None More Black: What You Missed In 2014

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Greetings, flushers and lifelovers! Howard has been hitting that campaign trail hard lately, and regrets the time he’s had to spend away from his favorite demographic: toileters, IMNs, and people on FBI watch lists (side note: these three groups are mutually inclusive). But he’s back, byahtches! No more fistbumping bros at Bdubs, shaking babies, or drunkenly open mouth kissing local reporters on public access television for this candidate! Bring on the black! Byaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!

For this installment of None More Black, I’d like to focus on 2014 black metal releases you may have missed. Now, I know some of you smartasses out there are sitting on a beanbag in your grandmother’s basement, listening to wanky tech death whilst awkwardly fondling yourself to reruns of Golden Girls and saying, “Huh, I wouldn’t say I’ve been *missing* any black metal this year, Howard. Hur hur hur.” If that sounds like you, shut the fuck up. Also, the incestuous pining for your grandmother you are harboring inside your Masters of the Universe underwear is disgusting and you should be ashamed of yourself. You might want to consider therapy.

2014 has been a great year for extreme metal. Though I believe it has been a stronger year for death metal (Dead Congregation, Vader, Teitanblood, Artificial Brain, and Incantation say hello), 2014 has had its share of stellar black metal releases (I’m not looking at you, Mayhem). You’re all probably aware that Abigor, Darkspace, and Blut Aus Nord have released or are set to release excellent new albums this year, as they’ve been frequent topics of discussion around the Toilet ov Hell. Sacrocurse unleashed a primal bestial/war metal album with Unholier Master, Panopticon returned with the monumental Roads to the North, and Agalloch released the The Serpent & The Sphere, their solid follow-up to 2010’s colossal Marrow of the Spirit. There have of course been many other black metal releases this year, including new releases by Twilight, Woods of Desolation, Sargeist, and Kriegsmachine.

And there are dozens more. This will not be comprehensive. It is not my intention to force feed you all a mammoth list of black metal releases from 2014. Rather, I’d like to highlight a few releases you might have missed this year. To start, I’ll throw the time machine on and head back to the beginning of 2014.

Have you listened to Avichi yet? No, I’m not talking about trendy Swedish dance pop, you lifelover. Clear the crusted up Molly residue out of your eyes and ears, and pay attention! THIS Avichi, the one named after the lowest level of Naraka/hell in the mythos of Buddhism:

A one man band fronted by Andrew Markuszewski (this one man band stuff is pretty cool, eh?), Avichi is a rising new act signed to Profound Lore (seriously, how good is this label?!) that has released three full lengths thus far: The Divine Tragedy (2007), The Devil’s Fractal (2011), and this year’s Catharsis Absolute. Concerning himself with a deeper, more personally introspective dimension of devilworship, Andrew crafts black metal with a beautiful blackened soul: like Milton put to music.

Catharsis Absolute was released way back in January, and was one of the first albums this year with which I fell in blasphemous love. It is a riveting listen front-to-back. It certainly sated my need for new Avichi. This was one of my more highly anticipated albums in 2014, and I was not disappointed—even if I consider its predecessor, The Devil’s Fractal, a superior album. It’s not really a fair comparison to make, as The Devil’s Fractal is black metal royalty and a modern classic of the genre. Listen to that gem HERE, and BUY a copy of it, too.

Though he is more known for his time with those ugly sludge-sters Lord Mantis and as a former guitarist in Nachtmystium, Andrew hit his stride, found his voice, and [insert trite and redundant analogy] with Avichi. You can tell this is the music he wants to make. When he sits down with a guitar, ready to write some new riffs, this is the stuff that comes out. This is his baby, and he coddles it and grooms it with every wicked bone in his body (he also handled the production duties on Catharsis Absolute).

Catharsis Absolute is a wicked good time. This is black metal with a tinge of theatrics, with a vibe of grandiose energy and excitement spliced into a more standard frosty, tremolo-heavy sound. Some songs are rife with piano lines, chimes, and brooding chants. This is fun stuff cut from the decidedly un-fun cloth of black metal.

Standout tracks include “Flames In My Eyes” and “Voice of Intuition,” but the track that stood out the most to me was “Lightweaver.” This song melds the more “typical” Avichi sound with some almost “upbeat” and rocking lines. Try it out for yourself and see what you’ve been missing:

 

Another personal favorite of mine this year is: Impaled Nazarene’s Vigorous and Liberating Death.

