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Clandestine Cuts Vol. 11 Issue #7 - Awesome New Demos and EPs


Written by: nikarg, RaduP, musclassia, Starvynth
Published: 08.08.2021


Clandestine Cuts Volume 11, Issue #7
The Metal Storm Demo/EP Spotlight

Brand New Independent Metal Lives Here.
Welcome to the Clandestine Cuts!


Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveller of the metal world, rest here a while. Clandestine Cuts are the best demos and EPs from these bands, the heart and soul of metal music. These musicians are slaves to their passions, and their blood keeps the metal machine alive and turning. Support them with a simple listen, and discover the future.

Metal Storm users: you can vote in the poll below to choose your favourite demo/EP of the issue. The winners each year are nominated in our annual Metal Storm Awards so exercise your rights: this is the one category chosen completely by YOU the readers. Make sure your favourite independent metal is recognized each year!

(Think your band has what it takes to be featured in the Cuts? Email radu_patroiu@metalstorm.net to submit your music.)

In case you're new at this, go back and enjoy our last few issues:

Clandestine Cuts Vol. 11 #06
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 11 #05
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 11 #04

And now to the new music...






Chiliasm - Flesh Over Finite (International)
[Neoclassical / Technical Death Metal]


Every track on this debut EP by Chiliasm is 4'20''-long but this is not a stoner release, as you'd expect. In fact, it is as far from the one-riff-per-hour, slower-than-a-tortoise stoner metal music as possible. Flesh Over Finite is an extremely technical, super-fast, ultra-melodic extreme metal affair that - if not anything else - will leave you in awe of the skills of the three main musicians involved. And with a guestlist of members from bands like Virvum, Bestial Invasion, Equipoise, and Chthe'ilist, you can understand that there is a lot of talent pouring from this release. I have to say that I am not a fan of programmed drums but, hey, this is just the beginning for Chiliasm. On the other hand, the dual vocals (deep death growls and high-pitched blackened shrieks), the neoclassical lead guitar melodies, and the unbelievable fretless bass are the points of reference to focus on. There are four tracks on here competing with each other over which one is the fastest/catchiest/most technical. I don't get the reasoning behind the duration of songs but if there was one purpose that weed could serve in this case, it would be to slow down your heart rate after the exposure to such an overwhelming amount of sonic stimuli.

by nikarg






Mist Tower - Obsession (Ukraine)
[Psychedelic Stoner / Doom Metal]


Mist Tower's Obsession is mostly an EP in name, as it's towering at a pretty long 35 minutes of runtime spread over 5 tracks. Hailing from Odessa, Ukraine, Mist Tower claim to have "gathered to smoke and play music", and listening to Obsession I can attest that that's most likely true. Obsession has a pretty specific stoner sound, where the riffs are both spaced out and massive instead of going with softer fuzzy tones. The whole album is filled with these guitar textures that feel colossal. It sounds like plodding through a mountain of haze with the weight of 10000 drugs on your back. The tone is properly doomy, the production properly hazy, but it's the vocals that could resemble something more akin to alt rock / britpop ran through a trad doom filter that really seal the deal into making this sound more unique than the myriad of other psych bands. Though the whole thing sounds less jammy, the droning repetitions and the amazing guitar textures ensure that this is as hypnotic as it gets, though it's more the kind of hypnotic that beats you into submission rather than relaxing you out of your senses, even if there's some of the latter too, especially in the last two tracks.

by RaduP






Thra - Clairvoyant (USA)
[Blackened Sludge | Death Metal]


