Featurelust: 10:13 ‘Oathblade’

When it comes to Black Metal there are a significant number of artists out there who are doing it all on their own. While most churn out promising albums there are some who tend to stand out from the rest, offering something new and fresh to our beloved scene. 10:13 from Orange County CA is a one man project that has created a sound all his own. Neil Carter the man behind the music is a talented musician and he has used this as his medium to channel his own inner feelings.

Recently I had the pleasure of taking a listen to his new single entitled Oathblade and I was pleasantly surprised by the overall sound. Using everything from a harmonica to a mandolin this song speaks volumes and is one you need to listen to alone and in isolation in order to take it all in.

 

While this does not quite classify as straight Black Metal it holds an almost primal ritualistic feel that seeps with an other worldly presence. Combining aspects from Atmospheric, Symphonic, and even raw Black Metal Oathblade is reminiscent of bands like Lustre and Leviathan. It as if Neil took everything and threw it into a cauldron and mixed it all together.

The song itself starts off with the sound of the mandolin and harmonica working harmoniously together like the chant of an old folk Bluegrass song then unleashes into a meld of furious drumming and melodic synth then slows down into an Atmospheric Black Metal harmony that is constant throughout the whole song. The drumming is fantastic and it adds just enough heaviness to add fluidity. In addition there are some spoken word passages that give off a haunting feel. 10:13 is a project that definitely deserves more recognition and if you are a fan of anything within the metal community you should definitely give this a listen. Be sure to also delve into the promo that was released last year. 10:13 is also working on a full length album with the release date still pending.

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Album Review: Terraforming- Jupiterian

Doom Metal is one of those genres that welcomes variety and often times creates an all around rumble that can leave the listener shaking. One such band that is making their way through the radar is Jupiterian from Brazil and they have an album that will be released on Nov. 15th via Transcending Obscurity Records entitled Terraforming. 

 Jupiterian possess a certain alure in that they mask their identities which only adds to their unearthly atmosphere. Fans of the genre rejoice this band is jam packed with hefty amounts of Doom but you will also find hints of Sludge, Atmospheric, and Black Metal.

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Eneferens Needs Your Help


Jori the Mastermind from the band Eneferens has suffered a loss and had his gear stolen after moving, he has set up a Go Fund Me Campaign. Please see the details below.

Hi everyone, as a lot of you know, a lot of my musical equipment was stolen a couple days ago. I have a deal for you. If you throw a dollar or two at me to help me replace my gear, I will give you a 4-song album that I just recorded. If that sounds like an alright deal, then click the Gofundme link and check it out. It’s also available on Bandcamp for $3 or more: https://eneferens.bandcamp.com/album/eventide-acoustic-ep

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Being the stubborn person that I am, I very much dislike asking for it, but I could really use your help at this time. Please share this as you are able to. Anything helps! Thank you.

Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated, Jori is a very talented musician and it is a shame that this has happened.

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Cloak of Skies: Drug Honkey

Imagine reaching into the dark crevices of the mind and mulling through every emotion that drives an individual into oblivion Cloak of Skies by Drug Honkey would be the soundtrack. Combining elements of Doom, Death, and Atmospheric Black Metal with darkened synth infused industrial passages the band has created a plethora of feeling proving the point that Drug Honkey is the only drug you need. 

Dabbling in various territories Drug Honkey does not give in to the typical sound you would expect with the different genres, instead they encompass each one breathing in the atmosphere of a sickening trip and this is most definitely not a bad thing. Pool of Failure fills the ears with synthesized doom ladened riffs transporting the listener into the ruins of the mind, and throws in a psychedelic brew of unforgiving vocals. This song acts as a great introduction, paving the way for the rest of the album. Apocalyptic synths give Sickening Wasteoid an almost haunting presence and opens up the door to an industrial wasteland. 

