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.

Exclusive Premiere: The Trepaneringsritualen-side of the Deathstench/Trepaneringsritualen split!

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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.

Exclusive Premiere: The DEATHSTENCH side of the Deathstench/Trepaneringsritualen split!

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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.

Exclusive Stream: T.O.M.B. – The Great Venerat Insult

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Invisible Guy and Malignant Records (sub-label Black Plagve Productions) are collaborating to give you a track from the “Third Wave Holocaust” album that T.O.M.B. released a month ago. So that you can listen to it in your dark corner of the world. Enter into a world of hurt, a world where death-industrial is the ruler and black noise is the by-product. Soothe yourself with the darker sounds, and malefic content. Be frightened, be on your toes. Woe thee that tries to cross the boundaries of this limitless introductory to a whole charred apocalypse incarnate. There is no reason for you to enter this realms when you’re on your own, but you still have the urge to see into a whole other world. Some may fall, others may fall from grace. But the mighty few will stand on their own and face their inner demons. Anyway, enough of this darkly enrichment of your inner soul. We bring you the exclusive track “The Great Venerat Insult“, for your listening (dis-)pleasure. If you like what you’re hearing, you should head on over to Malignant Records and buy it. Down below, you can read what the label has to say about things.

Active for over a decade and with releases on Fall of Nature, Todestrieb, and Crucial Blast, Pennsylvania’s T.O.M.B. has come to embody the spirit of what Black Plagve is and was started for, pushing sound to the extreme by taking elements of dark ambient, noise, metal and death industrial and assembling them into powerful, blackened occult rituals. Built around field recordings that consist of cemetery desecrations, live crematory incineration’s and disturbing, abandoned insane asylum ceremonies, everything is misshapen and deformed, twisted and crafted into harrowing episodes of hallucinatory, blood soaked rituals, demonic incantations, and waves of foul smelling textures.

10 tracks in total, some, such as Clairvoyant Frequencies, Electric Exorcism, or Vulgarity, with their dense reverberating churn, necrotized tones, and over modulated frequency abuse, fall into the power electronics vein. Others, such as the tribalistic Vom Voodoo, Na La Gore Na, and Tribute to Hanhua, are drenched in unholy atmospherics, with buried rhythms, clanging percussion and deathchant vocalizations. It’s all held together with a clenched, rotten fist, moving and writhing in perfect unison over its 50 time frame.

Another strong and welcome addition to the growing Black Plagve roster and a resounding reason why T.O.M.B. remains at the forefront of the “black noise” movement. Recommended for fans of MZ.412, Gnaw Their Tongues, DEATHSTENCH.

Spotlight: Various Artists – Vol. II – The Black Plague (Free Download)

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Including A-listers within the sphere of death-industrial and dark ambient, with every sub-genre possible in between, Kalpamantra and Malignant Records teamed up for a massive compilation. Including exclusive tracks delivered from each one of them, as these following artists and groups move on, in order of how they’re represented on the compilation: Caul, False Mirror, Inner Vision Laboratory, Troum, Yen Pox, Rasalhague, Terra Sancta, Kave, Collapsar, Phelios, Abandoned Asylum, Hall Of Mirrors, Phragments, Shock Frontier, Kristoffer Nyströms Orkester, Phaenon, Steel Hook Prostheses, The Scapegoat Mechanism, Trepaneringsritualen, Sewer Goddess, Ascetic Hedonism, Theologian, HHY, Sektor 304, The Vomit Arsonist, Deathstench, T.O.M.B., STROM.ec, Nyodene D, Hypsiphrone, Linekraft, Aderlating, U-731, La Naegleria and Xiphoid Dementia. Some of these artists and groups also team up as a duo, so there’s more of that happening on this compilation. What has to be said is that this compilation is how it is supposed to be done, with a lot of quality overshadowing the quantity of everything. It might not have been on a short notice, but this release certainly asks for more, and gives you a lot in return – in the form of a free download. So you can stream this behemoth of a compilation down below, and you can of course download it. Be sure to check in over at Kalpamantra and Malignant Records.

Review: Deathstench – Massed in Black Shadow

1587623078-1Putrid filth spewed directly from the gaping mouth of the abysmal death-industrial/dark ambient duo called Deathstench, based around Darea Plantin and JohnPaul Whetzel, whom also worked within the band Welter in thy Blood. As the black oil puts on a layer of disguise, they rapidly move into the first song on the album titled “Extractum Ex Infernis“. The whole picturesque scene that upholds itself, suggests that an almost ritualistic wall of death-industrial paves the way for the lesser elements of this song. Going ahead in a manner of strength, stinking up the whole place with the vocalists utterly distorted wave of noise. The whole continuum of the sound-scape brazenly lighten up the darkest emotions from within, conjuring horrific pictures inside an ever numbed down skull. An almost propagandist feature is the repeated words heard in the background, almost as an instructional guidance for this visually gruesome landscape of gigantic splendor, in the way of the smutty putrefaction. The repetitive notion of the sound-scape waltzes on in its own particular manner, as it autonomously pulsates on with sheer destruction in mind. As a novice within the genres, you’d expect it to be fascinatingly obvious to pinpoint the exact partition divided between the genres. But from what you hear, the overt dark ambient is forcefully managed to step on and include the darker elements of the genres, as the death-industrialist expose can work within, undisturbed. Emotionally, this is a masterpiece, as it steps on your toes with no forgiveness and continues on like the amoeba it is. Gathering different intelligentsia from other corners of the vitally important genre-sphere, as it delves deeper into your mind, haunting your mind with the most susceptible mixture of ignominy. You simply can’t ignore the vastness and cunning of the machinated abyssal void that is coming right at you.

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