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Firstly, look at that album cover! My fuck! No flushes given and byahs abound!

Vigorous and Liberating Death sees our favorite punky Finns brewing a spicy cauldron of their special recipe black metal: raw, thrashy, punk-tinged blackness fit to wear the Impaled Nazarene name. Vigorous… is a definite return to form after 2010’s mediocre “Road to the Octagon.” This is an album chock full of riffs and heavy on the headbang.

Those familiar with Impaled Nazarene will know what to expect. Now 12 albums into their careers (all 12 full lengths released on Osmose Productions!), these pioneers of Finnish black metal haven’t strayed too far from their typical sound(s). On their early albums, they were decidedly chaotic and grindy, playing a death-infused black metal akin to their fellow countrymen Beherit and Archgoat. Beginning with 1994’s Suomi Finland Perkele and solidified by 1996’s Latex Cult, Impaled Nazarene’s sound began incorporating elements from traditional heavy metal, punk, and even traces of power metal. This is a black metal band that loves abrasive but catchy riffs, skull-smashing punk, and not taking themselves too seriously.

Vigorous and Liberating Death was released by Osmose Productions on April 14th on both CD and Vinyl. Check out one of my favorite tracks and see what you’ve been missing!

 

Another overlooked and underrated black metal album in 2014 is Funereal Presence’s The Archer Takes Aim. Released on March 13th by one of America’s best underground labels, The Ajna Offensive, The Archer Takes Aim is the debut full length from this one man band, and will likely find itself on some year-end lists (including mine). Spearheaded by Bestial Devotion (who is also known for his time behind the drum kit with Negative Plane), the band released a solid self-titled EP in 2011. But with The Archer Takes Aim, the band/man has taken the music to a new level.

Make no mistake: this is not Negative Plane. This is an entirely different animal, removed from the chaos and dissonant fury of its harsher cousin. Funereal Presence is lighter, more “relaxed,” and constructs its sound with bricks of tremolo held together with mortar of atmosphere. Funereal Presence plays black metal in long form: this album boasts only four tracks stretched over 48 minutes. Those of you rolling your eyes and getting ready to click the back button in your browser, hold on a second: this is not boring, meandering forest nonsense. This is not another tired and tasteless voyage into the world of “atmospheric black metal.” This is black metal with substance, riffs, and intensity. This is an album with focus, songs with direction, and music with heart. This is black metal in the style of Burzum, Drudkh, Forgotten Woods, and Vikinglr Veldi-era Enslaved, and fans of those bands will enjoy it.

Though the music can be defined or categorized around a specific sub-subgenre or “sound,” Bestial Devotion keeps things fresh. Whether he’s harmonizing and playing his lead guitar off of his tremolo-crazy rhythm guitar or adding to this mix with embellishments like exotic chanting and eerie organ melodies to give it a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern flair, Bestial Devotion makes sure the Funereal Presence formula never gets stale. I could fully see The Archer Takes Aim and future Funereal Presence output becoming a guilt-free Burzum fix for those entangled in moral dilemmas and embittered by the conduct of one Monsieur Louis Cachet a.k.a the artist formerly known as Varg Vikernes a.k.a. Count Grishnackh a.k.a. Kristian Vikernes. Buy the album in either CD or vinyl from The Ajna Offensive and help support an awesome new band and excellent underground label! Get two birds stoned at once! Byah!

Sample tracks from The Archer Takes Aim are not available on Youtube (another reason to buy this beast in physical format and love the shit out of it!), but try a track from the 2011 EP:

 

That’s it for this edition of None More Black. I’ll leave you with Howard Dean’s Black Metal Track of the Week, and bid you adieu.

Until next time. If the women don’t find you friendly, at least they’ll find you frostbitten!

 

***Black Metal Track of the Week***

Drudkh? Did someone say Drudkh? This week’s track comes from that Ukrainian horde’s 2006 opus, Blood In Our Wells. Featuring one of the most sorrowful and cold atmospheres ever interpreted and expressed in sound waves, Furrows of Gods sounds like gulag, Five-Year Plans, and famine. This is one of the saddest and most harrowing songs in black metal.

