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Hellébore / Organisation Calvaire – Table Rase

Table Rase

Anybody remember the Canadian black metal band Hellébore that I wrote about a while back? That cassette was really neat and left me wanting for more, but noting new seemed to spring forth from them. Until that fateful day when I came across Mr. V from the French experimental un-orthodox black metal project Organisation Calvaire, who whispered softly about an amalgamation of old and new ways of the dark sonic arts. And now the time is here to finally hear what that most unholy of collaborations has begotten!

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La Sonorité Jaune – Soundtrack For Breathing Structures / Parallel Soundtracks

La Sonorité Jaune

Dark and dreary atmosphere, slow menacing drones, inhuman and industrial sounds, and an ending of madness and depravity… This is my sonic safe space!

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Organisation Calvaire – Impardonnable | Urbansvart – Translucide

Impardonnable

Alright, before I scramble together a list of the best whatever albums of last year, let’s take a quick little listen to two French black/prog? metal project I’ve been meaning to have written about quite a while back. Organisation Calvaire and Urbansvart by Kalvr!

By the way, what was the deal with 2015? For some reason I’ve never put any mind to the year albums were released last year so I can barely remember any released in 2015… I know it’s been a good year for experimental music, but it feels like nothing was released. But, maybe I’ve just gotten a brain tumor and had a music memory lapse.  Forget it, let’s listen to Diapsiqui- I mean Organisation Calvaire!

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Å / Ecoute la Merde – 7″ split

åecoutelamerde

Oh right, I’m supposed to write stuff here, sorry ’bout that, been a bit lazy lately.

I had a conversation recently with a friend about band names, and we got on to the topic of the frequent usage by bands of “exotic” letters, like, Ö, Æ, and Ø. A lot of bands use them liberally, and often use them to replace letter like, A , E, O, making their names quite fun to say using the correct pronunciation. All of these “exotic” letter come from the Scandinavian alphabet, however, a specific letter has been left in the dark and there is almost no bands that use this letter in their name; Å.

I like the letter “å”, it’s very aesthetically beautiful, the sharp geometric lines of the “A” with the perfect halo crowning it. Very nice! It also has many different meanings to it, just the letter alone. It can be an exasperation of ultimate pleasure, or of defeat and hopelessness. Beautiful and meaningful, why haven’t more bands used it?

Well, I know of a label, and also a band, both called Åderlåtning, which is Swedish for bloodletting. The label is Swedish and focusing on obscure, small editions of experimental tape music, and they are great! I recommend you give them a gander here! The band is a dark ambient/industrial act which I haven’t listened to any extended period, but they were pretty alright I seem to recall.

A while back I came across a video on YouTube of a live recording of a one man project called simply Å. It was pretty standard HN stuff with a good sound to them. But I didn’t find much information on them and I have since lost the video and trying to find it again seems pretty futile… Also I think they were from Italy. Flash forward to last week and the Lithuanian label Terror got a 7″ split in their distro, and what do you know, one of the two artists featured on the vinyl was named, simply, Å. Needless to say, I immediately ordered a copy!

I did some research(checked Discogs) and found that this Å is a HNW from France, and has been quite productive on a couple of labels. The most frequent being the French AnarchoFreaksProduction. This split I got was released by AnarchoFreaksProduction and Underground Pollution Records, and also features Ecoute la Merde, another quite prolific HN artist.

Both tracks are straight up harsh noise walls with little variation, Ecoute la Merde being the most sonicly diverse. This is not very nice music, but boy is it powerful! It feels quite weird trying to describe and compare HNW records, since they all, for the most part, are so similar to their sound, but if you know what harsh noise wall is you already know what you are getting into. All in all, solid HNW by good artist, and if anyone has a spare copy of any Å albums out there, I’d be happy to take care of them!

Discogs/AnarchoFreaksProduction/Underground Pollution Records

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Shrine of the Northern Blood, Epitome VI: The Eye – Supremacy

Time once more to bask in the glory of Vindsval and dream of what once was…

Supremacy is Vindsval’s second and last release as The Eye and perhaps one of his last “traditional” sounding black metal albums before he returned to the sound with What Once Was… and Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue With the Stars. Supremacy is heavy on machine drums and synthesized sounds and have a quite mellow overall feel to it.

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The CNK – Ultraviolence Über Alles – Übercharged Edition

The CNK(The Cosa Nostra Klub) formed in 1996, after Hreidmarr got kicked out of the band Malevilance for being too bossy, and after he got kicked out he stived to create the “dirtiest, meanest and most borderline black metal band ever.” At the time there weren’t many electronic metal bands available in the French metal scene, and gained a small notice when they released their first album Ultraviolence Über Alles in 2002. But since they didn’t have a steady line-up they couldn’t preform for quite a while, and disappeared. Until 2007, when they finally got their members together and released the album L’Hymne à la Joie. Now they have signed with the great label Season of Mist and re-released Ultraviolence Über Alles.

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