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EPISODE 1: RISE OF THE WINGDINGS

2015: Another year measured out in black spools. Oh, I grow old; I grow cold; I shall lock myself in my dungeon and jam manifold underground death metal demos! Occasionally I shall have to jump up and force my tape player to stop rewinding after every song, as is its wont to do. Blasted thing! Anyway, here's a surplus of reflections on another brutal and savage year in underground metal.

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DEADWEIGHT CHAMPIONS OF THE UNDERGROUND: SPECTRAL VOICE

Although this was captured in 2014 in the harsh glare of fluorescent lights, Spectral Voice sound just like their demo as they stomp through their set in a bloodsimple trance. Stick around for the 33 1/3 cover.

What more can be said about Spectral Voice’s demo? Necrotic Doom is your omega. Except I get the feeling we ain’t seen nothing yet from these Rocky Mountain reanimators. Next year promises splits with Danish brutalists Phrenelith and French-Canadian aliens Chthe’ilist. The horizon is dark, the writing on the wall is in cerulean cursive.

GRACELESS RECORDINGS PRESENTS: Arche & EOS

Like some Finnish desert sky, some unknown kadatah across which you crawl toward salvation's doom.

Remember that package of social life-annihilating tapes that Graceless dropped on our heads back in August? So much for late summer and autumn, I spent those days in the cold penumbra of Ēōs & Undercurrents. Thanks, Graceless!

Jake from Graceless' Favorite Tapes of 2015

Two of the dudes who brought you Pissgrave & Chthe'ilist first. That's Jake, enviably clad in the Pissgrave shirt. From him over it's Lycus Dude #1, Graceless's other owner Mike, Lycus Dude #2.

Two of the dudes who brought you Pissgrave & Chthe'ilist first. That's Jake, enviably clad in the Pissgrave shirt. From him over it's Lycus Dude #1, Graceless's other owner Mike, Lycus Dude #2.

A really great year for tapes. I narrowed dozens down to these few:

Impenitent Thief - EP 2014 (technically last year, but near the end and didn’t find us until 2015)
Spectral Voice - Necrotic Doom
Plague Phalanx - S/T
Dispirit - Separation
Erraunt - The Portent
Intolerance - Hail the Triumvirate!
Vrasubatlat demos (Serum Dreg, Uškumgallu, Utzalu)
Ascended Dead - The Advent
Abjvration - The Unquenchable Pyre

AUSTRALIAN DEATH METAL BRUTALITY: CONTAMINATED

Contaminated's demo pictured here with their interview in Horrified #1.

Contaminated's demo pictured here with their interview in Horrified #1.

Fuzzy with mold; heavy like the toppling of an ancient castle wall. Moss-covered stones annihilate and bury you and keep tumbling down upon your corpse. When was the last time a band took you some time to get into because they were so effectively brutalizing you? Zero connection to Portal, that I'm aware of.

JULLIAN RHEA'S (OF CORPSE, CAUTERIZED, CRYPTIC EXCISION) FAVORITE TAPES of 2015

- Phrenelith - Veiled Verses (Demo II): Frequencies low enough to shake loose hidden tombs in the Valley of The Kings.
- Spectral Voice - Necrotic Doom: May actually be a recording of a spirit leaving its body only to find itself floating lost amongst the catacombs.
- Regurgitated Foetus - Post Mortem Fetal Extrusion: Psychotic spurts of gore sure to aid in the singularity by further diminishing attention spans.
- Crurifragium - S/T: Possessed and then drugged by the inhabitant of the grave you stand upon.
- Bodybag - Predominance of Insanity: Hear the mortician as they rail the dirt from under the dead, decaying fingernails of a suspected necrophile.

ATAVISTIC ICELANDIC GORE ROMANCE: URÐUN

From the land of hyped black metal: a rotting carcass of a black sheep. Urðun play orthodox old school DM, but they're weird and twisted so the result is some disturbing, clobbering fun, but the camera stays on the bloody pulp mess a little too long. Email nachtmusick13[at]gmail[dot]com with your favorite tape of the year for your chance to win Skelethal's MC Interstellar Knowledge of the Purple Entity.

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DANISH DEATH DOOM, EMPHASIS ON DEATH: PHRENELITH

Sounds like "Cobweb on his halo" to me.

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Two demos in one year from this stitched-together Copenhagen abomination, featuring dudes from Undergang, Mold and Sulphurous, just to name a few. Don’t worry about who they sound like, Phrenelith are simply authentic death metal in the year 2015.

JOHN VON FROST'S FAVORITE TAPES of 2015

Ok that was hard, haha! A little bias to my own new label, two of my tapes made it onto the list \m/ In no particular order:

Spectral Voice – Necrotic Doom
Cursed Exhumation – Demo 2015
The Fog – Void Nexus (I know it’s not 2015 but I didn’t get it until mid 2015)
Saritap - Sorcerers of the Seven Gods
Cvltist – s/t
Confrontation – Aggregat 4
Kriegszittern – s/t
The Haunting Presence - The Spirits of Psychological Perplexity
Lvcifyre – Svn Eater
Krypts – Unending Degradation

BAND VS. TANK: CONFRONTATION

Those things'll kill you, ya know?

Those things'll kill you, ya know?

Confrontation’s demo is no less heavy than Spectral Voice’s, but this Dutch duo took the martial route rather than the mystical one and that's why they've not garnered as much attention. This is simply too unyielding for some people, I guess. There’s nothing spiritual, superstitious or symbolic about Fieseler Fi 103. It's warfare-obsessed death doom played with Rippikuolu’s brawn and Godflesh’s audacity. And the full length is already out!

OTHER GREAT TAPES TO HUNT DOWN

  • Ruin - Spread Plague Hell -- North Dakota Axe & Chainsaw Death Metal
  • Vomit Breath - Confessions of a Necrophiliac Priest -- Uncomfortably close
  • Cryptic Excision - Ufologore -- Dan Aykroyd’s #1
  • Pneuma Hagion - Trinity I -- Wonders still revealing themselves . . .
  • Teratogenesis - Deformed Sexuality -- Get radioactively wasted!
  • Impure Consecration - Grave Maledict -- Further corrupted by The Throat’s dub job
  • Qrixkuor - Rehearsal 09/15 -- Literally blood-soaked
  • Patibulum - Ninurta's Call Heeded -- Promising & unique

That's it for this installment. Be sure to check back next week for episode 2, featuring more top picks from other influential shadows in the underground with a focus on the colder, darker side of the underground tape trade. Until then . . . Stay analog!

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