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Metal Discussion / Myrkr
« on: December 07, 2018, 06:30:58 AM »
Back when the Rekwiz demo came out I was beginning to get really into BM and this evil sounding piece of work really caught my attention. It was one of the most focused sounding (and looking) demos to emerge from here and it felt like it stood apart in every way from what was going on locally, not least of all because the band was working with the very credible Debemur Morti Records. This was a local band who appeared to be aiming higher creatively and setting a new standard for other bands to aspire to. At least in my mind.  Other than Rebirth of Nefast, Altar of Plagues (who were always veering in another direction), and Slidhr (naturally) we are yet to witness another proper black metal band who operates in a similarly focused and accomplished way. I live in hope.

The new Slidhr album seems to nod back to the Myrkr days in terms of its sense of sheer nihilism and led me to revisit the excellent Offspring of Gathered Foulness EP. I think the Black Illumination album was cool but seemed to have moved into a more dissonant realm, maybe hinting at the direction Slidhr would follow,  and while Wann's vocals work well,  it seems a bit of a shame that the original vocalist vanished into thin air.  I can't help but imagine how that album might have sounded with him participating. 

Who knows,  maybe one day the original line-up will record something together again, but if not, a fine body of work remains.

Metal Discussion / Perverted Ceremony/ Moenen of Xezbeth
« on: December 06, 2018, 07:16:07 PM »
There seems to be something in the water in Belgium the past while with the mighty Possession possibly leading the charge in terms of international exposure.

Perverted Ceremony and Moenen of Xezbeth are two closely linked projects (linked to each other, not Possession) that popped up around the same time,  both utterly primitive and nasty but maybe taking slightly different approaches to their filth.  PC are more indebted to Beherit with MoX nodding to early Samael with more prominent use of keyboards in the mix.  Two really interesting bands if nasty,  harsh yet catchy filth is your game. 

There is also an exciting small label operating there called Medieval Prophecy Records that released a 7" by Moenen of Xezbeth and has been putting out demos by an even more crude black metal entity called Forbidden Temple who might be of interest to anyone into the other bands mentioned.

A number of the Possession lads have another project on the go called Dikasterion and while their demo is good,  it sounds a bit too close to what Possession are at right now, but it'll be interesting to see how the two bands develop and if they begin to diverge stylistically over time.

A lot of activity coming from a small handful of dudes. Anyone else keeping an eye on these bands?

General Discussion / Cassette storage
« on: December 06, 2018, 01:11:33 PM »
Any suggestions for good storage for tapes that keeps them out of the way yet still easily accessible? I currently have several stacks around four foot high which is a disaster.  The room I have my music collection in is on the cozy side of things so I'm quite limited for space.

Metal Discussion / Arcturus 'Aspera Hiems Symphonia'
« on: December 04, 2018, 11:21:48 AM »
My introduction to Arcturus was with the excellent 'The Sham Mirrors' after reading a great review of it on MI back in 2001/2, and it's one I still love,  but having had the Candlelight reissue of 'Aspera Hiems Symphonia/Constellation' for years,  and enjoying it to a degree,  it's one I've kind of fallen in love with only quite recently.  I saw a copy of the Kyrck CD reissue in a local record shop in Melbourne today and decided not to buy it,  and the fact that several hours later it's still on my mind suggests that I should have picked it up, to fuck... Any other fans and any other albums in a similar vein from that era or now that are worth a listen? Dunno why,  but symphonic BM has me hooked for the last couple of years.

Metal Discussion / Malokarpatan
« on: November 29, 2018, 11:19:15 PM »
Looks like the Nordkarpatanland LPs are out along with a brand new split 7" with the Finnish Damon's Gate (who share members with the excellent Chevalier). There is another 7" coming out early next year as well featuring a song they contributed to a compilationa year or two ago.  I managed to nab the cassette recently. It's admittedly not their strongest song but it's an uninteresting curio for fans as it's a lot doomier than their usual stuff.  Not sure if the song on the DG split had the original vocalist or is recorded with the new configuration,  but I'm looking forward to hearing it.  Such an excellent and unique band.

Metal Discussion / Sacrilegia
« on: November 27, 2018, 01:15:06 PM »
Sacrilegia are one of the most promising bands to spring out of our land in recent times.  Their album is a ripping thirty minute long banger that I think will really impress a lot of people. I often find the thrashier end of the metal spectrum to be a bit dull and obvious but there is enough song writing skill and bite to the lads' album to elevate it well beyond the mundane.  I believe they will have a bassist joining them live in future which will heft things up considerably.

Metal Discussion / Doom Death
« on: November 22, 2018, 11:48:53 AM »
Any new bands going that do justice to the old style of doom death? I'm looking for stuff that's more rough around the edges and less amp worshipy. Hit me up,  duders.

General Discussion / Forum moderation
« on: November 22, 2018, 08:11:32 AM »
Wondering what the policy or planned approach will be for moderating conversation here to keep things on track and not descending into crap? I think it's important for the Irish scene to have a place to discuss metal,  promote up and coming bands and announce gigs and releases without every thread descending into fights or nonsense. 

Metal Discussion / Local filth
« on: November 22, 2018, 12:47:06 AM »
It wouldn't feel right having a new metal forum and not having me bang on about local filthy delights.  With a local death metal scene being established and recognised internationally over the last few years, starting with Zom (or Zealot Cult?),  it's been cool to see a few more bands in the last few months popping up like Plague Pit and recently Clunaculum. I think there might be something else on the boil with Smythsonian from the MI forum as well,  and his demos sounded promising.  The new Disconnect sounds like it's going to deliver the goods and I think the new Unyielding Love material is supposedly going in a more DM direction,  but no doubt they'll add their own psychotic twist.  Ferocious debut ZC album out soon and the Vircolac album sounds class too.  I bailed out of Malthusian a month ago but the lads have some sweet gigs lining up for next year which I'll help out with if needs be.  It feels like a really fertile moment for local filth.

Hopefully some more madness is brewing that we can add to the ranks.

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