White Noise Eardrum Buster: The Bloody “Baphometic Dawn/Unexamine-Against the World, Against Life” (2018) Full Tape

Awww whats that lovely sound? The sound of literal white noise, an explosion of screeching, whips, discordant guitars, drums like a machine gun and filthy dirty bass all bathed in the filth of Power Electronics. Its enough for the songs to get stuck in ones head and whistle them all day as a atomic red sun melts in the sky and blood bathes the street while people choke on their on guts. That sound is “Baphometic Dawn/Unexamine” the former being a raw black metal band that mixes noise into their “sound and the latter being a blackened filth noise artist, they decide to take these two things and mash them up into a lo fi orchestra of pain in “Against the World, Against Life”.

My favorite genre of music right now is avant garde/experimental black/death metal, the more weird it is the better. I like every genre of metal (except for “Nu Metal”), every genre of rock (except for “Soft Rock”) and every genre of noise. I’ve listened to so many genres and so many bands, its almost like how the tolerance for a drug a junkie takes goes up and the junkie has to take more to get a high, that is the same thing with me and music, I’ve heard it all and it needs to get weirder and weirder for me to find something different, new and exciting in it. The problem with a lot of avant garde/experimental metal bands is too many of them want to be Faith No More or Mr. Bungle but I’ve got news for bands like Ten Foot Ninja and Dog Fashion Disco, you aren’t Faith No More and/or Mr. Bungle. The black and death metal experimentalists don’t have that draw back, I especially love when bands will mix different genres that aren’t metal into their music but it can’t be forced and it has to be done right.  With the “Baphometic Dawn/Unexamine” tape the noise and raw black metal meld their genres into one, beautiful, dark, disgusting sound.

You pretty much get a pro orange tape which surprised me when I got the tape because the fold out was your typical low budget black metal xeroxed black and white cover art, normally with a release like that you get a recorded tape. On discogs it says that this release was limited to 50 copies but my “Baphometic Dawn/Unexamine” tape fold out says 45 out of 80. I got this bad boy off of Analog Worship, this is one site I can’t recommend enough if your a death/black/noise type music on vinyl and tape. Get this one if your into filthy blackened noise.

No physical copies left, but you can filthy up your ears here:


White Noise Eardrum Buster: Lost in the “Wrnlrd- Pentagon” CD, 2008

 I’ve listened to every genre of metal and rock, I’ve dived deep and the problem with that is I’ve heard it all and I grow bored of people who rehash the same shit in each genre. Now bands that I look for, especially now that I am older, are bands that branch out and create something new in their audio lab, instead of following a safe path of just playing straight up “thrash”, “grindcore”, “death metal”, “black metal”, “hard rock”, “indie rock” etc. they will take the other path that is overhung with dark trees and has a strange, unpredictable foreboding. Most bands balk and take the safe path playing the same retreaded riffs, with the same vocal styles, others like Mr. Bungle, Sunn O))), Spazztic Blurr etc. look at the foreboding path and yell “Challenge Accepted!” And Wrnlrd is one of those bands. And with “Pentagon” this one man weird metal machine goes deep into weird, acid trip territory and I love it.

First off, you get a really faded, silvery cover for the CD, almost haunting and wispy which actually describes the music contained within perfectly. The title “Pentagon” evokes images of the military and war but Wrnlrd sometimes to be going in a occult direction with the music, all one needs to do is look at the track titles and sub titles, names like “Annuit Coeptis”, “Death’s White City”, “Shaft of Ba’al”, “Awakening” and “V” not to mention track sub titles like “Maze of Light”, “Sun Wheel: Eye of Horns”, “Balefire: Temple of Briar”etc.

Now the music is stewed and brewed Black Metal, now I can hear the hipster traditionalist metal heads screaming their bitch heads off “THAT ISN’T METAL! MEH TRADITIONAL SONG STRUCTURE! WAH! WAH! WAH!” To those people I say “cry in a corner” these are the types of musical conservatives who piss in their black diapers when anybody tries anything different within a genre. Wrnlrd doesn’t give two fucks and does what he wants, according to an interview with Pitchfork (full disclosure, I fucking hate the hipsters at Pitchfork) he said: “I see ghosts of American music everywhere. I hear Dock Boggs in black metal, the droning banjo, voice like an earthquake. I hear Blind Lemon [Jefferson] pounding his feet on the floor, and I know he is my cousin… I think the essence of black metal is something that goes beyond geography and stylistic tradition, even beyond music.”

Apparently Wrnlrd played in a bluegrass band before his foray into avant garde black metal which explains the banjo plucking between tremolo strummed electric guitar, Wrnlrd experiments with different sounds, field recordings, echoing black metal, noise rock guitar screech, Sunn O))) type drones and dark ambient pieces. One can fall into this music and let their minds wander in it, devour it and savor it. There is no way I can do a “Bandwagon” feature on Wrnlrd because most of his releases in physical format are hard to find. He’s got his own bandcamp page but it doesn’t have “Pentagon” on it which is a damn shame. Granted the other stuff in his discography is equally as weird and different and highly recommended.

To listen to “Pentagon” in its entirety and you want to be swallowed by black droning muck go here, I flashed the alternate cover in the video also:

Here is Wrnlrd’s record label and bandcamp page without “Pentagon” the albums they have up are prime grade avant garde black metal, some of which I will get around to reviewing in the future: