A Killjoy's Guide to the Underground: Chapter III

Written by: Troy Killjoy
Published: 14.06.2012

Archaic Winter - Demon


Who doesn't like old-school thrash-infused do-it-yourself black metal? Worthless waste-of-space meat sacks taking up my oxygen, that's who. Demon is a shot of adrenaline and a kick in the throat of the current black metal scene, bucking the trend of depressive atmospheres and pristine productions, keeping the genre's origins intact. The way these guys perform you'd think it was 1995 again, sacrificing goats on stage with obtrusive medieval weaponry while howling incantations to summon all kinds of ungodly spirits. Sure it's raw, but don't call them primitive: there are some excellent melodic riffs on this demo, and the shrieks are pure evil.

Listen: http://archaicwinter.bandcamp.com/


From the Ashes - Destruction's Dawn


In spite of an incredibly... let's say, "thin" production, From the Ashes manage to pull out a rather grim and haunting listen. The experience isn't exactly Lurker Of Chalice-esque, with more simplified chugging riffs and slowed down drum beats dominating the mix, but the pseudo-apocalyptic vibe and loathsome atmosphere make for a pretty daunting task. The keyboards are buried in the background to support the chugging buzz-saw riffing, but the pace-changing antics keep the listener on their toes. At times there seems to be hints of a neo-classical-inspired technique, but this never goes beyond a few "classical" riffs. Melodic and somewhat groovy, but not to the point of leaving the black metal realm.

Listen: http://ftaband.bandcamp.com/album/destructions-dawn


Heil - Demo II


Talk about a raw production - a cassette tape recording of some seriously primitive, intense, slow-paced crust punk. So it's not strictly black metal - or even primarily rooted in black metal - it still kicks your bitch ass back to before your dad nutted up in your mom's ladyparts. The hardcore vibe and chugging brutality are as off-putting as it gets, with heavy distortion and muffled raspy shouts just for the sake of testing your limits. Think you can rock a jackhammer at full throttle with a monolithic migraine? Then give Heil your undivided attention. Also, try to stop thinking of your parents having sex.

Listen: http://heil.bandcamp.com/


Hermóðr - Hermóðr


You know what I like? Concise, accurate descriptions. Such as the one on Hermóðr's Bandcamp page: "Debut demo from this buzzy Swedish black metal act. Three captivating and entrancing hymns." You don't say. I'm just trying to figure out a fancy way to stretch this explanation into a few more sentences so I don't look as lazy as I really am. I know, I'll just throw a few names out there... An Autumn For Crippled Children, Old Silver Key, Hypomanie, Heretoir. Check it out if you like fuzzed out, down-tuned, uplifting-yet-depressive atmospheric black metal with all those ethereal post-rock and shoegaze elements.

Listen: http://fallenempire.bandcamp.com/album/herm-r


Laster - Wijsgeer & Narreman


You know what else I like? Rembrandt. And evidently so do Laster, a two-man project from the Netherlands (see: album artwork). Their style of black metal is fuzzed-out and atmospheric, not unlike Hermóðr, but much less airy and more direct in its approach. The demo is a concept album based on Goethe's Faust, and the atmosphere is reflective of the play's tragic nature, at times seemingly wallowing in self-pity, while at others, simply wallowing for the sake of wallowing. Think Woods Of Desolation without all the happy, and a little added pretentiousness.

Listen: http://laster.bandcamp.com/album/wijsgeer-narreman


Nunfuck - Confessions


At the end of the day, sometimes you just need to unwind to some beautiful, charismatic gospel music. To let the message of God permeate the soul is an otherworldly experience, a divine and ultimately incomparable majestic journey through spiritual landscapes. Of course, other days require a heavy dosage of Nunfuck - a porngrind-esque raw black metal group of scat-tastic facefucking bestality-endorsing blasphemers supporting the only true message man needs: if it has a hole, you can fuck it. If you can't even jack off to the intro then don't even bother talking to me if we ever meet IRL. Think Anaal Nathrakh members raping the wolves in Catamenia while Impaled Nazarene fistfuck headless goats in the background. Then an anal-prolapsed Rompeprop member shits on everybody. Good times.

