Soundtrack To Your Annihilation V: Epilogue (Community Edition)

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Weirdness. Darkness. Brutality. Difficulty. Such was the mantra of the series Soundtrack To Your Annihilation. We set out to uncover records from metal’s vast spectrum and beyond it, to showcase these albums and discuss them with our community. In its brief run, the series covered death metal, hideous sludge, “weirdo” metal, black metal, and power electronics.

This series was inspired by and assisted by the community at the Toilet Ov Hell. In what was initially planned as a ten article run (“Edward, ten articles is too many”), the series was reduced to a planned six articles. Placing difficult listens early on moved the series along even faster. Why do we do it? Why do we crave aural destruction, or music with a devastatingly dark and bleak outlook? Why do we worship at the altar of dissonant, otherworldly skronk, blvck fvkkin metul, and power electronixxx? Metal fans are amongst the most dedicated fans to their chosen genre, and can be the pickiest when it comes to what is accepted and what isn’t.

While producing each installment, I repeatedly fielded questions like, “Edward, how come you didn’t cover my favorite grindcore band? Where were the slower than a black hole screeching doom bands? How come you didn’t revisit The Vomit Arsonist, or do a career analysis breakdown of Merzbow”? Frankly, every article on the Toilet Ov Void should feature The Vomit Arsonist. Personally, I love reading about music, studying it, and learning about it, almost as much as I enjoy listening to it. In writing Soundtrack To Your Annihilation I learned a great deal about the bands I covered; in discussing albums from the series, and albums related to its trajectory, I discovered our community has a taste for the bizarre and profane, too. It’s possible another contributor to this site will pick up the mantle of this series, blazing his or her own trail of darkness. In the meantime, I leave you with this epilogue. These are albums that didn’t make the cut from my end, from suggestions of my co-conspirator, or, most importantly, albums that were mentioned by our community during the series run.


 

COAL ROLL: Is demilich going to be the next in this series? Plz

 The Satan Ov Hell: Stalaggh, yeah!

Howard Dean: I actually only own Guiltless, and haven’t listened to it in awhile, but I remember enjoying it. I bought albums from Indian (1 album), Lord Mantis (1 album), and Coffinworm (2 albums) in order to find a sound similar to Dragged Into Sunlight (those three bands were all “similar artists” to DIS on metal-archives), and though I enjoyed them all, none of them captured the same sound and vibe as Dragged Into Sunlight. Still a little disappointed about that. (Writer’s note: damn it Howard Dean, <3)

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

Christian Molenaar recommended two artists to me which did not make the cut, both artists which I am very familiar with and would have loved to include. I believe these recommendations came as I was working on the third installment of black metal and would not have worked after Enbilulugugal in any possible way. I would have included Naked City’s Grand Guignol (their magnum opus), but I couldn’t find the whole album on the Tube of You and you guys already know how I feel about whole albums, regardless of if you listen to any of these damn things.

Edward: Two more artists I would have loved to include but did not for reasons including the short series run and progressive difficulty, Krallice and Behold… The Arctopus. Opinions may vary, but I found Behold… to be pretty intimidating the first time I heard them. You may not rank it anywhere as difficult as None So Vile. That’s why we have a comments section! I considered Krallice for the None More Black installment of this, but they didn’t have just the right feel for it.

Lastly, I wrote and “researched” this article while playing Merzbow’s Pulse Demon, a totally unrelated suggestion from my co-conspirator. #nowplaying #lolbuttz

 


From a “creative” standpoint, this series covered eleven different bands and noise musicians. It took many hours to research and write this series, and many more hours were spent listening to each band contained in it. The third article “None More Black“, and the second to last article, “Toilet Ov Power Electronixxx“, each had roughly 130 revisions before their completion; that is also a testament to my still somewhat painful process of writing. I exchanged hundreds of emails with our pal Christian. This series exceeded any kind of scope or vision I had originally imagined for it. Apparently people thought the articles were well written; some members of our community mentioned it was “their favorite series”, or that I had produced “one of the best articles on the Toilet”. This was often my motivation to continue through the daunting task of writing the series and listening to all the music involved.

