Just so I can say I fucking warned you and don't have to deal with the usual deluge of bullshit which comes with the territory:
!!!!NOT BLACK METAL!!!!!!!!!!NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!!!!!!!NOT BLACK METAL!!!!!!
That said, I thought I'd give you fuckers a look at the new Wholy Failure album. If you liked the last record (Avalon and Everything After), you might like the second half of this record, as it's the dark, moody post rock/post punkish vibe of the prior. The first half is just fucking weird. Beats, electronica, nods to noisy dance music, and what sounds like Swans joining forces with a martial band to make music to make babies to. Again, its not even close to black metal (excluding the vibes of the second half), but I know some of you all really liked the weirder shit that WF does, so there you go.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Just so I can say I fucking warned you and don't have to deal with the usual deluge of bullshit which comes with the territory:
So here is the newest Sangre Y Tierra EP. He specifically asked to have it posted here before anywhere else, because, due to the more personal nature of this recording, wanted to share it with the people who first noticed his music and gave support. Another great release from one of the most inventive and refreshing black metal artists currently making music.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 12:52 PM
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I know. You've sent demos and records. And I work 39 hours of the day. Rest assured, my friends, we will forge on. I'd add one of you to help me but only Khaos can do that and he is AWOL.
If you've read any of our blog, you'll know we love Sangre Y Tierra. This is a radio piece that was done on Marv by a friend of his. Nick from Disguster features some thoughts too. Listen to it and gain some insight on the most unique USBM musician.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 1:39 AM
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The fantastic folks at Colloquial Sound Recordings (Aksumite, A Pregnant Light) have recently released a four CS box set of all four Field of Spears recordings. The first three (The Drunk and the Endless, Serpent & Sodom, and Pale Eulogies) have all been featured on this blog before, while the final chapter, Cairns for the Lost, is specific to this set.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 6:23 PM
Monday, December 24, 2012
Another one of my projects, NEG HOLE is hardcore punk/crust with a blackened sheen. Hard and fast.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 10:13 PM
A couple months of hectic bullshit will set our updates back, but I'm gonna get some of these motherfucking submissions banged out.
Barrowlands are from Portland, Oregon, and they definitely have a PNW sound to their tunes. There are moments here that wouldn't sound out of place at all on Diadem of 12 Stars. However a big element of Barrowlands' sound is their cellist, rather than relying on MIDI or a Synth player. Also setting them apart is their solos, which remind me more of Woods of Ypres than anything else. I like it. It's different enough to stand out to me, the composition is solid, and, aside from a couple of missteps that stand out, competently performed.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 9:35 PM
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
New Black Chalice stuff for you. We went a little more to the doom and black metal sides with this release, pushing the death metal influence towards the back.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 3:42 AM
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wow. I have never hated to give a band a mixed review as much as this. Twilight Fauna play what they dub as Appalachian Atmospheric metal, very much in a similar vein as Panopticon. The majority of the music is clean picked and strummed, evoking the sound of the southern Appalachians run through an Agallochian filter. If TF had created a record of just that, this would be a hugely positive, albeit out of place, review. Where our issue comes into play is the parts of the songs, or the songs that are wholly black metal. Whereas the previously mentioned Panopticon and Agalloch inject the same level of devotion and talent into their metal sections, Twilight Fauna falls way short. Poorly programmed drums sit so far back in the mix, serving no rythmic or dynamic function, just existing as an annoyance. His vocals sound like a coke-addled muppet with laryngitis. To top it off, those sections just seem like they were thrown together to say that they play metal too, with no sense of cohesion or reason. Twilight Fauna has given us two records: a very good atmospheric interpretation of appalachia, and a really bad black metal record. Either practice your ass off, learn your programming/get a real drummer, and work on making your songwriting more cohesive, or just drop the black metal. That seems like the riskier path, but I could see the rewards being worth that risk.
