A spirit wasting away like rivers to the sea…

We’re crawling through your world one more Wednesday. Tired. Beaten down. Though resilient and eager to pick up and forge on. We have been pretty hit or miss, but looking towards healthier updates in the weeks to come. Perhaps…

3 reviews this week. Thanks for keeping with us.

There was going to be a topic proposal here involving racism and music, but perhaps this opening of that old can of worms isn’t something we feel like associating with. So 2 other sub topics…

-10″ vinyl… what’s the point?

-Posters… hang them suckers high, or keep em in the LP collector style?

Cya next week friends! Keep those playlists fresh and listen to the new Triptykon!


Marty Rytkonen Playlist
Triptykon – Melana Chasmata (utterly fantastic album!)
Slough Feg – Digital Resistance
Ahamkara – The Embers of the Stars
Panopticon – Roads to the North
God Macabre – The Winterlong (reissue)
Drowning the Light – The Serpents Reign
Lord Wind – Forgotten Songs
Wodensthrone – Curse
Infirmary/Aetherium Mors -Split
Skogen – Svitjod

Jim Clifton Playlist
Binah – A Triad of Plagues 7”
Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall
Incantation – Dirges of Elysium
Deceased – Supernatural Addiction
Hammers of Misfortune – 17th Street
Panopticon/Falls of Rauros split LP
Tyrants Blood – Into the Kingdom of Graves
Crown of Asteria – Through the Birch and Beyond the Lakes (demo)
Funereal Presence – The Archer Takes Aim
God Macabre – The Winterlong (reissue)

Jack Hannert Playlist
Stefan Wesolowski – Liebestod
Vault Dweller – Messenger of Doom
Barghest – s/t
Kinit Her – Storm of Radiance
Loone – Laughter Over the Water
Death – Sound of Perseverance
Urfuast – Der Freiwillige Bettler
Merkaba – Bones of the Sacred Forest
James Blackshaw – O True Believers
Manilla Road mix tape from Marty

~ by martyworm on May 21, 2014.

15 Responses to “A spirit wasting away like rivers to the sea…”

  1. Violating the air of my subterranean lair this week:

    The new Agalloch which I’m liking muchly so far. Quite, quite beautiful and the bass in particular is giving me shivers.
    A whole bunch of Swans albums. Seeing them next Tuesday and getting my tectonic groove on in preparation.
    Reverend Bizarre – Crush the Insects. I love the opening (relatively) uptempo three songs and the speed up in ‘Fucking Wizard’ makes me chuckle every time.
    And lastly my kind postman just brought me the new Fushitsusha release of a 1996 Tokyo concert. 3 CDs, 3 hours, gorgeously presented. Guesting is Peter Brotzmann. Not metal but devastating and beautiful. On their own musical planet as far as I’m concerned.

  2. Marty, I can’t wait for that new Panoptican. I’m insanely jealous of your being able to hear it.

    Posters: I rarely hang any poster I get with an album. Mostly because I don’t have the space. I like getting little extras like that when I actually buy a physical media release but for the most part, it just stays in the case/sleeve.

    Blood and Sun – White Storms Fall
    Torrid Husk – Caesious
    Darkenhold – A Passage to the Towers
    Forteresse – Par hauts bois et vastes plaines
    Gallowbraid – Ashen Eidolon
    Various – One and All, Together, For Home
    Noah Gundarsen – Ledges
    Noisem/Occultists – Split
    Hoth – Oathbreaker
    have given this a shot?
    Ainulindalë – Nevrast
    Sun Kill Moon – Benji
    Yellow Eyes – Hammer of Night
    Agalloch – The Serpent & the Sphere
    Falconer – Chapters From a Vale Forlorn
    Eyes of Ligeia – A Fever Which Would Cling to Thee Forever
    Ghost – If You Have Ghost
    Ahamkara – The Embers of Stars
    Black Monolith – Passenger
    Avvika – S/T 12”
    Anopheli – A Hunger Rarely Sated
    Putrefaction – Blood Cult LP
    Young and in the Way – When Life Comes to Death
    Nawaharjan – Into the Void
    Vallendusk – Black Clouds Gathering

  3. 10″s – A true love of mine. Purpose and use? Good question, but I like’em! I guess if you have enough material for an Ep that fits nicely on a 10″, and you are going to do vinyl, why not? I have a release from NWN with just one song on each side, and it is a 12″! Lord knows why done.

