Disembowelment

One of my favourite metal bands of the early 90s was the Australian band Disembowelment. Disembowelment were a band who were willing to go beyond established norms and break the rules. As a band they inspired many in the Oz metal scene and many people who played melodic, death and black metal in Europe and America. Of note throughout the bands short recording life, were vocalist Renato Gallina’s Tibetan Buddhist Chanting inspired throaty vocals, occasional polyphonic sounding vocals, the sublime lyrics (not that my ears ever understood them), the heavy down tuning of the guitars, the elegant but simple guitar melodies, rapidly changing tempos and the well woven double kick bass drum beat.

Renato (who was really the driving force behind Disembowelment) contacted me today to let me know that he has recently re-recorded and re-worked the track Nightside of Eden, which was the 4th track on their 1993 album Transcendence into The Peripheral. Feel free to enjoy or share with anyone who might like it !

https://wetransfer.com/downloads/2fa360193b395bd05e0d3fc01b81c04920190215220019/aefb4034016b4e094a1631c61188f62020190215220019/a696c8.

More on Renato’s musical life (including his ambient/folk band Trial of the Bow) here : https://www.discogs.com/artist/577153-Renato-Gallina and Disembowelment here : https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Disembowelment/4213, https://myspace.com/disembowelment  and https://disembowelment.bandcamp.com/.

 

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Dethklok & Galaktikon

One of my favourite metal bands of the last decade is without doubt Dethklok. Part fantasy, part real, all metal with attitude and balls. Dethklok are better than most real metal bands.

 

 

And Brendon Small’s spin off Galaktikon.

 

Earth

Earth is a pioneering Drone Metal band from Olympia, Washington, that was started by Dylan Carson in 1989.

Earth laid the foundation for what would become drone music – an entire genre dedicated to slow guitar music, heavy distortion and feedback. A sound that would lead to bands like Sunn O))), Burning Witch and Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine. Earth was probably influenced by bands like the Melvins, The Swans and Black Sabbath and at a time when Grunge was popular, were pretty much alone with their own kind of sound.

When I first heard Extra-Capsular Extraction in 1991 (complete with Kurt Cobain of Nirvana), I thought, ” What the fuck is that ? It’s so cool !”. I was hooked from day 1. And even though I haven’t followed the development of Drone Metal, I still think Earth is very cool and interesting !

So turn out the lights, lay back and let the music take you into the darkness !

 

The Third and the Mortal

The Third and the Mortal were truly originals and pioneers. Great experimental melodic metal from Norway in the early 90’s. Kari Rueslåtten has gone on since to make wonderful arousing pop music. In my opinion, their Sorrow EP and Tears Laid in Earth album are their best.

 

Industrial Pioneers

Here are a couple of my favourite Industrial music pioneers from the late 80’s and early 90’s. They didn’t invent the genre but they did new things with it. I don’t listen much to Industrial music anymore but I can still appreciate some of it.

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