Newsworthy Releases! Portal/Blood of Kingu Split and Buckshot Facelift Full-Lengths

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On Black Friday, I was hanging out at my folks’ house, watching Godzilla with my dad and casually checking Facebook. Suddenly, something interesting caught my eye. The ever enigmatic Portal posted about a brand new split with black metal titans Blood of Kingu being distributed by the reliably kvlt Hell’s Headbanger’s. Intrigued, I scuttled over to the HH webstore to have a looksee. The split was being released solely on 7″ vinyl, rendering this particularly unholy piece of music particularly exclusive.

Thankfully, I happen to own a record player, so I immediately purchased the split (in garish gold, of course). I awaited anxiously for the split to arrive, and it finally showed up at my humble abode last week. Let me tell you, it is just as gritty and nasty as you’d expect from these two bands. Portal’s half, the cryptic “Trapezohedron,” sounds like some cosmic horror unearthed from the shiftin sands beneath Tutankhamun’s tomb. Angles collide and shift in non-euclidean space while the Curator’s murky howls coalesce like black tar over the thick morass of instruments. According to the webstore, “recorded in 1999 on a ‘crooked four-track device’ with the founding duo of guitarist Horror Illogium and vocalist The Curator, this unearthed gem literally sounds like time collapsing in on itself.” Good enough for me. Blood of Kingu’s contribution, “Destroyer of Everything Infinite and Timless” is no less menacing or infernal. “Recorded in Febuary/March 2014, the track is a surging, devouring pulse of absolute dread and terror.” Quite.

So why am I posting about this now. 1. I know a lot of you elitists out there own record players, and this is a must-have exclusive. 2. No one else has talked about it (aside from a blip on the Lambgoat  forums and a review on Metal Observer). 3. I finally tracked down some digital music from it. Earlier last week, I found the tracks available for a stream on bandcamp, but it looks like that link has been taken down. Never fear though, because I located a youtube vid of the Blood of Kingu section. Jam below. I’ll keep you posted as to a further digital release, but make sure you pick up your vinyl copy here. Also, don’t forget to like Portal and Blood of Kingu on Facebook.


On another note, I saw the other night on Facebook that skronky hardcore bruisers Buckshot Facelift are now releasing some of their previous albums on bandcamp for free. No, not for “name your price” free, you cheap bastards, but for “free download” free. You can now pick up Anchors of the Armless Gods, Universal Goat Tilt, and the 2005 Demo for free. In my review for Living Ghosts of the North Shore, I gave Will Smith (of Artificial Brain) and co. high praise for their seething, chaotic blend of death metal and hardcore, and these previous albums certainly don’t disappoint. Be sure to toss them some money for Living Ghosts and the prior release Elder’s Rasp on bandcamp and give them a like on Facebook. Skronk!

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  • Edward #negrod4eva

    I checked out the Portal / Blood of Kingu split and thought it was #trill.

    I picked up three FREE Buckshot Facelift albums and after W. had a ‘Come to Jesus’ talk with me I purchased the fourth that was ‘name your price’ after I had already downloaded it in a splurge of guilt-free new music.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

      I’ll have to listen to the split. On the subject of releases that psychedelic rock band Kenny Rogers was in re-released their first and second albums on 1 CD.

      • VVorld Peace

        Note that this split is only available on vinyl at the moment.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

          I own a nice turntable so I might buy it.

          • which ELO’s do you have JJDST?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            Out Of The Blue and Time. I also have albums from Moody Blues, Meat Loaf, Judas Priest, Jefferson Starship, Yes, Asia, The Cars, Foghat, Utopia and Supertramp. There’s also a ton more that I’d have to check.

          • Time is great, i remember us agreeing on that months ago. but you need more d00d! On the Third Day is as good as ELO gets. how about old Queen? i love their first few albums!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I own no Queen albums on vinyl sadly. I do know that the Barnes And Noble near me has a ton of ELO, Rush and Alice Cooper albums for 5 dollars though.

  • Glock Jim

    Maybe I’m a heathen, but I could never get into Portal. I should give them another go.

    • VVorld Peace

      Heretic! Burn him at the stake!

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Their music is quite confounding Glock Jim. Give it another try, take a break, give it a try again. There might be something there for you, or hell, maybe not.

