New music roundup: Fen, Blaspherian, Necrowretch, Sempiternal Dusk & Bloodbath

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Do you like music? Because there’s some of that shit right in here.

Fen have been releasing material since 2007. If you didn’t know that, it’s no fault of your own. They’ve been lost in a thick fog made principally of a hundred-fucking-billion bands riding the atmospheric/post-black wave, and overshadowed by the small handful currently doing it right like Falls of Rauros and Wolves in the Throne Room. They’ve got a new album coming out called Carrion Skies, and they just dropped the first single, “Menhir – Supplicant.” Guess what? I think it’s good.

Instead of sounding like a generic song by a band playing what’s in vogue (which, to my ears, is something that Fen tends to communicate), it sounds organic, unforced, and void of contrivance. It’s 12 gripping minutes of stirring atmosphere and shifting melody. A few steps away from their countless peers and into their own territory. Could the release of Carrion Skies see the formation of a unique identity for Fen? We’ll find out on November 22.


 

Here’s one from one of our favorite labels, Iron Bonehead Productions — Blaspherian. Hailing (Satan) from Texas, these gnarly dudes have been around since 2004, releasing a handful of demos, splits, EPs, and one full-length in 2011. They’re about to release a 7″ called Upon the Throne… Of Eternal Blasphemous Death. In addition to a random and wholly unnecessary ellipsis, it also contains a song called “Phoenix of Uncreation,” which you can stream below. It’s exactly the kind of thing you’re expecting a band called Blaspherian to put out: a filthy churn of cavernous death metal that crushes to dust all bells and stabs to death all whistles. Fuck frill.


 

Here’s some more straight-up nasty shit for you. Necrowretch‘s new 7″, Even Death May Die (Lovecraft reference? – W.) just released today (get it through Century Media). This French trio like it fast and full of blasphemy. You can stream the title track “Even Death May Die” below (the other side is a probably-lame Slayer cover). It’s a ripper of a track, though I have noticed a few similar concerns among Soundcloud commenters:

Stream it below:


 

Normally I’d advise you not to trust a polar bear with a mustache (or any polar bear for that matter), but I gave Leif Bearikson a chance and was rewarded with Sempiternal Dusk. Here’s what he said to me in our personal correspondence and definitely not after I asked him for a blurb: “Sempiternal Dusk take your doom and death it up a bit. Or do they take your death and doom it? Either way they have delivered a monster of a tormented album. Much like Sex Bob-omb, they’re here to make you think about death and get sad and stuff.”

Their self-titled debut was released by another one of our very favorite labels on September 30. So yeah, we’re late. But we don’t want you to miss it. From their Bandcamp: “After their demo assault on our eardrums with their 2012 attack, Sempiternal Dusk makes their presence known on five track, forty-seven minute affair. If you like doom in your death metal, Sempiternal Dusk will be most pleasing to your taste.”

Most pleasing, indeed…


 

Lastly, there’s another new Bloodbath song. Look, I’ll admit that I’ve been pretty underwhelmed by the songs we’ve heard so far, but “Famine of God’s Word” is savage. Exploding out of the blocks, this sucker wants to break your neck in record time. And break your neck in record time it shall.

Nick Holmes still sounds off, though… Is that just me?

Grand Morbid Funeral drops on November 18th. Preorder it from Peaceville Records.

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  • I’ll have to lock you in a room with bob for not posting the sylosis song.

    • Howard Dean

      Shut up, bob.

      • TheCheezFace .

        Where the hell is bob? Haven’t seen him for some time

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          He was ousted and never returned.

          • TheCheezFace .

            Ah, ok.

        • bob’s locked up with Ian Watkins.

          • TheCheezFace .

            bahahahaha

    • THAT was quite a decent song ! I have historically not been a fan (not for any good reason), but it was sure a good song.

      I will say though the Fen song was pretty decent! Best black metal I have ever heard!

      GL

      • yes, jamming that Fen song and it is rocket!

        JM

      • W.

        Hurray, you’re going further down the spiral.

    • You could, theoretically, post it right here.

      • True, now I will be stuck listening to it for the next hour or 6 again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXPQR22UwO0

        • Death

          I fail to see why you are so excited about this.

          • because this is the only band I love more than Archspire, problem?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Archspire has plenty of thingamajigs to listen to. This has so few,

          • Sylosis is god tier modern metal, I’m ok with that. I love their entire discography.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu
          • good, you aren’t supposed to be happy! Happy is for lifelovers!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            A bad kind of sad is this. Anger not mixed in it.

          • oh come on, you can’t tell me this song isn’t amazing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_qf_fc7GDY

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Well, they cover a Smashing Pumpkins on their new album, so no thanks on this band.

          • No offense but you hate everything so I put no stock in your opinion lol.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Really? I’ve commented and liked plenty of shit on this site. So, don’t give me your canned drivel of “you hate everything.” Maybe I just don’t like the bullshit you like.

          • Fair enough.

          • W.

            Give him a taste of your infernal molten steel!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I made my case. Though, I will go on record and say fuck Tech Thursday.

          • W.

