Transcending Obscurity

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These days, creating a concept album seems to be in vogue and many bands try to come up with a “concept” album that has no real story to share. Swampcult, the enigmatic duo from Netherlands on the other hand take up established tales of mystery and create their own musical rendition of said tale. Their second full length effort titled ‘The Festival’, focuses on the H.P. Lovecraft short story of the same name. Swampcult’s style of black metal meets doom, is perfectly suited for this weird, mysterious story and the band makes best use of the atmosphere to drive the narration forward.


2015 turned out to be a good year when it comes to metal and it was a particularly good year for death metal. The year end list contenders have more representation from death metal than the other styles. If Affliction Gate’s new EP ‘Dying Alone’ is any signs of things to come, then 2016 shouldn’t be any different from 2015. These Frenchmen already have a couple of EP’s and a full length to their credit. The upcoming addition to their solid discography continues the trend of unleashing well written old school death metal riffs.

Affliction Gate Dying Alone

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A few weeks ago, we had covered the recent re-release from The Whorehouse Massacre, out on Transcending Obscurity, titled ‘Altar of the Goat Skull / VI’ (read here). This release perfectly showcases the band’s ability to write grimy, down tuned riffs that can make the listener uncomfortable just with the music. The writing on this album was so interesting and entertaining that talking to the people behind the music became a must for me. Now, thanks to Transcending Obscurity, we got the chance to ask The Whorehouse Massacre a few questions and here’s what resulted..

The Whorehouse Massacre

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The word ‘dissonance’ is defined in the dictionary as ‘lack of harmony among musical notes’. So it’s amazing when a band uses this dissonance to great effect, thus creating some unusual music. This is seen more in the black metal bands that decide to take the progressive route, but often they end up sounding extremely weird and even alienating some of the listeners. Norse, a two piece from Australia, walks the fine line between traditional black metal sounds and dissonant song writing. They do this without leaning too much on either side. Their 2014 EP ‘Pest’ is a fine example in adopting unusual song writing skills while managing to creating an enjoyable end product. Transcending Obscurity recently re-released this EP and it is a good thing that they did.

Norse Pest

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In today’s fast growing world where the attention span of the average human being is ever shrinking, a band faces a higher chance of fading away into obscurity. Sometimes the band in question may not have the required skill or dedication to get recognized. But there are times when a band has got the talent in abundance and yet they vanish without getting the due recognition. This is where labels like Transcending Obscurity come in. Labels like these find such diamonds in the rough and turn the spotlight towards them so that they shine. And for that, I hold them in the highest regard. One of Transcending Obscurity’s recent unearthing is a little known beast from British Columbia, Canada who go by the name The Whorehouse Massacre.

The Whorehouse Massace Altar of the Goat Skull VI

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