Manage episode 363184875 series 2830639
Not unlike a vampire repelled by the sign of the cross, TDMG is currently working through his long-buried trauma re: acoustic guitar, and so today's episode is a neofolk special by TBMG and the infamous Hyper Shaman. Neofolk is something we mention on the show quite frequently but only rarely review, so for the more introspective, pastoral, and wizened among us, here's your time to shine. Today's episode presents two very different sides of neofolk which will nonetheless be of interest to all those who enjoy extreme metal.
First up is Poseidon, announcing the (and I cannot stress this enough) TRIUMPHANT RETURN of Argento and Azoth of the mighty Spite Extreme Wing. The result of this resurgence, however, is not more of their powerful solar metal, but a perhaps equally powerful but much more oneiric take on abstract neofolk/post-industrial. TBMG and Hyper Shaman make a solid case for Poseidon directly linking to SEW through melodic fragments and the gestures toward folk music that band made later in its career. All fans of SEW take note- they might have taken a different shape, but the boys are certainly back in town.
The other side of the episode is dedicated to Crooked Mouth, a neofolk project without Poseidon's ties to extreme metal but no less potent for it. Working in the more traditional territory of bands like Death in June and Of the Wand and the Moon, Crooked Mouth centers around beautiful acoustic guitar arrangements, precise vocal timbre, and a host of folk instruments which add texture and breadth to the simple yet elegant music. Much neofolk tends to stray from its folk origins- this is anything but the case for Crooked Mouth, who present pagan traditions unvarnished and unadorned, with all the scorn for modernity intact.
0:00:00 - Intro/Poseidon – Poseidon (Brucia Records)
1:12:14 - Interlude - Coil - “Ostia (The Death of Pasolini),” fr. Horse Rotorvator (Force & Form, 1988) / Death in June - “Dædalus Rising,” fr. But, What Ends When The Symbols Shatter? (New European Recordings, 1992)
1:23:24 - Crooked Mouth – Between the Fool and the Magician (Ætheric Recordings - LP and BC / Heimat Music - CD)
2:15:57 - Outro - The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus - “Beauty After The Fall,” fr. The Gift of Tears (1987)