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

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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. In Part Three, I bring you some killer thrash, neo-melo-death, psych-rock, and some Aussie blackened thrash n’roll. Once again, ingest these at your own risk.


Besieged

IUPAC Name: Besieged

Class: Stimulant

Synthesis: Made the news on the 9th of August 2015 after a lab explosion in Winnepeg left most of Manitoba covered in the radioactive element thrashium (II). Came to my attention thanks to Simon Phoenix.

Dosage: 2mg

Duration: 9 minutes.

Symptoms: ADHD-like fervour, cervical fractures, repititive motor activity.

Similar Compounds: Sepultura (circa 1990), Demolition Hammer, Kreator.


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IUPAC Name: Cryptic Hymn

Class: Depressant.

Synthesis: A team of four from Kentucky placed some household chemicals such as deathium and techtane into a centrifuge on the 8th of September 2015, and reacted the resulting mixture with a strongly alkaline melodiol base. When extracted and viewed under a microscope, the compound forms an attractive crystalline structure.

Dosage: 5g

Duration: 23 minutes.

Symptoms: Ataxia, risk of physical dependency, tolerance with repeated use.

Similar Compounds: The Black Dahlia Murder, Lamb Of God For A Cowboy, TBDM (yes, twice).


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IUPAC Name: Deep Space Destructors

Class: Hallucinogen

Synthesis: On April 1st, 2015, a team of three from Oulu, Finland, found a vial of an long-forgotten trial chemical from the 1960s. Originally thought to have potential as a possible relaxant for returning astronauts to re-acclimatise them to the mundane life back on Earth, research into the compound was halted when the first subjects reportedly yearned for astral travel more than ever before.

Dosage: 2µg

Duration: 19 minutes.

Symptoms: Open-eye visuals, synethesia, out-of body experiences.

Similar Compounds: Earthless, Samsara Blues Experiment, Sun Mammuth, KJM.


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IUPAC Name: Bastardizer

Class: Stimulant

Synthesis: Alchemic concoction formed when di-thrashide is rolled and smahed in a mortar and pestle and then oxidised in a crucible until a black crust forms. Achieved by a team of four from Sydney, Australia.

Dosage: 3g.

Duration: 11 minutes.

Symptoms: Satanic visions, fist-pumping, crick neck.

Similar Compounds: Bloodlust, Befouler, Goatwhore.


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  • I love this style of reviews, Lizard. Going to check out this with a dose of 5g of Cryptic Hymn.

  • I’ve officially been declared a psychoactive compound?

    • Stockhausen

      You didn’t know this already??

    • Maik Beninton™
    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

      This means you can get high/fucked up off your own chemistry, just like those people who’s bodies turn virtually anything into alcohol (yes, it’s a real thing).

      • Can I turn my piss into Laudanum plz?

        • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

          What’s that? I’m lazy and sipping on some apple ale.

          • Tincture of opium.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Hell think big and turn your blood into Ayahuasca!!!!!

          • Oh no, I’ll pass on that. I don’t want to wake up 5 hours later in a clown suit dangling from the Prudential Building. I’ll stick with nodding out in front of my PC.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            It’d be metal as fuck if someone had krokodil for blood! Or had a lead singer who has that, and flinging pieces of rotting skin and muscle at the audience for them to catch. Kinda like those flesh tossing zombies from Shadow Man.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED
          • more beer

            Have you seen the Hateful 8? there was a lot of tincture of opium going on in that movie. It is funny I was going to say that to you earlier. Great minds I guess.

          • I’ll see that on blu-ray for sure.

          • more beer

            See the Revenant first. I saw it last night. Fuck that movie was good. Dicaprio should get best actor for that role.

    • Lacertilian

      You showed me them first from memory. That’s my lame way to credit you Shake ‘O Doom.

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        Good picks/article, btw!

  • Maik Beninton™

    Bastardizer is nice.

  • Stockhausen

    I’ll be able to jam when I get home, just stopping into say this review format rules my butt. I’ve missed out on the last editions, I’ll remedy that tonight.

  • Bastardizer is just what I needed. D-beat and Satan.

    http://i.imgur.com/B8QfpWI.gif

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Two chicks at once, man

      • Dagon

        Surf & turf bro

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Besieged be dope.
    20 seconds into Cryptic Hymn and I was reminded of Hoth, definitely not a bad thing but that’s about as far as I listened to it. Will return to it on the morrow – gotta hit the sack.

    Both others sounded good enough to garner a more complete check out as well.

  • Phoenix of the House Tendies

    Besieged are working on a new full-length as we speak. Sadly they said it will likely be their last, as it’s just literally two dudes and they’re not able to play live.

  • Waynecro

    That Cryptic Hymn has fueled several of my workouts, and I’m way into that Besieged.

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      What were your thoughts on The Satanist?

      • It certainly wasn’t a shit album. No drum triggers and plastic sounding production; it was much more organic plus the mechanical tech death shit or whatever you want to call it was almost completely eliminated. For Behemoth standards it’s a good album. They went more black metal with it which was a plus. Nothing I’d go back to and listen to.

    • Jazz Odyssey!

    • more beer

      Fuck this band!

