Soundtrack To Your Annihilation III: The None More Black Edition

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Greetings and salutations. An enthusiastic hello to readers and fans of the Toilet Ov Hell, our community, and all reptiles still successfully passing as human beings. Welcome back to Soundtrack To Your Annihilation, a series that at least three people have claimed to be excited about. We covered Cryptopsy’s None So Vile, Indian’s Guiltless, and Portal’s Swarth in two previous installments. In a series that promises to get progressively weirder, darker, more brutal, and more difficult, we must venture forward; specifically downward. Allow your perception to darken. Allow the lens through which you view the world to cloud over with a dense, black fog. Perhaps you thought placing Portal’s Swarth in the second installment was some kind of error. How much further could this series go? Consider hitting rock bottom and asking for a shovel, or digging your own grave at the barrel of a gun.

Black metal has come a long way since Darkthrone’s A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Emperor’s In the Nightside Eclipse, and since some guy killed another guy and no one could stop talking about it for over twenty years. Black metal’s 2nd wave was born out of the slick commercialization of death metal in the early 1990s. The early focus on very low production quality was in reaction to this. It has recently found itself in vogue, covered consistently and favorably by popular media outlets. There have been countless debates over its purity; daily discussions are held worldwide over what is “trve” (or “tr00”), acceptable, and what doesn’t belong in the canon. Whilst many fans of extreme metal believe death metal rules over the other subgenres with violent authority, black metal has held court over fans with darkness, underhanded treachery, and fear. Black metal has spawned countless subgenres and variations. Soundtrack To Your Annihilation will cover three albums from various styles of black metal. We’ll take a look and compare them to the previous installment as we move through it.


The first album we will cover today is Silencer’s 2001 album, Death, Pierce Me. Silencer played an offshoot of black metal called “depressive black metal”; many other acts in a similar vein have been labeled “depressive suicidal black metal”. Silencer and depressive suicidal black metal were covered in an excellent article on the Toilet Ov Hell. I won’t introduce you to DSBM for a second time, rather, let’s delve immediately into Death, Pierce Me.

Death, Pierce Me begins with its self titled track, which opens with a slow, acoustic introduction and soft drums for almost two minutes. Then vocalist Nattramn makes his appearance. The Satan Ov Hell hit the nail on the head in his article, at first, this seems a bit silly. I have not heard black metal vocals quite like these on any other album. They are very audible, and extremely high in the mix compared to the majority of black metal shrieking. You really have to hear them to understand. Nattramn announces the album’s trve beginning, and the black metal begins. Tremolo picking, fast steady drumming, and that… voice. Six or so minutes into “Death, Pierce Me” the vocals waiver and quake off into another quieter segment. “Sterile Nails and Thunderbowels”  picks up with a more epic feel, and the vocals approach more “typical” black metal fare as well. The track lengths fall mostly between eight and eleven minutes, outliers include “Sterile Nails and Thunderbowels” at about six minutes and the last track, “Feeble Are You, Sons of Sion” at a mere three minutes. Nattramn has what sounds like a coughing or gasping fit during the second track, which closes with a galloping series of riffs.

Admittedly, during my first cursory listen to Death, Pierce Me, I thought I had, in fact, shot myself in the foot placing Swarth in STYA’s second installment. It was near the end of this album’s third track “Taklamakan”, where I regained confidence. Near the end of its eight plus minute run time I realized I had been lulled into a false sense of security, and that Death, Pierce Me is a slow descent via mine cart into some uncharted level of purgatory. Depressive black metal is an apt label; this is bleak, haunting, and hypnotic. What initially seemed silly became off putting and unsettling. Death, Pierce Me began to speak to parts of my psyche I had long thought buried. At forty eight minutes, it is not that this album overstays its welcome. Near the end, I was ready for the trip to be over… until I had to play it again.


Deathspell Omega are a band that need little introduction to those familiar with black metal or heavy metal in general. The Toilet Ov Hell’s own writer, political figure, and outspoken character Howard Dean has called them the best heavy metal band, ever, period. He described them as the “apex” of what dissonant, otherworldly bands could hope to accomplish, while still maintaining stellar songwriting. Heavens to Murgatroid. I was introduced to Deathspell Omega late in the game. I first listened to their most recent effort Paracletus and worked backwards. The second focus of this installment is on their third studio album, Si Momentum Requires, Circumspice, which marked their evolutionary leap from Darkthrone-esque black metal into the formidable, malevolent entity they are today.