            It’s popular with the kids. I used to like tech death more, but I’ve found myself drifting further towards blackened death and dissonant death (ala Gorguts).

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Me too. I just got tired of how perfect and soulless it became. None So Vile is the pinnacle to me anyway.

          • W.

            A high water mark, to be sure.

          • Death

            I don’t know if he can tell that, but I sure can. This song is not amazing.

          • Well, let’s agree to disagree and move on then.

          • Death

            Only because you’re pretty.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            This song is not amazing, even if it’s better than the other

          • They’re so fucking good live. Their recordings don’t do them justice. m/
            In my humble opinion…

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Here’s a song that I consider truly evil. Whenever I play this song weird things happen around me. The last time I played this song one of my Planet Hollywood glasses broke inexplicably. I still have a lot of the glasses but I liked this glass as it was from the one in the Mall of America. I don’t even like this era of Black Sabbath but this song stands out because of the weird things that happen when I play it.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B1gsh9Jn8E

          • Howard Dean

            There is so much in this comment. I don’t even know where to start.

          • Mall of America is the obvious starting point.

          • W.

            It just gets better the deeper you go.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I will break this down for you. This song is evil. Weird things happen when I listen to it.

          • JJD, I’m curious what happens the next time you play this song.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I passed out for a few seconds after listening to it earlier. There is something really weird about that song.

          • Damn, dude.

            I am going to take the Janitor Jim Dvggan challenge and listen to this song and see what happens.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You should. I’m not the only one who has had weird stuff happen because of this song. I read a review of the album this was off of and one of the commenters said he got stabbed by a knife while listening to the song.

          • Better than stabbed with a dick, I suppose.

          • HOLY SHIT. I JUST TURNED IN TO 80’s ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL! SOMEONE FUCKING HELP ME!

          • Howard Dean

            Ermahgerd! It blinded you with science!

            I just listened to this song. It killed a bald eagle and started a race war. Shit’s getting crazy.

          • I’m in detention right now, on a Saturday, surrounded by my fellow classmates that cover the entire social status spectrum. The teacher running the show has a real holier than though attitude and this one chick I have a major boner for.

          • Howard Dean

            Claire is such a prude, though. But boy can she put a rise in the pants. You’re better off going after the weird goth, though.

          • There’s something about her kleptomania and compulsive lying that tells me she probably polishes a mean one.

          • Howard Dean

            Hahahahahaha.

          • Dead. I am dead and you’ve killed me.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            The first time I heard it I fell out of my chair and hit my head on the wooden part of my bed. It wasn’t that painful but it did leave a little gash.

          • Death

            I am disappointed in you, Jack.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You love a band more than Archspire? I didn’t think that was possible.

          • Bob Saget

            You forget Jack, it’s not quite crusty and kvlt enough for some of the folks.

            That being said, the track rips — as does everything they’ve ever recorded.

        • The track is bitchin bro. That tone too, damn. The Matt Heafy/Howard Jones clean singing at 2:39 is the only thing I do not care for. Luckily he stops pretty quick…

          Great song.

          GL

  • Howard Dean

    Bands like Blaspherian are why I love metal.

  • Tyree

    Iron Bonehead Productions is record label of the year in my opinion. Nothing but stellar stuff all year from them. Sempiternal Dusk is some dark shit, I’m diggin the first song a lot so far.

    Edit: There is way too much great stuff in one day!

    • IronLawnmower

      Them+Nuclear War Now and Hell’s Headbangers have my music needs sorted.

      • The Satan Ov Hell

        Nuclear war now would be for me as well, if it didn’t take them 2 months to dispatch my eskhaton CD

      • Tyree

        Fallen Empire Records has had some great Black Metal releases this year.

        http://bandcamp.fallenempirerecords.com/album/adversarialism

        • Skaphe & Death Fortress, hail.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            LVTHN

          • Tyree

            Indeed! That demo from LVTHN is quite good too. Skaphe will definitly be high up on my list this year.

            EDIT: KSOFM beat me to it.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            The demo is sick. Glad I snagged a 7 inch.

          • Tyree

            You are lucky. It’s tough to get physical releases from that label. I’d like to get physical copies of Skaphe and Tukaaria.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Well, I just saw they closed their web shop again! Once they reopen I may order a few cassettes and vinyl.

          • Tyree

            Yup, just noticed that my self.

          • Howard Dean

            I have Tukaaria’s Raw to the Rapine on CD as well as the split with Odz Manouk, but those aren’t really too hard to find.

      • Stockhausen

        Don’t forget Dark Descent, The Flenser, and Debemur Morti.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Anja Offensive.

          • Howard Dean

            Ajna Offensive is superb.

          • KJM

            They will be releasing the new Saturnalia Temple disc next year.

          • Howard Dean

            Byah! Good deal.

          • Stockhausen

            Absolutely. There are two Ash Borer vinyls that constantly shriek to me from the record store, and I need to just buy them already.

          • Tyree

            Cold Of Ages is my favorite by them. Such a cold and haunting album.

            Especially the song “Convict All Flesh”. Goddamn I love that song!!!

          • Edward Meehan

            I like when albums shriek at me.

          • W.

