But stranger ways that froze on highs, our vision touched the skies

As the trees begin to welcome a rusty hue it is easy to slip back in retrospect of 2013 and think about what we have tried to accomplish with Worm Gear and what we have already obtained. In this respect, this year has been a success, for we have added the talents of Jake Moran to our small roster of writers, people are starting to take notice of our efforts. Readers are beginning to take the time to participate/comment on posts and your numbers are increasing. This week has been our 2nd busiest week in terms of views and we’d like to take a minute to say thanks and hope you stick around. As the weather gets colder, we will become more active in contributing new writings…

Grinding through another week finds a fresh crop of reviews for you to digest. A Sacriphyx interview has been sent out to the band. A Feast Eternal interview is in the works and some others are lurking in the shadows.

So keep us abreast of your playlists, tell your friends and destroy your life for Satan… -Marty

Marty Rytkonen Playlist
Hateful Abandon – Famine (Or Into the Bellies of Worms) Really like this album for their Joy Division meets post black metal style feels so legitimate.
Alcest – Souvenirs d’un Autre Monde
Joy Division – Heart and Soul Box set disc 2 (Featuring Closer and singles)
Ancestor’s Blood – Return of the Ancient Ones
Bauhaus – Vol 1
Arghoslent – Hornets of the Pogrom
King Diamond – Conspiracy
Nirvana – In Utero
Deathrow – Deception Ignored
Denouncement Pyre – Almighty Arcanum

Here’s a little dreariness to tuck you in tonight…

Jim Clifton Playlist
Seidr – Ginnungagap
Obsequiae – Suspended in the Brume of Eos
Autumnal Winds – Embraced by the Ancient / Reflections of Astral Light (evolved into Obsequiae – worth checking out!)
Svarti Loghin – Luft
Fyrnask – Eldir Nott
Gevurah – Necheshirion
Drudkh – Autumn Aurora
Skogen – Vittra
Nhor – Within the Darkness Between the Starlight
Bathory – The Return …
Burzum – Belus
Agalloch – Marrow of the Spirit

Jake Moran Playlist
Branikald – Blikk Av Kald
Slow Walkers – Slow Walkers
Midnight Odyssey – The Forest Mourners
Tempestuous Fall – The Stars Would Not Awake You
Skepticism – Stormcrowfleet
Mount Eerie – Wind’s Poem
Walknut – Graveforests and Their Shadows
Beherit – Drawing Down the Moon
Obsequiae – Suspended in the Brume of Eos
Sivyj Yar – The Dawns Were Drifting As Before

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~ by martyworm on August 28, 2013.

24 Responses to “But stranger ways that froze on highs, our vision touched the skies”

  1. Well gentlemen, congratulations with this little online gathering of freaks you have created. May it live long and prosper!

    Marty> That’s an interesting and eclectic playlist. I’ve recently ordered a couple of early Einstürzende Neubauten records, I guess from there I’ll eventually touch upon Bauhaus too. Read a lot about them. And have you seen that some never released Joy Division material has surfaced (apparently rescued literally from the trash bin). Existing songs in different versions most likely, and maybe some outtakes. With a small discography like that of Joy Division this is most welcome imo. Apparently Peter Hook is negotiating with the finder (who was producer Martin Hannett’s assistant) about getting the tapes back.

    So, playlist:
    Pestilence – Speres. This deserves to be a classic as well imo, instead of being maligned by the Consvming Impvlse Kvlt. A true blend of jazz sensibilities and progressive death à la Death but without getting academic, and fucking eeeevil and heavy too.
    Gorefest – False. Reality – When You Die still gives me shivers.
    Gorefest – Erase. Mmm yeah those barking vocals. Still some great songwriting though.
    Obsequiae – Suspended in the Brume of Eos
    Ordo Obsidium – Orbis Tertius. Bit of a forgotten gem. Majestic black metal/doom.
    Burzum -Fallen
    Burzum -Belus
    Carcass – Swan Song (eagerly awaiting Surgical Steel)
    Ulcerate – The Destroyers of All. Anyone who thinks technical death metal equals limp noodling should hear this. Totally lives up to the title.
    Plus a lot of non-metal: De Kift, The Ex, Double Tandem, Lean Left, Liars and the almighty Swans.

