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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Album review for DEATH FETISHIST - Clandestine Sacrament

Clandestine Sacrament is the debut full length album from Black Death Metal band Death Fetishist with two EP's released earlier in February this year. Formed in 2015 by Matron Thorn of Ævangelist, Benighted In Sodom, PrÆternatura and G. Nefarious of Panzergod and Daemoniis ad Noctum these guys are certainly no strangers to creating atmospheres of darkness and mayhem. With influences from ambient, black, death and other music; this album explores the many dark corners of the depraved human mind, inverting all that is good and worshiping all that is unholy.

"Somewhere in the rift between madness and catharsis is the true nature of Death Fetishist."

Clandestine Sacrament is a truly dark album with hypnotic and unorthodox guitar riffs that may induce a trance like state along with a more than casual lust for chaos and bad behaviour. The atmosphere of the album is very choked up; not in a claustrophobic way, but more in a Michael Hutchence hanging from a door knob kind of way... auto-erotic asphyxiation followed by accidental death by misadventure. In excess indeed; beware thrill seekers! No one ever catches the dragon, though they keep trying. Clandestine Sacrament has an aura of the darker sides of sexuality, evoking images of BDSM, studded leather and esoteric sex magick in dark ritual chambers where all fetishes are catered for by mysterious hooded vixens and relentless, alluring temptresses.

Interview with JR Robinson of Wrekmeister Harmonies

What were you doing before starting Wrekmeister Harmonies; and what inspired you to start the project?

I pumped gas, worked in a hardware store, drove a milk truck, was a stagehand in a theatre for a while….read some books, watched films, walked around a whole lot. 

You have performed live in many interesting places. Do you have a favorite location to date; and what would be your ideal location for a live performance?

Favorite location to date was this church in Bruges that had a pond inside. Maybe it was a reflecting pool but it wasn’t deep. I think the ideal place would be in a dark alley of a crowded night market on some side street in Taipei. 

I have seen that you play the guitar, do you play any other instruments and do you have a preferred instrument for your compositions?

Guitars seem to work best.  

Your music has a very organic sound and progression. Do you use the natural world as inspiration for your compositions?

Not really. I recently went camping and had zero inspiration. To be honest I hadn’t slept in a tent in about twenty years so the expectations were very low. 

Your bio on Bandcamp states; "Lightness fades into darkness, while innocence succumbs to the evils of the modern world". What do you think are the major evils of the modern world?

I’m sorry to report that upon waking on any given day it seems like I’m confronted with a multitude of major evils, probably just like you. It’s how you deal with them that matters. 

Even though you use different musicians and ideas, the end result is always identifiable as Wrekmeister Harmonies. Is texture important in your music?

I think so. I try very hard to have different layers and textures that attempt to communicate various emotions, with or without words. Sometimes it works out. 

In your compositions, is there any wiggle room for the musicians to improvise or is it strict adherence to the composition? 

The best thing about collaborating is allowing space for improvisation. Trying to maintain too much control of the situation would not be very productive. 

You seem to have a certain way with people as you get to collaborate with so many great and sometimes elusive artists, have you ever had any conflict working with others?

I had a job tending bar once and the boss was always drunk. It seemed like every day there was some sort of conflict with that guy. What a pain in the ass….always criticizing and once he called me on my day off about some completely inane bullshit. I had to quit. That was a real drag because I really needed that job but in the end it was for the best. Artistically speaking I’ve had no conflicts and I’m very grateful for that… although Thierry Amar would sometimes give me a hard time about not being interested in playing along to a click track while recording Light Falls. But when that happened I would  just pay attention to his dog Oscar who he brought along to the sessions and pretend like I didn’t hear him. 

I have seen the documentary you did for VICE; 'One Man Metal' and I found it to be fascinating. You are probably one of only a handful of people who have ever gained access to the inner worlds of those three musical projects; Leviathan, Xasthur and Striborg. Is there anything you can tell us that stood out about each encounter with these artists that we did not get to see in the documentary?

Surprisingly Wrest was the most normal. Malefic was always threatening legal action. Sin Nanna seemed genuinely lonely. Personally, I needed about a month to regain some semblance of emotional balance after completing the project. 

