Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Nekrasov (+ Moon, Nekros Manteia, Aderlating) - Discography (incomplete)

A friend's project:

Nekrasov, from Australia.

Nekrasov is really a formation of that without aim – of that which comes from the deep black void. For me, personally, it comes through these energies; noise black metal etc. There should be no ‘boundaries’ for such a massive beast. I started doing this so long ago within a very private environment without any intention of release – no one was really doing anything like it and it was something I wanted to listen to! Hahaha. I have been involved in so many bands over the past twenty years, each ‘aiming’ for a style, vision etc. but Nekrasov is a personal beast, encompassing the end of vision, thought, spirit etc.. – and at this point in life that’s where I am most obsessed.

Personally, I have always resonated with both energies – and, when I got into black metal all those years ago, it was considered ‘noise’ – personally I do not see much difference when it comes to attitude or ‘feel’ – of course it depends what you are listening to and how to are relating to it. The great thing about being this feces producing machine (body) and mind etc is that there is no boundary when you choose to create without the aforementioned things considered. To be utterly honest about it, it’s just what I do – it just comes out this way without a forced notion of being this or that – if anything I have really nothing to do with scenes anymore and I do not mean this as an aversion or bitter withdrawal, I just follow my own realm and hopefully provide something unique in the endless pit of mediocre trend ‘empires’.
- Quote here.

Nekrasov is a harsh BM project with strong noise elements, which dictate me describing the overall sound as harsh. It's pretty interesting stuff. Neither painfully lo-fi, nor overly produced hipster-sytle BM, Nekrasov is without a doubt an auditory assault on the senses. Certainly not for the faint of heart, this music may seem difficult to listen to for some (those not into BM, or into more... gentle BM). However, I feel there is a good balance here between raw/BM/ambient/noise, the noise giving it the thrust that keeps you on your toes, and the variations in the BM keep you from getting lost in some sort of drone narcolepsy.

To be fair though, I don't think I'm covering the entire scope of their music. They have a multitude of releases, all with their own nature, which varying to differing degrees from release to release. So the description above has a stronger tendency towards the release of which I have listened to thus far which I have taken a liking to: Perishable Things EP.

Also, has this band as being quite similar to Murmuüre of France. And I'm happy to share some more obscure/unconventional BM on this blog, or at least something not so Cascadian, or even prehispanic.

Great stuff, and definitely check out if you looking for something from the dark side. Haha.

Nekrasov @ bandcamp (Perishable Thing EP available for free download)
Nekrasov Official

[Please note, this incomplete discography is thus, because it is missing the Nekrasov / Humiliation split, and In Solitude And Darkness, The Last Step Is Made full-length.]

Album Name: Into the No-Mans-Sphere of the Ancient Days
Band: Nekrasov
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal/Ambient
Year: 2007
Country: Australia
Track Listing:

1.Freedom From Self-Joy02:34
2.Into the No-Mans-Sphere of the Ancient Days03:35
3.Ashes of the Lords in My Hand13:02
4.Eternal Black Mistress03:14
6.Toward the Black Pain of the Body's Core04:06
7.Barefoot, Ravenous04:47
8.Land is a Mount of Charred Limbs04:30
Total playing time39:47

Album Name: The Form of Thought from Beast
Band: Nekrasov
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal/Ambient
Year: 2008
Country: Australia
Track Listing:

1.Debris; Soul As Dust02:25
2.Mountain Ash04:53
3.Today the Sun a Golden Illusion03:17
4.Dreams of Swallowing, Black Space Expansion05:07
6.Continuum of the Beast03:46
7.And Then Seared That Heart05:45
8.The Form of Thought From Beast20:30
Total playing time48:35

Album Name: The Haunting Resonance
Band: Nekrasov/Moon/Nekros Manteia
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal,Ambient/Black Metal/DSBM
Year: 2008
Country: Australia (all three)
Track Listing:
1.That Which Hunts...15:18
2.Forgotten Spirits11:50
Nekros Manteia
3.The Final Ghost19:58
Total playing time47:10