So there you have it, my victory lap my first of many love letter to the Toilet. It might even give you something to do for a couple of hours. I hope you enjoyed reading Soundtrack To Your Annihilation as much as I enjoyed writing it and researching it. Keep on the lookout for another installment of None More Black, and anything else the powers that b [sic] grant me permission to work on.

Stay trve, stay Void, stay lifeloving, stay weird death forever, Toilet.


Thanks to Christian Molenaar for the assist in the conception, planning, and execution of this series, and for hooking me up with some edits on the opening paragraph.

Thanks to the community, for your warm reception and feedback.

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  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    Given that this is the last post of the day, and in the spirit of Soundtrack To Your Annihilation, you guys could easily listen to every album in this post (including Easter eggs) before the Toilet goes live in the morning.

    • Hahaha, I knew this comment was coming. Exactly why I scheduled it for now.

      • Edward #RIPNEGROD

        Joe, what other way would Toilet denizens and Void dwellers want to spend their evenings?

        • Tyree-Argo Fuck Yourself

          Expect a report of nothingness from me.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            The Void can not be reported.

          • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

            A-Quick-Date-Up

            Wormphlegm, GODDAMMIT thlse vocals! The music surely is appropriately dark and swirly, but without greater charm on their own but GODDAMMIT those vocals are out of this world. I need more of this in my life/void.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            I’m digging these updates.

          • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

            And I’m digging the music! The whole series has been awesome! So we’re even. (Or at least you ain’t the one owing anything.)

        • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

          I’m a giver, I deliver, even when not actually asked for.
          Demilich has a unique flow to their songs, their riffs and whole overrall sound is instantly recognisable. Topped with unique vocals and disturbingly cathcy songs given their odd structures Demilich is and will remain THE best dm band ever.

          I’m gonna guess Screech Owl is supposed to be some sub-genre of noise. I like noise but this just seems actual noise. Like they were not going to record noise but due to poorer than poor equipment and skill ended with it. There’s more going ‘neath that sound barrier than I’d like, at times it seems there keyboard melodies trying to go on. But as my listening progresses I become more enamored with this. It’s really disturbing music and I might return to it.

          Will return with a second set of opinions wether asked for or not.

        • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

          Second set

          I did not enjoy Stalaggh, maybe I’m a lifelover but it seemed like someone was trying to sound misanthropic but in reality isn’t.

          DiS is fricken awesome! Crushing, punishing and devoid of all cathciness or platforms to latch onto yet drawing in for more listens without mercy. An apt name, being dragged into brigthness after years of life in a lightless cave and feeling the excruciating pain and burning of the sun as it scorches your eyes and you feel them boil in their sockets is graphic equivalent to DiS’ soundtrack.

          Swans, pre-industrial metal repetition. It’s always on my plate. Yet not much that can be said of it.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            I find it quite interesting how the brutal and the beautiful and the expansive, droning sides of Swans all sound totally natural. Like its not just uncompromising art from people doing as they please but all coming from the same headspace like it all fits together.

        • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

          Third set

          I don’t know where you were going to place Naked City. It’s atmospheric and all but most of all, it’s a fun band. I’m digging this. There’s surf guitars and horns and synthetisheit and everything. It’s humour music without “jokes”. Hard to grasp and a bit unstructures too but not too chaotic and seems to return to the starting point so everyone can follow. Verdict: love it.

          Behold the Arctopus is sure to have it’s fair share of haters. I won’t join them but if I never hear this pile of burning penguin vomit and pus again, I won’t be sorry. It’s like they are technically very good and could write songs and decided to stay as far away from writing songs as possible.

          Holy Macaroni! What’s Krallice? Blackened melo-SKRONK? I dig it, feels like basic black metal, leaning on the US scene but with rhytmic trhow like no one with trve kvlt by the heart ever does. A lovable combination, am going to dig further on these guys.

          Merzbow has too many releases. Many of them are good and many are bad. Most just are, I guess that’s the worst thing that can be said about an album. Pulse Demon is one of the good ones. It’s a note for all noise musicians that static wall isn’t a word-pair to worship if you ain’t producing HNW. Moving around in “pulses” is much more interesting, but I can’t help feeling that I’d rather listen to that Wold album after all.

