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, 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.


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
  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, 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!