Sunday Sesh: Trapped Under Ice

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The last embers of summer have long been quenched, and Autumn is entering its death throes, scattering falling leaves with every shake. The Fimbulvinter approaches fast. Embrace the death of entropy as the temperatures drop to absolute zero. In this Sunday Sesh, we celebrate the icy riff.

ToH stalwart and one of my favorite users (yes, I rank you) Jom Pootersan brought a new compilation of arctic extreme metal icicles to my attention yesterday. This collection, published by Hypnotic Dirge Records, features blasphemous blizzards from Sorcier des Glaces, Grieving Mirth, Immortal Bird, Galaktik Cancer Squad, Verlies, netra, Veldes, Windbruch, Obsidian Tongue, Epitimia, Harrow,  and Numenorean. I haven’t made my way through the entirety of Subarctic Nocturnes: Within the Ice yet, but everything I’ve heard so far is solid, even the song from the ridiculously named Galaktik Cancer Squad. I’m sure each of you will find some icy riff frostbitten enough to match that cold void where your heart should be.

If you’re still trying to think of a riff so cold that your butt will have to be amputated due to freezer-burn for ROTW, this compilation isn’t a bad place to start. Best of all, it’s only $1 Canadien. I definitely encourage you to toss the label more if you can, though, and seek out some of these bands to jam more.

So, did you get snow-blindness from this compilation? Have any frigid jams you’d like to recommend? Sound off for the Sunday Sesh.

As always, stay cooler than cold. Stay ice cold.

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  • Super Nintendo Chalmers

    Tell us more about this user ranking you maintain.

    Specifically how low am I?

    • Based Potoo

      You can’t be lower than the Potoo.

      • Maik Beninton™

        Nothing can.

        • ME GORAK B.C.™

          CAVEMAN COULD!!!!!! BUT HIM SAY ME JUST GL OR MCNULTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • aw buddy, don’t feel bad. i know you’re not a novelty account anymore, others will catch on!

          • Based Potoo

            Silly McNulty, stop talking to yourself!

          • Vote for Jeb

            No, I like you. I saw you get treated harshly over at AMG and wanted to take you gently under my wing like a momma hawk.

          • School Of Hard Plops

            And chew up worms and spit them in his mouth?

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            THEY ANGRY THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            No. The comments sections here at ToH are fantastic places with thoughtful discussion of recent releases. I know you think your shtick is funny, but just go back to the cesspool of MetalSucks comments. You have nothing to contribute here.

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! HORSE RHINO BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Pictured: the northern reticulated snobby potoo

      • CyberneticOrganism

        OvO

      • Vote for Jeb

        Your highest incarnation was the tapir.

        • Based Potoo

          I have to agree. I probably can go back to it already

    • BEARD-SPLITTER

      I hope im high on Ws list. We at least have some similar tastes. And we both shave our heads

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I wonder what mine is.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Very hard to think of Winter right now. The last 2 days were in the mid 70s and it’s currently sunny and 50F.

    • Ditto, my yard is covered in dead leaves right now and the last thing I want to think about is a even a single solitary snowflake.

    • Hubert

      Same here. Last year’s winter was really mild as well.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        We’ve had a few uncharacteristicly mild winters over the past few years. I wouldn’t be surprised if this winter is a doozy.

        • BEARD-SPLITTER

          Just wait for the coming ice age cir 2030

          • Based Potoo

            That would be nice. I would finally be happy.

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            You can urge it along by leaving your little finnish car running in the parking lot.

          • Based Potoo

            I don’t have a car.

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            If you were srs about the coming ice age, you would go buy one. Then leave it running 24/7.

          • Based Potoo

            Nah man, fuck cars.

          • School Of Hard Plops

            Potoo’s bike =

          • School Of Hard Plops
          • Based Potoo

            Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams, but Potoo sure can!

          • School Of Hard Plops

            Forget the steel beams, melt Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke instead!

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ICE AGE COLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Hopefully it’ll wait until about 2040 or so. At that point I won’t give a shit about being outside much.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Crossing my fingers that Boston doesn’t get clobbered again with snow. That shit was too much.

      • School Of Hard Plops

        Gotta love the people who are actually from Hampton Roads around here when winter sets in. They close schools and everything else over 1/100 an inch of snow and bitch left and right about it. Having spent most of my life in Chicago, the winters here are laughable. People in my neighborhood here were all decked out in parkas, while I’m having a cig on the porch with just a short sleeve, slippers and pajamas.