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        Eh, I saw them live with Gojira years back, and they fucking BROUGHT IT! I like their CDs to an extent, but live is definitely where they come to life.

        • more beer

          I don’t like either band. Gojira just doesn’t do it for me. Plus I hate all of that theatrical shit. I like my bands to come out and play with no frills. I’m old skool like that!

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Oh, and posted this a few comments up (should be the newest one), but finally got something at least somewhat fancy to drink.

    • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

      Fughemoth

    • Waynecro

      Zos Kia Cultus was my jam. I didn’t really like much that came after that.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Just when you thought they weren’t ripping off Akercocke enough.

    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

      So what’s your opinion of them bringing Myrkur on the new tour?

  • RustyShackleford

    Ooooo you’re hitting me in all the right spots today lizard. Cryptic Hymn is most def for me! Although I must say, the Deep Space Destructors is totally grooving with the Vicodin I’m on for my wisdom teeth lol. Yup. GROOOOOOVYYYYYY

  • Maik Beninton™
    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      GAH.

    • Eliza

      That looks really cool.

  • Besieged is a tasty treat. thank you lizard and terrorist

    edit: if, like me, you dig; their first LP is located here:
    https://unspeakableaxerecords.bandcamp.com/album/victims-beyond-all-help

  • I want moar Besieged.

    • Lacertilian

      Just got my tape with bonus sticker!

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Everyone seems to have forgotten the new Marduk album. Well I say new when it came out like a fucking year ago, but still 2015.

    • McNulty repped it quite a bit. Not exactly a short release though.

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        You’re expecting relevance from someone who finds a way to bring up Pissgrave on every article from this site. Case in point: this one.

    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

      The reviews I read about their last one weren’t exactly glowing, and they butchered the thing on Blabbermouth.

  • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

    I totally didnt have enough beer for the night. I totally have enough bud tho.

    That bastardizer is tasty. As an aside, i also rly liek their logo

    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

      Actually trying something sorta fancy for once (at least by my horrifyingly low standards):

      http://sr1.wine-searcher.net/images/labels/03/07/10640307.jpg

      Haven’t had a good apple cider/ale in 8 years, since K went out of business, and this ain’t half bad for the price. RIP, K.

      • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

        Smh

        • more beer

          Hahaha! see below.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Hey, at least I tried! I’m not exactly in the land of fine booze (at least not within a reasonable distance. Thanks, ABC stores!).

          • more beer

            Why did you pick Virginia to move to? I was forced due to being in the navy.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            I have family here, and I was somewhat familiar with the area since I lived here for a couple of years as a teen, before moving to Chicago. I thought about Atlanta, Denver and Austin before that, but I really wanted to hang out with my family, and plus it’s actually pretty nice here. Low crime, reasonable taxes, weather’s great, economy is better and a nice mix of urban and nature. Overall, I’m glad I left Chicago for here, especially considering the overpriced, murdery shithole Chicago’s become.

          • more beer

            Should have picked Denver. You would have had a good drinking buddy. Plus a good scene. Plus Vladimir Putin is here so that’s 2 toileteers. He’s a good kid We have hung out.Plus weeds legal.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Is it expensive there?

          • more beer

            Not as expensive as where I grew up. It’s expensive everywhere. I make enough that I’m comfortable. I do work hard. But I come from a working class family. So that is to be expected.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            It’s not bad over here price-wise unless you’re trying to buy high end property (yes, there are million dollar homes in Newport News). Definitely cheaper than Chicago, which has the highest sales tax in the nation (and is set to go up yet again)! My rent isn’t bad at all ($460 a month) and I’m in a good area with plenty around, shopping and eating wise, as well as plenty of nature and hiking trails practically in the backyard.

          • more beer

            I pay $500 a month. I am right near the train and downtown Denver. The Zoo and natural history museum are down the street. The Rocky mountains are a half hour drive from here. No complaints from me. As far as location goes.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair
          • more beer

            Yea I love where I live.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            My main complaint about here is a lack of concerts. To get to anywhere decent for that, you gotta either go all the way to Virginia Beach (which I love) or Norfolk (barf). Or Richmond, of course, but that’s about 75 miles away. Not easy when you’ve never driven!

          • more beer

            I look at everything when I move from state to state. Shows are way important to me. Also beer and drug availability and hot chicks. Then I look at housing and jobs. You have to have priorities.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Lol, I didn’t even visit before I moved to Chicago. Impulsive teen shit, lol.

          • more beer

            Next time do some research.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Lol, I did before I moved here and gave it a lot of thought. I don’t regret for a second that I moved to Chicago just on one hell of an impulse and almost no planning. It’s easily the best decision I’ve made in my entire life and transformed me forever. Would I ever move back? Fuck no!

          • more beer

            I don’t regret moving out of New York for a second. My life is much easier west of the Mississippi.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            I’m guessing you’re about NYC like I am with Chicago: I had a great fucking time there, but those halcyon days are gone, time to get the fuck out. It was one hell of a character builder!

          • more beer

            Glad for my time there but also glad I am out of there.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Yup! I’d still love to visit NYC, but nah, I wouldn’t live there.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Hot chicks……………. there’s hot chicks around here, but they’re a rare bird compared to back home.