 

  • This is a good post with good songs. Dean in ’16!

    • Edward Meehan

      Agreed, and of this list I have only heard Avichi from cover to cover.

      • Howard Dean

        The Avichi is really good, as is the Impaled Nazarene and Funereal Presence. But the best black metal album I’ve heard so this year–bar none–is Abigor’s Leytmotif Luzifer. That is an incredible album. Mind you, I still am yet to hear the new Blut Aus Nord, but this Abigor is a contender for AOTY.

        • that’s all i need to hear. switching to Abigor…

          i’m looking forward to getting ahold of 1349’s new one.

          • Howard Dean

            Seriously Jimmy, I found the new Abigor breathtaking. If you’ve listened to any of their old stuff or followed their development as a band over the years, you’ve probably seen how they went from a really riff-tastic and majestic pagan-themed black metal band in the 90’s to a somewhat spastic, unorganized, and slightly industrial/electronic band with their new stuff (their aesthetics also changed, and they became a strongly orthodox/religiously Satanic band). Their album before this new one, Time is the Sulphur in the Veins of the Saint, was decent, but it was trying too hard to be a crazy Deathspell Omega/Blut Aus Nord type album, and the music just ended up feeling random and spastic (there were seriously moments where the music would break and a techno beat would just be randomly injected into the song…so weird). But this new album is awesome. It takes the grandeur, atmosphere, and riffs of their old stuff and combines it with their sinister modern sound and aesthetics. It’s spazzy in places, but it is held together with great riffs. They actually feel like “songs” again. And the vocals are just out of this world. A really emotional performance.

          • oh buddy, i’m 13 minutes in and it’s just great! once these pesky co-workers leave (i’m the late guy here) the volume is going up. i’ll be delving into the back catalog soon.

        • Edward Meehan

          It’s 11:49 pm here and my girlfriend is in bed. Pushing play on this bad boy now cause why not?

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5DEXrwpaUA

    • Howard Dean

      Thank you for the support Mr. Molenaar! You are one of the Dean-Flair ’16 campaign’s most valuable supporters, and a real asset to the ToH community. Glad you enjoyed!

  • W.

    Avichi was definitely an overlooked hit this year. Also, I think I slightly prefer Blood of Kingu to Drudkh, but both are great.

  • This is more like it! The Archer Takes Aim FTW.

  • Leif Bearikson

    Gotta listen to all this after work, but you get my vote regardless HD. Also, for anyone who missed it, this is coming out in October and sounds fucking great.

    http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/let-abazagorath-rekindle-your-spirit-of-hate-for-mankind/

    • Edward Meehan

      Ah, another after work guy. That’s awesome to see lol

      • Leif Bearikson

        This whole “job” thing is interfering with my metal.

        • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

          you too huh? WTF man

          • Edward Meehan

            Wtf, indeed.

        • Mr.CustodialArts

          The I.T. department here thinks I have a toilet fetish.

      • crazytaco_12

        Dude, it pisses me off I can only view TOH at 3 pacific time. Most of the commenters have left, feel like I’m the renegade in a post-apocalyptic town (pun not intended, but mildly funny 8========================D——-)

        • I SWEAR I’ll get the forums fixed. I might have to hire someone to help with it tho.

          • crazytaco_12

            Nah dude, I meant like because I work and can’t access internet, so I get home at 3 and check TOH from there hahaha. Sorry for the confusion, though maybe you can help me by demanding my boss let me take a break every time a new article is posted haha? Also, check your email.

        • Edward Meehan

          I’m in Central Time, and the first story of the day always goes up when I take a break at 9:00 am. Depending on my workday I can participate or sometimes not really when shit gets pretty cray. I don’t get to do audio or video during work though, and sometimes it is *impossible* to even keep up with the new music or new to me music that gets posted on the Toilet regularly.

          … being the Mad Max of the Toilet Ov Hell wouldn’t be too bad lol

  • Doctor Dickless

    Oh boy! Now this is officially a good day.

    • Howard Dean

      Brendan Fraser creeps me the fuck out.

      • Doctor Dickless

        That face is exactly the same as my face while listening to good black metal.

      • Paris Hilton

        Black Metal is all about the cold, lonely embrace of death. Nothing symbolizes death quite like Brendan Fraser’s career.

