Label: Mercenary Musik - MM33 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Black Metal, Death Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. Composed of rare tracks recorded ''89? My fucking ass it is. If any of this was recorded before I'll rip my dick off.
The music on display here is more advanced than Profanatica and supposedly predates it, which would make this literally one of the earliest USBM records ever made, predating Profanatica and Havohej and just barely being recorded after 'Deathcrush' came out the previous here. The blasting is too fast, the songwriting is too modern in a number of ways, and even the production techniques are suspect.
There's zero chance the story behind this is true- but of course it's not going to be confirmed because the members all wanted to 'remain anonymous' probably because it's actually kids who were still in elementary school in the late '80s. I hate this sort of shit. Fortunately, I don't have to fight my initial revulsion at how lame that promotional technique is because the music sucks as well. There's a dose of thrash here, which tends to be annoying when it's grating The Kingdom Of Night - Nekroholocaust - In Memories Of Fire the more obviously modern black metal, but it doesn't really matter because the songwriting itself is horribly sloppy and hackish.
Riffs link together arbitrarily although they're rendered practically inaudible by the sheer amount of reverb and delay on the guitars anywayvocals lazily rant without any sort of rhythm or real intensity, and even the drums just seem pretty random. This would be lame if it was a demo, but this is an actual album getting released on what used to be a fairly prominent USBM label.
What the fuck, really? There's a transparent, juvenile attempt at grimness that permeates this album completely, from the dreary wall of fuzz production to the overwrought and imprecise vocals. Thats Cool (Acappella) - Various - Crib Underground desperately wants you to believe that this is some hidden gem of USBM unearthed just for you, but in attempting to create this weird mythos instantly shoot themselves in the foot because most of the black metal being released in the late '80s didn't suck this bad.
Hell, trying to shoehorn in music that sounds more like the late '80s is one of the things that handicaps this so badly- the The Kingdom Of Night - Nekroholocaust - In Memories Of Fire honestly does better when they're just doing modern black metal and not jamming thrash riffs and rhythms in where they shouldn't go for credibility. If they hadn't done that Basically the US version of Nargaroth, but these guys aren't even amusing characters. Fuck it.
Polako-Polako! - Psihomodo Pop - Live In Amsterdam, Light In Dust - Ulaan Passerine - Light In Dust, Obus - El Que Más, On The Run - Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon, Your Eyes Are The Color Of Stone - Industrial Park - Cold White