Monday, December 27, 2010

Roncsipar / Drone'Osh Tot - "Echoes of Fission City" [2008]

Artist: Roncsipar / Drone'Osh Tot
Title: Echoes of Fission City
Genre: Industrial Rock/Metal (Roncsipar) / Harsh Noise (Drone'Osh Tot)
Country: Hungary
Release date: 2008

Track List:
Roncsipar: "Mini Assemblage"
  1. Mini Assemblage
  2. Rotterdami Erasmus
  3. Radio Obscura (instrumentális változat)
  4. Kibera II
Drone'Osh Tot: "Ajándék"
  1. Intro / Téged Is Vár A Gyár
  2. Drone'Osh Tot Nóta
  3. Harmadik Műszak
  4. -
I haven't planned to post anything here at least until the new year, but this is an amazing find. What can I say about Roncsipar? They're like Hungarian Godflesh / Fall Of Because, but much better. Of course they can't be compared to Gire or Thy Catafalque, but they still are playing exactly "my" kind of music. As for Drone'Osh Tot, they're fine too, but only if you like harsh noise/drone. However, I can't compare them with other Hungarian noise projects, because I didn't know about any other Hungarian harsh noise acts before (if not to mention Hunyadi P.H.)

And moreover, this split is officially FREE for download! Just like the other releases by Roncsipar, though (or at least most of them). The archive contains the music in 256 kbps mp3 format + all the artwork. Long live copyleft!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Vae Victus / Durch Heer Und Kraft - "Fortes Fortune Adiuvat!" [2008]

Artist: Vae Victus / Durch Heer Und Kraft
Title: Fortes Fortune Adiuvat!
Genre: Martial Industrial / Neofolk
Country: USA / Hungary
Release date: 2008

Track List:

Vae Victus
  1. Decree
  2. Manifesto Of The Communist Party
  3. Exploiter! Massacrer!
  4. Workers' Revolt In The Factory
  5. The Red Guards
  6. Kowtow To Chairman Mao
  7. Chairman Mao Is The Red Sun In Our Hearts
  8. The Fall Of Capitalism/The Party Of Lenin Will Lead Us To Communism
Durch Heer Und Kraft
  1. Vorspiel
  2. Quis Contra Nos?
  3. Черная Москва
  4. Tábori Mulatság
  5. Inside The Warmachine
  6. Cháteau De Trianon
  7. Krieg Und Friede
  8. Triumph Des Willens
  9. Intermezzo
  10. Elindultam...
  11. Mars(ch)
Communist martial industrial? Lol. I didn't knew that there are such projects (of course, I know Laibach are left wing and not even stalinist, despite their use of totalitarian imagery - but that's not the case). But taken in account the amateur quality of production, and hilarious tracks names on Vae Victus' side of the split, I must assume that it probably wasn't supposed to be taken seriously.

As for Durch Heer Und Kraft's side - the quality of production is not much above amateur too, but their stuff is very catchy, nonetheless. And I'm intrigued by the name of 3rd track - it's an obvious reference to Ilya Masodov, one of my favourite writers. But Masodov's books aren't available in any language other than Russian... so is it possible that he's known in Hungary?

I don't know if you would like this release or not, but I think it's worth downloading anyway. Moreover, it's free (at least, freely available on last.fm), and it mean +1 point to my respect for the musicians of VV & DHK.

Iszonyat - "Periféria" [2009]

Artist: Iszonyat
Title: Periféria
Genre: Oi!/Streetpunk
Country: Hungary
Release date: 2009

Track List:
  1. Egy Bezárt Klub Margójára
  2. Gittegylet
  3. Gyár Utca Blues
  4. Hogyan Tovább
  5. Maholnap
  6. Új Attitûd
  7. Úton, Útfélen
Iszonyat is a new streetpunk band from Hungary with dual (male and female) vocals, and they're definitely better than BelfegOi ;) Should I say more? If you want more info, visit their myspace.

DOWNLOAD LINK REMOVED

Czolgosz / Critica Radicala - "So Mai Cares" [2004]

Artist: Czolgosz / Critica Radicala
Title: So Mai Cares
Genre: Hardcore/Punk
Country: USA / Romania
Release date: 2004

Track List:

Critica Radicala
  1. Turnul Babel
  2. Paridisul Fad
  3. Razbioul Cald
  4. Incantatia
  5. Ma Simt Strain
  6. Mass Media
Czolgosz
  1. Ciocolata I
  2. Fuck Lukashenko
  3. Police
  4. Slit Your Throat
  5. Boston
  6. 500 Reasons
  7. Dirty Hippie
Critica Radicala is an anarcho-punk band from Romania, and this split album with Boston-based hardcore punks Czolgosz appears to be their only release. Some members of Critica Radicala also played in Terror Art, and they have a certain similarity to Terror Art in terms of sound. Unfortunately, it looks like Romanian punk scene is very small, but it's unsurprising.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Urban Noise - "Una Vida De Lucha" [2008]

Artist: Urban Noise
Title: Una Vida De Lucha
Genre: Oi!
Country: Colombia
Release date: 2008

Track List:
  1. S.H.A.R.P.
  2. Una Vida De Lucha
  3. Los Guerreros Troyanos
  4. Los Mejores Luchadores
  5. Millonarios
  6. Espiritu Del 69
  7. Skinhead
  8. A Por Ellos
  9. Bogota D.C.
  10. Urban Noise
  11. Rock'N'Roll Skinhead
  12. Fiel Companero
Despite having "noise" in their name, Urban Noise don't play noise/noisecore - they play oi/streetpunk, and they do it good. The album title means "A Life Of Struggle" (if I'm not mistaken), and the music carries a very combative mood, indeed. As far as I know, there's a lot of streetpunk/skinhead bands in Colombia (and most of them are SHARP and RASH), but I'm not very familiar with this scene.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Gorduw - "Deve Irio (Red Steel)" [2002]

Artist: Gorduw
Title: Deve Irio (Red Steel)
Label: Folvork Prods.
Genre: Industrial / Black Ambient / Dark Electro
Country: Russia
Release date: 2002

Track list:
  1. Malar Ree Eco-tii Torna Kaytan… (Now and Further in Eternity…) (live clone)
  2. Sha-maan Codes Tar Gultu Hadge 2 (Shamanic Codes of Drunk Winter 2) (live clone)
  3. Kumkelga Umi Nagg-tii Liznin Ertoku. (Final Dreams Before Black Snow) (original clone for DJ set)
  4. Rouna, Tadaane Randerkit. (I Called Darkness) (clone for DJ set)
  5. Deve Morto. (the Red Strip) (clone for DJ set)
  6. Ende Hadge. (Eternal Winter) (clone for DJ set)
  7. Dron Torna Rouna! (Autumn In Me!) (clone for live depression)
  8. Larten Tar Rouna Gaidan. (Suicide of My Death) (original clone for live depression)
This release by Gorduw is a compilation of remixed tracks from "Gan Sensory", "Toxin" and "Dialectics Tar Diokihtis". I haven't heard "Toxin", but in comparison with "Gan Sensory" & "Dialectics Tar Diokihtis" the sound on "Deve Irio" is much more polished and danceable - more like dark electro than rhythmic noise. If you haven't heard anything by Gorduw before, then it would be better to start from this release.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rakoth - "Planeshift" [1999]

Artist: Rakoth
Title: Planeshift
Label: Code666
Genre: Progressive Metal
Country: Russia
Release date: 1999

