Iron Bonehead Promo Roundup: Swarþ, Isabrut, and Death Karma

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Hey flushers, we’ve got a whole bunch of gnarly music to share with you. The kind folks over at Iron Bonehead, one of our favorite indie labels, sent us a whole mess of awesome material. So, in a metaphorical act of back-scratching, I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to highlight some of the great material that stood out to me. I’ve ordered this post from shortest release to longest, so if you’re in a bind for time, save Death Karma for later. But if you neglect to come back to them , I vow that when I am eventually freed from this mortal coil, your wretched life will be the first one I haunt. Now, let’s get to it.


SwarþVeneficivm (2/27/2015)

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My pal Masterlord first shone the light on the tar-black morass that is Swarþ (I’ll let you figure out how to pronounce that) back in a roundup of new tracks earlier this month. Since then, I’ve turned up little information about them, and according to their handlers at Iron Bonehead, that’s the way it’s meant to be. A cloud of mystery hangs about the band like a poisonous miasma, obscuring their movements and identities. What is clear, however, is that this band is a dominant force ready to plunge all existence into the blackest maw of the abyss.

Invoking malevolent riffs reminiscent of Ondskapt or Mortuus and marrying them to unholy blasts in some ancient, unspoken pagan ritual, Swarþ succeed at creating an oppressive, malevolent atmosphere with each of the two tracks on Veneficivm. Inhuman vocals, battering drums, cavernous bass, and snaring guitars all swirl and weave together in a caustic net of deceit and claustrophobic chaos sure to turn the head of any Portal fan. Succumb to the conquering worm gnawing at the corrupt heart of black metal. Succumb to Swarþ.


IsabrutIsabrut (10/24/2014)

isabrut

We somehow slept on Isabrut‘s demo debut, and shame on us for our negligence. Out of the howling wilds of Canada, the enigmatic Isabrut emerge like a ravenous wendigo seeking the warm flesh of living men. Menacing, unrelenting, chilling. Fitting descriptors for a merciless band. You may ascertain from the runic album cover and pagan-sounding name that Isabrut dabble in Norse mythology, but don’t for a second believe that this is some pedestrian Viking-metal band. Beneath the crushing lyrics regarding Ragnarök and the death of Yggdrassil lies the furious heart of an indomitable conqueror.

But does the musicianship match the force of the lyrics? I answer you with a resounding yes! The drums batter, the vocals bruise, and the bass bludgeons. But what really sets this band apart are the riffs. While a lot of death/black metal bands are content to play riffs written by other bands twenty years their predecessor, Isabrut bring Mjolnir’s thunder with a battery of unique riffs that manage at times to evoke Slayer, Vader, or, on rare occasions, Bölzer without sounding like a cheap facsimile of any of the above. There’s a uniqueness and earnestness that shines through, and I can’t wait to see what these berserkers can really do when they unleash a full-length.


Death KarmaThe History of Death & Burial Rituals, part 1 (2/13/2015)

deathkarma

“Death is as young as humanity itself. It accompanies mankind from the very beginning, and it is an integral part of life.” My friends, for this final band, I’d like you to join Infernal Vlad, Tom Coroner, and me on a journey through the end of life itself. The History of Death & Burial Rituals, part 1 is the fascinating and multifaceted debut full-length from the unstoppable duo. Although they garnered high praise for their previous EP A Life Not Worth Living, the ghastly pair have constructed an unassailable necropolis that very well may rest high atop the bones of any contenders come end of year (and life itself). The History of Death is a story of cultural treatments of death written in the fragmented bones and torn sinews of black and death metal and sewn together with sinuous and peerless instrumentation.