          It can be noticed that I didn’t give all these albums the cover-to-cover treatment. I’m gonna listen to all these links and then spend the rest of the night giving each album my undivided attention for all of their length.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            That is a serious undertaking.

            If you get the chance, at all possible, check out Naked City’s Grand Guignol. It’s by far my favorite Naked City album, I have been listening to it off and on for years it’s such a weird and intriguing and intense album.

          • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

            I will.

    • Xan

      I thought about putting this in my Woods of Ypres write-up but decided against it. “You can listen to this on repeat eight hundred times on repeat before the final post of the year!”

      • Edward #RIPNEGROD

        A person could listen to which one of these albums 800 times on repeat?

        Lol.

        (I’m on my iPod so this doesn’t look super clear to me)

        • Xan

          All of them.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            Yes. Over and over until your perception of reality teeters into the Void.

      • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

        RIP David Gold. Woods/Gold >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

        • Pagliacci’s Nordling EdPants

          Next month marks the anniversary of the death of David Gold. As per his song “Adora Vivos,” he did not want his career celebrated after his death. So therefore, I am declaring next month Davecember, and what better embodies the spirit of Davecember than the music of Woods of Ypres? I will celebrate Davecember with the music of WoY (and NOBMPS) all day, every day. Happy Davecember everyone!

      • The Satan Ov Hell

        Been listening to woods 4 and 5 non stop. Apparently listened to woods of ypres 287 times in the past week.

    • Howard Dean

      Edward: I very much enjoyed this series. Congrats on finishing it up in style!

      The real question: What next from the writer formerly known as Negrodamus? (Aside: You should change your name to an unpronouncebale Qliphotic/Hermetic symbol of devilworship).

      • Edward #RIPNEGROD

        Thanks HD! Srs, that is appreciated.

        Uh, I have a review / interview going up this week that I’m pretty excited about. The work is already complete on my end so it’s in the hands of the great “they” at this point.

        I want to do more black metal! Other than that, I am rolling around some ideas and bouncing things off of the ToH team all the time.

        Many of us whisper our hopes in hushed conversations HD may come out of retirement, also srs. Lol.

  • Paris Hilton

    “This soundtrack is absolute shit. I cannot believe how fucking bad this is. I want to fucking vomit.”

    10/10 wood listen again

    -IGN

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • Tyree-Argo Fuck Yourself
  • Recorded in 1999, released 15 years late, but fuck it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORgOyuEpGfQ

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Those can’t be real drums.

      • They do sound like fucking salt-shakers don’t they?

        • Akercocke ov Steele

          Real drum sets are for corporate whores. Only never-cleaned trashcans and rusty, grim silverware are trve!

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            Agreed, that’s pretty much the tr00 standard.

  • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

    There can never be enough Demilich! Hail!

  • Tyree-Argo Fuck Yourself

    “Hatred for Mankind” is a ripper of an album. So much fucking hatred. I’ll have to revist that album again.

      • Tyree-Argo Fuck Yourself

        Fucking Nice! This album crushes “Widowmaker” in to dust in my opinion.

        • I agree, granted they both are extremely good, but HFM>>>

          • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

            HFM > Widowmaker because with widowmaker they tried to become Altar of Plagues, and then altar of plagues failed with that last one. Toilet flushes full circle/

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            Woah, Altar of Plagues failed with Teethed Glory and Injury?

          • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

            You heard me, ed!

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            BB, I’m stunned lol.

          • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

            if i wanted to listen to noise I’d listen to my old lady yellin’ at me

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            I’ve already been blabbing this all day on the Book of Face, but, our pal C put me onto some game yesterday in the form of a white Muslim who produced a record about his conversion to that faith among other things. Herukrat, I Bear Witness, 2014, pure power electronics, omg. It just jumped out and grabbed me.

          • “C”

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            I was at a coffee shop posting from my iPod lol.

          • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

            lifelover

          • nope. it’s a masterpiece / 10

          • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

            Mammal >x1voidbillion TG&I

          • Howard Dean

            I actually agree with this. AoP were never my favorite band, but I enjoyed White Tomb and Mammal much more than TGaI.

