When scouring the web for something interesting and new, you rarely find what you’re seeking – if you’re even seeking anything out, at all. Sometimes, you stumble upon something that is greater than the genres that can be attributed to the music at hand. Schwefelgelb is one of those exceptions. I happened to find them in connection with an earlier Gooiland Elektro release, titled “Dunkel Vor Den Augen Uns“, which contained a lot of great songs despite being a four-tracked EP. Which in turn made me interested in finding out more about them, as I had read a couple of lines in different interview with them. One of the most interesting thing is that they have a conceptual approach, which in turn make their presence even more noticeable. Even though my thoughts might be a wee bit disorganized, I decided to ask a few questions to Sid and Eddy – the core of Schwefelgelb itself. Hope you enjoy it, and have a Merry Christmas!
For everyones interest, the much revered Malignant Records have recently unleashed the furious picture-disc 12¨ split between DEATHSTENCH and Trepaneringsritualen – whose presence haven’t gone unnoticed. A mythological nordic connection, an esoteric nihilism, the wings of death-industrial are spread into the realms of ritual death-industrial and ambient – but also entrench into the occult. Trepaneringsritualen is the alias which Thomas Ekelund puts out his excellent, and original ritual ambient and death-industrial on. From old norse to his first release “Ritualer, Blot och Botgöring” released by Harsh Head Rituals, to his latest compilation “The Totality Of Death” released in two different versions by silken tofu and Malignant Records. Earlier versions of this release was not on label in 2011, came into Beläten on 2013 – and then on the aforementioned labels. Not to mention the countless releases on other labels, in different formats, Thomas Ekelund has shaped Trepaneringsritualen to what it is today. Always with exquisite physical packages which harken to the purpose of his alter-ego. Not to mention that he’s been releasing material under the guise of Nullvoid since early 2000’s, on his earliest net-label for experimental releases – Fukk God Let’s Create.
To the abstractness of his maniacal ego-tripped project Teeth, with releases such as “Sick Sick Sick” on When Skies Are Gray, and “So Sick Of The Reflection In The Mirror” on iDEAL Recordings. I could go on forever, but I want to nail the hammer to the head. He’s been involved with two labels, which he’s been the sole proprietor of; Fukk God Let’s Create and the successor Beläten. His name has also been written by the name of Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words, and his more recent collaborative efforts through the nickname Th. Tot, in the form of remixes and assistance to Soma Sema and Sutekh Hexen. Now, he’s got a track on the new 12¨ split-release picture-disc out on Malignant Records. I told you that I would be giving you a surprise, and here comes the last one. The track from the DEATHSTENCH/Trepaneringsritualen-split that I will be premiering thanks to Thomas himself, is titled “Åkallan Mímir“. It’s a 17-minute long mammoth that hasn’t been out more then as an excerpt of 7 minutes at most, so now you get to enjoy the ghastly performance of Thomas Ekelund himself under his moniker Trepaneringsritualen – exclusively on Invisible Guy for your dissatisfaction. I’d like to thank Jason from Malignant Records as well, for giving me the “go” for this last surprise, too. So plunge yourself into this egregious apocalyptic landscape and fall from grace, stream the track itself in its entirety exclusively down below. Buy the physical edition over here.
As people whom are interested may have noted, the much revered Malignant Records have recently unleashed the furious picture-disc 12¨ split between DEATHSTENCH and Trepaneringsritualen – whose presence haven’t gone unnoticed. The total American Armageddon of the death-industrial and dark ambient, which John Paul Whetzel and Darea Plantin have been in charge of releasing under the name of DEATHSTENCH, has been widely appraised, and so it should’ve. From their first ever split-release with Demonologists on Black Goat Records, to their first album where they’ve been solely represented by themselves, “Massed In Black Shadow” – they’re a force to be reckoned with, despite their presence being dated back to 2011. John Paul is probably most known for his work in the group Welter In Thy Blood, so he is by no means a novice. Darea Plantin isn’t one either, being John Paul’s sole collaborator under the same name. Not to mention the countless other groups and monikers they’ve attached themselves to.
The reason to why I’m not bringing up Trepaneringsritualens origins, is because this post is not really about his work. This post is about the split-side on the picture-disc they’ve been featured on together, but this time it’s all up to DEATHSTENCH to prove themselves. Or maybe not, because it’s me – the Invisible Guy – who’s proven himself to be faithful enough to get the honor to premiere the whole A-side of this picture-disc. Yes, it features them, and you might be surprised as to what is lurking in the shadows nearby. Anyway, I got the honor to premiere the two tracks “Damnum Mitanum” and “Temples of Dust (ft. Alan Dubin)” off the first side of this picture-disc. I’m really thankful and I hope you enjoy streaming these two menacing sound-waves, that should be called beastly and horrifying – but I’ll leave it for you to decide yourself. I’d also like to give a huge thank you to Jason of Malignant Records, for making this possible. You might also want to embrace yourself for something else, but more about that in the future to come (if there is one). Buy the release here.
