What’s Spinning? (July 2010, Week 1)

Every week we will have our editors and some of our guest writers tell us about what they have been listening to and recommend it to our readers.

Band: Wongraven
Album: Fjelltronen
Genre: Folk/Ambient with Black Metal influences
Year: 1995

My proclivity towards one man bands has been once again proven by suggesting this which is spearheaded by the famous Satyricon’s helmsman – Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven. This album provided Satyr with an outlet to compose more folk-driven tracks in deep reminiscent of a Satyricon’s earlier studio efforts – Dark Medieval Times and The Shadowthrone. Offering unhealthy quantities of bleak cacophony consisting of synth, grand piano, haunting chanted vocals and timpani, one can conjure up images of misty mountains, unbearable isolation and the extreme stoicism amidst the unforgiving nature. Listen to this as you wade through another daily flood here in Singapore. – LingNemesis

Band: Esoteric
Album: Esoteric Emotions – The Death of Ignorance
Genre: Funeral Doom
Year: 1993

Esoteric is a breath of fresh air in the plodding genre known as Funeral Doom. A little heavy on the experimental side, they incorporate spoken dialogue snippets with faster pacing on some of the songs as well as some decent guitar solos, giving a nice mash-up that will keep the listener riveted even though some songs clock in at more than 8 minutes apiece. In a genre that is so, well, esoteric (pun fully intended), Esoteric will not drive away listeners, who are more accustomed to metal being plain fast. Funeral doom fans will also experience music that breaks the mold of conventional funeral dirges. – JJ Yeo

Band: Kyrpt
Album: Preludes to Death
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2008

After the breakup of black metal band Tsjuder, Nag formed this band with ex-drummer of Tsjuder, Desecrator. If pure black metal is what you are looking for, Krypt is the solution. Nag’s vocals really shine, more brutal and abrasive than on the releases on Tsjuder. While it is nowhere near the cult of Tsjuder (their ex-band), Krypt is definitely one band to look out for in the realm of black metal. – Hong Rui

©2010 Heavy Metal Tribune

3 comments

  1. Krypt is good, but if one's a true fan of Tsjuder then one probably wouldn't like it or could even be disappointed (no it's not me, I'm proud enough of them to have their patch on top of my camo and all their hoodies which, are quite rare and definitely not cheap. But I know tons of people who're like that). If anyone out there has been longing for Tsjuder type of Black Metal but couldn't be arsed to do the necessary research (which is way too easy, really), then this name would be totally foreign to the ears: TYRANN. Foreign to the ears only in name. It'd be anything but that once you take a spin on this.

  2. I forgot to mention one important thing: TYRANN = Tsjuder – Nag/Krypt. So yeah, familiarity is a guarantee. But it isn't something to be taken for granted cos personally if I wasn't a collector, I might've thrown away my Tsjuder stuffs after having heard Tyrann. Maybe not literally, but that's the only analogy fair enough to describe it. You'll know what I mean once you get your hands on it.

  3. I've wanted to check Tyrann out but thought I would get the Krypt CD first since it had 2 members of Tsjuder in the band (and yeah, didn't really do much research on the bands), but will definitely check Tyrann out once payday comes in!

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