Shadow Kingdom Roundup: Excuse And Weird Light


In the kingdom of shadows, the only god is the riff.

ExcuseGoddess Injustice

Readers of this here Toilet-b(l)og keep trying to find new records to shred their faces in vain hopes of one day finding that ultimate face-shredder, leaving behind only discreet pieces of torn skin – impossible stitch back together. Well you’ve found that one record, you can pack up and go home. There will be no consolation prizes, no pats on the back or anything else to make you feel better about your sorry self. You want justice – you won’t find none here, boy.

After having struggled through numerous delays to release your EP a year after intended, most bands would just opt to waste no second and thrash away with all the fury and might they could muster – and I would thank them for that. But not Excuse. “Obsessed… With The Collapse Of Civilization” open up with some Escape From New York-esque synths, before slowly morphing into a mid-tempo banger rounded out by heavy, clunky and very prominent bass that gives the technically proficient songwriting a raw and almost sloppy feeling that puts a smile on this veiny old face.

“Breaking News (We Told You So)” makes the punk-influence apparent combining Oskar Lindstrom’s raw shouts with simple, aggressive riffs and Atte Aaltonen’s bass playing that rivals Ripper‘s in fun and prominence. Whereas the seven-and-a-half minute closer, “Baphomet” explores darker moods and territories without ever forgetting the almighty riff. Goddess Injustice features a band not afraid to wear their influences on their sleeve, but with a face of their own (waiting to be shred). Meaty riffs, Anselmi Ahopalo’s blazing leads and flashing solos and a chock full of headbanging fun is what makes Goddess Injustice one of the best thrash records released this year. Can we please get a full-length next year already?

You can also check out their demo right here.

Weird Light – Doomicvs Vobiscvm

Weird Light was a French doom metal band found in 2004 by bassist Faust and guitarist/vocalist Blackford. Over the course of the four years they existed, they went through a long string of drummers and recorded a split, and two demos, though only one of these, titled Doomicvs Vobiscvm, was released. For years Shadow Kingdom Records and the band members were in communication over the release of their long due debut In Nocte Taliones, but eventually it became obvious there would be no seeing eye to eye and plan fells through. Which is a bummer and a shame, for Doomicvs Vobiscvm gave promise and displayed great potential. It was re-released by SKR back in June, with two added songs (originally scheduled for the split and demo), and if your bones are weary and restless for that doomy goodness you shouldn’t miss it. For any price.

They’re being sold as a mix of the “eerie drama” of Candlemass and “molten weight” of Reverend Bizarre, as a descriptor it’s as accurate as exhilarating, though Weird Light is heavier on the latter than the former. Each of the four songs moves at a slow pace, but avoids the droning plodding over extreme lengths that RB became synonymous for. Likewise the duo (Blackford recorded the drums for the original demo tracks, no info of the lineup had been stretched into a trio for the bonus songs) barely ever raises the tempo above a (slow) mid-pace – only “Stare In The Dark” speeds up towards it’s latter half – but switches between the two just enough to prevent Doomicvs Vobiscvm from falling into the pits of disinterest. As a vocalist Blackford has hints of later Scott Reagers and Messiah Marcolin among others, in him, but his style is more overtly dramatic wailing than singing – a few steps below theatrical. Much like Quorthon he has more passion than skill but pulls through with sheer determination. The almost complete lack of discernible vocal hooks will undoubtedly prove too much for many but he sounds like he belongs exactly where he is.

Despite being the less apparent influence, Edling & Co.’s (think Epicus Doomicus Metallicus) influence can also be heard on the songwriting. More “traditionally riffing” than RB, a lot of the time Doomicvs Vobiscvm sounds like super-slowed down trad. (and power) metal with a flair to build upon atmosphere and drama without delivering big, melodic payoffs. With four songs clocking at over 40 minutes this isn’t an album that will get you into doom, it’s a rarity. A might’ve been for the aficionados, and I for one enjoy the hell out of it.

