What’s Spinning? (July 2010, Week 2)

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: Austere
Album: To Lay Like Old Ashes
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2009

Hailing from New South Wales, Australia, Austere dishes out a brooding sense of frenzied metal deeply entrenched with themes of desolation and gloom. Coupled with indiscernible groans, a thick wall of guitars, and rapid drum work, Austere’s music can be likened to an invisible force encroaching into your proximity, exerting its melancholy down your throat, stifling the remaining positivity within and replacing it with indeed, a sense of stoic inhumane austerity. Enough of descriptive bullshit from me, give this a try, this band regales the tired genre of atmospheric depressive black metal. Unfortunately, the band has turned their melancholy inwards and discontinued their effort, almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Haha! Signature tracks include – “This Dreadful Emptiness” and “To Lay Like Old Ashes”. – LingNemesis

Band: Rainbow
Album: Rising
Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock
Year: 1976

In light of the recent “birthday” of the legendary Ronnie James Dio (RIP) which fell on the 10th of July, this editor would like to recommend one of Dio’s first classic heavy metal album, Rising. Along with guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore, this album heralded the coming of age of Dio as a powerhouse heavy metal vocalist, as well as cementing Blackmore’s stature as one of the most influential guitarists to in heavy metal. The songwriting and compositions of this album is top notch, and Stargazer is definitely a song to remember for a lifetime. – JJ Yeo

Band: Enthroned
Album: Pentagrammaton
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2010

Pentagrammaton marks the second album to feature Nornagest on vocals and guitars. Despite having some line-up changes within the band line-up, Enthroned still puts up their very best on this album, having an ambient intro track (In Missi Solemniblvs) at the beginning, giving the album a good start. This is another uncompromising album from the Belgium horde, Enthroned. Those people who are into the new lineup might enjoy this album, but to those who prefer Lord Sabathan’s era it might be a bit experimental for you. – Clarence

Band: Demilich
Album: Nespithe
Genre: Death Metal
Year: 1993

If you’re looking for death metal that is at the same time brutal, crushing yet progressive and technical, Demilich is for you. The odd time signatures that the band tends to utilise are sure to catch the attention and captivate the technical metal fan. However, the guttural growls of Antti Boman which are so impossibly deep (and the band claims that no vocal effects were used) takes a little getting used to, and it still wonders me how one can ever sound this deep. The unique music, coupled with extremely long song titles such as “The Planet That Once Used To Absorb Flesh In Order To Achieve Divinity and Immortality (Suffocated To The Flesh That It Desired…)” and encrypted ones like “Erecshyrinol”, it is sure to captivate. Recommended if you like brutal/technical death metal bands like Gorguts. Oh did I mention, this album and their demos and promos are available for download on their website? – Hong Rui

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