    • BEARD-SPLITTER

      You checked out the new Saviours yet kj? Theyre pgood live, seems up your alley
      http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hHqaHwLtrss

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Listening, will offer opinion later. Soundz ok so far.

    • megachiles

      I’ve lived in Texas my entire life, but might be moving to Minneapolis next year.

      how do i winter? pls advise.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Wowsers. That’s one of the few(non-Alaska) places in The US that has it rougher than Metro Boston in Winter.

        Timberland boots: I swear by them.
        Thermal underwear AKA “Long Johns”: Get at least 2 complete sets(shirts, pants).
        Heavy waterproof parka: Do not mess around with this shit. Do not be concerned that you’ll look like an “Eskimo”. Make sure the insulation is top notch.
        Extra large socks: You’ll need these to wear over your regular socks on the really bad days.
        Waterproof snow pants: If you don’t wear good, strong jeans, you’ll need these on either really windy or really snowy, wet days or your legs will freeze.

        Adapt this advice to your dress requirements for work and you’ll do okay. Seeing as you’re from Texas, you’ll probably want a few good, insulated hoodies to wear the rest of the year since even their Summer will be much cooler than what you’re used to. You WILL learn to treat wind as the accursed buzzkill it truly is. PEACE!

        • BEARD-SPLITTER

          I cannot overstate the importance of long johns and a good pair of waterproof boots. A good beanie is also always a plus

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I <3 my Timbs.

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            Ill be headed to DSW for a new pair as winter deepens

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Even though I have an outlet relatively close by, I tend to buy online because they have a lot of good sales, including clearances.

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            Being a big hairy bastard with a great bushy beard, like myself, helps too

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I was just checking the website. Now they have super expensive boots that are meant to be refurbished and repaired, really nice.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Long hair is a huge plus during Winter.

          • EsusMoose

            Don’t remind me, my old boots slightly deformed and stab into my heel. I’d rather forget I’m gonna need to drop $100 or so to get some nice ones.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Army surplus shops are your friend, I got a pair of British army boots for £30 and they’ve lasted for bloody ages.

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            This is also good advice. There are billions of army surplus stores in the mountains

          • School Of Hard Plops

            Which is a scary thought. That tells you there’s plenty of Jade Helm Truthers, Doomsday cults and Ted Nugent fans out there in them thur mountuns.

          • EsusMoose

            I’ll have to see if there’s one in my area

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Some of them sell their stuff on Amazon as well, if you can’t find a brick and mortar one near you.

          • EsusMoose

            I don’t think I’d trust buying shoe like things without trying them on, I’ve been seemingly wearing one size too big the last few years and just recently have switched to the right size and would like to feel what size of shoe fits best

        • megachiles

          RIP sandals and shorts, you will be missed.

          Thanks for the extensive list! I’ll hopefully be starting a grad degree based out of St. Paul, so the dress code is going to be pretty lax. Given your advice, commuting by bicycle year round might be less feasible than I initially thought…

          In any case, I will probably end up dying like Valfar within a week of moving up there.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            The wind will fuck with your bicycling much more than cold will. Snow can actually be kinda fun if you have a mountain bike and it’s not total crap outside.

          • Hessian Hunter is a full time bicycle commuter in Minneapolis but he is also a crazy person. Couldn’t hurt to ask him for advice. Texas 4 lyfe.

          • megachiles

            Sweet, I definitely will!

            Texas will always be home, but my wife and I don’t think the affordability and infrastructure issues in Austin are going to improve anytime soon.

          • Ughhhhhh. Yeah. Pretty much the only chance of me ever owning a house within the city limits is if I marry a rich woman.

          • megachiles

            Option 1: seduce a wealthy widow in West Lake Hills.

            Option 2: Join a start up, make way too much money for what you do, and jump ship before it becomes unprofitable and begins mass lay offs 5 years in.

          • School Of Hard Plops

            You called off the engagement with Tay Tay?!

          • Óðinn

            Nah, you can cycle commute in St. Paul year-round with the right level of commitment and gear. Totally possible. St. Paul and Minneapolis are cycling meccas.

            http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/winter-bicycling.html
            http://www.schwalbetires.com/bike_tires/off-road_tires/ice_spiker_pro
            http://surlybikes.com/bikes/moonlander

            https://youtu.be/RHH8mnmBpU8

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            15-20 years ago I used to ride my mountain bike during blizzards if I had to.

