There was a veritable glut of intoxicating short-releases that made their way into my bloodstream during the past year, and I’m going to take some time to share a few of them with you. Carrying on in the tradition of Alexander & Ann Shulgin’s ground-breaking work with PiHKAL and TiHKAL, I bring you SRiHKAL (Short Releases I Have Known And Loved, 2015).
In addition to the numerous other EPs, demos and various other small offerings from other bands I’ve covered throughout the year (Sewercide (OSDM), Sanzu (death/groove), Skullreader (dissonant black/death), Thrall (crusty BM), Makavrah (doom), Caecus (grindy death), Sequestered Keep (dungeon synth), Acherontas/Horna (ritualistic BM), etc.), I realised there were still a plethora of great little recordings like these from 2015 that shouldn’t go unmentioned. Here in the final installment, I have some instrumental atmospheric BM, crossover HC, weird proggy death, and some killer psychedelic BM. As always, ingest these at your own risk.
IUPAC Name: A Diadem Of Dead Stars
Synthesis: One man from Greece refined his breakthrough method from 2014 to create a stereoisomer of the unsaturated black metallium he dubbed “The Mist Bearer”.
Duration: 18 minutes.
Symptoms: Increased tactile sensation, closed-eye visuals, ego softening & increased spiritual ideation.
Synthesis: A crew of four from Austin, Texas crossed over molecules from metallium and hardcoreate on July 18th 2015.
Duration: 16 minutes.
Symptoms: Bleeding, reduced appetite, tachycardia.
Similar Compounds: Black Breath, Mammoth Grinder, Hatred Surge.
IUPAC Name: Barús
Synthesis: A biologically-derived compound which was obtained from a bacterial pathogen found in France that is known to mutate readily. Over subsequent generations during testing, the species excreted the compound in progressively more potent concentrations.
Duration: 23 minutes.
Symptoms: Temporal and spatial distortions, fluctuating moods, insomnia.
Similar Compounds: Meshuggah, Gorod (early).
IUPAC Name: Predatory Light
Synthesis: A group of four created this compound following a move from New Mexico to Seattle. Taking an indole tryptamine and merging it with an alkaloid opiate yielded this potent black intoxicant.
Duration: 17 minutes.
Symptoms: Nystagmus, paranoia, severe dissociation at higher doses.