Black Friday XVIV – Underground Reco

Another week and another #BlackFriday. I’m living for this, to be honest. I love to listen to music. I love giving this recommendation and others too. But is getting hard just to choose just 4 bands every week because the quality is very good. So, enjoy these 4 bands and support them and the labels too if you can.

 

Band: Lörd Matzigkeitus
Title: From the Many Splintered Minds
Label: Appalachian Noise Records
Release Date: 26 April 2019
Country: Canada
Format reviewed: Digital Promo

 

Lörd Matzigkeitus is the solo project from the mastermind with the same name. A name that is related with the bands The Projectionist, The Black Sorcery, Diabolus Amator or Thy Sepulchral Moon. By the way, this album is only limited to 50 copies in CD format. But let us talk about music. Lörd Matzigkeitus can be everything, really. There are songs more related to Black Metal, that are in the vein of DSBM, some traditional Black Metal too, and also Doom or even Death Metal. The voice is “jumping” between the Death Metal and the Black Metal style and here is the atmosphere part of the album. The way he sings, the way he says the words, the way that sounds and together with the music it is obscure and it’s dark. This album is good and strong but with all songs together, so I can’t compare any song to another song, that will not make sense, at least to me. From the first song till the last song, it sounds like a story that flows and is being told by a storyteller and as the story unfolds it gives pleasure listening to it.

 

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Band: Calamity
Title: Kairos
Label: Independent
Release Date: 10 May 2019
Country: Puerto Rico
Format reviewed: Digital Promo

 

Ai ai ai ai ai Puerto Rico. These are a few words from a song from Vaya Con Dios. No, Calamity is not doing a cover from them. So let us talk about Calamity. They started in 2014 with the EP “Let Em’ Burn!”, after that, one album, two singles and finally “Kairos”, the album I had the pleasure to listen to. What I have here for you? Thrash Metal. Very good to be honest. With plenty of solos, killer riffs that made be do plenty (not to say many) headbanging. Very well produced by the way. I can understand everything, including the bass guitar (good lines by the way). The drums are very good too. The vocals are very versatile and sound very good. I like the tone of the voice. This was a good surprise for me because they have quality. This is one band that I will follow. Very good. Just one thing for the ones who don’t understand Spanish, they have a few songs that the lyrics are in Spanish. But they do not lose any power.

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Band: Ultio
Title: Fera
Label: Brucia Records
Release Date: 10 May 2019
Country: Italy
Format reviewed: Digital Promo

 

According to the promo press kit that I got and I quote “The music is written and recorded in an improvisational way: instinct with no filters. A raw incarnation of black metal which blends several atmospheres with a personal touch.”, well… If that is true (and I’m not doubting) Ultio, the person behind the one-man band ULTIO (that means Revenge in Latin) that made “Fera” made a sick and very good release. Very good indeed. In the press kit, it’s also mentioned that is for fans of Marduk, Dark Funeral, Carpathian Forest or Gorgoroth. Yes it’s true it sounds that, here and there, but the first thing that ULTIO reminds me was Ad Hominem era “A New Race for a New World”. The way the first song named “Beasts” is done, the sound production, the riffs used on it and also the voice. But when the rest of the songs played that “looks like” is gone, but the first song still reminds me Ad Hominem. Sadly for me and hope for the one who will listen to this EP only have songs. I want more. Listen to them.

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Band: Latitudes
Title: Part Island
Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Release Date: 05 April 2019
Country: England
Format reviewed: Digital Promo

 

“Part Island” is the second album via Debemur Morti Productions and I’m in love with this band. Really. This band moves inside the sludge/doom together with the music style Post Metal (but post-metal is also related with sludge, hmmmmm) with clean voices, very good tone by the way. Can be harmonious, can be brutal without using the guttural, can be raw without touching the Black Metal voice. It sounds good, very good to be honest. The music behind/together with the voice can and made me transport to another place when “peace” can be possible. Where harmony is possible too. The music is also made in a way that I can’t describe and I only can feel it. Strange? No. It’s music and a good one. I can’t find the correct words to express myself and what I felt while I was listening to this album. The peace inside me, the notes that were getting out from my stereo and they did enter in my ears touching in all the nerves, the music moving through my body, touching here and there and I felt. I felt pleasure. That is music, that is quality, that is LATITUDES. Thank you a lot for that. Thank you a lot to all the members behind LATITUDES. For fans of Katatonia, In The Woods or Opeth.

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Thank you for reading my Reco… Till next #BlackFriday
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The Key Keeper

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