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Saturday, September 1, 2012
New Avulse EP. This is an experiment, to see how far I could stray from black metal while simultaniously crafting something that was more black metal than anything else I've recorded. I smoked a fuckton of weed and drank quite a bit of Brother Thelonious, in addition to my usual intake of Maker's, while I wrote and recorded this. I hope you love it or you hate it more than you've ever hated anything before. Broken Limbs Recordings is gonna put out a 7" for this in the fall/winter
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 2:24 AM
Friday, August 24, 2012
Another instrumental band. Sayer just plays full speed ahead black metal that sways to the experimental side. Pretty cool.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 5:59 AM
There are bands who can make due with a drum machine and there are bands who can't. Obviously the level of skill with programming and the quality of the program or physical machine you use has some degree of influence in that, as well as the quality of the mix, the way the song is written, and the style of music being played. Night performs "instrumental music that draws heavily from Doom, Ambient, Postrock, Blackmetal & Noise music." A few thoughts for Night: If you are going to continue playing this style of music either A) get a real drummer. They are kind of a pain, due to the taking up the most space, and their incessant whining about how little trim they get. Or B) practice your programming and mixing. It just sounds like doo-doo. The music could be. If you are going to not continue on with this style mixture, just stick with the ambient/post-rock sound, you do it much more convincingly than the black metal/doom stuff. Its not all bad news though. There are some really interesting ideas and some songs are pretty dece, just the bad drums overwhelm it.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 5:53 AM
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Rocking split from two great USBM acts. Cara Neir blend post-rock with black metal, neo-crust, and punk in a non-traditional sense and come out with a concise and urgent sound. Ramlord fucking riffs and D-beats their way across their cut on the split, destroying hymens and minds.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 6:25 AM
Instrumental Romanian DSBM. As pointless as it sounds, you can appreciate the music a little better without some idiot shrieking about his razor's embrace (full disclosure, guilty of that same activity. The shrieking, not the contrived lyrics). It has some decent moments. Check it out.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 6:13 AM
Holy fucking mix issues batman! Thank sweet Jesus cum that this is a demo, because this mix is fucked. This is a bad thing, as besides the drum programming (which is far from the best I've heard), the music isn't half bad, and is actually quite interesting. The bits of it I could hear, that is. The titular song is the standout for me here.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 6:06 AM
A black metal band from Brooklyn that keeps the butt diddling at a minimum? Sacrilege! Anicon are pretty sweet, playing a brand of bass driven black metal that owes more to Immortal and Mayhem than Liturgy. There are moments of other styles that weave in and out, just to keep things interesting. I like these guys and can't wait to hear more.
Anicon - S/T (download, mediafire)
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 5:57 AM
Friday, July 27, 2012
To start, this is not black metal, but whereas it came from my brain, its definitely under the black influence. Like I said with the last Wholy Failure album, this is a further study in suicide pop, mixed with traditional singer-songwriter stylings, post rock, and the occasional bluegrassy moment. Listen if that sounds good, if not, skip it and find something you'd rather listen to.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 9:14 AM
"To describe my music:
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 3:03 AM
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Easily the most personal record I have put out under any project, this record was the result of a severe loss, too much Maker's, and a completely hopeless attitude. On this one, the post-punk side shines through more than on the prior records. The B-side of this album is the beginnings of what I have dubbed Suicide Pop, which I'm exploring more with my new recordings under my own name. Broken Limbs Recordings was supposed to release this on tape as well, but the asshole who runs Like Glue Records/tape production fucked them over (and if you are reading this you fuck, I'm still debating coming to VA and hitting your smug face with a splitting maul), so we've put it on temporary hold.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 5:40 AM
Weirdo who loves plants? Check. Black metal-ish music made without an electric guitar? Check. A fucking hammered dulcimer? Check. This is a little person with a big black strap-on and a bucket of fried chicken that tastes like Maker's Mark and gets you drunk away from being my greatest/worst dream. Weird fucking shit. It's actually kinda well done. And I love dulcimers.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 5:12 AM
Another band from Pennsylvania. This is yet another post-something/black metal/yadda yadda band, albeit in the upper 10% as far as talent, songwriting, and execution goes. There are moments here that remind me more of post-hardcore act Taken and their superb final EP "Between Two Unseens", than most modern blackgayz. This record also sounds spectacular from a mixing and production standpoint, so kudos on that too.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 4:47 AM
Horde of the Eclipse have a really fucking goofy name. However that is tempered by their well-crafted melodic black metal, showing nods to the blackened death of Dissection's heyday and Wolves in the Throne Room (during the Diadem of 12 Stars-era). This Pennsylvania foursome can play their instruments quite well, and they can write a pretty decent song.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 4:26 AM
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Yes, I've been gone a while. Suck my dick.
