Stumbling Upon Blast Head Records via Eternium


A couple of months ago I posted about two bands that initiated contact with me in hopes of reaching new ears, and I ended up loving both. Random encounters like those that turn out successful can be rare, yet it happened again recently, and now I’ve entered a rabbit hole of great bands via Blast Head Records whom I would like to share with you. So check them out; I’m certain some fancies will be tickled!

Late Friday night I was walking home from the neighbor’s house when I passed a couple of young, drunk fellas on the sidewalk joking around and singing. One of the guys noticed my Nile hoodie and said “NILE:  they’re so amazing live!” Of course I had to stop and chat, and though the guy didn’t look like a metalhead, he seemed to know his shit.  He asked about some of the bands that I enjoy and then proceeded to tell me about a St. Louis band called Eternium, a band for whom his co-worker plays bass. I made him a deal: “check out the Toilet ov Hell if you want to discover some new metal, and I’ll check out your bud’s band.”

EterniumRepelling a Solar Giant (2013)

My newly discovered neighbor described Eternium as “symphonic black metal, very Swedish”, and while his description made me very skeptical at the time, I was hooked upon hearing the first song. This St. Louis-based group was started as a one man project by Markov Soroka in 2011, later added full members, and recently changed their name to Tchornobog. Eternium incorporates riffs of the melodic death/black metal persuasion that I would compare to bands like Amon Amarth or newer Blut Aus Nord (some fans compare them to Dissection, but I cannot confirm nor deny this as I haven’t heard enough of their output). The music is heavily layered with symphonic elements, but rather than crush the metal like Italian psychos Fleshgod Apocalypse, it has a more restrained Septicflesh-like vibe. Song lengths vary from five minutes to 10, giving each enough time to tell its respective tale without feeling rushed. Repelling a Solar Giant is a concept album that works best heard front-to-back, in one sitting, and is interesting and engaging all the way through. Check out my favorite track “Aura Infernum:  The Flight Over Massless Soul”:

Mörbid Vomit – Return to the Crypts (2015)

Return to the Crypts is actually a compilation from the Finland death metallers Mörbid Vomit, which includes their 2012 demo and a 2013 EP, topped with a Ghost B.C. cover. Now before you go crying foul, know that Mörbid Vomit does not try to hide their influences – as evidenced by a Bandcamp description that reads: “old school Swedish sound and a must for fans of Grave, Entombed, Bloodbath and Gorefest“. Of the four previously mentioned bands, I happen to be most familiar with Bloodbath, and many of the songs from the compilation could easily be from Nightmares Made Flesh. I’m not complaining, however, as more is always better. It’s just that it takes several listens before being able to pick out the nuances that separate Mörbid Vomit from their peers.

Listen to the full compilation at Bandcamp; they also released a new LP this year called Doctrine of Violence, which I have yet to hear.

ParasitizedExistence Unveiled EP (2012)

Let’s throw in some reasonably tech-y, slightly br00tal death metal, why don’t we? Parasitized sound like an amalgamation of bands that find the sweet-spot between those two aforementioned genres. There’s a fair amount of weedily-deedily similar to the likes of Origin or Spawn of Posession, and an equal amount of slamming brutality akin to Dying Fetus or Suffocation. Unlike Mörbid Vomit though, I can’t accuse Parasitized of sounding exactly like any of their peers, as the band does a good job of maintaining a unique personality. The songs are long enough to incorporate a few different movements without straying too far into the progressive death metal territory, and the non-linear structures keep them from feeling stale after only a few listens. There are enough riffs contained within this 23-minute EP that any listener should find something which tickles his or her fancy. I really dig the more groove-oriented track “Beyond the Frontiers of Pain”, which I urge you to check out below:

After poking around Blast Heads Records’ roster for only a few minutes, I had already found three great bands worth reporting. I’ll dig around more over time and let you folks know what really sticks out!

