Mini-Reviews from Around the Toilet Bowl: 7-23-15

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Where you can read a lot of dumb opinions about a lot of dumb music in record time. 

 

NMNecromantic Worship – Spirit of the Entrance Unto Death [DEMO]
Nuclear War Now | July 15, 2015

As a huge fan of old-school Hellenic black metal, reading the phrase “ancient Greek canon of black metal” in band’s press kit does two things to me. 1) It gets me all excited. 2) It sets my expectations to a nigh unreachable height. This L.A. duo pulls most directly from the early, less-realized Necromantia demos and mimics their signature emphasis on guitar-dethroning gutter-bass while adding their own tinge of subterranean occult to the mix. It’s a hit-and-miss affair, and while the “miss” tends to overpower the “hit”, the strong mood-setting of the interlude track and the classic song-title-repeating chorus in “The Dark Young of Shub Niggurath” brought me back for repeated listens and convinced me to give their full-length a chance when it drops later this year. — Masterlord

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Howls of Ebb – The Marrow Veil
I, Voidhanger Records | August 8, 2015

Surprise, surprise, I’m writing about something weird. I teased Howls of Ebb earlier this year before I ever had a chance to jam the entire mini-album, and I stand by every word I wrote. In the course of only three songs (one of which is over 19 minutes long), the band resets the metallic world’s axis, subverting all norms of song structure and riff composition and reshaping reality as they please. The entire album is strange, disarming, and chaotic and uses other instruments to alarming effect, but lead track “Standing on Bedlam, Burning in Bliss” somehow manages to still be catchy. I can’t get that main evil surf rock riff from Satan’s beach part out of my head. If you’re looking for unique music in metal, look no further. – W.

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MakavrahAwakening The Ancients
Unknown | March 23, 2015

‘Open unto me the way across angled time and curved space, let the passage be free unto the crawling chaos’ is the inscription emblazed upon the cover for this 11 minute, one track release from New Hampshire’s Makavrah, and to be blunt, one track is all you need. You need to come up for air sometime. Drenched in a fuzzy hallucinatory haze, this meandering trek through ephemeral stoner-doom will cloud your peripheral vision, swirling it until but a central point of focus remains. Interspersed between the plods of thick droney sludge are alluring clean sections with some overlying exotic flavour (particularly at the 6:30 mark). Juxtaposing the murky guitar tones are clear vocals which, while sparse, are perfectly suited to the music. This might just be the furthest you’ll ever travel for $1. FFO: Sleep, Saturndust, Watchtower. – Lacertilian

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Zeit | ZOE-BIOS
Independent | May 20th, 2014

Italy sure does seem to have some impressive bands that need to be heard in other parts of the world. Venice’s Zeit come at you in full attack mode on this brief two song release that draws much of its influence from Converge‘s last album, All We Love We Leave Behind. There’s plenty of aggression mixed with post metal elements that strike a balance between their metallic hardcore approach fused with colorful accents of melodic riffing. The drumming in particular sounds like Ben Koller himself in some sections while the vocals are more harsh in tone instead of crazed screaming. The only downside is the running time which leaves you starving for more as you eagerly await a full length. — Ron Deuce

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Yellowtooth Crushed By The Wheels Of Progress
Orchestrated Misery Recordings | July 21, 2015

Listening to Yellowtooth’s latest record was a surprising experience to me. While most of the riffing and grooving of this LP comes from the South, straddling that middleground between rock and metal that came to define a whole slew of bands, there is enough sonic elements in the production, songwriting and most importantly, in the vocal delivery that makes me feel like these gentlemen appreciate a bit of death metal on the side. The barking here would not sound out of place among the most intelligible OSDM vocalists. This certainly adds a sense of danger and aggression unfound in other similar bands. The LP is filled with memorable moments and Riff ov the Week contenders, just listen to “Manifesto” for further proof.  — Dagon

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Mist Inan’
Souseller Records | May 8, 2015

Short and sweet, Inan’ brings 4 songs of high quality doom/trad/occult metal. I know, I know, there are thousands of bands that fit this mold out there right now, but few deliver music on the same scale this Slovenian band does. The vocals in this EP are very good – both the lead and backing vocals are delivered by powerful female voices, made more charming and interesting by the subtle foreign accent. My favorite aspect is how nuanced they sound, changing in intensity and tone however the music commands. The riffs are tasteful and, when harmonized with the vocals as they do in the end of the title track, greatly enhance the memorability of the songs. The riff that opens “Under The Night Sky” is one of those guitar bits that you’ll find yourself hearing in your head throughout the day.  — Dagon