Si Momentum Requires, Circumspice is a masterwork of black metal. It combines technical, dissonant black metal with religious chanting, choral singing, and stark, bleak imagery. What about that cover? The listener is able to make out some lyrics as well, like the first growling uttered on “Sola Fide I”, Mikko Aspa’s call for Satan. Si Momentum Requires, Circumspice is seventy seven minutes long. Allow me to climb on top of my soapbox for a moment here. In going over this installment of the series with my co-conspirator ad naseum, I debated including Si Momentum. Is this a more difficult listen than Portal’s Swarth or Indian’s Guiltless? At first glance or a cursory listen, no. It isn’t. It is comparably difficult based on individual songs, because of its chaos, dissonance, and strange, alien sounds. However, Si Momentum Requires, Circumspice is as a whole Deathspell Omega’s artistic statement. I have long held the belief that good and great music should be taken as a whole, in the realm of extreme music or any other genre. Songs are an expression of the album; the album is the artistic statement. Great albums play through from beginning to end; they guide the listener through their entirety. Sequencing matters. Themes matter. Music, melodies, and patterns emerge and reemerge throughout. In discussing this particular album with Howard Dean, he pointed out that Deathspell Omega intended this to be a painful experience. Seventy seven minutes of extreme black metal, meant to be taken as a singular experience. Apart from time, obviously, it requires endurance, and can separate the casual listener from those willing to go the distance, so to speak. I imagine we could unearth longer albums, but how many combine length and difficulty at this level of quality?


 

Enbilulugugal are a band which Islander at No Clean Singing once said he was glad to avoid interviewing, because of how scary the band seemed. These are both songs from Enbilulugugal‘s The Day After, and thankfully, for you, we aren’t pushing that far yet. You really should thank me. Enbilulugugal play both raw black metal and horrific “black noise”. The last focus of this installment of Soundtrack To Your Annihilation is on Enbilulugugal’s raw black metal album, The End Is Extremely Fucking Nigh.

I mentioned in the beginning of this piece that black metal has come a long way since its inception. In examples like Si Momentum Requires, Circumspice, and countless others, the production quality can be quite good. However, some bands have pushed in the opposite direction entirely. Some bands have worsened the production on their albums far beyond black metal’s 2nd wave or even that of the one man black metal bedroom project. Enbilulugugal have done exactly that on The End Is Extremely Fucking Nigh. This is raw black metal in the rawest form.



The End Is Extremely Fucking Nigh is a concept album fitting its title. It opens with harsh noise and a voice over of a man describing what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. Music begins on the album’s second track, “IX”. This is slow moving black metal played under an impenetrable swamp. The riffs are buried in static, a drum rhythm is only somewhat detectable. If you listen closely enough you can hear a melody under the surface… is that a flute? Izedis provides ghastly vocals here and throughout. The next track “XIII” opens more aggressively, but it is still bathed in hardened lava. Things become a bit “easier” on “XXXIII”. The next interlude is comprised of noise feedback and more instructions about surviving in a nuclear fallout shelter. The concept and interludes on this album genuinely fit with the music. The album’s fourth track (of music), “LXVI” features the most pained vocals yet. The last track is a cover of The Bright Side (from Those Poor Bastards). The End Is Extremely Fucking Nigh is a short album, roughly thirty two minutes, but this is extremely difficult stuff. If you’re looking for more listenable metal under the “raw black metal” umbrella, look to bands like Ash Pool (one of many side projects of Prurient’s Dominick Fernow) or the related Akitsa. If you’d like to be challenged, here is that challenge, but don’t be surprised if at some point you find yourself praying for that nuclear blast.

I would be remiss to not mention our pal Christian Molenaar’s involvement with The End Is Extremely Fucking Nigh. On the Bandcamp for the album, he is credited as “Molenaar: Guest Guitar Wanking on IX”. Christian has also helped me a great deal with this series, and recommended Enbilulugugal as one of the many bands for this installment. Since I am not a writer, and am only pretending to be one (somewhat successfully, hey!), I don’t know that this explanation is required, but, I thought at the least I should mention it to present some level of journalistic integrity. I hope you have enjoyed this edition of Soundtrack To Your Annihilation, as much as a person could, and embraced your own inner darkness in the process. Look to the Toilet Ov Hell for more examples of stalwart journalism in the near future.

Stay Void, Toilet.




Thanks to Christian Molenaar for the assist in the conception, planning, and execution of this series.

Thanks to Howard Dean for letting me appropriate his None More Black series / moniker and for suggestions on this edition of Soundtrack To Your Annihilation.

