I, Voidhanger haul: Mare Cognitum, Inconcessus Lux Lucis, Tongues

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The honorable chaps at I, Voidhanger Records saw fit to send a load of promo material to the toilet, and promo’d it shall be. Do we feature all the promo material we receive? None of your goddamn business. But, you can be sure that if it’s anywhere near as good as this haul, we’ll promo the shit out of it; no ifs, ands, or lolbuttz about it.

Also note: It also helps if the word “void” is in your name. We love that shit around here and strive constantly to stay it.


 

Mare Cognitum – Phobos Monolith

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Mare Cognitum belongs to the growing assemblage of black metal bands who, instead of drawing from the burning depths below, turn their eyes upward to the stars for inspiration. Tobias Möckl’s Darkspace would likely be the most prominent example of this nontraditional approach to the genre, But Mare Cognitum responds to Möckl’s air of suffocating terror with a sense of wonder, instead exploring the vastness of space with wide, starry eyes. For the simple, it’s less “space is scary as shit” and more “space is like, awesome, man.”

With four songs averaging at around twelve and a half minutes long, meandry is a valid concern, but know that it’s unwarranted; the payoff is extraordinary. As you may expect, they’re generally achieved by layering those stirringly melodic trem-picked leads on the high strings; nerve fibers spiraling around the structural backbone of the blastbeat. Though nothing novel, Phobos Monolith’s true strength is in the blooming development of its songs, expertly organized to become more than the sum of their parts. “Nuomenon’s” build follows the winding but well-traveled tracks to what you expect will be its logical climax. Only it isn’t. From there it climbs higher, and higher, and higher still. It reaches the apex, and it goes further. At each new stage shattering expectations, transcending barriers, becoming bigger, fuller, more resonating. “Nuomenon” is a highlight to be sure, but each song is a journey in its own right, lifting you off the ground, sweeping you through the immensity of space, burning brighter after each passing star system, and finally dying out in the pitchblack nothingness behind the last sun.

Jacob Buczarski’s distant, whispering wails clearly emulate John Haughm, and they sound just as at home in the black ether as they do in Agalloch’s primordial forests. Paired with the shifting, cosmic leads they sprawl across a number of emotive lines: fascination, longing, melancholy, sometimes dancing on the edge of despair, now and again even flirting with full-blown evil. It’s remarkably poignant and relatable given the unearthly concept. Perhaps not a portrayal of space itself, but of some mortal response to it. Dude…


 

Inconcessus Lux Lucis – Crux Lupus Corona
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Merely flirting with evil was never enough for Inconcessus Lux Lucis. They fully courted and then totally scored with evil, got it pregnant, and named the little bastard Crux Lupus Corona.

INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS should be perceived as a fissure in this reality, through which the night can freely creep. We are smugglers of spiritual contraband!

W. Malphas (singer/guitarist)

Crux Lupus Lucis is a burner if I’ve ever heard one. It will burn everything. Your face, your ass, your soul, your dinner, your pet, whatever. And all in record time. Calling themselves Saturnian Black Magic might just be a clever way to avoid listing out the myriad of genres they draw from, but with songs this good, they can call it whatever the hell they want. At its root it’s black metal that knows its history (particularly the aggressive groove of 80’s heavy metal), but at the same time it’s not afraid to throw more than a dash of death, thrash, and doom into the Satan stew.

“Crux” violently convulses between its death and thrash leanings, one section in particular being catchier than something this nasty has any right to be. “Lupus” pillages Celtic Frost territory (though with no small amount of eccentricity) until closing things down with a squealing guitar solo straight out of the 70’s. “Corona” is a veritable clusterfuck of tempos and styles, consistent only in its quality and hateful tone.

4 songs. 17 minutes. Infinite Satans.


 

Tongues – Thelésis Ignis

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My father once told me, “Listen you little shit, if you spend your whole life standing on the edge of the void, you’ll never learn how to dwell within it.” Then he pushed me in without arm-floaties and I sank to the bottom and we never connected on an emotional level ever again and that’s why I am the way I am. You know what it sounded like down there? Tongues.