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Noisem Blossoming Decay
A389 Recordings | June 6th, 2015

Baltimore’s Noisem are here to make you bang your head, plain and simple. Blossoming Decay is very far from being the musical discovery of the century, but it’s a really satisfying helping of tightly delivered blast beats, meaty riffs and hardcore barks: think of a more Death Metal-leaning Black Breath minus the Kurt Ballou-infused Entombed-worship production. This album sounds exactly like it’s supposed to; it’s unpolished but it doesn’t suffer from lack of punch or definition, with all the instruments coming across as natural and not processed. It’s how I imagine the latest Obituary album should have sounded like. So really, if a handful of dudes under 23 can burst eardrums this well, I think it’s time for everyone else to start taking note. Get Blossoming Decay here.  – MoshOff

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Erang | Ki67_logongdom of Erang
Self-released | 31st March

Erang has been steadily increasing the template of different sounds he uses to craft his albums. While Kingdom of Erang does act as a somewhat of a return after the more Nordic-inspired We Are The Past, saying that it’s flat-out looking back is missing the point completely. Apart from the new winds in the sound department, Erang also brings harsh vocals to his palette, which works well. Whether you are looking for atmosphere, melodies or just music-to-relax-to in your dungeon synth, Erang delivers – on Kingdom of Erang all of the aforementioned are amalgamated thirteen tracks unique sounds and absolute nerddom, just like it should. — Karhu

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Alustrium A Tunnel to Eden
Independent | July 24th, 2015

I had never heard of this band until a few weeks ago, and upon first listen, it didn’t do much for me. Maybe it was a black metal kind of day and I wasn’t in the mood to hear anything else. Regardless, after subsequent listens, I find myself really, really enjoying it. It’s nothing new in the world of tech death, but it’s extremely good for what it is and manages to separate itself from the hordes of generic tech death bands. I find myself more impressed by this group’s talent and musicianship the more I listen to them. If I had to make a comparison, I’d say they are like Black Crown Initiate without the clean vocals. – Jack Bauer

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  • God

    Poser level increasing. Only one I recognized was noisem

  • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

    Damn! That bass guitar is prominent as fuck on that Necromantic Worship. Fucking sick!!! And a big “Fuck yes” to those demonic pitch shifted vocals. Good find Mastergord.

    • Stockhausen

      Despite the hilariously awful cover, I agree on the sick factor. Those vocals are nasty.

    • Are the drums programmed? Sounds very ringy.

      • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

        I can’t really tell. I mean, they sound shitty and sloppy and all, which makes me think they are not. The cymbals sound sort of fake which is usually the big give away though.

        • RJA

          Upon first listen the thought that they were programmed didn’t cross my mind – now it’s the only thing I can focus on!

          • Sorry 🙁

          • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

            Same. It’s all snafu now.

          • Void Dweller

            They sound fake as fuck.

          • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

            Well, I would have played for them. Missed opportunity.

          • Void Dweller

            Their loss.

  • Stockhausen

    That Howls of Ebb album rules.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Verily.

  • JW(E)G

    The price is definitely right on Makavrah. I’d probably have put it on my wishlist (at least) based on the description alone, though.

  • CT-12

    Sort of lost where I was on Howls of Ebb, but I definitely liked it enough to go back and listen to it, not sure if it’s worth the buy right now for me though. And thus, I continuing digging through this post….

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Didn’t think there was anything too good on that Mist Ep, but HoE rules a butt or two.

  • DCLXVI

    Yellowtooth: more like CRUSHED BY OUR DICKS

  • DCLXVI

    The Kingdom of Erang makes me think of the movie Willow.

  • @webb71:disqus, you had me at Black Crown Initiate. i found their bandcamp page here (with three streaming tracks):
    https://alustriumofficial.bandcamp.com/

  • I would like to listen that Yellowtooth in full, Dagy. Some good riffing over there.

    I recommend Alustrium and Erang.