Goddess Injustice comes out on Sep 30th, Doomicvs Vobiscvm is out now. Like Shadow Kingdom Records’ page on Facebook and tell them the Toilet says “Hi.”.

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  • Well then. Excuse rules so far. So what, are these kids still in highschool?

    • Which is your excuse to not skip school to play merol, Tyree!? >:)

    • Howard Dean

      “Fuck you, mom! I skipped the PSAT on Saturday and drank 40’s with the band down in Dylan’s basement. Tom Warrior never went to college. 10th grade can suck my necro-cock!”

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain


  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Shadow Kingdom has some serious jams on their label. I dig Weird Light, I heard them a little while back.

    Nice write up Karhuman! It’s always nice to see what you actually like.

  • Hail, Beargod!

    Man, this label rules so much. Will check this rightful tunes when I have the chance.

    Overall, Shadow Kingdom Records have an approved high level of Merol Charisma points with plenty of kicking ass music all with a smudgy moss-tasting epic old school sounds. If you can’t believe me, check these barbaric recs to support my Bearfriend:

    Pagan Altar:

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    Night Demon:

    Temple of Void:

  • Dang! Excuse RIPS!

  • Óðinn
    • Is that Isla Fisher?

      • Óðinn

        Yes. Have you heard of her?

      • Waynecro

        A more pressing question: What’s the deal with her getup? Is that supposed to be a sexy version of footie pajamas for sexy ladies?

        • Óðinn

          I’m not sure, Waynecro. But if she’s trying to be sexy, my guess is that it’s working.

          • Howard Dean

            I’m pitching a tent

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            …..for Satan…….

          • You did it wrong bro!

            ….IV Satan…

            Dubya Approved.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain


          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Didst you see the news about the new Deathspell of variety Omega?

          • Howard Dean

            I did, saw it a little bit ago on the NWNforums. Nearly shit my pants, for real. I wasn’t sure I would see the day that they released new material. Amazing news! Already preordered the bugger!

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Was sure they were done! Really, really excited.

          • Howard Dean

            Yeah, I’m pretty much beyond excited for this autumn. Dead Congregation EP, new DsO, supposed to be new Goatmoon at some point, too. Shit, I think music might be signally the coming of the Apocalypse.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            A bit so so on the new DC, oth I expect them to deliver, oth I’d rather have have waited a longer time for them to have over 14 minutes of material.

          • Howard Dean

            I love EPs and demos, so I’m pumped for this. DC are fairly slow writers, so any new music after just two years is surprising and welcome.

            I honestly think a lot of bands put out some of their best stuff on EPs. There’s something about a 15-20 minute release of top quality material that is just perfect to me. It has more power than an album with an equal amount of great material but with 20 minutes of marginal stuff tacked on.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            I love Ep’s too, especially as of late I’ve been gravitating towards shorter releases anyways. 14 minutes just in’t particularly much even for an EP.
            But the thing that I might possibly have a problem with is that they are indeed slow writers, so I see myself annoyed getting a short EP now and then waiting for 3-4 years for the next. That’s really the thing for me.

          • Howard Dean

            I think either way it was probably going to be until closer to 2020 until we saw another full length. I agree, the waiting is maddening sometimes, though. But I honestly don’t think this ep will push back an album. If anything, maybe it means the creative juices are flowing and that they’ll put out an album faster than before (it was six years of silence between Graves/the split with Hatespawn and Promulgation…)

          • IT IS.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      You son of a bitch.

  • Ayreonaut

    Boner jamz

  • This is a good Excuse. I might even be able to skip work once with this.

  • Waynecro

    Thanks for the excellent write-up, Karhu.

  • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

    That Excuse is my jam. Their previous stuff is a bit more straightforward thrash and also a pain in the ass to find.

  • Damage_Inc89

    Man, why did I not check out the Toilet sooner? Kept meaning to, then forgetting. This is great, though.