The Danes in Tongues play the hell out of the murky death/black hybrid with unhinged dissonance. Ranging from atonal to kinda-tonal, the blackened churn of riffs froth and foam beneath mechanically precise drumming, creating a contrast that, during the faster sections of “Will of Fire” and “Last Grip of the Hand of Guilt,” I wouldn’t hesitate to compare to Ulcerate. When things slow down, the comparisons hold little water and Tongues go about fevered, lurching ceremonies that are very much their own. The void is their temple, the slow boil of muddy distortion, ritual drums, and foul, protean gargling their incantation.

After three punishing hymns, we’re left with my favorite track, “Bloodline of the Blind,” six-and-a-half minutes of stretching ambiance. The subtle build of organ yawns beyond a deep, abysmal voice chanting its mantras; reverent but depraved, sacred but profane. If the first three tracks were psalms to the abyss, the fourth is its loathful reply, murmuring through dimensions.

A moment of inexplicable horror it was
When he, the foul one, rose from the depths
Blackened sludge fell from his mouth,
Filled with rotting teeth and words of war
His eyes, empty of soul, peace he knew not of

Fuck that.

  • RuIN?

    Nope, no lolbuttz here.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • CyberneticOrganism

      m/

  • I, Voidbanger is one of the most consistently awesome labels out there right now. I have yet to hear anything they’ve put out that wasn’t great. Midnight Odyssey, Spectral Lore, Howls of Ebb, Malasangre, Malhkebre…they know what’s up.

    • I won’t be surprised if Mare Cognitum join Spectral Lore and Midnight Odyssey as their atmospheric black metal posterboys after this.

  • Paris Hilton

    Why does that spider have titties? Do all spiders have titties? I’m so lost, afraid, and kind of aroused. I need Jesus.

    • GOD ov VOID

      😉

      • Paris Hilton

        Why did you create a spider with titties? Can a person buy spider milk? What about spider greek yogurt? I have so many questions…

    • Akercocke ov Steele

      You need the void miss(ter)!

      • Paris Hilton

        I need a new Metroid game and a nap.

        • VV.

          Just revisit Prime.

          • Paris Hilton

            I’ve beaten the first and second ones more times than I can count. I even had the fuckin Fusion suit in the first!

          • VV.

            Hmm. I can’t recommend Other M. Maybe Zero Mission?

          • Paris Hilton

            Other M. is plebeian trash. I’d rather give Haxl P0$enburg a sponge bath than play that shit again (Seriously. FUCK what they did with Samus and FUCK THAT GAME!!!!). Zero Mission was fun, though!

          • VV.

            It wasn’t terrible as an action game, but it was an awful Metroid game and totally jacked up Samus’ stone cold persona.

          • Paris Hilton

            Yeah! I just thought it was horseshit that they turned Samus from a hard-as-fuck bounty hunter that isn’t shook by fuckin hyper-intellegent steel space pirate dragons to this bimbo that won’t do shit without a man’s permission.

          • “Hyper Intelligent Steel Space Pirate Dragons” is a siqqqq band name.

          • VV.

            Not as good as Spider Milk.

          • Paris Hilton

            I call dibs on both so if y’all fucks steal them I get Roy-al-tees motherfucker! Royalties!

          • VV.

            Samus is a strong independent Florida woman who don’t need no man.

            I really hope that the rumors of Team Retro getting the reins again are true. If they are, hopefully, they’ll find a way to work that game out of canon.

          • Paris Hilton

            I really hope so haha like if that game was under any other name except Metroid it wouldn’t be bad… but for Metroid it just don’t cut it

          • VV.

            You’re right as usual, Paris. Also, does it bother you that most depictions of Samus now are her in the Zero Suit rather than in her awesome armor?

          • Paris Hilton

            Yeah! Like what the fuck is that? You should only get to see her out of her suit when you beat 100% of the games! Wasn’t that the point? To reward your efforts of tedious fucking searching by making it really rare and special to see her out of her suit? Now I feel fucking stupid for doing it!

          • VV.

            Paris, we need to hang out more.

          • Paris Hilton

            We really do!

          • I wanna see more video game posts. I don’t get to play anymore so I like reading about ’em.

          • hey Joe, serious question: if we write articles about movies ‘n vidja games, dat cool? seems like people around here know way more about metal than i do, sometimes it’s tough to come up with interesting metal articles.

          • I’m down.

    • Zapp Brannigan

      You need the Zapper.

      • GOD ov VOID

        You find the most erotic part of a woman is the boobies.

        • Zapp Brannigan

          Who Told you God? And don’t try and tell me your some “all-seeing being of eternal omnipotence” That card has been played.