Above all else, Death Karma know the importance of songcraft, as you’d likely expect from a band boasting members of Lykathea Aflame and Cult of Fire. But this band goes so far beyond simple expectations. The black metal assault is bolstered by a versatile keyboard performance that veers from melancholy organ drones to shifty chromatic runs, never dominating the song but always strengthening it. Each culture represented on the album is treated with dignity and represented through both vocal work that flows between spoken word, gothic chanting, heretical incantations, and more effortlessly and by local instrumentation or cultural tones, always in the service of the song and the unique story being told. The band is even content to simply unleash in full-on instrumental mode, with even that track shining through as a unique and complete component of a stellar album. Every element is in its proper place and every bone in its proper ossuary. This album is easily my favorite thing I’ve heard yet this year, and I can’t imagine it not keeping a spot atop the ziggurat of best releases of 2015. In closing, I’ll leave you with the lyrical focal point of this treatise on death while you jam the excellent track below.

“Slovakia – ancient burial customs of superstitious and deeply religious villagers still exist in certain areas till today.

Madagascar – dance with Death, in the name of Famadihana.

Mexico – the most famous dead town which once lived though death. Enter the mouth of the Chichen Itza well – where people were buried in blood.

Czech Republic- ‘Umrlcí prkna’ provide a place for Death through the long and harsh winters, so the earth could accept the bodies in spring.

India – The Towers of Silence. Here one can feel and hear death the most.

China – Hanging coffins on high rocks so nobody disturbs the peace of the dead.”

Keep your eye on Iron Bonehead’s Bandcamp page for these releases.

(All Images Courtesy of Iron Bonehead)

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  • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

    I like this Isabrut stuff a lot.

  • IronLawnmower

    Swarþ is pronounced Swarth yo.

    • the quality of this gif is amazebro!

      GL

      • Scrimm

        Is it just me or is it super clear?

        • DDubya.

          That’s a high quality gif.

    • Is that Black Dynamite or Shaft?

      • Mr.CustodialArts

        DO WE ALL LOOK THE SAME TO YOU?
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdxMkQhq58g

        • Tyree

          This is painful to watch.

          • I like the part where he slaps himself in the face. I cannot believe it goes on for almost 5 mins….

            GL

        • I only know what Marsellus Wallace looks like.

          • Tyree

            Does he look like a bitch?

          • Yes, right after Zed raped him.

    • This movie >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    Fuck there are too many good bands, I quit life.

    • Guacamole Jim

      It’s ridiculous. I can’t keep up.

  • Gurptitude

    Hey Dubya, when labels send you guys promo materials, is it like, actual MP3s that you can own, or is it just Soundcloud links and such?

    • Most often there are options to stream and download using a specific promo service.

      • Black Vomit

        No physical copies? Bummer.

        • Not yet – it seems that physical promos generally go to bigger publications. TBH, we’re still a baby site. I’m working on getting us to the next level.

          • Isn’t the next level toddler?

            Toddler site >>>>> baby site

            GL

          • Exactly. You can all look forward to me growing a giant ego and acting like a total butthole all the time as we get bigger.

          • I’ll be the embezzler!

          • Guacamole Jim

            I’m doing to date my way up the corporate ladder.

          • Dubya is gonna take on the “Selena’s Fan Club President” role.

          • DDubya.

            More like Selena will be in the Dubya fan club.

          • It defiantly makes sense hopping for a steady growth and not an explosion. I wish I had better insight into how to grow such a thing. I guess sticking to your principles is a fair concept. I will continuing thinking about this. . . .

            GL

          • Sticking with it, embracing the community, writing good articles and putting in effort every day is a great way to do it. We have the benefit over most blogs of having a tight knit and strong community to share the articles all over the place and help raise general awareness of the blog in the overall metal community. Most blogs seem to just start as a generic “I review things” blog and get nowhere. We have that and so much more. I have no doubt we will continue to grow if we all continue to put effort into this shit stained flushing machine

          • What is crazy to me is sites like metalinsider.net have a huge following with NO COMMUNITY. I feel like any site would kill to have this type of interaction every single day. It is an interesting internets we live in.

            GL

          • We have something really special.

          • Scrimm

            We’re freaks.

          • Scrimm

            Might not be that far off.