While this album stays true to the vision it does not tread lightly, there are aspects of pain and unforgiveness here. There is no safe space and Outlet of Hatred serves that purpose. The distorted vocals mingled with the swelling sounds feed into a feeling of catharsis. In a true psychedelic fashion (It’s Not) The Way seperates itself from the other songs leaning more heavily into the noise aspect while not straying too far from the curve. The title track Cloak of Skies feature impressive saxaphone work by Bruce Lamont of Yakuza which add more depth and mystery to this album. If “psychedelic doom jazz” was a real thing Drug Honkey have made it so. Normally remixed songs are something that are casually listened to in passing but Pool of Failure remixed by Justin K. Broadrick give the salutary nod to early Godflesh material which is definitely a big factor within this band. Drug Honkey transcends the genres presented making their unique sound an escapism from reality. If music is to be experienced it can be done with Cloak of Skies, but not only that it can be felt. Within the realm of metal there are plenty of bands that stand out but Drug Honkey are in a league of their own, pushing boundaries and bringing emotions forth to break barriers… highly recommended. 

The Maldoror Chants – Hermaphrodite: Schammasch

You are walking into treacherous waters my friend. Are you ready to be engulfed with all that you think you know? Once again embarking us on these mind wrenching subjects, Schammasch wants you to know that perhaps you might want to learn how to swim.

The newly and first of special releases, Hermaphrodite, is already a work of art you just can’t argue with. Schammasch vocalist C.S.R., has taken the first part sequence of”Les Chants the Maldoror” by Comte de Lautramont’s unforgiving poems and has molded them into an enchanted dark ergonomic flow.

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The Prologue takes us in slowly through an atmospheric instrumental, which we anticipate that of which is to come. We are transferred into long trebled guitar riffs and tribal like drum beats to then delve us into The Weighty Burden of an Eternal Secret. We find that our Hermaphrodite is admired by many, but the confusion lies in those people that follow him closely. The world wondering why someone with such a beautiful disposition feels so cast away from whatever presence lives in the skies. Vocals that chant us into a sensitive state, overwhelming us in an echo that leads us to Along the Road that Leads to Bedlam, musically transcends us to an intelligent condition. Double-bass drum beats that weigh in as we are taken on his struggle. The struggle of knowing the self, he reflects, is he is such a monster? Feeling tormented by society’s judgements he doesn’t forget who he is, he would much rather stick to his kind… if he could ever find them.

So, These Tresses and Sacred, brings us into more desolate raspy vocals accompanied by a piano solo and synthesized harmonious background, can we resonate with our Hermaphrodite to see upon a place that he slumbers to be considered a safe haven? … May His Illusion Last until Dawns Awakening, the most chants verse vocals descending us into the night, consuming our Hermaphrodite to dream of those which are like himself, something he longs for. Vocals in a low rasping quest, continued tribal drum beats that beckon our Hermaphrodite that sleep is where there is Chimerical Hope. But don’t wake up dear, because everything you have ever wished for lies here in this dream. Guitar riffs continuously warning the listener our Hermaphrodite needs to stay asleep, because here he will not fail. Do Not Open your Eyes, once again leaves us spiraling into the unknown. Chanting us away into an unfavorable place leaving us wanting to have the chaos end.

Do you feel exiled yet? Only you can accept what is being given to you through all your transformations in order to find ever lasting peace. If you want to be able to transcend beyond the darkness, and take a trip into the unknown, Schammasch definitely are completely worth giving a listen to.

Seasons of Desolation: Enisum

Picture yourself standing in the midst of a gloomy landscape, breathe in the air and the sounds of nature around you.. let it envelope your being. This is the feeling that Enisum has accomplished with their second full length album entitled Seasons of Desolation released through Avantgarde Music. This is the follow up to 2015’s Arpitanian Lands which received high praise upon its release. Since then the band has shared the stage with bands such as Primordial and Blaze of Sorrow just to name a few. 

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Empires of Ash: Sojourner

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In the world of metal we often come across bands who transcend the genre and pave the way for other artists, giving them something to thrive for. Sojourner burst into the scene after receiving extreme praise for their single “Heritage of the Natural Realm”, landing them a record deal with Avantgarde Music.

Their debut album “Empires of Ash” has been highly anticipated in the underground scene and the physical release sold out quickly once the preorder announcement was made.
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