Free Metal Detector: GLOAM

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Days ago I received a coupon in the mail offering me a “free” drink with the purchase of a load of shit I didn’t rightly want. Properly disappointed, I hurled the blasted voucher into the nearest garbage receptacle and cursed aloud the Gods of the Strings-Attached Promotional Deal. To hell with strings, I say – I’ve got something truly free for you right here.

Gloam

Gloam is offering their latest release, Vanquished, for absolutely free on their Bandcamp page. Fans of the Satan ov Hell’s introduction to DSBM will frown in joyless approval of this two-track descent into blackened bitterness. It kicks off with the aptly-titled “Soul Disintegration,” a slow-burner with striking leads that wander listlessly across a soundscape of fuzz. It’s an effectively expressive track, and by the time it’s through with you, you’ll have fashioned a noose and made up your mind.

But if “Soul Disintegration” is the contemplation, then “Vanquished” is the heinous act itself – decidedly less brooding and more suggestive of a breed of hysteria only found far beyond the breaking point. If you like your music bleak, Vanquished  is right for you. If you don’t, then why are you listening to metal in the first place, you turkey?! Download here, stream below:

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  • W.

    That is some awesome artwork. However, I’m a little bit annoyed that all this music is being released in individual song/EP format. I’m a man who likes his albums, and I’m a lot less inclined to throw a band a few bones for a song or two than I am for a full-length.

    • I’m with you on the artwork. I want a t-shirt.

      • W.

        It reminds me of a Balrog.

      • Cock of Steele

        Ever had that problem at a show where a band might have some awesome artwork, yet none of which is on any of the T-shirts they’re selling?

        • All the time. Also, I live in Texas. It’s hot here. It’d be cool if more bands would consider printing non-black shirts.

          • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

            This. Not even the whole heat thing, I just don’t want my entire wardrobe to consist of black shirts. I have other non-band shirts that aren’t black, but I’d rather rep some good music without having to wear black all the time.

          • Sight Vnseen

            Got some Indian blood, so I tan easily. Chicks dig Red dudes in white. It’s a nice contrast I guess.

          • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

            I’m basically a half ginger, so I burst into flames if I’m out in the summer sun without sunscreen. Shit suuuucks.

          • Poop Mango

            It’s funny you guys say this, and that was my thinking when my band printed a bunch of shirts in blue, but one of the most common things we heard at the merch table selling them was, “Cool shirt. Got it in black?”

          • Further Down the Metal Hole

            Those fecking kvltists. I’m also in the “how about not black for a change camp”

          • W.

            I definitely got to a point where I tried to buy cool non-black shirts if there were any.

          • Sight Vnseen

            Definitely. I’m a sweaty dude, so I need some whites. Exhumed sold one last tour. They get it.

          • Cock of Steele

            Haha I live in Phoenix, but black is a slimming color on me. So I’m screwed.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            i have tried color and i always go back to black, but i can get away with grey. I also cannot wear those 3/4 sleeve baseball jersey shirts. They just don’t fit me right. It’s shitty because sometimes there is a good design at a show and i can’t buy it because i will end up hanging it in the closet.

          • W.

            This isn’t relevant, but I had to share it somewhere.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f07xf2NcJiI&feature=youtu.be

          • i appreciate videos like these.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            this seems to fit in, from the 1974 sci-fi mindfuck classic zardoz with the mighty sean connery.

          • The Satan ov Hell

            The gun is good! The penis is evil!

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            only the fucking coolest of the cool could get away with this get up. I mean maybe burt reynolds in his prime could. But connery was already pretty fucking old here. If you watch this movie just put on some fucked up music, don’t even turn on the volume for the film, maybe put on the sub titles. It’s way better that way !

          • The Satan ov Hell

            I did it once properly, another time listening only to Sunn o))) played backwards

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            you really did that ? That is awesome man ! For those about to use metal for the soundtrack of a cult film i salute you !
            It makes more sense with the music right ? ahhahahah

          • The Satan ov Hell

            I kinda got the point- it’s the future, man has found immortality, so the highest class and smartest use it, while everyone else lives in a now decaying society. However people at this stage want to die, and only near naked sean connery can give it to them

          • Xan

            I hear you there. I live in North Carolina and it doesn’t get nearly as hot as Texas but it is so fucking humid here almost every day in the Spring and Summer.

