Thursday, October 28, 2010

Leech (+ The Funeral Pyre & Thou) - Discography

And now let's look at some of the more famous (well, some more than others), early Cascadian BM bands.

First, I want to present the "heathen primitivists", Leech from Oregon.

To discover the politics of this band, you need not go far. The release, Against Leviathan!, is a great example.

Against His-Story, Against Leviathan! is a 1983 book by Fredy Perlman, for which he is best known. It is a personal critical perspective on contemporary civilization and society. The work defined anarcho-primitivism for the first time, and was a major source of inspiration for anti-civilization perspectives in contemporary anarchism, most notably on the thought of philosopher John Zerzan.

- From Wikipedia.


The packaging is a 12-page zine
detailing the band's anarcho-primitivist sentiments, with the booklet
essentially serving as a primer.

-  From (article - "Leech - Against Leviathan!")

Musically speaking, Leech adhere to a more traditional lo-fi sound. So they deviate a bit from your standard Cascadian BM, not so atmospheric, different sound of production. At the same time however, their sound differs greatly from release to release. The comment that appears to be repeated in this vein, is that from release to release, due to the differences in sound, it almost sounds like a different band.  I am not a huge listener of them, but I certainly did enjoy their last release, the split with Thou. Certainly this post will get me listening to them more.

Can't find a myspace (or official website) for these guys. Guess they don't like technology ;)

Album Name: Ten Black Hymns
Band: Leech
Genre: Blackened Folk/Doom Metal
Year: 2005
Track Listing:

1.Hymn 102:58
2.Hymn 203:19
3.Hymn 303:38
4.Hymn 402:42
5.Hymn 506:09
6.Hymn 6 (Instrumental)02:24
7.Hymn 702:24
8.Hymn 806:05
9.Hymn 905:12
10.Hymn 10 (Instrumental)02:42
Total playing time37:46


Album Name: Ten Black Hymns
Band: The Funeral Pyre/Leech
Genre: Melodic Death, Black Metal/Blackened Folk,Doom Metal
Year: 2006
Track Listing:

The Funeral Pyre
1.The Last Breath of Man07:42
2.The Greatest Burden03:24
3.On the Eve of Battle03:54
Total playing time15:36


Album Name: Against Leviathan!
Band: Leech
Genre: Blackened Folk/Doom Metal
Year: 2005
Track Listing:

1.At Once, Our Home Was Overcome By a Roar Which Tore Through Our Hearts, Silencing the Wind and the Quiet Songs of the Birds; We Realised What We Had Lost, and Began to Call to Her.11:40
2.Chained to the Ghost of a Lie, We Blindly Stumble Toward Our Death, Stopping Occasionally to Kick (But Never Question) the Rotted Carcass At Our Feet Which Slows Our Pace.09:29
3.True History of Mankind (Live)06:17
4.A Long Forgotten Path (Live)06:04
5.I Saw a Hole in the Man, Deep Like a Hunger He Will Never Fill...02:21
Total playing time35:51


Album Name: Ten Black Hymns
Band: Thou/Leech
Genre: Sludge, Drone, Doom Metal/Blackened Folk, Doom Metal
Year: 2008
Track Listing:

2.Here I Stand Head in Hand08:03
3.Rats and Mice and Swarms of Lice06:07
4.The Defeatist's Lament02:52
Total playing time39:45


Unfortunately, couldn't find this demo, but it appears that stuff appears on other releases mostly.

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