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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 13:30

Lugubrum - The Kiss on the Anus

More than any other band, Belgium's mighty Lugubrum exemplify this rabid creativity, while still keeping one foot in the shrieks and exaggerated vigor that earned Black Metal its global notoriety (incinerating houses of worship notwithstanding.) To the uninitiated or curious (or those put off by fire-and-frost breathing, corpsepaint-sporting blast-beater legends like Norway's Immortal), Lugubrum may be a way in to this most fertile and creative contemporary music. In many ways, the band break away from the tried-and-true BM aesthetic: their sleeve paintings (rendered by the band's guitarist, lyricist and assorted string player Midgaars) blend the surreal with a European folk art quality, abandoning the standard b&w band shot accompanied by an unreadable logo (the latter also usually set in a dark forest, castle or graveyard.) Their CD inserts are filled with bizarre and curious imagery, found photographs and the like, a thought-provoking aesthetic that's both arresting and haunting, and not necessarily promoting of an agenda of never-ending Blackness and anti-Christian fanaticism (in fact, they're definitely more about "Brown" than "Black".)
Published in Song of 2day
Monday, 12 February 2018 10:36

Black Hole - Blind Men And Occult Forces

Black Hole were an obscure Italian trio who recorded Tales Of Mystery in 1985 to little fanfare and disappeared soon afterward. Apparently a revamped lineup recorded a second album, Living Mask, in 1988, but that album didn't actually get released until 2000, by which time the band was no doubt long disbanded. The best way to describe Tales Of Mystery is sparse, experimental horror/doom metal, though certainly not doom metal in the classic sense. Church organs make frequent appearances, a forerunner to the funeral doom sound developed by others years later. The vocals are clear, distantly recorded, and oh so indie 80's in style, while the guitars are at times rather muted -- the band is quite heavy, but the heaviness is derived more from mood than simply playing loud guitars. Death SS is acknowledged as a pioneer in Italian horror-inspired doom, and is a fair comparison for this band, though these guys really have their own style, a sound all their own that's strangely addicting. The sound is quite dated when compared to modern metal, but this is still a highly recommended album for 80's underground metallists.
Published in Song of 2day
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