SRiHKAL 2016 – Short Releases I Have Known And Loved (Part One)


Around this time last year I ran a four-part series highlighting some of my favourite short releases that I found particularly intoxicating throughout 2015. The format was loosely based on the chemical cookbooks of Alexander Shulgin (TiHKAL & PiHKAL), because in the modern age dominated by the imposition of neo-conservatism, draconian drug laws mean the only legal way to experiment with anything fresh is through music. Thankfully the past 12 months saw another veritable glut of EPs, demos, splits and the like pulse through my bloodstream, often altering my consciousness in an inexplicable manner. As I’m sure you’ve already got on board with many of the more well-known short releases from the likes of Dead Congregation, Gorguts, Deathspell Omega, etc. I’m going to cover some of the bands that I think deserve some (more) coverage. As always, adjust your dose based on your age, weight, tolerance, and fingernail length.

Spectral Apparition



IUPAC Name: Manifestation

Class: Opiate

Synthesis: Isolated from a fungal pathogen that infected the lungs of scientists exploring a previously undiscovered cave somewhere in the U.K. Spores readily form a dense black hyphal mass when agar plates are inoculated in vitro. Current studies have shown the strain possesses a remarkable resistance to all anti-microbial agents tested so far.

Dosage: 3g

Duration: 20 minutes.

Symptoms: Arrythmia, Mental Dissociation, Respiratory Depression.

Similar Compounds: Henosis, Temple Nightside, Vacivus.



IUPAC Name: Tein-Éigin

Class: Hallucinogen

Synthesis: Organic compound obtained from a rare genus of Bryum found only in Scotland. A team of four botanists discovered the moss while trekking through a forest outside of Edinburgh on December 16th 2016. As this particular holotype is extremely new, biochemists have only had time to isolate one active chemical thus far; however based on this incredibly interesting initial finding more are expected to follow.

Dosage: 4mg

Duration: 20 minutes.

Symptoms: Closed Eye Visuals, Synesthesia, Ego-Death (at higher doses).

Similar Compounds: Naðra, Anicon, Drudkh.


Shrine Of Insanabilis


IUPAC Name: Tombs Opened By Fervent Tongues

Class: Stimulant.

Synthesis: Created in a clandestine laboratory in Germany on the 2nd of September 2016. Subjects that were dosed during the initial testing regime exhibited the strongly addictive nature of this dark liquid ester. The active compound binds to the adrenergic receptors in the brain and the effects last for substantial periods of time after the chemical has left the bloodstream. A high potency substance that could prove extremely dangerous if spread further across global markets.

Dosage: 2ml

Duration: 11 minutes.

Symptoms: Increased blood pressure, Repetitive motor activity, Intense physical dependency.

Similar Compounds: Ascension, Blaze Of Perdition, Chaos Invocation.


SRiHKAL 2015:

Part One – Throaat (Black Thrash), Instrumental (adj.) (Exp. Math-Prog), Watchtower (Doom), Erruant (Exp. Black)

Part Two – Atlas Entity (Tech-Death, Barghest (Black Doom), Skunk (Stoner), Vacivus (Death)

Part Three – Besieged (Thrash/Death), Cryptic Hymn (Melo-Death), Deep Space Destructors (Psych), Bastardizer (Black Thrash)

Part Four – A Diadem Of Dead Stars (Atmospheric), Expander (HC/PV), Barús (Exp. Prog/Death), Predatory Light (Psych Black)

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  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    I was hoping thi feature would return! Huzzah LizardWizzard!

  • Joaquin Stick

    Uir is very nice. I am a sucker for blackish metal with a cleaner/melodic guitar tone that shows up every so often. Don’t even mind the raw production, surprisingly.

    Always a fan of this column, good work.

    • RustyShackleford

      I’m digging Uir as well. Sorta reminds me of the first couple releases from Botanist. Good shit!

