Necrolytic Goat Converter – Isolated Evolution

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Label: Self-released

Just over a year ago, the demo/album from one-man band Necrolytic Goat Converter impressed me greatly, with its blend of DSBM that was as self-mocking as it was serious. So, hopes were high for new album Isolated Evolution. It’s a slightly different beast when compared with that initial record, but the core of therapeutic DSBM is still there. What’s changed is that there’s a greater sense of song-craft, with these songs having strong melodies and an almost accessible character. But even so, there’s still a lot of darkness and searching for catharsis at play, with the self-mockery toned back for something that feels incredibly honest and personal.

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2016 Favourites – Part II

Following on from Part I, which can be read here, here is the second installment of my favourite releases from this year; still in alphabetical order, and still full of awesome, wonderfully diverse music. The top five will follow soon, along with a few other reflections on the past year. But in the meantime, enjoy!

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Necrolytic Goat Converter – Demo MMXVI

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Label: Self-released

Considering the popularity of the sub-genre, it seems almost strange that there are still those who consider Depressive Suicidal Black Metal controversial. The idea that black metal must be about themes of strength, blasphemy, and darkness, with absolutely no space for self-doubt or perceived weakness, is one that (to me) very quickly falls apart when you consider that one of the key figures in the genre killed himself. To protest against people using black metal as a means to combat their demons – be they depression, addiction, or any other form or soul-sapping negativity you care to mention – is as futile as to cry out against the rising of the sun.

With this in mind, we come to the first demo by one-man band Necrolytic Goat Converter. For sure, the band name is readily admitted to be a joke, but the music is anything but. Combining melody with a raw, DIY production to great effect, Demo MMXVI is a superb example of both music as therapy, and of how to write engaging, powerful DSBM that throws in a few solos and powerful riffs to great results.

Oh, and there’s also a song about curdled milk.

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Various Artists – Hammer Smashed Faith III

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Label: Blackened Death Records

Blackened Death Records has been hugely active since the release of Hammer Smashed Faith II at the end of October; it seems that barely a week goes by without them putting out a new album, EP, or reissuing an old release by one of the bands they work with. As such, it would have been no surprise if there had been a longer delay until the release of the latest compilation installment, Hammer Smashed Faith III, featuring 13 artists. As well as some who have had/will have releases put out by the label – such as Thy Demise and Valkynaz – there are also a fine selection of underground gems here, ranging from funeral doom to grind to noise to black metal. It makes for a varied record in terms of sound, but one where the overall quality and underground spirit cannot be faulted.

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