I was all set to go with this post, all set to call it “BRUTALITY!”, because that was the unifying theme of the new music videos I found from Weapon (Canada), Unfathomable Ruination (UK), Antropofagus (Italy), and Katalepsy (Russia). And then I saw a new official live video from Dordeduh (Romania) — not really brutal, but it still grabbed me. So I’m including it at the end and dropping the “BRUTALITY!” post title.
There are so many videos I want to share in this post that I’m doing my goddamned best to pare down my own verbiage. Here we go . . .
Weapon’s new album Embers and Revelations is out now on the Relapse label. We haven’t reviewed it yet, but it’s well worth your time — a fusing of first wave black and death metal with melodic touches that recall the Bangladeshi origins of the band’s leader, Vetis Monarch.
Yesterday Relapse premiered a lyric video for a brutal Weapon track named “Crepuscular Swamp”. Here it is:
The next video is a coincidence. Yesterday we featured a new video from an excellent UK melodic doom/death band named Eye of Solitude and paid specific compliments to the band’s vocalist Daniel Neagoe — while noting that he’s also the vocalist for Unfathomable Ruination. And then later in the day I discovered that Unfathomable Ruination had just released a video for a song from their recently released debut album, Misshapen Congenital Entropy (via Sevared Records and now available on Bandcamp).
The video is footage of the studio recording of the album. The song is brutal, face-flensing tech-death of a high order. I fuckin’ love it. And I’ve concluded that somehow Daniel Neagoe has managed to swallow a demon bear and call him up out of the gut when time comes to track vocals.
As you’ll see at the end of the video, the dudes have a lively way of blowing off steam after a hard day’s work. Or maybe they’re just tired of waxing to remove unwanted leg, arm, and ass hair.
Antropofagus are based in Genoa, Italy, and earlier this year they released their second album, Architecture of Lust (on Comatose Music, and available on the band’s web store among other places). I’m expecting a guest review of this album soonish, so I won’t say anything about the album at this point other than this: It’s a brutal, blazing, technically acrobatic slaughterfest.
And so is the new music video released by the band a couple of days ago for the song “Sanguinis Bestiae Solium”. It was created by Davide Cilloni (http://www.eklipsedesign.it/) and filmed at a deconsecrated church in Balestrino, Italy.
Thanks to a tip from NCS supporter Utmu, I also found the following video from Katalepsy. It’s for a song called “Evidence of Near Death (E.N.D.)”. The song will appear on Katalepsy’s next album, Autopsychosis, which is scheduled for release by Unique Leader on January 8, 2013. It’s a goddamned slamming crusher from start to finish, the kind of music bent on reducing the listener to a mass of unrecognizable pulp and bone splinters. Gnarly album cover too.
And, as promised, I’ll wrap up this round-up with a just-released performance video by Dordeduh. If you’ve been following our blog, then you’ll recognize the name. And if you haven’t, this is the band started by Hupogrammos and Sol Faur after leaving Romania’s Negură Bunget. Dordeduh’s debut album Dar De Duh was released by Prophecy Productions last month, and it’s an amazing work. I suppose you could try to encapsulate it with the phrase folk/black metal, but that hardly does it justice.
Today, the band released an official performance video for a song from the album named “Flăcărarii”. It was shot in black and white during Dordeduh’s performance at the 2011 edition of the Brutal Assault festival in the Czech Republic. The professional camera work is extremely cool (and includes some judicious use of slo-mo). The crowd starts out fairly stiff in their reactions (this isn’t exactly quick-moshing music), but eventually the heads start banging and the horns start being thrown. I really like this song!
And holy hell, the woman who played live keyboards for the song at this festival is drop-dead gorgeous — though I don’t know who she is.