Tyrannus Records Triple Review: Black Grail, Austral/Cold, O.S.I.R.I.S.

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A hat trick of new releases from the Chilean black metal label.

People send things to Joe. He listens. Sometimes Joe sends things to me. I listen. It’s part of the process of receiving a thing that musically-inclined people want us to listen to, then listening to that thing so that we may bring you reviews like this, which indicates that Joe, myself or another author got that thing someone sent us, we listened to it, then provided our opinion. I realize this is a heady concept full of twists & turns in logic, but just stay with me and I’ll explain the primary objective of this article: I listened to three releases from Tyrannus Records and provided my opinion on each below.

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BlackGrail_cover_smallBlack Grail Misticismo Regresivo
Released Nov 02 2015

Once you get past the “early 90s point & click adventure game” look of the album art, there’s some great blackened thrash metal here. Black Grail slams down dirty old school riffs and greasy bass tones all with a hint of chaotic skronk thrown in, switching off between reckless abandon and ordered intensity with an air of malevolence at all times. And those guitar solos: heavy doses of Venom! The quality of the mix certainly won’t win any awards with its thin low end and scooped mids, although I admit I enjoy the way the vocals sound like they’re coming from around the corner of a poorly lit rehearsal space. Easily the strongest release of the three and worth checking out. Listen to “Plegaria Catártica.”

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AustralCold_cover_smallAustral/Cold (split) – The Exalted Shadows of Death are Dancing
Released Nov 13 2015

Austral is not out to impress with a shiny coat of studio polish: these guys play fast, loose & ugly with their brand of lo-fi black metal. The drumming and guitar riffs are strong, however the vocals are quite terrible, and sound like a mix of Immortan Joe and the deadite soldier from Army of Darkness who says “RAM THE GAAAATE!” Once you draw comparisons to Dave Ryder with your screams (track 4), it’s time for a new approach. Listen to “Decepción De Las Fuerzas Negativas.” Cold play a similar breed of filthy, mid-paced retro black metal but with a more focused attack (and noticeably better vocals, albeit with a few cracks), reminiscent of old Darkthrone. Some minimal synths are present in the din of the mix, and the last track is a self-contained dungeon crawler, which is a bit unexpected but appropriately aligned to Cold’s vibe of shadowy, cobweb-infested underground catacombs. Listen to “Witralnahue’s Rites.

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OSIRIS_cover_smallO.S.I.R.I.S.The Conquest of Planet Death, Vol 2 
Released Nov 02 2015

From the album art to the music itself, I’ll put this politely: this is a mess. Each track here is roughly several keyboard/guitar effects, sometimes a drum track, some found sounds and some bad echoed vocals. If the goal here is atmosphere, why ramble over it? If these are intended to be songs, where’s the friggin’ music? This is chaotic noise for noise’s sake, and not the good kind I normally listen to. Track 5 manages to achieve a cool Dark Shadows-esque vibe with its warbly church organ, but that’s not enough to redeem the randomness of the rest of the album. Listen at your own masochistic peril, and wonder aloud how anyone made it past volume 1. Listen to “Gold to Dust and to Gold Again.”

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    God damn, that Black Grail cover. Not good. And the intro to the track was waaaaayyyy too long. That being said when it kicked in, I dug it. Hell, this is a better cover.

    • ┼yree

      Looks like a first year graphics arts student designed that shit.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      When I first saw it, it reminded me of an animated flash intro for a website. Remember flash intros? Bad times.

      • *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING* *BUFFERING*

        FUCK

        • ME GORAK B.C.™

          YOU PRETTY BUFF BY NOW??????

          • BUFF? HELL YEAH. SO MUCH THAT WE ARE ALL GOING DOWN TO THE ‘DUBS TONIGHT. YOU IN?? BRING THAT LOIN CLOTH, BRO! HAHAHAHA

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            WHERE THERE PBR, THERE GORAK!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • The local Applebees has PBR tall boys for $1.99. If you are ever in Troy, Ohio let me know! hahahahaaa

          • Dubs

            He’s always in Troy, Ohio.

          • Ha, you know for a fact he is not!

          • Dubs

            Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.