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  • Edward

    Once again, we have two hours until the next ToH post goes live, so you guys can easily listen to both Si Momentum Requires, Circumspice and The End Is Extremely Fucking Night if you don’t take a break.

    Love,

    Edward

    • Awesome article dude. Expertly written!

      • Edward

        I appreciate that JB. Honestly I worked my ass off on this one, it did not come easy lol

        The next one (which I have completely planned out and started) is going to be even more epic and totally fvcking destructive.

        • It shows, haven’t seen an article flow this well in a while.

        • Death

          When are the controversial ones of which you talked about coming?

          • Edward

            That’s next. You probably won’t be very shocked, but I think some others might.

          • Beunhaas

            It’s Amaranthe.

          • Edward

            I don’t know what that is but I’m going to make a mental note of it now.

          • Beunhaas

            it’s grim as fuck.

          • Hey now I li-…nvm

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Great, now I can’t wait.

          • Edward

            I promise I have started it, and I am working on it! Lol.

    • CAN YOU easily listen to them?

      • Edward

        Easily, no. Haha. I meant given the amount of time before everyone moved onto the next post though.

        I listened to everything on here more than once it’s mandatory to try and get the feel of what I was covering.

        • I feel you. Just hammering home the conceit of this series.
          /Joe Thrashnkill, master editor.

          • Edward

            I should start signing off like that too.

            Edward Meehoineyhoin, blogger extraordinare (for fat stacks)

          • Edward

            (is that supposed to concept? cause conceit would mean something else entirely. lol)

          • /Joe Thrashnkill, giant dipshit

          • /McNulty, Detective Dipshit

          • FAMILY!

        • I love DSBM and this style of black metal so much

          • Edward

            I wanted to include Massive Conspiracy Against All Life, and Xasthur was in the running but may have been a little too obvious…

          • I’m really just getting into it. I’ve known Weakling, Leviathan, and Silencer for a long time, but didn’t realize that DSBM matched the feel of those bands so closely, and am exploring it right now.

          • Edward

            I wanna cover Weakling in my next black metal round up. Too bad they only did the one album, but it influenced a lot of USBM and I think a lot of newer USBM fans aren’t aware and have not heard it. It’s also pretty rugged for black metal.

          • Agreed, it’s sad that when most people think American Black Metal, they think first of bands like Liturgy/Deafheaven/Wolves in the Throne Room (ok WITTR does rule) instead of bands like Weakling, Absu, or Inquisition

          • Simon Phoenix

            Inquisition are a COLOMBIAN band.

            Ha ha j/k. I pretty much agree with your post.

          • OMG WHATEVER THEY LIVE HERE NOW

          • Xan

            You may have already seen it but, Noisey did a three part documentary on Xasthur, Leviathan, and a third one man black metal band of which I can’t remember the name. Definitely worth a watch if you have an hour to kill. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQl6PzXU4cQ

    • The spirit is willing, but the flesh is spongey and bruised!

      http://i.ytimg.com/vi/bBRFYNI420M/maxresdefault.jpg

      • God

        Death by snu snu!

        • The Battle Born NDN

          I never thought I would die this way, but I always really hoped.

    • Tyree
      • Edward

        I don’t understand Emma Watson detractors, AT ALL.

        • Tyree
        • Thats…I…is…there are Emma Watson detractors?

          • Edward

            Yeah dude, tons. Online. Talking shit on Emma.

          • If anyone here is under this category: COME FORTH VILE CREATURES, THAT I MIGHT SMITE YOU WITH MY STEEL AND SHOUT YOU INTO SUBMISSION IN THE INTERROGATION ROOM.

          • So Twilight Force is transforming you into a man!

          • Perhaps, or maybe I just have a specialized silencer made out of steel.
            Edit: Supressor

          • Xan

            That’s right, go power metal on their ass!

          • FUS RO DAH!

          • KJM

            There will always be people with empty lives looking for someone/thing to talk shit about.

        • i was one for a very long time. you can’t explain that.

          • Edward

            I can’t figure it out. I guess some people think she is “overrated”, but how? Why?

          • Max

            Nah, she’s as hot as it gets. It’s probably just because she’s spoken out as a feminist or something. Some guys get really stangry about that.

          • Edward

            Oh, yeah, dudes get super hangry over feminism and feminists.

            I have to admit, I thought the video of the woman walking through NYC for 10 hours was pretty dumb. Some of the guys were dumb, some didn’t seem that dumb, all of these people on the internet are going insane, and I’m over here just trying to figure out if a guy saying hello equals harassment (I don’t think it does).

