A Killjoy's Guide to the Underground: Chapter II

Written by: Troy Killjoy
Published: 15.05.2012

Barrowlands - Demo 2012


If you like your black metal wrapped in a warm, fuzzy blanket, then Barrowlands is a name you'll want to remember. This 2012 demo - unsurprisingly titled Demo 2012 - features more than just a smothering production, though. These Americans (from Portland, the same place as some other dark folk/metal band) take the somewhat more ethereal approach to black metal, with soft melodies and illusory riffs. Backed by some muffled screams and some beautiful background cello riffs, Barrowlands have certainly laid the foundation for what could be a significant future in the metal scene.

Listen: http://barrowlands.bandcamp.com/


Dhampyr - Ashes of the Frail/Untitled


Jesus (Mother of Mary - no wait...) I've heard the wail of a banshee, and he goes by the name of Xosfur. Seriously, this guy joins Nattramn (Silencer) as one of the most bizarre black metal vocalists out there. But it's appropriate, being that Dhampyr's brand of crusty black metal is just as ugly and horrid. In a good way of course, but not the best. Some of the riffs tend to blend together and force the songs as a whole to do the same, even though the DIY production mixes up sound quality from time to time. With subtle ambient elements and a relatively thin atmosphere, this confusing demo will likely be judged for its black and white, but not its grey.

Listen: http://brokenlimbsrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/ashes-of-the-frail-untitled-demo


Iprit - Second Demo


Iprit's second demo... entitled Second Demo... is a fast-paced, energetic rush of thrashing old school black metal that could easily pass for a full-length if not for its shortened run time. The mix of brutal growls and pitched shrieks adds to the rough vibe, though this isn't an over-the-top kind of extreme. The riffing is pretty straightforward and the blasting drums contribute to the simplistic-yet-seasoned sound, and in spite of maintaining a high-octane approach, you aren't left feeling as if the music is too abrasive due to some catchy hooks and a fun cover of D.R.I.'s "Money Stinks" to close things out.

Listen: http://iprit.bandcamp.com/album/second-demo


Silence the Earth - Through My Veins​ (​In A Minor)


This beautifully composed one-track demo features an eponymous track that lifts slightly from the likes of Mozart and Pensées Nocturnes, but has a nice voice of its own. Technically the lack of voice is what makes this such an engaging listen, as you're able to focus on the neoclassical ambiance laid down by some subtle cello work that accompanies the overwhelming piano. This track could easily work as an introduction to a Lifelover or Coldworld release, and given the direction the man behind the music wants to pursue, fans of this sound will have more of the same to look forward to in the (hopefully) near future. Consider this an exception to the typically blasphemous nature of this article.

Listen: http://silencetheearth.bandcamp.com/track/through-my-veins-in-a-minor


Skumlord - Die Galle


If you consider yourself the kind of person who actively seeks out vile and disgusting art forms, or at least takes pleasure in listening to vile and disgusting music, Die Galle is definitely a must-listen for you. The raunchy, choking growls and howling shrieks are about as off-putting as it gets, and the minimalistic raw music that all but takes a back seat to the hyena barking into the mic for about 15 minutes isn't any less putrid. But there is a sense of... warmth, thanks to the fuzzy guitar tone - although that's not as noticeable as the sounds of a man taking a diarrhea dump through your speakers, so you might not take solace in that one "redeeming" quality. Acceptable for fans of scat porn or people who suffer from this.

Listen: http://skumlord.bandcamp.com/


Void Forger - Ruined


Void Forger's Ruined demo is a solid mixture of crusty blackened sludge and doom-infused death metal, backed up by a gritty production that gives an already heavy sound even more weight. Approaching the 20-minute length with only three songs, this demo is an excellent example of what listeners can expect from the band in the near future: extreme, crushing instrumentation that paints an ugly picture; a raw, lo-fi production that accompanies the grainy guitar tone perfectly; and catchy, groove-laden riffs to take the edge off while songs continuously change paces. These three tracks represent what extreme metal is meant to sound like, and the complete package is given an even darker vibe thanks to the tortured shouts of the vocalists.

Listen: http://voidforger.bandcamp.com/


 



Written on 15.05.2012 by
Troy Killjoy
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Mr. Doctor - 15.05.2012 at 11:36  
Hmmmm This seems like it's going to be even better than the first article. Gonna check them all out after Uni and come back with a full report.
Sync - 15.05.2012 at 14:21  
Wow for a split second I thought that Iprit demo was Fanisk.
Boxcar Willy - 15.05.2012 at 14:40  
I have the Void Forger Demo, I enjoyed it a lot

Will try to check out the others though.
Troy Killjoy - 15.05.2012 at 15:22  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 15.05.2012 at 11:36
Hmmmm This seems like it's going to be even better than the first article.

