Nuclear War Now! Promo Reviews: Infra & Doombringer

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Nuclear War Now! Productions is one my my favorite record labels. Because they’re one of the best record labels. They put out almost exclusively rad metal on a consistent basis, and the ladies and gentlemen that work there are incomparably beautiful and handsome respectively, especially the rep(s) in charge of sending the Toilet ov Hell promotional material. The haul they sent us a few weeks back was like a second, less unbearable Christmas for us. The writers and editors rent it apart like a pack of wolves on a fresh carcass, each dragging away their own bloody claim and feeding it to their young. Only their young are actually their ears. Now, as wolves often do, we intend to sit down and write all about our shares on the internet.



INFRA – INITIATION ON THE ORDEALS OF LOWER VIBRATIONS [7″]
Nuclear War Now! Productions
– January 15 2015

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I don’t have any clue what it means to initiate someone on the ordeals of lower vibrations, but Infra do it all over your face in their new 7″ – the first I’ve ever heard from these Portugalians. Initiations on the Ordeals of Lower Vibrations is like a sulfuric, 2-track belch from the depths of someplace. Someplace deep. Maybe it’s all covered in some unidentified, frothing slime that’s been eons congealing far beyond the reach of the sun down there. Maybe not; I don’t know. I’m not an unplumbed cavern expert. I do know that basking in its putrid effluvium is a pretty good time in a my-skin-is-being-peeled-off-by-sweltering-acidic-fumes sort of way.

 

First things first, let’s get the obligatory Blasphemy and Incantation comparisons out of the way here – yes, they exist. Of the yawning, chasmal strain of death/black metal they popularized this surely is. Cavernous, atmospheric, etcetera, etcetera. You get the idea. “Communion” starts off with standard isolated bell-tolling before the always satisfying “UGH!” (something they have the brains to continually put to good use) introduces the rolling distortion. Infra prefers to work in the lurching mid-pace like this, excelling at thick, dragging riffs quite reminiscent of the turbid smoke puked out by Grave Miasma.

But it’s not all slow and steady; “Perversion of Sulphur” is centered around variations of a particularly dissonant riff that speeds up considerably about halfway through, and “Communion” has its own moments of high velocity blasting.

Repetition is used frequently and to tremendous effect. Reiterative guitarwork is peppered with strains of Bölzer-like discord, and cyclical drumming spirals in on itself, generating an impious, intoxicating momentum. Put more simply – it’s the sort of riffing to which you find yourself unconsciously headbanging with that expressionless gaze into nothingness that causes bystanders to rightfully question your general soundness as a human being.

At only 13 minutes long, it ends too soon. Still, this little 7″ has me eager to hear what they might do with 45 minutes, which was likely the point. Bring on the full length death! (and send it to toiletovhell@gmail.com addressed to Masterpants).



DOOMBRINGER – THE GRAND SABBATH
Nuclear War Now! Productions
– October 31 2014

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Doombringer is a side-project from former members of kickass Polish black metal band Cultes des Ghoules/current members of kickass Polish war metal band Bestial Raids. Both are well-known and well-liked, so the fact that I missed this one completely last year has me shooting my radar some stern glares of reprimand. Piece of shit. Doombringer have a few demos, an EP, a split, and a compilation under their belts, but The Grand Sabbath is their full-length debut – and it’s a towering monstrosity of black / death metal.

This isn’t a reiteration of one of their previously-mentioned bands or even a marriage of the two; it’s its own execrable act. There are junctures in The Grand Sabbath whereat de Retz Sadist and Devil’s Kin / Necron betray their identities as members of Bestial Raids, but even Doombringer’s most spastic passages – their most turbulent messes of snarl, guitar, and blast – are more discernible, more deliberate, and more structurally focused. They’re pretty infrequent, too. The majority of this album spotlights a more moderate plod; the allure of the slow-coiling tremolo and the might of the blackened death riff. The central emphasis here is on those monolithic riffs that indiscriminately crush all things into a fine powder. Riffs that simultaneously satisfy the ears and devastate the cervical vertebrae. Massive, lumbering riffs you might hear in something from Ofermod or Ascension.

 

Everything is shrouded by a nefarious fog of reverberating distortion and the savage ravings of vocalist Old Coffin Spirit (nice). His is an impressive and unsettling vocal spectrum – he snakes back and forth through stock black rasping, slit-throat gurgling, anguished and drawn-out “clean” howls, and warped ritual chants; sometimes layering multiple styles at once for peak revelry in evil (see the second half of “Nocturnal Assembly” and hold on to your pants).

The Grand Sabbath clocks in at a nice 44 minutes – long enough to really pull you in, but not so long that you wish it hadn’t. It doesn’t necessarily tread new ground, but it treads with heavy steps on the shattered corpses ov the pure. And sometimes that’s just as good.

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  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    Listening to Doombringer right now. I enjoy it so far.

  • MoshOff

    MasterPants, is Portugalians correct? It jumped out at me almost as hard as their music.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    Really fantastic write up on this one Masterlord.

    • this fool listens to everything that’s posted in the porcelain palace!

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        This fool?

      • Surely you don’t mean Breebreegrodamus?

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          He couldn’t mean BreegroD.

          • your thingy says “do you fools listen to music, or do you just skim through it?” so i was answering it from me own perspective

          • KJM

            I skim through the abstract of the synopsis.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I listen to it in full. After I listen to it in full I put the tracks I like in a playlist.

          • Stockhausen

            Next time you do that, could you sum it up for me?

          • KJM

            tl;dr = yes.

          • Stockhausen

            thx

          • KJM

            yw

          • Stockhausen

            *grunts*

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Ooooooohhhhhhh.

        • Howard Dean

          Total non sequitur: Christian, have you ever seen a Volahn/Muknal/Blue Hummingbird on Left/[insert CN/Rhinocervs band here] show? I know you are based out of SoCal, and that they play a lot of spontaneous shows in the area. If so, how was it/were they? Just curious.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Christian put me onto that Blue Hummingbird on Left game, lol.

          • Yeah, actually if this video showed the crowd you would see me. They were very very trill.
            http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ib1DTF6bBFw

          • Howard Dean

            Damn! Up close and personal! Was that show played in a phone booth?

            That’s awesome. Volahn did some type of tour not that long ago (I think they stopped in NYC, not sure where else they went), but they aren’t exactly road warriors, so I don’t expect that I will ever see them. I’d probably just get stabbed with a broken beer bottle for being a white occupier, anyway. Hahaha.

          • Haha, it was a tiny record store in LA. I think I was right next to the dude filming this. Re: getting stabbed, I actually have a post sorta relevant to that in the works…oooohhhh…

          • Howard Dean

            Nice! Can’t wait to read it!

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        “edit” NO

  • Howard Dean

    Doombringer is really good stuff. I totally missed that release last year, too (ironic considering I was still blasting Henbane from Cultes Des Ghoules on a regular [bi-weekly] basis in 2014).

  • Tyree

    Yeah, this is a nice. Nuclear War Now! Productions is a nice too. *Takes a sip of Courvoisier.

    http://images.e-media.de/flbilder/max01/mbiz01/mbiz28/z0128010/m1382.jpg

    • Howard Dean

      “Ohhhh, it’s a laaaaaady. Can I get you a fish sandwich?”

      • Tyree

        Yeah, well, you suffer from homo-unerectus. That means your wang is hugeified not by women but by a man.

        • Howard Dean
          • Tyree

            Well, Lance, you’re clearly gay. There’s nothing really else to say about that. I think you all know that. And that’s cool, but, you know, you were trying to oil me up and that’s not really cool.

          • Howard Dean

            “Mr. Phelps, I see you’ve listed “dabut” under your hobbies?”

            “Yeah, that’s “da butt.” I also like tennis.”

          • PhoenixKing Leonhart

            “I have a message from Jimmy Walker. Dear Leon, stop. The 80s are over, stop.”

          • Howard Dean

            Hahaha.

          • Howard Dean

            Also: Apparently disqus isn’t letting me upvote anything from my computer, but I can from my phone. Weird.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            That explains my serious lack of upvotes lately.

          • Howard Dean

            Hahaha.

            Yeah, it’s strange. I don’t know if it’s at all related with the difficulties I was having yesterday with logging in. The upvoting works fine on my phone. But if I do it on the computer and refresh the page after, it’s gone. Weird.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            “technical difficulties”

          • KJM
          • PhoenixKing Leonhart

            “You know whose fault it is? It is the fault of the wang. I oughta cut this thing off.”
            “No you won’t.”
            “I know. That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever said.”

      • Stockhausen

        And do it. In. The butt.

