Blessing of Disease – Indonesian Slamming Fatality, volume 1 (compilation review)

I don’t need to tell you that I like many things from Asia – movies and TV series from Korea, Japan, Thailand, Phillipines, Kpop, visual kei, and last, but definitely not least, the Asian metal. And what’s best from Indonesia? Well, you’ve already guessed it – brutal death metal and brutal slamming death metal. So for tonight I chose this interesting compilation with Indonesian BDM and BSDM artists from 2011.

While researching the artists I’ve come to conclusion that many tracks have to be available before they have appeared on later releases, as this compilation was released in 2011 (according to the information available), but that might be a wrong date completely. Just to let you know 🙂

Injury Deepen

The pole position belongs to Injury Deepen and their track “Ultimate Torture” from their 2012 full-length “Entrails of Infected Corpse”. Not bad for an opener, but to be completely honest, they sound like a lot of similar bands from Indonesia. Musically, as usual, you can’t complain, guys know their stuff, but it’s just that. You wouldn’t recognize them from a crowd of similar artists.

Janin

The same can’t be said of Janin, the second band presented here, and their “Sperm Poisoned”. Nice intro and after that, a short, but intense slamming track with a nice vokills. Now we’re talking! I am pretty sure there’s not much you can bring to refresh this genre, but when it’s done right way, it fucking kills! Janin definitely confirms it.

Aestees

Third to party is Aestees and “72 Kepala Tanpa Tubuh” from their 2012 demo. Great technical death metal, this is a refreshment for your ears, folks and this is exactly why I love Indonesian scene. Fucking surprise after surprise. I am pretty sure there’s a metal band behind every tree in Indonesia!

Critical Defacement

Critical Defacement and the song from their 2013 promo CD titled “Malicious Crypt in Your Fuckin Brain” are next to be dissected and musically are close to Injury Deepen, proper brutal death metal. Short track and unlike the aforementioned, the vokills are more recognizable, which is always a bonus when you face the avalanche of bands.

Digging Up

Digging Up offers their cover of Jasad’s song “Pathetic Unindentified Obsession” from their 2014 full length “Disseminated Inapparent Infection”, but it’s hard to say how truthful this cover is, as I am not familiar with the original song. But I liked this cover, so I am pretty sure the original is smashing too. The funny thing is – the first part sounds so-so, but then the song hits about 1:20 and here we’re getting into the interesting part. And then 1:42 and hey! That’s sounds really interesting now! I like the repeating riff here, really diggin’ it!

Bloodrain Evening

Bloodrain Evening introduces their song “Rape of the Beast” and it sounds fantastic. Brutal death metal as fuck here! It’s totally useless to praise the music, so I will praise vokills instead. They are great, it’s like listening to your asthmatic uncle speak! OK, I might be exaggerating a little, but really, good work here.

Undergod

Another band I have never heard of before is Undergod and the same I can state for their song “Ngimpi Modol” from their 2010 debut album “Saguru Saelmu Tong Ngaganggu”. Brutal death metal with a melodic vein, which is always welcome! This one I really need to find a copy of! Total blast and one of the absolute highlights of this compilation!

Rezume

Rezume are dedicated to porn and gore and showing their dedication with their “Shoot My Fucking Ass” song (featured on their 2013 album “Fragment of Blessednes Spermicide” and also on 2011 split “Split My Bitch Up” with Cuntscrape, Goresluts and Morbid Vision). Proper nasty slamming, and first band here with a lovely pig squeels. In slow parts they are like unstoppable, when they get fast, they are intense as hell. Interesting songwriting and I love the sounds of drums here.

Can’t find any info about Infection Baterial, so I will just tell you that the song they play is “Protocol of Zions” and it’s another example of spreading slamming brutal death metal sickness. Good melodic riffing, from the song title I’d guess they will be a politically inclined in their lyrics, but that’s just my guess. Also surprising pig squeeling – not that it’s unexpected, but the gutturals fits here much better. Musically good.

Another obscure band is Pedophilia, here with the track “Premature Fetus”. Again, guys slay with their instruments, the music itself is great, but as with a few other bands, there is a little creeping moment of “it does sound like …(fill your pick)”. But you know what? Who cares. You want brutality, Pedophilia gives you a mouthful (lol) of it. So shut the fuck up.

Damn, I really need to start digging around, so many bands with almost no presence! Demise is another such band, but man…”Discharge Addicted Vaginal Violent” is proper filthy stuff, but oh my…from the very second the vokillist starts his part, you can’t but fall in love with his vokills. Also the song itself is absolutely fantastic. I’ll take back my words of the genre being unable to improve, this band and this song proves me wrong. This is another candidate for a highlight of the compilation and I hope to get some more stuff from those guys.

