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.
“On this fine new episode of Terminus, we focus on a trio of bands returning to pre-00’s roots, reactivating the potential of ancestral styles. And then…. as always…. some brutal death!
In the first half of the show, we focus on two bands formed by honored veterans of their respective scenes. The Black Metal Guy leads off with Sweden’s Trident, descended from Dissection and Lord Belial, now returning from a decade’s hoary slumber. They’ve chiseled out a mountain of a record, cut from the old stone with a new shape! We study their synthesis of two late-90s sounds that have rarely been successfully imitated, let alone integrated, and talk over where they could go from here. Not to be outdone, The Death Metal Guy counters with Poland’s Mysthicon, composed of members of Vader, Hate, Batushka, and Lux Occulta. This record hearkens back to a forgotten constellation of gloomy gothic-fantasy bands from across the spectrum of 90s extremity. At first we don’t know what to make of it, but as the show goes on, it works its strange spell…
In the second half of the show, it’s back to our usual roster of deep-underground projects. The Black Metal Guy returns to his icy onslaught with Panzerwar‘s Warlord, a reverent reawakening of the True Norwegian Black Metal — with a rabid spirit rooted in early demos and hardcore punk. You think you’ve heard this before, but you haven’t! Finally, The Death Metal Guy spins the globe to sunny Andalusia, where two mad motherfuckers with gnarly punk piercings make basement-shaking, dungeon-rattling brutal death. Encephalic has a surprisingly melodic, textural approach to a sound that’s often full frontal eardrum demolition (see last week’s bit on Insalubrity) — could this be the future of real death metal?”
Terminus Episode 24 – K.V.N.T. Kolektiv, Goratory, Yersin, They Came From Visions, Dressed In Streams – TERMINUS: extreme metal podcast
- Terminus Episode 24 – K.V.N.T. Kolektiv, Goratory, Yersin, They Came From Visions, Dressed In Streams
- Terminus Interview – Old Mill Productions (ft. track premiere – Haljoruna, “Skumringsheim”)
- Terminus Episode 23 – Ildskaer, Cimetiere, Elcrost, Toadeater
- Terminus Episode 22 – Trident, Mysthicon, Panzerwar, Encephalic
- Terminus Episode 21 – Into Oblivion, Sammas’ Equinox, Insalubrity, Just Before Dawn
- 00:00 – Introductory bullshitting / rundown of bands and labels
- 09:13 – Trident – North (Non Serviam)
- 48:18 – Mysthicon – Silva – Oculis – Corvi (Witching Hour Productions)
- 01:24:05 – Interlude – Behemoth – “Wolves Guard My Coffin,” fr. Svantevith (Storming Near The Baltic) (Pagan Records, 1995). 2018 LP reissue by Back on Black available from Plastichead: https://www.plastichead.com/item.aspx…
- 01:29:19 – Panzerwar – Warlord (Cold Sword Productions / Kult of Belial Records)
- 02:10:10 – Encephalic – Exalted Perversity (Sevared Records)
- 02:27:42 – Trident, “North,” fr. North (see above): https://non-serviam-records.bandcamp….
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