          • Pagliacci’s Nordling EdPants

            I’m totally Team Dean on this subject.

          • Howard Dean

            Byah!

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            I guess they went out on a high note but that’s one album I wanted to hear the follow up to, fvck.

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            Hey Jimmy….

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            For real, stay safe. Should you be listening to Sublime right now?

          • Not for me. My AOTY.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            Boom!

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            If I had to choose now, I would probably say… Colored Sands.

    • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

      <- this Q is a proud owner of a certain dope Dragged into Sunlight hoodie.

  • Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo

    Behold the arctopus and merzbow in the same article? Max awesomeness reached

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      I have always enjoyed strange or random combinations of music, like placing pop music on a playlist with The Body, thinking someone else may “get” the irony or the humor in that, haha.

      • Gvacamole Jim

        This is why you’re the fucking best.

        • Edward #RIPNEGROD

          Guac, it’s why *you* are the best.

  • Tim the Enchanter

    Have any of you dickholes heard Merzbow’s Nezumimochi from this year? I’ll get it next month because Finland sucks.

    • Finland: a nation of posers

      • Tim the Enchanter

        You’re not wrong at all.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Screech Owl is like relaxing in a tent on a Summer’s eve with your girlfriend, except you’re in a blizzard with no tent and no girlfriend and you tore up your legs on a barbed wire fence and if the wind doesn’t get you now the gangrene will later.

    Or in other words, boneriffic!

  • Tyree-Argo Fuck Yourself
    • Simon PhoenixKing

      Yaaaassss!!!

      You know they released a new EP this year right? Cept they wanted to be as kvlt as possible and only release it on vinyl at a slightly slower speed for the explicit purpose of saying “fuck off” to piraters.

      That’s fine and all, but it guarantees that pretty much NO ONE ELSE WILL HEAR IT.

      • Tyree-Argo Fuck Yourself

        Shit, I did not know that. I’ll have to find this if it’s still available.

  • Fizzling Fireboxes!

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

    In my opinion here is the concept album about your annihilation. This is the heaviest pop metal album ever and the heaviest album ever when it comes to emotion. The album starts out and you start out hopeful but by the end you want to lie down and accept death for all your excess as Jonathan accepts that his parents would never love him. Every time I listen to it from beginning to end I start out hopeful but end up becoming one with the void when it is over.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opPDfyuWzw8

    • fuck if I knew that this video had pre-roll advertising for Kerry Burger King I would have never clicked it…

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

        I didn’t know it had an ad for Kerry Burger King.

  • Xan

    Fucking Demilich! I have a strange love for the band where I don’t listen to the music because I like it, rather, I listen to it because it is so bizarre and unique compared to most other death metal, particularly from that time period. I’m currently in the process of writing an album (mostly just for my own entertainment, I can’t play any instruments) that takes the concepts of absurdly strange titles and wacked out concepts of that Demilich album. It’s testing my ability to stretch the English language.

  • Scrimm

    So happy to see Demilich here.

    • Tyree-Argo Fuck Yourself

      Your happy face:

      • Scrimm

        • KJM

          BOYYYY!!

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

        I love his face. It makes me laugh because it’s a funny face.

  • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

    Good people ov the Toilet (yes, both of you and the rest as well)! What has happened to KSOFM? Every comment of his seems to have become a guest comment.
    A state of (inter)national emergency?

    • Huh. I guess he deleted his Disqus account?

      • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

        Does this mean we elect a new King Shit of Mountain Fuckery?

        • I don’t think you elect a king, right?

          • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

            Oh snap

          • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

            In Sweden/Norway you did. The most able man was chosen to be a king by election (and some competing)

          • I hereby nominate myself. As the only one currently wearing a cape and holding a scepter, I’m the logical choice.

          • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

            I think it included people’s favor, political skill and swordfighting. Seeing as the scepter meant nothing there and then, it’s more likely that it’d be taken for a stick used to satify oneself near the rectal area. Sexually.

          • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

            In that case, I, too, have a scepter.

          • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

            You have a medieval dildo in your closet? Sell it to me!

