Convivial Hermit #6 due soon

The SIXTH issue of The Convivial Hermit Magazine is nearing completion and it’s time to notify everyone about advertising rates. If you have received this message it means that I have either interviewed a band on your label, reviewed an album on your label and/or I am simply interested in working with you. The specs of #6 are the following (with total pages liable to change).

104 pages B&W, 8 1/2 x 11 inch (21.59 x 27.94 cm) perfect bound flat spine, gloss B&W cover with metallic ink/foil stamping.

EXCLUSIVE (23) interviews with the following artists/persons:

JOE ABERCROMBIE (UK) • BERGTHRON (Deu) • BLUT AUS NORD (Fra) • CHRISTICIDE (Fra) • CRIPTA OCULTA (Por) • CRUCIAMENTUM (UK) • DAGOR DAGORATH (Isr) • DALINA (Blr) • DIGITAL FERRET RECORD STORE (USA) • FALLS OF RAUROS (USA) • FUNERARY BELL (Fin) • GJÖLL (Ice) • INFESTUS (Deu) • KTAOABC (Ned) • LARRNAKH (Hun) • MONOLITHE (Fra) • MOVIMENTO D’AVANGUARDIA ERMETICO (Ita) • NEUTRAL (Rus) • PURTENANCE (Fin) • RIPPIKOULU (Fin) • TEMPLE OF TORTUROUS (Swe) • THE SULLEN ROUTE (Rus) • VSPOLOKH (Rus)

+ Over 17 pages of reviews
+ 10 Articles

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Advertising rates and information are as follows:

Full page = 8.5 x 11 inch (21.6 x 27.9 cm)
Half page = 4.25 x 11 inch (10.8 x 27.9 cm) WIDE
Half page = 8.25 x 5.5 inch (21.6 x 14 cm) TALL
Quarter = 2.125 x 2.75 inch (5.4 x 7 cm)

IMPORTANT: Bleeds = 1/4 – 1/2 inch (.6 – 1.3 cm)

DPI = 300 to 600 (preferably 600)

Back cover gloss Full page €250 / $325
Inside covers gloss Full page €200 / $255
Inside Full page €120 / $155
Inside Half page €80 / $105
Inside Quarter page €40 / $50

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PAYMENTS ON ADS THAT ARE UNUSED, FOR WHATEVER REASON – LACK OF SPACE, LACK OF TIME, ETC – WILL BE REFUNDED. Additionally, since all money will be absorbed into the printing costs, trades will be EXTREMELY limited. I am willing to work things out with a few people if necessary, but these will be rare exceptions. Please contact me for more details on any of the above if required.

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Jess and the Ancient Ones – S/T released

The debut album of Jess and the Ancient Ones now available for pre-ordering as CD and LP. Will be released on May 19 and shipped the day before. Featuring Antti Boman of Demilich and other talented stalwarts of the Finnish uebermetal pool. Rumored to be psychedelic/funeral doom crossover.

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Prong – Carved into Stone released

One of the oldest still functional speed metal bands still around, still making avantgarde arty speed metal, but they’ve updated the sound a bit to be post-modern-metal.

Prong Carved Into Stone CD

INCLUDES A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE RECORD ON TUE 4/24 at 12:01AM (Open your account and look in MY DOWNLOADS)

Tracklisting
1) Eternal Heat
2) Keep on Living in Pain
3) Ammunition
4) Revenge … Best Served Cold
5) State of Rebellion
6) Put Myself to Sleep
7) List of Grievances
8) Carved Into Stone
9) Subtract
10) Path of Least Resistance
11) Reinvestigate

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Slaughter – Strappado re-issued

Legendary English-Canadian thrash/death innovators SLAUGHTER have issued a 25th Anniversary two-CD set of their 1987 full-length debut Strappado. The release also contains their rare demos – 1984’s “Meatcleaver and Bloody Karnage” and 1985’s “Surrender or Die” – and unreleased live material from 1986 opening up for CELTIC FROST in Toronto. The limited anniversary release also features new cover art by Eric”Rot” Engelmann.

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Imprecation – Jehovah Denied

There is no “Houston sound,” but Houston bands are converging on a sound that is pure old school doom/death metal with a tendency to praise Satan. Part of it must come from living in the Bible Belt, surrounded by heavy refinery machinery and the incessant roaring of traffic. Another part may be that mythological hell is actually in Houston. Hell is described as a blazing hot place full of demonic beings, horrible stench and infernal rage. If you’ve ever driven on I-45 during a Friday afternoon…

Much like spinoff bands Blaspherian and Morbus 666, and fellow old school death metal worshippers War Master, Imprecation makes violent death metal that is not especially fast so much as it is varied in dynamic and tempo. These songs approach like a vaporous ghost, then enclose the listener and then clench them into tight sequences of dark cadence. Simple power chord riffs fit together like an apocalyptic Jenga puzzle and bring the listener through labyrinthine contortions to a place of inner clarity and, quite honestly, Satanic hatred.

