Caustic Wound – “Death Posture,” 2020

https://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/death-posture

 

(This is my attempt to translate my articles to Ukrainian, please feel free to let me know of any errors, I would be glad to fix mistakes to better accurately show the content in Ukrainian.)

Я не знав про Caustic Wound до цього року, тому я був надзвичайно схвильований, коли дізнався, що цей гурт має явну схожість з іншими співвітчизниками, тому що в них не іронічно спільних учасників, особливо; Мортиферум і церебральна гниль! але список виходить далеко за межі цього. Тепер, коли заплутане вирування членів і подібні звуки позаду, ми можемо по-справжньому розкритися в цій різанині слухання. Щось із самого початку, що є абсолютно унікальним для них самих, – це химерні гортанні, і це лайно зроблено жахливо. Дає вам уявлення про якогось маніяка, який ганяється за вами та вбиває людей.

Тон і атмосфера нагадують мені Butchered at Birth, особливо перший трек, коли гітари просто виють і випромінюють шум і атмосферу. Давайте не будемо помилятися, вважаючи, що це щось інше, але не оригінальне, тому що тут достатньо, щоб залишити його самостійним, і він творчо діє в окремий спосіб, що дозволяє йому стати чимось унікальним і самостійним. З огляду на це, усі вищезазначені групи, безумовно, мають схожість, і це справді видно, коли їх слухати поруч.

Я слухав це неодноразово і дуже радію новому матеріалу. Цей повільний дез-метал справді усуває свербіж.

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Caustic Wound – “Death Posture,” 2020

Death Posture | CAUSTIC WOUND | Profound Lore Records (bandcamp.com)

I was unaware of Caustic Wound prior to this year, so I was thoroughly excited when I found out this band shares distinct similarities to other compatriots, because they unironically share members, most notably; Mortiferum and Cerebreal Rot! but the list goes far and beyond that. Now with the confusing seething of members and similar sounds is out of the way, we can divulge truly into this massacre of a listen. Something from the start that is distinctly unique to themselves is the bizarre gutturals, and that shit is creepily done. Gives you the idea of some kind of maniac chasing you around and butchering people.

The tone and atmosphere remind me of Butchered at Birth, especially the first track when the guitars just howl and emanate noise and atmosphere. Let’s not make the mistake of thinking that this is anything but original, because it has enough here to let it stand alone, and it creatively performs in a distinct way that allows it to become something unique and of itself. That being said, the aforementioned bands definitely all have similarities, and it really shows when listened to alongside one another.

I have been listening to this repeatedly and am really psyched for new material. This slow foreboding death metal really fixes the itch.

Embrace of Thorns Interview -Entropy Dynamics

Without much delay, they have delivered to me the answers to some of my most pressing questions. This release of Entropy is a signal of the atmosphere for sure. I think this is a powerful discussion and I hope you will enjoy. And yes, I will introduce a new page specifically for interviews.

embrace of thorns

First of all, how the hell are you, anyway? considering the social and political climate in the European disaster that is happening, it goes without saying.

A, Thanks for having us again. We have just come back home from a show in central Greece, we did a local festival there. This is the second show we played since the whole pandemic thing ensued. Regarding climate, I don’t really feel like discussing inflation, fuel shortage, energy crisis etc. . It seems like an endless downward spiral, let alone history tends to repeat itself. Regarding the band during the COVID crisis, we suffered the cancellation of a festival appearance and we saw a tour going down the drain, eventually also getting canceled. We try to stay afloat. Entropy Dynamics, which is the upcoming album, was recorded a year ago. In the meantime, we released an Ep. Needless to say, that I don’t have any grandiose expectations when it comes to the near future as there is still turbulence around. One thing that I find pleasing is that we managed to write and record a damn great album, filled with darkness and contempt, totally representative of the Kali Yuga age we are undergoing.

