Nov 262012

New discoveries don’t always come in threes around here.  I think it’s just some deep-seated superstition that makes me collect groups of three things in most of my posts.  I’m sure there’s some scientific learning out there about why people do this (and don’t tell me it’s about the Holy Trinity because the power of three’s pre-dated JC by millennia). Someday I’ll have to get educated.

But for now, I got three items. They concern Seth Siro Anton and Septic Flesh (Greece), Daemon Worship Productions (Hell), and Tombstone Highway (Italy).


Yeah baby, you’re lookin’ at it! That’s the latest album art that Seth Siro Anton created for his band Septic Flesh. I really like everything he does, whether for Septic Flesh or other bands, and this is no exception. It’s the just-released cover for a special re-issue of the band’s 1994 debut album, Mystic Places of Dawn. It’s the first of four Septic Flesh reissues that Season of Mist is planning for 2013, with this one hitting the streets on January 22 in North America (and Jan 25 elsewhere). This reissue will also include the four tracks from the 1991 EP Temple of the Lost Race.

It looks like Season of Mist is already selling pre-orders for the album, including vinyl, CDs, and shirts featuring this new artwork, at this location. Awfully damned tempting. That shirt is calling my name . . .


I’m really excited about this next piece of news: Daemon Worship Productions, an extreme label based in Russia, has just set up a Bandcamp site with music from many of their releases. It’s a happy coincidence because just a few days ago I reviewed one of the latest releases, a new EP by The Ascendant. But the label has many other killer underground bands in the stable, including ones we’ve featured before at NCS, and now you and I can hear the music of many of them via Bandcamp:

Other links:


Okay, I have to precede the final item with an Exception to the Rule warning: there is clean singing in the music of Italy’s Tombstone Highway.

I got a press release about them earlier today. They’re a fairly new signing by Agonia Records, and Agonia plans to release their debut album Ruralizer on Feb 26 in Europe and Mar 19 in the U.S. Two things about this band caught my eye. The first thing is that cover art, which I like. The second thing was this description in the press release:

“The Music of TOMBSTONE HIGHWAY is a classic blend of feisty Stoner/Southern- Rock and Doom Metal, with catchy guitar solos and old-school heavy metal parts that may remind of Lynyrd SkynyrdCorrosion Of ConformityPride and GloryDownBlack Sabbath, or even ZZ Top riffage. Apart from Hard Rock instruments, the band uses also a banjo and Hammond organs.”

As a transplanted Texan who left some roots behind in the native sod, I got a kind of panting Pavlovian response when I saw some of those references, kind of like what happens when a pan of cornbread comes hot out of the oven. And yes, I do believe I will have some banjo and Hammond organ, too. Oh, and did I mention that the album will include a cover of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen”? Fuck yes.

So, having been tempted mightily, I checked out the three tracks from Ruralizer that are streaming at ReverbNation. I’ll tell you what, these boys may be from the banks of the Po’/Padus river in Piacenza, Italy instead of a Gulf Coast swamp, but they definitely got the right feel for this kind of music — and plenty of down-home riff magic, too. And a fuckin’ banjo in the mix. I’m in love.

Check it out and bang yo’ head:


  1. Regarding the intro: Because three is a magic number. Yes it is, it’s a magic number. Somewhere in the ancient, mystic trinity, you get three as a magic number.

    (This reference will be completely lost on those under a certain age.)

    • My horrible memory of advanced mathematics from high school is that 3 is indeed a “magic” number, not due to any astral properties, but that:
      Three is the first odd prime number,[1] and the second smallest prime. It is both the first Fermat prime (22n + 1) and the first Mersenne prime (2n − 1), the only number that is both, as well as the first lucky prime. However, it is the second Sophie Germain prime, the second Mersenne prime exponent, the second factorial prime (2! + 1), the second Lucas prime, the second Stern prime.
      Three is the first unique prime due to the properties of its reciprocal.
      Three is the aliquot sum of 4.
      Three is the third Heegner number.
      Three is the second triangular number and it is the only prime triangular number. Three is the only prime which is one less than a perfect square. Any other number which is n2 − 1 for some integer n is not prime, since it is (n − 1)(n + 1). This is true for 3 as well, but in its case one of the factors is 1.
      Three non-collinear points determine a plane and a circle.
      Three is the fourth Fibonacci number. In the Perrin sequence, however, 3 is both the zeroth and third Perrin numbers.
      Three is the fourth open meandric number.
      Vulgar fractions with 3 in the denominator have a single digit repeating sequences in their decimal expansions, (.000…, .333…, .666…)
      A natural number is divisible by three if the sum of its digits in base 10 is divisible by 3. For example, the number 21 is divisible by three (3 times 7) and the sum of its digits is 2 + 1 = 3. Because of this, the reverse of any number that is divisible by three (or indeed, any permutation of its digits) is also divisible by three. For instance, 1368 and its reverse 8631 are both divisible by three (and so are 1386, 3168, 3186, 3618, etc..). See also Divisibility rule. This works in base 10 and in any positional numeral system whose base divided by three leaves a remainder of one (bases 4, 7, 10, etc.).
      A triangle is the only figure which, if all endpoints have hinges, will never change its shape unless the sides themselves are bent.
      3 is the smallest prime of a Mersenne prime power tower 3, 7, 127, 170141183460469231731687303715884105727. It is not known whether any more of the terms are prime.
      Three of the five regular polyhedra have triangular faces — the tetrahedron, the octahedron, and the icosahedron. Also, three of the five regular polyhedra have vertices where three faces meet — the tetrahedron, the hexahedron (cube), and the dodecahedron. Furthermore, only three different types of polygons comprise the faces of the five regular polyhedra — the triangle, the quadrilateral, and the pentagon.
      There are only three distinct 4×4 panmagic squares.
      Only three tetrahedral numbers are also perfect squares.
      The first number, according to the Pythagoreans, and the first male number.
      The first number, according to Proclus, being the first number such that n2 is greater than 2n.
      The trisection of the angle was one of the three famous problems of antiquity.
      Gauss proved that every integer is the sum of at most 3 triangular numbers.
      Gauss proved that for any prime number p (with the sole exception of 3) the product of its primitive roots is ≡ 1 (mod p).
      Any number not in the form of 4n(8m+7) is the sum of 3 squares.

      For more check this link

  2. Banjo metal is a concept whose time has certainly arrived.

  3. I just listened to the entirety of the Griseus album. O. M. G. Thank you for sharing it, I am going to enjoy listening to it for many many many hours yet, wow.

  4. Wooooow that new Septic Flesh cover art is pretty much dogshit

  5. I mean it’s really cool their back catalog is getting reissued and everything, but god damn

  6. Having Seth Siro Anton’s work on my wall is definately on my bucket list!

  7. So sorry for the massive reply earlier, just couldn’t help myself…..

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