          • i quit wearing metal shirts to shows altogether. they’re all black, it’s so cliche.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            i like to wear my super deep yellow jethro tull 2 XL shirt. Seriously though i bought this shirt and it fit like a 3XL. I then ordered some conan shirts and what looked like grey and brown turned out to be perriwinkle blue and maroon. Safe to say i won’t be wearing those out of the house to sully the name of CONAN.

          • Sponge Of Mystery

            not black = not metal (and/or basketball)

    • Tyree

      I agree. I’m going to have to make a best of list just for EP’s and demos.

  • Tyree

    Man, I’ve been listening to a lot of bleak shit today, this is just the Icing on cake. Not sure I could listen to this all of the time, I would have to bring out the noose eventually.

    • W.

      Your avatar makes it seem that you already have.

      • Tyree

        THIS IS NO DREAM THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING!

        • W.

          Don’t do it. You have so much to live for.

          • Tyree

            You are correct. So much more great music to explore still.

          • Christian Molenaar

            Come on, don’t be a lifelover.

          • W.

            Not one of us may pass until we have passed on our metallic seed that a new generation of flushers may one day rule the Earth.

          • Negrodamus

            that kiss the void shit was awesome.

            KISS THE VOID

        • KJM

          WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO HIS EYES?!!!!!!

          • Tyree

            HAIL SATAN! HAIL SATAN! HAIL SATAN!

          • KJM

            GOD IS DEAD! THE YEAR IS ONE!

  • Metaphysical Anus

    Have any of you guys ventured in to the deep web?

    • W.

      I’m aware of it, but never been there myself. I don’t think it’s something I would enjoy.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Yeah, don’t go there. Wasn’t a pleasant adventure for me.

        • W.

          Thanks for confirming my belief.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            You would only get traumatized by some nasty stuff

        • Gorgasm

          I was going to post instructions but now i’m thinking we’d all be better off without knowing how to get there.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Well, people only need to do a quick google search to find that out.

          • Gorgasm

            I view the deep web like I view Cannibal Holocaust: Everyone should see it at least once.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I haven’t seen cannibal holocaust, but it can’t be worse than my trip to deep web. I know it’s plot and everything else.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            Yea, if anyone wants to see it there is an HD quality print of it on youtube. It’s the kind of movie i don’t collect because its rewatchability factor is null. It’s not like watching argento or fulci which are multi layered and interesting enough for repeat viewings.

    • Gorgasm

      Not that i’m willing to publicly admit it, but yes.
      I’ll also admit, i’m a bit of a hypocrite.
      I bought some pot from a stranger in Cali with some bitcoins.
      I’m not sure if The Silk Road is still around.

      • I don’t do drugs but I would like to buy some on the internet because how future is that?!

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I ventured there once. Saw some pictures, never went back there.

      • Gorgasm

        Makes me wish i had kept some of those bitcoins, seeing as the current value is like $520.

    • Sight Vnseen

      How do I get there on mobile? I’m curious, but I don’t have a computer..

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I’m not sure about mobile.

        • Sight Vnseen

          Figures. I guess it’s time to get a rig. Never bothered getting one after I got a dumbphone.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I don’t recommend deeb wen. I just wanted to know some experiences. There’s a lot of nasty stuff there.

          • Sight Vnseen

            Right on. I already forgot about it. Thanks.

    • no love deep web?

      • Metaphysical Anus

        A great album

        • Sight Vnseen

          Negrodamus got me into Death Grips. I have a friend thats all Hip-Hop. He gave me Ex-Military, but it didn’t click until Negros’ second opinion. Spread Eagle Cross the Block is my new first day of spring jam.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I’m not too big of a fan of the Hippity hoppity, but I like death grips.

  • Xan

    Does anyone have any recommendations for some awesome grindcore? I’ve already got Blockheads, Cancerous Womb, Carcass, Cloud Rat, Cretin, Dead in the Manger, False Flag Attack, Kill the Client, Lock Up, Mumakil, Napalm Death, Nasum, P.L.F., Repulsion, Rotten Sound, and Trap Them.

    • Insect Warfare. One of my faves.

      • Xan

        I shall listen to them. Thank you.

        • Tyree

          Yes you shall!

    • W.

      it would be a shame for you to leave off Pg Destroyer’s Prowler in the Yard or Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s Agorapocalypse Now. I’m a fan of Napalm Death and Cattle Decapitation’s recent output too. Also, the Berzerker had a pretty unique deathrgind sound. Also, the Locust may be more noise than grind, but check them out.

      • Xan

        I thank you verily.