          • more beer

            The are everywhere here!

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            O.o wut

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Yep! I could get to Norfolk kinda easily, and there’s buses direct to VA Beach over here, but it definitely takes planning. And I definitely wouldn’t be getting home until later the next day.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Youve NEVER driven?

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Nope. Never had a need to back in Chicago, and I’m terrified of driving.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I Would be too if i hadnt ever done it

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            I rarely even ride in cars. I hate being inside the things, to be honest, unless need be.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Lol Man i drive between 1000 and 2000 miles a week

          • more beer

            i drive like that too. It sucks but the money is good.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I have a company car tho

          • more beer

            I don’t but everything that has to do with my truck is a tax write off.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Claiming mileage is a mother fucker man, and theyre making it harder and harder

          • more beer

            It depends how your business is set up.I’m a sole proprietor so it isn’t to bad. Plus repairs and everything else.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I think, back when i was doing contract work, it was something like 20c/mile or maybe per gallon. Its been a while

          • more beer

            I go by per gallon it works out better.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Pftttttttttttttt, that’s nothing! I ride the bus a whole 30 minutes! :-p

          • more beer

            Being able to drive brings a new type of freedom.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            I know. One of these days, I’ll get over that fear. Lol, I’m barely past the whole not wearing just a short sleeve in public thing.

          • more beer

            Go take some driving lessons. It is much easier to drive then you think it is.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Perhaps, but that’ll be down the line.

          • more beer

            I just listened to this album. It is vile and disgusting. It should be right up your alley. The way punk rock should be.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zUukDKOxt4

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Lol, haven’t heard them in fucking ages! Good pick!

          • more beer

            Yea I was scrolling thru my I tunes and thought it’s been a while. Then onto the Mentors. It was a vile day. Vile music is called for.

          • more beer

            “””https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNJacSjRAd0

        • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

          So Much Horny?

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED
          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            IIRC, I think I’ve had that at a Scottish place back in Chicago a while back. Some kind of apple ale with Noble in the name, but not sure.

      • more beer

        Mix it with Fireball it’s very good that way. But it isn’t beer.

        • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

          Shit, they have that up the street, but not about to go back out for it. Sitting back, enjoying some herb, this, and afterwards some Milwaukee’s best with tomato juice.

          • more beer

            I’ve been drinking imperial stouts since 2 o’clock. That means they are at least 9% alcohol. I know you don’t drink liquor anymore, but the way I said to drink those is the way to drink those. Very tasty. A very hot metal lady turned me on to that. She is a lady who can hold her own at the bar too.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            I drink liquor, but it’s very very rare. I’ve had one shot in 2 years, but might grab a pint of something on my birthday.
            Lol, I can respect any woman who can outdrink me (as long as they’re not Bunny Boilers), especially if they like metal!

          • more beer

            She can’t out drink me but she can hold her own. Plus she is a metal chick.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Oh the drinking contests you and I would have if I were out there! It’d be like Battle Of The Tightest (from Moderndrunkard.com)

          • more beer

            I don’t need games to make me drink. Don’t try this at home professional stunt drinker at work!

          • the funnest(/funniest) drinking game i used to play was Monopoly. after a few rounds, people would start making up rules (like everyone has a nickname, and if you don’t use it you pay that person a dollar) and it became anarchy

          • more beer

            I’ll buy it!

      • used to drink the shit out of ciders. i know they aren’t beer!

        • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

          I’ve known, but to me they feel like beer but a little better.

          • i was usually the only guy drinking ciders, but you know the saying… zero fucks given!

          • more beer

            Add some Fireball to up the ante.

        • more beer

          See my comment below as to how to drink these.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Working on a new solo album called Kohoutek. This album will be replacing Kohoutek Blues as my next release.

    • more beer

      My father in the nursing home is anxiously awaiting it’s release. He hopes it will be out before the grim reaper comes calling.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        It’s coming soon. I haven’t written something this dark and personal ever.

        • will you be making patches?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m not good at making things so sadly the answer is no.

        • more beer

          Will you be playing live in concert in your area?

        • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

          Does it have trees n shit?

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        Abe Vegoda and Betty White are awaiting it’s release, literally until the end of time if need be (because they’re literally immortal).

  • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

    Bongzilla coming to asheville in March

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      And Flatbush Zombies in March (100$ meet and greet tix too)

    • Lacertilian

      Waft should support, they’re kinda local.
      http://www.toiletovhell.com/review-waft-chronolith/

      • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

        Yep, i remember them. Not too far. However its Black Cobra, Kings Destroy (local), and Lo-pan (never seen or heard em) supporting

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          Disparager is also playing a free show here next week.

  • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair
  • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

    One of the best aspects of quitting smoking is that i have 50-100$ extra each week that i can now spend on rekkids. I expect my collection to grow exponentially from here on out

    • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

      Hell yes. Thats a good chunk of records you can buy too.

  • sweetooth0

    Besieged has their tape with that EP and the one before for only 1 dollar!

  • Dagon

    Once again, another great post. This is 3/4 for me but 5/7 enjoyment.