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        He made a good religious zealot in undervalued 90’s horror oddity The Passion of Darkly Noon.

    • ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

      • Doctor Dickless

        ᕙ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ᕗ flex your dongers Jimmyᕙ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ᕗ

        • [̲̅$̲̅(̲̅ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°̲̅)̲̅$̲̅] do you have change for a donger bill

          • Doctor Dickless

            ༼ ºل͟º༼ ºل͟º༼ ºل͟º༼ ºل͟º ༽ºل͟º ༽ºل͟º ༽
            YOU CAME TO THE WRONG DONGERHOOD

      • Tyree

        JIMMY! You’re BACK!

  • Paris Hilton

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTleunYqX0s

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    • Doctor Dickless

      Ummmmm… This video is a thing?

    • crazytaco_12

      Oh my fucking god, oh, my sides are destroyed hahaha holy shit hahaha

  • Guest

    Drudkh = Hate Forest side-project nazibutt

    • W.

      Really?

      • I posted this and tried to delete it to avoid confusion, but disqus is the worst. I’m sure Howard Dean can give you the entire detailed lineage and site his sources, but Roman Saenko is in Hate Forest .

        From a review: Lyrically, Hate Forest fall in line with the rest of the National
        Socialist Black Metal crowd that don’t see the irony of championing
        Nazi-ism in a former Soviet satellite state. Meaning that buried in the
        belches of Roman Saenko are tales of old Slavic lore cast to display
        Aryan pride, wrapped around bullshit Nietzsche influenced ideals
        of supremacy and power, but you can’t understand anything that he’s
        saying in the first place so those that are easily offended can still
        give Purity a listen. It’s not like most people listen to Black Metal for the lyrics anyways…

        • Doctor Dickless

          Damn nazis ruining Nietzsche!

        • W.

          Whoah. I had no idea. I did just look this up out of curiosity because I really liked Blood of Kingu. At least Drudkh and BoK seem to have eschewed radical political stances.

          • Yeah from what I can tell, Drudkh has actively distanced themselves from NSBM bands.

          • W.

            Well, I don’t feel so bad then. Maybe it was something he experimented with but gave up? I don’t know much about that scene because I’m, y’know, not a fascist.

          • Doctor Dickless

            Experimenting with national socialist ideas seems to be unfortunately common here back in my school days and in the modern time.

          • It’s just best not to like anything.

          • Scrimm

            I hope so. I would hate to have an issue with my new favorite album.

        • Howard Dean

          Despite the fact that you think I’m the second coming of Reinhard Heydrich and sleep below a poster of Josef Goebbels, I actually couldn’t have told you any of that.

          I like Hate Forest’s music. The lyrics are unintelligible and in Ukrainian. I give 0 fucks about what he’s saying.

  • Tyree

    Mmmmmmm this is tasty, great write up Howard. That Sacrocurse album simply decimates though!

    http://i.imgur.com/zLAevF9.gif

    • This is the day of the .gif
      This pleases AC’s FP.

    • Howard Dean

      This is one of the coolest gifs I’ve ever seen. And it is a perfect gif representation of Unholier Master. Byah!

      • Tyree

        I thought so too, Byah!

  • IronLawnmower

    This Impaled Nazarene track is the best new thing I’ve heard this week.

    • Howard Dean

      It is a really good album. I’m baffled at how a band of their caliber and name recognition released a great new album–an album released on a large-ish underground label with fairly large circulation–and it didn’t make a blip on the radar of the metalsphere. Most people weren’t even aware that they had released a new album! Crazy!

      • sweetooth0

        I had it special ordered at my local HMV and waited months for it to come to no avail. Ordered it from Hell’s Headbangers and got it in around a week. And apparently Sony is the one distributing Osmose stuff in Canada. Maybe they’re just shitting the bed hard when it comes to the metal

        • Howard Dean

          Huh, that’s interesting. I hadn’t thought about that. Maybe they are shitting the bed? If so, that sucks for Impaled Nazarene (and other Osmose bands). They made a good album this year, and it’s pretty much been mired in obscurity, which seems crazy, because it’s fucking Impaled Nazarene!

          • sweetooth0

            Yeah pretty much legends in my mind

  • NDNOvHell

    Avichi is shredding my soul right now.