Dödens Dal blev sönderhajpade av de trendkänsliga på PSL, så med andra ord så har de fått en stämpel fylld av godkännande. Visst förtjänar de uppmärksamheten, och därför så tänkte Invisible Guy även titta åt deras håll en andra gång. Tidigare har de varit med i form av en väldigt kortfattad intervju. För er som inte visste så består Dödens Dal utav Henrik von Euler som är skivbolagsbossen som styr Flora & Fauna, samt Rickard Jäverling som annars går under samma namn och producerat folk och post-rock, i form av albumen “Two Times Five Lullaby” och “The Valleys“. I den miasman som efterlämnades åt lyssnarna i och med “Gå Ensam Förbi Horisonten“, vilket var deras första albumsläpp i en slags trilogi som de ämnar att skapa – så fyller singeln “Ögat I Nacken” ett slags tomrum. Så för de som har gått och väntat på något nytt från Dödens Dal, så är det äntligen här. Låten “Ögat I Nacken” är ett smakprov från deras kommande album i trilogin, “Korsa Jord, Luft, Is“, som det inte är riktigt klart när det släpps eller om det verkligen släpps på Fredag den trettonde nu i December. Eller så är det helt enkelt ett annat smakprov, men det känns lite kryptiskt. Dock kan man sniffa sig till att albumet i sin helhet släpps i Februari år 2014.
Hur som helst kommer låten ackompanjerad av en musikvideo som regisserats av Anders Ekert (Pluxus/Dödens Dal), och det är en riktigt mörk upplevelse som är lika fylld av den experimentella energi som Dödens Dal gjort sig kända för att avge. Frukta ej mörkrets furstar, för det ni bör frukta är deras intåg i er drömvärld. Just nu känner man sig lyrisk, men en dag så faller man död ner. Får passa på att rikta en stor näve mot skyn och det slott av förtryck som PSL representerar. Nåväl, nog tjatat om det, jag tycker att ni bör titta på musikvideon här ovanför och ladda ner låten gratis här nedanför.
They have been welcomed into my consciousness after a while. Sutekh Hexen, they call themselves. Constituting the best of two worlds, combining the essence of black metal – with droniness all entangled into the noisy fervor of noise itself. Wander into the esoteric, the blackness and the void between heaven and earth. A lone wind whispering, a mountain to be climbed until darkness is met on the other side. In all honesty, there might’ve been some confusion on my side regarding this group. But it is all cleared out now, and I anticipated this release a while ago, whilst Beläten brought it out from his Nordic chamber – together with a simultaneous release by Black Horizons. Just to make things clear; we’re focusing on the Beläten-released cassettes. Obviously, Invisible Guy was too unimportant in the first place, as we gained nothing in the lottery that is premieres. With that in mind, it will not affect the review as such. Honesty is our approach, and it will ultimately be our strength. Note that Patricia Cram‘s (editor of Vial Magazine) photography is the artwork. The mastering was done by James Plotkin.
MERX is a moniker that is made up by a half of German Army. Yes, that’s correct, the German Army that I’ve covered not too long ago when they released their album “Last Language“. You could probably figure out that yourself, since a lot of the sound resembles their super-group. MERX latest album “20000 Sq Ft Under The Sea” was re-issued by Permanent Records – whom also put out “Merx“, their self-titled debut. What makes this release an oddity, though, is their classic post-punk mixed with the remnants of the late 80’s New Yorkish no-wave. These Los Angeles hounds are not easily moved or impressed, but they share a lot of influences that can be recovered from that particular decade. Combine that with the cold harnessed touch of cold wave, and you’re set for you trip into megalomaniac territories. Even though their debut was more cleanly shaven and post-punkish at its core, these post-punkers care not to delve into old cliches. Cris-crossing genres is a sport they would gladly engage in. Even engaging in such outlandish behavior as to combine the industrial electronics into the minimal, but cynical – mess. As you delve into their landscape, fear not the no-wave sound, because these heroin-fueled dreams become a longing – as the clinking guitars and groovy baseline catch you (and your breath). Breathe when you’re near, because they have a terrible odor. Cherish the time you had without them, but please remain seated during this experience. We’re here to offer you the last track on their record, namely “Poor Unfortunate Sons“, exclusively on Invisible Guy – as a free download. Listen to it and remember to not shriek in tune with them, or they’ll make a mess of you in their musical setting. Terrible news, isn’t it?
You can buy the re-issued record straight from Permanent Records, strictly limited to 100 copies on vinyl. Make sure you check out the original release that went out on Skrot Up earlier this year, also.
Johan G. Winther är både en konstnär men även en musiker. Med andra ord så har han ett par välsvarvade talanger som han väldigt ofta tar i bruk. Under alteregon som Tsukimono, grupper så som Blessings, Heathers/Hollows och Scraps Of Tape – så är han både en välkänd figur, men även okänd. Men det är inte det som denna recension kommer att handla om, då Johan. G Winther använt sig av sitt namn på senare tid och både släppt via Zeon Light Kassett, och nu till sist även Beläten. Det är det senaste släppet “Eating Or Vomiting Its Tail“, som vi kommer att titta närmare på. Egentligen så släpptes det för nästan en månad sedan, men vi har inte direkt kommit till skott. Nu gör vi det. Släppet består av de två låtarna “Eating Or Vomiting Its Tail” samt “Will To Burn“.