    As for posters, I haven’t hung a single one. Thinking about hanging the Melana Chasmata poster in my Beast-Cave, but I doubt I will. I have hung Grave Miasma’s latest 12″ sleeve up. That is a beautiful work by Dennis and it folds out to 36″ panoramic. So I bought one just for that, and another for listening. It would have to be a really impressive piece of art to hang for me. I have had enough of seeing Goats, forests, skulls, satanic orgies, etc.. for a life time. Hard to impress an old jaded metal dude.

    Listening in a very singular vein the last week: pure death and anarchy!

    Stormvold – First Storms Demo Comp
    Mefitic – Signing the Servants of God Demo
    Vilifier -Ritual Obscruation demo
    Dead Congregation – Graves of the Archangels
    Bokluk – Taphonomy
    Morbo – Addiction to Muisckal Dissection
    Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
    Exploited – The Massacre
    Irkallian Oracle – Grave Eksatsis
    Vallenfyre – Splinters
    Binah – The Triad of Seven Plagues
    TreacherousSkin – Demo
    HeavyDeath – Demo I
    Grave Miasma – Realm of Evoked Doom
    John Gallow – Violet Dreams
    Head of the Demon – S/T
    Wardenclyffe – Demo Ordo Ab Chao
    Sadhak – ST Demo
    Ahamkara – The Embers of Stars
    Rite – Lie in wait for Blood

  4. And Racism in Metal – Fine by me. Most holier-than-thou douches all around hate Nazi Black Metal for example but don’t mind if a band member from one of their loved bands kills a gay guy. That is illogical and inconsistent. And lets not forget, we praise the ones that seem ‘for real’ and ‘genuine’, but it can only be about safe spooky phony stuff like Satanism right? Hah! Fuck you! If you are gonna wave the hate, death, destruction banner, wave it any way you want. Either way, you are are a monkey entertaining me. So I thank you for that!

  5. Limited playlist lately as I have been spending a lot of my free time out fishing \m/

    Binah – The Triad of Seven Plagues
    Ifing – Against This Weald
    Overkill – Feel The Fire
    Demons & Wizards – S/T

  6. Oh and I am really wanting to hear the new Incantation.

  7. Slightly limited playlist the last few days. When not busy at work I have been out chasing bears in the mountains and testing out various wilderness survival tools (Gransfors Bruk axes are still some of the best I have ever used, and the Fallkniven knives are like ‘ultimate metal’ in my hands).

    Posters: Only a couple up at a time … rotate and keep it fresh. Since I am in the tool/knife/axe mode … there are a lot of people who collect these things and never really use them. I believe most things (music, posters, knives, guitars, almost ANYTHING) can only be truly understood, appreciated, and enjoyed if they are used well and appropriately for their intended purpose. Hang those posters up and revel in their glory.

    I was never bit by the vinyl bug (thankfully, as I would certainly be BROKE). As much as I can understand the appeal, and the various arguments for it … it just interests me very little. The only vinyl I have bought in the last year: Rahu – The Quest for the Vajra of Shadows
    Antropomorphia – Necromantic Love Songs
    Alda – Tahoma


    Hoth – Oathbreaker
    (speaking of posters … this artwork is pretty nice)
    I’m with you, Kevin, this one is just a lot of fun. Not trying to be mind-blowing, but solidly crafted and endearingly ‘thematic’.

    Sorhin – Skogsgriftens Rike
    Always loved these guys. Melodic, maniacal bliss.

    Attack – Return of the Evil, The Secret Place

    Reverend Bizarre – I, II, III, and Harbinger

    Conscious Rot – The Years in Disgust
    (Great job from Tadas at Ledo Takas. Thanks for reissuing this Lithuanian DM gem)

    Serpent Warning – ST

    Lzy Zeschnietej Rozy – Majestat Mgiel Nocnych

    Thanks for the playlists, guys … always fun to see/peruse.

  8. Best thing about 10″ records:

  9. Hey there wormgears. What was that part about not wanting to be associated with “opening that can of worms”? I thought the ballsy, heavy metal thing to do was to speak your opinion, even though that might provoque a heated discussion and maybe divide some of your friends. Right now the metal world is actually MISSING this discussion, for the obvious reason that the right-wing (either as worldview or a tendency) is huge inside it and taken as granted, so criticism about it entails a sort of self-criticism. And politically correct-ish, fast and easy denouncations of bands such as Inquisition aren’t a substitute for the real discussion. Which would also include sexism and anti-gay attitudes, which are part of the problem, not another taken-for-granted fact, that means metalheads are bigots on the inside anyway, so why talk about it (mr Scarlet Pumpernickel). “They are monkeys entertaining me”, what a sad attitude, by the way. Why not go to the circus instead? Heavy metal deserves better. We can take it seriously, if we want to.