Track list:
  1. Planeshift (Introduction)
  2. Fear (Wasn't in the Design)
  3. Noldor Exodus
  4. The Dark Heart of Uukrul
  5. Og'Elend
  6. Planeshift
  7. Gorthaur Aulendil
  8. Mountain God
  9. The Unquiet Grave
  10. Outro
And finally, my favourite Russian metal release EVER. It's very hard to classify the music of Rakoth, but in my opinion it's progressive/power metal with some BM and folk overtones (and no, I don't mean "slavonic folk"...) It's not black metal (though there's a lot of BM-ish parts) and it's definitely nowhere near doom metal (yes, I've seen even such label for Rakoth), and I'd say it's much more "intelligent" than "brutal". So if you want something like Cannibal Corpse, look somewhere else. But if you like Symphony X or Vintersorg, you most probably will like "Planeshift" by Rakoth. The metal scene in Russia mostly sucks (and, unfortunately, not only metal), but Rakoth is an exception. "Planeshift" is very well-played and has beautufil flute melodies. I especially like tracks from #2 to #5, and "Gothaur Aulendul" (my favourite one on this album). The lyrics are based on fantasy literature (more specifically, Tolkien's writings), and the band's name was taken from a book by Nik Perumov. As for me, I don't like fantasy in general, and I find Perumov's books absolutely unreadable, but it doesn't prevent me from enjoying the music of Rakoth.

"Feel yourself different, never felt home here
Always a stranger, you're fire in snow...
See - they're afraid of you, you always scared them
Seeds of true vision in hearts and minds you will sow

Live, burn in your flame and love
Love to the earth and the stars
But the first thing you've made
was the dagger of steel..."
(- "Gothaur Aulendil")

And I have to repeat - don't miss this release, if you like really good "not-so-true" metal. I think it's the best release of such kind produced in Russia or other ex-USSR countries. Moreover, Rakoth managed to release "Planeshift" on a relatively big world-class label (Code666), so I think it isn't hard to buy it in the western countries. Anyway, it's available for free on the internet... for example, on last.fm, or right here:

Thy Repentance / Nuclear Winter - "Control Shot or Halls Of The Red / Ode to War (Apotheosis of Hate)" [2002]

Artist: Thy Repentance / Nuclear Winter
Title: Control Shot or Halls Of The Red / Ode to War (Apotheosis of Hate)
Label: Noughtscape Productions
Genre: Dark Ambient / Black Metal
Country: Russia
Release date: 2002

Track list:

Thy Repentance
  1. Hall of Hate (The Global Coffin)
  2. Hall of Opposition (Apocalyptic Impression)
  3. Hall of Predestination (Falling of the Poisoned)
  4. Hall of Fire (The Song of Ash and Dust)
  5. Hall of Zero (The Bullet's Blizzard)
  6. Hall of Might (Supreme Meaning of Knowledge)
Nuclear Winter
  1. In the Glare of Nuclear Sun
  2. ...As the Silvery Tumuli Over Universal Tomb
This split album is one of the best releases that came from early-2000s Russian black metal scene. It features two bands from the vicinity of Ural mountains. I decided to check it out mostly because of Nuclear Winter, an one-man project led by Podonok (also in Velehentor and Closing the Eternity), who's also an editor of relatively well-known Twilight Shadows zine (it's one of my favourite Russian-language metal webzines). His music turned out to be surprisingly simplistic (but I don't want to say it's bad), and very simular to Burzum's most well-known release, "Hvis Lyset Tar Oss". I can draw a comparison between "In the Glare of Nuclear Sun" and "Det Som En Gang Var", and also between "As the Silvery Tumuli Over Universal Tomb" and "Tomhet". As for the lyrical content, it's pretty typical for "true" black metal, and very simular to Gorduw's - total misanthropy, nuclear apocalypse, et cetera. Don't think if Podonok still takes all this seriously, though. As of today, Nuclear Winter isn't active, the latest album under this moniker was released in 2003. it was a split release with a Belarusian black metal band called Soulcide. I have it too, but it isn't as good as this one.

Gorduw - "Desyataya Chastt Istorii Feitnathorotha. Gan Sensory" [2003]

Artist: Gorduw
Title: Desyataya Chastt Istorii Feitnathorotha: Gan Sensory
Label: Folvork Prods.
Genre: Industrial / Black Ambient / Noise / Power Electronics
Country: Russia
Release date: 2003

Track list:
  1. Laamn Uot Tar Ralgall (Last Day Of Peace)
  2. Dron Torna Rouna! (Autumn In Me!)
  3. Provоcation (U$Atan Proclamation)
  4. Sha-maan Codes Tar Gultu Hadge 4 (Shamanic Codes of Drunk Winter 4)
  5. Markuoll Drovdt Markuoll (Spider's Web vs. Spider's Web)
  6. Vatei Torna Gathorrami Tar Buga (Penetration into Revelations of the Worlds)
  7. Ghohnii Tar Buga/Gaidan Orrafikt (Taste of the Ground/Death Sentence)
  8. Jekt Nargall (Holy War)
  9. Irio Scaam (The Steel Nation)
  10. Gaidan Ultan Tar Digital Minthosohiep (A Dead Signal of Digital Infection)
Folvork Productions is one of the most interesting underground labels I've ever came across. It's one of the first black metal labels in Russia, established in Krasnoyarsk (central Siberia) in 1996 by E.Solomatin a/k/a dr.Feitnathoroth - most probably influenced by Les Legions Noires of France. In early 2000s, Folvorks discontinued to release black metal, 'cause it became too "popular" (in their opinion), and concentrated on dark ambient, noise and power electronics. This release by Gorduw - "The 9th part of Feitnathoroth's Story" - has it all: long and repetitive ambient soundscapes, noisy distorted dance beats, harsh PE-like vocals and a lot of samples. And of course, the unique apocalyptic atmosphere - that's why I like Gorduw! All the track titles are in constructed "Folvork" language, but the English version of the trackslist is available too.

Folvork Prods. have released dozens of albums by various projects - Gorduw, Tchort, Hilderend (ex-Pantheon), Eonic, N-616, etc., but all that stuff is very hard to find, and now I have only two albums by Gorduw (beside this one). If I'd found more, I'll post it here.

A.n.K.h. // - "Industry" [2008]

Artist: A.n.K.h.
Title: Industry
Genre: Industrial / Dark Ambient
Country: France
Release date: 2008

Track List:
  1. The Evil
  2. Alone
  3. La Secta Sin Nombre
  4. Full Moon
  5. Afraid
  6. Kairo
  7. Fear
  8. Armand Est Mort (A.n.K.h vs Voiker Fullcarp)
  9. Mymetic Area
  10. Sopor Aeternus
This French dark electronic/industrial project exists since 1996, and has released all the albums under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0. The music may seem boring for some, but is good enough for me, and it's even better since it's free!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Black Deal With Snow - "Raum Nie" [2002]

Artist: Black Deal With Snow
Title: Raum Nie
Genre: Dark Ambient
Country: Russia
Release date: 2002

Track List:
  1. When Time Goes Back
  2. Когда Скорбь Везде
  3. Надежда Скрыта Под Землёй
  4. Отмеряйте Свет На Своём Пути
  5. Конец Всех Начал Здесь
Black Deal With Snow is an one-man dark ambient project started by a member of Russian drone duo Exit In Grey. I could find only one photo of them - the creator of "Raum Nie" is on the right:

Not much more info is available about him. But the music is good, and quite simular to my own early ambient works at times (no, I don't want to make them public... but maybe I'll upload them if you ask me...)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ritual Front - "Излучения / Strahlungen" [2008]

Artist: Ритуальный Фронт
Title: Излучения
Genre: Neofolk / Neoclassical
Country: Russia
Release date: 2008

Track List:
  1. Вечный огонь
  2. Лети, птица, лети
  3. Лиенц
  4. Человек против Времени
  5. Сон Европы
  6. Солнце движется к Северу
  7. Всеосень
In my opinion, it's the best album by Ritual Front, and the only one I've actually enjoyed. Their debut release, "Lightnings Over Crimson Hill", was just awful, and the consequent one, "Sun of the Dead", was listenable (but nothing really special), but this album is very good. Why do i think so? In the beginning of their career, they were unoriginal on many levels (starting from their name - (spi)RITUAL FRONT) and relied more on provocative "crypto-fascist" image and symbolism than on the quality of their music. However, now they managed to do a very decent release. "Strahlungen" is very melodic, and brings truly melancholic atmosphere. Ideal music to listen in early autumn...

