Wednesday, February 9, 2011

At Dusk/Idolater - Split (2010)

And here I present you with two bands from Santa Cruz, California (USA), At Dusk and Idolater.

At Dusk is a one-man project headed by Korihor. The songs on this split musically are some sort of a mix of your standard lo-fi BM and some DSBM, additionally with a bit of ambiance. For me, their last song on the split is the high point. The combination of ambiance and faster/heavy BM really drew me in. Themes in this music are a strong appreciation for nature, or "nature worship", and not surprisingly given the name adopted by the single member of this band, vehement anti-Christianity.

Korihor is a prominent skeptic mentioned in The Book of Mormon, in Alma 30. Korihor successfully preached ...that there could be no atonement made for the sins of men, but every man fared in this life according to the management of the creature; therefore every man prospered according to his genius, and that every man conquered according to his strength; and whatsoever a man did was no crime.
Korihor is directly referred to in The Book of Mormon as an Anti-Christ, because he claimed there will be no Christ. Despite a freedom of religion, Korihor's views and teachings alarmed the clerical government, who felt that his views were dangerous to their society. Under his teachings, people had begun to ignore the laws of the land (which were based on the religious beliefs of their society). Under arrest before a high priest, during a hearing for his apparent blasphemy and for causing social discord, Korihor offers a speech in his own defense. Korihor is turned over to higher authority and later gets into an argument with the chief judge and governor, Alma, about the existence of God. Alma refused to accept Korihor's arguments and Korihor finally demanded that Alma show him a sign from God or he, Korihor, would not believe in God. This culminated in Korihor being miraculously rendered deaf and mute, upon which Korihor confessed, in writing, ...I always knew that there was a God. But behold, the devil hath deceived me; for he appeared unto me in the form of an angel, and said unto me: Go and reclaim this people, for they have all gone astray after an unknown God. And he said unto me: There is no God; yea, and he taught me that which I should say. Cast out, Korihor became a beggar and was later trampled to death by a group who had separated themselves from the main Nephite society.
- Quote Wikipedia ("Korihor")

Idolater, another one-man project, and is also a fairly lo-fi production, amongst other similarities. A markedly rough vocal style, and perhaps less ambient (and less DSBM). Lyrically, perhaps a more intense anti-Christianity than At Dusk, and I feel the lyrical similarities end there.

Idolater actually has the two songs on this split on a full length, Black Sexual Blasphemy. As I've read elsewhere on the matter, it's a bit more of a "teaser" in that way, as opposed to a proper split.

For those into more dark/lo-fi stuff.

Album Name: At Dusk/Idolater - Split
Band: At Dusk/Idolater
Genre: DSBM/Black Metal
Year: 2010
Track Listing:

At Dusk
1.Invocation of Ancient Power03:10
2.Colder Than the Merciless Snow06:28
3.End of Being05:02
4.My Flesh, A Pittance05:32
5.The Profaned Temple05:29
6.Forsaken, Betrayed07:30
7.Lux Et Luxuria06:38
8.The Passion In My Heart05:25
Total playing time45:11


1 comment:

  1. At Dusk has abandoned the abomination that is myspace.




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