    I’m aware that racism is almost a non-issue in the US by now, so I can understand a more relaxed attitude. In Europe, there is a huge rise in the extreme right wing right now, as shown by the recent elections for the european parliament. In many countries, there are parties in the first three places that used to openly express racist views 5 or 10 years ago. The issue is not going away, as the gap between first and third world countries continues to rise and immigration with it. Heavy metal is not on the outside of all this, and in fact I expect to see a rise in right-wing, NS etc bands in the following years.
    (btw: don’t take my tone as aggresive or whatever, perhaps provoquative as in trying to provoque a conversation 😉

    Playlist: (A lot of progressive metal, maybe the post was influenced by this!)

    Xerxes – Falling Leaves (Ancient-sounding, heroic, fragile, imaginative prog rock/metal! A should-have-been classic of the genre. It’s all on youtube to listen, pay attention to the spectacular “Samhain” song).
    Anubis Gate – Horizons (One of the best bands in the power/prog style today).
    Teramaze – Esoteric Symbolism (Kinda similar to Anubis Gate, more solid and metal)
    Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation (Riffs, riffs!)
    Dephosphorus – Ravenous Solemnity
    Amiensus – Restoration/Gathering (Exellent atmo-black/prog hybrid, expecting big things from this band in the future. If just they could narrow down these emo-ish mellow moments that are typical in the style)
    Longings Past – Meadows of Maseilya (Cult epic US metal, with a demo-ish feel that I think might strangely appeal to those who enjoy dungeon synth, Summoning-like bands, if you can get past 2-3 mediocre songs. Check out “Dawn” on youtube)

  10. unearth —
    thanks for serpents warning. sounds a lot like that first (and lone good) cd by wandering midget, who really got unfocused afterward. so get i am the get and skip the tedious followups.

  11. somnium,

    thanks for longings past— never heard of them, and they seem like a more ambitious and equally tull-influenced pagan altar or a more competent black hole with some summoning flourishes. i ordered from greece and will see how they go— the sample was good enough to get me to buy both. feel free to bring up any oddities like this that you know.

  12. Hey Zalher! Well, the biggest and most awesome oddity would be XerXes, that I already mentioned. If anyone is put off by the “progressive” label, I’d say still give it a try. It’s strange, varied and unconventional; for example, to keep with the black metal comparisons, some instrumental part of theirs reminded me of Graveland (!) so that every time I played it during the first listenings, I got excited, paused and put something from “Creed of Iron”, hah.

    If you liked Longings Past a lot you will probably check out Enchanter anyway, the previous band of the composer. The relationship of the bands reminds me of Warlord/Lordian Guard; Warlord/Echanter is the “professional”, ballsy, mainstream-ambitious band, while Lordian Guard/Longings Past. the amateur, personal, weird but in the end preferred version. (I take it for granted that you know Lordian Guard, if not, next obvious recommendation)

  13. Somnium, the world is a circus. You strike me as an idealist, and one that thinks he/she can solve the worlds problems with discussions. You go ahead and pontificate all you want. I’ll keep to my sad opinions.

  14. Doesn’t idealism beat pessimism by default, anyway? Nicer to try and fail than not at all?Sorry for the overt criticism, radio silence isn’t a result I’m going for when trying to communicate something. I’m used to approaching heavy metal itself with a positive attitude, which I find even metalheads with the bleakest general outlook usually do as well, have some kind of faith in it as a self and world-transforming force. Art in general, discussion/communication even more in general.

  15. Posters…used to like a lot, now I don’t bother with them don’t fit in with the decor too much unfortunately. New Agalloch is fantastic, soooo much better than the last one which I felt was a massive step backwards from Ashes Against the Grain

    Krieg – Destruction Ritual
    Acid Bath – Pagan Terrorism Tactics
    Therion – Symphony Masses
    Forgotten Woods – Baklengs mot stupet box
    Zeni Geva – Desire For Agony
    Master’s Hammer – Vagus Vetus
    Sinister – The Post-Apocalyptic Servant (death metal album of the year?)
    Profanum – Musaeum Esotericum
    MUTation – Error 500
    Cardiacs – Guns
    Sort Vokter – Folkloric Necro Metal
    Konrad – Evil
    Mekong Delta – In a Mirror Darkly
    Keep of Kalessin – Armada
    Agalloch – The Serpent & the Sphere

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