Saturday, March 25, 2017
This is the tape that I've been searching for ages and some weeks ago, someone finally decided to sell their copy on Discogs so, as soon as I saw it, I bought it. I paid 30€ + shipping for it and would do so again, I don't regret spending that much on it. I always had a feeling this band was good, and my curiosity was eating me alive for years so I'm glad to have finally listened to it and even more glad to own it, it's probably one of the most rare tapes in my entire tape collection. Nefarius only ever had this one tape and it was self-released. It is single-sided regular tape but the cover layout is quite interesting: simple piece of paper with thicker, glossy picture glued on front. I don't own any other tape that has a layout like that.
Demo is very short: it only contains 2 songs, each lasting for around 5 minutes and that's it. But the music is better than I expected. The production is pretty raw, I can personally hear and feel it's Austrian as early Austrian bands just somehow sounded like this, it's much different sound and feeling than let's say German underground black from the same era/period. First thing that I notice while listening to this is very raw guitar sound, riffs are overall melodic, even remind me of Burzum. Second thing I notice are vocals which is one thing that I got surprised by the most when it comes to this band - vocals are fucking sick! And excellent - abyssmal yowls, cries, screams - whatever you wish to call that, it's epic, sounds almost unhuman! And there are also keyboard parts (at some moments they remind me of early Sigh from their Requiem for Fools ep which everyone into black metal should listen at some point as it's a masterpiece!). Really, both songs are perfect: both raw and primitive melodic black metal, oh how I wish there were more songs on this demo, or if at least Nefarius made any other demo because surely this is extremely enjoyable for me. I really hate it when stuff like this happens - I discover an obscure band and the band only has a couple of songs and I'm doomed to enjoy that and hunger for more for the eternity of my being! :(
Anyway, at first I wasn't even sure if I should share this rip or not. Considering how rare the thing is. But my opinion is that a tape doesn't stop being rare and hard-to-find once rip of it leaks. Even now when I've leaked it on web, it's still an obscure and unknown underground band, and a tape almost completely impossible to find for purchase. And I do enjoy sharing and writing, especially about stuff I enjoy and am interested in. So - here you go, I'm giving you my rip of Nefarius and hopefully, you'll appreciate it because it truly deserves it.
It's time to finish what I've started! Today I'm posting the rest of B.S.o.D.-related music ripped from my own collection even though I don't feel like it anymore. I mean, I did feel like listening to that music and I have listened to it A LOT these last few days, but I'm getting tired of it all...
Looking out the window, it's all sunny and warm outside, it's spring so my need for black metal got extinguished, while my hunger for doom metal keeps growing.
And now a few words about what I'm sharing today!
- Grausamkeit/Corneus is really good split and I'd recommend listening to it. I bought the tape years ago and it was released by Chanteloup Creations. The seventh Corneus track titled In the Middle Ages is listed on cover but doesn't appear on tape for some reason. Also, interesting thing to mention would be how one of the Grausamkeit's tracks is called Barbaric Rebellion Part 3 even though it's in fact Barbaric Rebellion Part 2, the same song which is first track of Grausamkeit's Seelenschwund demo. Heh, I don't know who's worse - B.S.o.D. or Chanteloup owner. They are both messy and made million mistakes while releasing through their own labels, it doesn't surprise me how Grausamkeit found Chanteloup owner and two of them worked together. Their style of work is extremely similar - simple and cheap quality, recklessness. :)
- Grausamkeit/Old Pagan split is fucking epic, both bands performed perfectly and it's very enjoyable 22 minutes short split to listen to! The tape is released by Vargulf Productions and cover's hand-numbered (my copy is 147/166).
- And finally, the Corneus demo tape titled Teufelschmand: it contains 6 songs and complete length is only 16:30 minutes. Style is more experimental than Grausamkeit but still very interesting and enjoyable, at least to me. Interesting fact: there's actually a guest vocalist present on this demo! A dog named Arko who's also credited on layout as "guest growler"! And I really do like his growls and barks, it fits music. Heheheh. I have nothing more to add about that, I mean black metal with dog as vocalist - you got to respect the originality.
Grausamkeit/Old Pagan split '00
Grausamkeit/Corneus split '00
Corneus - Teufelschmand demo '00
Friday, March 24, 2017
I've already written about Grausamkeit and B.S.o.D. recently when I posted and reviewed Grausamkeit's Hellgoat album and Entwertung tapes, so I see no need or point to repeat myself. I just decided to rip and share some other Grausamkeit tapes I own so here I am doing that. I've already said that I love all music B.S.o.D. made, and I enjoy all of these demos a lot and am happy to own them.
Each of these demos is very short, even for a demo, and each has that Grausamkeit trademark which is - bad production. I didn't edit anything as I wanted it all to be raw. Yes, I did edit the last Grausamkeit I posted - Hellgoat album - but that is because I had to, if I haven't done that it wouldn't even be listenable. However, unlike Hellgoat album tape, all of these 5 tapes have better sound and the music can actually be heard (instead of noise) so in my opinion editing wasn't necessary. Tapes are dubbed on pretty low volume so I ripped them on higher volume than I usually do, and that's basically the only thing I did differently while making rips this time.
Rips of all of these tapes have been circulating on web in various different bitrates, so if you're a Grausamkeit fan - chances are you've already listened to all of these, but I just wanted to share my own rips with scans and pictures.
Oh, and also in case you enjoy these tapes, grab rips of Entwertung tapes and Grausamkeit's Hellgoat full-length I posted earlier here and here. Hail Satan.