          • I’m trying to figure out which one is the power metal guy

          • Scrimm

            Good question

          • I’ve studied and experimented a little bit of communication in social media marketing and let me tell you that the Toilet is a great example of a pretty cohesive community that auto-regulates and expand their own production. I’ve been watching all of you, jejejejeje…

          • ****TONIGHT ON VENEZUELA EXPOSED: WHAT WILL LINK DIVULGE TO GREATER SOUTH AMERICA ABOUT HIS DEALINGS WITH A “TOILET FROM HELL”. STAY TUNED ****

            GL

          • You guys wanna see a toddler blog temper tantrum? let me write an article about how much Pantera sucks

          • THIS! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

            GL

          • I love you, Randall, but I will beat you to death with your own 12-sided dice.

          • article hasn’t even been written and the rage begins!

          • This is the greatest thing I have ever read. Can I divulge a secret? I have a 20 sided die. So there.

            GL

      • Gurptitude

        Awesome! I’m gonna have to start my own blog to rake in the jams!

        • If you wanted to write for the terlet you’d certainly get some jamz in your inbox… Just sayin’

          • Gurptitude

            Awesome! I’m going to write an article and rake in the free jams!

          • KICK OUT DA JAMS, MADAFAKAAAAS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvJGQ_piwI0

          • Gurptitude

            Ooh! I heard the Rage Against the Machine cover of this song.

          • Guacamole Jim

            We need to get more not-metal promo stuff so I can experience the joy of pre-released jams.

            Or I just need to step my game up and write about metal, for once.

          • I actually do get a few non-metal promos sometimes. I’ll send some stuff your way.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Sweeeeeeeeeeeeet. You’re the best, Papa Joe.

          • cosigned

          • IF YOU GET ANYTHING FROM THRICE OR FLEET FOXES I WILL SLAY THOUSANDS OF YOUR ENEMIES FOR YOU IF YOU SEND IT TO ME

  • Scrimm

  • So did KSOFM disappear again? All his comments from yesterday are deleted – like he deleted his account again….. ?

    GL

    • Scrimm

      Looks that way.

    • Tyree

      Way to go.

      • I think the whole part of me figuring approximately where he lived put him slightly over the edge. Hardly seems reasons enough to go deleting things!

        GL

        • Gurptitude

          I think the Nirvana needling had something to do with it. Or that could be my imagination.

          • If JJD can take a beating for liking everything underneath the sun then I am sure KSOFM will be just fine.

            GL

          • Guacamole Jim

            Seconded. JJD is a good sport.

            GJ

          • I have to hand it to him, he knows a lot of different tunes across every musical spectrum!

            GL

          • Seriously, I think every single person here has collectively hated on him at some point for some band, and usually he’s completely non aggressive about it

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Ahem.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I was just saying I don’t think I have clowned / flamed / given JJD crap about his bands.

          • Your day shall come. Or keep being nice

          • Lacertilian

            Ignoring is the worst punishment though, maybe you should flame and be a better person?

          • Lacertilian

            Ignoring is the worst punishment though, maybe you should flame and be a better person?

          • JJD rulz, bro..

          • Guacamole Jim

            Here I am, trying to get my Randall Thor-esque hate on (slaying posers and the like), and he’s just taking it and unabashedly loving terrible music.

            DAMMIT I NEED ROOM TO HATE

          • Just pick a genre no one likes and draw your weapon, that’s what I do

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSHDEsHW_80

          • weird. something similar happened a few months ago, before he re-created his profile. you’d think a hardened scrug like him could take a lil’ flogging

  • Tyree
  • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

    So DDubya, should you ever lose yourdelf in Funlandian mountain range, I might offer you a “warm place” as a token of my appreciation of this post

    • DDubya.

      Aww, I appreciate that

    • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

      DDeath Karma, oujee.

      • DDubya.

        I’m honestly not that impressed with their EP, but man, this full-length…

        • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

          I think this is my first touch with them. I will check the EP out later on in life.