Speaking of their ideology, it's interesting to see how they insisted to call their music "combat folk" in the beginning (in opposite to "dark folk" - because of combative nature of their music), and now their songs like "Сон Европы" contain a very apparent anti-war message. Moreover, now they're orthodox christians, even though they stated in their 2003 interview: "We don't have and don't want to have anything to do with orthodoxy and christianity in general, because we don't view it as any productive force" (see their interview in "Stigmata" zine for more info). Anyway, I don't care much about their beliefs as long as their music is good... and their lyrics aren't bad as well. "The flags here aren't the same, the rituals are forgotten, and the new truth came from over the sea, but we still are under the same cold sky, and the corn grows where the blood had been shed... the funeral marches shake the air, the eternal flame throws the light on our faces..." Well, my translation might be very rough, but I guess the message is pretty obvious (and not vey surprising, since WWII and its consequences is a very common theme in neofolk and martial industrial).

Monday, November 15, 2010

Gigantic Brain - "World" [2009]

Artist: Gigantic Brain
Title: World
Label: Mainstay Recordings
Genre: Ambient / Industrial / Grindcore
Country: USA
Release date: 2009

Track list:
  1. We've Reached the Stars
  2. He Became the Machine
  3. Debris
  4. Ember City
  5. We Are Gods
  6. We Come Together in a Hell
  7. Bacteria
  8. Burning Road
  9. World
  10. Colors of Bone and Blood
  11. Eons Pass
  12. Final Life
  13. Melting Brain
  14. Solar
  15. The God in the Flames
  16. The Living Sun
  17. Travel to Earth
  18. Station
This release by Gigantic Brain differs much from "The Invasion Discography" in terms of sound. Most importantly, there isn't much grindcore, it's mostly space ambient/industrial stuff. But the sci-fi and futuristic image is still present at it's best, and the whole album creates the atmosphere of a space journey from a transhuman point of view. Unfortunately Gigantic Brain isn't active any more after releasing his last album, "They Did This to Me" (which I haven't heard yet).

Gigantic Brain - "The Invasion Discography" [2004]

Artist: Gigantic Brain
Title: The Invasion Discography
Label: Razorback Records
Genre: Industrial Grindcore
Country: USA
Release date: 2004

Track list:
  1. Negotiations Lead to Instant Death (The Government is Obliterated)
  2. The Humans Military Confidence Lead to the Death of Them All
  3. The Most Gruesome Scene in the History of Mankind
  4. UnderPiglet Crawls the Earth at High Speeds Eating Anything with a Heartbeat
  5. In the Beginning
  6. Burrowed in Bodies
  7. The Eight Horned Beast
  8. The Grizzly Impalement, One by One
  9. Our Armies Fail
  10. Dehumanize (Ninja Gaiden NES cover)
  11. We Become the Earth (The First Stampede) - (Castlevania NES cover)
  12. My Family, Crushed (The Second Stampede)
  13. Not a Beating Heart, Not a Babies Cry
  14. Cities, Shelled Out
  15. Exo-Brain
  16. Exo-Destroyer
  17. Exo-Girl
  18. Ingrin the Freak (Sequel to Track 42 - Dungeon Freak)
  19. Oh My God
  20. Failure 01
  21. Failure 02
  22. Failure 03
  23. Failure 04
  24. Failure 05
  25. Failure 06
  26. Failure 07
  27. Animal Implant
  28. The Last Supper
  29. Invasion
  30. Bio-Casualties Inflicted by the Overlord
  31. The House of Feasting (Agoraphobic Nosebleed Cover)
  32. Total Humanoid Meltdown
  33. Ashes Fly, Like Butterflies
  34. Devoured for Science
  35. Puddles of Green
  36. Pump Action Decapitator
  37. Phillips Head Face Lifter
  38. Spiral Blood Stain
  39. One Small Town for Research
  40. Cheerleader Holocaust
  41. Creature Made of Bone
  42. Dungeon Freak
  43. Early Funeral
  44. Emotionally Unstable Mother of Four
  45. Finishing The Cake
  46. Hacksaw Kid
  47. Monopoly Money Millionaire
  48. My Aftermath
  49. No One Loves You
  50. Obey The Brain
  51. Obliterated by the Super Train
  52. Pigs In Space
  53. The Impaler Prince
  54. The Third Brand of Human
  55. Ultra-Maniac, Steve
  56. Together, We Make a Family
  57. Tech-Battle (Gigantic Brain playing over real drums)
  58. Intestinal Pott Pie (newer version)
  59. Intestinal Pott Pie (older version)
  60. Incredibly Deranged Piglet
  61. Tickling the Exit Wound
  62. Panty Pisser
  63. It's Been Sick.. So I Tried to Feed It More
This is definitely one of the best grindcore albums I've ever heard. I'm not a big fan of grindcore, but Gigantic Brain is an unique project which isn't like all that stupid generic porngrind/goregrind shit, or boring Napalm Death clones. Gigantic Brain is a concept project which uses "alien" and sci-fi imagery (more typical to industrial metal than to grindcore) and futuristic sound. And of course, a lot of black humour! (as an obvious influence of Agoraphobic Nosebleed) It's also worth mention that Gigantic Brain is a strictly non-commercial project (the man behind GB stated that he has made at most about 200$ from GB, which he started writing for in 2001), and all the albums (including this one) are free to download.

Terror Art (Romania) - complete discography

Artist: Terror Art
Title: 2 albums + some unreleased tracks
Genre: Anarcho-Punk / Post-Punk / Oi-Wave
Country: Romania
Release date: 1999-2000

Track List:
  1. Cu plamini de noroi
  2. De-as ave aun iatagan
  3. Dreptul la existenta
  4. Lasati ne sa respiram
  5. V-ati intrebat de ce?
  6. Virsta maturitati
  7. Voi meritati sa fiti negati
  8. Cuie galbene
  9. Erori umane
  10. Homo mioriticus
  11. Inoculand-ti zilnic
  12. Kosovo nu-i benzinarie
  13. Nu spune nu
  14. Puliver in tara liliputanilor
  15. Rezista
  16. Senatorii melcilor
  17. Tara tuturor posibilitatilor
  18. Zodia cameleonilor
  19. Artelere
  20. Copii sunt aruncati la gunoi
  21. With the bullet in her head
All I know about Terror Art is their biography entry on last.fm: "Romanian punk band formed in Craiova, during 1991, initially named Blockhead Busters, that very naturally mixed punk music with gothic and post-punk elements. Their strong political anti-capitalist, anti-communist and anti-fascist message is present in both albums, “Plamani de Noroi” (1999) and “Baricada Antifa” (2000), and evoke the powerful adjacent movement in Craiova, Romania, often using lyrics written by contemporary Romanian poet, Ionel Ciupureanu. Due to their antiestablishment lyrics, Terror Art was for years banned in their home city, Craiova".