            (I’ll resell it to a collector,srs, I won’t use it,srs)

          • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

            Its more of a cudgel or a “morning star” than a typical dildo. Only for the adventurous would-be royalty.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I nominate Conan to be the new King. You wouldn’t want to disappoint CROM, would you?

          • ???
          • i didn’t know we had a king. i thought we were an autonomous collective.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            Illuminati council, led by RiotAct aka RA The Rugged Man.

          • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

            Watch it, you’re about to be repressed.

          • Lacertilian

            I told you, we’re an anarcho-syndicalist commune!

          • Lacertilian

            You wait for the lady of the Lake. Duh!

          • KJM

            (waits for moistened bint to lob sword at him)

          • Lacertilian

            Fishy Fishy Fishy oooh.

          • KJM

            O WHERE CAN THAT FISHY BE

          • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

            And it went, where did I

      • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

        The thought crossed my head.
        The Horror. The Horror.

      • Edward #RIPNEGROD

        Weird timing.

      • that would be horrible. horrible and terrible. he was part of the dream team.

    • Tyree-Argo Fuck Yourself

      I respect his choice to end it all, and descend into the cunting Void.

      • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

        I thought I was becoming one with the void but his departure shakes me to realize there is still a lifelover buried deep in me that must die first.

    • holy crow, even over at Failure For Blogs. i guess Hester Kukk got to him???

      • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

        Maybe he honestly doesn’t give a f*ck and human interaction proved a worthless waste of time?
        Hester ain’t even a magnificient troll! If it’s him tjere will be no forgivings. I’ll miss KSoFM that ol’ sunshine

      • JWG

        More likely a Shoggoth got him than a garden-variety troll.

        …though I guess that doesn’t explain the profile deletion (unless they’ve learned how to use the Internet, in which case we’re all doomed).

      • Edward #RIPNEGROD

        Perhaps he was annoyed at a bunch of hipster posers co-opting The Void, lol.

        KSOFM we miss you already.

  • Agent Ov Void

    Perpetuators of Scene-core lifelovers, Revolver mag have posted their top 20 of 2014….fuck this mag

    http://www.revolvermag.com/news/the-20-best-albums-of-2014.html

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Agreed, terrible list, but they did get Behemoth and Godflesh on there. Neither make my favorite 13 albums of the year but they’re both solid.

      • Virgil the Ghost Poet

        13 better CDs than Godflesh? Shame!

        • Edward #RIPNEGROD

          Godflesh was on my Best Of 2014 list for a time, it was one of the albums that will be referenced as “painful” to remove.

          • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

            Put it in the “honorable mentions,” is what i’d do

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            We only get three of those, lol. I was one of the staunchest supporters of a Top Ten, and democratically we settled on 13 (Top Ten + three Honorable Mentions), this year is br00tal as far as including everything.

          • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

            Saucy

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            So much sauce.

      • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

        Did you like The Satanist, ed?

        • Edward #RIPNEGROD

          Yeah, I really enjoy The Satanist. I’m no Behemoth expert but that is a damn fine record.

          • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

            I thought it was pretty good, myself.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            I really enjoy the over-the-top theatrics.

    • LMFAO!!!! Black veil Brides has no place on any such list….Revolver loses all credibility with this shitstain.

  • Xan

    Also, props for the Mouths of Madness thumbnail. I love that movie. As for some interesting music that has a pretty dark atmosphere, I found some of the best OSDM I’ve ever heard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ttS2HQr_bE#t=103

    • Scrimm

      I love that album.

      • Xan

        The album blew my mind. I thought I had found just about every good OSDM album out there. I guess there are still bands of which I’ve never heard.

        • Scrimm

          There’s always more.

          • Xan

          • Lacertilian

            MAIL!

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Time and nostalgia may have changed my perception a little, but I remember In The Mouth Of Madness being a great movie.

      • Xan

        It is a great movie. Carpenter made a really good Lovecraft tribute. It combined that slow build with genuine mystery and otherworldy elements that left the main character’s mind destroyed.

