Sadistic Metal Reviews 11-3-2016

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Article by Lance Viggiano.

You wouldn’t pick crap up with your bare hands so why listen to these without ear plugs?

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Condor – Sangreal (2016)

Condor tries to sound tragic but they fail and it sounds like browns whining over American imperialism. I can picture the entire band in a garage drinking sangria next to Wagner records they never actually listened to write these riffs with their perms and bullet belts perfected assembled like Destruction in the promo photos for Sentence of Death. The cover art looks like it was drawn by a 5 year old with crayons even though it was watercolor. Sangreal‘s songs are stretched to length by abusing poorly played classical inspired guitar solos which are completely vacuous unlike Yes who wanked with an actual purpose in the narrative. The slow doom pace works against them since you need to really fill that space with powerful shit since you can’t carry mediocre material on raw energy. Everything has to be solid and inspired. Sangrael isn’t.

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Perverted Ceremony – Demo (2016)
Perverted Ceremony completely rip off Beherit as on Drawing Down the Moon and “Down There….” Normally rip off doesn’t necessarily imply directly lifting from other bands, only their “sound.” In the case of this demo however, everything from drums to guitar to vocals is copied near verbatim from a Beherit track. Perverted Ceremony is fucking hilarious; they aren’t even trying to sound like their own thing in any way. I’m completely in awe that a band put Perverted Ceremony to tape KNOWING it would go public KNOWING Beherit is popular. I am in awe a record label released this at all KNOWING it’s a completely shitty version of something that already exists. A bestial label being unfamiliar with Beherit’s later work is awing. Then again, Nuclear War Now! Productions probably pumps The Oath of Black Blood 100% of the time they want to listen to Beherit.

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38 thoughts on “Sadistic Metal Reviews 11-3-2016”

  1. Marc Defranco says:

    Haven’t listened to it but that Condor album cover is fucking cool, fuck off. Better than half the shit no soul art I see on albums these days.

    1. GGALLIN1776 says:

      It looks like something an angsty goth chic would paint at one of those booze n paint classes that every hopeless single chic seems to frequent now.

      1. Marc Defranco says:

        Haha damn but no really they’d probably be painting some other sad shit like razor blades. The Condor cover reminds me of old school metal kids drawing random shit in their notebooks during class.

      2. canadaspaceman says:

        it didn’t look like that to me, but hey, goth chicks are freakin hot. There was only 2 at my school. The one who didn’t have a boyfriend I wish I went for, but was weirded out after I was told her pussy hair was black but her scalp was red. End of the year / beach day reveals everything.

  2. cornrose says:

    Not that i thoroughly agree but that condor review is hilarious. Teehee fucks

  3. Jeff says:

    Do you deny American interventionism has made the world an infinitely less stable place?

    1. Jeff says:

      Assuming you believe in the philosophy of exceptionalism that has guided American policy since WW2. Assuming you believe in social and global Darwinism. Also assuming you believe in the nobility of the spirit. How do you reconcile gross opportunism and the lack of responsibility characterizing American foreign policy with that nobility of spirit? Can it be long before a morally decrepit worldview transfers over to the homeland? Or do you believe that morals are an excuse for the weak?

      1. lance vigianno says:

        > Assuming you believe in the philosophy of exceptionalism that has guided American policy since WW2.

        You mean the exceptionalism where our competitors in Europe were destroyed, we road a glut of domestic oil and as a result had cheap education, massive lifestyle subsidies, first-in-class infrastucture, etc. etc.? IE all from a few accidents of history.

        > Assuming you believe in social and global Darwinism.

        No.

        > Also assuming you believe in the nobility of the spirit.

        What does this mean? Is it Evolian/Guenon autism?

        > How do you reconcile gross opportunism and the lack of responsibility characterizing American foreign policy with that nobility of spirit?

        See above.

        > Can it be long before a morally decrepit worldview transfers over to the homeland?

        Are we not there already?

        > Or do you believe that morals are an excuse for the weak?

        I feel no need to transcend social morality like nietzsche because I am not a failure.

        Suggestion: Take a joke as a joke.

        1. Phil says:

          “You mean the exceptionalism where our competitors in Europe were destroyed, we road a glut of domestic oil and as a result had cheap education, massive lifestyle subsidies, first-in-class infrastucture, etc. etc.? IE all from a few accidents of history.”

          Me thinks you need to learn some political history. There are plenty of failed states with cheap oil.

          1. Vigilance says:

            Maybe, I don’t know, don’t only single out one part of a whole?

      2. Assuming you believe in social and global Darwinism.

        How can we not? Seven billion humans, most of whom defecate in the street and burn tires to cook food. The only reason the average American does not behave that way is the remaining 20% of sane Americans — mostly WASPs — who punish that type of chaotic behavior.

        1. Lance Viggiano says:

          I don’t know about this, Blackie Lawless always seemed liked a degenerate.

          1. fart inhaler says:

            Is it still OK to like the older Condor releases or should I stop listening to them?

            1. C.M. says:

              Nadia will never not be good. Even if it were the track Eowyn played 5 times through it would still be one of the better metal releases this decade. Plus those groovin bluesy solos man *lights bong*

            2. Syphilis says:

              Condor has been outlawed by the high court of DMU at the time being.

              1. Necronomeconomist says:

                NO. They stand by their review of ‘Nadia’:
                http://www.deathmetal.org/news/best-of-2013/

      3. Nathan Metric says:

        To Jeff.