          • Max

            Depends on the circumstances, I guess. Unless the guy is saying hello to everybody of either sex who walks past him, then I suppose the girl would conclude that he’s only saying hello to her because he’s in pick-up mode and interested solely in her looks. I’ve always liked getting complimented by women when it happens (VERY occasionally), but if I were a girl and it was happening every five minutes every day, it would get annoying, I think, no matter the intent.

            People don’t like to be judged on what they think is a superficial characteristic of themselves, which is exactly what feminists have been protesting about on behalf of women for a long time now. What they rarely acknowledge is that women judge men superficially as well; just different characteristics. There’s a really funny “hidden camera”video elsewhere on YouTube (wish I still had the link) where a rather sleazy guy asks a girl on the street if she’d like to go for a drink with him. She says no, and, relenting, he walks off to his car, parked nearby. When she sees that the car is a Lamborghini or something and realizes how loaded he is, she actually catches up to him and suggests that there’s a bar just down the street! The funny thing is, when he reacts by derisively asking “Oh, so now you DO wanna hang out with me?”, gets in his car and speeds off, she actually waves after him!

            Getting back to the NYC video, what I thought was pretty dumb about it is their editing choices. They’ve made it look like it’s mainly non-professional, non-white men who do this and have de-railed their feminist message by clouding it with class and ethnicity issues. Apparently the director even has past form in this regard.

          • Edward

            It did occur to me that most of the men in the video were African American.

            I dunno, even if a guy says “hello” with the intent to hit on a woman, like in the street, does that constitute “harassment”? You’re totally right, I have never been 1) a woman or 2) hit on constantly in public, it just seems like people are maybe taking that part of it pretty far. Like, hello, attractive woman. I dunno that there is anything wrong with that part of it. Some of the guys on there were definitely creeps, haha. Also, I thought the lady was in fact pretty attractive.

            Some of the debates I have seen rage online have been… interesting.

          • KJM

            If you say hello once and don’t go further with it once you’ve been ignored, that’s one thing. It’s when a guy doesn’t accept silence and walk away that it becomes harassment.

          • Edward

            KJM have you seen the video in question?

          • KJM

            Nah, I’m not even trying to wade deeper into the issue. I do imagine if it’s something that happens a lot it can get tiresome.

          • KJM

            That’ll do it. Nothing makes an insecure man’s nads shrink more than an outspoken woman who dares to stand up for herself.

          • Max

            It’s curious, isn’t it? Any of us can nominate some feminist theoretician who comes out with ridiculous misandry; but if female celebrities, athletes or politicians voice feminist sentiments they usually tend to be of the pretty reasonable variety that would be difficult for any sane, liberal-minded man to find objectionable. And yet they then get shat on, massively.

        • Simon Phoenix

          While Stone is easily the best of the current famous “Emmas” out there, Watson is pretty high on the list.

          • Edward

            1. Stone

            2. Watson

            3. … which other famous Emmas are there?

          • “COME ON.”
            – Jane Austen

          • Edward

            Seven steps of separation between DSBM and Gwyneth Paltrow, all the more reason to love the Toilet.

          • Simon Phoenix

            Roberts

            Thompson.

          • Edward

            Other than seeing the film Blow, I was not up on Emma Roberts.

        • KJM

          I don’t think she’s “all that” but I am a Potter fan and she’s great in the movies.

    • Death

      But I’ve already heard Si Momentum Requires so many times!

      • Edward

        What about the other two?

        • Death

          I haven’t heard the last one, so I have to listen it.

    • Beunhaas

      I have a fucking test tomorrow.

      • Death

        What kind of schools have fucking tests? We never had those!

        • W.
          • WOW WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT!

          • Death

            What in the name of my dogs?

          • M Shadows! (Loofah Killah)

            you will never escape

        • KJM

          -___-

          • Death

            I know, my jokes are lame as fuck.

      • Tyree

        I have diarrhea tomorrow.

        • i have hangover tomorrow

          • Tyree

            That will contribute to my diarrhea tomorrow.

  • God

    I’m gonna use this article to shamelessly plug one of my favorite bands. They were a black metal band with depressive elements and some doom tossed in occasionally.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vALDVme9b5o

    • Edward

      When I am not at the office (i.e. now) I’m gonna make a solid effort to check this shit out.

      • God

        Easily an amazing album imo

    • IronLawnmower

      Isn’t that a Christian band?

      • God

        …maybe

      • W.

