That’s a photo of legendary blues guitarist and singer Robert Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938), except it’s been altered with the addition of the Russian fur hat, the bottle of Stoli vodka on the bench, the forest background, and the flames (?). It’s the cover of a 2012 album dedicated to Robert Johnson’s memory. The album is called Сибирский Блюз, and it’s by a Russian black metal band named Пердящий в Темноте. You may ask, “What the fuck?” And I will attempt to answer your astute question.
First of all, I’m relying entirely on Google translate for the English version of the band and album names in the title of this post (though the band name could also be “Perdyaschy In the Dark” and “Пердящий” (or “perdyaschy”) could mean “farting”, which would make the band name Farting In the Dark). Perhaps one of our Russian readers can weigh in on the accuracy of this rendering.
I have a little more information about the band and the album, but not much more, despite spending a ridiculous amount of time on internet detective work and Russian translation:
It seems to involve six people, one of whom now seems to be dead. The principal vocalist (the one who seems to be dead) dishes out everything from horrifying cracked-glass howls to falsetto operatics to Tuvan throat-singing. The two guitarists are assigned one stereo channel each on the recording. The drums seem to be programmed. The band seems to have released at least one previous album, with a translated title of In Vain (2010), and perhaps an earlier one called Transcendental Irrefutable Existence (2009).
Siberian Blues includes 12 tracks and runs for almost 1 hour and 20 minutes. It includes a Mayhem cover (“Freezing Moon”, except it’s called “Freezing Sailor Moon”) and other song titles such as “I Despise LaVey – Respect Lavash” and “Sinister Misanthropic Dristalovo Under the Pine Trees On the Mystical Moonlit Snow” (or at least that’s what Google translate tells me). The album may or may not be released by an underground Danish label called Hikikomori Records.
Okay, that’s about it. Now that we’ve got the sketchy facts out of the way, here’s the rest of the answer to that “What the fuck?” question: The music is obviously created partly in jest, but it’s really an amazing accomplishment. In fact, though it’s an uneven work, it’s one of the most endlessly interesting albums I’ve heard all year — and where it’s strong, it’s very strong.
Stylistically, it’s all over the map, and sometimes off the map altogether. I guess I would call most of it a mix of black ‘n’ roll, blackened thrash, and second-wave melodic black metal — part distorted tremolo waves and part head-wrecking hammer-riffs, part muffled double-bass like the rhythmic whump of helicopter rotors and part rock-the-fuck-out drum patterns.
Sometimes the music is a filthy, crusty, acid-filled spewing of instrumental and vocal invective, but sometimes a memorable (and even majestic) melody will fly out of left field, even on those torrential blasters. And before the album is over, you get some very serious music indeed (more on that in a moment)
On some songs, the buzzing guitar tracks are smeared with a veneer of mud that gives them a rough, distorted quality, though it’s not all lo-fi; the production on many of the songs achieves a harrowing immediacy and clarity. Speaking of lo, the low end is usually downright titanic, with a huge bass tone that occasionally rises up like a leviathan from the deeps.
As for the singing, it may take some getting used to. Most of the time it’s a throaty, mid-range, cracked scream or yell (reminiscent at times of Mayhem’s Attila). Usually, it’s almost more of a chant than “singing”, except when the vocalist breaks into extended shrieking or howling. But that’s only part of the story.
I wasn’t making up the bit about the throat-singing, traditionally practiced by the Tuva people of southern Siberia. It’s in the mix, too, here and there. As best I can recall, I’ve only heard throat-singing in one other metal band — Hungary’s Niburta (read about them in this post at Trollfiend’s Also, Wolves blog). It’s definitely . . . different.
And speaking of different, the vocals on portions of two tracks, including one with the best melodic guitar leads, are in a campy, operatic falsetto. Briefly, they also sound like the whining of a little girl.
Almost half the album’s length is consumed by three songs, which range in duration from almost 11 minutes to more than 16. The longest is an extended black ‘n’ roll jam session guaranteed to give you morning-after whiplash, though it also devolves in a couple of places into freaked-out explosions of arhythmic guitar psychedelia, falsetto wailing, and baby talk.
Another of the long ones is a sludge-filled vat of blackened shoe-gaze with tribal drumming and densely layered vibrating guitars. More risk of whiplash, more utterly depraved occult vocals — and a beautiful, melancholy, folk-influenced melody that’s mesmerizing.
The third long song is a dramatic instrumental in which the layered, varied guitars shine through, accompanied by synthesized strings and a riveting drum track. I can’t think of a better description than orchestral black metal – ambitious in scope, moody and intense in its atmospherics, and enthralling. It sounds like nothing else on the album and began to make me wonder whether there’s anything these deviants couldn’t do if they put their mind to it.
Here are a handful of varied tracks for you to check out. There are two audio players for each song. If one doesn’t work, try the other. If neither works, please leave a Comment (this is my second attempt to make these Russian-encoded mp3 files playable on a range of browsers).
