Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Bandcamp Picks - Tod Huetet Uebel, Temple of Evil, Tome of the Unreplenished, Mesarthim

Lisbon's Tod Huetet Uebel aren't fucking around when it comes to unleashing total darkness. Malícia is a vicious assault, reminiscent of Anaal Nathrakh in its unrelenting speed and debauched vocals. Inhuman, all too fucking inhuman. The album is available as a "name your price" download.

If their name or cover art weren't a giveaway, Cyprus' Temple of Evil are dedicated to all that is unholy and blasphemous. The 7th Awakening defers to Necrophobic in making black metal that's both memorable and diabolical. Mediterranean in origin but Scandinavian at heart. The album is available as a "name your price" download.

Meanwhile, fellow Cypriots Tome of the Unreplenished take a more introspective tack. Shoegazing guitar lines, whale songs, and martial drums edge Innerstanding into post/avant garde territory, though the album has enough blastbeats and shredding to keep things from getting too twee. A thoughtful album from a little explored part of the metal map. [€6]

One man band Mesarthim, as the astrological name suggests, is in search of space. Isolate combines tinkly keyboard melodies and minimalist guitars for a take on black(ish) metal that's atmospheric and strangely uplifting. Interstellar in theme and stellar in execution. [$1]