Shattered Platter’s take: Rising Beast Records

The city of Los Angeles is home to the largest record labels in the world but even more so to a plethora of independent labels created that cater to a specific audience.

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Rising Beast records is an underground label based out of LA that caters to black metal enthusiasts and specifically fans of the genre that prefer their artists work on the analog formats (i.e. vinyl, magnetic tape etc).

They were looking for some press to help them push their releases out, so being the nice guy I am I volunteered to help these guys out and they sent me a well tailored (and very well packed) care package consisting of four releases. One of these releases they sent me is the 7″ split of Moonknight/Moloch.

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Side A consists of Los Angeles based one man project Moonknight performing “Night Creature.”  Very lo fi agony-ridden melodies followed by anguish filled harmonies that reinforces the fact that Burzum is one of the most influential acts in all of underground metal and Varg’s work is still felt to this day.

Side B consists of Ukrainian based one man project Moloch performing “Die letzten Strahlen der Sonne verblassen in der Kalte der Apathie.”   Even Moloch’s visionary himself (real name Sergiy Fjordsson) recognizes, acknowledges in the credits that this track is the very true definition of “dissonance” and depressive black metal.   Every instrument is pretty much of time/key here and the vocals seemed forced, definitely blood curdling but it wouldn’t surprise me if this is what he was aiming for.

Artwork for Moloch was designed and illustrated by Sergiy himself while Moonknight’s illustration was designed by Johnny Ryan.

All and all it’s different from what I listen to but it works well and I believe that any fan of extreme black metal will appreciate this.

http://risingbeast.bigcartel.com/product/moloch-moonknight-split-7

 

Up next is the cassette  reissue (and original debut album) of Los Angeles based Lightning Swords of Death entitled “The Golden Plague.”

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These guys shred, without a doubt.   Initially signed to Metal Blade records back in 09, Rising Beast did a solid job  re-releasing this on the cassette format.  Seven tracks with a total running time of 32 minutes of blistering thrash infused black metal.    Recording quality of the album tells the DIY ethic of the band during its early days when they were starting out (very lo-fi, sounds like it was recorded directly into a recorder).

Best tracks include the punishing “Plunder & Lightning”, “Loathsome” and “Ghost of a Thousand Broken Blades.”

If you’re looking for a good reason to check these dudes out, Nick Oliveri called me a few weeks back telling me about this band and he wants me to see them with him.

Good call on his part, they fucking ruled The Joint that night.

http://risingbeast.bigcartel.com/product/lightning-swords-of-death-the-golden-plague-re-issue-cassette

 

Krayl, an Indian black metal project founded by Svartblod (Lobotomical, Abstract Torture) whose release with Rising Beast is entitled “von dusteren Welten. “

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I would say this album was the most interesting of the care package that was sent to me.  I say this because it’s not just a straight metal album (nor is there any super musical elements in it as well) but because it is an album that I feel one doesn’t listen to but one experiences.

Four tracks consisting of metal infused shoe gaze that can produce some rather interesting visuals when taken in the right environment and with the right amount of psychedelics, I might say!

The stand out track of this release would have to be the final “Shadows of Mutilated Elves” track, very heavy and very droning.   To best summarize, think of Quorthon’s vocal mix from the first Bathory release mixed in with a SunnO))) album and you’ll somewhat get the scope of this.

http://risingbeast.bigcartel.com/product/krayl-von-dusteren-welten-cassette

 

Final review goes to Moonknight, who happens to also be the founder of Rising Beast Records as well.

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His album, entitled “Toplov” is his one man project while he has not busy playing for his other band, Harassor.   The album consists of 14 tracks of melancholic blackened thrash with piercing guitar work, prevalent blast beasts and vocals so harsh that it rivals Dead’s vocal mix in Mayhem’s legendary release “Live in Leipzig” with production elements that heavily remind of Darkthrone’s release “Transylvanian Hunger.”

I throughly enjoyed this release, it’s hard, angry and pretty much capitalizes on why I started Shattered Platter in the first place, to get these types of artists and releases more exposure.    The tracks Zelator and S-TA sounds reminds me a lot of earlier Xasthur recordings and production techniques.  The minor scaling riff provides extra dark harmony with the tortured vocals being shrieked in the background through 5:12 of just raw, angry recording.

 

For more information about Rising Beast Records, check out the following links below.

http://risingbeast.bigcartel.com/

http://risingbeast.bandcamp.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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