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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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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Uncanny Reality – Plague Of Ignorance

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Label: Blackened Death Records

After a series of EPs, demos and split releases, Uncanny Reality have unleashed their first full-length in the form of Plague Of Ignorance. Whereas previous releases have wallowed in dark, murky black metal territories somewhere between Leviathan and DSBM, Plague Of Ignorance is a much more ambitious release. There’s much less reliance on repetition and atmosphere, with stronger riffs and more memorable song-writing, as well as an added sense of muscularity that sees the music verge upon blackened death metal at points. Though there’s still a few rough edges, these help to give the album extra charm and character, making Plague Of Ignorance a much heavier, more punishing listen than I expected.  Continue reading

Uncanny Reality – Cognition Mutilation

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Label: Blackened Death Records

Blackened Death Records have continued their practice of reissuing old releases by bands they work with, giving Uncanny Reality‘s EP Cognition Mutilation a new lease of… well, not quite life, but something close to it. Originally self-released in 2015, this is depressive black metal cloaked in the aural equivalent of an infected wound – raw, murky, with a sound that is full of pain and hate. Yet there’s also melody in there, and small threads of light breaking out amongst the almost overpowering darkness. It makes for a testing, deeply cathartic listen, perfectly suited for those times when you are nursing maladies of the soul and are desperately searching for release.

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Uncanny Reality / Wolfrost – The Coming Frost (Split)

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Label: Blackened Death Records

Blackened Death Records are in a very active period recently, announcing new bands and releases what feels like every week. One of their latest offerings is this split, The Coming Frost, between UK one-man acts Uncanny Reality and Wolfrost. Both take different approaches to black metal, but work well together, with Uncanny Reality presenting two tracks that are obtuse and challenging; whilst Wolfrost’s offerings are more straightforward by comparison, but could hardly be described as simple or crude. Unusually for a split, each band does not have a “side”; instead, each band take turns. It’s an unexpected way for a split to be structured, but it means that both the contrasts and similarities between both bands are highlighted, helping give the split a little something extra it might otherwise lack. Not that it needs the unusual running order to succeed – both bands are perfectly capable of standing on their own merits, as this is a record that showcases both of their morbid charms.

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