TERMINUS Extreme Metal Podcast #17 – Macabre Omen, Nihil Obstat, Ikotka, Svederna (2020)PODCAST

In an effort to signal boost the greater cerebral symposium on extreme metal’s culturally valuable nuance we present an inspired and thoughtfully achieved review-centered podcast via the Death Metal Guy and the Black Metal Guy: The Terminus Extreme Metal Podcast. Having caught my ear and thrilled my brains enough with their first wave of episodes, I’ve requested to feature their work in aeternum or until they tell me to fuck off. The format is conversational but quite detailed and episodes run from 2-3 hours long weekly formatted shows with review discussion and song clips alongside separate and intermittent 1-2 hour artist interviews. This first post brings to light their first sixteen episodes.

This week on Terminus, we continue reaping this fall’s bumper crop of pagan black metal, punctuated by some extremely catchy brutal death. And it’s one of those rare shows where we both really like every record!

We start by singing the praises of the new Macabre Omen, which easily transcends its unusual format — one vast but tightly-woven epic, plus a bunch of tracks from raw 90s demos and splits you almost certainly haven’t heard. You’ll hear missing links to the early Hellenic scene, strange relics of Nordic influence, and forays into psychedelic pastures — all still as bright as they day they were forged. After this sprawling, Bathorian segment, The Death Metal Guy leads us through Nihil Obstat’s catchy, streamlined evolution of early-00s Colombian brutal death. The songwriting here is killer, and it’s more like Greek black metal than you might think….

On Part II, it’s all Slavonic spellcraft and Swedish steel. We start with a fan submission of sorts — the debut of Ikotka (Икотка), from the wilds of the Ural Mountains in northeastern Russia. Their actually-ritual summoning songs draw freely from Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish sounds, but don’t really sound like any of them. Finally, we close with the return of Svederna, who don the grim hauberk of full-spectrum 90s black metal, striving for the title of Most Swedish Band of All Time. This is the chance The Black Metal Guy has been waiting for to sperg out about forgotten late-90s Svensk BM, and especially one of his all-time favorite bands.

Terminus Episode 24 – K.V.N.T. Kolektiv, Goratory, Yersin, They Came From Visions, Dressed In Streams TERMINUS: extreme metal podcast

At last, your daylong wait is rewarded with this sprawling and eclectic episode of Terminus. Today, we review not four, but *5* goddamn records back to back. We warm up with a special “Terminus reacts” segment on the new compilation of noise, industrial, and minimalist black metal by K.V.N.T. Kolektiv, longtime supporters of the show. Then, in a rare change of the marching order, The Death Metal Guy takes the helm for the leadoff band, Boston’s Goratory. You’ll hear TDMG introduce TBMG to the finer points of dizzying technical brutal death — with some wild melodic riffs thrown in — and explain what “New England death metal” even is. We roll on to the debut LP of Yersin, newcomers from England’s savage North whose  sound is difficult to pin down: Is it polished, catchy blackgrind? Is it the infamous “arena crust?” Is it beatdown with Immortal riffs? And where should they go from here?In the second half, we return to the “post-Slav” territory we started mapping out in Episode 23, with a rather disputatious review of Toadeater. The Death Metal Guy once more begins with They Came From Visions, an interesting Ukrainian outfit that folds the post-black tendency back into the darker, storming side of their native sound. We talk over the skillful, forward-thinking songwriting, which allows this band to evoke some unexpected moods. Finally, The Black Metal Guy introduces a project that many of our fans will really dig, but may have passed over for subcultural reasons — Dressed In Streams, an American tribute to Indian revolutionaries that blends wild Indo-Slavic melody with rhythmic modern hardcore bite. Whatever our gripes about the presentation, the songwriting speaks for itself. 00:00 – Introductory bullshitting05:00 – Terminus reacts to K.V.N.T. Kolektiv – Kovid 666 – K.V.N.T. Compilation 2020 (Kvnt Kolektiv)26:52 – Rundown of bands and labels31:52 – Goratory – Sour Grapes (Everlasting Spew Records)01:10:14 – Yersin – Guilt (Independent)01:48:37 – Interlude – Stormcrow – “Dead Dreams,” fr. Stormcrow / Sanctum split (No Options, LP; 20 Buck Spin, CD). Available on the Stormcrow legacy Bandcamp.01:56:35 – They Came From Visions – Cloak of Darkness, Dagger of Night (Bloodred Distribution)02:33:04 – Dressed in Streams – Swaraj: or, “Self Rule” (Colloquial Sound Recordings)*03:17:24 – Outro – Reek of The Unzen Gas Fumes – “Dehumanizing Cesspool for Future of Humanity,” fr. Reek of The Unzen Gas Fumes LP (GoatowaRex). Goatowa is now distributed by Ajna Offensive, but looks like they’re already sold out. Honestly I have no idea where to find this. *The Indian band whose name I totally mangle is Aparthiva Raktadhara, members of the Kolkata Inner Order along with Tetragrammacide and Kapala. Here’s their excellent demo, and here’s their extremely NSFW video, ft. real contemporary paganism — not exactly a Heilung music video, is it?Terminus links:Terminus on YoutubeTerminus on PatreonTerminus on SubscribestarTerminus on InstagramTerminus on Facebookthetrueterminus@gmail.com
  1. Terminus Episode 24 – K.V.N.T. Kolektiv, Goratory, Yersin, They Came From Visions, Dressed In Streams
  2. Terminus Interview – Old Mill Productions (ft. track premiere – Haljoruna, “Skumringsheim”)
  3. Terminus Episode 23 – Ildskaer, Cimetiere, Elcrost, Toadeater
  4. Terminus Episode 22 – Trident, Mysthicon, Panzerwar, Encephalic
  5. Terminus Episode 21 – Into Oblivion, Sammas’ Equinox, Insalubrity, Just Before Dawn

00:00 – Introductory bullshitting / social media plug / rundown of bands and labels

12:57 – Macabre Omen – Anamneses (Van Records)

55:56 – Nihil Obstat – Antimatter (Rotten Cemetery Records)

01:26:26 – Ikotka – Zagovor (SoundAge Production)

02:08:53 – Svederna – Hard (Carnal Records)

02:57:35 – Outro – Sorhin – “Skogsgriftens rike,” fr. I det glimrande mörkrets djup, reissued most recently by Helter Skelter Productions (a top-shelf underground sublabel of Regain).

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