            They had a pretty interesting album that I dug earlier this year. trying to think of what it was…

            Oh, Reverorum ib Malacht

      • Howard Dean

        Also Norma Evangelium Diaboli, Profound Lore, Moribund, Drakkar Productions, No Colours…

  • Are you telling me Fen didn’t already explosively carve out their own sound? Because I think they already did https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0Zj3gtosAU

    • THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I’M TELLING YOU.

      • YOU ARE WRONG BECAUSE YOUR OPINION IS DIFFERENT THAN MINE

        • GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

          • I SHALL COME AT YOU LIKE A FIERCE WARRIOR DEFENDING THE SPOILS OF WAR THAT ARE RIGHTFULLY HIS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osCumgaAhlI

          • Death

            Everyone place your bets!

          • W.

            I’ve got my money on the Masterlord. His hair is prettier and his wrists are thicker.

          • You did not just dismiss my hair. That is the lowest blow a warrior can receive.

          • W.

            You have inferior locks!

          • Death

            This is so fucking familiar.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            This is RÄÄKKÄYSTÄ call the police, think of the children.
            Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children.

          • Death

            Did your English stop working?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            No, my English is, has been and shall remain faultless

          • Death

            That single Finnish word doesn’t agree with you.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            It is, I believe an universal word that an be applied to any language known to man, or bear

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            by the way, I believe it’s spelled your

          • Death

            I have no idea what you’re talking about.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Your comment regarding my skills in English

          • Death

            I see no mistakes there. Maybe your computer is broken.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            You sly bastard, you don’t fool me with your quick editing and corrections

          • Holy shit that little guy DEMANDS his heads of lettuce.

          • I am corgi sitting for the next week. Expect something

          • Death

            You’ll be having a fun time, can confirm.

          • Pssst. I don’t mean to alarm you, but I just adopted a corgi mix over the weekend.

          • Death

            Whaaaaaaat? What other breed/breeds does it have?

          • They think she’s a corgi/shetland sheepdog mix, but i’m not sure that’s accurate

          • Death

            Cool mate! You now can join the corgi club.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I have a miniature schnauzer and three cats. The dog’s name is Wally and the cat that is mine is named Hanneman but nicknamed Mittens.

          • W.

            My wife and I have been adopted by a stray cat that we call Dr. Whiskers.

          • M.D. or PHD?

          • W.

            I think he has a D. Ed.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            That’s such an adorable name for a cat. I saved the three cats I have from the side of the road near my house.

          • She’s just about a year old, and around 15 lbs (refresh for pics)

          • OH. MY. GOSH. DYING. LITERALLY.

          • Death

            Ummm.. Shouldn’t you go to the hospital then?

          • Yeah, American white girl culture may not have reached you yet, but it is coming. Here, a primer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ruJBKFrRCk

          • Death

            I am afraid now…

          • Stockhausen

            I usually hate videos like this cuz bitter old man, but this is hilarious.

          • Cock ov Steele

            OMG I can’t even

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I cannot stop laughing at this.

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            Warriors don’t go to hospital!

          • Death
          • Stockhausen

            SO CVTE

          • She will lead millions.
            Willingly, or as slaves.

          • Apparently you are a Red Stag fan too.

            DID WE JUST BECOME BEST FRIENDS??!!???

            GL

          • Pretty sure it is cabbage.

            GL

          • Stockhausen

            Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

        • W.

          Give him your steel, Masterlord!

      • Virgil the Ghost Poet

        Most those bands do sound similar, but I like that.

    • Virgil the Ghost Poet

      I like Fen.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Sempiternal Dusk! also a very good Bloodbath song (I share MS’ thoughts regarding Nick)

    Yet another Gary Oldman worthy disappointment. No one should have to miss the new Asphy… err I mean Soulburn song. Eagerly awaiting the album, even if this song didn’t blow my mind

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eefHcLgLGo

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Ghost Brigade was responsible for 2012’s who-are-they-o-my-dog-I-need-dis-album.

    Now a new song has been premiered. Also Decibel streams another song, which is good too

    http://www.inferno.fi/uutiset/freud-naukkarinen-ikonen-jung-kuuntele-uusi-ghost-brigade-biisi/

    • Death

      You didn’t have to post the inferno article, just the soundcloud. These fuckers won’t understand the article.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Yeah, I was too lazy to look it upon soundcloud, it was easier just to do this. I mean everybody understands what’s a play button, right

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    black metal in america—-

    the toilet swirls on and on–beyond the “pre meditated” bullshit non script —of a dildo cult—and a mainstream—with nothing to hold as sacred—just repitition unto inanity

    (play both at once)
    http://youtu.be/SqQRW55rgMw
    http://youtu.be/EvxyPQT0lhc

    • Dildo Cult is a really sick band name.

      • Stockhausen

        Dibs on melodica.

    • W.

      Hark the words of the Third Eagle.

    • Preach the good word, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • Gurp

    stop putting out new shit
    stop

  • Xan

    Nice! I didn’t know Necrowretch had anything new coming out. The released such a heavy record last year.

  • Ellipsis

    There’s no such thing as a random or unnecessary ellipsis…