Many of you are already quite familiar with Dark Descent Records. For those who aren’t, it’s a small independent label based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It specializes in death, black, and doom metal — music that’s dark as night and dangerous as a mine field.
I wish I had time to dive deeply into every one of their releases, because the ones I’ve heard have been dependably lethal.
Dark Descent have had a Bandcamp site for some amount of time, but until recently I’m pretty sure they’ve only used the site to stream music, with actual sales limited to physical media. However, NCS supporter Vonlughlio alerted me to the fact that over the weekend Dark Descent began offering some of their releases for download on Bandcamp — and they’ve been adding new albums to their Bandcamp page, with more to come this week.
Last night Dark Descent also announced the creation of a “sub imprint” named Unspeakable Axe, which will focus on “bands influenced by and existing in the same indefinable territory as some of the founders of extreme metal – bands like Possessed, early Sepultura, and Hellhammer – as well as the ones that deliberately blurred the lines after they were already established, like Messiah, Merciless, Deceased…, Varathron, Mortuary Drape, and others.”
The announcement continued: “And as you can tell by our name, we’re not averse to Autopsy-esque (or just plain bizarre) death metal, either. If it’s fast and loud and has at least some thrash in its veins, we’re probably into it.”
Unspeakable Axe can be found on Facebook here. They’re interested in demo submissions from “obscure bands approaching the intersection between ugly, ancient death metal and vicious, chaotic thrash metal”.
Now, back to that Dark Descent Bandcamp page. There you will find albums from the likes of Maveth, Desolate Shrine, Vassafor, Adversarial, Anhedonist, Binah, Father Befouled, Heresiarch, Horrendous, Mitochondrion, and much more. Many of those albums can now be purchased for digital download at a price of $5.99.
This is especially good news for people like Vonlughlio who love their music but for whom the cost of international shipping added to the cost of the physical release is a serious deterrent and local distros are scarce.
This whole post may seem like an advertisement, but it isn’t. Dark Descent doesn’t even know I’m writing this, and of course you should already know that we don’t take a dime from anyone for anything we do. This is purely a public service for those of you out there who, like me and Vonlughlio, have a taste for voracious black/death done well.
Here are the links:
And because I always like to include some music in our posts, here’s the full Bandcamp stream of Desolate Shrine’s December 2012 album The Sanctum of Human Darkness: