Jun 062011

(Intrepid NCS writer Israel Flanders has single-handedly convinced three excellent and musically diverse bands — The Apocryphal Order (The Faroe Islands), Shattered Skies (Ireland), and Rooks (Illinois) — to let us offer you their recent EP’s for free download, and we’re bundling them together for you in a package. But first, Israel has a few words of introduction . . .)

Guess what, I have a special treat for you today. Three bands agreed to let me post their EP’s today, so what I got for you is a music bundle! I’m gonna do brief summaries of these for you guys and let you be on your way =)

Go read my review of The Apocryphal Order’s self-titled EP here (“this album is full of furious thrash and death metal riffing, every drum beat you could possibly imagine, tempo changes, brutal hoarse vocals . . . . imagine a love child of Death, Testament, Forbidden, and Deicide“). (more after the jump . . .)

Shattered Skies are a band from Wicklow, Ireland who play a low-tuned style of melodic, symphonic-tinged groove metal that really stands out.  Imagine a combination of Evergrey and Dutch prog metallers Sun Caged. Our bundle includes their debut EP, Reanimation, released last month.

Rooks are the heaviest and most brutal band in this bundle. Taking the aggression and simplicity of tough-guy hardcore and combining it with the low-tuned groovy nature of djent, this is some of the angriest music I’ve ever heard. REALLY impressive stuff. You’ll wreck shit to this.

Check out a song from each EP below. The download link for the bundle is after that.


Download link (right-click on the link and save):


You can find out more about each of these three bands via these links to their Facebook pages:

The Apocryphal Order

Shattered Skies



  1. Awesome…Ive been wanting that The Apocryphal Order ep since I first heard them…

  2. Goddamn! You guys are bringin’ it lately. I was working on a tornado damaged home just down the street and came home for lunch to find this. Afternoon listening compliments of NCS. Thanks!

    • Cool! Hope you like this threesome while you help put someone’s life back in order.

    • Were there bad tornadoes in Kansas??? I don’t recall reading about them, if they were….

      You are in Kansas, right? Not somewhere else…with…I dunno…a yellow brick road???

      • byrd may be back on the job by now, but he’s in Tennessee. Not long ago he posted links in a comment to video of the tornado devastation just a few blocks from his home. It looked like a damned war zone.

      • If they deal with this shit all the time in Kansas I don’t know how anyone lives there. My driveway is two up on the right of where this vid ends http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfPFKAYFLCA. It was an EF4 estimated at 800 yards wide with winds between 175-190 mph, it stayed on the ground for around 30 miles. Part of the 2011 super outbreak, it’s the Ringgold/Southeast Tennessee tornado in this article about halfway down the page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_25%E2%80%9328,_2011_tornado_outbreak

        By the way, how’s the earthquake recovery comin’ along in Japan? We don’t hear much about it anymore on the news here.

        • Kansas actually doesn’t get as many tornadoes as one might think. When we lived in Memphis we had way more than we do now in Kansas.

          As for not hearing about Japan anymore, it’s because we’re too obsessed about that Casey Anthony bitch and whether or not she killed her daughter. It’s this generation’s O.J. trial.

          • That makes me glad for Kansas. We have small ones fairly often around here in the spring and fall, but nobody was expecting an EF4.

            I guess most Americans just can’t get enough trial coverage. I’m content with just hearing about verdicts when it’s all done.

      • Rob, you are so very correct. Now don’t i look like an asshole.

        Japan seems to be progressing, but slowly. The nuclear plant is totally fucked, but it’s mostly localized to that area.
        I think there are still some people living in shelters in the tohoku area.

        If it makes you feel better, i think the tornadoes in america were mentioned fucking once here. Japan is as myopic as america.
        Who’s casey anthony?

        Good luck, byrd! I am glad you’re safe!

        • Thanks Phro!

          Casey Anthony is a party girl on trial for the death of her daughter who she didn’t report missing for something like a month and then they found signs of death in the trunk of her car or something like that. I’ve only caught bits of the story, though it seems the mother wasn’t bothered enough to stop partying while her daughter was missing even if she is innocent.

          • Pffft…. kids these days.

            • “Pffft” sounds like a particularly British expression. This reminds me of a John Cleese bit on British terror alerts: “The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Libya and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.”

  3. Rooks fucking pummels. Thanks for the EPs!

  4. Is this the chatter section for devastating natural disasters and failure in society. Or is it about music?

    • All of the above. These guys are our friends. When shit happens to them or to others where they live, then we’ll talk about it. That’s part of what the community at this site is about. We like to talk about music too. 🙂

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