Babi Liar

Babi Liar is quite interesting name for the band and the band bringing their song “Broken Mind” to your attention. First thing to catch my attention was nice clear riffing and the presence of a guitar solo, which is not that often a feature in such songs. Babi Liar plays solid brutal death metal and interestingly enough, after a short drumming solo in the middle, the song enters the second part, which, I’d say, is even better than the first one.

Venomed

Venomed are another band with a cover song here, this time its “Suicide”, originally by Brutal Corpse. Don’t ask me, but the song is nice, short track with enough variety to keep you interested for the whole playtime.

Apocalypse Grind

Apocalypse Grind follows, with their song “Penghuni Neraka yank Celaka” from their 2010 EP “Kandel Kulit Beungeut”. Have no idea what that means, my bad, should studdy bahasa indonesia more! But it’s like a raging storm, good changes in vokills, musically you can’t complain (not surprisingly), so that’s another name to research in more detail. Liked this one a lot.

Saffar

“Novus Ordo Seclorum” is proclaimed by many, but only Saffar bring the much needed brutality with it. According to the information available, Saffar’s lyrics are anti-Zionist and about Islam religion, so here you go. But here we’re not discussing religion or politics, and whatever your stance about those issues is, musically this band is top notch. Originally on their 2013 debut “Mandatory El Arshy”, you will quickly recognize the vokills, which are pretty diffferent from what you could hear so far on this compilation. Quite interesting band it is.

Embalmed

There are quite a few bands named Embalmed, but this one is a brutal death metal act from Indonesia (well, yeah) and their song here is “Sin and Makers”, which is a cover of a Naked Truth song, the third cover on this compilation. Guys share the bassist with Undergod and although it’s hart do judge them by the cover song, I can say the vokills are pretty great, so it might be a good idea to check their other material (noted!)

Range of Mutilated

Closing this compilation is Range of Mutilated with their opening track “Unperfect Molting” from their debut 2013 album “Beheaded or Melted”. Double vokills!!!! Again, musically very capable and any fan of brutal death metal (with a slamming influence to boot) is encouraged to check their other material too.

Summed up, this is a great comp for the newbies and seasoned listeners of Indonesian brutal death metal and slamming brutal death metal. As with almost everything, you might not like them all, but there is no denying of the quality of the Indonesian music (and metal in particular).

A father to two little perpetuum mobiles called kids, Rudolf is a main force behind The Rubber Axe webzine, a bookworm, musick lover and a movie fan - not to mention his virgin forays into the comics and board/card games.

Related Posts

Drowning: Lost City Riders (a 2008 TV movie review)

Lost City Riders, well, its title, has caught my attention almost immediately. I admit, I am a sucker for “lost city” stuff.

I’ve watched the movie once before, but I don’t remember anything of it, which is usually a bad sign, however, with the plethora of movies (and other spare-time-killing activities) available, that’s not really something to go along with – and you probably agree, you remember movies from your childhood, but hardly something you’ve watched a month ago on Netflix.

That might have to do something with the overall quality of the modern cinema, but I guess I am digressing here a bit..so let’s get back to our flick.

The movie was directed by Jean de Segonzac, mostly known for directing episodes of various TV series, and starring James Brolin, Ian Somerhalder, Bettina Zimmermann, Jamie Thomas King, Elodie Frenck, Michael Mendl, Jeremy Crutchley and Benn Cross,

Well, Lost City Riders is not a movie you’re gonna remember. A co-production between German TV channel ProSieben and Sci-fi Channel (before its rebranding to SyFy Channel), you’ve seen the plot rehashed a million times before (and couple hundreds after 🙂 ).

The global warming caused the flooding of the Earth, only 10 % of the surface is habitable, and we’re encountering our – you’ve guessed it – Lost City Riders, a family unit (a guy with two adopted sons), raiding the submerged buildings for profit.

Our family unit planning the entering and escaping.

Unbeknownst to his two adopted sons Jack (Ian Somerhalder) and Thomas (Jamie Thomas King), their stepfather John Kubiak (James Brolin) is on the mission of finding the legendary scepter of Sobek, Egyptian god of Nile, who – according to legend – controlled by it the rising and falling down the waters of the great river.

And as it’s usually the case, he’s not alone! Enters Nicholas Filiminov (Ben Cross) as a nefarious businessman trying to claim the scepter for himself to – well, you’ve guessed it again – make money!

