Have Your Mind Read For Free!

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Ok, so not your mind, just your skull. Whatever. The point is that Skullreader‘s debut EP Liberosis was released a few weeks ago and is equal parts name your price and awesome!

Philadelphia’s James Lipczynski is clearly a skilled and inspired musician. Apart from playing guitars for the epic and doomy Crypt Sermon, he also keeps busy with a couple of one-man projects. The first of which is Labyrinthine. Those that have been listening to my ramblings over the past year or so would know that I fucking love that album. Upon hearing that release, I lost my mind and wrote stupid things about it. Ancient Obscurity remains one of my favourite albums from 2014. So when I saw James’ other solo project Skullreader appear on my radar with a debut EP, I was always going to give it a try.

Liberosis greeted me with an excellent blend of blackened death metal adorned with an unsettling yet strangely alluring dissonant overtone. The overall pace is not as slow as some more overtly skronky material tends to be, but rather a hasty and sometimes frenetic assault, more akin to what you’d expect on a black metal release. Propelling the five tracks along is the (programmed?) drumming, which rarely loses momentum and serves as a solid platform for James to expound upon with his recognisable riffing. His vocals are somewhat similar to those he uses with Labyrinthine but with less emphasis on the ghastly shrieks and more on the cancerous growls, perfectly suiting the more prominent death-metal influence found on this record.

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The style displayed on this EP is similar to that of the demo which he released in March this year, but I found the material to be stronger overall. With a run-time of just over 25 minutes, there is plenty packed into these five tracks, and if you head over to bandcamp, you’ll be pleased to notice it is name your price but definitely worth some of your hard-earned. The embed above starts on the last track for whatever reason, so if you like what you hear, skip back a few tracks to “Unfurling Confusion” and start from the beginning. The more I listen to this, the deeper I find I can delve. After scratching through the first few layers of turmoil, there are undercurrents to be taken away by, leading you away from your hapless skin-shell and down the winding path of your inner psyche.

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  • ┼yree

    Ay, I got James’s demo on cassette for this project. Just wish he’d use a drummer instead of relying on that annoying drum machine; blah blah blah you know the Tyree drum machine rant. Always enjoyed his Labyrinthine project a lot.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      This is a drum machine?

      • ┼yree

        Yeah, unfortunately so. I’d really enjoy this if it wasn’t for the really plastic sounding drums.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Fuck, me too. Turning off now.

          • Lacertilian

            Wait, so you didn’t realise but now you must turn it off?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            That’s how it goes, bro.

          • ProfoundHatred

            It’s important to have standards.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, like no cunting drum machines. Pretty fucking simple to me.

          • ┼yree

            Ha! When you say it like that it seems so damn simple.

    • ProfoundHatred

      I just don’t understand the need, especially with the guy being from Philly. There are shows almost every night and shitloads of currently band-less musicians, can’t possibly be that hard to find a drummer to do this.

      • ┼yree

        I know right. I’m hoping that since this is the early stage of this project that he is just using the programming as a template. Hopefully he uses a drummer in the future because this has a shit ton of potential. And like you said, it’s fucking Philly.

        • ProfoundHatred

          Yeah, drum machines are great for writing material. I guess I can understand using it for a début EP. It is a shame how much it detracts from the sound though. I otherwise really enjoy this.

        • Lacertilian

          Dude’s probably poor, anti-social or both. I can relate.

          • ProfoundHatred

            You’d fit right in in the Philly metal scene, hahaha.

          • ┼yree

            I understand that. Like I said, hopefully he recruits some musicians for a better sounding product in the future.

          • Lacertilian

            You could offer your services, recording or teaching. Teĺl him to do more Labyrinthine fos us while you’re there! Could be that BM project you wanted

    • Stanley

      Send him your business card, Tyree.

    • RJA

      I thought I remembered this demo was on cassette in ridiculously low numbers – so I went back and looked and it was 25. The new EP says “black cassette – limited to 10 copies” 10! That’s classic.

    • ┼yree

      Haha! I got the demo for like 4 bucks or something. Didn’t realize it was so limited.

      • ┼yree

        Damn it! I meant this towards RJA.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Dude, you’ve been like talking to yourself all day. You better take a knee.

          • ┼yree

            I need to start drinking heavily again or something. I think cutting back has made me dumber.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Shit, you might be on to something. Someone beer this dude STAT!

          • ┼yree

            I’m always down for a mid day brew. If I was working in Germany I’d be 2 beers deep already.

