Album of the Day Recap – 01/10/18 – 05/10/18

It seems that the world gets worse and worse each week, with recent events in America being particularly disheartening. I wish I had some words of encouragement, but that’s not where my head is right now. Instead, here are Albums of the Day for the past week – largely chosen with the intent of keeping myself grounded. Enjoy!

 

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Album of the Day: Domestikwom / Necrolytic Goat Converter – Split

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Label: Self-released

More splits should be like the one between one-man black metal acts Domestikwom and Necrolytic Goat Converter. What I really like about this release isn’t just that it contains strong new tracks from both bands – though it does that – but that both bands have some fun covering one another’s tracks. It’s touches like this which can help a split feel like a real collaboration between the artists involved, rather than a case where two (or more) bands have gone, “not enough songs for a full-length, don’t wanna put out an EP, who can we team up with?”

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2017 Favourites – Part II

Following on from the first ten of my A-Z 2017 favourites, here is the second part. As the title says, this is my favourites – not necessarily the best records of the year, but the ones I enjoy or connected with the most. Feel free to tell me what I missed, why I’m wrong, or whatever else. There’s only so many hours in the day, and not all of them can be spent listening to records, sadly.

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Suicide Wraith / Necrolytic Goat Converter / Uncanny Reality – Shades of Sorrow (Split)

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Label: Blackened Death Records

Clocking in at 50 minutes, and featuring three DSBM bands of differing styles, Shades of Sorrow could well have ended up being an emotionally crushing, desolate affair. And, to some extent, it is – but that’s how we’d want it to be. Featuring the fury of Suicide Wraith, the eclectic Necrolytic Goat Converter, and the raw sorrow of Uncanny Reality, this three-way split is an underground gem of DSBM that is as punishing as you’d hope, but also with a sense of catharsis running throughout that ensures it never becomes overbearing, and gives the listener plenty of reasons to come back for more.

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Abandoned by Light – And Here I Stand, Betwixt Light and Dark

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Label: Blackened Death Records / Self-released

Despite only coming to life in 2013, one-man DSBM band Abandoned by Light are now already on their sixth album, And Here I Stand, Betwixt Light and Dark. Whilst that rapid level of output would often be a cause for a concern, And Here I Stand… quickly puts any such fears to bed. It is a marked improvement over previous albums, and whilst it may not take DSBM to any new places, it is such a confident, forceful album that this is not an issue. Those looking to dwell upon their misery and darkness could do far worse for a soundtrack to such dark meditations than this album; raw, hateful, and captivating, this is the essence of DSBM distilled to its core.

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