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). Here, in Part Two, I’ve got some hyper melodic-tech/prog, anti-human black metal, retro stoner-rock, and some of the best UK death metal released this year.
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: Atlas Entity
Synthesis: Created by using a vigorous stirring technique followed by deep-freezing to progressively condense melodium and deathane. A single young lab technician is credited with the discovery but was aided in synthesis by a well-known chemist named Samus (Decrepit Birth). The final product was unveiled on August 9th, 2015.
Duration: 16 minutes.
Symptoms: Rapid eye movement, dizziness, insomnia.
Similar Compounds: Decrepit Birth, Obscura, Cynic.
IUPAC Name: Barghest
Synthesis: Made via an interesting method which utilises a doomene-based reagent to add colour to the more commonly found black metallium. First combined in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 3rd, 2015.
Duration: 19 minutes.
Symptoms: Numbness of extremities, depression, apprehension.
IUPAC Name: Skunk
Synthesis: Grown outdoors from a long-forgotten batch of seeds packaged in 1979. Harvested by a five-person crew on May 11th, 2015.
Dosage: 6 tokes.
Duration: 27 minutes.
Symptoms: Mood lift, blood-shot eyes, dry mouth.
Similar Compounds: Leaf Hound, Black Sabbath, Captain Beyond.
IUPAC Name: Vacivus
Synthesis: A five-man ensemble from Sunderland, England created this extremely potent substance by oxidising deathane until it was charred black, at Goatprayer Records on July 3rd, 2015.
Duration: 23 minutes.
Symptoms: Anger, Reduced Sociability, Coma/Death at higher doses.