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.
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.
Die Song is a label that I actually got into by an accident. I slowly scrolled by on Facebook and found that one of my friends there liked this label. I imminently decided to check it out and was strangely attracted to the aesthetics of it. They were dark, they were somewhat nihilistic – almost on the verge. The first thing I got into was Carrion Sunflower, which had released their album “The Romantic Youth Of Jesus“. At first I was startled when I listened to it, and I couldn’t really fathom who would be into it. But after a few listens, it actually grew on me. James Light is the man behind this label, and it’s a label that is situated in the United States. He’s also released a split between Fistula and Radiation SIckness, which could be titled as the second release by this label. So, therefore, I decided to get in touch with him and ask him if he was interested in being interviewed. Now we’re here, with an in-depth interview in front of us. I asked him about the future releases, the meaning of his aesthetics, his craftsmanship, relations to other labels and many more questions. I hope you’re going to get your questions answered, and I hope you’d be as intrigued, if not more – as I was when I first stumbled upon Die Song.
Image Of Life is an interesting person, whom you may or may not know, but that’s irrelevant. According to himself, at least. He heavily indulges in what he calls “nihilist pop”, a sub-genre which he himself has coined. Not much can be said about him, but the overtly misanthropic and nihilistic music that he makes. The first album that appeared was a self-released cassette titled “Last Letters From Leper Colony“, which featured ten songs, all written between the years of 2010-2012. After being featured on Kristopher Reinshagen’s list in “favorite musiks of 2012“, on the ninth place – he delved into further anonymity. Until he surfaced once again, now to be featured on the Chondritic Sound roster, as he released a double-single in 2013, by the name of “Weight Loss In Wartime / Walking In The Dark“. This original minimal synth purveyor is not to be known, but we shall make sure to know him a little bit better. Therefore, I asked him a few questions, ranging from his albums, his person and a little bit of everything you’d ever want to know about nihilism.