In case you’re not familiar with the concept of “Freebie of the Week”, here’s a brief explanation… Each week I go on a little hunt through the vast wastelands of the Internet in search of FREE and LEGAL downloads. So, all of the downloads featured here will be obtainable through trustworthy means… and they’ll be guilt-free. For example, I will only ever feature music available from official band websites, profiles (such as MySpace, Reverbnation or Facebook) and Last.fm (or equivalent).
I can’t think of suitable words to describe this at the moment – other than ‘awesome’. I’m just gonna let the music do the talking…
You can download Oration of Ruin’s debut EP, “Dissonant Void of Spiritual Mysticism”, for FREE by clicking here or using the widget below. Please note that if you enjoy this EP, you can get the cassette tape for a ridiculously cheap price!
A darkened journey across the blazing cosmos, setting fire to the universe
A Fresh Take On Improv And Black Noise, A Human Approach To 4-Track Battery. The Crossover between Noise/Black Metal/Astral Projections and Dark Ambient. Soothing If You Like It Harsh.
A void of cosmic destruction. ORATION OF RUIN is devoted to the end of human life. The spiraling vortex of the inevitable end fuels the flame of total death.
ABYSSOUS – VOCALS/NIGHTMARES
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I don’t usually post stuff about offers like this (mainly because no-one tells me about them ), but this one just seemed too good not share…
6 New Summer Of Sickness Campaign 2012 – for only $45 (plus p&p)
Releases include in package deal:
Humangled (Italy) Odd Ethics CD EP – (June 8th 2012)
Fetus Stench (Swe) Stillbirth CD – (June 15th 2012)
Radiation Sickness (US) Reflections Of A Psychotic Past CD – (June 22nd 2012)
Corrosive Carcass (Swe) Composition Of Flesh CD – (June 29th 2012)
Southwicked (US/Euro) Death’s Crown CD – (July 6th 2012)
Rocking Corpses (Fin) Rock ‘n’ Rott CD – (July 13th 2012)
It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to write a review on here, so I’m going to ease myself in gently… with an album that I’ve listened to a fair amount of times since buying it.
I found out about Hrafnblóð thanks to Peacekeeper’s post on the Metal Tavern forum. I trust her judgement completely, so I had no problem with ordering the album without really having a prior listen to the band. Plus, it was damn cheap.
Hrafnblóð is a one-man extreme metal project (I’m never sure if these kinds of things are ‘projects’ or ‘bands’… Does it matter? Is there a difference? Answers in the comments box below, please) and, as such, is an uncompromising piece of work. With only himself to answer to, Gareth (Hrafnblóð himself) is free to explore his audio adventures without any limitations. The result is an intense and disturbing album – and we’re warned of its disturbing nature in the spoken word bit right at the beginning.
Before listening to Hrafnblóð, I jumped to the conclusion that the music on “Heathen Psalms” would be Black Metal. For some reason the imagery on the band’s websites put that idea into my little brain and it stuck there, stubbornly clinging on and sticking its festering tongue out at any forms of open-mindedness that dared to wander too close. However, “Heathen Psalms” is not merely a Black Metal album (although, that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing) – instead it hops quite comfortably between Black and Death Metal, successfully drowning the listener in a wall of sound. Angry, dirty sounds. The tone of this thing is as filthy as a tramp’s big toe.
“Heathen Psalms”, as a whole, is an album that I can listen to again and again (and again and again). And I do… However, I do have one little teeny tiny issue with it… And, in fact, this issue only depends on what kind of mood I’m in at the time of listening. The production is a little off in places, making for a drum-machine focused recording. This occurs mainly in “Last of a Dying Breed” – which is a shame since, otherwise, that is a beast of a track. I’ve found that this is especially noticable through headphones, but sounds a lot better through speakers. So, my solution is: PLAY IT LOUD. Let your neighbours enjoy it. They’ll love it! They’ll be banging on the wall / ceiling with joy! Simples! But, like I said – for me – this is a mood thing. Sometimes the low-fi production suits my misanthropic mood. Which is nice…
Other than that itty bitty little issue, this is a great album. Just check out “The Spirit of Fyrnsidu” or “Ashes of Tyranny”… or “Last of a Dying Breed” (like I said before, it’s a good track) for some examples of the kind of noise that helps me make it through a day without pummelling someone’s head in with a stapler. Remember kids, music like this saves lives.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that lyrically the album draws influence from Pagan and Heathen subjects… but, I will admit that I haven’t looked into it. To be honest, I’m not overly bothered as I’ve already reached the stage where I have applied my own meanings to the songs. I’m particularly pleased with the calming influence it has over me – despite it barrelling along like a possessed wilderbeast in places.
There are two things that I really love about the album:
- The overall filthy sound.
- The ominous feeling that stalks you throughout the 9 tracks.
The combination of those two things means that the album gets the honour of being placed in my “This is rather awesome” pile.
Have a listen: