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Posts Tagged ‘Xothist’

XOTHIST – SIMULACRUM LP (Fallen Empire Records)

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Xothist - SimulacrumXothist’s debut full-length is extremely chaotic, inaccessible and unorthodox. If it’s structure you seek in your music, then best to give ‘Simulacrum’ a wide berth. A barely-there but nigh-on-perfect production just about grants the listener access to a frenzied cauldron of swirling virulence; a real treat unfolds, somehow.

Like the stunning ‘Xothist’, this is another exceptionally off-the-wall but commendable dose of dissonant underground Black Metal with some welcome noise / drone / ambient accoutrements. A challenging but rewarding experience, all told.

Evilometer: 555/666

XOTHIST – XOTHIST LP (Fallen Empire Records)

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Xothist - XothistXothist’s excellent (‘A Binding’) contribution to the fantastic Svn Okklt double cassette more than whet my appetite for this thoroughly unorthodox Colorado one-man entity. When the label behind that treat, Fallen Empire, announced plans to reissue this self-titled debut demo on vinyl format, I was always going to check it out. It was just a matter really of where and when I was going to source the record…

To cut a very long story short, I now have possession of four LPs from this impressive, fledgling US label and ‘Xothist’ was the first one to take its place on my deck of doom. Originally released on painfully-limited cassette in 2011, the two lengthy tracks (clocking precisely 20:48 apiece) have been remastered especially for this black wax edition. But don’t be expecting some shiny, polished production. Oh no, this is still very much of the underground.

Analogue to the core, ‘Xothist’ comprises some of the most interesting music to have crossed my ears in quite a long time. In an era of so much same-sounding drivel, these songs truly stand out from the pack, boasting a strong identity of their own.

Of course, a healthy dose of Black Metal has been injected into the hybrid, but this is supplemented by a smorgasbord of ambient and electronic sounds, which adds a delightful dose of dynamic to proceedings. The Black Metal quotient can be very chaotic, harsh and wobbly at times (placing great stress on my speakers, truth to tell) and the more restrained moments act as the perfect counterpoint to this monstrous maelstrom.

But somehow the music flows seamlessly throughout and is always menacing, threatening, foreboding and full of dread. Exceptional stuff; and not just because it is so unusual, so unique and so refreshing.

Evilometer: 666/666

V/A – SVN OKKLT 2xCS (Fallen Empire Records)

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Seriously, it doesn’t get much more underground than this partnership between the Svn Okklt blog and Fallen Empire Records – a double cassette showcasing eleven superb bands, most of which I assume are on the label’s roster. The tapes are housed within a DVD-style case with a 24-page booklet featuring lyrics, imagery, manifestos and notes. You’ll get this collection for about €10 and it’s a real bargain.

Notwithstanding the fact that I never heard of any of them before(!), I’m not going to list off the bands involved (see the Tags below) or start comparing them to one another – partly because I’m too lazy but also because it’s rather pointless. All the music on these tapes is wonderful. Suffice to say, if you want to expose yourself to some excellent underground Black Metal from relatively-unknown artists from around the world, then this is a great place to start.

The music spreads out over three sides of the two cassettes, divided into distinct sub-sections: Rites of Vehemence, Rites of Pestilence and Rites of Departure. Conceptually, the enlisted artists share a common philosophy, centred not-so-loosely around the inherent worthlessness of man, the scum.

The full album is available to download in MP3 format for free from the Svn Okklt website – as are other blog-approved cassette releases – but I would advise strongly that you purchase the tapes from FER as well. They are worth owning and the label deserves our support if it is going to keep conjuring stellar releases like this one in years to come.

Evilometer: 666/666