I’m still in our nation’s capital on a business trip, doing the best I can to ignore the last frightening days of the presidential campaign in an effort to avoid an aneurysm. I had some time to kill before my flight home today, so I quickly sifted through some of the new music I discovered in recent days and compiled this selection.
My disturbed mind decided the following songs would make a nice grouping. In different ways, they summon a skin-crawling sensation of horror, which is how I’ve been feeling in light of tightening poll results in that torturous presidential campaign I mentioned.
THE GREAT OLD ONES
The new album by The Great Old Ones falls into my “highly anticipated” category. Two days ago Season of Mist announced details about the release and DECIBEL premiered a song.
The album’s named is EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy and it will be released on January 17, 2017. The artwork is at the top of this post. “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” is the new song, and here’s what the band said about it:
“We think that ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ stands for all that we wanted to achieve with this record: it is powerful, violent, epic, and of course heavily atmospheric and emotion driven. In the context of our conceptual story, this chapter tells of the arrival of the protagonist in the eponymous infamous city. He is gazing over the derelict harbour and remembering the frightening journal of his ancestor, he knows that nothing will ever be the same again. “I penetrated into darkness, visions of chaos, visions of death, churches to ashes, demented cult, only signs of sickness.‘”
That final quote is from the song’s lyrics; the album itself is described as “an original sequel of the H. P. Lovecraft story ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth'”.
And yes, the song is a frightener that’s both violently seething and unearthly in its eeriness. The vocals are certifiably insane; and yes, I have the certificate right here, the last act of the psychiatrist before he was consumed by a vast tentacled thing that rose from the depths.
A decade has passed since New York’s Thralldom released their last album, A Shaman Steering the Vessel of Vastness. Now, finally, they are giving us a new six-track album named Time Will Bend Into Horror. It will be available digitally on November 11 through Ritual Productions.
As before, the members of Thralldom are Killusion and Jaldagar, i.e., Ryan Lipynsky (Unearthly Trance, Serpentine Path, The Howling Wind) and Jared Turinsky, though with this new album they’ve branched from their earlier already-twisted paths into some new directions.
What you can hear below is an advanced track named “Chronovisions”. In genre terms, it’s a flesh-crawling mélange of spectral dissonance, gruesome growls and snarls, and tension-ratcheting riffs, with a low overhang of doom.
Two final horrors await, and both come from the latest album by the Russian-born, Israeli band Tangorodrim, who took their name from a place in Tolkein‘s imagined worlds that means “Mountains of Oppression”.
This group’s latest album, Defunct Plato Mythology, is their fifth overall in a 20-year span, but the first one in 8 years. Originally released on CD by Doomentia Records almost exactly one year ago, I only just discovered its existence yesterday through the two tracks available on Bandcamp, “Underground In Law” and “Green Fields – Grey Clouds”.
The opening of the first song sounds like an extract from a B-grade horror movie from the ’70s, and even when it starts to rock the vocals are deranged and bloodthirsty. “Underground In Law” remains poisonous and threatening (increasingly so when it veers more clearly into black metal territory) even though it’s medically impossible not to start moving to it; and yes, I have the medical certificate right here.
“Green Fields – Grey Clouds” is also dark as a metastisizing cancer, with more of those infernally crazed vocals vomiting venom, and like the first track it spears the reptile brain in a way that gets you moving (when it’s not trying to thresh your flesh you into tatters). I have to track down the rest of this album.
P.S. Tangorodrim have recently announced that they will be playing at Oslo’s Inferno Fest next year.