Chromium-plated, boiling metal, brighter than a thousand suns

Back into the fray with five reviews, the Worm Gear crew returns amidst 2014’s much-discussed wintry winds to bring you our views on the latest in harrowing musical extremity.  Yes, we’ve survived heart-attack-inducing snow shoveling to bring you the best in that which you (mostly) need to hear.  This week, Cliftonium discusses the PA disciples of Asphyx/Bolt Thrower worship TrenchRot, the sharp thrash/death of the aptly named Thunderwar, and the soul-wrenching Germanic blackness of Waldgeflüster.  Marty brings you coverage of not one but two Drudkh releases; the first, a split 12” with Winterfylleth and the second a compilation including ‘Thousands of Moons Ago’ and other nuggets. Thank you for checking out our End of Year lists last week and posting your own; we enjoyed reading your comments and your own submissions into extreme music’s great unhallowed halls.  Post those playlists, people!  I’ll need something to peruse as I hit a Lake Michigan beach (we make it into the balmy 30 degree range on Saturday!)

Marty Rytkonen Playlist
Voivod – Rrroooaaarrr
Voivod – Target Earth
Gamma Ray – Heading for Tomorrow
Squash Bowels – Grindcoholism
Thou Art Lord – The Regal Pulse of Lucifer
Ashes of Ares – S/T
Waldgeflüster – Meine Fesseln
Masochist – History
Drudkh – Eastern Frontier in Flames
Wodensthrone – Loss

Jim Clifton Playlist
Tribulation – The Formulas of Death
Summoning – Stronghold/Old Morning’s Dawn
Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse
Celtic Frost – Morbid Tales
Endlichkeit – I & II
Moon – The Nine Gates
Burzum – Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
Imperium Dekadenz – Meadows of Nostalgia
Lvcifyre – Svn Eater
Arnaut Pavle – s/t
Vex – Memorious

~ by cliftonium on January 8, 2014.

27 Responses to “Chromium-plated, boiling metal, brighter than a thousand suns”

  1. Didn’t know about the Drudkh/Winterfylleth split. Looking forward to that. I can’t wait for that new Waldgeflüster. Bindrune is getting the yeah off to a hell of a start.

    Fen – Dustwalker
    Netherbird – The Ferocious Tides of Fate
    The Sword – Age of Winters
    Cnoc An Tursa – The Giants of Auld
    Agrimonia – Rites of Separation
    The Sword – The Veil of Isis
    When Bitter Spring Sleeps – Coven of the Wolves
    Waldgeflüster – Femundsmarka – Eine Reise in Drei Kapiteln
    Panopticon – Kentucky
    Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart
    Billy Bragg – Tooth & Nail
    Immortal Bird – Akrasia
    Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult – Nocturnal March
    Watain – The Wild Hunt
    Argyle Goolsby – Under the Witness Stars EP
    Twilight of the Gods – Fire on the Mountain
    Propagandhi – Failed States
    Red City Radio – Titles
    Oathbreakers – Eros|Anteros
    Ellesmere – Bail City
    The Flatliners – Dead Language
    Cannabis Corpse/Ghoul – Splatterhash Split
    Dutch Nuggets – Nervous Wreck
    Adrenalized – Tales From the Last Generation
    Allison Weiss – Say What You Mean
    Jason Isbell – Southeastern
    Nothington – Lost Along the Way
    Mandolin Orange – This Side of Jordan

  2. Kevin… you wont have to wait for Waldgefluster much longer as it is available tomorrow. Packing up pre-orders tonight.

  3. Those were all very interesting reviews! Sadly my empty pockets are suffering the post-holiday-season blues… Time to start a want list for 2014.

