Jan 122018

 

Editor’s Note:  starkweather vocalist Rennie Resmini is not only a very talented music-maker, but also a man with tastes that match up unusually well with may own inclinations… and he has a way with words. I’ve been following him on Facebook (here) for a while and I see what he recommends, and he also sends me recommendations from time to time. As you know if you read my round-ups of new music regularly, he has been a source of great discoveries.

For all those reasons, I asked him if he would be willing to provide a year-end list for publication here. For those who follow him on FB, you know that he posted extensive separate lists of albums, EPs, demos, and splits. For us, he whittled those down considerably to the 15 titles you will see below, using as one factor what he listened to the most. As he told me, “Here it is, quick and dirty so I don’t overthink… though by tomorrow I’ll have changed my mind”.

If you’re not familiar with starkweather’s music, go here — and get ready for something new from them in a few months’ time…

 

 

 

Saule – S/T

 

Stunning debut, a tight-rope balancing act of post everything…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cavernlight – As We Cup Our Hands and Drink From the Stream of Our Ache

 

Feedback-laden, leaden trod toward the white light of infinity…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malemort – Individualism, Narcissim, Hedonism

 

Feedback-laden, screaming bloody murder toward the black void…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biesy – Noc lekkich obyczajów

 

A beautiful destruction…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pyrrhon – What Passes for Survival

 

Forward-thinking dissonance born on Am Rep Records and Gorguts’ Obscura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aosoth – V: The Inside Scriptures

 

A driven blasphemous hymnal…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Árstíðir lífsins – Heljarkviða

 

Hammerheart at the twilight of the gods…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drouth – Knives, Labyrinths, Mirrors

 

Svart Crown came in with a monster in 2017 — Portland’s Drouth does the style more intensely and succinctly…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Without Waves – Lunar

 

An unsung, underappreciated gem, as if Thought Industry reconstituted themselves and reworked mods carve the pigs for a new millennium…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KRZTA – S/T

 

Upholding a longstanding Polish tradition of dissonant pummel…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eeviomorfia – Mortal Lacuna

 

What a long, strange, dissonant trip this is…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coma Cluster Void – Thoughts from a Stone

 

Thinking man’s metal in occult rites with avant-garde spectral classical and experimental opera composers…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Harvest – Attrition

 

Still Life Opeth felled on Gorguts colored sands…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weeping Sores – S/T

 

Score 2 for Doug and Steve of Pyrrhon in the form of classic As the Flower Withers-era My Dying Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Convulsing / Siberian Hell Sounds

 

Both band names sum things up in tidy fashion for such dischord…

 

3 Responses to “LISTMANIA 2017: A YEAR-END LIST FROM STARKWEATHER (RENNIE RESMINI)”

  1. misterjackburton says:

    I hadn’t heard of Drouth, thanks for the introduction, that album is the shit.

  2. blend77 says:

    Really love Arstidir Lifsins.. Forgot that came out early this year! Gotta revisit it immediately.
    Drouth sounds great as does KRZTA. Love that Polish dissonance,

  3. Gipson says:

    Nice pull for Without Waves. That’s one of my favorites of the year, and it’s definitely been overlooked. Weird, fun stuff.

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