  • Never heard Demilich before, but this is the new soundtrack to my gulag (of voluntary hard labor)!!!!!
    And I’ll throw in this little ode to life-loving.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To5PWGqnW1Q

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Demilich is a rare beast in that they released one proper album which was highly influential (check out Artificial Brain in current times, vocalist Will Smith spent years in a Demilich tribute band called Biolich) but then did not release anything else. We have kicked around that idea for a post or series of posts, bands that dropped one album and nothing else that had wide influence in their respective genres.

      Pushing play on this track now while I get caught up on this thing.

      • Well, can we hope for a Cynic sort of deal?

        • Edward #RIPNEGROD

          I don’t think so. The album I posted in here is (I believe) their album Nespithe and some other tracks they did, it’s essentially all the music they left for the world (I think, may want to fact check me).

          • Who knows? Hell, Rodriguez is coming out with a new CD next year, and that took more than 40 years to happen. Fingers crossed on this one, because these guys fucking slay!

        • ???

          this is what the vocalist said (it’s in the metallum):

          “During last five years I’ve received propositions about releasing the demos, both on vinyl and CDs. I disliked the idea, but finally (and quit happily) gave up on one condition.

          Since 1995, I’ve felt Demilich never came to an end. It simply floated away. I wanted to finalize it. Albums with mere demos wouldn’t feel like a proper end, so I required that we get to record something old and something new to end it all up with. We couldn’t have achieved a suitable end back in 90’s, so we’ll give it another try now.

          Some people wanted us to come up with a new album, but that would be too much. I don’t really want to mess up with the history that much. Some people wanted us to do nothing, but unfortunately that didn’t fit in my views on what Demilich has to be in the end. Mr. Tr00 Kvlt Member, you can simply ignore these albums and imagine we never did anything new.

          All in all, Demilich is not your project. It’s ours. It’s okay to like it, or dislike it, but you cannot dictate it. I’d hate myself if we went on doing material and touring for years, but I’d also hate myself if I didn’t try this. It’s either a good suicide or a bad suicide, and we’ll find out about it soon.”

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Many of us are Primitive Man fans, but Tyree would be the most pleased if he saw this. He is a die hard Ethan Lee McCarthy fanatic.

  • CT-12

    Great article and thanks for contributing this series to the toilet Edward! Glad to know someone else here has trouble with writing articles, I take fucking forever getting my shit done. Homeboy’s be making all this kvlt look easy!

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

      I’m thinking about doing an article about proto metal. What is proto-metal you ask? Proto-metal is music by bands that predates metal but can be categorized as metal by sound or other characteristics.

      • CT-12

        Go for it man

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

          I’m planning on starting it soon as I know a lot about bands who have influenced metal but came before metal was even a genre.

          • Lacertilian

            Nice idea.
            I’m sure you’ll be running more than the obvious Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Blue Cheer types though?
            Leaf Hound should feature just for ‘Growers Of Mushroom’ alone!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            Of course I’ll be running through the non obvious choices. There’s a lot of really influential bands when it comes to proto metal that are extremely unknown. I’ll have to check out Leaf Hound as I’ve never heard of them.

      • Edward #RIPNEGROD

        What bands are you thinking of so far JJD?

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

          Blue Cheer and Iron Butterfly are definite choices followed by Vanilla Fudge, 13th Floor Elevators, Leaf Hound as suggested by Lacertillian and some really obscure choices I have discovered.

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      CT, thanks!

      Yeah. I enjoy writing them but I try to make sure they are quality and put a decent amount of time into the “research” for them. That on top of working two jobs, well, it can get a little grindy at times. Lol. Stay grind.

      I mentioned this, but I will repeat myself, I did enjoy your Gimme Something to Watch piece, partially because I consider myself to be quite the film buff.

      • CT-12

        Thanks again for your compliments, it’s appreciated!

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

    Rick Wakeman has redeemed himself for the travesty known as his solo career with this extremely angry, upset song. His organ playing and the lyrics paint a picture of a new era of being disillusioned and filled with rage after reflecting on the dreams you left behind in your youth. It also has a blazing solo that will be my riff of the week this week. Sometimes songs don’t have to be about hate and violence to be great portals to the void. This song paints a masterpiece about the worst possible emotions to feel.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rrQvfpwCJQ

  • dr.derelict

    Excellent series. Something something VOID.