Q, I was actually browsing over your recent Facebook post and I saw your aggression and concern about the genre of black metal, I think you spoke it rather well, and no need to divulge. But it’s with a passing concern that we allow Hollywood to narrate our music? or it be the other way around? 

A, I don’t really lose any sleep over the future of Black metal and metal in general. We are in the middle of a weeding out process (to quote BLACK FLAG). You see when it comes to black metal there is a certain sensationalist approach plus it is a very popular subject matter for the press to write about, as well we are witnessing a generational shift when it comes to who is involved with the black metal scene. I said, in a stream of consciousness style, but rather calmly, what I think about the whole issue. I was asked in an interview, and I answered back. Black metal is a big part of my past, present and probably my future, so I think my 2 cents are somehow relevant. Suffice to say, that this is no longer a scene consisting of renegades and outcasts. Back when I was a teen, I had to make a stand when it came to my choice of black metal t-shirts, now it’s been an integral part of the pop culture. People are making feature films and documentaries about black metal. But this is the reality of the situation.

Q, I’m still thinking about Antigone and that goddamn scene of suicide and sacrifices of humans, its unthinkable this Greek mythology. How much does this affect your music?

A, what is most interesting in my eyes is sacrilege, blasphemy and divine punishment involved and inherent in ancient Greek tragedies, as well as other forms of social commentary. Human sacrifices among other measures were utilized to appease the angry gods. Burnt offerings, such as animals were mostly used and sacrificing humans was considered the last resort. That was common in many pre-Christian civilizations.
Antigone poses critique to the social structure of many ancient Greek states and uses some very interesting symbolism. When primary identity is reduced to “us” and “them,” the definition of justice narrows. It becomes simply what helps “us” and harms “them”. When a leader urges citizens to identify his enemies as enemies of the state, what those citizens may end up having most in common with each other is anger, fear and mutual contempt. Thucydides’, one of the most significant ancient Greek Historians, observed that when a community is at war with itself, “moderates suffered most, because they were subject to attack by both factions.”
Sophocles offers another lesson in Antigone. Namely, that a single person in power, if he persuades or frightens enough people, can cause the suffering of innocents and the loss of institutions and customs on which civil order rely.
Of course, this masterpiece could have taught the future generations a lesson or two. Alas, it wasn’t bound to happen.
Art in general, be it music, literature, cinema or theater profoundly affects our music.

Q, I have had 2 psychotic breaks and dislocated my right shoulder, I need a replacement shoulder, it’s been on my mind to get the surgery, what do you think?
Yeah, shoulder is a flawed joint anyways,please do get a replacement shoulder…

A, as for the psychotic breaks of yours, I don’t know your background and I don’t want to patronize you, but it seems that more and more people are in a bad place and are struggling with depression, borderline personality disorder, self-harm tendencies etc. This should be of primary interest. I am very aware of the reality of mental disorders and very supportive of people who struggle. I’ve had people close to me who suffered in silence. When I was young, I was clueless, I was raised to buckle up and suck it, bite the shit sandwich and smile type of approach. This is of course wrong, and I figured this out on my own, when shit hit the fan in more than one occasions.

Q, it’s exciting your releasing new music, how about Dead Congregation? any idea if they might be brewing something up? {maybe I should ask them myself?}
A, Yeah, they have written the new album but haven’t found time to record yet. Hopefully soon…

Q, what are your thoughts on Ketamine and mushrooms? do you think the world will ever get there shit straight and consider the fact that this does indeed help people?

A, there’s been a discussion since the Sixties on hallucinogens and other mind-expanding drugs or drugs that serve medical purposes. It is without doubt that people get helped by certain drugs. However, the whole drug culture is definitely not my thing.

Q, You guys like video games?
A, some of the past and present members like them. I was never a fan. I am mostly infatuated with music, cinema and literature.
Thats the best of it, I look forward to your response.
I would like to thank you again for hosting us again. New album is going to hit you hard.
Die by Power!
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