Was it you that got a tattoo of Leviathan’s; Howl Mockery At The Cross album cover from Wrest himself?


Saturday, 24 September 2016

Review for: Wrekmeister Harmonies - Light Falls (2016)

Light Falls is the latest album from the ever-changing collaborative effort that is Wrekmeister Harmonies. Composer and master collaborator JR Robinson with trusty sidekick Esther Shaw, form the nucleus of the latest embodiment of Wrekmeister which breaks from tradition with a smaller collective of musicians from Godspeed You! Black Emperor and a more typical album structure of seven shorter tracks rather than one or two long compositions. Despite this drastic change in approach; the familiar sounds, themes and textures of Wrekmeister Harmonies remain fully intact while expressing new realms of atmosphere and emotion. This is a testament to the unique and personal approach applied to JR Robinson's compositions and his versatility as an artist.

Wrekmeister Harmonies is known for compelling live shows at unorthodox and fascinating venues such as museums, mausoleums, cemeteries and many other interesting places such as; the Andy Warhol Museum, the Golden Gate Bridge and Chicago's Bohemian National Cemetery which add to the aura and ambience of the music. Along with the unusual locations are the exceptional musicians that have joined Wrekmeister throughout its many transformations including artists such as; Wrest (Jef Whitehead) of Leviathan, Alexander Hacke of Einstürzende Neubauten, David Yow of The Jesus Lizard, Chip King and Lee Buford of The Body, Marissa Nadler, Sanford Parker of Minsk, the cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, Chris Brokaw of Codeine, jazz composer Ken Vandermark and many more.

It is clear that JR Robinson has a certain way with people. He manages to seek out and uncover the vast talents found in the musical underworld and shed light on dark places that others would only dream of. I think people can sense that this guy is for real; he means what he does and he is an artist with a vision that needs to be fully realised with the assistance of others. A perfect example of this rapport with other artists can be found within the VICE Media documentary 'One Man Metal' in which JR is the host and correspondent. The film uncovers the hidden misanthropic lives and gives us glimpses into the fascinating, obfuscated existences of three elusive Black Metal figures; Wrest (Jef Whitehead) of Leviathan, Malefic (Scott Connor) of Xasthur and Sin Nanna (Russell Menzies) of Striborg. Few people (if any) would have been able to gain access to these artists in the way that JR did. To show how far he was willing to go to prove sincerity and gain trust with Jef Whitehead (who is a tattoo artist by day), there is a scene in which JR books a spot at the tattoo parlour where Whitehead works. He requests a tattoo of the symbols displayed on the album cover of the Leviathan album; Howl Mockery At The Cross (2005). Following this, Whithead agreed to feature in the documentary. He even managed to convince a reluctant Malefic to show his face and drop some vocals for the first time on camera.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Album Review for: öOoOoOoOoOo - Samen (2016) | Avant-Garde Rock

Samen is the debut album from; öOoOoOoOoOo ('Chenille' in French or 'Caterpillar' in English). The unique fusion of avant-garde rock with too many genres and influences to list; a total mind-fuck of perfected abstract art, music and naked bodies. Full range female vocals, at times reminiscent of 'Evanescence' and exceptional musical stylings take the listener on a journey through a schizophrenic multi-verse of experimental extravagance.

Where to start with this album...? Probably a good point would be at the beginning.

To be honest, when I first looked at the band name: 'öOoOoOoOoOo', I thought; what? 'Oooooooooo' like a ghost sound or something... that's pretty lame. Then the album cover/booklet with naked bodies awkwardly lying on top of each other with 'tasteful' full frontal nudity, a man with a very 'suspicious' looking chest and odd, unnatural nude poses shot in what seemed to be a art gallery. I assumed this was going to be some overly pretentious, 'artistic' nonsense; like Yoko Ono's (a'hem)... vocal 'performance' in a gallery that I saw on YouTube.

*See here: (but brace yourselves, it's pretty bad; probably worse than bad).

The type of 'art' only appreciated by anal-retentive c*nts who sip on overpriced sparkling grape juice at a modern art show while contemplating the intricacies of a large canvas painted solid black or attempting to uncover the 'hidden meanings' behind a heap of rotting garbage piled up randomly on a marble floor. I was almost not even going to bother listening to it... but for some reason I grit my teeth and dived in with much hesitation; like eating snails or frog's legs for the first time.