Well, of course it isn't Paris Violence, but they do use a lot of new wave and gothic rock elements in their music, so if you like PV, you'll like at least some tracks by Terror Art. My favourite ones are "Stereotip", "Cuie Galbene" (which has pretty funny vocals, and even some overtones of ska), and "With the Bullet in Her Head". Honestly I'm surprised to see such innovative and politically charged band to come from Romania... Even though there's a fair share of interesting progressive rock bands from Romania - Luna Amara, Travka (Russians, please try not to smile at this name! ;)), Kumm, to name a few - Romanian punk scene is very scarce, and it doesn't look like Terror Art's ideology enjoys much support in there. However, TA aren't an unique phenomenon - many other Romanian punk bands (Radical Din Van, Critica Radicala) also play music highly influenced by new wave and post-punk...

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Bois - "Cream Of The Crop" [2003]

Artist: The Bois
Title: Cream Of The Crops
Genre: Oi!/Streetpunk
Country: Singapore
Release date: 2003

Track List:
  1. S.H.A.R.P. Skins
  2. Urban Streets
  3. Adelphi
  4. Pride And Dignity
  5. Loser
  6. Cream Of The Crop
  7. Stay True
  8. The Bois
  9. Chant Of Oi!
  10. Hooligans
  11. Skinhead Girl
  12. Real Enemy
Yes, Asian skinhead scene isn't limited to China and Japan! I heard there are a lot of skinheads in South Korea, and most of them are apolitical. As for The Bois, they're from Singapore, and the play music comparable with the best examples of Western oi/streetpunk. Honestly I didn't expect it to be so good! (especially the first two tracks). And yes, they sure are anti-racists, unlike some bands from Malaysia (but this is a separate topic which I'd explore later).

Anarchy Jerks - "Wuliao Contingent" [2005]

Artist: Anarchy Jerks
Title: Wuliao Contingent
Genre: Oi!/Streetpunk
Country: China
Release date: 2005

Track List:
  1. Women Juebu Tuoxie (Never Compromise)
  2. Oh! Sucks!
  3. Oi! Lai Ba! (Oi! Is Here)
  4. Dui Ni De Shenghuo Han Oi! (Oi! Is Life)
  5. Loser's R'N'R
  6. I Don't Know
  7. Cuowu (Mistake)
  8. Chinese Oi!
  9. My One Skin (Hard Skin cover)
  10. Ska Song
Anarchy Jerks were one of the first skinhead bands in China (if not the first). There's not much info about them except they're RASH from Beijing and have at least one more release (a split album with a band called Brainfailure). I downloaded their album "Wuliao Contingent" about an year ago from DC++, and now I decided to share it here. The music is surprisingly good, although naive. Definitely better than the music of their much more known countrymen, Misandao!

Aryan Disgrace - "Faggot In The Family" [1983]

Artist: Aryan Disgrace
Title: Faggot In The Family
Genre: Punk Rock
Country: USA
Release date: 1983

Track List:
  1. Faggot In The Family
  2. LAPD
And one more band very simular to NY Niggers in terms of sound. Aryan Disgrace were a typical "scum punk" band who played music mostly for fun and not for any serious plan. Due to their offensive lyrics, their 7'' even was censored:

"The most disgraceful aspect of this record is indeed its lyrics but not for what Craig Lee railed against. Imagine my shock and disappointment when I found a clean copy of the record only to discover that even the dirty words had been scrubbed right out of the grooves! Instead of "couldn't find a pussy", I got "couldn't find a NOOKIE". Instead of "he was sucking someone's cock", I got "he was STUFFING someone's SOCK"... with an added echo to boot! Huh? A censored version of a punk record? On a independent label in '83?"

But of course here's the uncensored version :) "There's a faggot in the family, if mama only knew!" (c). And i'm not sure if the original release had the same track list (7inchpunk.com says that the 2nd track was called "Teenage S&M").

N.Y. Niggers - "Just Like Dresden '45 / Headliner" [1979]

Artist: New York Niggers
Title: Just Like Dresden '45 / Headliner
Genre: Punk Rock
Country: USA
Release date: 1979

Track List:
  1. Just Like Dresden '45
  2. Headliner
N.Y.Niggers (New York Niggers) (NYN Records NYN 100, 7", 1979?)
Just like Dresden '45 (D. Runge) / Headliner (L. Faison)
Produced by L. Faison & D. Runge


This band's name is awesome for sure! That's why I started a search for their music, and I wasn't disappointed. I haven't expected such nice melodic sound for a late 70's punk rock band... but it's probably because I'm not very familiar with that kind of music in general. That's my fault, I probably shall look a bit more into early punk scene.

Not much is known about New York Niggers. However, you can find their biography and the lyrics for their first and only 7'' here.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Paris Violence - "L'Âge de Glace" [2001]

Artist: Paris Violence
Title: L'Age de Glace
Label: Islika Productions
Genre: Gothic Rock / Post-Punk / Streetpunk
Country: France
Release date: 2001

Track list:
  1. Le Crépuscule Des Idoles
  2. Douche Froide
  3. Psykhouchka
  4. Troisieme Nuit Dans La Bagnole
  5. Raison D'Etat
  6. Dans La Tourmente
  7. Non Conforme
  8. Dur D'Etre Un Ange
  9. Demi-Saison
  10. Aurore Glaciale
If you can't get enough of Amesoeurs' first and only album, here's some more French music which has very simular atmosphere. Meet Paris Violence, my favourite French rock band.

Paris Violence started in 1994 as oi/skinhead rock band, but their sound quickly became much more darker and gothic-influenced. Now they're playing an unique mix of streetpunk and gothic metal, with a lot of keyboards. As for "L'Âge de Glace" ("The Ice Age"), it's roughly 50/50 mix of punk and gothic rock/coldwave (I guess we can call it "oi-wave" ;)) with lots of keyboard too. Tracks like "Dur d'etre un ange" ("Hard to be an angel") even remind me of synthpop - probably because of vocals.

And where else can you find an oi/streetpunk band with lyrics influenced by writings of Baudelaire, Stirner, and Nietzsche? Yes, "Le Crépuscule Des Idoles" means "Twilight of the Idols"... and "Psykhouchka" is indeed about the punitive psychiatry! I'll upload the complete discography of this unique band a little later. Such a shame they're so little known outside France, and even I found them just by accident...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Amesoeurs - "Amesoeurs" [2009]

Artist: Amesoeurs
Title: Amesoeurs
Label: Code 666 / Profound Lore
Genre: Depressive Black Metal / Post-Rock / Gothic Rock
Country: France
Release date: 2009

Track list:
  1. Gas in Veins
  2. Les Ruches Malades
  3. Heurt
  4. Recueillement
  5. Faux Semblants
  6. I XIII V XIX XV V XXI XVIII XIX – IX XIX – IV V I IV
  7. Trouble (Éveils Infâmes)
  8. Video Girl
  9. La Reine Trayeuse
  10. Amesoeurs
  11. Au Crépuscule de Nos Rêves
Lineup:
Neige: Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Audrey: Vocals, Piano
Fursy: Guitar, Bass
Winterhalter: Drums
Recorded in Klangsmiede Studio E during Winter 2008-2009 By Markus Stock.