  • This is probably as close to black metal as I’ll ever get. Cowards only dables in it a little bit, they’re more of the sludgy variety but this is some solid stuff, highly recommend.
    http://cowardsparis.bandcamp.com/album/rise-to-infamy

    • BLXKKBEXRD

      Cowards is the shit, rise to infamy is one of my new fav jams. Even burned a copy for the old lady’s car

      • I like the way this album turned out, they put their foot on the gas for the whole record. No lulls, no stupid interludes just caving your skull in from start to finish.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Isabrut is doing it for me this morning.

  • BLXKKBEXRD

    That character is the “f” sound, I’m sure the tapir can clarify.

    Also, I wish you guys would do the “FFO” thing with posts like this, if you don’t compare them in the desc

    • DDubya.

      Sorry. Tried to name-drop a few there, but these bands are fairly unique. Death Karma sounds closest to Cult of Fire for obvious reasons.

  • Tyree

    Goddamn is that Death Karma song great. Isabrut is so heavy, definitely taking a beating here. Swarþ are just filthy and eerie sounding, love those vocals a lot. The production is perfect too. Looking forward to this shit to be released.

    Iron Bonehead >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Tyree

    Definitely check out Death Karma’s last EP. Tis good ya’ll!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvOudDjl0Lo

  • The End
    • Welcome to the Toilet!

      This definitely sounds good. It has a huge sound. Nice!

      GL

      • The End

        Thank you. It’s my soundtrack to bloodletting.

        • ” It’s my soundtrack to bloodletting.”

          If you don’t mind me asking, what does this mean exactly??

          GL

          • The End

            Sorry about that. I misused that word anyway. I listen to this album and cut myself. That may sound a little extreme. I probably should have toned it down for my first post. Apologies.

          • No worries. Stay healthy man, we are always here if you need someone to talk too. Srs

            GL

          • Mr.CustodialArts

            “I was feeling down, but I found this site that really helped me.”

            “Oh really? What site is that?”

            “It’s called the TOILET OV HELL, and this guy on there who pretends to be GEORGE LYNCH from DOKKEN? Yeah, he really cheered me up.”

            “…”

          • I see no flaw in your analysis. lol

            GL

          • Did I tell you I almost auditioned for a nationally touring Dokken tribute?

          • Really? I did not know such a thing exsisted. Sounds like srs lolbuttz. For what instrument?

            GL

          • 1) Not lolbuttz, <3 Dokken
            2) Vocals

          • WAHHHH!!! Sweet man! You must have some serious pipes! This is incredible information! Exclaimation points!!! ! ! !

            GL

          • I have a live video of our concert a couple weekends ago if you want it

          • it’s so weird posting IRL stuff on here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2cs6K5S_P0

          • This is amazing!!!! Great stuff man!

            GL

          • Thank you! We only have the EP so far, but better than nothing http://avalonsteel.bandcamp.com/

          • Renan Ribeiro

            At least 3 of those views are mine

          • <3

    • Tyree

      This is pretty awesome. The End indeed sir.

    • PhoenixKing Leonhart

      I remember this.

      Didn’t the singer kill himself though?

  • Howard Dean

    As usual, great stuff from our pals over at Iron Bonehead. Nice write ups, Dubya!

    That Isabrut is particularly tasty.

  • Found this trailer today, but I can’t make heads or tails about whether it’d be halfway decent, great, or total lolbuttz. Opinions, anyone, especially if you’ve seen the film (before I go breaking my balls finding the thing, DLing it, and sitting through it)?

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

  • Renan Ribeiro

    Oh Iron Bonehead… your time will come. Once I get my license, you will taste the mighty weight of my wallet.

  • sweetooth0

    Iron Bonehead are some taste makin’ mutha fuckas

  • PhoenixKing Leonhart

    Isabrut is really kicking my criminal ass right now.

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about Death Karma as well.

    • DDubya.

      Glad you enjoyed!