Our villain Nicholas Filiminov (Ben Cross) confronting Giovanna Becker (Bettina Zimmermann)

To complete the picture, we have Bettina Zimmermann as Giovanna Becker, Jack’s old love, and because it would be bad to leave the other boy alone, here comes the rescue in the form of Elodie Frenck (Cara Cahill).

You know how it plays, right? Yes, it’s pretty straightforward, with a bad underwater CGI effects, the story doesn’t allow for any twists or surprises, but the scenes in the Chinese cave (yes, we are all over the world, from Vatican to Dresden to Chinese cave system) with the secret room built in it got me in stitches. The acting there was on the level I’ve expected it turning to a scene from a adult video movie any second! Anyway, don’t shoot at the pianist for the piano not being in tune, as they say.

Putting the rod into the hole…or something like that.

I am not sure if it’s me getting old and more tolerant of everything, but I myself was surprised to actually watch the whole movie without any interruptions. I think I can safely state it was due to the level of watchable silliness on the TV screen, quite certainly unintentional by the creators of the movie.

But it’s about entertainment, right? In that case, they’ve succeeded.

Not that I’m gonna re-watch it any time soon (if ever).

Official trailer:

Fragment Soul – Axiom of Choice (a review)

The link for these Greek doom melancholics arrived to my mailbox a long time ago, and I’ve almost forgotten about it. Yes, I know. Im am irresponsible sometimes.

However, I’ve started my spring cleaning also in my accounts and so I’ve come across Axiom of Choice – and what a beautiful album it is.

4 long compositions in 3 seconds over 42 minutes, that’s the progressive doom dessert from Greece. No feta cheese, though, that’s for sure.

You might know already that my musical tastes are all over the place, and although some might argue it won’t allow me to concentrate fully on a particular genre, I think it gives me an opportunity to enjoy music without too much of a comparison.

And therefore I can enjoy Fragment Soul and their work of art for what it is. And it’s a beautiful, melancholic, gloomy collection – however, not a depressive one, I’d say. It’s something you would play during the rainy day, laying alone in your bed and just floating in space of your thoughts and memories. For the fans of Draconian it might be pointed out, that Heike Langhans collaborated on this album, and there’s also a guest person – Egan O’Rourke from Daylight Dies.

I like it a lot. For a seasoned fans of the doom genre it might not be earth-shattering, and I’m not gonna argue it is. But if you want to spend 42:03 minutes of your life with an aural balsam for your ears and soul, this might be something you might like to check.

Album stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQupuFFlbOo

Malauriu – Malauriu (a 2022 album review)

Recently I’ve lent my ear to some nice black metal releases, so when I’ve got this promo from Italy for a review, it’s been only a matter of time when it will attack both my ears.

…and the day has come.

Malauriu are certainly no new-comers, haling from the Italian underground since 2013. I am not familiar with their previous output, but with the opening track, “Morto Era L’oro”, it is clear what they meant by “a new chapter of experimentation between dark ambient and Mediterranean sound”, which was the description they’ve used in the promo e-mail. Well, they haven’t lied.

The album contains 4 long compositions, the shortest one clocks in 10:52 (“Corpo Tempio), the longest will stay in your aural orifices for almost 12 minutes (11:50 long “Specula”).

A mix between ritualistic darkwave and a poetry reading, lyrics in Italian, along with the music itself, evoke the best moments of watching Italian horror/occult/supernatural movies – minus the video segment, of course.

Not much of a black metal per se, nevertheless, this is right in my comfort zone, as I’ll never say no to the atmosphere inducing soundscape.

The album will be released on April 1st, 2022, in a CD and digital format via the Italian label Nero Corvino, so if that’s your kind of music, you definitely won’t go wrong getting it.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/malauriuofficial

Costectomy/Nyctophagia – “Drone Hunting Missionaries For Sport” (a 2021 split review)

After some time spent checking not so usual music with my other webpage Indokult, dedicated to the Indonesian music , I’ve started craving some more unhinged underground music again. To be precise, good old goregrind and gorenoise. No, I won’t call it a “fix”, haha, but truth is – sometimes it’s just what the doctor has ordered. You know…going full circle and so forth…

Now, with the genre selected, the next important question was – with so much to choose from, what to play? For that, I’ve checked a Olga Lazarus’ new label Strangulation Furrow on Bandcamp. You might remember Olga from the interview I did with her for the Rubber Axe webzine here. Since then she’s relocated to the USA and started a new label, it’s only logical to show her some support! Yes, freaks, some support!!!