  • Bitter (Tyree) Debra
    • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

      *Youtube downloading this*

      • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

        It’s fucking strange. Figured you’d like this.

  • Malted Hate

    Necromantic Worship is pretty weird (interesting nonetheless).
    That song almost sounded 8-bit-ish to my hears.

    I’m curious about the full length.

  • Malted Hate

    Anyone down for some nasty Death Doom?
    https://gatewaydeathdoom.bandcamp.com/album/gateway

    That engraving as been way too overused, but I can’t help but laugh at the gateway juxtaposition.

    • Whoa!

      GL

    • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

      I got this Bandcamp email this morning. Sounds like Mortician sort of.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      count me in…

    • Lacertilinger

      I know our friend SMOHLG is down with this release, he posted a thread about them this week on the FB group.

  • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

    I might break down and pre-order the new Carly Rae Jepsen (no joke). And the new Krisiun. If either one is on Bandcamp, definite!

    • God

      Each time your name changes, I throw up in my mouth.

      • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

        You always think it can’t get worse, then his depravity reaches a new level.

        • JAJAJAJAJA!!!

        • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

          I know you hate Krisiun, but come on……… Oh, the name! Hehe, I try to keep it classy.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Krisiun >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

        • OldMetalHead

          ~A new levelll of confidence and power. Wait, what were we talking about?

          • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

            Walk on home, boy.

          • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

            My life motto is ‘the profoundly absurd and the profoundly absurd’. It definitely fits this one!

            http://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lyzllgV4b11r69oyso1_500.gif

          • God

            I fink you freaky

          • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

            And I like you alot.

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt

            I am inexplicably fascinated by her.

      • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

        I’ve disavowed your existence from 12 years old until I came to the Toilet. I still pray to The Flying Spaghetti Monster, though, and Tapir when that falls through.

        • more beer

          If those two things can`t save you nothing can.

        • God

          I tuned out prayers 1000 years ago anyway. i pick one each week now to grant out of a big fishbowl.

      • Pretty much this

    • i hate that big artists don’t have a bandcamp. oh well, there’s still amazon for new farts like me who don’t really want physical media!

      • Le Tapir The Based

        You know what I want? I want McNulty to release an album.

        • d’awwww! i don’t play any instruments, i don’t understand power electronics, and my rapes aren’t good. so……

          • Le Tapir The Based

            DO IT! JUST DO IT!

          • if you’re referencing the shia lebouf video, you get four <3 <3 <3 <3

          • Le Tapir The Based

            Don’t let your dreams be dreams.

          • Yesterday you said tomorrow!

          • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

            May he learn the ancient ways of the tapir flute.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        i share your disdain..

    • JW(E)G

      I pre-ordered (via iTunes), and I have no regrets.

      …though I suppose unconsciously I may still be trying to hide my pop-music-leanings, since it’s the only genre I don’t buy in physical format at all.

      • Nicki Minaj’s Cannibal Diaper

        Check out Angels And Agony, Melotron, and VNV Nation (Empires and Futureperfect era)

  • Disgustache

    Gonna have to jam that Mist when I get home tonight. I’m a sucker for hot European lead singers that have an accent.

    http://www.veckorevyn.com/Global/Veckorevyn/nojesnytt/artiklar/2007/angelinas-hemliga-brollop/Maja.jpg

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt

      Not sure if dude or chick.

  • OldMetalHead

    The reason why this is my favorite recurring feature on TOH is again borne out. Multiple things to love on here including Makavrah, Yellowtooth, and Alustrium. The Howls of Ebb kind of sounds like the soundtrack to an old school horror film.

    • Lacertilinger

      I realised I absent-mindedly had Makavrah on repeat earlier in the week while at work on the third listen and just let it go anyway.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    AHHHH, that picture. Its like a linkedin meetup. AHHHHHH

  • Waynecro

    Alustrium’s “A Tunnel to Eden” is killer.

  • What about dat nu Future? Better fuck up some commas and peep dat.

  • Lacertilinger

    This Noisem is working today @moshoff:disqus.
    Also, cheers @nordlingritesovkarhu:disqus, that Erang is super-chill and reminds me of a video game I’ve never played but enjoyed, until I got the the stupid bit you can’t get past, you know that bit. I always used cheats there. Fuck that bit.