Album of the Day recap: 15/10/18 – 19/10/18

So, this weekend marks five years since I registered The Sound Not The Word on WordPress. How time has gone by! The site has grown far larger than ever expected, covering a huge variety of music – as perfectly demonstrated by the variety on offer each week when Album of the Day is recapped. This week takes in Ebullition emo; straight-edge hardcore; progressive doom; and noisy Japanese emo. Oh, and the WOMAN II compilation. Enjoy!

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Various Artists – Hammer Smashed Faith IV

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Label: Blackened Death Records

And so, all good things come to an end. Well, sort of. Hammer Smashed Faith IV is set to be the last in Blackened Death Records’ regular compilations of artists drawn from all corners of the metal, noise, and neofolk underground. Instead, the label is moving towards genre-specific compilations; a move that makes sense in a way, given how diverse these compilations are. Still, it will be a shame to see such eclectic releases come to an end, but Hammer Smashed Faith IV is a fine way for the series to bow out.

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Various Artists – Hammer Smashed Faith III

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Label: Blackened Death Records

Blackened Death Records has been hugely active since the release of Hammer Smashed Faith II at the end of October; it seems that barely a week goes by without them putting out a new album, EP, or reissuing an old release by one of the bands they work with. As such, it would have been no surprise if there had been a longer delay until the release of the latest compilation installment, Hammer Smashed Faith III, featuring 13 artists. As well as some who have had/will have releases put out by the label – such as Thy Demise and Valkynaz – there are also a fine selection of underground gems here, ranging from funeral doom to grind to noise to black metal. It makes for a varied record in terms of sound, but one where the overall quality and underground spirit cannot be faulted.

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Various Artists – Hammer Smashed Faith

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Label: Blackened Death Records

Newly formed London-based label Blackened Death Records do not, as you may expect, specialise in blackened death. Instead, if their compilation Hammer Smashed Faith is anything to go by, what the label are looking to release isn’t going to be constrained by genre or convention. Given that the label is run by one Pope Richard – a member of the Meads Of Asphodel, as well as several other bands with comparable mindsets if not sounds – then it’s no surprise, really. The only criteria at work here seems to be “is it any good?”, which is pretty much as it should be. And whilst the variety of styles and genres featured on Hammer Smashed Faith mean it’s impossible to guarantee the listener will be a fan of everything, there are definitely some real underground gems on display here that deserve your time and attention. After all, the label is “proudly endorsed by Satan and his ballsack“, and what better recommendation can there be?

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