"We, amesoeurs, are the children of this sad and metallic century; receptors capturing the aggressive and unhealthy waves of the industrial era. We have always been equally disgusted and fascinated by everything relating to cities and urban lifestyle, that is to say the endless rows of grey and threatening buildings, the throng of souls that they accomodate, the perpetual motion, the danger, the winding alleyways, the smoky and dubious bars, old graffitis, train stations, casinos and other hostile gaming rooms, the freezing neon lights, nightlife, technology, futuristic buildings, sex, depravation, poverty, anxiety, filth, the suffocating smells of pollution combined with sweat, shit and piss.
Human beings have been perverted, swallowed up by urban lifestyle, they have sold their souls cheap. We live in a hell made of metal and concrete where frightened men get lost and merge into one another like the insects of a gigantic hive. Shadows amongst shadows, they more or less carry out their shitty jobs and then drown their issues and sorrow in intoxication. Television, booze, cigs, and constrained laughs are the ways to forget...
The number of degenerates and depressives is increasing each day, narcotics are the latest fashion candies, streets are swarming with junkies and repulsive hobos, AIDS has infiltrated syringes left on public benches. It flows along with drugs, sperm and tears into the veins of the Metropolis.
We are neither intellectuals nor politicians and don't have any message to pass on. We just want to FEEL, contemplate and ECHO the sound that the modern world and its absurdities have inspired us with.
Amesoeurs is a spit, the only way we have to spew out the anxiety and frustration tied to the difficulties of existence and the pursuit of happiness in our modern society" - from band's myspace.

This release gave Amesoeurs a great popularity, but unfortunately the band had split up shortly after. The mastermind of the project was Neige (you may know him as a member of Alcest, Mortifera, Forgotten Woods and several other bands, and as a former member of Peste Noire). The vocals are mostly female, done by Audrey.

While having certain influences of black metal, overall it's definitely not BM, and more close to gothic/post-rock with an overwhelmingly melancholic atmosphere. The sound is very "cinematic" and suitable for a soundtrack to any "technoir" movie. Have you seen the animated movie called "Renaissance", for example? It's French too, done in black and white (just like the cover of this album), and uses the dystopian industrial/cyberpunk aesthetics. I like such kind of aesthetics a lot, and I'm thinking of making an AMV using the music by Amesoeurs and video samples from "Renaissance" ;)

Finally, I should make a conclusion that this mix of French pop, gothic rock, shoegaze and black metal has fairly deserved it's popularity. Sadly there wouldn't be any more albums, but we still can enjoy this one. Just like in case of I Shalt Become, I wouldn't place a download link here, but you can search it for yourself.

I Shalt Become - "Poison" [2010]

Artist: I Shalt Become
Title: Poison
Label: Moribund Records
Genre: Depressive Black Metal
Country: USA
Release date: 2010

Track list:
  1. Like a Lamb to the Slaughter...
  2. Black Swan Events
  3. Harlow's Vertical Chamber Apparatus
  4. No Quarter At the Somme
  5. Ghosts
  6. Leaving Watership Down
  7. The Swarming of the Locusts
  8. Doubt
  9. The Finest Cut of the Scalpel
  10. Absolve Me
This is the latest release of an American one-man DSBM project I Shalt Become, led by S. Holliman. I Shalt Become is often rumoured to be an NSBM band, mostly because it's first demo was released under the moniker "Birkenau". However, it isn't a political project, and S.Holliman has confirmed that the name "Birkenau" was chosen only to be a statement on the horrific nature of mankind.

For me, "Poison" is the best work by ISB. I wasn't much impressed by ISB's debut album, and I haven't heard two previous full-lengths ("Requiem" & "The Pendle Witch Trials"), but I really enjoyed "Poison". It's great depressive BM with symphonic overtones, even though the vocals may be done better... Without a doubt, it's very "wintry" and melancholic music. And is there a possibility for the track #6 to be influenced by R.Adams' "Watership Down"? Judging from the lyrics ("A prophet saw the fields run red..."), it's quite possible.

I wouldn't include a download link here, since it's a recent release, and you'd better buy it, if you live in the United States. Otherwise you can try to search it on mediafire or rapidshape (it's not too difficult).

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Yngizarm (英吉沙) - "For The Motherwolf" [2006]

Artist: Yngizarm
Title: For The Motherwolf
Label: Autumn Floods Productions
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Country: China
Release date: 2006
Size: 35 mb

Track list:
  1. 引曲 (Intro)
  2. 山川 (Mountains)
  3. 为狼王 (For the Motherwolf)
  4. 阴山 / Border Mountain
Yngizarm is yet another one-man black metal project from China - more specifically, southwest China, near the rim of the Tarim basin. That region is really on outskirts of the world, but a lot of suprisingly good music comes from there! The man behind Yngizarm uses the moniker "Bloodfire", and he also is a member of Hellward, Midwinter, Varuna and Zuriaake. I haven't heard any music by Hellward, but all the 3 other bands are just great. So does Yngizarm.

As far as I know, "Yn Gizarm" means "new city" in Uyghur language (so it's probably an equivalent to the Russian "Novgorod"). In Chinese it is written 英吉沙 ("yingjisha" in pinyin), but I have no idea what it means (the Google Image search returns a lot of photos of knives for this query, though). The lyrics on this EP seem to be inspired by nature and Uyghur history & mythology. I don't know for sure, but Yngizarm is probably Tengrian, like Tengger Cavalry. The only other Tengrian black metal band I know are Darkestrah - formerly from Kyrgyzstan, now relocated to Germany. Tengrianism is a pretty interesting system of beliefs, so I'd like to hear much more Tengrian metal... but the countries in that area are extremely poor (especially Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan), and rock/metal music is almost unknown there.

Many people have compared this EP to Emperor's album "In The Nightshade Eclipse", and I'd agree with them. Not as original as Tengger Cavalry's first EP, though, but still very good.

Tengger Cavalry - "Tengger Cavalry" [2010]

Artist: Tengger Cavalry
Title: Tengger Cavalry
Label: Dying Art Productions
Genre: Folk / Black Metal
Country: China
Release date: 2010
Size: 25 mb

Track list:
  1. 长调 (The Long Tune)
  2. 长生天铁骑 (Tengger Cavalry)
  3. 狼血 (Wolves' Blood)
  4. 风 (Wind)
This is one of the most original releases I've ever came across. Tengger Cavalry is an one-man project from China led by 张天然, who's interested in Mongolian culture, shamanism and Tengrianism (the Altaic paganism). The music is blackened folk metal with some elements of traditional Mongolian throat singing. Really interesting stuff, but this EP is way too short... However, a full-length album titled "Blood Sacrifice Shaman" was released a couple of months ago - but unfortunately I haven't found it anywhere.


Chinese neofolk compilation: 新民谣印象:像一场年代久远的沉沦

Artist: V/A
Title: 月之深海系列专题之二 — 新民谣印象:像一场年代久远的沉沦
Genre: Neofolk
Country: China
Release date: unknown
Size: 50 mb

Track List:
  1. Argine - Memorie
  2. Tempesta Noire - Book of Life
  3. 夜郎 - 敕勒歌
  4. Forseti - Sei Nun Still
  5. In Gowan Ring - Two Towers
  6. Nebelung - Heimsuchung
  7. The Golden Bough - 船歌 (Ship Song)
  8. Novalis - Human
  9. Tenhi - Kuolleesi Jokeen
  10. 野孩子 - 红河谷
Please don't ask me where I found this really rare stuff - honestly I can't remember. I tried to find out more about this compilation, but the google search yields only one result - a post in some Chinese blog, which is deleted by now. So, all i know about this compilation is that it was originally posted at musicmoon.com , and it contains 7 tracks by European neofolk bands (the rest - by Chinese ones).