With its use of selected keyboards to highlight the evil of particular passages, and extensive variation in riff shape not only between songs but through the life of each song, this style of old school death metal fits best with bands like Infester or Sinister who bent simple but twisted riffs into a language of their own. Nonetheless, the release has a distinctive middle-of-the-United-States sound, with broad open spaces and lurching trudge rhythms that sound like malevolent demons summoned to battle. These songs are carefully layered, with voices and lead guitar complementing the underlying action, but with the Malevolent Creation-style (think “Multiple Stab Wounds” off The Ten Commandments) interplay between vocals and muted chording that lures you into a delirium of hypnosis.

Released on the 20th anniversary of the recording of the first Imprecation demo, “The Order of Nine Angles,” this four-song testament to brutality will convince even cynical observers that an unspeakable evil exists in Houston. Luckily it’s also a highly listenable evil that may represent not only this band’s most mature work yet, but their most inspired.

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Massacre drama continues

‎!!!!!! PLEASE READ THIS!!!!!
I’M NOT ONE TO GET CAUGHT UP IN DRAMA BUT I WANT PEOPLE TO SEE WHAT CHILDISH SHIT RICK AND I ARE DEALING WITH!!!
THIS WAS POSTED ON THE FORMER VOCALISTS FACEBOOK PAGE A FEW DAYS AGO….

people need go and and give Butler and Rozz SHIT about it… they are the ones who desrve to get blastered with HATE MAIL… not me. Plus… you know… they are the one’s going to be touring soon… so now is your chance people… if you really feel that pissed off about them reforming with out me… NOW is the chance to go and let them know how you feel… go to show… and confront them… but – who am I kidding right… most people are too chicken shit to voice their opinions to people face to face. BUT- if you do have the balls to do it… PLEASE video tape it… and put it up on YOUTUBE. – Kam Lee

WHAT A COWARD,ASKING WHAT FANS YOU HAVE TO GO ON YOUTUBE AND BASH US…..CLASSIC – Terry Butler

I remain a Kam Lee fan. But after dishonorable dealings on his part, I’ll never have anything to do with him again. It’s not personal and if he wants, I will say it to his face. It’s also not acrimonious. I deal with professionals only.

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Winglord – The Chosen One

I am calling this new genre post-black-metal. It is the spirit and mood of black metal, the rhythms of 1980s EBM and industrial, the samples and collage technique of martial industrial, the atmosphere of neofolk, the sweeping epic point of view of soundtracks, and that sense of world music evoking the spirit of ancient tribalist folk songs from Europe that Dead Can Dance had going. Mix all this together, and you get a new genre which has a few members such as Kreuzweg Ost, later Burzum, Arcana, Lord Wind and even the Beherit ambient albums.

This is a natural progression for black metal. It admitted its 1970s synthpop and ambient cosmic music influences. Even more, it was influenced by Danzig’s Black Aria and other soundtracks like those from Vangelis and Basil Poledouris. Metal itself was influenced by the soundtracks to 1960s Italian horror cinema. Beherit put out two ambient albums, Burzum two, and Darkthrone released its Tangerine Dream tribute band Neptune Towers. Even Emperor released that keyboard version of “Inno a Satana,” and Ildjarn put out three ambient landscape music albums. It’s in black metal’s blood, and with the end of the innovation of the style itself in the mid-1990s, the bands turned to the next step. More instruments, longer songs, more modes, more complexity.

Rolling on the success of bands such as Blood Axis and Lord Wind, the newest entry into this field is Winglord, a Scandinavian produce that hopes to rebirth the ancient spirit of Europe through synth-piano music. As mentioned above, it’s poppy like old Ministry or VNV Nation, but it has more musicality going on, like a Dead Can Dance track. It’s easy to listen to and yet melancholy, yet brings forth a message of not “small hopes” in the way modern music is “uplifting” but does nothing about the larger crisis of living in an insane and dying society, but instead shows us a way we can conquer the disease of this time. First in our hearts, then in our minds, then with our hands. It’s inspiration not through external forces, but through a sense of power, which is where it is most like black metal.

These tracks are built on a foundation of martial industrial and industrial dance (EBM). Verse-chorus loops are broken by interludes; layers extend melodies with different conclusions and beginnings. Melodies themselves, in a manner much like the way Summoning expands its riffs into soundtrack-style phrases, unfurl from lush keyboard layers into linear variation which then outlines the themes of each songs. It’s highly organized however which makes the entire listening experience a controlled, evocative process.

The Chosen One is a huge improvement over earlier Winglord, and shows us one future for this genre. It doesn’t aspire at all to the trends and individualistic ego-drama of the modern time. Instead, it creates for us a vista of a land outside of time, in which eternal values obliterate all of our temporal concerns, and lets us get lost and swept up in this majestic wave of power. For those who like good music, and want to see some new motion in the underground, this is a vital and impressive undertaking to be enjoyed.


Winglord
The Chosen One
Arktos, 2012, 43 minutes, $17.

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