    • Tyree

      Hello! Cripple Bastards, Excruciating Terror, Phobia, Dead in Dirt, Discordance Axis, Snuff, Chiens, Assuck, Insect Warfare, Rotten Sound, Regurgitate, Bloody Phoenix, Nashgul, Looking for an Answer, General Surgery, Jigsore Terror, Water Torture, Sea of Shit, Fetus Eaters, Birdflesh, Unholy Graves, In Disgust, Gridlink, Shackles, Magrudergrind, The Drip, Needful Things, Iskra, Drop Dead, Jig Ai, Ingrowing, and so on and so on.

      • Xan

        It looks like I’ve got a lot to listen to. Thank you for the recommendations.

      • W.

        +1 for Birdflesh

      • Sight Vnseen

        Nice list.

      • JWG

        Iskra works well with the whole ‘free metal’ topic. See my other post that should have been a reply here.

        I’m currently playing “Machine Infernale” since it’s the only thing listed on their bandcamp which I didn’t buy from Black Raven previously (yay free downloads, but they gotta eat somehow).

    • Christian Molenaar

      +1 to what the other guys said, also Absvrdist, Cephalic Carnage (especially Misled by Certainty), Circle of Dead Children, Coins as Portraits, Complete Failure, Defeatist, Discordance Axis/Gridlink/whatever else Jon Chang does, Fuck the Facts, Massgrave, Warfair, Think Don’t Pray, Pretty Little Flower, Death Toll 80k, Nashgul, Phobia, Catheter, Nasum, Wormrot, Brutal Truth, Scum Guilt, Excruciating Terror, P.O.O.R., Cellgraft, Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation, Leng Tch’e, Pneumatic Slaughter, Maruta, Rotten Sound, Gadget, and Machetazo.

      • Tyree

        P.O.O.R., Cellgraft, Death Toll 80k, and Gadget. Fucking nice! Gadget is super underrated I think. I play them a ton.

      • W.

        Ooh, I forgot to mention Cephalic Carnage and Leng T’che

        • Sight Vnseen

          Lucid Interval was a huge influence. Game changer for me.

          • Elizabeth Short

            I went to a Cephalic Carnage show (with Soilent Green, was amazing) and some obnoxious crowd surfing douche who kept kicking people in the face ended up getting dropped on his head and said head got stepped on. Went to hospital times. No one else appreciated the irony of the cephalic trauma during the Cephalic Carnage show. Later Ben Falgoust gave me a giant hug. That is one giant, sweaty bear of a man. And super polite. That was a weird fucking show. Also, Cephalic are insane live.

          • Sight Vnseen

            Nice. Was it about ten years ago? That was the first time I got to see them. Ben has always been really cool to me. Soilent Green is one of my favorites too.

          • Elizabeth Short

            Yep, down in Memphis. Killer show, the now former bass player from Cephalic had a wireless rig and and just jumped down in the crowd and started slamming the shit out of unsuspecting people. Soilent completely tore it up. Opening band was even really impressive; I want to say skinkrawl was their name, but I know they’re not a thing anymore. Vocalist was in a ball crying and bleeding by the end of 20 minutes. He had…issues.

      • Xan

        Looks like I’m going to be listening to grindcore for the next year. Thank you.

        • Elizabeth Short

          In all fairness, it’s grindcore, so that entire list will probably only eat up about 3 hours. Enjoy, though, that’s a pretty tight set.

          • Elizabeth Short

            I don’t have an avatar all ready?! Lame. I lose.

          • Elizabeth Short

            And fixed. Victory.

        • Elizabeth Short

          Oooo…also, beaten to death. They are the opposite of awful and an interesting spin on grind.

    • i wonder what it’s average flush rating will be?

      • It will be unanimously inducted into the inaugural HALL OF FLUSH!

      • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

        All the flushes.

  • Michael Assbender

    ooooooooh yeeeeeeaaaaah very bendable

  • JWG

    My own Free Metal Detector seems to be on the fritz. How ’bout some Free Crust instead?

    If ISKRA aren’t on your free-album radar, and you don’t mind getting just their halves of split albums, you should like that pretty much EVERYTHING they’ve ever recorded is (now) free to download: http://iskracrust.bandcamp.com/

    They’re in the process of recording a new album (that straight from two band members the last time I was at the Black Raven Records shop just before it went on hiatus) so I’ll probably post that page again later – when I have more information about impending release and/or failing that when it shows up on the bandcamp page.