Listen: http://nunfuck.bandcamp.com/


 



Written on 14.06.2012 by
Troy Killjoy
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Mr. Doctor - 14.06.2012 at 17:29  
FUCK YOU TROY!

I still haven't checked out the second issue xD
snake? snaaaake! - 14.06.2012 at 17:30  
Think Anaal Nathrakh members raping the wolves in Catamenia while Impaled Nazarene fistfuck headless goats in the background. Then an anal-prolapsed Rompeprop member shits on everybody. Good times.

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Troy Killjoy - 14.06.2012 at 17:30  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.06.2012 at 17:29
I still haven't checked out the second issue xD

Catch up! I'm seriously digging up some good music here. >>
Troy Killjoy - 14.06.2012 at 17:32  
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 14.06.2012 at 17:30
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That's what I imagined in my mind while listening, and just thought... you know what, this needs to be expressed. I need to tell the others what I have seen. This information needs to be spread quickly and efficiently. This article was the best way to go about it.
silenius - 14.06.2012 at 17:48  
Nunfuck are awesome xD, nice to see them on here
Boxcar Willy - 14.06.2012 at 18:28  
A new nunfuck album? Sweet. I feel awesome knowing I've headed most of these already

I love demos
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.06.2012 at 19:50  
Two Dutch bands this time around?
Troy Killjoy - 14.06.2012 at 19:54  
They're taking over, Marcel.
Bad English - 15.06.2012 at 01:51  
Troy in MA is better album artowrks for nunfuck and if we judge from it its best but now

Sun and his last journey is my fav song from todays bands and guess what band .... yes Svensk one
Troy Killjoy - 15.06.2012 at 05:04  
Written by Bad English on 15.06.2012 at 01:51
Troy in MA is better album artowrks for nunfuck and if we judge from it its best but now

The band's official Bandcamp page features the cropped version so that's the one I went with. According to MA they split up this year as well... kind of sucks the big one. :/
Bad English - 15.06.2012 at 13:42  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 15.06.2012 at 05:04

Written by Bad English on 15.06.2012 at 01:51
Troy in MA is better album artowrks for nunfuck and if we judge from it its best but now

The band's official Bandcamp page features the cropped version so that's the one I went with. According to MA they split up this year as well... kind of sucks the big one. :/


I heard song some time ago, I dont remeber where and I thing all 3 songs from demo was somewhere online
Slayer666 - 15.06.2012 at 19:48  
Hermóðr was pretty sweet, just what I've been craving for recently.

I knew there had to be some use for you after all, Troy.
Troy Killjoy - 15.06.2012 at 19:54  
Written by Slayer666 on 15.06.2012 at 19:48
I knew there had to be some use for you after all, Troy.

With the exception of these articles, my life is indeed without purpose.
Slayer666 - 15.06.2012 at 20:09  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 15.06.2012 at 19:54

With the exception of these articles, my life is indeed without purpose.


Pfft, whose isn't?
We are, after all, tiny bags of meat tagging along for the ride on a big rock, which is also an insignificant spec of dust flying through infinite nothingness.
Fade To Black - 28.06.2012 at 21:07  
I thought all these bands were great but I thought "Archaic Winter" was the best. Just my two cents.
Troy Killjoy - 29.06.2012 at 05:32  
Written by Fade To Black on 28.06.2012 at 21:07
I thought all these bands were great but I thought "Archaic Winter" was the best. Just my two cents.

I honestly wasn't expecting anyone to consider them the best but their demo is far from bad. Glad you liked it.
Troy Killjoy - 06.07.2012 at 18:12  
Chapter IV will be pushed back to August 15th for various reasons. Just so everyone knows.
Mr. Doctor - 06.07.2012 at 22:05  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 06.07.2012 at 18:12

Chapter IV will be pushed back to August 15th for various reasons. Just so everyone knows.


Gives me time to check out this one (at least I'm done with part II)

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