          • GOD ov VOID

            Kif. He notified me that you made it with a woman.

  • GOD ov VOID

    Today I forfeit my lifeloving status. This is all amazing stuff. Already bought inconcessus lux lucis’s album. Today is a damn good day and hope we get some more promos flowing in.

  • Tyree-Argo Fuck Yourself

    “Crux Lupus Corona” is rocking the Void right now. Fucking death worshiping nastiness.

    Also, new Primitive Man split with Fister is out. New Primitive Man song here:
    https://primitivemandoom.bandcamp.com/album/split-with-fister

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

    Space is like the void, but like… even bigger, and like… even emptier. STAY EMSPACESIFIED.

    • KJM

      You may think it’s a long trip down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to Space…

      • Paris Hilton

        You catch the Hester/KSOFM flame war on MS? I’m fuckin in tears laughing

        • GOD ov VOID

          link?

          • Paris Hilton
          • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

            This wasn’t as lulzy as I was hoping

          • Paris Hilton

            IDK I thought it was hilarious. I do wish it was more heated though….

          • GOD ov VOID

            “keep fisting yourself to Death” Lolz

          • Tyree-Argo Fuck Yourself

            I refuse to view that site but I’m assuming that came from KSOFM?

          • VV.

            Good man. @rottingcarcass:disqus, do you remember that conversation we had on Friday about self-respect?

          • GOD ov VOID

            Of course! I didnt comment, just went to see KSOFM flame war.

          • VV.

            I’m proud of you.

          • GOD ov VOID

            You would be right.

        • Tim the Enchanter

          Wasn’t Hester a good troll at one point?

          • Paris Hilton

            Hmm. He’s sort of a wildcard. Sadistikexecution is a shit-tier troll. Hester can be either good or evil!

          • Tim the Enchanter

            Is shit-tier a good thing?

          • Paris Hilton

            No! Unless you think using the word “lib-tard” unironically is a good thing. If you do, please refrain from contacting me and go back to watching My Little Pony and posting in the Men’sRights SubReddit.

          • Tim the Enchanter

            I see shit used in positive and negative meanings a lot. My mistake.

          • Paris Hilton

            I see the confusion! English is kind of a fucked language! I mean saying “This is the shit” vs. “This is shit” mean the complete opposite haha

          • Sadistik was in the toilet last week! Friday i think…

          • Tim the Enchanter

            He’s a lousy troll. What did he say here?

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

    ..

    • Tyree-Argo Fuck Yourself

      This guy gets it.

  • VV.

    Good stuff. Digging Tongues. Send us more promos, please.

  • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM
    • Dental_Damnation

      Being a thrash/DM guy I expected to flush everything in this list, but you’re right Mare Cognitum is incredibly good. Wish this new stuff was on Spotify tho.

  • Tyree-Argo Fuck Yourself

    The new Arcanus Tenebrae EP came out today too. Pretty nasty stuff.

    https://drakkar-productions-official.bandcamp.com/album/arcanus-tenebrae-triumphus-atri-sanguinis

  • Where the hell is Link with MY GODDAMN HAPPY STICKER?

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    Bear-hugging the void today. This stuff is good stuff.

  • This shit is the good shit.

    • Tim the Enchanter

  • CyberneticOrganism

    One can never have too much void

    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/HhB7jrcX_54/maxresdefault.jpg

  • Did you guys hear what’s happening in Buffalo? It’s 60 degrees so now the snow is melting and they are worried about flooding.

    • GOD ov VOID

      Man they cant get a break.

      • Yea what’s the deal man? Why you doing this to them?

        • GOD ov VOID

          ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

    Mare cognitum kicks good!

  • Oh man. “Corona” is a fucking JAM dude.

    • It’s a nasty son of a nasty bitch, isn’t it?

      • Tyree-Argo Fuck Yourself

        I like my bitches nasty. This one is certainly nasty.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Wooooo!!!, major hoe down to Inconcessus! woooo!!!!

  • i think it’s pretty trilling rocket that a record label reached out to the toilet!

  • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM
  • Xan

    Hot damn, all three bands are great! I particularly enjoy Mare Cognitum. I need more music about space and cosmological horror and shit.

  • Count_Breznak

    Inconcessus Lux Lucis is the happiest black metal I know, it’s like some Finnish Humpa band covering Melechesh. Certainly interesting.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Void….void everywhere.