Olga is a busy bee and so far she has released some nice releases (mostly tapes, but also a CD and a 7” EP), plus she’s printing the t-shirts herself. Talk about some dedication here!

So, with that being said, I’ve chosen to review a split between Costectomy and Nyctophagia titled “Drone Hunting Missionaries For Sport”. 14 groovy tracks in total.

A tape version from Strangulation Furrow label

First to offer the putrid sonic fruits is Costectomy, which is Chud’s (Ulcerated Offal, Cystoblastosis, ex-Hit-Run Drivers etc.) project based in Eliot (Maine, USA). 6 tracks in total of great sounding goregrind (yes, the aforementioned groovy kind), enriched by the samples from the horror/gore movies, exactly the way I like it. You know, I love intros/outros! Damn, thinking about that, I am pretty much easily pleased, haha! Well, it’s true. However, when you are faced with stuff like this, that’s not so hard. Great stuff here. Oh, not to forget, the last song is a cover of Dysmenorrheic Hemmorage, “Affliction”.

The rest of the release belongs to Nyctophagia, currently an 1-man unstoppable grinding machine from Ohio and if you can count on your rotten fingers, you know that means 8 tracks left to enjoy!

Unlike Costectomy, Nyctophagia plays more of a little faster death/grind, more of a bulldozer than a groove, however I can’t complain here neither and so won’t you. Really, what’s here not to enjoy?

The split is over almost in no time – which is probably the only negative I can say about it. For those collectors of the physical release, this was released in 2021 on a pro CD-R by Costectomy Records (but according the info it’s already sold out) and Olga’s label has released it on in a tape version. Go check and grab it while you can!

Bandcamp: https://strangulationfurrowrecords.bandcamp.com/album/costectomy-nyctophagia-split

VA – Gorenoise megasplit vol. 1

It’s been quite a while since I’d reviewed anything gorenoise related. Gorenoise Megasplit volume 1, the compilation I’m going to write a few words about, was sent to me by our friends in the Italian label Nosevomit Records quite a long time ago, and I am ashamed to have waited for so long before reviewing it. Well, time to wait is over, let’s have a look how ugly this boy turned out to be!

Opening the compilation is Italian gorenoise project Bronchospasm with the track “Pneumoconiosis”, the cool 4:05 track and it’s quite interesting, not the typical blasting sh*t I’d expect, it’s more like an experimental noise track, with drums beats here and there, but straight away, I am impressed and I need to check this project little more closer. And, by the way, they are associated with this little record label: https://www.facebook.com/unauthorizedsurgeonsclub/

The second to dissect is another Italian pathology combo – Conforming To Survive – with the three tracks, “Severed Mutation of the Upper Limbs”, “Gnawing the Intestines” and “Cursed Flesh Grimoire”. Rehearsal recording, with a rather goregrind/noise chaos, and again, I am revelling in this! Building from the shortest track to the longest one (which clocks in 3:39), there’s plenty of filth to like here!

But then…it’s a gorenoise proper! American project Hydroencephalocystocele steals the show with its “13 Traxx Untitled” and for all those looking for a really cool gorenoise, now it’s the time. Bubbles and noise, what can go wrong, right? I’d welcome more variability here, but otherwise, can’t complain.

Mucopurulence’s section opens with a cool intro, which intro-duces (lol) us to to f*ckin awesome goregrind track “Copro Corpse Copulation”. This stuff raises the dead! Mucupurulence hails from Finland and because they kick ass, they offer 5 tracks here – Copro Corpse Mutilation, Putrid Bile of Shit, A Collection of Colons and Entrails, Ceaseless Violent Defecating, Choking on Swollen Tongue and Vomit – all the future classicks, I am sure! Not too long, not too short, they are perfect! I really enjoy these, and the song titles remind me of the times we used to come up with the most insane titles too!!!

This nice compilation closes with 5 gorenoise tracks (Adiction, Another Disease; Ear Atrocities, Head Hole, Inhuman Glass and Taenia Solium) from Saccopharynx. This Mexican project offers an interesting mix of blasting drums, bubbling, gurgling vokills…and probably even a kitchen sink thrown in for a good measure, and it works.

The whole compilation can be heard on the Nosevomit’s Bandcamp, and what’s even better, you can get a CD-R of it too!!! What are you waiting for then?

https://nosevomitrecords.bandcamp.com/album/gorenoise-megasplit-vol-i

Where fire burns eternally: Eternal Kingdom of Fire, volume 5 (digital promo review)

Those of you who read the Rubber Axe regularly, will might recall the review I’ve written for a previous release of this compilation series, namely volume 2.