  2. Freak…. Regarding Bauhaus: I would start with the 2 compilations Vol 1 and Vol 2. A great band, but their full-lengths, to me anyway, are really hit or miss. Some amazing material mixed in with filler. And Joy Division… such an amazing band and even though trash bin rarities would be interesting, I wonder if Mr. Hook really wants them released or is just keeping them out of the hands of a would be bootlegger. Either way, would be great to hear as their music and overall presentation is otherworldly.

    I don’t know what’s going on this week, but the non metal stuff is really hitting the spot. Always gotta go in streaks with other musical styles to keep the ears fresh for the more extreme material.

  3. The party keeps going I see. Well, I’ll dig into these reviews later. Glad to see the Spectre Lore split. Excellent stuff, and yes, the length is key there. Con’t from the last conversation, A 17 minute song can be as necessary as a 2:30 song. Just depends on what the piece or whole is trying to achieve emotionally. So there Jim, in your face! You and your fancy way of saying things. Thats stupid! hehehehe.

  4. here is something i highly recommend: http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Mandibula/Sacrificial_Metal_of_Death/269279

  5. Marty> I hear you on the other music styles. I find I enjoy my metal more if alternated with non metals styles. Long periods of straight metal listening always result in me enjoying metal less and less. I put on something like Burzum and all of a sudden notice it just doesn’t hit the spot anymore and then I know it’s time for a non-metal break. This usually doesn’t mean a break from (what some would call) “extreme” music though, as the jazz/improvised/noise/rock stuff I love will probably scare people just as much as extreme metal would hehehe…
    Thanks for the tip on Bauhaus and yeah, Peter Hook, the treacherous cunt… We’ll see.

    Patrick> Mandibula; listening now. Nice, primitive and filthy Venom/Hellhammer/Celtic Frost/early Bathory/Sarcofago worshipping war metal. Hits the spot! \m/

  6. Haha, yes, besides the fuzzy feeling of gratification I have for studying what I wanted really wanted to back in the day, my style of writing is the only other benefit of my otherwise-useless English degree \m/

  7. Congrats on the success of the resurrected Worm, nice to see your traffic picking up.

    Looks like Marty’s feeling a lil’ bit goth this week 🙂 I need to re-visit Joy Division sometime. I didn’t get into them back in the day, but I suspect I wasn’t ready to get into that style of music at the time. Bauhaus are pretty hit or miss for me. For dark, moody, and downright creepy at times ‘goth rock’ (for lack of a better label), one of my old favorites is CHAMELEONS ‘Script of the Bridge’; it’s seriously up there with THE CURE’s ‘Pornography’ in terms of darkness, although it isn’t as bleak start-to-finish and it lacks the jarring production values of ‘Pornography’. Still, tracks like ‘Less Than Human’, ‘Don’t Fall’, and the unholy ‘Here Today’ can seriously fuck with your emotional state. For anyone curious:

    Random aside- one of the writers at the late, great SENTINEL STEEL zine, Natalie V., got me into Chameleons and some other goth/post punk/EBM/futurepop stuff, bands like The Church, Red Temple Spirits, Bolshoi, VNV Nation, Handful of Snowdrops, A23, Apoptygma Berzerk, Behind the Scenes, Star Industry, The Smiths, etc. She did more to expand my musical horizons than anyone else I ever tape-traded with, as she’d send tapes with everything from obscure 80s euro metal like Brainfever and Shire to things like Dead Can Dance, Death in June, and New Model Army. She also had a truly badass homemade WATCHTOWER design on her denim jacket. Cheers to Natalie wherever she is; so long, and thanks for all the tunes 🙂
    Playlist
    Iggy & the Stooges- Raw Power. Greatest punk album ever…? Blows The Ramones and Sex Pistols out of the water.
    Manowar- Hail to England. They were so good in their prime.
    A Shattered Dream- 4-D Society. Obscure 90s US power metal.
    Celtic Frost- Only Demos are Real. Nice-sounding 2 LP boot of demos from 84-85. Cover looks good but packaging is a little odd (B-side of album 2 is blank).