        They are, and I dig them.

    • Edward

      I just pushed play on this sucker for a minute. Is the name of the band Unblacker777?

      Cool vocals in the beginning.

      • God

        No that’s the video uploaded. The band is called Antestor

        • Edward

          Ah, the way they have it labeled on Youtube is a bit confusing. That’s a Christian band, forreals?

          • God

            Yep. One of the handful of good ones

    • Simon Phoenix

      The new one had to grow on me, but I like it. It’s just not as good as The Forasken.

      Christian or not, that album is epic as fuck.

      • God

        New one was just straight black metal which I did love, but I also really liked the older material that was more doomy laden and a little slower tempo most of the time.

  • Mr.CustodialArts
    • Edward

      Underrated ass movie imho

      Cage in that >>>>>>

      • Mr.CustodialArts

        “After a while, I grew to understand that my role was less about saving
        lives than about bearing witness. I was a GRIEF MOP. It was enough that I
        simply turned up.”

    • KJM

      You’ve reminded me that I need to see this movie again soon. Thanks.

  • Beunhaas

    STAY VOID, STAY DISSONANT.

  • Beunhaas

    Good article Ed. Will check these out tomorrow. I completely agree with your statement on listening albums front to back. I get the impression that most people don’t do that, which is a massive shame. It transforms music from a small thing to kill time, to an actual artform.

    • Edward

      I won’t get into a long diatribe about it, but I think at least in recent memory digital music, iTunes, and radio singles led to more and more of it. I wonder, however, what impact that had on heavy metal? I am guessing some impact.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        If we take a look about album structures we see the following. There are no long song in the beginning of the albums. The singles/videos are most often lifted from the beginning. We can see the ballads and ballad-like songs usually on spot three or four. All in all albums are no longer structured as wholes. As journeys. The way albums are put together now serve a more commercial purpose than the thematic whole because it is less meaningful for most today. I would also point that intros being reduced to 20 seconds and lack of instrumental are more or less offsprings od this. I could delve much further on this, but I’m starting to feel this is at least part of the diatribe you were trying to avoid so I’ll stop now.
        Ugh!

    • I totally agree. I have been listening to albums instead of song shuffle lately and I find that I enjoy a lot of my favorites more than I thought I did.

      • Edward

        I like listening to stuff on shuffle, too, because it makes me remember music I own that I haven’t thought about for a minute. Oh, shit, that’s on my iPod?!

        • Yea I usually use shuffle for the car and albums when I’m chillin at home.

        • Full albums for work, so I can hate myself when I realize how little I got done in an hour

    • I’m am a huge supporter of listening to albums front to back, and it’s how I listen to music 90% of the time. There’s just something about taking in the artists’ vision like that, though some artists seem to focus on songs more than the album as a whole. Interesting stuff, high five!

    • just get on itunes and download deathspell omega’s greatest hits and put on shuffle!

  • IronLawnmower

    I’m sorry but as soon as I heard Silencers vocals I had a laughing fit.

    • Edward

      They are… unique. Later in the album he makes some small variations to it, too.

      • IronLawnmower

        I remember I heard a DSBM band with vocals that sounded like an elephant in pain.

        • Edward

          Haha, recall which? I’d like to hear those.

          • IronLawnmower
          • Edward

            That does somewhat like an elephant screaming.

          • IronLawnmower

            The audio from Dumbo’s suicide attempt.

    • The Satan Ov Hell

      there’s also the party where he throws up and they record it

      NOT A DEATH GROWL JOKE, HE DOES THROW UP

      • Edward

        … so that’s what that was.

    • Spear

      Yeah, I can’t take that style of vocals seriously at all.

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    So, I work in a “professional environment”…that didn’t stop someone from shitting on the bathroom floor, however. The cleaner almost fuckin’ quit.

    • IronLawnmower

      Perfect song to express how you feel http://youtu.be/YcpjEiadH94

    • Tyree
    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      Hearing about things like this make me so happy that I work in a small office of mostly women.

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt

      We have a couple of these posted in and around the bathroom at work. It’s like working with GG Allin.

      • Tyree

        This is amazing.

      • crazytaco_12

        At my job we have signs above the bathroom garbage cans that warn people not to throw their dog shit into them. Some fucking people man…..

    • Warheart

      LOL, something like that happened last week in my job, the crazy thing is that it was in the women’s bathroom. The Big Boss ( A woman herself) was really pissed off.

  • Edward

    I also figured out how to say Enbilulugugal (en – bee – lou – lou – goo – gull).

