Xasthur "2005 demo"


Ahhh, I won't hate on good ol' Xasthur. Remember when the whole of US black metal seemed to be Xasthur and Leviathan records? Well, this is a short CD and only six bucks. Get it here.

Thoughts on Hydrahead-era Xasthur anyone? For me, just so-so really. But still Xasthur. Maybe some well-placed risks will return him to glory?

6 comments:

-cja said...

not wild about the latest Xasthur albums either. the old stuff is still solid though.

for better or for worse, i'm curious to hear his forthcoming output featuring Marissa Nadler (wtf!?).

Krumbled Kookie said...

I have to admit I love everything that Xasthur has put out. I know a lot of people are down on the newer stuff, but it's still bleak and depressive as hell, while still retaining that dark malicious beauty that has always been the hallmark of his best work. He's clearly not thrilled with the state of black metal, so he's gotten away from it - and I think that's the risk he's taken. I'm enjoying where he;s taken his sound, and I really can't wait to hear the collaborated stuff with Marissa Nadler - her voice is amazing and will fit the chaotic ambiance that Maelfic creates.

HSS said...

I say great move getting Nadler, as I myself am now very intrigued for the new stuff.

Hopefully people haven't lost sight of the fact that Xasthur and his early works are very important milestones for modern black metal, escpecially the atmospheric stuff.

I'm afraid the newjacks will only see the Hydrahead hate and not pick up the classics which is a shame.

Anonymous said...

Nocturnal Poisoning is a classic, Telepathic With The Deceased - Rules,and All Reflections Drained continues to contend for album of the year.

Invisible Oranges said...

The addition of live drumming has been a mixed bag. The overall style hasn't changed much, though. I think he recognizes its limitations, hence novelties like live drumming and female vocals.

Krumbled Kookie said...

Since when are live drumming and female vocals "novelties?"