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

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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 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.



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IUPAC Name: Throaat

Class: Stimulant

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.

Dosage: 5g

Duration: 22 minutes.

Symptoms: Violent convulsions, nose-bleeding, increased energy.


Instrumental (adj.)

IUPAC Name: Instrumental (adj.)

Class: Experimental

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.

Dosage: 3µg

Duration: 15 minutes.

Symptoms: Temporal disorientation, dilated pupils, euphoria.

Similar Compounds: Behold… The Arctopus, King Crimson, Animals As Leaders.


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IUPAC Name: Watchtower

Class: Depressant

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.

Dosage: 2L

Duration: 16 minutes

Symptoms: Increased blood pressure, sweating, vomiting.

Similar Compounds: CBA, CBD, Ethanol.


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IUPAC Name: Erraunt

Class: Opiate

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.

Dosage: 4mg

Duration: 30 minutes.

Symptoms: Spatial disorientation, slight nausea, some reports of closed-eye visuals.

Similar Compounds: None noted during early investigations.


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  • Lacertilian
  • Fuck yes, Throaat is killer! I love their logo too. Just a sloppy mess of oldschool, no fucks given thrash attack at a blackened magnitude.

  • Scrimm

    NOPE

    • Lacertilian

      There’s a band in Part 2 you might not NOPE!

      • Scrimm

        Actually Throaat aint bad. I just noped you cause I know you want it.
        Looking forward to part 2

        • Lacertilian

          Watchtower + beers + smoke works too. Although, they may be more KJM material.

          • Scrimm

            Out of both atm unfortunately.

          • Lacertilian

            In that case, perfect time to use the anger to write some hideous riffs for WoL.

          • Scrimm

            I was just working on new material a few minutes ago actually. Recording is stalled for a few weeks so gotta stay busy. New stuff will be quite different. Toying with the idea of doing a 1 or 2 song ep.

          • Lacertilian

            Fuck yeah, always keen to hear riffs played on the Scrimmitar.

          • Scrimm

            Thanks! Trying to make this stuff as dark as possible.

          • maybe use @lmd666:disqus’s proposed artwork for the EP

          • Scrimm

            Huh?

          • the pic with Lenny from the Simpsons

          • Scrimm

            OH YEAH. Won’t work unfortunately due to concept. But I should use that for something.

          • They’re good, but not Sabbath-worshippy enough for my blood.

          • Bosse de Hosse Rosse

            Mmmm… Sabbath-worshippy.

          • Bosse de Hosse Rosse

            I’m going to start answering with that when people ask me what kind of music I play.

    • Maik Beninton™

      No Other Poop End.

  • Dubs

    Erraunt are pretty rad. I think Bad Mr. Frosty put me onto that tip.

    • Lacertilian

      The album cover got me interested in that one.

      • Eliza

        It does have a mysterious feel to it that makes you want to listen to it.

        • Lacertilian

          I’m a sucker for green, black and trees.

          • Eliza

            Same. I love forests at night.

          • watch out for slender bro’s

          • Eliza

            Why? I could kick that guy’s ass easily.

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      It is pretty rad, indeed

  • Maik Beninton™

    Instrumental (adj.) is my jam.

    • Lacertilian

      The third track is pretty nuts.

  • If you dig Throaat then also check out Finnish bands Scumripper and Bonehunter. Shit absolutely rips!

    https://scumripper.bandcamp.com/album/scumripper-2
    https://hellsheadbangers.bandcamp.com/album/evil-triumphs-again

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Bonehuntr>>>

      • Do they ever play around your neck of the woods?

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Yeah, I haven’t been able to catch them yet though. Money and running short on it and stuff.
          Going to try to catch them next time they come. I hope before the new album.

  • Bosse de Hosse Rosse

    Not Metal at all, but Thunderchief put out a good garage blues/rock EP back in September.

    https://thunderchiefauburn.bandcamp.com/releases

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Some KJM worship here
      https://duckhunters.bandcamp.com

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Ducks weigh the same as witches, so technically the band’s name is Witchhunters.

        • Bosse de Hosse Rosse

          Sir Tapir enjoys Monty Python? I think we really are friends.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Dont say the F word around him

          • Maik Beninton™

            F*nland?

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Not that one, he loves Funland

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Nope

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Futanari?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I’ll leave hentai for the weebs.

          • SILENCE THE WEEB

          • once you start getting close, he’s gonna push you away

          • Bosse de Hosse Rosse

            *backs away slowly, but still close enough*

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          BURN HER!

      • Bosse de Hosse Rosse

        I will be listening at my earliest convenience.

      • Eliza

        I approve of this. Not that it matters all that much, but I’m digging this.

      • Bosse de Hosse Rosse

        Good.

      • iz gud

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I’ll give it a listen.

      • Bosse de Hosse Rosse

        Let me know what you think.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I’m enjoying this very much.

          • Bosse de Hosse Rosse

            Right on! It’s good stuff. I hope they get around to doing a full album.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’d love to hear a full album.

          • Bosse de Hosse Rosse

            I’m glad you like it.

  • Erraunt reminds me a tad bit of Skáphe, what with the warbly orchestration and overpowering bass and overall cavernosity. Not too shabby.

    • You got my attention with Skáphe, but still nope.

