Time is Eternal in the Shadow Land

Welcome to another Worm Gear update on the heels of a week off. Did you miss us? Like all of you, the summer is keeping us scribes pre-occupied and in demand in other areas of our lives. This doesn’t mean the fire is dwindling!!

Here are 4 reviews for all of you to ponder. As I sit here and listen to Lucifer’s Hammer I have to lament on the passage of time and how this music has evolved over the years. There is a lot of promising changes for certain, but as LH once again enchants me with ancient black doom, there is no denying the old feel that permeates in an atmosphere rarely felt in the newer generation of occult metal. Is it the curse of technology? Have musicians lost the muse? Or have we all just become so accustomed to the darkness that we can no longer feel the reheated flames of mysticism? Discuss friends. And let’s not allow the sharing of playlists to die….

Thanks for your time and dedication folks! -Marty

Marty Rytkonen – Playlist

Brutality – Screams of Anguish (such a good hammering of Floridian carnage!)
Bolzer – Soma (Wow!)
Panopticon – Roads to the North (Test Pressing) Passionate and genre expanding!
Agnostic Front – Victim in Pain (So much fury and well played crossover)
Cryptic Slaughter – Stream of Consciousness (I love this album. Even the production. Never could understand why people passed on this)
Sacrifice – Forward to Termination (An often overlooked thrash classic. Fuck the big 4!)
Obsequiae – Suspended in the Brum of Eos (On vinyl! A modern classic!)
Coldfells – S/T (Summoning on blackened doom steroids? Yes please!)
Lucifer’s Hammer – The Mists of Time MMXIV (FUCK!)
Sacrilegium – Sleeptime (cold and churning excellence!)

~ by martyworm on July 9, 2014.

4 Responses to “Time is Eternal in the Shadow Land”

  1. Playlist
    Zuul- to the frontlines. Excellent 80s metal worship done right.
    Anathema- distant satellites. Another purdy one. Me like.
    Destroyer 666- unchain the wolves. Hey, it finally clicked with me! If at first you don’t succeed…. um, how many spins did this take to sink in…?

    Re: this week’s topic- I honestly think a lot of it is due to growing older. It’s very hard to have the same emotional connection to music when you’re pushing 40, raising a kid, paying a mortgage, etc as you did when you were 18 and discovering everything for the first time. If a new band does something new, we complain it’s not as good as the old school, and if a new band nails the vintage sound and delivery, we complain that we’ve been there and heard that.

  2. Thanks for the heads up on that Lucifer’s Hammer. I hadn’t heard them before. Totally made my day.

    Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall
    Krieg – Isolation/Transmission
    Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
    Bathory – Nordland I
    Black Anvil – Hail Death
    Midnight – No Mercy For Mayhem

  3. Having been ‘away’ for a good while, I am completely behind on my listening. So much stuff has come in over the last few weeks, I don’t even know where to begin. It will take me some time to catch up.

    Marty, do you have any other info on the ‘Coldfells’ that you mentioned? I have not dug around much yet, but a rudimentary search shows a band from Russia. Is this them? Summoning on blackened doom steroids … has me ridiculously piqued.

    Acerbitas – all
    Adramelch – Irae Malanox
    Enchanter – Defenders of the Realm
    Eternal Dirge – Morbus Ascendit
    Xerxes – Beyond My Imagination
    Orodruin – Epicurean Mass (waiting impatiently for the John Gallow debut)
    Thorns of the Carrion – The Scarlet Tapestry
    Dunkelheit – Mors Aeterna
    This reminds me heavily of the early second wave sound/bands that drew me in so many years ago. Mindblowing … NO; but, I have nothing against the recreation/worship of ‘exquisite blackened simplicity’.

    Touching on the ‘theme’ proposed by Marty … while this is not necessarily ‘occult’ in nature, I feel the album does a great job of carrying the flame of the atmospheric bm bands of the early to mid 90’s. Nostalgic, and just seems to flow correctly, if uneventfully.

    To more fully address the topic this week …
    I do not believe that musicians have lost the muse, but I do think that the muse itself has changed.
    As time moves forward, genres are birthed, refined, buried, resurrected, hybridized etc … today’s musicians not only have the altered reality of modern life as a subconscious filter; they also have an ever-increasing library of diverse music to be inspired and/or influenced by. As is often the case, when you mix so many different styles/influences together, the end result can sometimes lack the clarity, focus, and uniqueness that made each individual aspect truly special. The music becomes diverse and well-rounded, but ultimately lacks the same intensity and charm of the individual aspects that it stems from.

    As technology ‘progresses’, sound creation and audio manipulation both make huge leaps that have a profound impact on how the end results sound … whether the band intends (or likes) it or not. Such things are inevitable during different eras. Every now and then we get really lucky and the current technology, individual inspiration, and true innovation come together at just the right moment in time (late 80’s thrash, early 90’s dm, early-mid 90’s bm, etc). Technology can be the vehicle of transcendence, or the ultimate trainwreck … it really depends on the band, no matter which era.

    ‘Accustomed to the Darkness’ can be a factor for sure. We are not ‘wowed’ so easily, and this can render very solid albums a bit impotent depending on our mood. A good example of this may be the Dunkelheit album I mentioned earlier. The track, in no way, left me spellbound or completely excited like I was when I heard this kind of music back in my early days. That being said, I can still derive immense satisfaction from appreciating what it does bring to the table … ‘new’ or not. Developing ‘night vision’ can be a hazard in this sense, surely; but I find that it helps me all-the-more to sense and recognize the more subtle hues/bands in the pervading dark. Bright sparks certainly come along, but the more subtle shades are what often matter most to me.

    Thanks to everyone, as always; your input, playlists, and general badassery is much appreciated.
    I’m out with this …

  4. Coldfells … Ohio, USA … not the Russian band … gotcha. Gave the couple tracks on bandcamp a try. Interesting … shows some promise for sure; although I’m not overly keen on the boys-choir cleans upon first listen. Had not heard of them before, thanks for mentioning them.

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