  8. Nightsblood,

    Do you have a suggestion for a good place to start to check out New Model Army. Seem to enjoy every cover version I’ve heard from them…but wanted to avoid bad releases with only one or two good songs. That tends to happen to me when checking out non metal bands. It’s probably because the songs I enjoy are not typical fare for said artists…who knows. Thanks.

  9. I’d say start with The Ghost of Cain (their thirds album). That’s where I started, also because of a cover; Sepultura’s version of The Hunt. Rest of the album kicks ass too. Folk/Rock with a punky attitude and a gloomy vibe. The first two albums (Vengeance, No Rest for the Wicked) are a bit more rock/punk, the fourth (Thunder and Consolation) a bit more folky, The Ghost of Cain has a bit of both.

    Sir Nightsblood, what say you?

  10. Re: NMA, It’s hard to say which album one should start with b/c, as ikben said, they shift styles, so you could hear one album and dislike it but really dig a different one. I’d suggest previewing a few songs from each album on youtube and see if there’s one album/style that strikes your fancy.

    Another band worth mentioning in the goth/post punk/whatever scene was The Mission (aka Mission UK). A more accessible Sisters of Mercy spin-off, they had a great sense for balancing pop sensibilities with goth elements in their songwriting. They could write simple songs that were catchy, pretty, and sad all at once and keep ’em short enough for radio play.

    If he’s lurking out there, a quick hail to the Wizard of Magma for getting me ‘Script of the Bridge’ on CD many years ago; trading a SATAN LP for a CHAMELEONS CD is definitely one of the oddest trades I ever made 🙂

  11. Here is one for everyone. This is in my top 10 records of all time. Its one of the heaviest, coolest and darkest Indie albums I have ever heard. Band: Shiner, album ‘Lula Divina’. Classic among classics. Give this a try.

  12. Patrick, what are your other top 9 records?

  13. Shiizer, i don’t nkow. that would be one of them for sure though. Shostakovich’s Babi Yari, enotombed Left Hand Path, Burzum Filosefem, and the rest i need to think about

  14. Order From Chaos – Stillbirth Machine would be another

  15. new Isvind
    new Rottrevore EP
    The Chasm – Farseeing the Paranormal Abysm
    AMSG – Anti-Cosmic Tyranny
    Deranged – Morgue Orgy EP
    Kerasphorus – Cloven Hooves at the Holocaust Dawn
    Necromass – Calix. Utero. Babalon
    Pentacle – Under the Black Cross
    new Ulcerate
    Witch In Her Tomb – Maleficus Maleficarum
    Sinistrous Diabolus – Total DoomDesecration
    new Watain

  16. UA> Yeah that new Rottrevore, Hung by the Eyesockets??? Talk about ridiculous title and artwork too… Still, it’s Rottrevore, so how is it? And what do you think about the new Ulcerate and Watain? Both on their way to me…

  17. I guess the best thing about the Rottrevore = the thick, disgusting guitar sound. It’s nice. As for the Watain and new Ulcerate I guess I’m still absorbing both of them…they’re not going to end up on a best of list or anything…I think fans of those bands will be pleased.

  18. The original Rottrevore album, ‘Iniquitious’ smokes this new EP. The writing on the EP is really boring and not near as bouncy and groovy as their old album. Production on the new one is too polished I think too. Well, I don’t know. Just the writing is a bit blahhhh…

  19. Blahhhh eh? Well that settles it hehehe. That album title and cover didn’t predict anything good… And as a fan of both Watain and Ulcerate it’s good to know I’ll be pleased!

    Now playing: Lääz Rockit – Know Your Enemy. Love it! \m/

  20. Yeah, i guess for a lack of better words.

  21. St. Vitus – Born Too Late
    Iron Maiden – A Matter Of Life And Death
    King Diamond – Give Me Your Soul…Please
    Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break The Oath
    Candlemass – Ancient Dreams

  22. I’m just happy to see Rottrevore active.

  23. You got a point there. On the other hand, Obituary is also active… Glorious past does not guarantee glorious present.

  24. Listening to some sick thrash today – Bathory ‘Requiem’! Sounds AWFULly good! hehe.

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