Carsten Otterbach (1970-2018)

My first memory of Morgoth is reading a lukewarm review of Cursed that said something like “the songs aren’t so much songs as compositions, like Mozart throwing around baby blocks — 3 stars.” That sounded right up my alley, so a few years later I bought Odium on cassette and I was hooked. The intensity of Marc Grewe’s vocal performance and clarity of the mix hit me first, but it was the guitar tones and strangeness of Carsten and Harald’s riffing kept me coming back again and again. Cursed and the other albums came later and while they’ll always be in Odium’s shadow for me (I consider it one of the top 10 death metal albums of all time), Morgoth’s entire catalog has been in steady rotation for years.

Needless to say, this one stings a bit. RIP, Carsten.

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Playlist Notes, Friday September 14, 2018

The Playlists

Pick your poison and don’t forget to add it to your library. I’ll keep updating the same playlist as new stuff comes out.

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What’s New

Bunch of new stuff this week:

  1. DEICIDE, “One With Satan” — Lead track from Overtures of Blasphemy, out now on Century Media. Really liking this album. Solid, catchy tunes & punchy production from Jason Suecof, who also helmed the MONSTROSITY album that just came out. Of particular note is the fact that we can actually hear Glen’s bass!
  2. BLOODBATH, “Bloodicide” — That is one goofy title, but with Nick Holmes (PARADISE LOST) once again at the mic and guest vocal spots from John Walker (CANCER), Jeff Walker (CARCASS) and Karl Willets (BOLT THROWER / MEMORIAM), it’s a bruiser. Sounds exactly like Grand Morbid Funeral, so you’re either in or you’re out.
  3. ABHORRENCE, “The Four Billion Year Dream” — It took 27 years for the Finns to release this tiny little EP and there’s only 2 new tracks (plus an intro) to sink into at this point, but it’s definitely worth your time. Big, clean, heavy, simplistic, bludgeoning stuff. Out now on Svart Records
  4. BEHEMOTH, “Wolves ov Siberia” — Sounds like Nergal & co. are backing off the experimentalism of The Satanist and getting back to smashing crosses. This is pretty symphonic for this site, and I could definitely do without the costumes, but they still hit like a death metal band and the song rips, so it’s going on the list.
  5. HATE ETERNAL, “Nothingness of Being” — The older we both get, the more I like this band. Their early stuff was so crazy that I never really connected with it, but this slower-but-wiser version of Hate Eternal hits the spot scratches the itch that MORBID ANGEL abandoned years ago. Pairs nicely with GORGUTS.
  6. CRYPTOPSY, “Sire of Sin” — This is from their The Book of Suffering, Tome 2 EP that just came out. It’s a follow up to The Book of Suffering EP from a few years ago. Sounds like Cryptopsy to me, Lord Worm or not.
  7. ARCHGOAT, “Messiah of Pigs” — Did that poor pig just get crucified? Damn that’s harsh, bro. Pure, blasting primitivism from Finland with Demilich-ish vocals and – if you really listen to the lyrics – a subtle commentary on religion.
  8. TERRORIZER, “Invasion” — Not terribly down with a Jesse Pintado-less Terrorizer, but when you have Pete Sandoval (MORBID ANGEL) teaming up with Lee Harrison (drummer for MONSTROSITY, but on guitar here), it’s worth a listen. Like the Behemoth track, this isn’t exactly was this shit is about, but it’s intense and the players have major death metal pedigree, so it’s on the list. Out this fall on The End Records.
  9. VOIVOD, “Iconspiracy” — Third pre-release track from The Wake, due out September 21 on Century Media. This one’s more aggressive than the first two.
  10. OPETH, “Demon of the Fall (Live)” — They’re a million miles from death metal these days, but Opeth brought it back with this first taste from their new live album, Garden of the Titans. Taped at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the recording and performance both sound like a million bucks and Mikael’s still got it in the growls. The last 2 minutes is banter, which is…an interesting choice.
  11. PYREXIA, “The Annointed” — Some truly old-school NYDM going on here. First album in 5 years, out now on Unique Leader Records.

Everything else was on there last timeUNLEASHED, KRISIUNENTOMBED A.D.ABORTED, MONSTROSITY & SIEGE OF POWER. Cheers!

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Playlist Notes, Friday August 31, 2018

The Playlists

Pick your poison and don’t forget to add it to your library. I’ll keep updating the same playlist as new stuff comes out.

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What’s New

I didn’t make any updates to the playlist the last couple weeks because nothing new was out. Today is quite a different story:

  1. UNLEASHED, “Lead Us Into War” — Holy smokes. I was a bit iffy on the last album (the music was great but the concept lyrics just didn’t sit well for me), but this first track from The Hunt for White Christ is a ripper. Game on, Unleashed…game on. More on the release here.
  2. ENTOMBED A.D., “Fit for a King” — LG & co. have a new single out. Not sure if this is attached to a new album, but it’s been two years since they released Dead Dawn so they’re about due for one.
  3. ABORTED, “Vespertine Decay” — Third pre-release track from their upcoming splatter (ha! wordplay), TerrorVision, due out September 21st on Century Media.
  4. OPPROBRIUM, “The Battle of Armageddon” — This is taken from their Supernatural Death compilation that came out in 2012 but has been remastered and released in digipack format. Out today!
  5. DEICIDE, “Defying the Sacred” — Third pre-release track from their upcoming Overtures of Blasphemy album, due out September 14th on Century Media and all signs still point toward this being one of their best. Also noticed today that it’s 12 songs in 38 minutes, so they are keeping it tight.
  6. KRISIUN, “A Thousand Graves” — Third pre-release track from their upcoming Scourge of the Enthroned album, due out September 7th on Century Media. Dizzying and brutal.
  7. MONSTROSITY, “Radiated” — Third pre-release track from their upcoming The Passage of Eternity album, due out September 7th on Metal Blade. I don’t think of Monstrosity as a “technical” band but this has some intricate stuff going on.
  8. SIEGE OF POWER, “Violence in the Air” — Bagchus, Riefert and co. release another track from their upcoming Warning Blast, due out September 7th on Metal Blade.
  9. VOIVOD, “Always Moving” — Second pre-release track from The Wake, due out September 21 on Century Media. This is really trippy. They just keep getting weirder.

Everything else was on there last time. Cheers!

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Infestdead gets an anthology

Century Media have snuck out what appears to be a nice anthology for Infestdead, Dan Swano’s early ’90s death metal project. Remastered by Swano himself (naturally), Satanic Serenades is a 2xLP on 180g wax in a gatefold sleeve adorned in art by Gyula Havancsák (Annihilator,Destruction, Jungle Rot) in both traditional black and limited edition gold (100 copies).

 

Infestdead's "Satanic Serenades" 2xLP

The CD version of Satanic Serenades starts at $14 on Amazon right now.

Unleashed “Where No Life Dwells” (1991)

1991; let the sink in for a moment. Fuck that was a long time ago. Like, pre-cell phone era, when people had “mobile phones” with batteries that could fry bacon or produce a cancerous brain tumor that whispered evil shit in the subconscious. It was so long ago, I was a wee grub of a collegiate human, feasting on the excrement of those higher up the academic food chain. The world was consumed with fear and fire as a war started in ancient Mesopotamia which is, beyond all logic and reason, still going on today. The bloated corpse of the Soviet Union continued to explode and spatter the region with a bunch of piss-ant countries. Everyone’s favorite cannibal Jeff Dahmer got caught with his dick in someone’s skull, “going postal” became a thing, people thought Pearl Jam was cool, and Starbucks opened in California. Lots of deliciously stupid shit happened that year!

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