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Posts Tagged ‘Fuil Na Seanchoille’


Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Fuil Na Seanchoille - HungerHaving already expressed my appreciation of Fuil Na Seanchoille’s debut full-length some five years ago, it was great to see ‘Hunger’ getting a vinyl incarnation.

As stated previously, this is a fantastic slab of resilient, defiant, raw Black Metal worthy of a place in any collection.

I’m not mad about the specified luminous green colour of the vinyl but, when the music is this good (eight stunning offerings spread across 51 minutes), who cares?

Evilometer: 666/666


Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Fuil Na Seanchoille - HungerI get a bit pissed off with tapes sometimes and find myself thinking that perhaps I’ll stop buying them. Of the various avenues open to mankind of listening to music, cassette is definitely the least convenient. Generally, also the shittiest-sounding, least versatile and ugliest-looking, too. A good experience like ‘Hunger’ can quickly remove all doubts and misgivings, however.

In stark contrast to many other tapes, which are often mere demos and can include only a handful of songs, ‘Hunger’ is a proper full-length in every respect and the quality of music on display here is absolutely top-notch. I’ve actually had this album in my collection for quite some time but have only got around to listening to it properly (pissed off with tapes…) these past couple of weeks. I have to say, this is an immense volume of work.

Raw, grim underground Black Metal with an immense, overwhelming sense of darkness and some majestic ambient passages is the order of the day. The sound is truly fantastic for an analogue release and, all in all, Fuil Na Seanchoille proves here that the self-titled vinyl demo collection was no fluke. This is even better. Limited to 200 units, however, and not exactly new, so you might have to dig around a little to bag a copy.

Resist the urge to pay some cunt over the odds, though (even if it is worth it) – a reissue is bound to follow at some stage. Or maybe a CD or vinyl edition. This album is simply too good to disappear into complete obscurity.

Evilometer: 666/666


Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Fuil Na Seanchoille’ gathers on vinyl the seven tunes from Fuil Na Seanchoille’s two demos, ‘Demo MMVII’ and ‘Bitter Dusk Of Futures Past’, which were shat out on limited-to-100-unit cassettes in 2008 and 2009 respectively. At the time, I was blissfully oblivious to their existence – but I’m thrilled to have discovered them now…

What we have here is fantastic, uncompromising, swirling underground mayhem – indifferent and nonchalantly defiant. But it’s not all balls-to-the-wall carnage. Satyrign also occasionally incorporates some delightful ambience and devilish melody into the equation, in particular during the closing strains of the excellent nine-minute ‘Seancríonnacht’, which brings Side A to an exhilarating end, but also notably at the climax of ‘Dorchadas Agus Foréigean / Deireadh Fómhair MDLXXX’ in the middle of Side B.

Speaking of which, Side B (i.e. Bitter Dusk Of Futures Past’) sounds like it might have been recorded in an abandoned, godless church (aren’t they all?) using a tape recorder; all high-pitched, wobbly guitars, fist-against-the-bark-of-a-tree drums and ghoulish vocals. It’s a total fucking abomination. And I mean that in a positive sense.

This is one of the least-sophisticated records you are ever likely to own. Isn’t that exactly how Black Metal was supposed to be in the first place? Before the goths and the folk fiends and the avant-garde retards and the hipsters came to the party and tried to ruin it…

Invigorating stuff.

Evilometer: 666/666