          • KJM, Shake Zula
          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            GORAK CAVE NEAR TOILETTO!!!!!!! THAT 2 HOURS NORTH BY SABERTOOTH KITTY!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            GORAK NEVER STOPPED!!!!!! WAS IN DAYTON ONCE!!!!!!

          • Psweet, buddy!

        • Furthermore, I remember a time when there were only certain sites worth visiting because they did not use flash. Oh the days of dial up!

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Dat 56K modem life.

          • Those were dank, dark, and mostly dank days…

        • CyberneticOrganism

          “Please wait, loading intro…”
          29%…

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        That cover reminded me of this atrocity.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Guh

      • Dubs
  • ┼yree

    Speaking of raw black metal, I found a one man project hailing from Ireland that I’ve been jamming today. Ordered the 12″ which consists of both of his first demos. Sort of a mix between Von and Skáphe. Raw, hypnotic, transcendental black metal with hauntingly atmospheric guitar spirals of doom.

    https://soundcloud.com/fuil/seancr-onnacht

    • ┼yree

      Some shit of the full length.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc-5nzeMcr4

      • RJA

        This is pretty alright – what the hell label is it on?

        • ┼yree

          Tour de Garde I believe.

          http://t-d-g.net/

          • RJA

            Never heard of this before – looks pretty alright. Killer selection of cassettes.

          • ┼yree

            Was just browsing through, I see some good stuff and lots of stuff I’m not familiar with. I got that ASKEREGN album on vinyl. Check that one out if you have not.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SomaeQ5Uazc

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Still need that bitch.

          • ┼yree

            Yes sir!

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      I know you’re more into black metal but you should check out Eroded Thoughts by Morgue.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        That album kills.

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          *doomy bass solo*

          DECAAAAAAAYYYY

      • ┼yree

        I like death metal bro. And yes I do still need to check that one out. Too much metal as fucking usual.

      • Vault Dweller

        Aye. ‘Ole Tyree has more diverse tastes than we give him credit for; death, black, grind, etc…

        As long as it ain’t Djent, Power or MeloDeath, I suspect he gives most shit a try.

        • BEARD-SPLITTER

          Just unlocked the vault bobblehead antenna in Rocket League.

          It make me think of you guise

          • Vault Dweller

            Rocket League! >>>>>>>>>>
            Jack Bauer and I were playing that for a while on the PSN, fun game!

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            If yall wanna play, hit me up.

        • and make sure the album art doesn’t have colours on it

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          I’m not much of a fan of melodeath. I was once wearing my Morbid Angel shirt and some fuck with dyed black hair told me that only bands like Dark Tranquility are ‘real death metal’

          • i hope you told that person “huehuehue”

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Melodeath is for people who rave under highways

          • A Chili Dog In Each Nostril

            Lol! I will say that DT puts on a damn good live show, though.

          • Vault Dweller

            I love melodeath, but I’d also never tell somebody in MA gear that DT is ‘more metal’ than MA, in any manner of speaking.

        • A Chili Dog In Each Nostril

          Oh, he probably has a sweet spot for power metal, but not much of one.

    • A Chili Dog In Each Nostril

      Good stuff! Gotta wonder if the drums are layered tracks, though. Most of it sounds like layered tracks, actually.

    • sweetooth0

      I am liking this a lot.

  • ┼yree

    Witralnahue’s Rites sounds pretty rad so far.

  • BEARD-SPLITTER

    I thought that Black Grail cover art was baddass.

    Then again, I fondly remember point&clicks

  • Dubs

    Black Grail are awesome. This shan’t be the last time we cover them.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Sorry, my friends. Playtime’s over. This is a dangerous place.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_PYrhZ17vg

  • JWEG

    So hey, it probably started trending ‘Worldwide’ a lot sooner than in Canada, and therefore this is probably old news to you this afternoon, but it’s #WorldToiletDay!

    http://pzrservices.typepad.com/advertisingisgoodforyou/images/2007/11/18/toilethouse.jpg

    • CyberneticOrganism

      RIP toilet day

  • Waynecro

    How many more mushroom clouds could the O.S.I.R.I.S. video have? The answer is none more mushroom clouds.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      He has all of them now

  • sweetooth0

    I dunno, I dig these vocals on that Austral side of the split. Guy sounds pretty rabid.