Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Various artists - SVN OKKLT


Cover photo by Jacqueline Riman
HAIL THOU SPIRIT OF THE DARK, TAKE MY BLOOD, MY FLESH, MY SKIN AND WALK; SPEAK NOW, COME NOW, RISE FROM THE FOREST AND LIVE.
The SVN OKKLT blog which features legal downloads of really underground black / death metal acts has put together a compilation. 11 bands mostly from US, but also from UK, Canada and Switzerland, nearly 70 minutes of black metal. Released on 2 cassettes and on Bandcamp by Fallen Empire Records.

The compilation is split into three parts; Rites of Vehemence featuring raw black metal, Rites of Pestilence atmospheric black metal, and Rites of Departure more experimental black metal. I haven't had more than one complete listen, but so far my favorites are Axis of Light - incredibly raw, yet strangely melodic. Eos - very atmospheric track, love that ringing guitar in the beginning, and Jute Gyte - an amazing black metal soundscape.

Rites of Vehemence

1. Witch In Her Tomb (US) - VII
2. Axis of Light (UK) - Secrets of the Tomb
3. Death Fortress (US) - Master-Deceiver
4. Nuklearenpest (US) - Burning The Bridge That Traverses The Abyss
5. Sylvus (Canada) - Astral Genocide

Rites of Pestilence

6. Tardigrada (Switzerland) - Leere
7. Eos (Canada) - Katharsis
8. Gevurah (Canada) - Divine Ignition

Rites of Departure

9. Dressed In Streams (US) - Deep Saffron
10. Xothist (US) - A Binding
11. Jute Gyte (US) - Detritivore


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7 comments:

  1. In addition to the tracks you mentioned, I really like Dressed in Streams' entry. It really goes places.

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  2. I agree with Red--that Dressed in Streams song is great.

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  3. And the Tardigrade song is also really good. Rites of Pestilence wins.

    I'm a little let down by the Sylvus song. The tinny production works against it, they should have gone for something a little beefier, like on their demo.

    But as the last song of Rites of Vehemence it does make for an interesting transition, and a total shift in mood, when Rites of Pestilence begins with Tardigrade.

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  4. Witch in Her Tomb is another standout.

    I listened to the Tardigrada track again...but I still don't quite get it.

    It sounds like the Sylvus track was recorded on a boom box.

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  5. Just returning to say that this is easily my favorite release of 2013 so far, and I think it's a great landmark for Fallen Empire & SVN OKKLT. Can't wait to see what they do next.

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    1. Fallen Empire is a super solid label. I know that he hopes to release the debut demo by Eos. Their track on the compilation is the only one they've recorded so far!

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