China seems to be full with good neofolk projects, and I spent a lot of time to find more info about them. Unfortunately, almost all the results were in Chinese, and even Google Translate didn't help much. I could find only a little info about The Golden Bough (they're known to some European neofolk fans because they participated in the sampler "Penumbra over Beauty" with the song "The Fool"), and only in very broken English: "The Golden Bough from Chongqing China is now living in Beijing, devotes in folk in a special grence , whinch contains several styles such as dark folk, dark wave, Chinese characteristic & so on. The songs The simplemindedness & Barcarolle are the most interesting to listen to" (original spelling and grammar kept intact). Anyway, they're the first neofolk band singing in Chinese I had come across. I think they're can be called "the Chinese Current 93". The rest of the compilation is enjoyable as well, and I doubt if you can find it anywhere else.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Gol Dolan - "The Traces Of Mist" [2009]

Artist: Gol Dolan
Title: The Traces Of Mist
Genre: Neofolk
Country: China
Release date: 2009
Size: 70 mb

Track List:
  1. Intro
  2. The Traces Of Mist
  3. Balmy Of Reminiscence
  4. Sorcerer’s Pearl
  5. Exercise Of Heart
  6. The Memory Of My Islamic
  7. Leippya
  8. Mermaid
  9. Star Atlas
  10. The Endless Knot Of Soviet Union
  11. The Eternal Return
  12. Ataraxia
  13. Story
  14. The Lay Preacher
  15. The Endless Knot Of Soviet Union (Version Guitar)
Gol Dolan is an another Chinese neoclassical/neofolk project, consisting of Do Lan and Bo Wen. The duo was formed in Beijing around 2005, and has four releases (+ one demo) so far. "The Traces Of Mist" is their 2nd full-length album, featuring 15 mostly instrumental tracks. Not as impressive as Bloody Woods or Eltan Renaxy, but still very beautiful music. And some of these track names are, hmm... original. "The Endless Knot Of Soviet Union"?.. Interesting.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Raksha Mancham - "1.200.000 Dead Tibetans" [1996]

Artist: Raksha Mancham
Title: 1200000 Dead Tibetans
Label: Music Maxima Magnetica
Genre: Noise / Tribal Industrial
Country: Belgium
Release date: 1996
Size:84 mb

Track list:
  1. Ganden
  2. Sangyip
  3. Ngalam Thongla ("A Mountain Pass")
  4. Kilalunpa ("Happy Country")
  5. Seitru
  6. Lithang
  7. nGolok
  8. Powo Tramo
  9. Labrang Tashi Kyil
  10. Gutsa
  11. Nadnpa
  12. Drapchi
"Raksha Mancham’s project 1.200.000 Dead Tibetans combines industrial, noise, harsh electronics sounds with true stories about the victims of the Chinese occupation and genocide on the Tibetan Nation that takes place till this day.
Mostly a spoken word album about torture methods used by Chinese on Tibetans using the genitalia.
Sick stuff" (c) last.fm

Well, it's not so sick as thought after reading this description, but it's quite impressive work anyway. Much better than I expected. According to the reviews, it differs from other Raksha Mancham's works in terms of sound... but I haven't heard his other albums yet, so I have nothing to compare it with. As for the lyrical content (which is all in English) - I take the neutral position in Chinese-Tibetan conflict, but the whole conception of "1.200.000 Dead Tibetans" is very interesting anyway.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Korean People's Army Choir - 4 cds

Artist: Korean People's Army Choir / Государственный Заслуженный хор КНА
Genre: Military Marches
Country: Best Korea

Track list (part 1):
  1. Желаем Вам крепкого здоровья
  2. Облик Кореи
  3. Корея идет под красным знаменем
  4. Наша клятва
  5. Мы воспеваем революционное дело вождя
  6. Май Победы
  7. Всенародное пожелание
  8. Да здравствует Генералиссимус Ким Ир Сен
  9. Воспеваем нашу Родину, где почитают вождя
  10. Вождь всегда с нами
  11. Да здравствует Трудовая партия Кореи!
  12. Чучхе - знамя нашей победы
  13. Инициатива всегда будет за нами
  14. Мы клянемся Полководцу
  15. Песня о революции
  16. Полководец Кореи
  17. Вперед и вперед
  18. Песня о Корейской Народной Армии
  19. В решительный бой
  20. Песня о Красном знамени
Track list (part 2):
  1. С уверенностью
  2. Великая наша страна
  3. Ответ солдат
  4. Наш товарищ Ким Чен Ир
  5. Наша Родина чтит Полководца
  6. Без Вас нет и Родины
  7. Оружием поддержим нашего Верховного
  8. Я стою на страже Родины
  9. Наше ружье не знает пощады
  10. Наш ротный
  11. Серебряные крылья
  12. Смотри на нас!
  13. Ким Чен Ир - наш Верховный
  14. Под военный марш
  15. Мир отстаивается нашими штыками
  16. Ружье трех Полководцев
  17. Наша дивизия идет в поход
  18. Наша дивизия идет вперед
  19. Полководец на передовой
  20. С Вами мы победим
Track list (part 3):
  1. В ногу, раз, два, три!
  2. Вперед к могучей процветающей державе
  3. Полководец - страж Отечества
  4. Путь нашей партии
  5. Да здравствует великая сонгунская революция!
  6. Ким Чен Ир - знамя победы
  7. Родина, я отстою тебя!
  8. Мы стали еще сильнее
  9. Важнее важного
  10. Еще выше, красный стяг!
  11. Мы победим под штандартом Верховного
  12. Страж родного моря
  13. Грудью защитим руководство партии
  14. Крепче будем держать оружие в руках
  15. До конца отстоим Красное знамя!
  16. На фронте
  17. Парад Победы
  18. Вперед - непобедимая сильная армия
  19. Грудью защитим руководство революции!
  20. С духом ''Трудного похода''
Track list (part 4):
  1. Песня о Полководце Ким Ир Сене
  2. Песня о Полководце Ким Ир Сене (марш)
  3. Да здравствуют великие идеи чучхе
  4. Вперед, моя Родина!
  5. Будем навеки неизменны
  6. И сегодня 7-й полк впереди нас
  7. Корея, воспевай эту гордость!
  8. По пути верности
  9. Полководец - партизанский сын
  10. Наше 27 июля
  11. Жить сегодня ради завтрашнего дня
  12. Преобразования в эпоху ТПК
  13. Примите нашу воинскую честь!
  14. Готов стать сегодня 7-м полком
  15. Далекий путь сонгунской революции
  16. Полководец прославляет Корею
  17. Солдаты с передовой шлют привет
  18. Путь победы
  19. К лучшему завтра
  20. Единый дух
  21. Полководец - страж Родины
  22. К новому подъему!
  23. Оружием защитим руководство партии
  24. Партбилет Героя зовет меня
  25. Полководец на нашем боевом посту
  26. ''Слушаюсь!''
  27. Революционная вера и долг дороже жизни
  28. Оружием поддержим нашего Верховного (марш)
  29. Один против ста
  30. Песня о Полководце Ким Чен Ире
Here's the 4-part compilation of authentic North Korean military music, originally posted in the LiveJournal community ru_chuchhe. Unfortunately, I have no original track listing, all the track names are translated to Russian. My personal favourites are 7th track from the 1st part, 6th from 2nd part, and 2nd from 3rd part. Hope you enjoy it too.