          • Stanley

            If cutting back is swigging Narwhal and Old Rasp, I’d love to see you on the band wagon!

          • ┼yree

            It’s not good. I can assure you.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Bring on the cunting mescaline.

          • Lacertilian

            Always time for that.

  • Vote for Jeb

    This be cool. My skull is red.

  • What a fucking clickbait title! I wanted my mind read!

    • ProfoundHatred

      I was hoping it would lead down a path to which I would discover some internet black magic that would matrix-style program my brain with discrete math so I wouldn’t fail this god damn exam today. It’s a stretch, I know, but I’m desperate.

      • Vote for Jeb

        What class?

        • ProfoundHatred

          Discrete Structures. Using proof by induction on recurrence relations. Spent all day every day for like the past week on this nonsense and it’s still escaping me.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Oof. What’s your major?

          • ProfoundHatred

            Computer science. My first semester back in school after like 3 years. If I had known discrete was going to be this crazy I would have waited a semester or two to take it.

          • Luckily the semester is discrete and not continuous. Or else you would be fucked!

          • ProfoundHatred

            Hahahaha god damn it.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Ah. best of luck, amigo.

          • Salvador Dalí Lama

            Discrete Structures would be a good band name.

          • ProfoundHatred

            It’s certainly brutal enough.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        “I know Boolean Logic…”

        “Show me.”

    • WHAT COULD JB BE THINKING OF…. LETS SEEEEE….

      FALL OUT 4?

      MIND READ. MIND BLOWN.

      GL

    • KJM, Shake Zula
  • this rules lizard! now get back to bed

    • Vote for Jeb

      This mofo gets up at like 5 am.

    • Lacertilian

      Can’t sleep, injured back at work yesterday. No pain meds.

      • Fuck. Looks like we’re gonna have to put you down.

        • ┼yree

          No.

        • Vote for Jeb

          We can’t kill him. He writes more than the other humps. Guac Jim is much more expendable.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Fuck, is that a correct statement.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Nah, I like what he brings to the site. I’ve just been teasing him the last few days.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Damn it, doc. You let me down bro.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Better put me down.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Now we’re talking.

          • ┼yree

            Hahaha! I see you are upfucking yourself.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Fuck dude, I actually upvoted everyone!

          • Tony W. Horton
          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Shit, doc. THIS IS MY SONG!
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G31aSs2flbg

          • Guacamole Jim

            You shoulda stuck to your guns. I’m disappointed in you.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Fuck, you edited it? I’m taking away my upvote, bro.

          • Tony W. Horton

            You upvote people?

          • Guacamole Jim

            Have you seen any of Tyree’s comments?

          • ┼yree

            He’s stabbing me a little closer to death with each one.

          • Guacamole Jim

            At first, I laughed and then upvoted. Then realized that I was probably stabbing you to death. Then thought that’s maybe what you wanted, and now I’m unsure of the etiquette of upvoting.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            How about upfucking?

          • ┼yree

            When you put it that way…

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            It’s true. You need to die.

          • ┼yree

            I’m sure everyone here would appreciate that day. Finally that son of a bitch is gone. No more black metal and drum programming rants.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Dude, you and me both. The hatred for us is strong.

          • ┼yree
          • I hardly think anyone hates you both. lol

          • Dagon
          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            That’s some hot 70s shit, right there.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Derp.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Who the fuck are you?

          • Tony W. Horton
          • *slow clap*

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Wow. Fucking garbage.

          • Tony W. Horton

            “Bring it, bring it, come on, X me!” – Tony Horton.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            X you? Nope, this is getting weird, doc.

          • Lacertilian

            This guy looks creepy and/or crazy.

        • Lacertilian

          I only require codeine, beer, weed and 80s/90s movies, is this too much to ask?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Never.

          • Lacertilian

            beer whisky , still good?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            That works too.

          • Lacertilian

            Sure fucking does.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You’re a good man. Smoke if ya got ’em.

  • KSOFM has cracked, he is upvoting everything.

    Total death.

    Time to die.

  • The drums sound programmed to me. There’s a lack of fills and cymbal work that these tracks could be benefitting from.

    • Lacertilian

      Normally, I’d be with you but as with Labyrinthine, I can look past it for those excellent riffs and mood.

      • He needs Scott Hull’s drum machine. It’s the only one that works.

  • BEARD-SPLITTER

    This is an ez pass. Its rare i dont dig the lizards droppings.

  • Waynecro

    This is pretty sweet. Thanks, dude!

  • Óðinn

    ~~~