SRiHKAL 2015 – Short Releases I Have Known And Loved (Part Four)

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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.


 

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IUPAC Name: A Diadem Of Dead Stars

Class: Hallucinogen

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”.

Dosage: 2ml

Duration: 18 minutes.

Symptoms: Increased tactile sensation, closed-eye visuals, ego softening & increased spiritual ideation.

Similar Compounds: Mesarthim, Panopticon, Skaur.


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IUPAC Name: Expander

Class: Depressant

Synthesis: A crew of four from Austin, Texas crossed over molecules from metallium and hardcoreate on July 18th 2015.

Dosage: 6kg

Duration: 16 minutes.

Symptoms: Bleeding, reduced appetite, tachycardia.

Similar Compounds: Black Breath, Mammoth Grinder, Hatred Surge.


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IUPAC Name: Barús

Class: Unknown.

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.

Dosage: 4µg.

Duration: 23 minutes.

Symptoms: Temporal and spatial distortions, fluctuating moods, insomnia.

Similar Compounds: Meshuggah, Gorod (early).


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IUPAC Name: Predatory Light

Class: Opiate

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.

Dosage: 2mg

Duration: 17 minutes.

Symptoms: Nystagmus, paranoia, severe dissociation at higher doses.

Similar Compounds: Gloam, Vanum (chiral enantiomer), Ash Borer (chiral enantiomer).


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  • Band from Austin that sounds like Mammoth Grinder and Hatred Surge, yet I’ve never heard of them.
    I do believe I done fucked up.

    • Lacertilian

      Roshin showed us that one, I thought you were on board already for some reason.

    • Dagon

      You done fucked up, brah.

    • You and me both.

  • The Vorde side wasn’t mentioned in the Predatory Light blurb. I think I prefer that side more, although it’s all very clean and polished sounding which is a let down.

  • COAL ROLL

    I like that trees n shit one

  • This A Diadem of Dead Stars begins with some sweet acoustics and blast into full black merol, Lizard! Will def check it out, it reminds me of Wolves in the Throne Room. Thanks again for another great science research!

  • EsusMoose

    I’m digging the low end mix of Barus, it’s pronounced but still feels tight and heavy. Basically saying, the bass is readily apparent and defined within a great space, so is the bass drums. Chaotic stuff

  • Dagon

    I remember being interested in Barús’ cover but the sound is not really my thing.

    I dig A Diadem of Dead Stars and Expander a lot though. Specially Expander. Dude I’m staying with has a broken nose now.

    • Lacertilian

      Barus cover quite a bit of ground. Don’t give up too soon.

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        Finally got a chance to listen myself, this is some good stuff, feel my pupils dilating a bit.

  • Waynecro

    I really like A Diadem of Dead Stars and Barus! Thanks, Lizardbro!

  • Spear

    Barús is making me tingly in my naughty bits.

  • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

    Ive heard Diadem of Dead Stars before.

    Im wondering, like Link was below me, if the name has any connection to Wolves because of their album Diadem of 12 Stars.

    • It does.

      Or doesn’t.

      I don’t know.

  • Spear

    That ADoDS EP sounds much better than the first Mist Bearers. Guitars are in a better spot in the mix now.

  • RJA

    I would really like to see an Ash Borer record this year.

    • I can’t get into that whole New York black metal scene. Yellow Eyes, Ash Borer, Diminishing Light, and Fell Voices do absolutely nothing me. I must be missing something. Vanum is alright I guess.

      • Dubs

        Is it the lack of Satan?

      • RJA

        I like a decent amount of it. The self titled Ash Borer record far and away my favorite of the bunch. I would say it’s pretty “clean” black metal though, not that nasty, dirty shit.

      • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

        Fell Voices is a super tight name tho. Everyone keeps talking about Yellow Eyes and ive never listened. Should i change dat?

        • Yes.

          Here:

          yelloweyes.bandcamp.com/track/stillicide

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Will do when i put on records for the night.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I mean, yeah its aight

          • Agreed. It sounds pretty good at first, but it doesn’t really get any better.

        • They don’t to anything for me.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Prolly means i might think they aight

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Huh. I was p disappointed with Bloodlands

      • RJA

        I agree – it was decent. But the self-titled was so good that I will always take an interest in what they do.

    • CyberneticOrganism
  • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

    Nice to see Diadem make an appearance.

    Anybody here have experience with record label grab bags?

    • What do you mean? Like a mystery bag type thing where you don’t know what you are getting?

      • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

        Yes.

        • Never done that. I like to know what I’m buying.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Yeah, it has me a tad skeptical.

          • it’s fun though, going through records you’ve never heard of. because of my last haul, i’ve been introduced to Crowpath (“who?” you might be asking yourself. exactly…) and they are absolutely rocket

          • Is that even a band still?

          • nope, they broke up. maybe just MAYBE if i knew about them at the time, my dolla bills would have kept them in business.

          • Fuck, I remember them from back when I was in high school. I recall them being pretty mean sounding.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            And thats what has me interested.

    • i did the Willowtip grab bag over Christmas. there were some stinkers, but at least three great records. the $25 was easily paid off.

      • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

        That’s kind of what i was thinking would happen.

    • I’ve done it a few times. Off the top of my head with Deathwish and A389. Both were p good.

      • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

        Cool, were you pretty familiar with the labels beforehand?

        • Yep. Both tend to traffic in metallic hardcore, which is my jam.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Also Deafheaven

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Cool. I think I’m gonna go ahead and do it.

  • Using McNulty’s Manual for Stalking Detecting, I just figured out who KJM is on bandcamp.

    /irrelevant
    /bored

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Langley, the CIA is after you!

    • need me to doxx anyone else? i’ll do it!

      • doxx me bro.
        if you can I’ll drive to (I forgot where you live) and make you my signature garlic scrambled eggs.

        • Dubs

          He lives in Gorak’s cave.

          • NO SIRE. I AM THOROUGHLY CONVINCED JJM IS NOT GORAK.

            EN

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            And I thought I was not able to hate you more than I already did. Turns out I was wrong.

          • You could never h8 me, bb.

    • Then you know that my Disqus handle is my “real world” initials. My name’s right on my Twitter profile too, worst kept secret ever.

      • I already knew that about your initials. But I would never have put it together without knowing your location because I’m not actually that good of a Toilet Detective. (I’ve never twitted before.)

  • Óðinn
    • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

      Classic.

      • HAIL!

        • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

          HAIL EMPEROR NAFARYUS! WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE, SALUTE YOU!

          Translation: Hi, GL!

          • NO SIRE. I AM THOROUGHLY CONVINCED EN IS NOT GL.

            -IatBR

          • IT BE ME, BRAHSIF.

          • NO SIRE. I AM THOROUGHLY CONVINCED YOU ARE NOT “ME”. AND I AM THOROUGHLY CONVINCED I AM NOT “BRAHSIF”.

            -IAtBR

          • IMMA BANISH YOU TO THE KITCHENS, SCRUB. HEED MY WORDS: IMMA JORGE LYNCH.

            EN

          • YOUSA NO GIORG LYNCH.

            OT: Practicing blastbeats on my drumpad.

            /tookvltforrealdrums

          • Blast for Satan!

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Blasting for Satan >>>

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Is this you?

          • HOWDY, PARTNER.

            GL

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            This is getting so meta

          • I have no idea what’s going on here.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            GL is being a bozo.

          • Yes, and?

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            That was all, you said you had no idea what was going on, i thought i would help clarify.

          • What I meant by that was, this is different from the other days of the week how, exactly? ^_^

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Hahahahahahahahhaha! Got it.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            G’DAY MATE.

  • Barus is touching me just the right way. Thanks Lizard bro

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Fucking GL

      • ADDRESS ME WITH MY TITLE: SUPER USER EMPEROR NAFARYUS OF THE LAND OF WEEDLE DEE, MOTHER FLUSHER.

        EN

  • #LOL420BLAZEIT(RFI)

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Im on #cloud666

      • Living that surprise #VicLyfe.
        I didn’t realize this tour was only a week.

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          Wut

          • The Cannabis Corpse tour. If you rfi you’ll see a tour poster.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Thats like the Bongzilla tour, i think 6 or 7 dates

          • And the venue is only about a 10 minute walk from my main dealer’s place.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Bing. Bang. Boom

          • Look again. Not only is the Bongzilla tour a full fledged one, they’re actually playing a show in Somerville. That would be an honest to goodness first for me. https://www.facebook.com/Bongzilla/

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Huh mustve updated from the dates i saw

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I also couldve sworn kings destroy was local. I saw them not long ago. Meh

          • Wow. This place has Metal night every Tuesday with no cover.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Also try your hardest to steal a tour poster

  • This is the venue I mentioned below. Metal night every Tuesday.
    https://cuisineenlocale.com/once-lounge/

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      WTF ARE YOU NOT GOING TO SEE TOMBS TONIGHT FOR KJ

      • Lack of money. Also, don’t really know them. The metal head kid that works at the corner store is going though.

        I’m still really psyched to discover this place exists.

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          !20$ day of show.

          1349 and Tombs. Do you have a western union? Jeebus

          • I’m sure I’ll make up for this by seeing lots of other shows there.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            (Picard facepalm)

            15 days without a cigarette! Im on the “second step” of patches

          • Excellent! After a while you won’t get short of breath at all. Even after 30 minutes on the stepper, I don’t have to catch my breath.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Yeah, im rel interested in upping my cardio game this year. I dont expect miracles after quitting after 12 years. I can already smell more and taste more tho

          • Not miracles, but damned close to it.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED
          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Get out.

  • Eliza

    A Diadem of Dead Stars is such a poetic band name. Good thing that the music is also great.

  • Brouroboris

    Barus is…phlegmy.

  • AndySynn

    I don’t really get the Gorod vibe from Barus… for me they just sound like what would happen if Triptykon and Meshuggah had a baby… i.e. grim and heavy and with serious abandonment issues.

    • Lacertilian

      Yeah I can hear that, it was kinda difficult to garner who it would appeal to. I think people who enjoy some of the weirder moments on say Neurotripsicks might enjoy it though.
      Maybe it’s just the French connection at play.