Mixes of sludge and death metal aren't exactly that new, even if they're still pretty rare, but Withered, Black Royal or Glacial Tomb all havε had music that blended the two genres. And it seems like sludge and black metal is a bit more of a common occurrence, with stuff like Wolvhammer, Celeste, Lord Mantis, and This Gift Is A Curse among many others. Putting a simple genre tag on Thra is quite difficult. A lot of it is sludge, a lot is doom death, some of it is tinged more with black metal. Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Thra have been putting out quite a few releases, and Clarvoyant is more of a single than an EP, because it is comprised of the titular 12-minute track, and a newer version of a song from their 2019 Gardens Of Rot EP. The production this time is more well-rounded and it stays perfectly between the rawer rotting death feeling and a bit of a punchier doom feeling, while maintaining a bit more cavern in how claustrophobic it sounds. Clarvoyant stays in the doom death side of things a bit more than its predecessors, but the sludge is pretty apparent in the re-recorded version of "Trial By Stone", and judging by how the production quality increased, I'd say it was a pretty good call to re-record it.

by RaduP






Dok Wol - Avenoir (USA)
[Djent | Instrumental Progressive Metal]


A one-man instrumental djent EP might not be everyone's cup of tea, but Avenoir, the second EP from Colorado's Derek Woolley (aka Dok Wol), offers more than just crunchy polyrhythms, so one could be pleasantly surprised. "Anhedonia" does kick off with djent syncopation, but there's also a substantial post-rock side to this song courtesy of the clean guitar, whether it's airy and ambient or more tremolo-driven; the combination of post-rock and convoluted modern prog instrumentation works quite nicely, as does the vibrant synth work briefly featured during "Morii". Avenoir doesn't go particularly outside of the box, although the trappy electronic quasi-interlude "Chrysalism" serves as an intriguing diversion, but the core instrumentation on Avenoir has the intra-song dynamics (see the alternation of ethereal softness and punching grooves on "Kenopsia"), satisfying crunch and impressive technicality to sustain the record's appeal throughout.

by musclassia






Borboropsis - Decorticated Burial Of Delirium (USA)
[Doom / Death Metal]


Borboropsis is a genus of flies in the family Heleomyzidae and its four known species are attracted to carcasses and faeces. It may be a coincidence that Borboropsis consists of four members, but it seems safe to assume that the band name was chosen wisely, because the work of the guys from Dayton, Ohio, sounds exactly as the musical accompaniment to the smell of decay and the slow decomposition of a lifeless cadaver. Decorticated Burial Of Delirium is the band's first EP and the three tracks included can be best described as a blend of cavernous death metal and straightforward, gritty and well-written doom/death, leaning slightly more towards the death side of the genre. Unnecessary gimmicks are dispensed with, which is a further plus point in the band's favour, for even without keyboards and samples they manage to build up an ominous and oppressive atmosphere. Old school doom/death just the way it should be.

by Starvynth






Nexus Imperium - Nexus Imperium (Greece)
[Experimental / Atmospheric Black Metal]


Nexus Imperium is the debut EP of Greek black metal duo of the same name. The band goes a long way back but this is the first official release, since a demo that was recorded by the founder, Synapse (guitars, bass, synths), was never released. According to their Bandcamp page, they are set out to explore space, lifeforms and evolution through dark arts, and this particular EP narrates the beginning of time, when the Cosmos expanded through darkness. I guess it is safe to say that the music is some kind of cosmic black metal and the use of synths plays a big role in that, as is immediately shown from the mood-setting opening track. The blastbeats make their first appearance on "Cosmic Disturbance" but it is the last three songs that are the longer and feel more complete. With these, Nexus Imperium present an interesting and avantgarde-ish take on black metal, sounding like a mix between Blut Aus Nord and Deathspell Omega, with sci-fi, eerie synths and special effects throw in, as well as Attila Csihar-like vocals. This is experimental, dissonant, and atmospheric black metal by a band that shows really big promise.

by nikarg






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09.08.2021 - 10:20
Mehrad

THRA was by far the best one.
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09.08.2021 - 10:40
nikarg
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Written by Mehrad on 09.08.2021 at 10:20

THRA was by far the best one.

Great stuff indeed, but by far?
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09.08.2021 - 12:31
Rufus Valentine

That Borboropsis EP is a serious grower and just edges it for me.

Close second is Chiliasm just for the sheer musicality.