      • Glock Jim

        That’s the thing – I often like challenging music, so it surprises me that Portal never grabbed me. Though, to be fair, the first time I heard Meshuggah I hated them, and now they’re one of my favourite bands.

        • VVorld Peace

          Portal took me a while. Their newest album actually offers the greatest amount of clarity.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            This. The newest portal is the only one I can even get down with.

          • Howard Dean

            I used to be bigger on Portal than I am now. I still think their maddening mind-fuckery is intriguing, but as music I will pull off the shelf and actually choose to put on, they are pretty low on my list. I almost never listen to them. There are literally hundreds of bands I would put on before them. And there are many bands that play a similar style to Portal that I find superior: Mitochondrion, Antediluvian, Abyssal, and even Impetuous Ritual.

          • VVorld Peace

            Mitochondrion are definitely solid.

          • Mitochondrion the band >>>>>>>>> Mitochondrion the membrane

          • VVorld Peace

            Thanks for reminding me about Mitochondrion, by the way.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          The first time (long time ago now) I heard Calculating Infinity by The Dillinger Escape Plan I had some headphones and I was like –

          huh? Nope. Not even.

          That one grew on me a lot since.

          • I remember the first time I listened to CI. Blew my damn mind right through my earholes. I don’t think I’ll ever hear anything again that will hit me like “holy shit this is impossibly hard”.

          • VVorld Peace

            Miss Machine was the first DEP album I heard, and it had a very similar effect on me.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I had my phone on shuffle the other day in my truck when I was with my dad (not a metal fan), and One of Us is the Killer started playing and he looks at me and says “Wow this is fantastic.” Then Prancer comes on and he says to me, “Okay now this one sucks.” That’s why I love them, they have so many different sounds to them.

          • VVorld Peace

            I’m probably in a minority that thinks they peaked with Ire Works.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I personally loved that album. It would’ve been my album of the year for 2013, but then I listened to Surgical Steel.

          • VVorld Peace

            Ire Works was 2008, right?

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            2007 I believe. If you haven’t, you should see them live. One of the best shows I’ve ever attended.

          • VVorld Peace

            You’re right, it was 2007. I was supposed to see them live once here in my town, but then the venue got shut down and they had to reschedule to a nearby city.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I always hear about DEP and Cattle Decap being two of the best bands to see live. I’m quite excited that I’ll be seeing Cattle Decap in abou two or three weeks

          • VVorld Peace

            That’s awesome, dude.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Agreed, TDEP put on a heck of a show.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            They’re great even when they open too. I saw them open for NIN and Soundgarden. Most people were like “What the fuck is this?” But those who knew what it was were moshing like crazy.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I have seen videos from that tour and based on the videos I wish I had gone.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            All I have to say is it was just wow. NIN live is incredible.

          • VVorld Peace

            Trent Reznor is a big DEP fan.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            W is a big Trent Reznor fan.

          • VVorld Peace

            And an unabashed one at that.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            NIN put on an incredible live show.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I loved The Downward Spiral. It’s one of my favorite albums ever. Reznor also makes a good soundtrack as shown by Gone Girl and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            Let’s not forget he produced ‘The Antichrist Superstar”. Fucking terrific album.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            See also: The Social Network.

          • The Fragile is my go-to NIN jam

          • VVorld Peace

            I like the Fragile, but there are other NIN albums I love more, such as Broken.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I wish he’d produce a TDEP record.

          • i remember thinking, “that lead vocalist wants to kill me”. he was doing that thing where he picks a person from the audience and screams to him/her.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I wasn’t too thrilled with One of Us is the Killer. I should listen to it again, but it all sounded kinda the samesies.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Miss Machine is still one of my favorite metal albums. On that album those boys do what they do well.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            TDEP is a hard band to just love at first. You have to get it before you can like it.
            I’m currently trying to like the new At the Gates, but it’s not working. I find it to be kinda boring.

          • VVorld Peace

            I thought it was boring too, mate.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            pretty wide consensus on this.

    • Gvrp

      That’s what I thought the first time through, too. What got me back into them was seeing the words people used to describe them like ‘otherworldly’ or ‘dissonant’ or even ‘creepy’. Different vibe than what I was used to at the time.

    • when i first heard Portal i didn’t like it in the typical sense. i was like “this is odd, i shall keep listening because of how odd it is”. then after a few spins i enjoyed it intrinsically.

