Back in the 1980/90s – a time when underground metal wasn’t just a click away – buying compilation albums was a fun and affordable method for discovering new music. As introductions to specific styles or scenes – some of which otherwise remained restricted to the tape trading community – they’re the perfect option. Also, compilations occasionally featured alternate takes or tracks that couldn’t be found on the albums proper. Ultra Metal serve both functions; presenting the then current state of Czechoslovakian underground metal and offering exclusive versions of specific songs.
Tags: compilation, Czechoslovakian metal, debustrol, ferat, Kabá, Master's Hammer, moriorr, ultra metal, V.A.R
Our commentary on the work of Parabellum must start by going beyond genre sectarianism that plagues genres, including that of so-called Colombian “ultra metal” back in the eighties. To begin with, Parabellum is arguably the originator of any and all musical contributions by said movement and style. That is to say, “ultra metal” is Parabellum. All other bands subscribing to this approach are seen to grasp only a fraction of the possibilities, with unique propositions that fell short by an apparent lack of insight of what the breaking of chains occuring here could lead to. Where the movement was clearly imitating the visible distinctive traits that Parabellum exibited, it was this band alone that cultivated twisted vociferations, stop-go hardcorisms and unconventional ways of utilizing caveman black metal riffs into compositions that were not only well-beyond their time, but which signal a timeless approach that could inform possibilities for the future of metal well into the 21st century.
Tags: 2005, Colombia, compilation, Parabellum, Tempus Mortis, ultra metal
One of the principal aims of DMU is to not only serve as curator of metal music, but also to keep developing an informed, cultured and realist interpretation and formulation of the past, present and future of the genre in the interest of transcendent goals. To this end DMU is launching two contribution-based efforts in parallel to the website content: an e-zine and a music compilation.
Tags: chymia niger, compilation, litigium, zine
Despite what record labels and glossy magazines want us to think, metal has suffered from an incremental artistic recession for the last two decades, with the dearth of truly exceptional releases increasing in an almost linear fashion.
Tags: anthology, britain, British Death Metal, compact disc, compilation, dark blasphemies records, death metal, malediction, pantalgia, review, UK
Finnish label The Sinister Flame is rereleasing the legendary underground Wine of Satan black metal compilation featuring Beherit, Master’s Hammer, and Mortuary Drape! From The Sinister Flame’s Funbook page:
Tags: beherit, Black Metal, compilation, Master's Hammer, mortuary drape, necromantia, reissue, the sinister flame, The Wine of Satan, vinyl
A limited amount of copies of Morpheus Descends‘ all-encompassing CD compilation, From Blackened Crypts, are back in stock at Dark Descent Records. This is only a small number of copies being found in storage, not a reprint. Morpheus Descends are also currently working on material for a comeback album.
Tags: anthology, compact disc, compilation, dark descent, dark descent records, from blackened crypts, morpheus descends, news
Necroharmonic Productions has released a two CD compilation of Incantation’s early demos. Fans may be interested but Necroharmonic has a certain “history” of poor customer relations so buyer beware.
Disc 1 : Contains the original mix of “Demo # 1 – 1990 ” featuring Will Rahmer from Mortician on vocals and a live soundboard recording with Will on vocals, which was recorded in Buffalo,NY, in late 1990. This CD also features the 1st live recording with members of Profanatica from early 1990. Also included is the 1st rehearsal demo of Incantation with Paul Ledney on vocals in its uncut format.
CD contains 14 Tracks.
Disc 2 : Contains an unreleased 2 song demo from 1990 with Craig Pillard on vocals and a live soundboard from New Jersey. as well as previously unreleased pre- “Onward to Golgotha” line up rehearsals from early 1991.
CD contains 17 tracks.
Tags: anthology, compilation, death metal, demos, incantation, necroharmonic productions
Hells Headbangers has released a free compilation featuring every band that will be playing at their upcoming Hells Headbash Part 3 festival in Cleveland, Ohio on September 2nd-4th. Mailed paper tickets may be purchased from the label’s webstore, online tickets may be purchased on Yapsody, and more information may be found on the festival’s Funbook event page.
Tags: acid witch, angelcorpse, bandcamp, compilation, demoncy, Embalmer, festivals, Grand Belial's Key, hells headbangers, Hells Headbash, hobbs' angel of death, incantation, necrophagia, perdition temple, profanatica, revenge
Manilla Road‘s unreleased “Mark of the Beast” album, recorded between Invasion and Metal, has been pressed to CD and LP by High Roller Records as Dreams of Eschaton. This is the highest fidelity version yet, pressed from a collector’s tape that originated from Mark Shelton himself as detailed on the Nuclear War Now! forum:
Tags: compilation, Dreams of Eschaton, epic, epic heavy metal, Epic Metal, Heavy Metal, High Roller Records, manilla road, Mark of the Beast, power metal, Speed Metal