Also enjoyed Thra and Mist Tower - stoner/doom with a side order of grunge and a lead singer that sounds like Ian Astbury will always work for me.

In conclusion: Borboropsis > Chiliasm > Thra > Mist Tower.

Top work as ever
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09.08.2021 - 16:26
Mehrad

Written by nikarg on 09.08.2021 at 10:40

Great stuff indeed, but by far?

Yes, well, not that far I guess lol. Chialism was fun but didn't really grab me and wasn't really memorable to me, wish they brought more classical elements into their sound. Mist Tower was kinda boring (as someone who is a fan of this genre). Borboropsis and Dok Wol were cool too but nothing special really. But Thra was the only one that was great the whole way through, I really liked that, and Nexus Imperium is the second one after that. Got to give credit to Borboropsis for the Beksinski-esque cover though, I've seen a video about that artist on YouTube, he's pretty good.
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09.08.2021 - 17:14
musclassia

Got to agree with Mehrad, Thra was comfortably my pick of this bunch. Did not enjoy Chiliasm (kinda highlighted to me how good that Descensum EP I covered a few months ago was in terms of making tech-death palatable), the other four were all good but I was drawn towards the long song on Thra's record the most
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10.08.2021 - 11:41
AndyMetalFreak
Mr Nice Guy
My ranking would go:

1. Thra 8/10
2. Nexus Imperium 8/10
3. Mist Tower 7.5/10
4. Borboropsis 7.5/10
5. Dok Wol 7/10
6. Chiliasm 7/10
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10.08.2021 - 11:52
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Quite ironic that me, the one who write the Thra writeup, actually prefers Mist Tower
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11.08.2021 - 19:59
nikarg
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Nexus Imperium wins it for me. Mist Tower has the best cover artwork but I also prefer Thra. Borboropsis is very promising (awesome artwork too) and Chiliasm show great technicality. Dok Wol would take my #2 spot, I was very pleased to find it and immediately knew who would want to write about it. So...

1) Nexus Imperium
2) Dok Wol
3) Thra
4) Borboropsis
5) Mist Tower
6) Chiliasm
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12.08.2021 - 11:23
Al-thor

Mist Tower followed by Dok Wol for me, another great selection
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13.08.2021 - 02:19
Uxküll

Chiliasm is great, so much good tech-death this year.
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16.08.2021 - 12:54
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Tage Westerlund
First time djent is in a cuts. Anyway my vote goes to how to say Jurgen lives in Florida..
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18.08.2021 - 01:15
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Borboropsis for me. I felt they had the most mature sound even if it wasn't particularly original. It was dark and brutal which is always welcomed.
Dok Wol was surprisingly close for me considering I usually don't care for prog-related stuff. Surprisingly good atmosphere.
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Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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19.08.2021 - 15:51
Starvynth
i c deaf people
For those who enjoyed listening to Borboropsis: Solitude Productions have also stumbled upon their EP and will release a (cheaper) digital version on Bandcamp tomorrow.
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19.08.2021 - 18:35
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Who created cuts loy out?
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19.08.2021 - 19:04
nikarg
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Written by Bad English on 19.08.2021 at 18:35

Who created cuts loy out?

The current layout with the Bandcamp embeds instead of simple album covers and with the text below each embed is Radu's idea, if I remember correctly. I need someone else to confirm this though because my memory is often betraying me.
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19.08.2021 - 19:36
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by nikarg on 19.08.2021 at 19:04

The current layout with the Bandcamp embeds instead of simple album covers and with the text below each embed is Radu's idea, if I remember correctly. I need someone else to confirm this though because my memory is often betraying me.

I confirm
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21.08.2021 - 17:03
nikarg
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Ok, based on the votes so far, any of the six can win. This is probably a good thing.
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01.09.2021 - 23:05
nikarg
Mod
Written by Guest on 01.09.2021 at 12:13

Nexus Imperium's 4th track 'Expansion'

Yeah, it's my favourite too. Tracks 3 to 5 are sick.
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