    Way to End – Various Shades of Black (this one keeps growing, deserves a Wormgear review!)
    Way to End – Desecrating Internal Journey
    Furia – Grudzien Za Grudniem
    Furia – Marzannie, Krolowej Polski
    Masachist – Death March Fury
    Thou Art Lord – DV8
    Thou Art Lord – Orgia Daemonicum
    Embrace of Thorns – Praying for Absolution
    Blut Aus Nord – 777: Cosmosophy
    Blut Aus Nord – 777: The Desanctification
    Pact – The Dragon Lineage of Satan (very excellent!)
    Thrall – Aokigahara Jukai
    Cannibal Corpse – Eaten Back Alive
    sunn o))) – OO Void
    sunn o))) – Flight of the Behemoth

    …and now playing:
    Bolt Thrower – Waaarrr Maaa Steeeerrrr!!!

  4. Man…can’t say I’ve written out a playlist for at least 10 years, but you guys make it seem so fun. The last version of me who did it won’t recognize anything of the current incarnation. Hell, even last year’s me wouldn’t have guessed half this playlist if he had a million retarded monkeys scouring Encyclopedia Metallum for clues.

    Certainly some of these are trials, and not rotation-worthy picks (yet). Nevertheless, I heard them, and I’m not utterly ashamed of that fact.

    SATAN’S HOST — Celebration: For the Love of Satan
    SATAN’S HOST — Virgin Sails
    JUDAS PRIEST — Stained Class
    OVERKILL — Feel the Fire
    OMEN — Battle Cry
    SUMMONING — Old Mornings Dawn
    CIRITH UNGOL — King of the Dead
    MONSTROSITY — In Dark Purity
    AGENT STEEL — Skeptics Apocalypse
    SAVAGE GRACE — Master of Disguise
    SAVAGE GRACE — After the Fall from Grace
    VERBAL ABUSE — Just an American Band
    DIO — The Last in Line
    DARKIFIED — A Dance on the Grave
    MENACE RUINE — Alight in Ashes

  5. You got some classic stuff there Neil! Good to see Cirith Ungol mentioned here, love that band. And Agent Steel; I’ve been listening to their post-reunion stuff today (Order of the Illuminati & Omega Conspiracy wich is playing now) which I think is really good. And then Overkill, Priest and the almighty Dio… I know what I’m gonna listen to next! \m/

  6. Good choices with Overkill and Omen Neil! See… you remember how it’s done! Also that Darkified kicks ass. DIRTY Swedish death.

  7. For sure guys. I was stuck in a death metal ghetto forever and I’m finally reaching back to find everything I originally left behind or never picked up. It’s really rekindled metal for me. It’s a vast, vast landscape yet unexplored.

    Which isn’t to say I don’t enjoy my DM when the chance is there, obviously!


  8. Dysmorphic – A Notion of Causality
    Mgla – Mdlosci & Further Down The Nest
    Paragon Impure – To Gaius (for the Delivery of Agrippina)
    Lvcifyre – Svn Eater
    Weregoat – Slave Bitch… EP
    Torture Chain – Mutilating Astral Entities
    Rhinocervs – all
    Archgoat – The Light-Devouring Darkness
    Besieged – Victims Beyond All Help
    Horrendous – The Chills
    In League with Satan/Satanik Goat Ritual split
    Irkallian Oracle – Grave Ekstasis
    Ketzer – Satan’s Boundaries Unchained
    Ritual Chamber – The Pits of Tentacled Screams demo
    Dolorvotre – S/T CD

  9. Jim – The Moon album is really something huh? I can’t say any particular song has distinction over others, but its extremely hypnotic. I have put that album on with headphones and just dozed off several times, like in meditation. I guess that is its inherent weakness, but I am fairly certain that was the artists intention, and it works for me.

    Evoken – Atra Mors
    Burzum – Sol Austan, Mani Vestan
    Esoteric – The Maniacal Vale
    Portal – Vexovoid
    Kever – Eon of Cycling Death
    Ruins of Beaverass – Rain on the Impure
    Krahnholm – Demo
    Tenhi – Maaaet
    Gigan – Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Sciene

  10. Thanks for reminding me of Moon, that review here was intriguing. Gotta check that one.

  11. Got my first copy of Chips n Beer yesterday. Good zine, a lot of fune ! My first print zine in my hands in over nearly 20 years. Felt like a kid again. Loving it. Also ordered me a copy of Slowly We Rot. Anyone have that?

