The Best Band in Kentucky is Ad Infinitum

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Back in August we asked you to help us find the best unsigned bands in America. After listening to hundreds of submissions, we finally narrowed down our pick for the Timothy Olyphant as U.S. Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens in hit TV series Justified state. The best band in Kentucky is Ad Infinitum.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is known as the bluegrass state. Not bluegrass, but bluegrass (or Poa pratensis), a herbaceous perennial plant 30–70 centimetres (12–28 in) tall, with leaves that have boat-shaped tips, narrowly-linear, up to 20 centimetres (8 in) long and 3–5 millimetres (0.12–0.20 in) broad, smooth or slightly roughened, with a rounded to truncate ligule 1–2 millimetres (0.039–0.079 in) long (source: where do you think?). Kentucky’s soil is characteristically well-drained and fertile enough to support poa pratensis (as well as the tobacco plant, the bourbon plant, the racehorse plant, and their most highly-valued export: the fried chicken skin plant). Recently (and most notably through the acclaim of Panopticon‘s referential album in 2012) the metalverse has been made aware that Kentucky is also fertile soil for atmospheric black metal. So how’s that for a transition?

Kentucky‘s success garnered some attention for existing, lesser known Kentuckian bands and seemingly inspired the formation of many other bands of a similar style. Which, if any, of these camps Ad Infinitum falls into I cannot say. But I can and will say this, in the simplest toilet vernacular: Stay Ad Infinitum >>>>>>/10.

Unlike Panopticon and their ilk, the mysterious J.G.S. (the sole member of Ad Infinitum) isn’t focused on cramming the nerd of Appalachian folk music into the locker of atmospheric black metal, and so opts for a more traditional, straightforward approach. Instead of dicking around with banjos he channels all of his focus into constructing thick, engrossing atmosphere, and that focus pays off. This year’s Woven Within is a deeply evocative piece of music, often emanating coldness, isolation, and depression at Xasthur or Leviathan level, albeit far less coarsely. The reverb-drenched litany of repetitious guitar is the substructure for the vast, far-flung soundscape on display here, and J.G.S.’ cursed howls are like remote cries for help, doomed behind the wall of sound. While sometimes ethereal and otherwordly, at its most expressive it’s disturbingly familiar, unbinding the bleak and dispiriting emotions we prefer to keep locked up tight.

Check out Ad Infinitum on Facebook and Bandcamp (where you can download Woven Within for however much money you can spare).

Here’s what our other judges had to say:

Tyree: It’s great to see that one ov my favorite black metal albums of the year is doing so well. I promoted Ad Infinitum here on ToH months ago so it’s really cool to see that he was voted the best unsigned band from Kentucky. Woven Within is both a harsh and a pleasant listen. The album soars through thick and dismal soundscapes led by harsh, reverb cloaked distorted guitars and mournful shrieks that haunt and depress the mind. Woven Within will make the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up and drag your unsaved soul into the unholy void. This album simply rules!

W.Our resident beefcake SMOHLG is the first one who told me about these dudes. Raw black metal with strains of the grandiose and stellar artistic direction? Count me in.


The Toilet ov Hell is on an absurd quest to find the best unsigned band in each state of this glorious union. The purpose? To shine the spotlight on bands that deserve more exposure. Also, we’re going to determine once and for all the greatest state in the nation. Each state winner is decided by a collection of 25 judges. After we’ve announced the winner of each state, we’re gonna throw them all in a winner-take-all bracket and leave the votes up to you. Who will be the best unsigned band in the United States? Which state is superior? We can’t wait to find out.

Previous winners:

Alabama — Phylum
Alaska — Terraform
Arizona – Take Over And Destroy
Arkansas – Torii
California – Destroy Judas
Colorado – The Sleer
Connecticut – Autumn’s Eyes
Delaware – Sloss
Florida – Capracide
Georgia – Lost Hours
Hawaii – Darkest Path
Idaho – Rotten Hand
Illinois – Deus Ex
Indiana – Thorr-Axe
Kansas – Bummer

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  • purr-fect! this doth remind me of velvet cacoon.

  • Tyree

    Great album! Well done Masterlord. That is correct.

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  • VV.

    SMOHLG approved. How can you not love it?

    • Elite Extremöphile

      SMOHLG rescues baby birds in his spare time.
      #SMOHLGFax

  • Tyree

    Echo Echo Echo Echo Echo

  • Where’d all the toilet people go?

    • Tyree

      The Void engulfed them all into Ad Infinitum’s hellish realm.

    • Paris Hilton

      We’ve been flushed into the void

      • HAY PARIS!

        • Paris Hilton

          Sup bro?

      • Keegan Lavern Still

        Sup girl wats good.?

        • Paris Hilton

          Me!? I’m good. So much better than the rest of you fuckin nerds! Buy Come Alive on iTunes!

          -PARIS HILTON

      • nice to meet you.. I always read your post with the Real Paris Hilton voice.. you know with that annoying raspy tone at the end of the phrases

        • Paris Hilton

          Whoa, Nick Leonhart. That’s hot 😉 You better read it in my voice, because I am the real Paris Hilton.

    • was wondering that myself. is it some cool holiday about which nobody told us??

    • George Clarke

      yes hello

      have we all heard the new fuck the facts EP?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6ObsZfCZFI&feature=youtu.be

      its good

      • this is real fuckin’ good.

        • George Clarke

          i like it a lot but honestly wish meg did all the vocals cos i hate gutturals lol

          • honestly, i’m not real big on traditional grind, and thats probably why I really like it.