Bischmisheiman Pagan Madness demo '96
Fucking Goat Horness! demo '96
Hellgoat Promo '99
Stardust Promo '99
Seelenschwund demo '00
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Today I am, once again, sharing with you rip of another one of my all time favorite tapes/demos and it is, once again, from Polish band. Hornagest was formed in 1996 in Kościerzyna, Poland and members weren't involved in many other bands, the ones they were involved with that I know of and have actually enjoyed at some point of my life would be very obscure melodic black metal band Angrenost and excellent death metal band Calvaria (I don't often enjoy death metal, but even considering that - I still must admit Calvaria is very enjoyable for me).
Hornagest only released two demos, and I've been after the first demo tape titled Z krainy zapomnienia... for many years but it was released in only 50 copies so it's very hard to get. The songs which are on this demo are also on that first Hornagest demo, but different versions of them which were (obviously) recorded in '97 and not in early '98 like Blask Pioruna demo was.
Hehe, I am starting to annoy myself writing similar stuff so many times, I really feel like I've already wrote "this is an excellent melodic black metal" million times, but I can't help it - I love melodic black and black metal Polish people created is and was more often melodic than not and that may be one of the reasons why I love that country as much as I do.
The thing is, I don't know how else to describe it without saying it's excellent or/and melodic because it is. I, once again, enjoy each and every part of this 36 minutes long demo, vocals and guitar riffs are great, and there's enough rawness in music to make me enjoy instead of cringe (yes, even though I love melodic black, I'm picky so if it's too melodic I don't like it at all). I think black metal should be brutal and extreme music, so there should always be some rawness in it if it's good, but too melodic is bad to me just like too brutal is. I have nothing against orthodox raw sounding bands like Bael for example, I enjoy that too, but raw black metal/ritual/noise and such is something which just bores me to death. Good and talented musicians will, in my opinion, almost always end up making melodic music because it is not easy/simple and it's much more of a challenge to express yourself through melodic and technical music, than to just make simple, raw black metal which basically has 2 main riffs in each song. From my perspective, intelligent and talented artists just can't help not to make their music melodic - and I do recognize the effort, time and talent behind such black metal music and that would be why I love more melodic side of black metal rather than orthodox even though orthodox is often technical too. Ah... I could go on about this for hours, but the point is - it's one of the reasons I love black metal - genre is so complex and there's at least a little bit of beauty in so many different styles while melodic is just more enjoable to me personally.
The tape was bought from Greek seller I mentioned several times before in my reviews, I paid 10€ for it and would pay even more if I had to because it's worth it. The glossy layout is colorful and pretty big with so much info, and I even got a sticker with it. The tape is regular with sticker. The shape or condition is good enough, but I can feel it's aged and I like that. I'm truly proud to have this demo tape in my physical collection and will never trade it or sell it (it's mine, my own, my preciousssss!). Hehe.
I feel time has come to end this review, I know I haven't said much even though I've wrote plenty but eh, I'm not really a philosopher, reviewer or poet so the conclusion is - this is one of the best Polish demos I've heard and I think most of people should like it. See for yourself if you enjoy it.
Download my tape rip (mp3@CBR320kbps + pics and scans) @ yadi.sk
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Sarkel was Polish pagan black metal band active in mid to late 90's and The Last Glory was the only demo they officially released until recently in 2016 when a compilation CD simply titled 1994-2002 was released by Hell is Here Production. This compilation contains all Sarkel material: this demo and other previously unreleased rehearsals. Unfortunately I haven't bought this CD yet, and rip of it hasn't leaked on web either so for now we only have this demo '98 to enjoy.
The Last Glory was originally self-released as cassette in '98, and then re-released by Nawia Productions (also as a tape) in 2000. What I have is the re-release which is regular tape with pro cover. I don't like cover artwork that much, it's kind of too boring and too normal. Also, tape's not hand-numbered so I've no idea how rare it actually is. People still sell this re-release on Discogs, and the price is low so grab it if you like it!
The demo contains 8 songs and lasts for almost 31 minutes including a short intro and an outro. The music is really enjoyable mid tempo keyboard driven black metal. Single thing I like the most about this demo is how loud the bass is, I wonder if it's only me always paying so much attention to bass sound and bass lines; maybe the result of that is me thinking bass sounds louder here than on most other black metal demos - but I can hardly even notice the vocals, 80% of what my brain registers while listening to this demo are bass and keyboards. It may be because I used to, long ago, play both of those instruments, who knows?
I also can't single out anything that's bad about the demo - for me, everything is exactly on it's place.
Let's just make conclusions even though I could write about this demo for another hour, I do feel very inspired by it. So - what we have here is interesting atmospheric black metal mixed with pagan black metal and it's obvious that Sarkel had lots of potential - song structures are interesting, little bit complex and technical which makes me able to listen to this demo many times again and again without getting bored. Each instrument is very well played - especially keyboards which just proves Sarkel wasn't some forgotten band which released one boring demo with simple unoriginal music like many other bands obsure as Sarkel sometimes are... I really think there's nothing that could had been done better here, everything is very good and even though this isn't one of my all time favorite Polish demos, that's not because the demo isn't good enough but because Polish people just make so much amazing music. Recommended!
Edit: I've just found the 2016 Sarkel compilation to download in flac, I will add it to web this evening, but I won't be reviewing it on my blog. If you're registered on metalarea site, you will be able to download it from there after I add it. :)
Download my tape rip (mp3@CBR320kbps + pics and scans) @ yadi.sk