TERMINUS Extreme Metal Podcast #20 – Slavland, Khors, Cranial Contamination, Forgotten Tomb (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 til they tell me to fuck off. The format is conversational but quite detailed and episodes run from 2-3 hours long via weekly formatted shows with review discussion and song clips alongside separate and intermittent 1-2 hour artist interviews.


In this festive 20th episode of Terminus, each one of us leans into his personal sub-genre specialties and finds a year-end pick! We warm up by hopping on the “Six Feet Under ‘Zodiac’ reaction video” trend, and keep the loose and riffy vibe going throughout. In Part I, The Black Metal Guy leads us through the majestic golden fields of Slavonic Heathen Black Metal, and – as always – we sort the wheat from the chaff. First, Polish master Slavland returns from four years in the wild with a set of passionate folk-black battle songs, freely ranging from “peasant wedding brawl” to “charge of the winged hussars.” This project is an old favorite of both your hosts, and we find plenty to sperg about. Second, Ukrainian mainstays Khors dramatically revamp their sound, embracing the latent pop tendencies of their scene and coming up with something pretty original – but is it good?

In Part II, The Death Metal Guy takes us to two extreme opposite ends of nowadays DM. Cranial Contamination follow in the footsteps of their fellow Englishmen (and Englishlady!) in Bolt Thrower, but without cloning their style — for in the grim darkness of the 2.1st Millennium, there is only fully automatic, grenade-launching slam. And to wrap things up, TDMG unearths a deeply obscure debut LP by a band called Forgotten Tomb. No, not that Forgotten Tomb! (For them, see Terminus Ep. 3.) It’s Forgotten Tomb from Chile, a one-man project playing ultra-primitive, artistically advanced 80’s death that goes far beyond the usual old-school fetish.

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
  • 07:00 – Six Feet Under, “Zodiac” – Autists react!!!
  • 13:12 – Rundown of bands and labels
  • 20:51 – Slavland – Stal Biała, Krew Czerwona (Eastside)
  • 01:02:07 – Khors – Where The Word Acquires Eternity (Ashen Dominion)
  • 01:34:54 – Interlude – “Jet Black Metal Art,” Lutomysl (Лютомысл), fr. Catharsis (Катарсис), reissued by Drakkar. https://drakkar-productions-official….
  • 01:41:34 – Cranial Contamination – Into the Warp (Realityfade Records)
  • 02:19:12 – Forgotten Tomb (Chile) – Death is Just Another Path (Cadaverismo)
  • 02:55:50 – Outro – “Nuclear Spear,” Veriluola, fr. new S/T demo, self-released on Bandcamp! https://veriluola.bandcamp.com/album/…

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