This morning I got two e-mails that reminded me about bands — Thy Catafalque (originally Hungary) and Mitochondrion (Canada) — that I’ve been meaning to say something about for a long time. So rather than procrastinate further, or worry about how many other bands I’ve been unjustly ignoring, I thought, wtf, might as well just do it now.
The first band is Thy Catafalque, who (as of last month) are now signed to the excellent Season of Mist label. I’ve seen this band’s name in various places, but most often at The Number of the Blog, where groverXIII is a big admirer of them (see this, for example). Although I’d forgotten about it, I finally remembered listening at one point long ago to a clip of one of their songs that he featured at TNOTB from their latest album, Róka Hasa Rádió, which was released in 2009. I didn’t fall in love with the song immediately, and therefore moved on to something else important, like picking lint out of my navel.
And then this morning, I got an e-mail from Tamás Kátai, who is the principle alter ego of Thy Catafalque (along with János Juhász) and now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. He had seen my review of the excellent new album by another Hungarian band, Slytract, which included my confession of ignorance and curiosity about Hungarian metal. So he gave me links to two of Thy Catafalque’s albums — not only Róka Hasa Rádió, which is the fourth album, but also the third one, Tűnő Idő Tárlat (2004), which Tamás thought I might want because, unlike Róka Hasa Rádió, it contains no clean male vocals at all. I wonder why he thought that would matter to me?
Turns out that one of those download files also contained a video for a song called “Paths Untrodden”, which isn’t on either of the two most recent albums. Instead, it’s on the second release, Microcosmos (2001). Because I like moving pictures, and because I do most things ass-backwards, I watched that video before listening to anything else. It may very well not be representative of the band’s current musical direction, since it’s roughly 10 years old, but damn, it’s a fine, scathing black-metal song that has become firmly stuck in my head, and the video is beautiful — definitely worth sharing. (more after the jump . . .)
Here’s the video:
Now after getting hooked on that song, I decided to jump forward in time and listen to something from Róka Hasa Rádió. Being short on time this morning, I decided to pick the shortest song on the album, “Esőlámpás”. The opening riffs and keyboards hooked me immediately, and I even enjoyed the melodic clean vocals. It’s a great melding of charging aggression and atmospheric melody, and it WILL get your head banging hard. Do check it out:[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/06-Esolampas.mp3|titles=Thy Catafalque-Esolampas]
So, yes, I’m sold on Thy Catafalque and will be listening to the rest of these albums. Check them out on facebook HERE. We expect a new Thy Catafalque album from Season of Mist in the near future.
I’m pretty sure I first heard about this Vancouver band via a review I read early this year at The Living Doorway. The review included these words: “I’d say this motherfucker sounds like Ulcerate being total soul-raped by Portal, with Impetuous Ritual (or pretty much any Profound Lore alumni) watching.” Well, that pushed all sorts of my buttons, and I went and got the band’s late-2010 release, Parasignosis, and then later I picked up their 2008 album, Archaeaeon. “Soul-raping” just about says it all. This band’s music is about as life-destroying as anything I’ve heard.
I really did mean to write something about them myself, but I didn’t. I’m sure something diverted my mental plans, in just about the same way as a cat’s attention will be diverted by a passing insect.
Fast forward to this morning, when I got an e-mail from one of our Finnish readers (Toni) inquiring about one of our free FUCKING GOOD PANCAKE t-shirts, and as a “P.S.” he reminded me about Mitochondrion with a YouTube link to two combined tracks from Parasignosis — “Lex Ego Exitium” and “Tetravirulence”. Well, I’d heard those songs before, but I punched that YouTube clip and heard them again.
Listening to the songs back-to-back is to immerse yourself in a horrifying, abysmally crushing, energy-sucking miasma of torrential filth. It’s a blackened death metal vortex that recognizes no mercy and no hope and honors only coldly calculated destruction. In other words, it’s superb music.
If you dig the shit out of that ultra-badass metal as much as I do, then you can get more info about these miscreants on facebook at this location.
Oh fuckitall, here’s the whole damned album to stream (minus the outro track). This is not for the weak of heart or those with suicidal tendencies.
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So there. I’ve now written about two of the 3,000 bands I’ve been meaning to say something about. Only 2,998 to go.