The first one is one of those blackened thrashers:[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Perdyaschy-Track-4.mp3|titles=Perdyaschy Track 4] [audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/04.-Дочь-придёт-домой-не-вся-Thrash-Black-это-няшно.mp3|titles=04 – Дочь придёт домой не вся (Thrash Black это няшно)]
This next one is a relatively short black-metal torrent spiced up with a trilling Eastern melody:[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Perdyaschy-Track-10.mp3|titles=Perdyaschy Track 10] [audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/10.-Восперди-во-имя-Тьмы.mp3|titles=10 – Восперди во имя Тьмы]
Here’s one that’s a sludgy, funereal dirge with an utterly gruesome selection of vocals that are part death-metal growl, part throat-singing, part banshee wail, and part vomit spewing.[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Perdyaschy-Track-1.mp3|titles=Perdyaschy Track 1] [audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/01.-Зловещее-мизантропическое-дристалово-под-сосной-на-мистически-освещённый-луной-снег.mp3|titles=01 – Зловещее мизантропическое дристалово под сосной на мистически освещённый луной снег]
Finally, this song is the second of those long ones I described above:[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Perdyaschy-Track-6.mp3|titles=Perdyaschy Track 6] [audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/06.-Сатанинское-Ня.mp3|titles=06 – Сатанинское Ня]
If you want to know where I found this album, here’s where:
I’m trying to determine if this really is a forthcoming Hikikomori release. Anything else I learn, I’ll add through an update to this post. Lastly, here’s the band’s line-up, retrieved from that Mediaboom page and deciphered with the obviously suspect assistance of Google Translate. Something tells me these names aren’t the ones their parents gave them at birth.
Alin Veneris – guitar in the left channel, tuporylye solos in both ears at once
Ali Fartonyan – guitar in right channel, anti-religious dances during recording
Grell Sutcliff – bass, strip tease on stage
Zanset – drum programming, drag-Distribution
Fartillo Psyshaar – guest voice of death with the fifth song 2:36
Perdyashka Pukin (RIP) – yelling, shray, screaming, Tuvan throat singing, daak faatin
(Big kudos to TheMadIsraeli for suggesting that I check out this music.)
UPDATE: I just heard back from Hikikomori Records, and they know nothing about this band.
It’s too bad the vocalist is apparently dead. Dude owns.
All the audio is missing 🙁
Crap. I tested it on two different browsers, and it worked for me, but there’s obviously something in the Russian mp3 tags that’s giving some people’s devices fits. I’ll see if I can figure out a way to make this work better.
Try the top player that I’ve added for each song — should work now.
Well, that was fun. Good way wake up.
Hmmm . . . I’m not sure I can imagine what it would be like to wake up to this.
Like waking up to annoying old women chattering outside your window at in appropriate levels…. But actually not all like that, because this is much, much more pleasant.
Good stuff, but it needs real drums instead of programmed machines. It kinda loses something with a drum machine.
Really? I think the programmed drums add to the vibe myself.
It does mean “farting in the dark” or “darkness.” The first word is the present active participle of the word that means “to fart.”
I’m really torn now — to change the post title to “Farting In the Dark” or leave it “Perdyaschy In Darkness”? But who would read a post called Farting in the Dark? That’s so old hat.
Fuck you, I like old hat.
I bet you like songs about flushing feces, massive diarrhea, hating in the kawaii way, and farting in the daylight, too.
I feel like the correct answer might be no, but the true answer is yes.
I also like songs about pretty rainbows. Come on, metal world, RAINBOWS!!
Dio dude. Delivered.
i laughed my soft pale ass off when i saw this post. Mostly because i’m russian and this band is rather humorous and parodic than something trve evil, so it was unexpected to see a review of it here. The lyrics include such grim themes as: how to flush your fecies in a toilet, how to hate in a kawaii way. Yes, a lot of anime reference is present, eg one song is called – Satanic Nya. as for “Sinister Misanthropic Dristalovo Under the Pine Trees On the Mystical Moonlit Snow” – the word “Dristalovo” means “a massive diarrhea”.
I’m deeply thankful for this review!
I’m so glad you liked it — and so glad we finally got a comment from a Russian who could give us some insights about this band and the album. It now becomes clear why Google Translate was defeated in its effort to convey the true eloquence of this band’s creations.
They may not be trve evil, but for someone like me who has no idea what words the vocalist is singing, they sure sound evil — except when he starts babbling like a little girl or singing (badly) like a valkyrie in a Wagner opera.
I might as well includes the Google Translate rendering of the song titles on this album (which of course was only partially successful):
01. Sinister Misanthropic Dristalovo Under the Pine Trees On the Mystical Moonlit Snow
02. Be A Man, A Nyashsya True Black, Bleat
03. Hate Kawaii
04. The Daughter Did Not Come Home All (Thrash Black is Nyashno)
05. Freezing Sailor Moon (Mayhem – nyashnye animeshniki-munyashki, kava!)
06. Satanic HN
07. What You – Better Troop
08. Being Born Is Hard Turd Nyashkoy
09. Shining Abyss (Hymn of Death and Chaos care – Memory Perdyashki Pukin)
10. Vosperdi in the Name of Darkness
11. I Despise LaVey – Respect Lavash
12. Nyashnaya Song in the name of Satan and Thiés-chan
I can only add that the title means “Syberian Blues”
Interesting — I wonder what they intended with that alternate spelling.
Being a bit of a first and second wave aficionado, this is pretty cool. The vokills are wild. Being a native Russian speaker, like a couple of the gents above, I gotta say there are a couple of decent puns, here. First, Perdyashka Pukin, the dead guy as it were, is a further play on fart jokes. “puk” also means fart. Therefore, this guy’s stage name was Farty Tooter, or something similar. Also Ali Fartonyan sounds like a fart joke as well. He took “yan” the tradition Armenian ending to a name and put fart in there. Think “Fartsberg” or “Fartson” for the Jewish or Scandinavian variety. Also, The name may more precisely mean “Those Farting in the Dark”. This is fucking Kvlt. Lolz.
This is crazy! Still blows my mind that on the surface this thing seems like such an enormous goof, yet the music is so fascinating. The band name, the band member names, the song titles, and the lyrics all seem to be like the mirror image of black metal — the opposite of grim and nekro — and moments in the music are goofs, too (mainly the more wacky vocal sections). And yet much of the music sounds genuinely occult, evil, obliterating, and even beautiful. Definitely a one-of-a-kind find in my experience.