TERMINUS Extreme Metal Podcast #31 – Mongrel’s Cross, Hadopelagyal, Thorybos, Catherine Wheel, Gravkväde (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.

“As the days grow short and the nights grow long, The Black Metal Guy drags himself out of bed to Storm of The Light’s Bane and Welcome My Last Chapter, pulls up the hood on his wizard’s cowl, and prepares for a Terminus write-up…..

Though this week’s show tends towards all sorts of swirling, low-end chthonic gloom, we lead off with a flash of sunlight on plate armor, and the gleam of a witch’s eye from a scrying stone. After two years of silence and preparation, along with a pivotal line-up change, Mongrel’s Cross return with a mighty work of effortlessly flowing, magisterial black thrash. The Death Metal Guy is a longtime skeptic of the Aussie sound — can the soaring leads and viciously jabbing vocals win him over?

We follow that up with a close listen to a split from two German bands with intensely complementary takes on High IQ War Metal. Hadopelagyal channel their obsession with the ocean’s deepest nightside zones into the “cavernous black/death” aesthetic, but show a greater interest in composition than guitar tone, and treat their extended atmospheric passages as real music rather than filler.  Thorybos plays more minimalistic, barbarian attack riffs, but with equal if not greater influence by ritual-industrial sampling procedures. Between these two bands, there’s real potential for a new sound.

On the second half of the show, we check out the debut EP from a rumbling, droning black/death band that bills its sound as “Hate Forest meets Bolzer.” But if that’s the conceptual starting point, what is this project actually doing? The Death Metal Guy has some interesting advice. Finally, we close with an even bleaker record, the blastbeat-driven funeral doom of Sweden’s Gravkväde. I try not to call things “crushing” in these writeups, but it’s pretty damn crushing — and not in the way you expect. This leads us into a broader discussion on the coolness of classic 90s funeral doom, a sound yet to be processed by the modern underground.”

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  • 00:00 – Introductory bullshitting
  • 02:58 – Terminus News ft. a Filipino band called Asgardsrei (Hessian Firm)
  • 16:38 – Rundown of bands and labels
  • 19:44 – Mongrel’s Cross – Arcana, Scrying and Revelation (Hell’s Headbangers)
  • 01:01:58 – Hadopelagyal / Thorybos – Conjuring Subterranean Vortex (Amor Fati Productions)
  • 01:33:43 – Interlude – Ayat – “Raw War (Beirut Unveils Her Pussy Once More)” fr. Carry On, Carrion! (Moribund Records, 2017).
  • 01:41:31 – Catherine Wheel – The Procession of Flagellants (Blood Boiler Studios)
  • 02:17:40 – Gravkväde – Grav|Ruin (Transylvanian Tapes / VGDK Records)
  • 02:51:30 – Outro – Thergothon – “Everlasting,” fr. Stream from the Heavens (Avantgarde Music, 1994). LP and CD reissue available from Peaceville.

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Terminus 35 – Vergeblichkeit, Haljoruna, Maquahuitl, Gates of Doom, Sagenland TERMINUS: extreme metal podcast

"We invoke thee, Black Podcast of Chaos.We evoke thee, O mighty Terminus.Awaken now from your aeonic slumber – rise up from the abyss!Podcast of forgotten lore – let your Chaos rule forever more.Cohosts – Raise your double heads! Let your opinions…. rule again!"*And lo, we have answered your evocations, returned from the hoary winter's deep with a massive episode full of new ideas (!), common threads, jeremiads against hollow trends, and grandiose pronouncements about the future of black metal.To whet your palates for the new Ruins of Beverast, we begin with a highbrow Germanic solo project you probably haven't heard of — Vergeblichkeit. This is weirdly original music, like 80s goth rock built with "parts" from all over extreme metal, but structured in a way that draws your attention to the whole. It's music that takes time to digest, and you'll hear us getting more into it as the segment goes on.We pair that with the new full-length from Norse / Swedish folk-synth-black duo Haljoruna, in advance of its tape release on Old Mill Artifacts. The mood couldn't be more different from Vergeblichkeit, but there is a similar ambition at work. The Death Metal Guy waxes eloquent on Haljoruna's reconstruction of Scandinavian black metal from entirely new parts, and The Black Metal Guy frames it as an evolutionary adaptation to The Internet.In lieu of an interlude, we've crammed in a longer-than-intended mini-review of the new Maquahuitl EP. We play the lead song, "El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez," in its entirety. It's a short release, but a decisive moment in the history of USBM, and well worth your time.In Part II, we're back to somewhat more familiar waters. First, we check out of Gates of Doom, a stadium-sized melodic death/black band whose debut album tells the story of the Roman city Aquileia (located in their native north-Italian region of Friuli). There's obviously a lot to like about this album, but it awakens TBMG's hatred of the "polished melodic BM" trend, and he goes Full Metal Autist. Will TDMG be able to call him back from the edge of madness?We close out with a panoramic review of Oale Gruund, the debut by Sagenland, a (sort of) new band from the hart of the Dutch scene around Heidens Hart Records. Though TDMG really likes the riffs, he finds the songs as a whole difficult to get into. He voices his objections, TBMG voices his replies, and together we arrive at (what we think are) some pretty interesting ideas about musical "scale" and structure, and a better understanding of the Dutch sound as a whole.TL/DR we're back, feels good, check it out.00:00 – Introductory bullshitting09:30 – Vergeblichkeit – Die Almosen der Wunde (Independent)48:24 – Haljoruna – Haustblot (Old Mill Artifacts)**01:27:53 – Maquahuitl – Con Su Pistola en La Mano (digital and tape on Balamku / LP forthcoming on Goatowarex and Not Kvlt Records)01:55:27 – Gates of Doom – Aquileia Mater Aeterna (Cult of Parthenope)02:26:54 – Sagenland – Oale Gruund (Heidens Hart)03:10:37 – Thesyre – "The Cult of Victory," fr. Duality (CD by Selbstmord Services / LP by Blasphemous Underground Productions). FYI, this veteran Quebecois band is back from a decade-long break, and all their stuff is up on Bandcamp now (see album link).* Apologies to Dissection. R.I.C. Jon.** On the show we pronounce it "Hausblot" — we'd seen it spelled a couple different ways, but this is how it's spelled on the band's website.Terminus links:Terminus on YoutubeTerminus on PatreonTerminus on SubscribestarTerminus on InstagramTerminus on Facebookthetrueterminus@gmail.com
  1. Terminus 35 – Vergeblichkeit, Haljoruna, Maquahuitl, Gates of Doom, Sagenland
  2. Terminus Prime 8 – Altars of Madness vs. In The Nightside Eclipse
  3. Terminus Omega 2020 – The Year-End Show
  4. Terminus Interview – Sepulchral Curse
  5. Terminus 33 – Contrastic, Hate Forest, Montuln, Burkhartsvinter

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