tiistai 19. elokuuta 2014
Arckanum - Rehearsal 31.01.1994
1) Gava fran trulen
2) Et sorghetog
RGhost / Yandex
Let's do some of my old stuff for change, as I sort of promised here's something from Sweden again and it's a bit better known name I believe, a short rehearsal tape from Arckanum. As the date should reveal, this was recorded before the "Trulen" demo and both songs would later reappear on that tape as well as the first two albums, one for each of them. I got this from a tape trader who probably got it either from another one or Shamaatae himself, he used to trade tapes too back in the days. Obviously had no cover, I just felt like making one that'd look like a crude bootleg 7"EP. Fun things are fun.
If you're into old Arckanum, you probably at least recognize both these songs, but for change something is very different here, "Et sorghetog" is much longer than the demo and album versions. Though I'm not sure if they just launch into another (short) track I failed to recognize or if it indeed used to be a longer track like here presented. "Gava fran trulen" isn't notably different. Sound is fair but the tape has wear and sounds like it had been dubbed more than enough times already so I suspect my trader didn't get this directly from the band. Everything is audible enough and the wear isn't that bad so don't be scared. Recommended obviously to Arckanum fans, people into Swedish black metal demos and rehearsal tape collectors.
maanantai 18. elokuuta 2014
Moonlight Magazine, issue 1 (winter 1996/1997)
Ok, let's try this sober for change, here's some light reading for you, the 1st issue of US Moonlight magazine (see what I did there?). So called humour aside this is light reading compared to Petrified 'zine as it is in much smaller size (whatever Americans substitute for A5) and 32 pages of content, a few of which contain pictures or ads. Why am I comparing this to Petrified? Because this is basically a continuation of that 'zine, with Thorns still on the helm and Lance Gifford freelancing. I don't know if they released more issues of this either and I'm not even sure where I got my copy, could it have been from some record shop? Or distro, sent as bonus or something like that? Anyways, I'm under the impression this was pretty much sent around as sort of FMP promo which might be incorrect. It's a pretty good, quick read though, I've always liked these small 'zines for some reason. The interviews vary in length quite wildly, from the very short Bethzaida one (contributed by Eric of SOM) to the very lengthy one with Blackmoon, then still with Dark Funeral. It's not Petrified, but worth checking out.
perjantai 15. elokuuta 2014
Samain - An Leanábh Naomh (Bríste) demo 1994
1) A'Cruinneachadh NanUan
2) Stormclouds Gather
3) A Pagan Funeral
4) The Watchword of Evil Is Darkness
5) Drunk on Holy Blood
6) The Red Field
Ok, still some more contributions and about time we move on, right? This one was sent a few months ago by brother Wehrwolf and it was a rip of thing that was supposed to appear on a compilation but as far as I've understood that never happenend and since it'd be a bleeding shame his work ripping the demo and scanning the covers would've gone to waste I'm publishing it here. And if you got curious please check out the actual re-relase of Samain's stuff.
Speaking of which, the older among you might be surprised/disappointed by the fact that this is not Sadistik Exekution / Bestial Warlust / Spear Of Longinus - vein brutal ass war holocaust winds howling in the depths of abyss swirling with cycles of piss across the sullen face of Kalki. Rather, this is more like the classic pagan black metal sort of music, not the Polish vein, but an uncouth, almost silly down under version. Some, nay, most of the six tracks overstay their welcome but on the other hand does this not just add to the 90's charm of the end result? Sound is fair enough and the music isn't really so embarassing so I'm not sure why they won't add this to the retrospective I've understood is in the works. Good sound, not at all the typical OZ era feel so give 'em a go and buy... whatever the release is/will be if you like folky/"celtic" 90's metal.
Brandpest - Rehearsal 1996
2) Troldens Brud
Mediafire / Deposit
I'm drunk and on the mood to complete a cycle so here I post the last unreleased thing contributed by brother Chris, a rehearsal tape by Brandpest. This is two tracks of black metal, sort of raw and obviously different from the previous recording. The sound is utter shit but that's why you have the volume button on the machine for.
Yeah I should probably come up with something smart here, but sorry no score, just crank up the volume at lot and see if you give a crap, it's nothing to write home about, but at least it's a rare item and other than Denial Of God live tapes. Which I'd love to score, audio preferably. But coming back to this, it's probably a thing for the curious and collectors of Danish black metal.
Coming up. Swedish or Finnish stuff.
