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 and 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. Ingest these at your own risk.
IUPAC Name: Throaat
Synthesis: Precipitates out of a solution of blackened thrash and speed metal, first noticed in Brooklyn, New York. Thanks to Simon Phoenix for alerting me to this back in August. One of three breakthroughs in 2015 from Dying Victim Productions.
Duration: 22 minutes.
Symptoms: Violent convulsions, nose-bleeding, increased energy.
IUPAC Name: Instrumental (adj.)
Synthesis: Formed by reacting Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt, The Helix Nebula, Plini and Violence In Action together with a polyrhythmic-prog catalyst, typically metallium-jazzoxide. First synthesised by a team of three on November 17th, 2015 at Art As Catharsis Records in Sydney, Australia.
Duration: 15 minutes.
Symptoms: Temporal disorientation, dilated pupils, euphoria.
Similar Compounds: Behold… The Arctopus, King Crimson, Animals As Leaders.
IUPAC Name: Watchtower
Synthesis: Combination of higher-end cannabinoids and ethanol on a doomene substrate. First synthesised by a team of four on March 10th, 2015 at Jason Fuller’s (Blood Duster) Goatsound Studios in Melbourne, Australia.
Duration: 16 minutes
Symptoms: Increased blood pressure, sweating, vomiting.
Similar Compounds: CBA, CBD, Ethanol.
IUPAC Name: Erraunt
Synthesis: Appears to be a result of exposing transitional (black) metal with surrounding atmosphere (@ STP). First discovered on May 24th, 2015 in an Independent laboratory by a single mysterious entity known as Oneiric.
Duration: 30 minutes.
Symptoms: Spatial disorientation, slight nausea, some reports of closed-eye visuals.
Similar Compounds: None noted during early investigations.