        “Do you deny American interventionism has made the world an infinitely less stable place?”

        Even if we accept that American interventionism has been a disaster that has no relevance to what good metal is. Good metal has to have nobility in it and nobility does not dwell on sadness. Rather it raises a sword in defiance of the world. Better to will nothing than to not will at all.

        “Assuming you believe in the philosophy of exceptionalism that has guided American policy since WW2. Assuming you believe in social and global Darwinism.”

        Okay we are mixing categories here. A belief in one’s exceptionalism is not enough to be convinced to perform violent intervention around the world. My understanding was that American’s were terribly afraid of communism. They thought communism got more powerful as more national experiments in communism starting popping up because of intervention from the USSR. What the Americans didn’t know probably because American intellectuals were probably being taught by communists in the classroom was that communism being a centrally planned system economic system becomes less powerful as it extends itself. Not more powerful. The USSR becoming an intervening superpower is precisely why it collapsed. It collapsed not despite its intervention around the world but precisely because of its intervention around the world. Communism only works on a small scale.

        Second, there is no reason to believe that America has ever been significantly influenced by Social Darwinistic thought. Quite the opposite, there is more reason to believe that American intervention was caused by a lack of understanding of Darwinism. For example, if Americans were more aware of racial difference in IQ and the relation IQ has to the proper functioning of a Republican form of government there wouldn’t of been a war in Iraq. Why? Because Bush’s back up plan in case he didn’t find the weapons was that he could argue that he sowed the seeds of Democracy to the Middle East. Same with Obama/Clinton’s interventions. All of them presuppose the universality of American values. That there are no racial differences world. So actually it is the REJECTION of Darwinistic thought that contributed to American interventionism sir. You have it all backwards.

    2. Rainer Weikusat says:

      Unless you’re capable of re-running the last 70 years twice, once without “American interventionism” to see if this changes anything relevant, then with it added again to determine if whatever went away now came back, there’s no way to determine this. The world is not an axiomative system.

      1. Democracy, consumerism, diversity and globalism have all failed. This is what we need to know at this point in time. That, and sodomize the weak.

  4. Roger says:

    The Condor is boring because long-winder yet unremarkable. Don’t me misled by isolated melodic passages. Opeth is much more coherent than this.

    1. Opeth is much more coherent than this.

      I would disagree there, but with a caveat: Opeth is a lot simpler than this. I enjoyed listening to the Condor; it is an outsider view, highly idiosyncratic and motivated by a literary theme without being entirely driven by it. If anything, much of what confuses most listeners is the production, which I do not mind but might be less than effective in bringing out the unity of these pieces.

      1. Vigilance says:

        The production doesn’t obfuscate the music or its intentions; the production is simply awful.

  5. I blew my head off like Per Ohlin says:

    So basically the only one wanking to Sangreal is Rosales.

    1. The first track is good but the record quickly becomes rather staid with some boneheadedness. Sangreal doesn’t hold up to repeated listening as a whole.

    2. D.A.R.G. says:

      The reviewer does not understand, the album is not for mundane minds. It is a scholastic and histrionic study of the crusades as following the discovery of the Grail which gave gnostic awakening to Europe which motivated Faustian Civilization to retake the throne of Isis from inferior men, for a time.

      1. Faustian Civilization… I like the sound of this.

      2. cool story bro says:

        You’re making excuses for compromised quality in a product because the intention behind the product appeals to your sense of virtue.

        1. I think that you took the b8, m8

        2. D.A.R.G. says:

          If you cannot see that the music is expressive and indeed exists to be the vehicle of these virtues then I can only suggest listening to Parsifal in between the first and second track of Sangreal as it successfully bridges the gap between the two pieces in a manner which the album does not. Upon further reflection as attained by the introduction of Wagner’s transformative perspective on ascetic philosophie within the album cycle it should become obvious that there is no compromise, only lack of fully realized spirit which can only be blamed on the limits of physical media and the tastes of fans insofar as each places a limit upon the expressive range of the artist both in breadth and in length.

  6. Rob says:

    I have noticed a few times recently on this site where there will be a positive review of a band or a release and then soon after it is followed with a negative review of the same (with the exception of recent reviews of Ungod, which went in the opposite direction). This is interesting because I do not recall this site showcasing many divergent opinions among its authors in the past. Perhaps it always has been this way and I just never noticed, but all is well as long as I don’t start seeing positive reviews of Bestial Evil or Pantera.

    1. The full review of Sangrael wasn’t positive.

      1. Rob says:

        The one from David Rosales was, save for the last paragraph.

        1. Necronomeconomist says:

          The 4th review of Nadia in 1.5 years had a negative clause in the 3rd paragraph.

    2. Lance Viggiano says:

      As long as the DLA standards are upheld, divergent perspectives should be a non-issue.

  7. OliveFox says:

    I agreed with a lot of the criticism of Sangreal. But damn, I don’t think it deserves the Shit in Hand treatment!

    1. Belano says:

      Indeed. I’m with you here. But, well, SDM was always one of the features of this site that is sometimes more for the “lulz” than for a real critique of the albums mentioned. I have read Rosales’ impressions and Maarat’s review, and I’m closer to what Rosales states. I think that Sangreal, even with some problems here and there, is a good and interesting album, that shows a band trying to create, as Stevens had said, a narrative in a metal (without any adjective) framework. I hope they continue this way -his personal way-, instead of paying attention to the opinion of the reviewers.

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