  • George Clarke

    i like when you guys do these posts called none more black cuz it reminds me of my favorite song by orchid, my favorite band

    • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

      huh, I would have thought your fav band was Amalie Bruun’s band. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      • George Clarke

        wow i didnt even know that was a thing

        guess i should jam that then huh

    • Plus I don’t think there’s any band more black metal than Deafhaven.

      • George Clarke

        this is true. we are very kvlt and such.

        • ส็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็_(ツ)_ส้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้

  • Jormungandr

    Most black metal is 2 trve 4 me, but I’m liking some Impaled Nazarene

    • Howard Dean

      They definitely have a lot of crossover appeal. Glad you are enjoying it!

  • I’m not the biggest black metal fan but I really liked that infestum album.

  • Keegan Lavern Still

    I resent the insinuation that I awkwardly fondle myself to Golden Girls reruns while listening to tech death, Mr. Dean. On the contrary, I could not be less ashamed of my granny-fucking proclivities and pining for Betty White and Bea Arthur! Also, instead of tech death, I’m listening to my new Deathspell Omega album I just got in the mail this week from, coincidentally enough, The Ajna Offensive.

    • Howard Dean

      Byah! DsO, Ajna, and GILFS! Sounds like a good afternoon!

    • Keegan Lavern Still

      Also, behold my mental state after several days of out-of-date mental health training!

    • Howard Dean

      And if you don’t mind me asking, what DsO did you buy? Was it the Chaining The Katechon EP?

      • Keegan Lavern Still

        Yap, I got that along with Si Monumentum on vinyl. Now I just have to get a turntable so I can listen to that along with my other records.

        • Howard Dean

          Chaining the Katechon is wickedly delicious. Have you listened to the other side of the Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum split (the S.V.E.S.T. side)? It’s totally different from modern DsO in style, but is great in its own right.

          Si Monumentum is very good, but at 77 minutes long, it’s like a painful right of passage (according to their interview from back in the day, the band intended for the album to be this way–ugly and painful to consume). You feel like death when you finish it.

          • Keegan Lavern Still

            That’s something I still gave to check out. I’m relatively late in getting my soul violated by DsO; I was only compelled to delve into their catalogue after being wildly impressed by the Drought EP when it first came out, and I’ve only managed to listen to most of their mid and current era full-lengths.

            And I agree on Si Monumentum being an ordeal. I just got around to streaming it on YouTube last night (due to my aforementioned need for a turntable) and had several moments where I was enjoying myself but checked the time to see where only 5-10 minutes passed since I had last checked.

          • Howard Dean

            Si Monumentum is like getting a root canal from a ridiculously sexy naked model. It’s good in many ways, but it is also still really painful.

            Drought was incredible, and definitely check out Paracletus if you haven’t already. That’s probably my favorite album ever. Seriously.

          • Keegan Lavern Still

            Already on my ever-growing, never-shrinking list!

  • Guacamole Jim

    Don’t you dare bring my Masters of the Universe underwear into this!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ5LpwO-An4

  • M Shadows!

    Guys, GUYS, HEY HEY GUESS WHAT! WE ARE WRITING A NEW ALBUM! WE ARE GONNA BASE IT OFF OUR FAVORITE BLACK METAL BANDS!! FUCK YEAA BRAHH, FUCK WHERE ARE MY BASKETBALL SHORTS!…zacky you cunt give them back!

    • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

      WHERE CAN I BUY YOUR VIDEO GAME?

      • M Shadows!

        I DON’T KNOW!

    • Tyree

      I recently just found out who you are.

      • M Shadows!

        I AM THE GREATEST VOCALIST EVA!!

        • George Clarke

          woah there pal

      • DoYouThinkHeSaurus

        The point is … you are alive when they start to eat you. So you know … try to show a little respect.

  • DRUDKH!!!!!!

    • M Shadows!

      Gezunteit

      • Guacamole Jim

        ROFL, Mr. Shadows. How is your ol buddy, Foreboding Doors doing?

        • M Shadows!

          I saw him last night arguing with stuck in a rut about whether or not lady luck has an innie or an outie!

    • George Clarke

      great band

  • Scrimm

    Now this is more like it. I cant see any BM album topping Blood of Kingu this year, but my journeys in the genre have been few so I’m looking forward to catching up.

    • W.