Boy was I wrong... this album is a masterpiece! I was thoroughly seduced and taken full advantage of by this album. Now begins the long walk home from an unknown part of town with slight amnesia, a strange sense of accomplishment, several scratches/bruises, a backwards t-shirt, no money, one shoe and someone else's pants.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Album review for: 'Xalpen - Black Rites' (2016) | Black Metal

'Black Rites' is the first album from 'Xalpen'; an unlikely and unholy congregation of both German and Chilean influences that mercilessly expand on the cult of brvtality that is 'Black Metal'.  Short but not sweet, this album seeks to destroy right from the start as the sound of a blade being sharpened creates tension before heavy guitars and explosive blast beats hit you right where it counts. 

Black Metal is a genre that has been used and abused by all manner of mediocre minstrel and relentlessly recycled by oblivious 'posers' and clueless 'hipsters' ad infinitum; even some of the old greats are now walking memes of hilarity, garden variety generic shit and self-mockery. Others have disowned their roots and scoffed at the hoards of weaklings and oxygen thieves that have dared to call their music 'Black Metal'. Despite all this nonsense and Metal sacrilege, the black light still shines through as it did in the beginning, like a black rose growing out of a pile of putrid human waste and excrement.

'Xalpen' is the "Goddess of the Primordial Waters of the Underworld. Bringer of the infernal hosts from the depths of the abyss and opener of the gateways to the spiritual chaos." 

Thursday, 11 August 2016

GOD IS DEAD - First Rehearsal | Unholy Black Death Metal - Heathen Sound



As Above, So Below

Nietzsche killed God; God Killed Nietzsche.

* Death to monotheism and all of it's soft-headed followers!


Tuesday, 12 July 2016

BAY CITY KILLER - The Second Coming | Abstract Dark Ambient Theme Music


Jesus of Nazareth is back and he's pissed off!

The age of Kali Yuga has seen the laws of the sacred doctrine violated and disobeyed.


To once again restore the cosmic balance down on Earth; Jesus M. F. Christ has come again to gather the lost sheep and cast the demons into the firey depths of Hell where they belong.


JC brings a new covenant, one which must be respected:
Walk in the path of light; or get dismembered by my shotgun.

The shotgun of Christ compels you.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Music Inspired By MGSV: 'The Phantom Pain' - 'SHALASHASKA' and 'KAZUHIRA'

'SHALASHASKA' | Epic/Ambient
Tactical espionage action in the deserts of Afghanistan.


'KAZUHIRA' | Epic/Ambient


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Saturday, 18 June 2016

What is Freedom?


What is Freedom?

Freedom is the carrot 
that leads the donkey.

Freedom is sold wholesale
in a seedy back alley
for a handful of old coins
in a foreign currency.

Freedom is a state of mind;
the state of which is
mostly blxnd.   

Freedom is something
that was given away,
on the coldest of winters
at the end of the day.

Freedom is something 
that you cannot touch;
but neither is Love
so it doesn't mean much.

Freedom is found
in the twinkle of an eye
that leads one astray
when the truth is a lie.

Freedom is you,
your head in a bag,
your arms by your sides
and your legs in a sack.

Freedom is something you take,
not something you get back.

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Friday, 1 April 2016

OBSCURUM ACOUSTICA - Full Album w/ Bonus Track






Thursday, 18 February 2016

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

LIFE BOAT | Immersive Epic/Dark/Ambient Music

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You find yourself lying there, head spinning, ears ringing. Two dead bodies on the back of the boat.

Through blurred vision you can just make out the trees on either side of the river bank. The air is hot and thick and you are surrounded by jungle and screeching monkeys... you must be somewhere in South East Asia.


The smell of gun smoke and dirty salt water reconciles your mind as you notice all the blood and bullet casings scattered about the hull.

You look to your left to see a pair of intense, friendly eyes staring straight at you, smile on face, cigar in mouth, one arm missing, machine gun in the other.

You look up to the unmanned wheel at the boats control deck.

Well, who could resist...


'Life Boat'

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