  12. Nice reviews this week. A lot of meat ‘n potatoes metal for me lately

    Kreator – Pleasure to Kill
    Kreator – Flag of Hate
    Kreator – Terrible Certainty
    Vomitory – Raped In Their Own Blood
    Vomitory – Redemption
    Demolition Hammer – Epidemic of Violence
    Dissection – Storm of the Light’s Bane
    Feast Eternal – Forward Through Blood
    Craven Idol – Toward Eschaton

  13. Slowly We Rot Zine – Good? Decent? Anyone?

  14. Never read it …

  15. Completely agree on Moon; I zone out when listening to it. Since all the songs flow into one another nicely, it’s a great fit if you just want to clear your head with some dark sounds. Glad you’re into it \m/

  16. Speaking of which, how about a topic to discuss:

    Soundtracks – your favorite and why?

    I’ve been getting into soundtracks again lately.

  17. I don’t own any, but I do think these John Carpenter releases are a cool idea. I love The Thing, Escape From New York, Big Trouble In Little China etc and his music as a tone-setter greatly contributes to each film’s vibe.
    “Call me Snake.”

  18. The Nine Gates is something I can listen to over and over, esp. late at night or early in the morning. It is very relaxing. Speaking of really cool slabs of music, I’ve listened to this damn thing three times today:

  19. UA – RE: Profane Cult – yeah, I have seen that and heard a few times over the last year. Believe there is a re-release of it via Memento Mori maybe? I remember it being super aggressive tight Morbid Angel old school type of aggression. Need to hear that again.

    Jim – Lately I have been listening to a lot of the Big Trouble and Prince of Darkness. I think 20BuckSpin actually released ‘The Fog’ on vinyl but I don’t know that soundtrack so well. Believe it or not, the Big Trouble in Little China soundtrack is hard to find. I ended up actually buying a vinyl version from a dude in Germany. Why? Cause, why the fuck not. The CD version is nearly non-existent.

    Dudes at Chips N Beer recommended the soundtrack to ‘The Dunwitch Horror’ and ‘Black Sabbath’, both of which are on Netflix, so I am gonna check out those two. Also, the black and white Call of Cthulhu movie is on Netflix as well. That is just soundtrack and subtitles. Its really really good! I might pick that up.

  20. Take heed for this upcoming 12″ out of TotheDeathRecords:

    Excellent Black Metal!!!

  21. Some favorite soundtracks (Pardon misspellings.):

    Goblin’s Profondo Rosson & Zombi & Nonhosonno & Patrick
    Wojeich Kilar’s Dracula
    Fabio Frizzi The Beyond
    Ennio Morricone’s Navajo Joe
    Daft Punk Tron Legacy
    Blade Runner
    Escape from New York
    De Angelis Brothers’ Il Cittadino Si Ribella

    And here’s an AMAZING song from Walter Rizatti’s soundtrack 1990 War in the Bronx. :

  22. I’m not huge into listening to soundtracks other then when watching the movie, but I do really like the first Terminator soundtrack. Love the dark 80’s synth sound.

  23. Wow, that is an excellent song from ‘Learning to Die’. Really really good. Thanks Zahler. I watched The Dunwich Horror last night. Can’t say I heard anything of serious interest.

  24. Glad you enjoyed it. For the record, the story The Dunwich Horror is one of the best stories ever written, my #1 favorite Lovecraft tale, but I can’t imagine it being a good movie.

  25. The movie is decent for what it is, a 70’s cheese horror flick. : )

  26. Nice title this week; been digging on classic ‘Priest a lot lately. Lotsa good memories tied to those old JP records, although we both know what memories can bring 😉

    Finally ordered the new Seidr from Bindrune a day or two ago.

  27. Glad you caught that, Nightsblood! Painkiller continues to be a pinnacle for me, even after 24 years. Never gets old \m/

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