        • Tyree

          But, I poop from there.

          • DDubya.

            Not right now, you don’t.

          • Tyree

            Damn.

    • more beer

      He was one of the funniest guys on SNL ever. He could do it all. From the most ridicules silly character to the straight man. This man was truly funny.

  • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

    *Sigh* Will check out after work

    • Edward/Breegrodamus
      • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua
      • This is my 928271st reminder that you should quit your job so you can listen to music during the day.

        • Stockhausen

          I wear pants far too often. Quitting my job would really help alleviate that.

          • shirts are for work. pants are for dinner.

          • Akercocke ov Steele

            This epidermis itches, quit life maybe?

          • Stockhausen

            Eh, I’ve been thinking about getting rid of my skin.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7C1O1tNGks

          • NefariousDude

            Cut the legs off about 6 inches above UR knees. Problem solved

          • Stockhausen

            I have no idea how I haven’t thought of this yet.

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          I already do that while I search for a job.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          It’s happening soon but I don’t have to quit!

        • more beer

          That`s great in concept. But the reality is you will have a month or two of listening to music all day. Then life will smash you in the face. you will no longer have place to listen to music all day. Your future then becomes standing on the corner with your sign spanging to get a 40 of your favorite malt liquor.

          • As long as you keep the music in your heart, man.
            http://vimeo.com/20966799

          • more beer

            It`s better to keep the music in your heart ,with a roof over your head. Plus this metal lifestyle is not cheap.

          • Lacertilian
          • KJM

            That’s why you come up with a way to make money off it first so I can buy my own 40s and blunts.

          • more beer

            I haven`t figured it out not and get to stay home. I have to go out into the world. To make my money. But at least it`s my own business.

          • KJM

            Well, there’s that at least.

          • more beer

            Plus it pays well. I`m by myself for the most part. There are others around but I don`t have to have contact with them. I just go do my thing and bill for it. Plus I can get blazed all day. But on the other hand I have to head to a job now and I would rather sit at home rot.

        • I listen to music all day at my job. Just need to get rid of the job part.

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        I’m not a fan of this band. Take Joe’s advice though and quit your job so you can listen to music.

        • KJM

          I only work part time so I need to figure out how to monetize my music listening.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I wish that was possible. I’d be rich by now.

  • Stockhausen

    I love NWN rekkids. I love Masterlord. I love the toilet. I love everyone. I love hate. Hail hate, with love. Everyone sucks but me. Die in obscurity. Infra rules.

    • Guacamole Jim

      Seconded.

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        Thirded.

        • Reported.

          • Stockhausen

            I laughed really hard at this.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I don’t get the joke.

          • KJM

            It’s okay. We luv you anyway.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            Yay!

          • KJM

            Blocked.

    • i can’t die in obscurity yet, two reasons:
      1) Ed hasn’t given me the tattoo design
      B) i keep posting on this music elitist blog :/

      • jajajajaja, freaking elitist, you’re like the aspartame

      • Stockhausen

        Well, then metaphorically die in obscurity. If you have to ask what that means, I just can’t help you anymore.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        I’m working on that! I sent my guy a reminder email yesterday he was out on a cruise or something.

      • more beer

        I don`t find the elitist title an insult. I think people who use that term are in denial because they listen to crap, and are not as knowledgeable as you are. When someone calls you an elitist wear it like a badge of honor.

        • people who claim TovH “music elitists” have it all wrong anyways; this site promotes new and obscure music, people can get updates on Slipknot and All That Remains anywhere.
          in no way is discovering smaller bands on bandcamp elitism.

          • more beer

            I know they do. I come here for those very reasons. It`s also very rare for me to go to a show for the headlining band(chances are I`ve already seen them anyway) Usually there is a band I`ve wanted to see who is smaller and I haven`t seen playing with them. I`ve always looked for new good bands that will never change.

        • BLXKKBEXRD

          I’m certainly proud when I get called an elitist.

          I don’t mind when people call me a hipster, either. Just means I make your girlfriend want to have sex to me

          • Tyree
          • Stockhausen

            I don’t know what statement you’re making here, but mmmmmm. I’m interested.

          • more beer

            Yes like I said it`s a badge of honor. I have never been confused for a hipster I`m pretty rough around the edges to say the very least.

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            So am I, I was more referring to my music tastes than my appearance

          • more beer

            I meant both.