(images via bandcamp, Blast Head Records)

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  • Morbid Vomit rips, don’t sleep on that shit. Doctrine of Violence is great.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Mörbid Vomit’s album is one of 2015’s best death metal albums. Their EP (and the demo) is dope too.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      And oy! As far as OSDM bands go, I’ve never thought of Bloodbath when listening to them.

    • consider me a fan. after finding out about them initially, i’ve dug their work more and more

  • Parasitized sounds great. Nice write up!

  • “Check out the Toilet ov Hell if you want to discover some new metal, and I’ll check out your bud’s band”.

    Wow, Jimmy. You have such a strong attitude.

    I am listening Eternium. The drumming is pretty good and it’s very melodic. I can jam this.

    • Lacertilian

      Trade and barter>>>>>

  • Lacertilian

    I’m going to try my claw at being the investigator and check these out.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Welp, just dropped off the SG at Rockin’ Bob’s. I’m glad he’s only 2 blocks away. Looks like the input jack is getting replaced along with restringing. This is gonna be my Christmas gift to myself this year.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Jeff Jarrett’s new promotion is coming to the Mid Hudson Civic Center for their northeast debut. I’m so going.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Oh yeah, that’s right. Hope it’s good.
        Since I’m spending money on my guitar, there’s no way I’m going to TLC.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I wouldn’t go to TLC because the only match I care about is Ambrose/Owens.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Same here. It’s too bad because it would be easy for me to go, but it’s not worth the money for just one match. I’m certainly not paying to see Sheamus Vs Reigns.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m still pissed that Sheamus is champion.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            1/2 their people are injured and they don’t bother building up new stars. It’s their own fault really.

          • CT-12

            Dude, it is fucking painful to see how many people they’ll toss under the wheels of Roman.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Maybe when Raw gets less than 2 million viewers a week they’ll get a clue. Knowing Vince though, he’ll probably just dig in further.

          • CT-12

            I was actually pretty happy when Sheamus first became champion because he really is a “true” heel. His wrestling style is also way better than people act, I think he just hasn’t had enough time in his matches to truly get over. His mic skills are fantastic (dude can work a crowd). But, after seeing how WWE has been using him, he’s sadly just become another casualty of their incessant pushing of Roman.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I hope it’s good. Sonjay Dutt will be defending his title and besides that not much else has been announced.

        • I googled TLC…

          I’m officially confused: it was a hip hop group, it’s the spanish traduction for the FTA, it’s the TV channel from Discovery Networks…

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Look for WWE TLC and it will become clearer.

      • CT-12

        Have fun man. Washington has a lot of fucked up laws that make it damn near impossible for indie wrestling promotions to come through, but somehow DOA (based out of Oregon) will be having a show up here next month, so I’m pretty stoked for that. Raw is happening in Seattle only a few weeks after as well.

    • Your Gibson SG?

      I’m re-reading your comment… I thought it fell off and was destroyed ;_;) You’re just pimpin’ it.


      • KJM, Shake Zula

        It’s not destroyed, it just needs some minor repairs.
        It’s just an Epiphone(which is fine by me), not a Gibson. It might cost more to repair otherwise.

        • Ahh.

          Epiphone is cool. I played a little with a Les Paul Epiphone and it was very comfy.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Yep, it’s just the right size for me and “Bob” said it appeared to be in ok condition besides the jack and the strings. I’m sure he’ll have some optional recommendations once I get it back.

          • When I will see KJM rocking his SG with some obnoxious AC/DC singles? <3

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            You’re more likely to see serious Iommi worship from me than headbanging to Angus. It is the typical Doom guitar after all.

          • Oh, thank God. Cool KJM is cool.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Besides, I’d probably have to replace my Orange amp with a Marshall if I wanted an Angus sound.

  • Dubs

    Parasitized is pretty good. Well done, inspector.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Eternium sounding rather fine. Good find!

  • Spear

    Really digging that Eternium. The album art is a big plus, too.

  • of course i was too busy working to see when this article was posted. glad a few of you dig these bands!!!

  • Waynecro

    Parasitized jams real good. That Eternium song totally reminds me of another song that I can’t put my finger on right now. Something by Cradle of Filth maybe?