Fourth full-length by my neofolk project Field of Spears. Heathen Youth sheds the seasonal motif that the prior 3 full-lengths and 1 EP shared. It sounds like a more fully developed, better produced, and confident version of Serpent & Sodom mixed with the less cryptic parts of Pale Eulogies. Broken Limbs Recordings will be doing a tape issue of this soon, so buy that when it comes out.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Honest to goodness, raw bm. Sacramence espouses nihilism and animal rights via their raw BM. Golden Milk likes R. Kelly. Actually I'm not sure what the blackened punk noise that GM is about, but their name makes me think of piss and cum, and, in addition to making me kinda horny, makes me think of the pied piper of RnB. This split is no "Ignition (remix)", so I wouldn't recommend passionate sex with your lover to it. But its still good and would be good for banging some barfly in a fit of bad judgement.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 2:32 PM
ALBtS is a fucking sweet Finnish Black/Death band. The interesting thing is that they don't have the Finnish sound at all, more like a Norwegian/Swedish hybrid. Add to that touches of Pagan/Viking metal, some random German lyrics, and complete anti-christian attitude (and lyrics). This is a great and great sounding record. One of the best I have received in a long while.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 2:11 PM
Chinese dsbm/depressive rock. That's kinda the simplified version, there are parts that seem like they came off an Envy record (so it sounds like Deafheaven), and other post-screamo influences. While the usual hallmarks of DSBMdom (those vocals, thin guitars) are present, this release has some cool moments and some what the fuck moments (in a good way). These guys are also pretty good with their instruments and composition. So if you have ever wanted to know what Austre and Vestiges doing Bajiou shots and covering lifelover sounds like, this is pretty close.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 1:44 PM
Skumlord is a band of dudes from Salt Lake City, and if I was surrounded by such oppressive conditions (both with the desolate desert/rock landscape of the area, as well as being in the heart of Mormonism on Earth), I could see how you'd be inspired to write some pretty deranged and kick-ass black metal. Die Galle feels like the band really loves Sargeist's Satanic Black Devotion album, which is definitely a good thing. Usually I won't post anything up that isn't at least a free download, and leave it up to you to support the bands, but these dudes have a good thing going and the tape/download is worth the $4. Check them out!
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 1:07 PM
Sunday, October 6, 2013
New WF. Noisy shoegaze this time around. Check it out.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 12:55 AM
Monday, September 2, 2013
So after knowing Marv from Sangre Y Tierra for almost 6 years now, we finally decided to do a split release. Two new tracks per artist. Auspicium features a pretty straightforward black metal track and a drone track, while Sangre Y Tierra delivers two powerful drone/ambient tracks.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 10:45 AM
Sunday, September 1, 2013
As part of this having the internet again thing, I have uploaded the entire Auspicium catalog to bandcamp. If you for whatever reason want to listen (maybe you hate yourself I don't know), go for it: http://auspicium.bandcamp.com
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 2:13 PM
Ferocious blackened crustcore! This is fucking tight. These dudes from Oregon are doing it right when so many other bands miss out on one part of the equation or the other. Well done.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 2:07 PM
A German band that sounds like a lighter version of Agalloch circa Pale Folklore and The Mantle, singing songs about dryads murdering humans out of revenge and confused dryad princesses? Yeah, that's pretty much the story. But whereas on paper you might shake your head and utter sounds of disgust, the actual music is pretty damn good. It definitely owes a HUGE debt to Agalloch, as the opening salvo of I Am Here shows.But Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If you are into the style, definitely check this one out.
P.S. The art may be the cheesiest/worst/lamest I've seen in a while, but it doesn't distract too much if you don't look at it...
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 1:54 PM
Hey cumquats. We finally have internet again. Lots of cool shit to share with you. Lets start with Kaneq. In the words of the man himself:
"Kaneq is a one man Native American black metal project hailing from the Sacaton Native American Reservation in Arizona, USA. Spectral Walls of Captivity is the debut album."
This is the third NABM record we've received here (the prior being Frontier and Sangre Y Tierra), and while it doesn't match up to those bands in Originality or execution, it is very good atmospheric/depressive black metal. My one complaint is that its trying too hard to sound "nordic." If your culture inspires you enough to note it on your email, try to include it in the music. Other than that, this is pretty fucking cool.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 1:26 PM
Thursday, June 27, 2013
From the band:
"Novambr is ambiant, shattered, crippled and fragile music. Musically, we love Black Metal, drone, doom, shoegaze and post-things. But we don't think we are metal music. Wild Flower Garden was composed in three days, while hanging out in our native town, into the forests around, on the top of some mountains while sharing pot and booze. "
Pretty cool stuff for listening at night with all the lights off.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 9:41 PM
Hey again, sorry for the delays in posts. Living without internet will fuck with updating your site I guess. Fuck it though.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 9:30 PM
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:
!!!!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.
Posted by Last Sun's Light at 1:02 PM
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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Posted by Last Sun's Light at 6:43 PM
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
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