DOWNLOAD LINKS REMOVED SINCE MEGAUPLOAD.COM IS DEAD

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cracked Core - "PsychoPath" [2010]

Artist: Cracked Core
Title: PsychoPath
Label: Mental Excitement
Genre: Electronic / IDM /Industrial / Digital Hardcore
Country: Russia
Release date: 2010
Size: 76 mb

Track list:
  1. Memory Error (feat. Terror Panicus)
  2. Un10cked 7ri@1
  3. Militarity Theme
  4. Night Assault (feat. Terror Panicus)
  5. SoAT
  6. Blood as Ink
  7. The End
  8. Militarity Theme (minimal mix)
  9. t_error 404 - Killdozer [Trancemix by Cracked Core]
  10. (Project) Ritual Noise - Rollback of Life [Back2life mix by Cracked Core]
"PsychoPath" is the newest release by an industrial/electronic musician from Moscow, who uses the moniker "Cracked Core". The main themes of this release are war, hate and (guess what?) psychopathy. The music, while ranging from ambient and IDM to breakcore and digital hardcore, became more agressive and industrial-oriented when compared to his previous release, "Audiolog". I think PsychoPath >> Audiolog - but it's only a matter of personal tastes, 'cause both albums are good. And of course, free distribution of all his releases is encouraged.

Eltan Renaxy - "Weird Ballads In My Town" [2007]

Artist: Eltan Renaxy
Title: Weird Ballads In My Town
Genre: Dark Folk / Gothic Ethereal
Country: China
Release date: 2007
Size: 40 mb

Track List:
  1. Intro
  2. A Ballad
  3. Jordi
  4. Renaxy
  5. Lorida
  6. Maria
  7. Shel's
  8. Karffen
  9. The End
Eltan Renaxy is an another Chinese dark folk project which was founded in 2006 by Bai Shui (also in 白水, Bloody Woods) and Lamia (who also has a project called The Whisper Of Tears). Don't know what the name "Eltan Renaxy" means, but it sounds very beautiful - just like their music. Such a shame it currently has less than 500 listeners on last.fm... in my opinion, ER deserves over 9000 listeners at least. And who said that the dark folk is only the european music?... Chinese people can play it even better! And not only Bloody Woods and Eltan Renaxy prove it... just look at Vergissmeinnicht, Gol Dolan, or The Golden Bough.

Bloody Woods - "Women In The Hole" [2006]

Artist: Bloody Woods
Title: Women In The Hole
Genre: Dark Folk
Country: China
Release date: 2006
Size: 35 mb

Track List:
  1. Intro
  2. Love of the Fall
  3. Body-Chain
  4. You Can Smile
  5. Flower Pool
  6. Hidden Funeral
  7. Ride On
  8. Women In The Hole
Hmm... Chinese neofolk? Not bad, not bad. It was the first Chinese dark folk album I ever heard, and I still like it a lot, despite its quality of production (it really sounds like a home-made demo... but who cares?) My personal favourites on this album are "Body-Chain", "You Can Smile" and "Love of the Fall" (even though the voice in the last mentioned track sounds a bit weird). Beautiful music, the truly melancholic atmosphere... check it out!

From last.fm: "Bloody Woods is a Chinese neofolk project started in early 2005 by Bai Shui (白水, Eltan Renaxy). Late december 2005, Gu Dao joined Bloody Woods as guest vocalist. August 2006 saw the selfreleased EP “Women In The Hole”. One month later, Go Dao and Bai Shui’s roads diverged again, making Bloody Woods a one-man project again". Don't know if Bloody Woods are still active, but Eltan Renaxy are very good too, and I'm going to post their album right now.

Saedus Darknight - "Empty" [2008]

Artist: Saedus Darknight
Title: Empty
Label: SCT Records
Genre: Raw Black Metal
Country: Hong Kong
Release date: 2008
Size: 75 mb

Track List:
  1. They Live
  2. Blackened Pits Of Darkness
  3. Blades Of Hell
  4. Epicrise
  5. Eternity Of Nihility
  6. Limbs Of Trees
  7. Obey
  8. Sin
Saedus Darknight is an one-man raw back metal band from Hong Kong, and it's most probably the only HK black metal project up to date. Don't know why the metal scene is so underdeveloped in such a westernized city with much more liberal laws than in mainland China, but I couldn't find any other Cantonese BM bands. As for Saedus Darknight, their music isn't quite my thing (I don't like raw black metal that much), but the fans of true Chinese black metal (haha) wouldn't be disappointed. The music is extremely chaotic and creating a very gloomy atmosphere, with prominent bass guitar parts (which isn't very typical for black metal), and the vocals in general aren't much like the standard BM screaming. Even though I didn't like two first tracks, "Blades of Hell" is very good, and the rest of the album isn't bad anyway.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Xe-None - "Cyber Girl" [2010]

Artist: Xe-None
Title: Cyber Girl
Genre: Electronic Metal
Country: Russia
Release date: 2010
Size: 15 mb

Track List:
  1. Cyber Girl
  2. Summertime
  3. North Capital
  4. Cyber Girl (remix)
The music of Xe-None has been labeled "industrial metal", but for me it's hard to call it metal or industrial. Let's call it just dance metal or pop metal. "Pop" - in a good sense of this word. If only all the pop music was like this... ;) And it's not the generic and boring dark electro which you can hear on the majority of "industrial" parties. It's like Scooter meets The Kovenant! You may like their music or not, but it's really original - at least I know no other band like Xe-None. "Cyber Girl" is their most recent single, freely available for download from their site... ah, wait, the link is not working anymore for an unknown reason, so I decided to re-upload it on mediafire. Enjoy!

The Midnight - "23:61" [2010]

Artist: The Midnight
Title: 23:61
Genre: Progressive Metal
Country: Azerbaijan
Release date: 2010
Size: 100 mb

Track List:
  1. Ease
  2. Splitting World
  3. Escape
  4. Red Haired
  5. Unudulmuş
  6. Reincarnation Pt.1
  7. #4
  8. Infinity
The Midnight are a new progressive metal band from Azerbaijan, recommened to me by Farid (see my previous post). They gave away their debut album for free on rutracker.org, and I decided to cross-post it to my blog. It's really very good stuff, feel free to download it ;) The Azeri metal scene is still very small, so any kind of your support is welcome.

Diaokhi - "To Raise The Iron Throne" [2000]

Artist: Diaokhi
Title: To Raise The Iron Throne
Genre: Melodic Black/Pagan Metal
Country: Georgia
Release date: 2000
Size: 100 mb

Track List:
  1. Prologue
  2. Universe, Arise!
  3. A Night of Doleful Farewell
  4. A Long Road Starts For You From Here (The Last Night's Sacrifice)
  5. The Wave Murmured My Name...
  6. Brothers in Arms, Companions Mine
  7. The Twilight of an Age
  8. Behold the Barren Kingdom of the Graves
  9. They Know not Whose the Voice is Which They Hark (Stormclouds over the Caucasus)
  10. The Reign of the Iron Crown (Epilogue)
One more black metal release from a very unexpected place. If this album was released by, for example, a Finnish band, it most probably would be considered good, but nothing special. But symphomic black/pagan metal from Georgia... it's something really outstanding. As far as I know, the underground music scene in the whole Caucasus is very small. The only Georgian industrial project I know is Post Industrial Boys - and it's not really industrial, just minimal/synthpop. According to Farid from Mechanic Fist, there's no industrial in Georgia, and MF is the one and only industrial project from Azerbaijan. The Caucasian metal scene may be bigger, but only a little, that's why I was so excited to find this album by Diaokhi. Their lyrics deal with Georgian mythology and ancient history, too bad I know only a very little about these subjects... And the music is actually quite enjoyable for any fan of melodic black metal. Don't know if the band is still active today (on Metal-Archives it's listed as active), but looks like this album is their only release.