I hope so. Obviously not every issue can be an improvement being that it relies on new releases living up to a certain standard but this issue was incredibly fun to write being that pretty much every demo involved was in no way a chore to get through. Even the "worst" release(s) here should at least have a "decent" vibe, but there's nothing here to lose your lunch over.
Troy Killjoy - 15.05.2012 at 15:23  
Written by Sync on 15.05.2012 at 14:21
Wow for a split second I thought that Iprit demo was Fanisk.

Probably the closest we'll get to adding an NS band.
Apothecary - 16.05.2012 at 07:07  
Good recommendations... I'd also suggest that you check out this band Astral Melancholy. I haven't been able to find any info on them, since they're not on here or metal archives, but from the info on the youtube account, I think it's a one-man American atmsopheric black metal band with a demo out. Worth checking out, the guy tries to reflect a certain mood with each of his songs, and does so well.
Troy Killjoy - 16.05.2012 at 16:03  
Written by Apothecary on 16.05.2012 at 07:07
Good recommendations... I'd also suggest that you check out this band Astral Melancholy. I haven't been able to find any info on them, since they're not on here or metal archives, but from the info on the youtube account, I think it's a one-man American atmsopheric black metal band with a demo out. Worth checking out, the guy tries to reflect a certain mood with each of his songs, and does so well.

I can check it if he's got a Bandcamp page and the demo is recently released.
BreadGod - 16.05.2012 at 20:01  
Skumlord sounds pretty interesting. I'll have to check them out sometime.
Bad English - 17.05.2012 at 01:43  
Pretty awesome shit you dug up man, I enjoy it werry much give a try all, amd cant choose, hood is not C Cuts and no voting otherwise not possible,
Vombatus - 17.05.2012 at 02:47  
Man, Skumlord is immense ! Nastiest shit I heard in a while.... Fetid black metal !
Troy Killjoy - 17.05.2012 at 03:21  
Written by Bad English on 17.05.2012 at 01:43
Pretty awesome shit you dug up man, I enjoy it werry much give a try all, amd cant choose, hood is not C Cuts and no voting otherwise not possible,

Thanks! This was definitely a strong issue and glad you checked them all out. I didn't want a voting option as I didn't care for popularity and just wanted to help promote the underground.
Troy Killjoy - 17.05.2012 at 03:22  
Written by Vombatus on 17.05.2012 at 02:47
Man, Skumlord is immense ! Nastiest shit I heard in a while.... Fetid black metal !

Definitely! I'm glad I checked it out. I was in need of some fetid shit after going through a few atmospheric/depressive-style albums the past few weeks.
Bad English - 17.05.2012 at 15:35  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.05.2012 at 03:21

Written by Bad English on 17.05.2012 at 01:43
Pretty awesome shit you dug up man, I enjoy it werry much give a try all, amd cant choose, hood is not C Cuts and no voting otherwise not possible,

Thanks! This was definitely a strong issue and glad you checked them all out. I didn't want a voting option as I didn't care for popularity and just wanted to help promote the underground.


I do it all ok if I read its core or some industrial or nu I wobt but generaly I try out all such tytpe of bands in artucles
AngelofDeth - 18.05.2012 at 05:41  
Not really interested in crusty black metal but Iprit and Barrowlands got some sick artwork!
Troy Killjoy - 18.05.2012 at 05:55  
Written by AngelofDeth on 18.05.2012 at 05:41
Iprit and Barrowlands got some sick artwork!

The music isn't too shabby either!
haladflire65 - 18.05.2012 at 06:23  
As a pretty new metal fan, I'm not the type to venture from my comfort zone that much (until recently I've been listening to pretty much only Kamelot and Iron Maiden) but I was pleasantly surprised with Barrowlands, I quite enjoyed that demo of theirs. They remind me a bit of The Foreshadowing's Second World actually, another album that's different from what I usually listen to but I like. I'll be keeping an eye on Barrowlands; thanks Troy Killjoy for introducing them here! I would've never found them otherwise.
Troy Killjoy - 18.05.2012 at 06:26  
Written by haladflire65 on 18.05.2012 at 06:23
As a pretty new metal fan, I'm not the type to venture from my comfort zone that much (until recently I've been listening to pretty much only Kamelot and Iron Maiden) but I was pleasantly surprised with Barrowlands, I quite enjoyed that demo of theirs. They remind me a bit of The Foreshadowing's Second World actually, another album that's different from what I usually listen to but I like. I'll be keeping an eye on Barrowlands; thanks Troy Killjoy for introducing them here! I would've never found them otherwise.