    I couldn’t even type that out before I finished this article. Enbi… you know that band.

  • JWG

    I’ve twice mentioned going to Vancouver for a weekend earlier this month and adding a dozen new albums to my collection in one day. That Indian album (and the more recent one) were among them.

    I look forward to expanding my collection further through this series.

    • Edward

      I’m glad you have enjoyed it and seem to be putting it to some use!

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMbFu457jGs
    “Praying for that Nuclear Blast”

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    To me Death, Pierce Me is pretty much the apex of depressive black metal and Nattram has a lot to do with it. The way he sounds so utterly withered and wasted from pain he could be a thing from beyond, but still just totally human, naked and fearless. As a depression sufferer (albeit one lucky enough to be outrunning it presently) its one of the few metal albums I find that really captures the experience, I find it immensely cathartic.

    • Edward

      I found it interesting that it escaped the “suicidal” tag of most other DSBM, at least from what I could tell reading up for this thing.

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        Think it’s a ways past suicide.

  • How perfect, I’m going through a DSBM phase right now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncO9lXdsD_Y

  • Simon Phoenix

    I really hope Wormphlegm is somehow in this series. Cause that band is just…yeesh.

  • Howard Dean

    Really well done, Edward. An awesome read. I’m enjoying this series a lot.

    I’ve recently been on a heightened DsO kick, hankering something awful for new music or even a sliver of new information. I’ve been listening to their albums, looking through the album booklets, and I reread their ~2004 interview with Tyler from the Ajna Offensive (their last public words to date). I made searches into the fringes of the interwebs to find any traces of new info. I even bought two Hirilorn (pre-DsO) recordings on CD (at a steep premium). All in a vain effort to ignite something “new” with my favorite band. In the world of tight-lipped secrecy and 0 regard for keeping the fan base aware of one’s doings, DsO are king. And my is that motherfucking kingdom ever dark and foreign!

    And a spot deep inside of me recoils in terse, abject horror with the possibility that DsO may never again release music. It feels like a very real possibility to me that they would disappear without a word, having accomplished any number of unstated and unknowable goals, leaving people to wonder about their future.

    Let’s hope for new music sometime soon. I’ll even take an EP.

    • Simon Phoenix

      I feel the exact same way about The Chasm. It doesn’t help that Corchado is a stubborn and cryptic bastard and way too focused on his other projects, and that Julio is listed on metal-archives as a FORMER band member.

      At least if they are disbanded, they are going out on a high note with Farseeing…

    • Edward

      Thanks for the kind words!

      I’m not nearly as versed in DsO as you are, HD, but cause of our Finnish friend Death / MA I am getting into Grunt somewhat (I have three Grunt albums in my “possession” plus I spent the better part of an evening last week listening to Grunt on Youtube, shit is pretty weird and intense and the imagery is the same), so, to me, that has kind of expanded the world of DsO because of the shared member, the much hated Mikko Aspa.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Mösjöö Howard Dean.

      I have never really delved in the kingdom of DsO, as I disliked the pre-Aspa era, but I have listened to the songs presented in the toilet and knew a few songs from before, as I have followed Aspa’s career (a huge fan of Fleshpress, also Creamface and Grunt, Nihilist Commando…) I have now, in great part thanks to toilet and you going on about them, taken it as my quest familiarize myself with all their material. Merely wanted to say this and thank you, I am becoming quite fond of their music (and, well all avant-garde metal). So ‘gain this divine being thanks thee (and the Toilet).

      UGH!

  • Xan

    Depressive black metal is a subgenre that I really have yet to dive into. This year was the year where I started to find normal black metal bands I like. I like what I am hearing so far from depressive black metal posted in the comment as well as Silencer. I prefer music to have a feeling or emotion to it. It’s difficult for me to enjoy a lot of technical bands simply because there is no emotion (though JB does a great job at picking good ones to showcase). Noise is another genre I’ve yet to venture into but I can see that it is probably something that I could come to like. I like things that are just walls of creepy sound. Real fun to play in the shower. Helps to keep the suspicion of home invasion at the way.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • dr.derelict

    progressively darker. consistently impressive.

    • Edward

      YES.

      Look out for the next installment, I think you will be impressed once more.

  • Gurp

    Oh man. Silencer. Vocals totally killed it for me the first time I heard it. Haven’t listened to it since.

    Dreariness is another band that does a similar thing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6i5FnSpO6Q

  • W.

    Great work, Ed!

  • Quarter Ounce Harrell

    these shit was so dark i peeled my face off.