Exclusive Premiere: Sektor 304 & DEATHSTENCH – A Plague Of Blind Eyes

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Yearly, a compilation whose name changes as the year change, take a hold between Malignant Records and Kalpamantra. Both labels have been dabbling in the dark ambient underground, housing names that with time have been forces to reckon with. Not only that, but also death-industrial, power electronics, noise and many other genres get the treatment they deserve from these two much revered labels. These series of compilatory releases started back in 2012, when “Malignant Antibodies” – the first compilation to start it off – was released digitally. Thirty-one tracks, including forthcoming gargantuans within these genres, alongside with titans such as STROM.ec, Deutsch Nepal, and Navicon Torture Technologies, just to mention a few. From that day on, a rather celebratory gesture laid the foundation of a tradition which is still intact.

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The second compilation was launched in 2013, titled “The Black Plague“. Which resulted in four more tracks, making it thirty-five. Included in this compilation was Trepaneringsritualen, Thomas Ekelund’s debut on a compilation having anything to do with Malignant and Kalpamantra. If anyone had foresaw what an immense impact he would have a year or two after that, this would be prophetic. Abandoned Asylum, one of the newcomers had gotten his track “Outside The Veil Of Life“, and many groups and artists returned with a bang. What came to be new for this compilation were the amount of collaborations that increased immensely, Phragments & Shock Frontier, Steel Hook Prostheses & The Scapegoat Mechanism, Collapsar & Inner Vision Laboratory. Not to mention how things were duked out, where HHY and Sektor 304 ‘fought’ it out versus one another, creating “Subliminal“. Now it officially could be considered to be a series of releases, they were two.

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Now the time has come for a third endeavour for these magnificent labels. We already know that it will be titled “Endless Descent Into Oblivion“, making it “Malignant III” – a third, probably even more perfected – compilatory adventure through the sewers. Mind you, not ‘sewers’ in any derogatory fashion, just the fact that it probably will outdo the other compilations when it comes to pure disgust, nefariousness, mysticism and total annihilation. Featured in this next compilation are, in alphabetical order: Abandoned Asylum, Aderlating, Ascetic Hedonism, Caul, Collapsar, DEATHSTENCH, False Mirror, Gnawed, Hall Of Mirrors, Hypsiphrone, Inner Vision Laboratory, Isolator, Kave, Linekraft, Nyodene D, Phragments, Phelios, Sektor 304, Sewer Goddess, Skorneg, Somnium, Steel Hook Prostheses, STROM.ec, T.O.M.B., Teeth Engraved, Terra Sancta, The Scapegoat Mechanism, The Vomit Arsonist, Theologian, Trepaneringsritualen, United Front, Xiphoid Dementia and Yen Pox – in other words an even greater compilation. New and old alike, this is probably the largest compilation of its kind, when it comes to these genres.

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So, I’ve gotten the perfect opportunity to exclusively premiere a track from this compilation before release. John from DEATHSTENCH told me about it and gave me the honor to light the torch. This track is one of the collaborative efforts on this release, namely that Sektor 304 and DEATHSTENCH join forces – forming the track “A Plague Of Blind Eyes” – which is as mesmerizingly tribal as it is martial. But hold on, dark ambient still has the authority intact when it comes to this track. You get to exclusively stream “A Plague Of Blind Eyes” on Repartiseraren. The compilation will be released digitally on the 8th of October by Malignant Records and Kalpamantra.

Listen: Soggy Creep – EP

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Out from the blue comes Soggy Creep. At least for me, I had never heard of them since I got an e-mail about the band. Carrying members from different bands like Bone Sickness and Criminal Code, one of them being Avi Roig (ex-It’s A Trap), the Pacific Northwest comes out strong again. Having released a demo ten months ago, completing their first EP just now – six days ago. What makes them strong is their output which they’ve decided to put in the dark punk category, where the baselines darken and a gloomy, almost death-rockish sound seeks it’s way through the cracks. The sound is almost like a dysharmonic skate-punk sound, if you strip away the general cheesyness of it. The anti-skatepunk (or rather, pop-punk) with overt melodious content. Sure, there are melodies that will make you question it – but you don’t really have to – because they’re layered nefariously, showing off a slow but in general tempo-clutching decay. Other tracks are faster, but what makes you twist your head in agony is the atmosphere they create. There’s enough punk in there to make you shout, but complex enough to not make it too simple. The thoughtfulness that sear with the harsh riffs are complemented well by a singer that never goes out of his way to cement their sound, he keeps it on the lowdown for the atmosphere to shroud everything else. Even though he’s a central part of it all.

It is an EP that is well worth listening to and it is a breath of smelly air, for once. Though much of their sound is carried in their instrumental parts, there isn’t much there for you not to like. Enough authority to make you not question it, enough sincerity to be able to pull this off. I’m hoping the Olympians are ready to take it one step further and enhance their sound a little bit more, but it is a perfectly good EP to start your seance with Soggy Creep. The name itself gives an alluring feeling to everything else, even though it should’ve been a bit more mysterious and not as creepy. But hey, each to his own. The release is available for digital streaming and hopefully they’ll release something physical, soon. Maybe it’s the run-up to an album – let’s hope so. In the meanwhile, stream “EP” down below.