          • Tyree Wears Trailer Pants

            DEAD.

          • whyyyyyyyyyyy

          • Tyree Wears Trailer Pants

            What is your definition ov traditional grind?

          • I mean i thilnk of Nasum and Insect Warfare when i think of regular grind. so it ends up being that the only kind of grindy stuff i like is more metal than grind (ie. Cattle Decap, Pig Destroyer). (Edit: also requires hi-fi recording q). Dont flushors me. I do like some of the cyber-grind stuff that’s hi-fi. Phobia’s pretty good, I guess. *crycrycry*

          • VV. VVears Trailer Pant$

            So, I take it you lean more towards big budget deathgrind?

          • Oh, I dont think I lean towards grind at all, usually. Which is why its a bit strange when I find one I can put #onblast. I’m big on composition, so grind doesn’t generally fit the bill.

      • Stockhausen
        • George Clarke

          ah, very good.

      • VV. VVears Trailer Pant$

        Hey George, you ever vvear trailer pants?

        • George Clarke

          what does that even mean

          is that like travelling pants?

          if so yes i am a sister of a the travelling pants

    • Toilet of hell = shark jump

      Back to websites that talk about bands that people actually like

  • JWG

    Wow. I’m actually able to post more or less when a post got posted.

    • Edward

      It’s a cool experience, huh?

      • JWG

        Totally. If I weren’t for having to meet students today (hence the hour gap) I’d be able to do it more often.
        One of these days I might even get to watch right AS one goes up.

  • Stockhausen

    Curse the block that my school has on Bandcamp. A pox, I say, a pox! The hour grows nigh that will see me through my own front door, and these weighty sounds in my ears.

    • Howard Dean

      Easy solution: Quit school. No one ever used any book learnin’ for anything good. Ever

      • CyberneticOrganism
        • Howard Dean

          My love for Trailer Park Boys is nearly endless. Fuck community college, let’s get drunk and eat chicken fingers.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            You know, your thoughts might be better than mine but I have thoughts going around in my head too about different thinkings and brain things that you can use… and doing different things… and I think I know what’s best for my daughter. So fuck off and let me fix the brakes for my daughter and then I’ll help you with the hash. You guys don’t always know what’s best. My fuckin’ thoughts have feelings of their own too sometimes.

          • Howard Dean

            “Well, I’ve learned that a man is always supposed to be thinking about stuff about his family… and for to do things that are going to gooder the family up, and around, and gooder it up. That is what is a man.”

  • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

    He’s still unsigned? That I knew not. Enjoy this I do. That I knew did.

  • Excellent job Mr. DragonPants and Pals. http://i.imgur.com/AJQtcrt.gif

  • good…..goooood

  • Stockhausen

    I’m finally home to listen! I have so many ragrets about not listening to Ad Infinitum earlier. This rules all my butts.

  • JWG

    2015: Best Unsigned Band in Canada. A much shorter list – 10 Provinces (and 3 territories whose populations consist of masochists and polar bears).

    …Although one might have to divide most Provinces into Largest City vs. Everywhere Else to be thorough. And you probably could have counted Alberta as the 51st State in this year’s list and nobody would notice the difference.

    PS: I’m only kidding. Maybe.

    • Man, doing this with 50 states has been ambitious and difficult as hell. We should have started with Canadia.

      • Plus, Canada is the land ov unsigned bestial/war death.

        • Howard Dean

          There is some grubby bestial metal in the bowels of Canada.

      • Guacamole Jim

        Welcome to my world! (it’s fucking cold)

  • Cockypock Aioli

    Duuuuuuuuuude…so gooooooooood.

    • Tyree Wears Trailer Pants

      Glad you dig!

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    They’ve been on my purchase list for a while now and that says a lot, because I’m not a big fan of black metal.

    • Guacamole Jim

      The Toilet has taught me appreciation for black metal, but it’s still not really my favourite thing.

      • Lacertilian

        Nocleansinging did that for me, but I’m still in the same boat as you.
        I guess we still enjoy life too much?

        • Guacamole Jim

          I am a cvnting lifelover. I’m all too aware of this.

  • J.R.

    yo yo yo I remember the initial Ad Infinitum appearance on the toilet. super duper pooper stuff my porcelain pals.
    I am very tired. fluuuusssshhhhh meee down the riiiiiver of slumberrrr
    goodnight ToH

    • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

      More like good morning.

      • J.R.

        I’ve been doing a lab report all night, preparing for a presentation etc etc. thought I’d end my awake time with a good long sit on The Toilet. I think my legs fell asleep, I cant get away

      • Death

        You’re awake already?

        • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

          For an hour, yes.

          • Death

            I’ve been awake since 06:00. Oksennustauti on paska juttu.

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            Quite literally that last one.

          • Death

            I also have diarrhea. Fun weekend ahead. I’m cursing Prisma and Itella if my Ps4 doesn’t arrive today.

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            Don’t worry, it won’t. Not unless it’s a month late already.

          • Death

            It probably won’t. There may be a mass shooting at my local Prisma.
            Fobba, jos luet tätä, tämä on vitsi.

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            I think he’s on to us!

          • Death

            Scatter!

          • Guacamole Jim

            YEAAAAAAAAHHHHH DIARRHEA

  • Paris Hilton

    I’ve decided that I am the type of person who likes their own posts. If you don’t like it, fight me. Or send your complaints to http://www.phku.com

    -PARIS HILTON