          • Óðinn
      • Super Nintendo Chalmers

        This how you should winter.

      • EsusMoose

        Adding on get wool socks, like KJM said get a good parka or other nice jacket. Layer like crazy, underarmor, shirt, sweatshirt, winter jacket, is not over doing it but cozy. But don’t fret you can still wear sandels and shorts when it isn’t snowing but you’ll just need to pretend your legs aren’t freezing

        • megachiles

          I’m going to bank on my meaty gams producing metabolic heat, so I can continue to wear shorts everywhere. I’ll layer my upper half and wear wool socks with sandals to compensate.

          Pants are the garment of the 1%.

        • School Of Hard Plops

          Gotta hate it though when you layer up and step into a warm store, though! Then the sweat gets cold as soon as you get back outside.

          • EsusMoose

            Yeah gotta dress for your activities, either be colder to be more comfortable when you get to the location or be warm during the trek and lava once you’re in the building after a short period of time.

          • School Of Hard Plops

            Yep. Biggest complaint I have about that is it driving my sinuses up the wall from the temperature shift. That and smelling like a beef log by the time I get to the store.

  • I was scanning through this comp of Bay Area bands this morning. Lots of good stuff on here. Probably something for everyone on this, there’s 34 bands.

    http://deadinthebay.bandcamp.com/album/dead-in-the-bay-2015

  • EsusMoose

    Always hard to think that this time is for black metal/frigid stuff, for me it reminds me of the atmosphere of post-rock as the world is dying and becoming barren but has yet to be completely cold and lifeless.

    • Boss the Ross

      That’s when atmospheric black metal comes into play.

      • EsusMoose

        You’re right, time for some Woods of desolation as I haven’t heard their last album in a bit.

        • School Of Hard Plops

          Try out the ‘Atmospheric Black Metal’ station on Youtube. It’s a fucking goldmine for that kinda thing.

          • EsusMoose

            been through a little of it before, always kinda amazed at the sheer amount of stuff on that page

          • School Of Hard Plops

            I’ve found quite a few that’ll most likely end up in my top ten for the year. And, I think I narrowed down my pick for ROTW next week.

  • BEARD-SPLITTER

    I rly tried to like that Sorcier des Glaces album because Niege but its just so meh

  • Hangover straight from the void.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      You get through that massive beer lineup yesterday?

      • Almost.

      • Óðinn

        I once drank a keg with 2 of my friends. We started on a Friday night, and then finished it on Saturday afternoon. It was for a party that didn’t happen. We didn’t want it to go to waste.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Oof.

    • KJM, Shake Zula
  • Hubert

    Winter is time for Black Metal, you know that, I know that, we all know that.

  • Oh man, that Mr Freeze video is just what I needed

  • Eliza

    Based on the what the weather is like where I live, the iciest music I can think of is Opeth. And it’s probably not going to get icier either.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      I’m in the Metro Boston area. I’m just hoping we don’t get multiple feet of snow again.

      • Eliza

        The part of Romania where I live, the west, hasn’t had any snow in like three years, but the in the south and east it’s always https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/30ce3eba017a44402922ad3fbce1df41b7a3d5606b4d56a1c7a81d5a398fa3e7.jpg So, I can sympathise.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          That pic is what Boston looked like last Winter.

          • School Of Hard Plops

            It was pretty bad here too. We got all of 5 inches over a couple days time, lol. Which wouldn’t be bad at all (especially considering I’m used to Chicago winters) if it weren’t for the fact that here and Hampton have about 2 ice trucks for the entire city.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Even as bad as it was I live next to a busy city square so I got dug out fairly quick.

        • School Of Hard Plops
          • Eliza

            What dres It feel like not to understand the lyrics?

          • School Of Hard Plops

            Glorious! Much like how I felt when Sigur Ros hit it big and non-Icelandic speaking people said their lyrics were beautiful. Their lyrics weirded me the fuck out listening to them, considering I speak Icelandic.

          • Eliza

            That can happen. And it’s pretty hilarious.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Reaching back for a vintage icy riff. 4:32.

    This solo is a chilly gust of wind from an open window, freezing the temperature in the room and leaving everything in a dusting of fine snow grains.

    http://youtu.be/OozIDOzGWH4

    • Boss the Ross

      Hell yes.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Randy Rhoads: Kills Posers Dead

        • Óðinn

          That’s true. I know a guy who had a poser infestation at his house. He bought a can of Randy Rhoads, and it exterminated all the posers. Powerful stuff.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Better than Raid.