Album Name: Tramp and Void
Band: Nekrasov
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal/Ambient
Year: 2009
Country: Australia
Track Listing:
1.Tramp and Void 111:40
2.Tramp and Void 201:40
3.Tramp and Void 302:31
4.Tramp and Void 401:43
5.Tramp and Void 505:50
Total playing time23:24

Album Name: Inner Stalker Metrics
Band: Nekrasov
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal/Ambient
Year: 2009
Country: Australia
Track Listing:

1.Inner Stalker Metrics36:24
Total playing time36:24


 Track 1 (side A) by Nekrasov.
Tracks 2-4 (side B) by Aderlating.
- Quote ("Nekrasov - Nekrasov / Aderlating")

Album Name: Nekrasov/Aderlating
Band: Nekrasov/Aderlating
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal,Ambient/Black Metal,Noise,Experimental
Year: 2010
Country: Australia/Netherlands
Track Listing:

1.Qualities of Being Futile and Valueless24:42
2.Chalic of Abalam10:15
3.Ritus Orgia Sanqin06:24
4.Dog Semen06:23
Total playing time47:44


Album Name: On Certainty
Band: Nekrasov
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal/Ambient
Year: 2010
Country: Australia
Track Listing:

2.Nothing in the World Can Convince03:36
3.Belief Part II03:24
4.Madness: Certainty02:16
5.Conviction: Millions of Fragmented Waste00:50
6.Nothing Within Can Convince03:42
Total playing time18:48


Album Name: Cognition of Splendid Oblivion
Band: Nekrasov
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal/Ambient
Year: 2010
Country: Australia
Track Listing:

1.Heresy, Heresy, Heresy Oh, Where Have You Gone?05:52
2.Psychic Epilepsy in the Butchery of Light07:02
3.Sadomasochistic Liberty Through Splendid Isolation21:09
4.Devotion of This Life Allied With Oblivion02:38
5.Calculated Deception; Possessed By Nothing!06:34
6.The Person and the Yawning Abyss05:16
Total playing time48:31


Album Name: Perishable Things
Band: Nekrasov
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal/Ambient
Year: 2010
Country: Australia
Track Listing:
3.Dark At the End of Light02:07
4.O Fool!04:06
Total playing time14:33


Album Name: Extinction
Band: Nekrasov
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal/Ambient
Year: 2010
Country: Australia
Track Listing:
1.We Are Just An Indifferent Interpretation of the Black Plague03:03
3.Matter is the Bastard08:51
4.Void into Nonvoid06:24
5.Pre-Fetal Non-Mantra11:14
6.Chant the Name of God in a Thousand Languages Until All is Blood and Feces03:27
7.No Room for Liberation Found 'Here' Or 'Now'07:43
Total playing time01:00:56


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Marnost - Pukajici svet (2011)

More European stuff, Marnost of the Czech Republic.


[edit] Noun

marnost f.
  1. vanity, futility
- Quote ("marnost")

Along with Altar of Plagues, Marnost comes along as a distinctively Cascadian-style BM that resides both outside of Cascadia, but outside of the continent of North America. Though I can see Eastern Europe as being a hotbed for eco-BM such as this, I honestly thought England or Scandinavia (with their tendency towards radical ecologism) having the stronger fervor for thus. I can never pick these things.

And wow, Marnost really have hit the spot. Though I don't find the vocals as quite perfect, the balanced, structured facets of melody, both electric and acoustic, the intros/build ups, the ambience, and of course the climactic metal riffs. It all makes for a solid release, be it one song, but to their credit, such consistency and high quality of a final product is quite admirable for a debut release.

Their politics are clearly visible on their bandcamp page for those interested.

Apparently they also play in the bands Gattaca and used to play in Dakhma and !ul..

And another must of the Cascadian-style BM fans (and additionally, vegan BM fans).