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            Well, people have a tendency to correlate elitism with hipsterism. But if liking underground bm, hip hop, and post rock makes me a hipster then so be it!

          • more beer

            I typically get elitist dick. I have no problem with that. I know if someone is getting on my nerves I can be an absolute asshole. I correlate most people with not being to smart so I guess it all evens itself out.

          • Stockhausen

            I’ve realized over the past few years that I used to come across as too condemning/insulting in some music discussions, so I’ve made it a point to tone that down. However, I’m totally fine with being called an elitist, because I like very specific and good things and I don’t like bad things. “Beer snob” in particular is one of my favorite titles.

          • PhoenixKing Leonhart

            Lol beer snob. That’s a new one.

            But yeah, I was far more of an asshole concerning music when I was a young criminal; always saying this band or musician sucks. Now I tone it down as well and simply stick to shanking Ke$ha fans in the back.

          • Stockhausen

            That’s a much more reasonable method, I’m going to try it. FFDP fans will get exactly what they deserve, which is a literal death punch straight to their dumb faces.

          • more beer

            I try to play well with others. But some people just won`t allow that. I being another beer snob take that as a compliment one of my buddies has it tattooed on his knuckles. Life is way to short to like bad things. On a sad note Elysian Brewing got bought up by Inbev. More good beer ruined.

          • Lacertilian

            The only time I have heard beer snob uttered is by those who consume what I call Beer Flavoured Water.

          • PhoenixKing Leonhart

            Calling people hipsters has become far more annoying than actual hipsters.

            “Hur dur. This dude likes bands I’ve never heard of. He’s a HIPSTER.”

          • I’m definitely an elitist.

      • Tyree

        Elitist >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

        Bastard Feast>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZI9aKcEQpA

        • Stockhausen

          I have not heard these guys before, and I am enjoying it. Anything that uses that TS Eliot line (“I will show you fear in a handful of dust”) has my interest.

          • Tyree

            This is Bastard Feasts old band name.

          • Stockhausen

            Ah, gotcha. I am ignant.

    • Akercocke ov Steele
      • Stockhausen

        In that order?

  • Stockhausen

    I wanted to post this on the FB page, but it’s blocked at work. However, it would go over well on this post. Someone took Grief’s “Earthworm” and slowed it down to 33 RPM, and it is pure, straight, filth. Those vocals sound amazing.

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

    • Akercocke ov Steele

      Funny thing is, having never heard Grief before, I would’ve thought this was just some rad death/doom.

      • Stockhausen

        I’ve only listened to this album casually and probably not all the way through that I can remember, but they’re pretty killer already. The slowed down version takes it to new levels of nasty.

    • Howard Dean

      This is awesome. I love Grief. Come to Grief was one of my biggest jams in my sludgier days.

  • Renan Ribeiro

    Great write up, I’m looking forward to listening to all of this music as soon as I’m done studying people who puke blood.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt/Not Sludge

    I misread the one line about Infra as “…with strains of Böwzer-like discord…”

    http://happynicetimepeople.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/bowzer1-1.jpg

  • Gurpation

    CAVERNCORE! YES!

  • NefariousDude

    I’m too lazy to comment anymore so I’m lurking again. I STILL LOVE U ALL DOE

    • Pls. I miss you.

      • NefariousDude

        Today I might be able to. I’m not super busy at work. I will be planting literal pansies later. #br00tal #pansies

      • NefariousDude

        Ps. I think hearthstone friend system may be broken or glitchy. Or maybe you can only see friend requests when both parties are online. <3

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt/Not Sludge

      Lurking in a “nefarious fog?”

      • NefariousDude

        Nefarious bog*

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      Nefarious >>>>>>

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Duuuude I dig the fuck outta this shit. Delicious Blackened Death Metal… mmmmmmm so good…

  • I just got my playlist down to a reasonable size finally and you gotta go and do this :/. #firstworldproblems. Oh shit tomrorow is thursday, I should probably write something….

  • PhoenixKing Leonhart
  • JWG

    One of my former colleagues overshared on social media recently that her kid, who is currently potty training, refers to the pot as the “poop net”.

    I mention this only because it made me think immediately of the TovH, though I did not share any such thought with that Facebook post.

  • Hot damn! Both of these are sexy.

  • Lacertilian

    Haha, there’s a vocal part in the second Doombringer track Ominious Alliance that sounds like Les Claypool.