“Forgotten Paths” by Saor is a damn good album. Saor is a band that sounds like no other yet borrow from plenty of elements that folk and black metal bands utilize in their own sound. Saor uses atmospheric black metal, Celtic folk and traditional Scottish instrumentation and writing to forge it’s own sound and remain unique among the sea of atmospheric blackened bands out there. Wildly expressive, emotional and beautiful, Saor has always been one of those bands that stuck out to me with its expansive sounds and catchy riffs and imagery. This is definitely one of those bands you listen to while out on a hike, enjoying the scenery and breathing in the air….enjoying life. Saor would make that experience even greater. Of course, you don’t need to be outside to enjoy Saor’s music, it’s perfectly fitting and fantastic anywhere you are.
Well, here it is again.
How do I sum up a year in music that some how seemed to top every other year previous? Why do I say that every year? Who cares what I think anyway? I limited myself to a top thirty, but boy, there’s a ton of honorable mentions. Black metal was king this year, as it is most years for me. I’m boring, whatever, eat my shit.
Without further ado:
The eclectic duo of Ray Suhy (ex-East of the Wall, Six Feet Under) and Steve Honoshowsky (Daughter Vision, No Use For Humans) craft hallucinogenic prog rock with their Gematria project. The band’s unique writing method involves the use of its namesake, gematria, which is a Qabbalistic numerological system that relates words to numbers, as well as the works of Aleister Crowley for rhythmic and melodic ideas. This very ambitious and esoteric approach to writing is reflecting in the band’s bizarre sound, as one can imagine. Continue Reading
Russian industrial legends Sobaki Tabaka have officially unveiled their new remix/tribute album, XX-XXIV, today via WOOAAARGH. This massive 26-track, two-plus hour-long compilation features reinterpretations from the likes of Gnaw Their Tongues, Alan Dubin (Gnaw, ex-Khanate), KERNAL, among others. To celebrate its release, we at Svbterranean bring you the dark, noisy, unsettling and confrontational album in full. Check out the record after the break. Continue Reading
French experimental drone outfit FOUDRE! perform a transcendental sonic ritual on their newest release, KAMI 神. Continue Reading
Giardia meld jazz, doom and black metal into an eclectic and hallucinogenic bombardment of sound on their new full-length, FARM. Continue Reading
Tennessee weirdos Flummox are poised to release their wackiest recording to date, Intellectual Hooliganism, on September 7 via Wood and Stone Production. A true Frankenstein’s Monster of an album, Intellectual Hooliganism features 13 tracks that range anywhere from prog rock, jazz fusion, kooky punk, kaleidoscopic doom, and more. Fans of unabashedly strange acts like Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, or the most eccentric of Mike Patton’s projects, should take note. Continue Reading
New Zealand experimental outfit Doom Shrugs is poised to release its debut full-length, The Clairolfactant and the Flatulent Ghost, on September 7 via Proboscis Trinity Records and Stupid Square Records. Utilizing free improvisation in its bizarre mix of jazz, mathcore and hardcore, Doom Shrugs creates a unique, mind-boggling sound that is unafraid to take big sonic risks. Continue Reading
Imperial Triumphant return with their 3rd full length release, a cinematic take on whatever genre this may be but I know it’s something great; Vile Luxury. It’s shockingly horrific, jazzy, exponential, aggressive and oddly intriguing to the point that you have to sit and do nothing else but digest exactly everything that Imperial Triumphant has done here. Blending melodies and terror of black metal and blending it with the unconventional sounds of technical death metal like Ulcerate, Artificial Brain and Gorguts, you get one seriously massive release. The dark jazzy elements added are just the tip of the iceberg. The listening experience of Vile Luxury is a hellish whirlwind of unstable melodies and unorthodox compositions. It’s divine. Continue Reading
I used to not really like The Body. I never considered them a metal band, even though that was where they had more or less made their nest early on. I always perceived them as a noise band that got cool among the metal intelligentsia (read: terminally bored scene kids only semi-seriously projecting a love for the most obscure shit possible). I saw them as maybe a particularly dark, doomy, and experimental noise band, but still did not understand the hype. Continue Reading