Saturday Six with Ivan Belcic

Welcome to another Saturday Six, this time with Invisible Oranges contributor Ivan Belcic. In addition to some fine purchases from Bandcamp which you’ll see below, Ivan is involved in two music projects; Kosmogyr and Barren Branches, so check them out if you need some more music! 

WayfarerReckless Spring
Reckless Spring is the third full-length album of driving and melodic emo-tinged punk from the Ontario-based Wayfarer. I’ve been a fan of these guys since their 2016 EP Three Winters, at which point I immediately bought everything in their back catalogue. Reckless Spring is their most recent offering and showcases their blend of propulsive, hook-driven songwriting and earnest, introspective lyrics at full potency.

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I’m used to hearing Déhà in the context of his monolithic doom band Slow — so when he dropped this impeccable post-punk record, I was floored. It’s melodic and light, yet it’s got blast beats and screams, and it feels classic yet somehow also contemporary. I love Slow, but I also hope Déhà’s got more where this came from.

Black Christmas – By Way of Decay
Back when I was in college, I was given a collection of four MP3s called B.C.E.P. by Lawrence, Kansas band Black Christmas. Since then, it’s been a mainstay in my rotation, and just recently, I learned that the group had dropped another release in 2014 — By Way of Decay — and I’ve fallen back in love with them. It features re-recorded versions of three older tracks plus a bunch of new songs as well, all in their vein of sinister and haunting instrumental post-rock.

Lo! – Koala Fundraiser T-shirt
All profits from this shirt by Sydney post-hardcore sludgemasters Lo! are going to WIRES Emergency Fund for Wildlife to help out with the recent wildfires in Australia. The shirt features beautiful artwork by vocalist Sam Dillon and also comes with a digital download of their fantastic record Vestigial — my 2017 album of the year. Cop sick threads, help cute koalas, enjoy amazing tunes.

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Moron Police – A Boat on the Sea
I’m tempted to say nothing at all about the brilliance that is A Boat on the Sea, if only to avoid spoiling your first impression of this enthralling record from Moron Police. It’s endearing, it’s cheerful and upbeat, it’s impeccably written and performed, and it’s a delightfully sardonic yet meaningfully sincere skewering of our contemporary political institutions and the international relationships between them. Don’t read any reviews, just go in blind and experience it for yourself.

WaldgeflüsterMondscheinsonaten
Weather the bleakest of winters with the soaring post-black metal of Waldgeflüster as your steadfast companion. Reaching nearly an hour in length, the band’s fifth full-length record is urgent in its channeling of the unceasing melancholy that accompanies the mercilessly dark Central European winters. For those who find seasonal depression to be a genuine struggle, let Mondscheinsonaten be your lifeline.

If you’d like to talk about some of the albums you recently purchased, shoot me an email (seth@metalbandcampgift.club) and let’s talk!

Saturday Six with Peter K

0016052521_41Welcome to another installment of Saturday Six, where friends of Metal Bandcamp Gift Club share a bit about a recent six albums they purchased on Bandcamp.

Kind of like the “What’s in My Bag?” feature that Amoeba Music does, but without having to leave the house and find parking.

This week we feature Peter K, who recently celebrated a birthday here at Metal Bandcamp Gift Club! Peter writes about metal over at The Metal Wanderlust, and is also a part of the Horns Up Podcast – he knows a thing or two about metal tunes.

Discord, “Blood, Sweat and Grind” – When was the last time you heard a grindcore band from Nepal? Don’t think twice, add this album to your cart.

Transcending Obscurity, “Label Sampler 2020” – 52 tracks, mostly unreleased material from bands signed to Indian label, Transcending Obscurity. Something for fans of all sub-genres of metal.

Priests of Prometheus, “Lodestar” – Promising debut from American old school death metal duo.

Nox Irea, “Here the dead live” – Ferocious death metal from the French act featuring members of Catacomb and Affliction Gate.

Bednja, “Doline Su Ostale Iza Nas” – Black metal and hardcore make strange bedfellows but somehow these Croatians have put together a seamless sound with a haunting atmosphere.

Modern Rituals, “This is the History” – A break from extreme metal. Catchy alternative rock. If the singles are any indicator this album is another winner from Holy Roar.

If you’d like to talk about some of the albums you recently purchased, shoot me an email (seth@metalbandcampgift.club) and let’s talk!

Saturday Six with Ken Kopija

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Our second Saturday Six, this time with Inhale the Heavy editor in chief Ken Kopija. Keeping with the spirit of Metal Bandcamp Gift Club, we celebrate the support of artists and their music, and we use this feature as a means of promoting good tunes and hoping you discover something new, and possibly becoming a fan!

1. Body Void/Keeper Split (vinyl) – Anxious to hear this new Body Void
track. They are one of my favorite bands, and I absolutely love
everything they have done so far. Heavy as fuck! I’ve heard of Keeper,
but I am not familiar with their sound, so this will be a surprise.

2. Body Void/Keeper Split (cassette) – See above.

3. The Satyr’s Path by Sky Shadow Obelisk – My brother in heavy Peter
Scartabello is the sole member of Sky Shadow Obelisk. Vocals, guitars,
bass, keyboards, drums. All Peter. He also recorded, mixed and
released it on his label Yuggoth Records. Great metal here.


4. The Diving Bell by Chrome Ghost – Melodic doom/sludge band from
Sacramento. I was turned on to them after reading a tweet from Body
Void’s Will Ryan – thanks, Will!


5. Jitter Visions by Cup – I purchased the vinyl version of this
release having never even heard of the band. It’s called “jitter
spasm,” pressed on coke bottle clear and purple vinyl. It sure is nice
to look at. Then I found out that Kelsey Chapstick is the drummer, so
that was pretty cool.


6. This Will Kill That by The Joy Thieves – A fine collaborative
industrial project featuring members of Ministry, Stabbing Westward,
The Machines of Loving Grace, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult and
more. Produced and engineered by my friend and former co-worker James
Scott at Populist Recording. He also plays bass in the band and sings
lead on the track, “Honeycomb and Silk.”

Saturday Six with Seth Werkheiser

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Here’s my six latest Bandcamp purchases – maybe you’ll discover something new, or be reminded of a release you’ve been streaming and just never got around to purchasing. Enjoy!

1. ‘Long Gone​/​Irrelevant‘ by Jamie Lenman – discovered from the music video (below), and the song “Long Gone” track features Justine Jones from Employed to Serve.

2. ‘Victor Jara – Duerme, Duerme Negrito (Billy Caso Edit)‘ by Billy Caso – a completely random find, but that vocal melody stuck in my head.

3. ‘Riffs for Reproductive Justice‘ by Black Flags Over Brooklyn, because reproductive rights are human rights.

4. ‘The Language Of Injury‘ by Ithaca – one of my favorite albums of 2019.

5. ‘Ape Breaks 1‘ by Shawn Lee – I’ve been playing more bass lately, and wanted to jam along to something a little more organic than a drum machine, and this fit the bill completely (and opened my eyes and ear to sooo many drum beats on Bandcamp).

6. ‘Burn II Feat. Kristina Esfandiari’ by VOWWS – fell in love with VOWWS’ 2018 release ‘Under the World,‘ and then I saw they re-did one of my favorite songs with Kristina Esfandiari (Miserable, King Woman), so I had to pick this up.

Want to show off your most recent six Bandcamp purchases? Email me (seth@metalbandcampgift.club) and let’s talk!