İlkim Oulanem - "İblisbilim" [2009]

Artist: İlkim Oulanem
Title: İblisbilim
Label: self-released
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Turkey
Release date: 2009
Size: 16 mb

Track List:
  1. Arýnma
  2. Boþluðun Leþ Ruhlarý
  3. Iblisbilim
  4. Asil Varoluþ (Bonus Track)
One-person female black metal band from Turkey... wow, it's one of the things I least expected! Moreover, her music is quite good for a demo. Even though it's unoriginal and nothing really special, it's still much better than I expected. And can you say she's from an islamic country, just by looking at her?..

Dernier Martyr / Lifeless Sorrow / All The Cold - "The Plague Of Our Lands" [2009]

Artists: Dernier Martyr, Lifeless Sorrow, All The Cold
Title: The Plague Of Our Lands
Label: Self Mutilation Services
Genre: Depressive Black Metal
Country: South Africa / Russia
Release date: 2009
Size: 118 mb

Track List:
  1. Follow the River, Towards the Sea...
  2. This is the Last Time He Talks to Birds...
  3. Angels' Throats
  4. Plague of our Land
  5. Of Desolate Winds
  6. Dissociative Twilight
  7. Suicidal Vapour
  8. Coldness of Another Universe
  9. Smile of the Grim
This split album features three DSBM bands - two from Russia (Dernier Martyr, All The Cold) and one from South Africa (Lifeless Sorrow). By the way, it was the first South African metal band that I heard, but I can't say much about their music - it's pretty generic lo-fi depressive black metal, and the whole compilation wouldn't be worse without their tracks. On the contrary, both Dernier Martyr and All The Cold are great (even though the vocals in Dernier Martyr's tracks are a bit annoying). I never expected such good atmospheric black metal to come from Russia! My favourite track on this split is "Coldness of Another Universe" by All The Cold - but it's not DSBM, it's rather industrial metal. And I also need to mention that this compilation is completely free from any NSBM crap (which unfoutunately is too common on the Eastern European, and particularly Russian black metal scene...)

Songe d'Enfer - "My Visions in the Forest" [1995]

Artist: Songe d'Enfer
Title: My Visions in the Forest
Label: self-released
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Brazil
Release date: 1995
Size: 18 mb

Track List:
  1. Et Vidit Quod Esset Bonum... (Sublime Blasphemy)
  2. My Lady Princess of Hell (Conjuration to Gordon)
  3. My Visions in the Forest
Surprisingly good black metal from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Even though there was a significant black metal scene in Brazil as early as in the mid-90s, I don't like most of Brazilian BM bands. But Songe d'Enfer and Luxuria De Lilith are the exceptions. This 3-track demo is the only release by Songe d'Enfer (if their like DVD doesn't count), later re-released by Evil Horde Records as a split album called "Visions Of Nocturnal Tragedies" with another Brazilian BM band, Miasthenia.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Raism - "Aesthetic Terrorism" [1997]

Artist: Raism
Title: Aesthetic Terrorism
Label: Osmose Productions
Genre: Industrial Black Metal/Punk
Country: Finland / Greece
Release date: 1997
Size: 57 mb

Track List:
  1. Survival of the Fittest Scum
  2. S.O.T.F.S.- Destructive Club Version
  3. Aesthetic Terrorism
  4. A.T.- Distorted Reality Cyberspace Version
  5. Gluttony
  6. G.- Carnivorous Commercial Version
  7. Negative
  8. Hate You
  9. Politically Incorrect (Non P.C.)
  10. P.I.- Goverment Approved Explicit Version
  11. Nexus
  12. N.- Multiple Personality Psychoid Version
Raism was a project by Magus Wampyr Daoloth (a well known person in the Greek metal scene, the frontman of Necromantia, also participated in Septic Flesh and several other projects) and Mika Luttinen (Impaled Nazarene), initially known as Diabolos Rising. To be honest, I'm surprised how little known this band is. Yes, the music of Raism is very simplistic when compared to other industrial black metal bands, but minimalism isn't always bad. In short, Raism played some kind of nihilistic electro-black metal/punk, and they did it quite good. "Negative" is a little masterpiece.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

64Revolt - "Ballads Of Malice And Discontent" [2006]

Artist: 64Revolt
Title: Ballads Of Malice And Discontent
Label: D-Trash Records
Genre: 8-bit / Industrial / Digital Hardcore
Country: Sweden
Release date: 2006
Size: 15 mb

Track List:
  1. Neat Girl
  2. Next Generation
  3. Alice, Sweet Alice
  4. Moving Backwards
Just like the most releases of D-Trash Records, this EP is freely available on the internet (long live copyleft!) and features 4 new songs from Swedish 8-bit punks 64Revolt. When compared to their debut release, "Ballads Of Malice And Discontent" are less noisy and more melodic, but of course it doesn't make this EP any worse. "Next Generation" and "Alice, Sweet Alice" are just great! As far as I know, 64Revolt have released a couple more albums up to date, but I haven't listened to them yet.

"We are not the next generation revolutionaries,
You are, you are!
We are not the next generation at all,
You are, you are, you are!"

64Revolt - "64 Revolt" [2005]

Artist: 64Revolt
Title: 64 Revolt
Label: D-Trash Records
Genre: 8-bit / Industrial / Digital Hardcore
Country: Sweden
Release date: 2005
Size: 33 mb

Track List:
  1. Rebel Day
  2. Second Attack
  3. Analog Abomination
  4. Hurricane
  5. Last Day In Life
  6. Martyr
  7. Resistance
  8. Resurrection
  9. Defender
  10. Radical People
“64revolt was initially formed by believing in the power of machines. And NOT believing in society as it is today. Our lyrics aren’t as direct as many fellow dhc-acts because we think that the audience is fed up with stage performers who think they can dictate what is right and what is wrong. We do admire that kind of effort but we have chosen another path”

Yeah, machines are vastly superior to humans, it's an obvious fact for every industrial artist ^_^ What can I say about 64Revolt? They basically are the 8-bit version of Atari Teenage Riot, who were known for their noisy sound, distorted male and female vocals, and lyrics calling for an anarchist revolution. 64Revolt does all that kind of stuff even better than ATR, and their tunes are extremely catchy. Of course, there are some tracks which I didn't like ("Second Attack" or "Hurricane", for ex.), but the rest are just amazing - especially "Rebel Day" and "Resistance". That's how true digital hardcore/electropunk should sound like.

7th Arena Band - "Zakhmi" [2007]

Artist: 7th Arena Band
Title: Zakhmi
Genre: Ethnic Hip-Hop
Country: Iran
Release date: 2007
Size: 31 mb

Track list:
  1. Yadeteh
  2. Daghayegh
  3. Boghze Sard
  4. Zakhmi
  5. Bemir Ya Bemoun
  6. Fargh Hast
  7. Manzoomeh Shamsi
  8. Pasho Bia Hamram
  9. Oghianous
  10. Faselato Hefz Kon
7th Arena Band is an Iranian political folk/hip-hop project. I don't know a single word in Farsi, so I can't tell you what their lyrics are about, but it seems like they support the radical opposition to Ahmadinejad's regime. But even if you have absolutely no interest in the politics of Iran, you may find this album very enjoyable - especially if you like both oriental folk music and rap/hip-hop. My personal favourites are "Yadeteh" (some kind of a ballad, sounds very beautiful and not much like hip-hop) and "Boghze Sard" (more agressive stuff, really catchy).

Hope you'll enjoy this piece of rebel folk/rap music from Iran... not "Islamic Republic of Iran", just Iran. I have one more album by 7th Arena Band, called "National Security", but I don't like it as much as this one. However, I can upload it if you're interested.