Well, time flies and a few days ago a new batch has arrived to my mailbox, this time it was the latest invocation, namely the volume 5.

10 bands, 10 songs. However…what songs these are!

Opening this compilation tape is Winter Eternal from Greece (lately of Scotland, according to available information) with the song “Crown of Stars” (also on this project’s 2021 full length “Land of Darkness”). F**king brilliant tune, I can hardly think of a better opening. Interesting, well thought of, well played. And a well received here, that’s no doubt about that. I like the use of instruments and the melodies.

Russian strikeforce Ophidian Malice, on the other hand, take no prisoners and relentlessly bash the listener with their furious black metal vibe. “Saviour” is the song from their debut 2021 full-length “Disgusting Ritual” and it definitely shows the band in the good (un)light.

So far, I am really enjoying the comp.

With Skorbvstr, the raw black metal ferocity from Kentucky (USA) we have first exclusivity here, as I think their song “Diskusjonen er avsluttet” is available here only. I might be wrong though. I am little surprised with the use of, what is it Norwegian language?…but the guy might be from Scandinavia, so there’s that. As for the music, I have to admit I am starting to develop a certain liking for the raw BM (which, as many might know, is not one of my favourite subgenres), and there are some elements I really enjoy here.

“Pain Enshrouded Dirge” from Desecration Rites is our very next song, and the second longest offering from this compilation. I’d say there’s a certain inspiration from old Burzum (which is not a bad thing, what do you think?), and even it delivers the goods (so to speak) even with the simplicity of melody, riffs and hypnotic drumbeat. Well, you know…the old school, the good way.

Alpgeist hails from Bavaria (Germany) and presents to you their hymn “Moor in der Todtenau”. Yes, I can definitely say I like this approach a lot more than the raw BM subgenre. Dark, melancholic and melodic, I really like the guitar riffs here…the whole song is one welcoming energy boost in my current depressive mood. Can a black metal song be viewed as a positive booster? I’d say so, so this applies. I am really loving this one.

Zmyrna can be classed as Alpgeist’s neighbour, as guys come from Czech Republic, and their “Pagus Maledictus” offers yet another fascinating look into the black metal subgenre – guys not only sing about mystical stuff and medieval life, their music also evokes the fires of the dark ages and the suffering through the ages. This song is certainly a weird one, very unexpected, but as I’ve said – fascinating (in a good sense). The song itself comes from their only material to date, the 2021 self-titled EP.

And now, ladies and gentlemen – the longest track of this compilation. Necrodes and “Swept Away”, from its 2021 full-length “Isolation”. Wow, what a vocal! Imagine maniacal, hysterical cries with some gurgling and you might start to have an idea. Although, I guess the best bet is to have a listen. However, I think more of DSBM than atmospheric BM here, but that’s just my opinion. Unfortunately, these days I am rarely fond of long compositions and I’ve got a little bored here, sorry.

Necrocarnation hails from Germany now, but from what I could find, they are from Argentina, and on this nice compilation they bring to your attention their black/death metal sacrifice with their song “Antarctic”, which is also the opener of their 2020 EP “Fragments of Dark Eternity”. And I have to say, I like this stuff! Especially vokills, which sound really killer! Kudos to the compiler, as I really welcome the diversity of the subgenres while still being true to the black metal genre as a whole.

Finnish duo Svartheim play strict black metal, which might sound a little generic nowadays, but I think they are aware of that, so they enrich their song “Vaiettu” (which comes from their 2021 full length debut “Black Metal Finland”) with the interesting dual vocals. And it works. Personally, I don’t really give a damn about similarity between songs or bands – if I like it, I like it, period. And Svartheim would be on my playlist. It’s simple, yet effective.

And the last band to enjoy from this compilation is Necro Forest from Croatia, with the song “Hate Divison”. Raw black metal, with little NSBM leaning, I’d guess. I am little disappointed with the sort of a ripping off Mayhem’s “Freezing Moon” in the beginning of the song , because when it starts properly, it’s not bad at all! But I think Norwegian legends have their impact on many bands…it’s not that big of an issue, but I thought it would be good to mention that. Also, likeable song.

So, that’s all, folks. Good, bad? Well, for me, undoubtedly a great compilation. I think I can safely say – I can play this without skipping a song. And that’s quite a feat.

Get it from Ancient Cult Records, while you can. Get in touch with the label via e-mail: aniquilacionsatanicapro@yahoo.com

This Post Has One Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.