Glad to be of assistance! And - possibly - welcome to the dark side.

Barrowlands seem to be getting quite a bit of attention through this article...
Alex Fenger - 18.05.2012 at 16:52  
Don't know why that Void Forger cover looks so familiar... I'll have to check it out
Slayer666 - 18.05.2012 at 16:55  
Checked out Dhampyr expecting lulz, turns out it was fairly satisfying (minus the vocals).
Troy Killjoy - 18.05.2012 at 16:57  
Written by Slayer666 on 18.05.2012 at 16:55
Checked out Dhampyr expecting lulz, turns out it was fairly satisfying (minus the vocals).

I enjoyed it quite a bit myself. Had to listen a couple times just to separate the music from the vocals and then judge it with them combined, but it's definitely good shit. Not the best, as I said, but not bad.
Slayer666 - 18.05.2012 at 16:59  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.05.2012 at 16:57

I enjoyed it quite a bit myself. Had to listen a couple times just to separate the music from the vocals and then judge it with them combined, but it's definitely good shit. Not the best, as I said, but not bad.


Yea, I feel about the same way about this band as I do about Silencer: "Just shut the fuck up, dude, seriously".
JoeD. - 19.05.2012 at 06:40  
Written by AngelofDeth on 18.05.2012 at 05:41

Not really interested in crusty black metal but Iprit and Barrowlands got some sick artwork!


The cover art Barrowlands used for their demo is by Gustave Doré.
AngelofDeth - 19.05.2012 at 21:01  
Written by JoeD. on 19.05.2012 at 06:40

Written by AngelofDeth on 18.05.2012 at 05:41

Not really interested in crusty black metal but Iprit and Barrowlands got some sick artwork!


The cover art Barrowlands used for their demo is by Gustave Doré.

Very cool thanks for the heads up, this guy is sick! It looks like Watain took inspiration from one of his paintings for their Lawless Darkness release as well..
Troy Killjoy - 19.05.2012 at 22:08  
Written by AngelofDeth on 19.05.2012 at 21:01
Very cool thanks for the heads up, this guy is sick! It looks like Watain took inspiration from one of his paintings for their Lawless Darkness release as well..

Also, Dimmu Borgir.

Look familiar?
AngelofDeth - 19.05.2012 at 23:02  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 19.05.2012 at 22:08

Written by AngelofDeth on 19.05.2012 at 21:01
Very cool thanks for the heads up, this guy is sick! It looks like Watain took inspiration from one of his paintings for their Lawless Darkness release as well..

Also, Dimmu Borgir.

ahhh For All Tid! damm how have I not known who this guy was for so long, this guy is fuckn amazing. gonna see if I can capture some photos nodding to his style..
Verdun_sc - 24.05.2012 at 20:42  
Written by haladflire65 on 18.05.2012 at 06:23

As a pretty new metal fan, I'm not the type to venture from my comfort zone that much (until recently I've been listening to pretty much only Kamelot and Iron Maiden) but I was pleasantly surprised with Barrowlands, I quite enjoyed that demo of theirs. They remind me a bit of The Foreshadowing's Second World actually, another album that's different from what I usually listen to but I like. I'll be keeping an eye on Barrowlands; thanks Troy Killjoy for introducing them here! I would've never found them otherwise.

If you liked Barrowlands, I highly, highly suggest you check out Irrwisch and their self-titled demo. It's incredible.

And Troy, Barrowlands was great. As I said, reminded me of Irrwisch, and I cannot get enough of Irrwisch.
Troy Killjoy - 24.05.2012 at 23:39  
Written by Verdun_sc on 24.05.2012 at 20:42
And Troy, Barrowlands was great. As I said, reminded me of Irrwisch, and I cannot get enough of Irrwisch.

I didn't find it nearly as depressive in nature as Irrwisch, but I can see the similarities in terms of atmosphere.
Mr. Doctor - 14.06.2012 at 19:32  
My favorites were Dhampyr (didn't like the vocals but I only heard them on one track so I don't mind),Barrowlands and the best one definitely Void Forger.
Iprit was also very decent. And Skumlord... It was hilariously awful.

I really liked Silence the Earth but I didn't count them in my first sentence because I hardly believe they belong in the article. Regardless if the next release has BM.
BreadGod - 03.10.2012 at 01:40  
I finally listened to Barrowlands, and I love it. I wrote up a review about it and the band really liked it.

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