      BoK is Drudhk’s altar ego.

      • Scrimm

        That’s one of the reasons I like them so much. Maybe even more.

    • George Clarke

      how about blood of waifu?

      • Scrimm

        Sticking to my guns.

    • Doctor Dickless

      *cough* Blut Aus Nord *cough*

      • Scrimm

        No.

        • Doctor Dickless

          ….

          • Scrimm

            Like I’d care what that guy thinks.

          • Doctor Dickless

            Let’s try someone else.

          • Scrimm

            That’s better.

  • I love None More Black, @disqus_SuTZzQbXC5:disqus! Avichi is totes rocket!

    • Howard Dean

      Byah, thanks Jimmy!

      • it’s probably pretty pleb, but have you heard the new Lighting Swords of Death? i think it’s pretty jam.

        • Howard Dean

          No, I actually haven’t checked it out yet. I remember checking out one of their albums before, I think it was The Extra Dimensional Wound, and I was a little underwhelmed. That might be what has kept me away from the new one. But I’ve heard lots of good things about it, so maybe I’ll give it a shake.

    • Doctor Dickless

      Jimmy is back! ‘Tis the day to be alive!

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Vigorous and Liberating Death was one the best albums of the year! But Octagon was a good one too, why does it get so much hate

    • Howard Dean

      It was decent, but mediocre. Nothing special, and for me, not in the same league as this new one. I just found it underwhelming compared to albums like All That You Fear and Manifest.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Yes, this new is by far superior

  • Scrimm

    Classic black metal album.

  • JWG

    I haven’t really kept up with black metal or its sub-genres this year. I’ve picked up a few of the standouts from blended-genre entrants, like stuff described as “blackened something-or-other” (Wolvhammer immediately sprung to mind).

    This kind of continues a trend I’ve unintentionally followed every single year for the last decade though. When I got into metal it was first through folk metal (a lot which I still unapologetically enjoy) then diverged into each of power metal, doom metal (and many of that sub-genre’s sub sub-genres), and death metal (and a few of its sub sub-genres).

    I’ve maintained those preferences consistently, but every now and then launched a brief investigation into formative 2nd wave European Black Metal for 2-decade-old historical context and/or Cascadian BM for my current needs. And while 2013 was a good year for the latter (though Harrow and Skagos both went into a more post-metal than cascadian bm direction both albums were on my year-end top list *because* they did as much as *in spite of* the fact they did). But I’m still waiting for a definitive 2014 release from that sub-sub-genre. Agalloch didn’t quite do it for me.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I still really like lots of folk metal, though it’s massively fallen out of favour. Every time Finntroll comes to town I go and mosh and drink like there’s no tomorrow.

      • JWG

        Heck. That’s exactly how I approach visits by Korpiklaani.

        I’m a little bit more serious at Eluveitie, Arkona, and Moonsorrow shows. But those gigs also encourage quite the alcohol-fueled party atmosphere, so it’s quite alright to just go with the flow (of beer).

        [EDIT: speaking of BM-crossover, Arkona fits my earlier point well. And “Yav” is a heck of a great album]

        The fact that some of the best microbreweries anywhere are right here in the Pacific Northwest (biased opinion natch) further encourages it…

  • crazytaco_12

    Woah, check out the new Teitanblood song! 😉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ygg2xI2hg8

    • Howard Dean

      Pretty good! For me, it got bogged down a little around the seven hour mark, but was nonetheless a solid listen! Wasn’t quite as good as Seven Chalices, but what is?! 0/5 flushes!

      (I unapologetically and non ironically enjoy Teitanblood, though I get and appreciate the joke) 🙂

      • crazytaco_12

        Hahaha glad you got it, I didn’t mean any offense. I just wish Teitanblood had some better production; I don’t need crystal clear or anything, but there’s such a lack of clarity I just can’t get into it. Toe-may-toe, Toe-mot-oh

  • Count_Breznak

    Hm, that Impaled Nazarene album tops my “most disappointing releases 2014” list so far. It’s just completely bland and boring.

    Waiting for Bethlehem’s Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia next month, let’s see if they go back to their old style or if they continue their later oddness. Im fine with both.

  • NefariousDude

    Love me some black metal. Stoked on Avichi because lord mantis is my metal AOTY right now. BYAH! Howard.