This four way fuck fest is one of the last releases from the undisputed best black metal band from Massachusetts (and our good friend), Sangre Y Tierra. He once again steals the show here, playing his brand of Hispanic black metal with a level of passion and conviction that none of the other bands are able to match. This doesn't mean that the other bands aren't good. They all are influenced by black metal, but none are wholly as such.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 12:45 AM
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Two bands, two tracks each, two covers total. I went in a different direction than usual with Auspicium, you'll either hate it or hate it more. One new track and a cover of The Cure. Earthenwomb gives us a new noise based track, as well as a My Bloody Valentine cover.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 12:32 AM
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Third Avulse full length. Closer to I Am The Liquor than that was to Granted but Grace, We Are All Code takes black metal, d beat, and punk and mixes them to form a new whole. Whereas IATL was nihilistic and very abrupt on the state of a life, WAAC is rather themed by the slipping away of the norm, and the scrambling and grasping to retain some sense of sanity. Hard sci-fi fans will note the M. John Harrison reference.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 5:11 AM
Friday, March 23, 2012
I posted Vaniardur's space themed Rhea Before Titan a little while back. I liked the spacy-dark ambient-cum-instrumental black metal that it presented. Now Vaniardur is taking on Tolkien. At best, this sounds like a interlude on a symphonic LotR black metal band. At worst, it sounds like Rakoth. The synth guitars are the icing on the weird ass cake. Now, just because I don't like this release does it mean that I don't appreciate Vaniardur. Their talent is apparent, and they have a great ear for melody. I just think in the context, I appreciate less organic music when it deals with a less organic medium like space. I've just heard this record before many times, some worse, some better.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 2:00 AM
First thing, I see this cover with the text in what appears to be the Harry Potter font. Bad feeling right away. Fortunately, the music doesn't remind me of teenaged wizards. Prison of Mirrors plays a variation on the atmospheric black metal/post black (not blackgaze) that every one and their grim and frostbitten grandmother seems to be playing today. The things that set them apart are their extremely well crafted songs, their intensity, and not treating the black metal parts of their songs as afterthoughts. I enjoy this. You might, you might not. Do what thou wilt...
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 1:39 AM
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
As opposed to the Cityscape Drawn in Black Ink EP I just posted. I am damn sure this is not a joke. Vuota also blends post punk with black metal but with a steadier hand and much more terrifying results. Drop a whole shit load of LSD and listen to this, then record your reaction. I need samples for the next WF record. This record is not your usual BM beast so if you want bullet belts stay away.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 5:16 PM
Where the fuck did the term "depressive rock" come from? And why the fuck does it refer to bands like Lifelover and CDiBI, who are DSBM/post punk combined for the most part, and not to bands that are depressive rock n' roll like Band of Horses, Carissa's Wierd, or Sinners and Saints? I just don't know. I've seen the name Cityscape thrown around very recently and have seen songs from his first EP get quite a few plays on last.fm and youtube. That first EP was more directly black metal, almost overwhemingly DSBM. This new EP is a different beast. He has talent, that's apparent. However, the Line 0 EP seems like someone tried to marry suicidal black metal and post punk, much like lifelover was able to, but much more harsh and jarring. I'm not 100% convinced this isn't a huge Kaufmaneque joke, the last track is their version of elevator muzak (entitled Hellevator) and their is a section in the third track with a person saying "Fuck youuu" in a childlike inflection which caused me to spit out my drink and laugh my ass off. Joke or not, at least the first track is good for what it is.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 4:56 PM
Vox Clamantis are an atmospheric black metal band. The atmosphere they are trying to present to us however is being stuck in the middle of a swarm of killer bees. You are really stoned and the bees are stoned too. So it sounds like a constant warbling buzzing. If you couldn't follow me in that rambling shit, let me break it down for you. I love the songwriting that Vox Clam is putting forth here (it actually reminds me a little of Lurker of Chalice), but this record has the worst high end I have ever heard. Its like they high shelfed everything but the drums at an extra 10dB, threw a reverb on it, a very fast chorus onto that, and then another reverb. They even suggest using the bass boost when listening to it. Again, this is far from a bad record, just a bad sounding one. I wanna see what Vox Clam can do with a solid low end and no oscillation above 10kHz.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 4:40 PM
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