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Dr. Derelict, thanks. The Void is calling each of us.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    For reals though this was a great series. Journey with a distinct beginning, middle and end, sense of accomplishment and of new horizons to conquer after. Kudos!

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      frozengoats, thanks yo. I think putting an end to it helped as far as “taking the journey”, something like when they decide to end a great series of television before it jumps the shark or gets stale or repeats the same idea over and over. I was glad “C” talked me into six articles instead of ten, lol.

  • Max

    Edward has given us a tour de force into the nethermost subterranean regions of pitch-black nothingness. This series, in years to come, will basically be my go-to reference for whenever I need to glimpse into (the) Void. We all have such times; some of us are visited by them often, some only seldom. But when you look into the Toilet, the Toilet looks into you.

    So as I said, Edward – truly a tour de force. I fully approve.

    If you’ll just let me hog the microphone a bit longer: Edward is VERY much his own man, but he’s such a musical sponge! He laps up everything with gusto; and I can’t help but think that we, his comrades, help to build the edifice (or “Ed-ifice,” if you will) that he is simply because he’s so receptive to our musings about what he might pay attention to next. I know I’m not being too presumptuous when I claim that there’s a little bit of me in these articles – as indeed, there is of the rest of you.

    Not sure if you covered this one Edward; I’ve been meaning to recommend it for some time:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XJ_n2p4HCc

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Max, I truly appreciate it. I agree with you in that at this point I am truly a child of the Toilet. Also, you were mentioned specifically by name in the last article so that is not presumptuous at all, lol. I have not heard of this album to the best of my knowledge, but, I will move it to the top of a very short list of albums to cover, with two other albums on there.

      Those albums are:

      Burial Hex – The Heirophant

      the other album I have already mentioned on here, today

      Herukrat – I Bear Witness, which despite having heard only half of the tracks I am completely enamored with.

  • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

    Looking thru new stoner/sludge/doom releases: has anyone listened to anything off these new Pharaoh or Hang the Bastard albums?

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      I have not heard either, let me know how they are!

      • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

        I dont think either are technically out yet.

        • Edward #RIPNEGROD

          The Body & Thou’s collaborative album comes out in January, can not frickin’ wait for that.

          • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

            As we’re all aware: Thou >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Heathen definitely will be on my EOTY, “Free Will” jeebuz that song.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Seriously loved this series Edward. Phenomenal job.
    Most definitely Nipple Approved.

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Thank you! It has been the community that kept me motivated, and still keeps me motivated to work on stuff. Granted, we are all hoping other people read this shit, lol. At some point soon, I would like to come up with a series to top it. I have no idea how yet.

      • Lacertilian

        Arctopus and Psyopus while ingesting a variety of psychedelics was a fun way to pass time between writing scientific reports for uni.
        Although, I don’t find myself listening to them much anymore.
        Did you enjoy Indricothere?

  • I feel even more annihilated than before…

    http://youtu.be/SuEI6y8itS8

  • Stockhausen

    Killer series Edward, this has become my favorite area of metal over the past year or so. You pretty much nailed all of it (I was waiting for Stalaggh to rear their ugly head, I was glad they got a mention), and I’m glad to have this series as a future resource.

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      I appreciate that, Stockhausen!

      Also, I should let you know I am quoting you in my blurb for SOTY.

      I have to ask, which “area of metal” are you referring to?

  • ???

    kudos to both of you for making this soundtrack. Like I said to Christian before: i really respect you to entering this wild trip of obscure music and soundscapes. I’ve learned a lot, even when I’ll not put most of the picks in my music playlists

    this is my contribution! you can probably remember this band from the singles. But, this record is very dense and oppresive. The production, the compositions, the effects and the entire atmopshere is made intentionally to be dark and oppresive:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lDKQ708Z0s

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Link! I wasn’t sure who the new, mysterious ??? was.

      Honestly I don’t know very much about The Cure, but will make an effort to check this video out as a beginner.

      • Pornography is a record filled with sorrow, depression and hard drug-use.. I really can feel all that catharsis on the record, bro 🙁

  • George Clarke

    beautiful :’)

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      <3 !