      • Lacertilian

        Looking forward to that new Skáphe, along with Nađra, shaping up to be two of the more interesting releases early this year.

        • This is going to be an even bigger year for Fallen Empire Records in my opinion. Looking forward to what they have lined up.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You saw they almost called it quits?

          • Nah, not sure how I missed that shitty news. Was there a reason?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Not really, it was kind of cryptic.

          • Well shit, glad they got their shit together.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Found the FB post. Looks like it boiled down to being able to actually run the label, etc.

          • Small label got big in a hurry. I can see how they could run into issues.

        • I was just thinking the same thing. (About 12 hours ago.)

      • The drum machine is sort of annoying, I’ll give you that.

        • Lacertilian

          There’s a few one-person projects that use drum machines these days, its almost like they’re refusing to hire a session drummer just so they can still keep the title of sole contributor.

          • For the kvlt status, yeah. Actually I’d say most one-person projects, especially in Black Metal, use drum machines. Makes my arms hurt.

          • Lacertilian

            There was a decent techy sorta death release covered here last year that was one-man but was almost certainly performed on actual drums, the name escapes me. I’d hazard a guess that most of the time that happens, it is when a drummer learns guitar, ala Fleshwrought.

          • If memory serves, Wrest ov Leviathan was a drummer first…

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            That’s correct. He still says he is a drummer first, even though I think he has used drum machines on some of his albums…

          • I prefer his live drumming, even when he plays poorly.

  • Ron Jarzombek is in Watchtower, yum
    http://www.ronjarzombek.com/rjsynaptic4.jpg

    • Lacertilian

      Different watchtower yeah?
      Blotter and science fits the theme today though..

      • sneaky bastards

      • Bands really need to search Metal Archives before picking a name. It’s really not that fucking hard to do.

        • Bosse de Hosse Rosse

          Especially for something as common sounding as Watchtower.

        • Lacertilian

          Maybe Witchtower was taken..

      • Heroic Nipple Farts Of Doom

        I came in expecting the prog metal band, but got pleasantly surprised. This sounds quite a bit like Cathedral’s ‘The Last Spire’, which is no small compliment! Goddamn, this is good!

  • Eliza

    I’m glad the old schedule is black. Now I can read articles here when it’s midnight and I can’t sleep.

    • Lacertilian

      It’s 9am here and raining so I get the chance to disqus shit for a change. This is the only time daylight savings has pleased me.

      • Eliza

        XD Anyway, Erraunt is awsome. I only listened to one song, but I can already tell they’re awsome.

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Thats racist

      • Eliza

        LOL, how?

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          Youre glad the old schedule is black

          • Eliza

            Hehe, 🙂

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    This is the shit.

    • Lacertilian

      Cheers ND, I tried to keep each one varied in terms of genre, kinda hedging the bets.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        I meant like the concept and layout of the article, very creative.

        • Lacertilian

          Thanks mate. Sadly, I have no harsh noise for you to peruse.
          I spent too much time as a teen scouring the drug chemistry books of the Shulgins.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            No worries, I still have some power electronics laying around here somewhere, lol

  • EsusMoose

    I remember being recommended A Series of Disagreements but listening to it finally, I dig, mathy and all over the place

  • EsusMoose

    Also digging Erraunt, the reverbed riffs and atmosphere are similar to what I’ve been wanting to hear lately.

  • Dagon

    Throaat is tight as hell. Fenriz seal of approval right there.

  • more beer

    There is a petition to have one of 4 recently discovered elements after Lemmy. They want the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry recommend that one of the four new discovered Heavy Metals in the Periodic table to be named Lemmium. https://www.change.org/p/support-lemmy-tribute-name-newly-discovered-heavy-metal-lemmium

    • Heroic Nipple Farts Of Doom

      Orgasmatronium

      • more beer

        Or that. But If anyone deserves a heavy metal named after them. It is Lemmy.

        • Heroic Nipple Farts Of Doom

          Goddamn right!

      • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

        Lolbuttzium

        • Heroic Nipple Farts Of Doom

          You’re saying Motorhead is lolbuttz?!?!

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            No, i just think we ought to have an element too

          • Heroic Nipple Farts Of Doom

            Oh, I was about to say!
            Cybernetic Organism already has claim to Gahmantium.

  • Heroic Nipple Farts Of Doom

    Just making sure……….. this week’s ROTW is pretty much any ol’ riff?

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Ye

      • Heroic Nipple Farts Of Doom

        Ye? I don’t speak in Finnish! English or Icelandic, or my iffy Spanish, por favor!

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Ye ain’t Finnish, vitun kyrpänaama.

          • Heroic Nipple Farts Of Doom

            Oh! Sier ja (so, yes)?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Kyllä (yes)

          • Heroic Nipple Farts Of Doom

            Definitely one of, if not the, hardest European languages to learn. I sat through a Youtube video of basic Finnish and gave up on it after 15 minutes, thinking “where the fuck did this language come from?!?! It’s not Teutonic, it’s definitely not Romantic”.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            It’s in Uralic language family

          • Heroic Nipple Farts Of Doom

            BTW, curious you’ve ever hear Qntal? This one seems right up your alley.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZjaldvH36s

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    Throaat and Watchtower are killer, short duration but a lot of quality.