stockhausen

        AY YO GL. I’ve been busy slowly rotting away.

        • Well you best not be rotting away.

          /babyarrivalintensifies

          • Dubs

            We’re going to have to have an official baby dedication here at the Toilet ov Hell for our four expectant fathers.

          • 2016: Toilet Ov Baby

          • We should have a vote to name each little turdlette.

          • Dubs

            Stockhausen somehow tricked Masterlady into agreeing to name the Masterspawn “Synthia.”

          • It’s better than Faythe, I guess.

          • Dubs

            Did you just steal JJD’s joke?

          • AKAA PLZ!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            You stole my joke! I made that joke days ago!

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Masterspawn would have been much better, and appropriate.

          • BobLoblaw

            Gertrvde.

          • “Satan is his father, not Guy. He came up from hell and begat a son of mortal woman. [Coven members cheer ‘Hail, Satan!’] Satan is his father and his name is Adrian. He shall overthrow the mighty and lay waste their temples. He shall redeem the despised and wreak vengeance in the name of the burned and the tortured. Hail, Adrian! Hail, Satan! Hail, Satan!”
            http://www.elfis.net/dt/rosemary.jpg

          • BobLoblaw

            Such a good movie.

          • My favorite. Never ever gets old.

          • BobLoblaw

            Dreading the (assuredly fast approaching) day that its given an unnecessary CGI reboot.

          • Well, they did attempt a TV version of it which I ignored as best as I possibly could. If there ever is a remake movie I’ll probably shit my pants for attention 😉

          • BobLoblaw

            I had to look it up because of the nagging feeling they HAD. Thats what I was remembering. Thankfully missed it as well.

          • I heard years back they were attempting to remake Hellraiser. Guess that got put to a stop.

          • our suffering would have been legendary

          • Dubs

            Man, that is a high quality gif.

          • Best one of this scene yet.

          • i bet it takes like 4x longer to load than the YouTube equivalent of it 🙁

          • Dubs

            I like gifs because I don’t have to pause my music or mute a video.

          • Wait, what? Isn’t this the same GIF?

          • Ah, I understand now. I’m slow.

            http://i.giphy.com/12OTxgtyHG11QI.gif

          • Dubs

            It’s beautiful.

          • Took a screen grab too, bb. Note the time stamp. RFI

          • ladies and gents, the closest Tyree has come to watching a Star Wars film…

          • I’ve watched the originals. I still have the VHS tape of them.

          • just playin’ cuz you’re one of the least nerdy turds

          • I like Si-Fi horror films more than regular Si-Fi. I prefer Blade Runner over any Star Wars movie any day though.

          • BobLoblaw

            Check out Black Mirror if you havent already. Lots to think about.

          • Yu r a wzrd, Tyree.

          • BobLoblaw
          • I do not feel that either of them were using the force as effectively as they could.

            /sloppy

          • BobLoblaw

            Intense fight nonetheless.

          • BobLoblaw

            Thankfully. I think a gritty The Road/The Rover style remake of A Boy and His Dog wouldnt be bad though.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I didn’t know they cancelled it. They should have cancelled Hellraiser Revelations. Not even Doug Bradley wanted to be involved with it.

          • Scrimm

            It’s still being kicked around. Last word was Barker himself was writing it, but that was some time ago.

          • Oh dear, lets hope he keeps it delayed. Although, it may be alright. As long as they keep Doug Bradley.

          • Scrimm

            He was very vocal in wanting Bradley’s return, but Bradley said no one has ever contacted him about it. Braker’s coma may have killed the project, who knows.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I insist one of them be named Jamie with the middle name being Duggan and the last name being whatever the last name is.

          • Van Halen reference, nice.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It’s also a version of Jim for girls. If anyone is having a baby boy you can name him Jim Duggan (Insert last name here)

          • BobLoblaw

            Mij Naggud.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            That’s Jim Duggan backwards!