  • Super Nintendo Chalmers

    Galaktik Cancer Squad wins Lolbuttz name in overtime over Cult of the Occult.

  • Klaus Nomi
  • Hans Müller

    icy shivers around the minute mark when the guitar decides to get up to more than feedback noise:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlWTj72Tmto

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    PSA: Wicked Whoopie Pies are “evil” and addictive. Message ends.

  • Jom Pootersan

    It’s about 50 here right now, 30 at night. Really puts you in the mood for some frostbitten goodness.

    • EsusMoose

      We’re about the same here, nice weather overall though I never know if my buildings heat is on as I don’t control it.

      • Jom Pootersan

        I made the mistake of going for a run yesterday past 10 PM. Really makes you understand the flaws of circumcision

        • EsusMoose

          I’ve thought about start running late in the evening but haha way too cold to start running in this.

          • Jom Pootersan

            That’s why you tell yourself running in adverse conditions makes you tougher because you’re a 23 year old male who likes to make terrible decisions.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Even though it’s been weeks since I’ve used it, that’s why I have a stepper machine instead. It may suck, but at least I’ll be comfy.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    If I wear my Pissgrave shirt to school will I get sent to counselling?

    • Boss the Ross

      Ha, depends on the school, but more than likely.

    • School Of Hard Plops

      Or you’ll get tackled by a SWAT team.

    • Based Potoo

      You’ll get paddled!

  • School Of Hard Plops
  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    When I think of icy music I think of stuff like prog and new wave. Not many bands did a good combination of those two things though. PFM did an okay version of it in 1980 with Suonare Suonare.

    • School Of Hard Plops

      Minimal Wave and Coldwve/Darkwave might be up your alley. Clan Of Xymox definitely comes to mind.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Here’s an album that keeps me feeling warm when it’s cold. It’s a prog-pop album from a legenedary Italian band called Banco. Their singer is amazing but he died in a car crash in 2014. Most people hate their prog pop era as they hate all prog bands who go pop. This works though unlike almost all other prog bands who went pop. The only other one who made a great prog pop album was Premiata Forneria Marconi with Suonare Suonare in 1980.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDm7rBB0VkI

        • School Of Hard Plops

          Been a while since I’ve heard them. My former boss at ChainDLK was a big fan of their’s.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I like Italian prog so these guys are a favorite along with PFM.

          • Based Potoo

            Eh
            RIO >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Italian prog

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Is RIO a prog band?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            >is a prog rock fan
            >doesn’t know what RIO is

    • Based Potoo

      Prog’s not icy you silly goose!

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        It keeps me warm on icy days.

        • Based Potoo

          So it’s not icy.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Same

  • BEARD-SPLITTER

    Deafheaven/tribulation in an hour.

    • Boss the Ross

      The show has probably started by this point, but have fun man! Let us know how it is.

      • BEARD-SPLITTER

        So, my second time seeing Deafheaven. The first time was with Alcest supporting. Tribulation did a damn fine job but less than stellar.

        Any doubts about deafheaven are from someone who has never seen them live. They are a force. Plain and simple.
        Photos included.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Watching backyard wrestling videos on Youtube. Some of these people go all out with their promotions such as ESW and CHW.

    • Vote for Jeb

      You’re watching ICP, aren’t you?

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        No, it’s actually this one promotion that runs off Youtube called Extreme Showdown Wrestling. They could be Juggalos for all I know. Now I’m going to watch a Pyro match between two obviously stupid people.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Funny thing is, ICP actually get top notch talent for their wrestling shows.

        • Based Potoo

          >top notch talent
          >wrestling
          Lol

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Mmm, carmelized potoo…

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Here’s the debut of an Italian prog band I discovered called Banco. Their singer died in a car crash in 2014 but they’re still going.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zaHA1llnVU

  • School Of Hard Plops
  • School Of Hard Plops

    This isn’t my submission for next week, but some essentially icy grimliedness.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XpkhBMtNO8

  • Óðinn

    Agalloch, motherfuckers. I love this album in Winter….and every other fucking season.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1x8q64NXxA

  • sweetooth0

    Hey nice, that Black Metal compilation was put out by a record label from my city!

  • Count_Breznak

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9VZKiaYc9c The new album is pretty damn meh, tho