Marnost @ bandcamp

Album Name: Pukajici svet
Band: Marnost
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Year: 2011
Country: Czech Republic
Track Listing:
1.Pukajici svet14:49
Total playing time14:49

Murmuüre - Murmuüre (2010)

From the Pyrénées in France, Murmuüre.

 Believe it or not, it's been a while since we've been this excited about a black metal band, but this French horde sound like they could have been cooked up in a lab just for aQ. Heavy and fuzzed out, psychedelic and weird as fuck, melodic and sorrowful, abstract and all over the map, within the first minute you'll know exactly what we mean, starting out with this strange little snippet of exotica, that sounds a bit like that cursed idol theme from the Brady Bunch Hawaii movie, the intro becomes this warped soundtrack, all fluttery flutes and strange glitches, we would have been perfectly happy to have a whole record of that, but instead, Murmuure launch into some sort of twisted abstract avant black metal, that is pretty difficult to describe. The sound is echoey and blown out, the riffs aren't traditionally buzzy and black, they're more gnarled and warped and woozy, layered into heaving swells of blackened sound, and shot through with streaks of twisted melody, the drums totally chaotic, slipping from totally free, to stumbling dirge, the vocals are buried and barely audible. There also seems to be all sorts of synth stuff happening, wheezing swatches of washed out chordal whir, as well as crunchy buzzing low end thrum. After a brief melodic interlude, the tape seems to crumble into a woozy circusy dronescape, all stuttering looped sounds, melancholy melodies, lots of hiss and crackle, and then those drums come in again, super loud, and weirdly produced, adding some structure to the whirling black cloud of twisted sound. Like some demented synth driven lo-fi black metal take on Godspeed but run through a whole bank of malfunctioning effects, not to mention the twisted mind(s) that conjured up these alien sounds.
Some of the tracks get downright shoegazey, all washed out and shimmery, the delicate melodies drifting through clouds of muted crunch, laced with an M83 style retro electronic haze, the drums driving this weird black pop into even further reaches of the known black metal universe, one moment it sounds like blackened Cocteau Twins, the next like some post rock band covering Abruptum as covered by Alcest, there are field recordings, long stretches of spaced out collaged soundscapes, but everything is woven together into a single multi movement gloriously blissed out, post black metal psychedelic drone drenched drift, and is just about the weirdest and coolest black metal record we've heard in FOREVER.
Here's one possible reason that this record sounds nothing like most black metal, according to the band:
"All the Murmuure material is based on a one hour guitar improvisation from November 2006. The selected parts were then further edited to fit a rhythmic structure, and merged with additional layers of sound. The percussions are a mixture of the original programmed drums, and some (extremely re-edited) additional live drumming. Vocals were recorded during a cathartic trance at a sacred place in the forest, with a mini-disc recorder. Being almost inaudible in the music, they're strictly conceived as a vocal sigil technique, a vehicle for intent."
Awesome. The sound is dizzying and confusional and so original, and is without a doubt, our black metal record of the year!
- Quote here.

Now if you read that quote, you'll know this ain't for the faint heated. Or at least for those into more traditional styles of BM. If this can even be called that.

Murmuüre is a French ambient BM act, that weaves and intersects through a series of diverse auditory manifestations - simply said, it's experimental of sorts. Mostly instrumental (or mostly inaudible vocals) with elements of lo-fi, electronic/ambience, and various instruments (some giving a slight touch of folk).

It's really interesting music, and though I'm not entirely sure of the lyrical subject matter, an inspection of their blog exhibits interest, if not support, for radical environmentalism. And yet again, this is some sign of the particular nature of French BM, with this tendency towards radicalism - like other elements of its society. I hope to listen to more French BM in the future.

For anyone looking for some BM with something... different.

Murmuüre @ bandcamp

Album Name: Murmuüre
Band: Murmuüre
Genre: Black Metal/Ambient
Year: 2010
Country: France
Track Listing:

1.Primo Vere04:50
3.Torch Bearer02:16
5.L'Adieu Au Soleil05:50
Total playing time29:06



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