          • Mij Naggud esaelp!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            That’s good.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Damnit, you exposed me as a member of the Illuminati! The entirety of the WWE Hall Of Fame is in there. Jim Duggan was inducted in 2011.

          • BobLoblaw

            Oh shit thats great/terrible.

          • It is a gift that keeps on giving. Each and every time.

          • James is a dopier name, than Jim. Both are one syllable, I do not understand the reason for using Jim.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Jim is an abbreviation of James.

          • Wait, what?????

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It is.

          • BobLoblaw

            I remember there was a test in the fourth grade that randomly had questions about the shortened versions of names. I had no clue what was being asked. How the fuck is Bill or Billy short for William?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I honestly don’t know.

          • FUN. We have t-minus 5 weeks, with the chance to blow at any minute. The wife is huge.

          • Dubs

            I can do a christening/baptism with toilet water if you’re interested.

          • Oh man, thanks! I will have to put you at the bottom of our list! hahaaaa

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’ll be the priest! I go to church weekly and I basically run my church except for the actual preaching so I could most certainly do it.

          • RJA

            My children have not been baptized and people act like I am Satan himself.

          • Dubs

            There are those who don’t believe in paedobaptism.

          • RJA

            I thought I probably knew what the word meant but I looked it up anyway. Indeed, I feel like if they want to get baptized at any point, knock yourselves out.

          • Scrimm

            Just don’t crap yourself on the way to the hospital.

          • Dubs

            In case you didn’t know, pregnant women often crap themselves while birthing.

            My mother is a doula, and I saw a lot of nasty birth pictures growing up while she coached classes.

          • Scrimm

            I think in that situation it is pretty understandable. I have a friend who did it while driving his wife to the hospital. Much funnier.

          • Wait he shit his pants? Why? Jesus that sucks

          • Dubs

            Hey, every man has gambled on a fart and lost at some point in his life.

          • BobLoblaw

            Snake eyes!

          • I actually enjoyed that movie.

          • BobLoblaw

            I actually enjoy kim chi. Doesnt mean it not rotting vegetables.

          • touché

          • BobLoblaw

            Kinda joking about the necessity of the word “actually” in that sentence.

          • Ha, I use that word way too much.

          • BobLoblaw

            Sometimes walking into my apartment building i think i smell a fart, then i realize its just someone cooking. Thing is, i ACTUALLY get hungry before that realization hits.

          • Scrimm

            He was already having issues to begin with, and they rushed out so fast and given that and the stress of the situation he dueced it up just before they got there. The guys came out and got his wife into the wheelchair and he had to speed home and cleanup and come back.

          • If that happens, Somebody Get Me a Doctor!!!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkJOZOOXJWk

          • holy crap i get it now

          • I know right? Who would have though the finger poke of doom was first cousins with Eddie’s VanHalen’s exwifes waffle iron?

          • That car must have REEEEKED.

          • GOD DAMN IT JEFF. YOU JUST HAD TO WAIT TO SHIT. YOU JUST HAD TO GET SOME ATTENTION FOR YOUR SELF, HUH? GOD DAMN IT

          • People that shit their pants for attention deserve death threats… Not the Myrkur lady.

          • Scrimm

            I wish I could have seen the look on the hospital employee’s when he sped off as soon as they had her out of the car.

          • HEY, YEAH, I UH, YA KNOW, SHIT MY PANTS. TAKE CARE OF MY WIFE WILL YA? KTHANKS

          • Scrimm

            I can only imagine.

        • Count_Breznak
    • I, Voidhanger Records
      • Stockhausen

        Dangit, I don’t know how I missed that. Thanks, I’ll make sure that gets up on our Facebook page!

  • Dubs

    Stocky, I appreciate the one-man-band motif you’re running here.

    • BobLoblaw

      ToH will cease to exist outside of his post. This site will become his post.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Can’t wait for the latest release from Voidvoidvoid