    • Make sure to listen to them while driving at night during a thunderstorm.

      • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

        I’m going to do that tonight. Thank you for this terrific idea.

      • Lacertilian

        *Awaits inevitable nightly Sydney thunderstorm with car running*

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

    Here’s a release I didn’t know about until today. Ministry has re-released their collection of the singles from 1981-1984. That made me happy.

    • Howard Dean

      Jesus built Janitor Jim’s Hot Rod!

  • GL

    Off topic: If you type toiletovhell.com and try to spell correct it you get this…. (refresh).

    hahalolz

    GL

    • This fucked with my head, I kept trying to close the options box, until I realized you had posted a picture lol.

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        JB!

      • George Clarke

        same

    • GL

      Also off topic: I have been trying to get this goddamn FEA model to run for 3 days. I check the message file and came across this… Apparently the devil is in my code.

      GL

  • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

    W, as per your ravings about them (i donno if you saw my comment yesterday), I gave Blood of Kingu a spin because i didn’t realize it was the guy from Drudkh’s project. Now I can get excited about this(though i’m not a huge fan of Portal)

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      If we can still be frands BB,

      Blood of Kingu >>>>>>>>>

      • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

        We can be frands, but I can choose to ignore your love of Nirvana.

        I’m a hugee proponent of Drudkh, so anything he’s involved in is ok by me.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          Hey, that’s what friends are for.

    • VVorld Peace

      Wait, does the association with Roman Saenko make you disinclined? I know he has a shady past, but it seems BoK have distanced themselves from that.

      • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

        No, it makes me more inclined. And so has drudkh, but NS leanings have never stopped me from enjoying a band

        • VVorld Peace

          Ah, I gotcha.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            It’d be impossible to disassociate NS leanings from anything Saenko does now (whatever he says). You cant make a shitton of albums using lyrics based off ukranian NS poems and then say “oh we’re not NS”

          • VVorld Peace

            Yah. I read an interesting blog post about Drudkh this morning that basically said just that. Even if it isn’t fascist music, it is at least partially influenced by fascist art.

            And just so we’re clear, I have no fascist leaning whatsoever.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            It’s hard to be american and have legitimately NS beliefs, anyway. I can safely say that I have many controversial opinions, but i’m not anything close to NS/fascist/communist/anything

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            What are some of the controversial opinions? If they are safe to share on this forum.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Not without alienating some of our more PC friends here, I dont think they would be safe. Sry to disappoint, Ed.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Fair enough!

          • thanks for the Buckshot links! good shvt.

          • VVorld Peace

            I really enjoyed those releases, homie!

  • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

    Portal was pretty fantastic!

  • Gvrp

    I bought Living Ghosts of the North Shore and ended up getting like 3 other releases as a bonus. Problem is two of them are vinyl, and I don’t have a record player or something that would let me rip them to MP3. The struggle is real.

    • VVorld Peace

      Dang. At least those three old albums are up for download now.

      • Gvrp

        Well, the only other Buckshot Facelift album was the 2012 Elder Rasp EP. (which was vinyl)

    • Send2me pls

    • VVorld Peace

      So, Joe and I are now calling you Space Ghost Gurrp!

      • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

        that’s dope. Space Ghost Purrp is only ok.

        • VVorld Peace

          He sort of came out of nowhere but hasn’t done much in a while.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Then you will be remissed to know there were at least 2 SGP albums this year: IntoXXXicated, and a remaster of Nasa Gang.

          • VVorld Peace

            Whoah. i did indeed miss those.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Meh, like I said, I only find SGP to be ok. He took all the V’s out of his name, so maybe i’m biased.

      • Gvrp

        Is that good? AM I SPECIAL NOW? CAN I LORD IT OVER THE OTHER TOILET DWELLERS?!?!!

        • VVorld Peace

          You can.

          • Gvrp

            YES!

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    I dig this Bloof of Pingu. I’m really beginning to like them

  • George Clarke

    good shit up in here

    • GL

      GC!

      GL

      • George Clarke

        GL!

        GC

    • VVorld Peace

      Thanks, George.

      • Thank you George, for thanking George.
        Love,
        George

    • Lacertilian

      yeah man, Blood Of Kingu definitely woke me up after that ambient intro.