    • Lacertilian

      Úir was one of my fave finds from Listmania 2016. Found it on GM’s recs

    • GoatForest

      I’m gonna go ahead and spam my project’s EP we released back in December of 2015, if that’s cool:
      I know it’s kinda out of nowhere, and I hate self promotion. But, I figure now is as good a time as any.

      • Joaquin Stick

        Sounds good dude! I’m not usually an orthodox BM kinda guy, usually need some extra weirdness to keep me interested, but this is solid.

        • GoatForest

          Thanks, man!

  • RustyShackleford

    Great stuff lizard. This format is awesome. Yep!

  • *starts Googling Alexander Shulgin at work*

    • Lacertilian

      In your line of work?

      • let’s just say: mr. Shulgin has peaked my interest!

  • Joaquin Stick

    Shrine of Insanabilis is way to short. Need more!

    • Lacertilian

      They have a full-length out too. Thoroughly recommended

  • Black Unbeard

    i always liked the name Shrine of Insanabilis

    • Black Unbeard

      tho, ill say interesting we are reviewing stuff from this record label. but thats like beating a dead horse

      • Lacertilian

        I’ve reviewed a bunch of WTC stuff here over the last 2 years.

        • WTC Productions’ Bandcamp page is a goldmine!
          and it seems like many bands there share a few characteristics

          • GoatForest

            WTC is an excellent label for sure.

  • Can vouch for that Úir–is fucking excellent moss metal.

    • Lacertilian

      I need more moss metal in my life

  • KyleJMcBride

    OT: If y’all aren’t watching The Expanse, you should be. I’m even reading the books now.

    • Black Unbeard

      inb4 the books are better than the show

      • KyleJMcBride

        Equal. The acting is great. The FX are passable and the general art design is great. They also do an excellent job of paying attention to the physics of living in space. IOW if you live on a Earth grav planet you “look” normal but if you live in low to 0 g, you have elongated limbs and a lighter overall frame, great attention to detail on both.

        • Black Unbeard

          maybe ill check it out. havent been watching much space stuff

          • KyleJMcBride

            It’s really more my thing than Sword & Sorcery stuff. I’m a bit of a Futurist, always have been.

          • Black Unbeard


          • KyleJMcBride

            Actually a sword has no thrust or recoil and doesn’t fire a solid projectile so it might make a more sensible weapon, at least at close quarters.

          • Black Unbeard

            are we talking about extraterrestrial planets or in the vaccuum of space

          • KyleJMcBride

            A bit of both. The show takes place within the Solar system thus far, mostly on ships or large asteroids like Ceres and Eros. if you’re on a ship, you have to wear mag boots. This show takes it’s physics very seriously, a quality I appreciate, also GRRM endorsed.

          • Space Monster W.

            I like the way Dune handles this odd trope about swords in sci-fi. Shields render the use of las-guns so impractical that old-school combat is a necessity once again.

          • Óðinn
          • KyleJMcBride

            The Expanse has projectile weapons featured but, depending on the environment you’re in, the ammo varies.

    • Óðinn

      Yeah, I’ve been watching it. It’s not bad.

      • KyleJMcBride

        The detective character is a bit too Blade Runner but that’s ok. The focus of the show is changing soon.

        • Óðinn

          There’s definitely some potential there. I think the budget is a big limiting factor with this show, but that’s true of any sci-fi cable production.

          • KyleJMcBride

            I’m just pleasantly surprised that SyFy is actually involved with a quality show after so long. The last thing they had that I liked was BSG(not surprising). It also helps that the acting is mostly quality.

          • Óðinn

            Yes. the acting is pretty good.

            I’m looking forward to the release of Iron Fist on Netflix. I’ve enjoyed the Netflix Marvel series so far.

          • KyleJMcBride

            Yep, looking forward to Iron Fist, Punisher, and The Defenders this year.

          • GoatForest

            I wish I still had a way to watch them…

  • Waynecro

    Excellent work, Lacertilian. Thanks!

  • This is my favorite short release of 2016