Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Brief Blasts in Paragraph Form: Part VII

Is there darkness at the end of the tunnel? Hmmm...

Prosanctus Inferi Pandemonic Ululations of Vesperic Palpitations

(Hells Headbangers Records)

Now, there’s a mouthful, as are the 13 song titles. Never mind the deliberately obtuse title, Prosanctus Inferi are a duo from Ohio playing a really rancid hybrid of black and death metal that sort of reminds me of early Havohej, mostly in J. Kohn’s greasily rasped vocals. The music is rather simplistic and grimy, mostly sticking to a low-fi, old school sound. A short album at only 24 minutes, Pandemonic… is a horrid mess with some really twisted moments of swirling guitar, the music’s best feature, giving a feeling of descending chaos. Cover art by the noted expressionist Francis Bacon.

Prosanctus Inferi MySpace

Hells Headbangers Records

The Royal Arch Blaspheme

(Hells Headbangers Records)

USBM royalty in the form of N. Imperial (Krieg, Twilight, etc.) and John Gelso from Profanatica team up with a new project, The Royal Arch Blaspheme, with a self-titled debut full-length. Imperial’s vocals are suitably old school; that is, another greasy rasp (Havohej, again, comes to mind), and Gelso’s instrumental approach is simple and droning. The drums have a clean sound ranging from a mid-paced tempo to simple blasts without much embellishment. The bass is audible, nicely backing up the simple chord progressions of the guitar. I suspect that the duo’s intent here, particularly Imperial given his involvement in the divergent, Blake Judd-dominated bands Twilight and Nachtmystium, was just to write some old school USBM, albeit with a cleaner sound. Although not ground breaking by any stretch, The Royal Arch Blaspheme are solid enough.

The Royal Arch Blaspheme at Hells Headbangers Records

Various Artists This Comp Kills Fascists Vol. 2

(Relapse Records)

What can you say about a Scott Hull-mentored comp such as this?! A bit more diverse than the grindcore leaning Vol. 1, this is a snapshot of seventy plus songs in seventy plus minutes by up and comers, as well as established legends, including new, exclusive material. Can you ask for better insight into the current state of the underground grindcore/ hardcore scenes?!

You’ll want to punch something while driving really fast.

This Comp Kills Fascists MySpace

Relapse Records


Matt Vogt said...

That Prosanctus Inferi cover is superb! I won't be interested, from your description, but I'm very happy to have made acquaintance with the cover ;)

dschalek said...


I recognized the painting upon first seeing the cover, but couldn't quite place the artist. Soon after, Musical Warfare did a piece about Francis Bacon and jogged my memory.

I'm pretty sure that I first saw Bacon's work when I fulfilled my fine arts requirement as an undergraduate (I took a course called "Appreciating Visual Art," bascially a way for science majors to fulfill the requirement without actually having to create art. I really enjoyed the class, it turns out.)