Looks like the Mediafire link was a bit screwy, I've fixed it now. I shouldn't really be near a computer when I'm drunk.
tiistai 12. elokuuta 2014
Brandpest - I Fandens Vold og Magt EP 1998
2) Monstrum Marinum (Kraken)
3) Sagen om Chresten Pedersen
Mediafire / 4shared
Now that I've somewhat recovered from Jalometalli it's about time I continue with Chris's contributions (see the Apollyon posts) and here's some more Danish black metal, Brandpest's EP 1998 which was on the same mixtape. Brandpest shared several members with Apollyon and released a demo tape in '96, this EP two years later and nothing more. Unless someone whips out an unreleased recording, that is. As this isn't a vinyl rip I didn't go look for full cover images, just picked up the cover from M.A.
Intro, outro and two songs for just over ten minutes is pretty standard for a black metal 7" and usually leaves the listener hungry for more. Brandpest's material is rougher and more in your face than Apollyon's. Not bestial war metal way, mind you, there's guitar leads and all. The sound is quite demo-like, which is not a bad thing, it has a fair bit of power to it too. A recommendable EP whether you enjoyed Apollyon or not as it clearly is different, closer to Denial Of God actually. Not bad at all.
torstai 7. elokuuta 2014
Moonspell - Live in Zürich, Switzerland 13th October 1995
1) Wolfshade (A Werewolf Masquerade)
2) Love Crimes
3) ...of Dream and Drama (Midnight Ride)
4) An Erotic Alchemy
5) Lua d'Inverno
6) Alma Mater
Zippyshare / Yandex
Once again I'm posting a live tape the night before going to a festival and probably unsurprising, it's Moonspell '95. At least this time I have the excuse of mr. Dominik Matus requesting me to upload whatever live recordings I may have left in the vaults. So, we start with this one which I had kind of forgotten in the ready items folder. This naturally was sent by a tape trader so it is a dub of unknown generation, though the sound is fairly good. A really half-hearted cover of the cuddly wolves thrown together by a lazy blogger.
Decent sound like I said, this is a little shorter gig again, though not as short as the ones during the "Battle of the Ages" tour supporting Immortal & Morbid Angel (most I have posted are from that), this lasts a bit less than 28 minutes. It appears the person who recorded this missed a possible intro as well as the start of the first track. Not too much missing so shouldn't be a grave issue. Personally I'm quite pleased they changed the set by dropping "Vampiria" (unless they played it first and it's missing) and adding "An Erotic Alchemy" to its place. Yup, not really a lot to say as I've posted already a few of these gigs. This has a bit better than average sound so I suppose this'd be a good spot to start if you haven't dared to pick up these live recordings before. I'm off to sleep and to Jalometalli in the morning.
keskiviikko 6. elokuuta 2014
Ichor 'zine, issue 2 (summer 1997)
Cradle Of Filth
Gates Of Ishtar
+old news, reviews, awesome art
Zinezeit, here's a Finnish one I scanned already in June and was actually going to post earlier but then I didn't. Again courtesy of brother passetiermes' generosity in lending these to me for scanning, we salute you! Ichor 'zine was made by Striga of Arthame and co-editor, who for this issue was a mysterious Juha, and at least two issues were made (obviously). The guys also ran a distro/productions of same name with, according to this issue, three other guys and were planning on releasing some demo tapes. Not sure what happened to those plans, perhaps someone more versed in the Vantaa-lore might enlighten us?
Yeah, so it's a Finnish black (mostly) metal fanzine made by a guy with a synth-project. With a memorable backcover art. Is this worth my time? you ask, disinterested look on your face while you sip absinthe, lying vacant-eyed on a divan, surrounded by swirling smoke of burning incence and the faint light of flickering candles. Yes, it is. As seen above, the band roster is interesting and not filled with the most predictable household names of the day. No Behemoth, Marduk or Mortiis this time. It's neat and clear in regards to lay-out, no overtly fancy computer-shenanigans... well ok, it actually looks quite a bit like Kill Yourself!!! now that I think about it. Not as much as Amortization did, though. The look is not the only similarity, the editor gets occasionally agitated and "argues" with the interviewees, as much as you obviously can in an interview made by letter that is. See Graveland for an example, or the Gates Of Ishtar one. I've always found this a bit unfair for the interviewee but understandable enough, the editors are of course entitled to their opinions but it's a bit one-sided when the other part won't have a chance to respond anymore. I'm digressing again, am I not? Right, it's an entertaining read, despite or because of the editors' attitudes (they are more of the booze'n'metal school rather than artsy intellectual-wannabes). Standout interviews include Malign, Graveland and Kyprian's Circle (mainly since I haven't read any before). Horna interview was made over phone which makes it a bit different from the others. Recommended reading.